A Parisian Skincare Discussion
Hello and welcome back to a new and improved itsmollylouise! I am super excited to be back after a much longer than intended blogging break while I was finishing up my fourth and final year of University. During my blogging break and in between many late nights studying for exams, I decided to take time off and spend a long weekend in Paris with my sister to see some of the sights, eat good food, and of course stock on some of my French pharmacy favourites.
Paris is by far one of my favourite cities in the world, I love how relaxed I feel when I’m there and just adore walking around all of the beautiful architecture. It was my sister’s first time in Paris so we made sure to visit all of the iconic tourist spots and spent a day looking around all of the main museums while splitting up the exploring with frequent trips to hunt for the best coffee shops which we have decided were Matamata Cofffee and Partisan Cafe by a long way.
Of course any trip to Paris wouldn’t be the same without fighting through the crowds at City Pharma in a rush to pick up your favourite products and get out of there. I haven’t been to France in a while so I had quite a few products that I wanted to pick up again, and also took the opportunity to pick up some new products that I have had my eye on for a while. So if, like me, you love French skincare then you need to make a trip out to this shop and pick up all of your favourites for a fraction of the price.
Products not to miss:
This is basically clear skin in a bottle. I have used this for years long before it was even available to purchase in the UK and I had to use my yearly family holiday to France as my sole opportunity to pick enough bottles up to last me until the next time. It’s an inexpensive and simple formula that. just. works. I use it in the role of a toner, either spraying it directly on my face and letting it dry, or by spraying it onto a cotton pad. It helps my skin to stay clear and helps to keep any excess oils at bay, I always notice a huge difference in the frequency of my spots and breakouts - I rarely get any when I religiously use this.
The only lip balm that I will use when my lips are in some serious need of TLC, it’s thick consistency makes it unlike anything else. It is super hydrating and is perfect to use as a lip mask overnight, leaving you with perfectly moisturised lips in the morning. It’s also a great base to put under other lip products as it is not glossy like typical lip balms so doesn’t disrupt anything. I am three tubs down on this stuff and will still instantly buy a new tub every time I get close to finishing my current one.
If you want a no-frills, no fuss eye cream this is exactly the product that you have been looking for. It has a gel consistency that soothes and hydrates the under eyes perfectly, it also is pretty thin which is something I much prefer as the under eyes are very delicate and I find that often when using a heavy eye cream with concealer and powder over the top can be a little too heavy.
There is a reason why every single makeup artist ever seems to love this product, it makes your skin feel amazing after you apply it. It works so great as a primer underneath makeup as well which is always a bonus, I just wish that they would bring out a version that has SPF in it because then it would be absolutely perfect.
When I think of sun cream I have awful flashbacks of my mum smothering my pale skin in thick white suncream that was greasy that just left me looking like a ghost, this sun cream, however, stirs up none of these images. It is thin, matte and perfect under makeup – it dries down quickly and doesn’t look greasy at all on the skin. I’ve been making a conscious effort to wear this every single day in attempts to start protecting my skin from sun damage before any lasting effects start to take their toll.
If I can avoid washing my hair, I will. This means that I rely on dry shampoo quite a lot to try and pretend I at least made some kind of an effort. So far this the best dry shampoo that I have ever tried, it is one of the few that doesn’t leave ridiculous white marks and makes it look like I’ve actually washed my hair. A lot of dry shampoos can make your hair look straw-like and matte, this on the other hand, makes it look as if I am fresh out of the shower; my hair is soft, shiny and never feels chalky.