Ten years of powerful results with Kiehl’s and Vitamin C

Ten years of powerful results with Kiehl's
Kiehl’s has been around for a long time – since 1851! – but did you know that it is the 10 year anniversary of the popular Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate? Kiehl’s sold its 3 millionth bottle of this award-winning formula. 3 million? There must be something great about this skin care treatment!

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

The Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is an excellent Vitamin C serum. The packaging is perfect, with an airless pump so the product isn’t exposed to the air. The other great thing is this is fragrance-free, which can be challenging to find in a Vitamin C serum. Considering Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants available, it’s no wonder this is such a big seller for Kiehl’s. I use this by itself every morning and evening after cleansing and toning and I also like to use it as an add-in with other serums so I always get my daily dose of Vitamin C.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate

Kiehl’s recently released a companion product for the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate,  the NEW Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate. This is a lightweight eye cream that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and decreases darkness under eyes. It also has perfect packaging to keep the Vitamin C stable, as well as Haloxl to brighten dark circles. This isn’t a super rich, highly moisturizing eye cream – it’s more of a treatment for anti-aging concerns. If you are looking for an eye cream that gets rid of wrinkles and dark circles, it’s definitely one to consider!

Both Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($79) and the NEW Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate ($44) are available for purchase on Kiehls.com and in retail stores nationwide.  – Lisa

 *received for editorial consideration

Holiday Gifts to explore

Oh to have endless funds to buy all the pretties that are available this time of year. What fun we could have. Today for Makeup Wars we have chosen Holiday Gifts and I’ve picked 10 that you could buy me any time! I hope you find some to make your own dreams come true. — Marcia

TOO FACED LA PETITE MAISON ($39) is simply adorable. I’d love almost any of the Too Faced e/s palettes but this Ulta exclusive has extras that make it a great gift item. In this cuteness is a deluxe sample of TF Better Than Sex mascara which totally rocks. The 12 shadows sound wonderful. Put this on my wishlist please.

  • Let It Snow (matte white)
  • Reindeer (light taupe)
  • Honey Pot (metallic gold)
  • Knock Out (deep matte brown)
  • Paper Roses (warm peachy pink frost)
  • Don’t Settle (medium dark brown)
  • After Hours (warm golden medium brown)
  • Secret Lovers (dark brown pearl)
  • Pussy Cat (shimmering orchid)
  • Dreams (soft mauve)
  • Jungle Love (blackened purple w/ violet sparkle)
  • Chocolate Moon (black w/ gold sparkle)


CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO HYPNOTISE ($39) is the number one item on my wishlist. It comes in 4 variations, each containing a single eyeshadow and a deluxe size eyeliner pencil.  The Huntress is the one I’m dying for but any that you want to send me will get you a huge thank you note!! (Also available at Beautylish)

– On the Prowl + Supernova: an antique Byzantium aubergine flecked with pearl and partnered with a smoky plum liner.
– Midnight Seduction + Sapphire Sex: a sparkling midnight blue hue with a deep azure shimmer kohl.
– Silver Leopard + Black Magic: a glimmering gunmetal grey with an intense petrol eyeliner.
– The Huntress + Amber Moon: a smoky golden bronze partnered with a rich brown amber kohl.


BOBBI BROWN DELUXE EYE & CHEEK PALETTE ($85) is so appealing because it’s more than just eyes. With three beautiful blushes and 8 great Bobbi eyeshadows, someone’s going to love you for getting them this. Or is it on your wishlist??

– Eyeshadow in Ivory (a creamy beige)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement (a creamy beige)
– New Eyeshadow in Lilac Haze (a bronze heather)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Mica (a bronze heather)
– Metallic Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze (a pink champagne)
– New Eyeshadow in Steel Grey (a deep grey)
– Eyeshadow in Pale Rose (a pale grey-pink)
– Eyeshadow in Caviar (a rich black-brown)
– Blush in Desert Rose (a light dusty rose)
– Blush in Pale Pink (a bight pale pink)
– Dual-Ended Eyeshadow/Eye Liner Brush


PETER MAX FOR KIEHL’S Since 1851 LIP BALM SET #1 Set  ($32) is the pretty way to be practical. Everyone loves Kiehl’s Lip Balms, it’s hard not to so why not in Peter Max LE packaging?? You’ll get their original lip balm, cranberry, mint and mango. What a fab stocking stuffer!!


L’OCCITANE HAND CREAM COLLECTION ($42) is another company that is mucho loved. While it’s too fragranced for me personally, I know people who’d adore this set. It contains – Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Almond Delicious Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Shea Butter Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Rose Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Lavender Hand Cream (1 oz.). Perfect for someone’s desk, purse, pocket, night stand and more. L’Occitane all around!


