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July 26 2014

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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Lela Rose

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Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Lela Rose, fashion designer

The Product: “My mother has always used Crème de la Mer. She would keep the jar hidden away, tucked behind all the other products on her vanity table. Back then, it was written up as this wonder cream and nothing was more expensive at the time. My mother would dab on these teeny little bits, parceling it out so parsimoniously. I wasn’t allowed to use it, but I would manage to steal it from her—it felt so good on the skin, and it makes you look great with or without makeup. Any time she was getting ready for an event, that jar would always be out. It reminds me of a different time. My mom is very chic and pretty fabulous. We grew up in Dallas and she’s one of these do-it-yourself ladies. She would make her own gowns and whip up a Grand Marnier soufflĂ©é for breakfast. When I left for college, she actually gave me a jar of the Crème de la Mer for Christmas. It was the smallest size possible, but when you have no cash, any amount is precious. That cream is still on her vanity table back home. And when we travel together I always manage to raid her stash again!”

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

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