Core Collection Spring 2018 Deal Discoveries
Welcome to the place where I like to discuss my favorites from each season that I did not finish. Anything I’ve finished this season made it into my Empties article. Items I am still in love with as I empty them become FabuFinds. While I cannot promise I will ever finish these (some products expire before I can empty them) and I cannot promise I will still love them enough to label them as FabuFinds upon completion, I loved them throughout this season. These are items I reached for many times even though I have plenty of similar items in my stash collecting dust. Many of these items are serious contenders for my Top 10 of the Year. There were six items I reached for constantly this spring.
Like my FabuFinds, these are items I consider great deals. The deal discoveries do not need a discount to earn their value (although I will always try to find one if I can). Most of the time they are new to my collection. That is mostly due to the large amount of new products I try each year. Sometimes, they are items I’ve tried in the past but love more upon rediscovery. While I try to edit mini reviews into any article I mentioned these items in, I like to dedicate more time and attention to items I feel are worth the extra effort. They are core items to my collection.
Sometimes I wish I did not allow my products to stockpile as much as I do. To grab a great deal, I often buy things way before I actually consume them. The Yves Rocher Nourishing Body Lotion Dry Skin that I love so much is a prime example of this. Had I tried this sooner and discovered how much I loved it, I probably would have purchased extras. After the very first use a few months ago, I knew I wanted more. It is not available at all on the US website, which is where I originally got it at. Since then, I have periodically checked the Canadian site, and the product has been out-of-stock EVERY single time. It leads me to believe that it is either very popular, and I keep missing it or it is no longer produced and not yet removed from the site. This is an extremely lightweight moisturizer, which is perfect for warmer weather. It spreads quickly and allows my skin to breathe. In no time at all and without a lot of product, my skin feels deeply hydrated. The hydration lasts from one shower to the next so my skin is never tight, dry, or itchy after applying this. Of all the lightweight body moisturizers I’ve ever tried, this is one of the best. If this has been discontinued, that is a true shame. I love the almond scent, because it is so light and refreshing. It mixes nicely with any perfume I wear or gives me a nice fresh scent on most days when I wear no fragrance at all.
The This Works deep sleep pillow spray was almost exclusively used by my youngest son all winter. My older son and I occasionally used it. I noticed I had more trouble falling asleep in the spring as my depression worsened. Whenever I sprayed this, it brought me an overwhelming sense of peace. It smells like you are lying in a meadow, and for a few minutes you forget your worries. This gave my mind a chance to relax and fall asleep. Thankfully, I do not need this every night, but I really appreciate having it on those nights where nothing else works. Lying in bed for hours unable to fall asleep is an awful feeling.
After running out of my beloved eye cream earlier this year, I noticed the ones I replaced it with were not providing enough moisture for my very dry under eyes. This Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum helped add some moisture back. I’ve combined an eye serum with an eye cream for years, but my last eye cream was so moisturizing that I dropped the serum. You might be thinking just buy the other eye cream. The problem is Olay discontinued it. Until I find another capable of that level of moisturization, I will probably continue combining a cream and a serum together. What I love about this eye serum is I need so very little. Despite months of use, it almost looks brand new. I also use a different eye serum on my top eyelids (overkill, I know, but I am trying to address sagging there as my hooded eyes get worse). In addition to adding moisture, this also does make my under eyes look more firm and smooth as promised. It does not really do a lot for my wrinkles, but I think it could help fill in very fine lines. Mine are no longer fine.
I colored my hair for the first time in over three years a couple of months ago. It was the first time I had ever colored my hair on my own. As a teenager, my ex always did it for me. When I was an adult, I always had it done professionally. After getting a couple of bottles of hair color to try (a separate review on the hair color will go up within the next month), I decided to purchase some Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3. My goal was to limit as much damage as possible that the color could cause to my hair. Step 3 is an at-home treatment that rebuilds broken bonds in the hair molecules. This is for use after chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. Figuring the chemicals of the color could break some bonds, I decided to play it safe and try to repair them on my own. I’ve only used it twice (once before I washed my hair for the first time after coloring and once a week later), but my hair seemed softer and stronger after each use. Less of my hair was breaking off when I combed it as well.
If it was more affordable, I would use it every week. Since I stopped using it, I noticed my hair started breaking more. Thus, I believe this could be beneficial for anyone. I do not use hair color or heat tools most of the time, but I still experience a lot breakage from regular tangles. As soon as I color my hair again, I will do the same thing I did last time. My plan is to always use this once when I wash my hair for the first time after coloring and once a week after coloring. Assuming there are about 5-6 uses per bottle (will vary based on the length of your hair and how liberally you coat it), I will need to purchase one bottle for every three hair colorings I go through. Those who use a lot of heat styling may want to use this more often. I’ve only blown my hair dry twice this year.
I’ve fallen back into my old habits of not wearing much makeup. Yes, I know that is terrible for someone who purchases a lot of makeup and tries to review it. When I have worn makeup this spring, I keep reaching for my Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector with Turmeric. This is far from a full-coverage concealer so those looking for that would not like this. It does claim that it builds to full coverage, but even when I build this, it only reaches about medium coverage. Whether I apply a little for light coverage or a lot for medium coverage, it looks so natural. My under eyes have lines so I always get creasing with any concealer. The amount on creasing I get with this concealer is so minute that I can easily buff it out without disturbing it too much or moving it around. My extremely dry under eyes feel very comfortable with this on. Those with dry eyes know the tight feeling of dry concealer where you just need to wash it off ASAP. That has never happened once when I wore this. If you have very dark circles, this will not cover them. There was one day when my circles were darker than usual, and I still opted for this. I just used a little peach corrector first and still got very natural, comfortable feeling under eyes that day. Because there is not a lot of coverage in this, I do not recommend it for spot concealing, but I have one I do below.
I’ve been more stressed than usual for the past year. As a result, my skin has broken out a lot. When I decide to cover my acne or hyperpigmentation, I reach for my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout. Let me start by saying I have not worn this enough times in a row to decide if it actually treats the breakout. Those who wear makeup everyday are better suited to review the product that way. Hopefully by the time I finish it, I can review it that way. For coverage, this is great. I am a picker so I have a lot of acne scars. This covers acne scars and hyperpigmenation almost perfectly. Sometimes I have to layer, but it always works. It does not look cakey either. On closed acne, it also works extremely well to cover it. Almost all the redness gets covered, and you can only see the texture poking through. I assure you that the pictures and videos of those who make it look like the texture is gone is all camera trickery. In person, the texture always shows. When I apply this to open acne (again, I am a picker), it covers it better than other concealers I’ve tried. Nothing covers open acne perfectly, because it is impossible to cover that. The nature of the wound causes the product to rub off in parts or not adhere at all.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (13 and 8) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 13-year-old to apply it.
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