Monday, May 31, 2010

Cellnique Paramedical Skincare

Please don't forget to enter the $125 gift certificate to CSN Stores giveaway (click here to enter).  It ends June 6 at 11:59 PST. :)

About a month ago, Cellnique Paramedical sent me skincare products to try out. They are an Asian based, Malaysian and Singapore, company that sells skincare products for all skin type including problematic skins like acne. The PR person asked me what type of skin I have and my concerns. I told her I have combination, huge pores on my nose, towards dry skin and I worry about my aging skin.
She sent me five products to try out. When I received the products, the boxes were bent. The reason behind that is they are an earth friendly company and packaged through a bubble wrap instead of a box. It's all good as long as the products weren't ruined... hehe~ :)

"Cellnique Corporation is supporting Earth Day and Environmental Month in promoting awareness and appreciation of Earth environment where we believe that all of us can make a few small steps in our daily life to care and improve on our environment by starting with these 2 simple initiatives:

1. Reduce paper usage by saying NO to packaging box
2. Reduce disposable bag and start using recycle bag

To promote such awareness and updates of our ‘green’ activities, we have spent some time to build the following:
2. Cellnique Corporate Fan Page

We hope you will also help up to spread this message of No Paper. No Bag."

Now I will review the products as I used them... hehe~
Price: $50 for 0.5 fl oz/15 mL

Made in Switzerland

Information on the backWith its unique combination of Acetyl Tetrapeptide Gold Dipeptide and Rhodochrosite extract, this breakthrough eye formulation helps alleviate eye puffiness by increasing blood circulation and deep moisture the eye areas. It reveals radiant eyes immediately after short period of application.


My short thoughts: I used this twice a day (morning and night) around my eyes, smile line, and forehead. You're probably asking why I use this around my forehead and smile line... lol~ Koreans use eye cream around all the wrinkles on the face because it's more concentrated than a moisturizer. :/ I recently learned this and it really has helped the worried line on my forehead!... hehe~ :)

Texture and smell: It's a clear, gel-like and it does not smell unless you put your nose to it. When you closely put your nose, it has a slight scent but hard to tell.

* It has a pump.
* It squirts evenly.
* Gel-like formula making it easy to pat/massage on the eyes.
* It does not have a scent.
* Cooling to the skin.
* Noticed less wrinkles on the bottom of my eyes.

* Takes awhile to absorb onto the eyes.

Product Review: Cellnique Skin Action Sebum Gel
Price: $51 for 1 fl oz/30 mL

Information on the website: This is a phyto bio-engineering formulation gel for all skin types to reduce both blackheads and whiteheads on affected skin area without painful extraction. This daily maintenance gel also reduces sebum secretion, leaving the skin clear and producing smooth visible results within 10 days of application.

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana ) Extract, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Menthol, Poly(Oxy-1,2-Ethanediyl),α-(Donyl Phenyl)-ω-Hydroxy, Sodium Hydroxide, Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil, Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Potassium Azelaoyl Diglycinate, Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Leaf Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.

My short thoughts: I only used this once a day, mornings, on my nose. I have huge pores where a primer does not help. When I apply pressed powder on top of my nose, it sinks into the pores. :( By the way, I received a sample not the full size.

Texture and smell: It's a clear, gel-like and it has a peppermint-like smell. I'm not too keen on the smell since I don't like peppermint... hehe~ :X

* It comes in a squeeze bottle with a tip.
* Extremely cooling to the skin.
* Noticed the pores decreasing on the nose.

* It's hard to squeeze the product out.
* Amount that comes out from the tip after you squeeze it isn't always the same.
* Peppermint-like smell.

Product Review: Cellnique Reversal Diamond EGF Drop
Price: $67 for 0.5 fl oz/15 mL

Made in Taiwan

Information on the back: A quintessential luxury formula containing Nano Diamond and Nano Platinum powder, it helps reinforce skin resilience, rekindle skin cells functioning and replenish moisture. Combined with biotechnological aFGF (Fibroblast Growth Factor) and EGF (Epidermis Growth Factor), Reversal Diamond EGF Drop helps promote fibroblast proliferation, counteract signs of aging and reignite youthful luminosity.


My short thoughts: It comes in a dropper and I apply it twice a day, morning and night, all over my face and neck. Whenever I use this product, I feel like I'm back in college... lol~ I have not seen skincare products that has a dropper. I used droppers for chemistry/biology labs. I think it's a genius idea for skin care products though! :)

Texture and smell: It's a clear, oil-like sebum with no scent.

