Winter Must Haves: Viva La France!

Posted February 9, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Building Your Brand
French Beauty

This relentlessly cold and windy Chicago winter sucked all the hydration out of my body in late December. My skin, hair, and even nails transformed into brittle replicas of themselves turning me into nothing more than a walking electrical current ready to (literally) shock whoever has the poor sense to come near me.

I add insult to injury every week, by hopping on airplanes, taking in ridiculous amounts of caffeine, and working long, stressful hours – all which further my dehydrated situation.

We live in a world configured to wring every last drop of water out of our souls, so this week I provide you with a brief list of my winter beauty must-haves from our lovely French beauty compatriots. So, put down your can of Static Guard and read on!

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse – A multi-usage dry oil for face, body and hair. According to,

98.1% of the ingredients in this Dry Oil are of natural origin, it is a unique combination of 30% Precious Plant Oils and Vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften your face, body and hair in a single step.

I travel with this little powerhouse – where I go, a bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse goes too.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre – Oui, Oui madame! The French continue their assault on dry skin with this cult favorite. describes it this way,

This velvety moisturizer gives skin the ultimate silky finish, thanks to generous amounts of soothing shea butter and aloe vera. It’s rich without being heavy, and can be used on all skin types. Plus, it doubles as a makeup remover, post-shave soother, and baby cream.

I use this as a day cream, with my Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream over it.  My skin glows!

And, last but not least Avibon Retinol Palmitate. This mega-dose of Vitamin A serves as the perfect solution for fine lines and wrinkles. According to,

Avibon is pumped full of skin-clearing wrinkle-blitzing Vitamin A…. a must purchase while in Paris to keep wrinkles at bay.

This multi-function product serves as my nighttime serum, treatment, and moisturizer without imparting the harsh drying effects of typical retinol products.

Ladies, I admit. When the proverbial going gets tough, I turn to the French for my dry-skin beauty solutions. C’este la vie!

Until next week –

About the Author

Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.