Paris — In part un and part deux of an American Girl In Paris, Sheena Goldblatt, the editor of Flirt Like A French Girl, regaled us with tips on navigating our way around Paris, the way a French girl might; from where to shop and dine to the dos and don’ts of French style, and of course, how to flirt like a French girl. In part trois, Sheena shares a few of her favorite French products with us that she can’t live without.
TCS: What is your favorite French magazine?
Sheena: I’m especially fond of “Vogue Paris,” “Jalouse,” and “Votre Beauté.” While there are magazine and newspaper kiosks on almost every corner, I have a special tradition of going to the drugstore on the Champs Elysées every month to load up on my favorites.
TCS: What’s your favorite French perfume?
Sheena: Les Liasons Dangereuses from By Killian.
TCS: Hermès or Louis Vuitton?
Sheena: Although I am a huge fan of Marc Jacobs, Hermès is a much more authentic French brand, since they still make their bags in their Paris atelier. You can find amazing vintage Hermès Kelly and Birkin bags at the Marché Serpette, one of the markets at the St. Ouen flea market, and “gently worn” Hermès and Vuitton at resale shops like Depôt Vente de Passy on 14 rue de la Tour, 16eme and Griff Troc on 119 Boulevard Malesherbes, 8eme.
3 French must-haves Sheena absolutely loves:
Talika Bust Serum – You’ll definitely see an increase in volume and firmness. Maybe not a full cup, as the company claims, but my poitrine is much fuller.
Senteurs de Fée Nectar de Rose – I’ve been using this religiously ever since I ran into a Hollywood movie producer in Paris who said that she used to wake up in the middle of the night just to feel how soft her skin was. It’s ultra-nourishing, smells divine, and is the must-have, super-secret beauty product that the French don’t want you to know about!
Innoxa Gouttes Bleues (French Blue Eye Drops) – These really make my eyes sparkle, especially when I haven’t gotten enough sleep. They’re kind of addictive, because you only have 15 days to finish the bottle once it’s been unsealed. One of the few things that is roughly 50% cheaper in France than in the States, so stock up when you visit.