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Natural's the game, Nacific's the name! Previously known as Natural Pacific, this brand has had it fair share of hits in the beauty industry, and it's no wonder: their products use natural ingredients to create fantastic products that are both quality and effective. If you've been paying close attention to Althea's site, you'll know we've decided to hone in and focus on this super cool brand, even giving them a feature so you guys can really know what's up with them. Here's the beauty breakdown on Nacific and some of our favorite picks!
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Perfect Facial Deep Cleansing Oil
If you're fan of the double cleanse method like we are, you'll want to try this out for yourself. This cleansing oil is made with a mix of nourishing plant oils and extracts that draw out impurities from the pores and melt away makeup. Thanks to its hydrating formula, the skin is left feeling soft and supple to the touch. Did we also mention that it also has a lush fragrance you'll love?
How to use: Apply a couple squirts and massage onto dry skin in circular motions to melt away makeup. Add a little water to emulsify before rinsing thoroughly with water.
Fresh Herb Origin Serum
How could we do a feature and not mention the star of the show? Nacific's bestseller to date, this serum has been dubbed the "abuse serum" as it contains vitamin C and other ingredients to heal the skin from within, and in doing so, can cause the skin to tingle. Don't worry though, this dual-phase concentrate diminishes wrinkles, minimize pores, brighten dullness and treat troubles so it'll all be worth it! Just make sure to shake before use so you can get both the oil and essence for best results!
How to use: After cleansing and toning the skin, shake to mix before dispensing a couple of drops onto your hand. Apply evenly onto the skin and gently pat in for better absorption.
Fresh Herb Origin Cotton Pad Toner
Spots got you down? Wipe them away with these pads soaked in an anti-bacterial, witch hazel infused solution. They work to remove impurities and dead skin cells while soothing redness and prepping the skin to take on the rest of your beauty routine. It's great for all skin types, but those of us with oily or acne-prone skin will especially love this!
How to use: After cleansing and patting skin dry, take out one pad and wipe onto the skin, starting from the center of the face and working your way out.
Real Rose Floral Toner
No need for bouquets, treat your skin to this gorgeous toner instead. Containing 92% real Damask rose water, this toner soothes, hydrates and plumps up the skin for a youthful glow. It helps protect the skin and prevent breakouts, and it also looks fantastic on your vanity (talk about hypnotically pretty petals!). Choose to use this as a wipe-off toner, or saturate a cotton pad and allow to sit on the skin as a quick boosting mask.
How to use: After cleansing, saturate a cotton pad and wipe onto the skin, starting from the center of the face and working your way out. To use as a more intense masking treatment, saturate cotton pads and apply them to the skin, leaving on for 10-15 minutes before removing.
Fresh Herb Origin Facial Cream
Yay for 24 hour hydration! This nourishing cream is infused with natural ingredients like Anastatica extract and shea butter that soothe irritations and moisturize the skin. Its luxurious texture coats the skin in a nourishing layer, and absorbs into the skin without stickiness. Bid flakey roughness goodbye!
How to use: Apply an even layer onto the skin and gently pat in for better absorption.
How cool are these items from Nacific? Don't forget, we're doing a very special Brand Focus feature on the site, and you can find the items mentioned above and other fantastic Nacific products there. Have you tried any of their items before? Which ones are your favorite? Let us know down below!
The months are starting to warm up, and that means a little more humidity and heat. We've said it before and we'll say it again: hydration is pertinent to flawless skin, so no matter the weather, we'll still be keeping our skin nice and hydrated. The key to enjoying moisture during this time of the year is picking ingredients that don't feel heavy on the skin but still provide it with enough hydration power to keep it looking plump and juicy, plus that added sheen'll glow gorgeously in the sun! Here are a couple of our favorite ingredients to look out for this time of the year, as well as some of our favorite products for you to try out.
Y'all already knew this was coming! This one is no secret: aloe vera has been loved by many for a long time. Its got fantastic skin soothing properties and helps to repair the outer most layer of the skin to lighten scars and pigmentation too. Instead of picking the usual soothing gel route, incorporate this genius ingredient into your sleeping routine to help your skin hydrate to look your best when you wake up. We love Innisfree's Aloe Revital Sleeping Pack, a lightweight, easily absorbed sleeping pack infused with 74% organic aloe extracts suitable for all skin types (even sensitive ones!)
