Juliana C Stryker
Beauty Review: I found my b.liv!
I love traveling but the flying and climate changes usually wreak havoc on my already troubled skin.
As such, I’ll always step up on my skin care routine when I’m on the go. Can’t look too rundown before I even reach my destination!
And the last thing I want to stress myself with is – lugging a ton of beauty products when I’m traveling.
My skin saviour arrived in the form of a beauty pack by renowned beauty brand, b.liv, called the Fabulous Four. They assembled four affordable and effective salon-quality travel-sized products that provide such essential solutions as hydration and clearing of blackheads and whiteheads!
I thought the idea was so brilliant that it should come with a warning label! Haha!
Now click to unpack the secrets of caring for your skin while on the go!
The b.liv Fabulous Four Pack consists of two hot favourites – Off with Those Heads and Immerse Me.
Off with Those Heads removes white and blackheads without using a pore pack or squeezing the skin, both of which are methods that hurt the epidermal layer.
Achieve alluring skin from the lavish boost of hydration with Immerse Me Japan Silk Mask, as it replenishes and sustains moisture deep within the skin cells.
To celebrate its fourth anniversary, b.liv also launched two new solutions – the new Hyaluronic Original and the improved formula of Submerge Me which are also included in the Fabulous Four beauty pack.
Both products hydrate and moisturize the skin, thus keeping signs of aging at bay.
The Hyaluronic Original is a revolutionary innovation that mimics the skin’s inherent moisturizing ability to increase the retention of moisture in skin cells to 1,000 times of its weight.
The improved formula of Submerge me utilizes the new “quick-breaking” concept whereby the gel has a capsule-like structure that disintegrates and instantly releases moisture to the skin upon application.
The b.liv collection seeks to cater to the confident, stylish, and dynamic youth who is constantly on the go. Quick and easy to use, these products offer a skincare routine that boasts proven results.
All products are made potent by advanced, bio-technologically-formulated for premium salon administration, and feature a “multiple delivery system”, which releases ingredients that serve multiple functions based on the skin’s needs.
I brought the Fabulous Four pack with me on my recent Bali trip and tried them all during my 4-day stay.
And here’s what I thought of them…
Hyaluronic Original 10ml (Usual price: S$44.95 for 25ml)
Hyaluronic Original is a 100% pure Hyaluronic Acid ultra- lightweight serum that keeps skin smooth and plump through its ability to retain and hold moisture by 1000 times. It revives the complexion by providing intensive moisturization and soothes all skin types.
• Hyaluronic Acid: a natural substance that locks moisture in cells. It attracts and binds water within cells and tissues.
Usage: After cleansing and toning, apply 4-6 drops of Hyaluronic Original evenly over face before applying moisturizer. Use twice a day for best results.
The viscosity is rather low for this high power hydration agent. It feels almost like water.
The solution seeps into the skin almost immediately upon application, leaving skin feeling smooth and looking radiant. My only gripe is its packaging. It preserves its contents with an air tight aluminium cap which took me ages to remove. But once that hurdle is conquered, you get a bottle of luscious face serum that provides and retains moisture.
3 Honeyz crowns for all its efficacies!
Off With Those Heads 30ml (Usual price: S$69.95)
Say goodbye to painful squeezing! This light cooling gel promises to remove stubborn blackheads and whiteheads painlessly in just 14 days of application.
• Tea Tree Oil: has a powerful antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial property that provides acne control and comedone control.
• Witch Hazel: helps reduce excess oil from skin and acts synergistically to minimize open pores, reduce irritation and keep the skin soft and in perfect condition.
• Aloe Vera Extract: Research has confirmed its anti- inflammatory and healing properties. It also helps to moisturize and nourish for smooth, supple skin.
Usage: Use Off with Those Heads daily on cleansed and towel- dried face. Pump 2-3 pea-sized drops onto your palm. Apply on T-zone areas, or areas with black and whiteheads. Afterthoughts…
I could totally add this to my list of Holy Grail products.
At the first glance, this seems like an ordinary serum with a light cooling effect. But don’t belittle the product because its effectiveness kicks in very quickly within a few uses.
To be honest, I was slightly reluctant to use it initially. Well, how else could you remove blackheads with a gel besides dilating the pores and causing the skin to become more oily? Even its label warned about this possibility – excessive oil secretion. So you can’t blame me! Well, the oily skin and large pores did not happen. In fact, my blackheads seemed to have risen to the surface of the epidermis resulting in a bumpy texture. The occurrence was only temporary as nasty bumps disappeared after a few gentle scrubs.
