Jul 29, 2016

Top 20 Must-Buy Japanese Beauty Products When in Japan


I've done the "Korea Must-Buy" and "Paris Must-Buy", and now let's move on to Japan. What triggered me to write this post is because my dear friend, Nicole, asked if I want anything from Japan. That leads to an extensive research on what beauty products I can buy in Japan. I thought it would be great to write a blog post about it.

Because there are so many beauty products to shop for in Japan, I have extended my usual Top 10 list to Top 20. Beauty stores in Japan (especially in Tokyo) is a massive supermarket. The beauty market and consumption for is huge!

In my opinion, Japanese products are way better than the Korean because their manufacturers have higher standards in quality and reliability compared to other countries in Asia. A lot of manufacturing concepts are adopted from Japanese manufacturers. I will talk about what working in manufacturing teach me about beauty products in another day. As for now, let's focus on what we can get in Japan and not in Malaysia.


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Jul 28, 2016

[Review] Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation (Beige Light)


Brand: Marc Jacobs Beauty
Product name: Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil-Free Foundation
Available at: Sephora
Price: RM215

What it is:
Erase the past, perfect the present, and protect the future. Formulated with lifestyle ingredients and Buoyancy Gel technology, Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation creates a weightless, natural veil that never settles into fine lines. An infusion of Soft Focus Powder reflects light to minimize imperfections, while revitalizing multi-vitamins provide supreme hydration for even application and luxurious wear.


Main purpose:

  • Versatile formula builds easily from natural to full coverage.
  • Provides supreme hydration for a radiant finish. 
Texture & Coverage:
It has a gel texture as the name suggested. However, it is still runny and doesn't feel thick. The coverage is between light to medium and buildable to full coverage.




Finishing:
It has a dewy finish. I don't have much imperfection on my skin right now, the difference of putting the foundation and no foundation isn't obvious. I guess this shows that the coverage is quite light. It does make my skin look healthier and glowing. It doesn't need setting powder because once applied on the skin, it turns matte.



Staying power:
Without setting powder, it lasts for approximately 4 hours. After 4 hours, the redness around my nose area began to show. With setting powder it is good to go for 6 hours.

Packaging:
Another point that worth mentioning is the packaging. It has a sleek packaging and the product dispense through a pump. The product sits inside a frosty glass and the cap is made of sturdy plastic. The entire outlook is very luxurious and neat.


Conclusion:
I really don't have anything bad to say about this product. It is a good foundation except that the texture will need a few application to get used to. There is a wide range of shades available (about 16 shades from what I've counted in Sephora). If you have a darker skin color, you will definitely find your suitable shade.


It won't be my daily foundation because the price is just too expensive. I guess that is the only downside of this product. I do recommend you to do a swatch test first (or ask for sample) if you want to try it. The texture can be a hit or miss depending on individuals.


Ingredients:Water, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Solica Dimethicone Silylate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Diner Dilinoleate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Isododecane, Sodium Chloride, Methicone, Dlyceryl Caprylate, Calcium Carbonate, Dorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Potassium Sorbate, Methylpropanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium Edta, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone (+/-) Titanium Idoxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77491, Ci 77499).
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Jul 27, 2016

[Review] Guerisson 9 Complex Cream (Mayu Cream)


Brand: Guerisson (Manufacturer: Claire's)
Product name: 9 Complex Cream
Available at: Althea Online and Hermo Online
Price: RM138 RM46 (at Althea) and RM276 RM84 twin pack (at Hermo)


What it is 
Formulated with 9 Complex (Peppermint Extract, Apply Mint Extract, Sage Extract, Rosemary Extract, Lavender Extract, Cabbage Rose Petal Extract, Lemon Balm Leaf Extract, Chamomile Extract, Bergamot Extract) and Horse Oil from German, which helps to maintain 72 hours long lasting moisturizing effect, to improve skin resilience excellently and strengthen the skin tension with filling the moisture between the skin cells. Also containing cermamide ingredient, most similar to the human skin layer, helps to moisturize and refresh your skin by infiltrating smoothly into the skin and forming the hard moisture layer without any residue left unlike animal fat or plant oil. Main ingredient: Niacinamide, adenosine.




