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.


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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  • S Jones

    I must check out Escentual as I’d love to try some of these products which can be quite tricky to get your hands on!


    • Yes definitely, they stock some really great bits actually and always have some good sales!x

  • You’ve absolutely intrigued me with all these! And the fact that there’s discounts on them right now is just too tempting! Also, thankyou for the mention – I’m glad you’re getting on with Serozinc. Mine ran out recently and though I was quite unsure about it initially I’m kinda missing it now! Excuse for an Escentual order? Think I’ve just found it…
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • So tempting isn’t it Rebecca haha, I ordered this lot, then when I saw they had a third off I had to order some more! Very welcome for the mention lovely! Let me know if you do make an order, would love to see what you pick up! xxx

  • Im so glad you picked up the Vchy powder, im in love with it lately x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

    • Me too, I can’t believe how good it is! I’m really impressed! x

  • That’s it, I have to buy everything!
    Parie x

    • Hahaha Parie! Did you get anything from them in the end? x

  • Great haul. I love LRP so i can’t belive I missed the 2 for £10 deal (gutted)! The Vichy Dermablend setting powder sounds amazing – definitely worth the splurge it seems 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

    • Me too, I’ve fallen in love with all things LRP recently – I can’t get enough of them! I absolutely love the setting powder – yes it’s definitely worth the splurge I think!! x

  • I definitely want to try the Vichy setting powder x

    • I would honestly recommend it, I think it’s great! x

  • I love Escentual, they stock so many great brands. La Roche-Posay is one of my favourite skincare brands and the Effaclar range is fantastic! I really want to try the Vichy foundation and setting powder. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • They’re very quickly becoming one of my favourite skincare brands too, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them and they’re Effaclar range has really helped my skin! I would love to try the Vichy foundation too! x

  • Great reviews. These sound like great products.

    Jenn |

    • Thank you! They honestly are! x

  • Kate

    That lip balm looks incredible – I need to pick it up! xx

    • It is incredible!! Definitely the best lip balm I’ve tried! xx

  • Serozinc and Effaclar Duo + are basically holy grail status for me – I’m glad they’ve worked for you too! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • I’ve just started using Effaclar Duo + and I’m really loving it so far! Serozinc is amazing isn’t it! xx

  • Absolutely love the NUXE lip balm, it’s so good!! Great picks, I’d love to try Serozinc.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    • It’s amazing isn’t it! i’ve really enjoyed using Serozinc, will definitely be picking up another when these run out! x

  • Velvet Blush

    The La Roche spray sounds great, I haven’t had much luck with toners before so the spray sounds like something new and different 🙂

    Velvet Blush

    • I really love the Serozinc spray, it’s so refreshing to use! Would definitely recommend it if you can get your hands on it! x

  • I honestly need to get that Nuxe lip balm. I have read so many good things about it but always forget to purchase it. This is a great haul and now you got me curious about the setting powder too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Ah Shireen you definitely do need to get it! It’s absolutely incredible, definitely the best lip balm I’ve ever tried! Thank you x

  • I adore the Vichy brand, they have so many hidden gems. I need to try more of La Roche as well!

    Annabel ?
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • This is the first thing I’ve tried from Vichy but I love it! La Roche-Posay are definitely becoming my favourite skincare brand at the mo, they’ve got some really great bits!! x

  • I definitely need to get into more of a routine, I do really well then i have a naughty day break. Really want to try the La Roche products you’ve mentioned especially the spray x
    han // em&han xo

    • I always have a naughty day break too haha but I can always tell the day afterwards 🙁 Would definitely recommend both La Roche products, I love them! xx

  • Diana Horsfall

    great post! why all bottles look so cute! 😉

    • Thank you very much xx

  • rakhshanda

    I need the Nuxe lip balm. Great ppst honey! Nice blog <3

    • You definitely do – I think it’s fab! Thank you very much xxx

  • Klaudia Clara

    Vichy powder looks like something worth having! I liked the review:)

    • I definitely think it is – thank you very much! x

  • Ooh you got some amazing bits! I love the Vichy Powder – it’s incredible, and my favourite powder of all time. I also ordered Serozinc too, as I’ve been wanting to try it for such a long time! xx

    Gemma ? Miss Makeup Magpie

    • Yes the Vichy powder is incredible isn’t it!! Ahh I hope you like Serozinc as much as I do! xx

  • i’ve not tried that vichy powder though that’s certainly a convincing review! i love everything else though, the nuxe balm is my favourite of all time, and i picked up a can of serozinc when i was in france last year and i really like it. it’s kind of a shame though since we can’t get it shipped internationally – hopefully someone fixes that soon as i’d love to be able to buy it again.

    jessica –

    • I absolutely love the Vichy powder and would definitely recommend it if you can get your hands on it! The NUXE balm is incredible isn’t it! Hopefully someone will start shipping these brands to you soon, you’re missing out without them!! xx

  • Oh no I really want to get all of these things now and the website has a 1/3 off all french products! Gawd I must resist!! / / x

    • Yess I ordered these, then when I saw they had a third off I ordered even more, I couldn’t resist! x

  • I haven’t tried any of the La-Roche Posay but I do not think I have read even one bad review. They always seem amazing.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • I’ve loved absolutely everything I’ve tried from them so far, i haven’t got a bad word to say either! xx

  • I LOVE Serozinc, it’s such a wonderful product and La Roche Posay really do have some amazing products!!! The serozinc spray is one of my favourite and is wonderful with the warmer months ahead as it’s cooling, refreshing and just leaves skin feeling and look great! 🙂

    Layla xx

    • I’ve fallen in love with La Roche Posay very quickly recently – they’re fantastic! Looking forward to using Serozinc in the warmer months! Thanks for reading x

  • Hi! I love Vichys cosmetics and have their makeup range except for this powder, now I really want it ! Your review is definitely convincing 😉

    x Josune, Your Beauty Script ?

