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Kiehl’s Launches Two New Acne Fighters #InTheClear



Adult acne is a growing concern that affects all ages and ethnicities. In the US, it is one of the most common skin conditions, affecting more than 40 million people. On social media, it is the #1 referenced skin-related concern worldwide.1

Acne is an occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin that can range from smaller, more localized areas, commonly referred to as breakouts, pimples, spots or zits. Acne can also be a more severe skin issue that spreads over larger areas of the skin. No matter the age, acne can have a true emotional impact on those who experience it, affecting their quality of life, careers and relationships.

With this concern in mind, Kiehl’s Since 1851 chemists proudly introduce Dermatologist SolutionsTM Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment, a fast-acting, gentle formula clinically demonstrated to reduce the appearance of breakouts and blemishes in as little as 24 hours, and Dermatologist SolutionsTM Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion, a complementary facial lotion that helps reduce the appearance of acne.




More common among women, studies show that adult acne concerns increased by 61% for women in their 30s and 60% for women in their 40s between 2005 and 2013.2 While 80% of adult acne is persistent from teenage years,3 20% of adult acne is late-onset and appears after age 25.4 Regardless of age, acne is caused by 4 common factors:

  1. Hormonal Influences (or imbalances)
  2. Blockage of oil or sebum flowing through the skin attributed to genetic factors, changes in the thickness or viscosity of the sebum, scarring from recent breakouts, retained skin cells on the surface of the skin that block pores, improper cleansing and/or occlusive skincare products.
  3. Bacteria that proliferates within the pocket of entrapped sebum within the pore.
  4. Inflammation that can come from physical or emotional stress, poor sleep, inhaling/ingesting environmental pollutants/toxins and diet

A key distinction between acne and adult acne is its clinical classification and distribution. Teenagers typically have oilier skin with inflammatory and comedonal (or blocked-pore related) acne that tends to appear in the T-zone. In contrast, adult acne tends to be tied more to inflammation and hormonal dysregulation, which often results in papules, pustules and cysts located along the jaw line and on the cheeks, in what is called the U-zone. Adult acne can also have an increased rate of discoloration, as the process of clearing acne-related blemishes and stains slows down as we age.

1 2014 American Academy of Dermatology Report
2 2005 L’Oréal Skin Market Study; 2013 L’Oréal Facial Skincare Market Segmentation
3 Preneau S, Dreno B. Female acne – a different subtype of teenager acne? J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 26(3):277-82, 2012
4 Preneau S, Dreno B. Female acne – a different subtype of teenager acne? J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 26(3):277-82, 2012




keihls acne treatment

Kiehl’s new Breakout Control Acne Treatment is designed to combat adult acne. It contains the maximum amount of sulfur (OTC) to help banish your blemishes in just 24 hours! This lotion does have a bit of texture so I find it easiest to use a night so I am not trying to mess with makeup over it.

I have used this now several times on a few blemishes that popped up. The first sign of acne I applied a bit at night before bed and wow what a difference. The redness is reduced, swelling has diminished  and it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin dry or irritated. And on little blemishes they seem to just disappear overnight. I am really impressed with how quick this works, a great product to add to your beauty arsenal.

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Acne Treatment Facial Lotion $28
Helps to correct and prevent future blemishes.

This facial treatment lotion helps to correct and help prevent future blemishes, while reducing the appearance of dullness and rough texture. Formulated with acne-clearing Salicylic Acid and Pine Bark Extract, our facial treatment lotion calms and soothes inflamed skin, while diminishing visible redness and evening skin tone for a clear complexion. Over time, skin appears healthy and youthfully refined.

  • Prevents breakouts.
  • Corrects rough texture and discolorations.
  • Apply liberally to clean, dry skin, avoiding the immediate eye area. Reduce number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water.

kiehls breakout control

A great daily treatment this not only helps get rid of blemishes but helps to reduce the number of future breakouts. I have sensitive and dare I say aging skin and had no irritation or sensitivity with this. I apply it on my U zone and anywhere else I am breakout prone. It leaves my skin feeling clean, clear and hydrated. So glad I have something that works daily to reduce breakouts from working out and seasonal weather changes.

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment
Blends evenly and works to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.

This targeted blemish spot treatment helps to rapidly reduce the appearance of acne breakouts. Formulated with Sulfur for acne-clearing and Vitamin B3 for skin, our acne spot treatment blends evenly into skin and works to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.

  • Quickly eliminates breakouts
  • Reduces redness
  • Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to application. Apply a thin layer to blemish once daily and blend into skin. Increase to two to three times daily as needed. Reduce number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water.


Both products are now available in Kiehl’s stores and online at



Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are from my own use.


New! Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose & Nirvana Bourbon

ej nirvana rose and bourbon

Under Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s creative direction, Elizabeth and James introduces two new distinctive fragrances in the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Collection – Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon.

The Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrance collection represents the ultimate state of happiness; an idyllic memory, moment or experience.

“Ashley and I believe everyone’s nirvana is different, so we created Nirvana Rose and Nirvana Bourbon to explore a more sensual and also playful side of Nirvana,” stated Mary-Kate Olsen.

“These two new fragrances are an evolution of Nirvana – bringing light and color into the collection and giving our customer more ways to find their nirvana,” said Ashley Olsen.

Created by Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in partnership with Firmenich, the fragrances include:

I am a huge fan of the Elizabeth and James fragrances their White and Black line hooked me with gorgeous and unique scents. The two latest fragrances Nirvana Rose and Nirvana Bourbon are fantastic, unique and perfect for Fall and Winter with their warm, earthy scents.


