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We Speak Beauty: Bienvenue à la Beauté Française

As the title says, Bienvenue à la beauté française, which means “welcome to French beauty”. We’re about to take you on a journey to the latest new beauty products from some of our favorite international brands, many of them french. Get ready to drool over the latest from Orlane Paris, Talika Paris, Votre Vu, and Juara Skincare. If you are ready ladies, we say again, Bienvenue à la beauté française.

ORLANE PARIS

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The Orlane Paris Powder Multi-Soleil is a multi-toned bronzer with an absolute matte finish. It unifies and enhances the brightness of the skin with its four complementary colors included in the same compact. Get ready for a healthy glow, customizable and ultra-luminous for all complexions. Enriched with Hyaluronic acid and vitamins (A, C, and E), it brightens the face without dehydrating the skin. Paraben-Free, it preserves the most sensitive skins.

The Orlane Paris Bronzing Pressed Powder is an opaque and velvety pressed powder that illuminates the face all year long. The single dose of natural pigments enhances radiance without overbearing. It’s anti-dehydrating formula softens and illuminates the skin for a revealing and resplendent effect. Available in an iconic “galet bleu” compact, Orlane offers 2 additional shades in purse size. Adorned with our seal, it easily fits in all bags.

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The Creme Royale Cleansing Cream, $150.00, for Face & Eyes is the first step in ensuring the skin enjoys all the benefits of Royal Jelly and 24-Karat Gold. It is a soft cream for the face and eyes that transform into a silky oil to bring a sensory dimension to your cleansing and makeup removal ritual. This refined skincare product combines the expertise of a formula to that of a gesture.

The rich and fluid Lotion Royale, $150.00, brings Royal Jelly and 24K Gold with anti-aging and revitalizing properties. It stimulates the natural defenses and the skin’s ability to repair. It protects the skin from aging and strengthens its youthful capabilities, envelopes the skin in a veil of softness and comfort, intensely moisturizes and sustainably promotes the immersion and diffusion into the skin of its active ingredients and prepares the skin for the action of the anti-aging Crème Royale care and enhances its effectiveness.

TALIKA PARIS

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Our journey in beauté française continues with the Talika Paris Eye Detox Specific, $55.00, targets dark circles in fair skin, olive, and dark skin. It provides anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits, boosts microcirculation, instantly smooths the eye contour, blurs the light and brightens the eye area, features an applicator that helps to decongest and tone, with Vitamin B3 (in the olive to dark skin formula only) that regulates the synthesis of melanin and soothes the skin.

The Talika Paris Bio Enzymes Mask® Décolleté, $12.00, is made of a bio-cellulose base, the shape of which allows for intimate contact with the contours of the face and neck, and active ingredients that respond to the principal needs of each skin layer. It contains hyaluronic acid and collagen which plumps and smoothes, reduces wrinkles and intensely moisturizes the skin; adenosine, the body’s natural fuel, which pumps energy into the skin cells and combats the signs of aging; a complex of 16 plants (ginseng, mauve, lemon balm, chamomile, etc) to regenerate and brighten the skin thanks to their antioxidant, toning and healing properties; and vitamin B3, which soothes and hydrates the skin and helps to combat dark spots.

VOTRE VU

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The Votre Vu Duette Luxe Lip Balm and Hand Crème, $36.00, is not a new product but it’s quite wonderful enough to keep praising. This deeply moisturizing lip balm (located in the cap) and a decadently rich hand crème comes in one package. The nourishing lip balm made from coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax gently protects, nourishes and softens lips in every condition. The heavenly hand crème leaves a soft veil of almond and coconut fragrance lingering on the skin. Beautifully absorbed, this special formula was developed to maintain the health, beauty, and suppleness of your hands while delighting your nose with a decadent aroma.

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The Votre Vu Lip Lustre Gloss, $22.00, gives your lips luminous, conditioning color with this good-for-lip formula that boasts green tea extract and nourishing vitamin E. Available in long-lasting colors, you can either wear each shade alone or layer for your own signature color.

The Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick, $23.00, offers chic color and Haute hydration. Handcrafted of pure, enriched natural plant waxes and vitamin E, these proprietary formulations protect your gorgeous grin with anti-aging ingredients and SPF 8. Embrace a lush, buildable finish that doesn’t flake or feather.

JUARA SKINCARE

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We leave the beauté française and journey to Indonesia. Juara Skincare has saved our skin many times and we’re excited about their latest launches, both o which seem tailored made for our problem skin. The Juara Skincare Radiance Enzyme Scrub, $38.00, is a 2-in-1 scrub that exfoliates, cleanses, and refines skin while minimizing the look of pores. This gentle yet powerful scrub features Juara’s skin brightening Radiance Complex to rid your skin of impurities while improving its texture and tone. Your skin is left soft, smooth and luminous with less noticeable pores.

