The Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil and Cream from La Prairie Review

La-Prairie-Cellulsar-Swiss-Ice-CrystalFrom their site: Plucked from the peak of the Swiss Alps, purple saxifrage withstands extreme conditions by shielding its purple petals with tiny ice crystals; soldanella alpine is able to stay dormant under the ice and then surge up to the surface and bloom come spring; and stunning red snow algae can flourish as a blanket of crimson that can only be seen as the ice begins to melt.

According to La Prairie researchers, the unique blend protects skin’s mitochondrial DNA (the energy source of cells) as well as speeds up rejuvenation, boosts inherent hydration and halts collagen degradation. And their internal invitro testing showed never-before-seen anti-aging results for all of the above. It may very well be the first time that February cannot come soon enough.

My take:

Sounds very fancy and promising doesn’t it? La Prairie has been a direct competitor with La Mer (a personal fav) for a very long time. People normally prefer one or the other. I have tried to like La Prairie many times, but I find their products too  active for myself, but  I highly recommend their White Caviar line, it’s one of the best brightening lines on the market.

ok so for the products, I have been using both the oil and the cream on a daily basis for about 2 weeks and I haven’t noticed anything different. The smell, as many have mentioned, is tiring and old. I wish they could at least make their products smell nicer or just “younger”. I really wanted to like this duo, because of the “story” behind their marketing campaign, but honestly, I just didn’t see anything different.

The dry oil is a true dry oil texture. It sinks into your skin very quickly and doesn’t leave an oily film. You can actually mix this oil into your cream for a luxurious night cream, or just use it on its own as a your “serum step”.  The cream has a “paste” like texture, it’s very thick, but not in a creamy way. It has the same dull scent as the dry oil. I find the cream more disappointing than the oil, because it is not that moisturizing. My skin sucks this up overnight and feels dehydrated in the morning. I ended up applying to a sleeping mask over the cream so my face doesn’t dry up overnight.

They are $300 each. For $600+, it’s pretty steep for two products. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it, but that’s just me. I would rather spend the money on theirwhite caviar line, even though that’s more expensive, but at least I see noticeable results.

The bottom line- Fancy marketing campaign, but the products fell short. I would highly suggest you getting samples first before buying them.


Le Soin Noir Collection now avail at Barneys!

ImageFor those of you that have been following my blog since the beginning, you know I’m a huge fan of Givenchy’s Le Soin Noir Collection and it’s been such a struggle securing these products in the US, I even went to London once to get some of the items!

It is so exciting to know that Barneys is now carrying the entire Le Soin Noir line and also the entire skincare line from Givenchy!!! The full line includes-

Le Soin Noir Toner $136

Le Soin Noir Lip Exfoliator $99

Le Soin Noir L’Extrait Serum $590

Le Soin Noir Eye $185

Le Soin Noir Face $380 (My favorite!)

Le Soin Noir Lace Mask ($326

Le Soin Noir Serum $410

Time to save up!

Crouching Tiffany, Hidden Diamond: Tiffany Diamond in Beijing

Crouching Tiffany, Hidden Diamond: Tiffany Diamond in Beijing – Luxury News

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Carina Lau admiring the Tiffany Diamond

Widely regarded as the finest and most beautiful fancy yellow diamond ever discovered, the magnificent 128 carat Tiffany Diamond, made is China debut in Beijing early this December. Unveiled in 1878, it is the only diamond to ever have been named after Tiffany. To showcase the Tiffany Diamond and to celebrate more than 175 years of history and legacy, Tiffany & Co. hosted ‘A Brilliant Legacy’ – an exhibition featuring treasures from the Tiffany Archives.

The star studded event included the presence of celebrities and friends of Tiffany like Carina Lau, Ni Ni, Shu-pei Qin, Liang Zhang, Da-wei Tong, Yue Guan, Joe Chen and Tao Yin. The renowned composer Tan Dun, known for his score for the film known for his scores for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, composed an original score inspired by the Tiffany Diamond. Guests at the event were treated to a presentation of the original score performed live by Tan Dun and his orchestra.

“The Tiffany Diamond is our greatest icon. It has been the cornerstone of our legacy with its rarity, unrivalled quality, outstanding craftsmanship and excellent design, manifesting the vision of our founder. Presenting this legendary icon in Beijing shows our commitment to China, an important strategic market in our development plan,” said Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and chief executive officer of Tiffany & Co.

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Carina Lau and Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany & Co.

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Tan Dun

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Tan Dun and his orchestra performing an original score inspired by the Tiffany Diamond

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Setup for the gala

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NiNi withTiffany Emerald Diamond Earrings and a Pearl Diamond Butterfly Brooch

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Da Wei Tong and Yue Guan

Nicole Kidman’s 2014 Jimmy Choo Cruise Campaign

ImageNicole Kidman channels Brigitte Bardot for Jimmy Choo’s 2014 Cruise Campaign. This campaign is the second for both the actress and Jimmy Choo’s new creative director Sandra Choi, who used ‘glamorous champagne soirées to poolside margarita lounging’ as inspiration for the cruise collection.

