September 15, 2017 / 18:35 PM
Althea Korea “Kissed by the Sun” Limited Edition Box (P1,340 – originally worth P4,980)
K-Beauty, in all its darling eccentricities, is *quite* foreign to me. I’ve always wrestled with Korean standards and/or style(s) of beauty. I have v. prominent Filipina features – morena skin, big eyes, full lips – and my style of make-up has always leaned on the more Western side. But lately, I’ve been experimenting with various make-up styles for every day – über dewy “glass skin,” gradient lips, and sheer eyeshadow – and it’s so exciting! I consider getting out of my comfort zone and seeing what I can come up with a personal victory.
The Althea Box from my ultimate K-Beauty destination is such a fantastic way to try new products for both make-up and skin care! Curated to *kawaii* perfection, the limited edition themed boxes (2-3 every month) are designed for beginners and professionals alike. You save thousands of PPP and discover your next holy grail! The past few weeks may have been gloomy in Manila but the exclusive “Kissed by the Sun” Box contains so many great products that have already become staples in my collection – whatever the weather may be. They really surpassed my expectations!
Bareblanc Super Fit Cushion in Natural Beige (Solo, P850)
I’ve had my fair share of cushion foundations, mostly from Western brands because of their fairly wider shade range. The biggest surprise from the collection is the Bareblanc Super Fit Cushion. I honestly had no expectations from it since I’ve never heard of the brand nor the product. It is a little lighter than my skin complexion – nothing a good contour powder can’t remedy – but it delivers a perfectly matte-but-not-flat coverage that lasts the entire day. It even covers my stubborn acne scars that I don’t find the need to reach for my trustworthy concealer before application – it’s that good!
A possible downfall for having any base product in the Althea Box is the uncertainty of the color shade so I would suggest to have a lighter and/or darker liquid foundation/BB Cream in hand to concoct a flattering shade for you.
Etude House Look At My Eyes in BR425
This has been a staple in my collection ever since I received it. I have not stopped wearing it – on top of any matte shadow – and it just works so well! I still like putting an eyeshadow primer (Etude House Proof 10) beforehand for better longevity. I get compliments about my eye look all the time.
To be honest, I’ve always had a huge bias towards Korean eyeshadows because, when you’re used to Western quality, you’ll find them to be more sheer and less pigmented. I was wrong! The Etude House Look At My Eyes in BR425 is fantastic for day to day, and does not pale in comparison to others with a heftier price tag! I’ll be sure to look for more shades from the line on my next Etude House visit!
Laneige Ideal Blush Duo in Juicy Rose (Solo, P1,230)
A beautiful addition to the roster is the Laneige Ideal Blush Duo in Juicy Rose (or California Rose) – my very first product from the brand! I was ecstatic to see this during my unboxing. With 2 flattering matte shades, it delivers the perfect healthy flush on the cheeks. You can keep building it up to your liking; no shock factor involved because of too much pigmentation! The staying power is also fantastic, and I find it to still be visible until the end of the day.
Read: Affordable Beauty: Top 4 Peach Drugstore Blushes
Rire Luxe Matte Lipstick in Nudy Beige (Solo, P500)
With a very comfortable feel on the lips, the Rire Luxe Matte Lipstick in Nudy Beige is perfect to finish up any beauty look! I just observed that this particular formula needs multiple swipes to get its full opacity. The nude orange is a beautifully unique everyday shade. I also enjoy adding a gloss on top for extra luscious, scene-stealer lips!
ABIB Hydration Creme Water Tube (Solo, P1,720)
The sample size of the ABIB Hydration Creme Water Tube is something else. You get around 5 uses from the small sachet but every time I apply the cream on my face – instructed as an essence step, so after toner and before moisturizer – I have such supple, hydrated skin, which lasts all day! I can even forego my moisturizer because it’s that good! With such an A+ experience, I’m really considering cashing out for (a possible) splurge.
Calmia UV Protection Sun Stick in Moist (Solo, P490)
For girls-on-the-go, the Calmia UV Protection Sun Stick is a super hassle-free way of applying sun protection. It adds a fresh, dewy look – without looking oily – while protecting the skin from UV rays, which is the fastest way for skin to age. I love how it isn’t sticky and adds a subtle glow to the skin.
