moisturizer

My Kiehl’s Experience

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For the first time in my life I stepped in a Kiehl’s store last week. I needed to find a moisturizer for Corey and I’ve heard amazing things about the Kiehl’s mens products so I thought I’d give it a try (I’m going to try to get him to write about it later). But it’s not the purchase of the moisturizer that made my first ever Kiehl’s experience amazing. I just so happened to walk in on the same day a Kiehl’s head office representative was there, and she was awesome!!

To start, it seemed like every single person working in that store truly cared about you and wanted to help you with each and every one of your skin-care needs. Amazing customer service. The woman asked me about my skin type and my skin-care history, which products I’m using, what I’ve used in the past, and what works for me. She used skin blotting test strips on my skin to see whether my skin was oily, normal, or dry and she wrote out an entire profile for me.  She showed me exactly which products to use for my skin and how to use them. Because I was already purchasing the moisturizer for Corey, she sent me away with a ton of samples. She wasn’t pushy and didn’t try to get me to buy any. She specifically said she wanted me to try them before purchasing.

The samples she sent me away with were:

– Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque: To replenish skin’s water reserves for long-lasting hydration and healthy looking skin

– Ultra Facial Cleanser: Gentle liquid formula that cleanses without over-drying or stripping skin

– Ultra Facial Toner: Gentle toner to prepare, hydrate and comfort skin

– Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner: For all skin types, particularly for dry or sensitive skin

– Ultra Facial Cream: 24 hour, everyday hydrating formula with extracts of glacial glycoproteins and desert plants

– Midnight Recover Concentrate: Lightweight, easily absorbed elixir effectively restores skin’s healthy appearance overnight, resulting in smoother more radiant complexion by morning.

I can’t wait to dive in and give it all ago. I had a spout of hormonal breakouts this week so I’ve been waiting for my face to go back to normal so I can tell whether or not these products are good or not. Overall my Kiehl’s experience was so great that I’m really hoping I love these products! The Kiehl’s representative also told me that the new location opening soon at Square One is having an event June 20th with some great product give-aways!! So give it a try, even if its only to learn a bit more about your skin. I had such a great experience I had to share with you.

Has anyone tried any of these or other Kiehl’s products? Any suggestions? @clnwf

Evening Skincare Routine

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my evening skincare routine, and admittedly it’s been awhile since I’ve been strict and diligent about it. But after this brutal winter, and a recent sunburn I knew it was time to get back to it. I’m turning over a new leaf and trying my best to take care of my skin. So here is my updated evening routine:

1. Makeup Remover: For makeup removing I’ve been loving The Body Shop’s Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up RemoverIt’s formulated for all skin types, including sensitive skin. My skin isn’t super sensitive but I’m always really careful around my eyes, and this gentle formula works really well. And it’s not oily, like a lot of other makeup removers out there that leave oily residue around my eyes that I feel the need to scrub off afterwards. It has a really relaxing light and fresh scent too. It’s always really important to remove your makeup. Please don’t forget.

2. Cleanse: I’ve been using two different cleanser lately. The first is Olay Foaming Face Wash for sensitive skin. I actually picked this one up by mistake thinking it was the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (which I love), but this one has been really great too. I’m not very picky about the brand that I use with my everyday cleanser, but I need it to be a foaming/sudsy cleanser in order to feel like I properly cleansed my face. When I’m travelling I always opt for a more travel-friendly package and for that I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Cream Cleanser. I know that I’ve been going on and on about the Vitamin E line, and this one is no exception. This one is super easy, no water necessary. Just smooth it on and remove it with cotton pads. Like all other Vitamin E products it leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft.

3. Exfoliate: For those days that I’ve been exfoliating (about 2-3 times a week) I’ve been using the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. The oil-free formula actually helps clear breakouts and refreshes the skin. It feels great!! It’s important to exfoliate to remove impurities and dry/dead skin from your face, but make sure not to do it too often or you will damage the skin that is healthy. The great thing about St. Ives is that it’s hypoallergenic and formulated without parabens.

4. Tone: I always think that toning is an important step for daily skin care. For years I’ve been using Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2. It helps remove any dirt and greasy oils that the cleanser may have missed (although with the right cleanser that shouldn’t be a problem) and over time it helps revitalize skin’s natural renewal process. So skin looks healthy and renewed.

5. Moisturize: And of course the final, and most important step is to moisturize your face. I’ve been using Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for years and I’ll probably never change it. But some days I also use a small amount of Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil for a deep and intense moisturizer. I’ve also been pretty strict lately when it comes to focusing on my eyes. I’m finding that the skin under my eyes is looking more and more worn and tired looking, so I use either Roc Hydra+ Anti-Fatigue or Origins GinZing Eye Creamwhich has recently become a non-negotiable staple in my evening skincare routine. Once in a while, for that final spritz of moisture, I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist  for an instantly refreshing moisture boost.

There are a ton of skincare products out there that I really want to try. So I will probably be mixing this up again soon. Of course I refuse to change up the good ones that have never steered my wrong such as the Clinique Clarifying Lotion, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, and the Origins GinZing Eye Cream. What evening skincare products do you love? Any good suggestions for a mask?