Beauty Comparisons: Cheaper Products that Work Better

Friday, March 25, 2016

One of the biggest beauty myths that I see is that expensive products work better. Sure, some of my favorite makeup and skincare products were a splurge, but I also have plenty of drugstore products that are amazing. Sometimes, I happen to try out two similar products in different price ranges, and I'm always thrilled to find that the cheaper product works better. Here are just some of the cheaper skincare products I've tried that worked better:

First Aid Beauty Instant Repair Oatmeal Mask vs The Body Shop 3-in-1 Scrub Mask
While the formulas of these two masks are a little different (the FAB is different), they give very similar results due to having the same main ingredient. I find The Body Shop one to be a bit easier to use (it spreads a lot better) and it's $6 cheaper (and you get 3.5 ounces instead of 2.)

Josie Maran Cleansing Oil vs The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
I got the Josie Maran oil as a sample in my recent Sephora haul, and I have to say, I was not impressed. It has such a weird texture: it's really thick for an oil and warming it up in your hands does nothing. It's almost like there's some sort of silicone-y filler in there. The silky cleansing oil, on the other hand, has a great texture (definitely an oil, but not too runny or greasy) and really gets all my makeup off.  It's also $11 cheaper (you only get .7 ounces more, but it's a much better product!)

An Expensive Eyelash Serum vs Plain, Old Castor Oil
It may sound weird, but trust me on this one: don't shell out the big bucks for an expensive lash serum. There's only so much a serum can do to grow your lashes and castor oil works beautifully to keep your lashes healthy so they can grow well. I personally use it and have seen a lot of other people get great results as well! (A quick tip I learned from CloudyApples on YouTube: keep the castor oil in a clean, empty mascara tube so it's easy to apply.) Some people make their own serums as well, but castor oil is the main ingredient in most of them. The best part is, while some serums can cost hundreds of dollars, castor oil will cost you about five bucks.

What's your favorite alternative to an expensive beauty product?

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