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    5 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads | bliv Off With Those Heads

    Ahhhh blackheads.. we all have them. Doesn’t mean we like them very much, though! Blackheads make your pores look bigger, and makeup can’t cover them up for you! If anything, makeup accentuates blackheads because foundations just don’t apply smoothly over them. As much as we hate them, blackheads are a common problem and we need to fix that, stat! So in this post, I’ve partnered up with b.liv to show you guys 5 ways to get rid of blackheads. Also, just to throw in a little bit of a warning, this post might be a little graphic so… read on with caution!

    5 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

    Blackheads are essentially wax plugs in your pores caused by oil, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells built up over time. There are so many different ways to get rid of blackheads but some might do more harm than good. Picking at your blackheads, or squeezing them (I know you do it!! So do I :p) can cause damage to the surrounding skin so don’t do it! Don’t even get me started on pore strips! Yes, they’re fun and seeing the blackheads pulled out on the nose strip is a very satisfying feeling (just me?). However, pore strips are bad for your skin as they can cause tearing of the skin and they also remove only a part of the blackhead itself. So how, oh how, do we get rid of these pesky little blackheads?

    Cleanse Your Skin Well

    This is the most important step! Although cleansers won’t help get rid of blackheads that are already there, it will stop new ones from forming. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS remove your makeup well and practise a double cleansing routine. A double cleansing routine simply means to remove your makeup and dirt with one cleanser (cleansing water, cleansing milk, cleansing oil, etc) and then wash any excess dirt left on your skin (even if you can’t see it!) with a cleansing foam. Cleansing your skin well will ensure there is no excess dirt left on your face to settle into your pores.

    Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

    Exfoliating your skin will hugely benefit your skin and prevent future blackheads. Because blackheads are made of dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and oil, using either a physical or a chemical exfoliant can help to remove all of these. Don’t use an exfoliant that is too harsh or it might tear your skin in the process! Opt for something gentle, or go with a chemical exfoliant for better results.

    Use a Blackhead Treatment

    5 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

    B.liv Off With Those Heads Blackhead Remover (RM99 for 15ml)

    Most blackhead solutions are ways to prevent getting future blackheads, but how do you actually get rid of the ones currently chilling on your nose? Use a blackhead treatment! One of the most famous blackhead treatments out there is the b.liv Off With Those Heads blackhead remover. It is marketed as a sebum gel that extracts blackheads and whiteheads without painful squeezing. Not only does it help to remove blackheads, it also helps control and balances the secretion of sebum thus causing less frequent occurrences of blackheads in the future.

    5 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

    b.liv Off With Those Heads has four main ingredients to facilitate the removal of blackheads. Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-bacterial that will help to control acne and remove bacteria in the blackheads. Tea Tree Oil also has calming effects to soothe the skin. There is also Aloe Vera Extract, which is another natural anti-bacterial. It also helps to soothe and hydrate your skin while helping to fade acne scars. Witch Hazel Extract is beneficial to the skin by controlling sebum production and tightening pores. Lastly, but most importantly, Peppermint Oil helps to remove blackheads and whiteheads by deeply cleansing the skin and controlling the amount of oil on your skin.

    5 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

    The b.liv Off With Those Heads is a lightweight gel that absorbs into the skin almost immediately. I applied this over the areas where I have blackheads (nose) and whiteheads (below my lower lip/chin area. Anyone else has this?) for 3 weeks, and the results are amazing! You’re about to see a blown-up, suuuuuper zoomed-in picture of my blackheads (which, warning again, might be pretty gross to some).

    5 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

    You can see that most of my blackheads are gone! There are still some tinier ones left but overall, it reduced the amount of blackheads I had drastically. This worked better than any pore strip that I’ve ever tried and didn’t inflict even the tiniest bit of pain. If you have sensitive skin, the gel might sting a little at first, but I didn’t experience that personally. It worked even better on my whiteheads, which stupid me forgot to take pictures of it before so I can’t show you 🙁

    B.liv Off With Those Heads Blackhead Remover

    Price: RM99

    Volume: 15ml

    Available at:

    All Sa Sa outlets in Malaysia

    If you have problems with blackheads and you’re looking for a painless way to remove them, you need to try this out! It’s painless, so effective and you’ll be able to see results in just 7 days.

    Use a Weekly Mask to Draw Out Impurities

    Clay and charcoal masks both help to draw out oil and impurities from your skin, leaving you with bright, smooth skin. This can go a long way in helping to reduce the occurrence of blackheads. I like using a clay mask once a week to help pull out all the dirt and gross things that cleansers can’t.

    Never Forget to Moisturise!

    Since getting rid of blackheads is mostly getting rid of oil and dirt, this can cause your skin to dry out due to lack of oil. This is why you should always moisturise to rehydrate your skin. Try choosing a moisturiser that isn’t too rich or greasy. Yes, you reduce oil to get rid of blackheads, but you also need to moisturise to keep your skin feeling smooth and bright. It’s all about the balance!

