Beauty: How I got addicted to Althea’s Milk Peel Cream Mask



When we talk about peel cream, it’s one of those products that I feel is most often overlooked or not considered in many beauty regimes mainly because there is a lack of understanding over what it actually does for your skin. Face peels can actually help with a plethora of problems, from pigmentation to scarring, hydration to acne, skin texture to fine lines and wrinkles. However, each different peels products have different types and it’s worth noting that they are not universally the same.

Essentially, all face peels remove a top layer of skin to exfoliate and speed up your cell turnover, but some remove more than others, depending on the type of face peel you decide to try. All face peels involve applying a chemical or natural solution to your face to expedite the exfoliation process. After doing some reading about it, I realised it’s worth trying this such product out.

And thankfully for us, Althea’s production house have been working tirelessly churning products to complete their range of products and one of their latest release happen to be the peel cream. Read more to find out what my thoughts are, as I’m sure you’re wondering how it turned out to be.

What is it?



As the name suggests, this product is what it is known as, which is a peel cream mask. This product helps to removes dead skin cells, clogged sebum and impurities from the air without irritating the skin. In addition to that, it also helps to moisturize and refresh your skin with casein, a type of protein which is packed with vitamins for a healthy complexion.

The key ingredients of this product are AHA, BHA and milk. As I read the product write-up, I found out that each of these ingredients have a specific purpose. Where AHA helps to remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, the BHA on the other hand, removes impurities and de-clogs the pores and the last key ingredient is milk which moisturizes and refreshes the skin.


With daily usage, this gentle peeling mask gives your skin smoothness and clarity with its self-bubbling formula and double exfoliating effect that smoothens out roughness. Pores are also minimize by removing impurities from them. Upon dispensing from the bottle, you’ll find a soft clay which ends up to become a whipped cream bubble texture.  What happened here is that the creamy clay texture bubbles into a rich lather to deep cleanse the pores and remove dead skin cells.


How to use?

It’s super easy to use this! The first step requires you to dampen the skin. With a wet canvas to start out with, it’ll be easier to apply an even layer onto the skin, massaging till a rich lather forms. Then, you’ll need to leave on for 30-60 seconds before rinsing away with warm water. That is pretty much it! All in all, it would take less than 2 mins and a maximum of 3 minutes tops. Super simple and easy to include one’s beauty regime.

Thoughts



Product itself is quite thick and creamy, I’d imagine it to be harder to apply without first damping your face. The water helps “melt” away the creamy texture and turn the application of the mask into a smoother one. It’s easier to spread evenly then. As you leave the mask on for approximately 30 seconds, that is when the magic *poof* happens. The layer of mask starts to foam up with uncountable amount of tiny bubbles forming all over. You can actually feel it, the sensation of that happening is actually rather interesting.


But the best part had to be when you’re removing it. Because the layer of air bubbles formed from the mask, it actually makes it rather rich and luxurious to wash the cream mask away. It’s also very easy to remove the mask.

Where to buy



From none other than the ALTHEA’s website, of course! You can get them here >> Milk Peel Cream Mask (Singapore) or Milk Peel Cream Mask (Malaysia). These are priced at S$ 12.50 in Singapore or RM 36.00 in Malaysia.

Beauty : The Perfect Sunscreen Ever, Althea Velvet Sunaway



For the longest time ever, I remembered searching for the perfect sunscreen. Granted that each person have their preference over what is defined as the best for them, this is especially so … given that everyone is born with different skin types and we each react differently to different products. I tried so many different products before I finally settled for one, because one of my biggest peeve in a sunscreen product is when it has a sticky, greasy finish. Gah, I hated those kind the most and years ago, it was difficult to find one which wasn’t that.

