Product Regrets #13

I haven’t done one of these in a while, the reason being I don’t flippantly buy cosmetics anymore. Especially if I am paying for it. The fact that this was purchased with Althea free store credit doesn’t make it any less frustrating. This could have gone into something much more worthwhile.

The box. Yes! Very professional and high end looking!

What I liked about it:
It performed very well! Beginner friendly. Good dry down time. Good packaging! It was even priced affordably (MYR 23 when I purchased, it is now MYR 27)! I was very happy. INITIALLY…..

What I didn’t like about it:
I only got to try it out all but THREE times… It dried out. I tried storing it upside down, I tried shaking it vigorously, I tried even cleaning out the tip in case some eyeshadow or something got stuck on to it. All exercise in futility! That’s 23 bucks that could have gone into buying a backup of my favourites!

The frayed tip from trying to hopelessly revive it…

Althea’s A’Bloom Collection Review

Update 17th June 2019: Prices have been revised for these products. Check under each product review section.

Another day, another Althea review! Yeay! Althea launched a new collection called A-Bloom and let me tell you that the adorable factor is 10 out of 10. You’ll see in the pictures below. I was sent all these products but opinions are all mine! None of the links are affiliate links either!

I LOVE THIS BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO MANY GOODIES!!!!!!!!!

SO the collection comes with the following;
1. BHA Blackhead Blaster
2. A’bloom Giant Meringue Puff
3. A’bloom Baby Meringue Puffs
4. A’bloom Moisturizing Watermelon Mask Sheet
5. A’bloom Nourishing Avocado Mask Sheet
6. A’bloom Brightening Lemon Lime Mask Sheet
7. A’bloom Anti-Blemish Peach Mask Sheet
I will be reviewing the blackhead blaster as a unit, both the meringue puffs as a unit, and the masks as a unit.

First up, the Blackhead Blaster.

Illustrations! YES!
A little bit of description on the box.
Directions and ingredients. I have to say THANK YOU ALTHEA for the ENGLISH scripts!!!
A close look. I will list the ingredients separately too.
It comes in a twist up tube.
Safety cap! YES! highly appreciated!
Don’t worry the black is just the charcoal!

Description: Cleansing stick targeted at managing and removing blackhead, excess sebum as well as pore cleaning. Has charcoal as an added ingredient and hence the black colour.

Ingredients: PROPYLENE GLYCOL, WATER, SODIUM STEARATE, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, ALCOHOL, SILICA, CHARCOAL POWDER, SALIX ALBA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT (5,000PPM), PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) SEED POWDER, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, QUILLAJA SAPONARIA BARK EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, BENTONITE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, PEG-40 STEARATE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL

Where to buy:
Online on Althea at https://althea.kr/
Country specific link for Malaysia at https://my.althea.kr/
Product specific link at https://my.althea.kr/brands/all/abloom/bha-blackhead-blaste

Price: MYR 16.00 (revised price: MYR 19.00)

Pros:
-Cleanses pores and excess sebum really well.
-Easy to use.
-User friendly packaging.
-PRICE!
-Skin felt clean and fresh.

Cons:
-Dries out the skin a tiny bit. This typically happens with me when tea tree oil and charcoal is involved. (But I only used it on and around the nose and forehead area).

-The grit that is supposed to clean the pores does dissolve but not fast enough and so it does scratch the skin! First time I used it I actually felt the grit on my skin and not in a good way. The grit is a little sharp. Take note that I don’t have the most sensitive skin or delicate skin for that matter. Althea website says that it is supposed to be gentle so I guess it would depend on your own skin and how you handle exfoliation.

The red circles are the gritty substance in it which I believe is charcoal although I can’t be sure.

Rating: 6.5/10
As effective as it is I was not a fan of the grittiness of the stick.
As much as it made my skin softer and really exfoliated, I did notice one or two tiny zits around the areas I used it which is something I’ve noticed, happens when I use a really strong exfoliant. I doubt this product would be something I’d willingly purchase.

Next up, the Meringue Puffs! Trust me, this is the most adorable thing you’ll see in this review!