    Getting rid of those annoying blackheads are easier than you might think! I hope this post is helpful to help you get rid of blackheads! Remember, always double cleanse your skin to prevent dirt and oil from clogging your pores. Also, using a gentle exfoliant (especially a chemical one!) works amazingly to get rid of dead skin and dirt, which can also clog your pores. The most important step in getting rid of blackheads is using a blackhead treatment that will soften the wax plug and extract it without pain. I really like the b.liv Off With Those Heads for this purpose! A deep cleansing mask will also help to draw out impurities and absorb excess oil. Lastly, never ever forget to moisturise. It’s all about keeping the right balance of sebum on your skin!

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    *This post is sponsored by B.liv. However, this does not affect my review of their B.liv Off With Those Heads product. All my opinions are 100% honest and my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

    How to Blow Dry Long Hair | Tangle Teezer*

    Want to recreate that salon feeling every day? The base of any good hairstyle is a good blow dry. If you have long hair, blow drying can be difficult. However, with a few tips and tricks, you can enjoy sleek, smooth and salon-fresh hair every day. Tangle Teezer shows us how:
    Slow down
    After you’ve washed and conditioned your hair, sit back and relax. Drying your hair straight after your shower or bath is a big no-no, as soaking wet hair takes longer to dry and means your locks will be exposed to heat for longer. Instead, let your hair dry off naturally before you start styling.
    You can wick away excess moisture by gently patting your hair with a towel. Don’t scrub — this could damage the strands, causing split ends and breakages. Squeeze the hair with the towel instead.
    Apply product
    To keep your hair looking sleek and hydrated, apply a small amount of hair product. Serum or heat protectant spray is a great choice, but make sure you only apply it to the ends of your hair. If you do apply it to your roots, it could make your hair look greasy and oily.
    Separate into sections
    If you have long or thick hair, it’s often wise to separate your hair into sections to make blow drying more manageable. The thinner the section, the quicker it will take to dry. Because of the length of your hair, it may be worth using clips to keep the hair in place.
    Start the blow dry
    Once you’ve separated your hair, you’re ready to start blow drying. You’ll need to check the settings on your hairdryer to make sure they match your hair type. If you have thin hair, choose a low air flow setting to minimise tangles. Likewise, if your hair is damaged, don’t use the highest heat setting — instead, test the temperature on the back of your hand to check it’s at a comfortable level.
    Using a Tangle Teezer blow-styling brush, blow dry from the roots down. Never blow dry upwards, as this can damage the strands. Use slow, smooth movements and let the hairdryer follow the brush. Don’t let the hair dryer touch your hair though, as this creates a greater chance of heat damage. As a general rule, keep the hairdryer around 8 inches away from your hair.
    Repeat this process until all of your hair is dry, working your way through each section. Once done, you can style the hair further or finish the blow dry with a spritz of hairspray.

    Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Choices*

    Cosmetic surgery in the form of face lifts used to be quite popular in the past. That is no longer the case. Instead, people are opting for non-invasive forms of treatment before going to such drastic measures. Treatments that are non-invasive offer milder side effects, less recovery time, and far less risks to clients on an out-patient basis. You are no longer limited to one choice, but rather numerous different treatments, making it far easier to find the right selection for you.
    Infrared Light Procedures
    One procedure for tightening skin involves using infrared light energy to penetrate the skin without damaging the surface layer. It targets the lower layer of skin where collagen producing cells exist and heats them to stimulate collagen production and reparation of damaged cells. For those of you who have used medical laser before, you may know that the procedure can be mildly uncomfortable, depending on an individual’s pain tolerance. However, the technician will apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to using the laser. Temporary side effects include mild redness and minor swelling of the skin in the treated area. There is no down time after you have been treated by medical lasers, so you can get back to your regular activities right away.
    Radio Frequency Treatments
    Another method of skin tightening uses radio frequencies to heat up both the surface layer and subcutaneous layer of skin using controlled energy. The device has at least three electrodes which focus the energy to deliver the treatment to a specific area. It results in accelerated collagen reproduction which then heals and replaces damaged cells in the skin. When this technology originally came out, it was also known as a mono-polar RF treatment. Later, the bi-polar RF version was introduced. Both came with the risk of overheating the skin and thus had a chance of burning the skin. The latest version called TriPollar carefully controls the temperature being applied to the skin, making it much safer and painless.
    Ultrasound Methods
    While similar to the methodology of radio frequency and infrared lasers in stimulating collagen production, ultrasound has another advantage. It uses ultrasound to provide images to the doctor to see the exact area being treated. Although it is pretty effective for neck, brows, and the neckline, it has not yet been proven effective on other areas of the body. Also note that ultrasound treatments are not recommended for anyone with sun damaged skin or a lot of wrinkling.
    Skin Tightening Serums
    There are thousands of skin care serums, creams, and other topical products that claim they reverse aging and firm up the skin. Unfortunately, most of them do little to nothing to carry out their promises for improvement. The few that do work are temporary and provide barely there results. In fact, they require that the product be in conjunction with a more nutritional diet and exercise.
    The Best Choice for You
    Regardless of which treatment you would opt for, take the time to seek a consultation with a skin care specialist. They can help you select the best choice for you and provide additional information on the treatments available to you.