Another reason why I didn’t like most sunscreen products back then, was the white cast they had after application. The white cast is caused by mineral UV filters, which are the actual ingredients in sunscreen that work to actually protect the skin from the sun. In sunscreen, there can be either mineral (physical) or chemical UV filters or a bit of both. The white cast effect is evident in mineral filters such as zinc dioxide and titanium dioxide as they need to sit atop the skin like a shield. They work by reflecting UV rays from the skin as a mirror would. This is what causes the white cast – the minerals are reflecting light, making you like a sun-protected ghost. ;p

I did finally settle on a particular product because it had a light, watery texture that is easily absorbed and does not leave any sticky after feel. This product was essence based which was also sweatproof and waterproof. However, it wasn’t my ideal sunscreen. Reason being is because despite what it’s claimed to do it still left a slight sheen on my face and you’ll need to use powder to pat down the shininess. But seeing it’s the next best product I could find, I relented and settled for that until … that fateful day when I finally tried the Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway product.

What is it?



Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway is one of the Althea’s latest addition into the Petal Velvet series of product. Read more about my review of it here >> Trying Althea's First Beauty Product - Petal Velvet Powder.

Althea have since came a long way, releasing multiple products which I have had the opportunity to review. The products released thus far have ranged from a finishing powder; Petal Velvet Powder to a skincare range of cleanser, emulsion and moisturiser; Bare Essentials to masks; Real Fresh Skin Detoxer and now to compliment the beauty series with the release of a sunscreen. This may their best beauty product released ever, if not it definitely is my favourite one thus far.


Unlike other comparative products, this sunscreen is formulated with Damask rose extracts which helps to ensure that your skin stays fresh and hydrated throughout the day without any streakiness or a white cast.On top of this, it also has a SPF of 50+ and PA++++  that protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. And my favourite feature is that it’s part of Petal Velvet line where it contains micro-powder particles that give you a smooth, petal-like complexion.

How to Use


It’s relatively simple to apply this product but there’s a twist where you’ll need to shake the bottle well before application. This step of "shaking before use” bears some likeness to the typical sunblock products in the market. However, the similarities end right there.


The product is lightweight, which makes it extremely easy to blend and spread on your face. Once applied, it leaves a matte finish which is a huge advantage for me. This is as it makes it very buildable and I am able to use other products over it. Hence, you can use it as a primer base as well, since it provides your skin with a nice velvety landscape.



Otherwise, if you fancy a quick fuss-free au naturel look, you could use your other products and use the Petal Velvet Sunaway to give you the protection from the sun and finishing the look with the latest updated range of Petal Velvet Powder(s). The new range now comes in two additional variant on top of the first version #0 Translucent which is #23 Warm Beige and #Pink Lavender.



On my lazy days, I have simplified my make-up routine to just as the sunscreen, Petal Velvet Sunaway and the Petal Velvet Powder! I love how fine and easy it is for me to apply the powder. I’d use a kabuki brush for the application of the powder by simply dusting it over my face. Super simple, and it simplifies my routine by heaps. I’d even be able to skip my usual BB cream application too!

Thoughts



Having used the product for the past one month, I can happily assert that by my records, the Petal Velvet Sunaway is truly a star product in its class. Althea have managed to take the least interesting, sometimes overlooked product (especially with more foundation, BB/CC cream having embedded sun protection) to innovate it and produce a sunscreen which we didn’t know we could love. At least for me, I swear by this now.

I have combination skin, with oily T-zone and after applying the sunscreen, along with the velvet powder to finish it off, I can go hours long before my oily T-zone shines on. This itself is a huge plus for me, and would be the reason why I’d highly recommend this product. Let me know your thoughts if you do try it out. :)

Till next time,
xoxo

Beauty: The Althea’s Christmas Wish List / Shopping Guide under S$50

With a blink of an eye, it’s December and here comes one of my favourite seasons of all time, Christmas! We are less than two weeks away from Christmas and I’ve seen the mad rush to get gifts for loved ones. While the malls may be an excellent place to start your shopping, if you’re looking to get beauty products, especially Korean ones … I know just the place for it.

Instead of joining the mad crowds, you can shop from the comfort of your own home in your PJs from Althea. For every major season of celebrations, Althea would customized their boxes to that of the respective season. This time around, of course it’ll be of Christmas theme and may just be my favourite one so far. It’s especially adorable to have the little santa at the sides of the boxes.


