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Kiehl’s Apothecary

In-store photos by Igor Burlak


I’m so excited to be discussing skincare more often here on the blog. I recently had the privilege of collaborating with one of the most prestigious skincare lines in the country, Kiehl’s Apothecary, which was established in 1851. As a staple skincare company that has been able to stand the test of time, Kiehl’s knows how to modernize their old-school approach with the latest and most innovative skincare techniques and ingredients. Take their latest product launch, Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations, for example. You can now schedule a consultation at your nearest Kiehl’s location to meet with a trained expert who will help determine your skincare needs, and create a customized serum just for you! This was a science class I could get into…Whether your goal is hydration, pore-minimization, or wrinkle-reduction, the experts at Kiehl’s can concoct a formula with your name on it—literally! They even print a special label, just for you. And don’t worry, you’ll also receive a little packet explaining what’s in your personalized product and how to use it properly.

I’ve been using my custom concentrate nightly for just about two weeks now, and I’m definitely loving the results. The serum has a velvety texture that leaves my skin nice and smooth, and the pore-minimizing effects have allowed me to reduce how often I have to use a cleansing mask, or harsh tools like my Clarisonic facial brush, which can dry out my skin. Everyone’s complexion and skincare needs are different, making it totally worth the trip to seek out skin solutions made especially for you. What may seem old-fashioned is actually both logical and luxurious.


During my visit at Kiehl’s on Newbury, I also learned about their creative and charitable collaborations. Each year, Kiehl’s collaborates with artists to put together a Limited Edition Holiday Collection that will benefit those in need. This year, Kiehl’s has teamed up with artist-duo Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller of FAILE to support Feeding America. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from this collection benefits Feeding America, providing 1.1 million meals to food insecure people in this country. This cause means a lot to me, as I personally feel that a lot of Americans use poverty and hunger in other countries as a distraction from our own problems, while there are so many people here right in the United States who aren’t sure when or how they’ll acquire their next meal. Art has always been a powerful way to inspire philanthropy and change, and I love when the fashion and beauty lead by example on this front. The hypnotic gold-and-black artwork FAILE have conceptualized for this collection puts a fresh spin on Kiehl’s iconic packaging, and while the gold definitely embraces the holiday spirit, these products will still look awesome once the holidays have come and gone.

  1. Now let’s talk about my top three favorite Kiehl’s products *except* for my customized serum, since that’s just for me:
    1. Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment: I tend to struggle with isolated blemishes, so I’m always looking for effective yet gentle spot treatments to erase little zits here and there. This lightweight, sulfer-infused treatment zaps zits quickly, without leaving my skin dry or red.
  2. Creme De Crops Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter: This Kiehl’s classic is decadent, and always looks lovely on one’s vanity, bathroom shelves, etc.
  3. Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment: The third and final product on this list actually strays from the skincare category. After a brief but serious stint of dye jobs, my strands have felt a little dry and need some TLC. I’ve seen great results within the past couple of weeks, and would definitely recommend this product to anyone whose hair suffers during dry winter weather.

Hair Care

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Though I pride myself on my makeup skills, I’ll admit that I’m not much of a hair stylist. After I shower, I just wave a hair dryer blindly around my head until my hair is damp, put a scrunchie in (—a scrunchie. NOT a hair elastic. Scrunchies don’t leave creases…) and let fate do the rest. Since I was blessed with natural waves, the most important thing is keeping my hair healthy. Here are some tricks and tips for maintaining luscious locks.

-I’ll start with what many consider the bad news: it really helps to get a trim every four to six weeks, especially if you want long hair. Those who feel more emotionally attached to their hair and/or want to go the Rapunzel route convince themselves that avoiding the hairdresser’s chair is the best way to achieve length, and often defend that the recommended regular trims are a myth spun by beauty salons as a means of making more money. “How will cutting my hair make it grow more if it grows from the roots?” they ask. I’ll tell you. When you don’t cut your hair regularly, the ends fray, split, and shed, sadly hindering all the growth at your roots from reaching their potential (your bum).

-Try not to wash your hair every day. Washing your hair too often strips the natural oils. When you can afford it, try using dry shampoo instead:

-If you have colored hair, I would recommend using Oribe products (available at Bloomingdale’s and Stilisti Salon on Newbury Street). Apart from heavenly shampoo and conditioner, they also make an effective mask treatment for colored hair, and their sprays are nice and lightweight. Plus, Tom Ford did the scent for these products, and it’s totally intoxicating. Ojon also makes awesome products, including a twice-weekly mask to fight fading.

-For those who don’t color their hair, some great brands for shampoo/conditioner, styling products and treatments are Frederic Fekkai, Garnier (both available in stores like CVS and Walgreens), and Bumble & Bumble. Bumble & Bumble makes a must-have product called Sunday Shampoo, a once-weekly shampoo that cleanses your hair of all kinds of yucky buildup from products and the environment.

-Hair gets especially dry in the Winter. Here are some solutions:

  • After you shower, run a little bit of this Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum through your damp ends, then do whatever it is you do to style your hair.
  • On nights when you know you’re going to shower in the morning, run some Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil (there’s a lightweight version as well), or Ojon Damage Reverse Serum through your ends, and sleep with your hair in a ponytail to avoid getting any unwanted oil on your face.

-Frederic Fekkai’s classic tortoise-shell hairbrush with both firm and natural boar bristles is one of those things I seriously couldn’t live without. And it looks pretty on your vanity.

-If you struggle with frizzy hair, all of the brands I’ve mentioned make great products to help tame your mane (—oils can be a good way to flatten things out). And all of these brands of course make products that cater to different hair types.