Aldi Is The Secret Beauty Pitstop You Never Knew You Needed

You know what I love the most about beauty? The element of discovery; the rush when you find something blooming fabulous that nobody has ever heard of, or pick up the best dupe there ever was. I adore beautiful packaging, incredible formulations and efficacious products as much as the next beauty blogger, but there’s something a bit special about discovering something you can’t quite wait to share. For me, the ultimate place to discover something that gives that buzz has recently become an unexpected supermarket destination – for Aldi provides the secret beauty pitstop you never knew you needed. Alongside your usual bread, milk and veg you can pick up fab skincare, hair gems and even some targeted treatments and anti-ageing solutions. And I’m totally here for it.

We don’t have an Aldi store local to me, but when I get a chance to pop into one on my way to visit family I can’t wait to get to the beauty aisle. Not only are the product ranges extensive and super affordable (pick them up for as little as a quid!) but they’re great dupes for some high street faves, with all the ingredients you need to leave skin feeling cleansed, hydrated and full of bounce. They won’t turn back the clock or revolutionise your skincare regime, but they will deliver basics that you can rely on every day – and give you the option to save those more expensive formulas for when you feel like you need more. (They’re also great for teens and students, if you fancy stocking up for loved ones without spending a fortune.)

With fab hair and body treats alongside some amazing home fragrances and candles (which are the best dupes of Jo Malone London I’ve ever sniffed,) there’s so much to choose from. It’s worth popping into store and having a rummage; after all, even if you think it’s a bit rubbish you won’t have spent more than a couple of quid. To give you a bit of a taster, here are some of the bits in stores right now that I know will whet your appetite for more.

Lacura Smoothing Face Scrub & Wash – £0.99 (Dupe for Simple) 
A pretty basic facial scrub and wash formula that’s fab for popping in the shower, it helps to leave skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. Although not ideal for those with super dry or irritated skin, you can’t go wrong for less than a quid. If you’re already a user of Simple, it’s well worth a swap for this.

Lacura Miracle Cream – £3.99 (Dupe for Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream) 
Our house is always overflowing with Eight Hour Cream, thanks to the fact it helps to soothe everything from dry lips and cuticles to my husband’s itchy eczema, but it costs a small fortune and doesn’t last forever. This cheaper alternative is hard to tell apart from the original, which is essentially petroleum and lanolin, so it’s worth having one to pick up when your skin is in need.

Lacura No More Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner – £1.49 (Dupe for John Frieda Frizz Ease) A
fab alternative to the usual high street buys, this duo is great at
helping to tame frizz and leave hair looking and feeling shinier. Again,
not filled with the most brilliant ingredients so is definitely to be
used with caution if your hair is thin or prone to being weighed down,
but worthy of a lather or two.

Lacura Glycolic Cleansing Pads – £2.49 (Dupe for Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Pads) 
I’m slightly obsessed with glycolic pads at the moment, thanks to their ability to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells from the surface to leave skin feeling clear and looking more radiant. If you’re not sure if the concept is for you it’s worth picking up a cheaper alternative to give them a go, or if you’re already a convert just stock up!

Lacura Soy Restorative Day & Night Cream – £1.69 (Dupe for Nivea Q10)  
Lightweight, easily absorbed and full of hydration, these leave skin feeling nourished and protected with added SPF20 too. Proof you don’t need to spend a fortune on skincare basics to get results, and leaves you plenty of money to pick up a targeted serum too.

When prices are this cheap, you really can’t say no. Whether you want to up your skincare game, give something new a go, or simply save a few quid, Aldi’s beauty range is well worth a trip to the supermarket for.

Have you ever tried Aldi’s beauty range, or any other supermarket own brand?

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11 Comments

  1. Kay
    April 17, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I also love their concealer pen, they only have a few colours but it is the best one I have tried. It is not always in stock, when I see it again I will be buying several. x

    • Hayley Hall
      April 17, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Oooh I've never seen that, but I'm gonna have to track one down!

  2. Jess Drury
    April 17, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Aldi is an absolute gold mine for beauty bits and bobs – I saw some charcoal micellar water in there earlier and I'm definitely going back for some after work. They have a great selection of hair care too, I swear by their leave in spray conditioner – It's better than some high end ones I've tried! I haven't seen the miracle cream in my local store yet but I'm going to keep an eye out for it cos it sounds fab.jess xxalrightblondie.com

  3. Vivian Yuen
    April 17, 2018 / 9:14 am

    I had no idea Aldi even had a beauty/skincare section! Can't say no to these prices~ Vivian | LIVE IN LOVEIG | @viviyunn_~

  4. Ria
    April 17, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    I have tried some Waitrose and Lidl products; they work fab! But you are tempting me to go for a shopping trip to Aldi soon!

    • Hayley Hall
      April 17, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      They're SO cheap and really great if you don't want to take your expensive products on holiday or something.

  5. Lucy Cole
    April 17, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    I'm always a bit hesitant to use cheaper beauty products – especially skincare, but you've convinced me to keep an eye out and give them a go next time I'm in Aldi!xxLucy | http://www.lucy-cole.co.uk

    • Hayley Hall
      April 17, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      For your basics you can't really go wrong – I'm a firm believer in you don't *have* to spend on moisturisers, face washes etc. You're just paying for pack and marketing a lot of the time.

  6. Lynn Shields
    April 20, 2018 / 7:49 am

    They brought in a Cleanse and polish dupe right before mothers day so decided I would give it a go. Gives Liz Earle a run for her money, finding very few differences in my skin since switching! Wish they would make it a regular product!

  7. Victoria - Florence and Mary
    May 3, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I'm such a fan of Aldi and have even switched all my grocery to Aldi (bar the odd branded product I need to get elsewhere) and as such I'm always picking up their latest beauty release. The hot cloth cleanser is fantastic!Victoria xFlorenceandMary.com

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