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

Under the Christmas Tree: Books for the Francophile

There is little over a month left before Christmas, have you written up your wish list? I always love giving or getting a book, so here’s a list of a lovely books that any Frenchie fan would love.
For the Foodie:

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah. Moving to France and learning to eat, who could ask for more? Follow Ann Mah as she makes who way through France, through the cuisine, and through a year on her own.

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo is a Brit taking on French cooking in her tiny Paris kitchen. She turned her tiny kitchen into a private restaurant for two, inviting strangers in to test the books recipes-if she can make boeuf Bourgignon in her little space, so can we, right?

Before I ever imagined I’d be living in France, I read My Life in France and became eternally enthralled with French cuisine and the idea that it’s never to late to find your passion thanks to the witty and inspiring Julia Child.

For the Fashionista:

Parisian Chic, A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. If any woman embodies the essence of easy Parisian chic it must be Ms. Fressange. This little book offers ideas to keep in mind to be effortlessly chic anywhere and anytime. The illustrations and red leather binding are adorable too.

Ex Paris Vogue Editor, Carine Roitfeld’s book, Irreverent takes a look at her beginnings in the world of fashion with highlights from her best editorials for Paris Vogue. Fashion and Photography.

For the Francophile:

Paris versus New York– I keep saying how similar France and the US are since I’ve moved here, this clever book with side by side illustrations of each city’s character is the proof.

If you really want to get France (or if you’re making the move) Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong is a must read. It’s opening my eyes to so much about how things work here!

Paris in Color- a gorgeous and unique collection of Nichole Robertson’s photos of the city of light, in color!

For the Romantic:

If you haven’t read it yet, add it to your wishlist.  A Moveable Feast is Hemingway’s quintessential portrait of the ex-pats of the 1920’s hanging with Gertrude Stien and Picasso and sipping cafe’s on Saint Germain.

Any books you’d add to the list?
Besos, Dianne
(First photo via

La Rentrée


It’s the rentrée, a moment on the French calendar at the end of August and start of September that somehow carries excitement that vacation is over and work, school, and schedules are beginning again. Bring on the rentrée concerts, rentrée sales, and rentrée events. I guess with one month vacations there is a bit of excitement to get back to your home, your bed; and I know as a kid I was always excited for the end of August with back to school shopping, buying new school supplies, and the subtle changes in the air, trees, and wind…fall was approaching! And, really, who doesn’t love the fall?

This year has felt like a really special rentrée, the third year in France and we finally feel like we really get it, being back to our place after two months away, lots of opportunities on the horizon, and a growing list of followers on the blog (I’m flattered, thanks!).

So, much like the French who make the rentrée a way of life and a proper noun in their daily life, I’m embracing the the “new” year with optimism. And, I’m making some resolutions (January just doesn’t cut it for me.). First, eating clean*. I’m super inspired by the science behind the Beauty Detox book, seriously crazy interesting stuff about how our bodies work and a great reason to get to local market every week. Second: get into a fitness habit. The app Runkeeper is amazing to track my progess and routes and the ladies over at Tone it Up have great workouts and yummy recipes to keep me going. Thanks for the tips Mickey!

What about you, are you excited to get back into the fall grind? Are you making any “new year” resolutions in September?

Besos, Dianne

*Don’t worry, I’ll still occasionally indulge in the cheeses, pastries, breads and other treats in la France, how could I not!