Christmas 2017 – Beauty Gift Guide

Last post in the Christmas 2017 – Gift Guides series! After the interior and travel gift guides, today is the beauty gift guide. This will help you find a gift for anyone who likes a nice pampering session!

I selected the products based on my experience using some, reviews – and some of these are actually on my letter to Santa!

Christmas 2017 beauty gift guide

1. Jade Facial Roller

So this is a gift I want for myself actually! I heard great things about jade rollers and the benefits of facial massages. This will make anyone feel like in a spa when applying their regular face cream.

2. Glossier Balm Dotcom

A multiple purpose balm great to hydrate lips or any dry skin patch. It is cheap and you can choose from six different scents: regular, coconut, birthday cake, rose, mint and cherry.

3. Real Techniques Core Collection Brushes Kit

I love the Real Techniques makeup brushes, in particular the foundation ones. This kit will give you all the essential brushes you need for a flawless look.

4. Oliver Bonas Velvet Makeup Bag

Stylish and practical this Oliver Bonas makeup bag is big and can fit skincare and make up easily when travelling. They also have a smaller version in navy blue if you have less to pack!

5. Kiehl’s Crème de Corps

A big favourite among the beauty and skincare community,  Kiehl’s Crème de Corps will make any beauty aficionado happy and their skin super soft!

6. The Ordinary Regimen

Who hasn’t heard of The Ordinary already? The hype is real and justified! Cheap skincare products that work. So why not asking Santa for the products they recommend as part of their regimens?

7. Lush Merry Christmas Gift Box

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, so nothing like a warm bath to relax and warm up at the end of the day! Those Lush bath bombs will transform your tub into a spa like experience!

8. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

Now this is a real treat! Aesop hand wash cost north of £20 which is A LOT for a hand wash, BUT it smells absolutely divine, it is very gentle on the skin and makes the chore of washing your hands feels like a beauty treatment.

9. L’Occitane Delicious Almond Collection

L’Occitane is very famous in France for its products ‘Made in Provence’. It is all about the Almond shower oil in this gift pack! Super gentle on the skin, very hydrating, and it will make you feel like you are in the South of France.

10. Byredo Super Cedar Fragrance

This would make a very very very special gift. I have actually asked my husband if that could be my only Christmas gift this year. I have been looking for a new Fragrance for a while and Byredo Super Cedar is the one! It’s fresh, woody and perfect for the winter months. If you find this fragrance a little too masculine Bal d’Afrique is another great option!

Looking forward to Christmas day already!

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What’s in a French girl makeup bag?

French women are famous for their natural beauty. There seems to be a myth where people assume that we just roll out of bed looking fresh and polished.

What is true is that less is always more when it comes to beauty in France. Extreme contour, thick foundation, glittery eye shadows or sophisticated nail art design are just not really a thing in France. Our ultimate objective when it comes to beauty  is to look like the best version of ourselves.

The reality however is that it takes a lot of work to look naturally healthy, mainly with the use of efficient skin care products. We like our fancy French pharmacy cosmetics. This is also why French women can then get away with less makeup. We invest in a good canvas so we can use less paint.

So what makeup will you find in most French girls bag?

Longchamp French makeup bag
Longchamp makeup bag

A concealer

Forget about foundation, it’s just too much work! Commonly us french girls will only cover what needs to be hidden. A pimple, redness, dark circles, etc. Whatever doesn’t need to be hidden, we don’t cover it! If your skin is good why bothering spending time applying a cream of the exact same colour on top of it?

I personally even go as far as using my concealer as a foundation if I have an event that requires to have a full face of makeup. In 30 plus years, I have never ever bought a foundation.

Nars Soft Matte Complete concealer

My favourite concealer at the moment is Nars Soft Matte Complete concealer. It gives good coverage and doesn’t crease. I have it both in Vanilla and Custard so I can adapt the colour to the different area of my face.

Nars Soft Matte Complete concealer in Vanilla and Custard

A bronzer

That’s how we get the glow! A good bronzer is the secret for the healthy ‘I just woke up like this’ look. A lot of my French friends (including me) use bronzer only and don’t even bother with blush.

My favourite is the Guerlain Terracotta! I have been using it for years. Unfortunately though it slipped off my hand the other day and crashed to the ground in tiny pieces. So at the moment I am using The Body Shop Honey Bronze powder, which is good as completely matte.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze powder

A powder

This one is only used by the women who, like me, are on the shinier side. If you are French and have beautiful matte skin, chances are you don’t even have one of these. Unfortunately, my forehead easily goes from dewy to greasy so a powder is a must in my bag!

