After a recent trip to Edinburgh, I was on the hunt for a new face moisturiser, as I was literally “scrapping the barrel” of my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. On my travels, I stumbled across Kiehls UK. I have read and heard so many good things about their products, so I was intrigued to see how it would work out for me. When you first enter Kiehls, you are warmly welcomed by their friendly staff. I wanted help as I was astounded by their range of products. I was sat down and given a drink and the friendly Consultant went through a Skincare Consultation. Asking about tightness, firmness, and hydration. After about 15 minute chat she then did a skin test and she had decided what skin type I was, she then picked out products that would work for my skin type and that suited my lifestyle.
The first was Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. Now the price point on this at £40 ‘ouch’ you may think, but Serums are a big deal. I have used many Drug store alternatives which have been good, but not like this. If you want to spend a little bit more in your skincare then a serum is where you will see a difference. This serum is very powerful stuff. I have been using this for 4 weeks now and I really can see a difference. My skin feels plumper, and I have noticed that around my eyes the fines lines that you get from squinting (Note to self, really need to wear glasses more) are less. You can also use it as a under eye serum, which for me is just a bonus to be smoothing it around the eyes without bothering to use or buy another product. It also makes my skin feel more radiant, which is much needed with the ravages of winter and a toddler who has had a stinking cold for the past week and feels its fun to wake me up on the hour every hour!
My next product that I purchased is the Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream as this is what I really went in for, A new face moisturiser. The sales assistant felt this would be better, but “its a gel” I exclaimed. I do not like gel formula as in the past I do not feel they are hydrating enough, and my skin always felt tight. I had no need to worry, as she was RIGHT. when applied to the skin it is instantly refreshes as it feels cool to the touch. I feel that it literally drench my skin with moisture. It sinks in quickly and I could then apply my Primer quickly without it feeling sticky. Great for when you are in a rush in the mornings.
My last product which I will readily hold my hands up, was a impulse buy, in my defense I had read and heard so much hype about this product that once I smelt it, I thought I will have to give this a whirl. Its the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Enriched with Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential Oils including Lavender, the formula provides a boost of intensive moisture to dehydrated skin. This product lives up to its name as it works between midnight and 4am, when the skin is adept at absorbing ingredients. The first impression of this product is the smell, when you open the bottle. Lavender hits you with its relaxing aroma. Putting a few drops in the palm of your hand and then press your hands together and then inhale the lavender. You then press onto your cheeks, forehead and chin, like you are caring for a delicate antique. Then go from the base of the neck with upward strokes.
It has quickly become a bedtime ritual and it sets you up for a restful night sleep. In the morning you do notice that your skin is noticeably well rested and their is a plumpness to the skin. I totally understand why this is a bit hit as you see instant results.
So there you have my experience at Kiehls. I really enjoyed being spoilt, and my face being massaged with all manner of lotion and potions, but what the sales assistant was telling me made sense and has worked for me. If you are passing a Kiehls why not pop in and have a experience yourself.
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