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    13 Dupes For Fancy AF Skincare Products

    Turns out you can save your wages *and* your skin

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    1. Save with The Ordinary's £6.73 Lactic Acid instead of splurging on Sunday Riley's £119.90 Good Genes.

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    Lactic acid is one of the star ingredients in Sunday Riley's Good Genes, and it's perf for brightening, evening, and exfoliating your skin. Reviewers love The Ordinary's budget version (it has 4.5 stars on Amazon!) Grab a bottle here!

    2. Instead of spending £16 on Pixi Glow Mist, give Garnier's £2.89 Natural Rose Soothing Glow Mist a go!

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    Sure, Pixi's vegan glow mist has been a total hit with skincare buffs, but Garnier's (way cheaper) plant-rich formula is getting just as much buzz! Customers are raving about this soothing glow mist's dewy, hydrating formula, and we love how smoothly foundation sits on it. You can get it here for just £2.89!

    3. Save on Drunk Elephant's £103.98 Framboos Glycolic Night Serum by buying The Ordinary's £8.40 30% AHA Peeling Solution instead.

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    The Ordinary has blown up the skincare industry in the last couple of years, and with products like this, we are NOT surprised! Drunk Elephant's Night Serum uses AHA and BHA ingredients, and The Ordinary's Peeling Solution is packed with both. Nab it here (just be careful not to leave it on too long, as a few commenters have warned that the product is strong!)

    4. Before you blow your wages on some £259.98 Creme De La Mer, consider buying Neutrogena's £14.27 Hydro Boost Water Gel instead!

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    Nothing says bougie like Creme De La Mer, but that doesn't mean it's the only moisturiser that works. Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel is packed with hyaluronic acid, which sinks into your skin to give you that *expensive looking* hydrated glow. Folks love how lightweight and gentle it is, and as if Neutrogena wasn't budget-friendly enough, customers say that a little bit of the gel goes a long way. You can get a pot here!

    5. Murad's £59.50 Youth Renewal Serum is great, but this Bioniva Retinol Serum does basically the same thing for just £13.49.

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    Retinol is perfect for that youth-boosting glow, and both Murad and Bioniva's serums are bursting with it! Because retinol is such a powerful chemical exfoliant, it's pretty much guaranteed to make the skin of anyone who uses it softer, less clogged, and more even (we say yes, please). Bionovia users love how smooth the serum leaves their skin, but some commenters recommended easing into the product if you're new to retinol. Get Bioniva's serum here!

    6. Poppy Austen's £15.49 Hyaluronic Acid stacks up to Estée Lauder's £76 Advanced Night Repair Serum.

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    No matter what skin type you have, we're sure it needs exactly what both of these products offer; hydration, hydration, and more hydration. Hyaluronic acid is great for getting deep into your skin and moisturising from the inside out, repairing and rejuvenating just like Estée Lauder's serum! Customers rave about its plumping, moisturising, and exfoliating properties. You can get a bottle here! (Also, did we mention it's 100% vegan?)

    7. Before you spend £19 on Glossier's Balm Dotcom, remember your old £2.66 friend, Burt's Bees.

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    The multi-use Glossier Balm Dotcom has reached cult status in the beauty sphere for a reason⁠ – and we’ve found some great less pricey alternatives! We love the Burt’s Bees lip balms which use vitamin-E for long-lasting moisture. They’re also 100% natural and they even give the same peppermint tingle that the Glossier balms do. Get your own here!

    8. You could spend £68.95 on Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream, but me and your nan just thought we'd remind you about Pond's £4 Cold Cream.

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    Skincare fans have found that when used as a moisturiser, this Pond’s cleanser gives the same ethereal goddess-like glow that Charlotte’s iconic cream promises – and all for the same price as your morning coffee! Nab some here!

    9. Sunday Riley's £108.99 Luna Sleeping Night Oil is fab, but so is The Ordinary's £14.54 Granactive Retinoid in Squalane!

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    For those of you with sensitive skin, this is the dupe for you! With a 5% concentration of granactive retinoid, The Ordinary's serum doesn't contain retinol (Luna's star ingredient), which means it's great if you're new to skincare and a bit wary of using harsher ingredients. Revive your skin and your bank account by getting a bottle here!

    10. Save yourself from UV rays with Khiel's £54.98 Ultra Light Daily Defence Sunscreen, and you can save your wallet as well, with Soap & Glory's £17 Sun Cream.

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    Reviewers love both of these sun creams for their super high UV protection, lightweight and mattifying properties, and the fact that they help fight premature ageing and hyper-pigmentation. Snap up Soap & Glory's sun cream here!

    11. Nip & Fab's £9.75 Dragon's Blood Serum is just as fangtastic as Rodial's £65 Dragon Blood Sculpting Oil, we promise!

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    Don’t let the name scare you off – dragon’s blood is actually pretty amazing! It’s traditionally used for its antiviral and wound healing effects, which in simple terms means your skin = plumped, fine lines = smoothed, and spots = chased away with a huge medieval-style sword (not really). Get the Nip & Fab serum here!

    12. This £13.99 Sun Prive Pink Clay Mask is the perfect dupe for Sand and Sky's £39.90 Australian Pink Clay Mask.

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    Both of these masks star Australian Pink Clay as their hero ingredient, which promises minimised pores and clearer, brighter skin. Sand and Sky is best known as the original pink clay mask, and it’s tempting to give into the Instagram hype – it does look super cute in your bathroom cabinet – but users also rave about Sun Prive's version, which is amazing if you want to live your best pore-free life on a budget. Snap up your own here!

    13. We won't tell anyone you bought Beauty Kai's £12.05 Deep Hydration Face Mask instead of SK-II's £76.20 Facial Treatment Mask, promise!

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    Sheet masks have been accused of being a bit gimmicky and let’s face it, they seem like a bit too much fun to do a good job too, right? These two are super highly rated by customers. They're so much fun to use, and they actually work! If the SK-II option is out of your price range rn, Beauty Kai's aloe-infused alternative will give you all the luxe spa vibes without breaking the bank! You can get it here.