La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream & Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil

Hello everyone!

Few weeks ago, we were invited to attend La Prairie Event for their latest products Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream & Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil. I was in Singapore during that week therefore I was able to attend event with Meryl for the first time.  La Prairie is one of the skincare brand which I wanted to try when I have a chance. Thanks La Prairie for the beautiful and organized event and surely for inviting us!

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To find more about the products, below is the information from La Prairie!

Thanks for reading! By: Monica

Miles high in the Swiss Alps, in a world of sheer ice crystals, beauty transcends time.   Here, two seemingly fragile plants and one tiny algae learned to survive and thrive in the harshest setting on earth for plant life, developing strategies to outwit the environment, protect their own DNA and flourish.  It’s only fitting then that la prairie, with a heritage and legacy deeply rooted in Switzerland for over three decades, harnessed the extreme-survivalist secrets of those Swiss extremophile plants and algae into one extraordinary, patent-pending Swiss Ice Crystal Complex.  This Complex transfers the strength of survivor plants and algae to the skin, allowing it to become more resilient, acclimating seamlessly to the daily extremes of life.

After all, you’ve learned to adapt to life’s stress, but what about your skin?  What your skin needs in order to counteract an accelerated pace of aging is to fortify itself and become more resilient against what ages us the most – climate extremes, pollution, constant travel, lack of sleep, anxiety.  With the introduction of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream and Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, featuring the patent-pending Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, your skin becomes more resilient and renewed so you can look younger, longer and is ready to tackle any and all elements that age skin.  This is extreme skincare at its best – incorporating the some of the most sophisticated survivalist secrets of nature into scientifically-sound skincare.

How it all began…the journey for Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal…

Research and development for la prairie extends beyond the laboratories and into the field, from the top of the mountains to the ends of the earth.  For the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal launch, inspiration – and key ingredients – came from the Swiss Alps, an area Dr. Daniel Stangl, la prairie’s Director of Innovation and an active mountaineer, is extremely familiar with.  Pursuing his passion for research on life in extreme environments, Dr. Stangl’s studies led him and the R&D team to the discovery of a tiny plant identified as Saxifraga Oppositifolia, or Purple Saxifrage, growing just below the summit of the ice-covered Dom, one of the highest mountains in Switzerland.  Dr. Stangl hypothesized that the plant must have extremely protective cellular mechanisms to survive and thrive in what is recognized by botanists as the coldest place on earth where a flowering plant has ever been found, which could translate to skincare benefits. 

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Inspired and intrigued by that idea, the R&D team began a deeper exploration of plants and algae living and prospering in an extreme world of ice and snow for a project they deemed “Swiss Ice Crystal Plants.”  They soon found another tiny and fragile extremophile plant called Soldanella Alpina – this one flourishing on the lower slopes of mountains in the central parts of Switzerland, up to 3000 meters above sea level.  Soldanella Alpina is dormant through a prolonged winter “ice age,” earning its nickname ‘sleeping beauty,’ but in early spring, the water trickling through cracks in the frozen snow above rouses the root and causes the plant to germinate.  A small bud begins to open, and using the fuel stored up in the leaves, Soldanella Alpina melts a place for itself to grown under the snow or ice.  As the bell-shaped flower grows up toward the light, it continues to melt the snow until it emerges into the fresh air.

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The evolution…from the mountains to the lab…

As they continued the quest for ageless beauty and unearth additional benefits found among the leaves, stems and flowers of these extremophile plants, la prairie’s R&D team partnered with a Swiss nursery specializing in high Alpine plants.  Nestled within this nursery among specific soil and climate conditions, Purple Saxifrage and Soldanella Alpina grow in a sustainable way.  Both plants are harvested only once a year, in June, after their short flowering season, through a laborious process where every single plant is cut by hand, carefully purified from soil and dried for further processing and extraction of precious components.

The R&D team at la prairie then added a third ingredient proven to be a survivor among harsh conditions: Swiss Snow Algae, a potent anti-aging powerhouse that was first utilized in la prairie’s Cellular Power Collection.  A true pioneer of living in snow and ice, Swiss Snow Algae build tiny microcrystals of red pigments that protect against extreme UV and visible light in high altitudes. During the winter, Swiss Snow Algae rest in the form of red spores beneath the snow blanket. In spring, the resting spores germinate and release smaller green flagellate cells which travel towards the surface of the snow to proliferate, leading to the phenomenon of a crimson blanket on the snow’s surface, seen in summer.  La prairie sustainably grows Swiss Snow Algae in bio-fermenters, harvesting the red form of the algae after the UV induction.  Combined with extracts of Purple Saxifrage and Soldanella Alpina, Swiss Snow Algae completes the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex trifecta.

