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Kiehl’s Apothecary

In-store photos by Igor Burlak

#KiehlsGetsPersonal

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.

#KiehlsGivesBack

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.
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Beauty

All About Skin

Everyone knows the most enviable asset a person can have is a flawless complexion. A good makeup job is key, but we’ll get to that another day. Here are some sauce-approved products that will help you achieve clear, glowing, HEALTHY skin, with or without makeup:

Cleansers:

  • Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash: a fabulous, regular-ass face wash for regular skin.
  • Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foam: gives a healthy glow to all skin types.
  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap: A Clinique regimen has been my mother’s secret to perfect, youthful skin for decades now. If you saw my mother, you’d be at the Clinique counter in seconds.
  • Skinceuticals Foaming Cleanser: Minimizes pores on all skin types. This is the brand/regimen I currently use. My esthetician at Bliss Spa in the W Hotel recommended it to me—I try to get a facial there every 4-6 weeks if I can afford it.
  • Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser: Minimizes pores and leaves skin ridiculously soft. Plus it’s all warm and tingly!
  • Bliss No Zit Shirlock Cleanser & Toner: For trouble skin.
  • Panoxyl: Also ideal for trouble skin. Plus you can use this on your chest and back, for those who are prone to body breakouts. You can find this at CVS, Walgreens, etc. (Make sure you’re moisturizing adamantly and using SPF when using acne treatments!) Neutrogena also makes effective products for body breakouts.
  • If you have super sensitive skin or other serious problems, go to any pharmacy and get Cetaphil products (they’re super gentle) and then go see a dermatologist!

Exfoliants: Unless you have congested pores, you don’t want to overdo it with exfoliants/scrubs. A harsh exfoliant can actually dry skin out, causing more congestion as opposed to fixing it. If you do struggle with blackheads, here are some exfoliants to consider—

Toners:

Moisturizers: A major part of controlling skin issues like clogged pores is keeping skin hydrated. Drink as much water as you can, and check out the following moisturizers—

Masks:

Makeup Remover: I must admit, I don’t always take my makeup off before bed. I always regret it. Take your effing makeup off before bed.

Misc.:

Although mixing and matching is okay to an extent, I’m sure you noticed that a lot of the same brands were repeated in each category. It’s best to find a  brand that works for you and stick to that regimen. I also can’t emphasize this enough: protecting your skin from the sun is imperative. Use moisturizers and makeup with SPF all year round, and make sure you’re being cautious when using acne treatments.

Stay tuned for more beauty tips, and stay saucy!

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