Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Drugstore ~ Skincare and Make Up


When I was in Paris I made a pilgrimage to the "Pharmacie."
(easily identifiable by the large neon Green Cross)
Many seasoned travellers suggested the local Paris Pharmacies as a must see.
I was surprised by the popularity of these local shops.
Some actually had a line up out front !
I visited several Pharmacies in different arrondissements.
Some were larger and had more skincare products.
Citypharma at 26 rue du Four in the heart of Saint Germain des Pres has the reputation of being the BEST.

I stayed in the 6th arrondissement so this was closest.
(It did not disappoint)

The pharmacy is often crowded as it is very popular with locals and tourists.
Shelves are loaded with jars and bottles of serious skincare products.
Staff are happy to consult with patrons and are readily available to give advice.

The Pharmasave on Oak Bay Avenue 
has a wide variety of reasonably priced products with trained staff on hand to help.

One needn't spend a fortune to get good quality skincare products...

For example
Andalou Natural Products...
the company make product lines to suit most skin care needs.
I have enjoyed using the Andalou Rose products in the past.

Recently I have switched up to the Age Defying series.

I like the rich formulas...my skin soaks up the moisture.

I like to keep my skincare regime very simple.

Wash, tone and moisturize.
An intensive moisturizing enzyme facial mask is used once a week.

I have added a serum which helps particularly in the winter.

Derma-E Vitamin enriched serum is my favourite.
Rosehips and Grape Seed Oils 
Vitamin A and E

(4 drops morning and night ~ this bottle lasts a few months)

I wait 10 minutes before doing my make up 
to allow the oil to sink in and be absorbed.

My make-up routine is minimal 
5 minutes tops.
Minimal coverage and a light touch work best for my older skin.

Drugstore Make up products...

Andalou Age Defying BB cream
Burts Bees Aglow blush
Physicians Formula eyebrow tint
Annabelle eye shadow
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Eucerin Aquaphor Lip Repair
Miss Pupa Lip Gloss

While writing this post I have been sipping tea and nibbling some dark chocolate.

Afternoon Tea and dark chocolate
my afternoon ritual.

One of life's little luxuries!

Found a pretty vintage silver cake server this afternoon.
I met up with a friend who came over from the mainland for a visit.
We walked along The Avenue popped into the shops and had a lovely long lunch.

Joanne surprised me with a blue tote bag and a book AND she treated me to lunch.
We always have a lovely time chatting.
Thank you Joanne!

“Joy is the best makeup. 
But a little lipstick is a close runner-up.” 

~ Anne Lamott ~

Well I must close for now and get dinner started.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

Until next time...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~


Lorrie said...

A lovely post, Leslie. I've not tried the Andalou product line, but I shop at Pharmasave in Broadmead and use the Vichy products from France. I'm very happy with them. Minimal makeup is my routine, too.
Glad you had a nice time with Joanne.

Madame Là-bas said...

I love pharmacies too,! They are treasure chests of skin care possibilities. I’m using Avene antirougeurs producuts for calming redness. I’ve used the Andalou line too. I like the rose scented products. I had a great time yesterday. It’s so much fun to visit! Happy knitting!

Madame Là-bas said...

I love pharmacies too! I’m using Avene antirougeurs to calm redness. I’ve used the rose scented Andalou products. I had a lot of fun yesterday.. I do enjoy visiting. Happy knitting!

Anonymous said...

And I must tell you. You have beautiful skin.😉
Linda T

Sandra Sallin said...

Well, here in LA we don't have a pharmacie. But at what point do you add the serum to your routine?

Susan said...

Lovely post! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. I tried the Andalou BB cream and it's just what I've been looking for!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Lorrie ~ I love that Pharmasave store at Broadmead...they have many wonderful products and the clothing and accessories are wonderfully curated.
Joanne and I had a wonderful visit! She's a great traveller and has some fun new adventures in the planning stage. Hope you are keeping well.

Madame La Bas ~ That was a fun day we shared Joanne...I should plan to pop over across the pond and check out Eileen Fisher and meet up with you for a tour of your favourite shops.

Linda T ~ Thank you...I firmly believe that gentle but effective products and a healthy diet help to keep skin looking good...I know genetics are a factor but I also inherited rosacea from my Father :-)) Managing that condition has proven a challenge but Derma Spa, a medical spa in Oak Bay has helped me to keep it under control.

Sandra Sallin ~ I added serum after I turned 55 and I use it after cleansing and toning...in the daytime I add a moisturizer and sunscreen in the evening I use the serum after cleansing let it soak in for about 10 minutes then add the Age Defying Retinol type night time treatment.

Susan ~ Thank you!

Carolyn said...

I see that today is your birthday. Wishing you an enjoyable day filled with laughter, friends, family and memories to be remembered for years to come. Have a great day!!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Carolyn ~ Thank you I had a lovely birthday! Hard to believe that I am already 69 though...I remember my childhood birthday parties and the friends that were invited! Some of us are still friends today!!