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A Listers Twin Sister – YSL Sheer Candy

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After I talked a fair amount about how much I LOVE the YSL Sheer Candy Cool Guava lip color I had a few ladies ask if there was a less pricey alternative.
So I set sail toward Walgreens in search of one.
Then I found one that I though “eh, this has got to be pretty close.”
Then I took photos to show how similar they are.
Then I looked at the photos.
And then…I felt, like, really dumb.
Because I paid $34 bucks for something that I could have had pretty much the exact same effect with for $5.
And I call myself FRUGAL!
I comforted me for having bought the YSL by saying that I love the packaging (it is pretty great) and that it is a smidge warmer and feel the teensiest bit more shiny but aside from that they are super similar.

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YSL {Sheer Candy – Cool Guava}  :   Baby Lips {Pink Punch}

Of course, I had to share this find but it also got me thinking about other dupes.
Are there any products you are dying to have but can’t bare to make the splurge?
Let me know if the comments and I will go on a hunt for you!

Also! I’m going to make a Q&A video so if you have any burning questions at all (about anything!) throw ’em out there and I’ll do my best to answer them:)

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161 Comments

  • Reply
    bonniebes
    October 21, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Touché Eclat and Dior Lip Glow!

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      Robyn
      October 21, 2014 at 6:31 am

      I use the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer and I love it!

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    Mekenna
    October 21, 2014 at 3:38 am

    I tried this cheaper alternative out but the color is too pale for my skin type should I try the mauve or deeper pink color instead?

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    Jamie
    October 21, 2014 at 3:39 am

    I recently started following your blog and love it. I really need help in this department, and you make it seem so easy.
    I came across Bobbi Brown’s Nude On Nude Palette and love the mixes of earth tones, and golds but can’t bring myself to spend the $75 on it. Any suggestions?

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      Robyn
      October 21, 2014 at 6:28 am

      I can’t speak to this specific pallet but I have the Maybelline Nudes Eyeshadow pallet and it is quite great for a drugstore find!! You should check it out to see if you can avoid that splurge 🙂

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      Jen
      October 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

      The palette by Bobbi Brown is worth the splurge…it will last you forever.

  • Reply
    Jenn
    October 21, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I’d love to see a few great cheap options for the amazing burgundy lipsticks that are so popular this fall 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiana
      October 21, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Revlon black cherry. I forget what dupe it is but I got it instead of a more expensive brand and it’s basically identical

      • Reply
        bonniebes
        October 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

        That’s one of the lipsticks Cara showed last Friday as a favorite!

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    Amy
    October 21, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Thanks for this post, Cara (always love a cheaper alternative)! As for a Q&A video, can you talk about tinted moisturizer application? How should this be done with a brush or beauty blender, etc.? I’m not typically a foundation girl and this is usually one of the only things I put on my face, but not sure if I’m doing it correctly! (Sorry for my novice-type question!)

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      brittany reinhard
      October 21, 2014 at 7:18 am

      In my opinion, if you are using an expensive product, I would use your fingers to apply it, and then use a brush or a blender just for finishing touches. That way the brush/blender is soaking up less product.

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      Amanda
      October 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Amy, I thought I’d help answer your question in the mean time.. I use NARS tinted moisturizer, when I was younger I applied with my fingers, but since it is much thinner consistency, it actually blends into the fingers more and gets uneven distribution. I would use a foundation brush (i got mine from sephora) it is circular/rounded top. Apply little dots where you want coverage, then using the brush, blend in using a circle motion, over and over, around the face. This way, it looks even & consistent, and you aren’t getting oils from your fingers on your face as well- better complexion! The brush doesn’t actually soak product, because you are pressing it the face, and using a light- medium hand, blending it into the face. If you use your fingers, this will actually cause you to use more product (something i learned from the makeup artist who showed me)
      Hope this helps!

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    Jen Paskey
    October 21, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I’m looking for that dark lipstick from last week that you put as a fall favorite because I just can’t bring myself to pay a lot for what I’ll probably only wear a couple of times.

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      bonniebes
      October 21, 2014 at 6:24 am

      One of the dark colors she showed (#9) was Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry….very affordable and often Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off at WalGreens.

  • Reply
    Tracee
    October 21, 2014 at 3:54 am

    MAC studio fix foundation

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    Jennie Minor
    October 21, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I love following your blog, on FB and on IG! You are the real deal! I love that you give us pricey options as well as cheaper, but same look, same quality. A lot of bloggers out there don’t do that so I am in love with your blog! My question is for hair….I want the wavy look that the curl stick gives. I have one that is similar. not sure I know what I am doing. It doesn’t look like the ladies on Lunchpail and Lipstick. 🙁

  • Reply
    Amber
    October 21, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Cheaper versions of urban decay eye shadow palettes (i.e. naked I, II, III)

    • Reply
      Lena
      October 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      check out sleek or coastal scent. though i think the ud ones are well worth the splurge.

