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Makeup dupes for you!

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It’s long over due that I provide you with a Dupes post. Makeup dupes.

I’ve made a YouTube video on my YouTube channel (are you subscribed? You should be!) of all the latest dupes I have scouted out for you. Finding dupes is hard work. First you buy all the high end stuff. Then you go to the drugstore and look at things that look like the luxury brands, buy them and take them home and try things out over and over to see which ones are actual replicas of the luxury products. Doesn’t this sound so budget friendly and cost effective?

I’m being sarcastic of course. But truthfully, usually I stumble across the dupes in my ‘research’ (that’s code for hours at Ulta and Sephora and Walgreens) and then test them out and get all excited and want to share them with you, my viewers/readers. [Read more…]

Lipstick dupes you’ll want to check out

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I have done the leg work for you and shopped around for drug store versions of high end, luxury lipsticks. You’re welcome.

Disclaimer: In my opinion, these look identical. Some formulas have a different finish even though the shades are similar. Also, the prices will vary based on where you live. I have included links if you’d like to just shop from this post.

One of MAC’s most popular lipsticks is Riri Woo. It usually sells out as soon as it launches. It’s a classic red. I found a L’oreal one just like it. Not as matte as the MAC, but the color is just as true.




Frugalista Blog Dupes Riri Woo and L'oreal lipsticks


dupes mac and l'oreal Frugalista Blog


Buxom lipstick is a great brand, but their Full Bodied lipstick is $21. Wet N Wild on the other hand, is as low as $1.99 at some retailers. Hmm, and no one will know the difference!

Frugalista blog dupe lipstick buxom vs wet n wild

Believe me, I love a YSL lipstick. The case alone is a piece of art for your vanity table. But at over $30 a tube, it feels excessive. Here’s another Wet N Wild option in the same shade but a different formula. Also, this shade is what some would call Marsala which is the Pantone selection of the color of the year for 2015.

Frugalista Blog dupe lipsticks YSL and Wet n wild



I love Laura Mercier cosmetics. I love just about everything she makes. And her lipsticks are so nice too. But again, we can feel guilty spending $27 on a lipstick. So here’s another L’oreal option, a great formula, excellent wear and under $10.

Frugalista blog lipstick dupes laura mercier and l'oreal


Happy dupe shopping!

Dupes again!

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I’ve done some legwork again for you. I’ve found some low end counterparts to some high end popular beauty items. These aren’t identical mind you, but they have similar properties and do the job for a lot less money.

In my opinion some perform just as well.

Here you go:

Clinique Take the Day off makeup remover- $18 vs. Maybelline Clean Express Waterproof Makeup remover $6

Dior Corrector pen- $25 vs. E.L.F. makeup correction pen $3

Kat Von D Tattoo cover concealer $25 vs. Hard Candy Glamouflage concealer $6

Makeup Forever HD foundation $42 vs. Revlon Photoready Foundation $12

Yves Sainte Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation- $55 vs. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation $7.99

Makeup Forever HD foundation $42 vs. Revlon Photoready Foundation $12

MAC studio fix concealer $18 vs. Milani Concealer cream $6

Grand total- High end- $183 vs. Dupes $40.99



Here I go again.. saving you money.

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It’s dupe time!!


Check out these beauties.


Feel free to visit my Amazon Beauty shop to buy some dupes if Target or Walgreens isn’t convenient for you.

Happy Saving!!

Makeup Dupe- Cleanser edition

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It’s time for another round of Makeup Dupes.

Please consult here for a lesson on dupes.

I was introduced to the cult classic cleanser, Eve Lom, last year. I fell in love with this stuff. It melts away makeup. Makes your skin feels like a baby’s butt. And it costs, a mere $80. Okay, $50 for the smaller jar. That’s right, $50.

Beauty editors rave about the buttery concoction. It’s luxurious, yet necessary. Okay, not necessary. But happy clean skin means pretty skin. And I like happy skin. But honestly, $80 or even $50 probably pays for a month of soccer or cello lessons for your kid, so it feels wrong to spend it on a cleanser.  The cleanser comes with a soft muslin cloth. Yes, look up muslin if you’re not familiar with it. You get the washcloth really hot and apply it to the face to melt away the cleanser. It feels like a spa.

So low and behold, at Target, I noticed their Botanics line, which is a brand of Boots from the UK. What’s this? A product called Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. It comes with a muslin cloth and is the SAME principle as the Eve Lom cleanser.

The smell and consistency vary slightly. Eve Lom can smell like cake batter. Almost nutmeg-y. The Botanics in contrast, smells more herbal. Both melt down to an oily consistency when massaged on the skin. The Eve Lom muslin cloth provided was somewhat softer, and more porous than the Botanics. But both removed my makeup and made my skin feel soft. I have sensitive skin, so this passed my sensitive test and didn’t flare up my rosacea.

If money is no object, go for the Eve Lom. It’s delicious. However, if you like the idea that you can buy 8 jars of the Botanics for the price of one Eve Lom, and spend that money on something else (Like more makeup! Or cello lessons.) then you won’t be sorry.