3.31.2010

La Mer Review: Foundations, UV Protecting Fluid, & Regenerating Serum




Check out some of my other La Mer reviews HERE and HERE.
Also check out my youtube tutorial/review by clicking HERE!




The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid
Buy it HERE
1.4 fl oz.  $65
A treatment that is light years ahead of its time.
Designed for daily use, this high-powered treatment utilizes a unique sunscreen blend to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while keeping skin soft, comfortable and hydrated. An array of light-transformation benefits uniquely empowers the skin.

Tourmaline and malachite gemstones absorb light energy, transforming it into beneficial green light to enhance anti-oxidant activity. The appearance of discoloration is prevented. 

Exclusive photonic spheres capture light while diverting potentially damaging light from the skin.  Exclusive to La Mer, they light up the skin, promoting a healthy, luminous appearance.

The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid utilizes smart seaweeds to keep skin comfortable, hydrated and soothed. These natural humectants attract moisture to the skin and create a protective, emollient barrier, helping to prevent dehydration.

Luxurious and lightweight to the touch, this transparent fluid formula is an ideal makeup primer. Worn over Crème de la Mer, The SPF 30 works as a generator, boosting its efficacy.
Application:
After moisturizing, shake bottle and apply a small amount onto fingertips and smooth all over face and neck. For the ultimate results, use in the daytime over Crème de la Mer to help makeup stay smooth and flawless.
I really like the UV Protecting Fluid!
I think it's perfect for hotter weather because it's so lightweight, offers amazing UV protection, and once it's applied it sinks into the skin and doesn't budge.
Plus, it makes an amazing makeup base/primer... OR you can mix a little into your foundation to sheer it down!



The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15
Buy it HERE
$85
This silken, lightweight fluid has the power to transform the complexion.
Engineered with weightless color and La Mer’s remarkable skincare benefits, this silken, lightweight fluid has the power to transform the complexion. Gemstones capture light energy to create a translucent color palette, optically erasing imperfections to reveal a naturally flawless complexion.
Created with a rare blue algae transformed through La Mer's exclusive bio-fermentation process, a Blue Algae Lift Ferment along with precious marine and plant actives immediately add radiance while working continuously to lift the skin, restoring a lasting firmness, clarity and brightness. Skin’s ability to renew itself is greatly enhanced as it is trained to sustain a smoother, softer, more resilient appearance. Flexible medium coverage brings skin a naturally luminous finish. Protects with SPF15.
Application:
Shake Well. Pump onto fingertips. Lightly pat and smooth over skin. For the ultimate results, use in tandem with Crème de la Mer.
This shade is a little on the yellow side for my complexion (maybe a little too dark as well).
But let me just confirm that I absolutely LOVE this foundation!!
The coverage is exactly what I am looking for in a foundation; medium to full!
It has a satin finish and leaves your skin looking glowy, almost ethereal.






The Treatment Powder Foundation SPF 15
Buy it HERE
$95
This luxurious, lightweight powder is infused with gemstones that capture light to reveal a naturally flawless complexion.

This luxurious, lightweight powder foundation may be applied to create uniquely flexible coverage. Gemstones capture light energy to create a translucent color palette, optically erasing imperfections to reveal a naturally flawless complexion. An exclusive Radiant Ferment works continuously to add visible clarity and brightness, revealing a more luminous appearance.

This versatile powder foundation is ideal for natural, long-lasting coverage and simple touch-ups over any other Skincolor foundation.
Application:
Apply with sponge for buildable, medium to full coverage. For lighter coverage, apply with puff.
Ahhh, the heavenly silkiness of this powder is unlike any other I have tried!
It is a really great coverage! You could get a medium coverage if you applied this over a tinted moisturizer! On those days that you wake up and don't feel like getting all dolled-up, grab a concealer and this powder and you are good to go (no need to apply liquid foundation).
Now if you want extra/full coverage you can use the La Mer Treatment Fluid Foundation AND this powder!




And I wanted to introduce La Mer's latest product...
The Regenerating Serum
Buy it HERE
I received a couple of samples of this serum, unfortunately I haven't used enough to tell a complete difference in my skin.
One thing I like is that it isn't too sticky like some other serums I have tried in the past.
My mom swears by La Mer's Lifting Serum; she said she felt her skin tighten and tone!! Crazy.
I think I'll go ahead and give her my extra sample of this serum and see what her thoughts are on this one compared to the Lifting Serum.

