No surprise I am a skin care fanatic so it comes as a shock when something totally different hits my desk. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is definitely not your regular moisturizer. Something about the texture and its ability to revive skin makes this transformative. I have used it off and on since it arrived a couple weeks ago. But the biggest difference I noticed was yesterday – I had the day off from work and wore only this on my skin. In the AM, my skin looked tired and a little splotchy. By the end of the day it was radiant and nourished – and this was all makeup free!
This formula is natural but still effective and free of parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colors and fragrances. This thicker and slightly tacky moisturizer goes on rich but not sticky. The ingredients work to increase skin’s resistance to damage. The natural ingredients feature New Zealand Manuka honey – an ingredient I admire but hadn’t found a delivery form until this cream. Korean red ginseng root is also a traditional medicine helps to increase cell turnover rate, improve texture, vitality and glow.
This cream is perfect to transition to warmer weather, nourishing skin and making it glow for those warmer days that call for less makeup. While the texture takes some getting used to, it works well with my drier skin. And I notice only the most slight fragrance that is most like honey. Expect a plump, healthy feel to skin after it has had a chance to absorb.
Available at Kiehls.com.
This weekend was full of pool time again. And naturally I bring down my sunscreens for everyone to use. I love keeping my friends safe in the sun and getting their thoughts on products. I snagged a new Keihl’s sunscreen that had been sitting on my counter for a couple weeks. When I cracked it open, I was completely blown away! I don’t think I’ll be able to use anything else on my face all summer.
I’ve used Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ religiously in the past. The newer Dermatologist Solutions™ Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ is a twist on the original but with mineral sunscreen formula. The texture is super lightweight but still nourishes my drier skin. The mineral ingredients play nice with my sensitive skin. The shade is lightly tinted which works beautifully on my light-to-medium skin tone. I have heard reviews of a whitish cast but I in no way had this issue. I love using it under makeup as a primer, especially on these sun intense summer days. Lastly, the formula contains vitamin E which can fight against damage-causing free radicals.
Available at Kiehl’s and Nordstrom.
I mentioned a couple weeks ago a limited edition eye cream from Kiehl’s. Each sale of the limited edition of this classic formula benefits Recycle Across America in honor of Earth Day. Unbelievably, I hadn’t had a chance to try this crowd-pleasing eye cream so I was thrilled at the excuse to pick up a tub.
Avocado Oil, Beta-Carotene and Shea Butter work to gently moisturize the delicate skin around the eye. The formula is thick but relatively quick to absorb. I haven’t had any issues with clogged pores, making the nourishing formula friendly for a all skin types. There is a light green tint to the cream, but zero fragrance. While it doesn’t have any fancy ingredients to tighten or lighten, I find that the moisture alone accomplishes all my goals. My skin doesn’t have the crepe-y appearance and is bright and radiance. Apply gently by tapping on with the fingertip along the orbital bone. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is available at Keihl’s.
Until I get the winter paleness under control, I will be trying to rock springy, stylish pieces like this. And it doesn’t hurt that I am loving the sneaker trend for weekends. Check out Shopbop (their Friends and Family Sale with 25% off is in full swing) for loads of options. This week I am layering very gentle self tanners on my whiter-than-normal skin to build up just a hint of color (so I don’t blind people). I’ll report back soon on my favorites. Meanwhile, loads of things happening as we get into the swing of April:
Need a little spring fling? Stop by your local L’Occitane store tomorrow to get a personalized session with one of our beauty experts. Enjoy sips and snacks while they curate a unique, head-to-toe pampering “beauty cocktail” treatment designed exclusively for you. Shoppers who spend $55 or more will take home their own cocktail kit with 3 mini skin-and-body care favorites of choice!
And speaking of celebrating, April is Earth Month! This month, 100% of proceeds from every Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado will benefit Recycle Across America throughout this month. This eye cream is one of their most popular staples – perfect excuse to stock up. I have the Nikki Reed limited edition and it looks so great on my vanity!
And some finds from around the web:
My new favorite lip balm – who knew I’d love Milk and Honey so much?
Harper’s Best Beauty Vitamins.
I love the idea of a Breakfast Board!
I want to gobble up the whole line of Herbivore Botanicals.
Kiehl’s on a roll lately and I am loving some of their new products. My latest favorite is their Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate which has worked wonders on some of my more textured spots on my cheeks. Working overnight, the micro-peel (which is very gentle) works to reveal radiant and refreshed skin.
I apply every night after washing my face and before moisturizing. There is no tingling, tightness or redness. The micro-peel feels more like a soothing serum than a peel so don’t let the name scare you off.
The formula is clinically-proven to accelerate cell turnover. This in turn eradicates roughness and evens tones. I have had some redness on my cheeks and this peel reversed probably 90% of the appearance in two weeks. Keep it up Kiehl’s!
Available at Kiehl’s, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman.
Kiehl’s new natural masks might be my favorite recent launch from the brand – I’ve been reaching for these almost every other night, alternating the clarifying and energizing formulas.
Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask invigorates skin, developing a brightened complexion. The cranberry acts as an antioxidant while the turmeric works as an anti-inflamatory. The texture is grainy, allowing for exfoliation as I wash the mask off.
Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask works against pollutants that can cause premature aging. Chestnut purifies skin by removing toxins. The smooth mask has a cooling and soothing effect.
Both masks smell amazing and are comfortable to wear. I apply with a foundation brush and leave on for about 10 minutes. Available at kiehls.com and Nordstrom.