Main function:
To repair damaged skin. Improves texture by enhances firmness of the skin. Reduce appearance of enlarged pores. Brightens the skin and construe appearance of luminous skin.


Texture:
It has a buttery smooth and thick texture similar to most night cream. It has a zesty lemon scent which lingers for awhile. It doesn't have icky and oily feeling. Can be applied during the day underneath makeups.


Packaging:
The packaging for this cream is over the top. Even high-end skincare products can top it. It has a sturdy box that resembles Hermes packaging (talking about horse!). The box has a plastic stand. The bottle itself has gold embossed cap. It has a plastic spatula which comes really handy to scoop when you reach half of a jar. Due to its popular demand, there are a lot of counterfeit products in the market. Claire (the manufacturer) keep on revising its packaging to differentiate themselves from the fake products in the market. I will post up a guide on how to differentiate them. At the mean time, if you read Chinese/Korean, you can check out their guide from their website.




Moisture test
I ran a moisture test for the product after 10 minutes of applying. The result is incredibly unbelievable. The oil barrier increased 16.5% (oil barrier on top layer of the skin serves as barrier to protect your pores from bacteria infection and to preserve your skin from aging). And the moisture level improved by 36.6%

Before

After

Results:
Although it has thick texture, it doesn't leave any sticky or annoyance feeling. Obvious improvements can be seen on my skin within a week. I only apply it during night. On the areas of improvements are texture - pores are minimized, fine lines - reduced drastically, brightening - skin looks more luminious. It is one of those products which can't see much difference, but once you stop using it you will find your skin deteriorating.


Controversy issues with the horse oil ingredients:
In production of this product, the manufacturer ensures that no horse are being harmed. This is because the horses are farmed and supplied by Germany, France, Kazhastan, Belgium, Italy and Quebec for its meat. Since I'm working in manufacturer environment, I understand the supply chain effects. It is indeed a good product to recommend but I limit myself to recommend this product to those who really in need of speedy repair to their skin. Currently we are still able to control the supply. If there is a drastic increase of demand for this product, the supply of the horse oil need to be increased. At that point of time, no one is able to guarantee that no horses will be harm. The sustainability of the horse oil supplies worry me. For the love of the horses, do stick to plant-based products, unless you really need this product.


Ingredients:
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Horse Fat, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Beeswax, Sobitan Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Betaine, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phenoxythanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrated Silica, Disodium Cetearyl Sulfosuccinate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Senensis Leaf Extract, Ligularia Fishceria Leaf Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Human Oligopeptide-1, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, Myristyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide 3. 


If you would like to purchase this from Althea, do use my referral link <<here>>. You will receive a RM35 credits in your account immediately once you sign up. I won't be getting any commission from the referral, instead I will get points which I can exchange for products that I want.


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Jul 26, 2016

[Review] Blingsome Lip Tattoo (Scarlet Ruby)


Safe patented lip tint the latest lip craze trend in Korea for girls who love long lasting vivid colors. Available in 5 shades - Honey Love, Coral Bliss, Scarlet Ruby, Vega Girlish, Lady Tension.

Initially I thought the peel off lip tattoo is another gimmick Korean beauty products. It is only fair for me to try it first before passing any pre-judgement on it. So I picked up the Blingsome Lip Tattoo from Althea to try. It wasn't love at first sight. It took me three trials to get it right.

How to apply:
From the tube, apply the product on to the lips. The texture is jelly-like and will dry up after 10 minutes (depending how thick you put). Peel off the film once it dries up. Do a pat test first before peeling it off. If there's wet patch it wouldn't peel off and will cause a mess to remove.




What I don't like about this product:
Let's talk about the downside of this product. It is not easy to peel as shown on the advertisement. When applying directly from the tube, it tends to get messy because the texture of the product is thick and sticky. It is really hard to get the precision right. The opacity of the colour depends on how thin or thick you apply it. If you have dry or chapped skin on your lips, it will be peeled off, leaving a patch of uncoloured area (as you can see in the photo below). The first time when I was trying to get it right, it got transferred to my teeth. Due to the drying time, this product is not recommended if you're on the rush.



