Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cellnique - Gotta See It To Believe It - Review and Giveaway!

Hi everyone! It's been a while and so much has happened in a short time. Ever since finishing my final exams, I've leapt straight into work. I didn't expect to be working so much so soon, to be honest. I haven't had much of a chance to breathe since April. But sometimes when you're given an opportunity, you have to take them as they come. So I've been working my butt off, waking up at 6:30am daily and coming home no earlier than 10:00pm, exhausted and without much energy left to do anything else. This week, I feel like I'm settling into this new routine so I pulled out some time to finally put up this long overdue review for you!
(Stay tuned for a mini giveaway at the end!)

I had the opportunity to try out a few products from Cellnique. These products were so kindly sent to me by Selina from Cellnique to try (thank you again!). She asked for my skin type and skin problems I had, then chose products accordingly for me to try.

y skin profile:
oily, acne-prone skin
tend to get cystic acne on a regular basis

acne scarring, redness and uneven skintone
congestion around the nose area

Sometimes it really sucks being a girl because girls can be so hormonal! Every time during finals, my stress levels will naturally skyrocket and along with it, the number of pimples that pop out on my face. Unfortunately for me, I don't get simple acne but rather cystic acne - the kind that stays under the surface of your skin and doesn't go away for weeks.When these finally erupt onto the surface of my skin, I'm usually left with a lovely reminder in the form of scars to taunt me for the next few months. And when my skin finally shapes up again, guess what? It's time for the NEXT exam period and the cycle of breakouts repeats itself. It is absolutely frustrating!! So naturally, I am always looking for products to help stop this horrible cycle of breakouts for me.

Products for my skin:
1. Skin Purifying Cleanser
2. Skin Action Gel Plus
3. Skin Action Sebum Gel
4. Vital Cellular Repair masque

1. Cellnique Skin Purifying Cleanser



Regulates sebum secretion


Main Active Ingredients
Burdock Extract
Burdock Extract
•  Burdock is used for its antiseptic properties to regulate oiliness of the skin, and its anti- inflammatory properties help control and effectively prevent breakouts.
Willow Extract
Willow Extract
•  A natural form of Salicylic Acid, used as an exfoliant and astringent. It has anti- inflammatory effects making it an effective ingredient to help with acne problems.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil
•  With excellent anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. Has been used to support the skin by rebuilding cells – reduction of inflammation, swelling and less scarring

Full Ingredients List

Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, 1,3-Butylene Glycol, Silica Beads, Cocamide Diethanolamine, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Great Burdock (Arctium Majus) Extract, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, Bio-Sulphur, Lactic Acid, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana) Extract, Willow (Salix Alba) Extract, Camphor, D-Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Alpha-Bisabolol, Methylparaben.
Description: This is a lightweight and non-comedogenic cleansing gel with micro-fine beads to remove dead skin cells and reduce excessive sebum. The multi active ingredients such as Burdock Extract, Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil accelerate the recovery process of acne prone skin to deliver a clear and fresh complexion.

Use day & night after Vital Cellular Repair Milk or makeup remover
Wet face & neck, work cleanser into a lather, rinse well & wipe dry  

My results:
I use this twice a day, once in the morning alone and a second time at night after removing my makeup with cleansing wipes. The reason why you need to use a separate makeup remover is because of the microbeads in the cleanser which is not recommended for use around your eyes. The microbeads are very fine and not readily visible, so I was surprised how harsh it felt on my skin the first time I used it. It smells like tea tree oil but the scent is quite pleasant. My skin became used to the exfoliating beads after a few days and I absolutely loved how it made my skin feel after cleansing - it made it SO soft and smooth!! Even when I skip a few days of use on this, my skin stays smooth. I love a product with results that last. 

Rating: 4.5/5

2. Cellnique Skin Action Gel Plus

Controls and prevents further breakout
Reduces inflamed acne lesions
Lightens acne scars or marks
Anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant

Main Active Ingredients

AHAs + BHA (Glycolic acid + Lactic acid + Salicylic acid) 
•  When using Glycolic Acid in treating acne, it is often combined with Salicylic Acid. While Glycolic Acid breaks dead skin cells, Salicylic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells and sebum within the clogged pores. Effectively prevent breakout and dry up acne lesion.
Bearberry Extract
Bearberry Extract 
•  Used to lighten skin tone, fade dark spots by inhibiting tyrosinase (the precursor to pigment) and act as an antioxidant against free radicals. It also naturally degrades existing pigment with exceptional efficacy.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil 
•  Has excellent anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. It penetrates into skin quickly and accelerates healing of skin disorders.

