Dupes: How The Mighty Have Fallen!


I devour YouTube for all things Beauty & Skincare. zoorkitty-001

These ladies are amongst my fav on Youtube and whenever they recommended a High End product I went out and bought it. High End, even if they did mention cheaper options.

I was just not interested in the cheap(er) dupes. Caressing my Louboutin, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Dior just made me feel better.

Fast forward 8 months to Jan 2017.

I now live in the US and my visa currently doesn’t allow me to work. Which means no income. And I am no fool to delve into my savings for makeup. A dream home, a BMW Mini, yes, but not on some baked eye shadow.

Seriously who does that ? If you do, then stop it, now!

It’s probably this practical attitude to cash that made my transition from Department store to Drugstore so easy. It surprised me that I didn’t struggle, I wasn’t sad. I had moved one.

From Harvey Nichols and Lane Crawford, Hong Kong I moved onto Walgreens, Target, Walmart….. and all things DUPES !

Rimmel, Wet and Wild, Maybelline & Loreal are my new friends.

I scour the internet for reviews on ELF, NYX , Hard Candy and the like. My fav YouTuber for this is EmilyNoel. She is an amazing lady and her recommendations work for me and my skin type!


Skincare….well that is a slightly different matter. While I am still NOT willing to give up on my favourite items from Kate Sommerville (thanks Hirons!) I have started to follow  Angie from  Hot & Flashy.ANGIE.png

She is  great on skincare, matured skin or not, and has some kick-ass suggestions for good quality anti-aging skincare (retinol, peptides, vitamin C  etc) which are  more affordable than Kate Sommerville or Skinceuticals!  She has some great recommendations on CeraVe and Olay Regenerist too!

Bye Bye Nordstrom, I do love you…….but now is the time to spend in Walgreens.





  1. Am watching Hot & Flashy….haha. By the way where do I get a beauty blender in HK? I tried sasa but they didn’t have any. xx

    • Oh yes Angie(s) Rule :). Beauty Blender at the Joyce Beauty counter at the Lane Crawford in Times Square. Check the IFC Lane Crawford but I am sure about the Times Sq. I bought mine there. In Times Sq the counter is opp Joe Malone counter, Opp Aesop, diagonally opp Kiehls. Hope this helps

      • Thanks Tina. these locations all sound soooo expensive…does it really matter…make a difference 🙂 XX

      • Honestly Angie I actually didn’t buy a Beauty Blender (expensive!!!) for a long long long long time. I would say you don’t need it- as we don’t wear that much makeup or foundation etc all the time. For ‘small time’ makeup users like us, I found the only time the beauty blender helped is in blending under eye concealer so it doesn’t crease or look cakey…and in blending.
        Also whenever you order from iherb add the REAL TECHNIQUES Miracle Sponge. It’s way cheaper and is truly amazing !!!! Soft and blends gorgeously and all agree its a fab substitute for the Beauty Blender.

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