* It comes in a dropper.
* It does not have a scent.
* It softens the dry spots.
* Face feels smoother.

* The oil-like sebum leaks from the dropper.
* It can get messy.
* It takes some time to absorb onto the skin.

Product Review: Cellnique Derma Brightening Complex
Price: $45 for 1 fl oz/30 mL

Made in Singapore

Information on the back: Derma Brightening Complex helps prevent skin hyperpigmentation while restoring its natural, luminous glow. Inflused with Kojic Acid and L-ascorbic Acid, this strongly-effective yet gentle formulation works to suppress melanogenesis, while facilitating the cell-renewal process. Excellent for all skin types including sensitive skin, pre- and post-operative skin, users can expect highly-satisfying results after a short period of application.


My short thoughts: I use this oil-based booster twice a day, morning and night. This one also comes in a dropper and the dropper seems to be better than the one above.

Texture and smell: It's a light yellow, oil-based booster and it smells like nuts. I'm not too keen on the smell... hehe~ :X

* It has a dropper.
* This one isn't messy.
* It's cooling to the skin.
* This one absorbs onto the skin quicker.

* It has a nut-like smell.

Product Review: Cellnique Vital Cellular Repair Emulsion
Price: $73 for 1 fl oz/30 g

Made in USA

Information on the back: Vital Cellular Repair Emulsion is an innovative formulation that consists of reparatory ingredients that are specifically designed to repair damaged cells and promote healing process. Bioactive Vitamin C provide visible skin replenishing and reparative benefits. Perilla Extract is powerful free radial scavenger to help reduce tissue scarring, photo-aging and skin sensitiveness. It protects all skin types including skin sensitive to environmental aggressions and provides relief to dry and dehydrated skin conditions.


My short thoughts: When I first used this, it reminded me of Clinique Moisture Surge. You only need a little product to spread/massage onto your face and neck. If you have dry skin and used all the products prior to this, this is very moisturizing. If you use this alone, I didn't find it that moisturizing.

Texture and smell: It's a dirty, colored cream and it doesn't have a scent.

* It has no scent.
* Cooling to the skin.
* Moisturizes the face if you used the products prior to this.

* This is the only one that you need to dig your fingers into.
* Used alone, it isn't moisturizing for dry skin people.

Would I buy these again? Yes, I see improvements on my skin.
Rating: [Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg] 4/5 Tobey's Paws

Now for the before, a month ago, and after pictures. I'm WARNING you it's pretty graphic!!!... lol~ There's a lot of freckles and no makeup whatsoever... eek~ Trust me I wish I didn't have to show you these but I think it's good to see what the results are. :X

PLEASE ignore my fat, nasty nose!!! :X I don't know if you can notice the difference, but I noticed my pores became smaller on my nose. There's also less noticeable white and blackheads.


On the inner, bottom corners, I noticed less wrinkles too. I think I was wearing sunscreen in the before picture. I see a tint of whiteness in the before picture... hehe~ :X

I used the eye cream on my forehead and noticed less noticeable lines. Please ignore the worried line. I've had that since my teen years I believe. It's genetic in my family. Everyone seems to have it... lol~ :X

The company is kind enough to give first 50 of my readers a sample, 3 mL, of Vital Cellular Repair Emulsion.

How to get the sample:
1. E-mail with your full name, address, or the blog's url if you have any with the subject
2. Readers that send their blog's url might stand a chance to do a product review.
3. This ends in one week, June 7th, and the delivery will take 4-6 weeks.

Thank you Cellnique for giving me these products to review!!! :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me by Cellnique. They sent these products for me to review. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Lipgloss

Please don't forget to enter the $125 gift certificate to CSN Stores giveaway (click here to enter).  It ends June 6 at 11:59 PST. :)

Several weeks ago, I received two CoverGirl products to test and review since I'm a BzzAgent. I think it's about time I review these products... hehe~

Monday, May 24, 2010

$125 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores Giveaway

I was kindly approached by a PR from CSN Stores to give one of my readers a $125 gift certificate to use on their website... wheee~ CSN Stores have more than 200 online stores from tv stands, pet products, to what we females like bags and shoes. ;) Here are some pictures from their online stores.
For pet lovers, you can bling your pet's collar. How cute is that!
If you're a parent or even an aunt, you can get stuff animals for the children. Heh~ You can even get these for yourself... hehe~
For us females, they sell wonderful bags like Kathy Van Zeeland. I'm a big sucker for this brand... hehe~ :D
To end with pictures, it's for us beauty addicts. How can we not live with this vanity mirror!!! :)

