If you’re a regular reader of Glamburger, you probably know that above anything else, I like to whine about my pores. Back when I was a teenager they were just fine. Then I discovered that wondrous little tool known as an extractor. Little did I know, that despite how fun this was to play with, it would destroy my pores. My pores used to be fine; smooth and invisible. Now they’re huge and stretched out and broken from so many needless extractions, and my poor nose looks like a couch cushion. You know, the kind with little puckered buttons? No? Well, like this:
Those are my pores. Except they’re not connected together in a grid. But you get the idea. It sucks, and I’ve grown so tired of trying countless products only to find them all hopeless.
But now? I might just have some hope. Maybe? We’ll see.
Cellnique has been the leading paramedical brand in the professional skincare industry for over 15 years. In order to extend its solution to the younger generation, Cellnique decided to bring its effective and proven salon formulations out from closed environment to retail specialty store. In 2006, Cellnique introduced the world’s first beauty-salon-formulated blackheads and whiteheads remover gel, off with those heads, under the new skin care line, b•liv to the mass market. Though intended for younger, on-the-go consumers, b•liv has the impeccable pedigree of being the creation of Asia’s most effectiveness paramedical salon brand, Cellnique.
b•liv products are formulated with the potency of exclusive salon-based solution. b•liv is formulated to tackle the most severe and stubborn blackheads & whiteheads, and large pores with noticeable results.
b•liv is about confidence as we are seeking to inspire young people to believe in themselves and motivate them to make a difference not only in their skincare but also in their lives. The name “b.liv” is not just a contraction of the word “believe” but also a union of the words “be” and “live” aiming at forming a life style motto that encourages b•livers to “live the moment.
Cellnique, a Malaysian-based skincare company, sent me some products from their b•liv line. My biggest concerns are my pores and combating oil, of course, so they chose products for me that they thought would be most effective. I received four products in all: a sebum gel, a pore serum, a smoothening mask and an oil-controlling moisturizer. They also sent along some nice directions on how to incorporate them into my nightly routine!
3) Glow and Shine (once a week)
4) Shrink and Tighten+
5) Off With Those Heads
6) Soothe and Matte
Wondering what those things are, what they do, and how to use them? Read on, lovelies.
Glow and Shine
Skin smoothening mask
Reveal your smooth and flawless complexion with this scrub mask. Glow and Shine deeply cleanses, polishes and moisturizes your skin. It also lightens and brightens the dull and uneven skin tone and brings out the inner glow and shine. Scrub away flaws and imperfections!
Whitens and lightens skin
Exfoliates & unclogs pores
Minimizes the look of pores
Keeps acne under control
Available for $29 USD at Cellnique
I love this mask. I might goes as far as to say I’m borderline obsessed with it. Why? Because it smells SO GOOD. I can’t even explain. It’s like… citrus-y grape. And it’s wonderful. This mask is to be used only once a week, after toning. I would much rather use it every day, at the very least just to smell it. However, only once a week is necessary. To use this mask, you apply a thick (or thin, since I want it to last forever) layer evenly on your face and leave it on for ten minutes. Gently massage your face for ten seconds with a wet hand before rinsing well. Is this product effective? Well, my skin certainly feels softer and smoother after using it. I’m super pale already so I can never tell if any ‘whitening’ products actually work. As for pores and oil, well… my skin is my skin. No miracles here. However, on a positive note, my skin has cleared up dramatically since starting the b•liv line. I don’t know if it’s the mask, all the products working together, or the new diet/exercise routine I’ve begun. Whatever it is, I like it.
Shrink and Tighten+
Large pores diminishing night complex
Formulated with L-ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, Shrink and Tighten+ stimulates collagen production at night thus helping to tighten pores and regenerate nutrients for firmer and brighter skin. This magic potion leaves you looking flawless and makes sure your large pores stay out of sight! Best for open pores, all ages.
Shrink & Tighten+ is a specially formulated concoction for large pores. It is intended to be half filled because of its delicate content, this is to ensure that its content is allowed to breathe and not compressed down. It has been clinically tested that if it is packaged in a higher volume, it would turn into a slightly darker color.