Trehalose is nothing short of a miracle: this humectant ingredient comes from desert cactus and provides the skin with hydration even in dry conditions. It also helps create a moisture barrier on the skin, minimizing potential evaporation of moisture from the skin. Our very own Althea Bare Essential Fixer Cream contains trehalose to provide the skin with up to 24 hours of moisture without stickiness, making this especially great for the warmer months to come!
The more hyaluronic acid you get into your skin, the fresher and more youthful it'll look! It's an molecules can hold up to 1000x its weight in water, ensuring your skin gets the tall glass of hydration it needs. It also helps to smooth out wrinkles and diminish dry spots, making it a must-have ingredient in our quest for hydration nirvana. Pamper your skin with a nourishing mask like the Pureness 100 Sheet Mask in Hyaluronic Acid from Tony Moly. It's made with unbleached cotton for better absorption and adhesion to the skin to give your complexion a thirst-quenching boost.
Rose water is an elixir of the beauty gods that gives the skin deep hydration and has powerful soothing properties. It helps rid the skin of redness, calm irritations and makes dry, flaky spots disappear. Plus, it also has a lush fragrance that'll soothe anybody's senses. Give your peepers some lovin' with Petitfee's Ruby & Bulgarian Rose Eye Patches that's also infused with real precious ruby powder to revitalize dark circles and dull eyes for a hydrated, perky look.
Gulp, gulp, gulp! Make sure your skin drinks up this time of the year and keep it nice and hydrated with our favorite picks. You can find these and other hydrating products on Althea's site (just pop them into the search bar). Have you tried these out for yourselves? What are some other hydrating ingredients that are your must-haves this time of the year? Let us know in the comments below!
Makeup really is magic, isn't it? Whether you're looking for a basic look to enhance your features or you want to look creatively extravagant, makeup is an amazing tool that literally allows you to design what you want to look like. Since so many of you gorgeous Altheans out there are makeup lovers, we thought we'd love to see what you guys come up with and reward you for it this festive season!
How to join:
Step 1: Acquire a face chart. These will come together with your Althea order from today onwards (while stock lasts), however if you didn't get yourself anything from Althea, you can still download the face chart hereand print it out for yourself.
Step 2: Get real creative. This is where you can really shine. Do up the face chart in your best and most creative look for the festive season using makeup items you love!
Step 3: Snap your creation. Take a picture of your masterpiece and upload it onto Instagram (make sure your profile is public so we can see), share what are products did you use, tag us @altheakorea and use the hashtags #AltheaKorea #AltheaFestiveLook.
That's it! Super simple, and we're super psyched to see what you come up with. To give you guys some inspiration, the Pixies and I have done a couple of examples. Check them out below!
Here's what you can win!
Grand Prizex 1- USD 100 Althea Shopping Credits
1st Runner Up x 1- USD80 Althea Shopping Credits
2nd Runner Up x 1 - USD50 Althea Shopping Credits
Consolation x 10 - USD25 Althea Shopping Credits
Contests ends 30th June 2018, 11.59pm KST, so be sure to get your entries in before then. Good luck!
Have a magical day!
xx Syd Althea's Mermaid
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Oats are best known for being a delicious, healthy breakfast food that kickstarts your day. Usually served with your favorite fruit or topping, oats aren't just great for filling your tummy. For centuries, people have been using oatmeal as part of their beauty regime for its fantastic skin benefits. Here's the beauty breakdown of how your favorite breakfast food is great for your face!
Oats come from the wheat plant and are grown as crops as a staple diet across many cultures. It's usually processed by being milled and cooked before it gets into packets from the supermarket that we all know and love. Whether you choose the natural route or look for oatmeal as an ingredient in your beauty products, oatmeal is a superfood that's packed with antioxidants to keep the skin looking youthful and radiant. It's texture allows for gentle exfoliation on the skin, and it also has excellent anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties that keep the skin in tip top shape. It also helps to soothe redness and repair the skin's barrier, effectively healing and fading away acne scars too for a flawless complexion.
For something so fundamental yet amazing as oatmeal is, it's no wonder that Calmia has an Oatmeal Therapy cleansing line dedicated to using our star ingredient of the day. This includes an oil, a peeling gel, a foaming cleanser and some wipes to ensure the skin's clean and fresh.
Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Tissue
This is a must-have, especially for those of us who are always on-the-go. These wipes remove dirt, impurities and even waterproof makeup without drying out the skin. Aside from oatmeal, it's also got a mix of other plant extracts like mung bean, aloe and papaya to keep the skin supple and moisturized.
How to use: Wipe gently onto the skin. For hard to remove makeup, apply product onto the area for 5-10 seconds before wiping away.
Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Oil
If you're a fan of a full-coverage makeup slay, then you'll know nothing feels quite as good as removing all those layers off the skin at the end of the day. This oil melts away makeup like a dream, ensuring that there's no leftover residue on the skin that can potentially clog your pores as you sleep. We love using this as part of a double cleanse routine (more on that here) for skin that's really, REALLY clean without drying it out.
How to use: On dry skin, pump out a small amount and massage onto the skin in circular motions to melt away makeup. Add a little water to emulsify before rinsing off with water.
Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Foam
Rich and luxuriously lathery, this no-nonsense cleanser whisks away nasties from the skin with a gentle approach. It contains oatmeal to purify the skin as well as other soothing ingredients like chamomile and green tea to calm irritations and ensure the skin is kept clean and healthy.
How to use: Squeeze out a small amount and lather up with damp hands before massaging it onto the skin in circular motions.
Oatmeal Therapy Peeling Gel
Treat your skin to some gentle exfoliation for some seriously smooth skin. This peeling gel uses an enzymatic formula to slog away dead skin flakes and encourage skin renewal, reducing potential micro cuts that can be caused by harsh exfoliants. It also helps to moisturize any dry areas and brighten dullness. Use this once or twice a week for best results!
How to use: Apply onto dry skin and massage in circular motions for about 30 seconds to rub away dead skin residue. Rinse off with water after and pat dry.
Curious to try out oatmeal for yourself? This fantastic ingredient is suitable for all skin types and is really easy to incorporate into your beauty routine. You can find Calmia's products on Althea's site, as well as other cool K-beauty items. Have you considered using oatmeal on your face? What are some of your favorite oatmeal products?
Okay, we’ll be the first to admit that we’re struggle at picking out a gift for Mother’s Day. Afterall, no physical gift could ever be enough to thank the superwoman who raised and loved you. However, we can try, and try we must! Forget the flowers: give your mom the day off and pamper her with the gift of beauty. We’ve picked out a couple of our favorite pink skincare products to put together a skincare bouquet, perfect for your momma!
Moremo Pink Crush Facial Cleanser
Ooh, isn’t this a pretty one? Infused with 5 natural oils (argan, canola, grape seed, apricot and macadamia), this gentle cleanser effectively removes dirt and residue on the skin without drying it out. It also helps to brighten the skin and diminish signs of aging thanks to a complex containing anti-aging ingredients. It’ll leave her skin feeling supple, soft and bouncy to the touch!
Mamonde Rose Water Toner
No flowers? No worries! Gift mom this gorgeous toner that’s made with 90.89% Bulgarian Damask Rose water instead! It helps to soothe redness and intensely hydrate the skin, while whisking away dead skin cells and prepping the complexion to take on skincare steps to come. Plus, we love how this pretty pink bottle looks on our vanities too!
Dr. Frog Aqua Ceramide Essential Ampoule
Momma looking a little tired? Perk up her complexion with this concentrate that moisturizes, protects and brightens the skin. It contains ceramide to reach deep within the layers, plumping them up to reduce wrinkles, while a flower water complex calms irritations and builds a protective moisture layer on the skin.
Brillar Camu Camu Moisture
Surprise your mom with an ingredient she doesn’t see everyday: Camu Camu. It's the star ingredient in this cream that has anti-aging, moisturizing and brightening properties for a radiant glow. The texture itself is pretty interesting as it has a slightly stringy formula that allows it to adhere and coat the skin, creating a moisture barrier to prevent dehydration.
There, have we inspired you a little yet? Make sure you give mom a big hug and kiss, and tell her that you love her on this special day! You can find all these and other cool K-beauty products on Althea’s site. Would you get these for your mom? What’s the thing you love most about her? Let us know down below!
