If you have been following my instagram account (if you haven’t, you should!) you will know that I took a vacation in early December, and flew to Europe. One of my stops was Paris, because according to according to Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.” And of course, she was right.
As expected of a beauty blogger, I had to make a quick stop of the famed City Pharma, a mecca for locals and tourists alike, to stock up on some of my favourite bits. If you’re interested in what I picked up last year, click here.
Typically, a French stop results in the purchase of an additional suitcase, but I gave myself a budget of €100. I was so successful in my first trip (coming in at €97.50), only to stop at another pharmacie afterwards and spent an additional €18! With so many pharmacies within the vicinity, it is a huge surprise that I didn’t spend more than that (or at least that’s how I console myself!)
I decided that there are tons of products I have yet to try that may be worth trying instead of repurchasing the same bits over and over again. Curious as to what I picked out? Here is my French pharmacie haul…
Bioderma H20 Créaline 500mL [€14.90 for a pack of 2x500mL]
No trip to City Pharma would be complete without restocking this magical liquid. This time, I only bought two packs since I’ve found another micellar water that is an exact dupe for this magical liquid.
Bioderma H20 Créaline 100mL [€2.99]
I purchased a mini version of the Bioderma because I realized that since I travel quite a bit, the smaller version is incredibly handy to have around for travel/short trips!
Phyto Phytophanère Cheveux et Ongles [€24.90]
This is a dietary supplement by Phyto that supposedly helps your hair and nails to grow stronger and packed with vitamins such as B2, B5, B6, B8, C and E as well as minerals such as zinc. It comes in a pack of four months’ worth of capsules, so here’s to hoping for healthy hair and nails for 2015!
Caudelie Vinosource Serum [€23.99]
I received a sample of this from Sephora a while ago, and I really liked how it made my skin very supple and hydrated. I held of ordering it from Sephora since I knew I could purchase it for slightly cheaper in Paris.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse [€19.99]
I have been curious about this dry oil for as long as I could remember. I could not justify purchasing this when I went to Paris last year since I’m not a fan of using oil. I finally got this since I was convinced by the empty shelf that this must be a really good product. Plus it came with a sample of the perfume inspired by this scent (I’m obviously a sucker for these kinds of marketing ploy!)
NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm [€8.99]
This was another one of those things that I did not purchase because I wasn’t convinced it would add value to my routine. I was perfectly content with my Nivea and Bioderma lip balms, but then I saw that this had a special, limited edition packaging for NUXE’s 20th anniversary with a pink or teal packaging. So into the basket it went.
Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste [€8.99]
I know you’re probably wondering why I bought a toothpaste in Paris. I heard about this through a blogger and she said this helped her maintain the whiteness and health of her teeth. As someone who consumes coffee too frequently, I am all about finding the right kinds of product to help maintain my teeth!
So that was all I bought in Paris! Did I miss anything that I should add for my next trip? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Share with me comment section or through Twitter or Instagram!
Lovely picks! I’ve been wanting to try the Nuxe body oil and Marvis tooth paste for a while! xo
I love City Pharma! I am hoping to make a stop in Paris the next time I’m in Europe to restock. The prices are too good compared to how much everything is here. I think I would buy the Marvis toothpaste just because of the packaging lol.
Ahhhhh, skincare heaven! I really really need to try NUXE – I’ve heard so many incredible things about them!