Thursday, February 28, 2008

Review: La Mer

La Mer was founded when Dr. Max Huber suffered a horrific accident, covering his face with severe chemical burns. Nothing was helping him, so he took matters into his own hands. Twelve years and 6,000 experiments later, Creme de la Mer was created. The heart of the cream is the Miracle Broth. It contains sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, lecithin, Vitamins C, E and B12 and oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower. He discovered that through a 3-4 month bio-fermentation process was the key.

-Creme de la Mer ($125 per 1 oz.)- A very rich and thick face cream. Skin becomes softer, firmer and creaseless. Aging lines and pores are noticeably less visible. The driest of complexions are healed and sensitive skins are soothed. To activate the broth, warm a small amount between your fingertips and apply onto clean, dry skin.

-The Lip Balm ($45)- A combination of the nutrient-rich broth found in Creme de la Mer, Lip Lipid Complex (helps infuse moisture back into lips while strengthening the minimal moisture barrier) and Marine Anti-Freeze Protein (a protein found in arctic marine life that keeps them from freezing). It's a minty, plumping and soothing balm. I like to apply a pretty thick layer so I don't have to constantly stick my finger in it.

-The Treatment Creme Foundation SPF 15 ($85)- Inspired by Creme de la Mer, this rich souffle is engineered with weightless color and La Mer's remarkable skincare benefits to transform the complexion. Flexible medium coverage with SPF 15. Available in 8 shades. This is a fluffy, hydrating cream that can be applied with fingers or a foundation brush. In the morning I dab dots of it on my T-zone, cheek bones and chin and rub it in. Great if I'm in a hurry.

-The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15 ($75)- A silken, lightweight fluid that's engineered with weightless color. Gemstones capture light energy to create a translucent color palette, optically erasing imperfections to reveal a naturally flawless complexion. Flexible medium coverage with SPF 15. Available in 10 shades. I used Buff, which was a perfect match. I love the way it's so moisturizing and applied with a foundation brush, it makes you look luminous and evenly toned.

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