Parisian Pharmacies: Part 1

Parisian Beauty Haul

If by chance you did not have the pleasure of this knowledge, the French people make outstanding beauty products. The pharmacy or “pharmacie” in Paris are like the high end designer CVS. High quality with exceptionally effective formulas AND the prices are fantastic. But let me tell you – bitches are crazy! I’m talking 3+ security guards at Citypharma (the mecca of all + Pharmacies).

Imagine the following: Women grasping their oversize plastic hand baskets, bumping into each other to snatch whatever they can get their hands on, weaving in and out of skinny little aisles. Much easier to navigate if you’re French, much more fun to navigate when you’re American. Pharmacies in Paris are much different than pharmacies in America. First, you aren’t holding a typical Venti Starbucks cup in your hand. Secondly, you can’t really go in and buy OTC drugs – you ask for them from the pharmacist. Basically best case scenario for next time is to first go up to the pharmacist and ask for Xanax. Then proceed to the beauty section to go head to head with Parisian women for the last €39,90 eye cream on the shelf. I went a little bit crazy (shocker) so I’m splitting this up into 2 parts.

 Bioderma Créaline H2O

Removes makeup and cleans your face like a dream – odorless & basically like water but a whole lot better. This is a dream product & highly recommended. Use with a cotton pad – removes excess makeup even after you wash your face.

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Overall moisturizer for daily use. From my experience it seemed a little heavy for my liking but dried well and didn’t leave any oily residue. Claims to be good for all skin types and I would say it worked nicely for combination skin like what I have. Not my favorite out of all moisturizers I tried.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil

Oil is interesting to me. This oil is great because it’s meant for skin, hair, body…all over! I would never put oil in my hair because it’s so fine & thin and would completely weigh it down – but if it’s your thing – then cool. IT SMELLS AMAZINGGGGG! I used it on my dry as the arid desert legs and they were smoother in less than 24 hours. Aprox. €10.

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Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk

This is a GAME CHANGER! I get oily hair and really hate using powdered dry shampoo because I’m really bad at it. Like I look like I dumped flour in my hair and I just don’t think it really works. So after giving this type a try from a recommendation, I’m hooked! Aerosol is an A+ for this product!

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Avène Cold Cream

Which is not cold cream at all – it’s lip balm. And it’s heavenly! It makes chapped lips feel like a million bucks. And it has a gorgeous slight shimmer that looks like you put on lipgloss except you’re just treating your lips to a masterpiece of soft, plushy, hydrated goodness. Perfection.

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Yes, I spent way too much $ or € on Parisian beauty. But better skin = less makeup so that’s good enough reason for me. Stay tuned for Part 2!

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Perfectly Packed for Paris

Time for another European exploration! A few months back with December ending, I felt an oh so familiar urge… I had a little bout of faith and decided to book a flight to Paris, for tomorrow.

Looking back at it now, eh, maybe not the best idea. But in reality, why the hell not? I’m a huge advocate of doing amazing things while I’m young. And just doing amazing things, period. Always. LIVE LIFE NOW. I’d rather see the world and travel with friends and live my life as uncontrolled as possible at a young age. Because obviously, when you’re old, you’re old. Kidding — you’re more wise! And you won’t do half the shit I’m thinking about, so to each his her own.

I did a quick segment a few weeks ago about packing for a quick weekend trip to Richmond & Charlottesville, VA. This part will be about what to pack while traveling to Paris in the Spring (for 1 week).

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT’S BLACK, DUH.

Key: don’t pack too much. Shop in Paris & draw inspo from the locals – see Paris specific but also European general shopping tips below. Chic.

Le Parisian “Look” – Le Obvi

from Stockholm Street Style
from Stockholm Street Style

Simple, classic, pieces that can be worn time & time again.  2-3 pairs of pants (black fitted minnie/jean/leather pants, dark denim, even high-waisted)

Layers, layers, layers. As always with travel – simple tees & tanks in black, white, grey, navy & beige/tan will always be a great baseline. They can go underneath a sweater, cardigan, blazer, or worn alone with a scarf and will always understatedly complement whatever else you’re wearing. Oversize sweaters – spring can still be cool in Paris, although whether has been exceptional lately. Quilted Burberry jacket also perfect.

Image from Harper's Bazaar
Image from Harper’s Bazaar

Think unisex. Menswear, loafers, oxfords, blazers, & crisp blouses.

Simple, monochrome dresses.

from Stockholm Street Style
from Stockholm Street Style

Shoe staples: ballerina flats, ankle booties, cute sneakers like Supergas (not trainers), although I may bring mine with all of the fun activities we have planned AHHH! Heels but maybe not stilettos (cobblestones, duh).

Shoulder bag or messenger bag. Maybe my neon yellow Cambridge Satchel Co? Maybe a chic white backpack? Nothing too flashy and definitely logo-free! The obvious Louis Vuitton, Chanel 2.55 & Hermes Kelly are quite common & more than OK in any city you ever travel to. C’mon nowwwww!  If only I had an Hermes Kelly… tear face. 

Definitely understate your clothing and go a little cray cray with your accessories. Why not? It’s fun! Wear a bold, thick chunky necklace with a dramatic side part in your all black outfit with a pop of white. Wear a knee-length midi-dress with a gorgeous pair of drop earrings and 2 or 5 thick bangles on each wrist. I’m a huge fan of mixed media within jewelry. Meaning, mix your delicate, luxe pieces with costume jewelry whenever possible. Wear your watch. Wear a scarf.

Seriously looking forward to hitting some Parisian consignment shops. MAJORRRRRR yes! Save some $ on designer items while having amazing new options in my closet. Win/win. Here are some shops I’m looking forward to perusing for a 2nd hand and much less expensive look.

  • Violette et Leonie (114, rue de Turenne, 75003)
  • Les Ginettes (4, rue Sabot, 75006)
  • Le Vestiere de Yasmine at 7, rue Trousseau, 75011

Stock shops (basically glorified outlet stores) are also a great way to shop while on a budget (clearly what I SHOULD BE ON) – will definitely be hitting up the following…Maje Stock, (6, rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006).  Sandro Stock (24, rue de Sevigne, 75004) & Zadig & Voltaire Stock (22, rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 75004). Look like a Parisian within moments & at much more affordable prices than the boutiques. 

ALSO CANNOT WAIT FOR: French Drugstores! Beauty post will absolutely follow this trip with all of my amazing French beauty finds!

Can’t wait to speak French. Wish us luck in the City of LOVE…(ing) ourselves. Not sorry. Take care, betches.

 

Images via: Stockholm Street Style

2014 – woke up this morning, still a bitch.

Happy 2014!

Woke up this morning in my apartment, alone, with an amazing outlook on my beautiful life. Wholeheartedly, decided to open up the refrigerator & remove 1 bottle of celebratory champagne. Followed by opening up the cabinet and removing 1 of my mother’s gorgeous champagne glasses from her wedding, which I now have because divorce. (Thanks parents, for all of your fab belongings that remind you of each other, that have been forcefully gifted to me. Love you much). And now I’m drinking the entire bottle to my face, because I’m me. Thank God I don’t mind what people think of me.

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Sat down to do my daily reading/stalking on IG, Twitter, Facebook, so that was different.

This year I’m going to do new things. I’m not going to focus on all of the “off” things in my life & focus on the positive things. Do cool shit. Do new things. All the time – step out of the comfort zone because I’m pretty good at being forced out of the comfort zone. Might as well just stay there and live it well.

Up on the agenda:

Learn French.

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Look back at it.

xo