It takes 17 products that add up to a total of over R65K to get skin like Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian at the KKW Beauty pop-up launch in California.
Kim Kardashian at the KKW Beauty pop-up launch in California.

I think by now we all know the best skincare routine is money - not water, not sunscreen, not fruit and not a homemade turmeric mask. In the same breath, it would be irresponsible to tell anyone to quit their current affordable and trusted skincare program to splurge on a 10-product skincare routine instead. 

It is tempting, though, isn't it? I mean, if you invest in one high-end product a month, you might be well on your way to celebrity skin. 

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And an A-lister who has many-a-fan forking out big bucks to look like her, is reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

The KKW Beauty founder got us all eager to dabble in the vampire facial, she got others opting for nude makeup over bright hues of eyeshadow and lipstick, while others stopped smiling to slow down premature ageing, and some have gone as far as going for cosmetic procedures to emulate Kim K's features.

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She didn't win that 2018 CFDA Influencer Award for nothing, after all. 

And one of her latest reveals about the contents of her bathroom cabinet are bound to influence many to go the extra mile with their skincare routine, and those Dis-Chem and Clicks receipts are about get longer.

In a post on her website, Kim gave fans a virtual peak inside her beauty cabinet, where she said "I love to try out new beauty and skincare products, but there are some that I’ll just never give up," referring to the multiple products she uses to achieve and maintain enviable skin. 

It should come as no surprise that any Kardashian invests in their image, as People also reminds us that the busy mom and beauty mogul "still manages to carve out time for 10pm facials with Melissa Haloossim at Skin Thesis, undergo painful beauty treatments like the vampire facial and [used to] sit through 13-hour bleaching sessions while she was platinum blonde to touch up her roots."

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Weekend vibes

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So of course, she doesn't skimp on her daily skincare routine that consists of 17 essential products, adding up to a total cost of over $4 500 (about R64.5K).

And yes, she's a serious serum collector, especially those containing hyaluronic acid.

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These are the products behind Kim K's selfie-ready skin:

(Converted to their approximate rand value)

Serums and creams

1. Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Serum: R7.3K

    Use for: Fighting the signs of aging

2. La Mer perfecting treatment: R3.5K

    Use for: Radiant skin

You can shop all La Mer products at any Edgars beauty counter.

3. Lancer The Method: Nourish moisturiser: R1.8K

    Use for: Plump up your skin

4. La Mer The Concentrate serum: R6.7K

    Use for: This serum is reportedly good for "soothing any inflammation caused as a result of doing chemical peels, microdermabrasion or laser treatments," which we all know Kim K enjoys. 

5. La Mer Serum-Essence: R9K

    Use for: I'll just give you the official website's description here because the price tag warrants a good explanation. 

"From our ultimate time-transcending collection, the Serum Essence makes rejuvenation the new reality. Lines, imperfections and other signs of time appear dramatically reduced as the complexion becomes more polished, even, resilient and refined."

6. Guerlain Moisturiser: R6.5K

    Use for: Anti-aging

7. Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Eye and Lip Contour Cream: R2.8K

    Use for: Minimise the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.

And the packaging of these products is everything. 

Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Eye and Lip Contour Cr

8. Lancer neck cream: R 2.6K

    Use for: Firm your neck and décolleté 

Money saving tip: You don't really need to buy a separate neck cream. You can apply your face cream to your neck to achieve the same results if your face mositurises contains HA, retinol or any other collagen boosting ingredients.

9. Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic: R4.3K

    Use for: wrinkle prevention. 

10. Dr. Barbara Sturm Super anti-Aging Serum: R5K

    Use for: A more youthful appearance.

11. Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops: R2K

    Use as a substitute for sunscreen. 

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Adding one more to the lineup soon... Stay tuned!

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12. More La Mer... R6.8K

Use this Crème de La Mer moisturiser to heal dryness. 

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The sound your skin loves. #CremedelaMer

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13. Bio Oil: R101 for 60ml at Clicks

Phew, something we're all familiar with.

Use for: "Maximum hydration" and help heal any scarring.

14. La Mer face oil: R3.5K

Use at night to help skin produce collagen naturally.

15. Anastasia Beverly Hills Face Oil: R900

Use for: With rosehip as an ingredient, this one will help rejuvenate skin and leave your pillows smelling heavenly.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrating Oil

Cleansers and exfoliators

16. Lancer Method Polish exfoliator: R1K

Use for: Glowing skin and healthy complexion.

17. Lancer cleanser: R800

Fun fact: Dr Harold Lancer is a celebrity dermatologist who has worked with extensively with Kim K as well as Victoria Beckham, Oprah and Beyonce. 

Total cost in rands: over R65K

Excluding makeup, how much do you think your beauty cupboard/shelf is worth?

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