    • Reply
      Sheena
      October 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Coastal Scents has dupes for the UD Naked palettes called Revealed, and I have heard and watched MANY great reviews! They contain double the product for half the price.

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    Katherine
    October 21, 2014 at 4:07 am

    I currently use MAC graphblack eyeliner and would love to find a cheaper black eyeliner that does not smudge and goes on smooth!! I am also on the hunt for a good mascara!

  • Reply
    Whitney Sullivan
    October 21, 2014 at 4:09 am

    NARS Scarlet Empress

  • Reply
    Michelle
    October 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Your IIID HAC palette because I can’t get it in the UK!

  • Reply
    Cathy B. (@fulltimemamom)
    October 21, 2014 at 4:14 am

    MAC Studio Fix powder. I dare you! 😉

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    Danielle P.
    October 21, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I am interested in the Urban Decay Naked Palettes 1&2… Are there any good cheaper alternatives for at least some of the colors? Thanks Cara

    • Reply
      Danielle P
      October 21, 2014 at 4:24 am

      Maybe to narrow it down even more, to the colors for the N1&N2 basics palletes…

    • Reply
      brittany reinhard
      October 21, 2014 at 7:49 am

      Honestly, I think the Naked Palettes are a steal. A pot of single shadown is like $15-18 for Urban Decay I think. I’ve had the palette for a year exactly, have used it nearly everyday since I bought it, and have not reached the bottom of the pan on any of the colors. The colors are so prigmented, and dont fall off. I dont even use any primer. The Naked 1 palette was probably the best cosmetic purchase Ive ever made and I think $50 is a great deal.

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    [email protected]
    October 21, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I tried the Anti-aging Face Primer that you recently recommended and I found that there was nothing especially wonderful about it. Any other suggestions? And a less expensive one also?

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    October 21, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Dying to know when the pre-ordering starts for your new HAC pack

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    Jen
    October 21, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Cara I know it’s like impossible to find in stores lately (still all over Amazon tho) but ur best dupe you’ve ever recommended I think is the got 2 b oilicious!! I have now also used real morroccan oil and I reall do prefer the oilicious.. One of my best finds from watching u!! And so cheap!!

  • Reply
    Jean
    October 21, 2014 at 4:21 am

    An inexpensive but great feeling face serum. Tried a sample of Peter Roth kind from Sephora. Cant afford the real thing.

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    Joanne
    October 21, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Cara,

    Can you PLEASE do a tutorial on how we ladies, with “sunken/dark” under eye hallows, can make this appear less obvious? I’m desperate to “fix” this issue. I swear I use 12 products, in layers (!) in different colors, all in an attempt to not look like I’m ready for Halloween early! 🙂 If anyone can help with this, YOU can!

    Much obliged,

    J

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      brittany reinhard
      October 21, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Hi J, I dont know if this helps any or if you have tried this. For unpleasant colors on the face, you can use an opposite color to cancel it out. For example, if you have a lot of red blemishes, you can get a green concealer corrector to cancel it out. Purple’s oppostite color would be yellow. I would try to find a good concealer that is a bit more yellow that your foundation. One of my favorite concealers is Tarte Maracuja concealer. So if you have warm undertones for your entire face, I would get a warm undertone concealer (definitely not a cool undertone one) and layer that on by dabbing it all the way from your lower lash line down to your nostrils, forming triangles on each side of the nose (outer corner of eye, to inner corner, to bottom of nose). Also, that way you dont have the lame raccooneye look with the concealer only right below the eye. Then if your face tends to get oily or sweaty, put a little setting powder on the concealer to hold it throughout the day. Also, another concealer might be Kat Von D. Ive only tried the foundation, but her products have extremely good coverage and dont slide around your face htroughout the day.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      October 22, 2014 at 4:00 am

      Wayne Goss has an excellent tutorial for this on YouTube. .

  • Reply
    gina
    October 21, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I’d love to hear about a great drugstore primer – particularly one for getting a matte finish/for oily skin. I love smashbox but hate spending $30 bucks on it!

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      Dee
      October 21, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada sells a line called GOSH. They have a great primer that rivals Smashbox for a fraction of the price. ELF also has a primer that looks similar but I haven’t tried it yet.

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      Daisy
      October 21, 2014 at 7:09 am

      This is going to sound insane but I use the Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel (you can get it at Walmart). It has the same active ingredients as Smashbox, but costs about $6. I swear I learned about this from other beauty bloggers who love it and I can’t even tell the difference between Monistat and Smashbox!

      • Reply
        Lena
        October 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        i second this, monistrat anti chafing gel is da bomb. if you still can find it, nip+fab used to have a primer that was really good (til they discontinued/reformulated).

