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!
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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!

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…

AQUTOP Skincare Review

So I was contacted again by the PR representatives I received the J.One skincare products from and this time around was approached to review skincare from AQUTOP.

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me 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).

So AQUTOP is a new Korean brand launched in 2015 and have been available in Singapore since 2017. Fun fact, the brand name is apparently a combination of the words water (aqua) and best (top). They are all about moisture for the skin and undeniably it is the most important thing the skin needs!

The three products that I received.

 

Let’s first start with the product I liked the most.

Description: It is a foaming cleanser that comes in 150ml/5.07 fl. oz. It contains germinating black beans which apparently allows for smoother skin and deeper cleanse.

Ingredients list:

Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract (29%), Stearic Acid, PEG-400, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Propanediol, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Price: USD 7 (approximately MYR 27.31 at time this post was published).

Where to buy: For my fellow Malaysians, they are sold at Qoo10 (link here). Price on Qoo10 may differ from the price stated (applicable for all products).

Product.

Lots of lather! And I didn’t even use much water.

Pros:

Deep cleanse!

Doesn’t leave the skin dry and tight.

The tiniest of product goes a long way (on my big face, two peas sized blob lathers well and cleanses properly!).

Doesn’t have a distinct scent (which is good)!

Skin does feel much smoother!

Even price is affordable!

 

Cons:

NONE!

 

Rating:

9/10

Definitely recommended!!!

 

Let’s move on to the second product.

It comes in a tub.

Comes with a tiny spatula.

Description: Moisturising face cream that comes in 50 ml or 1.69 fl.oz. It apparently brightens, tones and moisturises skin.

Ingredients list:

 

Price: USD 37 (MYR 144.24 at time this post was published)

Where to buy: Refer above.

 

Pros:

Toned skin (my skin texture was improved).

Moisture was locked into the skin.

The spatula is an advantage.

 

Cons:

The skin brightening wasn’t so evident perhaps because of my darker skin tone.

It leaves a horrible white cast on the skin that never does go away (pictures below)

It sits on the skin funny, like a mask instead of a cream that absorbs into the skin.

 

This is a layer of product freshly applied! NOT A BEFORE AND AFTER!!!! The cast doesn’t go away! So walking out in the day with this on, NO! However, I used it at night and my skin did improve! I had a lot more texture on the skin than I did before using this product.

Rating:

4/10

As much as it improved my skin, the white cast and the way it sits funny on the skin is not something I can tolerate using it during day time.

 

Moving on to the third and final product.

A body lotion.

Description: A toning body lotion that comes in 100 ml or 3.38 fl. oz. It is supposed to brighten and tone skin while adding moisture.

Price: USD 18 (MYR 70.17 as of the time this post was published)

Where to buy: Refer above

Pros:

Definitely smooths out the skin (I tried it around my stomach area, obviously won’t share pics! 😛 ).

Helps improve texture and definitely helped with toning of the skin!

Sinks into the skin really well and feels comfortable upon application.

A small amount goes a long way.

 

Cons:

It doesn’t absorb easily (I usually had to work for a while before the product gets absorbed)!

Didn’t really notice a brightening effect (again perhaps due to my complexion).

 

Rating:

7/10

I may change this rating, because I used it for just about 2 weeks and wasn’t enough to see if the effects were persistent. I had a hard time using it because it does take a while to work it into the skin especially since I am using it on the body.

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???

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!