First Impression: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

This is such a nice sample. It is very gentle and I like that it has very micro particles to exfoliate the skin. I like this. It makes my skin very soft and smooth. It foams up quite easily. So no tugging at the skin. I also like that when you rinse your face, it doesn’t strip your face. So it’s a nice daily cleanser. It doesn’t claim to be a scrub but I like that it sort of is. Love this. 


Kiehl’s Clarity-Activating Toner


I’ve been using this as I wanted something to hydrate my skin. Toner is just a toner to me. But this claim to help reverse noticeable skin discoloration and restore hydration level. Plus to improve the overall skin clarity. I was hoping this will help maintain my face. I’ve been trying a lot of different acne solutions, so far nothing really works. So this toner is suppose to help with the the skin clarity. So far, I see nothing from this. It’s just a toner and help to tone my skin. Helps to remove extra residue left on my face. But nothing special about this. 

Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment


This is light, it doesn’t even feel like you use a treatment. It’s more of like a watery moisturizer. It doesn’t dry up the skin, it absorb into the skin. So it doesn’t feel like you are using a pimple cream. In term of effectiveness, I guess it is alright. If you have heavy breakage, this will not help. A tiny spot here and there, it sort of did. But then again, without the cream, it will just disappear on its own. But maybe it does help, but you just can’t really see it. I’m not sure. I just use it and hope. That’s the thing with serum isn’t it, you use it hoping it will pay off. 

Kiehl’s Daily Corrective Spot


I kind of like the bottle with the stopper. It’s so fun. I use about 4/5 drops for the whole face. It smells kind of peculiar. Not in a bad way, it’s just very alcoholic scented and mix with something which I can’t tell. It does help with spots I feel. As everytime I use it, I feel the area of my face that’s quite dark appear lighter. But it’s very oily. So I don’t like it as much. 

Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream

Has vitamin C with SPF 50, so that’s really good.
This has quite a herbal scent. It is semi thick, quite easy to blend and will sink into the skin. It can appear quite grey on some area of my face. For a shade Fair, I can wear this without problem. I just have to really blend. It doesn’t seems to give a good coverage. I guess for people with fair skin, it will be a better average coverage.
It is an alright bb cream, but I really like the high SPF. Even though it doesn’t leave my skin looking matte, I enjoy using this as I feel I am protected from the sun. I wouldn’t purchase the full size, but I will gladly purchase the samples for beach vacation.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense

The weather has been such a killer. Everyone know how crazy the sun is during summer. But Singapore has been raining quite a lot last year, so this time the sun is really extra hot. It dies rain so suddenly too, but the contrast of the sun is just so ugh.
So I am glad to have Kiehl’s sunblock with SPF50. I feel so much better using this in the morning whenever I am leaving the house. The sunblock is easy to apply. It dries quite fast, so you can start with foundation or primer right after. It will leave my skin oily after a long while, so for the first few hours it works well. I like it but I still think I prefer my Clarins, as I feel it controls oil better. I used not to like very much, but I learn to love it. So maybe the Kiehl’s will be the same.
Will repurchase? Still prefer Clarins, but the SPF in this is good.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

Once upon a time, there was a teenage girl reading magazine at a salon. She read an article featuring some woman which for the life of her she can’t remember who. But what she did remember was that the woman was a lip balm junkie. She can’t live without it. Thus she had plenty of them. She will go out and buy one if she forgot to bring it with her. But her favorite of them all is the Kiehl’s lip balm #1. She swear by that product. The teenage girl, as a lip balm junkie herself promise that she will have to try that someday. Many years had past, and she finally got hold of it.
This is like a better improve version of Vaseline. It’s a gel form and really thick. Makes your lips super shiny. I only use this at night and I apply really generously. The next day, it will be all gone. I always put a really thick coat as I like to feel them when I rub my lips. It will be very thick. If I just apply moderately, when I rub my lips, it doesn’t feel like I have lip balm on. Which is actually what most people will want. But for me, I will feel like it’s not enough. So that’s the problem. Either it feels comfortable on the lips but it’s too much or it feels too little but it’s the “proper” amount. Good thing I use this at night, if not my lips will be the main attraction. It’s really shiny.

I like that this has SPF4 and helps protect lips from drying effects of wind and cold weather. I also feel that it’s good for that. When the weather’s cold, you really need to protect your lips. It just gives you that layer of protection. But in sunny Singapore I don’t feel that it’s needed. So a normal lip balm is sufficient.

The tube can also be better. If you apply directly from it, it will be messy. The balm will get everywhere on the opening so it wouldn’t be nice. The only way is to use your finger. If the weather is cold, you will probably be wearing gloves so that’s not ideal.

I don’t think this is the best lip balm out there. There’s still many HG lip balms in the world which I’ve yet to try. This is just good for daily maintenance and minor chapped lips. But when my lips are really dried it doesn’t cure it in a day. I will still wake up with flaky lips. So it just helps a little. Overall I like it, but it’s not my HG.

Kiehl’s samples

Ultra Facial Oil-free Cleanser is something I do not like. It strip off the moisture after you use this. It’s oil-free but really drying. It cleanse well, but doesn’t give my face a nice feeling.

Ultra Facial Oil-free Gel Cream is a gel like consistency making applying moisturizer fun. It gives off a matte finish. Moisturizing, refreshing as gel tends to be cooling and makes face feels really smooth. Love it.

Calendula Herbal-extract Toner is a strong toner. A little goes a long way. Not a big fan of it. It makes my dry area appear red that 3 layers of thin foundation doesn’t cover it.

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution This, you apply all over or just on certain areas. I don’t see any major difference when using this. But it feels nice on the skin. So I don’t mind so much. Additional steps to make my face better, I say bring it on.