    • Reply
      Carrie B
      October 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

      I like the Elf primer.

    • Reply
      surlykitchen
      October 21, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Maybelline baby skin no more pores is a great dupe. I have both and can’t tell a difference.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    October 21, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I would love if you could find a dupe for that Nars velvet matte lip color in deep aubergine. I fell in love with it on you last fall but couldn’t find it in stock (when I was willing to pay the price lol) and now can’t bring myself to shell out the $25 when I know I won’t where it very much.

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    Wishes & Reality
    October 21, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Love a good dupe! This is an amazing find, thank you for sharing!!

    Heidi D.
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

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    AMII
    October 21, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Thanks for trying to find cheaper dupes for us. My wallet greatly appreciates your effort. I would also love to see a post where you address the gone but not forgotten cosmetic must-haves and if there is a way to bring them back from the companies.

    In regards to your video, can you address how to cover dark bags and under eye circles and highlight that area at the same time? I’m confused when I see the area under the eyes highlighted because I really don’t want to bring attention to that spot when it’s puffy and dark. Am I missing a step here? Thanks, Cara!

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    Summer Ann
    October 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I’ve started using the Maybeline Yellow Corrector to take place of my MAC Paint Pot that I use for an eyelid primer. I’ve also started using it as a highlighting concealer to replace my Benifit Lemon aide.

    Xoxo,
    Summer Ann
    http://www.simplysummerann.com

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    ruth heaton
    October 21, 2014 at 4:57 am

    we just got our family photos back and for the first time in years I feel like I look pretty. I bought your HAC pack and thanks to your tutorials it really does make all the difference. I would love a dupe for the bliss eye shadow from the stila in the light palette. I don’t want to buy the whole palette again but love that color.

    • Reply
      Amanda
      October 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Me too! My bliss is all gone and the only color I used regularly from the palette!

  • Reply
    KC
    October 21, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Would love if you can find a great fall lip color for this season. Cheaper is the key! Thank you for this great find! Hope to see more!

  • Reply
    Angel L
    October 21, 2014 at 5:07 am

    A dupe for YSL’s Pink Lingerie lipstick would be amazing!! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Ana
    October 21, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I would love to see a cheaper version of the Burberry Warm Glow Natural Bronzer($52). Would love to find something similar at a cheaper price!!!

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    Rachel C
    October 21, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I would love a dupe for Wen!! I used Wen for a year and loved it but my wallet didn’t like it so much.

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      chris
      October 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Sally’s Beauty supply has there own brand of Wen like products- I used them for a long time and actually liked them better than Wen. The scents are slightly different but the results are the same.

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      ECF (@MissUSAHockey)
      October 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      for me, the jury is still out on Sally’s “One” Wen dupe. I’ve only tried a sample size packet, so I don’t know if that’s a good enough amount to judge it, but it seemed nice.
      BUT if you live near a Nordstrom Rack, I actually found Wen at mine for a reduced price

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      Ilene
      October 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Around Thanksgiving QVC will have a 5-pack value holiday set for $79! That’s a huge discount and lasted the whole year for me.

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    Welcome
    October 21, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Hi Cara, First let me say I LOVE your blog!!! It is the only one that consistently make the cut, when I inevitably have to go on unsubscribing binges to keep my email manageable! I would love to see a cheaper alternative to Lancôme Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo which comes in at a whopping $60 for one ounce! I tried a sample and loved it, also the convenience of the concealer being RIGHT there attached so I done have to hunt for it lol. Being a stay at home mom of 2 (like you now! Congrats!) in lue of my personal splurges is great, but I still wanna look great! Thanks!!!

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    Brennan
    October 21, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I’d love to see some highlighter dupes! I want a great highlighter but I don’t have $25+ to shell out for one. Love this post!

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    Tricia Johnson
    October 21, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I have the baby lips and love it! Thanks for sharing this!

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    Amanda
    October 21, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Yes, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer!!! Almost $50! There has to be something comparable with SPF and won’t clog pores with a nice sheet coverage. I’m on maternity leave and just cannot justify the price of LM. If you can find an alternative you will be my super hero mama!

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      Robyn
      October 21, 2014 at 6:45 am

      I’ve never used the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but I will say that I found the Alba Botanica Even Advanced CC Cream at my local Target store and I adore it! It’s about $14.00 and is mineral based with an SPF of 15. Give a try 🙂

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      Emily
      October 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

      I second this request! I must have something with SPF.

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      Lena
      October 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      try aveeno’s, the tinted moisturizer with soy reflecting properties. they have it in spf 15 or 30; i love the spf 30 as it has more coverage than the laura mercier tinted moisturizer.

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    MerY
    October 21, 2014 at 6:18 am

    NARS Creamy Concealer please !

