In the last two weeks I have found two awesome dupes that I’m super excited to share with you! I have fallen into the highlighter trap and am totally crazy for highlighters, even more than contour. I will use a highlighter everyday, where I will only contour on special occasions or if I have extra time for makeup ;). One of my favorites is Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal ($38- described as a golden opal pearl) which is an awesome natural highlight that works on many skin tones with a pearlescent shimmer and no glitter …and I found a $4 dupe! #yourewelcome My second dupe is a skin care dupe, but it is totally worth it because of the cost comparison and in the upcoming cooler months you will need this! Drunk Elephant has quickly become a popular brand mostly because their products are not all hype and actually do what they say with effective active ingredients, but it tends to be pricey. One of their products is Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil which retails for $72 and I have found a $15 dupe with the help of beautypedia.com so I can’t take all the credit, but I like to share my finds (extensive review for this oil below)!

becca shimmering skin perfector opal dupe

First things first: Becca Highlighting Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal Dupe– As I mentioned before, this retails for $38 for .28oz or 8g of highlight. Opal is a super popular shade, probably because it works for a wide range of skin tones and gives a natural lit from within, hydrated glow to your cheekbones/face. I discussed this highlighter a little bit when I reviewed and swatched the Best of Becca Blushed Radiance Kit in which I received a small size which you can read here. When I received my recent shipment from Wet n Wild beauty this week, I found out that Wet n Wild’s MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals is a total dupe for Becca’s Opal! …And it retails for $3.99 (.19oz or 5.4g). This highlighter from Wet n Wild is currently limited edition and has been in and out of stock (in stock now!), but word on the beauty street is that in the new year it will be permanent, so hopefully we will find it in local drugstores soon! Unlike my other dupe posts where some things may be off, either formula or texture or shade- these highlighters are complete duplicates as far as I can tell. They are both creamy, pigmented, and it’s the same shade with the same pearlescent effect on the skin. #noglitter I am so excited to let you guys know about this! Tip: Use this as an eyeshadow too, such a pretty lid color! Also, if you are looking for a decent inexpensive highlight brush, the one featured in the picture above is the ELF Small Tapered brush for $3, which you can buy at Walmart or Target or pretty much anywhere else that sells ELF. (FYI- if you think my Becca highlighter looks a little funny in the picture above, it slipped out of my hands and fell out of the compact, luckily in one huge chunk. #thankgod I almost couldn’t breath, it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion- you know what’s going to happen and you can’t stop it #itcouldhavebeenworse More makeup has met it’s demise since I have started beauty blogging and mostly because I take pictures of these items and I am carrying them around- apparently dropping them too. #butterfingers)

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Now for our skincare dupe and review- Marula Oil. It’s Fall, and my skin changes with the weather- literally. I have recently been trying out some items from Drunk Elephant with their Let’s B Clear Set at Sephora. These items are quite pricey in my opinion, but are effective- therefore worth the investment in my eyes. I like to research products, especially more expensive ones, because if the science behind the product is not there, then I do not want to waste my money. I often go to beautypedia.com for this. Some people have mixed reviews of this website because it’s linked to Paula’s Choice and Paula Begoun -so some don’t think the opinions are impartial or unbiased. A positive thing about this website for me is that they are honest about ingredients and efficacy of ingredients in products as well as if the product is worth it or is going to do what it says it’s going to do. They also include citations of unbiased research for ingredients in products to say if they are helpful or harmful. All of Drunk Elephant’s products have a perfect score on beautypedia. #sold For me, now it’s not just word of mouth that these products are good. So I dipped my toes in with the Let’s B Clear set. While on beautypedia looking at the review of the Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, they mentioned that Acure Organics had a Marula Oil Dupe for the Drunk Elephant (read for yourself here). It was mentioned that the Drunk Elephant’s packaging was superior for photosensitivity, but that these oils were the same. The packaging issue can be easily resolved for the Acure Organics Marula Oil by keeping it out of the sunlight.  I just keep the Acure Organics Marula Oil in it’s box to keep it out of the light. The Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil retails for $72 for 1 oz, where the Acure Organics Marula Oil is $15 for 1 oz. You can buy the Acure Organics Marula Oil at vitamin stores and health food stores like Whole Foods and it’s in and out of stock at target.com because it’s pretty popular. A review for several Drunk Elephant products will be coming soon just in time for the Sephora VIB Rouge and VIB Sale!

How I use it: I like to mix it in with my moisturizer at night. This oil is not moisturizing enough for my skin by itself, but it is perfect mixed in with my moisturizer. It is also a little oily for me for day time while wearing makeup right now while it still gets warm in the afternoons, so I am limiting my use to the evening- or I use it during the day on a day I know I’m not going to wear makeup. It does soak in very well to the skin, and after 15 min or so your skin will not feel oily. My skin feels so plump and soft in the morning and less stressed out. You could also layer this with a moisturizer as well, such as putting this on under or over a moisturizer, patting it into the face. I have not had any irritation or breakouts from this oil, which is rare for me. Actually, it is supposed to have “anti-microbial” properties as it says below in the description so this probably helps with breakouts and to balance skin. In the winter I will be able to use this during the day and at night. #bringonthecoldweather

What Sephora says (Drunk Elephant Marula Oil):

What it is:
A wonder-working, antioxidant-rich, luxurious facial oil that hydrates, preserves, and heals your skin while restoring its youthful glow.

What it is formulated to do:
This amazingly absorbent oil delivers clinically proven antiaging benefits and advanced protection against environmental stressors and free radicals. Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness, and blotchiness, with a marked improvement in skin elasticity. Anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin types, this antioxidant-rich formula leaves skin completely nourished and smooth with no greasy residue.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
With regular use of the totally pure Virgin Marula™ in combination with Drunk Elephant cleansers, serums, and sun protection, your skin will be balanced and optimized to look and feel it’s healthiest. This cruelty-free product is vegan, natural, and organic, and does not contain gluten, essential oils, fragrances, or colorants.

What is said about Acure Organics Marula Oil:

  • What’s that? You haven’t heard of Marula Oil? OMG! Where have you been! Rich in proteins and omega fatty acids, lightweight, and easily absorbed, Marula works wonders on:Dry, chapped skinReducing skin rednessMassageScarsFine linesThe Marula is 100% pure, wildcrafted without pesticides, cold pressed and unrefined (like us)

BENEFITS
Works wonders on dry, chapped skin, scars and fine lines
Reducing skin redness
Helps maintain skin’s natural acid mantle
Great as a massage oil
Paraben free, Vegan, Synthetic fragrance free, Silicone free,
Phthalate free, Gluten free
Our Marula is 100% pure, wildcrafted without pesticides, cold pressed and unrefined
(like us). The Marula project provides economic empowerment to the South African women who harvest and process the oil.

Directions
“Use: Apply small amount to dry skin for moisture and balance. Apply smallamount to ends of hair to relieve split ends. Apply to dry cuticles, scars,and stretch marks.”

  • Does not contain
    Gluten free”, “Paraben free, Phthalate free, Silicone free, Synthetic fragrance free, Vegan

Are you ready to glow this winter? Say goodbye to dry, flaky, dull winter skin with these two dupes!  I think they are worth checking out and saving some money!!  Happy Shopping!

 

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