The Budget Buy

6 Alternative Routes

IMG_0214I would use the word “dupe” but alternative sounds much more fancy. I think all bloggers have the tendency to purchase similar products then realize it after the fact (points at self). I have 6 higher end products that I’ve found dupes for and will save you a couple of bucks . . .

IMG_0220Diptyque Baies $60 / Archipelago Botanics Pomegranate Citrus $24.50

This candle is a third of the price and smells exactly like Baies! If I was blind folded and had to smell them, I wouldn’t be able to tell which one is which. I was able to find this candle at my local Ulta on sale for $13, you can’t beat that!

IMG_0215Chanel Frenzy $27 / Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Always Naked $4.00

The CG polish (on the left) is just a tad lighter then Frenzy but the closest thing I’ve found to it. Both opaque in two coats and the CG polish doesn’t chip as fast as the Chanel one!

IMG_0216M.A.C Mineralized Concealer $20 / Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $3.99 

They might not be similar in shade but the texture and consistency are the same. They’re creamy, lightweight and light to medium coverage.

IMG_0219M.A.C 239 Brush $25 / Real Techniques Shading Brush $6

These brushes are similar in shape but both made of different bristle types. The M.A.C brush is natural hair while the RT is synthetic. The 239 is a bit flatter and wider but both provide the same purpose.

IMG_0217Tom Ford Lipstick in Bruised Plum $49 / M.A.C Darkside $15

I almost forgot which one was which because they’re identical, the swatch says it all!

IMG_0218Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector $22 / Almay Liquid Lip Balm $4.99

Not similar in color what so ever right but they feel very similar. They both smell like yummy cupcakes and are the same concept, gloss-balm hybrids.

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23 thoughts on “6 Alternative Routes

  1. Great “alternatives” haha, love the sound of that! I have always wanted to try the Diptyque candles but are so expensive! I will have to smell these when I go to Ulta again.

  2. OMGSH!!!! I’ve been waiting to buy a Diptyque candle for ages now but I can’t bite the bullet! So excited to buy the other one though! Thank you soo much for sharing!(:

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