Secriss Pure Nature Mask in White Pearl (Solo, P52)
The Secriss Pure Nature Mask in White Pearl is great for a special pamper day. Sheet applied perfectly on my face, and it left my skin moisturized – smells amazing, too. It lasted a while before it dried up, which only means that there is a ton of essence inside. It also contains pearl extracts for a whitening effect but, again, I only used this once so I can’t really tell if it was effective.
Anything you want to try from the box? Let me know in the comments below! ✨
Disclaimer: The Kissed by the Sun Box was provided by Althea Korea for review. As always, these are my honest opinions on said products.
July 11, 2017 / 16:02 PM
Althea Korea is my obsession.
It is undoubtedly my ultimate online destination for everything Korean beauty and skin care! I’ve discovered so many holy grail products from this black hole! All products are new, authentic, and delivered from Korea so prices are extra competitive (much cheaper!). Your package arrives straight to your doorstep so no worrying about customs – super fuss-free. They feature road shop brands like Etude House, The Face Shop, Banila Co. and innovative, trendy brands like CosRX, Heimish, and Dear, Klairs. PSA: They’re going all-out this July for their 2nd birthday!
Althea is having an exciting Birthday Sale and on top of that, the 20 Days of Beauty Giveaway. For every purchase you make, you’ll receive the Limited Edition Birthday Box, which includes the DIY Birthday Kit and Sample Pack. Post your customized Birthday Box creations on Instagram, and you might just win an entire year’s worth of shopping in Althea, major shopping credits (up to P10,000), and even a flight to Korea for 2!
What’s in My Birthday Box?
I went a little crazy over the skin care. I finally repurchased my favorite Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser in Purity (P1,040) since the Heimish All Clean Balm doesn’t remove my make-up as effectively. I recently emptied the Son&Park Beauty Water so I’m incorporating the Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (P880) in my skin care routine – so far, so good! I’m trying out the Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Cream in Fresh Watery (P530) as my moisturizer for extra hydration because my skin’s been so dry lately. And, I finally have the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (P560) again, and it feels like I’m meeting an old friend!
For make-up purchases, I picked up the Etude House Double Lasting Foundation in Sand (P870) and Secret Key Tattoo Cover Cushion [Pink Edition] (P650) for bases and the Missha B.B Boomer (P450) to, hopefully, prolong my base wear time. Everybody knows I’ve been raving about the long-lasting Peripera Ink Velvet Lip Tint in Celeb Deep Rose (P370) that I just had to purchase 3 more colors!
I can’t wait to test out all these products. Let me know if you want a full review on any of them! Happy, happy birthday, Althea! 🎉
Disclaimer: I was given credits by Althea Korea to purchase these products.
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February 14, 2017 / 14:30 PM
Althea Korea’s Anti-Pollution Box (P1,450 – originally worth P5,020)
Living in Manila takes a toll on me, especially as a regular commuter. An environment so hostile to skin needs its recuperation at the end of the day that’s why I was ecstatic – an understatement – when the wonderful Althea pixies mailed me their Anti-Pollution Box to try!
I subscribe to the Korean 10-Step Skin Care Routine I rave about endlessly, and choosing the right products for my skin type is easier with a beauty platform like Althea. It’s my go-to for everything skin care because of the unbelievably low prices – with regular sales and discounts! – and the array of homegrown brands to choose from.
The monthly Althea Beauty Boxes are great for those who want to discover new products – both for skin care and make-up – without breaking the bank. You just might find your true love within these boxes!
Calmia Rooibosh No Wash Cleansing Water (Solo, P260)
I changed my nightly skin care routine and added the Calmia Rooibosh No Wash Cleansing Water to remove my eye make-up before a thorough double cleanse. It makes the next steps easier, and it doesn’t tug on my eyes – the most sensitive part of the face and the most susceptible to aging. Make-up comes right off without stinging my eyes; it’s super gentle!