The Miracle Tea Complete Eye Creme, $48.00, is a multi-tasking eye treatment that boosts radiance, firms, and hydrates while minimizing the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. It is formulated with age-delaying Fermented Sweet Black Tea, also known in Indonesia as “miracle tea” or “kombucha”, firming Five Flavor Berry, dark-circle eliminating Marigold, nourishing Illipe Butter, and Juara’s unique Radiance Complex. This rejuvenating eye creme leaves your under eye area revitalized and pampered.

What are your thought on these beauté française products, fellow beauty addicts? Will be you adding them to your daily pampering routine?

Vive La France: What’s New in French Beauty and Cosmetics

Besides having great cognacs, rich foods, and chic fashions, the French are also very much known for their amazing beauty products. French beauty products are known for their innovation and elegance, and as any French woman will tell you, it’s all about the skincare. The French put a lot into creating their skincare products, making them the most effective skincare products in the world. Today we present new launches from some of our most coveted French beauty brands, including Leonor Greyl, Orlane Paris, Lubin Paris, Talika Paris, Juara Skincare, and Antonym Cosmetics.TALIKA PARIS BIO ENZYMES MASK & EYEBROW LIPOCILS EXPERT

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Being outdoors during the Summer months can leave your skin dehydrated and damaged after sun exposure but thanks to Talika Paris, there is a solution that soothes, relieves, hydrates, repairs and regenerates your skin. Inspired by skin regeneration techniques, the 100% natural nano-fiber, Bio Enzymes Mask® After Sun transforms your skin, thanks to hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin, antioxidant alpine flowers, and water-harnessing sugar that stimulates skin’s natural regeneration. Talika Paris is also known as the expert in eyebrow growth, offering the very best formulas for the past 60 years. The French beauty brand’s new Eyebrow Lipocils Expert Eyebrow Conditioning Gel stimulates the growth of eyebrow hairs. As 2015 is the year of thicker, more pronounced eyebrows, using a product to stimulate growth, intensify natural pigmentation, and leave you with more defined eyebrows is key, especially as we’ve previously succumbed to excessive plucking and sun exposure. Thanks to baobab leaf, coleus forskohlii to boost natural color, various peptides, and horse chestnut, you will begin to get fuller eyebrows after 28 days.

JUARA RADIANCE VITALITY OIL

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Although the fountain of youth has yet to be found, we present to you, complete radiance in a bottle in this Juara Radiance Vitality Oil. This light, miracle treatment oil contains a powerful blend of the purest, most precious oils that have revolutionized the beauty world, including Plumeria, Passionfruit, Candlenut, Coconut, Macadamia, Jojoba, Avocado, Turmeric, and Rice Bran Oils. Joining these amazing oils are Vitamin C, and a firming Five-Flavor-Berry Extract that hydrates, brightens, firms, and restores skin elasticity. Although this treatment product is an oil, it is surprisingly non-greasy and great for all skin types (yes even oily skin). You see this combination of precious oils helps to regulate sebum production, which is what all oily skin sufferers, like us, needs. 2-3 drops every morning and night, makes an excellent Skin-Saving Remedy, whenever your skin looks red or feels dry and stressed. Technically Juara Skincare is Indonesian, but much like the French, they take their skin care, and ingredients, very seriously.

LEONOR GREYL BAUME BOIS DE ROSE

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Say goodbye to hair gels that leave your hair stiff, and waxes that are difficult to wash out. You can get the hold that you want without the stiffness and residue, as well as moisturizing benefits. Leonor Greyl has developed a styling product that applies like a styling wax, will not leave your hair stiff, leaves no residue in your hair, and easily washes out. Baume Bois de Rose is a radically innovative hair care product boasts properties of four exceptional active ingredients: berry wax to protect and soften, Brazilian Carnauba (Copernicia cerifera) palm wax, for its structuring power, Jasmine wax for its amazing moisturizing properties, and Amazonian Cupuaçu butter, a strong antioxidant which provides anti-UV protection, and hours of continuous moisturization to the hair cuticle.

ORLANE PARIS TEINT ABSOLU TREATMENT FOUNDATION

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A French beauty must-have, this lightweight treatment cream foundation that moisturizes, protects and regenerates your skin. This foundation that reduces wrinkles, redefines facial contours, enhances skin radiance, and evens out your complexion, while providing a long-lasting, natural satiny, and luminous finish. Tient Absolu contains vitamins and antioxidants to protect the skin without leaving it greasy, it stays on all day, and doesn’t dry the skin. The Orlane Paris Tient Absolu Treatment Foundation is available in four shades:

  • 11 Beige absolu naturalness and elegance for fair skin tones
  • 12 Beige sable enhances tanned light skin tones
  • 13 Beige doré gives a kiss of sunshine to olive skin tones
  • 14 Beige noisette brightens amber skin tones

LUBIN PARIS GRISETTE PARFUM

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Inspired by and named for the fresh-faced, yet risqué Grisette girls of 19th century Paris who would dash from work to bars for fun-filled nights of dancing, drinking, and debauchery, the feminine and floral Grisette by Lubin Paris fragrance is comprised of a variety of roses from Morocco and Bulgaria. Top notes include citrus, grapefruit, and bergamot, the heart or middle notes include Moroccan rose, Bulgarian rose, iris, and incense, and base notes include musk, amber, cedarwood, and Madagascan vanilla. This is definitely not your other’s rose-scented fragrance.

