Monday, May 31, 2010

Cellnique Paramedical Skincare

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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

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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~
I received Smoky ShadowBlast in #805 Silver Sky and ShineBlast Lipgloss in #840 Sparkler. They also sent a booklet with Drew Barrymore on the cover.
Inside the booklet, there's a picture of Drew Barrymore using the Smoky ShadowBlast. This is how the cream eyeshadows suppose to look on an individual. By the way, I think this is such a hot picture of Drew!!! Seeing how hot the makeup looks on her, I was excited to try this out... hehe~

I'll review the Smoky ShadowBlast first.

Product Review: CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast in #805 Silver Sky

Where can you purchase this: drugstores and online
Price: $7.99

Made in USA

Information on the back: Easily achieve colorful smoky eyes! Smoky ShadowBlast's expertly matched shades, uniquely shaped tips and smoky eye creams, give you an easy way to achieve smoky eye perfection. Finish off with either LashBlast Length or LashBlast volume mascara to complete your look.

Direction on the back: Makeup Artist Application Tips on how to easily create the smoky eye using Smoky ShadowBlast:
Step 1: Using the rounded tip, smoothly spread the lighter shade from your lash line to the brow bone (and just below the bottom lash line if you choose).
Step 2: Using the tapered tip, apply the darker shade on your lash line and in the crease of your upper lid.


My thoughts: Initially, I was excited to try this out but also nervous. I was excited and hoping it'll look the same on me as it does on Drew. The reason why I was nervous is because it's a cream eyeshadow. Through my experience nothing cream stays on my lids... lol~ I remember the rave about NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and how wonderful they will make as a base. I think I'm the only one who made NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils crease on me within an hour or two... hehe~ :X For that reason, I had fear this will crease on me madly... eek~ It's not a pretty sight! :P After trying this out twice from their direction, it didn't looked that great and it creased!!! :( It was a big fail... lol~

I decided to try my way and it was actually okay on me. I used one of the eyeshadow color as a base and applied eyeshadow on top of it. It eventually creased but it wasn't an hour or two thing. It took 8 hours before it started creasing. Not bad I say!... hehe~

* It looks gorgeous on Drew!
* It comes with two eyeshadow colors.
* Tells you the steps of which sides to use.
* The purple color is gorgeous.
* Using the eyeshadow as a base, it doesn't crease easily.
* You don't need a brush with this. You can use your fingers.

* It's from CoverGirl; I haven't had great experiences with them.
* It only comes in 8 variety of colors.
* The round colored is way too glittery and light.
* Using the eyeshadow alone, it creases madly.
* You need to use your fingers to blend.
* It fades if you use a brush.

Would I buy this again? Probably not.
Rating: [Color+Paw.jpg]   2/5 Tobey's Paws

I'll tell you a little more information of these before I show how it looks on me... hehe~
Here's how the eyeshadows look. It tells you the steps of each side which is nice.
Here's the color of step 1, silver color.
Here's the color of step 2, purple color.

Now for the swatch of the eyeshadows:
On the left side is the silver color and the right is the purple color.

Here's how the colors look on me when I apply it the way they want you to use it:
I hated it a lot!!! :X The step 1, silver color, is way too light for the step 2, purple color. You can barely see the silver color and it was mad glittery! It also creased within an hour.

Here's a look with the eyeshadow as a base:
I used the silver color as a base and applied a dark gray color on the lids and purple eyeshadow on the crease/eye socket. I think the combination of those colors are gorgeous and it took 8 hours before the eyeshadows started creasing.

Now for my review on the lipgloss.

Product Review: CoverGirl ShineBlast Lipgloss in #840 Sparkler

Where can you purchase this: drugstore and online
Price: $7.49

Made in USA

Information from the booklet: Breakthrough ShineSculpt applicator hugs your lips' contours for optimum, smooth application and 4x more noticeable shine.

My thoughts: I picked out the lightest, pink color. No matter what this color won't fail or at least I think so... hehe~ The first thing I did as soon as I opened the product is smell inside. I'm not too sure what kind of smell it is, but it wasn't appealing to my nose. Then I applied it on my lips. It's very sheer but then its expected since I picked out the lightest color... hehe~ Even though it's sheer, my lips looked nice because of the shine... hehe~ It's not sticky so this is a plus for those people who don't like sticky lipglosses. I actually don't mind sticky lipglosses since they seem to last longer than non-sticky glosses. For a non-sticky gloss, this actually lasted quite some time. It rubbed off when I ate something, but most glosses do that. ;) The only thing I wasn't pleased about this lipgloss is that it has glitters. I don't mind the glitters but it's weird when I rub my lips and I can feel it. :/

* Not sticky.
* Last a long time.
* Shiny.
* Comes in 16 colors.

* It's from CoverGirl; I haven't had good experience with this brand.
* It smells.
* It's sheer.
* You can feel the glitters on your lips.

Would I buy this again? No.
Rating: [Paw.jpg][Paw.jpg] 1/5 Tobey's Paws

Here's how the applicator looks like:
It's a sponge-like tip. It kind of reminds me of NYX lipglosses unless I"m mistaken... hehe~ :X

Here's a swatch of the lipgloss:
It's very sheer as you can tell and it has glitters. 

Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post are given to me because I'm a BzzAgent. 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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