Nirvana Rose starts with an almost boozy rose scents. But the dry down reveals a gorgeous true rose scent with hints of musk, geranium and vetvier spice. A gorgeous warm, earthy scent perfect for crisp fall days, and your favorite sweater.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose – an alluring floral scent embodying the heart of a dark rose with notes of geranium, rose de mai and vetiver.


Nirvana is warm, boozy and a very sensual earthy scent. Vanilla and bourbon are a perfect pair in this scent and the background of tuberose and oakwood mesh to create a smoky, woody scent. Not your average girly scent Nirvana Bourbon is a standout. The warm, sexy scent is perfect for Fall and curling up with your guy by a fire.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon – an oriental scent blending notes of vanilla bourbon with oakwood and hints of tuberose.

The Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon bottles feature new translucent scarlet and amber tones inspired by the fragrances, highlighting the architectural lines, rich gold accents and distinctive texture of the bottles.

Available in three different sizes – 30 ml ($65 USD), 50 ml ($85 USD) and a rollerball ($25 USD). Available now at Sephora stores and online at


Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to me for review. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Fall ’16 Beauty Trends with Jane Iredale’s Newest Launches

jane iredale’s Fall launches which go hand in hand with the Fall/Winter ‘16 beauty trends we’ll be seeing in the next few months. From glossy lids to velvet lips these new products are on trend and sure to be a new staple.

jane iredale

GLOSSY LIDS: Achieve this ultra-wet eye look with jane iredele Smooth Affair for Eyes. Contains a blend of coco glycerides and mineral powders that create lustrous colors which give a dewy finish.

Smooth Affair for Eyes $32
the look sheerly elegant
the feel like a whisper

Cream-to-powder formula works solo or as a primer. Coco glycerides and mineral powders create lustrous, chic and wearable colors that are smudge and crease-proof.




VELVET LIPS: Deep, velvet lips will give instant allure this fall/winter. Achieve this look with a nourishing, classic red lip like jane iredale’s newest shade PureMoist Lipstick in Cindy.



live in full bloom
the look sheer to intense
the feel rich

Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.


I love Fall, the cooler weather, sweaters, pumpkin and gorgeous new makeup colors. Above I am wearing 3 new shades from jane iredale’s Fall line. The beautiful Cindy PureMoist lipstick. It goes on so smooth and feels great on my lips. I love the velvety feel of it and it really lasts for a dark lip color

Next up I used Smooth Affair Eye Shadow in gold over my whole lid, then followed with iced brown from the crease to the lash line. These go on creamy smooth and last all day, I have had no issues with creasing or fading. The Smooth Affair eye shadows can be used as eye shadow primer or stand alone eye shadow. I love a good multi-tasker!


From left to right PureMoist lipstick in Cindy, Smooth Affair eye shadow in gold and iced brown.

You can see more of the new Fall line and purchase at


Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Stressed over shade matching? Your best friend (ybf) is here for you.

ybf (your best friend) beauty is dedicated to empowering women to create their own customized makeup blueprint to self-confidence. Founder, Stacey Schieffelin, believes that you don’t need to be a pro artist to create a flawless look. ybf takes the guesswork out of shade matching and makeup application by offering a variety of universal products.

Below are a few of ybf’s top selling universal essentials:


A great all around pencil, works for definition and filling gaps. A light press adds definition and shape press a bit harder to get more color and fill in sparse bits in your brows.The brush on the other end helps get your brows in place and the color and shape lasts all day.


ybf beauty Automatic Universal Eyebrow Pencil
$12 each or get the duo for $22 at HSN, and

  • One eyebrow pencil that delivers 22 different shades for blonde, brunette, red, black, salt & pepper and platinum silver brows.
  • The original, award-winning universal brow pencil changes color based on the amount of pressure applied for a natural match every time.
  • The thin, precision tip is perfect for creating soft, feathery strokes that mimic the look of real hair while the end brush ensures a natural looking finish.
  • And there’s no need for sharpening! The innovative automatic sharpening, no mess component allows you to twist up for a fresh point with each application.


Perfect for my ruddy, sensitive skin. The ybf neutralizing pressed powder works great alone or to set my foundation. It works wonders evening out my skin tone and neutralizing any ruddy skin or age spots.


ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder
$25 at HSN, and

  • Translucent yellow pressed powder that color corrects and creates a velvety-sheer, radiant finish for skin that looks naturally flawless. This one product neutralizes redness, diminishes the appearance of pores and blemishes, absorbs oil and sets foundation and concealer – it’s your new best friend!
  • Finely-milled, Italian powder makes application completely mistake proof. You’ll achieve a perfect complexion without worrying about over applying, looking cakey or masked with makeup.
  • The powder is a universal shade created for all skin tones so there is no stress in finding your perfect match, it adapts to your skin.


A great bronzer for everyone, I have very pale skin so I have to be careful with bronzers. I love the ybf Greater Bronzer with a light touch it adds just right amount of glow to my skin, I can easily brighten my face with a few swipes and use it to contour my cheeks and along my jaw line. Its a gorgeous natural color without sparkly or shimmer that lasts all day long.


ybf beauty “Greater” Bronzer
$25.50 HSN, and

  • California in a compact! A micro-fine matte bronzer developed with an Italian pressed-to-loose bronzing powder that delivers a natural looking, radiant glow.
  • The award-winning grater in ybf’s “Greater” Bronzer delivers customized and controlled application. The product is universal so you dial up to your desired color. One click to deposit powder for lighter skin tones, two for medium and three for rich. The super refined pigments help the product blend evenly for a natural-looking glow and the formula protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • For the perfect amount of freshly shaved powder every time, simply twist the custom designed grater once for light skin tones, twice for medium to rich.

ybf beauty products are available for purchase at and


Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for review. I was not paid to write this post all thoughts and opinions are my own.