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Is this $50 water cream worth it? 🧐

Let me begin by saying I got a free sample from Kiehls almost a year ago, lost the sample, and recently found it again in my travel bag 😅. Now let’s talk about Kiehl's - Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
which retails for $50.00 (1.7 oz) and can be purchased at Ulta, Macy’s, and other retailers that sell Kiehl’s. The sample I received is quite small but I’ve been able to use it for the last two weeks and I still have enough to use for a few more days. Overall, it has a light to medium scent of lemon 🍋! If you like zesty scents then you’ll love this bad boy! The consistency is pretty watery hence the name but it applies evenly to the skin. A little goes a long way hence they this small sample has lasted over 15 days. For reference I have oily combo skin and this stuff makes me extra shiny! I know we all love a good dewy moment but this takes it to the next level! I do not mind right now only because I am home all day every day but I am sure I would not be a fan of the super shine on a day I would have to go out for work or hangouts. It’s meant to be for all skin types but I’m not sure it would works well on someone with similar skin to mine or just oily skin. According to the website “it evens skin tone, boosts radiance, reduces redness, improves uneven texture, and soften skins.” I’ve been using it as my morning moisturizer and I do see that my skin is soft and make the super shine is the radiance, therefore overall it’s working for me. Currently, I don’t have redness or issues with uneven texture so I don’t know how true those statements are at the moment. As I was doing more research on this product I saw that Kiehl’s has an entire Calendula collection with toner and cleanser to go along with the cream. I would be curious to see how using all three products would work together! ☺️ Overall, I loved this sample because it leaves my skin soft, smells nice, and it’s not too heavy. But the super shine and price do not make it worth it in my opinion. I wish more product would come if I am paying $50 for the product. Unless you have a huge beauty budget then you can pass on this cream and find one that is worth less that does the same thing (dupes where are you 👀?). If you’re able to get a sample, I say go for it and see if you think it’s worth the money! Let me hear your thoughts on this product or collection! 🍋
Jun. 15
scarletteIn the picture it's the trial size version right?
Jun. 16
moonstarsandeveYes, sample size
Jun. 16
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🍒Cherie Made Me Buy It! Pt. 3🍒
🍒 I have combination skin so my t-zone is in the range of normal to oily skin and I have dry skin on my cheeks. My skin tone is warm ivory with a slight reddish discoloration in my cheeks I also have some freckles (sun spots) across my cheeks and my nose bridge (which bother me!). I also have very sensitive skin so I am alwyas cautious with new products or else my skin will becom super red and peel! 🍒I wanted to try out a new moisturizer since the moisturizer I was using was almost out. So as I was browsing through Cherie, saw a post by @AmazingStellaabout Kiehls products. After reading her review on the Kiehl's - Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream I became interested and started doing my research. She did mention that she has oily skin so I wasn’t sure if this product would be good for me. After a few readings about ingredients and product claims I was super interested and... bought the product. This was truly a splurge for me since it was $50🙈 🍒This product is paraben free and includes some amazing ingredients that convinced me to impulse buy it. Hydrating ingredients include propylene glycol, panthenol, glycerin, and of course, calendula flower extract. It also has a really pleasant citrus scent that made me love it at first smell? The scent is super refreshing and light which I love! The citric acid, lemon peel oil, and citrus limon peel extract all contributed to the nice scent and exfoliating aspect of the product. Not to mention, these ingredients are also anti inflammatory and anti oxidants! It also includes as orbit acid which contributes to brightening and anti-aging! The only thing that I didn’t like about this product was the inclusion of dimethicone and sodium chloride since both of these are actually comedogenic. 🍒I absolutely love the texture of this product. Right when I lifted the lid, I was met with a beautiful smooth and bouncy gel like water cream. And if you know me, I’m a sucker for water creams and gel like textures. After applying this, my skin looks so dewy and plump. It glides onto my skin effortlessly and doesn’t leave a tacky feel since my skin absorbs it so fast (probs because I have hella dry skin). 🍒I did read that some people had allergic reactions to this product or that it clogged up their pores. This thankfully didn’t happen to my skin but I 100% recommend you to check out the ingredients for potential known allergens. And if you can get your hand on a sample size for free, do it. It’s pretty pricey for something that might cause a reaction. So make sure to test it on your inner arm if you do get a hold of the sample first. Don’t be like me and impulse buy. #cheriepaetner
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