I’m a sucker for product. If you’re ever stuck for an idea for a birthday present for me, just get me anything beauty/skin/body related and I’m over the moon. Right now I have a couple of new favourites that bring a smug smile to my face when I use them (check my modesty).
Kiehls Over-night Biological Peel
I finally managed to go around to the Kiehls pop up store in Edgars Canal Walk to pick up something which was NOT the biological peel but I ended up receiving a sample anyways. I’m hooked. A 5ml sample packet (which has lasted for 3 weeks) has grabbed me and screamed at me “YOU MUST OWN ME”. Sample packet, I have heard and as soon as I have an extra R529, I shall comply. Surely one shouldn’t be able to see dramatic changes by using a sample, right? Sample’s are meant to give you just a taste of the good stuff, enough to make you want to buy but not last you long enough for you to see fantastic results hence you run out and buy it. Not so with Kiehls. I’ve been using the peel 2-3 times a week and I’ve seen a significant difference in my skin’s texture as well as my acne scarring looking a whole lot lighter. Plus I’ve had no reactions or breakouts and this a DEFINATE win in my book. It has the smoothest, silkiest feel when I massage it into my skin, it feels like luxury in a bottle and I can’t get enough.
Kiehls website states:
Urea, an enzyme activator naturally present in the surface layer of the epidermis, performs the vital function of dissolving and loosening the horny layer of skin, stimulating cell renewal and the exfoliation of dead surface skin cells. Blended with HEPES (Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid) and a high concentration of Sodium Hyaluronate, known for its powerful hydrating properties, our peeling treatment helps to gently renew skin, leaving texture softer, more even, and vibrant after first use.
I’m happy to report that those words are true. If a company has been around for 162 years, has never advertised and puts all their money in to products and product research, you KNOW they mean business. I’ve never even heard of such a thing! Who doesn’t advertise?! Well, Kiehls doesn’t. They’ve never needed to and their products are testament to that.
Ponds Light Infusing Under-Eye Cream
I had this product sent to me a little while ago from the girls at Beauty Bulletin and out of all the eye creams I’ve used thus far, this is by far my favourite. In about 2 months, I’ve noticed quite a substantial difference in the, ahem, “discolouration” beneath and around my eyes. Yes, I know that it is also genetic but my usual lack of sleep coupled with sinus problems has made me feel a bit of a natural raccoon. It has a light texture with a slightly pearlised finish and is non greasy. Some eye creams I’ve used feel a bit heavy and make me feel that I look a bit oily around the eyes but not this one. It is quickly absorbed in to the skin but provides enough slip to give myself a good massage around the eyes 🙂 I’ve done a video review on the Ponds Flawless Radiance range (or Flawless White as some countries may know it) and I shall post it up some time this week.
Filorga BB Perfect Cream
Another product sent to me by the awesome ladies at Beauty Bulletin 🙂 This is a definite worthy replacement after the disaster that was the Garnier BB Cream. Urgh, I don’t even want to think about that hot mess. Anyways, back to the more superior Filorga brand. I tend to use this one it’s own without any moisturiser underneath it. It has a really lovely, light coverage (that I LUV) and smoothes onto my face really easily without streaking. I tend to really rub and massage it into my skin and I find that it provides a lovely glow and helps to blur out some imperfection (like my acne scarring). It has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, wrinkle correcting, redness combatting and glow inducing properties (yay!). It has Panthenyl Triacetate in it and that is what reduces inflammation and combats redness in the skin. This is great a primer or on it’s own. I’ve found that I don’t look greasy at all during the day and has the perfect amount of moisture for my oily skin. Seeing as it’s summer here in good old South Africa, this is big news for me (why does everything seem big and awesome to me? Am I an easily impressed Sim? lol). For R550 a pop, it’s definitely worth the investment.
The colour I’ve been using is 01 Beige Lumiere.
Himalaya Neem Face Pack
I’m a fan of all things Himalaya (the product that is). I was recommended this brand by a bridal client of mine over a year ago and I’m so glad to have it in my life. The latest addition to my Himalaya routine is their Neem Face Pack. Not the prettiest of smelling products (but that’s totally fine by me), this moss green, grainy pack really packs a punch. I’ve been using it the recommended twice weekly and although I find it makes my skin tingle (anybody else experience this?) it has been really effective in stopping breakouts and keeping my skin healthy looking and feeling. It has antibacterial properties, regulates excess oil secretion (yes!), cleans clogged pores and prevents the occurrence of spots. Fuller’s Earth has been added to the pack which is meant to soothe and cool the skin (that’s why it tingles!). I’m pretty sure it’s the Fuller’s Earth that makes it grainy as well but when I apply it, I do so using circular motions so that it gets treated as a scrub as well. Double win! It retails for about R70 (which is super cheap).