I can go on with pictures and the products they carry, but it'll be endless... hehe~ You need to check out the CSN Stores website. You can get a lot for $125. The only thing is the gift certificate DOES NOT cover shipping and international fees, but majority of the products have free shipping. Plus the best part is that you're getting $125 and most products have free shipping when you buy a certain amount, $75. You're getting free shipping anyways... hehe~ ;)

How to win:
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Open to US and Canada residents.
3. You must be 18 years or older. If you're younger than 18, please get your parent's permission.
4. You must leave a comment "CSN Stores rock" to this post with a blogger/google username. If you do not write "CSN Stores rock," you will not be entered.
5. You must agree to leave your name and e-mail with CSN Stores.
6. The giveaway will end in two weeks, 6/6/2010 11:59 PST (pacific time).
7. The winner will be drawn with a random number generator. You have 48 hours to contact me [aly_4realz (at) hotmail (dot) com] or else a new winner be chosen.

Extra entry:
1. Blog about the giveaway on your blog either on the side bar or on a post (+1 entry).

Thank you CSN Stores for sponsoring this giveaway!!! :)

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post are sponsored by CSN Stores. I am not affiliated with this company nor getting paid to advertise this product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

Credit: CSN Stores

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Skin Food Gingko Green BB Cream

I've been using Skin Food Gingko Green BB cream since the beginning of this year, 2010. I think it's about time I review this product... hehe~

Product Review: Skin Food Gingko Green BB Cream in Shade #2

Where can you purchase this: Korean beauty store, Skin Food store, Korea, or online
Price: cannot remember about I believe it was around $20

Made in Korea

Information on the back: This product is formulated with Gingko and green tea extracts, which are full of beauty enhancing ingredients like lecithin and Vitamin B to moisturize and nourish the skin. This is a multi function skin care product for both skin correction and skin protection.

My thoughts: Before I start, BB stands for blemish balm or base. You would think it's for people with acne problems but anyone can use it even I with dry skin. If you're looking for a foundation/BB cream that isn't on the medium to thick side, then this isn't for you. ;)

Most people think BB creams started in Korea, but in some ways it did and some ways it didn't... hehe~ Korea are the first people who thought of this idea, but it was actually made in Germany. My sister-in-law used one made from Germany and hot dang it's pretty expensive! It cost more than $100 and it looks like a cream moisturizer. For some odd reason, a lot of the less expensive ones come in tubes like the one I'm reviewing... hehe~

Now that you know a little history of BB creams, now to my review... hehe~ :D I spread this around my face with my fingers (make sure it's clean), therefore, it's actually better that it comes in a tube than a bottle. I'm not a professional when it comes to BB creams, but I do love the thick consistency. It covers my freckles better than most foundations... lol~ :X I am very happy with BB creams except for one thing. I noticed a lot of BB creams come in only two shades. I don't know why when there are so many different skin tones. :/ I know in Korea being pale is looked upon but still... hehe~ I got the darker shade, #2, and it still looks paler than my NC35 (that's what I am at the moment). Since I love my BB creams so much, I darken it up with a darker powder afterwards. That might be an option for those people who love BB creams and it doesn't come in your shade... hehe~ ;)

* Medium to thick consistency.

* It hides some of the flaws.
* Comes in a tube.
* For all skin types.
* Don't need a brush.
* A little goes a long ways.
* The scent isn't overbearing.

* Only two shades available.

* Hard to find in the US unless you buy online.

Would I buy this again? Yes and No. I might try other brands to compare in the future.
Rating: [Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg][Color+Paw.jpg] 4/5 Tobey's Paws

Here's a swatch on my hand.
It looks like it'll fit my skin tone, but that was my winter skin. During this summer weather, I'm much darker... hehe~
Here's how the BB cream looks on me. I darken it up with a dark powder to match my skin.

I haven't bought jewelries in a long time, but I couldn't resist with these. I told myself it's okay it can be my birthday gifts... hehe~
This is such a gorgeous necklace. The picture doesn't do it justice!!! It's a heart-shaped crystal with a blue-shaped rose inside. The rose shaped is hard to see here, but it's nice in person I promise... hehe~ I love this necklace because it's blue, my favorite color, and I love blue rose. I think blue rose are so unique and beautiful... hehe~
I also bought this dangling bracelet. I love dangling bracelets even though they're out of style now... hehe~ :X I love the simplicity of the colors, as well as, the silver leaves. :)

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are bought with my own money. I am not affiliated with any company nor getting paid to advertise any products. This post is written with my honest opinion.
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