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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate



This is a product that I purchased after reading countless reviews from beauty bloggers I trust, and by golly! They did not fail me. I adore this stuff. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is an overnight elixir that works to replenish your skin with moisture. It's filled to the brim with good-for-your-skin ingredients like Squalane (a signature Kiehl’s ingredient), Omega-6 fatty acids, Evening Primrose Oil, and other essential oils including Lavender (no parabens or mineral oil here!). Squalane is a highly refined moisturizing oil derived from an olive. It’s very silky, easily absorbed and known to be particularly good at mixing with the natural oils of your skin, as it’s a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It works overnight to help your skin recover radiance, and to make your skin feel smoother and softer. You are meant to use 2-3 drops on cleansed skin, and you are supposed to gently press it on your skin before massaging it in.

I use more than 2 drops, to be honest; I find I need more like 3 or 4, but that may be because my skin is dry (or because of my inability to use the little dropper well. I just get dropper happy and want to keep “dropping” out little balls of pretty oil!) It’s packaged in a heavy and expensive looking jar with a little medicine dropper, which leads to a very “apothecary” feel, which I adore.

I love applying this right before bed, and it’s made it into my little “bedside beauty stash”. The little jar feels lush and makes me feel just a little bit special, plus it smells divine. I think of it as a double treatment; the treatment itself, on your face, but also giving me almost aromatherapy affects. The lavender oil stands out to me above all others in the scent, and that makes it absolutely perfect as a before-bed treat, since lavender is my favorite sleepy-time scent. This product just makes me feel expensive and luxurious, and because of that it’s worth its weight in gold, in my opinion.

It’s $46, which is absolutely worth it if you like the way this sounds. I highly recommend it, and have already picked up one for my mom as well. It’s meant for all skin types, and will work wonders for the “glow” of your skin. Funny story… the first night I was in Florida with my parents I walked into their room after they had fallen asleep and applied this to my mom’s face because she needed it. The next morning she was all, “my skin looks so plump today, I wonder why”. And when I told her what it was she insisted on applying it again right then. She is a believer in this stuff too.

Order it on Kiehl’s website if you want to try new samples; they have more sample offerings than I’ve ever experienced. Literally there were seventy-one options as of writing this post – that’s insane! You get to select 3 with your purchase, and I could see myself spending ages deciding what to try; it’s like a shopping haul in and of itself! I would recommend the Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter as one – it smells divine! Unfortunately my other Kiehl’s favorite, the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, isn’t offered in sample form, but trust me when I say it is amazing, and worth buying in full size. I will do a full review on it soon – it’s lovely!

P.S. I also did a little web hunt and Bloomingdales is offering two Kiehl’s gifts with purchase. Spend $50 and you get a deluxe sample of their Ultra Facial Cream, and spend $75 and get a deluxe sample of their Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. Link! 

Ingredients:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Lavender Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Linalool, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Citronellol, Geraniol, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Turmeric Root Extract, Limonene, Citral, Sclareolide, Rose Flower Oil, Jasmine Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil

38 comments:

  1. Haha, you were like your mama's little skin care fairy! Loving everything as usual, and thank you for the deals! Hope you had a beautiful day. :)

    jackierobertsbeautybomb.wordpress.com

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  2. What other products made it into your bedside beauty stash? :) I

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    1. Christian Dior Creme de Rose lip balm and Lush Tea Tree Toner :)

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    2. Thanks miss :) I'm just starting to read Divergent but I had to check my favourite blog first!

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    3. I have the same comfort-seeking personality so I love reading about indulgent skincare treats and candles and pajamas. PS I tried Fleur's Moroccan Amber candle by Nest and I think you'd love it! It's warm and spicy like Leaves and makes my room smell kind of like oatmeal raisin cookies for days.

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    4. ooh that sounds delicious!

      P.S. Divergent is fantastic!

