I’ll be honest and admit that Aldi was never a place I thought I’d be buying my beauty bits from. However, despite being a huge fan of premium products, I love a bargain just as much (if not more) so when I saw budget beauty line Lacura receiving rave reviews I had to see what all the fuss was about! Over the past twelve months or so I’ve managed to build up an extensive collection and today I thought I’d share my top picks.
Hot Cloth Cleanser. I stumbled across Aldi’s Original Hot Cloth Cleanser around a year ago after being drawn in by the Liz Earle-esque packaging. I was pleasantly surprised to find it smelt identical to the Cleanse and Polish and that the ingredients list was almost an exact match. I’ve been using it consistently ever since I first purchased it and I absolutely love it – it’s become such a staple in my skin care routine and I can hand on heart say that I don’t notice a difference compared to the Liz Earle.
Like most bargainous beauty finds, it’s pretty difficult to come across so I’d recommend stocking up if you manage to track it down. They’ve since launched a few different versions and have bought out a gift set of minis for Christmas – the Pink Clay is my personal favourite but they’re all worth a try!
Revitalising Facial Tonic. I spotted this whilst purchasing my cleanser a few months back and decided to pick a few up. I’m guessing it’s a copy of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic (I compared the ingredients online and again, they’re very similar). I normally steer clear of toners as I find they can dry my skin out, but I’ve really enjoyed incorporating this into my routine. I’ve been using it morning and night after cleansing to refresh my complexion and remove any remaining make-up. It’s super gentle and soothing, not to mention it smells incredibly luxe – just like a spa treatment!
Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner. Like I mentioned just now, I tend to avoid toners but giving this a shot was a no-brainer – I took one glance at the packaging and knew it was a dupe for the Pixi Glow Tonic! Everything from the design of the bottle to the scent is near enough identical. I used this morning and night for several weeks straight and noticed a significant difference – less blemishes, a brighter complexion and make-up that sat better and lasted longer. Even a male friend commented on how nice my skin was looking! Unfortunately, my bottle ran out and I’ve been unable to locate any since (I pinched the one in the picture from my sister for this post!) It’s not available on the Aldi website either – I really hope they haven’t discontinued it as it’s amazing!
Quartz Face Roller. Gemstone Facial Rollers have become a trend amongst the beauty community in recent years. Having never tried one myself I’d always considered them to be a bit of a gimmick if I’m honest. Nonetheless, I picked this up along with my food shop last week – it was only £6.99 and I thought it might prove handy as a pretty prop for blog photos! I’ve been using it morning and night to work in my moisturiser and I’ve actually been really enjoying it. I’m not sure if it’s actually boosting my circulation or tightening the skin as it claims, but it’s certainly very soothing – I love the cooling effect it has! This has already sold out online despite only launching last Thursday, but hopefully they’ll restock. Even if you don’t fancy treating yourself to one it’d make a lovely stocking filler!
Healthy Glow Rose Oil. Here we have another Pixi dupe! The Healthy Glow Rose Oil is infused with a plethora of nourishing ingredients, including jojoba oil, vitamin E and orange peel extract, meaning it’s a real treat for dehydrated skin. I’ve been using this on alternate nights for a few months now – either straight onto the skin or mixed in with my moisturiser – and it’s been amazing at helping clear up any dry patches. The rose scent is a little strong for me, but I’m willing to forgive that due to its super low price point and the wonderful effect is has on my skin.
Pomegranate Luxury Eau De Toilette. I wore a spritz of this to my most recent nail appointment and when my technician exclaimed, “Oh you smell lovely, is that Jo Malone?” I knew I’d found a gem! I’d been a fan of Aldi’s Jo Malone-style candles for a while, so when I learnt they were launching perfumes I snapped this one up as fast as I could. This really does smell incredible and I love the luxe packaging, too. It doesn’t last as long on the skin as its permium counterpart, but for £5.99 I’m not complaining!
I haven’t seen the individual fragrances for some time, but they are selling a gift set containing the minis for Christmas.
Have you ever tried anything from Aldi’s beauty line? What are your favourites?