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My French Skincare Haul

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My two month stay in France was more than just a cultural exchange on my end. I took it as a chance to learn about the French way of life, and that included studying how effortlessly beautiful French women are and how they achieve it, and applying the things I’ve learned into my lifestyle as well. Honestly, I don’t remember a time I ever came across a French woman with bad skin. They always looked so fresh and clean, even glowing, and thick makeup is almost a non-existent occurrence on their faces. They don’t need any of it! Their skin is almost always perfect, they always looked so darn classy and effortless and I wish I was exaggerating. (Of course, I sound like I’m stereotyping, but I’ve met a lot of French women during my 2 months in France and each time I’m floored by how beautiful they are!)

While in Paris Gab and I took a break from exploring the city and we made our way to Citypharma on 26 Rue du Four, despite the sudden rain and getting lost, we soldiered on. All for the love of French skincare. You can actually find majority of these skincare brands in the pharmacies around Paris or around France, but Citypharma was like the mothership for all French skincare. I kid you not, October wasn’t a terrible tourist season for Paris but Citypharma was packed… It’s a definite stop for beauty addicts — I even bumped into one of Preview magazine’s beauty writers named Belle, we both found bumping into each other quite hilarious because we’ve never seen each other in Manila (considering how small Manila can be, especially for both of us in the creative industry) but we bumped into each other all the way in Paris — and at a pharmacie. Thankfully, I had Gab with me and he helped look for certain products I wanted, which made the entire thing quick and easy. Yay for thoughtful boyfriends <3

French Skincare (8 of 8)From left to right (top row):
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Retinol Connexion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, Homeoplasmine

From left to right (bottom row):
La Roche-Posay Tinted BB Cream, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, Bioderma Crèaline H20

I also did my fair share of Googling and reading through various beauty sites for the best and favorite skincare products of models, French celebrities, professional makeup artists, etc. and I made sure I picked the ones I thought would fit my skin type best: dry skin. So if you ever find yourself in Paris, you’ll get a general idea of what to pick up if you’re looking to invest in taking care of your skin too, especially if you have dry skin like me!

French Skincare (1 of 8)Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a multi-purpose face, body and hair oil suitable for all skin types. I especially love putting it on my skin after a nice shower, as well as spritzing it on my fingers then rubbing it on my hair. It is also scented, and although I dislike the scent from the bottle (reminds me of old lady perfume), it works well with my body chemistry. Everytime I use this on my body, Gab always compliments the way I smell, so that leads me to believe that it mixes well with my skin. The week I left for my Eurotrip was when this brand was made available locally in the Philippines. I believe you can find Nuxe at Rustan’s and Beauty Bar, and the best part is they sell it around the same price you can get it in France! I absolutely love this product, and I would definitely buy it again.
French Skincare (5 of 8)
Bioderma Créaline H2O Solution Micellaire Cleanser is a miracle product. This is a cult favorite and is what a lot of professional makeup artists swear by because it takes off makeup in one swipe. I love how I can use it on my eyes without risking stinging. It’s highly effective while being completely gentle on your skin. Sometimes I don’t even have to wash my face anymore, I just use this product entirely. I regret not stocking up on this product more because I’ve heard that although it’s available locally, they cost twice than they usually do in France, which is disappointing.

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Creme works to reduce the look of expression lines and deep wrinkles, which I have a lot of in the undereye area due to excessive eye scratching/rubbing as I was growing up. Retinol is apparently the best ingredient to fight signs of aging, my only issue is, it’s quite strong for the undereye area. After using this product for a few nights, my undereye started to get dry and patchy, so I’ve resorted to applying the creme, waiting for it to dry and then placing Nivea Creme on top of it to help moisturize. I realize this makes a huge difference and so far I don’t get patchy dry skin under my eyes anymore. I’m not entirely sure how effective it will be now that I’ve introduced Nivea Creme to help ease the dryness, but hopefully it will still work.

