Welcome to Part II of this week's honeymoon series! Going abroad for your honeymoon? Lucky you! Not only will you be vacationing with your hubby, but you can sneak off and get some international beauty buys, too! One of my favorite parts of traveling is seeing the various products that are rare in the States, so I've created a guide to beauty brands available in three common honeymoon destinations.
If you're going to Paris, head to Printemps, where you'll find the largest beauty department in the world. More than 300 brands are available, so set aside some time to shop. Start by browsing the full line of adorably-packaged Paul & Joe cosmetics, which are hard to find in the States. Stock up on the La Roche-Posay skin care line, which has the best sunscreen I've ever tried, Anthelios SPF 60 (!) for around 15 euro. Anthelios is available in the US, but very rarely at that level of sun protection (and never so cheap). Don't bypass the Lancome and Chanel counters, which often have colors that aren't available in the US. For two more honeymoon buys,
Going to South America? Whether you're in Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires, look for Natura, Brazil's biggest beauty line. It's a collection of skin care, hair care, fragrance and makeup infused with (sustainably-harvested) Brazilian plant ingredients like guarana, cacao and pitanga. The packaging has a cool organic-ish design, too—making these products perfect souvenirs for your loyal bridesmaids back home.
Okay, so Hawaii isn't "international," but it's a world away from, well, just about everywhere else. If you're on Oahu, stop by Lanikai Bath and Body, whose body butters and lotions use island ingredients such as papaya, aloe, kukui, noni and macadamia. As a bonus, the shop is in Kailua, which has a beautiful and very romantic beach!