I also noticed more tiny blackheads on my pore strips after a few uses. Disgusting but very satisfying! Haha!
So I guess the product does work. As mentioned, don’t expect a miracle after the first use. You’ll have to apply the product frequently on your blackhead prone areas to see visible results.
4.5 Honeyz crowns for its soothing sensation and promising results!
Submerge me 3ml (Usual price: S$54.95 for 45ml)
Submerge Me provides instant relief from parched skin by replenishing and retaining moisture to thirsty complexions. It brightens dull complexions and calms skin irritations, while suppressing the signs of premature ageing.
• Ceramide: supports and improves the skins capability of holding moisture; able to exfoliate, retexture skin structure and prevents bacterial and viral infections.
• Strawberry Begonia Extract: an anti-oxidant to prevent free radical damage and signs of aging. It also helps maintain skin elasticity and brightening.
• White Mulberry Root Extract: A superior whitening ingredient that works deep within the skin and evens the skin tone. It also helps to promote the skins elasticity by accelerating collagen synthesis
Usage: After cleansing the skin, pump 2 to 3 pea-sized drops of Submerge me onto palm. Apply over face and neck in up and outwards circular motions until fully absorbed. Use daily, in the morning and evening.
Afterthoughts… At the first squirt, its consistency appeared thick but after a few gentle rubs, it transformed into a watery texture. This reminded me of Odbo’s Aqua Soothing Silky Essence which has a similar texture.
Most moisturisers are so rich and thick, they make my face look like an oil slick. The lightweight formula of b.liv’s Submerge Me allowed the nutrients to seep into my skin faster and more efficiently. No breakouts after use too! You know what, I think this product could become a staple in my beauty routine. 😛
For the intense moisture that it offers, 4 Honeyz crowns!
Immerse me 2pc (Usual price: S$2.95/pc; S$17.95/box of 7pc)
Ideal for parched and dry complexions, the mask offers a boost of hydration and nourishment that is easily absorbed, penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin.
• Cationic Hyaluronic Acid (HA+): Cationic derivative of Hyaluronic Acid. It attracts to the skin cells and provides deep penetration of moisture, skin looks supple and hydrated.
• Hyaluronic Acid (HA): Hydrates the skin and mimics the skin’s inherent moisturizing ability to improve water retention up to 1,000 times of its own weight.
• Cogongrass Extract: Optimizes and reinforces collagen synthesis and moisture absorption in the skin by providing long term moisturization.
• Sodium PCA: A component of the NMF (natural moisturizing factor), responsible for binding moisture to skin.
Usage: Leave the mask on the face for 20 – 30 minutes. After removing the mask, allow excess serum to be absorbed into the skin.
The long hours in the chlorinated pools caused my skin to feel tight and dry like a desert. My usual moisturisers weren’t sufficient to replenish the lost moisture.
A facial mask seemed to be the only way to relieve my dehydrated skin. So I decided to take an hour break by the poolside, indulging in the lusciousness of my b.liv Immerse Me silk mask.
I liked how the mask provided a rich layer of moisture to the skin so I left it on for 40 minutes instead of the recommended 30.
After the pampering facial break, my skin felt dewy and hydrated all day. I did not suffer from any redness or zits like most home masks do to me. A huge thumbs up to that!
The only thing that puts me off about the mask is its imperfect fit for my face. As you can see below, my lower cheeks were not fully covered and it kept bubbling up, missing the T-zone areas. 🙁
However, I’m still a fan of its moisture retaining abilities and reasonable price line. 2.5 Honeyz crowns!
b.liv’s Fabulous Four Pack, $79.95
Off With Those Heads (30ml and 15ml)| Hyaluronic Original (10ml) |Submerge Me (3ml)|Immerse Me (2pc)
The b.liv Fabulous Four Pack retails at a celebratory S$79.95 (Total worth: S$132.43). And they are available at all Sa Sa outlets and b.liv’s online store http://sg.blivskin.com.
Staying true to a promise in delivering effectiveness and satisfaction, all b.liv and b.seen products are sold with a 100% money back guarantee; no questions asked. If a product does not deliver up to the customer’s expectations within 14 days of purchase, the full price will be refunded*.
* Excluding postage fees.
Before I sign off, just thought you might be interested to know that…
The pool was actually very cold! My teeth were jittering as I took the photos for this review. Haha!
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