Beauty Moment: Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

Do you covet the latest Sephora products but cringe when you think about spending your cash on anything less than tried-and-true? I feel you! That’s what this post is all about! What follows is a collection of awesome resources for getting an expensive look on a minimal budget. Splurge or save–the choice is yours! Love!

I practically squealed when I discovered this tag on the Makeup Lovers Unite tumblr about drugstore replacements for department store beauty products. I LOVE a good dupe! Check it out for dupes on your faves from Benefit and Mac.

This video from EmilyNoel83 highlights a ton of great dupes for the critically acclaimed Urban Decay NAKED pallet. Make sure to click over to the YouTube link and open up the info tag–she has a whole “dupe” series!

If you haven’t tried e.l.f. Makeup yet, you must! Their products are all under $10–most are under 5–and many fans say that the shades mimic those from NARS. Check out this post from Blush & Lace for specifics.

Pricy nail polish got you down? No longer! Jen of The PoshAholic excels at finding and documenting dupes for high-end nail polish on her blog. The picture above is from her gigantic comparison post for the OPI Modern Family collection which she did at the end of 2012, she also just posted this feature on the Essie 2013 Resort Collection complete with swatches and comparisons. Get informed and inspired!

Finally, if you REALLY can’t get enough of these splurge-or-save beauty secrets, follow this Pinterest board now! Pinner Melissa Arnold has cataloged 535-and-counting beauty dupes in one place on her aptly titled M A K E U P | D U P E S pin board. Get in on it!

There you go, dolls! High-end beauty on the cheap. Bonus: Now that you’ve saved $$$ on your makeup, you have more in those pretty wallets for clothes!

Do YOU have any beauty dupes? Money saving secrets? Share them in the comments below!


Liza, Editorial Director


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