The Ultimate Beauty Lover's Guide to Paris
How can you not feel beautiful standing next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris? (Photo: ThinkStock)
For most people, Paris evokes images of the Eiffel Tower, croissants in a Left Bank café, Notre Dame and a walk along the Seine. For me, Paris is all about indulging in facials, sniffing scented candles, and worrying about stuffing too many 3-ounce bottles of newly-purchased face cream into a one-quart transparent zip-top bag.
Paris is, indeed, a beauty lovers’ paradise, and—although you certainly can spend a couple hundred euros on a massage—all that beautifying doesn’t have to be exorbitantly expensive. Even if your knowledge of the French language begins and ends with “bonjour,” it’s easy to come home looking gorgeous, with a cosmetic bag filled with fabulous finds. Here are some tips on how to have a literally beautiful time in Paris:
The completely divine Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre (Photo: Courtesy of Embryolisse Laboratories)
Think Frugally: Some of France’s most beloved beauty products are also the cheapest. Case in point: intense moisturizers like Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre and Avibon, the favorites of supermodels, makeup artists and beauty editors. The easiest place to find this type of product is either in a local pharmacy or Monoprix, France’s equivalent to Target. (The branch on the Champs-Elysees has a particularly good selection, and is open late.) Allow plenty of time to shop—since some brands offer a huge range of products—and don’t ignore labels that are available back home, like La Roche-Posay, since their French assortment is often wider (and cheaper) than what’s sold in America.
APOM Pour Femme (Photo: Maison Francis Kurkdjian)