French Pharmacy Haul
Oh the French Pharmacy: it is equally as appealing and wonderful as French fashion and their infamous, delectable macarons. If you've never been to a French Pharmacy before, get that picture of a Superdrug or Boots out of your head, and instead imagine an Aladdin's Cave of chic skincare lines nestled against every lotion and potion you could possibly dream of.
Cannes had some incredible pharmacies throughout the town, and each one had something slightly special and different. I could have gone absolutely crazy but instead I decided to pick up things I really, really need as I plan to spend so much of my time in France this year.
Skincare wise I just had to pick up Bioderma Cleansing Water. I've tried this before and liked it, and it's so handy to have in your bedside table for those times you're completely exhausted but you know all too well what will happen if you sleep in your make up! I also picked up a mini bottle for my travels.
Next up was the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I've seen so much love for this in the beauty world and I'm not going to lie, I was feeling a bit left out! To be honest, it's passed me by before because I just didn't feel a need for it. I used it throughout my stay in Cannes and I now definitely get the buzz this has! I love that the inspiration is Queen Isabelle of Hungary and her 'elixir of youth'. The beautiful glass bottle informs me it will smooth away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion a real boost of radiance. The latter two I agree with for sure. I'm loving it at the moment, however, be warned if you get it near your eyes whilst spraying it will sting....a lot!
My final two items I picked up was the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Multi Usage Dry Oil and the Klorane Hair Mask with Mango Butter. The Nuxe Dry Oil was actually one of the beauty products I received in my very first 'My Little Box' and I've been waiting since then to pick up a full size bottle. I searched high and low for the pretty illustrated bottle they have released this summer but unfortunately couldn't find it anywhere. The product is however lovely and I always love having a milti-use product in my collection.
I've used the Klorane Mango Hair Mask before so I knew I'd love it and I got it purely because it's cheaper in France than in the UK.
Again, I could have gone crazy, and I certainly visited a few whilst I was there, but I'm happy with what I got because it's things I actually needed (well....!). I immediately picked up a tub of the Instant Nail Polish Remover because, again, I see so much love for this in the blogosphere! It's amazing. It seriously makes nail polish removal a doddle.
On a complete whim I picked up two mini Creamy Body Wash samples in Coco and Vanilla. I thought they'd be perfect for my next trip away as they are so diddy. Similarly, I picked up some mini oil blotting papers, Outrageous Volume Mascara and finally, from the Sephora own line, the Smoothing and Brightening Face Powder. This little beauty is so, so good that I've already hit pan! For someone as pale as myself it's just one of the best things I have ever used.
My penultimate Sephora find was a mini sample of the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I've wanted to try this for ages now so I'm hoping I love it! Last but not least is the Human + Kind Family Remedy Cream. I found the blurb for this fascinating as it promises to solve (wait for it!): Eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry, cracked and sensitive skin, minor burns, itching and razor burn, cold and bed sores, athlete’s foot, insect bites and stings, brittle nails and sunburn. Is there anything it doesn't do; because this is a pretty incredible list?! I'm certainly looking forward to testing it out and I'll pop it on my review list. Oh and the make up bag was free because I purchased 3 mini products. How cute?
To end this beauty haul spree I also had a cheeky Kiko shop! I first discovered Kiko in Milan itself, as it's pretty much the MAC of Italy, but now it's spread all over in Europe and we even have a store in London (my favourite store is randomly in Malaga. The staff were so lovely!). They had a spend €30 and get a free beach bag deal so I picked up the Nail Corrector Pen, which I've used before the loved, and for pure curiosity sake the Invisible Powder and the Colour Correction Powder. I'm hoping they work as well as the Sephora one above.
Phew: there we have it! Do you love French beauty as much as I do? What are your French beauty must-haves? To see what I got up to on my recent France adventures you can follow my French Riviera diary series here.