As you may have noticed, beauty has its own sparkly new section on Style&Minimalism. My first post on the subject Beauty Sleep was a reflection of my needs at the time I wrote it and I hope to continue the beauty side of things in this vein. Right now I’m focused on improving the condition of my skin, it’s not awful but there’s room for improvement.
On a recent trip to Paris I decided to do a French pharmacy favourites beauty haul. I looked at a lot of blogs to work out what everyone raved about and in the end these are the products I decided on:
I was looking for the Phyto 7 hydrating day cream but whilst searching the shelves came across this spray. So it may not be the product that everyone else is really into but as a brand Phyto are well respected in the industry. Phytokératin repairing thermal protectant spray is heat activated so you use it on damp hair before blow-drying. My hair is fine and dry and I need all the help I can get to control it. It has a mind of its own and using hair straighteners though great at controlling my hair visibly damages it. I was very impressed by the immediate results I got from the first use of this spray. My hair did what I wanted it to when I blow-dried it and looked much healthier, like I’d just been to the hairdressers.
I’m one of those people that likes to know that their skin is really clean, not stripped of all natural oils but clean. Non-rinse cleansers that you use with cotton wool are often thick and creamy, leaving residue on the skin but not this one. Micellar waters tend to be closer in texture to a gentle toner and my skin feels really good after using it. I’m probably not going to swap my usual cleanser for this one but for those night when I’m feeling lazy and want my skin clean fast, this is the one I will be going to.
My collection of beauty oils is growing fast. After trying them out on my hair and getting some good results I’ve ventured into multi-purpose oils for face, body and hair. At first I thought putting an oil on my face would make my skin greasy and increase breakouts but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Huile Prodigieuse OR is a dry oil so it doesn’t even feel greasy, it’s very quickly absorbed and has tiny gold flecks in it that given a subtle glisten to the skin. On holiday, I used it a lot in the evenings just after I’d showered.
This dark spot treatment appeared on quite a few blogger’s French pharmacy lists. It’s not too heavy and is absorbed very quickly, so you can apply your moisturiser quite soon after applying it. The scent is really nice, quite fresh. I have quite a few dark marks on my face, as it scars quite easily but I’ve noticed an improvement since using this cream.
Marvis toothpastes pop up in lots of cool shops, concept stores and websites (even Net-A-Porter). There had to be more to it than the beautiful packaging and I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about. It’s got a fresh mint taste with a hint of clove and leaves my teeth feeling very clean. I’ll have to use it a bit longer to see if the whitening works.
I’ve used a couple of Caudalie’s cleansers in the past but this is the first of their oils. It comes beautifully packaged in a glass bottle with a wooden lid. The scent is rich and warm, the texture is not too thick so it’s easy to spread evenly over the skin and the spray is easy to use. I’ve only used this on my body so far as I already own a couple of oils that are specifically for the face.
I’ve heard that many a Parisian woman uses this as a toner, sulphur after all is good for purification. It’s a pleasant mist that’s refreshing but it’s hard to know if it makes a difference to me skin.