Ultimate Designer Dupes Round-Up



Dress: Chicwish c/o (Maxi Version HERE) | Sandals: Sam Edelman | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Straw Bag: Clare V ($25 Monogrammed Version HERE)

I want to preface this post with some disclaimers because I know that the topic and sale of designer dupes is controversial. There are varying opinions on this and as such I made sure to include dupes (pieces that are inspired by designer items, but have altered the logo) as well as actual knockoffs, like the Louis Vuitton Neverfull included below. I will let y’all decide on what is right and wrong 🙂

I personally prefer investing in one or two designer pieces because I believe that you get what you pay for, but I have definitely purchased dupes in the past when it came to trendier items or things that I was on the fence over. I also have a handful of sunglasses that are dupes (including the $10 Karen Walker Super Dupers below) that I bring on vacation, to the beach, or out on the lake so I don’t have to worry about losing them!

I thought that this gorgeous floral dress was the perfect outfit to include in this post, because it is a $70 dupe of the $850 Zimmermann Heathers Dress. It is amazing quality, fits true to size (I’m wearing a medium), and also comes in a stunning maxi version… which I actually also own! And while I am wearing the Clare V Petite Alice Tote, I recently received this $25 monogrammed straw crossbody that I love equally. Click on the image below to shop the rest of my designer dupe favorites!

LV Neverfull | Hermes Bangle | Goyard Tote | Gucci Marmont Matelasse Bag | Leopard Sneakers | Two-Tone Link Bracelet | Gucci Ophidia Round Bag | Studded Sandals | Karen Walker Sunnies | Gucci Belt | LV Toiletries Pouch | LV Card Holder | Hermes Sandals | Celine Sunnies | Celine Luggage Handbag | Hermes Belt | Vinyl Tote

Must-Have Transitional Pieces



Dress: Nordstrom (Similar Ruffled Version HERE) | Tote: I Love Jewelry (use code CORTNEY15 for 15% off) | Wedges: Nordstrom ($34 dupe HERE) | Necklace & Earrings: Kendra Scott | Bangles: Etsy

Happy Monday, y’all! I hope you had a great weekend, avoided pinches, and drank a ton of green beer. Jeremy and I spent the day brewery hopping in Greenville followed by pizza at one of our favorite spots. Thank goodness for the carb loading because I was honestly shocked I was able to get up and get to work without much struggle this morning! Which is great because I have a ton to do this week, including finishing up my taxes (which are such a pleasure when you run your own business).

But before I finish up, I wanted to share a few things with you. First of all, if you loved these super popular wedges last year but didn’t love the price tag then Target has come to the rescue. They duped the wedges in four colors for only $34! I already owned the Nordstrom pair in cognac, so I snagged the blush suede version for Spring.

Onto this adorable monogrammed tote… I am thrilled that so many of y’all love it as much as I do! I have been using it as a work bag and just slip a Neverfull organizer I found on Amazon into it which works like a dream! Well, I have had my eye on another bag from Shop I Love Jewelry – a Gucci leather backpack dupe – that’s been sold out forever. Good news, loves! It’s back in stock! You can use code cortney15 to get 15% off anything you purchased from SILJ 🙂 This is another favorite that I currently have in my cart.

Last thing – this dress is starting to sell out and I didn’t want you guys to miss it because it is such a staple piece I can see myself wearing year-round. For sizing reference, I am size 5’4 and long-waisted and the length of the medium is great on me. I also stumbled upon this ruffled version that is available in all sizes and as sweet as can be!

Full Face of High End Cosmetics vs Drugstore Dupes



If you guys watch my Instagram Stories, then you know that I have been furiously hunting for a full face of drugstore makeup that rivals my high end. Well y’all, I’m excited to say that it’s MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And I have to be honest… I have had so much fun testing out all of these products and I have been blown away in the process by discovering how far the drugstore has come. So I have rounded up every holy grail, use-it-every-day product below and all you have to do is click on the graphic to shop them.

To be clear, if a drugstore product is listed below it means that I firmly believe that it performs equal to – if not better than – its high end counterpart. I even added hearts next to products that blew me away!

Before you get to shopping, a couple things to note – if you are going to try one thing from this post, make it Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Foundation. It is only $5 and life-changing! I HAVE to try its stick version too because I think it’ll be perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. Also when it comes to concealer, I feel like I have tried a ton looking for a good dupe to Shape Tape and I can’t believe that NYX did it. But do not get Can’t Stop Won’t Stop confused with their HD concealer because CSWS is MUCH more full coverage and hydrating. And finally, if you decide to try the amazing $2.99 liquid eyeliner by Essence, make sure to get the waterproof version. It will make achieving winged liner a breeze.

If you’re wondering why there are no eyeshadow palettes listed, it’s because all of my recent drugstore purchases have outperformed the high end palettes I own. Between BH Cosmetics, Colourpop, and Morphe, there is absolutely no reason any longer to splurge on eyeshadow. My favorite palettes are the BH Cosmetics Zodiac and Zodiac Love Signs, Morphe’s Jaclyn Hill Palette, Colourpop’s Fame Palette, and the BH Cosmetics Hangin’ in Hawaii Palette.


GRIPPING PRIMER: Guerlain L’Or Primer ($74) vs NYX Honey Dew Me Up ($10)
PORE FILLING PRIMER: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer ($52) vs Elf Poreless Putty Primer ($8)
FOUNDATION: Too Faced Born This Way Undetectable Foundation ($39) vs Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation ($4.99)
MAKEUP SPONGE: Beauty Blender ($20) vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($5.99)
CONCEALER: Tarte Shape Tape ($27) vs NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Concealer ($8.50)
SETTING POWDER: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder ($39) vs Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder ($7.99)
BRONZER: Marc Jacobs O’Mega Bronzer ($49) vs Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer ($14.99)
CONTOUR: Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder ($30) vs Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder ($10)
BLUSH PALETTE: Nars Exposed Cheek Palette ($59) vs Morphe 8W Warm Master Blush Palette ($22)
HIGHLIGHTER: Ofra Rodeo Drive Highlighter ($29) vs Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Flexitarian ($8)
BROW PENCIL: Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21) vs Winky Lux Uni-Brow Pencil ($14)
LIQUID GLITTER EYESHADOW: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow ($24) vs Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights ($15)
LIQUID EYELINER: Benefit Roller Liner ($22) vs Essence Eyeliner Pen Waterproof ($2.99)
MASCARA: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($24) vs Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara ($7.99)
LIQUID LIPSTICK: Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip Kit in Posie K ($29) vs Morphe Liquid Lipstick in Virgin ($10)
NUDE LIPSTICK: Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Kim KW ($26) vs Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Baddest Beige ($7.99)
SETTING SPRAY: Mac Fix+ ($27) vs Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist ($15)

Full Face of High End Total: $591

Full Face of Drugstore Total: $162.50