French Pharmacy Favorites

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Time again to share a few more of my favorite products from the French pharmacy. After two years these are the products that I keep going back to and use regularly. And, bonus, they stay on budget at under 20 euros each…

1. Nuxe Aroma Perfection Cleanser:  a gentle fash wash that I use every morning for clean and fresh skin. 12 euros

2. Phyto Shampoo-We use the everyday shampoo for a light wash that leaves your hair soft and clean. 10 euros

3.  Roger and Gallet Eau de Toilette– I use it as a perfume or after shower spray. The scents are refreshing and keep you smelling lovely all day. I’m loving Fleur de Figuier right now. 15 euros for 30 ml

4. Nuxe Gentle Gel Exfoliator with Rose Petals– really gentle, I use it about 3 times a week to get an extra soft glow. I love that the exfoliation is natural, not a plastic bead (this report about exfoliating beads is pretty disturbing). 8 euros

5. Laino Tonifying Masque – I get 2-3 uses out of each packet, and love how my skin feels and looks after. Can be used 2-3 times a week, I use it about once a week. 1.50 euros

6. Bioderma Micellaire Water–  apparently too much water can be bad for your skin, so this stuff cleans it without the need to rinse after. I was a little skeptical at first, but have to admit, I’ve seen a change in my skin since I stopped rinsing morning and night. I use it at night to take off the day before bed- it even takes of eye make-up in one sweep perfection. 10 euros

7. Lierac Sunific Vitamins– I’m not really sure if these made me any tanner than usual since I’m pretty pale to begin with, but I like that no matter what they are filled with good for your skin sun protecting vitamins. 15 euros

See round one of my favorite little beauty luxuries here!

What are your fav beauty products?

Besos, Dianne

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Flea Markets in France

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With sunny weather and warm tempertures, I’m getting serious about hitting up the local flea markets for a few little things to take home. I’m on the hunt for: 1- The perfect old mirror, gilded or simple, that will add some French elegance to a corner of my home, 2- Beautiful copper wares (which are far to expensive for me to buy new), I’m keep in my eyes open for the perfect cooking set or molds for my future kitchen, 3- gorgeous old plates inspired by the plates over at Manger, and I won’t pass up some beautiful silverware either 4- French linens, for tea towels or tablecloths, a little red detail or “D” monogram would be the cherry on top.

videgren1aThere are a few options to find the second-hand treasures you’re looking for in France:

  • The first, and easiest for a tourist to find, is the traditional Flea Market (Marche des Puces) In Paris there are a few famous ones, and in smaller towns, like Dijon, there are always the vendors out with their goods on market days. You can find old dishes, sliver, jewelry and antique postcards and stamps here on a consistent, weekly basis.
  • Another easy option for a tourist are Brocantes. They can be big markets, or simple shops selling antiques in town. Take a peek inside to find beautiful antiques sold by knowledgeable vendors.
  •  If you have a car keep your eyes open for a Vide Grenier, literally empty attic sale. Like a garage sale, the vendors at the vide grenier are average people out to sell their stuff – clothes, bags, kitchen ware, jewelry, antique books. The prices are usually really low, but it is a toss-up if you’ll find anything good.videgren2c
  • If you have a car it is also worth it to find the closest Emmaus. A charitable organization that gives proceeds to help people in need, the Emmaus is the place big and little pieces. You can find beautiful old wood furniture for less than 50 euros, old books and comics for pennies, traditional baskets, glassware and dishes. The emmaus will be packed on the weekend, but is full of treasures for the finding.
  • Finally, if you have an internet connection check out Le Bon Coin, and online second-hand market where you can find anything you are looking for (or furnish your apartment if you are moving to France!) for really good prices. The only thing is you will need a car or someway to pick up your goods from the vendor.

Happy treasure hunting! I’ve got my fingers crossed I find everything on my list, stay tuned to instagram for updates!

Besos, Dianne

Lovely Lyon

Spring in Lyon, France // A Beautiful Journey

I fell in love with Lyon last weekend. Maybe it was spring. Maybe it was having time to getting lost. Maybe it was the amazing food. Whatever it was, I saw the city like never before.Spring in Lyon // A Beautiful JourneyAn endless line up of top-notch produits regionelle make Lyon an indulgent escape. It’s the gastronomic capital of France, so stop by the seriously mouthwatering Les Halles de Lyon where, hungry or not, you’ll want to have a gourmet lunch of quenelles or oysters or some local cheese and a Rosette de Lyon sausage for a picnic. After, stop at any shop for the sweet, bright red almond praline that you’ll see in every window. The croquant de amandes is delicious and the brioche sells like hot cakes.

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Rosette de Lyon // A Beautiful Journey

Praline of Lyon // A Beautiful JourneyDespite being probably the most touristy place in the city, you can’t go to Lyon without a stop at a bouchon in Vieux Lyon. Rue Saint Jean is the place to be. You’ll find the same “Lyonnaise Menu” for about 15 euros at just about every restaurant, so take a stroll until you find the place you like best. We stopped at Les Paves de Saint Jean,where the magret de canard with honey and citrus sauce was amazing.  Don’t be alarmed of you are seated at a table with another couple or the decor is absolutely hideous…that’s the bouchon’s charm. And, save room for a crepe made by the sweetest monsieur on the street.

Lyon' s Bouchons // A Beautiful Journey

Crepes in Vieux Lyon // A Beautiful JourneyFor a relaxing retreat head to the Roman Theatre. Tucked in the hills about the city, the funicular drops you off just in front. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic or a moment of peace. When you’re finished the Basilica is just up the street. Despite being overwhelmed with tourists it’s still a must see with the neo-baroque byzantine interior and the breathtaking views of the city.

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melyonThere  is something about getting lost in a city, so go to Lyon to discover the corners and details instead of rushing from one sight to another. Take advantage of Lyon’s easy public transport (subway, tram, and busses) and find your own Lyon. If you’re out for the evening the Liberte Soiree Pass is a deal offering unlimited travel after 7pm for 2.80 euros, and for a day in the city the day pass can’t be beat at 5.20 euros. Add Lyon to your list!

Besos, Dianne