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!


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,

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, 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!

till next time.