Beauty trial: Crème de la Mer discovery collection

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Creme De La Mer Discovery Collection

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, the holy grail of skincare – a load of snake oil or worth the hype? Because there is a lot of hype around this brand. I’ve tried (and been converted to) The Lip Balm (£42) and The Intensive Revitalizing Mask (£105), both of which deliver excellent results. But the legendary crème had until recently evaded me… well, hello, it’s £105 for the smallest pot!

Admittedly I’ve never needed serious skincare. I’m lucky to have young-looking skin, few lines and managed to get by on the stuff in a big blue pot that my mum used. But as I’ve got older, I’ve noticed uneven skintone, a few stubborn spots and just general not-looking-its-best skin.

Enter the Crème De La Mer Discovery Collection, a trial set that’s pretty comprehensive and gives you a taster of the Crème De La Mer magic ingredient, a.k.a the Miracle Broth. (Back story: the Miracle Broth is the ferment that founder Max Huber created that blends sea kelp with a cocktail of vitamins and other nutrients. Legend is that 60 years ago, aerospace physicist Dr Huber created the concoction in a quest to prettify his own burn scars. His unique biofermentation process uses light and sound to give the ingredients their magical properties.)

In the set you get a trial-sized 1ooml foaming cleansing gel and 15ml Regenerating Serum as shown in the main picture above. You also get a 30ml pot of Moisturising Cream. (You actually get to choose which version, of which more later.) (Note: the Moisturising Cream in the pictures is a lot smaller, a 7ml sample size.) Plus you also get The Tonic (100ml) and The Eye Concentrate eye cream (5ml).

The idea is you get to try the whole regime for £230. My pics went a bit wrong but below you can see The Tonic, and the eye cream plus three mini samples of moisturiser. While there are three versions of moisturising cream available; the classic cream, a lighter ‘soft’ cream and a moisturising cream gel, you only get one in your set depending on your preference. IMPORTANT NOTE: The one you get is bigger than this –  a 30ml pot, not these 7ml samples.

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I went with the Moisturizing Cream as I like my creams quite rich. You use the cleansing gel on damp skin, rinse with tepid water, pat dry, then follow by the tonic and a pump of serum. Then the moisturiser goes on. With the Cream there’s a technique – you have to warm it between your fingers until it’s translucent then press (not rub) it into your skin. You do this ritual twice a day. I guess it’s a bit like the Clinique 3-step system but with a serum as well. The idea of a ritual does compel you to stick to a routine, I stuck to mine for three weeks until my mini press sample pot of Cream ran out.

The verdict? The spots on my jawline and hairline that have plagued me for months have cleared a lot and I also feel like my skin looks clearer and more even-toned overall. Is that because of these products in particular, or from just having a regular routine? Hard to say. I will say that I liked the serum and moisturiser more than the face wash and tonic. I think I just prefer more creamy or oily cleansers and I’ve never really used toner before. However, I loved the eye cream, like using sliced cucumber (with a yummy smell to match) – great for tired blogger bedtime eyes.

If I was going to spend on full size anything it would be the eye cream and the serum. Both feel luxurious to use and seemed to make a difference and with the eye cream especially, a little goes a long way. In all, a starter set like this is a good way to give a regime or brand a go and if you decide you don’t like the whole lot, you can cherry pick the elements you do like without a major wasteful spend. The discovery set came out just before Christmas (mine was a press sample) so seems to be sold out online but I’m assured it’s still available on counter at Harrods. Which for a luxury brand like Crème de la Mer is probably a good thing as you can then benefit from the knowledge and advice from the counter staff before splashing out.

CORRECTION: This post has been updated with amended size information

Scent of a rose

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Tim Walker Roses

Much as I love my niche, masculine fragrances (welcome back Helmut Lang), there’s no denying that timeless florals and fruity orientals are the biggest money spinners. And that’s for good reason – they have popular appeal. Rose is the exception to my no-florals rule, especially the current crop of rose scents that are a bit greener and fresher… Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CAROLINE ISSA FOR NORDSTROM, LISA ELDRIDGE FOR LANCOME, A DETACHER, JOAN DIDION FOR CELINE

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. FIRST LOOK AT NORDSTROM SIGNATURE & CAROLINE ISSA

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This week we got a first look at Nordstrom Signature & Caroline Issa, the collection that Issa has produced with the US department store. Vogue has the scoop here (and I have my eye on this timeless leather coat). The collection launches on February 9th and will come out four times a year. Continue reading

Try it now: I woke up like this

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New makeup artist discovery: Emma Broom. We worked together on our Follow The Blue Line shoot (above) in November, when she stepped in at short notice on the recommendation of another makeup artist who had to cancel. In the event she was a perfect fit, translating our ‘no makeup makeup with a bit of extra “something”’ brief with this immaculate inky statement eye.

The photos speak for themselves (see them here) but I couldn’t let Emma go without asking some pressing beauty questions…

DISNEYROLLERGIRL: TELL ME ABOUT THE MAKEUP LOOK YOU CREATED ON MADDY (ABOVE)
Emma Broom: I wanted Maddy to have more then just a no makeup makeup, so I chose to emphasise her eyes in a glamorous grunge way. I kept the rest of her minimal.