Have a magical day, and happy Mother’s Day to all you gorgeous moms out there!
When you think of vitamin C, a picture of citrus fruits always comes to mind. That or a drink of effervescent tablets that your mom tells you to gulp down to prevent illnesses. Vitamin C isn’t just fantastic for keeping your body in tip-top shape, it’s also a powerhouse that does wonders for the skin. We’re talking about getting radiant, bright, youthful skin by just incorporating this brilliant nutrient into your beauty routine. Here’s the breakdown on vitamin C for the skin!
What’s the big deal anyway?
Vitamin C is one of the essential vitamins needed to keep our body and skin healthy, and when it comes to skincare, is most commonly found in products that brighten the skin for an even complexion. It’s a potent antioxidant that has a range of benefits including soothing inflammation, encouraging collagen production in the skin and evening out irregular pigmentation, leaving the skin looking plump, glowy and supple. Sounds like quite the beauty superhero right? The most widely used version of vitamin C in skincare is L-ascorbic acid, and are usually recommended to be used in the morning thanks to their ability to fight free radicals.
While vitamin C products are great for shielding the skin against harmful external factors, you'll want to make sure you use a broad spectrum sun block to prevent any sun damage. It's also best to store products with vitamin C in dark places, away from sunlight to keep them lasting longer.
Keen to give vitamin C a go in your beauty routine? We've gotten Skin & Lab's Dr. VitaClinic range to show you how it can be done!
Gently Vita Exfoliator
When it comes to exfoliating the skin, using one with gritty pieces can cause micro-abrasions on the skin, leaving it feeling rough in the long run. Opt for a peeling gel like this one instead that infused with 5 kinds of vitamins including our star ingredient today. This product helps to obliterate dead skin cells and reside from the pores while ensuring the skin stays hydrated and smooth, leaving behind a complexion that's supple, fresh and radiant.
Vita Energy Toner & Mist
We love us a good multitasking product, especially if it's one you can use anytime of the day. This handy toner comes in a spray bottle that makes it easy to spritz onto the skin, prepping it for the next step of your skincare routine. The formula itself is a hydrating and brightening one, and you can spray it on any time of the day as a face mist as well. Its handy size makes it super travel-friendly.
White Vita C Essence
Like a big refreshing glass of orange juice for the skin, this concentrate contains stabilized vitamin C that penetrates deep into the layers of the skin, effectively brightening and evening out the skin's tone. It also aids in lightening dark spots, and helps moisturize the skin as well.
C Plus Brightening Cream
Seal all that brightening goodness with this lightweight but luxurious cream. It creates a protective barrier that helps keep the skin hydrated too, while inhibiting melanin production to keep the skin radiant. This product is also packed with antioxidants that revitalize the skin for a complexion that's healthy.
Vella Ultra Hydro Sun Essence
Okay, you caught us there. This one isn't actually from the same range but it's something we love and we thought it'd be great to include in this list too. Wearing a sunscreen like this one with SPF50/ PA+++ is perfect for everyday, especially if you're planning on using some vitamin C before your head out the door. It's got a super lightweight, watery texture that allows it to be absorbed easily into the skin without leaving any white-cast or stickiness behind. If you don't believe us, you can read more about it to find out why we love this unique sunscreen here!
Whether you're fresh onto the beauty scene, or you're a well-seasoned beauty junkie, it's a great idea to incorporate vitamin C topically into your skincare regime. It's great for all skin types, though those of us with sensitive skins may want to pick milder brightening products with vitamin C to best suit their complexion. You can find Skin & Lab and Vella's items on Althea's site, as well as other cool vitamin C infused items. Do you already put vitamin C on your skin? What are some of your favorite products? Let us know in the comments down below! Have a magical day! xx Syd Althea's Mermaid
Do you believe in magic? If you didn't before, you might after you hear about one of our latest offerings here on Althealand! What if we told you that you could remove makeup with just water? We've got our hands on the Paul Medison Face Circles that's both easy to use and purse friendly, and best of all, uses nothing but water to ensure your face is clean and fresh. Here's the beauty breakdown on the Face Circles!
