Friday Competition! 5 French Pharmacy Beauty Sets (as chosen by me!) To Win!

Happy Friday Everyone! And Happy March!

As mentioned yesterday, Escentual are running their French Pharmacy discounts from today (check it out here – There will be a 10% discount on Bioderma using the code: BIODERMA10 until the 31st of March) with a selection of goodies at various discounts (they are now stocking Bioderma too!).

I also have a fab giveaway for you today, in conjunction with the lovely people at Escentual – I have chosen my top French Pharmacy picks, and 5 of my readers (that’s you!) will have a chance to win the whole set!

Want to see what I chose?….

Competition French Pharmacy 1

First off I went for the cleanser everyone is raving about;


Bioderma Sebium H20 – Micelle Solution


Designed for those with combination to oily skin, the soap-free formula can be used on the face and other imperfection-prone areas of the body, such as the chest and back. Sebium H2O cleanses the skin in depth, and improves the quality of sebum production with the patented Fluidactiv® complex.


Why did I choose this?

This product is much loved by many many beauty babes for quick and easy cleansing – I chose is Sebium version over the sensitive because this one is good for oilier skins and also those who can get breakouts too.  Either way, it’s a very versatile product. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Inspired by the “Elixir of Youth” used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this powerful, plant-based skincare smoothes features, tightens pores and gives a burst of radiance to the complexion.

Why did I choose this?

Another cult beauty product, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is quite unusual at first spritz – I remember it smelling minty – but it’s refreshing and good for those on the go refreshes. It can also be used as a toner!

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Repairing Balm 

Specifically adapted to suit the skincare needs of the entire family, this compensating formula enables skin to recover comfort once more following dermatitis and epidermal alterations, such as chapped skin and intense dryness.

Why did I choose this?

It’s difficult choosing one thing from La Roche-Posay at the range is so large and it’s full of good products. I was torn between this and Effaclar Duo which is great for clogged skin. I went for the Cicaplast B5 in the end as I’ve always had luck with B5 moisturisers on my delicate skin and it’s a great all rounder for when your skin feels like it needs a hug.  Also great on husbands, mothers, and children (is it just me, or do you always get asked ‘do you have any cream’ by other family members?). Well, this is the one you can chuck in your bag and apply on anyone, anywhere (apart from near the eyes!) and it’s a generous 100ml tube. 

Avene Antirougeurs Calm – Soothing Repair Mask 

When skin experiences discomfort, pulling or heated sensations, it can be hard to calm the flare-up. The Repair Mask instantly soothes angry skin with its fresh and creamy texture, and then works deep within the skin to improve skin microcirculation with Ruscus extract. This ensures that both long-term diffuse redness and temporary redness are reduced, and the skin is moisturised and repaired.

Why did I choose this?

With this weird hot-cold-snow-wind weather, everyones skin needs a bit of a soothing mask to fix it. Avene is a wonderful, affordable skincare range which I always turn too if my skin goes mad and needs to be calmed down. I can count on it to sort out any rashes and not make things any worse.  The Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Repair Mask is a easy to use cream mask you leave on for ten minutes then remove – ahhh my skin is feeling calmer just thinking about it!

Nuxe Baume Prodigieux Levres Nutri Protecting Lip Care SPF 15

The multi-purpose formula deeply nourishes lip skin with mango and shea butters plus sunflower and sweet almond oils. Vitamin E plus SPF15 keep the skin protected, while plant fillimg microspheres smooth and replump the lips

Why did I choose this?

The glamour bit of my picks – Nuxe – LOVE this brand – have these slightly tinted lip balms that double as glosses and also have SPF15 which is a really nice change from the usual lip balm and if like me you are short on time, it kills two birds with one stone. This shade 02 Legendaire Pink is a pretty shimmery sherry pink which is very wearable! 

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil 

The lightweight, dry finish, multi-use oil is made up of 98.1% natural origin ingredients with a high concentration of 30% precious plant oils, including borage, sweet almond, hazelnut, St. John’s wort, camellia, and macadamia. An added infusion of soothing, nourishing vitamin E ensures antioxidant protection and long-lasting moisturisation.

Why did I choose this?

I am mad for body oils but not all are equal. I have owned Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse before in the bronze version and it was so concentrated I am sure I owned it for around 2 years. The scent is gorgeous, I’ve yet to find another oil that smells as nice as this one for the same price. This also works in your hair and all over! 

