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Packing List: Paris

Coming to a departures gate near you—New York’s famed Black and White Cookies from Ess-a-Bagel

Paris, j’arrive! Editorial Director Mollie, Social Media Senior Manager Rachel, and I are jetting to the City of Light to pow-wow with our lovely colleagues from Birchbox France, UK, and Spain. I’m leaving plenty of room in my suitcase for Parisian discoveries to tote back to New York, but I couldn’t leave without these key staples: 

1. Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo and Protect & Condition

Our French colleagues have been begging (in a very elegant Parisian way of course) us to bring them Beauty Protector’s shampoo and conditioner after falling in love with customer favorite Protect & Detangle Spray. We’re happy to oblige, but we may deliver our gifts minus one or two uses—after all, do you really expect us to abide by the watered-down shampoo our hotel has on offer?!

2. Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

Jet lag and I are old pals. I can’t for the life of me sleep on planes, and I usually adjust to my new time zone pretty much the day I’m heading back home. What that means for my skin: nothing good. Becca’s foundation is easy to build, letting me control the amount of coverage I need (day one: LOTS). And, with its anti-inflammatory, oxygen-boosting formula, I know it’s helping repair my skin even while it conceals.

The older I get, the more mascara I seem to need to perk up my puny lashes. So this innovative two-part mascara from Ojon has me trés intrigued. On one side, you’ve got the brand’s conditioning serum (if you haven’t tried their genius restorative formula yet on your hair, get thee to our Shop stat), and on the other, a volumizing, thickening mascara. Just the one-two punch my skimpy lashes need!

4. Black-and-white cookies

Our Parisian editor Mathilde adores these New York deli staples, so I’m bringing a dozen from Ess-a-Bagel, one of the city’s best bagel purveyors and also a black-and-white cookie specialist.

5. Help for the Haunted, by John Searles

I’m about 20 pages in to the latest best seller by a friend from my days at Cosmopolitan, and I’m already completely hooked. As a person, John is a lovely ray of light—but his books deal with some pretty dark topics (adultery, murder,exorcisms, to name a few). His third is a completely engrossing cross between a ghost story and a coming of age novel, narrated by a teenager looking for the truth about the violent murder of her parents. 

6. France Luxe Couture Jaw

With a name like France Luxe, how can this chic hair clip not be perfect for Paris? All I’ll need is a silk scarf around my neck and a plate of charcuterie in front of me to complete the image of une Parisienne élégante (or, as the case may be, an American trying hard to look Parisian).


On my trip, I’ll also be seeking out French Women’s Top 4 Beauty Secrets. 

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