French Drugstore Beauty Must-Haves You Can Easily Get | Clozette


Sometimes the best things in life are hiding in plain sight and one of France’s best-kept secrets is the pharmacie. We’ve seen countless iterations of the glamorous French woman in film and literature and one thing common among them is the certain je ne sais quoi that just exudes chic effortlessness. Being unbothered is part of their charm and that attitude also extends to beauty. Case in point: many of their essentials are French drugstore beauty buys.


Unlike the usual drugstore, however, French pharmacies feature a broad range of products at different price points but all offer high-quality results. For all their casualness, the French do actually take their skin and body care seriously. Thankfully, you don’t have to go all the way to Paris to partake in the French experience as many of these products are available internationally. Deciding on which ones to try can be quite overwhelming the first time so here’s our little guide to French drugstore beauty items to check out on your next shopping trip.


Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution


bioderma micellar water

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution, SGD7.95/~USD6 (watsons.com)


A staple of French drugstore beauty, Bioderma’s micellar water has earned cult status among celebrities and beauty insiders for its effective cleansing powers. French It girl Jeanne Damas calls it an indispensable product in her routine.

Avène Eau Thermale Cleanance Soapless Cleanser


avene gel cleanser

Avène Eau Thermale Cleanance Soapless Cleanser, SGD30.50/~USD22 (watsons.com)


Avène’s pH-friendly cleanser has the most refreshing herbal scent. Infused with the brand’s renowned thermal spring water, this soapless cleanser gently purifies the skin while providing an instant soothing effect.


Caudalie Beauty Elixir


caudalie facial mist

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, SGD22/~USD16 (sephora.com)


Many have sung praises for Caudalie’s facial mist for its brightening properties. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famed elixir of youth, this convenient spray primes, hydrates and sets makeup for a flawless finish.



Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré


embryolisse cream

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, SGD36/~USD26 (lookfantastic.com)


Embryolisse’s cream is a popular French drugstore beauty essential because it’s a great multitasker. It can work as a makeup remover, primer, and moisturiser all in one handy tube. The rich formula contains essential fatty acids and vitamins to hydrate the skin and promote cell renewal.


La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+


la roche posay effaclar

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+, SGD42.90/~USD31 (watsons.com)


Tough on blemishes but gentle on the skin, La Roche Posay’s treatment flies quickly off the shelves. The solution makes use of a keratolytic (a treatment for removing warts and other skin textures) called LHA, which absorbs easily and is non-drying. It can also be worn under makeup as the formula doesn’t make skin sensitive to the sun!



Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse


nuxe body oil

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, SGD25/~PHP945 for 30ml (rustans-thebeautysource.com)


Nuxe’s dry oil is an iconic French drugstore beauty product with good reason. The ultra-luxurious yet lightweight oil nourishes the skin with a blend of anti-ageing, soothing, and moisturising oils. It can be used on the hair, body, and face, leaving behind a fragrance that is absolutely divine.


Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oatmilk


klorane dry shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oatmilk, SGD14.90/~USD11


The secret to French girl hair, Klorane’s dry shampoo gently cleanses strands with effective oil-absorbing ingredients to control excess sebum. It also provides a great lift for roots giving you that perfectly tousled, lived in effect.


With these French drugstore beauty products in your vanity drawer, channelling that effortlessly beautiful spirit will come almost naturally that people will be wondering “What is it about her?” Don’t worry, we won’t tell.


(Cover photos from: @samiraradmehr and @wingitpretty)


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We all want to look, feel and smell fresh. But in our tropical climate, it can sometimes be a feat. With heat and humidity cramping our style — and literally making us sweat — staying cool and fresh, especially under the arms, can be quite the challenge. So a deodorant that can ensure we’re smelling our best and more is what we need to look for. Here are five criteria we make sure to seek when it comes to deodorant.

Effectively deodorises


Some deodorants only mask the odour with fragrance. We need something that actually removes or neutralises the odour. The QB Medicated Deodorant nips odour in the bud with the help of two active ingredients — O-Cymen-5Ol and Zinc Acid — that sterilise bacteria and reduces the sweat the underarms produce by tightening the sweat glands respectively.




With the help of eight natural plant extracts — rosa multiflora fruit extract, witch hazel leaf extract, hop extract, lavender flower extract, great burnet root extract, tea plant extract, Satsuma Mandarin peel extract and Chinese skullcap root extract — it also moisturises the skin on the underarms.


