Monday, October 31, 2011

Product Raves: Kiehl's Face & Body Reviews

The first time I ever really heard of Kiehl's was when I visited the flagship store at Highland Village here in Houston. I wasn't familiar with the product line at all and I just kind of browsed around and left with one of their lip glosses (pear flavor) and their Avocado Eye Cream which was so highly recommended in the beauty blogging and YouTube community.

Since then, I've really come to love Kiehl's products and I'm absolutely obsessed with a few of them.  One of them has even changed how I think about moisturizers.

I'll start with the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye. Having loved their Avocado eye cream, I was eager to try this one which promises to reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness (yes please!)  Here's the product description: 

Kiehl’s very first repairing overnight eye product, and is paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free and mineral-oil free.Midnight Recovery Eye combines the unique blend of active essential and botanical oils found in Midnight Recovery concentrate—Squalane, Evening Primrose and Lavender—as well as a new ingredient, Butcher’s Broom, a rare herb that’s known to improve blood circulation, and has been specifically added to strengthen the fragile capillary walls and reduce puffiness under the eyes. 


I've been using Midnight Recovery Eye for the past few weeks and I love it.  I feel it really moisturizes your skin, it stays put on your eye and it makes the area feel soft and supple when you wake up in the morning.  I also think my eye area has been looking very smooth lately (I can't say the same for my forehead, but that's another story).

Next up on my LOVE list is Kiehl's Creme de Corps Lightweight Body Lotion SPF 30. Audrina Patridge recommended this to me during our interview a few weeks ago and after seeing her awesome skin, I raced to the store that weekend to buy my own bottle.  I wasn't sure how I'd like it because I am NOT a lotion person. At all. I hate the feeling of lotion on my skin. It always made me feel dirty and greasy.  Beauty confession time here: I have not regularly moisturized my skin for my entire life until now.

Some people slather their hands and bodies in lotion...but until now, I was never able to do that.  The Creme de Corps lightweight is different.  It smells amazing (like, I wish they made a perfume of that scent) and it feels incredibly lightweight and totally not greasy. I apply it and my skin feels soft and supple, not greasy and sticky.

I am so thrilled I got this lotion because as I get older, it's so important for me to moisturize to keep my skin looking its best.  Skin, after all, is the body's largest organ.  I also got a sample of the Lightweight Whipped Body Butter and I now plan to purchase a tub of that. I was worried the body butter version would be too greasy for me, but it is not at all. It is wonderful just like the lightweight lotion.

I've been raving about Kiehl's "French Rose" lipgloss in my last few videos, but I am here to sing its praises again.  In fact, last Friday after work, I stopped at the store just to pick up another one for my purse. I like to keep one in my bathroom and one in my purse so I can access it AT ALL TIMES. LOL.  Something so unique about this gloss is the formula itself. It feels very moisturizing but it is not at all too thick or sticky. It also gives your lips a beautiful glow like nothing else I've tried. I have not used the other colors, but "French Rose" give lips a beautiful light pink sheen. Bonus: it tastes amazing. Like I want to eat it (but no worries, I don't, somehow, I find it within myself to resist.)


If you've watched my videos lately, this is the gloss I am wearing in the most recent ones.  They retail for $14.50 which I think is fair considering how great the product is on every level. It makes me want to kick myself for paying $30 for a Dior lipstick I hardly ever use.

The final product I want to share with you is Kiehl's styling Creme with Silk Groom. As you know, my hair is crazy dry and damaged right now because I am desperately waiting for my November hair appointment.  This product has really infused some much-needed moisture into my hair before I blow dry. Just a little bit is all you need---I apply it to damp hair from the nape of my neck down, focusing on my ends and then blow dry.  I have not purchased a full size bottle of this yet because I got so many samples that they have been lasting me awhile.


Before closing, I have to give a huge shout-out to the employees at my local Kiehl's store.  They are so friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the products.  I love coming into the store because the customer service is so above and beyond what you expect. I also love that Kiehl's gives such great sample sizes.  It's nice to be able to try a product before you commit. Because of the samples I've gotten, I know they will receive additional business from me because they've taken the time to introduce me to new products.

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have any other questions about the products!

xoxo,

Veronika.

FTC Disclaimer:  Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye was sent to me for consideration. All other products mentioned were paid for with my own money. All opinions are my honest thoughts after using these products.

PS--- If you'd like to view my entire skincare routine, check out my latest video that includes some of the products mentioned above and all of the products I use on my skin:

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sephora F&F Haul & Banana Republic

Hope everyone's Saturday has been great!  I had to work this morning so I am tired, but we did manage to do a little shopping this afternoon (after a yummy lunch at Panera!) so I wanted to share my finds with you all!

This video also includes everything I got during the Sephora F&F sale.  Enjoy!




xoxo,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Houston Gals: Event Alert for Make-A-Wish Foundation

This post is for my Houston gals!  I am excited to share with you an event that my hair salon, Cutloose, is hosting to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Sadly, I cannot attend this event because H got me Taylor Swift tickets for my birthday (they went on sale around that time and the concert is next weekend).

