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Oh Kiehl’s, can you do no wrong?

blog_beautyI know I have waxed rhapsodically about Kiehl’s products in the past, but recently my sister (a beauty product maven to the extreme) introduced me to the brand’s new Midnight Recovery Concentrate. My ivory skinned sibling swears up and down by the squalene and primrose infused elixir that promises to clarify, smooth and rejuvenate tired looking skin—and all this overnight! After dropping $42 on a mere one ounce bottle, I certainly hoped sis was right. Was she ever! The clear serum feels like liquid velvet, and even a Lilliputian dollop will be enough to cover your entire face. I woke up the next morning with dewy fresh skin that was noticeably different even after only one night’s use! Moral: this new miracle mixture will leave your skin feeling refreshed, replenished and raring to go.
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