Despite being an avid bargain hunter, one of my favorite cosmetic brands is La Mer. Of course, I can't afford any of the products but I've had the pleasure of trying out practically all the products in their line and already have a few favorites on my list. Yes, I happen to have a "When I am rich..." wishlist which also includes a Lexus ES09 and an American Shorthair.
In Malaysia, La Mer has recently (March '09) launched two brand new products
The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid: An upgrade of the SPF18 Fluid
The Body Refiner: The body version of the Refining Facial
Read on for my thoughts on these two new additions. WARNING: Prices may cause anxiety attacks The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid
"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"
With Malaysian weather and global warming, SPF18 just doesn't cut it. Let me enlighten you with the differences between the SPF30 and the SPF18
The SPF 30 gives more protection -- duh!
It changed from a squeeze tube to a squeeze bottle
The new nozzle gives much better control to the amount -- the SPF18 spills everywhere!
The fluid has a light green color instead of white
The texture is much finer
It looks and feel slightly oilier
It no longer gives that dewy pearl finish
Contains 40ml instead of 50ml but with the same price
I know you're gonna stop reading after you see the word "oilier" but I will assure you that once the sunscreen has absorbed, there'll be no shine. The texture on the skin feel slightly balmy so it's quite easy to spread. Pretty much lightweight and feels about how the SPF18 felt.
Priced at RM275/40ml.
The Body Refiner
"Infused with over a carat and a half of pure diamond powder, this multi-faceted treatment instantly polishes the skin to reveal a soft new surface. This spa-like treatment is embedded within La Mer’s legendary emollients to cushion the skin while protecting its delicate moisture barrier. It works organically, energetically and physically to reveal a soft and healthy, resilient new surface"
Now, this I'm truly excited about. I'm a big fan of The Refining Facial which is basically a deep cleansing mask and exfoliator in one. It's also called a Diamond Scrub. Yes, diamond! Just like The Refining Facial, The Body Refiner contains 1.75 carats of pure DIAMOND powder and... and who cares what else! It had me at "Diamond".
The scrub cream is very thick so you won't actually need a lot to cover a large surface -- you wouldn't want to use a lot anyway! Scrubbing with the "cryo-process wax spheres" feels alright intitially but it takes forever to dissolve so by the time you're done you'd feel rather sore.
To preserve the diamonds, wipe off the scrub with a damp cloth as opposed to rinsing -- diamonds don't belong in the gutter! You'll get loads of BLING on your skin and you'd seriously sparkle. This takes body glitter to the next next next level. My camera sucks so what you see here would be 10 times more blingy in real life. Plue, come testify! At certain lights you can even see some pinkish and greenish shimmers that are very very fine.
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Paired with The Body Creme (another fave product), you'll have cashmere soft skin. I may have very coarse skin on my legs but I am pretty damn proud of my silky arms and I have La Mer to thank for them. You're most welcome to touch them :D