My favourite at the moment is the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot powder. It does the job without any powdery white cast.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot powder

An eyeliner

French women like classic looks when it comes to make up, a small eyeliner wing a bit of red lipstick, boom! Done! That’s why most of us go-to look involve a good eyeliner.

Being lazy with make-up, I need an eyeliner that will last all day as I will very rarely bother to reapply anything. I love MAC Liquidlast liner, once set it is like a tatoo on your eyelid and will not smudge. It is a little difficult to apply though and takes a bit of practice. The other eyeliner absolutely I love is a gem I found in Japan, Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner is a little bit easier to apply and will stay put until the evening.

MAC Liquidlast liner and Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner

Neutral eyeshadows

As I mentioned earlier, the less is more look is the ultimate goal, therefore a few natural toned eyeshadows are all a French woman need. Shades of browns and greys are usually our go-to. And forget about blending colours, the easier the better! That is why I love the Kiko Long Lasting stick eyeshadow, they require minimum work and last all day.

Kiko Long Lasting stick eyeshadow

A mascara

Not too volumising or thickening, a good mascara needs to simply lengthen and separate lashes. Funnily enough, my favourite mascara cannot even be found in France! Maybelline Full ‘N Soft mascara is simple, lengthening, black and doesn’t smudge.

Maybelline Full 'N Soft mascara

A lip balm

Most days that is all I wear on my lips, I cannot really be bother with applying lipstick. It’s too much work! So once my makeup is on and my teeth are brushed, I swipe a bit of Dior Addict Lip Glow, it very hydrating and gives a subtle rosy glow.

Dior Addict Lip Glow

A natural lipstick

When I need to look a little bit more put together for a work meeting or date, my go-to lip product is an almost nude colour. In my case the actual ‘nudy’ nudes just don’t flatter me at all, so my favourite shades are usually the very subtle pink or mauve lipsticks. My all time favourite is Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stain in Honey, it’s a cool shade of mauvy pink and is super simple to apply.

Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stain in Honey

A red lipstick

Last but not least, the main and only statement makeup item most French women have is a red lipstick. Some of my friends wear it every day, some keep it for special occasion, all have one. I usually use the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red as it just doesn’t move. You can eat and drink with it and be confident that your face won’t look like Pennywise the Clown by the end of the meal.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

As you can see below, it only takes 6 products to go from bed head to natural French look. All I applied was concelear, bronzer, powder, eyeliner, mascara, and a bit of lip balm.

All in all my makeup routine using this products takes about 10 minutes. This is why French women can just roll out of bed and be ready a cup of coffee later.

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French Pharmacy guide – 10 products to buy

For those of you who have been visiting my little corner of the internet for a while, you will know that there is three things I love more than anything! Well… After my cat, and my husband. I guess.

I love travelling, decorating rooms and skincare. I am actually obsessed with skincare. I have so many pots and tubes on my bedside table my husband call me the ‘little chemist’. I am always on the search for the best ingredients and the most effective, yet not too expensive, products.

I have a good excuse though (desperately trying to justify myself here), I am not very good at makeup so I need to have decent skin. And, to be completely honest, I know where this obsessive compulsive behaviour comes from – 1) I was born in France, 2) French pharmacies are skincare heaven, 3) see 1 and 2.

Talking about French pharmacies, if you are travelling to France, venturing in one of the shops with a giant green cross at the front, and you don’t speak French, chances are you may feel a little overwhelmed. So I thought I would put a little French pharmacies guide together of my favourite French skincare products. I use all of the products below and have been for years. No-nonsense marketing fluff here, just true French staples proven to be efficient AND not that expensive!

French pharmacy must buy products

You don’t need to ruin yourself for beauty!

Cicaplast Pro Recovery, La Roche-Posay

I use the Cicaplast Pro Recovery balm every. single. day. It is a fantastic hydrating serum! It goes on quite greasy, but give it 5 minutes and your skin will feel as soft as a peach!

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast

I have a little back story with this product. About 2 years ago, I started to have teeny tiny pimples all over my cheeks, little red dots full of water. It wasn’t acne and my skin was quite dry. It could have been a reaction to something or maybe dehydration. I was visiting my parents at the time, and went to their village’s pharmacy looking for some sort of ointment that would protect and heal my skin. I ended up buying Cicaplast Pro Recovery, and, 3 days later, all the pimples were gone! It’s a miracle product and I haven’t stopped using it since!

Redermic R, La Roche-Posay

Redermic R was the first retinol cream I have ever used, and one of the bests I have ever come across. For those of you who are not too familiar with retinol, it is one of the only anti-aging ingredients that has been proven to scientifically work. It is also excellent for acne prone skins, and you will actually see results using Redermic R!

La Roche-Posay Redermic

Retinol can be aggressive on the skin but I have never had any issue with La Roche-Posay Redermic R. I recommend you use it in the evening and make sure to use sunscreen during the day as retinol will make your skin more sensitive. Trust me, get that tube and in 10 years time you will look better than the person who didn’t buy it.

Crealine H2O micellar water, Bioderma

First thing first! Biorderma Sensibio is called Bioderma Crealine in France. They changed the name outside of France, maybe because Crealine wasn’t the easiest thing to pronounced (my assumption only). So in doubt, look for the pink bottle!

I have been using the Bioderma micellar water for the last 8 years. It has only become popular outside of France recently, but in France it has been a staple in bathrooms for more than a decade.

Bioderma Crealine micellar water

It is very gentle on the skin and removes all the dirt and makeup quickly. They also have a version for all skin types, when I was younger and my skin was greasier I was using the Sebium version (the blue and green bottle).

I recommend you buy the 2 bottles pack as it is excellent value for money and a 500ml bottle will last you up to 3 months!

Soothing moisture mask, Avene

Simple and efficient, Avene moisturising mask is a no fuss hydrating treatment for the skin. It is very gentle and suit my combination skin as well as very dry skins. It is affordable and last a long time if used once a week like I do. My tip, apply it on clean skin at night and sleep with it on!

Avene soothing moisture mask

Beauty Elixir, Caudalie

A little bit of a ‘princess product’ Caudalie Beauty Elixir is simply a refreshing and hydrating face mist. It is a nice to have in your handbag and to take with you on a long-haul flights. It won’t transform your skin or turn you into a glowing unicorn, but it will make you feel a little more human after a long day/flight/workout.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Atoderm nourishing cream, Bioderma

I have been blessed with keratosis pilaris (thanks dad!) which means I have very dry ‘chicken skin’ on my arms and legs. The condition is completely harmless but there is no treatment that can cure it, so to find a body lotion which leaves me with baby-soft skin for more than 3 hours is nothing short of a miracle. This is exactly what Bioderma Atoderm cream does! It leaves me with soft skin for most of the day and even though it isn’t as cheap as a drugstore lotion, the bottle is huge and last a good while.

French-Pharmacy-Bioderma-Atoderm
Ran out of it before writing this post – Source

Deodorant Dry Touch, Vichy

About a year ago I took the leap, the dangerously smelly leap to the land of natural deodorant. This was mainly due to my doctor mother sending me links to studies confirming that aluminium salts were harmful. For those of you who have taken the leap too, you will know that the quest to find a natural, yet efficient, deodorant is a smelly and, at time, very embarrassing one. I tried quite a few and got regulars “hmmmm I love you, but you smell a little funny” from my husband in the process.

Vichy deodorant dry touch

Luckily, I eventually went back to France and to the pharmacy, and found a little pack of 2 Vichy stick deodorants. I took it home with me and since I have never looked back. It leaves a dry feeling on the skin, it leaves you fresh for most of the day and it has none of the nasty ingredients!

Huile Prodigieuse dry oil, Nuxe

A classic, the holly grail of body oil, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse has been around for more than 25 years and has become a cult beauty product. So much so that Nuxe created a fragrance inspired by the Huile Prodigieuse!

Nuxe huile prodigieuse shimmering

It hydrates and leaves the skin glowing. The fragrance is quite strong and may not be to everybody’s taste, but once you get hooked it is hard to ever look back. In the summer, you can use the shimmering version (pictured) which will make you glow under the last rays of sunshine of the day.

Emulsion, Biafine

Biafine is a must to have in your pharmacy cabinet! This product was originally created for burnt victims to help heal their wounds and the damaged skin. It works wonders on sunburns and has been very much used over the years by my pale British husband.

