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. tinabocs says

    My mother never taught me anything about make-up or skin care but she love both. I remember when I was a kid I would always look at my mother when she’s doing her [facial] routine and fiddle with her skin care staples. If there’s anything that I’ve learned from my mother is to invest in anti-aging products while you’re still young. My mother is nearing her 60’s but she still looks like her mid-40’s. She really looks amazing 😀

  2. says

    My Mum always told me to drink lots of water and to always remove makeup and moisturise my skin before bed. It took me a while to get into the habit, but I did and now I always do it. I’m still trying on the drinking water thing!

  3. polly says

    My mum taught me to always apply foundation in the same direction as the hair on your face to avoid it looking cakey, and to always pat my face dry after I wash it, as rubbing can damage the skin more.

  4. Rennene Hartland says

    To put toothpaste on a spot it will dry it out and make it heal alot quicker…. and it does work :-)

  5. Denise Gunn says

    My gran always wore this amazing cream called Velouty, you can still get it in some specialist chemists. It gives your skin a gorgeous matte complexion and covers blemishes. I’m never without a tube now :-)

  6. Sue lempkowski says

    drink water , get a good nights sleep and take your makeup off before going to bed