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International Spa & Beauty Exhibition In Paris – Part 1

March 10, 2013

Yesterday marked the first day of Le Salon Mondial Spa & Beauté 2013 in Paris.

It’s an event that brings together creators, manufacturers, distributers and professionals in the spa and beauty industry. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with people and learn about new beauty trends.

Although it was an international event, most of the brands I encountered were either French or German. Some of them I’d already heard of before. While others were a new and pleasant discovery. There was one area dedicated to nails and make-up. Another to skincare products. But the main feature of the exhibit were the numerous equipment and technology for spas.

My coverage of this event will be split up into two parts. Otherwise it would be much too long for my readers.

So today, we will only have look at some of the cosmetic and makeup brands that I found during the event. There is one brand that I particularly adored.

Read on to find out what it is!


Baija Cosmetics

Baija Cosmetics

BAIJA – We’ve already run into this name before. Remember my review of the December Box by Ma Boîte A Beauté? One of my favorite products in that box was a decadent body butter by Baija. I loved it because of its thick and velvety texture and its yummy rose litchi scent. I was even carrying it in my purse yesterday and mentioned this fact to the Baija rep who I talked to. So Baija is actually a french brand created in 2003, though the name has Syrian roots and means “she who smiles.” They specialize in spa and bath products created in the oriental tradition. In addition to body creams, they have a great selection of body oils, bath salts, soaps and exfoliating creams. Although they are not an organic brand, their products are made with a high content of natural ingredients.


Pin-Up Secret

Pin-Up Secret

Pin Up Secret – I found their stand tucked away in the corner of the nails exhibition. I didn’t learn a lot about this brand because their reps were flooded with people vying to try their creams and exfoliating scrubs. I did however get to test out one of their exfoliating cream for the hands. And I must say the results were wonderful. My hands felt super soft and hydrated. This was one of the brands that is carried only in spas and beauty institutes.


Themae Spa

Themae Spa

Thémaé – Thémaé Spa treatments revolve around the natural healing benefits of tea. In fact the name Thémaé is the Japanese name for the tea preparation ceremony. Their spa massages and rituals carry the same sense of care and tranquility. They have two spa locations. There is a Thémaé Spa in Paris and another in Seoul, South Korea. They also carry their own line of skincare products formulated with the polyphenols from the tea plant. I asked one of the Thémaé representatives if they’ve ever considered opening a spa in the U.S. And they responded with a hopeful, “Yes, maybe in the future.”


Phyt's Organic Make-Up

Phyt's Organic Make-Up

Phyt’s – Phyt’s is a popular french natural and organic cosmetics brand. I’ve encountered their skincare products before. But I didn’t know that they also had their own makeup line. So I was all over that. In fact, they claim that they were the first to create a completely organic makeup line in 2009. But I hadn’t seen their makeup in natural and organic cosmetics stores like Mademoiselle Bio. Since I’ve had a hard time finding organic makeup with vibrant colors in their palette, I was very happy to find that Phyt’s color palette included some vibrant purples and blues.


Artdeco Make-Up

Artdeco Make-Up

Artdeco – is a german cosmetics brand that I actually found out about because my girl Luchessa, a beauty blogger based in Germany, had blogged about one of their products. This brand was created in 1985 and is distributed in Europe, mainly in Germany but also in Norway, Poland and Greece. It has also began to branch out in South America and Asia. But not so much in France and the U.S.! In France, Artdeco products are carried only by a few distributers, mainly perfumeries and spas. And while the majority of their products are makeup, they do have a few skincare products. Feel free to read Luchessa’s review of the Dita Von Teese Compact Powder by Artdeco.

BENI DURRER (my favorite find!)

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer – Considering all the other brands in the makeup section, this was by far my favorite find! Beni Durrer is a german brand based in Berlin. It was founded 12 years ago by the man himself, Beni Durrer, who I spoke to. His background involves working as a makeup artist for companies like MAC and Yves Saint Laurent but later on he decided to branch out on his own. I guess what really impressed me the most was that you could actually hear his passion and enthusiasm for makeup in his voice. I must also mention that his glitter-studded jacket was awesome.

And of course, you could also see the quality of the products for yourself. All products are made in Germany and the makeup brushes are even handmade. Mr. Durrer has also authored a couple of makeup books, inside which you can witness incredible transformations of faces. No photoshop, just the magic of Beni Durrer makeup. Off-hand, he mentioned a makeup artist in Hollywood who does makeup for stars like Eva Longoria and the actors in Twilight. Her secret? Beni Durrer makeup. A secret which she keeps really hush-hush.

Currently, Beni Durrer makeup is not yet distributed in France. But they do have a makeup school in Avignon. To find out more, visit the Beni Durrer official website or their Online Shop to have a look at some of their products. I am so into those makeup brushes!


Tomorrow, we’ll get into the second part of my discoveries and experiences during the Spa & Beauty Salon In Paris 2013. We’ll talk about the spa equipment and technology that was on exhibit. Some of them were crazy futuristic exercise machines.

There will also be some really goofy photos of yours truly.

See you tomorrow!

Ma Boîte à Beauté Funny Bee

The December Box by Ma Boîte À Beauté

January 25, 2013

The beauty box is a brilliant concept! I wish I had come up with it… but oh well, sometimes it’s not the people who come up with a new idea/invention, but rather, the people who perfect it who ends up going to the bank laughing. This could potentially be the case with beauty boxes. As old ones evolve and new ones pop up, it’s interesting to see their own different takes and twists on the beauty box.

