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Money saving product swaps - ideas please!
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Llamasally · 05/08/2022 17:48

Having made some large purchases recently I now have zero savings, with childcare taking up much of my salary there aren’t many areas to cut back to start to rebuild. And I REALLY like my products and am a bit addicted to buying them :(

here are some of my staples, does anyone have good, cheaper dupes I can try? Skin is generally sensitive so have to be careful…

  • kiehls midnight recovery serum
  • kiehls ultra facial cream
  • rapid lash serum
  • medik8 vitamin c serum
  • Clinique lash power
  • Mac bronzer
  • nars blush
  • YSL touché eclat
  • OPI nail envy & cuticle cream
  • clinique take the day off

most of the other stuff is the Ordinary/Benefit etc so not so expensive

any ideas from the knowledgeable folk here would be really appreciated!
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Llamasally · 05/08/2022 17:49

Oh and also Redken frizz dismiss for most hair products which does seem to work wonders!

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botemp · 05/08/2022 18:06

kiehls midnight recovery serum
-Revolution do a dupe product for this, night restore oil, don't know if it's any good though.

kiehls ultra facial cream

  • Cerave moisturising cream will do the job just as well, not as cosmetically elegant but otherwise very similar

    rapid lash serum

    -not used it myself but apparently the wet n wild brow and lash serum is really good and very cheap, not sure if it's in the UK yet. Otherwise the ordinary just launched one but it's not super cheap

    medik8 vitamin c serum

    -geek and gorgeous c serum is great value for money but it's not cheap to get to the UK unless your buying more items there. Not sure which vitamin c you're using from medik8 but if it's one of the tetrahexydral (sp.?) Ascorbate ones Garden of Wisdom do a good version of those, their ascorbic acid one is also pretty good (I had issues with the packaging though and much prefer the effect of the Geek and Gorgeous one)


    -Useless on the makeup and hair products but I have heard the wet n wild blushes are good dupes for nars blush and bronzer

    clinique take the day off

    -not a balm but Simple cleansing oil is very affordable and does the job well
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Llamasally · 05/08/2022 19:45

Thank you @botemp , I’ll take a look at these!!

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TheOGCCL · 05/08/2022 20:03

I think Superdrug Vit E range has a balm cleanser.

Clinique lash power - if that's a tubing mascara could try the No7 one.

I don't think high end bronzers and blushers last any longer. I'd look at Revolution for both.

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emerald1981 · 05/08/2022 20:18

The body shop camomile cleansing butter is nice

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Nomorefuckstogive · 06/08/2022 08:32

I recommend Beauty Pie. Their Japanfusion range is excellent IMHO. Also love their blusher and bronzer palette. I also like the tinted moisturiser, which contains SPF.

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Marshmallow12345 · 06/08/2022 08:37

Similarly i'd love a dupe for the Kiehl's avocado eye cream - like you I've not managed to find anything that is similar to thier products

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wednesday32 · 06/08/2022 08:41

The body shop camomile balm is a nice alternative to take the day off. However I use TTDO and love it and it lasts me around 10months so think it is good value for money. I buy Clinique from boots to earn points on the advantage card, download the boots app to earn more points. Then you can save points to spend on other nice items. Also sign upto the space nk reward scheme. Space NK sell a lot of items you mention above. Plus, you earn points every time you review a product so you will find your points build up quite quickly and use them to treat yourself to a luxury item or two x

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botemp · 06/08/2022 09:04

Marshmallow12345 · 06/08/2022 08:37

Similarly i'd love a dupe for the Kiehl's avocado eye cream - like you I've not managed to find anything that is similar to thier products

Revolution has pretty much duped all the popular Kiehl's products including the creamy avocado eye cream. I have not tried it myself and tbh the Kiehl's is a very unique formulation that's very pleasing to use IME so I think it (and other dupes) will always have a feeling of not quite being it but it might be worth a try as the closest dupe out there?

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dudsville · 06/08/2022 09:15

For me I've tried to find cheaper versus of the products i love and I've been unsuccessful, i just end up with a stock of not quite good enough stuff i don't really want to use. I love eve lom cleanser. Buying the biggest tub they sell direct from them works out as half price per ml when compared to the snaked tub. I also like Aveda Dry Remedy, and again, the biggest versions work out about half price per ml.

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Marshmallow12345 · 06/08/2022 22:41

Thanks I'll check it out!

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Q2C4 · 07/08/2022 03:57

Aldi's skincare is good - I especially like their caviar moisturuser and their rose facial oil www.aldi.co.uk/lacura-caviar-illumination-day-cream/p/073196214401402 and www.aldi.co.uk/lacura-rose-facial-oil/p/717317533591400
For hair care I find the Aussie range is very good - better than Kerastase.

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mrssmiling · 07/08/2022 08:26

Another vote for Aldi’s Lacura products - it’s worth keeping an eye on the specialbuys section - lots of cheap dupes.
www.you.co.uk/aldi-beauty-products-dupes/
The serums they have at the moment are very good. They did bring out Kiehl’s dupes last year for a limited time - I haven’t used Kiehl’s but the Lacura cream and serum were lovely,
www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/health-and-beauty/skin-care
TK Maxx have good beauty bargains - again, worth looking at their website.
www.tkmaxx.com/uk/en/women/beauty/c/01060000

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Ivgotasecretcanyoukeepit · 07/08/2022 09:29

A lot of what you use you can pick up from look fantastic for 20% off RRP would that help?

they sell Mac, Clinique, Medik8, NARS and YSL and a lot of other brands

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Llamasally · 07/08/2022 20:29

@Ivgotasecretcanyoukeepit not used them before, is it 20% off all the time?! How does that work?

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karmakameleon · 07/08/2022 20:42

Kiehl’s also has regular 20 or 25% off deals if you sign up to alerts on their website.

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LadyOfTheCanyon · 07/08/2022 22:24

Revolution Vitamin C 20% serum is excellent and often on offer.

Revolution bronzers are excellent

Sleek used to do a good dupe of NARS Orgasm

With mascara I would say just carry on with the one you like. You'll spend so much on drugstore copies only to go back to the original anyway ( ask me how I know...)

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PeloAddict · 07/08/2022 23:44

2 places to try (don't forget Quidco!)
Allbeauty (often cheap and sales)
Reliked (influencers selling stuff)

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Ivgotasecretcanyoukeepit · 08/08/2022 08:10

Pretty much all of the time and I mean it’s daily. Just sign up to their mailing list and you will get emails with discount codes on.
they are part of the same group who own cult beauty so all above board but you get some fab bargains especially around Black Friday too

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xogossipgirlxo · 08/08/2022 13:03

clinique take the day off -- Superdrug hot cloth cleansers.

YSL touché eclat - - Max Factor Radiant lift

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