Like this? Buy this! Beauty Edition

Diana Ruseva

Don’t get me wrong. I do love indulging on high end beauty products. And there is something to be said about coveting a cult favorite. But it only takes one time misplacing a Hermes lipstick to ask yourself, can I get something like this for a lower price point? The answer is yes, depending on the product. Here is a roundup with comparable products that are easy on the wallet but don’t skimp out on quality and care (and they are ALL cruelty-free):

Milani Cosmetics

I’m a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour Chameleon sticks. In fact, I have them in three shades and find they really make my eyes pop. Milani Cosmetics, has the Gilded Shadow Stick which comes in shades inspired by National Parks for half (or sometimes even three times less) the price of the comparable. I have found that the Milani sticks are a tad creamier than Charlotte’s with a boost of silicones. This can aid in application for that all-over shadow or as a pop of color as a liner.


If you don’t know the Best-Selling Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette, I can’t help you (insert shrug here) It’s so popular there has been countless renditions since the OG. Unfortunately, now it’s hard to find those basic colors. Enter Australia’s vegan line, VANI-T. This Eyeshadow Palette is a mix of 12 cool and warm tones that compliment all skin tones. There is a combo of shimmer, metallic and matte textures to complete your look from day-to-night. My go-to shade is taupe for that natural look.

wet n wild 

True story – I bought the popular BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, and sadly during a long-haul trip it did not make it. Because it was an investment, I only recently threw out the remaining rubble. Even more sad, is that the pandemic has hit BECCA Cosmetics hard and they will be shutting their doors at the end of September 2021. Thankfully, wet n wild has your back with the MegaGlo Blushlighter. This is a pressed powder blush and highlighter duo that helps you create that radiant glow. Use one color or layer them both for ample sculpting and coverage. Available in 3 Gluten and Fragrance-free different colors to complement every skin tone.


Do you have a K-Beauty routine? If so, you’re probably familiar with the brand Sulwhasoo and their Timetreasure Invigorating Sleeping Mask. While you might not be completely sold on how a sleeping mask can help your skin or even fit into your skincare routine, you can try WLDKAT’s vegan STARFLOWER + SNOW MUSHROOM ultra-hydrating sleep mask to decide. Found in the Mediterranean or Middle East, Starflower or Borage Oil (Borago officinalis) is a cold-pressed oil full of omega-6 fatty acid which is often used to treat inflammation and redness.  Snow Mushroom (Tremella fuciformis) Extract is rich in vitamin D and delivers 400 times more hydrating properties to the skin than sodium hyaluronate (which is in most facial masks – including Sulwhasoo’s).


Earlier this year, I had my first haircut since the pandemic and the hairstylist did her best job in up-selling me this Kérastase Crème de Régénération hair mask. When I realized how much I blindly spent on a hair mask, I had buyer’s remorse (which is rare). amika’s reformulated, the kure intense bond repair mask is a rich, moisturizing, clinically proven mask to hydrate, moisturize, and leaves hair 8x more conditioned after one use. Available in three different sizes and price points, it’s perfect for me who tends to use more hair products than necessary. Don’t worry – the smell is just as fragrant as Kérastase’s mask, with the use of sea buckthorn and mango butter extract as main ingredients.


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