La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex Review

Among the many things La Prairie does well, eye care has got to be my favourite. To save the eyes from looking tired, lifting and wrinkle busting, my go-to’s in the past has always been La Prairie (Click here  to see old favourites).

This year I put yet another La Prairie eye serum to the test. And after many months of trialling I’m here to finally let you in on my new anti ageing secret. Shhhh…

 

La Prairie Essence of Caviar eye

 

As someone who’s constantly battling under eye issues (mainly wrinkles and puffiness) an eye serum is a must have. I find them effective in delivering results faster than creams do as they contain concentrated doses of actives.

The Essence of Skin Caviar by La Prairie is specially formulated for lifting & firming. Something essential to keeping the skin looking younger; and the Eye Serum as you expect, specially targets muscles that have lost their tone and visibly drooping. Effectively delivering a more lifted and firm eye contour.

Morning and night i’ve been using one drop of this serum massaged into the eye contour. It’s fast absorbing and a very lightweight, therefore perfectly suitable for the eye lids as well.

 

La Prairie essence of skin caviar eye serum

 

The dropper dispenser ensures you don’t dispense too much product (which is wasteful, not to mention painful at this price point) and also ensures a longer shelf life as you don’t contaminate the product by dipping your fingers in. Simple hygienic design that works great!

 

la-prairie-texture

 

The combination of Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex with my current eye cream , the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream is very light. Works great even under makeup & nourishing enough for the night time to wake up with a gently hydrated, refreshed eye area.

Results

I’ve gone through close to a 1/4 of the bottle over approximately 2 months and the results are impressive. My under eye area is much more toned, tighter and youthful with visibly less lines as well.

I’ve also seen my undereye become more luminous, though this I attribute to the cream more than the serum.

Overall i’m loving the results. Hence my speedy review!

 

La Prairie Eye serum Essence of Caviar

 

Bottom Line

This is a product for anyone who find their eye area could use a little bit of a lift. It snaps back muscles back into the position is use to be and ensures a more youthful appearance.

Overall I find the results very impressive, therefore will not hesitate to recommend this to anyone who’s looking for some serious anti ageing care for the eyes.

If your budget permits, do not hesitate. It’s a pricey gem that you’ll be sure to repurchase!

Other Info

The Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex retails at SGD 260 (15ml)

 

Available at Tangs Beauty Department as well as Takashimaya.

 

Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Skincare Favourites – October 2015

Welcome to your very first demi-post. This is actually a supplementary blog entry to an Instagram skincare post that just went up. I didn’t have the patience to write a loooong caption over there so all the reasoning behind my current capsule skincare routine will be documented here.

Firstly, I’ve been having a bit of a ‘good skin moment’ after a massive hormonal breakout (ok, slight exaggeration here) few weeks back. So I got back into a lot of my go-to’s to make sure my skin get’s back to it’s normal, healthy glowy state.

Overall my skin is pretty well behaved (touch wood). My only concerns are tackling dehydration, fine lines and also evening out my skin tone. Also I am of a combination dry skin type FYI.Skincare Cleansers

My cleansing routine always starts with Bioderma (micellar/water cleanser) followed up with an oil or a balm cleanser (double cleansing is a must in my opinion if you wear makeup on the daily).

The usual suspects are SK2 Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil or the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. Between the two, the Omorovicza is my absolute favourite it’s great for all skin types (even sensitive skin) and I consider it more skincare than a cleanser. Basically cos it’s NOT JUST for removing makeup and dirt, which is why I use this as a second cleanse after my Bioderma has removed a majority of my makeup. It’s more of a DEEEEEEP cleanse so there’s no residue dirt or anything that would clog my pores.

Most people find a balm cleanser annoying, it’s a pain to get off in a hurry (you definitely need warm water and a wash cloth) and this one’s freaking expensive. BUT, whenever my skin is in a bad state, I make sure I switch to this to ‘heal’ it. (full review here)

The SK2 cleanser is my second in command. If my skin isn’t particularly fussy, I use this. It’s my favourite of all oil cleansers (i’ve tried quite a few) and I find it very gentle, taking off makeup with ease. The mild rose fragrance is also a plus. Helps you get into wind-down mode before bed.

