Up until recently my beauty regime consisted of washing my face with soap and then slathering it in Nivea face cream. and then I went to the Kiehls event in Selfridges, Manchester a few weeks ago, listened to their experts and got given a bag of goodies to take home and try.
The talk didn’t sell it to me – I am very skeptical by nature and as far as i was concerned, I was perfectly happy with my cut price products and didn’t need any fancy schmancy creams, lotions and potions.
But I’d promised to try them and so I did, laughing to myself about how they were probably just exactly the same as the cheap stuff I use.
Alright, lets try some of their stuff, I muttered to myself smugly, so sure was I that it would all be nonsense. And oh my God I wish I hadn’t. Because everything in the sample bag was AMAZING. And so now not being overly well off, I find myself trying to decide between having awesome skin or awesome hair.
The Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
I have really awkward hair: it’s curly and dry and prone to split ends. It’s can’t be left without product on as it goes frizzy, can’t be blow dried without a defuser and basically is time consuming and needy. I tried the shampoo and conditioner that I got from Kiehls and was amazed.
My hair was soft and shiny and had no heaviness to it and yet it wasn’t frizzy and fly away. It was so soft and lovely, whilst still looking just as curly, that even my other half noticed it. Which is a miracle in itself.
The shampoo costs £15 for a 250ml bottle and the conditioner £18.50 for a 200ml tube – I did find with the samples that a little went a long way so these sizes would probably last quite a while.
Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is a night cream to use once a week to hydrate the skin. It is utterly brilliant. I put it on the night we had had friends round for drinks – after they had left, obviously. When I woke in the morning with a horrible hangover I looked in the mirror and was stunned: When I should have been looking like death warmed up I actually looked good. Normal. My skin was great. Okay, so the eyes were still bloody shot, but the skin! This cream is well worth investing in. It costs £28 for a 125ml pot.
Ultra Facial Moisturizer
I’m a bit picky about face cremes, I don’t like cloggy cremes, or scented cremes or anything that feels oily. The ultra facial moisturizer is nice and light, goes a long way – you really don’t need to use much – and has made my skin feel really well moisturized without feeling bogged down in cream, if you know what I mean. It’s a great daily one to use and works really well under make-up I’ve found.
Creme De Corps
Whilst it might sound like it’s made from dead bodies, Creme de Corps actually a really great all over body moisturizer. It feels really luxurious and a little goes a really long way. Plus it has sorted out my desk-elbow (when you get flaky elbows after spending so much time leaning on them in front of the computer) a treat and I would love to use this all over on a daily basis – I bet I’d have skin like one of those fancy model types – but sadly it’s a little out of my price range at £44 for a 500ml tub.
I even got a couple of products for Dan.
He tried out Facial Fuel, a many facial scrub for daily use.
His reaction was “yeah, it’s alight. It’s nice. does the job, you know?” Eloquent as ever, my dear. After pressing him further he said that it did leave his skin feeling cleaned and soft and I could tell a difference when he’d used it.
The last thing we tried, which Dan absolutely loves, is the Cross Terrain Dry-run Foot Creme.
It’s a barrier creme to stop your feet sweating and helps keep them comfortable. Dan did a charity 10k run a couple of weekends ago and used it then. He now swears by it and I think I’ll be giving it a try down the gym next week.
However, I now have my Christmas list sorted for this year. A years supply of moisturizers and hair products from Kiehls, please.