French Pharmacy Beauty Haul

French Pharmacy Beauty Haul

Those who’ve followed me for a while will know that my parents live in France which means I take every opportunity to stock up on French beauty products. I posted my last big haul HERE if you want to see what I already have.

I didn’t have a chance to go over to France before Christmas because of work, but my dad kindly said he would pick some things up for me. He ended up traipsing round 8 pharmacies on his day off and roping countless shop assistants to help him. He’s so cute. I am so glad I stocked up on the essentials (Bioderma and LRP stuff) and also asked him to get some additional things for a small giveaway when I reach my first Bloglovin milestone…!)

The pictures above show what he picked up for me:

  • La Roche Posay Serozinc – I bought this in my last haul, and this time I asked my dad to get me 3 (including one for my friend Jen). You can find my review of Serozinc HERE. They were about €5 each.
  • Bioderma Micellar water – this is a given when you’re anywhere near a pharmacy in France. There’s a review HERE. I got three 500ml bottles for about €8 each.
  • La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – This anti-blemish cream has been on my wish list for ages as it is raved about by so many people. This was about €9.
  • Caudalie Huile Divine – A dry oil spray that smells incredible. It was roughly €20.
  • Darphin Intral Redness Relief Recovery Balm – I need to do a proper review of this product as I LOVE it. It is wonderful and smells amazing. This was the only item that wasn’t that much cheaper in France, at about €40, but I love it so much that I don’t mind.
  • Embroyolisse Hydra-Masque – the Embroyolisse moisturiser I got in my last haul is so good that I needed the mask as well, I haven’t tried this yet so I might give it a go tonight. This was €10.
  • La Roche Posay Redermic R Eye cream – I have tried so many eye creams and this one is my current favourite. This was €20.

I am so happy with my haul. My dad did an excellent job and I’m so grateful that he wasted his day off to wander round pharmacies in Toulouse!

What French products do you swear by? Any you would recommend for my next haul?

Lex

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W7 32 Navy

W7 32 Navy

I have only tried a few W7 polishes. They’re pretty good nail varnishes: very cheap (I think this was £1.99), a fairly good range of colours, but usually there is nothing in particular that makes them stand out or make me want to seek them out over other polishes.

HOWEVER, this navy polish has been one of my recent favourites now that the weather has turned. It’s a very dark navy, in some lights it could be black which I like. It’s a nice change to the berry and red colours that are everywhere at the moment. I always think that navy nails look classy and elegant without being too boring.

This is two coats of W7 32 Navy topped with Seche Vite.

Have you tried any W7 nail varnishes? What do you think to navy polish? What colours are you loving at the moment? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

I can’t find this exact shade online but you can buy W7 polishes for £1.49 (!) HERE.

Lex

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MUA Matte Palette Review

MUA Matte Palette Review

I was so excited when I saw this MUA palette in my local Superdrug as I had been searching all over for it. When I first looked I thought that it was sold out but I sneaked a peek in the secret drawers under the displays (SA’s do NOT like you doing this by the way, so you have to be quick!) and there was 1 left – hooray!

As soon as I saw pictures of this online I knew I needed it. I love their Undressed palettes (dupes of the Naked Urban Decay ones) so I know their quality is really good for the price. I’m definitely a matte eyeshadow girl, I just think they’re so much more flattering than shimmery ones. And this one has some seriously lovely colours.

I’ve been wearing combinations of the top line neutrals to work and they are perfect: subtle but still pretty. At the weekend I decided to do a smokey eye for no reason other than testing this palette out! I used Truffle, Smoke and Taffeta. They are really easy to blend and last very well even without an eyelid primer.

Oh and the last photo was me getting bored of my face after taking so many photos to try to capture the smokey eye. I decided to keep it in as it made me laugh. Does anyone else get bloopers like this? I get really bored of capturing serious photos… I always feel a bit silly. More bloopers I say!

You should hunt this palette down if you can, it’s selling out all over and I can see why! And the best part of this? It is FOUR. POUNDS. Yep. You heard me. Four English pounds. You can get it HERE.

Have you tried any of MUA’s palettes?

Lex

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Vintage French Beauty Stand

Vintage French Beauty Stand

For those of you who don’t know, my parents live in France. Every so often my mum will show me something absolutely beautiful that they have picked up at a vide grenier (the French equivalent of a car boot sale – they make it sound so much more glamorous, don’t they!) When I go to visit we occasionally pop along to a vide grenier: they are amazing, people sell all sorts of stuff. From underwear (yes, really) to full bedroom furniture sets. You can get some stunning vintage things there if you get along early enough.

ANYWAY, last time my parents were back in the UK my mum brought me this beautiful stand that she picked up for the equivalent of a few pounds. I can’t believe it was so cheap, it looks so expensive and elegant. I am completely in love with it and think it adds such a lovely feeling to my dressing table.

I have put it on my dressing table with perfume on the top, rings on the middle plate and make up brushes on the bottom. I ADORE IT.

If only our car boot sales here were as good…!

Lex

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

This dry oil is from another of my recent French pharmacie hauls. I had heard great things about this oil and was desperate to try it. In the UK you can get this in Marks & Spencer’s for £21 HOLD THE PHONE I have just seen that you can get it on Look Fantastic for £17. I got it in France for about 15 euro – bargain – so if you’re planning on going to France I’d wait and stock up!

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil is a multi-purpose oil: you can use it as a moisturising body oil on dry skin or put it in your bath as an all-over body treat; a pampering facial oil; use it on your cuticles; or on your hair as a conditioning step. I prefer to use it as the latter as it smells absolutely divine – I have been walking around sniffing my hair like a crazy person! It’s a great product to take on holiday for all of the above reasons – you only need one bottle to do all of those jobs!

Have you tried anything else by Nuxe?

Lex

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DIY Caviar Manicure Nail Art

We’ve all seen the beautiful Ciaté Caviar manicure sets advertised. They are set to be the ‘newest’ trend in nail art…if you can get your hands on a set. I am impatient and didn’t want to wait a month for them to come back in stock! (I say ‘newest’ because this nail art technique was around long before Ciaté claimed to have invented it. They’ve had some criticism in the nail blogging community as they’ve apparently been contacting bloggers telling them they can’t use the name ‘Caviar’ as they invented it? Pssssh)

So, I went to a craft shop, bought these beads and just did it myself. Quite fiddly but sooooo pretty. Also, the Ciaté bottles cost £18…my pot cost 40p! Bargain. You can buy them online HERE – I’d recommend looking around on that website as well. You will find any nail art supplies you could ever need: brushes, glue, 3D bits and pieces… everything!

Lex

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