DRG: HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THAT GORGEOUS SKIN WITHOUT CAKING ON LOADS OF PRODUCT?
EB: I always pay a lot of attention to prepping the skin, using products that hydrate and make the skin radiant. Once the skin is looking great and has a glow you don’t need to use as much make up base. I like skin to look real.

DRG: WHAT IS YOUR HERO KIT ITEM FOR ACHIEVING GREAT YOUTHFUL-LOOKING SKIN?
EB: I like trying out new skincare but at the moment a firm favourite is NARS Optimel Brightening Concentrate and Luminous Moisture Cream. MAC Face and Body and Becca highlighter are my other go-to items.

DRG: HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THE EYE LOOK?
EB: I only used 4 products on the eye. I used MAC Feline pencil into top and lower lash line. I really worked the pencil into the lower lash line, so it looked smudged and a bit messy. I then added MAC gel liner in Blacktrack and used it to create a deconstructed liner on the eye lid. I put MAC eyeshadow in Shroom over the ball of the eye and into the tearduct. I finished with lots of mascara.

DRG: SHOPPING LIST TIME! WHICH BRANDS MAKE YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FOR SKINCARE, FOUNDATION AND COLOUR COSMETICS?
EB: Skincare – Bioderma, NARS and Sarah Chapman; Bases – MAC Face and Body and Chanel Vitalumiere; Lips- NARS

DRG: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE JOB YOU’VE DONE RECENTLY?
EB: I loved assisting on one of the LOVE advent calendar days.

DRG: WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU CREATIVELY RIGHT NOW?
EB: I recently found inspiration from artist Gerhard Richter. I love his use of colour and I’ve now become obsessed with orange – I want to incorporate this into a beauty story.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Vanessa Jackman
MAKEUP: Emma Broom

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On counter now: Tom Ford’s Lips And Boys mini lipsticks

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Tom Ford Lips And Boys Collection At Selfridges

Today’s the day! Tom Ford Lips And Boys (£26) is finally on counter, exclusively at Selfridges until stocks run out. To recap, the range consists of 50 mini sized (0.07 oz /2 g) priced Tom Ford lipsticks named after hot boys. I had a play earlier this month and loved Adriano (below), a smokin’ hot orange-tinged red tribute to some Latino boy or other, no doubt. Continue reading

Quote of the day: Jaime King

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“There is something very intimate about shooting on film, it’s just between you and the photographer. Now, everything is like ‘Oh, we’ll fix it in post!’ I fucking hate those words. I just want to be like, ‘Why don’t you fix it now and get it right?!’ ”
I hear ya Jaime King, Into The Gloss

CULT CANDLES: A.P.C, Bella Freud, Diptyque (and the rest)

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So it seems the world is divided into those who love fancy scented candles and those who don’t get the fascination. If you do, they can become something of an addiction (ahem). If you don’t, well, you may as well stop reading now. But not all posh candles are created equal. Some (many) are just an easy add-on to a brand’s beauty output; others are so powerful, that they become cult objects in themselves. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: JIGSAW, LOUIS VUITTON, INTO THE GLOSS

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. JIGSAW PROFITS END THE YEAR ON A HIGH

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Nice news to end the year on for Jigsaw. The FT reports that sales and profits are up at both Jigsaw and DRG fave The Shop At Bluebird (where sales up up 39% this season – wowza). Continue reading

First look at Chanel Burlington Arcade – the beauty boutique

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Oh yikes, Christmas is only four days away and the cut-off for most online deliveries has pretty much passed. This article in the Evening Standard made me chuckle as I’m such a grumbler about the inconvenience of online shopping, it just isn’t quite there for me yet. So if you still have shopping to do, there’s no option than to hit the stores. And this is where Chanel Burlington Arcade comes in.

Burlington Arcade is quite the prettiest shopping arcade in London. There’s been a bit of a rebranding of it lately, it’s become more of a mini Bond Street, with luxury newcomers such as Barrie knitwear and Maison Michel (both owned by Chanel) moving in, and last Friday’s opening of the latest Chanel beauty boutique. Continue reading

On trial: Google Glass for Yves Saint Laurent Beauté make-up lesson

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Last week, I donned my beauty editor hat to try out the new Google Glass makeup lesson service at YSL Beauté in Selfridges. The service launched earlier this year in the US and has worked its way to London, exclusively at Selfridges.

HOW IT WORKS
You book an appointment which costs £30 (redeemable against purchase). I had my appointment with the charming Fred Letailleur, YSL’s head of make up for northern Europe, who is not only an expert make-up artist, but is now a master Google Glass user. Which is a considerable combination that needs extreme focus. Not only does the make-up artist have to concentrate on what they’re doing to your face, but they’re also operating a tiny camera (embedded inside the ‘glasses’) with discreet movements, and engaging with the customer – answering questions, making you feel at ease etc. Continue reading

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