Kiehl’s arrives in Debenhams Cork

Kiehl’s has always been a brand that has intrigued me but until recently I didn’t actually know all that much about it simply because we never had a Kiehl’s counter in Cork until one opened in Debenhams Patrick Street earlier this year.

I decided that in order to get the proper low down on the brand I would contact the counter directly and see if somebody would be willing to walk me through the brand and what their products can offer. Enter Barbara the Counter Manager of Kiehl’s in Debenhams, Patrick Street. Honestly a nicer girl you couldn’t meet. She very kindly sat down with me and explained the ethos of Kiehl’s and even did a skin consultation on me to see what Kiehl’s products would suit me best.

My skin test re-affirmed my combination skin status

She was very honest at all times and it really just made me fall in love with the brand, they don’t ever promise to be a miracle in a jar, their products will enhance your skin to help make it be the best that it can be. With a blend of natural ingredients and science innovation I feel that Kiehl’s as a brand is definitely the best of both worlds.

So a few weeks after my initial consultation I decided to make my very first Kiehl’s purchase. I chose the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil , the most recent addition to the Kiehl’s family and a accompaniment for Kiehl’s most popular product, Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I have been using the cleansing oil now for about a month and I have to say I adore it.

I’ve gotten very much into the double cleansing phenomenon right now and this oil is always one part of this process. I know some might be put off by the idea of using an oil to cleanse their face, especially those on the oilier side, but it’s such a lightweight oil that changes to a milk as soon as you mix it with water so for me personally it was never an issue.

It’s non-comedogenic too so no worries about it clogging up pores and I have even found it agreeable using it around my eye area, which for me is unusual. On top of feeling like a wonderfully luxurious product on the skin it also smells divine, it’s like having a spa day in your own bathroom with the mixture of Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil and Lavender Essential Oil.

I have to say that this oil has happily lived up to every single expectation I had and I can truly say I can’t wait to buy my next Kiehl’s product which I’m almost sure will be the Midnight Recovery Concentrate as I can only imagine how amazing a combination these two will make.

So if you’re in the market for new skincare be sure to pop into the lovely Kiehl’s ladies in Debenhams Patrick Street and tell them I sent you!!

Update…. I bought the Midnight Recovery Concentrate yesterday, I knew I would!!Β 

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Sleek Makeup Spring/Summer colours

I was recently invited to Dublin by the lovely girls at The Publicity Loft to attend a Blogger Brunch to launch the new Sleek makeup Spring/Summer colours. The event itself was absolutely stunning and so colourful in true Sleek style. We went through a beautiful fresh look perfect for Spring with their fabulous makeup artist Warren and then got a chance to peruse all of the new products after an absolutely yummy brunch.

First up I’m going to show you the new shades in the Lip VIP range (€7.49). I’ll start this by saying that I’m already a huge fan of this lipstick formulation, I have been since I tried one going back nearly two years now, FYI, that one was a stunning nude called Private Booth and I’d highly recommend picking one up if you’re a nude lipstick fan but back to the point, sorry!!
The Spring/Summer shades are all about pops of colour and if you have been following me for any length of time you’ll know I do love a statement lip colour and my goodness these do not disappoint!!

“Name in Lights”

Next up-

“Steal the Limelight”

And finally-

“Ready to Rock”

Honestly when I saw these shades first I fell in love with Steal the Lime Light immediately and thought that it was going to be my favourite of the lot once I tried them on but I was surprised to see that it’s actually Ready to Rock that was my very favourite. Β I love how vampy it looks!!

The Lip VIP lipsticks are semi-matte so don’t feel drying on the lips and although they’re not as long lasting as others I don’t mind that because they help to keep your lips in great condition.
Next up are the new shades of Matte Me lipsticks (6.99), now these are probably a little bit more daring than the Lip VIP ones but they’re so much fun and I can see these being used a lot throughout the festival period.

I’m going to start off by saying that I have tried other shades in the Matte Me range before and have had mixed experiences with them, I’m not sure if some colours just have more of a matte finish than others but for instance I loved “Shabby Chic” and found it very comfortable to wear, I didn’t have the same experience with “Birthday Suit” unfortunately. On saying that though, when trying these three on they felt comfortable at all times on my lips so maybe I just got unlucky with that one I tried and found too drying.
So back to the shades, firstly French Fancy, a colour that couldn’t be more me if it tried, it’s gorgeous, feels gorgeous, it’s bright pink, I love bright pink lipstick..tick..tick…tick!!!

“French Fancy”

Apricot Blooms surprised me a bit because I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did but it’s beautiful and is the most perfect shade for when you have a tan, absolutely ideal.

“Apricot Blooms”

Then finally Crushed Lavender, I wanted to love this but I thought it did nothing for me I’m just too pale. I think it would be the most gorgeous colour on somebody with darker skin than mine so on it’s own it’s just not for me. I am thinking of mixing it with a darker lip liner though and experimenting with it that way to come up with a shade that works better for my skin tone but for now it remains my least favourite of the six new shades.

“Crushed Lavender”

So that’s my round up of the new colours available from Sleek, what do you think? Do you have any favourites? Any of the colours in particular speak to you, let me know and as always if you’ve any other questions just let me know.
Just to say that these products were given to me in a goodie bag at an event but that doesn’t influence my opinion in any way.Β