KOREA! I cannot stop raving how much i love their skincare products, food and K-dramas! Currently counting down to my Korea Trip in April and i’m certainly looking forward to shopping, eating and stocking up my skincare essentials. I’m sure many of us here love Skincare and Beauty Products from Korea and will try all ways to get it (be it getting friends to purchase when they head to Korea or getting it online).
Despite the increasing popularity of K-beauty items in the world, there was not a one-stop shopping destination where every and anyone in the world could enjoy authentic K-beauty products at a reasonable price, just as Korean consumers do in Korea. Hence, Althea was founded to bridge authentic K-beauty to SEAsians.
Althea innovates the cross border distribution channel to connect K-beauty suppliers directly
with SEA consumers. So now, it just feels that you are shopping at Korea with Althea! Althea offers comprehensive K-beauty selections at the lowest price to consumers and strives to become the gateway to the world, most favored by K-beauty suppliers.
If you love Beauty Boxes, you will be glad to know that Althea also carries Beauty Boxes~ Unveiling the latest addition to the Althea Korea family are their line of limited edition beauty boxes, specially curated by the fairy team in Seoul. Since the launch of the thematic boxes every month from October, each carefully curated boxes were SOLD OUT so fastest fingers first! 🙂
Every month, the fairy team will release 2 types of beauty boxes – Althea Boxes and Trend Boxes!
- Althea Boxes are based on specific themes, giving customers and fans a chance to get their hands on a mix of loved and new favorites. Release frequency: twice a month.
- Trend Boxes, on the other hand, will be packed with hot products (either a new brand or new products from an existing brand) based on some of Korea’s biggest beauty trends. Released frequency: once a month
Each box can hold anywhere from 6 – 12 full-size products depending on the theme and value. The best part is that you can buy only if you like it! There’s no commitment to subscribing for a monthly, quarterly or yearly payment to get these beauty boxes. The only downside is that these beauty boxes are limited in quantity (while stocks last) on a first come first serve basis. I have to say that it will be SOLD OUT very fast so don’t procrastinate.
The first Althea Box that i have carted out is the [Althea Box] Hair Box which retails for S$33 whereby it consists of products that’s worth $110. Shipping is complimentary as my purchase is above $29. For just $33. i have received 7 full size (fresh!) hair products which is super worth it (so it was sold out shortly after launch!). Expiry dates for all the products are in 2018 / 2019 so rest assured that products in the beauty boxes are fresh batches.
As i placed my order during the Christmas period, my Hair Box came in a nice Christmas theme box with Greeting card inside. 🙂 My personal favorite from the Hair Box are the Innisfree Green Tea Mint Shampoo and Piolang Raspberry Hair Vinegar which helps to curb scalp itchiness. Moreover, it leaves my hair smelling nice and feeling soft.
The 2nd Beauty Box which got me excited was the [Althea Box] Mermaid Box as i was so into ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’ but i was too late to grab one before it was sold out! 😦 However, Tammy from Althea reserved one set for me when it was restocked and sent it to me for review!! Thank you! 🙂 Last check, the Mermaid Box is sold out once again and there will be no more restock… In order not to have any regrets, sign up for Althea’s newsletter and you will be informed if there’s any new launches / promotions.
My [Althea Box] Mermaid Box were delivered within a week upon order confirmation and products came individually wrapped in a thick layer of bubble wrap and delivered timely via courier.
[Althea Box] Mermaid Box is HEAVY as it contains 7 full size products which i will be reviewing some of the products. More details below!
Son & Park Beauty Water
Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence
Rire Lucent White Pearl Cream
Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base
Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light
CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil
Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask
I’m not familiar with the brand Chica-Y-Chico and i have tried to do some research of the brand online. However, i’m unable to locate any website in English so there’s no brand introduction this time. Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask is the first item i have tried from the Mermaid Box as my skin is very dehydrated and oily recently (due to medication i have to take during surgery).. By feeding it with AQUA, the oil secretion will be more control so the mask came in really handy! Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask contains multiple complex including seaweed, pearl and hyaluronic acid gives a surge of moisture to skin instantly.
The beauty secret of the Little Mermaid Princess Ariel is the plentiful seaweed that surround her and the pearls she always wears. They kept her skin moisturized and glowing even after she became a human. Pearls, the precious jewel of the sea and seaweed are full of healthy ingredients that intensely hydrate and soothe dehydrated skin for dewy, glowing skin.
