We all know about my obsession with Kiehl’s…but not only do they make good products (seriously, they’re amazing), they also make good choices. I love the fact that they are so philanthropic and what I love even more is the fact that they’re giving us a CHOICE.
In their latest do-good project, Kiehl’s has partnered up with DonorsChoose.org, so you can actually have a say where the money goes for your purchase.
Beginning March 11 through April 15, Kiehl’s will offer its 3.4 oz Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate in a specially-designed carton that highlights DonorsChoose.org. Consumers will receive a $50 Donors Choose gift code, which they can use online to donate to science and education programs across the country. You get to choose where your donation goes…I like CHOICE people…it’s all about the CHOICE. And, as an added bonus, the winning organization sends out handmade thank you notes. Tres cute.
DonorsChoose.org is a remarkable nationwide organization that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Through DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers can post requests for their classroom, requests that can include anything from classroom computers to books, art supplies to other teaching materials. Donors can search by location, school or subject to find projects and donate to those that most inspire them. Once projects are fully funded, DonorsChoose.org then purchases the requested items and delivers them to the teacher – ensuring the funds are used specifically for the posted project. Donors are then personally thanked with letters and photos from the teacher and students.
When all’s said and done, $50,000 will be distributed to worthy educational causes through the Kiehl’s and DonorsChoose.org partnership, which is nothing to scoff at, especially when you’re also getting an AMAZING skincare product to boot. And where did I chose to donate? Well, I’m from New York…and I’m absolutely terrible at math, so there you go.
I try a LOT of beauty products and yeah, a lot of them are really good…but every once in awhile you get a group of favorites, and here they are:
Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream: Structural support is monumental in preventing wrinkles—picture, if you will, a standard mattress. When it’s brand-new, the coils are tight, the elastic is firm, and the mattress is soft and smooth. But, after years of use, that same mattress sags and wrinkles. This cream nourishes your own “mattress” -your skin, and keeps it firm, smooth, and moisturized, thanks to the lovely copper ingredient.
Phyto Revitalizing Shampoo: I used this shampoo for the first time today and was immediately wowed. It’s said to improve the density and luster of temporary thinning hair with this unique combination of botanicals, preparing the scalp for Phytocyane Treatment. Gingko biloba and cinchona bark energize scalp and stimulate micro-circulation while grapeseed procyanidins combat free-radicals and protect the hair bulb. Hair becomes fuller, thicker and more lustrous, even after one use, as I proved today.
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation: Lately I’ve been really into liquid foundations but after going to an event in New York where the makeup artist used this on me, I was SOLD. The best thing aboutthis powder foundation is that it can be applied dry (for a full, matte finish) OR wet (for a sheer, satin finish). Seriously.
I try not to play product favorites but I have to admit, my skin has been in pretttty good shape lately. And this means: only minor breakouts, no dry patches, not a ton of redness and hyperpigmentation…so I, naturally, had to share what I’ve been religiously using. I’ve already blogged about most of these products but hey, here’s a roundup, in one place, so you can see everything that I’m currently using and loving:
Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood: I told Darphin’s PR rep that I had dry, sensitive skin and she reassured me that I would LOVE this cleansing balm. In fact, I believe she may have used the phrase “heaven on your face,” and yes, she was correct. If you don’t like skincare that has fragrance, this might not be for you but I love how luxurious this cleanser feels and it doesn’t dry out my skin.
Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment: I’ve had my fair share of Kate Somerville treatments so any time they say they’ve captured a portion of one of their amazing (and costly) treatments in a bottle, I’m sold. I’m into the cool burst of moisture and I like that I feel very high-tech when spraying it on my face (3 lines on each cheek and one on the forehead). YES, ma’am.
Kiehl’s Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit:When I was sent a bottle of this new fragrance, I was soooo excited to try it. Not only because it’s Kiehl’s (and I LOVE Kiehl’s) but also because the idea of mixing Nashi Blossom and grapefruit just sounded like perfection to me…and it was.
BEAUTY:: Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye: I love, love LOVE Kiehl’s (especially their Rosa Artica moisturizer) so when they announced the new Rosa Arctica Eye Cream, I simly HAD to try it. The results are fab; the skin around my eyes feel super hydrated and, with time, should appear firmer and smoother.
HOME:: Z Gallerie Zig Zag Rectangular Tray: I’ve been trying to find the perfect serving tray and I’m really into this black and white chevron version from Z Gallerie. So cute and chic.
FOOD:: Williams-Sonoma Truffle Salt: I discovered the art of the truffle a few years ago after trying the truffle french fries at Delicatessen (you would die for them), so when I realized that I could actually buy my OWN, I went nuts.
FASHION:: Alexander McQueen Oxblood Whipsnake Knucklebox Clutch: Oxblood, though it has a really gross name, was all over New York Fashion Week and I LOVE this clutch. Clearly, I’m not going to be buying it any time soon (at the lovely price of $2,395) but a girl can dream, can’t she?
If you read my tweets, then you know I have a major brand crush on Kiehl’s. What’s not to love? Their products WORK and they’re very serious about several philanthropy projects, including Earth Day. Who designed the gorgeous Deep Pore Cleansing Masque this year? While it was hard to top last year’s designers (you can see here), Kiehl’s tapped Florence Welch, Rosario Dawson, Mark Ruffalo and Spike Lee to create limited-edition versions of the product, available online at Kiehls.com and in stores now – just in time for Earth Day. Just an FYI, ALL PROCEEDS benefit Recylce Across America. Pretty rad.