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I’m a keen bargain hunter, I hate waste and don’t pay more for anything than I absolutly have too. Some would call me a cheapskate however I prefer the term frugal. When one of the PR companies dealing with the Aldi health and beauty ranges got in touch and asked if I’d try out some products as part of the Swap January challenge however I was dubious. I’m a bit funny about what health and beauty products I’ll use and generally speaking believed that in this department you get what you pay for.

I was wrong.

January is now over and the products I’d been sent have been very well tested and I have to say they are as good as, if not better than the more expensive non-Aldi alternatives I’ve been using to date.

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The items I was sent included:

  • Lacura Expert Day and Night Cream, (RRP £3.99 each). These were real winners for me. I pay three times that amount for my creams (over three times actually) and the results are identical.
  • Lacura Roll on Deodorant – I don’t use roll-on usually however did for the purpose of testing out products and found this fine. At 59p it is considerably cheaper than the roll-on brands I would usually have chosen if roll-on was my thing.
  • Lacura 3 in 1 Facial Wipes – These are another great find. These are wipes which do more than tickle the skin, they offer a really good wet cleanse and one wipe is more than enough. At 89p (ridiculously cheap in my opinion) I would stock up on these.
  • Carino Hairspray – I pay nearly £2 for the same sized container and this worked much better at taming curls without that awful crispy feeling you get with some cheaper hairsprays. I’ve been robbed!
  • Lacura Cotton Buds – a bud is a bud in my humble opinion however I’ve been paying £1 for a container with approximately a third less in it. The Aldi option is most definitely the cheaper version and it would last longer.
  • Carino Shampoo and Conditioner – at 65p these are great. For everyday family use and 35p cheaper a bottle than my local supermarket’s closest alternative these are a fab price.
  • AquaV KickStart Shower Gel – 69p. This is absolutely lush! I was sent a honey and shea butter scented shower gel and the whole family loved it. My local supermarket’s cheapest shower gels are £1 rrp each and no-where near as nice.
  • The Lacura Q10 Daily Face Cream – £1.49, I’ve not tested this as much as the others as have been using the Expert Day and Night Cream however it seems on par with similar I’ve bought in the past at three or four times the price for the same size.

What can I say other than in my eyes this Swap January test was a big win with me. Sadly I don’t have an Aldi near to me so this was a real blind trial however it has certainly made me look differently at brands and whether or not it’s necessary to pay over the odds when there are clearly cheaper versions which are just as good if not better.

Have you used Aldi’s health and beauty products? What do you think?

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I don’t drink alcohol. No I’m not pregnant (just big boned), I haven’t previously had a problem with alcohol as some have hinted at for my reason to abstain (unless you call my late teenage years!) and no, I’m not allergic to alcohol. I just don’Sparkling Tisanet like it to be honest.

Rolling the clock back a few years ago; back to the days of 20/20 White Lightning and other such potent yet cheap drinks I could knock ‘em back like the best of them. I think that fact that a night on the town with Roy cost us jointly £40 back then (and included a visit to the pizza and kebab shop) and would cost us twice that now is one factor in my not drinking however the main one is that I don’t like the taste!

I sincerely believe that my earlier years of cheap and nasty alcohol has killed off my alcohol-apreciating taste buds as these day I’m just as happy with a cup of coffee. In short I don’t drink because I don’t want to.

Not drinking as a lifestyle choice is up to any individual however it can leave you a little limited at parties and festive occasions to say the least! Diet cola and similar drinks soon lose their novelty and to be honest it would be nice to enjoy something a little special during these special occasions.

This is where Echo Falls and their alcohol free sparkling infusion come into play. I was sent a bottle of this lovely stuff to try out and have to say it was lovely. Light, fruity and bubbly it wouldn’t look amiss amongst the fancy boozy bottles on a table and is  a real treat. It also has only 26 calories in every 100ml glass (good news for me as I’m a long-term Slimming World member) and yet tastes really quite elegant if that makes sense?

Available from Tesco and Asda from around £3.49 (RRP) this is a fairly inexpensive way to have a drink so to speak when pregnant or abstaining for any reason without having to fall back on dull non-alcoholic favourites such as soda water and lime.

I would definite buy this to enjoy myself at home or at parties and to offer to guests.

 

*Please note that while I was sent a bottle of EchoFalls sparkling infusion to try and review the company has had no influence over my writing. My opinions are my own and have been formed from my own thoughts and experiences.

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