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!
Both puffs come with the same description because they’re made of the same material.
Thank GOD for description in ENGLISH!
Not dampened.
Dampened! Definitely gets CONSIDERABLY larger.
This are the smaller puffs, the larger one is just a result of dampening it. YES! SO CUTE!
This is how it looks held up to my face (dampened).

Description: High density latex free makeup sponges that come in two sizes.

Where to buy:
Althea (look for main page link above)
Product specific link,
A’Bloom Giant Meringue Puff:
https://my.althea.kr/exclusive-brands/a-bloom/puffs/giant-meringue-puff-1p
A’Bloom Baby Meringue Puff:
https://my.althea.kr/exclusive-brands/a-bloom/puffs/baby-meringue-puff-3p

Price: Giant puff – MYR 8.00, Baby puff – MYR 11.00 (revised prices; Giant puff – MYR 11.00, Baby puff – MYR 15.00)

Note: I can’t attest to longevity of the sponges just as yet, since this was sent to me for my honest review, I agreed to post the review within a prescribed time limit but I will definitely keep you posted.

Pros:
-Blends out cream and liquid product beautifully.
-Blends out product in RECORD time because the giant sponge is so big!
-The baby sponge helps with the nooks and crannies.
-Soft sponge!
-Bouncy and that’s really important in makeup sponges.
-CHEAP!!! MY GOD SO CHEAP!

Cons:
-It EATS product. First time I used it I had pumped out enough to cover my face and when I dipped the sponge into the foundation it completely disappeared into the sponge. I thought it might just dispense onto my face and it did but not all of the product came out. Because of this, I tried dotting on my face and blending it out and this worked much better.
-Although it has a teardrop shape, the tip tapers off to the base on an angle too wide rendering it not that useful for going into the corners for more precise blending. The smaller ones are much more useful for this but since they have the same shape I get more use from the base than I do from the pointed end.

-Holds too much water so the sponge needs to be rung out properly lest the face becomes wet (unless of course that is your desired look).

The point is not acute enough to fit nicely at the under-eye area.
Even the baby sponge is shaped that way and it’s not that convenient.
This is how I used the baby sponge.

Rating: 6.9/10
I am torn with this. It’s soft, blends well and is CHEAP but at the same time, the cons are pretty serious. Sponges are good because they should take away some product off the face so one doesn’t look caked on but at the same time it shouldn’t eat up your product. I feel like people doing body paint might get good use of out it because the giant sponge is so big it would cover a large portion of the skin with a base grease paint fairly quickly. Perhaps even faster than a large brush.

Last up, THE FACE MASKS!

I got four!
LOVE the puns!
Description on the back and in ENGLISH! YES!
I am only sharing one picture because directions are the same and specific ingredients I’ve already listed.
Four different masks made for four different goals.

Description: Face masks that come in four different variations.

Ingredients:
Avocado
WATER, GLYCERIN, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, FRAXINUS RHYNCHOPHYLLA EXTRACT OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) FRUIT EXTRACT, ACMELLA OLERACEA EXTRACT, HIBISCUS SABDARIFFA FLOWER EXTRACT, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TREHALOSE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, TROMETHAMINE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PANTHENOL, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, CARBOMER, PVM/MA COPOLYMER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ADENOSINE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, GLYCERYL ACRYLATE/ACRYLIC ACID COPOLYMER, POLYGLYCERYL-10 STEARATE, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE

Watermelon
WATER, GLYCERIN, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, FRAXINUS RHYNCHOPHYLLA EXTRACT OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT CITRULLUS VULGARIS (WATERMELON) FRUIT EXTRACT LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) EXTRACT ACMELLA OLERACEA EXTRACT HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TREHALOSE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, TROMETHAMINE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PANTHENOL, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, CARBOMER, PVM/MA COPOLYMER, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYGLYCERYL-10 STEARATE, GLYCERYL ACRYLATE/ ACRYLIC ACID COPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE, 1,2- HEXANEDIOL, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE

Lime
WATER, GLYCERIN, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, NIACINAMIDE, FRAXINUS RHYNCHOPHYLLA EXTRACT OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) FRUIT EXTRACT ACMELLA OLERACEA EXTRACT CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL EXTRACT CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) FRUIT WATER, CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) JUICE, TREHALOSE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, TROMETHAMINE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PANTHENOL, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, CARBOMER, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE

