This year's award show season is showing us the diamond cuff is Hollywood's newest "it" accessory. That's great news if you're Fergie, but the rest of us are living in a recession-obsessed world.
Luckily, today's top skincare lines are giving us the opportunity to indulge our cravings for bling with gemstone-infused product lines.
These products not only make our skin glow, but the gemstones' natural energy also enhances skin treatments.
La Mer's The Cleansing Foam
La Mer's The Cleansing Foam uses white pearls and magnetized tourmaline to gently cleanse and refresh the skin. The Cleansing Foam gently draws out oil and makeup without drying and left our skin smooth, soft and bright.
Expert opinion: Brandi sees validity in La Mer's claims. According to Ms. D'Amore, tourmaline generates an energy of negative ions which assists in the absorption of topical ingredients, enhancing the product's effectiveness. In addition, the white pearl powder acts as a natural skin brightener.
The Cleansing Foam retails for $65.
Colorescience's Achromatherapy Gem Spritzers
Colorescience's Achromatherapy Gem Spritzers combine aromatherapy and gem therapy into a convenient mineral mist. Each of the line's six "Colorescents" contains specific aromatherapies as well as individual gems that target specific skin types and problems.
We love "Dream Weaver" for oily, acne-prone skin. The lavender and chamomile-infused mist features an amethyst gemstone which the company claims calms problem skin.
Expert opinion: The negative ions given off by certain gemstones could account for Dream Weaver's calming effect. "For example, the ocean is partially calming, theoretically, because it produces a massive amount of said ions," said Ms. D'Amore.
Shower yourself with diamonds with Borba's Firming Micro-Diamond Body Polish. Made with diamond powder, as well as Vitamins A & E, oatmeal, soy, cucumber and aloe, this luxurious product exfoliates while improving microcirculation. Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid help enhance the skin's texture.
This polish left us looking and feeling like a million dollars.
Expert opinion: "Several types of stones can make great exfoliants," said Ms. D'Amore. She also notes that gemstones' negative ions offer conditioning effects in addition to physiological results. Borba's Firming Micro-Diamond Body Polish retails for $28 and can be purchased at www.borba.com.
The bottom line: While makeup and hairstyle trends can change weekly, gemstones have been used in skincare products for centuries. While we don't know if we can accurately state that Rose Quartz opens your heart to love, we feel confident in recommending the above "gems."
Brandi D'Amore is an LA-based product efficiency analyst. She works with many of the industry's top brands, retailers and journalists to independently test and recommend skincare products. The above opinions are non-product specific, generalized statements about gemstones.