There is no secret that French beauty is highly sought-after… their effortless, slightly disheveled yet utterly chic style has created a worldwide cult following. I, one of the many obsessed. They practically invented #iwokeuplikethis. Before heading out to Paris, I made it a priority to research as much about their beauty scene as I possibly could and come back with the goods. There’s no surprise the French look the way they do; they have amazing products, and I managed to make a quick stop into City Pharma before my flight…let’s just say, mecca for the beauty lover. Sephora who?
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Klorane Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo- we all need it and we all definitely use it! This one is made with oat milk and is gentler than others on the market. Works quickly to fluff up flat, oily hair and it’s hypoallergenic.
Homeoplasmine: your homeopathic alternative to vaseline. Ideal for chapped lips, scratches, dry, rough skin and the best part? It’s made up of primarily plant extracts. I put it on my lips at night before bed!
Biafine: technically a burn cream but sworn to make for an amazing moisturizer by Elle Machpherson. It helps heals scars faster, can be thrown on to a burn or a scratch and makes for a great lip moisturizer when they get chapped.
Avene Thermal Spring water: I happen to take a travel size with me on the plane and spray to keep my skin hydrated, but it works for just about everything else, as well. You can set your makeup with a few sprays and it immediately soothes and hydrates skin. I always have one on me!
Nuxe Prodigieuse Oil: There is a reason this is a French beauty favorite, but then again, I have a feeling I will be saying that about every product on here. This dry oil can be used on skin, face and even hair. It combines vitamin E with plant oils to nourish and leave your body soft and moisturized. The scent? Intoxicating. I put this on every night before bed!
A313: The closest thing to Avibon on the market. Avibon no longer exists and A313 is the next best thing. It is full of Vitamin A. What does that mean? It helps with blemishes and apparently, to fight wrinkles. Think of it as a gentler version of retinol.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir: I love my elixirs! This is another spray to keep on hand- it smells lovely and helps keep your skin moisturized while evening out skin tone, shrinking pores and adding a bit of radiance we all are looking for.
I’ve written my praise on Officine Universelle Buly 1803 here; their products are incredibly lovely, with beautiful packaging and at an affordable price. I ended up buying these 3 products:
Micellar Water: If you haven’t heard of micellar water yet…well, where have you been hiding? Ideal for the lazy girl, but also just as convenient for those of us with a skincare routine. Essentially it removes makeup and cleanses the skin without water. It takes the place of water. This one in specific is great for sensitive skin- it soothes and relaxes the skin!
Floral Facial Lotion: which has the most subtle scent of roses and is more so like an essence; incredibly hydrating, doesn’t leave residue behind and acts as a great base for the rest of your skin care. Think of it as a toner.
Pomade Hand and Foot Cream: The packaging on this hand cream is so incredibly beautiful! It has a shea-butter base, sesame oil, beeswax and chamomile floral water. The scent is very light but it is the most hydrating hand cream I’ve ever used.
I use a large variety of skin care products and many of them happen to be French. These amazing products are what they have stocked in their pharmacies, next to the Cote du rhone, brie and advil? The great thing is, most of these products are available online, at a premium, of course, but if you can’t make it to Paris anytime soon, you can still achieve the French beauty look!
Photos by Jennifer Coffey Photography
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