    Trendy Kurtis Online – Style At Your Own Convenience*

    Sarees used to be traditional dress of women in India. Now, the changing world has led to changes in clothing also, whether it is for casual wear or for party wear. Sarees have taken shape of modern and designer pieces primarily to be worn in parties. For casual wear western dresses and suits have taken over the role of saree. A blessing for women in terms of comfort and style is KURTI. 
    If you are moving in a public place, look at apparels women are wearing around you; you are likely to notice that 70% of women are wearing kurtis. This is only because it is a very comfortable outfit. Additionally, it requires much less maintenance than sarees. It is a suitable dress for women of all ages. Also, it is a perfect option to compliment your leggings, plazo, salwar, pants or even jeans. Above all, it enhances your looks wonderfully.  
    Due to its multiple benefits, kurtis are much in demand in the country and even abroad. This has led to availability of wide choice in market if you move out to buy kurtis. You will find innumerable prints, embroideries, patch work and other designs incorporated in kurtis beautifully, apt both for regular use and for occasional outings. As per the current trend, long kurtis go more with salwars, leggings and plazo and short kurtis compliment Patiala salwars and jeans. If you are on the lookout for short kurtis for jeans or even for trendy long kurtis with legging or plazo, then it is not necessary for you to go out to physical market or a glamorous showroom in some mall; virtual world has plenty of options for you. 
    Yes, you can buy latest designs carved on quality fabric, just by surfing through popular stores online. You can get in touch with reliable vendors on these common stores who are capable of offering huge variety and that too at very reasonable prices. The best part is that you receive delivery at your doorstep. Rise above those conventional ways of going to markets in scorching heat, leaving your routine jobs and specially taking a day out for shopping. Just relax at your home, shop on your phone or tablet and spend saved time with your family to gather memorable moments. Those who are working would love online shopping of kurtis just by ordering some while travelling in cab. Get ready to flaunt your new purchases with amazing designs of kurtis. 
    Only remember to buy for a popular and authentic store that serves you variety in terms of fabric, design and vendors. Besides, multiple payment options with dependable stores ease your payment experience. Just make up your mind, whether you want to buy a short kurti or long kurti; you can also decide the stuff beforehand viz. cotton, silk, georgette, chiffon or other mixed fabrics. This will help you shortlist choices while surfing out of massive array available on renowned online stores. Once you are clear with what exactly you want to buy, half of the job is done. Thereafter, surf well and bag pieces that appeal you most. 

    Althea Turns 1! | Korean Beauty Paradise*

    I’m pretty sure many of you have heard of the Korean beauty product craze that has taken over the entire beauty blogosphere in the recent years. And more recently, the website that carries all the most coveted Korean beauty products for way cheaper than retail price (especially if you’re outside Korea), Althea! Althea sells and ships directly from Korea, which explains the low prices of their products. Today, Althea turns 1, and there are some fabulous deals and also some contests going on in which you can win yourself some amazing goodies!

    2-3Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit

    For all orders placed starting today, 20th July 2016, your products will be shipped in their limited edition Althea Birthday Box (while stocks last), which is gorgeous! Not only that, all orders will also come with a DIY Party Kit, which you can customise your own birthday hat, like I did with mine (eventhough I’m not a very creative person at all haha)! It also comes with a pretty pink balloon, but mine popped in the process of bringing everything to my living room to photograph, oops.

    Free Full-Sized Beauty Goodies for First 1,500 Shoppers!

    Keyword: full-size. Even-Better-Keyword: FREE! haha. If you’re thinking of making an order, DO IT NOW! You might be one of the first 1,500 shoppers to receive free, full-sized beauty products, while stocks last. I’m already adding items to my cart as I type this!

    Birthday Giveaway! Pick 3 Best Sellers for 100% Rebate

    Pick 3 best sellers and get 100% rebated into your Althea account for your future purchases! The birthday giveaway page, which has products you could get a 100% rebate on, includes but is not limited to brands like: Banila Co, Etude House, Innisfree, and more.

    #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest 

    Win amazing prizes like a MacBook Air, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6s, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits, and beauty hampers from Althea!
    All you have to do is:
    Get your DIY Party Kit, and take a selfie wishing Althea a Happy Birthday with the hashtag #AltheaTurns1 and #AltheaKorea.
    That’s it! Contest starts July 20th and runs through to August 15th 2016.
    Happy 1st Birthday, Althea Korea! May the years ahead bring more awesome beauty deals and more awesome Korean Beauty products!
    Althea Korea:
    Thanks for reading, xoxo
    *This post is sponsored by Althea Korea.