So they are my picks, I hope you like them!

Want to win a set?

Answer my question in the comments section for a chance to win!

I associate French women with being very naturally beautiful and chic, but all the time making it look effortless. I always picture a French mama telling her daughters how to style their hair or accessorise their clothes…maybe that’s just my fantasy, but that’s what I imagine. 

Which leads me to my question:

“What is your favourite beauty tip that your mother, or any relative or older loved one taught you?”


My mother always told me to eat well (she never talked to me about make up or even skincare, she just told me to drink lots of healthy soup) and to finish washing my face with a cold splash of water every time I wash it (which I don’t always do – but it works for my mum, she looks pore-less!).


Closing Date: Friday the 15th of March 

Winners will be e-mailed the weekend following. Please reply to your email within 48 hours – I will need your address to get the prizes sent out! 


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  1. Amy says

    My mum would always tell me – “don’t even take the bins out without concealer in your bag.” Not only good for retouching under eye circles and blemishes, but if your lipstick runs astray you can sharpen the lines with it, and if your eye makeup smudges, you can always hide it under a little concealer! I don’t go anywhere without it now :)

  2. Susan Chafer says

    My mother told me to always look as though I cared about my appearance. Don’t leave the house without makeup, even if it’s only foundation and lipstick.

  3. Katie K says

    My Mum taught me nothing about make-up – aside from telling me I was wearing too much ‘Heather Shimmer’ lipstick when I was 14. She got me using moisturiser from being very young though which (now I’m the wrong side of 30) I’m pretty grateful for!

  4. Sarah K says

    My mum taught me to always take your make up off- no matter how late it is or how tired you are, your skin needs to breathe so don’t leave it on!

  5. Honey McKinley says

    When using exfoliator or a scrub mask on your face, as you wash it off rub it over your hands so you get a free gentle hand exfoliation and keep your hands looking younger.

  6. debbie anne hume says

    My mum told me to always use a moisturiser from young and at 43 It has keep me looking youthful. xxx

  7. Sylvie H says

    Hi Rowena! Firstly thanks for giving us the chance to win these goodies =)

    My mum never really gave me any specific beauty tips – just to eat healthily, sleep more and drink lots of water!

    My aunt gave me really good beauty tips during my adolescent years though which helped clear up my teenage skin! Her tips were to steam my face, splash with cold water then apply honey over any spots as a mask. As it was such a gentle way to cleanse my skin it really worked!! She also told me to stop using harsh products like Clearasil which I was using!

    Being Chinese my aunt also told me rub my face with watermelon skin after eating the watermelon flesh. Not sure if this actually helped my skin but it cooled me down all the same!!

    Sylvie x

  8. Kellie Rose Wilson says

    My mother taught me the importance of moisturizing my skin, especially my face morning and night. I use it now as a preventative to wrinkles and aging. She taught me it was important to start this regimen in my teens and not to wait until I start seeing wrinkles!

  9. elaine robinson says

    My gran always said it was worth taking the time every day to cleanse,tone and moisturise your face.

  10. Sophie Hill says

    My mum’s beauty tip for me was to wash my face with warm water, then to splash with cold water and to repeat this process a few times so that the pores would open and close to remove impurities!! I’m not sure if this worked but I do have clear skin apart from a few spots now and again!!

  11. dorothy cavender says

    My mum told me less is more effective. Not to overdo the make-up as if you were plastering a wall.

  12. Gillian Holmes says

    Go with what you have it’s easiest to maintain and won’t break the bank.

  13. Aisha Khan says

    My mum taught me to use natural products. She used to say they would never harm my skin. I use olive oil for moisturising and mix some with a bit of sugar for scubbing. It always works for me!

  14. claire griffiths says

    my mum told me to always remove my make up before going to bed so my skin can breath and also to apply a good moisturiser

  15. Judy says

    My mom always told me to drink lots of water and drink lots of her Chinese soups for good skin.

  16. Arabella Bazley says

    My mother taught me to always have your own routine because if you are not looking after yourself you won’t be fit to look after others. She has days to do her hair, days to do her nails, times of the day to cleanse and moisturise. She’s done all this consistently whilst raising four children, cooking, cleaning, making our clothes, knitting and working nights. She still looks fabulous!

