Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Exciting Kiehl’s News!

You’ve all probably already heard the awesome news: Kiehl’s is going to lower their prices due to their huge success! Let me give you some of the details on this smart move.

Kiehl’s is lowering their prices on about 120 products, just because they can since they became so successful. You know your brand is doing great when you’re booking results double the size of last year’s results. They reckon their huge success is based on their customer-friendly approach when it comes to developing and innovating their products. Their products have always been made with the best natural ingredients, ever since they opened their first traditional pharmacy on the Lower East Side of New York City. Kiehl’s does not invest in advertising, which leaves more room for the quality of the product.

Some examples of price reductions (are you getting as hyper excited as I am?):
♥ Creme de Corps 250ml: from €32 to €29,50
♥ Lip Balm: from €10 to €8
♥ Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Concentrate: from €59 to €55
♥ Facial Fuel Cleanser: from €24 to €18
♥ Ultra Facial Cream: from €29 to €24
♥ Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion: from €25 to €19

How great is that? The reductions are not tiny, so if you’re a die-hard shopper (like I sometimes am) you can actually save out the full price of one or two products during one shopping trip! 

In Belgium you can shop some Kiehl’s at:
Kiehl’s Antwerp: Lombardenvest 80
Kiehl’s Gent: Koestraat 18
Senteurs d’Ailleurs Brussels: 1A Place Stéphanie 

Check Kiehls.com for more information & to find some stores near you! (Because obviously you need to get some of that Ultra Facial Cream goodness..)

#Beauty    #Kiehl's    

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Summer 2012 Routines

Let’s talk about beauty routines. Mine changes often as I discover new products, I just can’t stick to the same routine for too long. Let me guide you through my current routines. Note that the morning routine described here does not include make up, so I haven’t included my primer, dark circle aid, foundation and all steps behind foundation. For your reference: my skin is quite dry with an oily t-zone.

The Morning Routine

Step one: I’ll use my Kruidvat (Belgian drugstore) eye make-up remover to remove the last traces of mascara that have rubbed off during the night. This is a very cheap remover in two fases & it does an excellent job. I’ve used more expensive cleansers as well, but for now I haven’t discovered anything that makes such a truly significant difference making me want to pay extra.
Step two: Washing my face with Clinique’s soap bar for oily skin. I forgot to put this one on the picture, but I’m sure you all know which soap I am talking about. I’ve bought the container as well as it keeps the soap fresh & prevents it from drying out.
Step three: For toning my face in the morning I absolutely love Boots’ Organic Face Rosewater Toner. It’s a fragrant Damask Rose water, which works miracles on my skin. It does contain alcohol though, which might not work for your skin.
Step four: I’ll then spritz some Caudalie Beauty Elixir on my whole face. Some of you will now say: “Isabelle! Two toners? What are you thinking!”. Well, this actually really works for me! After using the rose toner my face will be completely clean & ready to soak up Caudalie’s beauty elixir which makes my face extremely radiant. It’ll also help reducing the size of your pores.
Step five: Now I’ll divide my skin into three areas. I’ll use Etat Pur’s Actif Pur A20 (Zinc) on my chin & nose to help tackle blackheads. Then I’ll use the A41 (Bisabolol)  on my whole face except for around the eyes. Around the eyes I’ll use A08 (Apigenin), which is meant to tackle dark circles. I’m in LOVE with A20 as it really does its job so well. If you sometimes struggle with blackheads (a sign of oily skin, by the way): get this as it’ll work miracles!
Step six: Eye cream! Do not skip this step as it is really important to treat your eye area with a cream that has an adapted formula for the area. I use Kruidvat’s eye cream with vitamin E. I really like what this one does for me, but I am open to try other eye creams. If you happen to know of a good eye cream: let me know!

Step seven: Day cream! During the day I use Babor’s Skinovage Vita Balance as it hydrates my skin extremely well & contains encapsuled pure oxygen. Also, it is the single best smelling facial cream I have ever come across. Seriously, nothing smells as good as this does.
Step eight: Sun block. I am currently using MAC Cosmetics’ Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF50 which is amazing for my skin as it does not cause any extra pimples. It can be quite hard finding your perfect facial sun block. When this one is finished I will try out Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector SPF50 as it sounds quite promising as well.