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      surlykitchen
      October 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Mabelline fit me concealer is supposed to be a dupe. Never tried the NARS concealer but heard great things

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    C.
    October 21, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Yes highlighters! Preferably powder. Also something that compares to Benefit’s Porefessional!

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    Emily
    October 21, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Touche Eclat!
    Also just a full on post with tons of dupes!
    And… best drugstore mascaras. ANd the difference between them! 🙂

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      Amanda
      October 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      she uses maybelline lumi concealer, ive tried both and ended up buying it too. LOVE the maybelline!! you should give it a try. same consistency, better coverage, half the price

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    Allison
    October 21, 2014 at 6:37 am

    I’ve always wanted to try a good smoky eye. My eyes are light green & on the smaller side. Anytime I put liner on the bottom I feel like my eyes look tons smaller & the color just looks off with my eye color. I’d love some suggestions.

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      brittany reinhard
      October 21, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Allison, I have green eyes. Shades of purple will look good on your eye. You dont always need to line the bottom with liner unless you are doing a very dark dramatic look. What I do for my everyday look is smudge some grayish/pupleish shadow on my bottom last line, and then shadow the top lid and bring out the shadow a little past the outer corner and upwards so that it makes the eyes appear big and a little smokey. 95% of the time I do not use any “eyeliner.” Just shadow and good mascara (I use sephora ultimate curl mascara–its AMAZING) and my eyes will look great. Liner always makes my eyes feel small unless Im going for a really dramatic smokey eye, then it fits in. hope that helps..

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    Sabina Kelly
    October 21, 2014 at 6:43 am

    you talk alot about eysshadow primer. Why do i need that and why is that differnt from using a normal face primer on your lids? Thanks!!!

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      ECF (@MissUSAHockey)
      October 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      oh so different! eyeshadow primers help your shadows pop and last much longer. they even make cheap makeup look high quality

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      Alexandria
      October 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

      If you get oily lids ESPECIALLY, you need eye lid primer! If I don’t use one, my lids look greasy within an hour and the shadow is half gone.

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      cindylouwho68
      October 24, 2014 at 2:24 am

      Eye Primer is a must… I’ve used UD but got tired of shelling out $20/tube, I found one at Avon (believe it nor not!) for $7 that works just as well. My only gripe is the packaging, it’s in a little pot. I just went to their site and it’s on sale for $4.99 so stock up ladies.
      https://www.avon.com/product/46710/avon-eyeshadow-primer

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    Crystal Howard
    October 21, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I would love to find a dupe for mac’s soft and gentle high lighter and also for their mineralized blush in Gentle. I want both of these products so bad but cannot afford them right now. Thanks:-)

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    [email protected]
    October 21, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Is there a substitute to the sephora brush you use to apply your IIID foundation? I know you can use your fingers but I want that smooth application a brush gives and I believe that one is close to $50? thank you:)

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    Abigail Jane
    October 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

    A good mattifying makeup setting spray, an inexpensive perfume, a good bronzer/contour without shimmer

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    Robin Newton
    October 21, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Hello…I cannot stand the thought of paying a lot for a good hairspray (for shoulder-length fine hair that is fairly straight!) You mention the Oribe hairspray, I think it is, and I wonder if there is a cheaper knock-off? Maybe fancier hairsprays just cannot be duplicated??
    Also, Cara, would you ever do a video with someone who has shorter and finer hair? That would be just SUPER!

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    Rachel
    October 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I second this..yes please.

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      Laurel
      October 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Me too… I would love some info on shorter fine hair.

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    brittany reinhard
    October 21, 2014 at 7:15 am

    1. YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant lipstick – for the formula. I got a sample and LOVE it. I found a close dupe from Loreal – but they dont sell it anymore recently :/ It was Loreal Colour Riche (I got cotton pink) and I don’t know if they changed the name or packaging but I havent seen it at Target for a few months now.

    2. YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant lipstick in Nude Beige – for the COLOR! I LOVE this shade. I’ve been sampling so many lipsticks between Sephora and MAC and cant exaclty find a shade like YSL’s Nude Beige shade. Its perfect. Except for the price.

    3. YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ÉCLAT Illuminating Foundation – I think that Loreal Lumi has been said to be a dupe. I have not tried for myself as I have little faith in drugstore liquid foundation, but maybe thats my own issue. This YSL foundation is $57! Even $40 or under for a dupe would be nice.

    I’m willing to pay Sephora prices for good prodcuts but YSL, for example, is one brand that is so expensive!

  • Reply
    Victoria Herring (@HerringVictoria)
    October 21, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Please find a dupe for the Naked Palettes!

  • Reply
    surlykitchen
    October 21, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Fot the Q&A video: what was the highlighter/concealer brush you used on Jamie in the “my best yet” post?????

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    Nicole B.
    October 21, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I use Wet n Wild’s Nutty in place of Mac’s Brun for eyebrow shadow. Love it.

