Hello and a Happy New Year!
I’ve been a busy bee recently, preparing for 2015 to be uh-mazing, so I’m kicking off 2015 on the blog with a post aimed to achieving great, healthy skin. As we all know, and I’ve been repeating this mantra over, and over, and over again in all my previous blog-posts, which is the fact that I believe hydration is the key to achieving perfect skin. I’ve been constantly hydrating internally (drinking more water yo!) & externally, via treatments, masks, moisturizers, etc, so I’m trying my best here.
It seems that the universe is in agreement with me, since these babies landed in my mailbox not too long ago. ❤
Let me do the honours of introducing the b.liv Power Duos- Hydro Quench Booster to you guys, a powerful set containing b.liv’s two best-selling moisture boosting products:
- b.liv Hyaluronic Original Hydration Essence (25ml, RRP 99.90)
- b.liv Repair & Rescue – Sensitive Salvation Original Japan Silk Mask (7pcs, RRP 49.90)
Product Pack Description: Treat your skin to a moisture boost with our Hydro Quench Duo! This awesome duo consists of the richly formulated Hyaluronic Acid serum and our perfectly pre-soaked Japan Silk Masks, Immerse Me. With this, your skin will be filled with highly thirst-quenching ingredients that will bring back a healthy and dewy look to your skin!
If you haven’t heard about the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid yet, have a quick read on what magic it can do for your skin.
Personally, I’ve already been incorporating Hyaluronic Acid into my skin care for a while now with Hydraluron, and the b.liv skincare set is another additional step in my skin-care routine to enhance moisture retention.
Lets start off with the b.liv Hyaluronic Original Hydration Essence.
Product Description: b.liv’s hyaluronic original – a 100% pure Hyaluronic Acid powder in solubilized solution acts as a super sponge to hold 1000 times its weight in moisture. It provides intensive moisturization and soothes all skin types, including the excessively dry. It’ll revive your complexion and make it the focus of everyone’s attention!
The essence is made of 100% pure of Hyaluronic Acid powder. The ultra-lightweight serum, water-smooth texture melts into the skin after application, so gentle, it is ideal for use after a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. It can be applied anytime throughout the day or night to add extra moisture to the skin. Suitable for all skin types, inclusive excessively dry, acne prone and sensitive skin.
Can be used alone for oily skin or layered with moisturizer if you have dry skin.
Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Silk, Lactamide MEA, Rice (Oryza sativa) Bran Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Methylparaben
Usage Instructions: After cleansing and toning, apply 4-6 drops of Hyaluronic Original evenly over the face in the morning and night. Follow up with your skin moisturizer of choice.
Personal Thoughts: I’ve been using the essence for exactly 28 days now (morning & night) , though I skipped a day or two when I was feeling too ill to get out of bed.(boo, fever!) My normal routine is to start of with the Kiehls Calendula Cleanser, following up with the Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil Free Toner, Melvita Rose Mist, Alpha H Liquid Gold (at night), Hydraluron, the Cremorlab Fresh Water Gel Moisturizer, and the Shiseido Perfect UV Sunscreen to finish off. At night I sometimes add-on the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate into the mix as well if I feel extra dehydrated.
For all intents and purposes of this trial, I stopped using Hydraluron & used the b.liv’s Hyaluronic Original (BHO) instead to replace it. After 30 days of use, I’ve noticed a couple of things. The BHO definitely works the same way as Hydraluron, but absorbs much faster into the skin that Hydraluron would. If Hydraluron would take a minute to dry off, the BHO takes half the time. Also the BHO is less tackier that Hydraluron, and has no scent. Hydraluron sometimes has a strange gluey scent to it, lol! The texture of BHO itself is slightly thicker than water, much like any other serums really.
The glass bottle itself is quite small, only 25 ml, but I reckon with 4-5 drops daily, it can last you at least 2 months. Also, may I just add here that the glass bottle with the pipette screams luxe to me!
Effects wise, the BHO definitely made my skin feel more hydrated, (I feel more boing!) and it made my skin feel much smoother and softer. I only noticed the extra plumpness during the few days I stopped using the BHO because of my fever, and my skin felt less hydrated and less soft. It didn’t break me out, no adverse effects whatsoever. It didn’t make a world of a difference to my skin, considering the fact that I’ve been on the Hyaluronic Acid bandwagon for a while now, but for someone just starting to incorporate it into their skincare, I’m quite sure it will do wonders for your skin.
The next item in the set is the b.liv Repair & Rescue – Sensitive Salvation Original Japan Silk Mask (7pcs) though you’re only seeing 6 pcs because I went ahead and used one first while taking pics for this post haha.
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(you can thank me later!)