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.

ID.AZ Clay Mask Review

I can’t believe I’ve been sent products available at Watsons to review! I feel like a real beauty blogger!!!

The brand is part of the Id Healthcare Group which was initiated by Korean doctor Sang Hoon Park. What started off as hospital known as Id Hospital focusing on facial contouring, then grew into a plastic surgery empire. They decided to venture into cosmetics for people turning down surgery as an option due to the psychological effects. Hence, Placosmetics was born. The ID.AZ name on the packaging (as you’ll see below) stands for the brand name (ID) and the latter half refers to A to Z as in all encompassing (AZ). It goes without saying that this is K-beauty.

These products were sent to me by The Butterfly Project, whom also sent me the Bare Essentials products to review (post link here). Do check out that post to find out all about them! I got four clay masks, two of which I put to the test and two more which I am putting into a giveaway (look out for that).

The products. The two I used were the hydrating and the pore clean mask. Fun fact; the tubes are actually translucent so the colour you’re seeing is actually the colour of the mask.

Description: Clay masks that come in 150 grams or 5.29 oz of product. Comes in 4 varieties, i.e., hydrating, pore clean, brightening, and oil control. You only need to leave this on for 5 minutes and presto, wash and you’re done. The packaging does say you can leave it on until 10 minutes, so that would be your prerogative.

Where to buy: This is exclusive to Watsons Malaysia

Price: MYR 59

 

The first two below I did NOT test out.

 

Brightening Mask

Brightening Mask.

The back of the tube has all the details.

Ingredients list: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Mica (CI 77019)

 

Oil Control Mask

The colour is white but it appear a tiny bit blue due to editing.

Ingredients list: Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Canadian Colloidal Clay, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Butyl Avocadate, Arachidic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Vinegar, Maltodextrin, Propyl Gallate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

On to the ones that I DID use; I tried out the Hydrating and the Pore Clean mask. It is as simple as applying it onto the skin and waiting for 5 minutes before washing and proceeding with usual skincare routine.

I was never going to do a cutesy shot of my trying out the masks so here we go. A meme instead. #funnymaskmeme

Hyrdrating mask

You can probably see parts where the product is not sticking to the tube thus proving my claims earlier that the tube is translucent and the colour is due to the product itself.

Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Moroccan Lava Clay, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arachidic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Montmorillonite, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Mica (CI 77019)

See! I told you!

Pros:

Easy to use because it only takes 5 minutes.

Application is easy and dries fast.

A tonne of product for the price!

Skin feels smoother.

A tiny reduction of pore size (this is funny considering the one meant for this function didn’t do this).

My skincare (serum, moisturiser etc) goes on and absorbs ve after using this.

 

Cons:

Leaves a white cast right after washing it off (this is easily explained by the titanium dioxide).

Dries out the skin a tiny bit.

And by that extension, it doesn’t really hydrate the skin.

 

Rating: 7.2/10

This was underwhelming more than anything because I expected results with all the ingredients in it.

 

Pore Clean mask

The colour is actually grey, it’s just appearing blue due to the editing.

Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Bentonite, Calamine, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum(Sugarcane) Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment, Sea Silt Extract, Charcoal Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Tromethamine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance(Parfum), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Pros:

Easy to use because it only takes 5 minutes.

Application is easy and dries fast.

A tonne of product for the price!

Skin feels smoother.

My skincare (serum, moisturiser etc) goes on and absorbs so much after using this.

 

Cons:

Leaves a white cast right after washing it off (easily explained by the titanium dioxide).

Dries out the skin a fair bit.

Didn’t really minimise pores and I DO have pores! But it says pore tightening which is perhaps not the same as pore reducing. Maybe? 😛

 

Rating: 6.9/10

I preferred the hydrating one to this. And much like the other mask, results were very underwhelming.

 

Note: There’s a slight burning sensation during and a little bit after using the masks so this is definitely something to take note of.

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…

J. One Skincare Review (by Beureka)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christmas on a Monday! An extra holiday here in Malaysia!

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful Christmas!

These products were sent to me by a company called Beureka, which was started by men (two Singaporeans actually)! Well, there’s were I relate!

They offer a wide array of beauty products with a focus on Asian and Korean brands. The products that were sent to me is by a high end brand called J.One which has been available in Sephora US for a while now.

Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review but opinions are entirely mine.

I’ll attach all links to Beureka at the end of the post.

I received four products; 2 masks, a makeup primer and a cream.

First the makeup base.

Description: A clear jelly like leave on mask that has anti-aging properties, and acts as a makeup primer. Comes in 50 ml (1.69 fl. oz) of product, complete with a pump.

Price: SGD 42.00 (excluding shipping and as of 25th December 2017, the exchange rate for SGD to MYR is 1 to 3.03, so the product costs MYR 127.37)

Where to buy: Beureka (details at the end of the review)

Pump!!! Yes!

The product

Leaves a dewy finish on the skin without feeling oily.

Pros:

Leaves a tacky surface for product to cling on.

Scentless.

Easy to work with.

PUMP, YES!!!

Hydrates and moisturises skin (in fact, it seems to almost trap moisture on the skin).

Prevents makeup from settling into lines (not entirely but, it would make a phenomenal difference for someone with wrinkles).

 

Cons:

Price (obviously a con for a cheapo like me HOWEVER, Beureka rates are amazing; this one is sold at Sephora US for USD 42 and since 1USD = 1.34SGD, it makes this product CHEAPER on Beureka).

Didn’t really smooth out pores.

Made my skin oil up at the end of its run, more than if I didn’t wear a primer at all (nothing too bad).

 

Rating: 8/10

Now here’s why I am giving it an 8. I don’t particularly have skin that makeup slides off. In fact, my skin holds on to makeup like no other! I wear primers for pore refining and oil control. However, working on people with different types of skin, I can say that there are people with skin so smooth that makeup actually doesn’t stick on and so for people like that, this product would be a Godsend!

 

Description: Lotion like cream that come in individual beads. 20 grams (o.7 oz) of product and comes with a tiny plastic spatula.

Price: SGD 58 (converts to MYR 176.01 as of 25th December 2017)

Where to buy: Beureka (details at the end of the review)

The product inside.

The plastic spatula.

I find it very satisfying picking individual beads for every use. I need to use about 3 beads for my large face.

Pros:

Easy to use.

Extremely hygienic since the fingers don’t go digging into the pot and the spatula can be easily cleaned.

Works well!

As moisturising as it was, my face doesn’t oil up and found that very fascinating!

Absorbs very easily into the skin.

Definitely made my skin smoother (nothing phenomenal but for the short amount of time I used it, I was amazed).

 

Cons:

Price.

I need 3 whole beads for my face.

 

Note: This is fragranced and pretty heavily I might add. So that may be a concern.

 

Rating: 8.5/10

I LOVE this thing! Best part is the fragrance which is very nostalgic for me.

 

The mask was refreshing at best. There are two parts to the mask. Step one is a sheet mask and step two is a jelly lotion that felt very much like the J.One Jelly Pack. The mask isn’t available on the website as of the time of this review but you’re welcome to check back on Beureka. I found a source that lists it at USD 3.80.

Rating: 6/10

Refreshing.

 

So about the company.

Beureka at https://beureka.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearebeureka

Instagram: wearebeureka

I implore you to compare prices because the J.One products are much cheaper on Beureka than even the Sephora US website. So I am sure there are good bargains! They have perfumes, skincare and some makeup too. Mostly high end and luxury brands.

For Malaysia, they offer a flat rate of SGD 12 for every order. So perhaps pool order with a couple of friends???

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.