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    mona
    October 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

    For a pinky nude lipstick YSL Rouge Pur Couture #10 and Loreal’s JLo’s Nude (black package) are the same.

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    Diana
    October 21, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Nars foundation – I’m really after the dewy finish but concerned about how drugstore brands might fare in the staying power department. I’m dying for you to do a tutorial on the nars though since you rave about it, I’m thinking of buying it. Oh and setting spray – are there affordable options and which is your fave. As you can see I like to put my makeup on and not have to think about it staying on during the day. Your blog is awesome and you are adorable!

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    Diana
    October 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Oh sorry forgot one more – the NARS cream blush (in the tube) is there a dupe for that?

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    Brooke & Jane
    October 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Way to save us $35! This is why you are my favorite beauty blogger!

    http://www.lifeofbrookeandjane.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-little-leopard.html

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    Arica M.
    October 21, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Not so much a question as a tutorial request! You’ve HAC’d faces and legs, and I’m dying to see a HAC tutorial for decolletage. Obviously not for every day, but for those really special/formal occasions!

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    Hayley
    October 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I would love to know if you know of any of the eyeshadow or blush dupes from Tarte’s Be Mattenificent palette. They are on ebay for $100 and up now, and I can’t justify paying that for an originally $36 palette. Thanks!!

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    Katelyn
    October 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Dior lip glow!!

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    LL
    October 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

    It would be great to learn more about the nose contouring in your last makeover video. And would you ever consider removing the bismuth from your IIID makeup? I’d really love to try it, but like many others, bismuth is soooo itchy on my skin. 🙁

    Oh, and kudos for being so productive and helpful to us, with a new little one around! How do you do it? Your are a superwoman!:)

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    Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
    October 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

    They both look so good!! I have the baby lips in that color and I love it!!! I would love to hear some tips for healthy hair after dying it. My hair needs some help!!!

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    Teenerg
    October 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Please, please help an oily girl out!!! Is there anything you would recommend to help keep makeup in place? I’ve tried everything from drugstores to Urban Decay and even shelled out $60 for the new YSL Fusion Ink foundation, but I can’t keep my face from looking greasy before I even get to work. It is so frustrating to not even get an hour out of a painstakingly great makeup application. I have spent so much money on primers and powders nothing seems to help. I’d love some help. Thanks for all of your amazing advice and tips!

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      AmandaK
      October 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Hey Teenerg! I have the same issue and it only got worse when I recently moved to a more humid climate. After trying a ton of new foundations and primers I finally broke down and changed my skin care line-which I was hesitant to do because I’m also breakout prone. It’s made a HUGE difference and all those products I thought I wasted money on I can now use because my skin is consistent. :). Hope that helps too! Looking forward to Cara’s product ideas too!!

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        Teenerg
        October 21, 2014 at 2:58 pm

        AmandaK I would really love to hear what products you have found that work to help with the oil. I feel like I’ve tried everything and spent my life’s savings trying to regulate my oily skin. Grrr! So glad to hear you found something that works for you. That’s what is great about Cara’s site, I’ve learned so much and met so many helpful people. 🙂

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          Sara
          October 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

          I’ve had similar issues and have had success with Paula’s Choice products. I use her skin balancing toner and the 2% aha liquid twice a day. I also stopped using products with alcohol in them and switched to a gentler cleanser (mine had menthol which is an irritant that can stimulate oil production, who knew). Her website is a great resource for learning what to try and what to ditch.

          Hopefully this helps. My skin is still on the oily side but I frequently get comments now that I look “dewy” and my skin is firmer and just generally looks awesome.

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          AmandaK
          October 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

          Teenerg, I am currently loving Philosophy. I really simplified my routine and use the Purity gel cleanser and the Take a Deep Breath moisturizer for oily skin then at night I add in Miracle in a Bottle anti-aging serum and an eye cream. Depending on what your skin care knowledge is, I’d check out Sephora. A lot of times they have esthiticians that work part time and they can help recommend products; plus they have an awesome return policy as you try to balance it all out.

    • Reply
      Lena
      October 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      milk of magnesium. it’s life-changing.

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    Jennifer
    October 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I read about a rose nail tint that was some department store brand (aka I can’t afford it). It’s supposed to whiten the tips and enhance the color of the nail bed. I even read about a dupe – nail jelly? – that I can’t find anywhere. Maybe they discontinued it? I don’t know. But I’d love to see if there’s anything in the drugstore that can give close to the same effect.

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      Carrie B
      October 22, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Jennifer, it is the Dior Nail Glow?

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    Rachel A
    October 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Are there ever! Tarte Amazonian clay blush, Arbonne foundation,
    Makeup Forever concealer. Also, what is a good, inexpensive primer? Thanks!!