Heritage of Healing
Crème de la Mer was conceived under extraordinary circumstances. Years ago, aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber set out to create a cream to help heal the appearance of the scars he had suffered as a result of severe burns from a lab accident. 
Neither science nor medicine offered sufficient promise of help, so Dr. Huber 
decided to help himself. Intrigued by the regenerative properties of sea kelp and the physical energies of light and sound, he began his research into bio-fermentation. After his journey spanning 12 years and 6,000 experiments, he came to perfect the highly potent Miracle Broth™ and the legendary Crème de la Mer. Just as Dr. Huber envisioned, Crème de la Mer helped empower skin’s natural healing energies, miraculously transforming skin’s appearance. 

To this day, the miraculous powers of The Miracle Broth™ —Dr. Huber’s potent elixir known for its healing energies—remain at the heart of Crème de la Mer and are at the core of La Mer’s latest innovation in skin care: The Regenerating Serum.


The Next Wave: 
The Regenerating Serum

Current scientific studies suggest that lines and wrinkles are “micro-scars” to skin’s underlying support network. Their formation is thought to be triggered by chronic inflammation caused by a variety of internal and external stressors such as UV sunlight and free radicals. These inflammatory stressors can lead to the destruction of collagen, which in turn provokes premature skin aging.
Inspired by these findings, The Max Huber Research Labs have created The Regenerating Serum, La Mer’s new anti-aging powerhouse. Four years and hundreds of hours of lab work in the making, this ultra-luxe elixir is the result of the combined effort of physicists, marine botanists and biologists around the world. Not only does it contain a high concentration of La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth™, but it also includes the new Regenerating Ferment™, derived from marine plant stem cells. 
Selected for its vigor and ability to withstand and resist stress, the stem cells of a marine plant Eryngium Maritimum are harvested and grown in a lab through sustainable processes. The cultivated cells and the liquid that contains them are then fermented, using sono-chemistry that helps to boost the activity of the ingredients to create The Regenerating Ferment™. It’s a process similar to that which Dr. Max Huber pioneered when he created its predecessor, the Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer.
The Regenerating Ferment™ helps skin trigger its natural production of collagen, elastin and other “youth proteins,” harnessing the power of the skin’s ability to renew its appearance. In a day, skin looks rejuvenated. With continued use, the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores is radically diminished for a seemingly ageless look. And this multi-action serum accomplishes all of these feats with a lightweight suspension formula that’s friendly to all skin types. 

Powerful Anti-Aging Ingredients
Miracle Broth™: The original fermented elixir, known for its healing energies, developed by Dr. Max Huber.
The Regenerating Ferment™: A new bio-ferment containing potent marine plant stem cells. The Regenerating Ferment™ assists in the skin’s renewal, helping support its natural structure, restore its integrity and protect it from external aggressors.
The Marine Peptide Ferment: An anti-age marine algae and peptide complex which helps firm the look of skin and boost its natural collagen production, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Colloidal Gold: A skincare super-conductor that effectively delivers skin smoothing, firming and anti-irritant benefits to the skin.
Lime Tea: A unique lime peel extraction, and one of Dr. Huber’s original 
ingredients included in Crème de la Mer—a perfect antioxidant companion 
to the Miracle Broth™.

Usage: After cleansing and toning, tap several drops onto fingertips and sweep over face and neck each morning and evening.
The Regenerating Serum 1 oz.   
Suggested Retail $250
Available in March 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and www.lamer.com


Q & A with Loretta Miraglia, 
Senior Vice President, Product Innovation, La Mer

What is inflammation and how does it age the skin?
Inflammation is caused by anything from over-exposure to ultraviolet light to environmental aggressors to the ingestion of unhealthy foods, and is basically a stress reaction in the body. Inflammation triggers immune cells, which can damage healthy collagen and elastin. Once collagen and elastin are compromised, skin can develop “micro-scars,” or tiny wounds beneath the skin. Long term inflammation can lead to deeper wrinkles, stubborn age spots, skin redness and sagging.
A man ahead of his time, Dr. Max Huber somehow intuitively understood the importance of combating these resulting signs of aging years ago when he developed his highly potent Miracle Broth™. He created the broth by combining sea kelp with ingredients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, lecithin, Vitamins C, E and B12 and oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower. These ingredients then journeyed through a 3 to 4 month bio-fermentation process that incorporated light and sound. As Dr. Huber envisioned, the resulting Miracle Broth™ had powerful soothing anti-irritant properties, helping skin look younger. 


