Discovering some French beauty secrets thanks to Caudalie and Vogue
Perhaps more than any other place that I've ever lived, I always feel that there's something that I have yet to learn in Paris. Whether the topic is French history, art, wine, cheese, movies or skin care, it's as if I'm the kid at the back of the classroom, the one who has to work extra hard to keep up with the clever students, the ones who intuitively know all the answers.
To help explain my deficiencies, I've long suspected that French women are born with a certain set of knowledge, like how to have radiant skin on even the bleakest Parisian day. It's as if the information is encoded in their genes, which would also explain why they look chic wearing scarves while I frequently resemble a cowboy with a bandanna carelessly tied around my neck.
When I received an invitation from my fairy godmothers (aka Vogue and Caudalie) to discover Caudalie's Premier Cru, I viewed it as an opportunity to finally crack the code. Eager to learn more about the world's leading vinotherapy skincare line, Sara and I were the first of our group to arrive at the elegant hotel particulier in the 8th arrondissement last Tuesday.
After shedding my heavy winter coat and rehydrating myself with a glass of water, an esthetician escorted me to an individual cubicle and encouraged me to relax during the twenty minute treatment. Ready for a much needed mini-break, I closed my eyes as she applied magic elixirs to my face, massaged moisturizer into my hands and used a whisk-like object to relieve all the tension in my scalp. When the esthetician gently roused me from my reveries and handed me a mirror to check the results, I was amazed to see that the dark circles under my eyes had miraculously disappeared thanks to the silver, copper and iridescent pearlizers in the Premier Cru eye cream.
Next on the agenda was a culinary experience with master pastry chef Gontran Cherrier, who was inspired by Caudalie's Premier Cru cream to create an airy dessert especially for the occasion. Lightly flavored with rose water, the "crème de la crème" was a delightful accompaniment to my glass of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, the wine produced on the Caudalie estate.
Made from grape derived ingredients, Caudalie's products contain the most powerful anti-oxidants in the plant world. Balancing science and nature, Caudalie does not use parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils or artificial colorings.
Impressed by the initial results of the Premier Cru eye cream, it looks as if I'll be making a trip to Citypharma this week!
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|Grape-seed polyphenols, resveratrol-oleyl in grapevine stalks and viniferine from grapevine sap are the key ingredients in Caudalie products.|