Upon finalizing the patent-pending Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, the la prairie R&D team knew they had created a true triple threat against aging.  After all, the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex helps your skin adjust to skin-aging stressors and support cell renewal, day after day.  To make certain that what the plants are doing for themselves, the complex will do for our skin cells, Dr. Stangl and his team employed cutting-edge genetic, molecular and cell biology methods to demonstrate the unique protective and anti-aging benefits of the complex for the skin.

The outcome…a new age of timeless beauty…

With Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream and Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, skin has the strength it needs to acclimate to life’s stresses – increased hydration and resilience – in two incredibly textured treatment products.

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As Dr. Daniel Stangl states, “I’ve been with the brand since 1993 – through 20 years of ground breaking, innovative launches – and the new Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal products are among the most exciting products we’ve developed.  To be able to capture the youth-protecting properties and adaptive nature of the three survivalist plants – deemed the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex – and combine those with revolutionary technologies of modern skincare is exceptional.  In essence, the Swiss Ice Crystal Complex helps skin outwit daily aging assaults from the environment – an incredible achievement.”

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Says Lynne Florio, Global Brand President for la prairie, “When it comes to the development of new products for la prairie, no cost is spared, no research left undone, no frontier is left unexplored in our quest for agelessness.  Our clients pay a premium for the best in their skincare, and they expect the highest level of performance.  We aim to exceed their expectations, and I am confident we have done so with the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal duo.”

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*NEW FOR FEBRUARY 2014*

CELLULAR SWISS ICE CRYSTAL CREAM

AGE DELAYING, LAVISHLY HYDRATING

Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream offers a nourishing daily moisturizer with extreme benefits, helping the skin adapt to a world of extremes:  stress, environment and aging.  The modern formulation – an oil-in-water gel-cream – feels rich but immediately penetrates and turns skin to silk as it revitalizes the complexion and works to fortify your skin’s resilience to life’s increasing aging assaults.  The result is an ageless appearance.C_SIC_C_hero

Formulated with the best that science and nature have to offer, Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream features the youth-preserving Swiss Ice Crystal Complex (comprised of Saxifraga Oppositifolia, Soldanella Alpina and Swiss Snow Algae), which fortifies your skin’s resistance and adaptability to a world of daily skin aging extremes.  In addition, it contains the anti-aging powers of Tissue Guidance Matrix and two plant cell extracts based on stem cell technology to assist with skin renewal, Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturize and photo-reflecting agents to help skin glisten.

As Dr. Stangl says, “With Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream, we’ve created a deeply moisturizing, age-delaying cream that excels at fortifying your skin’s resilience to life’s daily aging assaults.”

Fortify, hydrate and renew skin with Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream.

 

How to apply:

  • Smooth over face and neck after cleansing and toning.
  • For enhanced moisturization and barrier protection, blend a drop or two of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil with Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream.
  • May be used over a serum.
  • May be used AM and PM.

 

Bonus: Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream is also an excellent “recovery cream” for stressed skin (a result of dermatological procedures, change in climate or excess traveling).

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Product description:

Packaging:                                         A clear Lucite outer shell designed with an ice crystal effect, paired with shiny silver cap

Size:                                                      50 ml / 1.7 FL OZ.

On Counter Date:                            February 2014

Price:                                                    SGD 500

 

*NEW FOR FEBRUARY 2014*

CELLULAR SWISS ICE CRYSTAL DRY OIL

WHISPER LIGHT, LUXURIOUSLY NURTURING

Seeking clearer, smoother, hydrated, nurtured skin?  Turn to Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, a hydrating, nurturing dry oil that becomes one with your skin upon application.   Containing a precious blend of pure oils and age-delaying extracts – nature’s answers to youth and beauty – as well as new Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, the sheer, weightless dry oil strengthens and fortifies your skin to prevent moisture loss and keep skin supple, emitting a non-oily, natural, healthy glow.

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While the benefits of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil are plentiful, the most obvious is hydration, as oils help create a seal which locks in moisture on skin.  In addition, the youth-preserving Swiss Ice Crystal Complex, which embodies the intense survival capability of extremophile plants and algae capable of withstanding the harshest environment on earth for plant life – namely Saxifraga Oppositifolia, Soldanella Alpina and Swiss Snow Algae – helps to provide potent anti-oxidant protection.

Fortify, restore and nurture skin with Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil.

As Dr. Stangl declares, “A drop of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil each day is the remedy to your complexion issues.  It’s incredibly effective in strengthening the skin’s natural moisture barrier while also soothing and nurturing skin.”

 

How to apply:

  • May be used AM and PM.
  • May be used alone or used in combination with another moisturizer to dramatically nurture and strengthen your skin’s resilience to rapid aging factors.
  • For current serum users who also desire incorporating Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil into their existing skincare regimen, apply your preferred serum first to clean skin.  Follow with a blend of 1-2 drops of Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil mixed in with moisturizer of choice; smooth mixture over face, neck and décolleté.

