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FabuFinds Product Spotlight September 2016

Every month, I review my Empty Products. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code. Items I am loving but cannot finish any time soon make it into Deal Discoveries.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and decided to condense the article. There are four products I consider FabuFinds in my September Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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Every once in a while, Target sells products for considerably less than Target. I’ve mentioned it before, but this CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is a reminder. After placing a recent Target order (that I did not share on the blog), I noticed that I purchased a replacement for this for $0.85 less than it retails for at Walmart. It is still $0.85 less now, so the pricing is not a fluke. Walmart is not always the cheapest. Price fluctuation in the drugstore is almost always huge. Well, the difference for the item at the bottom of this article is $0.02 in Walmart’s favor, but it gets a lot bigger when I look outside Target. The more I use this the more I love it. My boys really love this, too, and they seem to get less eczema flare-ups when this is their primary moisturizer. That is why I keep buying this for their body cream and find myself using it as well.

For a long time, I did not promote this, because it is not as thick as Eucerin. It hit me as I was massaging this into my son’s skin recently that it works in a lot faster, but his skin stays as soft between showers. This moisturizing cream is still moderately thick, so it is not thin any means. I love how deeply it penetrates, and it never takes long to seep into the skin. When I use some products, I cannot get dressed right away to it transfers to my clothes. That never happens with this. Now, I get why I keep buying this. I just have to remember to get it from Target online, because I usually pick this up in store at a higher price. Why are online drugstore prices so much cheaper when it is usually more convenient to shop in store for these items (so I can look around and buy way more than I need of everything). Here’s a challenge. Leave Target without spending more than $100. I fail almost every time.

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I’ve tried a lot of primers people rave about including multiples from Too Faced and Urban Decay. None of them perform as well as NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base. The one I am using now (will review when its finished) is doing a good job, but I need more time with it to see if it holds a candle to this one. If shadows do not go on nicely and stay crease-free with this, they are probably not going to work with anything else. Palettes or eyeshadows that go 0 for 3 with this primer do not survive my stash, because three strikes and they’re out. There are some shadows that are beyond help, so this is not a miracle worker. It works more than 95% of the time, so creasing or fading shadows is a sign of poor shadow, not poor primer. The whitish primer blends in mostly clear, so it does not lay down a color base. Those without overly greasy lids (like mine) may prefer one that adds a bit more pigment to even out the eyelid tone.

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I opened the Carol’s Daughter Ecstasy Bath & Body Oil at the beginning of the summer and am sad it was gone by the end of summer. In the past, it always lasted for longer than three months. That is mainly because I keep multiple moisturizers open at a time and apply the one I am in the mood for. When it comes to moisturizers (of any type from face to feet), I never skip them after washing. It is one of the few product types where I like to have multiples open. This was a summer of experimentation for moisturizers, too, from Josie Maran to AHAVA to Curel, and more. I applied my moisturizers a lot more liberally than I used to and even applied to my back a lot, which is the one area I usually skip. If it is a hassle to apply, it is more likely to get skipped. After initially discovering this gem years ago while browsing Macy’s, I had delusions of grandeur that I could talk my husband into massaging this into my skin.

Years later, I am still waiting on a single massage. In fairness, he did help me apply lotion to my back a few times when I could not find my Paula’s Choice tool and if he was actually home when I showered. I usually shower after he goes to work. Even though this never gets massaged in, I still kept purchasing. It moisturizes beautifully and gives my skin an incredible glow. The glow fades in a few hours as it sinks into the skin, but it looks great while it lasts. The Ecstasy scent is my favorite from her entire line, because it smells like sweet dreams. Sadly, I am starting to think this oil is no longer for sale. When I pulled up the link for my Core Collection article in June when I fell in love all over again, I could only find the dry oil spray. That is still the only product available. It works almost as well (actually better when I am in a hurry) as the oil, so I will purchase it if it is not available when I need a refill next summer.

 

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I mistakenly placed this Gold Bond Healing Hand Cream in the pictures with the samples yesterday. It is actually a full-sized product that I thought was a sample, because it came in a Drugstore.com GWP. That store closed five days ago, and I already miss it. Walgreens better step it up, because I love getting massive drugstore GWP hauls. They are an excellent way to sample more drugstore items. Find me gems at the drugstore, please. This is thicker and more moisturizing than the lotion, which I also love. It is more expensive per ounce, so I prefer to use the lotion when my hands are not as dry. When my hands are really dry, I reach for this drugstore cream that rivals many of the prestige ones I love.

The Foot Cream from this line is one I purchased and finished this month as well. Even though it is more rich than the hand cream, I am not ready to declare that a FabuFind, because it takes longer to absorb into my feet than I’d prefer. When I use the foot cream on my hands, it is beyond luxurious! It is possible the foot cream will get promoted after I use it again. I took a break (after finishing it) to try another brand, and I am not loving that one as much.

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