    • This powder is the only thing I’ve tried from Vichy’s cosmetic’s but if it’s anything to go by I want to try so much more! Thanks for reading Josune xx

  • I really need to try Serozinc toner on my t-zone as that’s where I would suffer from oiliness and blemishes. I also need to pick up the Nuxe lip balm, it’s taking me to long at this stage x

    Beauty with charm

    • I would definitely recommend picking both up, think they’re both absolutely fantastic! xx

  • Always been curious by the Dermablend range, would love to try it out. Going to see if I can find any minis about x

    • I want to try the Dermablend foundation so badly, it sounds incredible, and if the powder is anything to go by I need to get my hands on it! If you do find any minis let me know please, I’d love to get my hands on some myself! xx

  • Alyce Wonderland

    These products look very interesting, I would love to try the spray! 😀

    • The spray is really great, would definitely recommend! x

  • I am the same with skincare! A few years ago I never really used anything. Then my skin started changing and I forced myself into a routine. I always love learning about new skincare products! Thanks for sharing all of these!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters?

    • I used to be so awful with my skincare, but now I’m honestly addicted! La Roche Posay definitely have some really great skincare products! Thanks for reading Denise xx

  • I love Nuxe Reve De Miel, I use it every single night after I exfoliate my lips 🙂 it’s the only one that gets completely absorbed and leaves my lips smooth until the next morning! x

    • I haven’t tried it after exfoliating actually, so I’ll have to give that a go! I absolutely love it too! x

  • I love La Roche Posay, I really want to try more of this brand, especially that spray!
    Nati xx

    • I’ve fallen in love with La Roche Posay recently, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them, the Serozinc spray is fab! x

  • Swati Sharma
  • Great review! I love La Roche-Posay.

    • Thank you! I love them too, they’re fantastic! x

  • I didn’t realise La Roche-Posay was actually so affordable! I expected much higher prices and might have to make an order in!

    Rachael at

    • I actually didn’t realise they were this affordable either until I looked into them! Their products have helped my skin so much, I would definitely recommend! x

  • ahh i’ve been wanting to try that spray!! but they don’t sell it where i live 🙁 how unfortunate!

    • That’s such a shame that they don’t sell Serozinc near you, hopefully that will change soon and you’ll be able to try it! x

  • I’d love to get the Dermablend Setting Powder one day, I’ve heard such great things about it too! It looks amazing too, wow! I just love using setting powders, they just make everything better!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

    • It’s definitely worth trying out – I think it’s amazing! Setting powders definitely do make everything better – totally agree haha!! x

  • Great products, will defo have to try some of these! xo

    Sarah Louise Porter Blog

    • Yes you definitely should give some of them a go if you can! x

  • Great post. I have heard such great things about the Serozinc spray and really all I need to do is just make an order! I have the original Nuxe lip balm and it is great, I remember when I first got it I didn’t quite get what the hype was (it can be a bit gritty in texture) but actually after a while I started to realise it’s the best out there ! x

  • Meg Casson

    These look great, I still fall asleep with my makeup on. I seriously need to get a routine so I may check these out. ?

    • I still fall asleep with my makeup on at times, although I am getting better at taking mine off before sleeping – it makes a big difference! xx

  • Great post with fab products. La Roche-Posay is one of my favourite skincare brands!

    Julie-Ann |

    • Thanks Julie-Ann! They’re definitely one of my favourite brands too, absolutely love them at the moment! xxx

  • This sounds like me, last year I would just use makeup wipes to take my makeup off and then moisturise when my skin felt dry, now I have a very thorough routine with quite a few different steps!

    Emma emhasrednails

    • Ah yes I used to be a fan of makeup wipes, thinking they would take off all my makeup and everything underneath! I love having a full routine now! x

  • Sinéad Danielle ?

    Aaaah, the French certainly know how to do skincare (and pastries, and fashion, and pretty Parisian buildings, but that’s another matter altogether…). I love La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo but like you suffer from a lot of scarring, so that Targeted Corrector is definitely next on my list!

    Sinéad xo ? fabuleuse, toujours ?

  • I love that Escentual always do great offers on Fresh Pharmacy.

    The Serozinc and Effaclar A.I. are some of my favourites from LRP – glad to hear you’re enjoying them!

    Emma xx || Her Glamourati

    • Yes me too – I need to restock on some more french pharmacy bits! Effacer A.I is definitely my favourite – thanks Emma! x

  • Bernadette

    There’s a lot of La roche posey products I want to try, I’ll be honest sometimes I look at a product and grow confused by what it does. I wish the brand was better at telling you the function of the product on the packaging.

    • I completely agree with you here Bernadette! I’m exactly the same with La Roche-Posay products, I had to do a lot of research before buying any! x

  • Lauren Napper

    I am so so tempted to try Vichy! I have heard nothing but good things about their range of products, I am a bit worried in case I have a frantic break out though! I’m prone to oily and spotty skin and I’ve just got it under control! Love this post though 🙂 xx

    • Hi Lauren! I really like this powder from Vichy, I have oily and spot prone skin too, and it hasn’t broken me out! I love Vichy’s moisturisers too, especially the light ones, and La Roche Posay’s skincare is my total favourite at the moment, specifically the Effaclar range, that’s helped so much with my oiliness! xx

  • I’m desperate to give Serozinc a shot, it sounds brilliant!

    lillies and lipbalm