What I like about this product:
I don't like the application part of this product, but I definitely love the results. As I said, it took me three trials to get it right. What I love the most about this is the longevity of colour. It stays for 12 hours! It doesn't stain my cup and it is kiss-proof. So you don't get that icky feeling of having lipstick on your lips (no hair sticking on the lips, yay!). I love the colour as well. The one I have is in Scarlet Ruby. It is a chilli red colour.


Some tips:
To reduce your makeup time, put it on before sleep. The colour stays till the next morning and it saves you some time to prepare before you head out. Make sure you leave it dry completely before peeling it off. Leave it on extra 10 minutes just in case some parts are still wet. To avoid the colours get transferred to your teeth, put on the outer part of your lips only. Remember to exfoliate your lips before applying. Make sure you do not have dead skin or chapped lips.


Conclusion:
This product requires a bit of time to get used to. Once you can get over the hassle of applying it, you will love the it. It doesn't stain or fade and is perfect for traveling, swimming, or any kind of sports. It would be easier to apply if the tube has an applicator like a brush or doe foot wand. It will be easier to control the amount and get the precision right at the corner of the lips. That is definitely something which the brand can improve on. Other than that, the formula of the product is really good.


I think this product will garner extreme opinions. It is either you love it, or hate it.


If you decide to give this a try, you can get it from Althea. The original price is RM79, but Althea is selling at only RM30. Do use my referral by clicking <<here>> to get RM5 additional discount and RM30 new member discount when you make your first purchase. I do not earn any commission from Athea but Althea will credit me 10 points for every successfully referred member. The points will be use on product redemption. And this is not a sponsored post. I reserved my own opinion on the product.
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Jul 25, 2016

What's in my trash (Vol. 5)

The "What's in my trash" is a periodically series in this blog showcasing beauty products that I have used up till the last drop and products that I toss out after a few trial. This series will give you a good summary of why the products ended up in my trash and hopefully helps you in deciding whether to purchase the product or not.




The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner
I share this with my boyfriend and we both agree that it is a good toner. This toner contains white willow bark, lemon tea tree oil and organic tea tree oil. The Tea Tree essence helps to calm stubborn acne. The ingredients pulp tend to sit at the bottom of the bottle. I constantly forget to shake it to activate the ingredients. Despite not shaking it, the toner still as effective. It leaves a cooling sensation which my boyfriend enjoys, but it can be stinging if you have an open wound. I will definitely repurchase this for my boyfriend. I would highly recommend this to those of you who always suffer from bad break outs or having acne problems. The tea tree particals has medicinal is effective in medicating acne, infections and skin problems caused by environmental aggression.



Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ulra Definition Liquid Makeup
I have a specific review for this foundation <<here>>. This is a great foundation for "no makeup" look. It is lightweight and blends well to the skin. The coverage is light and may expose dark spots easily. Nonetheless, it makes a great foundation for everyday wear. I'm already in my second bottle now. This foundation is worth recommending.



Lucido-L Designing Pump Hair Jelly < Smooth Straight
I'm not a fan of this product. There is a whole lot of product in this bottle but I don't want to to use it anymore. It doesn't straighten my hair as it claims. And the product sticks to my hair if I accidentally apply a little too much. The texture is thick and sticky. I really can't live with this product since it didn't perform for the purpose it is made. Disappointed with it and definitely won't recommend or purchase it again.



M.A.C Brush Cleanser
I love this brush cleanser. But I use it sparsely and mainly for my expensive brush only. The price is expensive for a brush cleaner. If you think you can afford it, go ahead. It is gentle to the bristles of the brush and removes the residue of makeups from the brushes easily. It can be use wet or dry. I believe there are cheaper brush cleaner out there, so I won't be buying this again to save my bucks for a new tube of lipstick.



Shiseido Eudermine
This is the oldest skincare that have ever invented that hasn't change its formula since day one. Shiseido have sold this face essence since 1897 (My greatgrandmother wasn't even born yet!). Initially I was attracted to it and believe in the efficacy of the product until I switch to SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. What I don't like about this product is the scent. It is obvious that I won't be using this anymore since the SK-II FTE suits me better.



