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Frugal Products with French Flair

French women are known for their beauty and style. Unfortunately, most of those imported French beauty products come with hefty price tags. Here are some affordable alternatives to embrace your inner mademoiselle.

"French companies have long had a reputation for having really great beauty products, really cutting edge, that deliver results," says salon owner Rachel Gower.

However, she adds that you can get the same results for a fraction of the European price.

SHIMMERY BODY OIL
Guerlain Huile du Voyageur (about $59 at Neiman Marcus)
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Sephora Illuminating Bronzing Oil (about $14 at Sephora)

BODY BRONZING STICK
St Tropez Instant Shimmer Stick (about $20 at Sephora)
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Walgreens Body Bronzing Stick (about $2 at Walgreens)

CELLULITE CORRECTOR
Lierac Morpho-Slim (about $55 at Walgreens Look Boutique)
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Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite Fast Acting Serum (about $12 at Walgreens)

ILLUMINATING POWDER
Guerlain Meteorites Perles (about $57 at Neiman Marcus)
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Physician's Formula Mineral Correcting Pebbles (about $7 at ULTA)

SUPER-SHINE LIP GLOSS
YSL Beaute Golden Gloss (about $30 at Neiman Marcus)
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L'Oreal ColourRiche Le Gloss (about $8 at Walgreens)

YOUTH DEFENSE SERUM
Givenchy Vax'in For Youth (about $90 at Sephora)
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L'Oreal Youth Code Serum Intense (about $25 at Walgreens)

NAVY NAIL POLISH
YSL Beaute La Laque [No44 Midnight Blue] (about $20 at Neiman Marcus)
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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure [Navy] (about $8 at Walgreens)

CREAM LINER PENCIL
YSL Beaute Dessin du Regard Waterproof Eye Pencil (about $25 at Neiman Marcus)
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Maybelline EyeStudio Master Drama Cream Pencil (about $8 at Walgreens)

For more information:
Rachel Gower, owner
The Upper Hand Salon
713-520-0772
www.theupperhand.com

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