When it comes to drugstore beauty products, few things can rival the skincare magic of cult French pharmacy brands—there’s a reason we’re all obsessed. But if you thought French girls kept to their homeland products exclusively, we’ve got news for you. Not only do they branch out—quelle surprise!—but some of them even love the high-street products you may well have overlooked. That’s right, French girls shop at Boots too. So to find out exactly what they stock up on when hitting the high street, we turned to one très-chic Anglo-French friend for the lowdown (aka our new shopping list). Keep scrolling to see the five British drugstore products French girls swear by.
#1. Indeed Labs Vitamin C24
“This is like orange juice for my skin; my complexion has genuinely never looked this healthy. The vitamin C in this serum gives me such a boost that my skin even looks radiant even in winter. Seriously, people have commented on my ‘tan’ when I don’t even have one—that’s how good it is.”
#2. St. Ives Apricot Scrub
“Quite simply the best scrub I’ve ever used and such a bargain. I always pop this in my basket whenever I go to Boots. Top tip: I use it as a foot scrub, too, combined with a pumice stone.”
#3. Essie Nail Polish
"Essie’s Meet Me at Sunset is the perfect coral shade, and it lasts so much longer than some of the more premium brands for a fraction of the cost. Plus, I hear it’s Queen Elizabeth’s favourite nail brand, which makes me love it even more.”
#4. Origins Balancing Tonic
“I have combination skin, and this toner always manages to keep oiliness and blemishes at bay. Plus, Origins is a great brand for natural ingredients if you’re looking to use as few ‘nasties’ as possible.”
#5. Bioré Cleansing Pore Strips
“Okay, this sounds gross, but nothing gets the gunk out of my pores like these magic strips. I’ve tried many brands, but I always come back to this one—I’m not at all surprised it’s a best seller in the UK.”
Got any of your own favourite drugstore products we might have overlooked? Let us know in the comments below!
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