PORES, BLACKHEADS & OILY SKIN ♡ Introducing b.liv

Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.

A new-to-me skincare brand contacted me last month to see if I was interested in reviewing some of their products, and I said yes! Although I am not a huge skincare person, I was excited to try out this brand because majority of their products claims to unclog pores, removes blackheads and control oil, and my skin is all about that right now. 

Established in 2009, b.liv, pronounced as "believe" claims to be a leading brand in pore management solution. I was told that they are an award-winning skincare brand which has gradually gained popularity in the South East Asia market such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, China and Indonesia with proven results in combating blackheads. b.liv also claims to be an affordable, salon-tested skincare regimen formulated for enlarged pores, oily skins, acne-prone skin, sensitive skin and redness due to hormone and stress.


 MY CURRENT SKIN PROBLEMS:
As you know, I have oily skin and my T-zone gets very oily during the day, hence why I no longer wear foundation to work because my makeup would just slides off. In the morning, I get these weird red patches around my nose and I have recently noticed this small area of dry patches under my lips area. Also, my nose is filled with blackheads and whiteheads that I am forever trying to get rid off but I just cannot stand the pain when squeezing out those gross stuff. Lastly, I cannot live a day without a poreless primer, unless if I was wearing absolute no makeup on the day, and because my face gets oily easily, my eyes would stings so badly if I don't blot away the facial oil during the day.

b.liv was kind enough to put together for me three of their star products based on my skin type and my current skin problems, and they are:
 Off With Those Heads (blackheads sebum gel)
 Absolute Matte (clarifying mask with active charcoal mask sheet - refreshing type)
 Deep Impact (deep pores massage and cleansing emulsion)

I have been testing these products for a total of three weeks and I am excited to share with you my initial thoughts and mini reviews of these products. Although there are good and bad, I am happy to say that one of these products has become my absolute favourite.

Below is a few photos of my bare face and skin condition that I have taken prior to trying out these products. I must say though, my skin is not as bad as I think and I am confident of going out with no makeup at all.








b.liv ABSOLUTE MATTE
clarifying mask with active charcoal mask sheet (refreshing type) | 1 pc | USD $2.50 | click

Absolute Matte is best suited for combination to oily skin and it helps combat excess sebum and control surface shine while purifying and refreshing your complexion. It has the benefits of lifting away impurities and leaving the skin clear, balanced and fabulously glowing.

b.live has suggested to use Absolute Matte "2 times 2 week" and as per usual, leave the mask on for 15 minutes, gently massage the remaining essence after removable, then leave it for complete absorption.

 THE GOOD: 
- I love the fresh minty scent
- The smell of charcoal lingers around after mask removable
- My face looks glowing after use, at the same time it also feels and looks matte
- It had a refreshing feeling

 THE BAD:
- The mask is too big for my face and it doesn't fit properly






b.liv DEEP IMPACT
deep pore cleansing and massage emulsion | 50ml | USD $35.00 | click

Deep Impact is best suited for oily skin. It has the benefits of gently but effectively exfoliates and clarifies your skin for the velvety smooth touch, it cleanse pores gently and it also prevent blemishes and pores blockage.

b.live has suggested to use the Deep Impact scrub "3 times a week" and I was reminded not to use it everyday because oily skin must not be over dried to maintain skin's essential moisture level.

 THE GOOD: 
- The texture of the scrub is not harsh, it doesn't hurt my skin as I scrub, but at the same time I do feel that it does clean my skin thoroughly.
- My skin doesn't feel squeaky clean or drying afterwards
- It has a nice smell

 THE BAD:
- I didn't see any difference when comparing with my other scrubs and cleanser


b.liv OFF WITH THOSE HEADS
blackheads sebum gel | 15ml | USD $35.00 | click

Off With Those Heads is a sebum gel that helps with blackheads and whiteheads removable without the need for painful squeezing and it is suitable for all skin type. The gel is suppose to softens the clog that is blocking your pores to allow effortless extraction. It has the benefits of helping with blackheads and whiteheads clearing, and keeping oil secretion under control.

b.live has recommended to apply Off With Those Heads on your T-zone for 14 day consecutively after toner and before moisturiser.

