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Stuff I bought during the Kiehl’s Friends & Family sale, and more

May 21, 2017
Kiehl’s Friends and Family sale purchases

I guess it’s sale season! Anticipating the springtime 20% off sale at Kiehl’s (which will continue until 5/22), I’d been holding out on buying anything from them over the past couple of months so I could stock up all at once. This time around I was a VIP rewards member so right at the beginning of the sale I qualified for a 25% discount for a 24-hour period, which is when my husband and I visited a nearby store. Beyond that sale, I also received my new Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner, my order from The Ordinary which took a while to ship, and found a new cleansing oil to try out.

Kiehl’s purchases

Especially since the sale is still active at the moment, I wanted to share the stuff from Kiehl’s that I picked out this time around:

Calendula collection: $40 for a little 3-piece set including a calendula cleanser, toner, and mask. The calendula toner has been on my radar since it was included in my initial skin consultation at Kiehl’s last year, but this is my first time buying it. I thought it’d also be neat to try the little cleanser and mask out. The little bottle of cleanser in particular seems like a good travel buddy.

Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: I’ve used and reviewed this before, and this time I bought the big jar, which is $48 for 0.95 oz (the smaller one is $28 for 0.5 oz.). I just recently finished my jar of the Rosa Arctica eye cream, which I didn’t enjoy quite as much, and I’m so glad to have this one back in my life.

Sun Free Self Tanning Formula: $22.50 for 5 oz. This is a new product for me, and when I was browsing around on their website before the sale started and I noticed that it had great reviews online. I could use a good self-tanner, as the one I’m using right now from Nature’s Gate is just ok.

Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist: I was tempted by it the last time I saw it in the store and just decided to get the big size during the sale. It’s $27 for the big size, and they also have a smaller size for $17.

Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment: $28 for 0.68 oz. I first bought this at some point last year when it was first released, and I really do like what it does for my congested skin. However, it has pretty bad reviews on the Kiehl’s site, which I think shows how differently the active ingredients can work for different people. This is a 10% sulphur treatment with niacinamide and glycolic acid, and is quite gentle.

Kiehl’s samples

My husband and I spent right around $200 at Kiehl’s with the discount, and so I think that helped with getting some good samples thrown in the bag. They actually gave me these little deluxe samples of the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Cream, and a couple of sample packets of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

Kiehl’s purchases

Here’s the stuff my husband grabbed. He’s really gotten into different cleansers and exfoliators, and this time is trying the Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser ($28 for 150 ml) and Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion ($41 for 2.5 oz.). He also received samples of the Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub and Age Defender Moisturizer.

The Ordinary purchases

My order from The Ordinary was quite backed up because of their frenzied foundation releases, but was excited to finally get my little box. I bought the Serum Foundation in 1.1 ($6.70), Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% ($6.50), Salicylic Acid 2% ($4.90), and Matrixyl 10% + HA ($11.50).

Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner

And in a couple of days I’ll break into my new haircare from Function of Beauty. I’ve previously reviewed my first pair of products from them, and this will be my second. I’ve changed one of my hair goals, and switched the color and scent.

Kose Speedy Cleansing Oil

One last little thing is this cleansing oil I picked up from a nearby Japanese grocery store. The have a little beauty section and I’ve noticed that they occasionally put some of the cleansers on special. So, I got this Speedy Cleansing Oil from KOSÉ for $8, down from $12. You can also get this on Amazon for a similar price, it looks like.


So that’s some of the stuff I’ll be trying shortly. Are there any recent (or upcoming) sales that you’re excited about?

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  1. I placed my Kiehl’s order today! I also got the creamy eye treatment and I decided to finally try the Midnight Recovery Concentrate since I have read such great things about it. Thanks for sharing your recent finds!

    1. Nice!! Let me know how you like the Midnight Recovery Concentrate! I’ve previously tried a couple of samples of it, but have never bought a full size. It does seem really nice, so it was the sample I requested this time around when the sales associate asked me what I’d like to try.

  2. Very nice blog post here. Thanks for sharing it with us. I love the calendula collection. Makes me want to try this real soon. I haven’t tried a Japanese brand before. The cleansing oil you shared here looks good. I am just wondering is an oil-based cleanser a better cleansing agent? Is it good for oily skin too?

    1. Thank you, Sally! I would totally recommend an oil cleanser, and Korean and Japanese brands make lots of great ones – but Kiehl’s does, as well! Cleansing oils are especially great for thoroughly removing makeup and SPF and I personally follow up with a normal cleanser afterward to wash my face. The cleansing oils emulsify in water which allows them to rinse clean, so they’re no problem to use with oily skin.

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