First impression of the Mermaid Mask is that it is richly soaked with essence! Secondly, i love how easy it is to apply the mask as it has a plastic sheet. The mask sheet is thin but sturdy and it fits onto the contour of my nose very well. Once you have adhere the mask onto your skin, remove the plastic sheet and then adjust the mask accordingly. Upon application of the mask, there’s an instant soothing and refreshing sensation. During the 20 mins of application, there’s no discomfort or stinging sensation. After removing the face mask, my skin feels so much smoother, brighter and softer to the touch. The mask is very moisturizing and soothing as skin no longer feels tight and it became ‘light’ after i remove it.. The next day, i woke up to not so tight, radiant and less oily skin! I’m really impressed as there’s excellent results with only one application! This Mask is exclusive in the Mermaid Mask hence i cannot get it on Althea. Shall stock up when i head to Korea in April 🙂
After using Chica-Y-Chico Mermaid Mask and seeing results, i applied the Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence right after removing the mask. An essence is to be used after toner and before moisturizer. For people with dehydrated skin, Essence helps add another layer of hydration before you apply your moisturizer. The Skin Glow Essence hydrates skin and brightens by improving dullness from deep inside. It contains Hologram-Complex that reflects the light falling on the face to give a three-dimensional effect to the curves. Five main benefits of the Glow Essence includes supplying of nutrition, soothing, vitalizing, whitening and improving radiance.
Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence is formulated with brightening complex made up of pearl extract and 9 botanical formula:
1. Pearl extract: Pearl has been considered as one of the high-end cosmetic ingredients for the great beauties in the history, for Cleopatra and Yang Guifei. It contains 14~18 kinds of amino acids including 8 different essencial amino acids. They improve the elasticity of your skin and hydrate, help to maintain firm skin.
2. Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein: This is one of proteins from shells, protect pearl and the wall of a pearl. It is also known that it affects the beautiful glow of the pearl. It vitalizes your skin and cares for energetic skin.
3. Whitening-9 Complex: Whitening-9 complex is composed with extracts from 9 different white-coloured plants (Lotus, Mulberry root, Freesia, Snow lotus, Daisy, Madonna Lily, Huttuynia cordata, Edelweiss, Ginseng). It protects your skin from the external environment by outstanding anti-ageing effect, cares for transparent glowing skin by whitening effect.
If you are looking for a non-sticky essence to give you instant brighter skin, look no further! Chica-Y-Chico Skin Glow Essence has a gel base and it leave the skin feeling refreshed after application (Which is good for my sensitive and easily irritated skin). Texture is non-greasy and it gets absorbed well into my dehydrated skin. There’s no adverse reaction like redness after application. Upon closer look, there’s actually subtle shimmery particles which helps brighten and create dimension. As i always have dull skintone, the brightening results is even more obvious on my skin. However, the hydration level is not as ‘powerful’ so do not use this essence to substitute your moisturizer. I did tried using it alone (skipping moisturizer) and my skin felt tight during mid day.
Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is the savior for people who wants a product that works for their dry and sensitive skin (which also works as an effective makeup base!). Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is a hydro soothing moisture ampoule + real skin makeup base that contains stable and integral Gold to deeply hydrate skin. At the same time, it has a light texture that’s weightless while leaving you with a dewy finish. Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base has several beneficial effects and they are the skin brightening, stress alleviating, moisture evaporation blockage, intense moisture capacity, soothing substances reinforced and base with low irritation
Active Ingredients includes
Gold – imparting moisture constantly to the skin. The integral substance that removed the skin exhaustion and stress, purifies the harmful substances and enhances the skin condition, raising the makeup fit
Ceramide as skin component, moisture attracting substance blocking moisture evaporation
Hyaluronic Acid as a nature derived moisturizing component, holding onto the moisture
Aloe Vera Leaf impart moisture deep into skin
Souble collagen delivers moisture energy and firming effect
Skin loving blend of Arrow Root, Licorice Peony, Cnidium, Aloe Vera Leaf, Elm root, thrumwort seed, centelle, fig, portulaca
Do you know that ampoule has the highest concentration of enriching active ingredients, followed by the serum and the essence. Ampoules are for people who need an instant skin care effect. Hence, one drop is supercharged with more goodies and will better improve the quality of skin and heightens the overall skin-boosting effect (As it is meant to use on top of toner and moisturizer). First impression of the Witch’s Pouch Real Skin Moisture Ampoule Base is that it is very classy and my husband commented that it must be expensive. haha. When i first came into contact with the texture, i’m in awe as it is so light! Upon spreading, it turns watery and it just feels like i’m applying water on my skin. Due to its texture, it gets penetrated into my skin quickly without any heavy after-feel… The gold flakes will disappear after application and it seems to help brighten up my overall complexion. After use, skin looks softer, smoother and calmer… I also have better hydrated and less tight skin. I found myself reaching out to this ampoule very often in the morning and i felt that my skin felt less oily at the end of the day with this.
