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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