Sunday, April 24, 2016

French Pharmacy Haul


I only have one face..
Its seems I forgot that entirely the moment I was let loose in Paris pharmacy.

Must. Buy. All. The. Things. - I kept reapeating as I returned to wonder the aisles almost every day of my 5 day vacation.

I had promised myself I wont shop anything unless its french skincare however maybe I should have sent myself a small limitation on lotions as well. Too late now obviously. I posted on Snapchat and Instagram asking for recommendations and boy did I get plenty (special thanks to Bonnie for all the tips). I shall just look at it as amazing back up for the rest of the year. I have only started using some of them and some will have to wait for their turn but lets do a run down of what I got cause I can't wait to share.

Of the ones I have ever tried Caudalie is one of my fav French skincare brands. Its soo much cheaper in Paris than in Dubai which made me want to try more and more products. I picked up the Moisturising Toner which I have used before but it has now been repackaged and has a handy pump. I love this toner- super fresh scent and leaves no residue while being effective and gentle. So this was a repurchase really. The other repurchase was the Moisturising Mask which is a lovely no fuss thick mask that I often leave on for the whole night. I also got the Polyphenol C15 Anti- Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream which I have started using in the mornings. Its said to reduce dark circles and smooth the area around eyes and I need both of those things so bring it. The third item from Caudalie is Vinosource S.O.S Thirts- Quenching Serum which I can't wait to test out but Im not allowing myself to open until I finish my current morning serum. Its an oil-free moisturising serum so should work well under makeup I assume. And out of curiosity I also purchased the Grape Water mist in a pretty pink limited edition bottle.

Moving on.. you do understand how long this post is going to be right.

Nuxe Gentle Exfoliating Gel- never tried this before but I love love love it now. It has rose petals for exfoliation but it doesn't scratch my skin and it smells great. Super happy with that purchase already.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray- I had read too much about it not to purchase it at least once. Its for blemish prone oily skin but I tend to get more problems in that field over the summer here so I shall keep it for then.

Aven Eau Thermale Spray- goes into the same category as previous mist. I had heard so much about it and it wasn't expensive so figured might as well. However I think its literally just water in a can and I dont have much of an opinion about it.

Klorane Dry Shampoo- my extensive online research on what to buy in french pharmacy always ended up with this on most of the lists. To be honest I have tried twice and wasn't as Wow'd as I expected to be. I will report back.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate- is called everything from "miracle cream" to "french pharmacy crown jewel" so I had to give it a go. It has fatty acids and vitamins and should basically help with anything you can think of. It promises to be a mask, a primer, a moisturiser and a makeup remover all in one so I shall put all these bold claims to test as soon as possible.

Cattier Pink Clay Mask- I tried this yesterday and I loooooove. It was a recomendation I got from QuintessentiallyMe from Snapchat and I'm soo grateful. A great basic but gentle clay mask suitable for sensitive skin. Totally worth flying to Paris just to pick this up.

La Roche-Posay Redermic C Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturising Filler- figured its time to buy my first ever anti ageing moisturiser. I dont know what pushed me to do it but Im interested to see how this preforms. This has fragmented hyaluronic acid in it (no i don't know what that is I copied this phrase from the box) but it should plump up my skin and vitamins C to help reduce appearance of wrinkles. Shall start using as soon as I finish my current moisturiser and report back but my plan is to not make it my daily moisturiser but more of a few times a week thing.


Phyto Phytobaume Express Conditioner- recommended to me by my dear friend Micha who has only like magical unicorn hair. When she says its her fav ever conditioner I will must definitely need to try it.

Phyto Intense Volume Mousse- meant for fine to medium hair and doesn't leave my hair sticky so far I am loving it. I wouldn't say it gives intense volume but then again I dont have so much to work with either. Its a good basic daily hair mousse with just enough texture and bounce to make a difference.

And I believe we have reached the end of this haul. I am very much excited to put all this onto my one face and then tell you how well does it work.

Have you tried any of these? I know there is soo much more French skincare I could have picked up but maybe next time.

13 comments:

  1. I wish more educated on skincare when I was in Paris because all I picked up was Bioderma and now I'm kicking myself. So glad to see a post from you!!

    xx

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    1. Ah Thank you Lindsey! Im glad to be back. Also I'd say you need to plan another trip to Paris maybe..I mean think of all the things you could buy :D

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  2. I was waiting for this post! Great haul x

    www.yourbeauty.ie

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    1. ahh thank you so much Andreea :) x

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  3. I adore the Caudalie Moisturizing mask. Its so beautiful, I also just treat it like a night cream when my skin needs a boost x
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. Agreed! And then you wake up wth the smoothes skin. That and Origins Drink Up are my top top fave moisturising masks. x

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  4. Yeaaaaah! I hope you'll love these products as much as I do! ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for all the tips. Im struggling to not lather everything on at once every day. So excited to try it all :)

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  5. Yay, love that you're back! Just a small haul in Paris then? Love the sound of the pink clay mask. I hope you'll be sticking around :)

    Kirsty - Life in Excess

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    1. Love being back and yes I indent to keep it up now.

      Regarding the small haul.. I blame Paris or temporary insanity! :D

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  6. Fabulous haul. My friends just told me she's going to Paris and I'm thinking of arming her with some things to look out for, for me. Did you look/see the Laduree make up in Sephora?

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. In order to curb my enthusiasm I never went to Sephora. Shocking I know! I kept it pharmacy strictly so I dont unfortunately know about the Laduree makeup. However ask for the Cattier pink clay mask for sure! Its cheap as well and awesome x

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  7. YAY! Glad I could recommend you some stuff. Hope you like the conditioner etc. You did some well deserved damage girl! ;) Can't wait for my trip in 3 weeks :) So happy to see you back here <3

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