I Battled My Boyfriend For This Face-Saving Mist
What is it? Avene’s Thermal Spring Water. This perennial beauty editor pick is a nourishing and hydrating mist from France that’s packed with minerals to calm troubled or parched skin.
Who’s it perfect for? This face spray is way more than just water. It takes 40 years for this H2O to travel through the Cevennes mountain aquifer to the thermal spring where it’s collected. During that time it picks up tons of good-for-your-skin minerals that actually help rebalance irritated dermis. It’s great for anyone—but it’s especially good for folks with eczema, psoriasis, or just generally sensitive skin. (Pro tip: you can use this all over your body to help calm redness!)
Insider deets from a Birchbox staffer: "At my college roommate’s vineyard wedding earlier this summer, she handed out bottles of this mist to keep guests cool during the outdoor reception. My boyfriend spritzed it all over his face once—and then wouldn’t give up the bottle until the next day when I needed it to calm an extra bad sunburn on my shoulders. Even then, we had to exchange some strong words (including “share!” and “what’ll you give me for it?”) before he’d let me get anywhere near it.” —Candice, Editor
Can’t wait to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about this soothing spray.
Earlier this week, I was in Paris for a hot second to meet with the phenomenal (or should that be trés magnifique?) JolieBox team. Naturally, I carved out some time to do some important on-the-ground research—namely, eating and pharmacie-raiding. Now it’s a well-known fact that the French are spoiled when it comes to skincare. Every block, you’ll find a pharmacy filled with products and brands that would make your head spin (and ours did). In addition to makeup artist favorites like Embryolisse, there are all sorts of things that you can’t get easily in the US. I asked JolieBox’s editorial director, Mathilde Lacombe, to give me a shopping list of her favorites. Here’s what we scooped up.
Bioderma Matriciane Firming Matrix Cream: “French girls love this brand. It’s famous for being very tolerant even if you have acne or dry skin. The texture is like a gel and not too oily. It moisturizes the skin very, very well—perfect for combination skin and you don’t have to use too much.”
JolieBox co-founder Mathilde Lacombe. Yes, we have a ginormous girl crush on her.
Last week, we spilled the beans about our international expansion and our acquisition of JolieBox. Today, we’re introducing you to Mathilde Lacombe, the company’s co-founder and editorial director. Mathilde began as a beauty blogger and Elle reporter before starting JolieBox with four friends. She says, “I’m a complete beauty addict! I love discovering new brands and trends and learning other girls’ beauty habits.” Hmm…we think Mathilde and her crew will fit in perfectly at the Birchbox offices. The 24-year-old editor now oversees JolieBox’s editorial and marketing teams in the UK, France, and Spain—and recently got married! We’ll be adding periodic dispatches from Mathilde and her editors soon—for now, here’s a little bit about her!
I woke up yesterday with an angry red zit that covered approximately 95% of my chin. Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit, but I suspect that all the greasy foods I consumed over Thanksgiving weekend have triggered a breakout. Call it revenge of the deep-fried turkey.
Since I know better than to give into temptation and pop my own zit, I’m treating my skin with products. The first step: Avène’s Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser. It’s a gentle, pH-balanced formula made with French thermal spring waters designed to calm and soften blemish-prone skin. Unlike your run-of-the-mill cleansers, it gets rid of dirt and oil without depositing icky residue into my pores. Armed with my new go-to cleanser and a diet full of leafy greens, my skin is already starting to clear up (just in time for the next round of holiday festivities).
While your skin is detoxing, pick up a full-coverage concealer like Benefit’s Erase Paste.
Dedicated to “what’s in your closet and on your vanity,” Samantha Fodrowski’s blog, Closet Vanity, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to our interests. This week, the busy blogger is lending us her talents and musing on some of our favorite topics like the fashion-forward red lip and au naturel makeup.
When it comes to skincare and makeup, women are constantly inundated with promises and marketing jargon (Smaller pores! Longer lashes! Lasts all day!). But nothing sells me on a product quite like a positive word-of-mouth. I’m always so curious about what products other people use and I usually scan friends’ vanities to check out their goods. I’d venture to guess I’m not the only one who loves IntoTheGloss' Top Shelf feature because it gives a refreshing look at what the most influential people in the industry actually use and like.