Peach
WATER, GLYCERIN, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, FRAXINUS RHYNCHOPHYLLA EXTRACT OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT PRUNUS PERSICA (PEACH) FRUIT EXTRACT ACMELLA OLERACEA EXTRACT MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF EXTRACT SODIUM HYALURONATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, TREHALOSE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, TROMETHAMINE, ACRYLATES/ C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PANTHENOL, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, CARBOMER, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE

Where to buy:
Althea (look for main page link above)
Product specific link,
Avocado
https://my.althea.kr/exclusive-brands/a-bloom/masks/nourishing-avocado-mask-1-sheet
Watermelon
https://my.althea.kr/exclusive-brands/a-bloom/masks/moisturizing-watermelon-mask-1-sheet
Lime
https://my.althea.kr/exclusive-brands/a-bloom/masks/brightening-lemon-lime-mask-1-sheet
Peach
https://my.althea.kr/exclusive-brands/a-bloom/masks/anti-blemish-peach-mask-1-sheet

Price: MYR 2 (each)!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YASSSS!!!!!!!!! (no change in price, THANK GOD!)

Pros:
-All four masks worked beautifully.

Mild scent. Fragrance is not an ingredient so perhaps the only scents I caught were from the ingredients.
-The mask is very wide which is ideal for me because masks rarely cover my big face properly!
-Avocado – It is supposed to balance pH; I don’t know if it did but this was my FAVE out of the four.
-Watermelon – This lived up to its name; it moisturised my skin and made it bouncy.
-Lime – Brightening is something that takes time. Hardly something that will be obvious in a single use. However, I loved how this mask makes my skin feel!
Peach –
This was the only one that didn’t do much for me except hydration.

Cons:
None (RARE, INDEED)!

TIP! Squeeze out the serum/essence from the face mask and use it on your legs and feet to get the most out of it!

Rating: 9/10
Out of all the products in this collection, it’s funny that I loved the masks the most because I don’t really believe in masking except for the soul therapeutic effects it parts. So I was surprised to see an actual difference and a glow to my skin! At RM 2 it’s a STEAL!
Would definitely repurchase!

Sorry if you were click-baited but here’s the meme! HAHAHA!

Althea Waterful Green Bamboo and Althea Skin Relief Calming Cream Review

Edited 17th April: Added two pictures because there was something I missed on the product. Scroll to “Description”.

New products from Althea Korea; an online beauty shop from, obviously, Korea! There are country specific iterations of the shop in several countries including the USA. I am an Althea ambassador but that has no influence on my views on their products. I was sent these two together so I decided to review them together. Opinions are all mine! None of the links are affiliate links either!

The products.

One comes in a tub and the other in a tube.

Both descriptions were in Korean.

I review the Waterful Green Bamboo Pads first.

Notice the word “Pads” that will make sense in a second…

Safety sealed! Love it!

Yes, they are individual sheets that dispense product.

Comes with this teeny tiny prong to pick it up.

LIKE THIS!

This is how each sheet looks like.

Description: They are moisture pads that come in 80 sheets per tub and contains about 100 ml product. The special ingredient in this product is bamboo, as its name suggests.

Ingredients: WATER, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, ISOPENTYLDIOL, PANTHENOL, SALIX NIGRA (WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT, BAMBUSA VULGARIS WATER, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, FICUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, OCIMUM BASILICUM (BASIL) OIL, POLYGLYCERYL-10 MYRISTATE, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, SODIUM CITRATE, XANTHAN GUM, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, CERAMIDE NP, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HYDROXYACETOPHENONE

The sheet material was not disclosed but there was this statement on the Althea website (verbatim).

“Made with EWG green(1-2) grade ingredients only, safe and suitable even for sensitive skin – EWG Grade : Safe Ingredients tested and chosen by American environment NGO.”

Where to buy:

Online on Althea at https://althea.kr/

Country specific link for Malaysia at https://my.althea.kr/

Product specific link at

https://my.althea.kr/althea-exclusives/waterful-green-bamboo-pads

Price: MYR 54.00

ADDENDUM

So after I had published the review and had to put away the box for recycling (YES, I ALWAYS DO!) I noticed this inside the flap of the box. It was a description of the product in English.

