Monday, June 3, 2013

b.liv Skincare Review

I've been using a line of products from b.liv by cellnique for the past three weeks and I've achieved some pretty successful results.  This line is cruelty-free, but they are not made with natural ingredients (nor are they paraben free).  I wanted to give that information up-front and let you as readers decide whether or not that is important when deciding to try b.liv.

I received five products total to try.  When b.liv contacted me to see if I was interested in hosting a review, they asked me questions about my skin so that they could tailor products to meet my needs.  I let them know that I had oily/combination skin and my main concern was balancing sebum production.  I definitely noticed a reduction in the oil production on my skin at the midday point.  I always use oil blotting papers at work after lunch and the amount of oil was much less while I was using these b.liv products.  I'm not posting before and after pictures of my skin because it didn't look any different after using these products, but it definitely felt different.

I enjoyed using the Sqeaky Clean Beads Cleansing Gel ($25 for 4.4 fl oz) cleanser the most.  It had a slightly tingly feeling and smelled like peppermint.  The gel contains little microbeads for daily exfoliation, and they felt extremely gentle.  I wasn't worried that the cleanser was too abrasive for daily use.  I used this once in the morning and once at night.  It has a pump dispenser, so one pump was the perfect dime-sized amount.  It lathered well with a little bit of water, and rinsed off just as easily.

The Got Oil Relief Oil Controlling Toner ($21 for 4.4 fl oz.) came next.  The bottle has a spray cap, so I would just spray a light mist onto my face after cleansing.  I didn't care for the scent of this product--it contains witch hazel and chamomile, so I think it was a mixture of the two of those ingredients.  I don't mind each of them on their own, but for some reason all of the ingredients combined didn't equal a great scent to me.  It sprays on nice and lightly, though, and refreshes the skin throughout the day as well.

After the toner comes the Soothe and Splash Anti-Sensitive and Anti-Dryness Moisturizer ($39 for 1.5 fl oz).  This dispenses from an air-tight pump, and only two or three drops were necessary for me to cover my entire face and neck.  It has a lightweight formula and didn't feel heavy on my skin at all.  It also absorbed nice and quickly.  The cream felt very smooth.  I like this because my skin is oily but also sensitive, and this works to combat both.

The final two products I received were the Off With Those Heads Blackheads Sebum Gel ($39 for .5 fl oz) and the Leach Me Moisturizing Mask ($32 for box of seven).  I think the Off With Those Heads gel was the most effective product in balancing my sebum production.  I really loved using this product!  It works for blackheads and whiteheads, and even though the bottle is small it will last a long time because you only need a few drops.  I applied this to my T-zone in the morning and it significantly reduced my oil production throughout the day.

The Leach Me mask was my least favorite product.  I normally love using masks of all types, but this one is a paper mask and those aren't my favorite.  I received three to try, and I wasn't able to fully use the first one.  I ended up throwing it out before being able to really try it because it was so soaked in liquid that it dripped into my eyes and all over my lips--not a pleasant experience.  On my second try I wised up and squeezed out the excess liquid before applying the mask.  I let the paper sit on my skin for about five minutes, but then I removed it and just let the liquid left over sit for 20 more; I found that this application was the most comfortable for me.  Although it wasn't my favorite type of mask, it did make my skin feel super smooth and hydrated after use.

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Bottom Line: b.liv's products were very effective for me and I would highly recommend the ones I've reviewed here for anyone with oily/combination skin.  Based on their effectiveness, I would say that their products for other skin types are probably very effective as well!


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