Blogmas Day 12: Paris Beauty Haul

12 December 2013

A visit to Paris wouldn't be complete without a stop off at Sephora, plus a wander around a pharmacie or two. For a little beauty relief before I share round two of my holiday snaps (it's going to happen), I thought I'd share the purchases I made whilst marching my bestie round the shops - I even managed to convince her to buy a moisturiser or two.

Once we'd checked in to our Paris hotel, our first destination was the infamous City Pharma. We stopped off at a pharmacie or two on the way, but neither sold everything I needed, so I was determined to make it to the skin care mecca. Ladies and gents, let me just make it clear - do not go to City Pharma on a Saturday afternoon. We were packed in like sardines, but they sold every product I was after (and more) at the cheapest prices I saw in Paris. I stocked up on a two pack of Bioderma for less than €16, along with three bottles of Serozinc for €4.90 each. These were actually €8 in another pharmacie! I've never tried Serozinc, but I've heard so many good things.

After stocking up on the essentials, I decided to treat myself to a few other things. I didn't get on with Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate, so I'm hoping that this vitamin cream from the brand will work better for me. I love my Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm in a jar, so picked up a couple in stick form as they're more hygenic and easier to throw in my bag. Homeoplasmine had been on my radar for a while, so I'm hoping that this will be a welcome addition to my winter moisture arsenal. Lastly, I spotted this Phyto shampoo and treatment duo for less than €5 by the till, so fingers crossed this will counter the bleaching process I'm going through.

Our second shopping destination was the giant Sephora on the Champs Elysees. I replaced my glass nail file, which I love, and bought a Travelo style perfume dispenser. I bought the intense version of one of my favourite perfumes, Chloe Love, which has limited availability in the UK. The original is a floral, powdery scent. Expect a review of this version soon. Lastly, I hit the Make Up For Ever counter. I knew I wanted to try their Smoky Lash mascara, and managed to get this set with free mini black Aqua Eyes Liner and Sens'Eyes makeup remover. I really hope this product is worth the hype! I also got another liner in a beautiful bronze shade, which I love already - this stuff doesn't budge.

I'm really pleased with all of my purchases, and love a bit of French shopping. Now, let the spending ban commence.

This is day 12 of Blogmas 2013. To view all of my other Blogmas posts, click here.


  1. I'm jealous that you get to shop at a Sephora in Paris!

  2. I have to say, I'm a little jeaolous! That Bioderma pack was the cheapest I've seen so far I need to go to Paris!


  3. Looks like you got a Cracking deal with the bioderma!


  4. Loving your blogmas posts - so jealous of your French haul! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  5. Great haul! I so want to visit Paris and shop in the wonderful French Pharmacies. I have never tried Bioderma.

  6. Sephora is easily one of the things I miss most about living in Paris! You got so many lovely things!

    Jodie Marie
    à la Jode

  7. Great haul, i live in France & I like to hang out in pharmacies

  8. So jealous you got to go to Paris!! Great haul tho Bioderma and the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm are amazing :)
    Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  9. Is it bad I want to go to Paris just for pharmacies and sephora?



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