The Evening Routine

Step one: I’ll remove most of my make up with facial towlettes (not pictured). Then, I’ll remove all eye make up with Kruidvat’s eye make-up remover. 
Step two: Wash/scrub your face! Twice a week I’ll use Lush’s Angels On Bare Skin, which is an all natural cleanser with a light scrubbing effect. Other days I’ll use Clinique’s soap bar for oily skin.
Step three: Tone! When my face is suffering from pimples I’ll use Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal-Extract toner which is free of alcohol and adapted for oily skin types. It does contain Methylparaben though, so be careful if you’re allergic or strictly anti-paraben. When my skin is clear I’ll use Boots’ Organic Face Rosewater Toner.
Step four: Again, I’ll divide my skin into three areas. I’ll use Etat Pur’s Actif Pur A20 on my chin & nose to reduce blackheads, A08 around my eyes & A31 (Aloe Vera) on my whole face for maximum hydration.
Step five: Again, treat your eye area to a eye cream.
Step six: In the evening I use Etat Pur’s Biomimétique B38 as it is leaves my skin feeling completely hydrated all night long. There is no single other cream that has done that for me apart from Creme De La Mer, which sadly is too expensive for me. Sometimes, instead of a facial cream, I’ll use Weleda’s Facial Almond Oil as a treatment. It’ll soften your face & give it some extra attention.


#beauty    #routine    #etat pur    #cllinique    #kiehl's    #boots    #weleda    #kruidvat    #lush    #babor    #mac cosmetics    #caudalie    

Friday, 13 July 2012

Surviving #GF12 with Kiehl’s + win two survival packages!

For those of you who don’t know where I live yet: I live in Ghent, one of the nicest cities in Belgium. Or should I say the nicest? After all, I moved here for a reason. Each year in Ghent we have a city festival called ‘de Gentse Feesten’, which could be translated to ‘the Ghent Festivities’. Basically it’s a ten day long super party that goes on day and night in all areas of the city. There are loads of bars putting up tents outside (and serving special drinks!), during the day there are different kinds of activities for the kids & there’s a huge amount of music events as well. I’m not too much of a fan of the festival during the day (LOADS of people from all over the world come and visit, it’s super busy!), but I always head out to some of the best bars in town at night. I love how vibrant this festival is, and especially how I always catch up with people I haven’t seen in quite a while.
Anyway, enough about the festival itself. What does #GF12 have in common with Kiehl’s? Kiehl’s has a (tiny and beautiful!) store in Ghent, and this local shop got all creative & created two special beauty packages to get through the festival:

Day Kit (€41):
Ultra Facial Cleanser 150ml
Ultra Facial Cream 50ml
Ultra Facial Toner (luxury sample)

Night Kit (€48.5):
Utra Facial Cleanser 75ml
Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml
Midnight Recovery Eye (luxury sample) 

They’re great value as you get a free luxury sample & a pretty pouch with each kit. Obviously you always buy Kiehl’s anyway, so it’s time to enjoy this offer I’d say ! And believe me, if you want to get through these ten days without looking like you’ve been run over ten times, you need some extra miracles working on your skin..
And that’s not all! To promote this, Kiehl’s has come up with some great slogans in the local language (Flemish with loads of Gantoise words), which are just too funny. My favorite one is the Midnight Recovery Concentrate one as I’ve seen the sun rise at ‘de Vlasmort’ loads of times already. Sorry if you can’t enjoy this because you don’t speak Flemish!

And still, that is not all! Kiehl’s and I have teamed up to provide you with a survival package for de Gentse Feesten. Two lucky winners will be chosen on Wednesday the 17th (so that’s in five days) & will receive their kit before the festival ends! So what do you have to do to be able to win this? It’s really easy!

 Send me an email at nailsandcupcakes@gmail.com and tell me what your favorite dialect word is (could be your local dialect, or if you dare look up some local Ghent words!)
 Tell me whether you’d like to win a day or night kit and why.
 True troopers can even come up with their own slogan, but that last part is not mandatory. 
 If you’ve got Twitter, be a darling & tweet a link to this give-away! 