Before and After
Next, Son & Park Beauty Water (a cult favorite) is something which i am looking forward to use . Son & Park Beauty Water is a multi-function product which can be used as a cleanser, toner, exfoliator, primer, hydrator and setting spray! This smart cleaning liquid is made from natural plant extracts that gently cleans and moisturizes to deliver smooth, revitalized and hydrated skin.
Son & Park Beauty Water is created in mind for a clean base for the next steps in our skincare and makeup routine. The Beauty Water is not just a cleanser, it has mild exfoliation abilities with willow bark and papaya extract to buff awat dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract impart a subtle hydration so skin can be prepped for subsequent products. Beauty Water can be used in the morning to create the perfect base for makeup application, midday as a refresher, and night after cleansing to remove remaining impurities. Suitable for all skin types, Beauty Water has a pH of 4.5, effectively resetting the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.
The beauty water is ideal for cleansing your face during a long flight, as a toner, wiping off residue after masking and freshening up your skin during the day. Currently, i’m using another brand of beauty water but i find that the Son & Park Beauty Water fares so much better at fraction of the price! Texture wise, it win hands down as it is watery and does not leave behind an oily firm over using. Secondly, it does not contains as much fragrance and the Son & Park Beauty Water has a medicated smell which i like! 😛 Son & Park Beauty Water has a gentle formula as it doesn’t sting or cause my skin to be red. Despite being mild, it does remove residues on my skin well. It also leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soothing sensation after use.. After applying the toner, skin feels clean, soft and looks more supple! It will also calm my skin and refreshes it without any drying effect..Love it!!!
Next up, i will be talking more about a hair care product known as the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil with 50 year history! CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil has a light formula without stickiness, a gorgeous scent and it contains no harmful ingredients. Rich in Argan Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Avocado oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, and Macadamia Integrifolia Oil, the Argan Glow Hair Oil has excellent moisturizing, protection , soothing and repairing effect.
Been using the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil as a heat protector before i blow dry my hair. Will use 1 pump for each side of my hair and the hair oil has a sweet and refreshing mix of fruity flora scent. As the CFC Lab Argan Glow Hair Oil is oil-based, it will be oily to the touch. But once it is fully absorbed, there’s isn’t any greasy heavy after-feel left behind. After application, hair feels very soft and smooth and i can glide my comb through it. After blow drying my hair, my hair appears to be shiner, more volumized and tamer (lesser flyaway hair).
Left – Behind, Right – After
As i no longer apply makeup on my skin (except lipstick), i have passed the Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light to my friend who will put it to better use. The Luminous Goddess Aura Crystal Light is a liquid type highlighter infused with skin shining complex – pearl, amethyst, and diamond extract. The highlighter is also formulated with Micro Sparkling Pearl, Skin Shining Complex, 3 blends mix of botanical oil and oil controlling powder. This highlighter can be mixed with base products / foundation which will give you natural and glowing finish. Previously, i was using this highlighter and it is the one that’s pink in color. SA recommended the pink shade as i have fair skin. When applied onto my skin, it has a subtle shimmery white pearly finish which is very natural. The texture isn’t heavy and it blends well without leaving behind greasiness.
Lastly. there’s the Lucent White Pearl Cream which contains pearl extracts of 1020ppm and pearl powders of 70ppm that will change dry and rough skin into a radiant skin that glows from the inside! The pearl extracts and pearl powders inside the cream makes face look more distinct and lively. Lucent White Pearl Cream also contains five kinds flower extracts (Peony, Lily of the valley, Magnolia liliflora DESR Leontopodium alpinum, Lilium candidum extracts) helps with whitening, brightening and anti-wrinkle so that skin will glow like a pearl. Have yet to give this a try and will come to this soon 🙂
Before i go, i have a confession to make! I ordered the newly launched [Trendy Box] Smart Beauty Tool Box yesterday!I’m hooked on Althea’s beauty boxes and i felt that Althea has brought K-beauty and Beauty Boxes to a whole new level~ Whether you’re looking for tried and true favorites or hankering for the hottest, freshest products to dip your fingers into, Althea’s beauty boxes are a great way for you to add to your beauty arsenal 🙂
* Disclaimer: Products Description & information are extracted from Althea’s & Misc website