Biafine emulsion

In case of sunburn, I apply a thick layer on the skin and let it sink overnight. Depending on the severity of the burn the results can go from reduced redness and pain to fully healed skin in just one night. Biafine is a skin saver, quite literally.

Sunscreens

Last but not least, sunscreens! French brands do some of the best sunscreens on the market. Most, if not all, are chemical sunscreens, which have been proven to protect better against UVAs. So if you are from the US especially, make sure to grab a few tubes while in France (or in Europe as most are available across the continent). Which one should you pick? I have an entire post dedicated to my favourite sunscreens so check it out before you go shopping.

That’s it guys! With all those products you should be the softest and most glowing human being around for a good while! And you won’t be completely bankrupt either!

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My carry-on skincare

Summer is upon us meaning travel season is here! Get excited for the lists of lists of things to pack, overweight luggage, crowded airports and long haul flights.

To make your life a little easier I listed below the skincare I am taking with me on flights. It’s all under 100ml and fits in a zip lock bag!

carry on skincare bag

Cleanser – Bioderma Sensibio 100ml 

I always pack 4 cotton pads and a small bottle of Bioderma Sensibio micellar water. I have been using it for 8 years now (I am French) and it is the best. Wiping my face with it is the first step of my in-flight beauty routine. Note that my bottle on the picture is called ‘Crealine’, this is because I bought it in France, Sensibio is the name used outside of France.

carry on skincare bioderma sensibio

Face mask – Avene Instant Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml or ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy

I don’t have dry skin but when flying I can get quite dehydrated, so I make sure to always apply one of my two favourite hydrating face masks on clean skin.

Avene Instant Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml is the perfect light hydrating mask that sinks into the skin immediately – ideal for short/medium haul flights. If you are packing for a long haul or you need something a little bit heavier, ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy should do the job, the one I have is a travel size perfect for that zip lock bag!

carry on skincare avene espa face masks

Face mist – Caudalie Beauty Elixir 30ml

Caudalie Beauty Elixir is little bit of a ‘princess product’ but very soothing and pleasant to use on a busy flight. It helps refresh the face and the smell is just lovely. It won’t transform your skin but it will make you forget the plane food smell for a few seconds.

carry on skincare caudalie beauty elixir

Lip balm – Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant 50ml

It doesn’t get much better than this. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream hydrates, protects and can even be used as an hydrating eye mask!

carry on skincare elizabeth arden eight hours cream

Hand sanitizer – Carex Aloe Vera Refreshing Hand Gel Antibacterial 50ml

A classic and excellent value for money! I always use it after boarding, before eating or washing my face.

carry on skincare carex hand gel

Hand cream – Yes Nurse Protect Your Lovely Hands 50ml

I HATE sticky hand creams, and this one isn’t! It sinks in almost instantly, has a very subtle smell and does an excellent job hydrating my little hands. I have it in my handbag all year round!

carry on skincare yes nurses hand cream

Face cream tester

About 30 minutes to landing? Now is a good time to wipe your face mask off with the trusty Bioderma Sensibio 100ml. I then use the flight as an excuse to try a new face cream and finally use one of the testers that sits at the bottom of my bathroom drawer. No favourite here, just have fun, be bold and try something you never have before!

carry on skincare face cream testers

Fragrance tester – Givenchy Very Irresistible Sensual or Le Labo Santal 33

About to leave the plane and potentially interact with other human beings? Now is a good time to spray a nice fragrance on to hide the ‘plane smell’ until your next opportunity to shower (no one’s judging here!). I always pack a tester of my favourite fragrance which are either Givenchy Very Irresistible Sensual or Le Labo Santal 33.

carry on givenchy lelabo fragrances

Here you go! Eight products that should make your flight a little more pleasant and your face a little more glowy!

carry on skincare bag

Skincare & Cosmetics – 11 Japanese Must-Buys

Not writing beauty posts often, actually I have only done it once before, but I couldn’t not write this one.

Asia is known to have some of the best skincare and cosmetic products. Japan in particular is renowned among beauty-lovers (yours, truly) for it’s very high-quality, yet affordable, cosmetics. For a beauty product addict like me, it was heaven! I visited the drugstores about 4 times. The first 2 times I found it really intimidating and rushed out – with mountains of products, their drugstores are overwhelming if you don’t know what you are looking for. A few moons later and after watching about 10 YouTube videos and reading a plethora of articles, I had a list and I was ready! Japanese drugstores here I come!