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    AmandaK
    October 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

    One of the (MANY) things I love about your blog is how your pictures capture your text perfectly in each post! As a newer blogger, I feel like my biggest struggle is getting decent quality pictures. I know I need to get s natural light bulb but aside from that, any tips?! Thanks!!
    Amanda

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    Carrie B
    October 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hi Cara, I would be thrilled if you would answer this question: What color of the Anastasia dip brow would you use on blonde/strawberry blonde eyebrows? I don’t want red undertones on my eyebrows but I’m not sure ebony is the right choice either. You know best! Thank you! Carrie

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      Carrie B
      October 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Cara, Just want to add my eyebrows are not strawberry blonde…my hair is. My eyebrows are so blonde that you can’t see them unless I have something on them. 🙂

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        Lili
        October 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        Carrie B: I’m not Cara, but I am a natural strawberry blonde with light eyebrows who’s tried many different products before hitting upon the following regimen. I use Maybelline’s very inexpensive eyebrow pencil (the old fashioned wooden mini pencil with red exterior and cap–comes in a 2-pack) in blond plus Anastasia powder in the lightest shade (the label’s come off my Anastasia compact, but it’s a neutral taupe shade). I use the pencil to add a little wax using light feathery strokes first, then add the powder using a stiff-bristled, slanted brush. Hope this helps!

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    Jen
    October 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

    If anyone likes bumble and bumble dryspun finish (it’s an awesome volumizer for hair that is almost like a salt spray but better) Garnier Fructis just released a version that is almost exactly the same…their Deconstructor Tease. It’s around $4 instead of the $40 for the B&B.

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    Beth
    October 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I have crazy fair colored combination skin, oily with some dry patches. I find when I get blemishes, it almost looks worse to try to cover them up (I’ll think everything looks good when I walk out of the house, then I’ll catch myself in the car mirror and ask myself, “What was I thinking?”) The blemishes start drying out and look flaky on top of my makeup. Any tips for this? Or better yet, how to avoid blemishes in the first place? I wash my face twice per day, then moisturize with cetaphil lotion, and sometimes use oil absorbing sheets during the day. I’m 30 and starting to find my regular blemishes embarrassing! I’m interested in trying your new foundation, but worry that completely covering my face with heavy makeup daily will clog my pores. Currently, I’m using Urban Decay Naked, shade 0.5 “spot checked” over my blemishes. I also sometimes use Kat Von D Porcelain tattoo concealer on blemishes. I’m pretty pale, and the ladies at Sephora couldn’t really find any other brands that matched okay with my skin tone.

    PS. I LOVE THIS BLOG! Wish I was rolling in money and time to try everything out! 🙂

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      Heidi J.
      October 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Once I get Blemish I use Paula’s Choice BHA 9 treatment. If I catch the blemish in early stages I can get rid of the blemish over night. It speeds up the healing process of all blemishes to anywhere from 1-5 days. It’s a little pricey, but goes on sale 20% off a few times a year. It is amazing stuff!

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        Beth
        October 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        Thank you! I saw someone else recommending this above. Will check this out 🙂

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    Anna Bennion
    October 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    i love this blog as well! it has changed my life! so, i really struggle with eyeliner and with choosing a good lip color. i love the nude lip look, but i always feel like the colors seem too light on me and make me look weird.

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    Anna Bennion
    October 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Also, so embarrassing, I can’t figure out what to do with hairspray. Is it supposed to give my hair volume or what?

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    Ellen Romesburg
    October 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Urban Decay’s Naked Palates.

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    Lisa M
    October 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I would love to not splurge on the Charlotte Tilbury contour/highlight and/or the Hourglass highlight palette. Can you find dupes for those?!

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    Amanda
    October 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hey Cara,
    Can you pleassse help shed some light on photo HD powder? I know there is a HD one from sephora. I wanted to know if drug store photo finish powders would do the same thing/if you had any tips on this?

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    Leigh
    October 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Train bleu!

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    Alecia ferrell
    October 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This is a little of topic, but I tried emailing and I wasn’t sure if it through or not. I won the wen giveaway a few weeks back and haven’t received it or any information about the givaway since learning that I won. I was just wondering if I will be receiving it anytime soon. Thank you! 🙂

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      Cara
      October 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Oh no! I gave your info to Wen to send to you! I’ll check in with them again and see what the hold up is!! Soooo sorry about that! It should have come forever ago!

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        Alecia ferrell
        October 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

        Ok, thank you!

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    Karina
    October 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I love a good dupe? Have one for Estee Lauder Double Wear?

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    Catherine
    October 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Dupe–> Mac Brun!

    Wen—> I WANT to be sold on Wen. I do. But it makes my hair super oily and greasy. Like, gross. So, without a full on shower, I would love a video showing exactly how you scrub, how much, how often… maybe even do this video over a period of a week so we can see how your hair stays great without the oil/grease mess. THANKS!

