There can be many signs that it's time for a return trip to Paris.
(One of the most cruel is that some prankster recently signed me up for email alerts to Météo-France, so every morning my email inbox lets me know the Paris daily weather forecast. It actually says "Vos prévisions météo aujourd'hui" which to me officially translates as "Time to pack for France!")
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Another sure-fire indication is when my stock of only-in-France beauty supplies is depleted. Now, my last drop of Gouttes Bleues -- French blue eye drops by Innoxa -- is gone. Time to make the plane reservations. Pronto.
You've never heard of les gouttes bleues? Do you think it sounds weird to put blue drops in your eyes? Won't it tint your vision?
I learned of les gouttes bleues the way I learned about most treasured classic French beauty regimens -- by seeing them on a friend's bathroom shelf, and asking nosy questions. Voila! Another secret of French beauty unveiled. And so subtle.
Unlike Visine or other products that get the red out, les gouttes bleues are designed to make the whites whiter, much in the same way that laundresses of yore used bluing to make white cottons brilliant and white. (Actually it turns out that you still can find old-fashioned laundry bluing.)
It isn't weird or unusual -- you just drop a few soothing drops in the corner of your eye as you would with any eye-drop, only make sure you have some Kleenex for dabbing at the spillover, which is decidedly blue-tint. It doesn't affect vision. But it does improve others' vision of you. Le look. Le regard.
And it's an all-natural classic, having been around since 1950.
Eyes look brilliant, brighter and whiter -- which is what we want for the firing up when they see the whites of your eyes. N'est-ce pas?