The Christmas Wish List under S$50

This wish list consists of my favourite top 10 picks from my all-time favourite Korean shopping site, Althea.kr. As it happens, all the items in this wish list is below the budget of S$50, but realistically 7 products are actually below S$30 and the remaining three are of a higher range, closer to S$50. I have also arranged it from the cheapest to the most expensive ones. Have a swell time shopping and do share your hauls with me!


IT'S SKIN Power 10 Formula PO Effector | S$10.00 <Shop here>

I have seen so many ladies complain and struggle about their enlarged pores and how it’s virtually impossible to minimize them. Fret not, with proper skincare regime in place, it’s actually attainable. One of the product recommended would be this PO Effector, which is a powerful serum that minimizes enlarged pores for a smooth complexion. Using Houttuynia Cordata extract, this lightweight concentrate is fast-absorbing and applies on without leaving behind any sticky residue while regulating sebum control, balancing out the moisture and oil levels of the skin. With consistent usage and proper skin care steps adopted, you’ll have more refined skin in no time.

MISSHA Perfect Cover BB Cream | S$14.00 <Shop here>

My sister personally uses this and highly recommended me to try it as well, which I have been meaning but haven’t got around to it. I’ve been trying to finish my existing one but really a tube of these BB cream lasts quite sometime! Hence, be sure to pick wisely and one that is suitable for you. The Missha’s version is of a nourishing formula that protects and moisturizes the skin while offering full coverage and a smooth finish. This is why it appeals to most ladies, especially those who use this as their daily make-up routine.

GUERISSON 9Complex Lifting Cream | S$14.00 <Shop here>

At close to 700 reviews on Althea with an average of 4.5 stars,  it’s obvious that this product is a star product. It’s specially formulated with German horse oil that deeply moisturises just about any part of your body, along with a whole set of other ingredients which soothes your skin’s irritations as well as has brightening properties which reduce scars and pigmentation, making you look glowy and radiant.
From the reviews, it appears that many happy customers have been mentioned on how effective it has been for them and with such a price point, it’s hard to give this product a miss. Your loved ones would thank you for it!

ALTHEA Petal Velvet Set | S$17.10 <Shop here>

This set contains one my favourite product that I’ve tried this year, which is the Petal Sunaway so it’s no surprise that I have included it my shopping guide. I’m in the midst of writing my in depth review on possibly the best sunscreen I have used up to date, do look out for that review but what I can say, is that I’d highly recommend getting that.

Besides the sunscreen, the set also allows you to select one Petal Velvet Powder of your choice. Althea have also released new variations of their powder in three different shades now, #0 (white shade) and #23 (brown shade) and #PinkLavender (pink shade) which leaves you spoilt of choices really.


COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner | S$18.00 <Shop here>

I’ve heard many raving reviews about this toner, which is why it’s on my list. This toner is formulated using a mix of AHA (from apple fruit water) and BHA (from willow bark water); a mild but effective toner that helps to exfoliates away dead skin cells and remove impurities. By doing this, it actually  work to prevent the formation of whiteheads and blackheads too. 

The best part has to be that it’s a spray toner type of dispenser which is actually way more convenient than having to pour it out. Talk about extreme convenience that I’d welcome any day in my regime.

ALTHEA Fresh Skin Detoxer Set | S$25.00 <Shop here>

This 10-second, 2-in-1 cleanser pack has been a staple in my beauty regime, so much so that it feels weird if I didn’t use it for a day. The set comes with both the Rose and Green Tea, which is perfect as the rose is designed to for day use and the green tea for the night one. The rose one smells amazing to start the day with using it, and mhmm, the green tea is so soothing, plus calming to end the day with.


DEAR, KLAIRS Supple Preparation Facial Toner | S$29.00 <Shop here>

Yet another highly raved product and this is the moisturizing toner gives the skin a boost of hydration! I never did realise the importance of using a toner until of course I was introduced to it and the myriad of benefits it has to your skin. It actually helps to transform your complexion into the perfect canvas for your favourite skin care products to work their magic.  This I found to be true in my usage of other toner and which explains why a toner is also a staple in my regime.