And if you need some more inspiration, you can find some more very funny slogans behind the break. Good luck! 

#win    #kiehl's    #gentse feesten    #ghent festivities    #beauty    #GF12    

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Kiehl’s Oh Kiehl’s

There are a number of Kiehl’s related things I wanted to write about, so I’ve decided to put it all together in one post.

First off, I wanted to thank everyone who entered in the Kiehl’s contest three weeks ago. There were eighteen participants, but in the end Iris and Eva won. They’ve been notified directly after the competition ended. I absolutely loved reading your entries and you were all so creative with your local dialect! Some of my favorite dialect entries: gymmenas (gym class), chuttenbond (association for pensionated people), zallezie (insect screen), tuupetegoare (together), koeketiene (girlfriend), barvoets (walking on bare feet), nenannekesnest (a huge mess), poemkeskal (this one is a long story), nieveraans (nowhere), zes e muule van lintjes (she talks too much). And loads more actually, but I couldn’t write them all down.

Then, I also wanted to tell you about these two products I got to test out! 

Dermatologist Solutions Activated Sun Protector SPF50 For Face: Sometimes I can’t believe how many people forget to wear proper sun protection during summer. Every year on festivals I see loads of lobster-like people walking around; and I can’t help but worry about them as getting bad sun burns is extremely bad for your skin. And then we’re not even talking the added potential skin cancer risks each time you get that badly burned! Anyway, on to the product. This one is formulated especially for the face, as body sun screens are much too greasy for your delicate face and will most likely make you break out. And indeed, this one was very gentle for my skin (it’s oil free and very light weight!) and did not cause any pimples or make my complexion shiny. I’d even say that next to its protective properties, it’s also a great primer. A make up artist at MAC told me once that they use their facial sun protection cream as a base for foundation as well, so go ahead and try it out! 
Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate: This spray has been especially formulated for frizzy hair. It’s a serum with a blend of Argan and Safflower Seed Oil, which both are very nurturing for your hair. The argan especially will strengthen your hair. The formula also contains Sesame, Apricot & Jojoba Oils, which are full of vitamins and lipids that nourish your hair. Although this one is sold as a leave-in oil to spray onto damp hair, I use it as a nightly leave-in when I know I will wash my hair the next morning. It’s quite heavy for my hair and will add too much of a greasy look to my freshly washed hair, which obviously is not the fresh look I’m going for. Instead, I just spray on quite a bit before going to bed - I’ve grown to absolutely love the natural smell of this treatment, too - to give it time to do its magic. If you’ve got very coarse hair, this might be a perfect leave-in before styling though. I suggest to try it out at home, it’ll be a good buy either way as the ingredients are superb!

Then, a week or two ago, I also went shopping at Kiehl’s with my gift vouchers. Kid in a candy store, indeed. Haven’t tested these out fully yet, but I’ve tried all of them a couple of times and will give you my first opinion. 

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner: This is a great toner, which is in between soft & harsh; so quite perfect for my skin. I’m hoping this one will help tackle some of the imperfections on my chin area. 
"Ultimate Man" Body Scrub Soap: Who cares that this is actually a man’s product? It smells great, does a wonderful job and it was a bargain! Lesson learned: do shop at the men’s counter.
Stylist Series Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream: My hair has been in awful condition the past few months, and sadly it’s all because of me. I got a bit too careless and forgot decent heat protection much too often. I now use this cream on damp hair before blow drying, and once again on dry hair before straightening. It does not weigh my hair down and seems to be doing a great job at protecting my hair. I would definitely already recommend it, as decent heat protection for your hair is very important!

(picture from Vanity Fair as I had forgotten to charge my camera’s battery)

And last but not least, I wanted to tell you how excited I am for the new Aromatic Blends products that are releasing in September! I had been seeing tweets about this for the last few months (do you already follow @KiehlsPrez? It’s the president of Kiehl’s! And he sometimes tweets some cool new info), and then happily got to try them out at an event a month or so ago. There are four scents in the collection, and each scent will have a body lotion, body cleanser and fragrance. My favorite scent from the collection is the Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit. I’m such a sucker for sweet scents, I can’t wait until these are finally released, must buy the body lotion! 