Has clean ingredients


We’re always cautious about what we put on the skin on our face. We say do the same when you think of what deodorant to pick! The QB Medicated Deodorant doesn’t contain aluminum, fragrances, colourants and parabens — so you’re sure that it’s gentle for your skin.




Is non-sticky


Deodorant wearers know that texture is also important. Some take a while to dry; others leave a slimy feeling on the skin. Either can definitely bring discomfort, which is not something you’re looking for when you want to feel fresh. So make sure you opt for something that has a non-sticky texture.



Easy to apply


Many of us may have gotten used to re-applying deodorant when necessary. But let’s face it: not everyone has the time to do so, especially in our fast-paced lives. So a deodorant that doesn’t require re-application is definitely a plus in our book. With the QB Medicated Deodorant, you can apply it one time and the effect will last for seven days. Talk about time- and effort-saving!




Doesn’t stain


Have you ever had to say goodbye to a favourite shirt because it got stained by your deodorant? So make sure you choose a deodorant that meshes well with your body’s chemistry and doesn’t leave you with white (or any colour) stains.



The QB Medicated Deodorant is available in all SaSa Malaysia outlets.



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If there were to be a single cosmetic product or tool that would define this generation, it would have to be the beautyblender. Seen in the kits of men and women everywhere — from makeup newbies to beauty gurus to professional makeup artists, the beautyblender has made it easy for everyone to achieve perfect makeup application. With the help of a handy little sponge, that enviable airbrushed effect that once seemed to be the privilege of celebrities and insiders is now accessible to everyone. This is, in part, thanks to beautyblender founder, Rea Ann Silva.


Yet for something as simple as a teardrop sponge, the beautyblender continues to surprise us with its versatility. From optimising skincare application to stain removal, it’s adjusted to accommodate the needs of many lifestyles. Which is why #TeamClozette jumped at the chance to interview the brains (and beauty) behind the beautyblender. Surely, the woman who revolutionised the makeup sponge has more than a few tricks up her sleeve. So, we asked the beautyblender founder for some sage advice on beauty and navigating the industry. Read on below to find these out as well as some pretty interesting uses for the popular makeup tool.


beauty blender founder Rea Ann Silva


How it all began


Prior to working as a makeup artist, Rea Ann Silva started as a student in fashion design. She says, “When I studied fashion, I realised that my favourite part by far was the sketching. So, I started working at a makeup counter because I loved the artistry.”


It was around the time of the 2000s TV show Girlfriends that the idea for the beautyblender came to be. “I was working on the makeup set for the show Girlfriends and it was shot in HD, so I needed something that made the actors and actresses look flawless on camera. I needed an airbrushed look but I couldn't use an airbrush machine, so I started to play around with some special effects tools and experimenting with wetting sponges/cutting them into different shapes. When people started stealing them on set, I knew I was on to something.“ 


Making it as the beautyblender founder and entrepreneur


Still, it couldn’t have been that easy and Rea admitted she’s had her share of naysayers. One thing she’s learned? “Not listening to the NOs. You must stay the course and persevere — even if the 'experts' tell you that you’re going to fail.”


Rea Ann Silva


Nevertheless, it’s that kind of resilience that keeps the beautyblender founder eager to come up with new ideas. She adds, “Brainstorming with my product development team has to be one of the best parts, and my favourite is when I receive a product in final packaging. It is really exciting to see the product come to life.”


Does this mean there’s more to come for the brand? A likely yes, but she won’t be spilling the details just yet. “Beautyblender has been a game-changer from day one, and you should expect the same problem-solving innovations to come in the future.” 



On beauty (and the beautyblender)


Being someone who gets excited with innovation, Rea mentions two of her favourite unconventional ways of using a beautyblender are as "a stain remover for clothes or to give your nail polish an ombre effect." Something she wishes people would avoid though is not wetting the sponge when using it. “I can’t tell you how many times people tell me they don’t wet their blender. Wetting the blender is essential. You’ll see how flawlessly makeup goes on your skin when you use it damp.”


Rea Ann Silva with the beautyblender Bounce foundation


When asked about her makeup kit essentials, Rea lists Jurlique’s Rose Hand Cream, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara, NARS’s Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium 2 Ginger, Dior Addict’s Lip Glow in 001, and Jao’s Hand Sanitizer as her go-tos.


As far as beauty lessons go, the beautyblender founder points out that her biggest advice she's received for both business beauty was this: “Listen to your intuition. It doesn’t steer you wrong.” 


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