BVLGARI: Gemstone Skincare

You shine.

You believe everything that glitters is gold, and diamonds are a girl’s best friend. You had a bedazzle gun until you could bling out for real, and now everything from your earlobes to the collar on your Pekingese is high-wattage.

If only your skin could sparkle too, like those vamps on the Twilight movies.

You’re in luck. Now, from the people who brought you your lavish baubles, watches and fine Italian leather goods, comes Bulgari’s skincare line, luxurious products crafted from the essence of gemstones.

For the past five years scientists and dermatologists at the Bulgari Cosmetology Research Department in Switzerland have been dabbling in the ancient practice of lithotherapy–harnessing the restorative and rejuvenating powers of precious gems. Their findings are radical and innovative, and can now be purchased at your local Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman. The idea is simple enough: using sapphire, malachite, tourmaline and citrine extracts rich in oligo-elements, the Bulgari team creates fine facial treatments that reshape, renew, and protect the skin you’re in.

I for one got a first hand glimpse of the line when the cosmetology team from New York’s Bergdorf Goodman flew down for a few days to put up a makeshift spa in the back of ¬†Northpark Mall’s BVLGARI boutique, doting on clients’ worn, hapless mugs with graceful precision. Everything, from the Intensive Regenerating Eye Contour Cream to the Splendid Radiance Revitalising Emulsion, has a light, indulgent fragrance that makes you want to dab some on your wrists. The esthetician applied each layer of rich, silky treatments using proven Japanese massage and reflexology techniques, all of which I have tried fruitlessly to imitate. My favorite: The Source Defense Line, which works to block out the damaging free radicals your skin is exposed to every day. That evening, I shunned the foundation and let my newly radiant skin shine through (mascara and lipgloss, on the other hand…)

BVLGARI’s newest skin care collection, slated to be fully released this fall, is the Merveilleuse Line, proven to generously nourish and soothe dry, irritated skin while simultaneously sculpting and firming the face using an innovative anti-aging concentrate.

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