I'm proud to announce that I'm one of the Blogger Brand Ambassadors for Expressions and for the next 3 months, I'll be featuring some of the wellness centre's products and services on this little space of mine.
Expressions is a slimming and wellness centre with services for the body and face. They also sell skincare and fat-burning products to complement their services.
Some people might wonder why I need to lose weight so let me explain here. I'm very happy with the way I look and I don't bother watching the scale or count calories. Even though I'm not born with perfect body and complexion, I make conscious effort to work out and take care of my skin. Nonetheless, I do have fat areas around the body that can do without the extra flab. Specifically, I gain weight easily at my face and tummy if I don't watch my diet or stop exercising so when it comes to slimming concerns, these are the two areas that I try to target within my plans.
As for face, I've gotten a handful of compliments about having good skin and I agree that my skin has improved tremendously with age. I was a 7-year acne sufferer so my complexion is far from perfect. That said, having oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin is actually a difficult skin type to work with so it needs all the tender loving care (TLC) it can get.
I started trying my first product - the Expressions VEE Mask last week and I was super impressed + relieved that the mask worked well for me.
The VEE Mask is a face lifting mask that contains Bee Venom. Yes, you read it right. BEE. VENOM.
Admittedly, I did a double-take when I saw the words on the box and was hesitant to try this. But I went on to do some research, only to find out that there were so many positive reviews of Bee Venom as a miraculous skincare ingredient.
'Don't be afraid of me! I'm good!'
Photo credits to pinterest.com
Termed as 'Nature's Botox', Bee Venom is apparently a purified, safe and highly sought after ingredient that works like botox on our face... WITHOUT the pain and the exorbitant cost.
The venom is collected by placing a glass sheet by the hive and running an electric current through the glass to encourage the bees to sting the surface. The venom is then collected. Since the lance remains in the body, no bees are harmed in the process.
The Bee Venom 'fools' the skin into believeing that it has been stung by the poison Melittin. Blood is then pumped to the affected area, resulting in the natural production of collagen and elastin which then helps to smooth, lift and tighten sagging skin. At the same time, the bee venom relaxes the muscles.
It is no wonder that this ingredient is being loved by celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Time to try the mask!
The mask may appear blue when you opened the packet but that's actually the protective layer. Peel the layer off and wear the white tissue mask on your face for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
Although the facelift effect wasn't that significant on my face, I did felt some skin tightening sensation at my cheekbone area.
Picture on left: Taken after a long day at work.
As you can tell from the shine on my face, I'm pretty oily at my T-zone, specifically forehead and cheeks. I also have open pores at my oily areas which tend to become more conspicuous towards the end of the day.
Picture on right: Taken after masking
Definitely a much cleaner skin with subtle rosy cheeks (kinda like natural blusher). My complexion was more glowy and radiant too and I was so glad that I couldn't see my open pores.
If you have acne-prone skin like me, this mask apparently has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which can help to combat acne. Mega plus points for this factor!
In general, I conclude that this mask gives my skin all that it needs to look good - a firm, tight, brightened and pimple-free skin.
And... a precautionary note:
If you are allergic to bee stings, you might not be suitable to use this mask.
I know many of us have not been stung by bees before so you might not know whether you are allergic or not. What I did was to use a q-tip to swab the mask and apply the product on my chin/neck area to test whether there will be redness or bumps in the next 10 minutes. If you observe that you do not have any allergic reactions, you can proceed to wear the mask on your face.
Interested to try?
You can purchase the VEE Mask on Expressions Official Website.
From now till 31 March 16, you can also enter the code 'GIVEME10' in the website to get 10% discount from all products during checkout. Please also indicate 'Dainty Diva' in the comment box. Happy bargain shopping!
Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences. Discount code was revised as of 2 March 16.