LANEIGE Mini Sleeping Mask Set with Basic Sample Kit | S$32.00 <Shop here>

I know Laneige is most famous for its Water Sleeping Mask which I have personally used and loved, so I can imagine how this gift would be perfect for fans of Laneige sleeping masks. This is as the set comes in a size of 25ml with three different variants of the sleeping mask range; Original, Lavender and Time Freeze. 

This then, allows you to try the different masks instead of committing to buying just that one product and being stuck using it just to finish it. That is why it’s also the prefect gift for your loved ones. In addition, this set comes with Basic Care Sample Kit in trial sizes too. More freebies and products to try!

WISHTREND Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum | S$41.00 <Shop here>

Although there is not many reviews on this product, I’ve been recommended to use this product in hopes of lightening my acne and pimple scars. The vitamin serum aims to improve overall skin tone and texture. It contains higher % of vitamin C in it, which makes it very concentrated but it will not cause irritation to the skin.

I’m certainly intrigued to try this product out and I believe it’ll make a good gift for anyone whom is looking to address the very same problem I’m facing. In fact, it also helps to improve the overall complexion too so every lady out there would definitely want that!


MISSHA The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist | S$41.00 <Shop here>

I’ve always wanted to try this product and there is a solid reason why myself and the 230+ other customers whom left a review on Althea did too. This essence works to deeply hydrate from within, going deep into the layers to plump them up. The result is skin that is rejuvenated and hydrated, with improvements to skin tone and fine lines. This product have been compared to SK-II one which is probably about 8x the price but apparently, this works just the same!

There is no surprise then on which the ladies’ preference to purchase and use from. I’ve just ordered this and am pretty stoked to try it to share the results with you all!

xoxo,
till next time.










Share : Top Interior Design Styles for that Dream Home!


Ever since I was young, I always had this idea of a dream house and over the years, there have been many variations of what my dream house looks like. I decided, to shortlist in this post some of my favourite interior design styles that have been popular choices for modern homes. I hope this list would come in hnady whether you have a brand-new Sri hartamas condominium or a cozy townhouse in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, there surely will be a style for you in this list.

If you ask me these design and décor can be tricky waters to navigate, especially when it comes to the myriad of design styles out there. Although there are certain elements that are distinct to certain design styles, in reality most designers blend together different elements from different decorating styles in order to achieve a more modern take. However, it is crucial that to be able to identify the core elements and aspects of each design style. There is a number of design styles that are currently in trend. So, read on to get an in-depth view on what characterizes each design style.

Beauty : Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Masks – Rose & Green Tea


Sticking to a beauty regime have always been something rather difficult for me, mostly because the Asian skincare routine is always so tedious with the many different steps to do. The famed Korean skin care regime has a total of 10 steps in total which comprises of cleansing, exfoliation, toner, essence ... just to name some of the products used in the regime.

My beauty regime is simplified mostly because of my laziness, but it's always a warm welcome for me to introduce products which are multi-functional and super efficient like Althea's latest baby. Meet their Real Fresh line of Skin Detoxer Mask in the Rose and Green Tea variant.

Eat : DurianBB’s First Ever Durian Buffet Party in Singapore


While we may not experience four season in the South East Asia region but, nevertheless we still have our favourite season and that is the DURIAN season! I’m sure many will agree with me that it’s really one of the best season to have especially when you’re a fan of the exotically aromatic fruit. Once the season arrives, Malaysians would be torn for choices with a plethora of durian shops to eat from. One of the most welcomed addition to the market is DurianBB Park, where durians  are available all year round with the fruits obtained directly from their farms in Raub, Pahang and Chanthaburi, Thailand. Their flagship outlet is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur making it super accessible and convenient to drop.

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DurianBB Park

No. 15, Jalan Kamuning, Off Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
// 603-2110 3475 //

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DurianBB's Buffet Party in Singapore!



One of the signature events by DurianBB is their DURIAN BUFFET PARTY, which are held in collaboration with Malaysia Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) where DurianBB played host to the largest durian tasting parties in the world. Fresh durians were flown directly from Malaysia then feasted upon right away at the parties and I have had the absolute pleasure to attend their first ever event in Singapore.


