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The new Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Re-Creation day and night cream is accessible only to the "happy few" who are willing to part with no less than NIS 5,000 (!) to have these two creams sitting in an elegant glass tray on a shelf in their bedroom (and of course this is something you can have on display, and should not be hidden inside a bathroom closet). The reason you would be spending this astronomical amount of money on a cream is that it contains "rare sea plants" and minerals collected from "remote islands" in the South Pacific (the sea plants help the skin's calcium to do its age-fighting work).
A woman in her 50s who happily agreed to give the cream a try, raved about the way it evened out blemishes and made her skin look fresher. The day cream smelled pleasant, the night cream a little less, but this felt great too. Why shouldn't it be terrific, for this price? If you feel tempted, you can get Re-Nutriv Re-Creation at the Ramat Aviv mall, or you can order it at any Estee Lauder point of sale.
Careline Sensations is a line of new lipsticks that has a special texture, without the wax that makes your lips feel sticky. The lipsticks contain gel-like oils instead, and go on smoothly; the color stays on for a reasonable amount of time. Careline Sensations also contains apricot oil and rice oil to soften the lips; it is available in 28 different shades, and costs NIS 75.
Sisley's Soir de Lune is an eau de parfum that is worth the buy just for the bottle, with a cap that is a miniature sculpture of a half moon and a woman's head brought together in embrace, symbolizing a "magical evening when love is declared." I personally found the fragrance a bit too dominant, and it took a while before I found someone who was pleased by its wood-patchouli-fruit notes. As with all Sisley products, this fragrance is not very cheap, but it certainly is different, and very special; a 30 ml. bottle is NIS 563, 50 ml. is NIS 872, and 100 ml. is NIS 1,170.
Soft Touch has new eye shadows in appealing colors, called Star Dust. The colors are packed in little containers with a plastic liner with holes on the top, so you can shake out the color a little as if you're using a salt shaker; you will need a brush to apply. A friend loved the purple and turquoise color, but had trouble opening up the container, and most of the Dust ended up on the floor, so take care. The shadows are nice, but the packaging clearly needs improvement. Star Dust is available at the SuperPharm chain for NIS 57.
Leorex is a series of skin care products for problematic skin, and the Leorex Pure-Skin Nano Formula is meant for skin that suffers from inflammation (pimples, blotches, etc.). Leorex is not a regular cream packed in a container, but a box containing 30 sachets; each sachet should be pressed repeatedly before use, until you feel the contents become fluid. The cream is then applied on slightly wet skin and left on for about 15 minutes. A friend with somewhat acne-prone skin used it on her pimples, and claimed it did help to make the swelling go down faster, although there was no miraculous disappearance. For best results, though, you should use it for two to four weeks. A package of 30 sachets is NIS 360; you can get Leorex products at selected beauticians, or at the Elisha hospital in Haifa (call (04) 831-6700 to find out where you can get it near you).
L'Oreal Professional, the hair products available at selected hair salons, now has special radiance-shampoo and radiance-mask for highlighted hair, a must since apparently 33 percent of Israeli women do use highlights - including me. The Lumino Contrast shampoo and mask contain a UV-filter that protects the hair from getting yellow, and treats the highlighted and damaged parts of the hair. The shampoo smells pleasant, and leaves the hair soft and manageable; if this is worth it to you, you can spend NIS 66 on a 250 ml. bottle of shampoo, or NIS 121 for 500 ml.; a 500 ml. container of the hair mask is NIS 182. At the moment, you can find a kit containing a bottle of shampoo and a 200 ml. container of the hair mask for NIS 149.