Beauty Souvenirs from the City of Lights
In addition to Balmain’s Texturizing Salt Spray and the multiple bottles of Créaline Bioderma makeup remover I’m lugging home this season, I found a few other French beauty gems worthy of space in my suitcase—all from la pharmacie (which is far more fun to peruse in Paris than your standard CVS).
Diadermine Lingettes Démaquillantes Express 3 en 1: Recommended to me by a Parisian friend who has used them for as long as she’s worn makeup, these wipes smell like a milder version of the classic cloths designed for babies’ bottoms. The alcohol-free towelettes remove any traces of color from your face, eyes, and lips, but leave skin feeling soft—not stripped.
Savons Gemme: On the hunt for flu medicine (after posting about Pat McGrath’s cure-all, naturally I contracted her cough and high fever myself), I spotted these geodelike soaps near the checkout. They instantly reminded me of Phillip Lim’s geology-inspired collection, and at €18 each, these one-of-a-kind bars infused with jojoba, olive and almond oils are far more budget-friendly than the delicately embroidered jacket I’ve been lusting after from the aforementioned designer.
Marvis Toothpaste in Jasmin Mint: Yes, if you search long and hard in the States you can find the occasional tube. In France, however, the brand is as readily available as Crest. After squeezing the last bits out of my travel-sized Colgate, I was happy to replace it with this floral-scented formula that tastes surprisingly more refreshing than it sounds.