The Story starts with a girl and a prince.... Nah, thanks I enjoy having a bed to myself too much. What's important to me is a good healthy glow and I think I found us all a real miracle for under £10! I've been using Lacura Caviar Illumination Day & Night Creams and their 3-Minute Peel Mask for just over two weeks now and here's what happened to my skin.
I had no real hopes for a skincare range from Aldi, but seeing all the glowing reviews I just had to try it! I thought I'll use it for a week, it'll break me out and I'll trash it in the most polite way. Colour me shocked, because it did not break me out and after a week long wear people at work started to compliment my skin! Firstly I thought it must be my foundation but let's face it dry skin & foundation do not go together that well, so I dogged deeper. Only after few days I realised what changed in my routine! I thought of it last because I never in million years excepted any kind of results from a couple of creams at £7 each!
Lacura Caviar Illumination range has been called a dupe for La Prairie Caviar range and I wish I had the money to try the original but even I'm not crazy enough to spend £300 on a moisturiser! I can't really comment on the above, but what I can tell you is that my skin has never looked better , at least according to my co-workers (cheers guys, no one could ever tell me I looked like shit before???). When I finally realised these two creams were making such difference, I started to observe my skin a little better.
I think the main difference is the radiance my skin seems to go for these days. I don't get overly oily & the formula sinks in almost instantly, which makes me think Lacura Caviar Illumination would also work on combination skin, maybe even oily? I look in the mirror and see this gorgeous glow, which is a finish line of many, many products that I use but for the sake of testing, I put them all away and the glow continued! I also find that Day Cream is a great makeup Primer and works for me brilliantly as such. I've been using L'Oreal Pro-Glow foundation over the day cream and it lasted well and didn't cake up after few hours.
Now that we have my preliminary facts together, let's have a look at both moisturisers separately and talk those pesky ingredients shall we?
Aldi's moisturisers come packed with active ingredients like Caviar, Snow Algae, Hyaluronic Acid, AHAs, peptides, Globularia flowers extract and papaya enzymes. These are usually found in super expensive skincare and I was truly shocked to find them in a moisturiser priced like a Friday night cocktail! I talked about importance of AHAs in daily skincare many times. I find that using acids helped my dry skin regain its forgotten radiance and I can't imagine a skincare routine without them. Here, they are supported by the use of anti-aging peptides and papaya enzymes, which again work great at gently exfoliating the skin layers and uncovering a more youthful complexion. Globularia Flower extract works like a spring cleaning for your skin. It detoxifies by eliminating damaged proteins and other accumulated environmental wastes. It provides further protection from environmental factors and slows down the process of ageing. Caviar extract is another miracle active ingredient known for it's regenerating, brightening, lifting and moisturising properties. Caviar is a mixture of proteins, amino acids, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids (lipids) known for their regenerating and anti-wrinkle properties. Finally the Snow Algae has been proven to stimulate collagen production, provides protection from environmental factors such as UV rays and improves skin elasticity whilst being a strong antioxidant. Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream has been formulated with SPF15 which is also a plus for daytime moisturiser. It's not the protection you can wear on it's own, unless you're in for truly gloomy days but a welcome addition to this already incredible formula.
Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream SPF15 ৷ £6.99
I found the cream to work great as a daytime moisturiser with the formula sinking in almost instantly and prepping the skin for makeup. Actually I find there's no need for a primer when using this, as it worked great in conjunction with my current foundation fave, L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow. The formula hasn't got any scent in particular other than your usual moisturiser scent. It feels light when applied, sinks in quickly and does't leave any residue. I find that I'm using a little more than my usual moisturisers though I barely made a dent in the two weeks of use. It's gentle on my sensitive skin and didn't make me break out or caused any redness. I think it's a great moisturiser and you should really give it a go, if you can.
Lacura Caviar Illumination Rich Night Cream ৷ £6.99
I really enjoyed using the night moisturiser. The formula is only slightly richer than that of the daytime moisturiser and sinks in quickly. I find that it works great over my usual serums (one water based and second oil based). I also add a little oil on top of my moisturiser and it didn't counter react to any of my other skincare picks. Again the formula didn't break me out or caused any reaction. I enjoy using it at night and find that I wake up to a nice glow in the morning. As with the daytime version, I tend to use a little more of it than my standard moisturisers but only because I'm used to richer formulas. The formula here is creamy but also quite light and makes me think it would suit most skin types. I honestly can't praise these two individually more than by the effects they give, as the usual application and the feel of them is pretty standard, but the effects are extraordinary.
I actually really enjoyed using this mask packed with AHAs and Papaya Enzymes to really exfoliate and reveal brighter complexion. It works similarly to my fave Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask but does not have any mechanical peeling agents. I actually find this one's gentler on my sensitive skin as it skips the mechanical exfoliants. Try and do not exceed the given time (3 minutes) for the first 5-10 uses as the burning sensation is something you just have to get used to. I now keep it for 5 minutes tops. I find that it works beautifully and after the use my skin is so much smoother and ready for another treatment or just evening skincare. The redness does not linger and after washing it off I don't find my complexion reddened at all. It does go red during the use and must be treated with caution. I use it once a week and find it to be a great alternative to the PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask which is over 4 times the price. If you're on a look out for an affordable enzyme exfoliator, give this one a go.
In overview I really enjoy using my Lacura Caviar Illumination range. It changed my skin in matter of days as the results are almost instant. It's quite miraculous to find it in the skincare full stop, especially one that costs so little. I think you should really give it a go when you're next in Aldi's. Skincare is a very personal choice and what works for me, may not work for you, but given the price point this is a safe bet.
Have you tried any of the Lacura Caviar Illumination skincare? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.
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