#beauty    #Kiehl's    #heat-protective    #oil-free toner    #body scrub soap    #hair oil    #contest    

Friday, 17 August 2012

So your hair is damaged..

So your hair is damaged.. Now what?

The last few months before Summer I hadn’t been taking care of my hair enough. Brushing my hair with extra hot heat (I kept pushing the turbo button on my hair dryer, bad me), not applying straightening creams when using the straightening iron because I was in a rush, not using any thorough masks because I was too lazy, .. Yes, I am guilty. My hair (which I used to get compliments about) turned coarse and the ends began to split. When a colleague asked me what happened to my hair I knew exactly wat to do: I had my hairdresser cut off quite a bit of my long locks. Now it still isn’t perfectly healthy, but I am taking good care of it. And in the meanwhile, I want to share some tips for you to keep your hair healthy.

Wash your hair with products that treat your hair right. It might take a few buys to figure out which kinds of shampoos fit your hair the best. Some are quite drying, so try to limit those to one wash each one or two weeks tops. Find shampoos that will nourish your hair & that will add moisture: you really need to treat your dry locks. 
Yes To Carrots & Yes To Cucumbers: These are over 99% natural and very gentle for your hair. This is great for regular washes, when you don’t feel you need to add anything extra. This conditioner is perfect for hair that weighs down easily as it’s quite light weight.
L’Oréal Professionel Couleur Botanique: This is a great shampoo with added linseed oil, made especially for color treated hair. I haven’t colored my hair in over half a year, but I still keep using these kinds of products as they are so nourishing, which can never be a bad thing. I love the smell of this product; its a very natural scent (and you know I love those!) that really emphasizes the idea of using natural products to treat your hair. Don’t forget to use a conditioner or mask afterwards! 

Treat your hair even more! It deserves some special attention at least once a week. Take your time to enjoy a hair mask: take a bath while letting it soak in for at least fifteen minutes, or wrap a towel around your masked-up hair and watch your favorite tv show while letting it work some miracles. Leave-in masks are the perfect solution for when you really haven’t got the time to wrap that towel around your head. Tip: most intensive masks and leave-in creams will contain parabens because of the formula. Don’t waste your time looking for paraben-free solutions; as you might miss some really good treatments that way!
Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk intensive rinse-out treatment (gifted): When I received this one to test out I was so incredibly excited as I just knew that this one was going to be pure magic. It smells great (think almonds because of the almond oil!) and is very nourishing and rich. It also contains proteins, which my hairdresser told me is one of the first keys to reviving your hair. At first I was worried that this would weigh my hair down; but surprisingly it did not at all. Although the packaging says you can leave it in anywhere between five and fifteen minutes, I really do recommend leaving this one for the full fifteen minutes or even longer.
Aussie Take The Heat leave-in cream: Aussie’s products make my hair so incredibly soft & this product is no exception. I got to know this brand while living in London and still sob about it not being available in Belgium. Luckily I bought three products during my recent trip to London, so I can manage for a while. Tip: use just one or two pumps when you plan to air dry your hair. 

One of my most important tips to prevent unnecessary breakage: use a wide comb when detangling wet hair. Never, ever (and I mean it!) brush wet hair with a regular hair brush. I have sinned against this for a long, long time and have fizzy hairs all over my lengths to prove it. I’ll have to grow these out which can take a while, so it’s really worth the effort to switch to combs.


Protect your hair against heat and sun. I will admit that I still use my straightening tools a couple of times a week because I just can’t handle my hair without. Never forget to apply protection before using any kind of heat on your hair!
Kiehl’s Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream: I use this on wet and dry hair. Can be used on the second day without weighing your hair down. Review here.
Redken Color Extend Radiant-10 (gifted): This is a very light weight bi-phase spray which smells divine, and it’s to be used on both wet and dry hair. Shake before spraying some product on your hands: using your hands will make it easier to evenly apply the product. I usually take four or five pumps, rub my hands together and work it through my hair avoiding the roots. I love using this on dry hair after having done all of my heat styling as the proteins in the formula will add strength to my hair and will make it shiny and smooth.