ANTONYM COSMETICS ECOCERT ORGANIC BAKED BLUSH

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If you’re looking for a universally flattering blush that compliments all skin tones, look no further than this rosy organic baked blush. Thanks to the combination of a transparent and colorful finish, a weightless feel, and certified organic ingredients, your cheekbones will be left with a natural flushed look. An innovative baking process transforms the blush crème into a finely textured powder transforming it into an ultra smooth and silky when applied to the skin. The new Antonym Cosmetics Rose color of this Organic Baked Blush joins shades: Copper (shimmery bronze) and Peach (matte).

What are your thoughts on these French beauty brands?

What’s New in Beauty from DHC Skincare, Orlane Paris & Specific Beauty

We admit we love getting to know about the latest in beauty products before most do. It gives us a chance to share our excitement about discovering new products we love. Today we share three products (two new and one not-so-new) that we are newly in love with from DHC Skincare, Orlane Paris & Specific Beauty:

DHC Scalp Massage Pack

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Formulated with five botanicals – shea butter, macadamia, avocado, olive and algae extract, the invigorating DHC Scalp Massage Pack weekly purifying mask energizes the scalp and revives dull, listless hair with natural clays. The oils deeply condition for incredible softness and your hair ends up looking healthier, shinier and more voluminous. As someone who tests beauty products almost on a daily basis, I always end up with a lot of product buildup in my hair. This amazing mask also removes styling product buildup and excess oil to promote scalp health and you will see this amazing result in just one use.

Orlane’s B21 Extraordinaire

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An innovative approach to anti aging, Orlane’s B21 Extraordinaire brings the skin’s cells to a younger condition. You will soon begin to see your wrinkles visibly fade, your expression lines diminish, your skin becomes radiant, dark spots fade, your skin is firmed and hydrated with this unique textured product with 21 essential amino acids extracted from Pale Iris stem cells.

Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths

Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths

Although this is not really new, this brand is fairly new to be after recently discovering them through the Cocotique beauty box. With dual-sides, one to gently exfoliate the skin, while providing a deep clean to remove impurities and the other smooth for easy and gentle makeup removal, the fragrance, oil and alcohol free, Specific Beauty Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths contain a blend of aloe, green tea, and Vitamin E to soothe and calm the skin. They are a great way to get a deep clean without the use of water and a great way to refresh the skin.

Orlane & Afghan Hands Fundraiser

The Second Annual Orlane and Afghan Hands Fundraiser at the Longchamp Soho store to raise money for Afghan Hands, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches skills to help Afghan widows gain independence, literacy, and livable wages. Several celebs attended the event to show their support including Cynthia Nixon, Claire Danes and RHONY’s Kelly Bensimon

Matin Maulawizada, one of the most sought after fashion and celebrity make-up artists working today is also the founder of Afghan Hands, Inc. He spoke about the wonderful things that Afghan Hands has done and the impact the organization has had on the Afghan women. He then opened the floor for the night’s auctioneer who was welcomed by a riveted and anxious-to-bid crowd

Attendees helped raise money by purchasing the pillows and scarves made by Afghan women who created these embroidered beauties at the Afghan Hands centers in and around Kabul. “The centers are places to gather, study, and work. Afghan Hands pay the women to attend classes in the morning and embroider in the afternoon.”

 
 

This event was also a chance for Orlane Paris to introduce and sample its newest amazing product, Crème Royale Cou Et Décolleté – a rich anti-aging, creme made from Royal Jelly, plant-based components and 24-carat gold.

Orlane Benefit for Afghan Hands

French Beauty Company, Orlane Paris hosted an event at the Longchamps Soho Store to benefit Afghan Hands, an organiztion that teaches skills to Afghan widows to gain independence, literacy, and a livable wages by using their natural weaving talent to create gorgeous shawls, scarfs, throws and square shawls.

It was only Kim and I at this event and unfortunately we didn’t stay long (other events to attend that night), so we missed seeing Claire Danes and actor/fiancee Hugh Dancy. Anyway, we arrived to a nice crowd


Held in the upper space of the longchamps store, the walls decorated by Orlane Paris products


with tables placed all around filled with some of the most gorgeous handmade scarves and shawls I’ve ever seen and a few beaded bags. Below are my favorites shawls




but my most favorite was this one below; the detail in embroidery and beautiful workmanship was the first thing to catch my eye


Kim and I weren’t the only ones admiring the shawls, a few people made purchases as well


Incase you were wondering about the pricepoint, I did get a chance to take a photo of the price list

As I stated before, we didn’t stay long because of other events we had to attend, on our way out, we saw grabbed our giftbags and headed out