Parisian Chic

When I found out a trip to Paris was on the cards my checklist for what to pack looked a little bit like this: black skinnies, kitten heels and red lipstick. That’s all the essentials, non? If there’s one beauty culture I’m borderline obsessed with then it has to be that of the French. You girls from over The Channel have got that whole ‘no makeup, makeup’, lived-in look down and I’m down with that. You already know I have a thing for your locks, but your makeup too? I. Love. It. So for my short stay I’m attempting to wedge my way in to the French maquillage way – I’m even wearing a bun and everything. Here’s what crossed the sea with me…

First in the makeup bag went a light coverage ‘I don’t do foundation‘ base – Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser in Bisque, the only product that does that tale any justice. Applied with fingers for once, I’m leaving it at that – no bronzer, blush, highlight or even concealer. I’m embracing yesterday’s 5.30am wakeup-call racoon eyes. Speaking of eyes, there’s two products to pep them up. Lancôme’s Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara – an unusual addition for me but my Telescopic’s on its last legs and this leaves a slightly more natural finish to my lashes. And to add some subtle structure to the face I threw in Hourglass’ Arch Brown Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette, the waxy texture of which helps keep my disobedient brows in order. The final product that came along for the trip was the much fantasised about in my head, red lip. More than a few options popped up in my makeup musings, but I’m currently harbouring some big love for the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Calypso*, a pinked-up rouge. Slapped on like your usual lippie it’s ok, but dabbed and pressed into your lips with your finger it’s swoon-worthy. Your lips but brighter, better and a tad bolder.

A four product face? Just when you think I couldn’t cut it down anymore. Vivianna Does errrr….Nothing? But today is all about the lightly stained lip, a trip to the Lover’s Bridge, the impending Pharmacy ransacking and itching that scratch on my head. J’adore Paris – I’ll send you a postcard…

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  • Your skin looks gorgeous here. Minimal make-up is great since you can achieve the natural look and it is better for the skin not to have so much products caked on. Hope you have fun in Paris~ X x x

  • Anna, what skin type do you have? This tinted moisturizer is better for combination/oily or I can handle it with combination/dry?

  • The lipstick color looks great on you.

  • and kate

    You are absolutely gorgeous Vivianna!
    Your posts are always amazing!
    Great photography.
    I’ve been keeping up to date with your adventures in Paris and it looks amazing.
    Much Love,
    Kate xo

  • Holly Hutcheon

    Beautiful Anna, love your hair like that too xx

  • How well would you say the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser covers redness? 

  • Charlotte Hoedemakers

    Ah this is just perfect- the ideal Parisian look! I love how it’s so minimal, and oh gawd your skin is just to die for.

  • Koko Reece

    love it anna… you crack me up xxx

  • Divs

    Good that lip color. And Lancôme drama has always been my first love though I am loving Deborah hi tech currently. Loved ur hairstyle at the party last night….


  • joysteib

    I wish I could go out with just that….without concealer people would mistaken me for Uncle Festus on the Adams Family!!! Anywho, have a fun and safe trip and thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

  • Jennifer Louise

    Another great post! Have fun in Paris!
    Jennifer xx 
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  • Parisian Chic indeed!!! 
    You couldn’t have done better choices for Paris!! Have a great time ♥

  • Jenesaisquoi.

    Hello Vivianna,

    I’m a french guy living in Paris. y girl friend asked me to watch your blog in a goal to tell you “the french guy advice”.. 🙂 I think the difference between the french girls and other girls is that in France they don’t make up a lot, it seems to be kind of “too much”. When we travel together we notice that everywhere (Asia, Europ, USA) when a girl is supposed to be chic, she is over make up… This is the opposit !! 🙂

    By the way both of us are agree to say you look pretty !

    Très belle journée à Paris !

  • Sandyhsyu

    Cant wait to see what you haul from Paris!!

  • Pippa Jones

    I really do love your jacket in the picture! you look really flawless! Lovely post anna! would love to see some fashion haul vids! :) 

    pipp xx

  • Katie Hello

    I love your posts! Great makeup look, that lip colour looks amazing.
    Katie xx

  • Millie

    You look amazing!! I love you hair like that and I’m in love with the Bobbi Brown lipstick, that colour is gorgeous!! 🙂 ♥

  • Line Noergaard

    A bun like that is always stylish! 🙂 x

  • Maddy Cane

    Love your hair, this fresh look is amazing on you! xxx

  • Jolie J’Adore

    You look so lovely with your hair up, paired with the minimal makeup I would definitely say you’re looking tres Parisienne and fresh faced!
    Another wonderful post x

  • I love that big brow on you!

  • Abbie

    Love the bun, and barely there makeup! x

  • it looks so fresh! xx

  • Katie Clarke

    You look so chic and French! I moved to France a few months back from Ireland and I just love how the french girls pull off such a beautiful minimal look, needless to say I’m still learning! anyway, J’adore!! xxx

  • Lauren

    Lovely! I too adore the no makeup makeup look. Hope you had a fun time!

  • Killian Reimers

    So jealous, you look like you’ve got it down to a perfect science!!

    Really, the hell do Parisians do it!?? I’m incredibly envious..

    Hope you’re having fun in Paris!  (:

    – Killian x

  • Oh that post makes me smile !  ‘Cause I was at the Clarins event yesterday (I’ve only recognize you and Lily and I’ve to admit I’m a little bit too shy to have come say hi !) and I can assure you Anna that all french beauty bloggers including me of course, were saying that you all UK bloggers looked amazing ! So I guess that we always want the ” over the channel ” style 😉

  •  Oh that post makes me smile !  ‘Cause I was at the Clarins event
    yesterday (I’ve only recognize you and Lily and I’ve to admit I’m a
    little bit too shy to have come say hi !) and I can assure you Anna that
    all french beauty bloggers including me of course, were saying that you
    all UK bloggers looked amazing ! So I guess that we always want the ”
    over the channel ” style 😉

  • Love your hair in a bun Anna! I love the sound of only using minimal products but I don’t think I could pull it off quite like you do xx

  • Gosh that lip color is stunning…I am a huge fan of Matt and this one makes me fall for them all over again..Can’t wait to get my hands onto it..The Parisian look really suits Anna ..u should carry that more often!


  • Denise F.

    Love th bun on you! 🙂

  • Paris Grace

    So pretty! That lip colour looks gorgeous on you 🙂

    Paris Alma


  • Georgie D’Souza

    love that coat of yours!

  • I just wanted to say that I’ve just recently started following your blog and I LOOOVE it!! It’s so gorgeous and well organised and I love your posts. I also watch your youtube videos and I’ve gotta say you’re definitely one of my favourite youtubers! 
    P.s. love the Paris look!

  • Yourfaceismycanvas8

    simple and classy! 

    Your Face, My Canvas:

  • calypso coral looks brilliant! i will have to check it out 🙂

  • hayley ann

    where is that gorgeous coat from?! :0 x