Hada Labo Retinol Lifting + Firming Lotion
The texture of this toner is too thick for my liking. I don't see much improvement from using it for a month, so I'm giving up. Although it failed me in the firming department, it does a good job on the hydration part. I believe this product has its potential and I think this product suits matured skin better.



M.A.C. Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation
Before I got so attached to the Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation, this used to be my beloved daily foundation. However, it has a thicker coverage and I agree it should not be a daily foundation. After cleansing, I still find residue of it on my cotton pad when applying toner. What I love about this foundation is the flawless coverage. It reflects really well in photos and I look radiant in pictures everytime I use it. I might repurchase this again to use it for events and outings, not for daily use.




NARS Org*** Blush
I still find the name of the shade offensive. I got this miniature version as a free gift after spending my entire salary at NARS Taiwan. Although this blush is internationally acclaimed as one of the flattering blush shade for all skin tone, I don't like it on me. The traces of gold speckles is the main culprit of my hatred. It doesn't look good on me at all. Not going to purchase the full size and I'm glad I was given this miniature to try on.



That's it for my trash for now. Let me accumulate more trash to show you guys what's worth and what's not. 
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Jul 24, 2016

Clarisonic Launches Its First-Ever Cleansing Device Designed Just For Men – Introducing Alpha Fit

Clarisonic, the maker of the #1 bestselling skin cleansing devices, is asking men – and the people who love them – to up their game with skin care. As many of us have witnessed, men typically don’t take care of their face. An online survey commissioned by Clarisonic and conducted among over 2,000 adults confirmed that men aren’t taking care of their faces as well as they could be. Sure, some men shave, but when it comes to cleansing their face, a majority (56%) use their hands - with one third (33%) doing so with body wash or a bar of soap, 14% using facial cleanser, and 9% using their hands with just plain water. Alpha Fit, Clarisonic’s new sonic cleansing device for men, is designed to cleanse men’s skin 6X better than using hands alone and effectively cleanse both shaven and bearded skin.
Clarisonic Alpha Fit is specifically engineered to sweep away dirt, oil, sweat and pollution from a man’s tougher, thicker skin from the first use giving you the extra clean feeling. The waterproof, compact design fits easily in a suitcase, gym bag, shower or bathroom cabinet and features a unique men’s brush head jam-packed with 26,000 bristles that is 30X better at removing blackheads. The technology is easy to use with two simple settings – one for clean-shaven skin and one for bearded skin. In another recent study conducted by Clarisonic, after a month of use, 100% of men felt their skin was cleaner, more comfortable, and smoother revived, and hydrated “We’re thrilled to announce that Alpha Fit is available across the nation for all men to use and experience just how great it feels to have clean and healthy-looking skin,” said Dr. Robb Akridge, co-founder and global president of Clarisonic. “For over a decade, Clarisonic has been loved by women and men alike. But let’s face it, men’s skin is different and they deserve a Clarisonic device built just for them – providing a great cleanse, a better shaving experience and a way to clean the hard-to-reach skin underneath facial hair.”



Alpha Fit isn’t an extra step for men in their cleansing regimen, just a better one. To explain why cleansing with hands alone isn’t good enough, Clarisonic created an infographic sharing the results of the Harris poll and what those results mean when it comes to cleansing skin. Hands are the most exposed part of the body to germs, and on average, a man’s hand carries 3,200 bacteria from 150 species (about the same amount as found on a circulated dollar bill). than women (12%) to admit they do not always wash their hands after using the bathroom  and men (76%) are significantly less likely than women (82%) to say they always use soap when washing their hands. Not only are they using those dirty hands to wash their face, if they’re using a bar of soap to wash their face instead, which can actually dry out your skin, it can be assumed that they are also, and more than 90% felt their skin was energized,


Plus, men (17%) are more likely using the same bar of soap or cleanser to clean their feet, their derriere, and...some other body parts that shall remain nameless.


