Ooh la la, c’est la vie, zut alors… etc. etc.

Posted by Lipglossiping On January - 20 - 2011

I’m going to Parreeeee!  Not Paris… PARREEEEEEEE!


What can I buy?  What would you buy?

Now bear in mind that being in the city of lurve will grant me access to the holy shrine of all things makeup – Sephora.  Are there any must haves?

The thing that I need to bear in mind is that the following week, is IMATS which means no MUFE shopping in advance of potential 40% discounts.

What goodies would you come back from Paris laden-down with?

41 Responses to “Ooh la la, c’est la vie, zut alors… etc. etc.”

  1. Nat says:

    Oh wow, have fun! I’m going as well for a daytrip on saturday. I haven’t been to the Sephora there but the one here in Luxembourg has got some lovely Fred Farrugia eye duos that I got in the sale that I’m sure the paris one will have as well! If you’re curious as to what they’re like, I review them on my blog here http://www.ohlalamaquillage.blogspot.com (not meaning to advertise but just in case you’re curious!) aside from that, I would recommend looking at the sephora own brand skincare, especially the sales stuff, their combination skin moisturiser is my new fave at the mo!

  2. Maria says:

    Hi!!! For me cosmetic must-have from France is the mask from NOVExpert company. This one http://www.beaute-test.com/masque_confort___novexpert_essentiel_novexpert.php

    I wish I have bought it more than just one tube :(

  3. ahh lucky! Have fun there! I dunno about makeup, I would head straight for the restaurants loll. Show us if you get anything :)

  4. Jen says:

    Oh, I’d say Serge Lutens at Shiseido. But if you’re not spending mega-bucks then forget it….

  5. Natalie says:

    Go to the Sephora on the Champs Elysees! It is like makeup heaven in there! Shopping along the Champs Elysees is fabulous!
    Embryolisse is great and the Mineral Powder brush from Sephora too. Bioderma if you can find it in one of the pharmacies is meant to be fantastic too!

    Hope you have a lovely time! I love Paris!

  6. Henrietta says:

    It has to be food for me, Vanilla Macaroons from Laduree, they are delicious!!!!!

  7. Katrina says:

    Oh, Paris! I went absolutely nuts in Sephora but mainly on MUFE. I really regret not picking any Sephora’s own brand makeup or brushes and not looking at all the hair care/skin care much.

    Also, if you don’t have one already, sign up for a Sephora card. Apparently they give you discounts on your birthday or something. All the sales girls will be falling over themselves to sign you up anyway. Oh, and ask for samples. My boyfriend always asks for samples in shops (it’s so embarassing!) but we got loads of nice ones.

  8. Meeta says:

    I really like all the pharmacy brands like Bioderma – the sensibio water is definitely one to stock up on and you can get giant cans of Avene water. I agree about Sephora Champs-Elysees, definite cosmetic eye-candy. Also I like the Yves Rochers stores – as even though you can buy online here, it is good to be able to test out the products. I didn’t buy any high-end makeup over there apart from MUFE as I find the prices work out more then here.

  9. Alexandra says:

    Urmmmm everything! And bring me back a present! (Either make-up or a hunky french man…)

  10. Emily says:

    Oh, I love Sephora! I’ve been missing it so much since I’ve been in the UK. I wouldn’t even know how to narrow down the list of things to get. My newest obsession now, though, is with Korres. I love their liquid lipsticks! They’re so moisturizing and the colors are gorgeous (I have 13 and 54).


  11. Jeannine says:

    Ahhh, Paris. I was there this past May with the husband, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Sephora, on the Champs Elysees, is a makeup heaven, but also some of the big department stores (Galleries Lafayette, for example) have HUGE cosmetics departments.

    On the non-cosmetics front – try macarons form Pierre Hermes. You will not regret waiting in line for them, they are divine.

  12. Tracy S says:

    Get something by Too Faced-like the Natural Eye Kit or the new Romantic Eye Kit. I have the natural one and it’s great!
    I’d get the Urban Decay new Anniversary pencil kit too. And get a Bare Escentuals Eye Shadow in Naked-it’s my fave colour. Nude Beach is another great one.

  13. Evelyn says:

    That’s awesome!!! Have fun girlie!

  14. tass says:

    I would max my credit card out in Sephora, and also food goodies like brioche. Yum! xx

  15. Christina says:

    I don’t know if it is readily available to you already but Sephora carries the brand Hourglass and their eyeshadow duos, while expensive are amazing. The texture and color payout is wonderful.

  16. FragrantWitch says:

    Sephora definitely and Galeries Lafayette. Wonderful shopping! Also another vote for Bioderma and for Embryolisse- French pharmacies are fab for browsing, so many lovely goodies. Also, if you like tea you must have tea at one if the Mariage Frere teashops- their tea is phenomenal! Have a brilliant time!


  17. Cat says:

    WOW I am so jealous-I am determined that this year I too will get to jet off to Paris (or Pareeeeeeeee :-))! Have a fab time xx

  18. Julia Arenas says:

    Oh beautiful, fluffy Macarons!!! and a side note could you review the scent Peace, Love, and Juicy Couture please? :) Could you review something by Lancome? I don’t ever remember you featuring something by them yet…

  19. eRiN says:

    Oh, have fun!!! I’m so jealous, you Brits can just pop over to France :O

    (Right? You’re like right next door? IDK, they don’t really teach us these things in America >.<)

  20. Naz says:

    Bioderma cleansing solution for make up removal, i have sensitive eyes and it takes off all my makeup without any tingling/burning or oiling up of my face. Plus I use Estee Lauder double wear foundation and it takes it off soooo easily and quickly. Sephora own brand is really good too plus they still have some of the sale items. I picked up some MUFE aqua eye pencils and star dust half price! only 2 days ago :)

  21. Erin says:

    So jealous. Cannot wait to see what you bring back!