The durian party was in the style of an eat-all-you-can for a period of 2 hours where we were firstly served with a tray of 5 signature variant of durian. They were the D197 (Musang King), D24 (XO), D13 (Golden Bun), D101 (Red Flesh), and D158 (Cheong Peng). The durians were placed in an order with a sequence to eat them in as each of the durian have their distinct taste and some was stronger than others (hence, should be eaten last). After that, there was free-flow durians of D197 (Musang King), D24 (XO), and D13 (Golden Bun).



I don’t know about others but for me, this was so a dream come true for me because I’ve always wanted to feast on durians like buffet style  but have never been able to do so in Kuala Lumpur because of the mixed reviews I have heard from the buffets held back home. But the selections available at DurianBB was indeed impressive that we could choose from the crowd’s favourite of Musang King, as well as D24!


The free flow of the durians came in plates, which were gloriously placed on our tables and refills was obtained whenever we finish them. It was such an interesting experience indeed! This was because my friends and I were estimating how many durians could we each eat in total. We were given a small container each to discard the seeds and by the end of the event, we counted that each of us approximately ate 20 pieces!



If you’ve missed your chance to attend this event, fret-not as DurianBB has signature products which are made from genuine Musang King flesh. During the event, I managed to sample their Musang King Bar which is a delicious ice cream bar… so rich in taste. It makes me crave for it as I’m typing this now. Here is a pictorial detailing all the products that are manufactured by DurianBB! For Singaporeans, you can find these products in various Cold Storage and Market Place outlets.



Till next time,
xoxo



Travel : Shhh…. Secret Beaches of Semenanjung (Peninsular) Malaysia


I have always felt blessed to be living in a country located near the equator, where we have sunshine and blue skies almost all year round except for some occasional torrential thunderstorms. But what I love the most is the fact that there is so many beaches that are easily accessible. Most of these gorgeous beaches are just a drive away or sometimes, a short ferry ride.

When I bring up beautiful beaches, I’m sure many would think of the pristine, white sandy beaches of Sabah. There is no denying that some of the most gorgeous beaches are from Sabah. But would you believe if I told you about some of the lesser known secret beaches of the Penisular Malaysia. These beaches are those lesser known, almost private beautiful beaches.

Let me manage expectations here as it is not a long list of beaches, in fact there is actually only three beaches on my list but I’m adding in an additional fourth famous beach because it’s such an interesting beach and I had a swell time there, despite the rainy weather which resulted in having to cut my trip to the beach shorter.


Desaru Beach, Johor


I’m sure this doesn’t come as a surprise and you may have heard about it before. In comparison to many other beaches around the coastline of Johor, I felt that the Desaru beach have left such an impression on me that I have always felt compelled to return there. My favourite part of this beach is how soothing it really is to be able to take a long walk and enjoy hearing the waves crashing on the rocks.

This beach also has sandy part for those who prefer a sandier landscape versus a rocky one. But photographers would prefer the rocky ones as shooting in slow shutter would make the pictures look absolutely amazing. Besides that, it makes for a perfect backdrop for that perfect Instagram shot.


If rocky stones are not enough to convince you, there is even a swing which you can swing up high in the air while enjoying just the most amazing view of the coastline. There is also a hammock nearby where you can fall asleep to the sounds of crashing waves.

Pantai Kok, Langkawi


Those who have visited Langkawi would have also heard about this beach, in fact the part of the beach I love the most is where the famous Hafiz Rojak is located at. I discovered this private part of Pantai Kok by accident when we stumbled upon this parking space with a rojak and cendol stall. 


The beach is just a stone’s throw away and there is nothing but the beach. The most interesting part of the beach is just an old fallen tree which once again, makes a very interesting prop for your pictures to be taken at. As this beach is pretty much empty, you can always have the beach to yourself. I would strongly recommend bringing your own mat and a comfortable pillow to lay down on.


