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Kiehl's Cult Classics

20 February 2017

I've always been attracted to Kiehl's as a brand. I like that it started out as a pharmacy in New York. I like the apothecary-style branding and the fact that they mix natural actives with clinical formulations. I hadn't used their products in a while, though. Could I call myself a beauty blogger without having tried cult Kiehl's favourites? 

Well, yes. But I bought these anyway, didn't I?

First up, the Amino Acid Shampoo + Amino Acid Conditioner. Where have these BEEN all my life??? Do they KNOW how many years I've had to deal with dry/coarse/dry hair? If you also have dry/coarse/dry hair, I highly recommend giving this shampoo + conditioner duo a go. I mean, they cost a bit more than you might normally pay for something that washes straight down the drain, but my hair has honestly never felt so smooth. It's ultra-nourishing but surprisingly doesn't weigh my hair down, although I do have thick hair to begin with so I probably need all the hydration I can get. 

Cult status justified? Yep.

The Creme de Corps range of body creams has been talked about for ages. I've considered trying them for a while now but could never justify the price for something that you use everyday on such a large surface area. Out of all the Kiehl's products I've purchased, this one is the most indulgent in my opinion, only because there are body creams I like from a much lower price point. In saying that, the Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter is divine. It smells amazing and is whipped to within an inch of its life, making it fluffy, moussey, and a pleasure to work into the skin. If you're not into body butters, they have cream/lotion alternatives, but I personally find the body butter to be less oily-feeling than the lotion.

A bit splurgey for a body butter, but still worth it in my opinion.

The Creamy Eye Treatment (with Avocado), otherwise known as the "Avocado Eye Cream" is a favourite amongst bloggers and vloggers, and I purchased it for exactly that reason. I've used this eye cream on and off since last August and while I do find it quite hydrating, I'm not too sure if it helps much with other eye concerns, though in all fairness, my eye area is probably the least of my worries. It's not particularly dry, puffy, or prone to milia. I do have some dark undereyes and little dehydration lines here and there, but I might not be the best test subject for eye creams as none have ever given me noticeable results. This one also has a bit of a strange texture. It's thick and creamy but manages to feel almost watery when you rub it in, before then feeling kind of greasy. It's...different. Not necessarily bad, but some might find it too much underneath their makeup. The pot will, however, last you ages. I've barely made a dent in mine.

Not a must-have for me, but it could be worth a try if hydration is what you're after.

The Midnight Recovery Concentrate has been raved about since I first started getting into beauty. It's by far one of the brand's most famous products, yet I've always been confused about what it is and what it does. Kiehl's describes it as an "replenishing elixir" that helps to "restore the appearance of skin by morning". It's basically a night oil. Now, the first time I used this, I remember my skin having a reaction to it. It made my skin red and itchy, like I had broken out in hives. I suspect it to be a result of the concentration of essential oils, including lavender oil, though I'm still undecided on whether I believe they're harmful to the skin. Who knows why I continued to use it after that first night, but I luckily haven't had that reaction since. I've been using it most nights for a good few months, and while I haven't seen a dramatic change in my skin, I think it does do something to it. My skin looks a little less red, a little less textured. My foundation doesn't look as patchy as it once used to. I can't say for certain that it was this and this alone that improved my skin, but it has probably contributed. My nightly skincare regimen is looking pretty short these days, but the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is one of the steps that I've retained. I mix it with my Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and it seems to work well at keeping my skin balanced, minimising breakouts. 

The jury's still out on this one, mostly because I had a reaction to it initially, but it's definitely worth a try.
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