Tuesday, 13 March 2018

5 Aldi Skin Care Dupes You Need To Know Under £10!

Aldi Skin Care 
If you've seen any of my recent skincare videos then you'll know I've become a bit obsessed and fascinated with supermarket skincare. Today I wanted to share with you some truly amazing finds I picked up from Aldi recently. These five products are actually wonderful dupes for some of my more expensive skincare favourites and so I had to share them with you while they are still available to buy as a lot of these items are released in small quantities and once they are gone you can't always guarantee they will bring them back in stock again.
Aldi Hot Cloth Cleanser
DUPE 1 - Aldi Lacura Hot Cloth Cleanser 200ml £3.99
ORIGINAL - Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 200ml £26 
The Aldi Hot Cloth Cleanser I first discovered back in December when my mum gifted me one for Christmas. I've been using this now for 2 months and I have to say this is one of the best dupes I've come across so far. The tube contains 200ml of product just like the original 200ml Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, however, you are saving a whopping £22.01 on the Aldi version which also comes with a muslin cloth too. And... not only does this smell so similar but virtually most of the ingredients bar a few extra in each are identical! I've listed the Aldi ingredients below that are the same as the Liz Earle version.

Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Ethyhexylglycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract,  Limonene and similar is Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract.
Aldi Charcoal Clearing Mudmask
DUPE 2 - Lacura Charcoal Clearing Mudmask 50ml £5.99
ORIGINAL - Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment 50g £42 
The Aldi Charcoal Clearing Mudmask I already have a full First Impression here so I won't go into too much detail. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic dupe for the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment as it not only looks very similar but this works in the same way at helping draw out impurities, minimising pores and mattifying the skin. Again I've listed below which ingredients are identical in both.

Aqua, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexyglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Limonene, Linalool and CI 77499.

Aldi Charcoal Mud to Foam Cleanser
DUPE 3 - ALDI Charcoal Mud to Foam Cleanser 150ml £5.99 
ORIGINAL - Glamglow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser £24 150ml
The Lacura Charcoal Mud to Foam Cleanser is also included in my First Impression video here, so if you would like to see a more detailed review and demo then feel free to check out this video also.

So if you haven't already guessed this is another amazing Glamglow dupe, this time for the Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser. Now although I can't compare this fully to the original Glamglow Supercleanse as I've never tried this, what I can tell you is this does include many of the same ingredients and the Aldi version does perform in much the same way. So if you are after a charcoal cleanser that removes face makeup like a dream and you're a fan of an exfoliating cleanser then why not save yourself the £18.01 and give the Aldi one a go instead! Below are the ingredients that can be found in both the Glamglow and Aldi version.

Aqua, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Charcoal Powder, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin and Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil.

Aldi Miracle Cream
DUPE 4 - Lacura Miracle Cream Skin Protection 50ml £3.99
ORIGINAL - Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream 50ml £22
The Lacura Miracle Cream is very comparable to my beloved Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream that has been one of my holy grails for years now. I've never actually seen anything so similar to the Elizabeth Arden version before and I was truly excited when I discovered this as not only is it a steal at £3.99 but, it looks the same and contains the same amount as the original!

If you're are unfamiliar with what this kind of cream does, then it's one of those wonder balms that can be used anywhere from spots to sunburn, chapped lips to eyebrows. Below is a list of ingredients that can be found in both.

Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Lanolin, Salicylic Acid, Tocopherol, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, BHT, Parfum, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol and Limonene, Linalool.

Aldi Glycolic Pads
DUPE 5 - Lacura Daily Cleansing Glycolic Pads 60 Pads £2.49
ORIGINAL - Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads 60 pads £12.95 
This final Aldi Skincare Dupe is a recent release which resembles the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads. (I have the Extreme pictured, but the original is the most similar to the Aldo version).

I would say out of all the dupes I've featured this has the least amount of identical ingredients, however, listed below is still a fair few ingredients that are identical in both. The Aldi Daily Cleansing Pads contain 60 just like the Nip + Fab ones the only other difference being you're saving a massive £10.46 on the Lacura ones! And honestly for £2.49, these are worth picking up just to try out if you're already a fan of Glycolic pads anyway.

Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Parfum, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Lidl Face Mask Maker Review and Demo

Lidl Face Mask Maker First Impression
You guys know I love sharing with you not only beauty steals but interesting new beauty launches and let me tell you the Lidl Face Mask Maker is no exception! But... is this just a total gimmick or a genius idea?? Let's find out...
The Lidl Face Mask Maker retails for a not so bad £34.99, it also comes with a 3 Year Warranty as well. Nonetheless, if you are interested in this I do recommend picking one up asap as I can't confirm if Lidl will bring this back in stock in the future.
What's Inside?
Inside you get,
- An Informative Booklet with your Warranty in.
- The Face Mask Maker and Mains Plug
- A Face Mask Mould
- Measuring Cup
- Small Cleaning Brush
- 24 Collagen Tablets

To make the masks you will also need some distilled water* and either, milk, fruit juice or yoghurt.
How does it work?
Firstly I suggest you watch the full and detailed step by step demo that I have linked below as I explain how and what to use, however, I will just give you a simplified overview below on how this works if you're looking to snap one up quickly.
The Face Mask Maker will allow you to make gel face masks with only a few ingredients in minutes!

1. Once you have the mask maker set up as I mentioned above you will need distilled water (I used Smart Water), any kind of fruit juice, yoghurt or milk (I used some Berry Smoothie diluted with distilled water) and the one collagen tablet (included, you can also re-purchase these if you run out).

2. Inside the booklet is plenty of tips and suggestions on what to use in your face masks depending on your skin type and what you want to achieve overall.

3. The booklet will additionally give you a step by step guide on exactly how to make your masks including measurements etc.
4. Once you have everything ready to go you place the juice, milk or yoghurt in the top of the maker along with the distilled water and one collagen tablet. Then all you need to do is press the start button and let the maker do it's magic! The whole process takes about 6 minutes.
5. When the mask is ready, the liquid is then poured directly into the mould. Once this is done you can then either place the mould in the fridge if you want a cooling mask or you can wait 5 minutes for it to set if you would prefer a warmer mask. I placed mine in the fridge as I love a more refreshing mask.
6. Finally, once your mask has fully set you can lift this out easily with a spoon and apply it to the face. It's recommended you leave the mask on for around 10-15 minutes, I left mine on for 15 minutes.

After I had removed the mask, I would say my skin looked a little glowy but it also felt a bit dry at the same time, however, I do recommend putting yours in the fridge as it did feel lovely and refreshing on the skin. The mask is also quite thick, heavy and delicate therefore I do recommend either laying down or cutting the face mask in half so that you can apply it in two parts.
Overall Thoughts
Overall I did really love the concept of this product and this is for sure unlike anything I've ever seen before, all the same, I do want to play around with this a bit more and test it out further with some different ingredients as I feel honestly it's not about the mask maker but more about what the masks can do for your skin and so I will keep you updated on this post over the next few weeks.

I also consider this pretty good value for money considering you get a 3-year warranty and you can make endless face masks from this, however the only thing I would say is that once you have used up your 24 collagen tablets you would need to re-order some more to be able to make further face masks and as of right now on the kompernass website where you order the tablets, I cannot see how much a new pot would cost.

So what do you guys think, would you buy this yourself or do you think this is just another gimmicky gadget!? Let me know your thought in the comments down below?...

I award the Lidl Face Mask Maker a 4.5 out of 5

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara and Total Temptation Brow Definer Review and Photos

Maybelline Temptation Mascara and Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer
Hey guys and welcome back to another new product launch and First Impression. Today I'm sharing with you the Maybelline Total Temptation Collection* which consists of the Total Temptation Eyeshadow and Highlight Palette, Mascara and Brow Definer. So here are my thoughts...
The Total Temptation Eyeshadow Palette retails for £11.99 and consists of 8 eyeshadows and 2 highlighters. The Mascara comes in black only and is £8.99 for 8.6ml of product. also if you're in the US there is a waterproof version too. Finally, to complete the collection there is a Brow Definer Pencil that comes in three shades, Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown. This contains 5g of product and is £7.99.
I adore the light pink packaging which is echoed throughout the whole collection as it's feminine, eye-catching and totally on-trend.
The mascara has a beautifully long-bristled brush and the formula is infused with coconut extract, making it an all round appealing combination.
The Brow Definer is dual ended with a tear-dropped spoolie located at one end and a diamond-shaped retractable pencil situated at the other.
Total Temptation Brow Definer - To start with I used the small brush to brush my brows up and then I went in with the retractable pencil. The pencil itself glided on easily although it did take me a while to get used to the shape of this however, I do think this is a great pencil as it's easy to use and perfect if you're short for time.

I was kindly sent the mascara and the pencil in Dark Brown and admittedly at first, I thought this may have been a little too dark for me, but I did use a light hand to apply the Brow Definer and the brush really helped to make sure everything was blended in seamlessly.
Total Temptation Mascara - Upon application I did have to wipe the brush first as there was quite a bit of mascara build up, but once I cleaned this away the mascara was very buildable and it helped lengthen and volumise my lashes perfectly. I applied three coats on the top and it wasn't clumpy at all.