What exactly is a Marine Plant Stem Cell?
Plant stem cells typically come from bud or the root of the plant, where 
the plants generate new growth. Some scientists describe a plant stem cell 
as an energetic seed–a pure concentration of life. These are the cells 
that are the very basis of the plant’s growth, and have the ability to become 
any part of the plant–a stem, a leaf or a petal. 
We started researching marine plants with self-regenerating and stress-resistant 
properties and discovered a unique marine shore plant on the Brittany coast 
in France that had an amazing potential for anti-aging called Eryngium Maritimum. This plant is incredibly rigorous—the more it is attacked by its natural environment, the more it thrives. The plant is found along coastal areas, 
and its roots reach deep into the sea water while the top part of the plant 
grows out of the ground. As a result, the root structure is continually stressed 
and therefore forced to be adaptable and perform at a high level. We harvest 
the plant stem cells in a sustainable way without killing the plant. Once the cells are harvested, we nurture them in the lab to grow them in a larger scale before they go through La Mer’s transformative bio-fermentation process. 
The resulting ferment, which we call The Regenerating Ferment™, helps skin trigger its natural production of “youth proteins,” collagen and elastin to 
rejuvenate its appearance. 


What kind of results can you expect to see after initial, and then 
continued use of The Regenerating Serum?
We’re seeing phenomenal results instantly and over time. The Regenerating 
Serum starts to work on contact. You actually feel it. You put it on and you feel something is transformed. It’s absolutely ephemeral, so lightweight, it imparts an immediate dewiness. Then four to eight weeks out, something has really changed: Tone and texture are markedly improved; skin looks firmer, stronger and healthier. It works beautifully in combination with Crème de la Mer, The Moisturizing Lotion, The Moisturizing Gel Cream and The Oil Absorbing Lotion. We say that you see the difference in a day, but with continued use it’s really remarkable.


How does The Regenerating Serum “interrupt” the appearance 
of premature skin aging?
The Regenerating Serum combines the original Miracle Broth™ with another powerful plant-based anti-aging compound called The Regenerating Ferment™ and an antioxidant rich Lime Tea. While the Miracle Broth™ helps soothe the skin and fight the appearance of irritation, The Regenerating Ferment™ incorporates the powerhouse cell of the plant, the stem cell. These Marine Plant Stem Cells are nurtured in a lab specifically to enhance their ability to help support skin as it naturally produces collagen and elastin. The Lime Tea gives a further anti-oxidant 
boost. Together, these components give a new vitality to the skin. It’s a 
multi-pronged approach designed to support and enhance the skin’s 
natural ability to renew its appearance. 
One can certainly say that the concept of regeneration has always been at the core of the La Mer brand. The words “Crème Régénération Intense” are even 
inscribed across the original jar of Crème de la Mer.


The following products were sent to me by a PR firm.
I am always 100% honest in my reviews.
For more information, please read the disclaimer on the right-hand-side of my blog.
Thank you.

3.30.2010

MAC Sunset Eyes Tutorial/Pictures + Review!






