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      cindylouwho68
      October 24, 2014 at 2:30 am

      Avon True Color Eye Shadow Single in Black/Brown is good dupe for Mac Brun and it’s $4.

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    Terri
    October 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I was just in Sephora yesterday lusting after the YSL balm in “Tasty Raspberry” but not wanting to spend the $$$! Just googled it for a dupe and didn’t find any…..maybe you can????

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    Samantha
    October 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Burning questions: how do you keep your teeth so white and do you ever use a flat iron to curl your hair? Oh, and have you tried to new Benefits eyeliner pen to do the winged highliner thing? It’s great 🙂

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    Caity
    October 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Anastasia brow wiz, I would love a dupe 🙂

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    Edith
    October 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I finally splurged on MAC Brun eye shadow for my eye brows. Mary Kay eye shadow in ESPRESSO is almost identical, which is what I’ve been using all along. Great dupe for less $$.

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    Nadine Le Maitre
    October 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I love good dupes because I no longer want to spend huge amount of money because of the brand: thank you so much Cara for letting us know!

    Nadine

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    Amanda
    October 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Cara’s princess peach blush is EXACTLY the same color as Perricone’s no blush blush –it’s 35$ compared to Cara’s at 9 right now.

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    Julie
    October 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve been looking for a lip color that is similar to the matte, mauve and plum colors that Kylie Jenner is known for. Supposedly she uses a few different MAC shades, but I would love to find a drugstore alternative!

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    Drewry
    October 22, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I happened to see a link to your blog from PinnersConference.com and got curious to check you out to see who you are. I’m inspired and impressed by your blogging and ability to stay creative while retaining your audience and adding value through your blogs to the net. Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re certainly inspiring others bloggers and affiliate marketers.

    Great job on all you do. 🙂

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    Isabella
    October 22, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Ahh, this is a pretty good dupe! I like it:)

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    Tammy
    October 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Ahh my girlfriend told me about the Pink Punch Baby Lips because she took an instagram and I was like that shade! 😀

    Although I’ve had moments like this myself…but I still haven’t picked one up yet. I’m dying to though because I seriously love that shade. Unfortunately she said that other than Pink Punch the other shades are pretty bland.

    Love it Cara…I look forward to more of these posts ^_^

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    Anna
    October 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Would love to see another dupe for Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

    http://www.theeverywhereplace.com

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    StyleAble
    October 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Nice! Although, we are into darker tones in a big way here.

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    Erica
    October 22, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Basically any dupes from the products you used in your birthday video would be awesome!!! I love that tutorial but everything is so expensive. LOVE touche eclat YSL foundation and josie maran argan milk!

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    Lauren @ She Tries It
    October 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Yes! Any affordable dupes out there for the Naked eye palettes?

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    Abby
    October 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    IT Cosmetics Dual Foundation Brush

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    amber
    October 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    did your pregnancy mask go away?? I ended up getting mine lasered off. couldn’t take it anymore. although I am still wondering what you used to make your makeup look smooth while you had it…

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    Cori
    October 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Echo all of the Naked Palette requests. Cara, you are awesome and I’m not really even an everyday makeup wearer, but I love you and your blog to bits. Congrats on your little guy! I had a baby girl a couple months ago, so I am super not wearing much makeup these days but am learning lots for when I have a few minutes to myself again in the future. I did venture out to target today to pick up this shade of gloss!

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    miya
    October 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    How about Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage?

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    Heather
    October 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    TOO FACED Chocolate Soleil

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    Jenny
    October 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    This is more of a makeup request than product request but I have a very uneven skintone with red splotchiness. I’ve heard green foundations/primers do wonders to camoflauge reddish skin imperfections. I’d LOVE a product recommendation or a tutorial on how to use this. Thanks Cara!

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      Becka Thraen
      October 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      I was successful with the L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier Anti-Redness BB Cream. I use it like a primer on my red areas (cheeks and around my nostrils) and it does a good job to combat redness without actually looking green, which is a problem I’ve had with green primers. HOWEVER, it got a ton of bad reviews on ULTA’s website from pale-skinned users, so if you’re ultra-pale, it’s probably not worth trying. For reference, I use L’Oreal foundation in N5-N6 (True/Honey Beige) and it works well for my skin tone.

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    hillary
    October 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hi cara, love your blog! I would love to learn how to with rosacea makeup fixes, and how to HAC a bulbous nose. Thanks!

    Any good alternative for bare minerals?

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      AMII
      October 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      I like the mineral makeup by Mary Kay better than bare minerals. Plus it’s cheaper.

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    Laura
    October 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    What are some of the best basic products for a make-up newbie that won’t rock the bank. I’ve never used or bought much make-up and really have a hard time spending much money on it. I’d like to start using better products that will help me look my best but aren’t too expensive. Any suggestions? Also, what are good products for oily/acne prone skin?

