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I Don’t Believe In Skincare “Dupes”
You can’t “dupe” all high-end or niche products. This doesn’t apply to one-ingredient products like virgin marula oil. While the texture may be different, the end result is probably going to be the same for most folks. But multi-ingredient products like Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra, TLC Framboos, C-Firma, and other niche products from brands like Paula’s Choice, Youth to the People- the main active ingredients may be the same, but the concentrations and inactive ingredients are different. As well, they may not have an active ingredient that the “original” product does. Let’s take these two. Often touted as dupes, I love them both. I used to use them both daily, actually, though now B-Hydra is my main hydration serum. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 has HA and B5 as it’s two actives and I adore that TO utilizes multiple sizes of HA to draw moisture into different layers of your skin 💦 DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ‘s active ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid (both products use sodium hyaluronate, which is molecularly easier for skin to absorb) and Panthenol (B5, a hydrator), but also Niacinamide, which helps with controlling excess oil production. This key ingredient is what made B-Hydra so amazing when I struggled with oil overproduction. You can utilize the Ordinary’s Niacinamide+Zinc alongside its HA+B5 offering, but I enjoy that B-Hydra just has it already in it, as it makes B-Hydra a unique serum that addresses multiple issues common to those with combination/oily skin. As far as inactives go, both products include a variety of extracts, but B-Hydra bumps up its hydration offerings by adding sodium PCA in its ingredient list! It’s very well-rounded. So, is HA+B5 inferior? Not at all. I love it, and it’s an affordable, lovely hydration serum. I enjoy that the Ordinary does one- or two-note products because it allows you to truly personalize a skincare routine. But HA+B5 is not a duplicate for B-Hydra, the ingredient lists are very different even if they share two actives. It can be used as a substitute, but long-term results likely won’t be the same without supplementing the missing niacinamide via a secondary product. Saving money is A+, but evaluate *where* in an ingredient list you’re willing to budge before grabbing a “dupe”!
DRUNK ELEPHANT-B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Best & Worst⁉⁉ My Personal Ranking of 4 Hyped B5 Products...
Vitamin B5 helps keep skin soft, smooth and healthy. It has an anti-inflammatory effect that can help stimulate your skin's healing processes. I have combo skin and I've tried 4 hyped B5 products. Here is my personal ranking of them: 1⃣LA ROCHE-POSAY Baume B5 2⃣SKINCEUTICALS Hydrating B5 Gel 3⃣The Ordinary B5 4⃣LA ROCHE-POSAY Serum B5 The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 $6.8 for 30ml This is an amazing product at an inciting price tag. You really can't go wrong with $6.00 for this goodness. It has a sticky consistency with no scent. When you rub it into your skin, it suds up a bit. After a moment it seeps into the skin. Another thing to note is that it peeled under my sunscreen and makeup products, so I just used it in the evening. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum $30 for 30ml The one major flaw in this product is the fragrance. It is a heavily perfumed scent that takes a long time to disappear and its not suitable for sensitive skin. The texture is sticky but it didn't ball up on my face. It seemed to absorb slowly, which means I had to wait along time to apply moisturizer over top. It may have worked to leave my skin hydrated but I will not repurchase it for the texture and fragrance. SKINCEUTICALS - Hydrating B5 Gel $83 for 30ml The price is kinda steep but you get what you pay for! The texture is silky and a little goes a long way. And it didn't ball up at all. It keeps the skin hydrated and plump. Although the product is pricey, it lasts for a long time and does the job, thus it is worth it. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Cicaplast Baume B5 for Dry Skin Irritations $15 for 40ml This is my holy grail irritated skin rescue product! When I suffered from sensitive skin conditions or went too hard on the retinol, it works well to speed up the skin recovery process and moisturize dry patches. My skin even gets sting when I apply La mer, but this balum helps so much to reduce the irritation and soothe the healing skin. I HIGHLY recommend for any irritated skin that needs quick healing. If you have any questions or suggestions hmu 😘💖‼️
LA ROCHE-POSAY -Cicaplast Baume B5 for Dry Skin Irritations
NYX vs Urban Decay! Guess Who is the WINNER?
