Bonjour tout le monde, ça va? Sunday is Bastille Day (or Le quatorze Juillet), the French National Day commemorating the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison in 1789 - a symbol of the revolution. Here at Wahanda we’ve come over un petit peu Français and, although traditionally celebrated with a military parade and fireworks, this July 14th we thought we’d celebrate our neighbours across the Channel in a different way. To say ‘merci beaucoup’ for some of the wonderful things they have given us (not just smelly cheese and French kissing) we’ve put together a run-down of our favourite French beauty brands. Ooh la la…
When it comes to looking after our faces the French certainly know a thing or deux. We tried to narrow it down to one favourite skincare brand but there were too many to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to three. For sensitive skin it has to be La Roche Posay - where would we be without their Lipikar Body Milk or Anthelios sun screen? To feel special we love Vichy skincare, which uses only thermal spa water from the hot springs in Vichy. And for that bit of luxury it has to be Clarins. Perhaps the best-known French skincare brand in the world, we couldn’t be without their hand cream (Crème Jeunesse des Mains) and would be remarkably less beautiful and flashy without their legendary Beauty Flash Balm. Très bien Clarins.
Again, there were many contenders in the makeup category, but we’ve whittled it down to one brand who have seriously raised the beauty stakes in the last few years: Yves Saint Laurent. Founded in 1961 by Yves Saint Laurent himself and partner Pierre Bergé, 60 years later the brand is one of the most celebrated fashion houses in the world and the creator of the one piece of makeup no handbag should be without: the revolutionary Touche Éclat. The number one luxury face makeup product in the UK, Touche Éclat is far more than a concealer. As well as disgusing signs of fatigue this pen can also be used to sculpt and highlight the face, refresh the eyes and even enhance your smile and if that's not enough, their follow-up foundation Le Teint Touche Éclat makes the perfect accompaniment for a truly glowing complexion.
Chanel’s Le Vernis collection is infamous among beauty buffs. It seems every year the luxury brand releases a ‘must-have’ shade that not only sells out but proves so in demand that waiting lists are launched and women across the world wait months to get their hands (or nails rather) on the coveted colours. Chanel launched their first nail polish ‘Rouge Noir’ back in 1994 and the smokey scarlet remains a best-seller today. This summer, Chanel have added three more lust-worthy shades to the collection - the metallic blue 'Bell-Argus', a deep, vibrant coral named 'Lilis' and a shimmering shade of aqua, 'Azuré'. What's French for 'we want all three'?
The idea for natural cosmetics brand Caudalie was actually born in a vineyard in Bordeaux. Husband and wife Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas met with one of the world’s specialists in polyphenols (organic chemicals believed to hold health and anti-ageing benefits) to discuss other uses for their harvest. In 1995 they began extracting and stabilising grape-seed polyphenols and combining with water from the hotspring they discovered below their estate and Caudalie came to life. 18 years later, with a host of luxury spas and products beloved by women across the world, the name Caudelie is synonymous with natural luxury. Following the success of cult product Divine Oil, this summer Caudalie launched Divine Legs - a tinted body lotion made with grape oil and extract of carob fruit. With a slight shimmer, it’s one of the most convincing instant tans we’ve encountered plus - as the name suggests - it feels and smells utterly divine…
Part of the L’Oreal group (the mother, or 'la mère' of French beauty) luxury hair care brand Kérastase was established in 1964, determined to create professional standard personalised haircare. Using 2000 researchers at the infamous La Recherche Avancée L'Oréal, the brand have, throughout the years, created ten at-home ranges to meet the specific hair needs of women (and some men) everywhere. Used in many a high-end salon, Kérastase products are as well-loved by industry experts as they are by the rest of us.
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