  17. yiling says

    My mom taught me about the importance of exfoliating regularly!
    I used to live in a very hot and humid country therefore exfoliating my face once a week is very important to reduce clogged pores (I had oily combination skin during puberty).
    And the first face scrub she bought for me is the St. Ives apricot which also has been her favourite ever since she started using it when she was in her 20s!
    But as I grow older, my skin became drier and inclines towards the sensitive side, therefore I had to switch from doing physical exfoliation to some milder chemical exfoliation.

  18. Sharon McGuinness says

    My mum always taught me to use a lip brush to apply lipstick as you use less product and apply it evenly. Another is to dampen your brush before applying eye shadow and ensure that you have a base on your eyes for the product to stick too. If not you end up with eye shadow in little lines in the creases of the eyelid at the end of the day.

  19. Moira Saunders says

    Moisturise everyday. Even if you can only find cooking oil – moisturise. You can’t unwrinkle a wrinkle once it appears.

  20. Hayley Tait says

    My mum always advised me to take my make-up before bed & cleanse & moisturise my face and NEVER EVER pick at spots/blackheads/pimples…though by no means have I not done any of the above!! :) x

  21. Alison says

    My mother’s best tip was to always remove make up before bed time and to moisturise everyday. ALL over. She’s super smooth!

  22. yasmine choudhry says

    A great giveaway never tried any of these products heard about some of these in many blogs
    My tips were to always remove makeup
    Cleanse, tone & moisturise twice daily
    Be careful applying eye products as delicate eye area use your ring finger
    Eat 5 fruit vegetables daily
    Drink 8 glasses of water
    Use spf even in the winter
    Use hypoallergenic products

  23. Kristine E. says

    My mom always says to make sure you put on sunscreen!!! Even at her age she looks 20 years younger, so obviously it works.

  24. says

    My mum taught me to take my makeup off each night without fail no matter how drunk you are! She also taught me to swap my Facewipes for a three step cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. She was a model and her skin is flawless x

  25. Sue Hall says

    My mum taught me to take care of my teeth and gums, so that I would always have a lovely smile to brighten someones day!!….

  26. Charlotte Hoskins says

    My Mum always taught me to put SPF factor on everyday or a moisturiser that contains it. Sun does make you look lovely and golden when you’re younger, but old and wrinkly as the years go on!!! :)

  27. Maureen says

    Never go to bed without removing make-up, and only use a very gentle soap on the face.

  28. Angie Hoggett says

    Drinking herbal tea, getting my beauty sleep and never going to bed angry, hehe xx

  29. Jayne K says

    Dabbing tea tree oil on spots works wonders. I love tea tree oil for many uses – it’s great stuff.

  30. says

    My Mother told me to always remove my Make Up at night and put lots and lots of cream on and drink plenty of water to keep my skin supple

  31. Janine Atkin says

    my mum always says exfoliate and moisturise and i can see the difference if i dont do it

  32. Kathryn Casbolt says

    My mum used Nivea cream for everything! So much so that I still always keep a little tin of it in my handbag. She taught me that you do not have to spend fortunes on skincare to have nice skin.

  33. Christia says

    My mother grew up the eldest of five girls in the poverty-stricken nation of Haiti, a country once owned and still very much influenced by the French. Though she didn’t grow up with much, her best beauty-related advice to me was to ALWAYS put forth an effort when it comes to looking beautiful: be sure to put on makeup, even if it’s just a dot of powder and a swipe of lipstick; wear perfume wherever you go; dress in a feminine way. In essence, look your best at all times, even if you’re just going to the mail box! Her advice to me has been inestimable. And as a college student who doesn’t have the discretionary funds to splurge on such lovely French products, I carry my mother’s beauty advice in my heart as I work towards the better life she strived so hard for me to live. Thank you for offering this wonderful opportunity :) -Christia

  34. Laura Caraher says

    My mum taught me to always take my make up off at night no matter how tired I am and to always use moisturiser and eye cream now I am older I appreciate her good advice. She also got me into the habit exfoliating twice a week and using a facemask once a week. Thanks for running a fab giveaway these products look great :)

  35. Erin Satterly says

    My mother told me to always be myself. Wear good clothes but in which I feel comfortable.
    Wear a some make-up but look natural. And shampoo my hair twice before using conditioner. After I finish washing my hair; rinse them in very cold water (preferably in the sink at this stage) as it closes the follicles and prevents split ends . . . it works !

  36. Rachel Marr says

    My Mum and Nana always taught me to only wash my face with cold water. I never use soap, and have never had spots! I’ve now passed this on to my two daughters.