Tuesday, 16 August 2011

French Pharmacy and Sephora Haul

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I mentioned in my return home post that I had managed to do a bit of beauty shopping on holiday. I was actually a little surprised when I put altogether at how much I'd managed to pick up! Browsing pharmacies in France is an enjoyable pastime for any beauty junkie as there are so many fantastic brands available. Well known french brands such as La Roche Posay, Lierac, Caudalie and Nuxe are readily available although the prices are similar to the UK. I find I go a bit 'product blind' when faced with so much choice so I compiled a little shopping list. What I bought really is a mixture of items that I have wanted for ages and products that I discovered when researching french pharmacy must haves.

Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentré
This was actually quite tricky to find. A makeup artists favourite; I didn't want to leave France without it. It's only available in certain pharmacies, so it's worth checking their website for stockists if you're paying a visit. I bought this in the pharmacy within the large Carrefour Supermarché at Cité Europe and it cost €10.65 for 75ml.

Gemey Cils Demasq
This was a bit of a random purchase whilst food shopping. Gemey are Maybelline by another name and I seem to think I've read good reviews about this eye makeup remover in the past. Time will tell if my memory has failed me.

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B Com Bio Organic Intense Triple Action Eye Contour
I was actually looking for a serum from this brand that I had seen mentioned in a blog post. It was nowhere to be found that and I was keen to give this line a try. I hope this will encourage me to use an eye cream on a regular basis as I'm still shockingly lax in this department. B Com Bio Organic had a large range of products and seems to be a really nice brand and I wish I had picked up a couple of other things to try.

Sanoflore 24H Sans Concession Deodorant
This is another product I came across through online research. I routinely use Lady Mitchum and I thought this would make an interesting alternative with the promise of 24H No Compromise! It's alcohol, paraben and aluminium salt free and carries the ECOCERT label. I've used it a few times now and I really like it. It has a nice, delicate fragrance and, although I don't think it's as powerful as Lady Mitchum, it is pretty effective.

MUFE Smoky Lash Mascara
I was so excited when I spotted Sephora and the MUFE stand. I've had my eye on various MUFE items for such a long time. I only had a few minutes in which to shop though so I opted for Smoky Lash as it didn't require a shade decision. If I'd had more time I would have chosen one of the HD blushes or the cream eyeshadows. I'm pleased I know about the Sephora at Cite Europe now, I feel a future day trip in the making!

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Avibon Vitamin A Pommade
Avibon is an ointment meant for the treatment of skin irritations. It contains Vitamin A (Retinol) hence it's appeal as an anti-ageing treatment. It's a greasy ointment (lanolin, vaseline) so I have yet to smear it on my face but I'm intrigued. This is usually stocked behind the counter so you will need to ask for it but there's no prescription required. I'm not sure yet whether it actually contains sufficient Vitamin A to be an effective wrinkle treatment.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
I've never tried Klorane before and I saw this particular dry shampoo recommended on a couple of blogs. I'm really looking forward to giving this a try to see how it measures up to Batiste. In particular, I'm hoping for less of a synthetic scent.

Mavala Nail Polish Remover
This was another Sephora purchase. I'm always on the look out for nail varnish removers that don't strip the nail of moisture and I've read some encouraging reviews. I had hoped to find a stand with their nail colours whilst I was in France but strangely I didn't spot any.  

Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleansing Solution (150ml)
This is actually something I picked up for someone else but I couldn't resist showing you the bottle as it's so cute! I've never seen the travel bottle before and it was a harder to find than the 250ml and 500ml sizes which you find in every pharmacy. Again, I found this at the big Carrefour pharmacy at Cité Europe. If you're heading to France, it's certainly worth picking up a bottle of this cult favourite.

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Some essential reference material!

I came home only to realise I'd missed the opportunity to get both a Helena Rubinstein mascara and the new Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara. Having said that, my husband is taking a trip to Spain next week, so my thoughts are already turning to what I can add to his shopping list. If you know of any Spanish beauty must-haves, feel free to make suggestions! Do you have any favourite finds from holidays abroad?


  1. I am glad that you are back! I missed you while you were prancing about France. I am looking forward to your reviews.

  2. Haul par excellence! I went to Paris last weekend and went mad for BOGOF full size Bioderma in Monoprix - 2 for 18 euros, yes thanks.

    Failed to find Homeoplasmine, which I really wanted, and I had planned to stock up on Effaclar products from La Roche Posay but actually found them to be more expensive. Interested to see how you get on with the Klorane, have been longing for that for a while.

  3. Great haul there ! How do you find the Embryolisse?

  4. ha ha my boyf was constantly complaining about me going into pharmacies in france when we were on hols! I love phyto shampoo stuff.

  5. Ooh la la tres francaise! Now, I need a fresh baked croissant!

  6. HEHE...i just made a post with my french haul and of course embryolisse is included (i love the eyecream as well). very nice buys MB...re: Spain, i have come across Kiko, an italian make up brand that had so many stands across barcelona and of course parfumeria gal soaps and lip balms. i d say natura bisse as well but they cost a fortune!

  7. cils demasq is my favourite makeup remover ever, although the one i've been repurchasing so many times has a blue cap. whenever i go to france i buy this!!! just love it so much xx

  8. Oooo, if you find any great Spanish products let me know! I'm going next month :)

    Can't wait to read your thoughts on these products after some more use.


  9. @Worshipblues: I missed you too :)

    @Product Pixie: Merci beaucoup! I decided to give the Homeoplasmine a miss, I didn’t spot it and assume it’s another you have to ask the chemist for. Well done on your BOGOF, they often have them packaged up together. I might get my Mum to pick up some more on her return to the *other* home!

    @The Makeup Fairy: Thank you. So far, I haven’ttried it as I have a lot of other things to test. I shall have to give it a go soon!

    @baby in a corner: I had complaints from my husband and 3 children. The lure of the pharmacies was too great though!

    @Olivia: Oh la la indeed!

    @Claire: You’ll have to arrange a little trip sous la manche!

    @leinti nti: I had a look at your posts, looks like you had a success holiday ;). Thanks for the tips for Spain too. I know what you mean about Natura Bisse, very pricey!

    @liloo: I can’t wait to try it now. I was positive I’d read good reviews.

    @dailypolish: Will do. I need to start planning my list to text to my other half :)

    Jane x

  10. found some of those at my local pharmacy in nyc!! Avibon was really hard to come by... picked it up at amazon.. http://amzn.to/zLzFsV .. love the article babe!

    Jenny V.


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