Saturday, 12 August 2017

When a Dupe is a Dud

I'm probably the only person I know who doesn't do their weekly shop at Aldi (or Lidl). And it's only because of the whole till situation - the lack of packing space, the speed at which you have to operate and the lack of till chat. No thanks, not for me. But I do like to keep an eye on the middle aisle of treats and will check online each week or pop in to see if there's any treats for me.
In the past I've picked up a really gorgeous lamp and a cheap as chips pair of Polaroid sunglasses which are brilliant for driving.

For a while now I've been reading great reviews on Aldi's Lacura skincare range but up until now haven't tried anything. But when I saw their new Exfoliating Mud Mask, which has been compared as a dupe to the Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment mask, I had to give it a go. 

Aldi's clay mask costs £5.99 for a 50ml tub compared to Glam Glow's £42.00 for 50g, so a real difference in price. Now I must be honest and say that I have not had the pleasure of trying the Glam Glow mask so I am not qualified to tell you whether they are comparable. But I have tested lots of different masks and so I've tried the Aldi mask, so I can tell you what I think about it as a mask.
Aldi Lacura Exfoliating Mudmask
Aldi Lacura Exfoliating Mudmask
I hate it.

When I applied the clay mask which contains walnut shells (to exfoliate), I was immediately shocked by how much it stings. Not tingles, stings. To the point that I didn't think I could bare the 10 minutes of having it on my face. But I did. Being a clay mask, it sets. But then came the rub, and I mean literally, I had to full on scrub at my already stinging skin to try and remove the mask, which took ages. And then I was left with not radiant, glowing skin but red, sore looking skin. And such was the extent that I had to rub to remove the mask, that I had some slight bleeding from the side of my nose.

Granted, I do favour gentler masks and I like to use a chemical exfoliator rather than a physical one because ironically, for me, these are kinder to my skin. I won't be using this again and I would say if you're intrigued by this, maybe start by only putting it on for 5 minutes.
Aldi candles
Aldi candles
The other thing I picked up from Aldi were two of their candles, which are being hailed as dupes for the Jo Malone candles. Aldi candles are £3.99 compared to Jo Malone's at £44.00. Again a huge difference in price. I've not been lucky enough to own or even smell a Jo Malone candle but I love scented candles and light one every night. I do rate Primark's candles but more recently I've been picking up my candles at Homesense. You can get some quality candles for around £5.00 and I find these last for weeks and weeks and the scent permeates throughout the downstairs of my house.

I was really excited by the Aldi candles and had to try a few times before they were back on the shelves. The candles come in a sturdy glass jar, with a silver tin lid and fairly nice writing on the label. 
I went for no. 2 - Blackberry Bay and no. 3 - Pomegranate Noir, two of Jo Malone's most popular scented candles.
I've nearly finish no. 3 and I've only been lighting this every evening for about a week and a half. I've never had a candle burn down so quickly, although to be fair it has burnt down evenly and there was no mushrooming on the wick. But there is also no smell. I must have a duff one because I've seen people on Instagram raving about these and that they smell so nice but mine doesn't smell, unless I go right up to it and even then only very mildly. 
£3.99 for this size of candle is a great price but I did expect (probably?) too much, so I'll be going back to Homesense candles.

And you may pick the mask and one of these candles up and love them, and I hope you do but for me.. I'll keep saving the pennies until I can afford the real deal and see if they are worth the hype.


  1. Interesting to hear your thoughts on these products. I actually liked the mask, although I agree in did a little more than tingle, but luckily it did not make my face red or sore. I haven't tried the candles, although I was tempted when I went in to buy the mask. I think I will leave the candles for now as there are some really nice ones for the same price at TK MAXX.

    1. Thanks for your comment Leigh. And I agree TK Maxx candles are really good quality for a great price. I always look in their sale section for candles.
      Julie xx


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