Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review b.liv Off With Those Heads

“Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review purposes in exchange for my honest opinion after trying it out.” Complete disclosure here  

Hello, lovelies~ I'm pretty sure everyone here knows what blackheads are and how annoying they can be to our looks. If you haven't understood what they are, you can always learn more about blackheads here, so you can differentiate between blackheads and whiteheads. 

One of the many way of removing blackheads is by extracting them at the dermatologist or esthetician's office. Don't try to squeeze them out yourself as it may do more harm than good. Unless you're a licensed esthetician or dematologist, of course. 

However, I was sent a product that claimed to be able to remove all those nasty looking blackheads off my pores. It goes by the name b.liv Off With Those Heads. Kinda like the Queen of Hearts, eh?

Utilizing the combination of tea tree oil and menthol, this gel claims to extract any whitehead or blackhead without the usual pain from the traditional extraction at the dermatologist's office. Witch hazel is also used in the mix to reduce the appearance of pores. For preservatives, it uses methylparaben, propylparaben and diazolidinyl urea. I'm not really sure which ingredient works to remove the blackheads, but let's just try it.

The blackhead sebum gel is packaged in a transparent plastic bottle with a pump on the dispensing end. The orange stripe makes the bottle look extra sweet and professional looking. Kinda like those bottles from the dermatologist skincare line.

The gel itself is transparent, which is a good thing because there are no colorants that have the potential to further irritate the skin. It has a subtle mint scent, possibly due to the menthol, but it's not too disturbing for me. 

Once applied on the skin, I feel a hint of stinging sensation mixed a cooling sensation afterwards. I reckon it's the menthol and witch hazel doing it's job. It's not painful at all, in case you're wondering. The gel does take some time to get absorbed into the skin.
Excuse the dry skin on the right
I have used it for two weeks, in the morning and before I sleep, so here are the before and after pictures. You can see that some of the smaller blackheads are removed, but there are also some that are left behind. 

My blackheads are that stubborn, that's why I always extract them myself (licensed esthetician here, so I can freely extract blackheads). For two weeks time, it's not bad at removing the smaller blackheads. I'll have to see how the product performs after a whole month. 

Overall, the product does remove blackheads, although not all. I think two weeks time isn't really enough to see a major difference, so I will probably update this post once a month has passed. There are mild stinging sensations, but it's not something painful. It's still tolerable. It may work for those not having stubborn blackheads, probably. The price is expensive, retailing for USD $ 49.00, which is nearly Rp 575652,00 a bottle. 

What do you think of this product?
Have you tried it?

Let me know in the comments below what you think about it. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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  1. dr kmren banyak yg review iniiiii racun bgt >_<
    tp emg pd ngefek sih ya.. pgn coba jg buat ilangin komedo cm ga kuat sm harganya lol

    1. Di aku blm terlalu efek sih, cm yg kecil2 aja yg ilang. Mgkn krn komedoku terlalu banyak dan agak keras. :)

  2. layout barunya bagus cici~~ me likey :D

  3. Review nya ci Phanie selalu suka deh krn di bahas dr sisi ingredients nya pasti hehe. Btw aku udah follow blog ini via email tp kenapa skrg ga pernah dapet updatean lagi ya via email :(

    1. Thank you for the comment. He? Udah ga dapet lagi via email? Waduh, mesti dicek nih, thank you ya for the news. ^_^ *hugs*