La Roche Posay Serozinc: I came to know this product when it was gifted to me and it's a spray toner for acne prone skin. Aided by mainly zinc, which is known for helping to calm down activity on the face. It doesn't do anything really significant but it's one of those products that when I didn't use it, I noticed the balance in my skin was sightly off. So it's become sort of habit to keep it in my routine and it's refreshing to spritz my face with it after cleansing. It used to be impossible to find outside of France but now the company's website ships to the U.S.
Hydraphase Legere: One weekend while visiting my boyfriend in Rome, my skin started to act up and it was super dry around my chin and my regular moisturizer which was the only one I had brought just wasn't cutting it. I popped into a pharmacy and asked for something that was super rich in texture, and very emollient. I prefer cremes like that because then I feel like my skin is actually hydrated and won't flake off. The pharmacist instead recommended this moisturizer, the texture is actually very light. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and even though it's supposed to "intensely" quench thirsty skin, it's something I personally wouldn't be able to use all year round. In the summer when it's more humid this will be perfect to wear alone.
Effaclar Mat: Over the last few years I've learned that despite the fact heat my skin type is oily I'm not a fan of mattifying products, especially moisturizers. They leave a slick feeling like there's silicone in there and I'm just not a fan. But this one doesn't do that and leaves my face feeling more matte and a nice canvas for foundation.
Baume B5: A multi-purpose creme, this is super heavy in texture and quite rich. Some people use it as a daily moisturizer but not only is the tube pretty small, I don't see the point of that. It's used for healing skin that's been treated chemically (i.e. peels) irritated areas, super dry skin, lips, and so much more. I like waxing at home with Nads (I've been a faithful fan since high school) but in Paris all I could find were either the bricks you have to melt down (no thanks, so inconvenient) or the pre-coated fabric strips that you rub between your hands to warm up. I bought a pack of Veet, the most common brand I saw in grocery stores and used a strip on my underarms only to horrifyingly peel off a layer of skin of my right armpit. That night I was in pain but it was nothing like the forthcoming days; my skin was SO red and SO painful and becoming blistered. Also being in hot and humid conditions wasn't helping the irritation. After trying pure aloe vera which did nothing, I bought a tube of this and rubbed it on my poor pit twice a day and it most definitely sped up the healing process. Also great for those of you who pick at your zits, it'll help heal them and prevent scarring and just any type of cut in general - it's replaced Neosporin for me. It's super versatile and I'd recommend everyone get one! A little goes a long way with this stuff.