Nowadays, I primarily shop online. There’s a certain ease in doing it from the comfort of your home whenever you want to. It’s especially true for beauty products, I think, because most brands I’m interested in are not available in France (let alone in brick and mortar stores). So, today, I’m going to talk about my favorite websites to shop beauty products from.
Feelunique is an online beauty shopping website that carries a broad selection of brands from drugstore to high end. There’s always some sort of offer going on, so you can save quite a bit of money when you shop there. They offer international delivery (with free shipping on orders over 30£-$/40€ for the UK, US and the EU).
I find that it stands in a particular place because it offers conventional brands (Bourjois, Clarins, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Dior, Maybelline, Rimmel…) and niche ones (Bagsy, Dr Paw Paw, Egyptian magic, Heal gel, John Masters organics, Korres, Nourish, Pacifica…). This helps facilitate shopping because it means that you can shop in one go from the same website whether you’re interested in the traditional, organic or drugstore brands. With this wide offering, you also get access to brands that wouldn’t be available in your country otherwise.
My shopping list: Balm balm, COLAB, Daniel Sandler, Emma Hardie, Jack Black, Maybelline, Real Techniques, Ren, Rimmel, Stila, Vita Liberata…
Then you have the inevitable Sephora which is a sort of beauty hub. I think everyone interested in beauty is familiar with it. Again, you’ll find all the conventional brands there but also less known ones which follow trends (like Korean beauty brands, influencers collaborations/brands etc.). I also like Sephora’s own range; among other things, they make great eyeliners, brow products, nail polishes and liquid lipsticks.
I have to say that I shop a little less in Sephora now because I’m interested in organic, natural or niche brands that aren’t always available there (although they are evolving in this respect in order to follow current trends). It still is a great place to shop from.
My shopping list: Bareminerals, Bobbi Brown, Burberry, Chanel, Clarins, Clinique, Giorgio Armani, Lancôme, Make up for ever, Nars, Ouai, Sephora collection, Urban Decay, YSL…
French pharmacy products
Easyparapharmacie, as it’s name would suggest, carries a lot of cosmetic brands – french or foreign- from the pharmacy. They deliver in mainland France and its overseas as well as in some European countries. Most products are sold at great prices (about the same you would find in competitive french pharmacies). It’s my go-to website for french pharmacy products, bodycare and supplements.
My shopping list: Acorelle, Algamaris, Avène, Bioderma, Cattier, Caudalie, La Roche Posay, Lavera, Melvita, Natessance, Nuxe, Purasana, Weleda…
Aroma Zone is a french company specialized in aromatherapy. They carry everything you need to make your own skincare, bodycare and haircare products (from vegetable oils, essentials oils, floral waters, empty containers and tools to books on DIY cosmetics). They ship worldwide.
They also make their own organic products. I buy my hair mask from them as well as some vegetable and essential oils.
My shopping list: hair mask, vegetable oils (apricot, black cumin, jojoba, castor…), essential oils (carrot, manuka…)
I discovered this website last year, I believe. Content beauty and its founder Imelda Burke are pioneers in the natural beauty world. There, you will find every natural/organic brands you could be interested in and even discover new ones (which is the best!). Their selection is truly amazing and well rounded, going from skincare, bodycare, haircare, fragrance to wellness. They also offer free international shipping on orders over 30£.
My shopping list: Boucleme, Evolve, Hurraw, Ilia beauty, Jane Iredale, Josh Rosebrook, La belle Lune, RMS beauty, Skin & Tonic, Studio 78 Paris, Tata Harper, W3ll People, Whamisa…
Well, if you’re interested in skincare you are maybe be surprised to see Deciem in the niche brands category (especially seeing the success of its most popular brand, The Ordinary). However, in France it isn’t that well known yet. Deciem is a canadian umbrella company, at the cutting edge of science, for multiple beauty brands: Niod, Hylamide, The Chemistry brand, The Ordinary, Stemm, Fountain, HIF… They offer worldwide shipping (free on orders over 25$/£/€ for the US and Europe).
My shopping list: Niod, The Chemistry brand, The Ordinary.
Ah, Iherb and its unending beauty offerings… It’s like falling into a beauty rabbit hole! It’s impossible to know how many brands they carry. I always discover new ones when I’m browsing their website. They offer worldwide shipping with fair prices. I love shopping there for supplements, natural skincare brands, bodycare…
My shopping list: Andalou naturals, Badger company, BRöö, Devita, Heritage products, Hurraw, Mad Hippie, Nature’s way, Pacifica, Schmidt’s, Sum:37, Vega…
Jordan Samuel Skin
My shopping list: Aftershow treatment cleanser, Hydrate serum, Etoile facial oil…
Moncornerb is a French online organic and natural beauty store. They carry a lot of the cosmetic brands I’m interested in and offer worldwide shipping.
My shopping list: Evolve, Gressa, John Masters Organics, Kosas, Leahlani, Lily Lolo, RMS beauty, Studio 78 Paris…
Beauty private sales
We have this great online store Beauteprivee that sells beauty and wellness products at discounted prices. Their stock changes regularly but you can always find amazing deals on skincare, bodycare, haircare, beauty tools and supplements. For example, I bought the Anne Semonin Precious serum for about 35€ when it usually retails for 119€!
They ship to mainland France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
My shopping list: Anne Semonin, By Terry, Clinique, Dr Stuart’s, Elizabeth Arden, Caudalie, Essie, Fleurance nature, Tangle teaser, TheBalm…
There is a website that I have yet to try but that seems promising; it’s called Origines parfum. They carry all of the conventional brands of fragrance, skincare, bodycare and haircare at discounted prices. Also, if I don’t find a specific brand I’m looking for, Amazon is a good place to look (although you do have to be careful to shop from an authorized retailer).