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Vive la Beauté! Products to Go Ooh La La Over this Bastille Day, Plus WIN a Klorane Dry Shampoo
Fri, 13 July 2012 2:06PM
Anyone who has ever met me for even a micro-second knows that I am beyond obsessed with anything French. The country, the language, the accent (honestly, I could happily listen to a Frenchie talk about his blocked toilet for days), the history (even the gory Revolution bit), the it girls, the champagne, Ladurée*, the fashion and – bien sur! – the beauty products.
The reason I bring up the subject of my French love? Well, tomorrow is Bastille Day, one of France’s biggest days of celebration. It commemorates the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison, which ignited the revolution and led to the overthrow of aristocratic, Marie Antoinette-style excess (if you’ve swooned over Kirsten Dunst’s turn as the frou-frou-loving Queen, you’ll know exactly what I mean). With that in mind, I guess the revolutionaries would turn in their graves to know that I was using the day as an excuse to blog about such indulgences as creams and perfumes… But, well, what’s French for ‘whatevs’?
So, let’s all get a little ooh-la-la-ish this Bastille Day, shall we? You might recall my How to Look as Pretty as a Parisienne feature … If you ever feel the need to lure out your inner French girl, this is a good start. And, of course, you could also take yourself off on a French-inspired beauty shop. Here are ten buys that should be on your list …
BioDerma Créaline H2O, $39.95, from selected pharmacies
I reckon that every single makeup artist, and possibly every single French woman, uses this wonder. Oh, Gwyneth is a fan, too. It’s a don’t-add-water cleansing, uh, water, that’s a dream for sensitive skins.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $12.95, from pharmacies
We go on about this beauty classic all the time. Only last week was Yaz singing its praises once again. That’s because it’s so damn good at what it does: suck up scalp oils so that blow-dries last longer, or washing need not be done as often. Oh and it gives good tousle, too. PS: a little French birdie has told us that an oil-free version will hit stores this October. Watch this space.
Avène Thermal Spring Water, form $9.95, from pharmacies
Another beauty that makeup artists love. It refreshes, calms, sets makeup and provides extra hydration if spritzed on beneath moisturiser.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, $60, from department stores
Another no-brainer inclusion in this list. This lights up even the most tired of faces, and gives a gorgeous, dewy effect.
Guerlain Shalimar, from $115, from department stores
Look, practically every French fragrance is a work of art, but this one’s a must-have for any self-respecting perfumista. Dating from 1925, this smoky-spicy-yet-sweet scent is considered the ultimate ‘oriental’. Which is perfume-speak for sexy.
Chanel Sublime de Chanel Waterproof Mascara, $52, from department stores
This newbie (out this Sunday) was apparently designed to wear well in hot, humid cities. It being the middle of winter, I can’t report back whether this is true. But I can tell you that it lasts the whole day on my lashes, regardless of how much rushing around that day involves. It also gives a pretty curl (although is best applied after using an actual lash curler, as are most mascaras), good separation and a little volume. A second coat is recommended for best results, but the formulation builds easily, so that’s no trouble at all. Upshot: if you’re in the market for a new mascara – and want to splurge on one – this should be it.
YSL Touche Eclat, $55, from department stores
This should be filed under ‘needs no explanation’. I really don’t have to tell you how amazingly well this illuminator adds lovely highlights to the face, and a refreshed-look glow to around the eyes. Because I know you already know that.
By Terry Rose de Rose Sheer Liquid Blush, $98, Mecca Cosmetica
These luscious lotions give that healthy-glow look we all love. The Coral Rose shade is particularly pretty.
Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation, $31, from pharmacies
You hear all sorts of crazy claims in the beauty world. But this one does deliver. Seriously, every time I wear this, I look like Sleeping Beauty.
Lancôme Rouge in Love, $45, from department stores
You might remember our rave on this new lipstick range from a few months ago? If not, here’s the cheat-sheet: it’s a pigment-rich lipstick that lasts well, and comes in a nicely edited selection of shades and finishes. They’re best when they’re bold, as in Miss Coquelicot, a fabulous fruity orange, and Midnight Rose, a fuchsia pink that ticks both the ‘wow’ and ‘wearability’ boxes.
* Ladurée – they of the pastel-coloured macarons that are now copied the world over – is about to open its first Australian tea room in Westfield Sydney. One word: wheeee! Apparently the divine candles and fragrances will be available, too … We’ll report back after our road-test. Gee, that’s going to be a really tough gig…
Okay, mes amies, so now to the competition bit … To win one of 15 Klorane Dry Shampoos, tell us in 25 words of less (in the comments section below) what your favourite French beauty buys are and why. Bonne Chance!
Posted by: Katrina Lawrence