BUTTER LONDON OH DARLING LIPPY AND NAIL POLISH SET ($18) is not only adorable but a bargain too. You’ll get 2 holiday reds with Darling Nail Polish and Darling Lippy Liquid Lipstick. You’ll be shiny and bright to dazzle your personal darling.


MONT BLEU COMPACT MIRROR is one of my favorite ever gifts. These come in so many designs and prices that you could get one for everyone on your list and never repeat them. This is the way to catch someone’s eye in a stunning way.


LIPSTICK QUEEN GALACTIC GORGEOUS LIP GLOSS SET ($24) comes with 4 fantabulous glosses from Lipstick Queen in the cutest packaging. These are fragrance free, not sticky and the shades are amazing. Every mood and outfit is covered with these glosses.


IT COSMETICS NATURALLY PRETTY MUST HAVES EYE SET ($28) really is a must have in my book. I love Hello Lashes mascara and this set comes with a travel size one along with 8 fabulous matte shadows: Happy, Believe, Naturally Pretty, Inspire, Brave, Empower and Transforming Hello Light. The full size palette is $42 so this is a great intro to IT’s matte shadows.


BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($34) is the only one of these that I own and it’s fabulous! I really love the 4 pieces in the box. For more check my review and I promise you’ll want this ASAP.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)


Now what’s on your list for holiday fun? I chose glamour rather than practical because that’s what holidays are all about!
Let’s see what items the Makeup Wars bloggers can tempt us with! — Marcia



Kiehl’s Super Muti-Corrective Cream Sunscreen – add it to your shopping list

Kiehl's Super Muti-Corrective Cream Sunscreen

Kiehl’s Super Muti-Corrective Cream Sunscreen

It’s August and about now your sunscreen is either running low or getting very tired. We’re never going to tell you not to use sunscreen since we believe in it firmly. And when a sunscreen can do more than protect you from the sun’s harmful rays then you need it even more. Kiehl’s sent along their Super Muti-Corrective Cream Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF30 and it’s a joy to use. I’m not an outdoors person but that doesn’t mean I’m not in the sun daily. Between my husband’s new convertible and two little ones who’d rather be outside running I’ve got to have good protection. I used to burn so badly that I’d blister but I’ve learned to protect myself from that.

Kiehl's Super Muti-Corrective Cream Sunscreen

Kiehl’s Super Muti-Corrective Cream Sunscreen

Kiehl’s Super Muti-Corrective Cream Sunscreen does everything for me. It’s considered to be a 5-in-1 product.

  • Lifts, smoothes, sculpts, moisturizes and retexturizes skin
  • SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UB Protection helps protect skin from early signs of aging caused by the sun
  • Paraben Free, Safe for sensitive skin
Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream

Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream

The Super Multi-Corrective Cream can be used night and day. Most people don’t want a sunscreen at night but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Kiehl’s does make this without the addition of sunscreen though so that’s an option too. It’s especially nice to use this on your neck to moisturize.

This cream contains two great ingredients: JASMONIC ACID which is inspired by “signal molecules” secreted by plants that begins a self-repair process – Corrects wrinkles and fine lines, loss of suppleness and elasticity. And BEECH TREE EXTRACT “Sugar extracted from Beech Tree which helps improve skins overall firmness”.  And we can’t forget the sunscreen ingredients used:

Kiehl's Super Corrective Mutli-Corrective Cream sunscreen ingredients

Kiehl’s Super Corrective Mutli-Corrective Cream sunscreen ingredients

When I first opened this I noticed a fragrance to it but upon use there is none. With ingredients like jasmine flower extract I was a little worried, but this is an easy to use moisturizer. I know that some of you are reading this and saying “but why a jar?”. Many people are worried about contamination but I keep small plastic spatulas in a plastic bag nearby and wash them off after each use. This is a thick cream but it absorbs pretty quickly. I do let it sit before applying anything else to make sure that all is absorbed.

kiehls super sunscreen

You can’t go wrong with Kiehl’s products and this is definitely one of their Super Stars.– Marcia


Kiehl’s is sold on their website but also at great stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks and many more. Follow Kiehl’s on Twitter @kiehls #Kiehls  Pinterest  Instagram and Facebook

*sent for editorial consideration

Kiehl’s Friends & Family Annual 20% off event


Need we say more? We wait a long time for this Friends & Family event and it’s here at last. This lasts for 5 days only and is over on Monday, May 18th.

