The French have got the whole beauty thing down, which is why I wanted to dedicate a new series to the best of french beauty. This series will feature some of my favorite products from French makeup and skincare brands that I think are worth the money.
Avene| I discovered the Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray through Ipsy when I was still a subscriber. I know that having a spray bottle filled with spring water sounds pretentious, but the spray is quite refreshing, especially during a hot day. It won’t mess up your makeup and when you’re all hot and sweaty during the summer months this is a great product to spritz on to your face for a quick pick me up.
Bioderma| You didn’t actually think this post would be complete without mentioning Bioderma, did you? Well, I have to say that when I went to Paris last summer I was able to get my hand on two 500 mL bottles of the Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water. After hearing so much hype about this and knowing that it was unavailable in the States, I really wanted to pick this up and I’m glad I did. Bioderma is now available through Beautylish in America so I would definitely check it out! It is a great makeup remover. Personally, I like removing my makeup with a cleanser first then use this on a cotton round to wipe away any excess makeup. It is also great for those days you don’t wear makeup, but want to quickly wipe away the grimey feeling from your skin.
Embryolisse| Embryolisse is another French brand that is highly talked about in the beauty community. I picked up the Lait-Crème Concentré, which is their most popular moisturizer, and I really enjoy this. It is a thick moisturizer, but it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. I usually apply this before I do my makeup, let it set for a few minutes and really absorb into the skin then apply my makeup. This leaves your skin hydrated, but you don’t feel like you’re wearing a thick moisturizer on your face.
Bourjois| I remember a time when this was available in Sephora, which was years ago (around 2008-2009) before I was really interested in makeup other than MAC. Unfortunately, Bourjois is not as easily accessible in the States as it once was, which is disappointing because I really like their Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation. The Healthy Mix foundation has a gel- like texture that reminds me of the Marc Jacobs gel foundation, but it is a lot cheaper. I can see why people in Europe really like this brand because it is inexpensive, but great quality.
L’occitane| If you’re looking for a great hand cream, I really enjoy the Rose 4 Reines lotion It is a great size so you can just pop it into your bag, and the smell is delicious. This is probably the best hand cream I have used because it not only smells great, but it actually nourishes your skin since it contains shea butter.
Lancome| I think this is a great French beauty brand that isn’t talked about enough. Their Defincils mascara is a great one that I fell in love with when I received a sample. It really separated my lashes and lengthened them. I wouldn’t say this is a great volumizing or curling mascara, but my lashes are really straight and no matter how much I curl them no mascara really keeps them curled. However, if you’re looking for a great separating and lengthening mascara, this is a great one.
One thing I have realized after doing this post is that I really need to make a trip back to France soon solely so I can do some more beauty shopping!
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