Clarisonic aims to remind each man that investing in his face is the most important, most authentic, most long-term investment he can make. He is likely to spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on his shoes, his watch, his car—his image. So why not his face?

Alpha Fit retails for RM890 and will be available at Clarisonic Kiosk & Sephora beginning August 2016.
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Jul 21, 2016

[Review] Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow and Arrow


Here's a quick one. After trying the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick by Kat Von D, I was swoon over the texture and longevity of the product. My only problem with the lipstick is, the colour Witch isn't something I can wear daily. To show my love for the lipstick, I got myself another tube in a wearable colour which is Bow and Arrow - a dark nude. My colleague was the culprit of my additional shopping for this. She saw my review and wanted the colour "Outlaw" - a super rich diva red colour. I offered my Sephora 10% discount to her. While checking out, I drop this into the cart as well.


The colour turned out to be chocolate milk colour. It suits any skin tone and definitely one of the well-loved colour in the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick collection. I know this isn't the most flattering colour, but it is something which I can put on to work everyday.


There are several dupes for this shade. The significant one would be Kylie Jenner's Dolce K, however in terms of finishing, the KVD one is completely matte. And another close dupe would be the Jeffree Star's Celebrity Skin.


I'm not sure if you have heard of the drama between Kat Von D and Jeffree Star. It is the hottest gossip in the beauty industry currently. KVD is accusing JS for stealing her formula. And there is also issues of JS using similar logo. Whether you are #TeamKVD or #TeamJeffreeStar, it really doesn't matter. But my point is, it is entertaining, especially in the beauty world, the news are kind of dry most of the time. Do head to YouTube and hear two sides of the story. Both of them have their own explanation and defence posted on their respective YouTube channels.


The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is available at Sephora for RM99. 
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[Review] Marc Jacobs Re(marc)acble Full Cover Concealer in Young 3


If I can have one word to describe the Re(marc)able Full Conver Concealer it is... Remarkable! Whatever you hope for from a concealer can be found in this tiny jar. It conceals skin imperfections flawlessly. It is hydrating. It blends with my foundation and don't look cakey throughout the day. What more can I ask for? I do admit that the price is pretty steep compared to other good concealers in the market, but the quality is worth paying for. It is infused with soy protein, shea butter, and coconut extract to help repair, moisturize, and rejuvenate your skin.

Texture & finishing
It has a creamy texture and very smooth when glides onto the skin. Be warned that this concealer is soft and buttery, if you are applying on oily skin, this product may require setting with powder.


Coverage
It has medium coverage and buildable to full coverage with two layer of application. It does cover dark eye circles, acne scars and dark spots effectively.



Application
Normally, I use my fingers to apply my concealers. It is the same for this case. However, for hygiene purposes, I always recommend you to apply with a concealer brush.


Packaging
Besides the good function of the product, I also adore its packaging. It is sleek and has a wide opening which is easy to apply if you're using a finger. Some concealer has a small opening which caused the products get trapped under your fingernails whenever you dig into the jar. This may not concern much unless you're applying with your finger and has long nails.



What I like about it
So far this is the best concealer that I've ever tried. It has a similar texture to Canmake's Eyeshadow Base. If you've use the eyeshadow base before, you'll know it is very smooth and silky. I can't emphasize enough on the texture, so I do recommend you to do some swatching of this concealer if you happen to pass by Sephora.


What I don't like about it
This is a great concealer. I really can't think of any downside of the product except that the price is really expensive for the amount of product you get in the jar. Also, the range of Marc Jacobs foundation, powder and concealer don't come with the same shade code/name. It is pretty hard to find a matching foundation or other coverage makeups. However, you can use the shade chart below for all the Marc Jacobs coverage products as a reference if you decide to purchase it online.

The Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer is available at Sephora for RM105 (4.85g)


Ingredients
Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyglycerl-2 Tetroisostearate, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-I0/I Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Ozokerite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Hexyl Laurate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Bht, Methicone, Ethyl Vanillin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius  (Sfflower) Seed Oil, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Tocopherol, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carmine (Ci 75470). 
 
