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June 25th, 2013 No Comments



People email me all the time asking what products I use in the shower.  I really haven’t had one shower to call my own in a while so the best answer to that question was “whatever they stock in SoulCycle.”

Now that I’m settling down, I am LOVING Kiehl’s.  Every time I get a Kiehl’s product via their PR I love it, but I’ve never been able to subscribe to the brand as a whole.  Something about everyone  and their mother using it I suppose.  Now I realize, there’s a reason everyone uses it:


The Sunflower shampoo and conditioner is vitamin rich, Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, Silicon-free, gluten free I’m sure, everything we need it be free, yet it still suds up beautifully and makes my hair softer than its been in a long time.

(For those of you looking for a more affordable Paraben free option, I will refer you to L’Oreal.  But, having used it several times at my Mom’s house, I really didn’t get the extreme softness I do with the Keihl’s.)

The Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser is a little bit more aggressive than I’ve used in the past, but a little dab does the job and doesn’t wreak havoc on my pores while it cleans.  I’ll admit, it’s not the best with removing makeup.  On the other hand, no matter what cleanser I use, I have to reach for the Neutrogena makeup remover afterwards to get off the leftover mascara and base.

Finally, pictured is also my old faithful Gillette Fusion razor.  My head hair eventually becomes unresponsive to products I love  (see those by Molton Brown, Biolage, Paul Mitchell), yet my old faithful GIllete Fusion never lets me down when it comes to body hair. I left it in the pic because most women are surprised when I name it as my favorite.

(Full disclosure: Products in this post were not provided by PR.  Many thanks to Glenn for turning me on to them!)

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I’m getting serious about these face serums.

April 3rd, 2012 2 Comments


You know how once you see something once and really notice it, then you start seeing it everywhere?  That’s how it was for me with face serums a few months ago.

So I randomly tried the dermalogica skin hydrating booster ($54) tester on my hand one day in the airport massage spa. One drop on my fingers melted into this silky smooth gel I easily spread over the back of my hand.  Wow. Almost instantly my skin was moisturized, smooth, and tight.  Even the little creases vanished! Without hesitation, I whipped out my credit card thinking this would be the ultimate moisturizer after a long day in the sun in Asia.  To this day, the booster continues to be an instant anti-aging method in my opinion.

When I returned from vacation, I found the Kiehl’s Corrective Dark Spot Corrector ($50) on my doorstep.  Promising to lighten spots and even out skin tone, this serum has been clinically proven to be magical.  I have been applying it nightly under my night creme, and I can actually see and feel a difference. Everyone is advertising dark spot treatments, as I know you’ve seen.  This one actually works.

Both serums have helped improve the texture of my skin, which is a big thing for me.  Botox works for wrinkles, but cremes fail me on the texture.  These serums have proven to keep my skin looking young and fresh….in my eyes anyway.

(Full disclosure: Kiehl’s provided via PR.)

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