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!

Paula’s Choice Malaysia PC4Men Skincare Review

So Paula’s Choice is a popular skincare brand that has been used, reviewed and recommended by famous beauty YouTubers like Wayne Goss and Tati Westbrook. So I was elated when I was sent these products to be reviewed. I don’t commonly do skincare reviews but I do realise it is something that inevitably comes with being a beauty blogger. The other thing I would like to say is that I don’t usually review products with a gender specification. Men can wear makeup too darling!

However………

This is a skincare line dedicated to men.

This skincare line is the PC4Men by Paula’s Choice.

The three products that were sent to me.

The three products that were sent to me.

 

Description:

Cleanser: It is a facial cleanser. Comes in a 177ml/6fl.oz tube.  Further description in upcoming pictures.

Sunscreen cream: It is daytime cream with broad spectrum SPF of 30. Comes in a 60ml/2fl.oz tube. Further description in upcoming pictures.

Leave on exfoliant: It is a serum-like after shave or after cleansing treatment. Comes in an 88ml/3fl.oz bottle. Further description in upcoming pictures.

Where to buy:

PC4Men is available via Facial Room Malaysia. 1385361_673295702729317_1717721399_n

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Facial-Room-Malaysia-544260578966164/

Blog address: http://facialroommalaysia.blogspot.my

13 00 01 Arcadia Tower, Danau Impian Condo
(Ground Floor Next To Mini Market)
Taman Danau Desa
+6012 363 2702
+6016 272 7702
facialroombeautycenter@gmail.com

 

Price:

Please contact Facial Room Malaysia for further details.

 

Step 1: Cleansing (PC4Men Face Wash)

PC4Men Face Wash

PC4Men Face Wash

The cleanser is like a clear gel. Scentless.

The cleanser is like a clear gel. Scentless.

It doesn't really foam up. If you have used the Cetaphil cleanser you'd know what I am talking about.

It doesn’t really foam up. If you have used the Cetaphil cleanser you’d know what I am talking about.

 

Pros:

Does the job of properly cleansing the face; lives up to its claims.

Leaves the skin feeling soft.

Does not strip the skin of moisture.

 

Cons:

NONE! Seriously, none!

 

Rating: 9.2/10

Highest rating. I LOVE this cleanser!

Note: I am one of those person that do not like the feeling of tight, overtly cleansed skin. If you know that feeling you get when using soap on the skin…., I hate that feeling… so this cleanser was a dream to use.

 

Step 2: Day cream (PC4Men Daytime Protect)

PC4Men Daytime Protect

PC4Men Daytime Protect

The sunscreen cream. It is white in appearance.

The sunscreen cream. It is white in appearance.

It is very runny.

It is very runny.

It absorbs very easily and does not leave a white cast.

It absorbs very easily and does not leave a white cast.

 

Pros:

Does not leave a white cast.

Does not feel heavy on the skin.

Absorbs easily; no fuss product.

 

Cons:

It did initially cause a tiny bit of burning on my skin so do be wary of this.

 

Rating: 8.5/10

It works and doesn’t leave a white cast, even on my deep coloured skin.

 

Step 3: Leave on exfoliant (PC4Men Soothe + Smooth)

Serum like treatment.

PC4Men Soothe + Smooth

It is straight up liquid. Like water. No added fragrance but due to the presence palmitoyl compounds it does smell a tiny bit like coconut.

It is straight up liquid. Like water. No added fragrance but due to the presence palmitoyl compounds it does have a odour; not necessarily bad though).

I was directed by the skincare consultant at Facial Room Malaysia to use it at night by applying and patting it into the skin. It also says on the bottle it can be used like an after shave. I’ve used it both ways to good results.

 

Pros:

Absorbs well into the skin.

Face feels plumper.

Definitely helps reduce acne red bumps.

 

Cons:

I wasn’t really a big fan of the smell.

Because it is so liquid, it is prone to a tiny bit of spillage.

 

Rating: 8.5/10

I loved how my skin felt when I used this!

 

Before and after comparisons

Before

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After

My skin looks more plump and hydrated. Excuse the slight oiliness because the before picture was taken right after a shower and so I was not as greasy as the after picture…

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Before

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After

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This comparison is the lines on my forehead which was a real surprise to me too! Another thing I noticed is the reduction of pigmented spots on my forehead. Look again!

 

BeforeIMG_4699

IMG_5482This comparison is the reduction of bumps on my face. My wrinkles are still there but my face looks much more leveled.

 

All in all I love these range of products!