I am quoting Lisha on this one: “Oil, oil, oil! Don’t forget using oils!”. And she’s very right. You can use oils on wet hair and dry hair, as intensive treatments during the night or as a pick-me up for unruly hair in the morning. 
L’Oréal Mythic Oil for coloured hair: I won this oil in a contest a few weeks ago, and as I already owned the original Mythic Oil I knew it was something to be excited about. This one is quite light weight and is perfect to apply evenly on your hair just before heading out the door. Your hair will soak it up and won’t turn greasy. Don’t use more than two or three pumps depending on the lengths of your hair, though.
Kiehl’s Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate (gifted): This one is my go-to for nightly treatments. It smells great (told you I love these natural scents) and is full of goodness for your hair. I’m quite sad that this one doesn’t work for me when I still need to head out the door (turns all greasy), but it’s my number one nightly leave-in. The different oils added to this blend strengthen your hair and help you battle that horrible frizz. Review here.

And last but not least: don’t wash your hair too much. Try to go two days without washing in between each shampoo. I know this is really hard, I personally prefer washing my hair every other day as it doesn’t look too good on the third day. However, using dry shampoos has made this easier for me. Just don’t forget to brush out all the white powder as you don’t want to have a powdery do (been there, done that: pity me!). 

#beauty    #hair    #damaged hair    #treatments    #kiehl's    #yes to    #l'oréal professionel    #redken    #aussie    #batiste    

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Hooked on Kiehl’s

I’ve been buying a lot of Kiehl’s lately. Don’t know what it is exactly, but I just love the brand. I recently switched toners to the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner, which is a great refreshing toner that is not drying at all. Fits my combination skin perfectly! I also bought the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion after discovering that this is not a lotion at all but more like a creamy gel. Remember when I was raving about the MAC hydrating gel moisturizer? Well, this is basically the same thing! I like matching my lotion & moisturizer, so I’m sticking to Kiehl’s for this part of my skin routine. My skin really lacks moisture, but when I turn to thick moisturizing creams I break out like crazy. If you recognize this I can only advise you to turn to these gel creams. Looks like a bunch of brands produce these now (Chanel, MAC, Kiehl’s), so explore and discover your perfect fit! Tip: don’t use too much as the product spreads out quite well. 

The ladies at the Kiehl’s store are always super friendly and know how to help you out, which is such a big plus when shopping! I also always get to choose my samples, how cool is that? Usually I’ll go for the Over-Night Biological Peel because it’s crazy how well it works. It’s a bit sticky indeed, but who minds a sticky face for just one night a week when the product is totes amaze

#Kiehl's    #beauty    #Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion    #Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner    #Over-Night Biological Peel    

Monday, 1 October 2012

Ultimate (wo)Man Body Scrub Soap

Nobody ever said beauty products for men are only supposed to be used by men.. so here you go. This is one of the best scrubs currently available: meet the "Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap" by Kiehl’s. The scrubby bits are oat bran grains & among the other ingredients are oatmeal & pumice, which are natural & healthy exfoliators. In there as well is Limonene, which takes care of the faint lemonish citrus smell to the scrub. 

To begin with I really love one piece solid scrub soap bars: they’re not as messy as scrub salts and they seem to last forever. When scrubbing you’ll immediately feel a fresh and tingly sensation on your skin, which is quite amazing! This bar is said to be great to relax fatigued muscles as well. I’d be able to confirm this if I were to do any sports, but I’ve been slacking the last few months..  The scrub is quite heavy (heavier than small grained salts to say the least), which either is your cup of tea or not. I’m totally digging it as it’s super effective! Using this on your legs will make them feel heavenly soft. For the softest legs ever you could use this scrub and then apply Kenzoki’s Sensual Bare Body Cream afterwards, but more about that great body moisturizer in a later post. Even when not using any moisturizer afterwards my skin does not feel too dry or harsh, which is the effect we’re going for. If you experience rough patches on your skin (I’m thinking elbows, knees or heels) you can slowly soften those by scrubbing the area religiously twice a week. This one is suited for your whole body, but by all means don’t use it on your face. Way too harsh for that area!

