It seems absurd, but it’s true and it’s my latest excuse: Ever since returning home, I’ve been sick with some sort of bizarre flu. That’s why I haven’t been writing because part of the time I’ve been in some strange other worldly state. For no rational reason, I have an unhealthy phobia about doctors, I thought this would pass. Well, it didn’t. With serious pressure from Andrea, My-Reason-For-Living-In-France and my best childhood friend, I finally went to see our doctor — who is also a friend, so you’ve got to wonder about my mental health as well.
He gave me prescriptions for antibiotics, anti-inflammatory meds and a mega something-or-other bursting with vitamins and minerals which he promises will give me back my energy.
That was last Friday. Now I’m feeling so much better.
This is a prelude to telling you about products. Yes, who would have guessed?
Prior to seeing Pascal (our friend and doctor), Christine, my pharmacy pal, gave me a box of ginseng-gives-you-back-your-energy vials which she gulps down throughout the winter into early spring and claims they are “fan-tas-tique.” I started drinking them about a week ago. When I asked Pascal about them, he said, “Why not?”
OK, now that I’m all drugged-up I’m ready to get back to work/play — blogging.
Also, since I have been mostly hanging out in my bedroom and that adjacent room that often accompanies flu, I have not been abiding by my rule about getting up every day and making a little effort in other words, makeup wasn’t a major priority. Still. . . I’m not a total slug. I decided that this would be an ideal opportunity to concentrate on treatment products. So when I bought my ginseng I picked up a new Nuxe exfoliant (I’ve told you about it, the one with rose petals) at the same time I tried to find my Avene moisturizing facial, but Christine said it didn’t arrive with the latest order.
However, she suggested something even more exciting. Masque Détox Vitaminé from BIO Beauté, which is the organic range of products from Nuxe.
Christine assured me that I would love it not only for the results, but also for the fun element. The fun element? Yes, really. The instant the top comes off the quite unglamorous jar, you smell the delicious orange and mandarin fragrance, a perfect beginning in my opinion. Then you see that the product looks like an orange gel. It goes on in a think, cool layer of what feels like a not at all sticky gel. You leave it on for five minutes, unless you’re an excessive like I am then you can leave it on for 15 or 20 minutes.
Next up the second phase, when you rinse it off with warm water the “gel” turns into a white milky liquid cream that you massage a bit before it easily disappears with splashes of water.
Benefits: you and your bathroom smell wonderful, your face is flush with beauty. (Well, you know, context, but my skin looked rosy, plump, and healthy.)
It’s my new favorite moisturizing masque although I might still use my Avene because I sometimes sleep in that one and rinse it off in the morning after it does its work through the night.
Oh yes, before I used the Nuxe detox mask, I exfoliated with the Nuxe rose petal stuff.
The Berocca seems to be working. My energy is back. I do know that I am highly susceptible to “rituals.” For example, I like breaking open the glass vials and pouring them into a large glass of water in the morning, I love the manoeuvres that go into certain beauty applications. I think taking care of ourselves should be a pleasure, never a chore.