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A lil' Paris beauty and skincare haul

So I went to Paris for a few days this week (more on that to come) and being from the currently Sephora-deprived UK the first thing I did was head to their massive store on the Champs-Élysées. I also dragged Mat around CityPharma on our last morning for some skincare goodies. As we did the trip on kiiind of a budget, I was restricted to hand luggage only and just used backpacks for our 3-day stay, so had to be picky about what I brought home. Here's what I picked up:

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 13 'Marvelous Mauve' - A cream lip stain was coming home with me whatever happened, as I had heard so much about them. I opted for a safe shade as I'm not a bold lip girl, but was surprised how pigmented and long-lasting these are. I didn't touch up once and the finish is super matte. It's such a lightweight formula so I had no idea it was even on. If I get the chance I'll get the classic red next as I'm sure it's just as divine.

Sephora Green Tea Face Mask - I am a sucker for packaging and these colourful masks caught my eye. This one promises help with blemishes and oil control so hopefully it'll sort out my current facial problems (thank you, womanhood).

Sephora Nail Polish - I hadn't seen these on the website but I couldn't resist picking up a couple to try as they were very cheap. I went for 'Sea, sun and sand' which is a blue that reminds me of Baker Street by Nails Inc and 'Time to Rock' which is a deep, purpley wine colour. I've only used the purple so far and while I found the application a bit sticky it dried very quickly and even without a top coat didn't chip.

Claudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser in 01 'Light'- I fell in love with this stuff about a year ago after receiving a sample tube in a Birchbox, but my god is this stuff pricey over here at £27 a tube. I found it in CityPharma for 21 euros which is about £15 so this was obvs coming straight back home with me. It offers light coverage that evens out skin tone and adds a lovely glow, as well as boasting a broad spectrum SPF of 20.

Claudalie Hand Cream - So I got sucked in my this while queuing for the tills, who hasn't done that before? I was in need of a hand cream anyway and the wet and windy Paris weather wasn't doing my dry hands any favours. This stuff smells so lovely and fruity and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy at all.

Avène Cleanance Mask-Scrub - This was on offer in CityPharma and I've heard a lot about the Cleanance range, so I thought I'd take the plunge. I'm not sure I totally understand the concept of thermal spring water but anything that might sort my skin out is a welcome new adventure.

What are your favourite French skincare brands?

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