French Skincare Haul (from Parapharmacie, Paris)

Sep 4, 2018

A haul of French skincare products from Paris.

Well, this was bound to happen because I switched to a French company this year and someone or other is always is always traveling. I just did not expect that it would happen this fast. I had just joined and there was somebody about to travel. I asked him if he would be able to pick a few skincare products for me. I assured him that these will be available in random pharmacy and he will not have to go anywhere special.

The only things in my mind were La Roche Posay Astringent (this baby is out of stock for as long as I can remember) and samplers from Luxe. I have heard a lot about Luxe products and I had to get my hands on it. I showed him pictures of the big blue bottle of LRP and the Luxe Travel kits. 

I also wanted to stock on few products from LRP but I was sure that the names will be confusing for someone unaware of all this. I dropped the idea but I kept it all in a notebook. But, I did not forget to tell him about the lip balm because I have heard to death about that little tub.

He went there one day to shop for me, only to discover that LRP astringent is out of stock in Paris and there is no confirmation about when they might restock. Also, that there is another Luxe kit which seems like more value for money.

He skipped buying that day and the very next day he video-called me from a well-stocked pharmacy. How sweet of him?

Only problem - I was having a sleepover at someone's home for whom skincare = facewash + few other things. I had no intention to look like a hoarder in front of her. 

Plus, my list was at my home. 


So, he showed me both the kits at the store. I could not decide which one to pick so requested him to get both - Nuxe Prodigieux Kit de Voyage and Nuxe Les Indispensables Kit de Voyage. He had already picked the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. He showed me around the pharmacy (God bless video calls!!). Most of the things had that the generic white packaging and asking him to read all the names would have been too much. I spotted this big bottle of Avene which I had to ask him to pick. I also asked to see if there are any not-expensive travel size kit and he said he saw something from Bioderma. I had already started to feel bad for making him do so much for me so asked him to get all he has picked so far (only after I thanked him a million times). What I did ask him to pick - something that I have already used - Bioderma Sebium H20.

Big bottle is from Bali, Indonesia. Smaller one from Paris.

Now, tell me - what should I review first?


PS: I asked you on Instagram what should I post first - French Skincare Haul or the USA haul. More votes were on this so, this came in first. The USA haul will come up soon. 😊

PPS: I had these for more than three months. Why have I not shared this with you? Self-doubt has eaten me up my creativity and all of a sudden I am not liking the pictures that I take. I do not even 'love' the ones that I post here. But, recently I am trying not to be too hard on myself. Suggestions to come out of this mind-block?

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