Tuesday, February 8, 2011

AMW Reviews: Kiehl's Skincare Travel Set

AMW brother's gift to his sister is well thought of!  It was touching to know that he took all the time and effort to purchase me something I would use during his travels!  I'm a spoiled sister! 

The Christmas of 2009, he gifted me a Kiehl's Travel Set which was packed so prettily!  At that time, I did not try it out at once because I am finishing up a skincare line!  Like I've always said, its always taking me time to review skincare line because I don't want to waste products and I wanted to give my skin a "breather".  Changing from one skincare line to another will probably confuse my skin!

After using the Pond's Gold Radiance line, I've decided to use the Kiehl's travel set because my dearest brother came back last year with another skincare line for me to try!  L'occitane!  I am on the roll with skincare lines!  Thanks brotha! :D

Included in the set ---
Kiehl's Extremely Gentle Makeup Remover - review HERE
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer
Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 Vanilla - haven't used yet

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser says ---
Mild cleanser specially formulated with sugar-derived glycoside foaming agent to thoroughly cleanse skin and remove makeup, without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils.  With effective emollients Squalene, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E, and Avocado Oil, our gentle formula dissolves excess oil, dirt, and residue.  PH-balanced to maintain skin's natural balance.  Tested for safety and gentleness.

AMW says ---
  • Very simple packaging, makes it easy to control the amount of product needed.
  • A tiny half a dallop size is enough for the whole face.
  • Foams up really well.
  • Very concentrated.  
  • Leaves skin clean and moisturized!
  • No allergic reactions nor skin irritations even on first use!
  • Skin feels soft instantly.
  • Removes regular makeup (not including the eyes).
  • A tiny tube lasts a long time! 
  • The dry part of my face is moisturized while the normal part of my face maintain its good moisture.  I do feel the right balance of this cleanser.
  • For heavy makeup users, this won't be enough. 
  • Apply small amount on fingertips, gently massage onto damp face with a circular, upward motion.
  • Avoid the delicate areas around the eyes.
  • Better to wash with warm water first then finish up with cool water.
  • If you are a heavy makeup user, remove your makeup with your preferred makeup remover prior to washing your face.
  • Use morning and evening.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toners says ---
This mild yet effective toner for all skin types helps refine surface texture while providing the ideal preparation for classic Ultra Facial Moisturizer. Made with effective emollients Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, and Vitamin E, our non-alcoholic toning formula gently removes oil, dirt and remaining residue while hydrating and comforting skin. PH balanced for optimal comfort and will not over-dry or strip the skin of its natural oils.

AMW says ---
  • No stingy feel
  • Very soothing once applied on skin!
  • Gets absorbed into the skin instantly.
  • Hydrates and refreshes.
  • No weird smell.
  • Packaging!  Can cause product wastage!
  • If you expect to see dirt on cotton pads like most regular toners can do, you will be discouraged!  No alcohol so it won't strip off oil or dirt as you would want toners to!
  • At times, I prefer using this as a serum, instead of using a cotton pad, I apply the product directly onto my clean hands then gently massage all over my face, patting motion for good absorption.
  • Use morning and evening for better results.
  • I suggest to use a cotton pad instead of cotton balls for less absorption of product which leads to wastage.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer says ---
This moisturizer is readily absorbed, leaving the surface area soft and nurtured. The moisturizing effects of this formulation are continued beneath the surface layers for daytime or anytime moisturizing and texturizing of the skin.

AMW says ---
  • Very light and gets easily absorbed into the skin.
  • No scent.
  • Leaves skin smooth and moisturized the whole day!
  • Works for a lot of skin type!  
  • Does not feel heavy once applied.
  • No SPF nor added properties like anti-aging.
  • Packaging!  Not a fan of this difficult-to-squeeze packaging!
  • Because of its moisturizing properties, may cause breakouts to some people.
  • Oily skinned individuals can still use this but sparingly, need to wait longer prior to next product application.
  • Dry skinned individuals like myself will love this dearly as it gets absorbed into the skin so quickly!
  • Apply a tiny dime size amount for the whole face with upwards massaging motion.
  • Do not apply this on the eye area.

The set works great for people who wanted to try the products without spending a lot!  I call this my Clinique 3-Step System alternative!  Does not have the strong perfume-y scent some skin care has and it works straight-to-the point, the cleanse, tone and moisturize without the frills!

Will I repurchase?
This is a nice alternative!  I'd love to repurchase this if I don't have another skincare system in line!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone who complains about sensitive and dry skin or people with normal skin who would want to maintain skin's right PH level!  

Where to purchase and how much?
At Kiehl's store.  Sorry, I don't have the price of this set as it was gifted to me!  AMW bro can help out if he reads this post! :P

If you know the price of this set, you can let me know, I won't tell my bro!  :P
Have you tried Kiehl's Ultra line?
I'm glad I did, this is one brand I will definitely recommend for people to try :)

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. I've heard good things about Kiehl's items. especially the lippy. Looking forward to your review on that! :)

  2. i quite like the ultra cleanser for morning use :) or at night as a 2nd step after removing makeup with oil/milk. the full size tub i think its 150ml at about <$30. have finished the whole tub :P

  3. I gotta get myself some Khiel's! awesome review as always.

  4. wow, you're so lucky to have a brother give you these skincare products!

  5. Michelle, I've reviewed the Lip Balm year ago :) It's really nice, haven't reviewed and use the Vanilla variant though.

    Xin, wow, finished the tube? I'm almost done with my tiny tube which lasted more than a month!

    Hollie, thanks for reading!

    Issa, you're right! My brother is very sweet, even bothers to check my blog to see if I have the set already! :)


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