For removing eye makeup my holy grail is the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. This takes of everything (even stubborn waterproof makeup like mascara) super fast and I love it. Always have a back up ready for when I run out.

Toner

These days (and for the past year) my go-to toner is Serozinc by La Roche-Posay. It’s a bit of a pain to source since it’s only available in France but I have quite a few back ups from my last trip to Paris and I’m really happy to have a good supply. This is basically something to spritz on after cleansing, before you pile on your skincare. The active ingredient here is Zinc Sulfate & Sodium Chloride. It basically kills any bacteria and soothes skin. I also use this whenever my skin feels itchy or sensitive and this instantly calms it down. Also if you are prone to breakouts it’s a good product to have at hand as it purifies skin and stops bacteria breeding in your pores. Acne flare ups can be cured twice as fast and great for those with fussy skin.

Eye Care

There are currently 4 products in rotation at the moment. It’s basically a La Prairie mix and Shiseido mix. I tend to alternate these over the week and both are combinations that have worked for me in the past.

I use the La Prairie combination for hard core anti wrinkle action + brightening and the Shiseido for extra hydration, wrinkle prevention and building up skin immunity (this is where Shiseido Ultimune Eye comes handy)

Between the two my under eyes are doing well. And it’s the best products i’ve found so far.

Night Serums

Whenever my skin has a B**** fit I turn to my HG serum combo for tackling blemishes, evening out skin tone, plumping, brightening AND reducing acne scaring. This basically covers it all. The duo is Lancome Visionnaire and the Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate.

I have reviewed them both here. Highly recommend this combo for keeping skin looking healthy and youthful.

For days I need a boost of hydration, my go to is Hydraluron serum by Indeed Labs. I haven’t reviewed this yet but as a quick intro, it’s great for layering before night or day cream for combatting dehydration. A super product at a fantastic price point (drugstore skincare from Boots).

Night Creams

I don’t have too many that I rotate but from all I’ve tried these two are my current go-to’s that work well over my serums.

First up the Omorovicza Rejuvenating night cream. LOVE this stuff. It’s basically a slightly richer night cream that plumps up and deeply hydrates skin. If you have dry, combination-dry or normal skin, THIS IS FOR YOU. But of course like all Omorovicza products this too is pretty much of a luxury purchase. However, I LOVE it and recommend it to every one!

Next up, an Estee Lauder cream I haven’t talked about yet.

Nutritious Vitality 8 Radiant Moisture Creme is fairly new to my routine (in comparison to my Omorovicza) and have been using it on and off for the last 3 months. This is a new release by EL for building up skin immunity/radiance and works great over any serums you may use. First up, I believe this is actually a day cream, BUT is slightly richer and thicker in consistency so I love it for night time use since I have combination skin. This cream smells soo good (a fruity delicious smell I can’t get enough of) and absorbs easily once smoothed in. I always end up waking with plump, nourished skin and HIGHLY recommend you try it yourself. Amazing product at a good price. (Full review to follow)

Peels & Exfoliators

To maintain fresh skin without dead cell build up, I try to use a chemical peel or some exfoliation at least once a week. This is a great way to ensure your nightly skincare penetrates well.

My HG is the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. I’ve talked about this before and it’s a great product that takes off any dead cell build up with ease! I feel the name ‘Gentle’ cream exfoliant is slightly misleading as this is potent stuff. But as long as you follow instructions and don’t leave it on longer than recommended you should be fine. I recommend this to everyone except the severely sensitive skin types. A wonderful product for weekly use.