You see how I may have missed it!!!

Thank you Atlhea for putting the description here in English but next time, please place it where I CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT!

Pros:

Gives the skin a gentle exfoliation with the pads.

The formula itself is very effective! I noticed a difference on day 3.

Skin felt smoother.

Skin felt highly moisturised!

I even felt a little reduction in texture!

The plastic prong was a great addition (I hate tub products because I hate sticking my finger into it knowing my germs transfer into it!).

Cons:

The pads are so thin that even with the tiny tweezers it was difficult to separate each sheet.

I need AT LEAST two sheets per use, that’s about 4 sheets per day and with that the product would be done in UNDER 20 days. That’s less than a month usage.

Note: Although it does not have added fragrance, this pad does have a very strong medicinal scent to it. I’m partial to that kind of a scent as opposed to fragrance in skincare.

Rating: 8.7/10

I love this stuff!!!! I may even willingly purchase this. Once I use up all the skincare I have…

Moving on, product number 2!

The tube.

Product.

Description: It is essentially a moisturising cream that helps with skin issues.

Ingredients: WATER, GLYCERIN, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, PANTHENOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, ALGAE EXTRACT, ECLIPTA PROSTRATA LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, FICUS CARICA (FIG) FRUIT EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ULMUS DAVIDIANA ROOT EXTRACT, AMARANTHUS CAUDATUS SEED EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) OIL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, CITRUS NOBILIS (MANDARIN ORANGE) PEEL OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, LITSEA CUBEBA FRUIT OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PALMITIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CARBOMER, TROMETHAMINE, SEA WATER, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER WATER, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, ALLANTOIN, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, DISODIUM EDTA, BETA-GLUCAN, MYRISTIC ACID, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, CERAMIDE NP, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL

Where to buy:

Online on Althea at https://althea.kr/

Country specific link for Malaysia at https://my.althea.kr/

Product specific link at

https://my.althea.kr/althea-exclusives/skin-relief-calming-cream

Price: MYR 44.00

Pros:

Used it with the bamboo pads and it worked so well together.

Hydrated and moisturised.

Smoother skin.

Texture reduced.

Non greasy and absorbs into the skin well as opposed to sitting on the skin.

VERY faint scent (which is always a pro to me).

Cons:

It does leave my skin a tiny bit greasy (however, my skin doesn’t get oilier which was surprising to me).

Although it absorbs well, it doesn’t absorb fast and needs to be worked in a tiny bit.

Rating: 8.2/10

Definitely enjoyed the bamboo pads better but this was good too! Works well in cahoots with the other!

B-Lab I Am Sorry Just Cleansing, Cleansing Water

Update 17th June 2019: Prices have been revised for these products. Scroll down to see changes.

*Disclaimer: None of the links in this review is an affiliate link. I am an Althea brand ambassador but I am NOT paid to write this review or test the product. The product was something purchased with free Althea store credit.

B-Lab is a Korean cosmetics brand whose sole purpose is to create cleansing products hence their entire line is only made up of, well, cleansers. With very simple, no fluff packaging they focus on good quality natural ingredients and effective cleansing methods.

I got the smaller one to test but because Althea was so generous to give me store credit, I went for the large 500ml one. It is a simple squeeze bottle and the black cap can screw all the way off so one could definitely reuse the bottle for something else.

Ingredient list is in Korean so I did have to refer to Althea and Google translate for information.

Description: Cleansing water that comes in 100 ml and 500 ml bottles.

Ingredients: ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT ,GLYCERIN, MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) EXTRACT, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF EXTRACT, PRIMULA VERIS EXTRACT, ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, VERONICA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, MELISSA OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT, ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) EXTRACT, MONARDA DIDYMA LEAF EXTRACT, FREESIA REFRACTA EXTRACT, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, DISODIUM EDTA, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, XYLITOL, MALTITOL, CITRIC ACID, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE

Where to buy:

Online on Althea at https://althea.kr/

Country specific link for Malaysia at https://my.althea.kr/

Product specific link at

https://my.althea.kr/i-am-sorry-i-am-just-cleansing-water-500ml

https://my.althea.kr/i-am-sorry-i-am-just-cleansing-water-100ml

Price: MYR 17.00 for 100ml and MYR 52.00 for 500ml (revised price, MYR 20.00 for 100ml & MYR 54.00 for 500ml)

Swatch test

From left to right, hard to remove liquid lip, blue liquid liner, concealer, tough to remove waterproof mascara, three pigmented eyeshadows.

