Valdosta Daily Times

October 14, 2012

Brittany's Budget Diary

From bankrupt to jackpot!

Brittany D. McClure
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — I know telling you about how awesome Pinterest is, is like beating a dead horse, but until I see that all of my budgeteers have joined the pinning revolution, I'm never shutting up about it.

Going through my daily Pinterest feed, as I do every day, I came across one of the greatest pins I have ever found. It was called “Bankrupt vs. Jackpot.” It outlined an entire slew of name-brand beauty products and their dopplegangers that could be found on the cheap at your hometown drug store.

Needless to say, it was like a second coming — I'm referring to Valdosta getting a MAC counter being the first and this pin being that to which I just referred.

So, for your drooling pleasure, I present drugstore dupes for your face high-end products!

Highlighting lotion: Used to illuminate your face and usually applied prior to your foundation or powder, it can be a pricey. High Beam by benefit is a favored brand, but at $24 a bottle, you better get used to chicken noodle soup ... and I mean a lot of it. Luckily, a brand called Boots makes a No. 7 High Lights lotion that is triple the size and nearly half the price at $13.

Contouring blush and bronzer: Every covergirl knows that contouring the cheek bones has been a necessity since the Kardashians hit the scene. So have no fear! While Kim K likes to use Nars (so I stalk her on YouTube ... get over it) we all don’t have $39 to drop on a small compact. However, most of us do have $3 and that’s how much the Elle Studio Contouring and Blush Kit costs. Go ahead, I know you want to kiss the paper.

Tiger eyes: Smoky eyes are a must-do for the fall, but three different shades of eyeshadow can add up. Sure, Lorac is one of the best eyeshadows ever invented, but it’s $26! I would much rather pay $8 for Revlon’s replication which is nearly exact.

Lipgloss: If you’re like me, you need all the lip help a girl can get. I’m chapped, cracked and just totally flushed! When I was living off my student-loan money, when I still held the delusion that it was “free” money, I would drop $24 on Nars Turkish Delight in a heartbeat. Now, I know that I can spend $3.50 on Bonnie Belle’s Liplites in Strawberry Parfait.

Cleanser: Lancome Bi-Facial cleanser is renowned for its eye makeup removing qualities. Yeah, someone is actually charging $26 a bottle to take off makeup ... I know, it makes so much sense. If all you’re doing is messing up your eye makeup, why not just spend $8 on Clean and Clear’s eye makeup removal? I do!

Here are some other steals the pin included:

— Elf eyeliner (which can be found at Target) for just $1 compares to Smashbox liquid liner pen for $20.

— Loreal Voluminous Mascara for $8 compares to Diorshow at $25.50.

— Milani “Mandarina” lipstick for $5 compares to Guerlain “Kiss Kiss” for $24.50.

— Sally Hansen Xtreme nail polish for just $2.59 compares to Chanel at $25.

— Revlon Colorstay Foundation for just $9.99 to MAC longer foundation for $29.50.

— Loreal Hip Cream eyeliner for $11 compares to Bobbi Brown Long-Lasting gel eyeliner for $18.

If this hasn’t convinced you to get on Pinterest, I don’t know what will! There is absolutely nothing wrong with expensive name-brand makeup. If I had the money, trust me, I would certainly pay the price to feel like a Kardashian. However, I don’t and thus, I gladly welcome the bankrupt version.

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