|Someone's missing...that Bioderma Hydrabio Lait always checks out on me.|
As much as I like to indulge my Product Attention Deficit Disorder, I always keep a few stand-by products handy, just in case things don't work out. Finding those permanent products can be trying, but when you find one, know that your life is forever changed. *cue dramatic music*
Sometime last year, I fell down the French pharmacie rabbit hole. Fell is even a mild word -- I tumbled straight head-first and there was no gravitational suspension to keep me from plummeting straight into a German Apotheke (the rabbit hole isn't always directionally accurate, but it's close).
I fell in love with Bioderma Sensibio (as did everyone, their mother and their dog, based on the MakeUpAlley reviews) and its other-worldly ability to remove makeup, correct eye liner mistakes and in a pinch, clean brushes. I've gone on and on and on about our love affair, so let me focus on its sidekick: Shiseido cotton. Yes, it's not exactly French pharmacie. Yes, I'm paying $9 for cotton. A little bird told me it will soon be increasing to $11 due to a global cotton shortage...please don't ask me to fact-check that, I'm not sure how I'd explain that on my Google history. Bottom line, it is the softest, yet most effective cotton I have ever used, and you need to stock up before the cotton shortage takes it away from us.
To throw a wrench into the mix, here's another Bioderma favourite: Bioderma Hydrabio Lait -- it was a Garance Dore-inspired purchase, and I haven't looked back. This is my cleanser of choice when I've gone through my proper skincare routine the night before. You know that feeling you get when you are absolutely certain that you've chosen the right products and you wake up with the smoothest, most glowing, most perfected skin you've ever had? This cleanser helps you retain all the goodness you've put in the night before, but refreshes away all the gunk that's accumulated. It's that good.
Possibly the most backed-up item in my beauty arsenal is Avene Eau Thermale. Yes, I occasionally cheat on it with Evian's version, but I always, always come back to this. It's my toner, my setting spray, and my main hair-styling product in one. I use it before and after cleansing, after makeup, and after heat-styling my hair. I have no idea how or why it makes my curls so soft and touchable, but it does. My best hair tip is to spray a light mist of thermal water on your hair before using a hair oil to seal it in. Magic literally ensues.
I've been flubbering between moisturisers lately -- it's been that in-between weather where I can't just slick on one of my beloved oils to fight back the intensely dry winter air, but not quite warm enough that I turn to my summer spf-only routine. What to do? Remember this combination from last year? While I can't quite bring myself to repurchase the serum, I did fall in love with Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid. It's one of those products that you mindlessly throw on in the morning, only to touch your cheek a few hours later and wonder, "Why does my skin feel so good? What did I put on today?" It's the Caudalie, baby.
I've tried for years to convince myself that I don't need an $18 concoction of water, essential oils and grape extract, but I've decided to embrace my Caudalie Beauty Elixir addiction. This never leaves my purse in the summer -- it calms any motion sickness that arises during impromptu road trips, calms the irrationally bitter jealousy that arises when people talk about going on vacation, and wards off city grime. An absolute essential.
I feel like I'm forgetting a few things, so there will probably be a follow-up post to this one, but for now, share your best Pharmacie products in the comments!