Full Ingredients List

Purified Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, SD Alcohol 40, Salicylic Acid, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-Ursi) Extract, Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Extract, Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil, Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Oil, Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora), Polysorbate, Triclosan, Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) Gel, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin.

Description:  A proven AHAs plus BHA formulation in reducing inflamed acne lessons and lightening acne marks. The infusion of Tea Tree Oil, Camphor, Eucalyptus Oils and vitamin C accelerates the healing process, thus preventing the formation of scarring.


Use day & night after cleanser, toner & eye care
Apply on spots / acne-prone areas only

My results: 
This main function of this product is to help with acne scarring. It comes out as a clear, yellow-tinted gel and has a nice fresh scent. It's gives a slight cooling effect when I put this on my face and absorbs quickly. 

Rating: 5/5

3. Cellnique Skin Action Sebum Gel

Description: This is a phyto bio-engineering formulation gel for all skin types to reduce both blackheads and whiteheads on affected skin area without painful extraction. This daily maintenance gel also reduces sebum secretion, leaving the skin clear and producing smooth visible results within 10 days of applications.

Controls excessive sebum
Reduces the formation of blackheads and whiteheads
Reduces skin inflammatory
Controls and prevents breakouts
Increases skin moistures and improves skin elasticity

Main Active Ingredients

Phyto Bio-engineering Technology
Phyto Bio-engineering Technology 
•  The application of engineering principles to address challenges in the fields of plant biology. It applies principles to the full spectrum of living systems. It deals with disciplines of product design, sustainability and analysis to improve and focus utilization of biological systems.
Male Fern
Male Ferm Root Extract 
•  Reduce skin inflammatory and irritation with its soothing effect. It is able to control and prevent future breakouts on skin. It also helps improve skin texture.
Potassium Azelaoyl Diglycinate
Potassium Azelaoyl Diglycinate 
•  Has been used to control the secretion of excessive sebum thus decrease the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. It is also helps prevent skin discoloration caused by acne or comedones without over drying the skin. Besides, it also increases skin moistures and improves skin elasticity.
Witch Hazel Extract
Witch Hazel Extract 
•  The use of Witch Hazel to disinfect the skin has significantly reduces the presence of bacteria on the face, this reduction limits skin inflammation and the likelihood of acne or comedones developing.

Full Ingredients List
Purified Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana ) Extract, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Menthol, Poly(Oxy-1,2-Ethanediyl),α-(Donyl Phenyl)-ω-Hydroxy, Sodium Hydroxide, Peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil, Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Potassium Azelaoyl Diglycinate, Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Leaf Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.

Use day & night after cleanser, toner & eye care
Apply on oily / T-zone area only

My results: 

Most of you who have heard of Cellnique will probably recognize this product. This is one of their star product. I was excited to try this product out the most because of all the great reviews on it. It pumps out as a clear gel with a really refreshing scent that also spreads and absorbs quickly without leaving your skin feeling sticky after. I use a very small amount on my T-zone and around my nose where I'm usually congested. I don't use a face primer when I use this because it does the trick just fine. I think it compliments the Skin Action Gel Plus well. One of the things I really appreciate is that my skin hasn't dried out from using either of these serums. With the help of these two products together, I haven't gotten any new acne since starting these products and the blackheads on my nose have gradually disappeared. I can't say anything about whiteheads since I don't have any to start with, but this is another winner in my books!

Rating: 5/5

4. Cellnique Vital Cellular Repair Mask

Description: This gentle, nourishing and repairing mask is specially enriched with potent nutrients of to promote healthy skin and to further protect your skin from pollutant and environmental allergen assault. Suitable for all skin types including post-operation skin.


Increases and retains skin moisture

Restores skin collagen and elastin content to fight against aging and enlarged pores

Stimulates cells renewal and promotes scars healing

Repairs damaged cells and prevents further damage

Main Active Ingredients

Yeast Beta Glucan 
•  Helps stimulate cell renewal, this ingredient is effective in promoting wound healing and is able to strengthen blood vessels and increase skin immunity.
Papaya Extract
Papaya Extract
•  A complete extraction of papaya and contains all the chemical compound of the papaya. Not only does it have great anti-bacterial and wound healing abilities, it is also extensively used in removing damaged and dead skin cells.
Marine Collagen
Marine Collagen and Elastin
•  Collagen helps increase and retains the moisturization of the skin, it is able to restore skin collagen content as skin supporting system for a firmer and toner looking skin.
•  Elastin allows tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. Sufficient quality of elastin promises the optimum elasticity. It helps rejuvenate the skin and act as a anti-aging agent.

