B•liv by Cellnique – Products Review and Free Giveaways for 50 Readers!

There’s a saying in cantonese that Lie Yuen has taught me that goes something like a clear and fair face covers three layers of flaws or something like that. True that! It is comforting to know that at least there’s one part of myself that I can work on, which is my skin.

I am quite blessed because I have never experienced any major acne problems but I have never been particularly happy with my lack of a glow. I long to be one of those girls who look just a little pink in the face, a natural blush. I’ve been to a few beauticians and every time I get my skin assessed, I would be told that my skin is actually very dry and that my pores are big. Big pores run in my family and when I apply my foundation, it can be a little gross up close because tiny little opaque dots can be seen where the foundation is more concentrated. I have some blackheads splattered across my T-zone too and back in A-levels, I would squirt out whiteheads from my nose to gross Chien out. She calls it my Medusa nose.

So yes, as you probably expect, this is a product review! One that I am very very happy to do because I got free products from Cellnique to try!! Yay!! 🙂 I even have some 50 samples to give away. Scroll all the way down for details – read the post first la though, please.

I have long heard of the brand from my friends who frequent beauticians and also my mum who advocates Cellnique. My brother who had a little bit of an acne problem going on a couple of years back, had his skin all cleared up after a few treatments. And what with his one year in the Uk, sure damn nice lah his skin. *jealous*

Selina from Cellnique has approached me with a range of products from B•liv by Cellnique that would suit my skin condition. B•liv was originally known as ‘Cellnique Pro Series’ but it has been rebranded to keep up with young people like… ahem, us. To..ahem, match our on-the-go, stylish and confident lifestyle. I know some days I might think I’m a little too old for certain things but sometimes when you have nice products to try out, you’ll take pride being in the young adults age group. 😛 Very happy actually to be on the nubile side of my 20s.

Myself and my exciting box of beauty products from B•liv Cellnique!

Due to my very very packed schedule attempting to finish up with my final year clinical management report and clinic quotas in the past few weeks (tears were shed, hairs were pulled out, nightmares were dreamed, weight was lost (YAY), heart attacks given by ffk patients etc), I finally had time to do the review. Despite my heavy schedule, I was using the products everyday diligently. In all honestly, I have very poor compliance with beauty products. I buy them, use it once or twice and forget about it. 😐 But since I had to do a review, I kept at the regime.

I never really believed that beauty products can do wonders for me (sort of jaded about myself already) but even before doing the review or telling anyone that I was using a new range of products, I have been getting compliments on my skin! True story!! I was also pleasantly surprised because no one ever told me that I looked radiant before, so I guess it is really happening now!

Here’s a before photo taken during my ADSALympics event, an annual sports week at my dental faculty that drains us of all energy and soul.

I know there’s no obvious flaws (skin I mean, the rest you just pretend you never notice anything, don’t have to make it obvious ya) but you can see I’m not actually glowing. That’s the reflection of the sun. I just look…….yellow.

One more artsy shot with my camwhoring shadow behind me.

So here’s what was inside the goodie box:

L-r: Shrink and Tighten, Shrink and Tighten + and Off With Those Heads

L-r: Leach Me, A sample of Got Me Covered

Off With Those Heads is to do away with the blackheads and whiteheads.

It is a sebum gel that you can spread across your T-zone, massaging it into your skin until the wet feeling is gone. The gel just absorbs into your skin! It also feels fresh because there is a nice minty smell.

According to the description given, your clogged pores get soften thus extractions of the blackheads become easier. WIth the tea tree oil and witch hazel extract, they keep acne and comedones at bay plus aloe vera to keep the skin hydrated.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any before and after photos of my blackheads. I know I should have..sigh. I do think that my blackheads are getting less.. at least new ones don’t crop up. I just need to get some extractions done on the existing ones now that they are easier to remove.

For my craters, we have Shrink and Tighten which is to be used together with Shrink and Tighten +. The consistency is more fluid than Off With Those Heads with a slight yellow tinge to the gel .the smell is also more fruity than Off With Those Heads!

I have to say I am quite impressed with its functions. Shrink and Tighten pump collagen into your open pores to seal it, sort of a barrier protection from future big pores! It has Vitamin B3 which helps to hydrate the skin, Vitamin C for healing and as an antioxidant and Oleanolic Acid which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Shrink and Tighten + is the one to thank to give your skin that glow you’ll get after using these products, imho.