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      brittany reinhard
      October 23, 2014 at 5:32 am

      I’ve tried many difference brands and types of products and have come to notice that the Sephora Collection products are great. I use their foundation ($20) which can be a bit creamy and will slide around a lot if you dont set it or touch your face too much. But I dont have an oily issue so I pull it off, but the 3 reasons I really like it: 1. I found a perfect color match in the line 2. it has a nice dewy look 3. its only $20 🙂
      Also I like the Sephora Collection Rouge cream lipstick. They are very pigmented and dont rub off so easliy. And they are only $12 I believe.
      The Sephoara outrageous curl mascara is awesome!!!! I love it more than most high end mascaras I have used. It can be wet and clumpy but if you apply it carefully it can look amazing. Again its only $15.
      Those are my some of my favorite Sephora brand items. I think maybe some people are kind of brand snobs (I can be myself) but the reason why Sephora gets away with lower prices and provides great products is because they are not paying a company for shelf space…its their own stuff.
      Also, some other good deals Ive found…for brushes, Target has the Sonia Kashuk brand, and they have some GREAT brushes for low prices. Another store that has good brushes – Icing (the jewelry store) They have a flat top brush that I bought well over a year ago and still use to this day to apply liquid foundation. I think it was only like $10-12!

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    Boni
    October 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Very cool, Miss Cara! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    Miranda
    October 23, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I’d really love to find a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. They look so gorgeous but I’ve never spent the dough. Thanks!

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    Sheena
    October 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I love this post because of one very important thing, you are FINALLY using a drugstore product again. Ready for some constructive criticism? You used to use drugstore products them all the time, but then won the allure awards, and suddenly you’re using products that a lot of us wouldn’t dream of buying for the prices they go for. When I first started reading your blog and watching your videos (2 years ago) it seemed you liked to keep the focus on more budget friendly items, and an occasional splurge, now you’ve done a 180 and are barely showing more affordable items. From the comments above it looks like a great deal of your audience wants more affordable items, like you once showcased. Maybe you can cater a little more to your readers and make a few adjustments. Just a friendly observation.

    Also, YSL and L’oreal (among many other brands) both have the same parent company, and have very similar colors and formulas, as well as the same pretty packaging. 😉 So that YSL color most likely has a very affordable L’oreal sister.

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    Lulu
    October 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    For the Naked palette folks, check out the Makeup Revolution’s Iconic line–cheap UK brand with spot-on dupes!

    I would love to see a dupe for Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes

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    Becka Thraen
    October 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Essence I Love Extreme-Volume Mascara is a pretty good dupe for Dior Diorshow Mascara – and it costs about 20% as much!

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    Juliann / The makeup Nation
    October 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Everything you recommend is awesome. So I got this, too. And I love it.

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    Katie
    October 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I would love some recommendations for good foundations to start out using as a free lance MUA.

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    Boni
    October 26, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I would love a recommendation for a drugstore pigeon blood lipstick and lip gloss!! It’s a gorgeous color. Also a high end pigeon blood recommendation lip gloss/lipstick. 🙂 Thank you, Cara! 😉

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    kavita n
    October 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I would like a recommendation for CHANEL ROUGE COCO SHINE #56 ,its really awesome, could you plz help me with it
    , thanks
    http://indulgy.com/post/BRa4hGw5G1/chanel-rouge-coco-shine

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    Cassie T - Lovely Weeds
    October 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I’m dying to try Younique 3D mascara, but it’s $30. That’s a lot to spend on something I’ve never seen in person before! Have you ever tried it?

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    Jersey knit and jewel tones... - Pretty In Her Pearls
    October 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

    […] soft, pink lipstick. With that in mind; I thought it was the perfect day to test out Cara from the Maskcara blog’s new budget friendly lipstick find. She tried YSL Sheer Candy Cool Guava lip color […]

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    Pinkerton
    October 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Here’s my burning question…I have hooded eyelids and generally line my upper lids with a gel liner. It ends up transferring up above my lid though because the fold touches the liner. I hope that makes sense! Also, when I try and make a wing at the ends, the fold is so thick and extends past the corner of my eye, that I struggle with making a smooth, straight line. Thank you!

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    January 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    […] and Pink Punch (a dupe for a $34 name brand lipstick as recommended by one of my favorite sites, Maskcara). Did you know they came in a ton of cute colors (that are sheer for the husband, because he hates […]

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    Nicole N.
    October 6, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Hello there. This blog is a bit old but hopefully you’ll still answer questions or maybe someone can help. I looked through these comments and even your old posts but didn’t see any thing about a dupe for Stilas in the light pallet. I just found out about this pallet and of course, it’s been discontinued. Just my luck. Have suggestions for another brand with similar colors?

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    January 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

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