Pretty good, considering, that mascara is the devil’s spawn and that liquid lipstick belongs on the Sahara desert because it dries out the lips like none I’ve tried!

Pros:

Light on the skin.

Very effective at removing makeup.

Skin feels refreshed after using.

Love the reusable bottle!

Very natural ingredients!

Cons:

Tiny bit of sticky feeling after use.

Does burn my eyes but it isn’t as bad as some others.

VERY bitter! DO NOT recommend using this on the lips!

Rating: 8/10

The price is not too bad for the amount of product and it performs pretty well but I’d look to the drugstores for my tried and tested.

Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask Review

Althea has been releasing product after product and another edition to it is this new Milk Peel Cream Mask!

This product was sent to me but opinions are all mine.

Outer packaging.

Description is all in Korean. But Althea Malaysia is working on pasting a translation on the back.

The bottle.

Attach a pump to any liquid cosmetic product and you win hearts!

Description: A bubbly mask that is required to be applied for only a minute! Comes in 50ml or 1.7 fl. oz. It is supposed to contain AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta hydroxy acid) but although not explicitly written, it is typically contained in milk and glycolic acid is a type of AHA.

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), KAOLIN, GLYCERIN, DISILOXANE, BENTONITE, PROPANEDIOL, MYRISTIC ACID, METHYL PERFLUOROISOBUTYL ETHER, STEARICACID, METHYL PERFLUOROBUTYL ETHER, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, PALMITIC ACID , ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, MILK PROTEINEXTRACT, DISODIUM EDTA, GAULTHERIA PROCUMBENS (WINTERGREEN) LEAF EXTRACT, GLUCONOLACTONE, GLYCOLIC ACID, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), COUMARIN, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CITRONELLOL

Where to buy:

Online exclusive on Althea at https://althea.kr/

Country specific link at https://my.althea.kr/

Product specific link at https://my.althea.kr/petal-velvet-sunaway

Price: MYR 36

I’ve uploaded a video of me trying on the product on YouTube. And of course please subscribe!!! I don’t have half a million subscribers to be saying subscription is optional (if you get that reference then you’d understand seamlessness HAHAHA).

The mask. White in colour. Thick cream consistency.

As I spread it, it started BUBBLING! That was cool! It is a bubble mask!!!

Hopefully you can see the bubbles. It bubbles almost immediately so it was difficult to get a shot of the product before it bubbles. So I guess you just have to take my word for it that it was just a white cream. Hahaha!

Pros:

Easy to use!

Fast!

Pump and the bottle, are no muss no fuss, both in terms of functionality and aesthetics.

Skin felt smooth and soft.

Definitely reduces inflammation (I had a large painful zit that happens very infrequently and this product definitely helped reduce both the zit itself and redness around the skin. I would have taken pictures but I more focused about product having an affect on my skin as opposed to the acne. Only noticed it when the zit wasn’t uncomfortable anymore and realised it had shrunk after having used this product a few times. I believe this is due to the BHA in the product which has always had positive affect on my skin. I’ve reviewed Paula’s Choice skincare in the past and one product was a definite winner for me; link to review here).

Skin felt moisturised!

 

Cons:

None! (First Althea product without a CON!)

 

Rating: 9/10

Loved using this! MYR 36 may be not be something I’d spend on just 50 ml product but it is in no way a pricey product. Besides, one would use a mask perhaps 3 to 4 times a week at most so the product will last you a while. Also, I already have so many products to try out and finish so I wouldn’t purchase it at the moment.

Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway Sunscreen Review

Being a brand ambassador for Althea, I get a lot of the newest products from the brand but I am not paid for any of these. So, even if I am representing the brand, if there is something I DON’T like about the products, you’re going to see it under the ‘Cons’ section of the review. That being said, this product was sent to me, but opinions are all mine.

