Everyone knows the French beauty brands are at the top of their game, especially when it comes to skincare. For a long time I have coveted so many products from the French Pharmacy and after visiting John Bell & Croyden in London my wish list was out of control!
Recently I have been able to try some really lovely products from some really lovely brands so thought I would share my initial thoughts on them all.

Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel - When my skin is feeling sore or overheated (not that we get many hot days!) this is the cleanser I have been reaching for. It's light, but most importantly, it's cooling on the skin, which just feels wonderful and best of all it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight at all. I like this best for a quick cleanse in the shower or on a morning to wake me up and it's really great to use with my Clarisonic. All products in the Purete Thermale collection are formulated to protect the skin against environmental damage, which is perfect for me living in the North East as we have so much pollution up here.

L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil - This is the perfect cleanser for when I've had a long day and my skin is feeling tired and in need of some TLC. As I have dry skin, I love nothing more than an oily product for my face, however people will oily skin will really benefit from this too. It's so gentle and smells wonderful when applied, I massage this into my skin with my fingertips before rinsing and then repeat for a true feeling of luxury, it's really light and sinks into the skin leaving me feeling completely nourished - I can't tell you how much I love this stuff!

Bioderma Sensiblo H2O - I am so late to the party with this one, I know, but damn, I'm so glad I finally jumped on board! I have been using the 'Sensiblo' version of their micellar water which is aimed towards those with sensitive and normal to dry skin, which is just lovely for me (I have used the regular version too, which was actually fine and didn't irritate me at all, but I would still choose to use the sensitive variety just to be safe). I'm not going to talk about this for too long, because most people have either tried this or read about it ten times, but it really is worth the hype. Luckily now it's not only available in France and is stocked on the Feel Unique website.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc - I had been warned to stay away from this as it is aimed towards those with oily skin, but I want to address that fact first... I get along fine with it if I don't overuse on my dry areas or cover them up. My skin isn't dry allover, I do get oily areas especially around my nose and chin and these areas can suffer from little spots  and this is perfect for those areas. I apply by spraying onto my face (it's a cool, fine mist) after cleansing and before moisturising on a nighttime and by morning there is always vast improvement... redness is lessened, spots are calmer - it definitely does something! I have quite a bit to say on this one, so let me know if you would like a full review soon!

Melvita Extraordinary Water 'Fleur d'Orange' - I'll be honest with you, until I received this in the post I had never even heard of Extraordinary Water, but it was something which instantly intrigued me, mainly due to the fact that I have used lots of Melvita products in the past and always love them - plus they're cruelty free. After a little research I found that this was to be incorporated into my skincare routine before moisturising, and for dry skin areas let me tell you, this is a game changer!
The Hyaluronic Acid ingredient works to care for any areas of dull or dry skin, and the Fleur d'Orange version which I have been using is specifically developed to hydrate the skin. The consistency is a thick water if that makes sense, and it disappears straight into my skin when massaged in with my fingertips. This is going to be my go-to skincare product over the colder months.

Let me know if you would like a more in-depth review of any of these products and if you've given any of them a try!
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