 

Bonus: Science has proven that lightweight oils moisturize the skin really well, putting to rest outdated fears related to using oils on the skin.

 

Another surprising benefit is that a dry oil product can help every moisturizer work better.  After all, humectants in creams draw water into your skin.  Oils hold water in, so if you use both at the same time, you get the most hydration.

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Product description:

Packaging:                                         A clear Lucite outer shell designed with an ice crystal effect, paired with shiny silver cap

Size:                                                      30 ml / 1 OZ.

On Counter Date:                            February 2014

Price:                                                    SGD 500

 

Disclaimer: the pictures and information in this post is taken from La Prairie Press Release kit.

Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream with Desert Plants and Glacial Proteins

 

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Kiehl’s chemists are known industry-wide to “go the extra mile” by torture-testing their highly effective formulas in some of the most remote places on earth. To ensure it hydrates even the most parched skin, Kiehl’s has sent its legendary Ultra Facial Cream to the uncharted peaks of Greenland, 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley, 13,000 vertical feet to The Mount Whitney Portal – and this year, across the frozen sea ice of the North Pole.  

Most skincare products claiming 24-hour hydration are never exposed to real environmental elements to prove their all-day endurance. To test the performance of its iconic Ultra Facial Cream, Kiehl’s partnered with adventure explorer and polar guide Doug Stoup, on his recent expedition to the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. Amid waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice, The North Pole has some of the harshest conditions in the world with temperatures reaching as low as -43 degrees C (-45 degrees F).

 

Clinically Proven To Improve Not Only Surface Hydration But Overall Skin Quality

 

As many skincare companies offer 24, 48, and even 72 hours of hydration, Kiehl’s chemists – never trend chasers – focus on ensuring Ultra Facial Cream offers much more than surface hydration. To prove the efficacy of the iconic formula that was invented 8 years ago, Kiehl’s chemists conducted new studies to test not only for duration of hydration, but for overall skin health indicators, including improvement of skin softness, smoothness, and radiance. In this clinical study, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream was proven[1] to show significant improvement in key attributes of healthy skin:

-       Improves skin radiance by 32%

-       Improves skin softness by 54%

-       Improves skin smoothness by 42%

 

Consumer results showed:

-        94% thought skin looked healthy

-       92% thought skin felt refreshed

-       90% thought overall look and appearance of skin was improved

 

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: As “Ultra” As It Gets! 4 Sold Per Minute Globally.

 

With fans like Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo, Alanis Morissette, Zachary Quinto and Kim Kardashian, Kiehl’s is proud to continue to offer a truly “ultra cream” for over 8 years. Developed with only high quality ingredients to impart long lasting hydration and skin health, this formula has proven efficacy in the most extreme environments to deliver even in your everyday urban cityscape.   With over 2 Million jars sold in 2012, Kiehl’s sells 4 ULTRA FACIAL CREAM PER MINUTE GLOBALLY across 45 global markets.

 

Key Ingredients: Antarcticine (a glacial glycoprotein sourced in Antarctica), Imperata Cylindrica (a desert plant extract indigenous to the Australian Outback), Squalane, Avocado Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

 

Key Formula Attributes: Light-texture cream; provides 24-hour hydration with continuous water replenishment throughout the day; leaves skin visibly well-balanced, with improved softness, smoothness and radiance; particularly in harsh weather conditions; helps reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air.


Size: 50ml               

Retail Price: $48



[1] Clinical study of 55 men and women including Caucasian and Asian with normal to dry skin over 4 week period.

 

Disclaimer: This information was extrated from Kiehl’s Press Kit  that was given to me.

 

 

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer – Stress Minimizing Daily Hydrator Review

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There’s always when I feel tired and stress because of many things; it could be work or some personal issues. When I reach home after a long day at work, I always relax myself with good music, light a candle and just lie down on my bed and surf the net. My skin care on such day s are very important as I need to make sure the stress doesn’t cause my skin to look dull on the next day. Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is created for people who have a tired day or a stressful day and Kiehl’s claim that this product will work to limit the stress signal, protect the skin barrier from future reactions, and calm & hydrate the skin.

So I have been using this on and off for almost 2 months. I’ve used this product on my face on the days when I feel tired and prefer to have a short skincare regime.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer comes in a bottle with a pump. This is a great packaging especially for people who concerns a lot on hygienic issues relating to packaging. Our hands are dirty and therefore every time we dab our finger on the pot, there might be some bacteria left on the pot. So with this pumping packaging, we could better avoid any bacteria to get into the bottle as we don’t need to touch the product directly with our fingers.

