Around a year ago Kiehl’s was a brand that I’d barely heard of, and almost a year on they’re on of the first places that I go to when I’m thinking about buying new treats for my skin. I was lucky enough to be reintroduced to the brand again to celebrate the Kiehl’s store opening at the Debenhams in Highcross Leicester.
A group of us met before hand and made our way to one of my favourite parts of Leicester City Centre, Bath House Lane where the Kiehl’s on Wheels (A Touring Kiehl’s Store!) was waiting to greet us and host a fabulous event. The Kiehl’s On Wheels Van is managed by Hannah, who was the store manager at the Nottingham event I was at around this time last year, and was also with Saff the assistant manager of the Nottingham store. With some lovely mocktails provided by nearby restaurant Turtle Bay (which were lovely and refreshing), we sat down to talk through the core favourites from Kiehl’s as well as some of the new launches.
What’s clear is that both Hannah and Saff both live and breath Kiehl’s, their knowledge on the brand and every product is entirely evident, and their passion for every potion and lotion in the range only make me want to try every product that they make.
We covered a lot of the same products which I went through in detail with in my Nottingham blogger event post, so I recommend you check that out if you want an overview on some of the key products that were mentioned, but there were a few new to me things which stood out, one of which as we were trying products on on our hands, my left hand where I was trying products looked entirely different to my right hand in comparison by the end.
The second thing that stood out was a primer, which I’m itching to buy already, I’m going to try and pick this up at duty free when we are in Heathrow, as I’m already regretting not getting it!
The Micro-Blur Skin Perfector Primer felt incredible, almost half way between a balm texture and a pore filling silicone primer. It’s not just a makeup product that acts as a great base for makeup, but over time it helps reduce the size of pores and makes your base great, even without a primer. My hand was so silky smooth after using this and I tried this on areas of my other hand such as round my knuckles were there’s naturally more lines to ‘fill in’ and it did a fabulous job of evening them out, so I imagine it would be a great base under the skin.
After the talk on the van outside, we moved inside to Debenhams store to admire the new set up, nested just between the MAC counter (I say counter, it’s bigger than some MAC stores!) which has dominated the front of Leicester’s Debenhams store since I can remember, and just opposite the Urban Decay counter.
The shop fit itself is done in it’s Kiehl’s new design – a step away from the old apothecary style drawers, sinks and counters, to a much more modern and fresh feeling approach. There are parts of the newstyle store which feel reminiscent from the old style, such as the neon sign, exposed brick walls, and how can I forget Mr Bones? But the bright white backdrop to products with punchy coloured botanical designs feels like a step in the right direction for a brand which is often groundbreaking in the world of skincare. Annoyingly my camera battery decided to play tricks on me and went from being fully charged to dead in under half hour so I didn’t manage to get many pictures.
We were kindly given a goody bag with a huge selection of samples which are going to be super handy to have as longhaul flight essentials for our honeymoon. I also purchased a few things whilst I was there which I already had planned for prior to going. I picked up the Kiehl’s to go Ultra Facial Cleanser in a travel size for (£9 – great price and size if you’re unsure and want to try), looking at my collection of skincare I was unsure what to take with me for three weeks away for a good all rounder that does a good job of removing makeup, keeping skin clear, and making me feel really fresh faced (which will be needed in the humidity of where we are going!), this was the first thing that popped into my head, and seeing it available as a travel size meant I instantly picked it up.
Secondly I purchased the Ultra Facial Cream, this quickly became a staple last year after I had several generous sized samples of it and I loved it. It was a rich moisturiser that didn’t feel heavy on my oily skin, which is a rarity, most moisturisers I get bored with or only like in the evening as they feel to heavy, but that isn’t the case with this, I love it under everything and at any time of day. Again, I picked up not the travel size, but the smaller sized of the two ‘full size’ tubs – as I didn’t want anything too bulky to take with me and thought this would be a perfect day and night moisturiser for me in one, as I’m trying hard to not overpack on the beauty front and be as concise as possible!
If you’re local to Leicester – or any Kiehl’s store or counter for that matter – if you’ve never been in before I totally recommend going in and chatting to the staff. Their business is built with no advertising just word of mouth – which when you consider that Midnight Recovery Oil sells one globally every ten seconds now, is hugely impressive. They offer personalised skincare consultations and an opportunity to try out products in the store as a mini facial for those which are suited to your skin type, often with samples to take away and try too – so if there’s any products you want to try it’s worth a visit first to ask for a sample to try before you buy.
A massive thank you to Hannah, and Kiehl’s for having me once again. I can’t see my obsession with Kiehl’s stopping any time soon. Infact I’m advocating that we see a Kiehl’s opening in the Peterborough shopping centre Queensgate revamp soon, so I can stock up on treats whilst on my lunch break from work!
Are you a Kiehl’s Fan? What are your favourite products if so