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Cellilux Glacial Mineral Gel

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Many thanks to Cellilux's management for the lovely product! I wouldn't have been able to try such a lovely product if not for you guys! Please note that even though the product is sponsored, it will not affect my opinions on it, and because of differing skin types, the effect of the product may not be the same for everyone! Product has been tried before writing this review! (:

Hi readers, I am back today with another amazing facial mask review!

Cellilux Glacial Mineral Gel
Cellilux provides an alternative to acids and damaging chemicals that rule the world of skincare and beauty treatments. Their Glacial Mask is a truly groundbreaking treatment that provides multiple benefits in one application. Previously only available to spa customers, this incredible product is now newly available to the Asian market.

Four major technological skincare methods are at work each time you use the mask. First, a specially structured water deeply penetrates your skin for intense hydration not found in any other product on the market. Second, special minerals detoxify your skin by bringing all of the impurities to its surface. Third, those same minerals actually work with your DNA, instructing your skin to activate youth-bringing processes such as collagen production. Your skin is revitalized like never before. 

Finally, the mask works as an exfoliator to lift away the detritus that's been cleansed from deep within for skin that glows with the health of youth and is devoid of clogged pores. With technology that harnesses mother nature to provide a natural alternative, the Glacial Mask must be used to be believed!

Cellilux contains natural catalytic molecules that are negatively charged. These negatively charged ions are able to draw positively charged bacteria and impurities lodged deep within the skin as well as neutralizing free radicals. Due to the reaction between these ions, you might experience a slight tingling sensation when the mask is applied. This sensation should fade away in a few minutes.
 -Bellabox quote
Here are some more information that is written on the cover of the Cellilux Package.

I find the mask very unique, especially amongst the proliferation of facial mask sheets that one simply stick to the face (and sometimes fall off), this one allows individual to contour the mask to suit one's face.

Cellilux allows one to apply the mask such that it adheres to one's face perfectly well, and unlike sheet masks that may not be able to adhere to every part of the face, or even more sadly, not cover some areas at all, this glacial mask ensures that every problematic area on one's face is well covered and is given due attention.

Not only so, while wearing the mask, one need not lie down but can do whatever we like, be it watching television or reading a book, since there is no risk of the mask falling off your face and wetting your book! Such convenience is worth noticing! ^^

Usually, you guys and girls know that I like to comment on the smell of masks and beauty products because I find smell really important since no one likes to have funny smelling things on your face for an extended period of time, right?

The packaging is very detailed, and from the first picture you guys can actually tell that Cellilux company takes the effort to seal the opening with plastic wrap to ensure airtightness and the quality of the mask. I like such a fact, even though I have little idea of what damage oxygen can do to your facial products, such sealed packaging always suggest sterile quality!

On top of that, Cellulix also takes its consumers into considerations when it provides one with an adorable little spatula for one to scoop out the desired amount of gel without having to risk the contamination of the product by digging one's finger into it. Cleanliness and hygiene factor, check!We do remember have to wash the spatula after each use and dry it well though... ;)

Cellilux Glacial Mineral Gel Mask is definitely not sweet smelling, but it most definitely does not smell bad either. Instead it has a slightly stronger, and refreshing scent that reminds one most strongly of minerals and the sea and ice (maybe it is just me...) and personally, I don't find the smell offending at all. So, thumbs up to the good smell! :D

The first time when I tried the gel, I was rather surprised by the effect of the application: my face stung quite a bit and it felt like I just squeezed an excess of peppermint toothpaste on my face. But the effects of the stinging is normal, as indicated on the box, and one will get used to it after a while. Not only so, the stinging will fade away as the mask dries, hence it will not be causing you too much stringing (especially if you have low threshold for pain) for extended period of time! Besides, what is a little bit of pain when we can get better skin right?

The gel mask did its job in clearing up most of my blackheads, in fact, after each use, when I wash off the mask, I do note a decrease in the number of unsightly and stubborn black spots present on my nose. On the other hand, my pimple problem is controlled but not entirely cured, but that is not because the mask is not useful, but because recently I have been quite lethargic and tired due to late sleeping, and whenever I sleep late, my skin will experience a variety of problems. Normally, I expect my acne problem to be even worse, but I believe that the Mineral Gel has done its role well in lightening the situation of my skin problem! Cheers! ;D

I have included a photo which I took from Cellilux's Facebook, because I somehow cannot get a good shot of my face (one that is not too bad looking hehe~) to post it here.

After my mom saw the product, she was so intrigued by it that she asked if she could try it too, hence I decided to give it to her since she really liked it!

Overall, I will give the product a 4.5/5, the half mark is taken off because the product is on the slightly more expensive side, and I understand how we always have a limited budget for such products, but if you try it, I do think you will find it worth your money!

