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Travel in glamorous French beauty with Carita

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Travelers, if you're familiar with fine European cosmetic brands --the ones that are mass marketed in every department store in the US -- you'll draw in your breath in reverence at the mention of the brand Carita. After all, jet-setters have been coveting this brand for over 60 years! I was happy to be hosted to experience it.

Here's what they say about their history:

It’s been more than 60 years since Marie and Rosie Carita, two visionary sisters, began putting all of their talent into making women beautiful. Originally from Toulouse, they never hesitated to take ideas about beauty and turn them into realities. As a result, they quickly became well-known hairdressers in Paris.

In 1945 they founded their first salon at 5 Rue de Faubourg Saint Honore. Their business quickly expanded and led to the creation of their mythic place, La Maison de Beaute located at 11 rue de Faubourg Saint Honore.

Very soon, their creativity and audacity brought them to the attention of young, leading edge fashion designers of the time – the future big names in French Haute Couture – and they began collaborating with these designers on a regular basis. At the same time, their expertise and their bold style caught the attention of well known celebrities of the time, who became clients of La Maison de Beaute.

Did you know that Carita does have a cosmetic it makes? Haute Beaute Teint Sublime Radiance Veil is even easier and lighter to apply than a BB cream. You shake it up -- that's very classic European in a cosmetic -- and touch it to your skin, no tools involved. It really lasts and lasts! It comes in a number of colors for all skin tones. Being sheer, it's best for when your skin is in decent shape, so it's still important to have good skincare. The veil imparts a beautiful finish.

Very few skincare companies put out products for the upkeep of the decollete', but for some of us, we know it takes a village! Jeunesse Originelle Cou et Decollete - Genesis of Youth Neck and Decollete helps with the throat, chest and decollete areas. Unlike some products marketed by other companies, it doesn't cause breakouts. It leaves an attractive, youthful sheen. It provides a high level of firming skincare.

Both of these products are sized perfectly for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bags.

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