I’ve been insanely busy for the past couple of months and my little spot on the Internet space has been collecting dust 🙁 However, I’m back for now with a new update on my current skincare 🙂
Let’s start off with my favourites!
La Mer Treatment Lotion
Similar to the Estée Lauder Micro Essence, this Lotion is used after your toner to seal in the moisture on your skin. There are two ways to apply this: with a cotton pad or your palms; personally I chose the latter as this is way too expensive to waste on a cotton pad LOL 😀 I poured out about a quarter’s sized amount and patted it all over my face and neck. True to its name, the Treatment Lotion is easily absorbed and soothing, even for those with sensitive skin. I had a particularly bad eczema outbreak which left me with dry, itchy and scaly skin on my face and neck when I first used this lotion; although it didn’t cure me of my eczema, it certainly helped with calming it down and keeping it hydrated until I had to apply another round of moisturizer. If I had to choose between the Estée Lauder Micro Essence or this Treatment Lotion, I would prefer this Lotion because it felt more hydrating than the Micro Essence, even on my eczema flare-up days; now that my skin has more or less returned to normal, the hydrating factors are relatively more apparent than the Micro Essence.
La Mer Concentrate
Following up with the Treatment Lotion, I would apply this serum evenly onto my face and neck, gently massaging it in as opposed to smoothing it on; it has the iconic La Mer scent to it that dissipates as soon as it is applied. Although I am allergic to added fragrances in skincare, I have had no reaction to La Mer’s products at all; in fact, my skin is hydrated, bouncy and happy 🙂 In regards to its hydrating properties, its gel-like texture did not mean that it disappeared immediately on my desert-dry, sensitive and combination skin; I smoothed it on and melted into my skin, making it feel supple and moist without that sticky feeling. In essence — pun most definitely intended here — I have swapped my trusty Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum for this Concentrate as my core facial serum 🙂
La Mer The Eye Balm Intense and La Mer The Eye Concentrate
Price: HKD1750 each
I felt that these two were the eye version of the iconic facial moisturizer; both came with a small applicator that has a metal ball at the end to help with cooling down and de-puffing eyes 🙂 For my purposes, I am more concerned about softening fine lines than de-puffing so the applicator didn’t have much use for me; however, both eye creams are excellent in keeping my desert-dry undereyes well-moisturized without giving way to milia (whiteheads). I couldn’t detect any actual fragrance from the products, even though it’s part of the iconic line, and this only adds to my love for these eye creams as I know it won’t irritate my sensitive skin <3 Of the two, I am leaning more towards the Concentrate as it felt a little more hydrating; the Intense one seems to focus more on de-puffing and thus it’s not quite what I need. However, both are stellar eye creams and they did perform to the standard of what I had expected from luxury eye creams.
La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel
This is the only product that I tried from the line and will not be re-purchasing. Housed in a plastic bottle with a pump, the product itself is gel-based and frankly, did nothing for my undereyes. I didn’t feel that it hydrated my eyes at all, nor did it leave them looking more illuminated; perhaps those who have oily skin and minimal problems with dark circles will like this more than I did. I had much better luck with the Eye Balms as noted above.
La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream
Seeing as La Mer has a series of moisturizers, I’d like to note that they are all variations of The Original — noted below — but with different textures; there’s definitely something for everyone out there from this line 😀 This is my go-to version for all seasons 🙂 I love how this soft cream doesn’t require heating up with my palms prior to applying it; I simply scoop a little out with the spatula that it comes with and gently massage it onto my face and neck; in addition, it’s very easy to add a couple drops of facial oil to it when you need the extra glowy oomph <3 Between this and the Lotion, I feel that my skin already requires that extra hydration on a consistent basis for most of the seasons, and the Lotion just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. As such, whenever I see a promo going on for La Mer on Groupon and this is on it, I snap up backup pots! <3
Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Cream (The Original)
Boys and girls, if and when I have to bring out the big guns for cold, dry winters, this would be it. The Original Crème de La Mer heavy-duty cream that requires a very small amount — dime-sized to begin with — to be scooped out with the spatula that it comes with, and warmed up in the palms of your hands prior to patting and pressing it onto your face. I’d like to note here that I found this relatively difficult to massage into my skin because of its rich, thick texture; it worked much better when it was pressed onto my skin and any extra-dry patches. Again, if your skin really needs that extra oomph, you can add a couple drops of facial oil to the cream that you just scooped out so that you can warm it all up together.
Most of the visitors who are on my blog often enough might have noticed that I used to be a devout Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair user; however, after using the Estée Lauder line consecutively for about four years, my skin has gotten used to it and it no longer has that radiance that I wanted my skin to have after using a dedicated skincare line; with La Mer, I have rediscovered that glow 🙂 <3
Although my bank account will most certainly beg to differ, I have become a solid convert for La Mer skincare <3