The Best of French Beauty
It’s Bastille Day, and if you haven’t managed to escape to sunnier climes this year, and the chill of Winter is getting you down, this might (might) be the next best thing – celebrating all things French Beauty. It does have to be said, the French know a thing or two about beauty – looking so fabulous whilst eating all those croissants and cheeses, and drinking so much wonderful wine. A little exercise, and everything in moderation seems to be the key – that and indulging in the luxe beauty products offered by their French Beauty Houses. If you like your beauty chic, read on below, to find our favourite French Beauty Brands, and our pick of the best products for each brand.
Chanel Les Eaux De Chanel Travel Set
We couldn’t go past this gorgeous travel set with a trio of stunning Chanel fragrances for our favourite Chanel product. Capturing the spirit of three destinations that left a profound mark on Gabrielle Chanel’s life and style, Les Eaux De Chanel is inspired by the freshness of the three cities of water. Discover the green and aromatic notes of Paris-Deauville, the oriental trail of Paris-Venise and the invigorating signature of Paris-Biarritz. A single spray of the Les Eaux De Chanel fragrances provides a feeling of freshness so vivid it takes you on a journey. The collection is accompanied by a CHANEL pouch to take your fragrance with you wherever you go. 3 x 50ml Bottles RRP $333.00. We’d get in quickly before they sell out.
Dior Addict Lip Maximiser
We are seriously in love with this multi-tasking wonder. With volumising spheres of hyaluronic acid the formula provides instant and long lasting hydration and a lip volume-maximising effect, which is brilliant for mature lips (the lip plumping action actually helps to smooth out fine lines that can deepen on our lips as we mature). The versatile Lip Maximiser can be used as a base to prime and smooth lips ahead of lipstick, as a top coat over lipstick for plump glossy lips, or on its own, to plump and smooth lips – the choice is yours. Available in 6 wearable shades (our favourite is Rosewood – pictured), plus 2 holographic. 6ml RRP $49.00.
Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum
I’ve found My Guerlain – have you? Inspired by face and muse Angelina Jolie, Mon Guerlain (My Guerlain), embodies strong, sensual femininity. With notes of exotic Carla Lavender, decadent Sambac Jasmine, Rich Album Sandalwood and sensual Vanilla Tahitensis the fragrance is brought to life in a rich, feminine way. Celebrate your own strength and femininity with this luxurious scent. Eau De Parfum 50ml RRP $151.00. Also available in 30ml and 100ml sizes.
Guinot Age Logic Yeux
Suitable for use for any age that is starting to see the tell tale signs of ageing around their eyes, the Guinot Age Logic Yeux is wonderful for mature eyes. The rich, yet easily absorbed formula contains Intelligent Cell Renewal for Eyes, which helps to create new cell activity. As a result of this, the cream helps to improve the vitality and firmness of your eye contour, wrinkles and crow’s feet are visibly smoothed, and your eyelids look more toned and look lifted. All in all, a win for mature eye concerns. 15ml RRP $156.00.
Lancome New Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate
With one bottle of the original Lancome Advanced Genifique sold every 6 seconds, women of all ages agree with its youth activating properties. After 15 years of research, the New Genifique Advanced Youth Activating Complex will launch on-line in Australia on August 4th. With 7 different pre and probiotic fractions in the formula (and 30 million of these pre and probiotic fractions in each premeasured dropper), the Youth Activating Concentrate – it’s not strictly a Serum – helps to balance our skins Microbiome for better skin health. The new formula helps to improve skin recovery time, and target and improve the 7 key signs of skin ageing – radiance, fine lines, wrinkles, evenness, smoothness, elasticity, and firmness. If your skin is showing signs of ageing, mark August 4 2019 in your diary – you need to try this. 50ml RRP $159.00. Also available in 30ml and 75ml.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Day Cream
You don’t get to be the number 1 anti-wrinkle cream in the world without being very (very) good, and L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Day Cream certainly is that. The nourishing formula contains elastin, to help replenish our skin’s supply, which depletes as we age and leads to a loss of elasticity, and pro-retinol A to help stimulate skin regeneration to thicken our skin. The cream helps to firm skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles – exactly what you need in an anti-ageing cream. 50ml RRP $32.95.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Creme
With a brand slogan of “A Better Life for Sensitive Skin”, you know your sensitive skin is in good hands with La Roche Posay. La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra is a gentle minimalist daily moisturiser, with a formula that has been stripped down to essential ingredients only (which of course includes the famous soothing La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water). The formula is preservative paraben, fragrance, alcohol, colorant and lanolin free to minimise the risk of irritation. The ultra hydrating, formula is perfect for drier skin, and whilst it is meant for sensitive skin, we love it for Winter when, even without sensitive skin, your skin may still be in need of a little TLC. 40ml RRP $41.95.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Shake
It’s not only the skin on our face that shows our age – our body skin can be a dead giveaway too. Treat mature (and not so mature) skin with L’Occitane Almond Shower Shake – a clever bi-phase oil-in-milk formula, containing a combination of almond oil and almond milk (from Provence of course!), which gently cleanses your body, whilst providing delicate hydration and skin nourishment. Your skin stays soft and hydrated all day. 250ml RRP $39.00.
Bioderma Sebium Sensitive
What do you do if you have sensitive skin, and acne? Do you treat the acne and risk irritating your skin, or use sensitive skin skincare and not treat the acne? Bioderma have just developed a skincare product tailored for sensitive acne-prone skin, so now you can treat acne in sensitive skin! The soothing cream applies easily onto your skin, and contains no exfoliation action to ensure your skin is not sensitised further. Sebium Sensitive works at the start of the formation of pimples and acne by regulating the production of sebum making sure your skin is not over or under producing, helping to preserve a healthy skin barrier and restoring its natural hydrating function for long term result against new pimples. 30ml RRP $29.99.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Glow Primer
Add a little radiance to tired, dull mature (and younger) skin with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Glow Primer. The serum primer helps to boost radiance instantly, creating a luminousity to your makeup. The primer can be used under foundation as a traditional primer, to give your face an all over glow, or over foundation to catch the light on temples and cheekbones. Available in 2 delicate shades – Pink Radiant (pictured) and Vitamined Apricot. 15ml RRP $27.00 each.
So there you have our favourite French Beauty Brands, and some of our favourite products from these brands. Do you agree with our selection? Do you have a different favourite? Let us know in the comments below.