Full Ingredients List
Purified Water (Aqua), Cyclomethicone, Sodium PCA, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogen Peroxide, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrocotyl Asiatica (Centella Asiatica) Extract, Butchers Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tropical Fragrance.
Usage: Use after cleanser & toner, once a week.

My results: 

I use this just once a week and had enough in my sample jar for 2 times of use. It smells delicious and slightly fruity. After using this, it made my skin very soft and supple. I can't say anything about its long-term "skin renewing" properties since I only used this twice, but it definitely helped make my skin feel more moisturized and conditioned when I use this, so I do like this mask.

Rating: 4/5

♥ ♥ ♥

Cellnique has such a large selection of products, it can be a bit mind boggling to choose products. When you go on their website, though, you can have your skin profiled and get product recommendations accordingly. I thought this was really helpful to know which products catered towards my particular skin needs. The chart below shows how the above products (highlighted in green) can be incorporated into your skincare routine and also lists some recommendations from Cellnique of other products that work well for my skin-type (if you have oily and acne-prone skin like me). I started using these products in the middle of March and have been using them continually since, so it's been a good couple of months now. I've heard SO many great things about Cellnique's products, which I'm sure many of you have as well, so I was excited to try all of these products out, but at the same time I was also reserved in my expectations for the results because so many products have failed me in the past, and you can never be sure if a product lives up to its hype. I guess you've got to see it to believe it!

My results:
*click on images to enlarge*

After a month, the redness in my skin has calmed down and my complexion is noticeably brighter. The pores around my nose are smaller, my T-zone less oily, and the spots on my face are slowly but surely fading. 

This is the result after a little under 2 months worth of use. Ever since using these products, I haven't gotten any new pimples, and my breakouts from before have been healing up nicely. I think overall, these products have really helped to balance and keep my skin calm. I'm now *this* much closer to achieving that perfect skin I've always wanted and having good skin is not such an elusive thing for me anymore. Overall, I'm really happy with these products and the results they give. 

Overall rating: 4/5
(I would've given these five stars if not for the hefty price tag that comes with these products. To be honest, I don't really have anything bad to say about these products except for the price. It'd be nice if these weren't so expensive so that it'd be accessible to more people, but these are great products and you do get what you pay for.)

I hope to restock on some of these products when I'm out. I'm itching to try out some of their other products as well such as their Advanced Bio Renewal Masque which I've heard so much good things about! They offer tons of other products on their site for all sorts of skin problems - there really is something for everyone. You can check out their products on their website:

And last but not last.....

Cellnique would like to offer free samples of the Skin Action Sebum Gel (3mL) to my readers (first 50 readers). All you have to do is be a follower and e-mail your full name and mailing/shipping address to fbfreesample@cellnique.com with the subject "swtexcape.blogspot.com". Offer ends 1 week from now (May 18) and sample delivery within 4-6 weeks. Enjoy and thanks for reading such a long post!

Have a great week!
<3 Anita


Ashwini said...

Great post, so detailed! Cellnique worked well for me too, but after a while my skin grew tolerant to it, so its now still pretty good, but not AS amazing as it was in Week 1. Great blog by the way, I just started following you!

Renay Shanel said...

OMG !! I'm so happy to have seen this post :) I'm deff trying this out :) a m a z i n g

Susie said...

Wow, you got some amazing results! Makes me want to buy this!!!! Great review<3

Jian said...

Wow!! Good to see it worked for you. I just get using mine too. I keep forgetting to use them because I have so many other serums and moisturisers etc. out!!

Leenda said...

Thanks for the post with your busy schedule. =] Great review by the way. I've heard a lot of great stuff about Cellnique.

Anonymous said...

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mandy said...

It sounds really good and lots of people have been raving about it. But it's a bit on the pricey side for me :X

Thanks for the review! ^__^

WillWorkForMakeup said...

Wow! It really looks like it made a huge difference! I may have to give this a try...I seem to have the same skin profile as you too :)

chung said...

Wow, what a world of a difference! It's incredible. Thanks for making such a detailed post about it and including all the pictures. Makes me want to try it too but I have a bunch of stuff from Sasa coming in so I should really stick with that before getting new stuff XD


Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* said...

Great review!!! I can't wait to try the samples!!

Angelique said...

Great post!! I love how you really go into detail about each product & show actual results :]

I'm glad it's working for you! I'm excited to check this out for my brother b/c he has bad acne problems too.


❤ Ee Von said...

