Frugal Friday Favorites–A beauty showdown!

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I’ve been using Rodan and Fields products for about a year. I was skeptical at first, but they won me over. I felt like my skin had never looked better. Granted, I have pretty normal, non-problematic skin, so I was coming from a place of low-maintenance skincare when I started the R+F regimen, but I really have enjoyed the effects of the R+F products on my skin.

Then, in January, when we sat down to have our “come to Jesus” budget talk, we both offered up places in the budget that we could afford to sacrifice a bit. I knew–in my heart of hearts–that, if we were willing to ask our kids to give up a few of their favorite activities, that I couldn’t (with a clear conscience) continue to slather expensive lotions and potions onto my skin every night–especially since my skin has never been an issue before.

So, I begrudgingly offered to give up my R+F addiction to see if that would help us to save money. Grumble, grumble, grumble.

I immediately began researching more budget-friendly alternatives to R+F. I kept coming up short because no one has a bad thing to say about R+F products.

So, I set out to delve deeper myself. There are a couple of R+F products that I didn’t feel were necessities for me–that I could just eliminate entirely and not feel like I was suffering, but there were 2 biggies that I swore by, that I feared giving up. These two are:

Night Renewing Serum: $91

Overnight Restorative Cream: $78

Unfortunately, these are also among the pricier of the R+F products that I’ve used. So, I knew that i needed to find a less-expensive alternative.

Upon doing the research, I found that many drugstore brands have cult-like followings that people swear by. One that I read about over and over was the Neutrogena line of anti-aging products. I decided to start with those and see how my skin reacted. I purchased the two Neutrogena products that seemed like the closest “dupes” to my R+F products.

Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream $12


Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, 1 Fl. Oz $20

I’ve been using both of these Neutrogena products for about a month and, the good news is that my skin looks the same as it did when I was using the R+F products–which is all that I’d hoped for. The price is certainly right too (with a savings of over $130!). My only complaint about the Neutrogena products is the fragrance. Both products have a heavy perfume-y fragrance that I don’t enjoy.

Here’s the thing though: I’ve made a vow to myself–if these products fail to impress me, I will go back to my R+F regime. The older I get, the more I’m understanding the importance of taking good care of my skin and perhaps skin care isn’t the appropriate place to cut corners?

Please share your favorite drugstore skincare items in the comments! 


17 thoughts on “Frugal Friday Favorites–A beauty showdown!

  1. Thanks for posting this! I haven’t used any R+F products because I am scared of getting addicted to them and their high price tags!

    A few years ago my sister and I went to the clinique counter at our local Dept. Store. Sadly, I have heavily relied on their makeup products. I end up spending close to $400 a year on makeup. ugh! Recently, I have decided to try some drug store brands to see if I can find products that work just as well. I have switched to a cheaper foundation. $12 instead of $27. Slowly as I run out of my “colors” (eye shadows, blush, etc) I am trying drugstore cosmetics. Some things have been great, others just ok. I think finding a cheaper foundation alone will be saving me the bulk of the money, so I am happy with that at least! And maybe I will go back to clinique for some of the products that I can’t find good replacements for.

    • Jenny Jurica says:

      I’ve been a department store-brand gal for makeup for awhile. But, I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis, so I don’t have to buy it often. But, I sure do love my R+F products. I’ve decided that, if the drugstore stuff isn’t cutting it in a few months time, I’ll go back to R+F and possibly even look into being a consultant…

      • Katy Jane says:

        Castor oil. I cannot rave about it enough. It must be organic and preservative free but it really works and makes your eyes significantly brighter. You can order on amazon in a dropper bottle for less than $20. I started using for dry eye and it has changed my life in that aspect. The beauty side effects are just awesome perks.

  2. Beverly Spraggins says:

    I have been using R&F Lash Boost for several months and it really works. I’m 77 and have lost lashes and the ones I had were shorter and thinner. The Lash Boost works but the price is ridiculous and I can’t afford to keep using it. Any suggestions?

    • Jenny Jurica says:

      I’m currently exploring some other options too. I’m planning to purchase Rapid Lash (available at Ulta) next. It’s $50 and has gotten great reviews. Thanks for your comment!

      • Leigh Anne Wilkinson says:

        I have been using a product for a Lash Boost sub from called Organyc Eyelash and Eyebrow Growth. I have very sensitive eyes, and have not had any problems. They also sent me a free second tube for review on Amazon. I can slowly tell a difference, but also I am only on week 3 of using it. Much cheaper than R+F or Ulta. It came highly recommended.

    • Jenny Jurica says:

      I haven’t gone back yet. It’s a hard bullet to bite, cost-wise. I’ll do a post soon on what I’m using now that I like. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Sherry says:

    I just went to place my order for Rodan and Fields, and I just – can’t – do – it. $400 already before shipping. I really need some good alternatives, especially for the mask. I LOVE that mask. Looking forward to an update when you have explored other options. For now, I will find something that will hopefully compare. We are moving to Mexico and I am not looking forward to the damage the sun, sand, wind and water do to my skin. Meh.


    • Jenny Jurica says:

      Ack! Yes, that’s a hard bullet to bite! I’m working on a post about a new skin care product that’s working for me. Coming soon–promise! 🙂

  4. Kristi says:

    Yes! Please do share anything you learn about alternatives to R + F!!! I can’t bring myself to pay for overpriced skin care!!

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