You can print this page and bring it to a Kiehl’s store or go to Kiehls.com and use the code FAMILY at checkout. Be ready to buy some fabulous skincare for you and your family. It’s a great time to stock up on products for Father’s Day. — Marcia and Lisa

Top Ten Favorites of 2014

I don’t know how all of these beauty bloggers pick just 10 items after a year of trying new ones almost daily. When Top Ten Tuesday chose this as today’s topic I really had to narrow down my choices. I started with my vanity to see what items live there because I use them constantly. Next I had to figure out which were new to me in 2014. Luckily I reviewed 3 favorites at the end of December: foundation, blush and lipstick. But there are still more from each of those categories too. Here’s my very narrowed down list. — Marcia

1421096853_a-girls-gotta-spa-300x268A GIRL’S GOTTA SPA ENERGIZING CITRUS BODY LOTION – this was the year of citrus for me. I have become enamored with using body lotions in any of the citrus fragrances. I love the grapefruit scent of A Girl’s Gotta Spa (on sale at Amazon for $26) as well as be Delectable’s Lemon & Cream Body Lotion and Lavanila Lemon body lotion. All three were new to me for 2014 and I love them. You just can’t know what a huge change this is for me.
1421096668_acacia-protein-bb-creamECRU NEW YORK ACACIA BB CREAM – I have a counterful of hair products since I’m always testing new ones. But the one styling product I can count on all the time has been this ECRU New York BB Cream.
1421096544_microblur_oval_tube_30mlKIEHL’S MICRO-BLUR SKIN PERFECTOR should have been written about months ago. I mentioned it earlier and now it’s obtained holy grail status. It’s the one product that I reach for to blur my pesky pores. I can’t imagine being without this.
1421096483_primer050114SKINDINAVIA MAKEUP PRIMER SPRAY is another one I should have written about months ago. I used it daily in the summer and was amazed at how much longer my face makeup lasted. I spray it after skincare and before makeup and let it set. It doesn’t add another layer to my skin but it helps foundation adhere. It’s wonderful.
1421096341_eye-mazing-liquid-liner-pen-image-2YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER PEN in MARRON – I’ve searched high and low for the best brown liquid eyeliner and I found the perfect one in this Youngblood liner. I can’t tell you how many brown liners I’ve thrown away yet I’ve ordered this twice since my review. All the other colors are great and I use those too but it’s the Marron that is my bestie.
1421096196_s1533439-main-hero-300TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA has changed my eyelashes for the better. I have a lot of mascaras I like but only a few I love and Too Faced BTS is a love. I rarely get compliments on how my lashes look since they are skimpy but people notice when I’m wearing this one.
1421096099_s1665645-main-hero-300VISEART EYESHADOW PALETTE in SULTRY MUSE – I am amazed at the quality of this Viseart palette. This was a gift to me from Lisa and I honestly thought it was a little dull. I put it aside and came across it about 2 months ago. What a mistake I made prejudging this. The colors are beautiful once on, much more unique than they first appear. The pigmentation is great and the shadows last and last. In spite of the $80 price I can’t wait to buy this in Paris Nude once it’s back in stock at Sephora.
1421096046_s1578012-main-hero-300TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR EYE PALETTE is a surprise for me. I didn’t buy it at first because I mostly heard about it smelling like chocolate. Even though I adore chocolate I didn’t want to smell like it. I’m so glad I gave into the raves because I get an incredible amount of wear out of this palette. The colors are vibrant and versatile. Whenever I need a shade to go with my nude shadows I know I can count on this palette to fill in that need.
1420311977_s1608413-main-hero-300PERRICONE MD NO BLUSH BLUSH seems like an oxymoron if there ever was one. I debated about using this as my Makeup Wars favorite blush but I knew that Top Ten lists were coming up so here it is. I use this allllll the time. It’s described as a warm rosy pink which is a perfect description. I don’t apply it when I’m wearing very cool tones but I apply it for almost everything else. It doesn’t last all day on me but it’s easy to touch up with either a powder blush or more of this stain.
1406489060_coolway-brush-300x215KNOTTY GIRL BRUSH by Coolway is the one item on this list that I use every single day. Whether my hair is wet or dry, this brush comes through. I never would have considered a brush on my wet hair before this and now I can’t imagine life without it.
It was hard to come up with only 10 since there are dozens of products that I loved in 2014 but these get the most use and will be bought again. I can’t wait to see how my fellow Top Ten bloggers are going to tempt us all. — Marcia

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*some items sent for editorial consideration, most bought or repurchased after review as backups

Put some space on your face with Kiehls

Check out this really cool social media contest – Kiehl’s ‘Put Some Space On Your Face’ gives you (well, actually your face!) an opportunity to travel with them to space.  The giveaway is in celebration of the new Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator line.  They sent its ‘hero’ product (24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer For Men) into space. For real. The product was on a custom rig that was sent 20 miles above the surface of the earth.

