The GlamGlow Dupe You Haven't Heard Of
I must thank my fellow lover-of-a-bargain-beauty-product, the blogger Fashionicide, for putting me onto this product, because holy-moly, it is amazing.
For anyone interested in beauty trends, you've probably heard of GlamGlow - it's a skincare line that primarily focuses on mud face masks and it's been everywhere for the last year or two, mainly thanks to constant beauty influencer mentions.
But for those of us in the real world, who appreciate a mud mask but frankly do not want to spend a fortune on a product whose main ingredient costs pennies to put together, there is the world of dupes. And this one's a doozy my friends.
If you're in the UK, you'll probably know of Aldi - it's the German low-cost supermarket chain that's been rapidly expanding in the last few years. Interestingly, it's also made a bit of a name for itself for providing a few of those key pieces you need every week, at a fraction of the cost of most other retailers.
In 2016, Aldi decided to take on skincare with a bang, and boy did it deliver. The aim of its own brand Lacura range was to deliver luxury skincare on a budget, with every item in the range priced under £10.
Fans of Lacura have likened the products to everything from Elizabeth Arden to La Prairie to GlamGlow. If you're looking for a little something extra to add to your routine, it's well worth exploring the range further here, or heading in store to your local Aldi.
Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask
As much as I'd like to wax lyrical about this mask, it's a mud mask. There's only so many things you can say about one to be honest. However, a couple of points that I'd like to make are that it definitely feels like a much higher end product than the price would suggest; it's a fairly thick, grainy consistency which dries beautifully on the skin and exfoliates very well as you wash it off.
Ingredients include kaolin and bentonite clay, as well as green tea, witch hazel and red algae, to leave skin feeling smooth and clear. I found that it left my skin feeling fresher and looking brighter as well as having a pore tightening effect. Longer term use once or twice a week over a month or so should help to make the effects more obvious - it's a good one for fine lines and wrinkles too (although of course the effect is temporary - it's a mask, not plastic surgery).
I'd recommend this to anyone with normal to oily/combination skin. I wouldn't suggest it for sensitive skin as the grains are likely to be just a little too harsh.
Honestly, for £5.99 for a 50ml jar, this is a fab little deal and one I'd highly recommend.