Nadine Salembier Asia's representative contacted me couple of months ago,and asked me whether I'd be willing to try some of their products and review it on this blog.As you can clearly see on my"PR/Enquiries"page above,so sure I had no problem in reviewing products.A brief story about this company: Nadine Salembier is a Belgian-based company.They have branches allover the world(see their web here),most of them are aesthician clinics where you can get all in one package-therapies+products there. They also sell their products online,and ship it worldwide too.If you're moslems,worry not since their products hold halal license from EUROHALAL in 2011. Ok,so that's a brief story about this company.
Before moving into the review and since I recently also got a question about it also,let me explain you a bit about what us,bloggers are usually offered:
this means,a company send their products for bloggers to try and to review it.We get the products,then we give our opinion about it.
this means,a company pay bloggers to review their products.We get the products and the money to review it.Which means,this kind of review usually isn't honest since it's paid!
Other than that,some companies also offer bloggers to:
1.Be the sponsor
This means the company will provide products/money for blogger on regular basis since the company put their private add on the blog.And please..google adsense isn't a sponsor!It's a basic tool that blogspot provides for bloggers to monetize their blog(and the blogger got money from each click of the ad that google ad sense provide).
2.To be their affiliates
This means,the company will provide money from each transaction that the blogger got from their readers whom click/use their affiliate links.For example:sigma brush.If you click on the banner on blog,then buying the items,so automatically the blog owner will get some amount of fee as comission.To identify an affiliate link,it's easy.Usually affiliate link will have some ID on it(exp:www.xyz.com/clickID:12345).
Other than that,some web stores usually give the blog readers discount coupon with/without affiliation.I think it's important for people to understand this since some ppl often missunderstanding and think a sponsored review as a paid review,an affiliate as a sponsor,and worse,that we sell products that the company provide us.Please,they're all different meaning!
So,this post is a sponsored review.I was offered to try some of their products,and here are what I've tried by far:
*notes:all products that I review,all of them have passed"non irritating"phase on my skin.I WON'T continue using whatsoever products-be it purchased by my own money nor sponsored,that give me bad-irritating result in just 3 days.
1.Essential oil neck firming treatment
I chose this oil as I've never had any product that is specialized for neck before.My neck treatment was from my facial moisturizing cream/serum.So I was very interested in this product,also because this was my 1st all eo blend product.
Caprylic-capric triglyceride,Helianthus Annuus,Triticum Vulgare,Rosmarinus oficinalis,Salvia Officinalis,Rosa Moschata,Daucus carota HV,Borrago officinalis.
As you can see,the packaging was made of amber glass with sprayer on it.On the paper instruction,it said that we only need to use a small amount of the oil on application.I tried it,and surprisingly this oil worked.In fact,I also have been using it on my face for its firming effect.It's just I need to use it at night only since it has carrot oil in it,or else I'd get more tan color than what I currently have now.I don't aim to be that bright colored skin,but deffy I don't like to be tanner than what I actually am now.Anyway,I love the bottle packaging concept,it's just the prints on the bottles got flaked and the flakes transfered on my skin since I used them frequently.I think it's better if they print it on sticker instead of directly on the bottle:
Actually,what I wanted to try was the essential oil for dry skin one(that was what I told them).Then one day and since now I'm
obsessed interested in to my own skin condition,thanks to Shinhwa Hye Sung(see my post here),so one day I paid attention more to my skin on the mirror and just realized that...I had succesfully bred some comedoes and black heads on my nose.There're even large pores on beside my nose!The large pores were even obviously swollen that even I was surprised to see that!I had never had large pores before,and more swollen ones??Never!!!It was such a shocking moment for me to see that to be honest. So I tracked back what was on my skincare routine that made me like that,I realized that for past few days,I used full oils moisturizer(day & night).I used some well known anti aging oils,I usually used it at night only,but then I also used it at the daylight too.The result,..swollen pores!. And please,don't even say that I don't scrub it regularly,or that I don't wash my face regularly,etc.Because i'm an acne prone,so I won't skip scrubbing my face regularly and since I have dry skin at the same time, so sure I don't use harsh cleanser! That swollen pores was deffy caused by the oils usage at daylight which I didn't do it before.
