If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will know of my love for French skincare. My parents live in France and everytime I go over there I stock up on various products and rely on them to keep my skin happy and healthy. I don’t know what it is about French skincare but I find it so much better for my sensitive and picky skin.
The Japan Beauty and Skincare Haul
My long-suffering fiancé went to Japan recently and obviously I could not pass up the chance to give him a huge list of things I wanted him to pick up for me! He did an amazing job and got most of the things on the list (and some extras). I’m going to be doing reviews of the individual items once I’ve had chance to try them all out but here is a list of everything he got.
- Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner
- K-Palette eyebrow pen (I actually asked for eyeliner but I am SO PLEASED he got this wrong as I am IN LOVE with this eyebrow pen!)
- Fiberwig LX mascara by DJV Beautenizer
- Visee lash upswing long mascara
- Heroine Make mascara long & curl
- Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser
- Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV SPF50
- DHC cleansing oil
- Hada Labo Goku-jyun Light Lotion
- Kanebo kracie moisturising extra rich face mask
- Dariya Black soy milk face mask
- Mandom beauty barrier repair hyaluronic acid face mask
- Kose cosmeport clear turn white Q10 face mask box
- Kanebo kracie lotion face mask box
- Kose cosmeport clear turn hyaluronic essence face mask box
- Hello Kitty socks (yes)
- Harry Potter wand chopsticks (YES)
- KitKat green tea flavour (OH MY GOD)
He did so well! Especially considering I gave him a list and he speaks no Japanese! I am desperate to go to Japan and have a feeling I would go even more crazy on beauty items. (EDIT: I went to Japan in Feb 2015 and you can see my hauls here Part 1 and here Part 2)
Everything I’ve tried so far has been wonderful. I’m a bit scared to use some of it because I don’t want it to run out! (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?)
Do you have any recommendations? I want to have a list prepared for my Japan trip!
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?
NSPA Beauty Rituals Range
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Garnier Perfect Blur Primer
I ran out of my usual primer (Revlon Photoready) and fancied trying a new one as I wasn’t very impressed with my old one.
This is the new primer by Garnier – 5 Sec Perfect Blur. It is designed to smooth and perfect your skin by targeting wrinkles, discoloration, imperfections, shrinking pores and blocking shine. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it does all of that but I did notice a difference. The cream works by reflecting light and I think it does make lines and pores look less obvious.
I have read some bloggers raving about the ‘silky’ way it applies but I hate it, it’s so silcon-y. It feels like spreading grease on my face.
The main thing I look for in a primer is how well it helps to combat shine throughout the day. Buying this coincided with the crazy heatwave we are having in the UK so I don’t want to be too hasty with my assessment of it. I do find that my forehead and nose are a bit shiny by the time I get home, which means my primer hunt still continues. Is it too much to ask that a primer keeps my foundation in place all day? Am I *reaching* for the stars here? (name the film!)
You an purchase this primer HERE – if you have drier skin then you may find this is a lot more up your street!