The veritable Urban Dictionary describes it as grooming for men, a rather polite term for the “back, crack and sack” hair removal it actually means. It just goes to show how David Beckham (bless/curse his soul) has managed to sell metrosexual to the modern man. 


I have recently been…er, convinced to try out a line of facial products. I know what you’re thinking!

What? The man renowned for using soap for everything (including my hair) is testing out cosmetic products? 

leach me

Er…well…that is…*shifts around uncomfortably*


Okay, yes I am!


Truth to be told I’m 28 and feeling every bit of it. Le sigh. Age is starting to catch up with me in ways I’ve never imagined. Wrinkles, my dear friends, wrinkles galore!


I had my face analyzed by the good people at Cellnique and was prescribed the following:

Drench Me
Off With Those Heads
Submerge Me
Shield Me SPF 25
Glow & Shine
Leach Me
Spots Got Shot


I was pleased to find out that there are no major blemishes (acne, blackheads etc) on my face – at least according to the consultant. I could have sworn I have a lot of large pores on my face as well as blackheads but apparently it wasn’t that bad.


Okay, back to the products I’ve got dry skin so I’m supposed to wash my face with Drench Me as a daily moisturizing cleanser before applying Off With Those Heads, which makes removing those pesky blackheads easy (I love this, I feel like the Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland whenever I say it). It works with whiteheads too! Just before I go out, I’ll be applying Shield Me (such descriptive names!) to retain moisture and prevent the dreaded Aging by Sol Invictus (The Invincible Sun).


The weekly procedure starts with Glow & Shine, which is an exfoliating mask. I was told to scrub softly instead of going around like a bull in a china shop. I didn’t know I portrayed that image. Hmph. Next comes Leach Me, the moisturizing mask which hydrates your skin to prevent aging. I have to keep this mask on for ½ hour before applying Submerge Me as a deep moisturizing booster.

wash face

The Spots Got Shot is there as a blemish treatment serum cum oil control for pimple outbreaks and such (I do get them from time to time) so your skin can be blotch free!


It was like a crash course in skin care products. I leaned so much during the session that I can probably be a consultant (even memorized the terminology!) for guys hesitant to delve headfirst into this brave new world of metrosexuality. ;)

mask open

The b.liv range is available at your friendly local neighborhood Guardian, Watson’s, Sasa, Alpro and Caring Pharmacy (which I hear is really caring).


b.liv is coming up with a new tagline search contest for their new packaging relaunch where you stand to win cash and prizes worth RM 1,500! Read more about the contest and the terms and conditions at the b.liv site. There’s no purchase required (the magic words!) and the first 30 entries will walk away with a b.liv product hamper worth RM 200! You can also get a free sample from the site.

mask done

Squeeze your creative juices and participate by emailing


Back to the b.liv treatment range, I quite like it actually, despite the time I need to apply this and that. I consider it a time investment towards looking good and I’m going to be using more of it (since it’s a free sample from the good people at Cellnique – thanks Iris!).

I’ve gotta keep my #1 asset (my face) in pristine condition.

You know la, need to kao lui. I’m still single you know? ;)

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