Parisian Pharmacies 101

Parisian Pharmacies 101

Bonjour!

I apologize for my lack of posts – these last two months I was finalizing my move from Buffalo to California and finally have some free time to get back to blogging!

I was just in France with two of my good friends from college and we had such an incredible time. We visited Paris, Nice, and Bordeaux. It was my first time to France and I absolutely loved it. Once of my favorite parts was the pharmacies at almost every corner. French pharmacies are a little different then ours over here in the U.S, sure they sell medicine and toothpaste, but they also sell higher end skincare (a little less the price too) that we usually have to purchase at Sephora or department stores.

One of my absolute favorite skincare brands, Caudalie, comes from the heart of Bordeaux and the creators of the line created it on their families winery and estate in Bordeaux. They discovered that the vines and grapes held much more power than just becoming wine. Their secret is polyphenols and they have multiple patents in their skincare. It all started in 1993 and now they have a hotel and spa on their estate which is apparently incredible. We unfortunately did not have time to visit their so it gives me all the more reason to go back!

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So, being in the home of Caudalie, I made sure to stock up on my favorites and even branch out and try a few other things from them. I had actually purchased so much that they gave me a free gift with purchase! It consisted of a Caudalie makeup case with small travel items!

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I of course had to add in some of the nougat I purchased from Laduree since they matched the color ways so well. Don’t worry – I made sure to buy macarons as well. So good. Three of my all time favorite products are in this picture above us, Make-up removing cleansing oil, deep cleansing exfoliator, and the moisturizing mask.

Make-removing Cleansing Oil – NUMBER ONE it smells amazing. It has almond oil in it and I love the smell of almond oil. It is also super gentle on the eyes, I often times just do a few pumps in my hand and then rub all over my face, especially the eye area and it does not burn or irritate them at all. I think rinse with warm water and even the most stubborn makeup comes off!

Deep Cleansing Exfoliator – this is one of the greatest exfoliators. It is spa grade and really gritty, that being said you are sure to get all of the dead skin and built up grime on your face off. I have had this product used on me in multiple facials and it is so awesome that you are able to use it in your own home! It is perfect for clearing up your skin and prepping it for a clean slate. Your skincare will absorb into the skin better which will in turn give you better results with your face.

Moisturizing Mask – Caudalie makes three really great masks and it is super hard to pick a favorite but since I was traveling when I purchased this travel size mask, I chose the moisturizing because it is perfect for tired and dry skin. I will apply a thin layer of this mask before bed or before a flight and just leave it on. It leaves my skin super hydrated and looking super healthy afterwards.

The des vignes

The Des Vignes collection is another one of my favorites from Caudalie, the smell is absolutely incredible. It is not an over powering fragrance, very refreshing and sweet smell. It has notes of neroli, musk, a hint of ginger liqour, and infusion of jasmine and orange blossom. Shown above are their body care products. One that stood out that I had to buy was the body & hair nourishing oil, I had never seen it before and it is absolutely AMAZING. Perfect for the ends of your hair, you’ll smell it all day. Or do a little on your legs, arm and chest when you’re tan for a nice hydrating shimmer.

I am so excited to use all of the products. France was an incredible time and I am so happy I was able to experience it! Also, now that I am home there will be much more content heading your way.

xoxo,

Annalee

Jet Lag Mask 101

Jet Lag Mask 101

So this post is a tad bit delayed because I traveled back to New York on the red eye from LA in order to truly test the “jet lag mask” from Summer Fridays. Just kidding, I went back for Easter to see my family but I won’t lie, I did feel semi-fabulous about taking the red eye and then using the jet lag mask after the flight to revive myself like every blogger and celeb talks about. But what they don’t tell you is that the red eye actually sucks. I sat in the middle seat and basically cried myself to sleep. These celebs prob take their private jet anyway.

Now let’s get down to business and let me touch on the Jet Lag Mask from Summer Fridays. First of all, never have I seen a skincare product blow up like this and I have never felt so inclined to buy something without barely knowing anything about it. Usually when I buy something on a whim, it is around midnight and I am a bottle deep in wine. I am notorious for drunk online shopping. But this jet lag mask I bought dead sober after seeing Marianna Hewitt’s (one of the creators) insta-story about how it is almost sold out! So I swiped up and within a week it was at my door.

ps. if you don’t follow Marianna, I highly recommend you do, she is super cool and here is the link to her blog, Life With Me.

