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The wonderful Zoe over at Classic Rouge (go and check out her blog y’all) tagged me to do a Top Ten Tag, picking only one product from your make up stash to use. As you can imagine, this tag gon’ be tough.

FOUNDATION
If I had to pick one foundation to wear for the rest of my days then it’d have to be Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (£26.50-£29.50, Link). It offers amazing coverage for my slick greaseball of a face which makes it look flawless and it lasts longer than any other foundation I’ve tried in a humid office.

POWDER
I need a heavy duty setting powder as most ladies with oily skin do and I cannot recommend Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder (£17.00, Link) enough. It’s lightweight, it doesn’t look remotely chalky and it keeps my face in place for longer.

CONCEALER
This was a difficult one for me as I have different concealers for different jobs but I guess if I had to pick one then it would be MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer (£15.50, Link). It covers any blemishes and spots with ease – they literally disappear with this stuff. It’s awesome.

BLUSHER
I love orange-red toned blushers, they suit my medium and slightly yellow complexion down to a tea. If I had to pick one then it would be Illamasqua Powder Blush in Excite (£21.50, Link), using a very VERY light hand. This blusher is super duper pigmented so you need to tread carefully but it is the most beautiful colour.

BRONZER
This has to be the easiest question of the bunch for sure. If I could only have one bronzer for the rest of my days, it’d definitely be NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna (£27.00, Link). It is the holy grail of all bronzers. It is ideal at adding warmth to your complexion without looking muddy and it is a great shade for contouring as well. Everyone needs this in her stash.

HIGHLIGHTER
I adore highlighters and I own so many now… I’m like a magpie drawn in to all of the shimmer and sparkle. If I needed to pick just one from my stash then it would have to be theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (£16.00, Link)- a gorgeous champagne subtle shimmer highlight that adds a stunning lit from within glow to your complexion. It adds just the right amount of radiance.

MASCARA
My eyelashes are pretty short and pretty sparse. It makes me so sad that I wasn’t blessed with gorgeous, perfectly curled lashes. There is only one mascara that works wonders for me and that is Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Macara – the gold one (£10.50, Link). It doesn’t break the bank and it really adds a decent amount of curl, volume and length to my needy little eyelashes.

EYESHADOW
Now, what kind of a question is this? How can any girl possibly pick one eyeshadow or one eyeshadow palette to use for the rest of their days? It’s a crime! I own a ridiculous amount of eyeshadow palettes and I reach for different ones almost daily depending on what I’m wearing and the look I ant to achieve. I guess the one I’ve been reaching for most recently is my fabulous custom made five pan Inglot Palette (Link). The eyeshadows are buttery soft, easy to apply and blend and the colours are to die for.

EYEBROWS
This has got to be the ultimate eyebrow game changer that is Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (£15.00, Link). If you don’t own this, then I suggest you get it together and get purchasing it. I have the shade ‘Chocolate’ which is a warm medium brown that ideal for the red undertones in my hair. It is smudgeproof, waterproof and absolutely incredible. This stuff creates the most perfect eyebrows that you know won’t budge.

LIP PRODUCTS
You should all know the answer to this if you read my blog regularly… MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks (£15.50, Link) all day, everyday. I have a collection of around 80 MAC lipsticks and growing. I absolutely adore them – the different colours, the finishes, the fancy limited edition packaging. What’s not to love? My favourite finish has to be matte.

I tag anyone that wants to do it – what are your top ten products?

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It’s back… The deal that all beauty bloggers nationwide love and swoon over, it is the up to 1/3 of all French Pharmacy Brands offer at Escentual. I remember getting the email in my inbox at the end of May and letting out a little squeal of excitement. What better time to stock up on some of my favourite beauty products? I do love my French skincare. This deal is on throughout the whole of June so get filling those online baskets ladies. Here are some of the products that I can’t live without and that are forever re-purchased.

La Roche-Posay:

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Effaclar Duo [+]* – £10.33 (RRP – £15.50).
Effaclar K – £9.66 (RRP – £14.50).
Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector – £7.00 (RRP – £10.50).
Effaclar Mat* – £9.66 (RRP – £14.50).
Cicaplast Baume B5 40ml – £4.33 (RRP – £6.50).

I have combination/oily skin that is prone to breakouts and La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range has been a massive game changer since joining my skincare regime by helping me achieve a clearer and more even looking complexion. Cicaplast Baume B5 is a must have as it helps sooth and repair damaged skin, particularly great for that horrible dry skin stage after a nasty breakout.

Vichy:

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Dermablend Setting Powder* – £11.33 (RRP – £17.00).
Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser + Scrub + Mask* – £8.00 (RRP – £12.00).

