Review: First Impressions On Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask | Clozette

Upon discovering that I have dehydrated skin, I immediately re-evaluated my current skincare routine and came to this conclusion: I've damaged my moisture barrier by using chemical exfoliants too frequently. Little did I know the signs were already there: oiliness, tightness and overall dullness. My next step? I scouted for hydrating serums and occlusive moisturisers to help repair my damaged skin. After browsing through countless skincare forums and beauty counters, I found some promising products and my skin problems abated after using them. But as my skin slowly heals, I found that these skincare items have become too heavy for my combination skin. 

Now, I'm on the lookout for a more lightweight but equally nourishing formula. Enter sleeping masks; these hydrating products are not new on the beauty scene but recently been gaining popularity. They have always piqued my interest and this month, I finally got to try my first one — the Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Mask. Here are my initial impressions.

Kiehl’s Philippines Product Manager Joan Hwang introducing the new Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus firming mask at Okada Manila

The formulation

The two main ingredients of Kiehl's Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus are the Botanical Hibiscus Seed and Ginger Leaf extracts. Together, these two promises to provide an instant firming benefit and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Additionally, there are some nourishing mango seed and shea butter in the formula. For those who have sensitive skin, you'll be glad to know that this overnight mask is completely paraben-free.

Packaging, texture and scent

The product comes in a pretty semi-opaque glass tub with a red tint. Instagrammable? Definitely. Travel-friendly? Probably. The built looks sturdy enough to withstand a bumpy, long-haul flight but it is quite bulky and may take up some space in your vanity kit. In any case, you should always pack your beauty items with care.

 Instead of the usual creamy feel of sleeping masks, this formula has a waxy texture

Moving on to texture, I'm aware that many people find this formula to be thick, which is true, but I'd say that it depends on how much you apply. As someone with oily-combination skin, I love applying it thinly for a delightfully waxy yet lightweight feel. And lastly, for the scent, it has a light floral aroma that's pleasantly not overpowering.

Application and overall impression

I've been using this for over a week now as the last step in my night skincare routine after putting on toner and serum or facial oil. Even though I've only been using it for a short amount of time, I'm already leaning towards a positive impression. Usually, when I use a moisturising skincare product at night I wake up to a plumped but quite oily complexion. With this one, it feels hydrated and smooth in the morning sans the greasiness. I have yet to experience the firming effect but maybe with a few more uses, I might just be able to! 


The Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Mask is now available at all Kiehl's stores for PHP3,350/SGD90 (100ml). Watch out for Kiehl's Philippines launch at BeautyMNL on 9 November where all customer-favourite items will finally be available for online purchase. The first 100 customers to purchase on the site will receive a free pouch with a deluxe sample of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. In addition, if you purchase at least two items you'll receive a limited edition Kiehl’s Denim Tote.

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With the festive season just around the corner, we already have some parties planned on our agenda. And from meeting long-distance relatives to celebrating with your officemates after a year of hard work, you'll want to be feeling and looking your best when sliding along these festive gatherings. But where exactly do you start with your holiday beauty prep? As always, we've got you covered!

Go easy on your skincare

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Contrary to popular belief, now is not the time to experiment or to go overboard with your beauty routine as the results might prove to be aggravating to your skin. You wouldn't want to spend the holiday season with irritated or peeling skin now, would you? The best approach is to stick to a simple but trusted routine that you are used to and only add a tried-and-tested skincare treat, like a rejuvenating ampoule or a brightening face mask, a day or two away from the event. This way, you can ensure your skin will have its best glow.

Get a chop at least two weeks before your event

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Planning to sport a new haircut? Schedule it at least two weeks before your holiday plans to ensure that you'll already be accustomed to the new look by the time of your event. This goes the same for major hair treatment plans. This way, you can already work out how best to style it and even formulate the best makeup look and outfit that would complement your new 'do. 

Indulge in a body pampering session

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Your face care regimen might be a daily thing, but we're pretty sure that you tend to skip out on a lot of body care practices because of your hectic schedule. Now that things are slowing down a bit due to the holiday fever, take this opportunity to book a spa session or recreate one at home by drawing up a bath, taking out the body salts and scrubs, and just feel your muscles and mind relax. Trust us, calming your mind and body will give your skin a supple and youthful glow that will shine along with your festive outfits.

Try big and bold for your makeup look

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We all have our go-to look that is tried and tested for daily wear. But the festive season is the perfect opportunity to experiment and go out of your comfort zone when it comes to the cosmetics department. Just like how you take your time to plan out an outfit, don't be afraid to mix and match colours and finishes to see which combinations work. Don't be afraid to add a pop of glitter to your lid or maybe even your lipstick or go for bolder shades that you don't usually go for as the holidays provide the best landscape to stray away from the subtleties. 

Don't forget your nails

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If you're the type who's not into changing up your nail colours every so often, we highly suggest doing so for the upcoming special events. It might not seem like a big deal at first, but those who love getting their nails done know that there really is magic when you get your 'tips painted to perfection. Not only will you feel more put-together with your nails dressed up, but it also ties a crisper and sleeker knot to your entire ensemble. Even the smallest details make a difference to a look!

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More beauty tips for a glowy holiday look here.



We see gorgeous beauty looks from the Community on the daily. But Halloween is really where everybody's makeup game get kicked up a notch as the looks elevate from outstandingly creative to downright spooktacular. Here are the looks that left us in awe this year!

Unicorn dreams

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Sparkly skelly

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