Kiehls SpaceFace

You can see the video at www.kiehlsinspace.com and can also enter the giveaway there.  Just take a photo of yourself in mid-air then hashtag it #SpaceFace.  Random winners will win their face a trip to space via a 3D custom astronaut figurine with their face on it.  That figurine is attached to a shuttle and sent into the stratosphere.  After the figurines land, the winners are sent their personalized, space traveling action figures.

What is this new line that has inspired the space travel?  The OIL ELIMINATOR FOR MEN, brand new this month.  There are three products that tackle men’s oily skin, mattifying and reducing the appearance of pores.

Kiehls Oil Eliminator

So why the space travel?  It’s all in the ingredients.

Oil Eliminator uses Aerolite, an advanced material based on the science of aerogel, which has been used in space exploration (for example, as an insulating material on Mars Exploration Rover in 1997). Aerolite is the lightest solid material on Earth because it is composed of up to 99.98% air by volume, helping to provide a weightless feel on the skin. The substance is likened to a gel from which the liquid portion has been removed without causing the material to shrink in size or collapse. Due to its highly porous structure and large surface area, it is able to absorb FOUR TIMES its own weight in oil, providing efficient sebum absorption capabilities. Oil Eliminator 24-hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer, with Aerolite technology, helps reduce pore visibility and imperfections.

In general, men have different skin issues than women.  A man has more sebum-producing sebaceous glands, so they have more oil production and larger pores.  Plus they sweat more, which means every more shine and oily residue on their faces.  Kiehl’s three new products containing Aerolite address these concerns.

close up of the Deep Cleansing

close up of the Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash

The Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash ($20) is a soap-free and sulfate-free cleanser.  It has crushed Apricot Seeds to help exfoliate, which also decreases the appearance of pores.  It doesn’t dry out the skin, and it does a terrific job of smoothing skin texture and getting rid of shine.

The Refreshing Shine Control Toner ($20) is a cooling spray that tones and also decreases the appearance of sweat and oil.  The Capryloyl Glycine dries up the bad stuff, but doesn’t dry out skin.

Moisuturizer swatch

24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisuturizer swatch

The 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men ($27) is a lightweight moisturizer with Aerolite to absorb oil and sweat.  The result is a shine-free appearance and soft, hydrated skin. It also has Totara Wood Extract to diminish the appearance of pores.

My 21-year-old son, who has sensitive, oily, breakout prone skin, thinks this line is the bomb.  He gets the best results using the Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash in the shower, then toning with the Refreshing Shine Control Toner, and following with the 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men.

My son defying gravity!

My son defying gravity!

This is a terrific line for men so be sure to take a look.  And don’t forget to put some space on your face!  Snap that photo then hashtag it #SpaceFace on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Healthy skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

The Kiehl’s line has always fascinated me. The packaging is old-school pharmacy and the prices are extremely reasonable, especially for a line found in high-end department stores. The BIZ was sent two Kiehl’s products to test:  the Ultra Facial Cleanser (5 oz. tube is $19.50) and the Ultra Facial Toner (8.4 oz. bottle is $16). Both are terrific skin care products.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

The Ultra Facial Cleanser is a no-frills, no messing around water-soluble cleanser that does exactly what a great cleanser should do. It dissolves even the heaviest makeup without stripping the skin thanks to emollient ingredients like Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E, and Avocado Oil. This cleanser will work for even very sensitive skin and another great plus is that it’s fragrance-free.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner

The Ultra Facial Cleanser foams up slightly as you use it and it’s a terrific cleanser to use with face cleansers like the Clarisonic and the Luna. This is one of Kiehl’s most popular products and it comes by its terrific reputation honestly!

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

The Ultra Facial Toner surprised me a bit, because it’s a little more creamy and thick than the typical toner. It’s very emollient and does a great job of hydrating the skin and preparing it for other skin care products like serums, treatments, and moisturizers. Moisturizing ingredients include Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Avocado Oil. It also has the excellent antioxidant Vitamin E to help fight off free radicals.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner

The Ultra Facial Cleanser and Toner are my very first Kiehl’s products ever and I’m glad they were my introduction to the line! I recommend them both, but I definitely think the Ultra Facial Cleanser is a must have.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ultra Facial Cleanser Ingredients:  Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Acrylate Copolymer, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Distearyl Ether, Behenyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Laureth-2, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Sodium Methylparaben, Squalane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil

Ultra Facial Toner Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Oleate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Hyaluronate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil