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13 posts tagged "La Prairie"

Face Painting With La Prairie

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Skin-Caviar-Luxe-Sleep-Mask-cropToday marks the twenty-first day of fashion month and my skin is beginning to take issue with multiple shots of espresso and occasional spurts of sleep. With no time for a facial, I decided to create my own spa experience in my hotel room around three a.m. last night. While there were no candles or soothing music (only BBC buzzing in the background), La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask (launching next month) was in the house. The rich formula softens with sunflower-seed oil and cupuaçu-seed butter, while phytic acid and Carica papaya speed up cell turnover and brighten. The star ingredient—caviar extract—boasts amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that firm and protect. I also enjoyed the artful application, which entails painting the pale pink lotion on your cheeks, forehead, and chin with a small synthetic brush, then massaging it into your face. By morning, my complexion was noticeably smoother—despite clocking far less than the recommended eight hours. This jar, although not TSA-friendly, was certainly worth toting from New York to Milan to Paris.

$300, www.laprairie.com

Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie

Weekend Beauty Warrior

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In addition to some much needed R&R, I find a short weekend getaway serves as the perfect platform to try new beauty products—especially when they are as TSA-friendly as those shown above. Here’s how I switched it up on my days off:

Chanel CC Cream, $55: Launched first in the Asian market, this CC Cream has finally made its way Stateside. While I’ve grown tired of the alphabet-soup beauty game (the number of BB, CC, and now DD creams available is overwhelming), this featherweight formula from Chanel doesn’t disappear into skin or look cakey like other brands I’ve tried. Instead, it creates a fresh-looking complexion and contains soothing cornflower water, moisturizing hyaluronic acid, broad spectrum SPF 30, and fine line-fighting Rejuvencia (an ingredient derived from a marine microorganism that stimulates the production of collagen). Even better: The single-step cream (available in one shade that flatters most skin tones) comes housed in a one-ounce tube that seamlessly slips past security.

La Prairie Anti-Aging Perfection à Porter, $150: In my opinion, nothing shows the signs of dehydration, stale plane air, and a red-eye flight like the ultrathin skin around your eyes and on your lips. Hence, the cult-favorite Swiss brand has developed a two-level compact: One compartment contains a lip balm that hydrates and stimulates volume with clove essential oil and dehydrated hyaluronic-acid microspheres, and the other houses an eye-contour cream-gel, which boasts those same hyaluronic-acid microspheres to plump, silicone to smooth fine lines, and a fluorescent compound that diffuses light and blurs imperfections.

MCMC Fragrances The Stories Collection Samples, $35: In addition to a good book and a hefty load of September issues, I packed the sample pack of seven eaux de parfum from Brooklyn-based boutique MCMC Fragrances. Each tiny vile takes you on a different olfactory journey—my favorite being Love (which implores notes of Japanese yuzu citrus, French sweet basil, and Chinese magnolia to represent the “fireworks” and “rush of crazy dancing” associated with the first time you discover the emotion). The “nose” behind the brand and blends, Anne McClain, believes that personal stories can be captured through the invisible art of fragrance, and this mini series certainly doesn’t disappoint.

This weekend may already be a distant memory, but I plan to spice up my everyday routine with the bounty from my most recent beauty holiday.

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel, La Prairie, and MCMC Fragrances

A Vodka-Infused Toast To Better Pampering

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The haute spa race is on in Paris. As Clarins’ new My Blend spa at the Le Royal Monceau and the Guerlain-stocked treatment menu at the new spa at the Mandarin Oriental duke it out for bragging rights, Le Bristol’s revamped relaxation destination arrives with a spin all its own. Spread over three levels, the serene Pierre Yves Rochon-designed space is the new go-to address for La Prairie facials (caviar addicts, take note). It also offers exclusive treatments by niche brands such as My Organic Pharmacy, the aromatherapy-based Russie Blanche and the algae-centric Les Thermes Marins Saint-Malo. But what will really propel this pampering haven over its competitors is the newly erected Russian Room. A first this side of Moscow, it comes fitted with a private hammam, a heated marble table, and a movable horizontal shower. It also serves as the exclusive venue for the Bristol’s Vodka Detox Massage. While we’ve always been under the impression that vodka is best suited to re-toxing, the spa uses the circulation-stimulating alcohol topically as part of a concoction that includes coarse sea salt and sesame seeds (to exfoliate), a citrus essential oil blend (to energize), and sesame oil (to nourish and protect the skin). Make no mistake: ten minutes in the hammam and a top-to-toe rubdown followed by a rinse with that horizontal shower adjusted to hit the meridians just so, will knock you sideways—but only for about half-an-hour. Unlike tossing back a few martinis, this intoxicating pastime leaves you brimming with energy and ready to conquer the world.

Vodka Detox Massage at La Prairie Spa at Le Hotel Bristol, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, +33 1 53 43 43 00 www.lebristolparis.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Le Bristol

Champagne Wishes And White Caviar Dreams

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When L.A.’s legendary Hotel Bel-Air recently reopened following an 18-month renovation during which time the swanky hideaway was essentially rebuilt, locals lined up to take in its 12 acres of manicured gardens, Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and new La Prairie spa. The spa’s mosaic-tiled steam rooms and seven treatment areas are all stocked with the Swiss skincare brand’s core lines, and its new Advanced Marine Biology collection is integrated into a Gifts From the Sea body treatment that leaves you detoxed and radiant from head to toe. The pampering destination’s big selling point, though, is the White Caviar Illuminating Facial, an outrageously luxe service to treat pigmentation that is exclusive to the Hotel Bel-Air. At $1,000 a pop, it’ll cost you, but getting glamorous old Hollywood-style doesn’t come cheap.

The Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie, 701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., (310) 472-1211, www.hotelbelair.com.

Photo: Courtesy of the Hotel Bel-Air

La Prairie Pulls An All-Nighter

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La Prairie spa treatments are legendary around these parts (three words: platinum rare facial), so you can imagine our excitement when we caught wind of the Swiss skincare brand’s latest pampering service. As an exclusive preview of its Cellular Power Charge Night—a highly active, dual-chamber serum that launches next month and combines two of the industry’s most beloved antiaging aids, retinol and oxygen, to take off the years while you sleep—La Prairie at the Ritz-Carlton Spa in New York has debuted the Recharge Overnight Facial. Centered around a ritualistic application of the forthcoming elixir, the 60-minute evenings-only service includes a trio of exfoliating processes that starts with a gentle cleansing scrub, eases its way into microdermabrasion, and ends with a glycolic peel, before segueing into extractions (if and when necessary), an ultra-soothing hydrating mask, an eye refresher, an upper-body massage, and a caviar hand treatment. Consider it the nightcap of your dreams.


La Prairie at the Ritz-Carlton Spa is located at 50 Central Park South, NYC. For more information or to book an appointment, call (212) 521-6135.

Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie