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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.


Go For Gold With First Place Worthy Products From Molton Brown, Philip B, and Lauren B. Beauty!

Go For Gold With First Place Worthy Products From Molton Brown, Philip B, and Lauren B. Beauty!

Do you have that Olympic fever running through your veins? Did a sense of pride wash over you when Michael Phelps won his 28th Olympic medal? Were you wiping away tears when Simone Biles and Aly Raisman won silver and gold in Women’s Gymnastics? If so, then exude the winner you truly are with these champion products from Molton Brown, Philip B, and Lauren B. Beauty!


Warm, sensual, with a kiss of bright citrus. This gorgeous scent from Molton Brown is perfect for long summer nights. Its fresh and not overpowering and the base notes add a sensuous earthy tone that is amazing and wears all day.

Molton Brown Bushukan Eau de Toilette $65
A refreshing, zingy eau de toilette blended with citrusy bushukan and spicy black pepper.

The fragrance
Top notes: lemon oil, bergamot and basil.
Heart notes: thyme oil and cedarwood.
Base notes: cistus labdanum oil, vetiver and tolu absolute

London via Thailand
Orange robes. A day met with a smile. Eyes opening to morning sun. Awaken your senses with striking citrus; a deep expression of confidence.

Zingy. Classic. Clean.



All the style without the crunch. The Philip B Styling Gel adds body and life to my natural curls and helps battle the frizz. It keeps my hair in line all day with no crunchiness or flaking.

Philip B. Stlying Gel ($21) gives you professional strength hold and winning style all day long.
Supple, soft-hold gel brilliantly enhances body and texture, and gives definition and control to all hair types.

  • Enriched with nourishing Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) and pure extracts of Aonori (Blue Seaweed) and Irish Moss
  • Lends your hair confident, flake-free hold
  • Adds texture and definition to any style; great for a wet look or blow-drying primer
  • Paraben & phthalate free; color & keratin-treatment safe



A fun, bright summer color, Lauren B. Beauty Coachella Valley Sun is the perfect shade to finish summer and celebrate all your gold medal moments. I love the brush on this polish, it makes it super easy to apply and its very quick drying. Perfect for quick summer polish changes.

Lauren B. Beauty in Coachella Valley Sun ($18)
A rich yellow with a feeling of California-girl warmth and sunshine. On nails, this pops like pop art.

Our advanced, quick-drying nail enamels deliver a chip-resistant, long-lasting, mirror-like finish. The brush is packed with twice the standard amount of bristles, all pre-lacquered so your polish glides on smoothly and streak-free. The bottle has a special over-cap, so you can use a square or cylindrical handle for more control. Bonus: Each formula is non toxic, eco- and vegan-friendly (with no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene or camphor), TPHP free, and proudly made in the USA.


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

New! Freeze 24-7 Premium Coconut Gel Face Masks



Freeze 24-7®, the leaders in innovative anti-aging skincare, are introducing a new collection featuring premium coconut gel face masks for three kinds of common skincare concerns.

Anti-Gravity Lifting, Radiance Brightening and Intense Hydrating Face Masks are the latest additions to the Freeze 24-7® portfolio. The three unique formulas give skin a boost by delivering effective and intense skincare treatments normally serviced at the spa to your home.

These premium coconut gel face masks are made from all-natural fermented coconut juice, containing Vitamins B and C with natural soothing and hydrating properties. Each mask uses flexible material, adhering perfectly to fit all face shapes while containing 10 times more fluid than generic non-woven fabric. The new collection is made from 100% natural fabric with hypoallergenic material, causing no irritation.


I have used a few sheets masks and when I first tried the Freeze 24-7 Radiance Brightening  Coconut Gel mask it seemed pretty similar but once I got it in place I realized how great of a sheet mask it is. The mask comes encased in two fabric pieces which are all covered in the serum, just peel back the backing and apply the mask to your face and position. The little sheets also had the serum on them so not wanting to waste I rubbed the serum on them onto my chest and arms. Can’t a girl be radiant all over? What I really liked was how once I set the mask it stayed put. I was able to sit and work at my computer without it slipping or moving. I left it on for 25 minutes and by that time it felt much drier, I removed it and most of the serum had absorbed into my skin. The bit that hadn’t I just gently massaged in. My skin has felt amazing all day soft, smooth and dare I say radiant!?



Anti-Gravity Lifting Face Mask
Active lifting ingredients help to strengthen skin elasticity and restore skin density for firmer, younger looking skin.
· Adenosine: Improves appearance of wrinkles.
· Serilesine: Adds density to skin tissues increasing skin elasticity. Relieves existing fine lines and wrinkles while preventing future ones.
· Mushroom Complex extract with enriched β-glucan: Supplies moisturizing care and nutrition to the skin.


Radiance Brightening Face Mask
Brightening and skin tone improving ingredients work together to help skin regain luminosity and restore vitality; effectively alleviate dullness.
· Diffuporine: accelerates the synthesis of water channel which helps supply abundant moisture to skin from inside & outside.
· Amino Acid Complex: helps skin cell’s growth and cure, skin hydration and elasticity.


Intense Hydrating Face Mask
Moisturizing peptides penetrate deeply into the skin to give it a boost of instant hydration. Amino-acids reinforce the skin’s natural barrier to seal in moisture for a long-lasting hydrating effect.
· White Power Telangyn™: brightens and evens skin tone while preventing redness and blemishes.
· Brightening Complex: protects from harmful environments, making skin bright and healthy. It also helps moisturize and soften the skin to keep the skin tone radiant and stable.

Usage: Gently unfold mask peeling off the protective paper from one side of the mask. Apply the mask to cleansed, dry skin, fitting it to the curves around the eyes, nose and mouth. Once fully applied, remove the protective film from the outside of the mask. Leave on for 20-25 minutes. Gently remove and pat the face with clean fingertips until remaining serum is fully absorbed – no need to rinse. Use 2-3 times a week.

Price: $60.00 (8 masks per box)

Availability: July 2016 at Bloomingdale’s, and Available at Dillard’s and in August.



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