Akin to our Independence Day, Bastille Day—July 14—officially known as French National Day, celebrates the success of the French Revolution, particularly the storming of the Bastille, a prison/fort that housed political prisoners. That event paved the road to France becoming a republic and the famous slogan: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. In France, the day is commemorated with the country’s oldest military parade, and Francophiles around the globe raise a glass a don a beret in celebration.
In addition to revolution, the French knack for beauty is appreciated far beyond the country’s doors. Here are some French beauty products that we love deserve to be worn during this unique celebration:
Photo Credit: Votre Vu
Assuming you’ll be celebrating Bastille Day outdoors (is there any other way?), try Votre Vu’s magnificent Antioxidant Weightless Sunshield, a full-coverage sunblock that’s perfect as skin armor against UVA and UVB rays. It is one of our favorites because it is slim and portable as well as being attractively packaged and priced: magnifique.
I adore Juicy Tubes from this iconic French brand, and this is an ideal lip gloss to use during the summer months because it feels as moisturizing on your lips as it looks. The “Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss” has a beautiful sheen to it, and is a far cry from tacky. It comes in many fireworks-like colors (6), so choose away.
This upscale Parisian brand is so luxurious that once you use this palm oil you will feel as though your hair has become a Republic, and quite independent of any of your other features. The smell is addicting, and I like to use it as a pre-wash conditioner and mask for 15 minutes and then shampoo it off. You can also use this (just a drop will do) on dry hair to tame frizzies. Whichever option you choose, the smell will leave you longing for the next go around. It also protects your hair color too.Coco by Chanel ($11o)
Nothing says Esprit de France more than a perfume by the House of Chanel, and Coco is a delightful blend of old meets new. Created in 1984, Coco is designed for evening wear and speaks volumes about the breadth of the French Empire with its notes of French angelica, Bulgarian rose, Spice Island clove bud, Indian jasmine, Caribbean cascarida, frangipani, and mimosa.