I was so eager to try the mask because all that week while patiently waiting for it, everyone, I mean everyone, was posting about it. So I could not wait to see what the hype was about. So I used to once it came in just mid day and left it on for the entire day, you can apply it under your eyes which I liked a lot because usually masks say to avoid the under eyes.

Here are my before, during, and after photos. My skin was legitimately glowing. Tried to tame my duck face in my selfies but I just can’t help myself.

 

You bring a lot of joy into our lives.

I was surprised it did not really have a strong smell, there is a slight minty scent due to the peppermint oil, which also gives your skin a nice tingly feel. Marianna & Lauren (creators) did create this product without any harmful chemicals, artificial fragrances, or minerals, so it is an incredible product and definitely a mask worth buying.

It is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and even a slight exfoliant to help expose even dewey and healthier skin. It really quenches your skin and makes you feel revived. After my long flight back to New York, I showered and then applied the mask, I then fell asleep for about five hours (whoops) and my skin felt very quenched and not so zombie like.

I have been incorporating it in my daily skin routine. After I cleanse, I apply and then do my serums and moisturizer. You can do any order you are comfortable with but I like the mask a lot. I have always had drier skin so I apply a decent amount and let it all soak in and leave it on my face.

Here is a cute excerpt about the mask found on Sephora,

“You don’t have to be a jetsetter to have that lag. Upgrade your skin to a business-class complexion—no matter what time your red-eye gets in, or what time your head hits the pillow. This uber-dewy, hydrating mask soothes thirsty, stressed-out skin by steeping cells in a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gently exfoliating extracts. Skin looks instantly renewed, radiant, and ready for anything.”

It is sold at Sephora and directly on their website at Summer Fridays  .

 

 

 

Jet Lag Mask 101

Jet Lag Mask 101

So this post is a tad bit delayed because I traveled back to New York on the red eye from LA in order to truly test the “jet lag mask” from Summer Fridays. Just kidding, I went back for Easter to see my family but I won’t lie, I did feel semi-fabulous about taking the red eye and then using the jet lag mask after the flight to revive myself like every blogger and celeb talks about. But what they don’t tell you is that the red eye actually sucks. I sat in the middle seat and basically cried myself to sleep. These celebs prob take their private jet anyway.

Now let’s get down to business and let me touch on the Jet Lag Mask from Summer Fridays. First of all, never have I seen a skincare product blow up like this and I have never felt so inclined to buy something without barely knowing anything about it. Usually when I buy something on a whim, it is around midnight and I am a bottle deep in wine. I am notorious for drunk online shopping. But this jet lag mask I bought dead sober after seeing Marianna Hewitt’s (one of the creators) insta-story about how it is almost sold out! So I swiped up and within a week it was at my door.

ps. if you don’t follow Marianna, I highly recommend you do, she is super cool and here is the link to her blog, Life With Me.

I was so eager to try the mask because all that week while patiently waiting for it, everyone, I mean everyone, was posting about it. So I could not wait to see what the hype was about. So I used to once it came in just mid day and left it on for the entire day, you can apply it under your eyes which I liked a lot because usually masks say to avoid the under eyes.

Here are my before, during, and after photos. My skin was legitimately glowing. Tried to tame my duck face in my selfies but I just can’t help myself.

 

 

You bring a lot of joy into our lives.

I was surprised it did not really have a strong smell, there is a slight minty scent due to the peppermint oil, which also gives your skin a nice tingly feel. Marianna & Lauren (creators) did create this product without any harmful chemicals, artificial fragrances, or minerals, so it is an incredible product and definitely a mask worth buying.

It is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and even a slight exfoliant to help expose even dewey and healthier skin. It really quenches your skin and makes you feel revived. After my long flight back to New York, I showered and then applied the mask, I then fell asleep for about five hours (whoops) and my skin felt very quenched and not so zombie like.

I have been incorporating it in my daily skin routine. After I cleanse, I apply and then do my serums and moisturizer. You can do any order you are comfortable with but I like the mask a lot. I have always had drier skin so I apply a decent amount and let it all soak in and leave it on my face.

Here is a cute excerpt about the mask found on Sephora,

“You don’t have to be a jetsetter to have that lag. Upgrade your skin to a business-class complexion—no matter what time your red-eye gets in, or what time your head hits the pillow. This uber-dewy, hydrating mask soothes thirsty, stressed-out skin by steeping cells in a nourishing mix of vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gently exfoliating extracts. Skin looks instantly renewed, radiant, and ready for anything.”

It is sold at Sephora and directly on their website at Summer Fridays  .