Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Kiehl's : Samples that I got along with my Purchase and Some Good News

Don't we all love that extra something, specially when we get free samples with our purchases. It adds to the happiness, increase excitement and gives tremendous satisfaction :))  well !  that's human nature... so dont' worry we all  are normal :))

The best thing about the samples are,  that you get to try the product before you decide to buy a full size pack.  Which is like a very good option.

For eg.  on my last purchase from Lancome, I requested a little sample of Vissionaire which the SA was kind enough to give me in a tiny jar. Upon using Vissionaire within two days,  my skin had break outs. To sum it up and to my surprise Vissionaire did not suit my skin well and hence stopped using it with immediate effect.  Now just imagine, had I purchased the product it would have been a waste and money down the drain. 

Coming to today's post, lets review the samples from Kiehl's , the oh so happening product and oh not so happening one.

Kiehls Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

Brand Claims 
A highly effective cleanser for smoother, softer skin
  • Gently lifts away impurities, dirt, and oil without stripping skin, safe for sensitive skin
  • Creamy gel formula activates with water to create a rich foam
  • Skin looks instantly refreshed and revitalized
  • Soap Free, Paraben Free
My Experience with the Product 

Its a mild foaming transparent face wash which is feather light in weight. A pea size is enough for the entire face. Cleans effectively with making skin dry. It also helps to remove water proof make up to some extent. Skin feels softer and hydrated. Currently loving this face wash and plan to buy a bigger pack once this gets exhausted.

A very good face wash for those having oily to normal skin. Works great for combination skin tone also. 

 SP Rating : 4.5/5

Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner 

 An effective, alcohol-free facial toner

  • Gently cleanses and soothes normal to oily skin types
  • Contains no alcohol or harsh synthetic drying agents
  • May be used to soothe and improve problem areas
  • A customer favorite

My Experience with the Product 

This toner has calendula leaves floating in the bottle, shake well before use. What I like about this toner, its alcohol free and is mild on the skin. Helps me clean my skin, my pores tightened and redness under control.  Few drops is required for the entire face. You need not wet the cotton completely, it will be a waste of product.

Great for oily to normal skin tones, works great for combination skin types and people who are facing Rosacea problem. Helps control the redness of the face. A very good product for sensitive skin types.
The face wash and toner combo works great together. I am sold out on this one and plan to pick up a full size pack once this is over.

SP Rating : 5/5

Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution 


A fast-acting serum that diminishes dark spots and visibly evens skin tone 

  • Helps to prevent the formation of future dark spots and other skin discolorations with continued daily usage
  • Silicone-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free
  • No colorants and no optical diffusers

My Experience with the Product

This serum is amazing, transparent and absorbs quickly into the skin. Continuous use of this serum has shown great results on my skin. Now I have a better looking skin with even texture throughout. On application, it feels like it melts into your skin leaving no trace of any stickiness.

My dark spots over all my face has reduced quiet a lot giving me a soft skin with improved texture. Another product I can swear on. A must have in your skin care routine.

SP Rating : 5/5

Kiehl's Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream

BB Cream - Actively Correcting and Beautifying with SPF 50 PA+++

A dual-action formula that perfects and corrects skin
  • Dual-action formula instantly conceals imperfections with lightweight, buildable coverage AND is clinically proven to correct skin tone irregularities.
  • Formulated with a high level of Vitamin C, known for its powerful clarifying action.
  • Delivers broad spectrum SPF 50 PA +++ UV protection, this formula also helps to fight future sun damage.
  • Comes in 4 shades to suit a wide range of skin tones.
  • Provides all day hydration
  • Paraben Free. Fragrance Free. Silicone Free. Mineral Oil Free.
  • Safe for Sensitive Skin and All Skin Types. Non Comedogenic. Dermatologist and Allergy Tested.

My Experience with the BB Cream 

When you are applying the product, you will realise that it gives a burnt smell which is mild but noticeable. The smell disappears quickly once the product is absorbed in the skin.

It's light in weight and absorbs well leaving no trace of any patchiness of cakey feeling. BB Creams usually have limited shade, so getting the right shade as per your skin tone is always a challenge. Its good for those having sensitive skin. You don't really need a sun screen when you are using Kiehl's BB Cream.

Having said all the above good things about the product some how I did not find this product to be that great or have made a mark like other products from Kiehl's. It made me look a bit darker, maybe the shade was not the right one.  This is one product that I don't plan to repurchase  full size.

SP Rating : 3 / 5 

This was my detailed feedback on the samples that I have got with my prurchase. My opinion about the products are based on my experience after using these products for atleast more then three weeks. Hope you find this post informative and helpful. 

Good News .... 

Finally !!!! I plan to pursue my dream of being a Professional Make Up Artist.   I have quit my job, taken a sabbatical for some time. I am good at make up but there is fine tuning required , thanks to all the compliments and comments that you guys drop. This has motivated me in taking a step ahead towards my dream.

Super excited and thrilled that's what I am feeling at the moment.. With this note I take your leave before we meet again. Have a lovely day ahead :))


  1. Kiehl as a brand is very generous in samples but sometimes it depends on SAs too :)

  2. and Gal awesome job of following your passion
    Keep it up and my good wishes with you :)

    1. Good wishes are most welcome .....thanks a ton Kirthi :))

  3. Hey at Mumbai where are their locations ?

    1. Srishti you can check at Inorbit Mall Malad and they have one store at Palladium Phoenix Mall Lower Parel

  4. wooow..i wanna try keihl's too :D the toner seems great

  5. Awww, congratulations!
    I just know that you are going to do great.

    I have so many good memories associated with Kiehl's. I knew a girl who worked there, and she always gave me so many Kiehl's samples for free, I never actually bought anything. Lol.