In every corner of the French capital, unassuming little pharmacie facades hide a secret paradise for beauty lovers. Even the most average Parisian drug store’s shelves are home to a host of luxurious, high-quality, and surprisingly affordable concoctions.
A classic pharmacie is a must-see for any beauty fan, with skincare mavens and jet-setting fashionistas known for hauling back armfuls of the cult beauty gems in their luggage.
Want to get that effortless French girl glow, but don’t want to wait until your dream Paris vacation to get it? We've got you covered, with a selection of the best and brightest of European brands and pharmacie favorites….
Avene Micellar Water
Avene Micellar Water is a staple backstage at fashion weeks all over the world. Forget running mascara and sleeping in your makeup - just a dash of this clear fluid on a cotton pad gently removes all traces of makeup and grime without disrupting the skin's delicate lipid barrier, leaving the complexion soft, clean and calm.
Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse
Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse is such a beauty staple in Europe that six of the pretty glass bottles are sold every second. A blend of the finest, lightest oils like camellia and borage, it’s scented with heavenly tiare blossom to create the ultimate multi-tasker: smoothing split ends, hydrating dry skin and adding a lustrous glow to shoulders and shins.
La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF 45 Fluid
Serious sun protection in a featherlight formula, La Roche Posay's Anthelios SPF 45 fluid is a must for every Riviera-bound mademoiselle (or just those of us stateside who want gorgeous skin). Topping industry and magazine best–of lists year after year, the non-irritating fluid layers beautifully under makeup, leaving no oily residue or whitish cast.
Dr Hauschka’s Rose Cream
Dr. Hauschka's Rose Cream is a true cult classic. The natural and nourishing ingredients include the essence of a thousand rose petals in each tube, creating a luxurious moisturizer that leaves skin enriched, hydrated and positively glowing. The pretty little metal tube can often be spotted peeking from the carry-on luggage makeup artists and models: they know it’s a miracle cure for tired, jetlagged skin.