The product.

The bottle inside.

Description is entirely in Korean!

Description: Sunscreen that comes in 55ml or 1.86 fl. oz. product.

Ingredients: WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ZINC OXIDE, DISILOXANE, PROPANEDIOL, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER EXTRACT, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, STEARIC ACID, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, SORBITAN CAPRYLATE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, POLYGLYCERYL-6 POLYRICINOLEATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYL HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL

Where to buy:

Online exclusive on Althea at https://althea.kr/

Country specific link at https://my.althea.kr/

Product specific link at https://my.althea.kr/petal-velvet-sunaway

Price: MYR 43

 

Swatch

The product is white in colour.

Blends into nothing.

Pros:

Blends well into the skin.

No white cast.

Not greasy or sticky.

It doesn’t just melt off the skin into a white milky disgusting discharge when I sweat (I was surprised with this because every other sunscreen that is white like this that I’ve tried, does this).

 

Cons:

DO NOT get this on the hair because the hair becomes like it gets set with hairspray.

I definitely felt it on the skin, not as bad as some others I’ve tried, but I felt it; like I was using foundation.

 

Note: This does have a rather strong scent due to the damask rose so it would depend on you if that is bad or good.

 

Rating: 8/10

As with many Althea products I was surprised that this worked! I don’t know if I am going to repurchase because of the price but it is definitely a good product! Especially if you have darker skin.

10 SECOND MASK??? Althea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Review

I am an Althea Angel!!!

Yes guys, it is a beauty ambassador program for beauty influencers to sign up for and I am so excited to be a part of it. We get first dips on latest products and hence I get to tell you if they’re good or not.

I’ve shopped on Althea several times and they are efficient, and I have nothing but praises for them. I’ve linked some posts that I’ve done with products from Althea.

Bare Essentials Skincare Set (link here).

Althea Unboxing (link here).

And also some unboxings on YouTube.

So they came out with something called their 10 second mask and I received it in the Althea Angels welcome box.

The outer packaging. Very simple and clean like their previous products. I like that!

Description is all in Korean but Google translate app can help you do that!

Steps to Google translate using pictures.

The product. The stuff floating in it is mesmerising.

It has a very gel-like consistency.

Description: A face mask that is marketed as 10 second application. Comes in 150 ml product and in two versions, green tea and rose.

Ingredients:

Green Tea version

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol

Rose version

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Beta-Glucan, Betaine, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol

Price: MYR 43 (also comes in a bundle of two at MYR 77)

Where to buy:

Online exclusive at https://althea.kr/

Country specific link for Malaysia at https://my.althea.kr/

 

Pros:

It is idiot proof to use and since all you need to do is leave it on for 10 seconds, there’s no reason to not use it. It’s as easy as washing your face!

Skin felt softer after use.

Skin felt more hydrated after use.

Skincare afterwards went on much smoother!

 

Cons:

I didn’t notice a marked difference in my skin besides feeling hydrated and refreshed i.e. difference was too subtle to notice (my skincare yielded almost the same results with or without using this and funny enough, my current skincare routine is by Althea which is their Bare Essentials line; review link here).

 

Notes:

It is pretty heavily fragranced and although it doesn’t linger, it might be initially off putting to some people. I personally loved the scent as it seemed very natural.

As does every mask, all I felt with this was a refreshing feeling afterwards.

 

Rating:

7.8/10

Perhaps someone with a drier skin type or a different skin type than mine might benefit more.

Bare Essentials by Althea Review

The Butterfly Project (no affiliations to the similar sounding title of a movie), is a Malaysian beauty community for influencers. They work with many beauty brands to bridge companies with bloggers, YouTubers and Instagrammers for product reviews and projects to promote launches and new releases. They also organise community projects to allow networking among local bloggers. I have been a member from the very beginning of my blogging days but this is my very first time being involved in one of their projects.