So what exactly is the concept behind the beauty box? Basically, it’s a way to discover and test out different beauty products. You subscribe to a beauty box in order to receive a monthly package in the mail filled with about 5 different beauty products. Usually the contents of the box are a surprise and are a combination of  full sized and trial sized products. If it’s a good box, you will end up paying very little compared to the total retail value of all the products in the box.

For me, the real appeal of beauty boxes is the element of surprise within each box and the surge of excitement that you get from receiving a little parcel in the mail.

So now that I’ve introduced the concept of the beauty box, let’s check out the contents of an actual beauty box.

Ma Boîte À Beauté  is a French beauty box which has been raved about by The Girls On Fire (she is my go-to Parisian beauty blogger writing in her mad brand of Franglish).

I decided to test this box (which henceforth will be referred to as MBAB) because they’re known to send out topnotch skincare products. But also, I appreciate the fact that you’re allowed to subscribe to MBAB on a monthly basis whereas other beauty boxes require longer engagements, anywhere from three months to a year.

So these are the contents from the MBAB December Box:

December Box Ma Boîte à Beauté

1.) BAIJA Velvety Butter For The Body (Rose Litchi Scented)
2.) FUNNY BEE Crazy Me Miracle Fluid For Those Late Nights Out
3.) NOREVA Rich Moisturizing Cream For Dry Skin
4.) SECRETS DE PROVENCE Sweet Almond Oil Soap Bar
5.) SOLYVIA Roll-On Headache Stick
6.) OLIV LA CLAREE Exfoliating Radiance Mask

Ma Boîte à Beauté Beurre Velouté

1.) BAIJA Velvety Butter For The Body.

This body butter combines the scent of rose and litchi and smells divinely feminine! The texture is aptly described as smooth and velvety. Although the product isn’t full size, at 50ml it’s not bad at all especially since this is a very luxurious cream and not something I would wear on an everyday basis.

Ma Boîte à Beauté Funny Bee

2.) FUNNY BEE Crazy Me Miracle Fluid For Those Late Nights Out

This product came full-sized at 30ml and is what made the box really worth it for me. Funny Bee is a French natural and organic skincare brand that a lot of people are buzzing about (haha pun intended). This Miracle Fluid For Those Late Nights Out is a skin “rescue cocktail” formulated with ginkgo biloba plus omega 3 oils from camelina oil and sesame oil plus hyaluronic acid plus floral water from chamomile. The idea is to use this after a crazy late night out and wake up fresh faced and free of dark undereye circles. I’ve actually used it this way and have had very fresh morning after results.
I love this one sooo much!! ❤❤❤

Ma Boîte à Beauté Crème Hydratante

3.) NOREVA Rich Moisturizing Cream For Dry Skin

This is also another product that came full size at 40ml. Noreva is a pharmaceutical brand made by dermatologists. This cream is a 24 hour moisturizing cream designated for dry skin, but I tested it out anyway and found out that it’s really not for me. I even broke out a little. So I tend to just use this sometimes on my neck and décolleté. It does smell quite pleasant though.

Ma Boîte à Beauté Savon Secrets de Provence

4.) SECRETS DE PROVENCE Sweet Almond Oil Soap Bar

You can never have too many bars of soap! They’re always a handy and welcome addition.  I haven’t tried this soap yet so there’s not much more I can say about it. The ingredients  are made from organic vegetable oils but maybe it could have come in a more tasteful wrapping other than plastic?

Ma Boîte à Beauté Solyvia

5.) SOLYVIA Roll-On Headache Stick

This is a roll-on remedy for headaches that you apply on your temples, across your forehead and behind the ears. I rarely get headaches, but as it happens, I developed a little one this afternoon and so I actually had a reason to try this! It smells softly of peppermint and some kind of herb, which makes sense as the ingredients are made from organic essential oils like lavender, basil, and peppermint. My headache did subside a bit after using this! Although I’m not going to claim that it was the Solyvia, I really do believe that essential oils can be effective as remedies.

Ma Boîte à Beauté Oliv La Clarée

6.) OLIV LA CLAREE Exfoliating Radiance Mask

As you can guess from the name, the main ingredient of this mask is olives which contains polyphenols and anti-age properties. The mask also contains aloe, sesame and macadamia oils, shea butter and other natural ingredients, though not all are from organic sources. This mask is suited for all skin types. It’s not a full size product, but I’m looking forward to trying this.


MBAB’s December Box had some real superstars, namely Funny Bee’s Crazy Me Miracle Fluid and Baija’s Crème Velouté. The rest felt like fillers. But that’s usually what happens with beauty boxes. You’ll get some meh products, but if you get that one superstar product then it’s a good box. And keep in mind, some months are meh, other months are winners and then there are those months that are real jackpots. That’s the fun of the game.

What would be great to see is a beauty box that takes into account your individual profile along with your skin type. That way, you are always guaranteed to get one item that will work for you.

A few final things to note… MBAB is also a retail platform where you can purchase some of the items that they send in their boxes. However, they don’t cater to international subscribers and customers. Sorry, this is at least to the best of my knowledge.

The Price to subscribe to MBAB’s Monthly Box: 13€ + 3€ for shipping.

The Funny Bee product alone sells at 38€, so I really did get more than my money’s worth. I would subscribe again to another MBAB Beauty Box but probably not every month.

How about you, have you had any experiences with beauty boxes?