It’s marketed as a no-wash product for incredibly lazy (hands up!) nights when you just want to go straight to bed. Of course, I still recommend a good cleansing balm/oil and a water-based cleanser (see next 2 items) to effectively remove pollutants you carried from your commute home. This is also extra helpful for moments when you’ve done a make-up boo-boo and want to fix it without ruining an entire look.
Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm (Solo, P910)
The Hope Girl Jamong Cleansing Balm competes with my love for the holy grail status Banila Co. Clean It Zero. I find that it’s the easiest and fastest way to wash off make-up without wasting any product. It works better than the Holika Holika Pig Clear Make-up Zero which leaves my face greasy.
The sherbet-type cleanser is mild yet powerful – plus that packaging is extra cute! When I go all out with a full face for an event, I do this step twice and find all traces of my make-up gone. It’s such a miracle worker!
Missha Deep Cleansing Foam
This is easily my favorite from the bunch! I’m disappointed since it’s not yet available (solo) in Althea! Let me update this entry when it is. This smells so nostalgic – just like a regular Pond’s Facial Wash. It’s thick in consistency and removes remaining impurities while retaining moisture.
Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener (Solo, P440)
I’ve had this item in my Althea bag for months, and every time I find the courage to purchase it, it’s sold out! Surely, good things come to those who wait. I personally prefer a more viscous consistency when it comes to toners – almost like an essence but not quite – but the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener is hydrating and delivers results! It cleanses and tightens pores, controls sebum, and balances skin’s pH levels – everything a toner needs to do and more! Instead of just using the product with a cotton pad, I also add an extra layer with my hand and pat it on my face for double the moisture.
Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask
For a special pamper day, I love doing a face mask once a week. I leave the Skinfood Bitter Green Clay Soothing Mask on my face for around 15-20 minutes until I feel a tightening and rinse it with warm water. It leaves my skin clean, smooth, and ready for my beauty sleep.
I don’t recommend this to people with sensitive skin or anyone suffering from breakouts because there are solid particles that can scratch your face. This is best applied with a small spatula rather than your fingers.
ONSAEMEEIN Perfect Moisture Cream (Solo, P340)
The ONSAEMEEIN Perfect Moisture Cream applies wet but immediately absorbs into skin. This type of consistency is extra hydrating so it’s good for dry skin! The Trehalose extract is the star of the show, preventing aging and improving wrinkles through time.
It’s My Daily Sun Cream SPF45+ PA+++ (Solo, P240)
I’ve been more diligent when applying sunscreen – even when I’m just inside an office the entire day. This isn’t for everyone because it’s thick and can feel greasy when not blended well. Personally, I don’t mind because it leaves my skin really moisturized and prepped for a full face of make-up. It doesn’t smell like chemicals, which more generic sunscreens do. This is also pretty cheap considering sunscreens in the market start at around P400+.
Thank you for the love, Althea!
More on the 10-Step Korean Skin Care Routine on my next entry about The Little Book of Skin Care by Soko Glam founder, Charlotte Cho.
Don’t forget to use my (P350) discount code on your first purchase. 💗
Disclaimer: The Anti-Pollution Box is actually sold out – upon publishing this entry – so I provided links for the individual products in case you want to purchase them.
October 08, 2016 / 02:05 AM
I am finally a believer.
There, I said it. I am a believer in Korean beauty and skincare.
My past skincare routine was (almost) non-existent. I survived the Johnson’s Baby Soap (for my body and face *gasp*) treatment until graduating from university. Mind you, college – fuelled by caffeine while running on 3-6 hours of sleep – is anything but conducive for good skin. On my senior year, I broke out severely, and I had nothing but my Ever Bilena concealer stick to cover my unrelenting acne and dark circles. I neglected my skin until somewhere in my 20s, I discovered that there’s no point in hoarding so much make-up if my canvas isn’t well taken care of.
Being introduced to the Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine by Soko Glam and Into the Gloss – even trying to memorize it like a creed – completely changed my understanding of beauty. Rachel Nguyen of That’s Chic made a really fun video about this seemingly mad (I mean, who has time for that?) regime. I follow a number of Western beauty gurus on YouTube who are big on bronzing, tanning, and the whole shebang, which I find to suit my look better. I disagree with a lot of Asian beauty standards and practices – porcelain skin, dewy complexion, ombre lips, etc. – until I found something worth emulating: crazy good skincare.
