French skincare secrets from a French beauty blogger

French skincare secrets from a French beauty blogger

How a French beauty blogger cares for her skin

I read so many articles and blog posts about French beauty secrets, French skincare routine and how French take care of their skin, most of them written by non-French beauty bloggers or foreigner journalists that I wanted to write a blog post about this topic.  In this post, I’ll share my personal point of view and observations about a French skincare routine, which may not be representative of the entire French population. For the record, I’m a French beauty blogger, I grew up in the French Alps (close to Geneva), I lived for 4 years in Paris before moving to London.

I think in France, we take our skincare very seriously, not only for great skin today but for great skin in the future. We don’t have a bathroom cabinet filled with a million different skin care product options like American or British do, and we don’t get distracted by the latest and greatest hype. French will always seek up for qualitative (maybe expensive) beauty products and we use to stick with what we know works instead of changing our skincare beauty routine every week. Skincare routines are usually passed down from a generation to the next one (grandmothers, mothers), that explains maybe why French girls take their skincare very seriously from a young age. Continue reading “French skincare secrets from a French beauty blogger”

How to wear red lipstick like a French girl

How to wear red lipstick like a French girl

For this makeup look, I’ve decided to do a video as I thought it would be easier for you to follow step by step which products I’m using, and how I’m doing this very French classic makeup look. As I grew up in France, I’ve always been used to seeing very chic women wearing red lipstick, it’s probably not something that we wear every day but most of the time for special days and nights out.

In France, we’re used to going for no makeup or very minimal foundation, smoky eyes, or red lipstick. When we go for red lipstick, usually the complexion needs to remain very natural, which allows us to wear very intense and bold red lips. It doesn’t matter if your skin is not flawless, as you can see I’m still dealing with some breakouts around the chin, acne scars and redness (no photoshop or filters on this blog), even if my skin has improved by using probiotics. With red lipstick, the focus is on the lip and as the red color attracts attention, all your imperfection will be less visible. In this look -and in all French makeup looks-, the key is to find a balance between glam and natural. Continue reading “How to wear red lipstick like a French girl”

How French women stay slim without trying

How French women stay slim without trying

The French paradox

Did you ever hear about the French paradox? In 1987, Ducimetiere and his team coined the term “the French Paradox” to refer to the fact that the French have among the lowest rates of cardiovascular disease in the world despite having among the highest intakes of saturated fat. Many authors have proposed various hypotheses to explain the French paradox. The main assumptions that have been explored relate to the lifestyle of the French, in particular, their drinking and dietary habits.

Since the consumption of alcohol, in particular wine, is high in France compared with most Western countries, it has been proposed that their drinking habits may protect the French against cardiovascular diseases (thanks to resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant which is found most abundantly in grapes and, therefore, red wine). However, other dietary aspects are probably important in the French paradox. A recent assumption was that the French may be protected simply by their dietary habits, in the same way as the other South European populations. The answers may lie in the overall quality of the diet rather than in a single food or beverage. Continue reading “How French women stay slim without trying”

How to get rid of cellulite the French way

How to get rid of cellulite the French way

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is an inflammation of fat deposits which become completely saturated and could not be evacuated naturally. These fat deposits blocked lipids’ circulation and especially lymph circulation which is vital for transporting toxins to organs where toxins will be treated and evacuated. As toxins could not be evacuated anymore, they will accumulate themselves and will create an inflammation into specific areas. This inflammation will be getting worst with low or poor blood circulation. Another consequence of cellulite problem is an aesthetic consequence: the skin is compressed by inflammation and is going to lost its elasticity. Soon after, skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance which is a specific characteristic of cellulite. But what we are seeing is just a reflection of a bad inside disorder. Continue reading “How to get rid of cellulite the French way”

Best French Pharmacy products a French girl swear by

Best French Pharmacy products a French girl swear by

Since I’ve moved to London, I miss so much going every weekend to the French pharmacy! When I was living in Paris this was like my ritual to go at least once a week at the French pharmacy just to see what’s new and pick few products for face and body. I have always been very obsessed with French Pharmacy skincare products. French pharmacy is for me the ultimate health and beauty destination where you can find a full range of affordable and effective beauty products. I love the fact that most of the French pharmacy skincare products have a minimalist and hypo-allergenic formula and that you’ll always find the right product whatever your skin concern is: anti-aging, hydration, oiliness, radiance, or UV protection.

My skin type is combination, sensitive and dehydrated at the same time. I’m always seeking for very gentle skincare products that hydrate my skin without blocking my pores and causing breakouts. In order to inject a bit of French fabulousness into your skincare routine, I’ve saved you some time and I compiled a list of French beauty products must-haves based on products I’ve tried and that are working really well for my skin type. Most of the skincare products that I’ve listed are quite affordable and good news, they are all coming from Boots 🙂 Continue reading “Best French Pharmacy products a French girl swear by”

French Beauty: How To Do French Makeup

French Beauty: How To Do French Makeup

French women have a particular idea of what beauty is. We don’t rely on makeup but instead, we want makeup to enhance our natural features, that’s it. French makeup isn’t over-sculpted or too transformative, and you will rarely see a woman in the streets of Paris wearing a full face of foundation, with contouring, smoky eyes and lipstick.

First, you need to know that French makeup always starts with skin. To have an effortless and natural makeup you’ll need to pair it with a healthy skincare routine. Yes, French women emphasize skincare over makeup [see French Beauty Routine], that’s why French makeup is all about minimalism and discretion. Continue reading “French Beauty: How To Do French Makeup”

French Skincare Routine For Flawless Skin

French Skincare Routine For Flawless Skin

Ready to commit to the French skincare routine? French women emphasize skincare over makeup, and it’s not a myth. I’ve been taught to care for my skin very young and to focus more on maintaining a clean and healthy skin rather than covering it up with makeup. French women seek out natural, sometimes organic but always high-quality beauty products and often stick to a simple 3-step routine: cleanse, tone, moisturize. Today, I want to share with you a step-by-step guide to a French skincare routine for a flawless and healthy skin. Continue reading “French Skincare Routine For Flawless Skin”