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 fall.
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.
I purchased the TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, because I wanted to see if the hype was legit. Despite listing it in my favorites, I feel confident in saying I do not think it is, at least not in the traditional sense. Most people use this as a setting spray over makeup. As a makeup setting spray, it does not help makeup last longer, which is the main job a setting spray should perform. It does perform on the secondary task of melting the product into the skin to remove the powdery look. The reason I love this is it makes my dry skin look and feel comfortable. While I do not notice an overly dewy or luminous appearance others claim this provides, I do think it makes my skin look more supple and hydrated. Some setting sprays suck the moisture out of my skin even if I blot. This one does not, so it is particularly great in cold weather where my skin needs all the moisture it can get.
Even though I had several new ones I wanted to try, I found myself consistently grabbing this one. If you are purchasing this for an overly dewy look and you have very dry skin, it might disappoint you. My guess is it will overly give those who already have oily skin a dewy look. For the rest of us, it just prevents us from looking parched. That is exactly why I love it. The reason I said it is not worth the hype is I have other sprays that do this for much less. While I would stop short of calling them dupes, I think they are similar enough. Pur Miracle Mist Hydrating Spray gives a very similar feeling and effect. I would reach for that one more often if I did not hate the sprayer. No matter how far I spray away from my face, it does not give the fine mist I get from the TATCHA. In many places, it leaves my face way too wet. Those looking to save money could try the Pur as long as they spray really far from their face. Assuming Pur ever improves the mist, I could see myself repurchasing its product.
I really love the Anastasia Beverly Hills formula on most palettes. The Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette initially looked a little boring to me, so I was not going to grab it. This is also the first palette I purchased where I was not the one to christen it. My niece was here at the beginning of her school year and wanted to apply some of my makeup for work that night. I decided to let her pick whatever she wanted. She chose this one. Her look was very impressive. Most of my nieces are more skilled than I am when it comes to applying makeup, but I still really wanted to see if I could get a look that lovely from this boring looking palette. While it may look boring in the palette, it really isn’t boring at all on the eyes. Every look I came up with was just beautiful. My eyes are very hooded and my upper lids get really oily. That combination usually results in a lot of eyeshadow creasing. The first time I wore this I forgot to put eye primer on. Despite that, I only had minimal creasing. After trying it again with primer and having my first crease free shadow day in a long time, I reached for this palette every other time I applied makeup in the fall with one exception.
A lot of people claim you do not need the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette if you own the Soft Glam. I fell in love with the Sultry color in the Soft Glam, so I decided having the Sultry palette was worth it to me. Sultry is almost the exact shade of the outer packaging on the Sultry palette. Funny enough, Sultry is not in the Sultry palette, but the overall palette gives me vibes similar to the Sultry shade. It can create very neutral looks, but it can also give a very sultry look as its name suggests. Like the Soft Glam, it is one of the few palettes I’ve used recently that allows me to stay crease free by the end of the night. The glitters in here do shift higher than my crease when I do not use a glitter glue. While that is not great for someone with very hooded eyes, there is no creasing there, even with the heavy glitter shades. As someone who loves glitter on her lid but cannot stand the way glitter shades crease on me these days, I love that this palette really let me play with glitter again. The only thing I wish is that ABH would have left the glitter off the outer packaging. It does transfer to your hands and can end up on your face because of that.
I really fell in love with the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration this fall. This is a cream I’ve enjoyed for a while, but I dislike the price. Sephora sells these large sizes for $15 almost every Black Friday, so I suggest those who love it as much as I do remember that important detail. What made me really fall in love with this was my foil challenge. When a body moisturizer sample is too small, you have to use whatever product you have open to complete the task. Without fail, the parts of my body I applied this to felt much more hydrated and comfortable than the parts I applied the products in the foils to. The price and a cheaper product, the CeraVe Moisturizing Soft Cream, that is somewhat similar is what kept me from naming this a FabuFind in the past. Those products are actually so similar that I am going to do an article on the two before the winter is over. If you are reading this when there are no great deals on the First Aid Beauty, I would say try the CeraVe.
I did not even realize how much I loved the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define until I tried two other brow products and was not happy with their performance. After that, I found myself reasoning. Yes, you need to try new products, but you are doing this and need to look good tonight. You can try that other pencil later, because you are taking pictures tonight. After reaching for it almost every time I did makeup this fall, I realized I loved it. It goes on easily, stays put all day, and looks so natural. Whether I am going for a natural look or going full glam, I can use this. Shade 2 is such a great color match for me, too. One of the products I disliked was not necessarily a bad product. The color just did not suit my skin tone or hair color. Most products have some flaw, but I cannot think of any with this one. Even when I am in a hurry, my brows always look great with this.
Some of you may know that I have worked on a lip balm article. For over two years, I keep purchasing new lip balms to review. My goal is to write an article with mini reviews for each one I’ve tested. The LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask has slightly detoured that task this fall. When the weather shifted around mid fall from warm to cold, I found myself grabbing this a lot. I knew I had so many to test, but my lips were hurting because of how chapped they were. This provided a lot of relief and if I stopped using it, my chapped lips returned. As I’ve already done an article on this, I will only say here that this stuff is legit. Whenever I stop using it, my lips notice. Hopefully, I can return to testing other lip balms soon, because I want to get the lip balm article up in the winter. Odds are, I will not publish it until later next year.
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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 (12 and 7) 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 12-year-old to apply it.