Homeoplasmine is an ointment made for skin irritations, containing extracts of plants and an antiseptic. It’s mostly used by nursing mothers for chapped nipples, but it’s a great remedy for skin areas that get dry and chapped too — like your lips. I have perpetually dehydrated lips and this product has helped hydrate my lips so I can put on lipstick better. Gab also gets extremely dry skin on his hands that get red and itchy, and I’ve used this product on his hands to help soothe them and they work almost instantly. It’s been argued that it’s basically Vaseline, but I will have to disagree completely. I’ve used Vaseline before and it has never helped hydrate chapped lips or help with dry skin patches… It always just leaves me gross and greasy! Homeoplasmine is something I would recommend and another product I would gladly buy again, but I think this one will last me at least more than a year, thankfully!

French Skincare (3 of 8)
Caudalíe Beauty Elixir helps smooth, hydrate and tighten your pores with the help of 8 essential oils and is apparently inspired by the ‘Elixir of youth’ used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary. Knowing this little tidbit makes me imagine I’m a queen as I spritz it on my face after cleansing. It’s also great for setting makeup, or using as a midday spritz on your face to refresh your skin. I love how it comes in a 100 mL bottle so I can easily travel with it.

French Skincare (4 of 8)
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré … where do I begin? I love this product so much that I tend to only use it for special days like big events, date nights, before photoshoots for work, etc. I would use this everyday if it was easily available here, but unfortunately I can only get this in the US or in France, so I’ll savour it. It’s a great makeup primer and moisturizer in one, and while the website claims you can use it as makeup remover, I think that would use too much product and therefore would be a waste! My only issue is the packaging, which is like soft metal, so when I squeeze the packaging to get the product out it leaves a dent and so it’s stuck in this irregular shape, and I’m sure when I’m about to run out it’ll be hard to thoroughly squeeze as much product out as I can.

La Roche-Posay Tinted BB Cream with SPF… I was never a fan of tinted moisturizer or BB Cream (mostly because I can never find a good one?) but this one is now a favorite for days I don’t really want to bother with makeup. It helps even out my skin tone, and although I got the wrong shade for my natural skin, it works wonders for my fake tan which I’m planning to keep for a while. If you know where I can get La Roche-Posay products locally, please direct me to the right place! I’m fairly certain I’ve seen it here before.


French Skincare (7 of 8)
Klorane Dry shampoo with oat milk is actually for the hair, so technically not a skincare product, but it’s so good I thought I’d include it anyway! If you didn’t already know, I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week for hair health reasons, depending on how often I go out. Dry shampoo has been a lifesaver for 2 day old hair and giving it some life and texture. Ever wonder how French women always manage to get that nice tousled ‘I woke up like this’ hair? Dry shampoo, my friend, dry shampoo.

 


Some of these products I’ve been using since October, and others I’ve been using since December. I’m thinking I’ve spent around Php 7,000 – 8,000 on these skincare products alone and I honestly have no regrets. I never thought I’d spend this much, but when it comes down to it, your skin is something you need to take care of because it affects your overall well-being too. My perpetually thirsty skin has looked healthier and better since, and even my makeup looks smoother and application is easier. I’ve gone bare faced more often in the last few months, just because my skin on its own looks and feels great.

I’ll probably do a follow up vlog in a few months to talk about my overall experience with each product and see if I still feel the same way I do right now. Who knows? Maybe I’ll find better alternative? I’m still keeping my mind open to try other products, but I’m definitely forever sold on the idea that the French know skin care, and they know and uphold quality in their products. I can actually trust these brands to do what they say their products do. French skin care is all that it is hyped up to be. :-)

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20 Comments

  • Reply Bae Milanes 1 February 2016 at 3:08 pm

    This is such a different take on Wild Spirit. As much as you’re into makeup, you don’t really do product reviews on makeup (or maybe I don’t notice them?), so this post looks fresh on your blog amidst the travel posts. While I may not have seen any French woman in person yet, I agree that they don’t need a lot of makeup on their face just because their skin alone looks nice enough!

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 February 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Bae! With me and makeup kasi, I’m actually not that difficult or choosy. If I buy a makeup product and not instantly love it, I will still use it and find ways to like it… I very rarely dislike makeup products unless talagang cheap quality, but most often cheap quality products aren’t promoted or talked about so as a consumer, I’m subconsciously picking brands/products I know wont really disappoint me immensely, you know what I’m saying? :)

  • Reply Alissa 1 February 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Those are some great finds Camie! I wish I can spot those here so that I can try as well.

