If there’s one thing that Tyna and I are, it is beauty product obsessed. And obsessed is really putting it mildly. There’s very few people who can put up with a day of shopping beauty with the two of us. Most lightweights get that blurry look in their eyes about an hour in. T and I? We once spent over 3 hours in the 3-floor San Francisco Sephora. We’d separate, meet up every 45 minutes and compare baskets (“Oh no, I read this is awful.” “Ooo, I didn’t know this came in travel size!” “OMG, where did you get this?”) It was a magical day.
Another magical day? The day we were introduced to Kiehl’s. We were at a Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills in about 1994, visiting with our beloved Trish Mcevoy makeup artist. We could (and would) sit and chat with him for hours. He was one of those rare breeds of makeup salesperson who didn’t sell you things you didn’t need. He’d literally grab things out of yours hands and say “Girl, I know you have a color like this already!” So on that day, after he rang up our Trish purchases, he asked “Have you tried Kiehl’s yet? No? Oh my gosh, let’s go!” Leading us by the hand like a makeup messiah to the new Kiehl’s counter.
Now, it’s somewhat shameful that we had never tried the line, seeing as it had been around for 150 years. But in the mid 90’s the only way you could buy the line was through their catalog or in their New York location. This was before the internet was common place (gasp!) and before they had locations in numerous states. This counter at Saks was new and it was a BIG deal.
We fought through the crowd of women and had our first encounter with the beautiful and knowledgeable people in the white lab coats known as the Kiehl’s employee. She looked at our skin, asked questions about our daily routine (what we were using now, what we liked and didn’t like about it) and asked what we were hoping to achieve with our Kiehl’s purchase.
It’s there I was introduced to my number one, can’t live without skin care product, their Calendula Toner. Now, Toner is a real underdog in the skin care line up. I constantly see articles or “ask us” questions where people ponder “do you really need a toner?” Surprisingly, lot of experts say no. But I highly disagree. I’d skip moisturizer over this toner. If you are acne prone or have oily skin-this product will be your new BFF. Made with Whole Flowers and Pure Extracts, Calendula soothes irritations (so it’s great on cuts or razor burn too) and keeps oily skin at bay. It’s light, refreshing, smells great and my skin loves it. Plus, show me the woman who doesn’t like a product with flower petals floating in it?
Another tip? I was told by a facialist that women with oily skin should not wash their face more than once a day. By over-stripping the oil, you’re actually creating more in the long run. So I wash at night with my Clarisonic , and use only a swipe of Calendula toner only in the AM. I’ll tell you, my skin has NEVER been happier.
No matter what your skin type is, there are 9 other Kiehl’s toners to choose from. And while their toner happens to be my favorite product, there are tons of other amazing things to choose from. Lines for all sorts of specific needs-dry skin, blemish control, aging, plus products for babies, men and even dogs. It won’t be hard to see why we heart Kiehl’s!
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products