Jul 132012

Over the next few days, I’ll be busy packing for the long flight home. I had a few thoughts about some products before I leave:

First, on my flight over Air France had full bottles of Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser ($32.50/6.7 fl. oz.) in the restroom.  In the blur of the overnight flight, it felt nice to have a high end beauty product available. I bought one after I arrived. According to Clarins, the product is a toner and cleanser in one. It’s intended to remove everything with no need to rinse.

This cleanser is very, very gentle. It does remove makeup and mascara. However, I’d ignore the  “no need to rinse” advise. It left my skin feeling oily, so I rinsed most of the time. When I didn’t rinse, I had a few clogged pores the next day. Unlike my DDF 10% Glycolic Toner, this Clarins doesn’t appear to be exfoliating. I probably should have gone with the Toning Lotion with Iris, made for oily skin, instead.

Second, Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($18/3.2 oz (150 ml)) quickly became my best-loved dry shampoo. The scent is the lightest and most pleasant of any dry shampoo that I’ve tried. It does come out a bit white, but brushes away neatly without a trace.

Best of all, Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo ($18/3.2 oz.) left my hair with plenty of body, life, and manageability. It had a nice shine, looked polished, and took care of any oilies. Wonderful. This is available in the U.S. from several sources. The only drawback is that I seemed to go through it a little more quickly than some others that I’ve tried.  Overall, I believe I’ve found my favorite–thank you to all of the commenters who suggested it!

Third, in my quest for a multicultural beauty experiment, I went to Guerlain’s main store on the Champs Elysee to find a perfect red lipstick. My advice to everyone traveling to another country (or even region) is to ask for local makeup advice. You will be surprised to find how different makeup artists and sales associates “see” you through their eyes. I always learn something.

Those familiar with the Guerlain Champs Elysee store will note that, on the left, Guerlain has opened up a little pop-up store to celebrate Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire, as well as a few other perfume and beauty products. It’s more inviting than the more formal main store–it’s street level so you can just wander in. (As is typical of many French boutiques, the door guard told me not to take pictures inside.).

For this experiment, I went into the main store. I found a delightful (and patient) Guerlain expert to help me. After several tries and swatches, we decided that Guerlain Rouge G Gala (#21) was my perfect red (swatched here by Temptalia). This is much more vibrant and bright than I typically wear, but why not? When in Paris….

Anyway, thank you for indulging me in my Parisian adventures over the past few weeks. Hopefully I’ll be back next week with some reviews of some Fall 2012 collections. See you then!

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  13 Responses to “Last Thoughts About Paris…”

  1. Gosh I am still so envious of you–looks like you had a marvelous time! Pity about the Clarins toner/cleanser–that’s why I stick with my cleansing waters/micellar solutions :/

  2. Your Parisian adventures are always a delight to read. It’s good to hear you’re also a fan of the Klorane Dry Shampoo. I brought some home last summer and haven’t been able to use Batiste since. You have reminded me to place an order with my Mum before her return from the Auvergne. Safe journey home and thank you again for sharing x

  3. I have one day in Paris (taking the train over during a trip to London) – if you had to pick one shop/beauty outlet to visit which would you suggest? Thanks so much for posting these photos, it’s been great to enjoy your trip.

    • Luka-I’d head to Le Printemps–reviewed here on a previous trip. They have two floors–one is high end department store/perfume and the second floor are the French Pharmacie and skincare lines. You’ll get (almost) everything in one go. If you have an extra bit of time, you can dash next door to Galleries Lafayette as well (which is typically far more crowded, but has a few more lines).

  4. Wow, i’d love to go there someday.
    Thanks for the reviews!

  5. I love La Maison Guerlain! I was fortunate enough to visit the Spa. It really was a treat for a beauty junky.

  6. Thank you for sharing some of your adventures. It’s been such a pleasure. Have a safe and swift journey home.

  7. Thanks so much for your wonderful reports from Paris. I enjoyed every word! And am very much looking forward to your Fall 2012 reviews 🙂 Actually, I’m looking forward to fall, PERIOD. I’m so tired of this blistering summer heat, aren’t you??

    • Cathy–it’s been so rainy in Paris (around 60-70 everyday). I’ve used my umbrella almost all month! This weather is so weird this year!

  8. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I’m on a red lipstick kick right now and that Gala looks lovely. Have a safe trip home.

  9. I’m so glad you liked the Klorane! It’s amazing – if you go with the non-aerosol can, it lasts much longer (though, it is kind of a pain to apply).

  10. Amy, what ever happened to CHANEL’S proposed “taupe” face blush we heard about some time back?

    • I’m not sure Susie! Great question! I thought it was going to be out this Fall–but of course, that isn’t one of the ones released (and the Holiday 2012 blush isn’t taupe either!)

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