French Pharmacy Classics: Thoughts on the Three Most Popular Products
French women have a great reputation for their minimalistic, sophisticated approach. What comes to mind is spotless near-bare skin, perfectly polished talons and breton stripes of various widths. I think this romanticised version of the French has catapulted French skincare to new heights; ladies everywhere are clamouring for anything that will imitate the carefree no-fuss beauty of Vanessa Paradis in the Chanel advert (and perhaps some of us are also dreaming of snagging her ex Johnny Depp?)
Amongst bloggers, the three (arguably) most popular products in the French pharmacy (or pharmacie if you want to be particular) are Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (which I've done a full review on here) and Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm.
Now, do the big three live up to the hype?
Let's start with the most obvious. My full review of La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo has already revealed my general sentiment for the product. If we're going to speak in repurchasing terms, let's just say I'm nearly finished with my second tube and I'd no doubt hand over my money for a third. I apply it every night on my T-zone after rosehip oil, with a hardier moisturiser reserved for my cheeks. My skin has improved immensely with it's use; little spots disappear almost overnight from my T-zone leaving a smooth canvas. Don't expect it to clear up large blemishes with cysts or nodules (yes, being a teenager is so much fun) easily/quickly though. You'll need to pull out the big guns for that.
To be honest, I didn't expect to fall in love with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution but I was curious about its mystical Shamwow-like properties so I purchased a mini-sized bottle. This one has definitely exceeded my expectations. I know it's a big call, but I think it's just as revolutionary to the cleaning world as Shamwow was, minus the cheesy infomercial and 1800 number. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution is hands-down the best face makeup remover I have ever used. Coupled with a few makeup remover pads, it removes all traces of base makeup with little effort. It isn't as effective in removing mascara or eyeliner, so reserve this expensive magic water for face makeup only.
There is very little in this world I strongly dislike more than artificial orange scents. Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm has an artificial orange scent - I knew we wouldn't get along well after the first whiff. I think I will stick with Carmex in the future; much cheaper and repairs my chapped lips a lot faster.
2 out of 3 isn't a bad statistic at all. Is there anything else from the French pharmacy I should try out?