HEALTH PORN: [DRAG-CREAM!]

REVIEW

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A month or so ago I posted a request on Facebook asking people which face creams they would recommend.

My brief was that it had to be good and not too expensive, but ultimately I was more concerned with effectiveness than it’s expense. (Even if this meant no food for a couple of days.)

My face was becoming tired and raw from being a busy drag queen and the 3 or 4 days a week in makeup + removal was taking it’s toll.

I’m 23 and healthy and I didn’t want to look like an ageing rag.

Many suggestions came up ranging from E45 and Olive oil to Aésop and Clarins. When Kiehls appeared on the list of suggestions it did not surprise me. I have used other Kiehls products to improve the situation of my Back-ne and found it to be extremely effective even compared to medications and prescribed ointments. Along with diet of course and adjustments to my timetable.

I have tried products like E45 before and though they can be effective I find the consistency uncomfortable and my face then smells like a baby’s bum, which may be cute on a baby but it’s not for me thanks.

I went into Kiehls in Liberty, as I still find their friendly faces and helpful manner a novelty in a city where the principles of service have been skewed on both consumer and staff level.

I approached the Kiehls lady with my dilemma…

“I am a drag queen, and my frequent use of make up is leaving me raw and my skin looks and feels tired. I am looking for a face cream that I can use regularly that feels light and doesn’t smell too strong.”

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Instantly she took me over to the face creams and asked if I had tried any of them before. I said no, just the sampler of the avocado eye treatment which worked very well for my tired bags. She then pointed me towards the “Skin Rescuer”, stress reducing face cream assuring me that it was fairly light and is designed for the tired skin I was describing, instantly reducing redness and offering deep, penetrative moisturization.

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I then, living in abundance, asked if there were any more options, I had seen the pot of ultra facial and it came in the kind of pot I was looking for. (You know those big round ones which are so satisfying when you screw the lid off and you smoothly scoop out a pea sized wisp onto your middle finger just like the adverts on TV.)

The lady told me that the ultra-facial was a little bit lighter than the stress-reducing fragrance but did have the added benefit of protecting your skin against the cold, a sure bonus in windy Britain.

She further introduced me to the “Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Serum”, that one would use prior to the creams for extra deep moisture penetration. Initially I dismissed it as it is an extra expense I can’t really afford but the lady was adamant that it would be useful to me.

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Instead of pushing a sale she loaded me up with enough samples to try the face creams for a week each as well as using the serum before-hand.

Lo and behold I was back 2 weeks later to make a purchase.

I chose the “Ultra Facial Cream”, it is light and creamy, and a thoroughly pleasing tactile experience for both physicality of the packaging and application to the skin. It feels slightly cold when applying which is refreshing and pleasing. It is not too thick and I can apply and get on with my day without worrying that I have chunks of cream on my face which take hours to absorb and are often when sat on your chin and mistaken for toothpaste or cum.

Furthermore, my skin looks and feels refreshed and healthy, I can see it works from a distance and close up and I am very happy with the effectiveness of this product.

At roughly £50 it is not cheap, however, I am 2 months down the line and even though I’ve used it everyday I’m not even 1/3rd through the pot.

I feel like I paid fairly for this product, it has been a worthy investment, not a lousy expense.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the “Powerful Line-Reducing Serum”, It too was extremely effective and again as a physical experience felt indulgent and tech. This however, I just can’t afford at the moment as it is also priced around £50.

The “Skin-Rescuer” was ok. I found it effective but not as refreshing. I did not enjoy applying it in the same way I enjoy applying the Ultra-facial. However, I would still recommend giving it a go.

In conclusion, if you’re a drag queen looking for a drag cream. Go to Kiehls in Liberty, treat yourself and your face to a genuinely helpful experience and a seriously effective product.

No more yesterday’s make up stains and comedown eyes!

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Written and recommended by Ted Rogers “Artpornblog”.

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