Read: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Korean Skincare via Man Repeller
I’m entering this uncharted realm which is incredibly exciting. (I want to shout to the world that I get it, I finally get the hype!) Upon recommendations from my amazing readers, I found myself navigating towards Althea Korea which sells unbelievably cheap beauty and skincare products – directly from Korea. The discounts are ridiculous! I especially love how detailed the description is on each product – packaging, skin type, size, purpose, and usage – talk about good information design! Althea also delivers straight to your doorstep with free shipping (for orders P999 or more the entire month of October) after a week (!) of purchasing, and they offer 30-day returns.
Upon further research on b/vlogs – and after two hours eagerly scrolling through the website – I picked products from the popular brand Innisfree. They’re pretty affordable too! I’ve been using the products religiously, and I can feel a complete difference in my skin. Here are my individual reviews of each!
Jumbo No Sebum Mineral Powder, Limited Edition (P570)
This, by far, is the best loose powder I’ve tried. (I have yet to purchase the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to, maybe, change my mind.) Don’t let the white powder fool you, it actually warms up my complexion – this has voodoo or something. You can apply it for a number of times, and it still won’t look heavy or cakey. It leaves skin feeling silky smooth.
I’m not one to use a powder puff or a compact sponge when applying loose powders since I prefer using a powder or stippling brush, but I don’t mind at all with this one. It spreads out the product evenly, and it targets parts which are hard to reach. I keep touching my face in the middle of the day to see if I’ve already gone oily on my T-Zone since other powders (Nichido Final Powder and Bourjois Loose Powder) do that but by some miracle, I am completely matte. (Disclaimer: Please know I’m inside an air-conditioned office all day, but I do commute.)
Unfortunately, they no longer carry the limited jumbo edition (15g) but the smaller version (5g, P260) is still available on Althea; it’s just currently sold out. I mean, that’s how good it is! Wait for them to restock – as if your life depended on it. Both are travel-friendly, which I love. On the other hand, if you prefer pressed powders, you can try the Sebum Mineral Pact (P480).
Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask (P560)
The Jeju Volcanic line is perfect for anyone who wants to minimize pores and remove blackheads. The award-winning Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is targeted towards combination skin. The original Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask (P520) is best for those with smaller pores and more sensitive skin. It refreshes the skin, removes sebum, and exfoliates dead skin cells.
After removing my make-up and using my toner, I apply it then remove it with lukewarm water after 10 minutes – with a recommended usage of 1-2 times a week. It doesn’t dry up to the point that it gets uncomfortable unlike my experience with other masks. It has a cooling effect which I really enjoy. It unclogs my pores, softens the skin, and rids it of impurities. I’ve seen such an improvement in my skin; it really stays true to its claims!
Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam (P450)
There was a time when I was completely clueless about skincare – I still, sort of, kinda am. I had the cult favorite, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and I used it twice a day, every day of the week. My poor face was so rough that I never wanted to use facial scrubs again – until I discovered the Jeju Volcanic Pore Scrub Foam. It’s so much gentler than others but still does an incredible job of removing dirt. It’s targeted towards combination skin unlike the Jeju Volcanic Pore Foam which is better for oily skin. I use it twice a week, and it leaves my skin clean and moisturized.
Volcanic Black Head Out Balm (P280)
I had greater expectations for the Volcanic Black Head Out Balm but it’s just okay. From the entire haul, I’m least impressed by this. Before using the Clay Mask and the Pore Scrub Foam, I apply this on my nose to loosen my black heads. It doesn’t give instant results, maybe the Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack and Jeju Volcanic Blackhead 3-Step Program are better for said endeavor.
I’m honestly so happy with my entire Althea Korea experience. I’m eyeing so many goodies for my next haul including the Innisfree Tinted Dual Brow, No-Sebum Blur Primer, Green Tea Pure Cleansing Foam, Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner, and Soybean Energy Essence.
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What’s on your Althea Korea to-buy list? Anything you’ve tried from Innisfree you want to recommend?