The next exfoliant I have quite recently added to my routine is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. It’s this yummy jelly like mask that removes dead cells in a more gentler manner. You can use this up to 2-3 times a week depending on how often you feel like your skin needs exfoliation. It smells like roses, soooo calming and a delicious treat for sluggish skin. (P.S- mine’s a smaller version and not the full sized product in case you were wondering)

Brightening & Hydration Masks

All skincare routines should include a brightening mask and hydrating masks and my recent go-to’s have been by Skin Inc. A brand i’m just discovering. So far i’m loving everything i’ve tried and the stand out products have been the Pure Deep Sea Hydrating Mask (great as a sleeping mask or a primer under makeup for dry skin types) and the Get Glowin’ Brightening Mask. I’ve got a longish review planned for this weekend so stay tuned for that. But without giving too much away, the brightening mask is a must try. Seriously, go buy it NOW.

That concludes my chatty skincare entry of favourites. Hope I didn’t bore you halfway but certainly better than killing you with a long caption on IG so yeah >.<

P.S- Thank you for stopping by and hope this entry proved a good read!

xx,

Michelle.

 

 

 

 

La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare (Eye Serum) Review

La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare (Eye Serum) Review

As much as I love makeup, I am just as obsessive with skincare. And as someone who is now 30+, eye care is on the top of my list. Over the years I have discovered that an eye cream alone doesn’t cut it, so I turned to serums to get the job done. Serums in general are more potent in comparison to creams as they are formulated to carry a concentrated dose of active ingredients. Which is why you’d notice faster results in comparison to merely using a cream.

When I was sent this new serum by La Prairie, I knew I had to get it right into my skincare routine ASAP! And I am glad I did.

La Prairie cellular essence platinum rare eye

I put this product to the test for several months now and I am finally comfortable and familiar with the product to talk about it. So I hope you find this review useful.

Packaging The Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare comes in very fancy packaging. It’s a transparent acrylic bottle with a silver (‘platinum’) core, fitted with a unique dropper dispenser system. The dropper works by clicking the ‘button’ on the top of the cap and releases the serum. The amount dispensed can be controlled (depending on how much you press) so you don’t waste any product.

La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum

The product is a silky, iridescent liquid with fine shimmer. It’s not overly runny so you won’t have to worry about this migrating into your eye. Here’s what it looks like.

La Pairie celular eye essence

Application that’s recommended is taking a drop into your palm and smoothing it over the contours of your eye using your fingers (also extending to the frown lines between your brows if needed). Being the rebel I am, I place the required amount right on my under eye (it takes a bit of practice getting the amount right while doing this) and smooth it in with my fingers. If it pleases you, you could also use the cooling metal tip of the dropper to massage the product onto the under eye for a draining effect which helps with getting rid of any puffiness too. I prefer to stick to fingers though, as it gives me more control.

The product absorbs fast and no residue is left lying on the skin. If you have difficulty getting it to absorb, you probably used too much. Simply reduce the dosage next time.

Results!

With a weeks use (once a day at night), you start to notice the brightening effect and skin around the eye starting to feel firmer. Into a few weeks more I noticed one little fine line that was just emerging under my eye had now slowed down.

After several months of continuous use, the eye area is much firmer, lifted and looks more youthful. Wrinkles, which were my primary concern has been tackled (that annoying fine line now barely visible and the deeper ones too looking less scary!) and with continuous use i’m hoping to see an even more smoothed out eye area!

La Prairie final

Bottom Line

Would I repurchase this when I run out? Of course! It’s the only eye product that has delivered such good results, so i’m willing to dish out the big bucks on this.

To help ease the pain (of your weeping wallet) I’m happy to note, i’ve had a good 5 months use off this and there’s still more left. And if you plan on using this morning and night it might last you around 4 months or so.

Other info

I use this strictly at night as it doesn’t do very well under makeup. My concealer starts pilling if I apply over this. Therefore in the mornings I use an eye cream (another La Prairie gem I plan to write about soon!) and save the hardcore, potent stuff for the nighttime.

*Also worth noting, the packaging has been pretty travel friendly and is quite hardy withstanding ‘trauma’ by baggage handlers. Which is great as I don’t like to alter my nighttime routine even while on holiday.

Product info

This comes with 15 ml or product and is priced at SGD560. La Prairie counters are located at Tangs Orchard and Takashimaya.