Once in and armed with a list and a credit card, I faced another issue – packaging! Bloggers and vloggers will talk a lot about Asian beauty products but they will often show you the actual product, not the box which contains it, and some time the difference is huge.

So in this post you will find a list of skincare and cosmetic products I recommend buying in Japan, with a picture of the packaging when needed. I also tried to find a link to the products when I could find it.

Japanese skincare and cosmetics

Another tip, you can buy all cosmetics tax-free as long as you don’t open the bags before leaving the country. Great way to spend more!… I mean save more!

1 – Sunscreens, sunscreens, sunscreens

Japanese women look ridiculously young, I know it is mainly thanks to genetics but they do wear sunscreen religiously. The minimum SPF available is 50+ in most shops!

I myself wear sunscreen as a day cream everyday, so I thought I would try some that are not available in Europe. I went for the Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence which is a bestseller there and came highly recommended by Gothamista, who I adore. I also got a couple of the Biore mists which will be useful to have at my desk for lunch breaks this summer. My future self will thank me in 20 years.

Japanese sunscreens
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++

2 – Eye-makeup

One thing Japanese are good at is eye makeup. Japanese love a very thin eyeliner and very long lashes, a look right up my street!

I have hooded eyelids which means my makeup constantly crease or smudge, and with the promise of smudge-proof everything I had to get a few products. So I went for the Dolly Wink eyeliner which is SO GOOD I bought a second one on my last day in Japan. I also got a Avance lash serum (because who doesn’t like long lashes?) and a Shiseido lash curler (Shiseido is a lot cheaper in Japan)

Japanese eyeliner lash serum and lash curler
Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner Deep Black New
Avance EyeLash Renewal Re growth Serum EX 7ml
Shiseido Eyelash Curler + Refill Set

3 – Masks

An obvious one! Like in South Korea, Japan has a lot of sheet-masks on offer. I got the pink LuLuLun which has excellent reviews and is a bestseller. I also got some Kose ones with the ‘top 1 bestseller’ logo.

I also saw the Black GelPack Materic mask and had to have it! It’s black, sticky and promise to leave your pores squeaky clean.

Japanese face masks
Lululun JAPAN NEW face mask Rururun 7 pieces (balance moisture type)
Kose Clear Turn Vitamin C Whitening Mask—5pc

4 – Nail clippers

Wait, did she just said nail clippers? Yep!

For some reason nail clippers are excellent quality in Japan so I bought a few. I have to say, they feel very sturdy and the blades are really sharp, it doesn’t break the nails instead of cutting them.

Japanese nail clippers
Takuminowaza High Quality Nail Clippers L Size

5 – Eye drops

If it’s good enough for Lily Aldridge it’s good enough for me! I heard about the notorious ‘minty’ Japanese eye drops. People describe the feeling they give as a third-degree burn followed by the clearest vision.

I can attest that the third degree burn feeling is a massive exaggeration. Yes it feels very cooling, yes you will tear-up for 30 seconds, but it really isn’t that painful. I got two types, a normal one and a contact lenses friendly one (did I tell you that I am completely blind?). After the first 30 seconds, the relief feeling kicks off and it is amazing! Your eyes feel fresh and moist and they look whiter than usual. My new best friend to deal with a sleepless night!

Japanese eye drops
Rohto Lycee Contact Eye Drops 8ml for contact lens users (Japan Import)

6 – AHA

AHA is great to gently exfoliate the skin. As an alternative to an aggressive physical scrub, I bought the BC AHA soap and the Rosette AHA face mask/scrub. They should be perfect to peel off my winter skin!

Japanese AHA skincare
B C Cleansing Research Bar Soap with AHA – 100 g

7 – Kose Medicated Sekkisei

I heard very good things about that serum, a best seller in Japan. With summer around the corner, I thought I could do with a light serum/moisturiser which is supposed to make me look flawless.

Kose Medicated Sekkisei
Medicated Sekkisei 200ml/6.7oz

8 – Lip stains

A big trend in Japan is the ‘lollipop lip stain’ effect. Young women have a little hint of colour on their lips just like after sucking on a lollipop. It’s a cute (‘kawaii’) and natural look, I liked it and I bought it!

Japanese lip stain
Visee Richer Lip & Cheek Cream – PK-2 (Green Tea Set)

9 – Camellia oil

A best seller in Japan and supposed to be great for hair. I hope it will tame my frizzy hair.