If you've seen the video above to go with this First Impression also then you'll know I didn't use eyelash curlers initially, however, I have tried them out with this mascara since and it does make a slight difference but honestly, I think you can get away without using them as it kind of does what a lash curler would do anyway.
For the bottom lashes I applied one coat but again I advise you wipe the brush on a tissue to remove any remaining mascara build up.
Both the Brow Definer and Mascara lasted a good seven and a half hours without the worry of fading, flaking or transfer which was great.

Overall Thoughts
Overall the Brow Definer is a little more expensive for a drugstore brow pencil and comparing this to Maybelline's Micro Brow Pencil (which I've reviewed here) this is definitely the pricier pencil out of the two. However, both pencils are retractable with a spoolie and both come in the same three shades. So I think this does come down to personal preference on whether you prefer a skinnier pencil to really get into the brows or you like a slightly thicker pencil, that's quick and easy to use if you're short for time. Personally, I do prefer the Micro Pencil but I do love this brow definer too as it has a tinier more precisely shaped spoolie and this wears well throughout the day. 

I award the Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer a 4.7 out of 5

The mascara I'm obsessed with as the brush is a great shape, it smells lovely and the consistency is perfect for lengthening and volumising the lashes without the worry of clumps. (Just remember to wipe your brush beforehand). Again I do think this is a tad more expensive than your average drugstore mascara, however, this does have a unique selling point because of the coconut infused factor, plus I adore the packaging and it wears well and feels comfortable even after a long day of wear. 

So if you love a lenghtening mascara, that's buildable and comfortable or you're a fan of Maybelline mascara's in general, then I think you may just want to give this on a go too! 

I award the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara a 4.9 out of 5

*The Brow Definer and Mascara were kindly sent to me but as always all opinions are my own.


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Barry M Holographic Eye Topper Review and Photos - Stila Magnificent Metals Dupes?!

Barry M Holographic Topper L - R - Supernova, Asteroid, Luna and Star Dust
When it comes to new launches Barry M have certainly stepped up their game in recent years and these new Barry M Holographic Eyeshadow Toppers are no exception. The eye toppers caught my eye straight away because not only do they look stunning but they also remind me of a certain very popular cream eyeshadow! So here are my thoughts...
These retail for a very affordable £4.99 each. I'm still yet to find out how much is in these but I will update this post as soon as I find out.
There are four shades to choose from including, 1. Supernova, 2. Asteroid, 3. Luna and 4. Star Dust.
Barry M Eye Topper Supernova
Barry M Eye Topper Asteroid
Barry M Eye Topper Luna
Barry M Eye Topper Star Dust
The packaging is compact and travel-friendly and I love the transparent containers so you can see each colour clearly as, after all, it's what's inside that counts! Inside you'll find a small, flat doe foot applicator.
Upon application, I started off by using the applicator as it's the perfect size for getting right into the eyelid area. I then used a small brush to blend everything out, however, I did find blending the product did almost wipe the eyeshadow off and so I do recommend using a patting motion and applying thin layers as I think I initially I applied too many coats. I also suggest using a tiny brush if you want a more precise line or you're doing a cut crease as again I found this hard to get a clear-cut line the first time around.

With regards to how these perform, I would say they dry down relatively quickly but they did sting my eyes a little initially. All the colours are buildable and can be worn alone or over the top of eyeshadow and each colour has a beautiful iridescent duochrome finish.

I also recommend you watch my First Impression Video above on these so you can see the product live in action.
I wore this for just under 9 hours in total and I didn't have any creasing or fading which was great, however, towards the end of the day I did have a tiny bit of fallout under the eye and a bit of transfer on my brow bone.
I used Supernova in my First Impression
Overall Thoughts
So despite the limited colour selection, these holographic eyeshadow toppers are not only stunning but their insanely affordable too! Application wise they glide on easily but if you are building up the colour I do recommend working in thin layers and patting the product on as opposed to blending it in. Yes, these did sting my eyes a little, to begin with, but overall they felt totally comfortable once the eyeshadow had dried down and I was impressed with how vibrant and long-wearing the toppers stayed even after a long day of wear.

Lastly, I know what you're all wanting to know, how do these compare to the Stila Magnificent Metals?? Well, the Stila versions have a wider more wearable colour selection and I would say these are more pigmented, textured and contain glitter whereas the Barry M versions are more iridescent, smoother and glossier. Application wise these both glide on easily but the Stila shadows are slightly easier to work with, however, overall both formulas work in the same way that if you're building up the colour then it's better to work in thin layers. Again both wear well but the Stila ones last that little bit longer.

So if you're a girl on a budget and you love experimenting with different eye looks and colour then the Barry M Holographic Eye Toppers may be worth a go if you're wanting to try an alternative to a powder eyeshadow.

I award the Barry M Holographic Eyeshadow Toppers a 4.6 out of 5

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