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7 French Women With Particularly Good Skin on the Products They Swear By

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There’s no doubt we here at Who What Wear are bonafide francophiles. If you’re an avid reader of the site, you know we wax lyrical about the effortless and insouciant French woman’s wardrobe—from the basics they always have handy to the lingerie brands they swear by. But today we’re honing in on French women’s beauty routines—in particular, their skincare, a subject worthy of our utmost attention.

The natural ease of a French woman’s skincare routine is one to be admired. From the prized products at their beloved pharmacie, (which you can now, for the most part, find on Amazon) to the little-known brands many of us here in the U.S. may never have heard of, French women have a certain way of getting the most sultry, effortless elegance out of the fewest products possible.

Eager to know more about their revered skincare routine, we tapped seven French women with particularly good skin and asked them to share their favorite skincare products, tips, and tricks. Scroll below for the items they swear by.

My favorite brands are Oh My Cream! and Angela Caglia. I love all their products, but Oh My Cream’s makeup removal balm and Angela Caglia’s the Great Detox Serum are my absolute favorites.
“And I love this cleanser—it leaves skin silky soft.”
“When it comes to beauty, I love to try everything, but these are my magic products. I put on Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair on every night before my night cream—The Rich Cream by Augustinus Bader. These two products have changed my skin radically. I am a smoker, and my skin tends to be dry and have a grayish hue, but thanks to these, I get my back my baby skin!”
“I also have some affordable beauty secrets: Three times a week, I put a mixture of apple cider vinegar and lemon all over my face that I keep on for 30 mins. It helps regenerate and remove my small dark spots. Since I’ve done this, my skin looks more clear and even.”
“My last skincare secret—Vaseline! I cannot live without my little Vaseline pot, I put it on several times a day around my eyes and on my lips. I really do believe it is the best anti-aging product!”
“I’m obsessed with this and literally can’t live without it. You don’t need to apply too much—dab onto your lips and it keeps them extra moisturized for hours.”
“I am always looking to achieve a luminous glow, and this mask definitely helps. It smells so good I could seriously eat it!” 
“We forget a lot about the eye area, but when you apply your concealer onto dry skin, it’s definitely not the best. The texture of this eye cream is kind of watery, so I was a little surprised when I applied it for the first time, but I absolutely love it.” 
“I use it every night, and it removes all the impurities from the day. My skin feels super clean after.” 
“Not only does it smell like my childhood, but the texture is so silky it makes my skin super soft and glowing.”
“I have been a fan of Odiele since the very start and I firmly believe this serum is the one to thank for my healthy skin!”
“It literally, visibly, cures my lips minutes after I apply it—a real life saver!”
“I have dry  so I use this on my cheeks every day. I love the fact there is no perfume. And I’m really used to the brand— I have all its products—thermal water spray, makeup remover… the list goes on!”
“I put this eye cream on every morning and before going to bed at night. It gets rid of puffiness and moisturizes the fragile area. I have sensitive skin and this one is really gentle.”
“Biologique Recherche products—particularly the Creme Masque Vernix—and Augustine Bader Rich Cream have changed my skin completely. My skin used to be so dry and sometimes red, but these creams have changed the game for me.”
“I am a big fan of La Mer products. I change according to the seasons, but I love them all! The brand’s new serum, The Concentrate,is amazing.”
“These soothing eye patches brighten tired eyes and are my savior after a long day or night out.”
“I just discovered Oh My Cream products, and it’s a revelation! Especially the makeup remover—it’s made of 100% natural coconut and jojoba vegetable oils.”

Up next, the eight different makeup looks of Jeanne Damas.

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I Tried on 21 Dresses From Reformation, Topshop, and Zara—These 10 Made the Cut

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If there’s one type of email I love to receive in my inbox this time of year, it’s a summer invitation. Whether it’s for a wedding, a barbecue, brunch, or bridal shower, seeing a Paperless Post pop up in my inbox never fails to excite. This is followed closely by my second favorite email: a travel confirmation from an airline. (It’s true. I get giddy at the sight of a booking reference number.) Why? Because both emails signify the start of fun summer is finally here.

It also signifies the need to get my summer wardrobe into gear. And lots of summer events call for lots of gorgeous summer dresses (or at least a small handful to see me through the season).

So this week, I went to some of my favorite retailers—Reformation, Zara, and Topshop (all known for their chic selections of dresses)—to seek out cool summer frocks that will see me through laid-back summer weekends, an upcoming Italian vacation, a wedding, an engagement party, and a bridal shower—all taking place in the next few months. I tried on a plethora of dresses (21 to be exact), but these 10 made the final cut. From floral minidresses to polka-dot slip dresses, scroll below to whet your appetite for a brand-new season of summer dressing.

