Escentual French Pharmacy Haul & Mini Reviews

In the last year or so I’ve become obsessed with skincare, and I honestly don’t know where it has come from. Rewind 3 years and I had absolutely no skincare routine and would quite regularly fall asleep with my makeup on (terrible I know) but now I have a serious 4/5 step routine every morning and evening, and my skin has never looked better. I’m always on the hunt for new brands and products that I can try out, so when I came across Escentual and saw they stocked some really great French Pharmacy brands, I knew I couldn’t leave without placing an order.

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My Escentual haul included;

  • La Roche-Posay | Serozinc Spray Duo
  • La Roche-Posay | Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector
  • Nuxe Rêve de Miel | Honey Lip Balm
  • Vichy | Dermablend Setting Powder

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray > £8.50

I had heard such great things about Serozinc, so when I saw that Escentual were offering two bottles for £10, instead of their usual price of £8.50 each, I jumped at the chance and added the duo to my basket. If you haven’t heard of Serozinc before, it’s a toning mist spray that targets blemishes, marks and excess oiliness, all of which are things I suffer with. I’ve been using this as my second toner, after PIXI’s Glow Tonic (review here), thanks to Rebecca’s recommendation and I’m really enjoying it so far.  I’ve never used any skincare in a spray form before, so this is definitely something new to me, but I love how refreshing this feels on my skin after a long day – absolutely perfect for summer. La Roche-Posay recommend using this between cleansing and moisturising, but it can also be used at any time of the day to refresh and treat your skin. I’ve started to use a lot of new skincare items recently, so it’s quite hard to tell if this has specifically helped, but my skin is better now than it’s ever been and do think that this has played a part in that.

escentual_haul_2015_emilyloulaLa Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector > £10.50

I mentioned this breakout corrector in my May favourites post (here) and I’m honestly completely in love with this little tube. I’ve suffered from acne, blemishes and bad breakouts for about 7 years now, and I haven’t come across anything that has helped as much as this. The main problem I have with my skin after my acne is that I have quite extreme hyper pigmentation. This basically means that after the spot or blemish has healed I’m left with an angry red mark that stays around for a good couple of months, if not a lot longer. Because of this, I have been left with a lot of scarring, specifically on my cheeks and chin, a lot of which are too old now or deep to easily get rid off without cosmetic treatment such as laser surgery. I honestly wish I had found this baby earlier, as it would have really reduced the marks and scarring that I have now from years ago. Not only does this little tube treat and soothe the original spot or blemish, it prevents the residual marks from appearing afterwards, which for me, is a dream come true. I honestly can’t praise this enough and would recommend it to anyone who is on the lookout for a new breakout corrector, it’s been such a game changer for me.

escentual_haul_2015_emilyloula-2Nuxe Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm > £9.50

A few weeks back in a Twitter chat I asked for some recommendations for an intense lip balm, and at least 4 of you tweeted back about NUXE’s Rêve de Miel, so when I made my Escentual I had to add it into my online basket. I picked up the limited 20 year anniversary edition so the packaging is slightly different than the regular version, but I personally prefer this one. The balm itself is non greasy and has the most gorgeous, rich and luxurious texture that is unlike any other balm I’ve come across before. It contains some really great natural ingredients like Honey, Sunflower, Musk Rose and Almond oils, Shea Butter and Grapefruit essence which gives it the most wonderful scent, that I absolutely love. NUXE recommend using a thick layer of the balm at night for an intense repairing effect, which is how I tend to use this, but of course it can be applied throughout the day and as often as required. They also mention mixing some with a little bit of brown sugar, for a gentle exfoliating treatment. I haven’t tried this myself yet, but it sounds like a great idea, and I’m sure to test it out soon. This balm definitely has it’s cult status for a reason, it leaves my lips feeling so nourished, moisturised and healthy, no wonder one is sold every 28 seconds! Normally, I’m really not a fan of balms that come in a pot like this, but I can overlook this due to how much I love this product.

escentual_haul_2015_emilyloula-3Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder > £17

Another product that featured in my May favourites post was this setting powder from Vichy. I’ve been aware of the Dermablend range since watching this video on YouTube years ago, and seeing how incredible the coverage is. If you haven’t seen the video, you definitely need to, it’s one of my favourite adverts ever, I think it’s absolutely incredible and I could watch it again and again. Anyway, the powder used to set their famous high coverage foundation is this setting powder, and it’s yet another product in this post that I can’t rave highly enough about. At £17 for a setting powder, it definitely is on the pricer side of the spectrum but I think it’s worth every penny, and will last forever as you only need a tiny amount of product each time. As I mentioned in my favourites post, I tested this out when I went to Alton Towers recently and my full face of makeup lasted a good 12 hours even though I was whizzing around on roller coasters upside down with the wind and rain directly in my face. This is definitely the best setting powder I’ve ever tried and I haven’t got a bad word to say about it at all – would highly recommend this.

So there we have it, that’s what I picked up in my little Escentual haul! Since taking these photo’s for this post, I’ve actually made another Escentual order, so you should expect another post soon with more exciting goodies! Currently Escentual are offering a third off all French Pharmacy brands throughout June, and all 4 products I’ve mentioned in this post are highly discounted, so if you fancy picking anything up, now is the time to do so!

What do you think about the bits I picked up from Escentual? Would love to know in the comments if you’ve picked anything up from them recently, or if there is anything you’ve got your eye on!

emily x

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