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I wish I could buy all the new skin care products that come out! I'm always reminding myself that I have a mortgage and bills to pay though, so I have to practice some self-discipline more often than I'd like. I'm sure most of us are in the same boat! I'll splurge every now and then, but I try to check out ingredients and reviews before taking the plunge on high dollar skin care.
All you have to do is open up Google and you'll find hundreds of dupes for the most popular and most expensive skin care products on the market. It's totally up to you what you spend, just don't go broke doing it. Personally, if I can find a product with a similar ingredient list and formulation for a little less, I'll choose to save my money.
For instance, Bioessence 100% Squalene Oil retails for $58 (3.3 oz.). I've tried it, and it's good, but I've also tried Timeless 100% Squalene which retails for $11.95 (60 ml). Though it's a smaller container, I'd rather pay $5 or so an ounce over $17. They are both great products, Bioessence derives their Squalene from sugar cane whereas Timeless uses Squalene derived from olives. I get the same results from both products.
I love Tatcha products with all my heart. When I read about a low-cost dupe for their amazing Water Cream, I didn't want to believe it. Make P:rem Hydrate Me Cream retails for $29.99 (2.19 oz.), which is a little less than half the cost. Even though it hurts me to admit it, they are both amazing products and I think the Hydrate Me Cream is a very good product.
Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Creme will cost you a cool $105 (0.5 oz). Whereas Burt's Bees Brightening Eye Treatment is $19 (0.5 oz). The ingredients in these two are quite different, and the Tata Harper Illuminating Eye Creme has actually diamond dust as an ingredient. If you have the heart to pass that up, I'm told the Burt's Bees is a good contender.
I actually purchased the Fresh Sugar Face Polish Exfoliator for $62 (4.4 oz.) before discovering St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub and Mask ($4 for 6 oz.) & St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($4 for 6 oz.). All of these scrubs are amazing and leave my skin feeling exfoliated and baby soft, but I'm on my third bottle of the St. Ives and don't think I'll ever switch back.
Another good example of two similar products is between Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Moisturizer and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. They are pretty much the same size but you'll save a good $35 or so picking up the Neutrogena at your local drug store.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with splurging on incredible skin care. If you can afford it, go for it! I think we all should own a few luxury products in our lifetime. I know I won't be fully giving up my love for certain luxury brands, but I will be more conscious of what I'm spending on my skin care collection. Especially after seeing some of these dupes people are digging up!