Monday, July 8, 2013

Paris Beauty Haul: City Pharma and Melvita Goodies!


Before I start blogging about my Asia beauty hauls, I should probably wrap up the things I picked up in Europe. I was excited to visit Paris not only to see the sights but to pay a visit to City Pharma (sad, but true). In recent years, French skincare has become more widely accessible to those of us abroad by way of drugstores and online shops.

But a few cult favorites are only found readily in French pharmacies and the prices for French skincare is cheaper in Paris across the board. I specifically went to City Pharma on Rue Du Four because they are known to have the best prices and a large selection. The place was packed with women grabbing handfuls of skincare. I made a rough list of what I wanted before heading in which made the whole affair much more manageable.

I bought a backup of my favorite dry shampoo, the Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo (€7.90/$10.32 - regularly $18). Phyto is quite pricey in the states so I haven't tried much from the line but the Phyto Soothing Treatment Shampoo (€6.80/$8.89 - regularly $24) looked like a good, gentle shampoo. I couldn't pass up the value pack of two 500ml bottles of Bioderma (€15.90/$20.78 - regularly ~$35 for one 500ml bottle) because just about every beauty blogger on earth has tried and loved this cleansing water. I am beginning to see Bioderma being sold in many boutiques in New York for exorbitant prices so I'm not sure if I would repurchase this if I happen to adore it. Next up, I got two acne treatments: Bioderma Sébium AKN (€8.90/$11.63 - regularly ~$25 online) and Avéne TriAcnéal (€9.30/$12.15 - regularly $60 on Dermstore (official AveneUSA retailer) which are similar to La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. Lastly from City Pharma I grabbed a special offer duo pack of the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick (€5.95/$7.78 - regularly $9 for one) and the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm (€6.90/$9.02 - regularly $19).

There was a Melvita boutique close to my hotel and I popped in to buy a full size of the Melvita Rose Floral Water (€10.90/$14.25 - regularly $22). The store was really beautiful and I was tempted to make a few unnecessary purchases but I held off since I had already gotten so much at City Pharma. The sales associate didn't seem to speak any English but she still threw in three samples for me to try which was really nice.

That wraps up my Paris beauty haulage and the last of the goodies I got from Europe! I spent quite a bit of money but justify it seeing how much I saved compared to the retail price in America. All in all, I saved about  $150 on all of the products which is amazing! Stay tuned for more beauty from abroad hauls featuring Asian products!

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