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Review : Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

Hello guys,

Hope by now you are used to my inconsistent updates.  This product series have been parked in my to-do-list for ages and I have never seemed to get about doing it.  Well, here it is.  Calling out to Guardian and Watsons shoppers, I hope you read this cause this will be a very good heads-up.

Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

Bio-Essence ATP V Face Series

To make this review really straight forward, I’mma review the products one by one and tell you where your money is worth, cutting out the sentimental crap.  I know, it’s crazy, it seems like I am adopting the full series as my main facial regime but I can tell you, it is not.  So I will now set myself a goal to post up a youtube video on my facial regime.  Now that it’s said, I need to keep my promises.  So keep watching this space, there’s much to come!

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk With ATP

By normal consensus milk cleansers serve as a makeup remover, and yet I truly believe, and always stress on the importance of using milk cleanser before washing your face, to get rid of your make-up, and dirt/dust accumulated over a day of fieldwork.  Now this Bio-Essence Deep Cleansing Milk has been my choice of cleanser for the past 1 year because, no. 1) it is economical compared to other milk cleansers from Eucerin, Loreal etc.  It is about RM20++.  And it lasts for a decent long time.  Related Post Here.

Now, the efficacy and the experience :

In terms of efficacy, defined as how much dirt is gotten rid of by how much stain is shown on the cotton pad.  With my previous Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Milk, Bio-Essence Cleansing Milk fares at best as average in terms of dirt/dust removal, I have already made comparisons between the two in the related post.  First of all, the texture has a cream like thickness.  So when you dispense the product onto your cotton pad and start swiping away on your face, by 1st count you will see stains on your cotton pad.  But it may not mean that your face is totally cleansed, because the viscosity is so cream-thick, sometimes I wonder am I actually rubbing the creamy product into my pores n what not.

Conclusion

It is worth a buy because it’s economical.  And because you will be washing your face afterwards with a proper cleanser (Double Cleansing) so you can let that flaw mentioned above skipped.

So my verdict is : BUY.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP

I actually, love this product.  It is so practical.  But my usage for this product is completely different than it is intended.  I first was exposed to this product when I was in GZ with my sis and I saw a bottle on her shelf.  Curious, I used it and the substance is oily, but it was the turn of winter at that point so it actually felt really good after the oily-residue dries up.  However, when I come back to Malaysia, I knew in my guts that this would not work on my face.  So, what do I do with it?  I use it on my neck!  I do neck lifting massage every day and night so this serves just right for my purpose.  Just half a pump is literally more than enough for half of your neck, and this provides the lubrication needed in lifting massage.  Anything less you are dragging and tugging the skin which may cause the opposite effect of lifting.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP - The texture, oily and lubricating.

Bio-Essence Radiant Youth Essence With ATP – The texture, oily and lubricating.

The Verdict

If you do neck lifting massage and you need an oily product for lubrication, this is it.  It is not too expensive, probably priced between RM50++ to RM80++.  I can’t remember.  Half a pump is more than enough for half of your neck, and lubrication goes on long enough for the repetition needed in neck lifting massage.

Use it for Face? – Don’t Buy.  Unless you have super dry skin in winter.

Use it for Massage?  BUY.  A little goes a long way, so practical so beautiful.

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

I bought this product because I was slowly getting sucked into Bio-Essence.  And I was also running out of a hydrating serum/essence before my moisturiser.  So, owning already the essence, and they are paired in Bio-Essence Skincare Program, it only made sense this would be my choice of hydrating essence, before moisturiser.

The Experience

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum - The Texture

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum – The Texture

I’m telling you, this product, it never runs out!  It’s bizarre.  Everyday, half a pump it’s enough to spread across the whole face.  It’s so easily spreadable.  But this product is practically useless.  It does nothing, there’s no improvement in hydration, not to even mention any of its cell repairing benefits so it claims, or any rejuvenation in my skin.  And since no benefits are seen after 5 mths use, I wonder if it’s just butylene glycol and some petroleum based ingredient in it.  I bought it in early November, and until this day, it’s not finished yet!  And I was using it day and night.  I didn’t like the product so I just wanted to quickly finish it, get over it, so I can buy my next obsession.  But it just never finishes.  Finally fed up, now I use this on my neck too.  Haha, man, pampered neck.

The Verdict 

DON’T.BUY.

Bio-Cell Repair Rejuvenating Serum

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream with Pine Pollen

The Experience

I initially bought it for, really, my neck.  Since my neck is not prone to any break outs, I was looking for a moisturising cream, to keep my neck lines in check.  It wasn’t too expensive.  So I guess it serves to purpose, minimizing and diminishing fine lines.  The cream is really heavy, really really heavy, reminds me of the older facial creams in the early 90s.  And the cream doesn’t spread too well.  The cream is so heavy, acne-break outs are pretty inevitable.

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream - The Texture.  The Spatula is not provided in the package.

Bio-Essence Face Lifting Cream – The Texture. The Spatula is not provided in the package.

