Tax Refund: Invest in Your Skin

My husband has mixed feelings about this one, but this year I made a resolution to take better care of my skin. On one hand, my smooth, glowing complexion is quite nice. On the other, I’m spending a good bit more than I used to. To clarify, I would wash my face with whatever face wash I found left over from testing at Brandefy HQ, slap on some face lotion (again, courtesy of Brandefy), and spot treat with a Benzoyl Peroxide wherever I needed to. Basically, my skin care routine was less than $10. As I rapidly approach 30, I feel it’s time to do my best to prevent wrinkles and put my best face forward with high-quality products.

If you want to join me on the year of the skin, allow me to suggest some products that you can get with just $60 of your tax refund. These products are quality dupes of the more high-end stuff. We never get paid to do these reviews. They are simply our honest opinions.

Face Wash - Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser vs. up & up Gentle Skin Cleanser (savings = $1 )

Up&up knocks it out of the park! Nearly identical packaging, scent (they're both fragrance free), and afterfeel. The up&up is a little filmier during your lather, so you don't need to use as much, but it may feel less natural to some. But we like this dupe! Buy From Target

Toner - Glossier Solution vs. Pixi Glow Tonic (savings = $9)

Kayla says:Glossier is $24 for 4.4 oz & Pixi is $15 for 3.4 oz. Pixi doesn't have much of a smell. Glossier has a strong herbal scent but it wasn't off putting at all. Packaging wise I like Glossier's better only because it has a pump that you can put your cotton round on and just push down for product. 2 pumps is enough to cover your whole face. The only downside of this packaging is that it isn't travel friendly if you don't keep the little plug that it came with - if you tip it upside down solution does seep out. The plug is so small that I know eventually I would lose it. Pixi's packaging is fine it has a screw off lid and you do have to shake the product out onto your cotton round. 3 shakes & I had enough product on my round to cover my whole face. Pixi markets their tonic as having 5% Glycolic Acid as the active ingredient. Glossier markets their solution as having 10% AHA/BHA/PHA Salicylic Acid. However on the packaging it states that 0.5% of that 10% is Salicylic Acid as the active ingredient. The rest you do not know the exact ratios of the active acids. Pixi does not have Salicylic Acid in their formula. Personally, I don't like using Salicylic Acid on a daily basis as it's very drying for my skin. & with a toner you usually want to use it every day. I cannot use Glossier every day without my skin feeling very, very tight. Pixi does not do that to my skin. I do notice with both products that pores become smaller & my skin does seem a bit brighter. Salicylic Acid does help with acne however in the end it's not worth using every day if your skin starts to become dry & sensitive. Personally I don't really think these a dupes for each other as they have completely different active ingredients. If you do not have a sensitivity to Salicylic Acid & enjoy using it purchasing Glossier may be better for you. My personal preference is to stick with Pixi and my personal opinion is that these products are nothing alike. Buy Pixi from Target

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Serum - Sunday Riley Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment vs. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% (Savings = $98)

Katie Says:ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING! Something everyone should have in their skincare routine is a good lactic acid. Smooth flawless skin is what everyone deserves. No more do we have to pay $105 for a small portion of Sunday Rileys Good Genes!!! For just $7 ( with tax) you can get the same smooth skin from The Ordinary. Not only does The Ordinary work as fast and as well as any high-end lactic acid, but it also has hyaluronic acid in it as well, your exfoliant and moisturizer all in one, for a drug store price. I would highly suggest this for anyone who is sick of paying those high prices! Also when you use these acids remember your sunscreen as well! Buy The Ordinary

Mask - GlamGlow Super Mud Activated Charcoal Treatment vs. Sephora Collection Mud Mask Purifying and Mattifying (Savings = $5)

These masks felt very similar (although the Glamglow is slightly thinner in texture), both in the application and during wear. They are both mud masks with bits of mud in them and dry tightly on the face to draw out impurities. If you're interested in this type of mask, there is no need to go pricey with this one - pick up the Sephora brand! Buy Sephora Collection


Total Bill - Face Wash $6.69, Pixi Tonic $15, The Ordinary Serum $7, Mud Mask $20 (roughly $60 for all of this skincare!

Take your new products and saved money and glow forth!!

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