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Kiehl’s skin rescuer feels quite sticky and rich. It’s a cream based product which you can use for moisturizer or a make up base. Although this product feels rich and quite sticky, you don’t need to worry that this will make your skin feel oily. This product is infused with Squalane which is a natural oil extracted from olives and it highly compatible with the natural oils in skin. Another good news is that this product contains no scent at all. It acts as a great moisturizer which hydrates my skin very well.

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On a tiring and stressful day, I prefer to have a short skin care regime. On days like that, I apply this product on my face directly after using toner. It instantly makes me feel refreshed and upon going to sleep, I’ll add 1 more layer of this product to make sure my skin is hydrated well in air conditioned room.

 

Final Thought:

If you’re looking for a product for your tiring and stressful day, this could be a good idea! In those days, I’m looking for one product that will keeps me hydrated the whole night and make me feel refreshed again in the morning. This is an ideal choice for those days :)

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

 

By: Meryl

July Empties!

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Hello Everyone!

It’s been two months since I wrote my last “empties” post. I didn’t have much finished products last month so I thought I will just wait until the next month where I would have more finished product. So here it is, I am going to write a short review on the products which I finished in the last two months.

1. Bifesta Eye Make Up Remover

This make up remover works wonderfully to swipe away my eye makeup. It’s a very effective product to remove eyeshadow or even waterproof eyeliner. I love how this products easily cleans up my eye make up. It is priced reasonably at below $15 (I couldn’t remember the exact price).

Will I repurchase this again? Definitely

2. The Body Shop Olive Scrub

I simply love this scrub because of its texture. It’s very effective to remove dead skin cells. I have been using this since my high school time and still enjoy using it until now. My skin feels so smooth after I applied this scrub.

Will I repurchase this again? Definitely

3. L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil

Recently I have reviewed this product hereI mentioned how much I love the product in the review post on this product. It makes my hair feels very smooth without making it feel sticky. I usually use 3 pumps after I washed my hair and I can feel how smooth my hair feel after applying this oil. I also love the smell this product has; it’s a mixture of macadamia and some flowers.

Will I repurchase this again? Definitely

4. No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Dry / Very Dry 

I purchased this product when I was in the UK last January. I had a very dry skin there and my usual skincare routine were not creamy enough to combat the cold weather that dries my skin. I bought this product from Boots to help me moisturize my skin.

This cream has a thicker consistency and it is packed with SPF 15. It helps me to protect my skin from being dry for few hours in the cold weather and I need to reapply this cream after that. In Singapore, where the weather is humid, this cream can last for a longer hour.

Will I repurchase this again? Maybe

5. The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner

Before I apply any makeup, usually I will cleanse my face with toner. This Seaweed Clarifying Toner works well for people with combination skin. I have been loving this product for long time but recently I feel that it’s a bit drying for my cheek area. I still like this product but currently I am trying some other products that might work better for me.

Will I repurchase this again? Maybe 

 

Yay that I have finished all these products. I hope I will have sufficient product to post next month, so we’ll see ;)

 

Thank you for reading!

 

By: Meryl

Luxasia Warehouse Sale 2013 Haul

Hello everyone!!

I am so excited to share with you my haul from 2013 Luxasia Warehouse Sale. The sale was held in Luxasia building on 18-20th July 2013. There were lots of brands on sale from fragrance, make up, skincare. They even have leather products like wallet/bags and some other  accessories .

So what is Luxasia? Luxasia is a leading distributor for beauty products in Asia. They are the distributor for many renowned fragrances like Chloe, Burberry, Lanvin, Bottega Venetta, etc (the list goes on…..) They are also the distributors for many skincare and makeup brands in Singapore and throughout Asia. I have been to 2012 Luxasia Warehouse Sale and The 2013 Luxasia warehouse sale. Both sale never disappoints me!

Firstly, let’s start from my Make Up Haul:

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal $21

Becca Luminous Skin Colors in Sand $20

Becca Beach Tint $15

 

 

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Burberry Blush Powder $15

Burberry Eyeshadow $12

Burberry Lipgloss $10

 

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Guerlain Single Eyeshadow $12

 

That’s all I have for make up items. Now onto fragrance and body oil.

I bought my Annick Goutal fragrance in Petite Cherie and Diptyque Body Oil.

 

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Annick Goutal Petite Cherie $60

 

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Diptyque Voile Satin

I bought some skincare for me and for my mum. It’s my first time trying Strivectin. I have been hearing good review so I hope this really works. I also bought a bottle of Decleor Aroma Sculpt, finger cross that this will work!

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Decleor Aroma Sculpt $42

StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch mark & Wrinkles $49

StriVectin Neck Cream$35

 

Well that’s all I bought! I felt so happy that I could get these items at a very good price. When I walked out the sale, I was still thinking of getting other things. There were so many good deals in the sale event but I decided I shall keep it for the next event :p

 

 

Thank you for reading!

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