The Verdict

Super Dry Skin and you want a slim face – BUY.

Need a heavy cream for your neck creases – BUY.

And last but not least, my most neglected product on the shelf :

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

Bio-Essence Complete Nourishing Sleeping Mask

The Experience

I got this as a hand-me-down from my sister.  As a sleeping mask, I don’t particularly like it.  It the feel of a layer of wax across the face.  Given time the sensation would go away.  And the next morning you do wake up with a hydrated and brightened face.  So, it’s a nice product, minus the waxy feeling on your face.

The Verdict

And if you can look past that flaw, and you just want the hydration and supple skin the next morning, you can definitely try this.  BUY.  But after trying for few days and you feel like you can’t get past that waxy feel, well my friend, that’s a huge jar to go.

*** Foot Note : Another promise out to y’all, since now you know I use 3 products on my neck alone, I will post up a video on how to achieve V Shaped Face.  Keep this space watched!

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Review – Bio-Essence Multi-Effect BB Cream SPF25/PA++

Curiousity oh curiousity, why do you burn me with desires?

Ever since the birth of Ponds And Leaves, I’ve been told bout the convenience and all the wonderful usefulness of BB Creams.  At the peak of the whole hype few years ago, I did try once but it was just … really bad.  It costed over RM100, bad oil-control, colours didn’t look right, etc.  I never looked back since.  But curiousity got the better of me, more over this month, is a sinful, enticing month, everywhere I go it says Sales! all over.

So whilst away in another city alone, I walked around the little town with a hunger to kill, and wandered into Guardian store (Where’s the flipping connection here??!”)

From an initial intention to just BUY WHAT’S NEEDED, grabbing the Q-Tips, cotton pads and all, I got the BB Cream – Bio-essence Multi Effect BB Cream.  It just happened.  I just grabbed it, and bought it.  My guess is it’s been parading itself along with the sisters (the other BB creams) everytime I step into one of these drugstores.

Bio-essence Bio Multi Effect BB Cream SPF25PA++

Bio-essence Bio Multi Effect BB Cream SPF25PA++

(Sorry, I forgot to snap a pic of my own)

It was actually a wonderful opportunity to test the product out, as when I’m away in other towns I work by foot, walking from 1 retail to another in the hottest sun, by the traffic, the fumes, the humidity… PERFECT condition to test a product out.

Alas, without much luck, I don’t like the product at all.  The product comes out to be the colour of ash beige, if there’s ever such a colour.

This photo compliments the colour a little.  The actual colour is duller than this.

This photo compliments the colour a little. The actual colour is duller than this.

Though the colour is darker than my real skin tone but it’s easily blendable.  But once blended, I realized how much work was needed!  Because the colour turns out to be so flat, and downright ASHY.  I never felt I needed blush more.  It was just really flat, takes away the natural glow on the face.  The whole face is just a flat ash beige.

 

Here is a comparison photo.  With and without.

Here is a comparison photo.
With and without, especially noticeable on the forehead. 

The light does not reflect off where it should be, losing my skin’s natural glow.  You know how you get that natural glow when your face is all cleansed and prepped?  Yeah, it’s gone.  Neither does this BB cream even out the dark circles.

With - Bio-essence Bio Multi Effect BB Cream SPF25PA++

(With) Bio-essence Bio Multi Effect BB Cream SPF25PA++

And… this is the WORST part, it brings out the bumpiness of my skin texture.  Yes, my flaws are there, that is why I buy products to conceal/even out the imperfections.  Whilst my pores are noticeable naturally, with the BB cream applied, it makes the whole face BUMPY.  I hope this picture shows the 2-dimensional of flat-ash I was talking about.

(without) - Bio-essence Bio Multi Effect BB Cream SPF25PA++

(without) – Bio-essence Bio Multi Effect BB Cream SPF25PA++

Whilst the naked skin has its flaws, but they exist in a natural state without calling for attention.  Also you can see the lights bounce off the skin on the naked skin.  It just has more life to it, you know?

The Verdict?

1)  Does it give luminous glow?  no.  The walkers from The Walking Dead have better  skintone than this.  I never felt blush as a “strong need” until I applied this.

2)  Does it even out the skin tone?  no.  It shouldn’t be done this way.  I still needed to conceal eye bags with a corrector.

3)  Does it cover up the imperfections and give you flawless skin?  HELL NO, SO MUCH THE OPPOSITE, REALLY.

4) Does it give a matte finish?  I’m asking myself silly questions. no no no no no, you don’t ash someone in the face and call it matte.

5) Does it last?  Okay given the credit it did last after all the sun, the sweat, the traffic and the humidity.  But once back in the hotel, all I wanted to do was to get rid of the makeup and let my skin breathe.

6) Ratings?  1/5.  0.5 for benefit of the doubt, 0.5 for not melting away.

But this is my sole experience alone, if you had great results with this, or you think BB cream is still worth a battle to fight, Do share!