I have a wishlist as long as your arm of high-end products that I would really like, no make that need, in my life and one of these is Creme De La Mer. Mick did offer to buy me some for Christmas, but it is so expensive that I said no *sob*. I have tried a couple of La Mer products before as a friend sent me some samples and I loved it, but I resigned myself to the fact that it was just out of my price range *more sobs*. Then along came the clever little buggers at Glossybox who have teamed up with La Mer for what I can only describe as my box of dreams.
The box cost £35.00 for Glossy subscribers, or £40.00 for non-subscribers and it sold out so fast – luckily, I was faster than Usain Bolt and managed to get my paws on not one, but two of the boxes. Now before you think that I’m a greedy cow, I had heard that the samples were quite small, so I figured having two of everything would give me more of a chance to really test them … that’s my justification and I am sticking to it.
The box contains 6 mini La Mer products, which are pretty small, but what do you expect for £35.00? There’s a nice mixture of products and I pretty much started playing with them as soon as the box arrived.
The first product is a 30ml bottle of The Cleansing Micellar Water (RRP £70.00 for 200ml).
I have heard so many people rave about this so I was excited by this. It is such a refreshing micellar water that doesn’t dry out the skin, and it feels so cooling on the skin that it’s great when you’re tired at the end of a long day. It contains positively-charged water molecules that work to dissolve any makeup (even the waterproof stuff) and impurities. It also contains purifying algae that tackles any dirt and pollution that your skin has picked up throughout the day, leaving you with clean, soft and hydrated skin.
I have used this twice to remove my makeup (the box only arrived yesterday, so this is very much a first impression), and I was really pleased with how effective it was. It removed my mascara easily and left my complexion feeling lovely, before I then went in with my usual cleanser (got to do the double cleanse after all!).
Next up is a 5ml bottle of The Treatment Lotion (RRP £100.00 for 150ml), which I hadn’t heard of before, so I was looking forward to seeing what it was like.
La Mer describe this as ‘liquid energy’ which my complexion is in desperate need of. It is a rich and silky feeling hydrating fluid that literally floods the skin with lots of moisture leaving you with a more awake looking complexion. It also visibly improves the texture and evens out the skin tone.
Whilst I love all of this, I really like the fact that it helps any products that are applied on top of it to penetrate the skin, making those products more effective. I have been using this after I have cleansed and before I moisturise, and even after 3 uses, my skin feels more hydrated – I really want the full size of this.
The next product is a 5ml tube of The Revitalising Hydrating Serum (RRP £145.00 for 30ml).
I love serums, so I tested this pretty much straight away and have used it today during my morning and evening regime. This was only launched last month, but I know a few people who absolutely love it. It works to instantly infuse the skin with energy and hydration, so again this is a product that I know I am going to like. It contains micro-droplets that help the skin attract and hold moisture.
It also delivers the key active ingredients deep into the layers of the skin. You only need to use two drops and then press it into the skin. I really wish that this wasn’t so expensive as I’d love to use this every day.
Next up is a 3ml tube of The Eye Concentrate (RRP £150.00 for 15ml).
Getting over my shock at how small this tube is and how expensive the full size is, I was keen to try this. I’m at an age where eye creams are becoming an ever increasing part of my skincare, so I am looking forward over the next few weeks to see how this compares to my favourite (Charlotte Tilbury of course). This cream promises to combat signs of ageing and fatigue around the eye area by using Radiant Ferments that claim to infuse the skin with energy, thereby reinforcing its innate support system.
It is described as a calming cocktail of sea algae and anti-irritants that help to soothe and balance. Unless this can drastically reduce the ever-present suitcases I have under my eyes, I can’t see myself spending £150.00 on an eye cream.
The next product is a 15ml tube of The Intensive Revitalising Mask (RRP £115.00 for 75ml).
I love face masks, so I was so excited by this and was quick to put it on my face whilst I was in the bath last night. It promises to detox the skin and leave it brighter, fresher and plumper, all of which sounds good to me. It contains a trio of Miracle Broth, Vitality Ferment and Purifying Ferment which all help to promote skin turnover as well as drenching the skin with moisture, neutralising free radicals and protecting the complexion from stress and pollution.
Apparently you can also leave this on overnight, which I will definitely be trying. I can feel my bank balance weeping already.
The final product is my dream, it’s a 7ml pot of Créme de la Mer (RRP £115.00 for 30ml).
You have no idea how long I have wanted this for and I think if I ever did get the full size jar I would weep with happiness – I’m still kicking myself for saying no to a jar for Christmas. This cult moisturiser that is loved by celebs contains the Miracle Broth that makes it so hydrating and good at soothing the skin. I had thought you rubbed this into your skin but I was wrong, you pat it in instead, after warming a small amount between your fingers until it becomes slippy and transparent in order to activate the Miracle Broth.
I’ve tried the gel formula of this before, which I did like but it’s not right for my skin. This is a much better fit and after just 3 uses, my skin feels so bloody good. Oh God, I think I may have to sell an organ or two and treat myself to a jar of this. I’d expected it to be quite similar to Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream, and it is, but it’s also different … I love them both, but I do believe this is more what my dry skin needs at the moment (although I will never stop using Magic Cream as it is everything).
Overall, despite the small sizes, this box is so freaking good. It offers us mere mortals the chance to try a luxurious brand without needing to take out a second mortgage, and what girl doesn’t want a little bit of luxury? I’d be quite happy if Glossybox released this box every 3 months or so – in fact, I’d be over the moon, but I won’t hold my breath.
Did you manage to get the La Mer Glossybox?
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