Pros: natural ingredients.
Cons: expensive, doesn’t brighten dramatically, drying.
Price: $58.99 at Priceline and various websites.
Buy again: no.
This serum’s consistency is unique, as it is very watery and thin. After distributing it on my palms and applying it to my face, it instantly dries within 2-3 seconds. After application, it has a slightly tightening/drying effect, so I always follow up with Rosehip Oil and a moisturizer.
I didn’t notice any brightening effects after using this for 3-4 months in a consistent manner (I used 3-4 drops after cleansing every night). However, it is made from natural ingredients and did not break me out.
In conclusion, I would not buy this product again as it was more of a placebo product. For the price, I could probably find another natural product with better results. If you would like to try this product, I recommend waiting for a sale at Priceline, as I got it during the 40% off skincare sale around July.
However, I read other reviews on this product and some people have experienced good results. To be fair, I don’t have any focused hyper-pigmentation or spots so I was expecting a more overall brightening effect to my face. I also only used it at night while the recommendation is to use it both morning and night.
All I can say is: I succumbed to the snail trend. Very quick and messy post just for the sake of updating!
I had the priviledge to visit the infamous cosmetic shops of Korea – including the tourist-hungry shopping strips on Myeong-Dong earlier this year.
One of the things that I was looking forward to see for myself was the snail products galore… and see them I did! They were everywhere! I was even confused on which one to buy.
My pick was Nature Republic’s Snail Therapy. I figured I’d buy the set as it was more economic. My friend took the cream away and I snatched the eye cream and ampoule.
Pros: Makes skin smooth, moisturising
Cons: Hard to get, can congest skin.
Price: Unfortunately I have forgotten… around $80 per box straight from the Nature Republic shop. I’m not sure about online.
Buy again: No, try another brand perhaps.
The texture IS like snail slime (not that I have ever put snail slime on my face) – slimy, sticky, slippery. This one smells a bit artificial. I initially put 3-4 drops on my face but reduced it to about 2-3 as it was too much. A little goes a long way. The feeling after it settles down is a bit peculiar – like a layer of film on top of your skin. However, I love the effect it has on my skin the next morning. My face feels smooth and moisturised (sometimes a little overly moisturised/oily). A word of warning for the oilier-skinned people though; don’t overdo it or your skin will get congested. I alternate this with my other night creams/serums as it’s quite heavy. I think it’s more suited to dry and mature skin.
Can’t say much about the eye cream. Unfortunately the texture is not as fascinating as the ampoule, it’s just a normal light creamy texture. Goes on smoothly and smells the same as the ampoule. Also can’t say much about the effect as I don’t have any wrinkles/lines around the eye area yet. Only using this for the extra moisture and as a preventative measure.
O’slee White Medi Perfect Whitening Serum – Score: 5/5
Description from oslee.com:
PERFECT WHITENING SERUM Patent ingredient-SYMWHITE ® 377 Reduce Melanin in 24 hours
Before Use : Skin is swarthy with dark spots.
After 28 Days : Brightening skin and make spots invisible.
Non-stop Restrain Melanin Buildup. Long-lasting whitening effects. The latest world best whitening ingredient –SYMWHITE ® 377, comes from botanic plant extracts, is one of the most effective Tyrosinase Inhibitor, performs a powerful whitening effect with low Irritant reaction. Strongly retrain melanin buildup; its whitening effect is 20 times more than Kojic Acid. The test proves that it can 100% reduce Melanin in 24 hours.
Potent anti-oxidation , enhance whitening effect
Natural Papaya Enzyme , instant brightening and even skin tone
Sympeptide TM 222, anti-aging and firming skin
Hyaluronic acid, intensive hydrating
- 【SYMWHITE ® 377】inhibits Tyrosinase, thus restraining melanin buildup.
- 【Tranexamic Acid】reduces the appearance of flecks.
- 【Natural Papaya Enzyme】removes dead skin cells, instantly brightening and evening out skin tone.
- 【Sympeptide™ 222】gives anti-aging and firming effect.
- 【Hyaluronic Acid】intensively hydrates.Full ingredient list:Deionized Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mulberry, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, European Hop Flower, Cetyl Alcohol, Waltheria Indica Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice Extract), Azone, Papain (Papaya Enzyme), Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E, Tranexamic Acid, L-Superoxide Dismutase, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Methyl Paraben, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, A-Bisabolol, Propyl Paraben, Hyaluronic Acid, Rose Water, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Ethydiglycol, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Oligopeptide. (credit: allaboutskinlightening.net)
b.liv Off With Those Heads Serum – Score: 5/5
Pros: it’s a miracle in a bottle, non-sticky, refreshing feel.
Cons: expensive, not readily available, stinging sensation on sensitive skin.
Price: US$63.20 for 45ml (SASA).
Buy again: YES.
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Like the Clarisonic Mia, this was a totally random impulse buy. I was browsing through some beauty blogs when I read about this seemingly too-wonderful-to-be-true serum! After reading through some reviews on the net, I decided to take the plunge despite the semi-expensive price.
I have (had ;) )severe blackheads on my nose and some on my cheeks. I also have an issue with enlarged pores and congestion… it’s a vicious cycle!.
After using b.liv for 3 weeks, AM & PM (only on the nose in the morning and the whole face at night), my blackheads have pretty much disappeared. They still needed manual extraction but using pore packs/squeezing became MUCH easier.
Unfortunately I don’t really have a clear “before” picture of my strawberry nose. This is the best that I’ve got. Aren’t you thankful I don’t have a HD photo?
As you can see I had severe blackheads and spots on my nose. I’ve been battling them since I was about 11/12 years old so this is as bad as it gets.
Now my nose feels smooth to the touch and even though my pores are still huge, they’re EMPTY!! haha. Makeup works much better when I want to conceal my pores. Here are some disgusting close-up pics of how effectively this has worked in combination with physical scrubs and pore packs. Note: I think the more severe blackheads you have the better the results. If you have a speck or two then I don’t think it’s worth it to buy this product.
I can’t thank this serum enough and will buy it again and again and again and stock up for the next 20 years if they plan to discontinue it. The ONLY thing that has worked for me in getting rid of blackheads. No amount of chemical/physical exfoliants, pore packs or masks have been able to get rid of them.
FYI I have tried chemical exfoliants (Neostrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion, Dermalogica Gentle Exfoliant, etc), numerous scrubs (aspirin mask, St. Ives, etc), and regular pore packs (Biore and other Japanese brands). One thing I haven’t tried is Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder.
Might do another post on blackhead battling plan and a review of my absolute favorite pore pack: Kose Softymo Nose Clean Pack.