I’m sure that the older we get, the less interesting our gifts get. I did get random goodies from La Mer, which is my newest obsession. Luckily, their range is limited and there aren’t any cosmetics apart from foundation and powder otherwise I’d be crying all the way to the bank.
La Mer is expensive. The counter is sparse and usually has a grumpy middle aged woman with terrible make up and fairly wrinkly skin on it
SA = “I use this stuff, I’m 40, look at my skin.”
Me = “Eeerrrrr. Cool.”
Once you buy something of course they love to kiss your ass. I suppose that’s the rules of the beauty counter.
I got the 30ml face cream – this comes in various textures, lotion, gel, but I got the cream original just because its the…well, original. £90:
The cream is very thick and smells like medicine:
You use the scoopy thing that comes with it, you only need a bit:
Warm it up untill it goes glossy:
Then cry a bit about spending so much money on something that contains Lanolin.
Still – I have been using this cream for about 2 weeks. It took a few days for my skin to get used to it because it is THICK and leaves a slightly greasy film on the skin, which I hate. However, my skin undoubtedly is looking smoother, more radiant, more glowy. So far so good, although it still annoys me applying such a thick cream in the day. I have been alternating and using Elemis Marine Cream, which is light and sinks in quickly when I am in a rush and my skin is all lovely and soft.
Seaweed (Algae) Extract[, Mineral oil Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Sesame Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Magnesium Sulfate, Sesame Seed, Medicago sativa(alfalfa) seed powder, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seedcake ,Prunus amygdulus dulcis(sweet almond) seed meal, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Paraffin, Tocopheryl succinate, Niacin, Beta-carotene, Decyl oleate, Aluminium distearate, Octyldodecanol, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin, Magnesium stearate, Panthenol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl salicylate, Citral, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance (Parfum)
The Eye Concentrate
This stuff was about £120 – it comes with a silver ball applicator which is supposed to be made of silver.
The Eye Concentrate works in tandem with a specially-engineered, silver-tipped applicator which helps cool the skin, immediately facilitating micro-circulation. Rich in hematite, a naturally magnetic mineral known for its energies, with continuous use, The Eye Concentrate works over time to dramatically dissolve the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. The eye area appears healthy, more vital.
I have been using this for a week and I am noticing a firmer and much brighter eye area (I get dark circles). It is super expensive but you only need a bit of product. It sinks in quicky and smells a bit sea-like.
Not used it long enough to say if its truly worth it or not, but I like it very much out of all the eye creams I have tried so far; Lancome (too stingy), Philsophy (actually I like this one), Nars (moisturizing but no difference on dark circles), Dr Haushka, RMK, Clinique etc. etc. etc. This is my favourite but it should be for that price.
I also got the foundation and powder.
Originally the lady sold me bronze – she was….well orange. She was very insistent though – later on, at another La Mer Counter the women told me she would never had sold me bronze, before adding…”well every counter is different….”. The powder was damaged, I took it back, but bronze was out of stock, so I got transparent instead which is muchhhh nicer. It’s got small pearly particles in it and has a lovely airy texture.
I am a NC35 in MAC (I don’t even like MAC!) and this powder is really really nice, it’s soft, blends away nicely and has a slight glow. I can’t emphasize how much I like it and you get a huge jar for about £50.
I got the brush to go with the powder:
There are 2 clicks – the first click gives you a firmer brush feel:
Then finally if you push it all the way out you get a lighter airy feel:
It’s quite a big brush but not impossible to carry round – but it’s not a hugely compact powder brush.
I got the foundation too – there’s cream and liquid. Apparently cream is best for oily skin and liquid is dewier and is better for dry. I got the cream one since I like a medium coverage anyway. Shade is Neutral:
Leave my chubby thumbs alone, they are pianists hands!
I also got the lip balm – it’s £35 which is steep!
It’s a soft texture, nice and creamy, and has a slight tingle. It’s minty and seaweedy at the same time. So far so good!
Is it worth it? Nah. There’s plenty of lip balm’s around but I do like the texture and I have a thing for the lid and the way Creme De La Mer is etched in it. Sad, I know.
I didn’t get any of it from eBay – I just don’t trust it since the creams are selling for around £70, £20 cheaper than retail but I’d rather not risk it coz you’ll never know.
This is my new routine for 2009! I should be looking younger and fresher soon with all these overpriced products right?!?!?!
What do you think? Would you buy La Mer?