Pantai Batu Hitam, Kuantan


Whilst this is not the common beach most of us envisioned of, I found it to be such an interesting adventure hopping from one stone to another stone. It really is a sight to behold and as I have mentioned above, it’s definitely one of the lesser known beaches in Kuantan. If stones are not your kind of beach scenery, you’ll be truly amazed to find that the beaches leading to the Pantai Batu Hitam has one of the softest beaches I ever laid my feet on.

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As I mentioned earlier, this is a simple, short but not exhaustive list of beaches that  I have fell in love with. If I had a choice, I would love to explore more and that would realistically be made possible with cheap air ticket which are aplenty these days. Just need to look out for them in advance! I’m looking for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu now because Kota Kinabalu is entry point in Sabah to some of the most gorgeous beaches in that state.


This is one of my favourite shot of a more famous beach in Kuantan, but still gorgeous the Pantai Teluk Cempedak.








Beauty : Just the Bare Essentials from Althea !


Ever since I discovered Althea, it has always been my default shopping platform to get my Korean beauty essentials items. My experience shopping there has proven that prices on their site is indeed very competitive and can sometimes be cheaper than shopping in Korea itself. As Althea deals with beauty products everyday, it’s no surprise that they have explored into making beauty products themselves. The first of product ever released by Althea was the Petal Velvet Beauty Powder.

Now, the gossip is out and Althea have actually released their first range of beauty, skincare products which is known as Bare Essential. With so many different beauty products in the market these days, Althea aims to simplify the whole process by introducing just three products. The Bare Essential range features three products that can be used for any skin type: a Contour Cleanser, a Primer Water and a Fixer Cream. With just these three products, it’ll be able to provide the skin with all the necessities it needs without needing any other additional products.

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Contour Cleanser


The first step of every beauty regime would the cleansing step and this Contouring Cleanser is made with micro capsules that gently melt into the skin, gently exfoliating away any dead skin cells and impurities from the skin. I was pleasantly surprised and honestly love this feature the most because the microbeads I have came to know are those that I heard will clog up pores. However, Althea have managed to come out with these micro capsules which actually melts away as you rub it along.


It’s infused with ice plant and lemon myrtle extracts, which ensures that the skin is clean but also strengthens and refreshes for a healthy complexion. It also helps to promote blood circulation, effectively reducing swelling for a defined, slim face shape. It’s pretty easy to use this cleanser; damp your skin, lather it on – and massage it in circular motion, then rinse it off with water.

Primer Water



This product is a 2-in-1 wonder where it is both a hydrating toner and primer in a single bottle. The product is made with snow lotus extract and contains patented 'dewdrop' technology that allows hydration to penetrate within the layers of the skin. With the application of Primer Water , the skin is moisturised immediately and putting a second layer will give it even more moisture.




What I loved about the Primer Water is how lightweight it really is. My preference for beauty products are those that are easily absorbed by the skin and won’t leave a sticky trace behind. Similarly, the Primer Water has these properties. The application for this product is even simpler, you just need to pour a small amount out and apply it evenly over the face. It carries a stronger than usual floral scent, which may be off-putting for some. However, after some time you’ll get used to the scent.

Fixer Cream



Last but not least, the final product of the Bare Essential range is the Fixer Cream. The cream is rich with antioxidants from wild green tea extracts, and it actually helps to promote collagen in the skin using baobab tree extract … hence, leaving your skin looking great and feeling bouncy to the touch. Similar to the Primer Water, the Fixer Cream also has a stronger than usual scent – I would say that the scent is a floral type, so fans of floral notes will come to love this.


The cream has a lightweight formulation which is easily absorbed into the skin but however, when applied it actually left a balmy kind of finish. 


Seal in all that hydration with the Fixer Cream, a non-oily, quick absorbing moisturizer formulated with nourishing ingredients. This little jar packs quite a punch in the moisture department thanks to trehalose (a powerful humectant that retains moisture on the skin), and provides the skin with hydration for up to 24 hours for a smooth and supple radiance. It's also rich in antioxidants from wild green tea extracts, and helps to promote collagen in the skin using baobab tree extract, leaving your skin looking great and feeling bouncy to the touch.


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Shop the whole range on Althea now, https://my.althea.kr/althea-exclusives!