Camellia oil
Oshima Tsubaki Oil 60ml

10 – Oily skin little helpers

Combination skin means mid-day greasy shine, a problem Japanese people are familiar with. To help tame my mid-day ‘glow’ I bought some Shiseido blotting papers (once again, MUCH cheaper there) and a nose primer, you read that right, a primer dedicated to the nose area.

Japanese oily skin products
Shiseido Pureness Oil Control Blotting Paper Sheets – Pack of 100

11 – Very random things

Japanese drugstores are full of very random surprises! You can find detox masks for the bottom of your feet for instance (yep). My feet being fine, I went for a warming lavender eye mask, because why not?

Japanese lavender eye mask
Kao Megurhythm Steam Hot Eye Mask 5 Sheet – Lavender

I wanted to buy many more things but my bank account didn’t let me, so for now, here are my 11 Japanese must-buys! Until next time Japan!

Let’s talk about sunscreens

Wait, is she writing a beauty blog now?

Well… Kind of, but only because this is very relevant to travellers and wanderlusters like me. Don’t worry I am not going to bore you with a description of my favourite eye cream (even though I could absolutely share that with you if you wish!) but I wanted to talk about the ‘must-have’ skincare for any trip – sunscreens!

They are many benefits to using sunscreen:

  • It helps avoid very bad portraits of you looking like an oily lobster sipping on a pina colada (we’ve all been there)
  • It increase the time you can spend in the sun (still in moderation though)
  • It is the best anti-ageing solution out there (old-me will thank me one day

 Sunscreens***When packing for our trip to Thailand in 2014***

Now about the products, once again I am not going to bore you with a list of ingredients and a definition of what sunscreen is. I am simply going to list my favourites and explain why.

Note that because my husband and I have been ‘blessed’ with oily skin, the products I listed focus on this skin type. HOWEVER, I know some that fit most skin types so dry/sensitive skin people, you can keep reading.

Another thing to be aware of is that I am French and therefore very partial to my mother-land cosmetics. Fortunately most can now be found around the world (thanks Amazon!)

  • THE FACE

As mentioned above, Andrew and I ‘shine bright like a diamond’, as Rihanna would say, when in humid and hot countries. It took a few trials and errors and a lot of unflattering pictures for us to nail the best products.

Best for VERY hot and humid environments – VICHY Ideal Soleil, Mattifying Face Dry Touch SPF 50

VICHY Ideal Soleil, Mattifying Face Dry Touch SPF 50
Picture credit – Vichy

Hello velvety skin! Of course it has its limits and I cannot guarantee that the powdery look will last through a hike in the jungle, but it is a good place to start.

Best for summer vacations – AVENE Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50

AVENE Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50
Picture credit – Avene

Very efficient protection, mattifying but not drying. A sunscreen you can rely on.

Best for a city break in Winter/Spring/Autumn – CLINIQUE City Block Sheer SPF 25

CLINIQUE City Block Sheer SPF 25
Picture credit – Clinique

Good protection, not too greasy and slightly tinted so perfect for a healthy ‘I am on vacations’ glow. I actually use it as a day cream all year-long.

  • THE BODY

I will usually cover myself with SPF 50 on the first week of vacations and with SPF 30 the second week. If I am on a shorter break I will stick to one or the other depending on the sun’s strength and the destination.

Good for very dry skin – BIODERMA Photoderm BRONZ Huile sèche SPF 50

BIODERMA Photoderm BRONZ Huile sèche SPF 50
Picture credit – Bioderma

A dry oil that will hydrate while protecting your skin and boosting your tan. If your skin is not dry I would recommend going for the sunscreen I listed below, as this one could make you breakout. Also available in SPF30.

Good for any skin type – BIODERMA Photoderm Spray SPF 30

BIODERMA Photoderm Spray SPF 30
Picture credit – Bioderma

Classic lotion texture. Very well absorbed by the skin and non-sticky. The only downside is the smell which isn’t the ‘freshest’ but nothing too noticeable. Also available in SPF50.

Efficient and good value (UK Only) – BOOTS Soltan Protect & Tan Ultra-Light Texture Suncare Spray SPF30

BOOTS Soltan Protect & Tan Ultra-Light Texture Suncare Spray SPF30
Picture credit – Boots

A good classic. The texture is not too sticky, the protection is good and it boosts your tan a little too! Also available in SPF 8 and 15.

And you, what is your favourite sun protection?