The event will feature a fashion show and great hair---what more can a stylish gal ask for?  Here is the info in case you'd like to attend!

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When:
Saturday, November 5th from 7-10 PM
Where: 4411 Montrose
Tickets: Call 713-520-7401
Thanks so much for reading everyone!

xoxo,

Veronika.

PS---I have some great videos coming up. This weekend I am going to try and film my skincare routine, my Sephora F&F haul and some other fun stuff :)  I LOVE making videos so thank you so much to everyone who has been so supportive of my YouTube channel!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Special Post: Baby Audric

I've never done a post like this before, but this story touched my heart and I hope it will touch yours too.
A local mom, Andria, who I met in the online world through wedding planning has a little boy, Audric who is 14 months old.  He was born with biliary atresia, a rare liver and gastrointestinal disease.Throughout his first year of life, he was hospitalized six times with gastrointestinal bleeding and infections.  His common bile duct was malformed and he was not able to drain bile. 

Audric had a kasai surgery October 13, 2010 to connect his bile liver straight to the liver to help drain bile. This surgery is a bridge to transplant. The kasai can last 30 years or fail immediately. The doctors cannot predict the result. Most children get a transplant within 5 years of having the surgery. His doctors decided that it was time for a new liver. He received his gift of life October 6, 2011, and was only on the waiting list 12 days. You can read more about the condition, here.

My heart goes out to this family---I'm not a mom yet, but I just cannot fathom how they must feel going through all of this with their baby who they love so much.  It really puts things in perspective.

This could be your neighbor's child, your brother or sister's child, your best friend's child---or your own child.  I'm helping to spread the word about Audric's story because as you know, transplants and medical treatment are very expensive. Audric's care needs are currently estimated at $50,000 (I know, that's a lot.)

I hate to say something so cliche, but really, ever dollar makes a difference. If you have a dollar (or five, or 10 or 20) to spare for this little boy, please consider donating to the special fund that has been set up for Audric through the Children's Organ Transplant Association.

If you can't donate at this time, please pray for this family and pray that little Audric will have no additional issues with his new liver.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, it is really appreciated by me and I know the family appreciates all of the love and support they've received during this difficult time
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xoxo,

Veronika.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lately...

Today's post is going to be all over the place because I feel like I haven't given a real update on anything lately (you know, for the ten of you who care).

I have not been working out (at all)
We've been so busy and have a lot going on at work so we've been skipping workouts. I haven't even had the motivation to do my Ballet Beautiful DVD. I'm sorry to all of the people who have been waiting for a review. I have watched the DVD, I just haven't actually done it yet (I always preview it first so I know what to expect from the workout).  H and I are trying to get back on track this week---but Houston's insane mosquitoes have put a damper on our plans---they are EVERYWHERE, it's madness!

Our house is a mess
It's clean, but very disorganized. I honestly just started throwing stuff away because I realized how much crap we brought over from our old house.  I am a very impatient person, so for now, I have to be thrilled that our second floor is pretty and I have to be patient and wait to decorate our guest room and office.  Good things come with time, right?  To be honest, I'm not even sure what I want for these rooms...so I just want to wait it out until I feel inspired and just take it room by room. There's no need to rush and I need to remind myself of that.

Pretty Sparkly Awesomeness
I finally bought this chandelier to put over our kitchen island.  Thanks to one of my wonderful readers who alerted me that it was even more on sale than before! Apparently, it takes 6 hours to put this thing together. Sounds like a fun weekend project to me! (Kidding, obviously. It sounds positively horrific to attach each crystal individually. I pray the instructions are more detailed than when you buy stuff at IKEA or H will flip out.)



New bedding
I may be a little obsessed with bedding. I just love the way it freshens up a room and makes everything feel pretty.  I went to ZGallerie and when I saw this bedding, I fell in love. I also am a little obsessed with purple...

I am waiting for ZGallerie to have a sale before I bite the bullet. I hope the sale comes soon!


Teddy Girl
I'm also obessed with Butter London's "Teddy Girl" nail polish. I know I raved about it in my "Favorite Pink Things" video, but I just had to rave about it again.


Petite Sweets
Houston gals---I need to share this. There's this new place called Petite Sweets in Upper Kirby and OMG their cake balls and macarons are TO DIE FOR. A little pricey at $1.75 a pop for macarons and about $2.50 for cake balls...but worth every penny. Such a lovely indulgence and the macaroons taste just like the ones in Paris!
YUM!


Hanging out
Oh you know, it's just me, hanging out in my Lamborghini, NO BIG DEAL. Just kidding, this obviously is not my car.

Please note the seats that have a quilted pattern...reminded me of a Chanel bag! 

That's all for today, more updates to come this week!

xoxo,

Veronika.
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