Month: June 2012

June Empties

Only three products used up in June … none in makeup (no surprises there!)

Dermophil Indien

So I was looking through the stash drawer to see what I can bring with me for my upcoming trip and found my guy’s dermophil indien hand balm. I mentioned this when I was writing about one of their handcreams I tried that’s available in supermarkets. This is a 30ml tube and you can only buy them in pharmacies. Here are a couple of photos to give you an idea of the size: (more…)


Here’s my small red lipstick collection:

1. Shiseido Perfect Rouge Glowing Matte in RD325
2. Lancome L’Absolu Rouge #132 (Kate Winslet Golden Hat LE)
3. Guerlain Rouge G Garconne #25

4. YSL Rouge Pur #143 Rouge Enflammé
5. YSL Rouge Pur #131 Opium Red
6. Ellis Faas Creamy Lips 101 (light application)
7. Ellis Faas Milky Lips 202 (light application)
8. YSL Vernis a Lèvres #9 Rouge Lacqué

Corresponding swatches:

I tried swatching on lips but as always my camera enhances the red a lot and I just couldn’t get them to show up realistically enough (cool toned showed up warm and they all basically just looked the same). But the first picture is gives a pretty good idea of what they look like. (more…)


I have mentioned before that due to my job I wash my hands a lot. I use a lot of hand creams and prefer those that are more emollient. Although not really a hand cream (more for the body), Dexeryl is one of the creams I tried and like.

I first got it through a doctor’s prescription – I suffered from a severe sunburn at the time and the doctor prescribed it to me as part of the healing process. It is promoted as a medication but I don’t think you need a prescription to buy it. I saw a tube of Dexeryl sitting behind the counter at the triage in a hospital, I’ve also seen a fellow chef use it at his place of work (he’s a guy and he applied more liberally than I do!) and spied it next to the sink at someone else’s home. I didn’t realise how popular it is but I guess they must be doing something right.
Dexeryl is manufactured by Pierre Fabre, the same company behind Avene, A-Derma, Klorane, Ducray and so on. 
On the tube it says it is effective in treating certain dermatitis like atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis and psoriasis. Also superficial burns of a lesser degree. I can’t comment on the other claims but I remember it helped keep my skin moisturised and supple during the whole peeling stage. I was peeling everywhere and I would just slather this on twice a day.
Below you can see the ingredients:
I bought this tube after I finished my first one and I keep it at home since it’s quite big to lug around in my bag. I’ve had it a while too and use it mostly as a hand cream but at times as a body lotion. It is scentless and the texture is quite light actually. However my skin feels nicely moisturised after and there is no sticky residue. It absorbs quickly and forms a kind of protective barrier on the skin. It’s just a tad boring as a cream so I never thought about writing about it. Can’t remember how much I paid for it either but it’s not expensive at all. 
Highly recommended for someone looking for a scentless, no-frills hand/body moisturiser for drier skin types. 

Skincare Haul

Everything from Citypharma except the Nivea sunscreen and Bourjois foundation

Everyone knows about the Citypharma, the para-pharmacy that’s said to be the cheapest in Paris, sometimes up to 20% of a markdown. It’s in all the travel guides (I imagine) and all over the internet. I happened to just walk into it years ago without knowing its fame, as I used to live in the area and I would always walk past it while on my way to Pierre Hermé, and be intrigued by the non-stop number of people going in and out.


Nuxe Travel Kit

left to right:
Micellar cleansing water with 3 roses and green tea, Reve de Miel face cream, Huile Prodigieuse, Reve de Miel hand and nail cream, Reve de Miel face and body cleansing gel.

The sizes range from 10ml (the oil) to 35ml (the cleansing water). It was 7.90 euros at my pharmacy. I picked this up thinking it would be good for my upcoming weekend trip and to try some more of Nuxe’s products. It comes in that green plastic zip bag behind.

All of the products in this kit is suitable for sensitive skin. I already fell in love with the huile prodigieuse and have bought a full-sized bottle. The micellar cleansing water is very gentle and has a very pleasant rose smell but I think Bioderma’s version just performs much better. The hand cream is not greasy at all and absorbs quickly. It’s not quite heavy-duty enough for my rough paws but I don’t feel the urge to find something else and reapply like I sometimes do with ‘weaker’ creams either.  I do like how comfortable it feels. The soap-free shower gel … well a shower gel is a shower gel. Nothing really special about this. Nice honey smell.

The only thing I haven’t tried is the face cream (I try to avoid mixing up skincare too much now that my skin is more fragile than it used to be). So perhaps I’ll do a post on it when I get round to testing it out.

I like Nuxe and their Creme Fraiche was a favourite of mine. I have probably used at least 4 jars over the years and it is a product that works for me and I know I can always go back to. I use the regular version, not the light one.

I think the travel set is a nice and affordable way to try the brand and very practical for traveling. The huile prodigieuse is a star product and apparently a celebrity favourite, and their Reve de Miel (honey) line is also very popular. I’d prefer to have the 3 roses mask in the set to try instead of the makeup remover, but I can see the makeup remover makes more sense in a travel set. 

My Perfume Hall of Fame

Apart from makeup I also have an unhealthy obsession with perfume. Since a lot of what I was drawn to weren’t readily available where I lived, I used to scour the web for information on niche houses, noses, order samples and organise swaps to feed this addiction. I was ecstatic when I got the POTL Luctor et Emergo sample and finally understood what everyone was raving about; when I first visited Paris I made it a mission to go to Les Salons de Shiseido and to smell the exclusives. I bought Rahat Loukoum (I was in a sweet, gourmand scent craze, particularly with almonds). I had decants of iconic perfumes that I was too young to appreciate at the time and eventually I had so many little vials and samples that I didn’t know what to do with them. (more…)