My Paris Pharmacy and Sephora Haul

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When I found out I was going to Paris with Clarins at the start of the year my thoughts immediately turned to the elusive French skincare products that the British bloggers lust after, and the Paris pharmacies have in abundance, and of course the beauty mecca of Sephora that no Parisian trip would be complete without a visit to.

Lily and I headed out on our final day in the French capital and the first stop was City Pharma to stock up on Bioderma and see what other treasures lurked amongst the aisles. As well as picking up two bottles of the Bioderma Crealine H2O (which is available in the UK but obviously was a lot more purse-friendly in Paris) I also decided to try their dermatological facial wipes which are designed for sensitive skin and are always handy when travelling and trying to avoid those liquid restrictions. We were then faced with row upon row of La Roche-Posay products and following Lily’s lead I picked up the Serozinc which has been a much coveted product by British bloggers recently and isn’t available in the UK currently. This is a spray that delivers a fine mist of goodness to help purify and soothe your skin, combating any redness, acne-flare ups or angry blemishes. I plan to do a full review soon, but in short – it is really very good!

Before heading back to our hotel for a spot of lunch (and more of the most exquisite French fries I’ve ever sampled!) we jumped back in our car, took a scenic route via the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower and ended up outside Sephora – quelle surprise! My two purchases inside this makeup mansion weren’t particularly bold or exclusive to France but included the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which, at the time, had been a nightmare to get hold of in England and also a soft touch shadow pencil from NARS in the shade Goddess which filled all my shimmering, pink-champagne needs for my eyes. Soft, creamy and perfect for a fresh look this Spring.

What products are on your French beauty shopping list?

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16 Comments

  1. 17th March 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Al precio que está Bioderma en Francia yo me habría vuelto loca comprando jajaja

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  2. 17th March 2014 / 11:19 pm

    Oh I am so jealous! I am desperate to get my hands on Serozinc, it sounds like such a great product. I LOVE Bioderma so much xxx

  3. 17th March 2014 / 11:19 pm

    Really great products! My shopping target in Paris was Sephora also:). I was searching for Naked 1 couple of years ago on Champs-Elysee, on every little street and I found it in my last day in Paris in a railway station near my apartment…yes, it was a Sephora shop in a railway station, just couldn't believe my eyes when I finally found Naked 1 there:). And Paris is the most beautiful city in the world!

  4. 17th March 2014 / 11:32 pm

    I have such a long wishlist of French skincare i need to get and i haven't even got a trip booked! However i went last year and now have enough Bioderma to last me til i die! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

  5. 18th March 2014 / 3:46 am

    Love Bioderma! Really want to try the garner water to see how it compares. And I'm really interested by the serozinc water, when I run out from the avene thermal water I'll try that one!
    The Beauty Break

  6. 18th March 2014 / 8:22 am

    I need to try bioderma. I heard French skin are is awesome.
    X

  7. 18th March 2014 / 12:13 pm

    I love Paris. Just picked up Biodrema last week for the first time, cant wait to try it.

  8. 18th March 2014 / 1:34 pm

    We are so luck to have Bioderma and La Roche Posay products in Canada! I used to use quite a few of their products but drifted towards other brands with time! I will pick up a few of those products and bring them back in my routine!

    xo http://byourbself.blogspot.ca/

  9. 18th March 2014 / 7:33 pm

    Lovely post with beautiful pictures. My sister gave me a view products of La Roche Posay that she didn't used anymore. I never knew that they were so popular, but I think their products are great! Also their daycream, such a difference.
    x

  10. 18th March 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Bioderma Micelle Solution in bulk please! I always bought the pink micelle solution because everyone always raved about it, but last month I bought the green one. It seemed to work better for me…Turns out the green Bioderma Micelle Solution is for combination/dry skin. Little fact…if anyone had dry skin and/or was wondering!

  11. 19th March 2014 / 2:19 am

    I love the Naked 3 shadows, I use them every single day.

    I recently did a post on dupes for the Naked palettes since now everyone can afford them, I used them religiously until I saved up enough to get mine.

    http://www.thoughtsofglam.com