In my mind a trip Paris would not be complete without a trip to Sephora and a Pharmacy. So when I went for two nights away both were at the top of my list. I first went to Sephora in the Champs Elysees, their flagship store, there is no other way to put it but that store was packed so be prepared, because you have got to fight for what you want. It is best to know what you want, when going to Sephora as I found the sales assistants to be not that helpful.
On to what I got, there were a few brands that I would have like to have got some products from but unfortunately were not there. The first thing I picked up was a palette that I have wanted for ages and it is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar, a palette that for me is quite simply stunning as it offers 16 beautiful shade ranging from matte to shimmer, all of the shadows are highly pigmented, easy to blend and have a good staying power. This palette is also great for chocolate lovers as well as makeup lovers as it looks and smells of chocolate.
I also picked up the Smashbox photo finish primer water, I actually intended to get one of the Urban Decay setting sprays but got this one instead as this one has been talked about more recently. Having get oily throughout the day spraying a water on to my face made me think this might make me more glowly, but having tried this a few times I find that it helps to keep my makeup on longer rather than add a glow.
As I needed to get a new mascara I decided to get the highly talked about Better than Sex mascara by Too Faced, a mascara that I have not tried yet, let alone even opened yet but will publish a post soon about it.
One of the products I had to get my hands on was the Makeup Forever Step One Mattifying Primer, a primer that I need to try out more as I was a bit excited about the Smashbox Water Primer.
Next product I got was the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencil in the shade Roach, a pencil that I can safely say I am in love with as it stays on for ages, as the name suggests, the colour Roach is a beautiful deep brown shade with a slight shimmer to it. The pencil in general is great as it can be used on the waterline, as a primer, or as you would use a gel or liquid eyeliner.
The last two products I got from Sephora were in the dreaded queue whilst waiting to pay for your products. The first is the Sephora smoothing and brightening powder a translucent powder that when used on top of your highlight makes a real difference as it just makes it pop a little more. Last is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hand Treatment.
The next part of my Paris haul are the products I got in the Pharmacies, again it is best to do your research before you enter as it can be quite overwhelming with all of these products staring back at you and you not having a clue. Of course I picked up the Bioderma Micellaire Solution which I believe that once you have tried it once you will never look back. As it removes all traces of makeup in a flash, I got 3 as tow are for me and one is for my Mum as she has not tried it yet.
I then picked up of course the Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre, a nourishing cream that is perfect for any dry patches or dry skin.
The next purchase was a recommendation from Amelia Liana saying that this has helped clear up her skin, it is the La Roche Posay Serozine, as spray toner that is specially for oily problem skin after just two uses I find that it is very quick to sink in to the skin and that it leaves your skin less oily.
Next I picked up the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +, a cream that I have tried before but decided that I should try it again, as I got drawn in to the excellent reviews again.
My second to last product I got was the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm, a product that I quite simply amazing as it is so rich but not sticky at the same time, it also lasts for such as long time and a little goes along way.
My last product was the Avene Cleanance Solaire SPF 50, a sun cream that is specially designed for oily acne prone skin, I knew this was one of the products I had to get my hands on as the skin type is suited for me and also because it is best to start using sun creams as soon as possible as it can help reduce wrinkles.
My last and most exciting product is the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, I didn't get it in Sephora but wanted to go to some place special so I decided to get it from Galeries Lafayette. With a sheer stroke of luck I got the last one and I couldn't be more happier with it. As it is the perfect shade of bronze to wear underneath your makeup or over the top.