My feud with Lancome is over. After two unanswered emails I used the "contact us" form on their web site, and that did the trick. I got a quick reply, an apology and today: a small package containing the promised gift and some extras. It's good to be back on good terms with the company that provides quite a few of my staples. Not to mention my recent discovery.
Among the samples in the bag I received was Lancome's Secret de Vie. I put it aside to be tested at a later date. However, the change in weather has made my skin very unhappy. My trusted Mario Badescu has all of a sudden stopped being effective, and the delightful tube of Besame Cosmetics' Delightful Rose moisturizer wasn't cutting it either, except for smelling very very good. This is one I'll have to retest later, when my skin isn't screaming bloody murder.
So I picked up the little tin of Vie, not expecting much and without even looking that up online. I applied it at night and it felt great. I could tell that something was working. The next morning I could hardly believe my eyes. Something indeed worked. The dry patches were gone and my skin looked happy, well-rested and full of life. I was definitely not expecting such dramatic results. I'm not sure what it does or how, but all of a sudden my skin is exactly the way I would have wanted it to be. And it glows.
So I went online to find out more, and holly diamond and platinum batman! This cream costs $225 for 1.7oz. Am I already at that age that you spend this much on a face cream? Apparently so. Worth.Every.Penny.
Both images by Patrick Stefanski via behance.com