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Nicki’s Favorite Beauty Products

Nicki Written by Nicki

It won’t take any of you very long to realize that I love all things French, so it’s not too surprising that most of the items on this list are staples of French beauty!

1. Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate  Some people like to call this stuff “24 hour miracle creme”. They aren’t kidding! I picked up a tube of this silky dream creme in Paris, and it instantly made my face super soft and and more radiant. Although it’s very creamy, it works perfectly under makeup. It is really the best thing I’ve ever put on my face!

2. Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo.  Everyone knows that dry shampoo is all the rage, and when I got a sample size of this one in my Birchbox a few months ago, I knew I had found mine! I’ve tried a few other brands to no avail. This cedar bark formula soaks up oil and makes your hair smell like delicious spices.

3. Marc Jacobs Honey. This adorably-packaged perfume is on my Christmas wishlist. I’ve stuck to my signature scent, Burberry Classic, for nearly 10 years and I’m ready to try something new! It’s got a refreshing, not-too-sweet scent and the bottle is just too cute.

4. l’Occitane Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner.  I was fortunate enough to find a travel set of the famous french apothecary’s product on my honeymoon in our rented apartment in Nice, and both bottles were half-full. My lucky day! This is by far the best shampoo/conditioner I have ever used on my horribly unmanageable hair. It made my hair silky and soft, something I thought only happened in the movies. It smells lovely, too!

5. Bourgois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rouge Making Of.  I don’t quite understand the name of the color, but this lipstick is absolutely gorgeous! It’s glossy, but not sticky, and lasts for quite a while. It’s just the right shade of cherry red that’s complementary to any skin-tone. 

6. Le Petit Marseillais Creme Mains. This almond and argan oil hand creme is pure luxury. The scent is intoxicating, and the lotion is so smooth and not the least bit greasy. I just can’t resist the smell of almond!

7. I.C.O.N. INDIA Oil.  As previously mentioned, my hair can be somewhat unruly. This oil works wonders for my fuzzy, dry strands. When I use this oil, my hair dries perfectly silky, no damaging heat-styling required!

8. Yes To Blueberries Intensive Skin Repair Serum.  Even with my sunscreen obsession and trying to avoid the intense summer sunshine, 30 years of living in sunny Florida has taken it’s toll on my skin. This fruity serum has visibly lightened my dark spots and made my skin smoother and generally brighter. Added bonus: it’s 95% natural! 



Favorite Products this Week

Jem Written by Jem


    1. Firstly I have to recommend a really simple product, that is beautiful and useful! This glass  spray bottle from Common Good. I recently tried to go the super cheap route and pick up a spray bottle at the $1 store, and well two bottles later they are both broken and in the waste-bin. I found this bottle for only $10 and not only does it look more aesthetically pleasing it won’t break as easily. Their intention is as a refill for their lovely smelling all-purpose spray – but I intend on using it to spray plants in our house. It’s the little things right!
    2. Ramakrishnananda Hand Rolled Incense
      in : Vanilla, Copal & Amber
      I discovered this scent at work this week, we are constantly burning incense ( I work at a vintage shop ) and we bought a whole bunch of new scents for the store, and I found myself really enjoying this – truth be told I am not much on incense in the first place, but this specific scent was so much different than incense’s I’ve had before. I highly recommend it!
    3. Binchotan Facial Puff
       I change up my beauty regiment with a new hair color/style or with the season. To me it makes sense because different features about your face will be noticeable however you frame it, and the seasons tend to do different things to my skin. I had recently run out of my Lush face wash – so I was looking for something new to replace it. I randomly was recommended this Facial Puff by an associate and thought I would give it a try. It looks like it will be incredibly abrasive but it is quite soft – even for my sensitive skin. I use it in conjunction with a charcoal soap and it leaves my face feeling lovely. It only lasts two months so we will see if I will give it another purchase after that. I’ll give you guys an update then!
    4. Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle
       : I don’t know about you guys, but I love decorating my house in scents that are seasonal. I’ve already purchased a Cinnamon Broom when I found it at an upstate grocery store earlier this month. I found this perfectly scented Votive Candle from a Minneapolis, MN based brand ‘Thymes’ at a local store in Brooklyn. I lit it last night and it filled our entire room like a forest of Fir’s. I also like the price of it. We had it lit for a couple of hours and it still has plenty of go-power for the rest of the autumnal months!
    5. 3 set of Orbs for Terrariums or Air Plants from Plant Oddities : One of the things we wanted for our house that we discussed and have in our ‘dream book’ for our house was more plants. I surprised George (my s.o.) with this lovely set as well as this collection of air plants from the same company. They came perfectly packed, and the products are optimal – at a hugely discounted rate than what most people charge them in stores locally and that I have found from online shopping. If you too have been looking for an affordable way to introduce plants into your house try Plant Oddities out!