Beauty Products to Buy in Paris

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My favorite places to shop in Paris (besides Céline, Pierre Hardy, Louboutin, Azzedine Alaïa, and E.Dehillerin, for pots and pans) are the pharmacies. Just the sight of the neon green cross that identifies them makes me salivate. They're small and clinical, and something about them makes everything inside seem more powerful and important. Many of these products are sold now in the U.S., but they're often cheaper at French pharmacies. Here's what's on my shopping list this week:

Embryolisse Laid-Crème Concentré.
This looks like a toothpaste tube and holds a face cream of almost perfect consistency. It moisturizes really well, works under makeup, and smells slightly floral and feminine. It doesn't contain SPF or a single anti-aging ingredient, so I layer it over those.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.
This sunscreen used to be available only in Europe, and I'd stock up on every trip. I still do-mostly out of habit. It protects against UVA and UVB rays, contains antioxidants, and feels like nothing-air-on the skin.

Eau Thermale Avène AntiRougeurs skin care products.
By the time I get to Paris, I've been slogging away at a week of shows in Milan and my skin looks pretty beat up. I give it Avene products to calm the redness. I also take these on ski trips to soothe windburn and my Rudolph the Red Nose.

Vocadys. The pharmacist suggested these lozenges when I had a sore throat. They come in a white plastic box that feels extra medicinal, but they taste like gumdrops, and I think they're sprinkled with sugar.

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Bioderma Crealine H2O. All the makeup artists use this to remove makeup backstage, mostly because they don't have access to sinks. So it's only souped-up French water (with cucumber extract)? So what? Sold.

Lierac. When I was pregnant, I bought all kinds of Lierac body products in ampoules to prevent stretch marks and sag and things no single cream or serum can accomplish. I believed. I don't anymore. But they're still gorgeous fiction, and I'm not pregnant.

Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème.
This rich cream comes in a pump bottle and is stuffed to the rafters with antioxidants.

Marvis or Elgydium toothpaste.
Marvis is from Italy. The one I have tastes a bit like licorice, and it looks great in a guest bathroom. The Elgydium tube isn't nearly as sexy; in fact, it looks a bit like denture cream…or something even less appealing. Maybe strike that from the list.

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