There are elite beauty products that we would love to try but somehow can’t justify buying. Well that’s what Christmas is for. And after this horrible year, who doesn’t deserve a luxe beauty product to transport us, if only for a moment, to a happier, simpler time (like last year)?
Ask Santa for these or buy them for yourself.
They may be pricey but they are totally worth the splurge. Think of them as a substitute for the trip you didn’t take this year.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation
It will come as no surprise that La Prairie heads up our list of coveted luxury beauty products. Over the years we have eyed its luxury products—with prices to match—but never quite took the plunge. Of course, we are well aware of the company’s reputation for revolutionizing anti-aging skin care. The brand traces its origins to 1930s Switzerland, where a doctor at Clinique La Prairie in Montreux pioneered cellular anti-aging therapies.
This perfectly matched liquid foundation and concealer (the concealer is housed in the cap) leave skin looking dewy and fresh. The secret ingredient? Cavier, one of La Prairie’s longstanding anti-aging ingredients. The foundation and concealer formulas are infused with caviar extracts for lifting and firming. The duo also fights off environmental damage and plumps fine lines, while keeping skin looking dewy and fresh and camouflaging under-eye darkness. Comes in 12 shades. Available at La Prairie and major department stores.
La Mer Renewal Body Oil Balm
Another line of products on our wish list is La Mer. Its skin renewal beauty products are legendary. According to the company, the cream was created about 40 years ago when its founder, German-born aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber, suffered severe burns in a lab explosion. Determined to heal his burns, he devoted the next 12 years to working with Macrocystis pyrifera, a kelp in the Pacific Ocean near his California home.
The resulting cream was just short of miraculous–it healed his wounds and treated his scars until little remained from the accident. The fermented sea kelp was christened ‘Miracle Broth’ and became the foundation of the La Mer skin care brand.
Imagine an all-over body balm that invigorates the body and senses with all the benefits of Huber’s Miracle Broth. This renewal body balm envelopes the skin with healing hydration and a healthy sheen. It melts into a silky oil on contact to create the radiant glowing look of La Mer all over. Available at cremedelamer.com,
Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream
Yes, this rejuvenating night cream from Omorovicza is expensive but it is so worth the experience, according to our beauty editor, who scraped clean a little glass sample jar of it. This cream is for dry and very dry skin. In the morning, your skin will feel clammy. This is good. It means that water did not evaporate from your skin in the night. This Rejuvenating Night Cream features hazelnut peptide which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All Omorovicza products are free from parabens, silicones, sodium laureth sulphates, and artificial colors and fragrances.
What makes this cream so special? Maybe it’s that it was developed in a Hungarian Nobel Prize-winning laboratory. Or that it contains a Healing Concentrate™ said to deliver all the potent minerals found naturally in the Omorovicza healing thermal waters. Or maybe it’s that the company was founded by members of the Hungarian royal family. Whatever it is, Santa will ‘get it’… and get it for you. Available at Sephora.
Guerlain Orchidée Impériale
Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale is so iconic that it is simply called The Cream. This moisturizer is absolutely unapologetic decadence and has been a best seller for Guerlain for over a decade. Guerlain maintains that the “prodigious powers of a duo of orchids” are the secret to ‘The Cream’s’ ability to so effectively combat visible signs of aging. Regardless, its gorgeous texture and the contemporary design of its jar are enough to turn a true beauty lover into a lifelong convert. You have to experience it to understand it. Available at guerlain.com.
Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask
If your Covid hair is crying out for help, consider this innovative tinted hair mask from Christophe Robin. Not only will it make your hair feel baby soft, it will help maintain your at-home hair color looking as fresh as possible. It is formulated with almond butter and buriti oil (Buriti is a palm tree native to Brazil called “The Tree of Life.” Its precious oil is used to protect the skin and remedy burns and sunburn).
Each tinted hue of the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask (there are five, ranging from cool blonde to ash brown) adds intense shine and dimension, giving highlights a lift and lowlights more depth. Available on Amazon.com.
Chanel’s Sublimage les grains de vanille
Any beauty product with a name en français just sounds more promising, n’est pas? Yes, $140 may seem a little steep for a scrub. Just consider this luxuriant product from Chanel helps purify and refine your skin’s appearance with the exfoliating power of vanilla and Jojoba seeds.
Women swear that the smooth gel texture refreshes skin upon contact for a soft, radiant appearance. According to Chanel, les grains de vanille are enriched with two light-enhancing ingredients—antioxidant Vanilla Planifolia and purifying Harungana Extract. Together they help create a firmer, more refined and luminous appearance. Available at chanel.com and major department stores.
Theodent 300 Clinical Strength Whitening Crystal Mint
Okay. Let’s confront the elephant on the page: this really is a $100 toothpaste. You can find it in Harrods, Whole Foods, Selfridges & Co.—all companies that know a thing or two about quality products. Theodent luxury toothpaste is a blend of minerals. The brand’s active ingredient, Rennou, is a fluoride alternative sourced from cocoa beans.
Rennou combines theobromine, calcium, and phosphate in a proprietary formula designed to maximize rapid enamel remineralization. In fact, clinical trials have shown that it remineralizes tooth enamel more effectively than fluoride-based toothpastes. If your teeth rank right up there with your skin (you’d pay $100 for a face cream, right?) then ask Santa for a tube and look forward to glamming up a twice-a-day ritual like never before. Available at theodent.com.
PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership VII Eyeshadow Palette – Divine Rose Collection
This is no ordinary eyeshadow. Pat McGrath is the most influential and sought-after makeup artist in the world. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made her a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the fashion and beauty industry.
There is a reason this palette is called Mothership. The shadows are buttery soft, subtle, and beautiful with almost no fallout. The case is heavy and strong and feels expensive. And the outer packaging is stunning. This Divine Rose Collection is tailor-made for women our age—it’s a simply chic, sophisticated shadow. This is truly the only eyeshadow palette you will ever need. Available at Sephora.com,
Rouge Louboutin from the Velvet Matte Collection
Can women over 60 wear red lipstick? Yes, they can! Has there ever been a more regal looking lipstick? This lipstick by Louboutin is royal in every way: its “lipstick as art” case, its crowning glory cap and its smooth-as-silk formula in a mix of warm and cool undertones (perfect for neutral, cool or warm complexions). It’s also paraben-free, mineral oil-free, DEA-free and Phthalate-free.
Imagine the looks you’ll get when you casually reapply your perfect red lipstick. Available at Christian Louboutin and major department stores.
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