Reduces the appearance of pores
Promotes a firming effect on the skin
Heals damaged tissue
Smooths & softens skin
Available for $49 USD from Cellnique
The first few times I used this serum I definitely noticed an effect on my pores. They seemed to tighten up and be less visible in the morning. Then… then I made a horrible mistake. Yes. I did it. I… I extracted. My nose was BEGGING me to, and I couldn’t refuse. I need to learn how to say no, because I think I messed everything up. So, once I extracted, my pores cried and went back to their prior grotesque self. I’ve been using Shrink and Tighten+ every night with NO EXTRACTING following that nightmare, but now I’m not seeing as much as an effect. But I won’t give up–I truly like this product and I’m waiting to see how it works over a longer period of time. I’ll keep you updated, don’t worry. Also, b•liv has a similar product for day use. I didn’t receive it, but I’m wondering if it’d make much of a difference if I used both products. That one’s definitely on my to-get list! Anyway, apply the Shrink and Tighten+ at night after toning. You only need a very little bit–just a few pea-sized drops will cover your face. Since I’m only focusing on my nose at the moment, I use barely one. Proceed to gently massage it into your skin until fully absorbed. As this product is for night use, it’s a bit more oily than its daytime counterpart (so I’ve heard). Just something to keep in mind! It also has a pleasant, herbal-minty scent that dissipates quickly. A few other things worth noting–this product comes sealed with a metal thing that you have to remove before putting the rubber tip on. It has a thing that you pull to remove it easily, but I suck at everything and messed that up, and ended up cutting the shit out of my thumb trying to get it off with a knife. So be careful! Also, this product arrives half-full. At first I was like whoa, they really wanted to give me a sample with this one, but the b•liv website says that it’s packaged that way to allow the contents to breathe.
Off With Those Heads
Blackheads sebum gel
Say goodbye to painful squeezing! This light cooling gel promises to easily remove stubborn blackheads and whiteheads in just 14 days of daily application. It keeps excessive oil secretion under control while preventing future irritation and breakouts. Best for oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads (all ages).
Removes blackheads and whiteheads
Keeps acne under control
Provides a gentle exfoliation
Has soothing and hydrating properties
Available for $49 USD at Cellnique
I thought this sebum gel would be a good deterrent for extracting… I was mostly right. After continual usage, my ‘blackheads’ have been greatly reduced or at the very least minimized… which makes me not as prone to reach for that evil extraction tool. This product is applied directly after the Shrink and Tighten+. You use roughly the same amount of product, too. Off With Those Heads is a nice little gel that melts and becomes more watery upon skin contact. It absorbs fairly quickly, and has a cooling/tingly sensation. If you have sensitive skin, be careful with this one. Also, the bottle warns that your skin may become more oily during the beginning. Was that the case for me? Come on… when is that NOT the case for me? For application, massage it gently into your skin and let it absorb. It has a soft minty scent… not unlike toothpaste. Except, well, it’s not toothpaste. It’s sebum gel. Don’t forget.
Soothe and Matte
Anti-sensitive & oil-control moisturizer
Soothe & Matte is designed for oily, sensitive skin – it soothes overly-reacted skin and restricts oil-production to restore your skin’s natural appeal. So moisturize and claim your prize – healthy, evenly-toned, smooth and clear skin! Best for oily skin types that are breakout and acne-prone.
Hydrating, soothing & oil-control moisturizer designed for sensitive and oily, acne-prone skin
Soothes and calms skin discomfort and sensitivity
Nourishing non-comedogenic moisturizer
Reduces excess oil shine
Restores skin’s balance to prevent further skin irritations
Minimizes dryness & skin irritation from intense acne treatments
Helps restore hydrolipidic barrier often altered by acne treatments
Available for $39 USD at Cellnique
I was so excited to try a new moisturizer! Up until earlier this year, I didn’t use moisturizers at all. Ever. My skin is always super hydrated so I didn’t think it was necessary. Wrong! But I digress. Lately I’ve been experimenting with oil-free and oil-controlling moisturizers. I was pumped to receive Soothe and Matte, and super surprised to find that it’s in a clear gel form! I wasn’t expecting that. You apply this product after Off With Those Heads is absorbed. Soothe and Matte absorbs quickly, but dries a bit tacky… I found my face sticking to my pillow afterward. Not very pleasing, but if you can look past that, it’s a decent moisturizer. I found my face wasn’t so oily upon waking up, and on a few days when I was unable to do my skin routine, I found it became a lot oilier without it. So… there you have it. This product has a very light scent, and it’s not the most pleasant, but you’ll hardly notice it.
So, after two weeks, how did my skin hold up? My skin has been slightly less oily, and has cleared up. My pores look pretty much the same, but that’s my fault. Remember. Friends don’t let friends extract. I was going to do a before/after shot for y’all, but there’s not really a discernible difference so I’m sparing you the terror of my pores. And I still love the mask.
Pros: Solid line of products, 30-day money back guarantee, great customer service, and free shipping/samples.
Cons: Nothing really… because if they don’t work for you, you can return them. Not bad. :)
Final Verdict: Would I purchase from the b•liv line in the future? Definitely. Especially the daytime Shrink and Tighten that I don’t have!
Also, I have a limited time offer for my lovely readers! b•liv is giving you 30% off on ALL of their products (not including kits)! This is only good for the next two months, so stop on by at bliv.com and use the promo code BLG30ALL!
Also feel free to check b•liv out on Facebook!
Have you tried any products from the b•liv line? I’d love to hear how they worked for you!