Here are their links:

Website: http://www.butterflyproject.my/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ButterflyProjectMalaysia/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/butterflyproject.my/

So they sent me three products to try from Bare Essentials, a skincare line created by Althea Korea. I’ve mentioned Althea in the past; a Korean based online beauty store that sells an array of K-beauty products. When they celebrated their first anniversary in 2016, PR representatives reached out to me, offering MYR150 in store credit to purchase anything I wanted in exchange for a shout-out on my blog (post link here). So today I review the three-step Korean skincare, Bare Essentials by Althea.

Althea’s links:

Website: http://my.althea.kr/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/altheamalaysia/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/altheakorea/

Disclaimer: Not sponsored. These products were sent to me in exchange for my honest review. Thoughts are all mine and links provided are not affiliate links (meaning, I don’t make any money from any of the links on this review).

Althea’s outer packaging has always been simple and clean. PS: I always reuse this box.

The stuff inside!

THERE’S A BRAND MIRROR! I feel like a proper influencer now!

Stars of the review.

I love the clean, simple sophisticated packaging!

#1 Contour Cleanser

Description: A foaming cleanser that comes in 150g or 5.29 oz. of product. It is supposed to containt micro capsules that is supposed to help with exfoliating and is infused with ice plant and lemon myrtle extracts.

Ingredients list: (this is something new I am going to be doing with all my skincare reviews, do check out my past reviews as well for this update)

Glycerin,Water,Myristic Acid,Stearic Acid,Potassium Hydroxide,Palmitic Acid,Lauric Acid,PEG-32,Glyceryl Stearate,PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Glyceryl Stearate SE,Microcrystalline Cellulose,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Lactose,Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Polyquaternium-67,Sodium Chloride,Disodium EDTA,Menthol,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-7,Fructooligosaccharides,Saccharide Hydrolysate,Pullulan,1,2-Hexanediol,Tocopheryl Acetate, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract,Sodium Benzoate,Sodium Acetate,Butylene Glycol, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract,Ethylheaxylglycerin,Fragrance

Price: MYR 23

Where to buy: Althea website (link above)

Product

It definitely foams up a lot more than apparent here.

Pros:

AFFORDABLE!!!!!!!!

Does a good job cleansing the face.

A little goes a long way.

The tiny beads are so tiny that they’re almost indistinguishable but it works and they are not plastic beads which means they dissolve.

Fragrance is not too overpowering.

Skin feels fresh.

 

Cons:

Has a tiny bit of a tight feeling after cleansing.

 

Rating: 8.6/10

This is  a good cleanser for the price! I would definitely consider purchasing this myself.

 

#2 Primer Water

Description: 2-in-1 product; a toner and a primer in one. Comes in 200 ml or 6.76 fl. oz. product. Infused with snow water extract and apparently there’s a patented dew drop technology that helps absorption.

Ingredients list:

Water,Propanediol,Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone,Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Tromethamine,Betaine,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Xanthan Gum,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Butylene Glycol,Dipropylene Glycol,Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract,Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sclerotium Gum,Agar,Polysorbate 20,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Fragrance

Price: MYR 43

Where to buy: Althea (link above)

Clear thick liquid.

Pros:

Absorbs well.

Good amount of product for the price.

Skin was hydrated and it feels really good on the skin.

There was a surprising evening out of my skin texture which was very surprising to me!

A little product is enough to cover the entire face.

 

Cons:

It is pretty heavily fragranced which, although goes away after a while, is pretty strong upon initial application.

It takes a while to absorb into the skin.

 

Rating: 8.5/10

Another surprisingly good product! And at MYR 43, hey, I may even consider purchasing it!!!

 

# Fixer Cream

Frosted glass jar, I LOVE!

Description: A moisturiser that comes in 50 g or 1.76 oz. of product. Contains trehalose which apparently locks in moisture, wild green tea extracts which has potent antioxidants, and baobab tree extract which apparently promotes collagen in the skin.

Ingredients list:

Water,Glycerin,Methylpropanediol,Dimethicone,Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin),Cyclopentasiloxane,Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol,Cetearyl Alcohol,Polysorbate 60,PEG-100 Stearate,Cyclohexasiloxane,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Carbomer,Tromethamine,Polyacrylate-13,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Polyisobutene,Propanediol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Disodium EDTA,Polysorbate 20,Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate,Trehalose,Sodium Hyaluronate,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract,Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract,Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract,Fragrance

Price: MYR 50

Where to buy: Althea (link above)

Product.

