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[Review] Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Collection

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My love affair with Kiehl’s started in 2011, when I first bought the famed Kiehl’s lip balm for my chapped lips. I never looked back from then. It was undoubtedly the best lip balm I ever used. I had a tendency to have dry lips because of my eczema and I had some really nasty experiences with drug-store lip balms previously. I had allergic reactions that made my lips swell like an unattractive Angelina Jolie. These mysterious swellings made me really wary of lip balms. Kiehl’s was the only one which moisturised my lips, in summer and winter, with no swelling.

From then, I started experimenting with other products like the Midnight Recovery Serum and Ultra Facial Cream for night moisturizing as I sleep. I loved the Midnight Recovery Serum for its lovely lavender scent and its easy to apply texture. Although it is expensive (SGD$90), it lasted me for more than 1 year.

Recently, when I decided to do a skincare overhaul, I was contemplating brands like Laniege, Clinque and Biotherm. Then, I decided to walk into Kiehl’s and came out $200 poorer.

This is my loot.

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Now you probably understand why I was $200 poorer, but let’s go into the products proper.

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My daily skincare regime depends on these babies. I have combination skin but I was concerned about sleeping in a airconditioned room and having my skin shrivel like a prune. Also, I had clogged pores which made the oil-free property very much a necessity. The salesgirl mentioned that the cleaning property of the cleanser was so good it can leave the skin feeling a little rubbery. I like the rubbery feel as it feels really clean. Plus, the skin is restored very easily when the other products are applied. The moisturizer is a dream come true. I can feel the moisture going into my skin immediately and its light texture makes it suitable for day and night application. Of course, I discovered the sun screen and never went back to other brands. It definitely complements my skin care regime.

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Both of these are samples which I had grown to use regularly and like quite a bit. The skin brightening exfoliator is used alternating with the cleanser and I like how the beads in the exfoliator are quite fine so I don’t feel that it’s tearing my skin. The Dark Spot Solution is perfect to combat possible age-related problems like dark spots. My sample is almost 1/2 gone after 2 months of use and I think I will go and get the actual bottle.

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My Midnight Recovery Concentrate and a new product, Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate. The eye cream is recommended by the sales girl, when I commented I had a problem with fine lines and puffy eyes. There was another cream which she recommended for fine lines and dark circles (enhanced with Vit C) but I decided my puffy eyes are a bigger problem that the dark circles.

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These were the samples Kiehl’s gave and they are certainly generous. They even provided me with some for men since my hubby was with me. For a man who loves fashion, my husband certainly don’t give two hoots about his skin. I am still in the midst of convincing him to use the products.

Two months after regular use, I feel that my skin tone is more uniform and my skin feels less dry. Although my pores are still clogged (I am so overdue for my facials), I am grateful that I found a brand of products that genuinely make a difference to my skin.

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Review – Moisturisers

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Moisturising is often neglected in many Singaporean women’s lives. With our insane level of humidity, we take our oily faces for granted (somehow).

I recently went to the UK and based on my research, I knew my skin care regime needs to be boosted to unprecedented levels to combat dry skin.

Here’s my verdict for some products.

Best Value for Money Drug Store Purchase – Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion ($19.90 for 170mL)

20110708-125010.jpg I was on the hunt for a good moisturiser to keep my skin well-hydrated to start the day. With Nano and Super Hyaluronic Acid to “lock an ocean” (so claims the manufacturer), I decided to try it.

The effect was immediate – I could feel my thirsty skin lap up every drop of the hydrating goodness. My colleague who tried it said it felt instantly satisfying. All you need is a palm size portion.

The strange thing is when I used in back in Singapore, the “slurp” effect is not as apparent.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, for its affordable price and effectiveness. However, I would like to see travel sized versions of this and try out other products in the line before it earns my 1 other star.

Best Used Together with Related Products – Ettusais Dual Effect White Shooter ($36? Can’t remember exactly how much but less than $50)

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When used together with the other Ettusais products (for instance Skin Version Up), the skin becomes more supple, especially after night use. When used individually (I ran out of the Skin Version up for two days), the effect was not as obvious. In fact, I needed more Hada Labo to get the same effect I used to get.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5. I like its compatibility of the product alongside other products in the same line. However, I feel as a moisturiser cum whitening essence, the moisturising effect might be lowered.

Two other quick product reviews:

– Tony Moly Caviar Essential Eye Cream ($59.90)

I was desperate for a good eyecream. Tried too many drug store brands to get dismal results. Decided to venture to Tony Moly and got this eye cream and so far, it gets props for being moisturising without being oily (I have flaky eyelids and now it’s a lot better) and having a light texture. Nope, no fishy smell! But, I’m still fickle and hunting for THE eye cream.

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Next eye cream to try -Genifique from Lancome!

IMOYMTT (In my opinion, you should try this) Product – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Essence ($90)

Yes it’s steep. At least for me. But it has been a damn good investment for me. I first knew about this from a friend’s beauty blog where she raved about this product (she dubbed it better than SK-II). I was so persuaded that I went out the next day to get it.

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I need to apply two drops of it nightly and the divine lavender smell just makes this whole experience so much more relaxing. I was told by my colleagues my skin looked more radiant and less oily lately. My breakouts (adult acne is the bane of my existence) are getting lesser and not as explosive.

Skin cells recovery process is enhanced by this product and I can see it happening. Wow!

As my new experiment, I’m combining it with SK-II Cellumination now and I’m eager to see if there’s any boost in the radiance level.

PS: I don’t put up pictures of my skin upclose cos’ I am very conscious of the state of my skin (scars, open pores) Since my co-contributor is the one with better skin, I’ll leave the upclose pictures to her. My focus would be on products recommendation based on personal experience. 🙂 I just wanna share the good buys with people who feel that buying good skin care products should be done carefully.