3 Overhyped Products and 3 Affordable Alternatives that Outperform Them

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It’s time for another Products that Suck post of products that I’ve tried and just don’t see what the big deal is. I’m not going to leave you hanging though, after I tell you what I DON’T like, I’ll give you a cheaper alternative that I DO like…

NOT WORTH IT: Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream (find it here)

I read a ton of reviews about how this skin cream was absolutely amazing. It is supposed to be a rich anti-aging moisturizer that plumps and hydrates skin for an enviable dewy, healthy glow. I paid $70 for a jar of this stuff. SEVENTY DOLLARS. And it is so thick and greasy and smells terrible. Even if I use the smallest amount, it sits on top of my skin and never soaks in. I don’t look dewy. I look greasy.

THIS INSTEAD: Derma-E Hydrating Night Cream (find it here)

This cream costs $20 for a jar and actually does moisturize, rehydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep. It goes on easy and soaks right in, so you’re not a greasy mess. If you feel like you want a little extra something, I will add on the Lanege Water Sleeping Mask (for $30) every so often to give a little extra boost of hydration. This is extra good if you’ve been out in the sun or wind in the summer!

NOT WORTH IT: Fancy Hydra Boost Renewal Cream from my local Medispa

 When I got my BBL for Sunspots, I purchased a fancy face cream from the medispa for something like $80 while I was there. They told me that is was the best on the market and exactly what my skin needs for daytime or nighttime. Yeah, I’m going to call BS on that… it’s lame. It was totally not worth the price, as it barely moisturizes even if I’m using it as a daytime moisturizer.

THIS INSTEAD: Sunday Riley C.E.O Hydration Cream (find it here)

It’s not a TON of savings, but still savings at $65 for the jar that lasts a really long time. I like this Sunday Riley cream a million times better than the medispa version. It’s very hydrating, but soaks into your skin so that you can top it with your SPF and move on with your day. It also has a light citrus scent when you put it on, which is a nice little bonus.

NOT WORTH IT: Maelove The Glow Maker (find it here)

You guys, I was FINE with my Vitamin C serum. FINE WITH IT. So why did I get sucked into a million YouTube videos telling me how amazing the Maelove The Glow Maker serum was?! It wasn’t crazy expensive at $32, but literally works and feels exactly the same as the $10 version I had already been using. Don’t get sucked in, it’s not worth it!

THIS INSTEAD: Eclat Vitamin C Face Serum (find it here)

I’ve been using this for almost a year and it’s great. Depending on the day it ranges from $10 – 12 on Amazon and it’s just as good as the fancy $32 version. Save money and get this one instead!

I’m unhappily working my way through the Tatcha skin cream, Medispa cream and The Glow Maker because I hate wasting money. So, learn from my mistakes and skip the overpriced products that totally don’t live up to the hype!

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2 thoughts on “3 Overhyped Products and 3 Affordable Alternatives that Outperform Them”

  1. What is in the Eclat? I’m wondering if something natural could be made and used instead? Just me being cheap.

    1. Well, a Vitamin C serum isn’t a necessity by any means. Feel free to skip it if you want to stick with natural products!

      As for the ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate), Witch Hazel (Hamamelis), Ferulic Acid, Carbomer, Kosher Vegetable Oil, Glycerin, Organic Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

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