Pros:

Provides amazing moisturisation and hydration.

Absorbs well into the skin.

My face feels smoother and bouncier when I use this.

For something so hydrating, and with so many oils, my face doesn’t oil up.

 

Cons:

The tub is something I am not a fan of. I hate digging into it and it doesn’t come with a spatula.

It takes a while to absorb into the skin

 

Rating: 8.5/10

Again, I am really surprised! Would definitely consider purchasing myself!

 

NOTE! PLEASE READ!!!

This three step skincare is so easy and affordable that even disinterested MEN can use it!!! Trust me, men like that often skip skincare because it may be cumbersome. This is a no brainer. Leave all of it in the bathroom! Right after bathing, your man, brother, father, uncle, stepdad, stepuncle, stepbrother, cousins (once, twice, thrice removed), neighbour (OR YOU if you’re the man), can wash the face, and lazily slap two things on their face. No rhyme, or nothing complicated. This would be a great way to get someone who’s lazy about skincare to just do something about it…

Missha The Style 4D Mascara Review

Update 17th June 2019: Prices have been revised for this product. Scroll down to see changes.

This is a new brand I am reviewing on my blog today. Missha is a Korean based skincare and cosmetics company. Their products can be found on certain online sites here in Malaysia. I got it off Althea Malaysia (link here), when the PR representative reached out to me during their first anniversary in Malaysia to offer me store credit in exchange for a shout out on FiercePaint. This was among one of the products I picked up.

The product.

Description on the tube.

I have no idea what this means but this is under the tube.

The wand.

The bristles.

Description: A mascara that comes in 7 grams of product. There isn’t an indication if it is waterproof or not. Standard mascara bristles.

Price:  MYR 16 (revised price, MYR 17).

Where to buy: I purchased mine via Althea Malaysia.

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Wand is slim and easy to work with.

Nice separation of the lashes.

No smudging.

No clumping.

Cons:

Dry formula which doesn’t dispense on the lashes easily.

Doesn’t hold a curl.

Doesn’t lengthen.

Not much volume.

Note:

I still don’t know if it is waterproof but it tends to flake off when removed or when in touch with water instead of dissolving.

Rating:

4/10

I did not like this mascara. But I’d use it up. Since it is so under-performing, I can get away with it.

Product Empties #12

Previous product empty link here.

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Rexona Motion Sense Antiperspirant.

I am a sweaty sweaty man! This helps! It is an antiperspirant spray so the scent doesn’t last long but it does help with my sweating. I usually buy them in twin packs and I’ll usually look out for a discount. It costs about MYR 13.50 but the twin pack can go down to about MYR 18. Definitely will repurchase this because it’s perhaps the most affordable one at the drugstore and I like the scent.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

My single best discovery of 2015! Needless to say I have repurchased this. I have also reviewed this (link here).

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Nivea Men Invisible Antiperspirant

If I have a long day, I do both (the aforementioned spray and this one)! I love this stuff too! I initially tried it out because it is the invisible type and sure enough it doesn’t stain and it does indeed help with the perspiration. Again, this comes in a twin pack which I have purchased for about MYR 16. So look out for discounts!

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IN2IT Line Definte Matte Liquid Eyeliner

I don’t particularly declutter my makeup collection regularly but I do like arranging them nicely and found this lying around all dried up so I decided get rid of it. One of the more affordable liquid liners that I like using. I have reviewed and also repurchased it (review link here).

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Elizavecca Milk Piggy Black Head Solution (nose strip)

First of all, Korean beauty brands kill it with their packaging! This worked amazing for me! I actually saw the blackheads and all the gross stuff from my nose! I got this from Althea which is an online K-beauty company available in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines. Their services in terms of shipping and customer relations are very professional and I recently was given an opportunity to shop on Althea in conjunction with their first birthday.

Haul post: https://fiercepaint.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/happy-birthday-althea-althea-turns-1-haul-10/

Althea Malaysia website: http://my.althea.kr/

PS: These aren’t affiliate links nor was I paid to mention this.