Let’s talk about beauty! Clinique, Kiehl’s, The Body Shop

My job entails having client meetings e-v-e-r-y-d-a-y plus a lot of walking. You can even hire me as a Greenhills tour guide should you need one. When I was younger, I didn’t know what kind of life existed along Annapolis Street. In fact, I didn’t even know it exists, ever. Hahaha. Okay my point is, hindi ba sobrang dyahe humarap sa kliyente pag pawis pawis ka na? Tapos yung face mo, makakaubos ng isang roll ng tissue pag nag-blot ka ng oil. I’ve always had a very oily and blemish-prone skin. I would’ve not splurge on good quality makeup if not for my bad skin. Also, the problem with me is that I’m very low maintenance. Just like going on a diet, I always tell myself to be more conscious and have a habit for taking care of my skin, and it doesn’t really happen. So I thought I would need something dependable.. a quality product that I could trust to give me excellent results.. WITHOUT requiring extra effort.

A couple of months ago, I went to Rustan’s Shang and got myself a Clinique toner.

If you are a fashion/wellness geek, you would know that Clinique products don’t come cheap. Thankfully, the sales rep gave me a couple of freebies (a cleanser and moisturizer) to try. Currently, I haven’t really consumed everything yet. I bought a tea tree oil cleanser from The Body Shop which I thought I could use more frequently. Initially, it was doing fine. I loved the cool feeling after washing but eventually, I started breaking out and decided to stop using it. Sorry Body Shop fans, but I think they have the worst products ever. I have such high expectations on them since they use organic and earth friendly materials, but I was disappointed. It did not do wonders for me, and I am not amazed at all so.. there. Even some of the Body Shop cosmetics I’ve tried are failures. Okay maybe “failure” is a harsh word. “Unsatisfactory”, maybe. I’m not saying that this goes the same for everyone, but atleast for the quality-vs.-quantity shopper me.

About three weeks ago, I was in Trinoma and I dropped by at the Kiehl’s kiosk. I’ve been wanting to try Kiehl’s for a long time now but I didn’t see the need then, until now that I got really serious about investing on a healthy skin. Somebody introduced Celeteque (their anti-acne line) to me so I bought (just two weeks ago), a skin clearing moisturizer. I’m liking it so far. It comes with an unscented, gel-type formula which I use before applying makeup and it gives me a matte finish! I love it that it doesn’t cause breakouts on my skin. I think I’m pretty happy with it so when I went to Kiehl’s, I just looked for something that would treat my pores. Oo na kung ano ano na pinagbibili ko. Hahahaha

Henry, the sales rep, recommended Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion to me, which is also a bestseller according to him. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews about Kiehl’s so I thought, why not give it a chance like everybody did? Although, let’s not forget about the price. Hehe. Henry assured me of the results so to keep me from doubting further, he gave me A LOT of freebies! Yay! By “A LOT”, I mean 4. :)

I’ve tried the lotion and I’m happy with the instant results! It’s very lightweight, and it dries quickly. Also, my skin felt so soft! I haven’t seen any dramatic pore-minimizing action yet, and I’m not expecting any in the next couple of days since I just started using it. Hopefully, there would be gradual improvements. I’m excited to try the freebies!

Now there are a few tips that I would like to impart to the girls out there who are daredevil shoppers like me. First, try searching for reviews about the product you’re eyeing on before actually making a purchase. Also, Quality vs. Quantity! If you think it would really work for you but the price is a little too off your budget, then don’t hold back yourself: It’s going to be worth it! But if the reviews tell you otherwise or if the price doesn’t give the product a justification, then scratch it off your list. Just because it’s expensive and all the celebrities use it, doesn’t mean it will do wonders for your skin too. Know your skin type, and read the labels!

-Love,

Joanna