A Postcard from Paris

Everything is prettier in Paris, fact. The buildings, the food, the people, their shoes. My stay in the city of love may have been a short one but I still managed to squeeze in many a Paris cliché and leave full to the brim with macaroons. The main reason for my venture overseas was to see what’s new in the world of Clarins this year, hint: it’s a good’un. But Lily, Jen and I managed a little expidition across the city to visit a few other makeup Mecca’s and some foodie bits in between. Here’s a ‘post’-card of what we got up to…

First-up, what’s coming from Clarins? Well, they’re dipping their bases into the BB pool for the first time and staying true to the Asian BB philosophy, they’ve created a skincare heavy formula – BB Skin Perfecting Cream – available in three shades from May. I’ve got a tube to test so I’ll keep you updated on that one. You ready for the best bit? Drumroll please; three new shades of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, you know like my favourite glosses in the realm of beauty, will be unveiled on counters come May time. Sticking to the original subtle-gloss, no stick formula there’s a rosy hued pink, a nude peach and a brown-tinged shade coming our way and I’ve already added their new take on peach to my shopping list.

We made our bed at Hôtel Costes on Rue Saint-Honoré; a moody and dark sort of place filled with model-types and handsome men to open doors, with cloud-like beds and their own branded candles that burnt in the hallways. Top marks for the restaurant housed there too; easily the best melt-in-your-mouth fillet steak that’s ever passed my lips. Another foodie haven we visited was Angelina’s on Rue de Rivoli – I polished off their salted butter caramel macaroons in one clean sweep. For a cheese party feast check out the food hall at Le Marché Saint Germain on Rue Lobineau, we made friends with the sellers who feed us up with jambon and fromage samples. Beauty-wise we trekked over to Sephora on Champs-Élysées - standard – and then tested our map reading skills by searching out City Pharma on Rue du Four. Think Superdrug, but chicer – and filled to the rafters with Bioderma. A few new additions to the skincare stash may have occurred.

Good bites, beauty bits and the company of fellow bloggers; all in all a wicked whirlwind 24 hours spent in Paris. Now to work off my pâtisserie pouch…


  • Looks like you had a lovely time in Paris 🙂 I went there last May and loved it so much!

    Looking forward to seeing the new Clarins offerings 🙂 xx

  • joysteib

    That was such a delightful and quite enlightening blog yet!!! Loved hearing what is to come from Clarins…you have me intrigued now!!  Thanks for sharing!!! <3

  • Hannah

    Paris is my favourite place in the world, and just looking at those photos I want to go back! If only it wasn’t so bloody expensive there! x

  • Maddy Cane

    Looks like a lovely couple of days, hope you had a wonderful time! xxx

  • Victoria Carlisle

    I absolutely love Paris, I’ve been three times and loved it more each time I went! Looks like you had so much fun, and Lily’s vlog was so good too! xxxxx

  • Rebecca

    looks lovely! paris is sooo pretty!


    my blog : bam bas bat

  • Daria Buonin

    It seems like you had a great time! I can’t wait for a Paris haul video from you 🙂 xx

  • Paris is the most beautiful city in the world – watch ou my impressions from paris :)

  • MCC

    i saw you in lily’s vlog video… you looked gorgeous! looks like it was such a fun trip. looking forward to you next video! XX

  • Sian

    I was in Paris this week too (my friend lives there, free bed ftw!) and while I do agree that it is a beaut place, I can confirm that the cheese is not so pleasant when it’s a half-eaten wodge of camembert being waved in your face by a tramp on the metro platform! Angelina’s is gorgeous though, did you have the hot chocolate? Heaven!

    Great post! Excited to check out the new Clarins offerings for myself (:

  • Looks absolutely amazing – the room is gorgeous! I haven’t been to Paris since my Year 9 school trip and I’m absolutely dying to go again. If you’ve had time to do some sight-seeing and mooching around would love to know your top places to visit in Paris 🙂


  • Pippa Jones

    Am so bloomin jealous! Paris looks so pretty! You have some beautiful photos too 🙂 Lovely post anna. 

    Pipp xx

  • Crystal Ike

    Love the room decor in the hotel!

    Crystal’s Beauty Corner

  • Sheilaoriordan75

    Was at city pharma in January! Got confused by the dual exit from the metro and went out the. Wrong one first time, ended up on. The parallel street wondering what was going on!

  • and kate

    Looks like you had an amazing time!
    J’adore Paris <3
    Much love,
    Kate xo

  • Emily

    Glad you had a nice time, the photos are so lovely! But in the first line, did you mean that ‘Everything is pettier in Paris’ or ‘Everything is prettier in Paris’? Different meanings! xx

  • Gillian

    Looks like you had a great time in Paris. Really makes me want to go back there.

    Gillian from Glam Up Everyday x

  • Grace

    Great photos – looks like you had a lovely time!x

  • I went to City Pharma last year and OMG..madness, but soooo good!x

  • Divs

    Feels like I went to Paris with Anna 🙂
    enjoyed every bit of the postcard.. Lovely pics and even lovelier one day schedule packed with excitement


  • Jenna Ericson

    What a dream! Every part of this from beginning to end looks absolutely perfect.
    You’ve given me something to hopefully look forward to someday! Thank you!

  • Sarahlouisedriscoll

    Just found your blog and you tube channel through Lily Pebbles – love it! I am now after that zara bag and your caroline gardener notepad though! xx

  • Lauren

    Wow, this looks amazing.  That sounds like one of the best days I can imagine.

    Sounds like you had a lovely time!

  • Just watched Lily’s vlog, what red lipstick were you wearing at the event that night?

  • I saw Lilys vlog tday and was really interested to hear more.
    I know it was Clarins’ event but Lily mentioned all other bloggers from around the world.
    Can you tell us more? Or recommend someone?
    Mustve been so cool to meet other beauty bloggers!

  • This whole Paris trip seems like such a dream! You girls are so lucky! I’m hoping to make it to beautiful Paris for the first time this year & cannot wait!

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

  • Anna Blush

    This trip sounds absolutely amazing! So jealous! x

  • Em

    This just kills me because I just moved to Paris (till May 10) as of a week ago.  And my own Rue du Four Citypharma haul was two days before…I am seriously regretting my timing!  Looking forward to seeing what you got as it will give me even more ideas (not that I didn’t spend enough already).  


  • Katie Clarke

    Looks like you had a really special time in Pariiiis Anna 🙂 although I live in France now I’ve still yet to try a macaroon :O it’s a crime! I need to get down to City Pharma too, thanks for the tips 🙂 xx

  • Everydaymelissa

    so glad to hear you had an amazing time! I hope to see Paris for myself one day soon! – everydaymelissa

  • Emma Delfosse

    I want to visit Paris so badly, it looks like such a nice place!  And I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much 🙂

  • Amazing! I am so jealous right now, that food sounds and looks delish and argh you went to Sephora?! Totes jel. xx

  • lots and lots of french macarons. love!

  • Macaroons <3

  • Shalini Menon

    love the pictures! glad you had a great time (:

    http://sunsetswings.blogspot.comxx S.

  • Your hotel looks so lovely and romantic! And boy, those macarons look delicious! They are my favourite french treat (although Eclaires are pretty darn good as well!).

    Au revoir!

    xx Carolin