Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ma Folie à la Pharmacie

I've only been here a few days and I've still managed to purchase quite a few items I've been lusting after for months. I'm especially in love with the products that can be obtained in French pharmacies, and on our first day out I made sure we stopped at one of my favorites.

Unlike the pharmacies in the United States that stock snacks, cosmetics, (often) liqueur, etc. in addition to prescription and over the counter medications, the pharmacies in France stock personal hygiene products, high quality skincare, and medications. We are certainly talking high quality: brands like Nuxe, Caudalie, la Roche Posay, Nuxe, Vichy, Bioderma, Embryolisse, Avène etc. can all be found on most pharmacy shelves.

Despite the lack of natural light, a photo of the pharmacy items I purchased during our first full day out and about.

 I should point out that I didn't purchase the Erborian products at a pharmacy, but during a visit to Sephora's flagship store on the Champs Elysées. I've always been far too overwhelmed by the sheer size of this Sephora and number of sales associates to set foot within, but this time I decided to take the plunge. This Sephora stocks every brand of makeup and skincare conceivable, and has a MAC counter

I was as overwhelmed as I thought I'd be, which proved beneficial for my pocketbook as I only picked up an Erborian BB Crème au Ginseng and Lip Bome +. I discovered this brand while browsing the blog of former Parisienne Lissasioux. Though she doesn't post too regularly, I recommend you check out her blog if you're a fan of French pharmacy products and want to drool over some magnificent hauls.

I couldn't visit a pharmacy and not pick up the famous Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Though I haven't tried this before myself, I'm hoping it will be a lifesaver during the absurdly cold, dry Midwestern winter that is approaching more quickly than I'd like.

My favorite pharmacy offers quite a selection of Nuxe, but I stick with the classics (at least this time around) and purchased a bottle of Huile Prodigieuse, and a Rêve de Miel lipbalm.

Mavala polishes are a treasure I didn't know about during my past visits to France. The sizes are travel friendly and practical (I can actually see myself using up a bottle of polish for a change), and the colors are trendy. I intend to purchase more before I leave!

(From bottom left): 155 Bronze Green, 170 A Touch of Provence, 167 Cyclades Blue.

While checking out I had a lovely conversation with a woman that worked at the pharmacy. Though I've always received generous samples akin to those you would receive with an order from Sephora, she gave me a full size tub of Vichy Liftactiv CxP when she discovered that I'm here on honeymoon!

Just for fun: two views from the top of Notre Dame.

... once facing le rive gauche (left bank of the Seine),

... and one facing le rive droite (right bank of the Seine).

Much more to come! 
À bientot!