Luxury Skincare Dupes

Here are three of my tried and true luxury skincare dupes!

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Skincare is a big part of my life and although there are many amazing products out there, it’s hard to find affordable ones that do what they’re supposed to do. I’ve tried a mix of everything, from luxury skincare to drugstore products and as much as I’ve loved using the more expensive items, they haven’t always been the best for my skin. In fact a lot of my affordable skincare works just as well. So today I want to share my tried and true “luxury skincare dupes” with you.

I completely understand that the more expensive products are sometimes manufactured, sourced and produced with different ingredients. However this doesn’t always mean that they’re better than some of the more affordable options out there. Unless your skin has been trained to use only the most expensive products on the market, you’re probably going to be fine using the $20 moisturizer versus the $300 one.

This post isn’t to bash the more expensive products, because I’ll admit, if I could afford them, I’d certainly be using them. There’s something about putting luxury skincare on your face that makes you feel GOOD. Sometimes this is because of special and more expensive ingredients within them, and other times it’s just because you’re using La Mer. If you know what I mean 😉 But skincare that WORKS isn’t always expensive. It doesn’t have to be! And with that being said, let’s dive into the dupes!

La Mer Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream

Last summer I received a 1oz tub of the La Mer Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream. It’s safe to say that I was swooning. It was AMAZING! I used that product like it was the last one ever made. I used it mainly in the daytime because I knew the full benefits would show beneath makeup and on a fresh face. I also used it on minor sunburns, which healed after just two days. The cream smoothed my skin, smelled amazing and miraculously healed my sunburns. And YES, I have found a dupe for it.

The moisturizer that I am now using comes very close to the La Mer Cool Gel Cream, besides the sunburn healing (because I haven’t tested that yet). I’m currently using the Youth Cream from The Body Shop and I’m already on my second jar. This cream moisturizes, without leaving a greasy finish; it actually leaves a very pretty glow on the skin! I use it day and night, underneath makeup and on a fresh face. I’ve seen a huge improvement in the texture of my skin as well as hydration. In comparison to the La Mer Cool Gel Cream at $230CAD, this Youth Cream rings in at a total of $34.00CAD. It’s definitely approved on my end!

LancĂ´me Advanced GĂŠnifique Youth Activating Serum

In June last year I was gifted the LancĂ´me Advanced GĂŠnifique Youth Activating Serum (that’s a mouthful) and put it to use right away. After using it overnight for just a week I saw a huge improvement in the size of my pores and the smoothness of my skin. I believe I even reviewed it on the blog here once or twice. This was a product that I also used as if it was the last one ever produced. I used it up until the last drop and was very sad to say goodbye. Since it retails for $134CAD I was not willing to purchase it myself, and instead went on a hunt for a comparable but affordable serum.

Last month I was introduced to the Youth Concentrate Serum from The Body Shop and instantly fell in love. This serum has the exact same consistency as the Lâncome one and seems to work just as well. I use it overnight after my toner and before my facial oil. I’ve seen a big improvement in the size of my pores, softness of my skin and the overall appearance of my skin. In comparison, the Youth Concentrate Serum from TBS costs less than half the price of the Lâncome ($50CAD).

Rodan + Fields Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream

When I was an active R+F Consultant I used the Multi-Function Eye Cream every single night and had amazing results. I realize though that $75CAD for a small eye cream just isn’t in some people’s budgets, so I started to look for alternatives to share with you guys. I tried a lot of eye products, serums, rollers, creams etc. and it took me months to find something comparable in size and cheaper in price. The R+F eye cream is fantastic, I won’t lie about that, but it is steep in price so a great alternative is Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

The Kiehl’s eye cream is the same size as the R+F one and costs almost less than half the price ($40CAD). It’s just as good in my opinion because it de-puffs and reduces darkness. I can’t speak for the reduction of fine lines because I don’t have any….so that will be reviewed at a later time LOL.

If you have any of your own tried and true luxury skincare dupes, I would love to hear about them in the comments!

xoxo,

Haley



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My Experience with Body Contouring

Over the past few months I’ve been going to The Skin Girls (TSG) for body contouring and I feel that this post is long overdue! Many of you have asked me questions about it on IG, so I want to share everything I can with you in this post. If you still have questions after reading this you can always comment below or DM me on IG!


Area Contoured: UPPER ARMS

The reason I chose to get my arms contoured is because it’s always been a stubborn fat part on my body and something that I was always insecure about. We all have idealistic images of our own bodies and no matter what I did or ate, my arms just wouldn’t tone down the way I wanted them to. I knew that with a healthy diet and consistent working out, this treatment would pay off and get me the results I wanted.

How it works…

BodyFX is a form of body contouring that permanently reduces fat and tightens your skin. In simple terms, it basically zaps your fat with heat. I’ll leave the technical explanation for the pros. The machine that TSG uses heats up to 42 degrees Celsius, which is the temperature that fat melts at.

How it feels…

I’m not going to lie and say that this procedure is painless because it depends on your pain tolerance. For me, the procedure on my arms burns for very short periods of time when the machine heats up to its highest temperature, but after the treatment I feel normal and don’t experience any sort of pain.

In regards to how your skin looks after, depending on your skin type there may be bruise-like marks where the area has been heated and suctioned. Since I naturally bruise easily, I always leave with red marks and over the next few days after treatment they begin to turn purple. But they do not hurt. These marks last up to a week and a half for me. Some people don’t experience any marks at all, it really depends.

What it costs…

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with The Skin Girls so the treatments I’ve had done were complimentary. Body Contouring at TSG costs $299CAD/session plus tax. Before you gasp at the price, average costs for this type of treatment are usually around $599CAD and from the results I’ve experienced, I would certainly pay for this treatment myself.

Did it really work…

After my very first session of Body Contouring at TSG I couldn’t immediately see results because of the red marks and also because it takes up to 4 weeks for the fat to dissolve. After about two weeks I noticed that my arms had toned down a bit. They say that each session typically lowers your fat percentage by 5%. Now after three sessions I can see a huge difference from before the treatment (pictured below). I’ll update this post a few weeks after the session I have today to show you my final results. I’m happy with the way my arms look now and am no longer insecure about them, so I think my 4th session will be my last.

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TOP: AFTER 3 SESSIONS BOTTOM: BEFORE TREATMENT

In addition to getting these treatments done I have been watching what I eat, not crazy dieting, but eating in moderation and working out consistently. I believe that working out 5-6 times a week has really helped to maintain the fat loss and tone down my arms. The bulkier parts of my arms, the upper shoulder area, are mainly muscle now which is what my goal was in the first place! If you’re looking to slim down your arms and you workout, don’t expect to get stick-thin results as muscle plays a huge role in their appearance.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below! If you’re local and are interested in visiting The Skin Girls you can get 10% off services by mentioning my name “HALEY10”.

xoxo,

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