I bought this great scrub at the local Kiehl’s shop for €15.00. And no worries, I assure you: this scrub for men is quite feminine as well. Go for it! :)

#Kiehl's    #Ultimate Man    #Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap    #Scrub    #Beauty    #Review    

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Aromatic Blends

Somewhere in the beginning of summer I discovered Kiehl’s new "Aromatic Blends", a complete line of shower gel, body lotion and body mist. My favorite scent was Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit, a very fresh and summery scent that’s all around wearable. The scent is based on ‘tranquil gardens in Japan’ and blends nashi blossom and pink grapefruit, has ginger accents and notes of soy milk and white musk. I noticed how this scent is not available in the UK, although I am not sure why. Should be available elsewhere, though!

The Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit is quite summery and compliments my body quite well. Using all three products at once really makes for the best possible experience with this line, where it’s not just a perfume you spray on but a whole feeling you indulge in. Imagine taking a shower after a day at the beach with these products and sipping cocktails in the warm evening sun. Yum! If I would’ve chosen a favorite scent today I would have gone for Fig Leaf & Sage, an amazing blend of fig leaf & sage with hints of bergamot, citron and thyme. This one is very warm (the autumn kind of warm) & soothing, and would be perfect for this time of the year when on Sundays you’re inside drinking hot tea under a blanket. 

Vanilla & Cedarwood is also already present in our bathroom cabinet as it’s a delicious woody/smoky scent which is very unisex. The body lotions are great quality and nourish the skin very well, and the scent stays for hours. All four Aromatic Blends are supposed to be unisex, however I feel that Fig Leaf & Sage and Vanilla & Cedarwood are the only scents suitable for men as well. It’s great to see these products are not just nicely scented but also do what Kiehl’s does best: take care of your skin. 

Get your Kiehl’s on at your local Kiehl’s store or counter. My Kiehl’s stop of choice is the store in Ghent, located in the Koestraat. The Aromatic Mist goes for €59.00 for 100ml, the Body Cleanser is €24.00 and the body lotion is €26.00. 

#kiehl's    #aromatic blends    #vanilla & cedarwood    #nashi blossom & pink grapefruit    #fig leaf & sage    #beauty    

Monday, 4 February 2013

January ‘13 Favorites

So this is new.. From now on I’ll be doing monthly favorite posts. I know that this isn’t all too original, but I figured it’d be nice to do a recap each month and it would also give me the chance of showing you some things I haven’t featured before, giving them the credit they deserve. I’ll show you five products each month that I’ve been using a lot or have rediscovered & have been absolutely loving. Enjoy!


1. Kenzo Madly: I’ve been wearing this perfume a whole lot lately! I keep reaching back for this one, even if I do have a whole lot of other perfumes in my cabinet.. This is without a doubt my favorite perfume today! Review here.

2. Dior Nude Shimmer: A great and very subtle highlighter that I’ve just discovered in December and have been using almost daily now. It’s super wearable and also long wearing! I blogged about it here.

3. Caudalie Vinosource Serum S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum: My skin has been craving some moisture the last weeks because of the horrible weather and this serum is just absolutely perfect! As you can see on the picture it’s almost finished and I will most definitely be repurchasing this one at my pharmacy. Caudalie is a great brand with some raved about products, so check it out if your pharmacy carries the brand! I’ll do a review on this one later this month.

4. Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Cream: I’ve been testing this one the past few weeks and I have been loving it a lot! It’s powered by the resurrection flower, a rare flower that can survive for two years without water! I have been testing a few different eye creams over the last few months (I find that these creams need their time to show their true colors), so stay tuned if you’ve been looking for that perfect eye cream. 

5. Real Techniques Contouring Brush: I’ve been in love with Samantha Chapman’s brushes! I bought quite a lot of them & I’ll feature them all in one big post soon. I has been looking for a precise and qualitative contouring brush for a while now & this one has been absolutely perfect. Available in the UK & the US, but try amazon.co.uk for delivery throughout Europe! 