(+/-)</b> Titanium Dioxide (Ci 7789I), Iron Oxides (Ci 7749I, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci I5850), Red 7 (Ci I5850), Red 7 Lake (Ci I5850), Blue I Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci I9I40) Yellow 6 Lake (Ci I5985).
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Jul 20, 2016

HUGE Althea's Haul & Birthday Giveaway For You! (Vol.1)

Althea is celebrating their first anniversary. Happy 1st birthday, Althea! It has been a year since Althea made their way to Malaysia. With its promise to offer lowest price, 100% Korean beauty product authenticity and ships directly from Korea, it is not surprising that Althea has gained its reputation as the No.1 online beauty store for Korean products.



On this special day, I would like to extend Althea's birthday giveaway to you! Yes you!


Shop at Althea.kr between 20th-31st July 2016 and you will be showered with the prizes below:

Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit
For orders placed on 20th July onwards. Check out my Limited Edition Birthday Box from Althea below. While stocks last.

Free Goodies for the first 1,500 shoppers 
Full sized beauty products will be given away to the lucky 1,500 shoppers. While stocks last.

Birthday Giveaway. Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% Rebate 
Rebate will be credited into your Althea account.

#AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest
On your Instagram account, post up the party kit photo and wish Althea a happy birthday with hashtag #AltheaTurns1. You will stand a chance to win amazing prices such as Macbook Air, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers. A total of KRW10,000,000 prizes to be won by the lucky ones and you could be one of them. Contest runs from 20th July - 15th August 2016.


When you head to Althea online store, be prepared to get drown in endless beauty products from skincare to cosmetics and even beauty tools. I admit that shopping at Althea can be confusing because of the extensive choices. If you get that giddy feeling of excitement, let me recommend to you some of my picks from Althea. Now, let's dig into my huge haul from Althea recently.



Guerisson 9 Complex Cream

This is Korean's cult product, loved by many Korean artists. The main ingredient of this product is horse fat (no animal cruelty issue here). A lot of beauty bloggers swear by the Guerisson 9 Complex Cream especially for its efficacy in reducing fine lines. It even made a few appearance in Michelle Phan's video/blog. If you are looking for skincare that has medicinal function to repair your wrinkles or scars, pick this up.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

I have recommended this product on my blog previously as one of the top 10 must-buy Korean beauty product when in South Korea. Now you can get it shipped directly to your home. The Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask has a good reputation in diminishing enlarged pores. If you ever Google the reviews on before and after photos, you can see genuine users posting up the amazing improvement on their skin. I am very excited to try out this product. It has been on the top of the list of K-beauty product that I wanted to try for a long time.

Holika Holika Magic Pole Waterproof Masacara

I love the makeups from Holika Holika due to 2 reasons - one, they packaging is whimsical and very pretty, two, the quality in terms of staying power and pigmentation is really good. This is my third tube and I keep repurchasing this Magic Pole Waterproof Mascara due to the ball tip. It allows me to separate the clumpy lashes easily. It has a very interesting formula where it doesn't smudge or fade when come in contact with water (e.g. rain or swim) but whenever I shower, the mascara is easily removed with just warm water.

Blingsome Lip Tattoo

Have you ever tried a lip tattoo before? I've never tried this revolutionary lip product before. All my lip products are very conventional lipstick or lipgloss type. Since I have dark lips, a friend recommended me to try lip tattoo. The result is very natural and long lasting. There is no sticky feeling like how we usually apply lipstick or gloss and won't stain the mug. The Blingsome Lip Tattoo is one of the Althea's pick and is highly recommended.

Witch's Pouch Selfie Like Shot Dual Lipstick

Ombre lips is still a makeup trend now. With the dual lipstick, I don't have to get 2 different lipstick to achieve the two tone. Apparently the texture is buttery soft and very pigmented. After a few applications, the two tones will blend together and create a gradient effect. This is also another product that I am super excited to try. I will also write a separate review on this.


Head to Althea.kr to pick your own stash. If you purchase from 20th July onwards, you will receive this limited edition birthday box and DIY party kit.



Remember there are other prizes waiting for you as well. Go ahead and shop now. http://my.althea.kr/referral-welcome?k=1Nzg1Mzk
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