I was frustrated about this so that I talked about this to one of my fellow blogger frens and while we discussed about this,I also searched on the net for pore shrinker products.Then,the package from NS came,I opened it and I couldn't believe it..they sent me this oil which wasn't actually what I asked for,but deffy what I need now!See this pic:
Caprylic-capric triglyceride,Helianthus Annuus,Triticum Vulgare,Lavandula Angustifolia,Juniperus communis,Salvia Officinalis,Camphor.
I was so excited to try this product,and to my surprise..it worked!It reduced the swollen pores.Though it hasn't 100% closed the pores(and I think it'll be hard to close large pores without the help of beauty gadget for extracting out the black heads),but it deffy has reduced much the previous swollen pores.I forgot to take pic of my before one,but this is the after one(oh,it was worse before.The pores were swollen T_T):
no photoshop,no camera trick,no make up,just bareskin before taking a bath in the morning
This product,just like the previous one above,is suggested to be used at night only.And uhm..without the suggestion,right now I don't wanna try to use oils products as daylight moisturizer.As I said on my previous post before,I'm fine with preservatives.It's just I choose those with the lowest risk ones.I know that nowadays,some producers try to market their products as the"safest one","natural and non chemical"one simply because they use zero water in it. You know what,I find that label is a bit tragic."Safest"?based on what?that it contains no preservatives and no water at all? Oh,really?but pore clogging is deffy not in safe term imo.And"natural and non chemical"?oh please,all things in this world are chemical! Even water is also a chemical compound.Green is something that we want for our lives,me want it too.Yeah certainly,but green is also the color of money...
3.Creme anti-cernes(Anti-ring cream)
This product was given along with 2 products of my selection above.You know,some companies usually give products other than what we've personally selected.On my previous Utama Spice review here,I only chose 3 products but instead they gave me many more products than I required!So this one also,was given for me to try.
Aqua,Glyceryl stearate,PEG 6-32 stearate,Cetearyl Alcohol,Ceteareth-30,Propylene Glycol,Isopropyl Palmitate,Eucalyptol,Achillea Millefolium, Arctostaphylos UVA URSI,Helianthus Annuus,Panthenol,Triticum Vulgare,Chloroacetamide,Allantoin.
Before sending me this,they asked me my skin problems and I said that I have dark eye circles.They asked whether it was ok for me to try this product or not.So I searched for this product inci on the net as the official web doesn't put the inci on it.I found some inci that I wasn't very fond of,so I told them that I was fine with trying the product but I needed to ask few questions regarding the inci.What I wasn't very fond of was the ethoxylation by products.And here was what they answered me:
PEG is essential to mix up oils and water. (Emollient, Emulsion).To create the PEG’s, we must synthesize Polyethylene glycol, which is a risky manipulation for human being and the nature. (There is a strongrelease of CO2 in case of explosion). This is the only reason that PEG are dangerous.When the Polyethylene Glycol is synthesized, it becomes a unmoving material, absolutely not risky for human-being, no side-effect for the skin.However, thanks to PEG, we can obtain silky cream texture, that penetrates easily and fast into the skin.We create natural cosmetics with controlled risks. But, as we are master craftsmen, we are allowed to use a higher concentrate of active ingredients because we have lower volume of sales.Other major companies will never be able to do the same, and take the risk of allergies or skin reactions among their millions of daily sales.
That's what the company said regarding ethoxylation inci.I know that some companies have to make choices to create their products.It's the choice that they made.As the consumen,I'd prefer if they can replace it with much better alternatives that are available out there.