Have you guys tried out this amazing product? You can buy it for S$78 at Cellilux's Website and do remember to check out their facebook page meanwhile! If you are a subscriber of Bellabox then you get to try out a sample too in their beauty box!

Thank you for reading this guys! Till next time, see you all!

Just (a whining) Human

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Sometimes I forgive myself for being just human; for being weak in the face of terrible disappointment; and for my temporarily loss of directions whenever I trip and fall.

I know that I try to encourage a lot of people to work harder, to reach for their goals, to never give up by telling them inspiring quotes or just by working tirelessly myself to set a good example. I always believe in inspiring by action. But sometimes in the midst my my deepest darkest gloom, when all optimism desert me, I scorn that optimistic self and mock myself for ever believing that "If you put your heart to it, you can and you will."

I know. I am just human.

When I fail something terribly, I will lapse into this painful silence. I remember lapsing into this painful silence once in secondary two.

And today.

When that happens, nothing that happens around me matter anymore. It is just me in my sphere of excruciating pain, with my heart contracting in that tight choking manner that threatened to suffocate my very being. I became hyper-aware of my pulse throbbing heavily at my neck, and I will just turn cold. Really cold. Like all the warmth and hope left me all at once, leaving me in the dark and cold.

I hurt. Too.
Try to remember me as just another human.

I know that when I do terribly I would try to give myself motivational speeches like,

Don't lose hope, this is only the beginning! If you are not doing well despite working hard, that means that you are not working hard enough and smart enough! This is just another one of life's challenge for you, to see you fall and to see you hurt. Stand up, be strong and keep going. I will never give up on myself.
Sometimes, such motivational speeches are incredibly useful when you are trying to inspire other people, trying to convince them that no, they are not the failures they think themselves to be, and yes, they should always work hard whether they see immediate results or not. The difference is pretty dismal when you try to inspire yourself. I don't know how good a liar I have to be if I am able to stare at my disappointing results to tell myself that it is okay, it is fine, and by some miracle or another, I will improve and do better. It is like, while half of you is trying to convince and motivate yourself, the other more pessimistic you is going like, "Yeah right, what sort of idiot would believe such rubbish?"

It is even worse when someone else try to tell you that it is okay- instead of making me better, it heightens my anguished mood and make my want to scream and yell and shake the person really really hard, to vent all my pent up frustration on that one person that tells you "it's okay" in such a flippant manner that negates all your hard work, sweat and expectations of yourself.

I know sometimes people are just trying to make you feel better. I don't know about other people, but for myself it is like a quicksand. The more you try to pull me out of my despondence, the more I sink into it, and worse still, cause my despondence to be coupled with anger and a feeling of being under-appreciated. Maybe it is just me. I hated the words, "it's okay" more than anything else in the world put together (even more so than radishes ugh), because it feels like a sanitized version of "just freaking get over your pain". I don't know. I mean people tend to interpret things badly in the midst of their pain, don't they?

I wish that there could be someone to inspire me too, and motivate me, when I needed it. I am not tired of inspiring others to work, or motivating them to work hard. I know how much a few sincere words of inspiration and comfort can do to change someone's day, and lift their spirits. I sought hard and long for such, but encountered none. I didn't want to hear things like, "Don't worry, it is going to be OKAY in the end." (UGH to "okay"!) Such statements only make me think that the speaker cannot be bothered enough to think about my problems or to give me sincere advice, and I hate it even more when inspirational speakers, be it professionals or teachers or principals say that, because I would be thinking, "Don't be stupid, and don't lie. Nothing is going to be okay if you don't do something about it. And stop painting such rosy images in my head. You are just simplfying my pains."

Surprisingly I feel better after typing all these out, maybe it is because I unloaded so much of the angst within me today that prevented me from seeing my goal. I feel like I can breathe again. I feel like hey, somehow these wounds might somehow heal. With time. With patience. With better results.

I do try to etch such painful memories in my head as a lesson learned, or simply as a form of masochistic motivation for myself to work hard. In time, I would think about today, and maybe be grateful for such pains that make me stronger, and drove me to the end.

But I realized one thing.

When you fall, there won't be anyone to pick you up. There may be people to offer you tissue for your tears or a pat on the back, but you are the one that have to pick yourself up despite your pains, grit your teeth, and move on. It is a race that you have to complete on your own.

Are efforts being truly recognized? How important is such recognition?

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I remember watching this Korean Drama called "Dream High", and one of the lines uttered by one of the judges was exceptionally impressing. He said, "We don't need people who just try and work hard. We need people who can do it and make the cut."

Hearing him say that, my whole mind was like, Woah, that was so harsh dude.  I thought that efforts should be recognized, and the due accolade should be given to the people who try so hard. That was what I thought. That is still what I have been thinking till recently.