#kenzo    #caudalie    #real techniques    #kiehl's    #rosa arctica eye cream    #contouring brush    #vinosource serum    #dior    #nude shimmer    #madly    #favorites    #january    #beauty    

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Kiehl’s Correcting & Beautifying BB cream

I’m a huge Kiehl’s fan as you know and I have quite a few Kiehl’s skin care products in my routine. I squeeled a little when I received the press release of the Kiehl’s Correcting & Beautifying BB cream in my inbox a few months ago. I’m a BB lover, but have turned back to foundation (Healthy Mix) after a year of trying to find the perfect one. Sure, they’re all nice.. But there’s always something slightly wrong with every BB I try. The Erborian BB cream is the one that came close to perfection for me, but made me look like I was nearly dead since it was just a tad too pale for me. Dr. Brandt’s BB was okay, but as I got paler.. It just wasn’t right anymore. Luckily I have both girlfriends that are paler & tanner than me, so all these great-but-not-perfect products found a loving home. But I felt a little excluded from the BB party. And the Garnier one I was using was nice, but I knew that it wasn’t doing wonders for my skin. So in comes the BB cream by Kiehl’s. I was invited to an event to discover the product and to munch sushi. Perfect combo, if you ask me!


The packaging is quite sleek and very Kiehl’s-y. It’s interesting to note that this BB has been classified under the Dermatologist Solutions line - a clear statement to emphasize that this BB is not just a tinted moisturizer, but really goes back to the roots of BB creams. Nowadays every brand has a BB cream, some priced at just €3,50 with cute packaging and the promise to tackle no less than ten skin problems. While these products can be very satisfactory and can provide great medium coverage, they aren’t what BB’s were originally intended to be: they lack long term benefits. Kiehl’s did not want to belong to that category & wanted to offer a product that does not only offer decent coverage, but also corrects in the long run. They opted to use Vitamin C for the corrective properties & managed to combine it with pigments & a high SPF50. Apparently this is not all too easy since pigments and sunscreen only work well with oils, and vitamin C is a water-soluble molecule that would usually tend to separate when combined with oily substances. So it took them a while to end up with the final formula; but they made it work! The result is a kinda thick cream that takes some dedication to be worked into your skin completely. It smells very BB creamish. It’s comparable to the smell of Dr Brandt’s BB cream. It’s very persistant and the whole day through I smell it now and then.. So if you don’t like the smell, don’t buy it as it won’t fade away. 


The BB cream comes in three shades: light, fair & natural. In the swatch picture above (made with my mobile phone during the event) you can see these shades from left to right: natural, fair & light. Obviously I chose the lightest shade to take home with me as the other two are quite dark.This is the first flaw of this BB cream: I don’t think the shade range is sufficient. The second flaw is the coverage: it’s quite light, lighter than I had expected. This is alright if you have pretty skin as it is, but mine has been a disaster lately, so this BB cream alone won’t cut it for me. Kiehl’s suggests using this one as a primer if you need more coverage; so I tried that out and I was pretty impressed with the results. I can imagine this BB to be great for summer when you don’t feel like wearing a lot of coverage on your skin & want to be thoroughly protected from the sun. 

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream is a great BB cream that really does what BB creams should do: correct on the long run and cover what we’re treating. If you’ve got bad skin, you’ll probably need some extra concealer of foundation to obtain fuller coverage. I can’t comment on the corrective properties yet: I plan on doing a trial using the product every day as a primer (or alone when I can) when my chin area has finally cleared up. I’ll document the progress & do a second round-up post then.

This BB is available now and retails for €29.00 in Belgium. 

EDIT: Forgot to mention this when I first posted this review, but for anyone finding this through search engines or anyone going back in time through my posts: be careful when you apply this around the eye area! Getting a little bit of this product remotely in your eye will result in stinging pain and tearing eyes for at least five minutes. It really hurts! If you in any case experience the same (I’ve been there twice, now I’m super cautious), please immediately rinse with loads of water!

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