Jessica Nail Care Review



Jessica nail products are some of the highest quality nail care I have come across!
It is definitely worth checking out a few different products...
If you are a nail biter like me, try Nibble No More (the taste will linger in your mouth for a while if you attempt to bite) and it lasts days!
The silver Hologram Top Coat is really pretty, adds tons of shine and a few shimmers/sparkles.
The Spring 2010 nail colors are so pretty!! Especially Cloud Mine, which reminds me a little of the infamous Chanel Jade!
I will let the pictures and descriptions do the talking; you be the judge of this amazing brand.
The Inside Story:
Natural Nail Care has never looked so good!
Steps away from the constant hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard, one finds an unexpected oasis of natural nail care and world-class service that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Known as the “First Lady of Nails,” Jessica Vartoughian founded Jessica Nail Clinic in 1969. Being the first nail salon of its kind then and now, Jessica Nail Clinicremains the foremost center of natural nail care with its unique manicure technique and exceptional treatments created by JESSICA.
Frequented by celebrities of film, television, politics and society, as well as those who simply want lovely natural nails, the Jessica Nail Clinic offers elite services that exceed the everyday manicure and pedicure.  Upon arriving, clients are cared for by trained technicians, known as “Nail Cultivists” who have all been trained and certified in Jessica’s Nail Cultivation System by JESSICA herself. Before the manicure even begins, each Nail Cultivist analyzes the client’s nails and prescribes a precise regiment based on the nails’ condition which is used throughout the manicure and pedicure.
JESSICA is a pioneer in the professional nail care industry as she was the first to recognize that like skin and hair, all nails are not alike as well, identifying the four different nail types – damaged, dry, brittle or normal – and creating specific treatments for each type. JESSICA’s unique nail care philosophy is behind each and every product of her extensive Jessica Cosmetics line that offers products specifically targeted to treat each different nail type.  
Today, Jessica is Founder & CEO of Jessica Cosmetics International, Inc. and her unique System and product range is successfully offered in over 28 countries.   In all ways, Jessica was at the forefront of both product and a marketing revolution.  The multi-million dollar nail care industry that exists today has its roots in the first nails-only salon which Jessica opened in 1969.
Click HERE to read the Philosophy behind Jessica's nail care.
Check out Jessica's Nail Salons HERE!



Spring 2010
Daydream Collection
Buy this collection HERE!
$45
Escape the ordinary of everyday with the Spring 2010 Daydream Collection from JESSICA. Whatever your wish…whatever your dream…Jessica, manicurist to the stars, will help make it a reality. It’s right at the tip of your fingers...
The Day Dream Collectionpresents six new whimsical colors that embody the spirit and the optimism of the spring season with soft, shimmering pastels complemented by vibrant and strong shades of pink and orange. This inspiring collection helps any woman embrace her greatest fantasy and bring it to life.
So sit back, relax and dare to dream.


647
Starry Eyed
"pale pink"


648
Perchance to Dream
"sparkling champagne"


646
Enchante
"hot pink"




649
Cloud Mine
"opalescent green"


650
Flight of Fancy
"coral pink"


651
Eyes Wide Open
"vibrant orange"



Other random shades to check out!


913
Starlight Starbright
Buy this shade HERE
$7.50


918
Milky Way
Buy this shade HERE
$7.50
The dark days are over Ð itÕs time to break out your brights for summer! Manicurist to the stars, Jessica Vartoughian, introduces a new collection to her popular line of fun and fabulous polishes.
The Carnival of Colours collection is comprised of six bold, bright lacquers, ranging from dazzling reds to brilliant pinks, perfect for a day at the beach or those hot summer nights!


914
Solar Eclipse
Buy this shade HERE
$7.50


628
Queen Bee
Buy this shade HERE
$7.50



Hologram Top Coat
Buy it HERE
$7.50


Nail Treatments


Critical Care
Intensive Care for Soft Nails
Buy it HERE
$17
Sets a new standard for boosting growth and strength of severely weakened nails that just won’t grow. Using our exclusive Protein KSW® fortified with calcium and intense strengtheners, penetrates the nail and increases keratinization, creating a protective barrier to allow for maximum growth.


Phenomen Oil
Intensive Moisturizer
Buy it HERE
$13.90
Stimulates like a massage, intensively conditions and softens cuticles as it promotes growth and strength of the nail. Heals and rehydrates with natural jojoba, almond and rice oils. Excellent, too, on elbows, feet, knees -- any rough, dry area that needs deep moisturizing.


Brilliance
High Gloss in a Flash
Buy it HERE
$11.50
Advanced new formula speeds up drying time, while adding an unparalleled high gloss finish. UV inhibitors and reflective polymers prevent chipping, smudging or yellowing. Each time you apply, it’s like a brand new manicure, fresh with shine.


Nibble No More
Stops Nail Biting
Buy it HERE
$11.50
A fast and effective treatment formulated with bitter Cactus Extract giving nails an undesirable, bitter taste, helping to break the lifelong habit of nail biting, while stimulating healthy new nail growth.
The following products were sent to me by the company.
I am always 100% honest in my reviews.
For more information, please read the disclaimer on the right-hand-side of my blog.
Thank you.