I’m pleading guilty: I’m obsessed with basically everything French. French food, French fashion, French architecture, French movies – and yes, French beauty products. Lucky me, France is just a stone’s throw away from where I live. The perks of living in Switzerland, really.
Last week I was spoiling my mum with an early Mother’s Day treat – a trip to Paris. And no trip to Paris without a stop at the Citypharma Du Four Bonaparte in my favourite area of Paris: Saint-Germain-des-Prés. They stock pretty much all French drugstore products you can think of at discount prices. But be warned. A stop at Citypharma will not be a relaxing shopping experience. It is a destination which is popular for both tourists and locals alike and at all times so crowded that there’s barely space to breathe. This is what I bought on my last Paris trip:
Bioderma Créaline H2O
I’ve been wanting to try this micellar water for a long time, but it was only until last year when I bought my first bottle in a pharmacy in Reims. Apparently, models swear by it, every make-up artist has one in his or her kit and with their no-rinse, three-in-one formula, micellar water is known to be the quickest, easiest and most gentle face cleanser and make-up remover ever. Perfect for sensitive skin! Micellar water can be swept away with a cotton pad and you don’t have to rinse it off. And of all micellar water brands, Bioderma is apparently the celebrity favourite. I’m on my third 500 ml bottle now and just stocked up on two more. I love, love, love it! And on top of all, it’s a complete steal at EUR 15.00 for both of my 500 ml bottles together. In Switzerland, Bioderma is only available online and you pay around CHF 40.00 for just one bottle.
I also bought those cleansing wipes for when I’m on the road.
Caudalie Eau de Beauté
I spray this mist of essential oils and plant active ingredients on after washing my face and before applying my serum. And basically at any other time of the day. It smells really amazing, it’s hydrating, refreshing, soothing, it tightens pores and even fixes make-up. The small bottle is for my handbag.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel
I use this face cleansing gel in the morning in the shower. It’s soap-free and therefore super gentle on your skin. And no surprise: it smells incredible!
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
You might have realized by now: I have a slight obsession with face masks. So, when I heard about this new detox mask from Caudalie, I had to give it a try. Because for me, nothing is more relaxing after a long day at work than coming home, washing my face and applying a face mask. This particular one is said to draw out accumulated impurities and toxins from clogged pores to revitalize and invigorate the complexion, and to bring life to dull, tired skin. Yes, it works!
Caudalie Vinoperfect Face Care
I’ve heard a lot about Caudalie’s Vinoperfect range lately. It’s all natural and creates a radiant complexion, corrects dark spots and prevents them from reappearing. Love it!
Sabon Body Scrub in Green Valley
This one is not from the Citypharma, but from Sabon which has a cute little shop in le Marais. Sabon is a bath and body brand from Tel Aviv. This gentle sea salt based body scrub is one of my favourite Sabon products. It removes dead cells and renews skin, leaving it silky and smooth. It comes in many different scents, but I always come back to my favourite: Green Valley.