Now,did this product work?Yes it did.Though there're inci that I wasn't very fond of,but this product did work to reduce dark eyecircles and puffiness.I remember one day I slept at almost 2am which means I was supposed to have worst dark eye circles in the morning.I used this cream,and in the morning I didn't get that bad dark eye cricles that I was supposed to have.
Just like the eye cream above,they also offered me to try this as this is one of the best sellers there.Unlike other products above,on product description it said that this product will give"immediate visible affect"on dehydrated skin. It will soothe irritated skins,smoothes lines for a rejuvenated and radiant complexion.I wonder,would this product give that"immediate visible effect"?I mean,it's such a hard claim to do.
So,let's see the inci:
Aqua,PEG 6-32 stearate,Propylene Glycol,Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract,Hellianthus Annuus seed oil,Calendula Officinalis flower extract,Montmorillonite,Glycerin,Glyceryl Stearate,Octyldodecyl Myristate,Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Extract,Suma Pfaffia Paniculata Root Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf extract,Lavandula Abrialis,Mentha Piperita,Pelargonium Graveolens,Salvia Offcinalis,Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root extract,Biosaccharide Gum,Methylchloroisothiazolinone-Methylisothizolinone.
Basically this one is a green wash-off mask.Due to the high concentration of the eo in this mask,so at 1st application it may cause some unpleasant sensations.Particularly about the inci,I asked them regarding the using of Methylchloroisothiazolinone-Methylisothizolinone as I wasn't very fond of it as well.And this was their response:
All the preservatives, being synthetic or natural can cause problems,there is not exception. An essential oil (with natural preservative) can cause serious allergic reactions. Everything depends on the concentration and on the way of using them. Kathon (Methylisothiazolinone) is a preservative that is used for more than 60 years by all the brands, including the most famous ones.Nadine Salembier’s Research & Development department uses Methylisothiazolinone for more than 30 years, but in an infinitesimal quantity: 0,00035%! Why? Because this preservative is essential to ensure a 24 months shelflife (which is the minimum shelflife duration allowed by the European regulation). If we take the example of “L’*******”, they removed the Kathon from their ingredient, and had to rapidly use it again after finding out dangerous germs in their products. The choice is: we all want to have a cosmetic sure at 100% and at the same time 100% natural, without preservative. This is simply impossible right now. The Bio Cosmetics use natural preservative… but never at 100%. If you carefully read the ingredients and their origins, there is always a limited quantity of 0,000… %
As i'm not interested in explaining detils about this inci and why I wasn't fond of it, pls google it your self for the explanation.
Ok,so let's see how this product worked and its"immediate visible effect"claim.I've used this and yes,it did give immediate visible effect soon after you use this mask,even on your 1st application!In my experience,my skin became smooth,supple,radiant,basically different from before application.
Overall,Nadine Salembier products did the job well in improving skin condition,both the essential oils series and the cream series ones.The essential oils one are deffy my fave,and the cream ones.. they will be my fave if only they change some of the inci into better alternatives.Afterall,they've removed parabens from their inci since the Japanese distributor didn't want it,so I think change some inci into better alternatives one won't be difficult for them.In fact,what makes their products works are the large number of plant extracts and eo in it.
I also have to praise them in this categoy,which is a good PR that they have.I got other products offers from other companies to review (and for the sake of the manner,I won't publish their names!in case you're curious btw:p),but lots of them literally runaway once I asked them regarding their ingredients.This Nadine Salembier,they didn't do it and instead give their explanation about it.Not only that,they also still send the products to try.I personally always respect any company who has good attitude like this.My previous sponsored review,Utama Spice, they were also cooperative and answered every question that i asked regarding their products and ingredients.As for this Nadine Salembier,they're also very cooperative.And certainly,they didn't runaway :D..
I think that's all for now.Oh,btw they offer any of you who read this post and want to buy their products on their web:http://www.salembier.com, a 20 % discount.Just use this code:726MK1 .The code offers a 20% discount on all the products and is valid until the end of May.
Thanks for reading,and..have a nice weekend!:)