Monday, June 28, 2010

B-Liv by Cellnique: A Pre-Review

I was recently contacted by B-Liv by Cellnique to review some of their products. I shared my skin concerns with the lady that contacted me and she sent a few products that she thought would help. On Saturday evening, I started using them and I thought I would share some of my first impressions before I forget.

Now, I tend to be on the lazy-ish side when it comes to my skincare, so to be quite frank, I would never have bought so many additional lotions and potions to add to my skin care regimen. I'm going to give them their fair shot though and use them for the few weeks and see if I see any changes or improvements.

I was sent 3 items:
Off with those heads
Shrink and Tighten +
Submerge Me

Price: USD $63 Size: 45ml
Main functions: clear blackheads + whiteheads

Purified Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Extract, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Extract, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Menthol, Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil, Poly(Oxy-1,2-Ethanediyl)Α-(Donyl Phenyl)-Ω-Hydroxy, Sodium Hydroxide, Peppermint (Metha piperita )Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.

The Witch Hazel, Menthol, Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil create a very subtle tingling sensation. I apply this everywhere I have blocked pores morning and night. We'll see if it works.

Price: USD $49 Size: 15ml
Main functions: pores reducing + firming + brightening

Glycerin, Purified Water (Aqua), Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Extract, Vitamin B5 (D-Panthenol), Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) Oil.

More Witch Hazel. This is a bit of a peculiar product. You affix a dropper-like object and the liquid is clear and slightly runny (kind of like a light oil). Upon application, I feel a slight warming sensation, no burning or tingling really. This is supposed to tighten pores, promote cell renewal and various other things. Again, we'll see if this works. I use this at night.

Price: USD $49 Size: 45ml
Main functions: deep moisturizing + brightening + age preventing

Purified Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Trehalose, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Ceramide III, Ceramide 6 II, Dimethicone, Ceramide 1, Diazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Strawberry Begonia(Saxifraga sarmentosa) Extract, Grape (Vitis vinifera) Fruit Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Methylparaben, White Mulberry (Morus bombycis) Root Extract, Baikal Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) Root Extract, Propylparaben.

Yowza ingredient list. I actually really like this. It's very lightweight and absorbs quickly. Right now, I can't really say whether or not it's making my dry skin better, but I'm not disappointed and so far it hasn't made me break out. I use this morning and night.

As I mentioned above, I tend not to use a whole lot of skincare. On a normal day, I use 1 cleanser, 1 toner, and 2 moisturizers (one for day with SPF and one for night without). I kind of wish I would have received more general products, a cleanser, a serum and a moisturizer, instead of 2 treatments and a moisturizer but beggars can't be choosers and I'm happy that I was selected to receive these products to try out. Another thing is that the line is rather expensive and generally I use drugstore or less expensive lines (The Body Shop for instance) - $49 for a moisturizer, $41 for the night treatment and a jaw-dropping $63 for the pore treatment. I can't say whether or not I would spend my own hard earned cash on these products until I give them the regular 3-4 week test I generally do with my skincare.

Disclosure: These products were sent by the brand's PR for review purposes. I am not receiving any monetary compensation for posting about these products and though I was asked to do only 1 review, it was my choice to share my initial thoughts on the products and do 2. Any question, ask! I want to be as transparent as possible with these sorts of things.