These two eyeshadow palettes have many similar shades. They're both more orangey and brown, suitable for fall and winter use. NYX - Ultimate Shadow Palette's packaging is a light transparent plastic which looks a bit cheap, while URBAN DECAY - Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette's packaging is beautiful and comes with a mirror and eyeshadow brush. NYX has a more solid texture and its metallic shades are not very well pigmented, but the powder doesn't fly everywhere. Urban Decay has a softer and more delicate powder. The metallic shades are well pigmented and highly saturated. From a practicality standpoint, NYX has 16 shades, 7 of them metallic and 9 of them matte. Among them are a few nude shades and eyeliner shades which are sufficient for everyday makeup looks. The Urban Decay palette has 12 shades, 5 of them metallic and 7 of them matte. Basically, NYX has all the shades in the Urban Decay palette and even more, so it's easier to match the shades. Besides, the Urban Decay palette is much more expensive than the NYX palette, so NYX is more suitable for students and beginners. However, if you're looking for better packaging and powder texture, choose Urban Decay instead.
URBAN DECAY-Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette
Same Effect With 1/5 The Price? 🤔Sounds Like A Good Deal
I have combination skin. My skin is very dry in the winer, and it can get oily in the summer. It is kind of hard to find the right face cream for combo skin. In my mind, these two products are very similar. So today, I will compare the two and tell you the BEST Face Cream! Both of them have a moisturizing gel-like texture, but they also have slight differences. TATCHA - The Water Cream is more sticky but it spreads very easily. The LA MER - The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream is more moisturizing but it doesn't spread as easily as the Tatcha The Water Cream. Both have a light refreshing scent. The Tatcha The Water Cream is an oil-free, moisturizing cream which helps in maintaining the water balance of our skin and minimizing the appearance of pores. The ingredients include Japanese Wild Rose, which can visibly tighten pores and smoothen skin texture, and Japanese Leopard Lily which helps to control excess oil and clarifies skin. Hadasei-3™, an anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae, restores a healthy look and youthful radiance. In conclusion, the Tatcha The Water Cream focuses on moisturizing while also providing an anti-oxidant effect. It's more suitable for oily or combination skin. It's US$68 for 1.7oz. The La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream delivers soothing moisture for a refreshed feeling. It's created with Miracle Broth™ and Micro Oil Gel Capsules to bring nourishing moisture to the skin and at the same time help smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. Lime tea helps to protect against environmental stress and pollution for a pure glow. This cool gel cream is ideal for a combination or oily skin. It's US $335 for 2oz. To sum up, the La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream provides a moisturizing, restorative, and anti-aging effect. It's a good choice for those who want to nourish and restore their skin. The Tatcha The Water Cream focuses on moisturizing, oil control, cleansing, and fighting oxidation. Both facial creams have different effects and properties. In terms of moisturizing, I think the Tatcha The Water Cream is sufficient. Do you agree with me? 😘 Share your thoughts!
LA MER-The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream
Worth it? $40 vs. $150 remover
EVE LOM - EVE LOM Cleanser Size：200 ml Prcie：$150 I love it I love it I love it. I wish it wasn’t so expensive. I bought a jar of 200ml, big one. Comes with two cleansing towels. This jar lasted me about four to five months. It gets everything off, even long wear lipstick that stays on Iike superglue. I wear heavy makeup everyday for work and the only cleanser which has proven to work alone without any help from other cleansers or micellar lotions is this one. Make sure to use the cleaning cloth comes with it and follow the instruction and not towel or other. And you don’t need to use cleanser after this. I love the feeling after cleansing my face, it’s soft and fresh with a decent herbal smell. It smooths my face and I feel alot brighter after cleansing. Some may say that there is too much hassle for a daily cleanser, without any results to back it up. It’s true. The price is a bit excessive but you can find some decent deals on some sites like Sephora Rouge season or Lookfantastic where there might be sale like 30% off. It worth trying. CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm SIZE: 3.8 oz/ 125 mL I have repurchased a couple of times now. It removes makeup very effectively and washes clean. I do use a second cleanser, I use this to double cleanse with a gentle foaming cleanser. But if you prefer not to, this will leave your face feeling clean enough. Another really convenient thing is that it doesn't seem to leave a residue in my bathtub or make the tub oily and slippery. I love the balm over cleansing lotions. It takes off everything, including mascara and the gooiest, sparkliest lip gloss and lipstick. I found the formula very natural and gentle. It is fragrance-free balm, suitable for sensitive skin and melts into a silky oil as you rub it on to your face. This doesn't leave skin feeling tight and dry after use. It removes all traces of makeup and removes waterproof eye make-up with ease. Product wise, both are great removers. Especially Eve Lom, you can feel it brightens the skin after using for a while, and a little product goes a long way. If you found great deals, definitely recommend give it a try. However for most people including me, makeup removers are consumables that does not worth that investment. Clinique is by far my favorite and cost-effective cleanser.
EVE LOM-EVE LOM Cleanser
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