• Facial oil is used for it's moisturizing properties and quick-drying ingredients, but are all facial oils created equally? Rodin Olio Lusso face oil ($140, Oliolusso-shop.com) and Aesop Fabulous Face Oil ($55, Aesop.com) both have similar textures, yet completely different price points.

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  • Chanel's Glossimer ($28.50, Chanel.com) became popular for its subtle shimmer and strong staying power. A less expensive option is Rimmel's Stay Glossy Lip Gloss ($5.29, Walgreens.com), which comes in an array of vibrant colors and stays put when applied.

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  • A deep cleansing mask is great for shrinking pores and getting rid of blemishes, but there are so many to choose from! Clark's Botanicals came out with their Intense Radiance Mask ($72, Clarksbotanicals.com) recently, and beauty editors have been raving about it. Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque ($23, Kiehls.com) is a similar, less-expensive option.

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  • Highlighter can do amazing things for the face, like make it dewy and fresh looking. On the luxurious end of the spectrum, you have Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate ($75, Bergdorfgoodman.com), which also has darker makeup for contouring the face. You can use your own applicator or the brush that goes with it, but it's an extra $70. Clinique's Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator ($23, Clinique.com) is on the less expensive side of the spectrum and can be easily applied with your fingers.

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  • Although La Prairie's Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream ($295, Laprairie.com) and Garnier's Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller ($14.99, Walgreens.com) target the same problems, it is their difference in ingredients that causes such a big price gap. La Prairie uses caviar and sea algae to form a protective film over the eye area skin, while Garnier uses pro-retinol to get rid of crow's feet.

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  • Just like the rest of your skin, lips need to be exfoliated regularly. Fresh allows you to do this with their Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50, Fresh.com), while Lush gives customers Pow Wow Lip Scrub ($8.95, LushUSA.com).

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  • Laura Mercier is revered for her tinted moisturizer ($42, Lauramercier.com), which wins tons of beauty awards each year. When developing her own tinted moisturizer, Sonia Kashuk kept the brand in mind and came up with her Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($12.99, SoniaKashuk.com).

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  • When it comes to lashes, thin is NOT in. Instead, women want full, long lashes that make eyes stand out. When you can afford to, DiorShow Mascara ($24.50, Dior.com) will give your lashes the wow effect your want. You can see similar results with Loreal Studio Secrets Professional High Drama Mascara ($10, LorealparisUSA.com), which comes at a steal of a price.

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  • Long nights out and sleep deprivation can make you look like a nightmare in the morning. This is why so many women have turned to YSL's Touche clat ($40, YSLbeautyus.com) for their dark circles. In 2012, however, Maybelline will be offering a less expensive alternative, called the Dream Lumi ($7.99, Maybelline.com), which will also fight the look of fatigue.

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  • Nothing is more important for skin than hydration, which is why fidning a good moisturizer is so important. Whether it's an expensive brand, like Dr. Alkaitis's Organic Day Creme ($65, Alkaitis.com), or a less expensive version, like Olay's Total Effects Moisturizer ($15.19, Olay.com), it's important to make sure it's providing your skin with the moisture it needs.

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