So in my last post I briefly mentioned that I bought way too much stuff, but it’s okay because it’s all for the good of my skin is what I tell myself. Two of the products came recommended from the skincare guru herself: Mom.

In the midst of my shopping spree I called her for advice on a good scrub for my face, and she almost immediately suggested Kiehl’s Skin Brightening Exfoliator from their Clearly Corrective line. “But,” she warned, “Only use, like, two dots of the stuff.” So of course I took her advice and bought it.

No sooner had I stepped out of Kiehl’s when I got this message:


Like, what? Just to see what she was on about, I hiked over to the nearest department store and tried it, and damn if it didn’t feel and smell good…on my hand. So, against my better financial judgment, I bought that, too.

Am I a luxury skincare junkie? Not really. I don’t really hoard my skincare products, and my regimen is simple: cleanser, eye cream, then oil or moisturizer. But it’s rare that I find products that don’t feel too greasy or heavy or harsh or make my face break out, so I’ll pay a certain amount of money for what I want except for brands like La Prairie and La Mer because that makes no sense to me.

Anyway, before I went to bed that night I tried the exfoliator: I washed my face with my usual cleanser, and then just put a nice tiny dot in my hand as instructed. Then I went to work on my face.

And holy crap.

I don’t remember the last time my skin had ever felt so squeaky clean. The raised remains of blemishes from my crazy holiday eating binge? Gone. It was crazy. I layered it with the Midnight Concentrate, and was immediately struck with a nice cooling sensation.

The next day, I rinsed my (still squeaky) face and then tried the nourishing oil, and it felt so nice! It absorbed so well, and it didn’t feel greasy at all!

A couple of days ago I decided to switch up my post-gym routine a bit to accommodate my new regimen: facial cleanser, exfoliator, and finally the nourishing rose oil. My face and neck looked (and felt) pretty awesome and clean, if I do say so myself. The oil absorbed so well that it didn’t even run off when I began to sweat (it was a humid 60F degrees that day).

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And make-up free…not everybody can come out of the gym looking like a model…

My Verdict: alone, each product is worth its salt, but together they are magic…at least on my face. What is the magic regimen for your face, and how much are you willing to pay for it?

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