Beauty – Kiehl’s

I recently needed some new cleanser, and I happened to be walking RIGHT PAST Mecca when I remembered this. Is that fate or what? I’m always happy to try a new cleanser, because I love finding ones that are just the right mix of foam and cleanser and that don’t leave a filmy residue on my face when it’s supposedly been washed off. Last year I tried Shiseido’s Perect Whip on the glowing recommendation of Natalie at The Mustard Jumper, and it was right up my alley: affordable, a decent sized tube, lasted for a good three or four months minimum, and it was a lovely foamy cleanser that left my face feeling squeaky clean without the dryness of harsher products. The only downside is that Perfect Whip can only be bought online, so when you’ve completely run out and you don’t want to wait a week to receive it, it’s not the most convenient product to love!

Luckily for me I was going to see a film at Cinema Nova a few weeks ago and had some time to kill beforehand, so I wandered along Lygon Street and looked inthe window of Mecca remembering that I needed new cleanser urgently. Both the shop assistants were busy, which I was glad about because while I love Mecca and Mecca Maxima, I like being left alone to just browse. I had a quick look around at a few products before zeroing in on the Kiehl’s section. I’ve never tried a Kiehl’s product, and I feel like it’s one of those brands that every one knows about but not many people use. Am I right? Or not? Anyway, I had a look at a few cleansers and then picked up this Clearly Corrective White Purifying Foaming Cleanser. It promises to help reverse noticeable skin discolouration and restore hydration levels for an improvement in skin clarity.

First off, I have to say that I wondered initially if the name wasn’t vaguely racist, or at least a little bit exlusionary because of the “Corrective White” part of the name, but I think ultimately they just mean that the cleanser will brighten your skin. I’ve come to this conclusion after much shower musing because since using this product I’ve found my skin looking a lot brighter than usual, not in a dissimilar way to how my skin looked when I was using this Philosophy serum and vitamin combination last year. Besides the brightened skin tone, the cleanser is very similar to the Shisiedo cleanser, and a little bit goes a long way in that it foams up just enough. It washes off my skin beautifully and leaves my face feeling clean and bare, but not tight and dry, which is a tricky thing to achieve when your skin is normal to dry most of the time. This tube is a nice 150ml size and I paid $37AUD for it, which I think is reasonable for a large sized tube of an American product. I think it will last me a good few months, and I’m happy I took the leap and tried a product I’ve not researched or read any reviews for. I quite like it, and would happily recommend it and buy it again.

Do you use Kiehl’s products? I’d love to hear which ones and what you think about them!

* A note on the quality of the photo: my DSLR has decided not to work and I am at a loss as to why. For some reason it won’t auto focus at all, in either manual or auto settings, so all my photos are turning out horrifically badly. I’m relying on my iPhone for now until I can hoof it into the city to the Nikon repair shop. So believe me, I’m aware that this isn’t a great photo. Also my iPhone seems to take really grainy photos all the time. Like, ALL THE TIME. I am also at a loss as to why this is.

Until next time,

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