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SPLURGE OR STEAL: SKINCARE

July 31, 2014 Charlotte Cho
Korean Skincare Edition

Skincare is beyond essential to Korean beauty, so it comes as no surprise that Korean brands introduce inexpensive alternatives (again, known as "dupes" in the beauty community) to pricey skincare products on the market. The affordable price-points for the same quality ingredients make these dupes hard to pass up! 

 
                                                
              SK-II Facial Treatment Essence                                    Missha First Treatment Essence
               $165                                                                                 $45

Essence is one of the most important steps in the Korean skincare routine, so it is important to choose wisely! For the frugal skincare junkies out there, the Missha First Treatment Essence is a dream come true. It uses an active yeast ferment that is similar to the more expensive SK-II product to improve skin elasticity while providing excellent hydration and skin renewal. No wonder it's one of Missha's most popular products! 


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                                                    $35                                                                                          $13  

I always emphasize that if you spend 10 minutes putting on makeup, you should take the same care and time to remove it. The Faceshop Rice Water Cleansing Oil not only removes makeup without fail, but also brightens and hydrates the skin in the process. The watery consistency is reminiscent of the Shu Uemura cult favorite and just as effective!
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                Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair                     Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule
               $92                                                                                       $42
                                                               
Waking up with dry, tired skin is not a fun way to start out the day. The Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Activator Ampoule acts as an anti-aging serum with wrinkle-reducing properties, that hydrates and protects your skin. The Missha Ampoule contains Bifida Ferment Lysate, an ingredient found in many other skincare products (including the expensive Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair) and is proven to improve skin elasticity and reduce signs of aging. 


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                              Fresh Sugar Face Polish                                           Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
                                                $58                                                                                          $12

Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off is an incredible alternative to the Fresh Sugar Face Polish. It gives the same gentle exfoliation to your skin without sacrificing wholesome ingredients. At a fraction of the price, Skinfood Black Sugar Mask is the way to go.

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                             Biotherm Aquasource (50ml)                         Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Cream (80ml)
                                               $39                                                                                          $18

The Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Cream stresses long lasting hydration. Made with sea water and 30 different maritime ingredients, this top rated cream serves as a thin mask that locks in moisture for 24 hours.

                             
                                                 $11                                                                                        $6

Korea is the birthplace of the sheet mask so it's a no brainer that Korean brands have the most innovative technology for these mini-facial products. Manefit Bling Bling Hydrogel Masks not only provide intense hydration (it's made out of 100% essence!), but also comes in four amazing varieties that include wrinkle gold, brightening, soothing aqua collagen, and energizing rose. 


What are your favorite Korean skincare dupes? Comment below—I'd love to try them out! 



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