In my ongoing efforts to streamline finances, I started swapping out my higher end beauty products for more affordable drugstore finds. Without having to compromise quality or effectiveness, here are my BUDGET FRIENDLY FINDS…

Pureology Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner VS Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

pureology hydrate s&c VS organix renewing moroccan argan oil s&c

I have been using – and loving – the Pureology Hydrating haircare line for sometime now. I have a combination of straight and wavy, color treated hair. Without the right balance of product, I walk a fine line between dry and brittle, oily and lifeless hair. The Pureology products helped me maintain shiny hair without being greasy, soft without feeling weighed down… overall HEALTHY hair. Recently Michelle talked about the Organix line in her Ulta Haul post, so I thought I would give it a try. The absolute best thing I can say about the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner is that there was absolutely no change in my hair going from my old, expensive products to the new ones. At a fraction of the price… I was sold!

Kérastase Nutritive Serum Oléo Relax VS Organix Macadamia Dry Styling Oil

kerastase VS macadamia dry styling oil

I used the Kerastase Nutritive Serum Ole Relax to help protect against the daily torture I put my hair through of blow drying and flat ironing. The serum also helps to keep the frizz and fly aways in check. I honestly had no plans to give up this product, until the great minds at Organix decided to attach a free sample of their Macadamia Dry Styling Oil to my Renewing Moroccan Argan Conditioner. This stuff works fantastic. Same great soft and shiny results, AND I think it actually makes my hair more manageable and easy to style. Nice work on the product placement Organix!

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara VS Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara

lancome hynose drama VS maybelline full n' shoft

I used the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara for a short time until my mom(!) told me to try out a cheaper alternative – Maybelline Full N’ Soft Mascara. Same even coverage…thick, full lashes… but the Full N’ Soft really does make your lashes feel SOFT! Sometimes I forget I’m even wearing mascara. It’s also REALLY easy to remove with my regular Dermologica face wash – No extra eye makeup remover needed! THANKS MOM!

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream VS Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream

l'occitane VS burt's bees

I carry hand cream with me everywhere I go! I have extremely dry hands. I was given the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream as a gift and was immediately addicted. Absorbs quickly, thick but not greasy, VERY effective. I was also given the Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream as a gift on a separate occasion, and found the exact same results. Burt’s Bee’s it is!

NARS Blush in Orgasm VS Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

nars blush in orgasm VS milani baked blush in luminoso

As summer comes to an end and my tan fades, its time to retire my NARS Bush in Torrid for the winter. In the pursuit of a new shade, the NARS Blush in Orgasm came highly recommend, so I gave it a whirl. I loved the peachy, pink tones and subtle gold shimmer, but at check-out was reminded how expensive NARS blushes can be! After doing a little research, I found a review online which lead me to a similar, but WAAAAY less expensive product called Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. The woman reviewing the product called it a “Dupe” for it’s more expensive NARS counterpart. The colors are ridiculously similar, but I will say that the NARS blush does last a bit longer on the cheek. For the ridiculous price cut, I think I can deal with a little late afternoon reapplication.

5 Drugstore Dupes for High End Products

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FRUGAL MINDS UNITE!! Tell me about your favorite “Dupes”! I know I’m not the only one looking for a bargain… 😉