Imagine this: walking into a cosmetic shop filled with products you’ve never seen let alone tried before, all with the significant prospect of solving your most irritating skin conundrums.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve tried and tested nine out of ten anti-agers, makeup removers, moisturizers, and shampoos available today, all guaranteed to make you younger, fresher and glossier. While we can put a “wop wop” beside all of those failed products, we’re still endlessly hopeful for brand new discoveries to make us optimistic that eventually, one day, we too will be able to achieve that covetable celebrity flawlessness.
Well, there’s a whole new lineup of beauty products guaranteed to be the do-all, end-all of all your problems, and they’re just right across the pond. Or if you’re lucky, only a few clicks away.
Ahead, we’re highlighting ten European pharmacy beauty products that are not only budget-friendly but are said to be the crème de la crème of cosmetics. Don’t believe us? Read on! And for some, we were able to snag some serious backup.
Face, Hair and Body Oil
A favourite of Gwyneth Paltrow, NUXE Huile Prodiguese Multi-Usage Dry Oil ($29) is a blend of six essential oils, from Sweet Almond to Macadamia, and hydrates skin and hair while providing a velvety sheen. It also includes a healthy dose of vitamin E with beneficial healing properties.
Fine Lines Solver
Promised by Net-a-Porter to "keep wrinkles at bay" and by Vogue to be "full of skin-clearing wrinkle-blitzing Vitamin A," Avibon Retinol Pamitate Vitamin A Cream ($42) is a must-purchase when in Paris. Or, if you can, just wait until it becomes available again online. But get ready to move fast--this one sells out quickly!
Gentle Dry Shampoo
As an essential on Diane Kruger's aresenal of beauty products, Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract ($20) is a grease-buster, volumizer, and waterless cleanser. It also scooped up an award for Allure magazine's Best Beauty Products.
Good news! No need to hop all the way to Europe for this one, it's become so popular, it's available at a number of places in Canada, including Sephora. Caudalie Premieres Vendages Moisturizing Cream ($40) is a velvety moisturizer that preserves the skin's glowing appearance. It will keep your complexion hydrated all day, without clogging pores.
Whether you suffer from hair loss, uneven and blemished skin, or weak nails, Vitabiotics Perfectil Triple Active Beauty Nutrition Tablets ($14) are your secret weapon. As a top beauty product in Britain, these beauty vitamins complement your beauty routine with over 20 micronutrients formulated to improve your nails, hair follicles and the skin's lower dermal layer, to nourish from the inside-out.
Said by none other than Gwyneth Paltrow to be "the BEST makeup remover," Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Serum ($22) gets rid of all your makeup with only a few swipes, without drying your skin.
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray is a calming spray for sensitive, allergic and/or irritated skin ($13). It helps soothe facial redness, sunburns, typical irritations after removing makeup or working out, and makes a great post-flight refresher.
Another product so popular, it's become widely available throughout North America, Biotherm Aquathermale Body Skin Care Shower Gel ($36) is an amazing body shower scrub that leaves skin deliciously toned and silky-soft.
The Ultimate Moisturizer
Karlie Kloss said it best: “Embryolisse is where it’s at.” Since its inception in 1950, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré ($31) has become the beauty insider staple for soothing and moisturizing skin. It was even widely reported as the cream of choice of Jane Birkin.
A product so popular for its lovely scent, and so recognizable by its beautifully designed bottles, Compagnie de Provence: Liquid Marseille Soap ($25) is available all over North America. Coming in a variety of aromas, this liquid soap is made up of mostly natural oils so it doesn't dry out hands.