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 February 2016 at 5:08 pm

      If I run out, I think I’ll just order them online… International shipping is getting better for our side of the world. Just worried of the corrupt people in the post offices :(

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 1 February 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Retinol is a drying ingredient on its own, that’s why the RoC product dried up your undereyes so bad. I remember being given a Retinol product by my (now former) dermatologist and it would make my skin super dry and my skin would start flaking (and I have really OILY skin!). So, yeah always best to moisturise hehe. Also, the flatlays are so pretty, I wish I could master such amazing skills! I’m learning though :)

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    • Reply Camie Juan 2 February 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Hani!

      Yeah, I wish I knew how drying it was before I used it. But now that I pair it with moisturizer, it’s way better. I tend to put on the RoC every other night though, I feel as if it’s too harsh if I do it every night. Haha

  • Reply Michelle B 1 February 2016 at 9:00 pm

    All of these, except for RoC, are so new to me! I’m using Waxelene as a substitue for Vaseline but I’m sure going to try Homeoplasmine when I see one!

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 February 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Homeoplasmine is my faaaave now! It really works pretty quick considering I have super dry lips, but after applying, it’s nice and smooth again :)

  • Reply Corinth 2 February 2016 at 11:28 am

    I will agree to what you said. French women’s skins are amazing! Back in Whitehorse, I see so many French women on a day to day basis because my work is right across a French office/building and I don’t remember seeing one with bad skin! And yes, they barely wear makeup because they don’t need it! And contrary to the French stereotype, they are actually very nice and friendly! <3 and I would love some of these products but I'm too poor for this. haha.

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 February 2016 at 4:59 pm

      I was too poor too but seeing the prices in Euros made me feel better about buying them cause it was a much smaller number compared to the peso equivalent. I never bothered checking how much it is in pesos… I just know I gotta savor it. Haha

      I’m obviously taking my French Woman Transformation seriously. I want such good skin I wont have to wear makeup na rin. Haha

  • Reply Pam 3 February 2016 at 2:21 am

    Super nice haul, Camie! Like any other girls / women out there, I want to achieve that healthy, beautiful skin — not that my skin is bad. I’m actually eyeing to try some Nuxe products and been waiting for this post to give myself more reason to go ahead and honestly, I would rather invest on skin care products than make-ups so thank you so much for the reviews! :)

    Also, you can get Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentrate at Seek the Uniq :)

  • Reply Krishia 3 February 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Hi! Fortunately we have La Roche Posay products here in Rome too and I agree with you that their products are amazing! I use their moisturizer for oily skin and it really controls the oil factory that is my face. I’m coming to the Philippines soon, want me to haul some products for ya? *wink emoji* lol. I will forever love your blog, keep it up and have a nice day!

  • Reply Cherry 7 February 2016 at 4:06 am

    Hi Camie, this question may be out of topic but since this is about skin, I want to ask, what’s your take on facial cleaning done by professional dermatologist? The painful squeezing out of blackheads and whiteheads and pimples? As much as I hate it, it cleans my skin after but my face have red spot all over. I wish there are other ways to clean pores effectively but gently. Can you also recommend anything? Thanks

    • Reply Camie Juan 9 February 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Personally I don’t feel the need to do those because after my teenage years, a lot of my skin problems have subsided. I heard touching your skin too much can be bad but if you have a professional dermatologist do it, it should be fine. Though I think your derma should also be the one suggesting/recommending you healthier ways to get rid of pimples/blackheads/whiteheads.

  • Reply Erika Agravante 9 February 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre is available here through Calyxta.com! Just sharing :-) I remember attending their launching event for three French brands (Embryolisse, Vichy, La Roche Posay) some time last year :-)

    • Reply Camie Juan 9 February 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for the heads up! Does it more or less cost the same though? Cause I heard Bioderma Crealine cost double the price which is just crazy to me!

      • Reply Erika Agravante 9 February 2016 at 6:51 pm

        I honestly have no idea how much it costs abroad, but it’s retailing for P795 on Calyxta (I just got it as part of the press kit then xD) :-)

  • Reply Leslie 24 May 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Camie! Is the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Creme effective? :)

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