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Confusing blog post title this week! Not me, not quintessentially me, but the very lovely Ashleigh from Quintessentially Me!

Ashleigh is lovely. She’s lovely and she’s beeeyouuutiful. I was going to describe her blog for you but I think that she does it better than me so I’m just going to say, do take a look, it’s a lovely blog written by a lovely person.

Here goes!

Tell us a little bit about your blog (just a sentence or two to summarise):
A lifestyle blog written by a champagne loving, tea drinking, brand junke. I work in marketing by day and a serial online shopper by night. So much so, I own an online shop (www.quintessentiallyme.co.uk).  My blog and shop are both a representation of all the things I’m passionate about, from cruelty free beauty to sustainability and upliftment of communities.

What is your top skincare product recommendation? 
I swear by the Alpha H liquid gold. It transforms my skin when it’s looking dull and in need of a quick fix.

Do you have a favourite cosmetics brand, and if so why?
It used to be MAC, but since I learnt they test on animals I’ve been buying Urban Decay. Their makeup is incredible, and it’s important to me to try use products that aren’t tested on animals, I am not fanatical about it, but I do try and make good choices where I can.

Do you have a favourite nail polish brand, and if so why?
I used to work for OPI in south Africa and have had a love affair with their polishes ever since. Their nail envy is like no product I have ever used. It’s a miracle in a bottle.

What cosmetic item could you not live without and why? (e.g. mascara, concealer etc)
I’d probably say concealer but it would be SO hard to live without mascara.

This question is one for me personally, what is your holy grail foundation (if you’ve found it!), I feel like, and I’m sure many other feel this way too, that the hunt for the perfect foundation is never over!
If you find the perfect foundation let me know. I have actually gone off it for a bit and I’m totally in to BB/CC creams. I have a few on the go at the moment (NARS, Chantecaille, Clarins, Dr Jaarts, Dior) – but hands down, the new Dior BB cream wins. It’s just an incredible formulation and whenever I wear it I get compliments on my skin. If you had to put a gun to my head and make me pick one foundation for the rest of my life, I’d have to say the Dior Nude foundation. Again, just a great formula.

It’s the old desert island question. You’re stuck on a desert island, you had time to grab three cosmetic/beauty items before you got stranded, what are they?
It would be all about caring for my skin:
YouBe cream for chapped, dry anything
Clarins factor 50 suncreen
Clarins hydraquench moisturiser

Finally, recommend me two of your favourite blogs please.
I can’t pick between these 3:
http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ – I love this blog as it helps me to find brands that don’t test on animals. It’s just a good reference point for me.
http://www.buynowbloglater.com/ – I love the honest reviews Laura gives. She isn’t afraid to say she doesn’t like something no matter what brand it is – case in point, her recent rant about the new Dior topcoat – a place many others wouldn’t dare tread.
http://www.britishbeautyblogger.com/ – this blog for me is more about the new releases, I love that Jane is so honest with her readers about the hardships she experiences as a blogger too – many other big bloggers never show you the real side….! I also love her bluntness when something just isn’t right.

Thank you for taking part Ashleigh, I really appreicate it, and also for your help in other matter recently! Also, I’ve been tempted to try out a Dior Base for quite some time now and I think you might have just tipped the balance for me! Please do head over have a read of Ashleigh’s lovely blog and have a gander at her shop, you can find them here.

By now you should all know the drill, but please, BBBT is open for all so if you’d like to take part, please drop me a line to charlie@ladyofthelane.com.

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