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I’m a Francophile. I love the architecture, the accents, the cuisine, the mani, the kissing, the decor, and just about everything else associated with the French, though I must admit I’ve never had the honor of stepping foot in the country. It’s been on my travel list forever but one thing or another always takes precedence and I have yet to make it there. I’m hopeful that by this time next year I won’t be able to say the same thing and I’ll get to experience it up close and personal.
Whether you’re a Francophile yourself or not, I’m sure we can all agree that French women have style. They have that extra special quality that makes them look effortlessly chic whether they’re dressed up or down. It might be due to the fact that French women don’t overdo it. When it comes to their fashion, they might add one bold accessory. When it comes to their makeup it might be a statement red lip. When it comes to their hair, they might embrace what’s naturally there and allow a great haircut and little product show it off. French women do not like to look like they tried too hard — and it shows in the best way possible.
There’s also an abundance of fabulous french beauty products that are available stateside to help you embrace that certain je ne sais quoi yourself. Here, the Parisian picks that should be on your radar and your vanity:
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré ($28) will help streamline your skincare routine with its multi-tasking ability as a primer, moisturizing mask and makeup remover. No matter what your skin type, you’ll benefit from the combo of shea butter and emollient oils to nourish, repair and rejuvenate your complexion.
Caudalie Premier Cru The Elixir ($99) is a dry oil/serum hybrid that harnesses the power of resveratrol to boost skin cell renewal and longevity and increase firmness, viniferine for antioxidant protection and boost radiance, grape-seed polyphenols for added protection against environmental damage and preserve elasticity, and grape oil to nourish.
L’Occitane Lavender Rough Cut Soaps ($14) are enriched with lavender essential oil from Haute-Provence. Containing pieces of lavender flowers, they build to an abundant lather as they gently exfoliate, soften and scent the skin. Close your eyes while bathe and you just might imagine you’re there.
Phyto Huile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil ($40) will keep your hair looking its absolute best. Apply one pump to your hands before rubbing together and applying on damp hair from mid-shaft to ends. It instantly absorbs, deeply nourishes and can be used a protective oil before blow drying or as a finishing touch to soften, add shine, tame tresses and prevent frizz.
By Terry Baume de Rose ($60) can and should be rubbed into your lips and cuticles to keep both healthy and moisturized. Formulated with 48 active ingredients including nourishing botanicals, softening rose wax, vitamin E and shea butter to renew, hydrate and protect.
NOTE: All products have been sent for review. Opinions are my own.