Payot Sheet Masks, £5.40
Sheet masks are always a worthy investment, and ones manufactured overseas often contain a higher percentage of active ingredients. Payot’s are biodegradable and made from wood pulp, so you don’t have to feel guilty using them. Targeting concerns like ageing, dryness and dullness, each sachet is drenched with nourishing, natural ingredients like goji berries and bamboo extract, to tighten and brighten skin in minutes. You’ll find them stocked in French beauty stores and Sephora.
Available at CocoonCenter.co.uk
Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial, $80
Drunk Elephant’s Babyfacial earns consistently rave reviews. The bad news is we can’t get our hands on it in the UK, due to the current laws regarding exfoliating acids. So, next time you’re in the States, track down the local Sephora to snap one up. It might be strong (it’s formulated with 25% AHAs), but it’s still suitable for sensitive skin thanks to inclusion of gentler, antioxidant-packed ingredients like soothing matcha tea and niacinamide. Over time, it works to rid dead cells and reset skin into a healthy, rejuvenated state.
Available at DrunkElephant.com
Kaja Mochi Pop Bounce Blush in Atmosphere
The fun, macaroon-style packaging is enough to tempt us, but the formula inside isn’t just playful – the cream-to-powder dry down is both luminous and light. It’s best tapped onto the apples of cheeks with fingers for a radiant glow that will brighten and refresh dull complexions in seconds. They make a great gift, too.
Available at Memebox.com
Biafine Emulsion, £15
Industry insiders and skincare experts alike swear by this French, multipurpose cream. It’s great for smoothing bumps, scrapes and soothing burns, as well as minimising scars and healing irritated areas quickly. Its thin texture allows it to sit imperceptibly underneath make-up, too, so your base will never slip or flake.
Available at Amazon.co.uk
Mixa Hyalurogel Rich, £8.30
Available predominantly in France, Mixa is a no-frills but dermatologically-focused skincare brand that delivers on its promise. We really rate the skin-quenching moisturiser, which uses hyaluronic acid to deliver hydration deep down into the dermis and shea butter to soften. It’s especially good for those with dry skin, but as it’s non greasy and fragrance-free, it pretty much works for all skin types.
Available at Notino.co.uk
Sephora Size Up Instant Extra-Large Volume Mascara, €12.99
Affordable and effective, Sephora’s own-brand mascara has a chunky brush that allows for even application and extra volume. After just a couple of sweeps, lashes are more lifted and fanned out, while the intense black pigment creates extra definition. Stock up on several so you’re never without.
Available at Sephora.fr
Supergoop Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF50, £27
We love the concept of this sunscreen setting spray, which works double-time to streamline our routines. A quick misting minimises shine and adds some much-needed SPF insurance, all while ensuring make-up looks fresh and stays put. Just be sure to pull your hair back before you spray it on, to avoid leaving flyaway strands sticky.
Topicrem Ultra Moisturising Sparkling Body Crème, £11.18
Find It In: French pharmacy stores
This was recommended to us by French make-up artist, Morgane Martini, and it’s easy to see why. The golden glitter micro-particles leave limbs with a subtle, highlighted sheen, while the nourishing formula delivers a hefty dose of moisture to keep skin smooth. Be sure to snap one of these up on your next trip to Paris.
Available at Amazon.co.uk
Verb Sea Texture Spray, $16.95
Find It In: US & French Sephora's
Haircare brand Verb is a beauty editor favourite, as well as a Sephora best-seller. The no paraben, no sulphate formulas leave behind an impressive dose of nourishment thanks to a blend of essential oils. Our favourite is the weightless spray. As well as a lived-in texture, it really amps up the definition on second or third-day hair. It’s great for keeping baby hairs in place, too.
Available at HouseOfBeautyWorld.com
Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Lip Jellies, £13
With the shine of a gloss but the comfort of a lip balm, these covetable lip jellies are available in four suits-all shades and leave behind the prettiest, tinted sheen. Non-sticky, they’re more wearable than others we’ve tried and add interest to any matte lipstick when dabbed on top. Plus, they’re so fool proof, you won’t even need a mirror to apply them.
Available at Revolve.com
SkinRX MadeCera Re-Turn Cream, £29.86
This South Korean brand can occasionally be found online but is often out of stock. Available in certain pharmacies and big department stores abroad, it’s loaded with skin plumping ceramides and soothing niacinamide for skin that feels instantly hydrated, plump and refreshed, making it ideal for colder months. Despite being rich and nourishing, the non-greasy formula is suitable for all skin types – in fact, it’s great for those who are acne-prone, as ceramide levels are often lacking.
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Nature’s Bounty Melatonin Supplements, £3.99
Melatonin is the body’s sleep hormone, and experts recommend taking it in supplement form to help you recover more quickly from jet lag. It’s currently only available on prescription in the UK, so try to stock up if you’re ever in the US.
*Always consult your GP or a healthcare expert if you're considering taking melatonin supplements to ensure you're eligible.
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