We love this recent editorial in L’Officiel magazine featuring 56 year old former French model, Bond Girl and now chic grandmaman Carole Bouquet. She is photographed with her daughter-in-law Masha (a fab Russian model) and her la petite fille, looking as radiant as she did back in her Chanel No. 5 days.
We all know French women have it all over the rest of us. Whilst anyone can own a blazer and a silk scarf, it takes that innate Franco-chic to really pull it off. The good news? Pinching their beauty regime is an absolute cinch!
If you haven’t shopped it up at a good French Pharmacy, you simply haven’t lived. This is where said chic women spend lots of time stocking up on beautifying lotions and potions that keep them Parisian-perfect!
We have spent a lot of time hassling French Pharmacists over the years. Here we share with you some of our tried and tested favourites. Channel your inner-Carole FFFs, and get moisturising!
Bioderma Crealine H2O Cleansing Solution: So fabulous, there is one bottle of this potion sold every 6 seconds in the world. Not only is it brilliant for deep cleansing, it is also a gun at removing stubborn makeup. Even waterproof mascara. Unbelievably, it is soap-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free and hypoallergenic.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré: Another great multi-use lotion. Use it as a make-up remover, a mask or on legs after shaving. We love to use it as a super-dooper moisturiser. Tons of makeup artists use it as a base under foundation. It’s that light! But don’t be fooled. It is also incredibly nourishing. We have back up supplies in our bathrooms. A must-buy!
Avene Thermal Spring Water: You will find this at your local chemist anywhere in the world now. Use it as a refreshing mist on a hot day or after applying your moisturiser. It has a very fine spray so it can even be used after doing your makeup for a quick set-and-go!
Thalgo Collagen Booster Youth & Beauty Elixir: Having just finished a 10 day course of this beauty tonic, let us bore you with the benefits! Designed to bump up collagen, it is packed with marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, viatmins and selenium to give skin oodles of elastisity. Take one vial orally each morning after breakfast and expect to see a difference (think plumper, dewier skin) within 5 days. Yep! Brilliant!
Avibon: Brimming with Vitamin A, this face cream is a great weapon on the war against lines and wrinkles. It is also brilliant for sensitive skin and parched lips. This is an absolute fave with French women. Get on it!
Caudalie L’Eau de Beaute: A 2-in-1 toner and serum, use to tone and hydrate skin on the run. Lots of models keep this on them when flying for radiant skin. It’s a cult product, so buy multiple. Love it.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: This is a clever do-everything oil. Slick it on arms and legs for instant tone and sheen. Use on hair as an intense deep-conditioning treatment or add a drop to your moisturiser for extra hydration. It’s one of those items you should always have on standby. Plus it smells divine.