Everything is in parts. Paris has been a busy one, so I’m dividing it up – I think it’s more fun that way and it gives me more time to chat about everything. I didn’t buy that much actually, so there’s only another five or six products after this – I actually took the photo the other day and put everything all in one, and then I uncovered my duty free bag and had to re-do it (well I had to get rid of my Euros, didn’t I?).
The only places I went for beauty products were Sephora and City Pharma, I managed to behave myself in Sephora – I bought two products from the Saint Germain store and then we went to the flagship Champs-Élysées store… guys, I could have bought it all! The Ladurée makeup was super cute and ugh, it was all so amazing. I really didn’t require any more makeup though so I saved my money for wine – wine’s quite pricey in Paris, how odd? That was one reason why I went, to stockpile.
Anyway, I got my first taste of Erborian – I could have bought the whole stand at Sephora but alas, I held back. I got the Erborian Sleeping BB Mask (£32), which I had never heard of before but I know these Korean brands are the ones to head for if you require anything BB – and the description sounded right up my street. It’s an overnight moisturiser/treatment that cocoons skins and transforms it upon awakening. It hydrates, smoothes and also deals with imperfections for a completely fresh and healthy complexion. One use and I was hooked – a week later and I’m still sold. It’s incredible stuff and it really brightens, clears and smoothes my skin.
I also got another tin of La Roche-Posay Serozinc – I used to get this on eBay for something like £13, which I would pay (listing here) but I spied it in City Pharma for I think around €4! Amazing. This stuff seems like it’s just glorified water but I use it for everything, it soothes redness, is great for any irritations, calming blemishes or cooling the skin when you’re ill, razor rash, sunburn… just about everything! It really does work wonders so I just had to pick myself up another tube (full review here).
Next up, a couple of NUXE purchases. I really like NUXE as a brand but you don’t get a lot of their products in the UK, or at least not in stores so a lot of their products have passed me by. I now see that the amazing Escentual stocks a large range for cheap, which is good to know as I’ll be stocking up on these. The first is the NUXE Anti Imperfection Care (£12.33), which is a ‘do all’ moisturiser for blemish-prone skin – it aims to tighten pores, reduce excess sebum, balance the skin purify the skin and clear up the complexion. It’s dreamy stuff and my skin is just about clear from using these French wonders – it smells lovely and applies so well. I love that it’s hydrating and balancing, my skin is always in need of moisture so I think this is why is helps more than your usual treatment for acne.
Lastly, I picked up the NUXE Unclogging Thermo-Active Mask, I can’t find this as easily which is a bit annoying. It’s a mask that warms as it is applies to the skin, it aims to decongest skin and leave it looking clear and calm. The best bit about this is that you only leave it on for 2 or 3 minutes so it works in no time. Definitely a wonder worker.
I would definitely recommend a trip to City Pharma if you’re ever in Paris, I wasn’t sure what all the hype was about because there’s pharmacies everywhere. As it happens, this one has far more stock – so much in fact. It’s also the cheapest I’ve come across so it’s definitely worth it. I wasn’t sure how much the price difference would be but it’s absolutely worth it.
I’ll be posting a few more items in tomorrow’s post so keep an eye out on that. Have you tried any of these?