“Yet again Nicole has perfectly captured the strength and complexity of the Jimmy Choo woman; the depth of her character also conveys the playful and sultry mood of our Cruise collection,” notes creative director, Sandra Choi, of Kidman’s work on the beachside Hamptons shoot.

With a teased, retro-inspired bouffant hairstyle, sultry makeup and faux lashes, Kidman couldn’t have looked more like the famous French icon of the ’60s for this high-fashion photo shoot.


Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment Review

ImageThere are many oils on the market and more and more brands are jumping on the band wagon on creating one just to have one.  I haven’t written a review on that many simply because none has impressed me so far, until Kate Somerville’s Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment came along. I tested this product like I test all my products – Using it at night where your skin goes into recovery mode and soaks up whatever you apply on your face to regenerate and repair overnight. The result? Hands down THE best face oil I have used (Even better than a $250 one I’ve purchased from a major brand).

Dilo oil comes from The Scared Dilo Tree in Fiji and the oil enhances the skin’s repair mechanism and boosts collagen production. I have combination oily skin so I only use oil treatments at night to avoid having a greasy face during the day, but I have to say this oil absorbs so beautifully that I can probably use it during the day. Normally with oil treatments, you end up looking like you just dipped your face in oil and sometimes oils creates a film on the face that your skin can’t even breath through it, but Kate’ Dilo Oil sinks into the skin right after application creating a soft silky feel to the face with no shine or grease. In the morning, my skin feels supple, hydrated, and soft.  It actually makes my face soft like baby skin!

The scent is distinct, a bit like coconut. It’s a pleasant scent, so nothing alarming. After being on this for a week, my skin is more even toned and suppler than any other treatments I’ve used. You will notice an overall difference in the texture and tone of your face for sure. With the cold weather coming, I highly recommend using this at night before your moisturizer to keep you face hydrated overnight. Let your skin soak up all the great benefits of this amazing oil!

From their site:

An exclusive oil treatment that improves the appearance of skin’s firmness and elasticity. What it is formulated to do: Exclusive to Kate Somerville, rare dilo oil from Fiji is cherished for its multiple restorative benefits and promoting healthier-looking skin. Rich in essential natural lipids that work in harmony with skin’s own lipid layer, this unique, fast-absorbing oil helps to support the skin’s natural moisture barrier for deep hydration. This 100 percent natural oil also improves the look of skin firmness and elasticity, evens skintone, and helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates – Phthalates Research results: After 4 weeks in an independent clinical study: – 100% of women showed highly significant improvement in the appearance of skin firmness and elasticity – 100% of women showed highly significant improvement in skin hydration – 87% of women showed significant improvement in evenness of skintone – 75% of women said the appearance of their fine lines and wrinkles was dramatically reduced


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Hydrate and Prep Your Skin For Winter!

ImageI don’t know where you all live, but I would assume the weather is starting to get cold wherever you are. I’m living in LA and I can already feel a difference with my skin, which means it’s time to start tweaking your skincare regiment!

I will do a longer post on some of my Winter’s Must-Haves, but hydration is the key to survive the cold weather. You might begin to feel your skin being a little drier than usual in the morning during the Winter, which means you probably should switch to something that will give your skin a boost of hydration so that it stays hydrated overnight. Remember, hydration will help you prevent wrinkles from forming!

There are many hydration lines on the market, but my favorite is Chanel’s Hydra Beauty. It smells divine, goes on smooth, and you can feel the hydration on your face. I got the Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum to use in the morning or whenever I feel like my skin need a boost of hydration and it works like a charm. It doesn’t make my combination skin greasy either so that’s another plus.

What are some of your skincare tips for Winter?

Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil

ImageGuerlain’s Abeille Royale is one of my favorite lines on the market, and definitely my favorite from Guerlain. They have recently launched an exciting new product, Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil. Hopping on the latest facial oil trend, Guerlain’s treatment oil, unlike the conventional oils , it is absorbed by the skin almost immediately , without leaving an oily film on the surface. Guerlain representatives promise that the skin regains its suppleness and firmness after 6 hours of application being hydrated by up to 132%. The skin becomes smooth , about an hour after application observing fewer wrinkles and fine lines on the surface.

I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m definitely buying this sometime before the holidays. I’ve tried almost all the products from this line, and I highly recommend them.

Here’s what their site says about the product-

Born from the exceptional repairing power of bee products, the cooling treatment oil, a concentrated elixir of specific honeys, instantly promotes firmness when massaged into the skin. The skin is invigorated, toned and perfectly sculpted.

Not a great description of the product right? They need to hire better copy writers! Will let you guys know how I like the product soon!