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  3. Great review! I've been wanting to try Kiehl's products for ages, especially that Avocado Eye Cream. I have so many products in my stash to use up first though!

    http://skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com/

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  4. Sounds amazing!! I love Kiehls, I don't think I've ever been disappointed but one of their products. This sound like it could do wonders for me in the winter when my skin gets extra dry! Thanks, Elle!
    Kallie But First, Coffee or But First, Coffee on Bloglovin

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  5. I love the way that you tested it out on your Mum! I guess that just goes to show that it must work and it's not just a placebo effect. I've never actually tried anything from Kiehls yet, but I'm very tempted to try the Avacado Eye Cream once my current Eve Lom one has run out.

    Lucy x

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  6. Do you know if this product has retinol Elle? That would make this product a winner for me. I love their oil-free toner for my oily skin.

    www.restlessturnstyle.com

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  8. I feel like I'm the only one who wasn't super impressed with this product. It made my face soft, but not as soft as supple as Lancome's "Genefique" serum (definitely give it a try if you want to switch up products after time...it made my acne prone face feel like a baby's bottom :'D). And omg, I can't believe you put it on your mom while she was sleeping! That's hilarious!

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  9. Can I just say I LOVE that you put the ingredients on here! I try to stay away from parabens and it makes me so happy that I don't have to look any further to find out what's in it :)

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  10. So your mom didn't wake up when you were patting and massaging this into her skin?! haha Too funny :D http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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    1. nope!!! she and dad were out cold, fast asleep :)

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  12. great review, my moms 83 and has insomnia i cant see me sneaking in her room at night and applying this to her. Im afraid she might mistake me for a burglar and giving my face a good dose of mace !

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  13. My sister made me try hers one night and it was AMAZING! My skin is combination and this really helped any dry patches I had and made my face so soft!

    Deana
    TesoriBelle.com

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  14. Thanks for sharing Elle! This sounds incredible, maybe I'll give it a try come winter time! Haha didn't your mom wake up when you were applying this on her face? :)

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  15. Hi Elle,
    I really hope that you see this comment. I just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog and your youtube! I find you hilarious (especially that story about sneaking into your mums room - sounds so funny) and think your so beautiful.
    I also love Anna and Im so exciting about watching the swap videos :)
    Keep up the good work!

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  16. Lovely post! I may have to give this a try!
    xo Lillian + parisiantobe.com

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  17. Hey(: maybe you could do a blogpost on your favorite bloggers, the ones that you trust!

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  18. I really like the way this sounds! I might wait until the winter to try it... I don't really need the extra moisture now!

    http://modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com/

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  19. Nice stuff :)

    www.glittergossip.com

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  20. thank you!!

    oxx, Katrin
    http://inbetweenblush.blogspot.de/

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  21. I tend to switch between this oil and the Clarins Lotus Oil, love them both!

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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  22. I have been eyeing this product for awhile now. Might just have to take the plunge!
    xo Jess

    Your Daily Break

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  23. I love this stuff! I had a sample a while back and have been meaning to repurchase the real deal.
    xx http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com

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  24. Great post! I think I need to try this..

    xo,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

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  25. Would you put this on before or after all of the other night time moisturizers, etc?

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  26. I have to try this! Love you review xx


    http://fromfilmwithlove.blogspot.ca/

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  27. Your posts are always so long! :L


    I also have a giveaway running on my blog at the moment. :3 Just for anyone who is interested.

    letitiaharriet.blogspot.com

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  28. I love the eye cream that goes with the oil; it's wonderful! If you go to their store they have sample of the avocado eye treament.

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  29. I absolutely love Midnight recovery. Its so silky on my skin and sinks in really well. Great review lovely x
    Heroine In Heels

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  30. Dearest Elle,

    Yes, MRO is a great product, but most important of all, feel better soon.. What a tragic injury. It must be awful for a girl with such joie de vivre to be bed ridden. At least, you are surrounded by family and friends. Anyway, feel better soon, sweetie-pie!


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  31. Does Kiehl's put out a product that's not swoon worthy? And here's another one I have to try. Thanks for the wonderful review! xo-Jane www.sheermiracle.com

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