Fresh from the bottle, the formula is quite oily and when you rub it all over your face, you might feel a little irritated at first because you’ll be like, “Great, just what I need. More grease on my face, ughh.” But if you keep rubbing, rubbing and rubbing it in, you’ll realize that it gets absorbed into your skin leaving your skin to feel supple and hydrated without any greasy feeling at all! Even your fingers don’t feel greasy, just moisturized! z

Use it at night so that collagen production can work overtime and help to reduce those pores. The L-ascorbic acid helps with skin lightening, Witch Hazel extract for prevention of acne and comedones and Vitamin B5 for hydration.

See how oily it looks in the bottle?

About two weeks into using the product. At the sides of my nose, it is quite ugly lah with all the pores coalescing together forming unsightly holes. Applying foundation to the sides of my nose can be quite a bitch.

About a month after using. It looks smoother over all! No one’s gonna stretch the sides of my nose when they see me right. So, this is good enough for a clear base to put your make-up. Even the pores look more evened out.

Then we have Leach Me which is a moisturizing mask that does deep moisturizing, brightening and age preventing. Brace yourself ya, I’m gonna throw some complicated chemical names at you.

Sodium 1-Pyrollidonecarboxylate helps with water retention, it helps the skin to better hold moisture. Acetyl Hexapeptide – 8 is for reducing wrinkles (score!!), Acerola Fruit extract to prevent aging and is used as an antioxidant and other fruit acids complex which are used for exfoliation, skin hydrating and help simulate new cell regeneration.

The entire packet is soaked with the formula. Upon removing the mask, it is actually dripping with the formula!

As you can see, it is very very very wet. Formula was dribbling down my chin which I rubbed into my neck. No use having a young face and a wrinkly old neck right? So better to make the most out of it! The mask can be used once or twice a week.

Cannot smile when having the mask on or else formula will get into my mouth!

Got Me Covered is a sunblock + foundation formula for everyday use. It has a nice sheen to it upon applying, nothing too obvious. Sometimes foundation makes us look overly made up for our day-to-day activities, so this is ideal and it also allows the skin to breathe properly.

It comes with UV protector which helps in anti-aging, used as an anti-oxidant and suncreen. Salicylic Acid  helps with exfoliation and the formula has a natural foundation colour that matches your skin tone.

The thin sheen that I was talking about. Nothing too cakey.

After applying the foundation. Looks very natural right?

So that pretty much sums up my experience with B•liv after using it for one whole month!

I’m not tooting my own horn, but the pink glow that I have always wanted is there!! 😀 😀

A happier photo to show off the pinkness on the apples of the cheek!

To further accentuate the glow.

Cellnique has been so kind to offer 50 free samples of Off With Those Heads! So all you blackhead clogged girls (and boys!) can send your full name and mailing address to fbfreesample@blivskin.com with the subject “jayelleenelial.com“. Be quick though, the offer ends 1 week from now! This means…you have until 19th of June 2010! Hurry!

If you are keen to buy their products, head on over to  the B•liv by Cellnique website! Should your purchases be above USD60, you can opt for their free exclusive B•liv recycle bag instead of the usual packaging box. Head on over to their microsite, Cellnique Earth Campaign to support their No Paper. No Bag initiative!

TVB’s Latest Drama: The Mysteries Of Love

After finishing Fly With Me (where Ada Choi is a ridiculous superhero who is conceited and obnoxious but with a conscience), I finally had the chance to start watching TVB’s latest drama, The Mysteries Of Love. I would say this series is very refreshing as I normally enjoy watching modern series more than period dramas. I find the cantonese used in the modern series far easier to understand than the ‘tau lei tau hui’ cantonese of the past. I get to learn cool new canto phrases too. Like do you know that the flab under your arm when you wave is called Bye Bye Yuk (Bye Bye Meat)?? Hahahaha. I learned that from Moses’s mother in Fly With Me.

The Mysteries Of Love has been criticized for copying a certain Japanese drama about a professor working with a detective to use science to solve cases. For someone who does not watch Japanese dramas, I am totally okay with the fact that they got Raymond Lam to portray the calm, almost sedated but brilliant Professor Kingsley and Kenneth Ma as the womanizing high flying detective. Tavia Yeung is thrown into the mix as Raymond’s love interest and she is a young police woman in this show.

I have watched three episodes so far and I CAN’T STOP OBSESSING OVER KENNETH MA!!! AHHH!!!! While we’re talking about hot actors with the surname Ma, it is with great regret and a heavy heart that I bring to you the news about Steven Ma’s upcoming wedding plans. 🙁 My mother will be very sad as well. Stay strong, mummy. We are in this together. T_T

Kenneth Ma usually gets roles as a bumbling love struck idiot (in other words, a sor chai) and has this baby talk voice going on for his other series. But in this one, he plays a cool and suave detective who womanizes like mad!

All the girls they use to portray his girlfriends are like super hot and not a single one is pure chinese except for Bernice Liu who plays his long time fuck buddy. It is a lovely new role for Bernice too as she usually gets pure, decent and angelic roles.

