How Much Should You Really Be Spending on Beauty Products?
Four women hand over their salon statements and Sephora receipts to our expert analysts to find out whether their beauty spending fits their budgets
Stephanie is diligent about her skin-care routine. She regularly uses:
-La Roche-Posay Effaclar DUO Acne Treatment, $36.95
-La Roche-Posay Effaclar Toner, $23.99
-La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser, $15
Instead of shelling out $80 every few months for an acne treatment, Stephanie should look for similar products with the same active ingredients: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment, $7.99; Dr. Lin Acne Spot Corrector, $7.49; and Biore Blemish Fighting Astringent, $5.99, contain the same active ingredients. Switching products could save her $178 a year.
Now for the makeup swaps. Product junkies know these as "makeup dupes" -- drugstore makeup look-alikes that mimic the department store goods. Stephanie's wallet would benefit from these swaps:
-Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Berry Pop, $21, for NYX Powder Blush in Desert Rose, $5
-Benefit High Beam, $26, for e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal, $1
-Lancome Hypnose Mascara, $26, for Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, $7
Making switches like these would save Stephanie an additional $150 a year, bringing her total savings to $928 annually.
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