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Drugstore Dupes - Skincare & Hair Care


It's part two of my drugstore dupes and this is all about skincare and hair. There's some incredible dupes here for some cult beauty faves so I hope you enjoy.

1. These two products may be something I've mentioned previously (not in a dupes post I don't think though) but the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm are a way from each other in regards to their price tag but for what they do to the skin they're pretty darn similar. First thing you notice that's different, is that the Clarins Balm is £29 and is a peachy kind of product that can be used in multiple of ways to perk up tired skin. The blend of ingredients helps to smooth, hydrate and boost radiance for a brighter and rested complexion. They recommend when you apply this to just smooth on to the skin without rubbing it in, that way you get the full benefits and really see that glow factor. But it can also be used as a mask 2-3 times a week which it also works great for.
As for the Naturally Radiant Brightening Radiance Balm this is only £5.99 from Superdrug and is formulated to energise and illuminate the skin whilst also delivering a hydration that lasts for hours. I love that this smooths over the skin, makes it look and feel awake and brighter and after a while your skin will look tonnes better, smoother, energised, hydrated, it's just incredible how this works and although it's a smaller bottle than the Clarins you don't need a lot to make a difference. I love how both of these work but in terms of price, the drugstore dupe is definitely my favourite.

2. The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is a very well known and loved product in the beauty blogging community and so when I found the No7 Melting Gel Cleanser I was very intrigued as to how it will work and whether it will perform in the same way. I will be doing a Face Off with these so I can go into a bit more detail and compare them a bit more, but all in all, the cleansing and hydrating powers are pretty much identical, and the way the leave my skin looking glowing and healthy is just incredible. This is a great drugstore find. The higher end offering is £28, whilst No7 is a Boots owned brand so is pretty affordable for the quality of their products and this particular cleanser is only £9.50 so the price comparison is a no brainer really. I love the No7 cleanser just as much if not more than the Oskia one. I will of course use up both but to save some cash I will probably repurchase the dupe.

3. I'm not going to go into too much detail with this one either as I have already done a face off for these too, but I have been a big fan of the GlamGlow SuperMud Mask for the last year or so and I have raved about it on my blog countless times, and my other clay masks have been neglected. But I picked up the 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask in Boots for a tenner as part of my Sanctuary Spa review and well, let's just say there's a new clay mask in town. Compared to the GlamGlow SuperMud which costs £45, this is such an incredible drugstore dupe and the outcome and performance is exactly the same. But if you want more info then check out my Clay Mask Face Off here.
I really like how both of these masks work with my skin but I must say the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Mask appears to work faster, and make my skin feel a lot better, and of course there's the price difference and availability issue too. So definitely drugstore.

4. The REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is a beauty blogger favourite. Every skincare junkie and their Mum has (probably) tried this and for good reason. This is a great mask and is very effective. It deep cleanses, smooths, exfoliates, and helps promote cell turnover, all for a brighter, smoother, healthier looking complexion. The only thing I really hate about it is the texture, it's like a sticky jelly type feel and I hate applying this onto my face - it just really grosses me out and it prevented me from using it and it's £32 so it's pretty expensive considering how small the bottle is. Simply apply evenly all over face and leave on for 10 minutes, then remove using the enclosed cloth and warm water. Not my favourite although I wish I could get past the texture because I want to use it and get my money's worth but I think I am just done with it now.
The Sanctaury 5 Minute Peel Radiance Peel Off Mask has a similar texture to the REN one, although not as bad so it's bearable. It only takes 5 minutes and when it's dry, you literally peel it off. As in it looks like you're peeling off your own skin and it's great fun when you show your boyfriend or Dad and act all scared and worried whilst peeling this off. My boyfriend didn't appreciate the gesture but I thought it was hilarious. The claims are pretty much the same as the REN mask, but I find this leaves my skin feeling more hydrated and comfortable, with an instant glow to my complexion. This is only £10, although currently on offer for £6.67 in Boots. I was so impressed by this product and I have continued to use it even if the texture gives me the heebie jeebies. 
My favourite for the radiance masks has to be the cheaper alternative. I like how it makes my skin look and feel afterwards. It's peel off which is always fun and I generally just prefer the Sanctuary mask and their skincare in general.

5. Here is the only hair product which I just had to throw in here as I have really been putting these to the test to see just how good they really are.
The Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream is a frizz-taming styling cream which you apply into damp hair from roots to ends and it creates a weightless shield around each strand of hair to protect it, blocking humidity, reducing frizz-causing friction (wow try saying that 5 times, fast) and it's great for thick, coarse or curly hair. I have quite thin hair but I have a lot of it and this really helps to just smooth everything down and keep it all in check. It's free of sulphates, silicones and oils to give your hair a smoother appearance. I like how this works. It tames the frizz in my hair, and it's a good product, but it only recommends to use it in damp hair and it's pretty pricey at £21 for the smallest size they do (tube in photo is only a sample size) which means it's not great to travel with (unless you decant it into a smaller bottle/tub), which is why I prefer the next product...

...and the next product is the L'Oreal Elvive Oil in Cream. A very similar product but this one also nourishes the hair a lot more intensly and there's even two formulas, one for super dry hair and one for all hair types using essential oils to nourish and tame frizz and fly-aways on wet or dry hair.
I apply a good dollop of this into my hair when wet, and a smaller amount when styling every morning. You would think an intensly nourishing product like this would make your hair slightly flat and weighed down but it doesn't at all and it also doesn't interfere with any style or tools I use on my hair. Sometimes an oil isn't always convenient, but a cream is light enough that it will just absorb into the hair fast, without leaving a sticky or greasy residue behind. Plus you can use it as a pre-shower treatment, simply apply through the hair from root to tip, massage into your scalp and leave for 5 minutes, shampoo and condition as normal and voila, your hair will feel super soft and nourished and all it took was 5 minutes, before you got into the shower. A great trick for when you're travelling and only have room for one product, or if you're in a pinch and want something fast and easy that you can do whilst washing your face or whatever. I love this and it's only £6.99.

It's now time to see whether the higher end products were my favourites or if their drugstore dupes won. Alright so the winner is...

"The Drugstore"

So there you have it. That's it for today's drugstore dupes. I hope you liked seeing some of the cheaper alternatives I have found for my higher end favourites. I would love to see what drugstore products you've been loving.

What's your favourite drugstore dupe?

Disclaimer: I am not trashing any brands or products. I think the products are all great in this post and I will use them all. But here are just some alternative cheaper products in case you are on a budget and need to save some cash. If in doubt, try a sample first where you can. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and none of the brands mentioned know that I am writing this post and none have sponsored me. There are no affiliate links included today.

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