La prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Sunscreen – a review

Not long ago I got this deluxe la prairie foundation sample from Conde Nast’s Try It program. La prairie is a luxury brand of skincare carried at upscale stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks.

The La prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Sunscreen is the latest addition to the line. This light coverage fluid compact foundation has SPF built-in and provides buildable coverage. I was a little afraid to try it and my fears were realized when I saw how good it is. It glides on like butter, giving your face an airbrushed look. It’s a little damp to the touch so I layered it with a finishing powder. It lasted all day and was easy to remove. It comes in a range of 10 shades from ivory to tan.

Now the bad. The only real negative is the price- $195. A refill is included which make it more like $100, but still a pricier foundation. If you want to splurge on a really nice foundation for a wedding or special event, this would be it! Go to for stores.

Luxe holiday beauty gifts

Looking for something a little over top this holiday season? These little luxuries will fit the bill. From $7 to $1,110,  these gifts are sure to please!

The Body Shop’s The Sparkler (upper right) is a limited edition atomizer that releases a fine shimmery powder. Just apply makeup and use it  to add a little all over shimmer to the face, body and hair. It emits a little at a time, so don’t worry about overdoing it. It also has a light, fresh fragrance. Available in copper and gold, $24.

Dior always releases a great holiday palette, this year is no different. The Dior Celebration Eye Palette is a great everyday collection to take you through the year. It will help you create the perfect smoky eye with three satin shadows, a serum-infused primer, an eyeliner and a mini mascara, $65 at

Lovers of La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Creme can take their skincare experience to another level with this opulent holiday edition. The super size version (5.9 oz.) comes in a  special Swarovski encrusted case. Caviar cream moisturizes, resurfaces and stimulates collagen, $1,100 at Neiman Marcus.

This cute lock is a replica of a Hermès lock, made for your favorite Hermès fragrance. Available in in gold or silver ($90), the refillable lock spray accommodates four different fragrances ($110-$120), sold separately. Available at Neiman Marcus.

The Sunny Side Bubble Bar from LUSH is the ultimate bath bar. Just run under the faucet to create a tangerine scented shimmering gold bath.  Warning: it is addicting! Each bar will yield about four baths, a bargain at  $7.25,