French Beauty Haul - The Staples

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I went to France with my Goop French Pharmacy List in hand.  I actually have to blame Gwyneth Paltrow for my newfound skincare obsession.  I have always been obsessed with makeup and all things beauty, but my skincare routine has always been such a hassle to me.  It wasn't until I found all of these amazing French skincare products that my nighttime routine started turning into a spa routine and one that I look forward to every night.

In this post, I want to share with you the cult favorites and staples that I picked up while I was over in France at a couple different pharmacies but mostly at City Pharma.  I have a lot more posts to share with you because I went a little hog wild over there and not only picked up the cult favorites, but also enough skincare to keep my face clean and happy for the next year.  I thought I would start with the basics and what I thought of them.

Bioderma Crealine Micellaire - This cleansing water is all over beauty bloggers and makeup artists sites.  Bioderma is fabulous for taking off all of your makeup (eye makeup and lipstick too).   I really like how well it takes the makeup off and that it doesn't have any smell to it.  I'm currently comparing some alternatives to Bioderma since it is so much more expensive to buy it over in the United States than it is in France.

Homeoplasmine - This balm seems to be very similar to Aquaphor in the US, but with other homeopathic ingredients that help with dry skin (lips, cuticles, scrapes, etc).  It also has a matte appearance which can be nice when wearing on your lips underneath lipstick.

Avene Eau Thermale - I've never used a facial spray before, but I thought I would give it a try.  It's supposed to sooth your skin if it's irritated or dehydrated.  It can be used to set your make-up or refresh and hydrate your skin throughout the day.  There are a lot of facial sprays out there to choose from.  Two others that I have bought since coming back from France are the Caudalie Beauty Elixir & Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray.  I feel that the Caudalie & Mario Badescu offer more benefits - essential oils, aloe, etc versus the Avene.  But I will still use all three since the Avene makes a more travel/purse size friendly one and then I have the other two at home and in the car.

Biafine - This cream is AMAZING on sunburns!  You can actually put it on your dry spots and your lips, but I am in awe of how quick this cream takes away a sunburn.  I had a couple of sunburns this summer and the amount that the sunburned was reduced with one application of this cream really impressed me.

NUXE Huile de Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil - This oil is great for using on your damaged hair and as an all over body oil.  There is something so delicious about the smell of this oil.  The smell reminds me of being a kid at the beach and it's completely addictive.  I love using it as a layer underneath my moisturizer when I'm feeling especially dry.

NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm - I love this lip balm!  Not only does it feel moisturizing and nourishing but it feels like it really stays on your lips.  Reve de Miel also has a matte look to it, which is perfect for underneath your matte lipsticks!  It has a a great honey smell as well.

Embroylisse Lait-Creme Concentrate -  This cult phenomena skincare product is said to be used by makeup artists in many different ways.  You are able to use it as a makeup remover, moisturizer and a makeup primer.  The smell of this cream reminds me of creams that my mom used to use when I was growing up.  There is also something that seems to be so very French about the scent.  I've really enjoyed using this mostly as my nighttime moisturizer.   After I have cleansed my face and put on my serum then I moisturize with the Lait-Creme Concentrate.  I have combination skin and I have not had a problem with this causing me to break out.  On days that my skin feels on the drier side I will use this as my primer/moisturizer layer under my makeup.

Klorane Dry Shampoo - Dry shampoos are popping up everywhere but Klorane has been making one that is a huge favorite.  I'm a huge fan of being able to go a couple days without shampooing and restyling my hair.  It has a pretty good smell and is gentle on your hair.  I was excited to hear that they have come out with ones that are for people with dark hair because this one still left a white residue like my old favorite, PSSST.

Most of these items can be found on Amazon, Ebay and some retailers in the UK (FeelUnique & Look Fantastic) that will ship to the United States.  Of course the cheapest place to buy these products is at City Pharma in Paris, but it can cost a pretty penny to get yourself over there too! Happy shopping!

Au Revoir,

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Girl Nursery Pinterest Party with Project Nursery

Join me on Wednesday from 6-7pm PST along with Project Nursery, Parents Magazine, Triple Threat Mommy, A Blissful Nest and The White Buffalo Styling Co. while we pin our favorite Baby Girl Nursery Design ideas from Carousel Designs website.  Join us HERE! See you tomorrow night on Pinterest!

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Getting ready for a girls night out with my new NARS Audacious in Fanny.
Watching the sunset at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Beach with friends from our Cabo weekend getaway. 
These three buddies are so scrumptious and I can't stand the cuteness overload!
A new French subscription service that just started called French Box.  Well you knew I had to subscribe!  Will share the contents on the blog soon!
Had fun doing a photoshoot for Gymboree with the kiddos.  They love their new Eric Carle pajamas!
Picked up a sample of the new Dior Star brightening foundation from Sephora & it might be my new Holy Grail foundation!
Friends for 25 years and even though we live far apart, when we get together, it's like it's been a week. Love you Maile!
He finally learned to ride his bike without training wheels this weekend!  Excited for this little guy to be finding his stride!
This Givenchy Le Rouge in Mandarine Bolero helped me realize that I could wear orange/coral shades.  I had never tried an orange or coral color because I had it in my head that I couldn't wear them.  Now I'm kind of obsessed with buying them!
I've been a pretty MIA on the blog, but now the kids are back in school (even Charlotte two days a week), so I'm hoping I'm going to be able to find my groove again on this blog while I take back some time for myself!  I thought I would share some of my Instagrams from over the last couple of weeks with you.

What is your Instagram handle?  I would love to stop by and check out what is going on in your InstaLife!


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Dreaming All Night with Gymboree & Eric Carle

Bedtime can be one of our favorite times of the day.  We get to snuggle up with the kiddos in their pajamas and read stories to them.  It's strange to think about how little Landon used to be when he would be snuggled up to his Daddy while listening to his bedtime stories.  These days, my big second grader can read to his little sisters.  It's so neat to see him share some of his favorite books from when he was little that we used to read to him with his little sisters.  

I was excited when I was asked to partner with Gymboree on a clothing collaboration that they did with Eric Carle.  It's fun to see some of our favorite Eric Carle characters illustrated on the different pieces of the collection.   Their slogan is that the kids can Play All Day and Dream All Night in this limited collection of  Eric Carle playwear and sleepwear.  

The kids loved going to Gymboree to pick out their favorite set of pajamas.  I found myself trying to persuade them to pick out the characters that I was partial to, but I had to let them pick which ones appealed to them the most.  While we were at Gymboree the kids were able to color printouts of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (click here to printout your own Eric Carle coloring & activity sheets).

For even more fun, download their iPhone app so you and your little one can add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game!

Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, from 9/2-9/30, Gymboree will be hosting a photo contest, where they are encouraging parents to help their little ones take a picture of what they see.

Entrants can submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via our designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee.

Entrants of the #WhatDoYouSee contest will have the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets including: A House for Hermit Crab book, a signed copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, figurines, stickers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sippy Cup, Chunky Colored Pencils, Match and Munch Game, Place Mats Book, and Stage & Play (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $144.99). 

The winners will be announced at the end of the contest period, which is 9/30/14.

What is your bedtime routine?  Does your child have a favorite book that you have to read  to them every night?

*This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree. The opinions and text are all mine.


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