Friday, 18 June 2010

Blog review part one…

Hi bloggettes, I’ve recently been sent a few bits to try out to review specifically for the blog, and it’s taken me a while to put these reviews up as usually I just review products that come into me via the magazine to test and write those posts whenever I have time so am going to make sure I get these up as soon as I can which is why this is part one! I wanted to be completely honest with you about where these came from, as I’d hate you to think I’d lost my integrity.

So, the first bits I got sent were from Malaysian based skincare company, Cellnique. They asked for my skin type and any concerns I have (can be dehydrated and prone to spots) and then sent me the following products…

Advanced Bio Renewal Masque (RRP $51).

What they say: “This unparalleled scrub masque is formulated with bio-captured fresh fruit enzymes and acids complex. It works effectively in exfoliating dead cells, optimizing cellular renewal performance and deep pore cleansing, thus revealing a softer, fresher and healthier skin.”

What I say: “I really, really loved this masque. It has quite a strong pineapple scent which may not be to everyone’s taste, but the results are amazing – I’ve honestly never tried a product with such incredible, instant results. You use this masque once or twice a week, applying it to dry skin and then after 10 minutes, massaging it into the skin for a few minutes with wet hands which turns it into more of a facial scrub, before washing it off. It may not be great for sensitive skins as initially when you apply it, it does sting slightly, but then this sensation goes away very quickly, and is also supposed to happen! After the very first use my skin felt softer than it ever had afterwards (which is where the stinging comes in I guess as it is a mild, home version of the chemical peel), and the couple of red spots I had on my chin had calmed down, and then almost disappeared the next day! I hadn’t heard of the company before so was slightly sceptical, but I’m so glad I was sent this product and would definitely buy it once mine runs out.

Secret Beauty Verdict: Unless you have sensitive skin, this is really worth trying to get rid of spots, dead skin cells and help with cell renewal.

Intensive Hydrating Complex (RRP $61).

What they say: “A lightweight formulation with high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid and Essential Amino Acids. Helps bind moisture to restore elasticity of the skin. It thereby minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and helps deliver an instant supple and smooth skin.”

What I say: When I first tried this out a couple of times, I wasn’t that impressed to be honest, but then I literally just tried it when I remembered to – so what did I expect? I then started using it properly as part of a skin regime and I have to say I was really impressed. I applied this feather-light serum after cleansing, but before facial oil (which is before moisturiser) and my skin has felt great since. I’m not sure how different this is to other serums out there, but it has definitely helped to hydrate it (more so than before I used it), and when it goes on it does tighten the skin instantly, which automatically feels like it’s plumping any lines! Another good thing with this is that you can use it around the eye area which you generally can’t do with serums, and the tightening effect around there is lovely.

Secret Beauty Verdict: Really nice serum which does work well, although I’m not sure how different it is to similar (perhaps cheaper) products out there.

Cellnique also have offered Secret Beauty Blogger readers a sample of their Skin Action Sebum Gel (3ml) to the first 50 readers that email their full name and shipping address to with the subject The T&Cs for this offer are as follows: Valid 1 week after this product review has been posted (so send before the 25th June) and the sample delivery will be within 4 – 6 weeks.

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