Find Yourself In France? Pick Up These Drugstore Buys, You Lucky Duck!

When it comes to beauty, the French treat theirs as seriously as their health. Case in point: the local pharmacies are loaded to the hilt with scads of cosmetic and beauty products that virtually outnumber the vitamins, medicines, and other wellness items on hand. While in Paris, we raided the bathroom shelves of a few belles amies to test run their favorite items. Here's what we'll be stocking our medicine cabinet with this fall.
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Uriage Lip Balm— A blend of paraffin, beeswax, and natural oils, this stuff is going in every purse and coat pocket to keep our lips hydrated this winter. It's lightweight without feeling too slick, so you can layer it under lipstick and the color won't bleed.

Uriage Lip Balm, $13.99, available at My Health Counter.
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La Roche-Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil— All those years we spent auditioning shower gels feel like a waste after using this stuff. Whereas most gels are guilty of cleaning your skin, then leaving it high and dry, Lipikar actually feels like it's sealing all that moisture in. It's especially great if you're in a hurry and don't have time to slather on a body lotion afterwards—and the light scent won't compete with all the other fragrances that get layered on during your daily routine.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil, $25, available at Amazon.
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Avène Eau Thermale Micellar Lotion—The water spray version of this brand's "eau thermale" line has been a popular fixture in French medicine cabinets for years. But if you could never really justify paying money for what seems like a walk in the rain, try the makeup remover. It's just as gentle on easily-irritated skin, but when it comes to wiping away a day's worth of makeup and grime, this stuff gets the job done. And it didn't leave our skin feeling tight or itchy afterwards, either.

Avène Eau Thermale Micellar Lotion, $23, available at Alpha Beauty.
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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil—We're kind of shocked this product's been around for 20 years, and yet it's just popping up on our radar now (talk about a best-kept secret). French filles use this fast-absorbing oil to moisturize and protect just about everything: face, neck, cuticles, legs, and even their hair, which is awesome because it smells so fantastic—like summer at the beach—you'll want to. Put it on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy-looking glow, or come holiday cocktail dress season, opt for the shimmery gold version to add some luster to bare shoulders.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, $20.50, available at Amazon.