Vichy’s Dermablend Powder is THE setting powder to use if you have a greaseball for a face like I do. It is the perfect finish to your make up and it keeps your face intact like no other setting powder could for the majority of the day. An essential in my make up arsenal. Normaderm 3 in 1 is a fabulously versatile product that I personally like to use as a scrub twice a week to help clear up any pesky spots and remove any dead skin cells leaving my skin super smooth, clear and soft.

Bioderma:

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Sensibo Micelle Solution 250ml – £6.66 (RRP – £9.99).
Sebium Micelle Solution 250ml – £6.66 (RRP – £9.99).

Do I really need to say anything about Bioderma? We all know that is a beauty must have loved worldwide by bloggers, make up artists and celebrities alike. It removes every last trace of make up with ease and comes available in three different formulas for different skin types. I personally love Sensibo for sensitive skin and Sebium for oily skin.

NUXE:

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Rêve de Miel Lip Balm – £6.33 (RRP – £9.50).
Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil 50ml – £11.33 (RRP – £17.00).

I love NUXE as they offer two of my all time favourite products; Rêve de Miel (the holy grail of all lip balms as nothing leaves my lips quite as soothed or as supple as this little pot of magic) and Huile Prodigieuse (my go to product for the Spring/Summer months as it hydrates and nourishes my skin and it smells heavenly).

Caudalie:

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Beauty Elixir 30ml – £9.20 (RRP – £11.80).

Another essential Spring/Summer staple for me is this gorgeous little glass bottle from Caudalie which I love to take on holiday (hence the 30ml bottle for the airport). It smells amazing and I like to spray this on to my face throughout the day for a more glowing complexion. Most of the time, when I’m not enjoying any form of nice weather or on holiday, I prefer to spray this on to my face before moisturising in the morning to lock in all of its goodness. Then it’s time to put my game face on.

Avène:

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Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water – £4.87 (RRP – £6.50).
Soothing Hydrating Serum* – £12.75 (RRP – £17.00).

If you have sensitive skin then Avène is definitely a brand for you. I suffer with quite red skin on my cheeks and I love nothing more than spraying a good douse of Thermal Spring Water on to my skin in the mornings to help reduce irritation. It is also really good for oil control too. Although my skin is oily, it is also pretty dehydrated so I like to use the Soothing Hydrating Serum after my normal cleanse and tone routine but before I moisturise to help restore some hydration to my skin.

SHOP ESCENTUAL.

You can also get up to 1/3 off Eucerin, Klorane, Rene Furterer, A-Derma, Evian, Biafine, etc.

So there we have it guys… These are my must have products from Escentual. What are yours? Have you taken advantage of this offer yet?

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Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder* – £17.00.

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I had been lusting after the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder for weeks after seeing a rave review online and the lovely Sarah at Vichy popped it in the post as a lovely little surprise. I’ve never been so happy to see the postman than when he arrived carrying this beauty. I have oily skin so setting powders are an absolute must in my day to day make up routine. Anything that helps keep the shine at bay is good in my book. Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder is a nice soft, finely milled and long wearing translucent powder. You simply pat the powder generously over your skin with the puff provided or a fanned make up brush and then brush off the excess and blend over the skin. The packaging is very typical of loose powder – a circular container with holes in the top so that the powder can get out. I find shaking the container and pouring a small amount of powder in to the lid works best.

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What I liked about this powder the most was how soft, smooth and flawless my skin looked and felt after I’d applied it. The powder didn’t look remotely chalky on my skin, it seemed to blur my large open pores and it didn’t leave any white cast (even on a photograph with flash – the ultimate powder test). It felt weightless on my skin, leaving a really nice matte finish without settling in to any fine lines or creases in my skin and it didn’t cling to any of the drier areas. I’ve been slightly under the weather recently so I’ve been getting some dry patches around my nose and chin but that didn’t affect the amazingness of this powder at all. It still worked it’s magic. I’ve used a lot of setting powders in my time and I didn’t think I’d find better than NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder which is what I was using prior to Vichy but boy, was I wrong? Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder works like a dream. It kept my skin oil free for a good five-six hours before I needed to blot down which I think is a record for me. Amazing or what? It’s not a product I could carry around for touch ups (although I wish it was) as it’s not the most practical of products for portability so I always carry a compact for blotting. Plus, I always make the biggest mess with loose powders so it’s safer at home out of harms way. I have nightmares of white powder all over my lovely Longchamp bag. Sorry, I digress… All that’s left for me to say really is that this stuff really works. It’s proven to be super effective and it’s a product that I can no longer live without. It retails at £17.00 but for the amount of product that you get, it’s worth every penny. It’d take you long time to use all that powder.

Buy Vichy via Escentual.
Escentual currently have 1/3 (33%) off French pharmacy brands so you can bag this baby for only £11.33. Bargain!

Have you tried Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder?

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