 THE GOOD: 
- cooling gel texture that absorbs quickly
- I was able to pull out more blackheads and whiteheads when using a nose strip
- blackheads comes out easily with a light-handed squeeze on the nose
- No pains whatsoever when squeezing blackheads from nose
- Removing blackheads on the nose has never been this easy! and painless!

 THE BAD:
- none
The photo above shows a before and after of using b.liv Off With Those Heads and I am so impressed with the result. Although it does not fully remove my blackheads and whiteheads on the nose, you can definitely see a huge difference.

Overall, I am glad that I get the opportunity to try out such a cool skincare brand and I am not just saying that because these were sent to me for free. If I was to spend my own money on this brand, I would definitely buy Off With Those Heads as that was the only product that really impressed me.

As for the Absolute Matte mask and the Deep Impact scrub, I didn't find too much of a difference when comparing them to the other skincare products that I have been using.

b.liv has this 14 days money-back guarantee policy and it takes a total of 5 days including weekend to arrive in New Zealand.

have you tried b.liv?

ELF Matte Lip Collection: Collector's Edition ♡ ft. 12 Shades of ELF's Best Selling Matte Lip Colors

ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors

Today I am sharing with you swatches of the ELF Matte Lip Collection that I have recently purchased, despite swearing that I would never buy ELF Cosmetics again due to some very horrible experience in the past. 

I decided to give it another chance as ELF Cosmetics' prices are always so temping, plus their Matte Lip Color is actually amazing stuff. So in my recent order I bought the ELF Matte Lip Collection in the Collector's Edition and it features 12 of the best-selling ELF Matte Lip Colors. 

ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors

ELF Matte Lip Collection retailed for USD $30.00, unfortunately the set is no longer available to purchase as there were only 500 sets available, but the matte lipsticks included are available to purchase individually and it is retailed for USD $3.00 each.

ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors
ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors
ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors
ELF Matte Lip Collection: 12 Best-Selling ELF Matte Lip Colors



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Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul + Online Store Review ♡ ft. Lash Serum, Milk Mask Sheet, Alice in Wonderland Eyeshadow & Lip Pencil Set

Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

I have been buying Korean beauty products from eBay for years, but lately it has come to my attention that some of the prices isn't as affordable anymore compared to some NZ based companies that sells similar items. So when I asked for NZ based K-beauty stores recommendations, a few bloggers has recommended Korean Kiwi Beauty.

Since this is my first time shopping from Korean Kiwi Beauty, I will be sharing with you my first impression of the products I have purchased, my overall shopping experience, price comparison with other K-beauty online stores / eBay prices, payments option and delivery.

HAUL & FIRST IMPRESSION

 Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

 BEYOND ALICE IN GLOW CREAM SHADOW

If I remember it correctly, Beyond x Alice in Wonderland is a pretty old collection and I think it was launched sometimes in 2015. 

I remember that this collection was rather hard to get my hands on because non of the regular online stores I buy from stocks the brand Beyond and the ones being sold on eBay is double the price expensive. So when I saw that Korean Kiwi Beauty stocks these cream shadows it got me really excited! 

Beyond Alice in Glow Cream Shaodw in #03 Grapefruit Squeeze looks like a gorgeous shimmery peachy coral in the pot and when I did a arm swatch, the color shown up on skin as a light shimmery pink; but when I applied it on my eyelid, it shown up as almost clear with lots of shimmer. It has a grainy texture and it didn't apply too well either with fingers or with a makeup brush. The eyeshadow doesn't stick too well on skin and I find that it's better used as a glitter topper. 

PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $15.00 
 eBay Seller Rinishop - USD $10.29 (approx NZD $14.23)


 ETUDE HOUSE MY LASH SERUM

I have read a lot of reviews which many people claims that the Etude House My Lash Serum made their eyelashes softer, shiner and longer within one week of usage. Although my eyelashes are quite healthy, I still wanted to try this serum in hopes that my eyelashes grows longer so that when I curl my lashes with an eyelashe curler, they stay up.


PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $7.00
 Etude House Official - USD $5.90 (approx NZD $8.26)
 eBay Seller F2Plus1 - USD $4.99 (approx NZD $6.90)

 Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
 Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul
Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

 PERIPERA INK LIP PENCIL SET

PeriPera Ink Lip Pencil Set features a trendy graffiti theme tin case and the set contains eight lip pencils in nude, brown, pink, red and purple shades.

These lip pencils claims to be highly pigmented with a velvety smooth finish that glides on the lips softly and effortlessly. They are the twist-up type of lip pencils, so there is no need to worry about sharpening the pencils.

I find that majority of the shades are pigmented and each of them leaves a slight stain when wiped off with a makeup remover cloth. The texture is velvety smooth and soft as it claims and it glides on the lips without tugging. The only thing that really bothers me about these is that the pencils snaps so easily upon application!

PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $30.00
 eBay Seller RoseRoseShop - USD $18.87 (approx NZD $26.48)

Korean Kiwi Beauty Haul

 A'PIEU MILK ONE PACK MASK SHEETS

A'Pieu Milk One Pack Mask Sheet is available in seven kinds and I bought the Strawberry one for brightening effect and the Coffee one for firming effect. I have also received the Chocolate one as a free gift and it works as a smoothing effect.

This is one of those mask sheet that I tried and instantly see result! My face was glowing after I used the chocolate mask sheet, it also smells like coconut which got me so obsessed!

PRICE COMPARISON
 Korean Kiwi Beauty - NZD $2.50
 RoseRoseShop - USD $0.73 (approx NZD $1.04)

PAYMENTS OPTION

Korean Kiwi Beauty accepts credit cards and direct bank deposit payments.

I feel that I have to especially mention their payments option because nowadays online stores rarely allows the bank deposit option, even those stores based in New Zealand.

Sometimes it becomes a hassle if I am unable to pay via credit cards and the stores doesn't accepts bank transfer and I'm left here hanging... like... "I want my order but I can't pay via credit card, so what do I do now?!".

DELIVERY

Korean Kiwi Beauty was quick to dispatch my order despite paying via internet banking between different banks.

I placed my order on Sunday afternoon at around 4 pm and on Monday morning at 8 am I have received an email with a tracking number to inform that my parcel has been dispatched! My parcel arrived on Wednesday, all well packed and nothing came missing or damaged.

Shipping is free on all orders within NZ, no minimum order rules unless if you order sheet masks only. They also offers delivery to Australia.


OVERALL

Korean Kiwi Beauty stocks a lot of brands, but they don't have a wide selection of products and I find that majority of the products they stocks are items that you rarely hear about. So some of the products could be Limited Edition collections that was launched years ago, or they could be the products that has been in the market for years, but no one raves about them.

My overall shopping experience with Korean Kiwi Beauty is great! As you would know that customer service is one of the most important things to me when it comes to shopping online or in-store, if the seller is rude or unprofessional, it's likely that I would walk off or never return again.

As stated in the price comparison under each products, Korean Kiwi Beauty's prices is not expensive compared to eBay and other international online stores. Most of the time eBay is cheaper in their pricing, but you would have to wait weeks to receive your parcel, and while Korean Kiwi Beauty is a few dollars extra, they do arrive in less than a week! Also, I wanted to compare Korean Kiwi Beauty prices to other NZ based K-Beauty online stores too, but they don't stock the items I featured in this haul, so I'm going to have to wait until I bought an item that all the stores stocks to be able to compare the prices.


have you shopped from Korean Kiwi Beauty?
what is your favourite Korean beauty online store?