But of late I have come to realize in the midst of my deep thought that perhaps our society doesn't notice efforts enough. I am not sure, it is just my opinion and I assure you that you are free to repudiate it. Think about it, like I had thought about it in the steamy, thought-provoking bathroom: What if Einstein had never made his discoveries? What if Einstein had never made the equation of E=MC^2, and perhaps never ever gotten famous? Afterall, he is famous for his achievements, and only when his achievements are known are his efforts then brought to light.

Look at the great scientists and famous entrepreneurs that we all know. Think about the people we are familiar with, like Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates... and the list goes on. Each of them are representative of one area that they had placed much effort in, and subsequently succeeded in. Edison is well known for his dauntless attempts in inventing the light bulb. Would his hundreds and hundreds of attempts be named if he had not succeeded in creating the final light bulb that worked? Would we be interested in Steve Jobs if he was not married with Apple Company? It seems almost like every famous people (at least those I know), is tied to their achievements, and when they are divorced from their achievements, they become just another person in the relentless crowd.

We are interested in famous people's biography, and we simplify the process it took for them to achieve their results and cast all their pains and efforts under the umbrella terms of hardwork, determination, perseverence, fearlessness, thinking out of the box.

It seems almost as if we are suggesting this one simple idea:

"If you work hard, if you persevere, if you are determined, then you will see results, and you will succeed."

I mean, why not right? After all, all the aforementioned people work hard, held fast to their dreams and they went against all odds and overcame all obstacles to rise above the crowds. But think again, when we applaud these icons of determination and endurance for their "hardwork", are we really recognizing their efforts, or are we recognizing their achievements and therefore acknowledging that yes, they had indeed poured heart and soul into them?

Will you read the autobiography of a common man whose name you have never heard of, one who has an average salary and mainstream car, one who worked from nine-to-five to support his family and goes on holiday once a year and had never really, in everyone's eyes, "stepped out of his comfort zone to pursue his dreams"? Or will you rather read the autobiography of one man who overcame all hardships and all obstacles in life, dropped out of high school and went against his parent's wishes to finally become (I don't know, I am saying hypothetically) the CEO of some big conglomerate? I myself would rather read the latter, for I am curious to know how he, despite all the setbacks, managed to scale the heights and finally settle himself into the throne of success. I would want to admire his character, learn from him, emulate him and hopefully find inspiration that can one day shape my character enough for me to live my own version of a success story.

Maybe you would say that the effort undertaken by the now-CEO is much greater, much more so than that of the common man. But how would you know if the common man had not put in as much effort, or maybe even more for his to lead his average life? Again, maybe you are right; or maybe you are just making a hasty assumption like I would have done, that is, "the greater the amount of effort put in, the greater your achievement".

Food for thought: Is success directly proportional to the amount of effort we put in?
Is success directly proportional to the amount of effort we put in? If not, why are we (usually) judging the amount of effort put in by a person based on his or her level of success?

Undeniably, there is a strong correlation between hard work and success, but surely achievements are not determined by hard work alone, and neither are achievements a good yardstick for recognizing efforts. Think about the ranking system in schools, where they recognize the (flawed assumption) efforts of the top students. It is really recognizing the achievements. Such a topic and idea is highly contentious too: is it possible to divorce hard work and achievements, such that hard work can be acknowledged on its own without the overshadowing silhouette of success?

I remember my Secondary Four Language Arts teacher discussing this during our lessons. She asked if it was possible to give out awards that recognize the students' efforts instead of achievements. But the question is, how then would the candidates be chosen? Effort is a term as ambiguous as things like love and hate; its effects are barely tangible and often overlooked. If hardworking candidates were to be chosen, it would also mean that the teacher would have to know each student well enough, or maybe even conduct spot checks at their home to catch them working hard. That would again bring about another round of complications which includes the fairness of the teacher, the integrity of students, how "efforts" are to be measured, etc. The most worrying problem is of course when the student is awarded the "Most Harworking Student Award" but not "Top Ten In School" (or similar) award; would the student be teased and tormented by the classmates for her/his supposedly lower intellect? Is that also why there is a proliferation of closeted muggers all around, to spare themselves the unflattering title of "hardworking but ..."?

I am not advocating the idea of "slacking" or "sleaziness" or "laziness" as some would put it. I am trying to postulate the argument that yes, your efforts may not get recognized by your teachers, or by your peers, or worse still, not even recognized by you own parents, but that doesn't give you the right to not work hard. That's right, you hard work won't be considered "hard work" by people who don't know you until you are famous one day and land yourself as "The 100 Most Influential People In The World". We don't need others to recognize the efforts that we put in for ourselves. But you have to know that all your hard work is recognized by one person. That one person who is with you wherever you go, that one person who cries at your sorrow and cheers at your joy; that one person who bears witness to all your hard work (or the lack of it), that one person who remembers and reminds you of the amount of effort you have truly put in.

That person is you.

And that is more than enough.