An effortless white dress is high on my wish list for weekend summer getaways. I’m obsessed with this lace and linen midi dress from Reformation. Just add espadrille wedges, a straw hat, and the Italian Riviera for good measure.
This is such a fun little floral frock. The neckline and puff sleeves are super flattering and utterly charming. I do wish the hemline was one or two inches longer, but I’ll definitely be wearing these with kitten-heel sandals or chic flats once summer rolls around.
I’ll be wearing this stunner for an elegant outdoor summer wedding with black sandals and statement earrings. The fitted bodice is exquisite.
This relaxed floral slip can easily be dressed up or down with strappy sandals or flats and is the perfect option for those laid-back summer days.
My penchant for white dresses continues. I love the delicate details on this chic frock—from the deep-V neckline lined with lace to the pleated drop-waist silhouette.
Consider this your day-to-night wardrobe savior. The romantic ruffles and elegant, short puff sleeves add a charming touch to the ditsy floral-print frock.
A lightweight knit dress looks super chic for casual summer days. I’m particularly fond of the elegant neckline and longer length.
Garden-party chic! This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m head over heels for this vintage-style silhouette and bold floral print. Perfect for, oh you know, that polo match or that garden tea party, dahling.
I’ve been looking for a slip dress with a draped neckline and delicate spaghetti straps for some time, and this gorgeous silky frock fits the bill perfectly. It looks much more expensive than its price tag.
I’ve been in need of a couple of simple, easy, and relaxed knit dresses for weekends at the beach and brunching on the balcony with friends, and this soft yellow midi is the perfect not-too-precious option.

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The Best Maternity Bras to Get You Through Your Pregnancy (and After)

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If you’re a pregnant bra wearer and asking yourself if you need to buy a new one, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I am currently six months along and have swiftly transitioned from a B cup to a D cup in the blink of an eye. Breasts increase in size pretty early during pregnancy (around 6 to 8 weeks), and many will find they outgrow their bras rather quickly. The hormonal shifts, weight gain, and expanding rib cage associated with pregnancy contribute to this growth, as will mammary glands preparing to make milk later in pregnancy.

I was tempted to squeeze into my regular bras for as long as possible, but I quickly realized how uncomfortable my pre-pregnancy lacy bras were becoming, and they simply couldn’t support my heavy (and itchy) breasts. Time for an upgrade. There are a few options as you’re growing. 1) Buy a larger size of your normal pre-pregnancy bra. 2) Switch to a maternity bra. 3) If you’re somewhere in the middle of your third trimester, buy a nursing bra. Many, like me, prefer a combination of the two or three.

So how are maternity and nursing bras different from regular bras? Think of a maternity bra as an improved version of a regular bra—designed specifically for comfort as your breasts grow during pregnancy. Some features include a soft cotton lining, wider straps, extra latches on the band, etc., and they tend not to be underwired. Many regular bras offer these features too, which will work just fine during pregnancy.

Nursing bras differ in one way from maternity bras: They feature clasps on the straps that allow for easy breastfeeding access. If you buy a nursing bra to wear during pregnancy make sure there is enough room for you to grow as your breasts tend to go up another cup size or more after your baby arrives. Many of the bras available are maternity/nursing hybrids, which provide support throughout pregnancy and after.

Officially ready for a new bra? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite maternity and nursing bras that will get you through and beyond your pregnancy. And remember: If it feels tight, then it isn’t right. Find your correct size by getting measured at the lingerie department or do it yourself.

With its soft fabric and seamless design, this seamless bra is a customer favorite for during pregnancy and after.
Smooth stretchy fabric and lightly padded cups make this ultra-comfortable throughout the day and night.
Designed to move with you from pregnancy and beyond, this minimalistic bra features stretchy, nursing-friendly surplice cups.
This silky-soft, stretchy bra is supportive enough for day wear and comfortable enough to sleep in.
If you’re looking for a comfortable strapless bra throughout your pregnancy, then look no further.
Made of a cotton-modal blend, this soft and breathable bra is designed for comfort and support throughout pregnancy or after as a daily nursing bra or cozy nursing sleep bra.
Although this is technically not a maternity or nursing bra, I’ve found it extremely comfortable and supportive through my first six months of pregnancy.
A good choice when you’re exercising. This wire-free maternity/nursing bra with removable foam cups accommodates your changing figure.
Pretty and comfortable. The wide back enhances support.
You’d never be able to tell this is a nursing bra. Gorgeous lace adds romance while clips are easily unfastened for breastfeeding.
Your beautiful bralette just got an upgrade. This meets all the specific needs of a nursing mother. Plus, it’s so pretty.
Lightweight and easy to maneuver, Chantelle’s nursing bra fits best 3 weeks before your due date or later.
Your everyday bra, found. Available in black and beige, this maternity and nursing bra is designed for maximum support.
I already wear these under my casual tees for support and comfort.
Customers love this bra for its ultra-soft feeling fabric and comfort. Available in sizes S to XL.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Judith Jones.

Up next, these are the summer maternity outfits to try right now.

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Don't Visit New York Without Stopping By These 6 Stores

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As someone who quite literally shops online for a living—and loves it—it takes a lot to get me out of my e-comfort zone and into an actual store. After all, I pride myself on being able to track down pretty much any item on the internet within seconds and have a weekly excuse to peruse all my favorite sites’ new-arrivals sections—making me pretty familiar with all that’s out there.

However, once in a while it does happen, mostly thanks to a handful of boutiques that have managed to curate such a good selection, it’s worth the trip every time. So which are the stores one simply must visit when in New York? Just keep scrolling to read about all six and (because I couldn’t help myself) do a little online shopping along the way.

Up next? The surprising new It bag I couldn’t even get my hands on.

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