Around The World In 80(ish) Products: Global Beauty In France

Welcome to the second post in Around The World in 80(ish) Products. Today, we’re going to talk about French beauty. I’ve always had a love for France especially when it comes to products, just tell me something is French and I automatically love it. French beauty is all about being subtle. It doesn’t try to create something that isn’t there so much as enhances what you already have. French style is sophisticated, yet simple. French women never look like they are trying too hard, which is the exact opposite of how many American women approach beauty. Here are some of my favorite French products and brands.

Paul & Joe Beaute

Did you know that French clothing brand Paul & Joe has the most wonderful makeup line? I’m obsessed with their foundations because they feel light and provide just enough sheer coverage. If you are one of those people who spends 45 minutes making it look like you spent five, Paul & Joe will change your life, or at least your routine, so that’s close enough.


One of the most unique products is the Gel Foundation N, which comes in a compact with its own blender, so you can apply it faster than you can say “La tour Eiffel.” I love this for travel or if I want to touch up on the go.

I also like the Moisturizing Fluid Foundation for a bit more coverage. Like the gel, the liquid is super light, but has SPF 25, making it a good choice for those warm days when you plan to sip rosé at an outdoor café for hours.

After applying your foundation of choice, finish the look with Limited Edition Gel Blush. It’s a cushion formula, so no brush is needed. Then top with the Pressed Powder.

I also can’t not talk about Paul & Joe’s gorgeous packaging. My favorite is the foundation bottle. It’s so pretty, I feel like it belongs on the vanity of a princess. The Gel Foundation and Powder cases will also make you feel like royalty and they come with extra karma points because they’re refillable. Pro tip: avoid touching up in a public place because you will be continuously be approached by people complimenting your French style.

Bioderma

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Bioderma is a French skincare brand that has lots of affordable products. You might have heard of the brand before because they put Micellar Water on the map. But, my personal hero products are the Atoderm Shower Gel and Atoderm Shower Oil.

I personally find many American shower gels and oils to be overly scented and drying. Both of these products have a light ocean-like scent that won’t interfere with your perfume or other products.

If you hate using shaving cream like I do, swapping it out for the shower oil will help your razor glide. It also rinses off easily, so you don’t have to worry about slipping in the bathtub, which is a terrifying thought if there is a razor in your hand. Don’t ask…

L’Occitane

L’Occitane is one of my favorite brands of all time. As someone with super dry hands, their Shea Butter Hand Cream is the only hand cream I ever use (EVER). Not to be gross, but my hands literally crack and bleed in the winter, staining any kind of winter white, so this product is pretty much a medical necessity for me. It’s available in a range of scents including Vanilla (très yummy), Cherry Blossom, Peony and Verbena.

Nars

Nars is my go-to brand for makeup. I’ve been wearing their Orgasm blush forever and yes, I still feel awkward asking for it at store. I also love the Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil because it is literally the perfect shade of red. Haven’t we all been looking for the perfect red lipstick since forever? Once you find Cruella, your search is over.

Bourjois

Bourjois is a French brand that has been around since 1863. It used to be owned by Chanel and made in the same factory, but it was bought out by American company Coty in 2015. While it’s not available in US stores anymore (or at least I haven’t been able to find it), you can still buy it online. Coty people, if you are reading this, BRING BACK BOURJOIS, s'il vous plaît!

I first discovered Bourjois at the Sephora on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In retrospect, it’s kind of cheesy, but this makeup brand somehow remains close to my heart. When I lived in England, I used to buy it at my favorite drugstore, Boots, all of the time.

One of the brand’s most iconic products is the Little Round Eyeshadow Pot. It has the most perfect crème to powder finish and blends so easily.

Hèrmes

If you can’t afford a Birkin or Kelly bag, Hèrmes Kelly Calèche perfume might be the next best thing. Just one spritz makes you feel like a rich, Parisian supermodel. Whenever I wear it people always come up to me and ask what perfume I’m wearing. It’s annoying, but they can’t help it. I totally understand.

Sisely Paris

Sisley Paris Kohl Star can’t be compared to any other eyeliner. It’s a classic black pencil that has glittery flecks that bring out your eyes like magic. While I’m not always a fan of glitter, this pencil is understated and underrated. You can wear it to the office or date night. It goes on smooth and stays beautifully. I’ve tried other eyeliners that have glitter, but nothing compares to what Sisley can do. Trust me, it’s worth the price! 

By Terry

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow is one of the best multitaskers. It’s like a BB Cream, CC Cream and bronzer all rolled into one like a delicious croissant, but for your skin. It blurs your imperfections, gives you a pretty tan that’s not fakey-looking and contains anti-aging ingredients. Only the French would find a way to simplify all of these steps into one. Sometimes, I don’t use it on my entire face, but apply as a highlighter or liquid bronzer instead.                                                                                                                                                 

 

F- It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy: (Holiday Gifts Under $25 Edition)

F- It Fridays are back! So, normally this column is about buying things for yourself, but that's kind of hard during the holidays. We all know it's better to give than receive, so here are some of my favorite gifts under $25. Give them to your friends, family, lovers or those people you pretend you like and must give an obligatory gift to. Or just shop for yourself. I won't tell anyone if you do.

Go Comb

 

The Go Comb is an affordable gift for everyone your list. For just $21.99, you get a cusomizable comb with a mirror on the back. It fits in any wallet, cosmetics case, back pocket or secret beauty stash. I can't think of one person who wouldn't be happy to receive this gift. It actually works for pretty much everyone on your list, except for bald people. 

Goodies From Shop Miss A

 

Shop Miss A is a glam girl's dream dollar store. With a selection of everything from adorable hair accessories like this Fuzzy Pom-Pom Headband to infinity scarves, makeup pouches and more. Because most items are just a buck, don't hesitate to treat yourself or pick up extra stocking stuffers. 

Christian Lacroix Ombré Notebook

While you thought the only Lacroix you could shell out for was the sparkling water, it turns out you're wrong. Christian Lacroix (totally unrelated to the water company, by the way) has an affordably chic ombré notebook. Use it to write down goals, new years resolutions, what you're grateful for, or to compose mean haikus. No matter what you write, you'll be doing it in style.

Philosophy The Gift Of Glowing Skin Set

Usually $25 doesn't get you much when it comes to skincare, but not The Gift Of Glowing Skin by Philosophy. It has a travel size Purity Face Wash, Microdelivery Exfoliating Water, Renewed Hope in a Jar and a Hands of Hope Cream worth $63. Now that's a philosophy we can all subscribe to. 

Michael Aram Rock Jigger

 

Michael Aram makes such beautiful, sophisticated collectables and this rock jigger is no exception. A perfect gift for the cocktail connoisseur or budding mixologist, it stands out on it's own or to upgrade that bottle of liquor you planned on re-gifting this year.