There have been various interviews on the gossip blogs asking Kenneth Ma if he feels awkward while making out with his costars (too many to count) and he says that if the girls start to be a little more reserved, he will hold back. I know Hollywood have hot sex scenes as well but this is TVB we are talking about!! Where sex is mostly taboo!

He has a tendency to start stripping all his chicks from the door and then kiss them passionately until they bend over backwards and then on to the bed. Then he gets shirtless. *bites knuckles* MORE MORE MORE!!!

Given his slutty ways, Kenneth actually harbors actual feelings for Bernice, who is a globetrotting career minded journalist and has no qualms about sleeping with Kenneth on a regular basis. In the third episode, Kenneth tells Raymond that he is okay with the status of their relationship though you can hear a tinge of sadness and desperation in his voice.

Then we have Raymond Lam who portrays a physics professor with a gaggle of research students flocking around him at the university. He has a brilliant mind which he uses to help Kenneth solve his crimical cases.

Now, Raymond is one of the hottest TVB stars around but this show will either knock him down a few notches on the hot TVB stars scale or propel him a few levels higher for those who dig geeks.

In this time and age, girls in general DO dig geeks but maybe unknown or less famous stars would have made much better geeks. We have practically seen Raymond Lam grow up on TVB as a typical hot and spoilt rich man’s son, a playboy, a cheeky guy, a casanova and so much more, but never a geek. Oooh, ooh trivia. He is in actual fact a rich man’s son in real life too and his classmates at the TVB academy used to call him Siu Yeh (Little Master). He has this weird side parted hair and the way he talks..omg don’t even get me started on it. I have to tap furiously on my volume key when he gets screen time. He is definitely a fantastic actor lah, I’ll give him that since he can transform into a quiet and shy professor who clamps up when he is around girls (Tavia and his research students). He talks with this vacant look on his face and is overly genuine with everything he does. Not Raymond Lam at all. Boo.

Tavia Yeung is still Tavia Yeung. So cheery as usual. I do enjoy the scenes she shares with her nephew, Hei Chai who is played by the 11 year old Lawrence Ng. I can’t believe this little fella is still 11 as I have seen him acting in TVB series for years and years! He is one of the most utilized child actor on TVB. Tavia’s scenes with her nephew is very real and that’s what acting should be about. If you have the episodes, check out the first episode of Fly With Me. Lawrence Ng portrays one of Ada Choi’s ex-boyfriend’s son. Ada Choi talks to him like a small kid, trying to win his heart. The boy’s coffee then arrives and he starts telling Ada off in a voice with a sense of maturity and cynicism that is at least 30 years older. “Tai ha lei la, dou chau lei sei cheong lah, hok mai sai yan tei tau lou kong, lei chi mat yeh yong la…~~”(Look at yourself lah, already in your mid thirties, learn from others to steal other people’s husband, what do you look like..). Sorry for the lousy translation but I loved that scene so much. Hahaha.

Oh and another memorable scene from the series is the one where Tavia meets one of her second brother’s old friends who seems to be interested in her and insisted on taking her out to dinner. He brings her to a buffet where there are kids running about and then when she says “Okay I’m going to go get food.” He stops her claiming that it is only 8pm and the buy one free one buffet starts at 9pm. What a terrible impression on a first date!! Nevermind, then he goes on to pile his plates with food from the buffet spread and even takes off the sashimi from the sushi, leaving the rice for the other patrons to take. Which is quite pointless lah, a sushi with just the rice. UGHH. Then nevermind, Tavia tries to let him down slowly by saying that she doesn’t like buffet so there won’t be a next time. He then whips out all his restaurant coupons.

The guy is such a horrible joke. If there is ONE thing a guy cannot be towards a girl that he wants to impress, it is BEING STINGY. I mean if you can’t afford it, don’t overdo the frugality lah. Just spend within your means and within the norms of society. Being kiamsiap within your own family members is fine. But towards a girl that you like?! I really felt so embarrassed for the guy’s character… which means kudos to him for an acting job well done as a stingy guy who can never land a girl. Remember guys, don’t be stingy. I’m not asking you boys to bow to your girl’s every whim and fancy, just be generous once in a while lah. A stingy guy is one of the most disgusting things in the world. Don’t worry about the girl taking advantage of you, a keeper will be considerate but will totally judge you lor if you dare to be kiam!!

As for Raymond and Kenneth Ma’s acting as buddies, the laughs were so forced. I don’t actually feel the friendship and their acting together is dangerously bordering on corny. Hope this will improve over the next few episodes. 🙂 Now I need to get back to my books and then maybe take in another episode.