  22. Jean says:

    Oooh, cool! I’ve only ever been to Spain in Europe but I’ve always wanted to visit France and England. Hope you have great, fabulous fun PAREE-style!

  23. Jessica says:


    I lived in France and found that the best place for French “drug store makeup” is Monoprix! I definitely recommend you check it out.

    Also, you HAVE to go to Guerlain on the Champs-Élysées!


  24. ki says:

    That’s fantastic 😀

    try picking up some guerlain, chanel… this stuff tends to be a little bit cheaper.

  25. Jen says:

    That’s awesome! I can only imagine how spectacular the shopping will be!

  26. Rae says:

    Oooh, how exciting!! Why are you going, my dear?

    Unfortunately, I have no rec’s for you — but have fun, and make sure to have lots of tasty treats while you’re there 😛

  27. Bourriquette says:

    Living in France, I agree with Jessica that you should try out a Monoprix (you will find Bourjois make-up there for example).
    Of course there is also Sephora. The others already told you about the whole Sephora range which is nice, the inventive Fred Farrugia range is also worth a glance, but I do not think Hourglass is available in Sephoras in France…
    The Galeries Lafayette can have nice products but I would not put it on top of beauty shopping list (not if you can find a big Monoprix).
    And definitely go to a pharmacy (green cross signs are easy to spot) for Bioderma or Avene range.

    Bon séjour!

  28. Ive just come back from the Sephora in Krakow (admittedly it wasnt the ONLY reason we went) but anyway, the Sephora own brand make up brushes seemed to work out fairly reasonable and they had some fab ones in. Definitely worth a mooch!

  29. Kirstie says:

    DEFINITELY Monoprix – as a lipstick fan I know you are, check out Rouge Baiser, it’s an Italian line from Deborah and some of the lippies are fab. You can also get cheap bottles of argan oil etc for very little, there’s lots more choice in Maybelline and L’Oreal Paris and some other little brands we don’t get like Debby etc. As well of lashings of French pharmacy skincare too, of course.

    The Rue Saint Honore is well worth a stroll, it’s packed with beauty boutiques and give Colette a visit, there’s a nicely niche little beauty offering.

  30. Huit says:

    Bioderma Crealine H2O for makeup removal. I think you can find it at a pharmacist. I heard about it on Lisa Eldridge’s blog.

    For dinner my boyfriend and I love Cinq-Mars at 51 Rue Verneuil — a small in-the-know restaurant. Enjoy your trip!

  31. eva says:

    Yep, definitely Sephora own brand brushes and train cases! Professionel Platinum brushes are exceptionnaly good!

  32. Sofia B-M says:

    Schlecker (it’s like superdrug) for amazing and cheap nail polish!!! and you must go to galerie lafayette. And caron for signet down powder puffs in loads of pretty colours.

    have a wonderful time !

  33. laura says:

    Yayyy I’m going to PARRREEEE too! Not till july tho! I’m excited to go to sephora too, so will be keeping an eye out for what you bring back! Xx

  34. Fatty Bumble says:

    Have a fab time in gay Paree!
    When we went last year my oh so cultured OH spent hours in the Louvre whereas I spent hours in the shopping mall which is attached. And yes, there is a Sephora in there! Woop!

    And make sure you get yourself a box of macaroons from Laduree!

  35. Scientific Housewife says:

    Lucky you! Have a great time :)

  36. Nazneen says:

    Ooh how lovely! I really want to get a laduree macaron keyring (and transform it into a necklace) from Collette. So sweet, the perfect souvenir:


    Sephora scares me a bit though! the one on Champs Elysee is absolute nuts, avoid like plague. Galeries Lafayette was pretty marvellous though.

    Have a wonderful time! x

  37. Jules says:

    In absolute honesty, if there are as many bakeries there as there were when I was a girl, I’d skip the makeup and gorge myself on all the pastries!

  38. Katy says:

    I’d definitely pick some of the sets by Sephora like the Last Stash or the lip products one :) I’m not sure if they sell them in France but I reeeally want one :( especially the Last Stash. So jealous!!

  39. Geek Faerie says:

    I know this is sacreliege of a beauty blogger to say but I’d be in Paris, the home of art, and I’d be caught up more in that than the make-up or fashion. That and stuffing my gob with crepes and all the other delicious foods. But since you did ask make-up maybe see if you can find some Bourjois. I’ve been hearing good things about their Spring collection that’s coming out. The quality is supposed to be much improved in their eyeshadows. More pigment and color. And their lipsticks, oh how I wish I still had my lipstick from years ago by them. It was from the Rouge Connection, Modele 14 I believe, snagged it while I was deployed to Qatar. Deep rich color, long wearing, blots to a beautiful dream of a stain, no bleeding or feathering, non drying, you might find the perfect red lippie luv. Oh I want to go to Sephora now and search for a replacement. LOL Also check out the Rodin museum if you get some time. And eat delicious food for all of us! 😀 Oh and take lots and lots and lots of pictures too!!

  40. Esha says:

    OMG am so jealous, i went there last year and had a fab time! if your looking to get bioderma go to the pharmacies as its soo much cheaper than stores, also they do multipacks which works out cheaper! Also try Monoprix (french equivalent of tesco!) its always got offers on make up and skincare. Have a great time and take lots of pics!!

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