Gosh the result is so amazing! i've been using b.liv's off with those heads which is supposedly the same as cellnique's sebum gel and i absolutely love it! i don't have blackheads but i did have whiteheads, which have now disappeared!

your review is so comprehensive! i agree, it's so expensive! b.liv is a rebrand of cellnique but the packaging(b.liv) looks so cheap, and the price didn't change, it's still as expensive. what a bummer.

thanks for your review! when i can afford to i'll definitely switch my skincare products to cellnique. or b.liv in this case haha.

Catherine said...

Wow, great reviews!

Anonymous said...

im so glad it worked for you! your skin looks great - thanks for the review :)

Dina (XYYan) said...

I have the same skin type as you! Glad that it works on you :) your skin looks so great now, awesome review!

Nicol said...

o wow! great results!
every time i saw the word cellnique, i read it as clinique =.=

Nicol said...

o wow! great results!
every time i saw the word cellnique, i read it as clinique =.=

'chelle said...

What awesome results! Your skin looks wonderful. Thanks for such an in-depth review!

Just wanted to let you know that I got you a Sweet Blog award - check it out on my blog. I love reading your blog =)

Miss K. You said...

Hey Anita, I can see the change in your skin. Your complexion is so nice in the last photo! I hope you have a great weekend too, also letting you know I have a blog award for you :)

Nikki San said...

Very detailed review! And it's awesome that it worked really well for you! Yaaaay!

Keet it up Anita. Looking forward to reading more of your reviews. :)

iamlisaaa said...

ooooh i heard great things about cellnique. loved your review on it. i really wanna try the Advanced Bio Renewal Masque.

Anonymous said...

Your results look amazing! Your skin is absolutely gorgeous in the after picture! x

htbui said...

thank you for stopping and leaving such a sweet message! =)

dblchin said...

Thanks fer sharing such awesome products! I've used cellnique b4 but it didn't work so much for me! Or probably I'm just not as consistent enough!

AnNeTtEe said...

hi babe!! just wanted to say thanks for stoppin by & followin my blog!!

good job on this review & it's cool that you found a set that works for you... your blemishes completely went away!! that's awesome!!! I just started using LUSH products... we'll see how it works too... thanks for sharing this by the way!

DiWiMakeup said...

I really want to try their products now. Seems to be producing really great results. If you could only choose one product, which would it be?

xo, Diana

Frances said...

hi there thanks for visiting my blog ^^ the results look AMAZING! :) thanks for the review, never heard of this brand but will keep an eye out for it now :P

Leah ♥ said...

Hey! Thanks for commenting my blog! I am now a happy follower of yours :)

WOW I am so impressed with the results of this product! You def have me sold. Awesome post!


Caitlin said...

WOW! This is the most detailed review that i've ever read! And the results that you got are amazing, congrats!! <3

Anonymous said...

Hey girl I tagged you with an award:) its on my page!



Stephanie said...

thank you for the very detailed post!!

Nominated you for an award! :)

Nikki San said...

I hope you're doing good Anita. I have a sweet blog award for you. =) Have a lovely week! ^^

Miss K. You said...

Hey Anita, thanks for the wishes :) I hope that I'll succeed in the future as well! Also thanks for giving the gruesome videos a chance.. I know they're hard to watch, animal cruelty is so heartbreaking. Take care!

-elle♡ said...

wow that's pretty amazing
your skin is so clear now :D!

Lene said...

I've heard about this product before, but it's difficult to get in europe

I tagged you :)

Lisianthus said...

WOW GREAT POST!!!!!!!!!!
I'd definetly follow your blog from today.Hello from Spain!! Feel free to enter to my blog whenever you want

Dylana Suarez said...

These sound like awesome products!

Just came across your blog. It is lovely!


AnNeTtEe said...

wow!! u write such a good review!! I wish I can do review as good as that.. =)

btw, I have an award waiting for you in my blog.. come check it out when u get the chance! =) thanks!!


chung said...

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Love your blog, your awesome reviews and of course, you're a sweetie pie to boot.

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Alyssamae. said...

Goodness I've been gone for far TOO long! But this product is amazing! Thanks for sharing! Yikes, I think I might have to try it out now haha I really love how much it cleared up your skin =)

nicoletta said...

Wow the results look great with these products thanks for sharing, i'm a new follower you have a great blog xx

Glam-Me-Up said...

Hey! Great review! Very thorough.

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Kristie said...

wow looks like it delivered great results. Thanks for the awesome review.

Lilly said...

Great review, thanks for sharing. I'm definitely giving this product a try.

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