Paul Medison uses science and quality materials to create dermatologically tested products for those of us looking for beauty with substance. Their Face Circles are specially engineered, using micro-fibres to gently but effectively whisk away dirt, makeup, and impurities from the skin without needing anything more than just water. If you're one who doesn't like sticky, oily residue or your schedule is extra hectic, this is perfect as it doesn't require multiple washes for clean, fresh skin.
The Face Circles work gently on the skin, loosening up the particles of impurities on the skin and rinsing them down the drain with some water. Method of using these plush pads are simple: dampen them with water and wring them out before gently wiping onto the skin till clean. The material of these are soft and very forgiving on the skin, so you don't have to worry about needing to scrub your face raw. Curious to see how they fare? We've gotten our lovely Pixie to try them out.
As you can see, the face is left totally makeup-free and looking nice and clean. If you're wondering about cleaning the pads themselves, you can work some elbow grease and cleanse them with a gentle soap (baby shampoo or facial cleansers would work great), or if you're feeling extra lazy, just throw them into the washing machine with some laundry. Easy peasy!
We loved how these fared, and most of all, we loved that by using the Face Circles from Paul Medison, our skin isn't exposed to potentially harsh chemicals or irritants, You can find these and other cool K-beauty items on Althea's site. What do you guys think of these Face Circles? Have you tried anything else like this before? Let us know in the comments down below!
It's true, K-beauty has made the lip tint huge and they've found a way into our purses, our vanities and ultimately our hearts too! Whether you're a fan of the quintessential Korean gradiant lip or you're looking for a long-lasting, bold look, tints come in an array of colours to suit just about any look. Today, we'll bet taking a look at some exciting lip tints from It's My. Here's the beauty breakdown on the Bong Tints!
It's My has made its mark on Althea and are well-known for their brushes. They create quality, fundamental products at a low price point, delivering value and great items to K-beauty lovers. The Bong Tints are testiment to this: they offer a pigmented formula that's moisturizing and bold in colour, making it one of It's My's star product in our eyes!
Not your conventional tint, this click-pen product has a super cute sponge applicator on the top that allows for an even, blended application, giving your lips a soft look without the hassle of needing other tools. Formulated with lip nourishing oils like argan oil, macadamia oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip fruit oil, these tints keep the lips moisturized throughout the day, so you can say bye-bye to chapped pouts.
The tints themselves feel very nice on, leaving the lips with bold, vivid colour and a healthy sheen. They have a pleasantly sweet scent that adds to the experience, and last through eating and drinking too, making them great for long hours of wear. The easy cap on the top fastens well, too, so you can chuck this in your purse for easy touch-ups without worry. To really showcase these fun tints, we've enlisted the help of The Aphrodites, a group of gorgeous Indonesian bloggers that are passionate about all things pretty, cute and K-beauty. Alright, enough talk, time for swatches!
BE01 So Coral
A fun and girly pink coral, perfect for everyday use.
OR 01 Or Orange
A bright, sweet orange shade that'll give you K-beauty vibes.
RE 02 Tomorrow Red
A rich burgundy, perfect for those looking for darker tints to suit a more sultry look.
RE 01 Today Red
A bold, classic red that's great for any occasion.
Don't they look amazing? Thank youCynthian, Bella, Mindyand Carolynfor being part of this, and we had such a blast having you at Althealand! You can find these and other It's My products on Althea's site (just pop it into the search bar). Have you guys tried these out for yourself? Which is your favorite colour? Let us know in the comments below!
We love a clean, fresh complexion no matter the time or place. But unfortunately, pesky little spots know how to find their way to our skin, creating lumps, bumps and redness we can all do without. Luckily for us, there are solutions to this problem, and one of them comes in the form of Onsaemeein's Magic Solution Skin Powder. This curious looking product plopped into our laps and claims to zap spots right off our complexions. Here's the beauty breakdown on how it works!
Onsaemeein's philosophy is simple: use natural ingredients to create quality products for a reasonable price. They've tailor-made their products to suit the urban woman in both lifestyle and hectic work schedule, so their stuff is definitely worth checking out if you want to care for your skin even when you're busy. Made with great effective ingredients, the Onsaemeein Magic Solution Skin Powder proves that you don't need to spends loads of cash for something that works.
The Magic Solution Skin Powder is an interesting spot treatment product that targets acne. This dual-formula solution consists of an alcohol (to kill bacteria) and a powder layer (to treat the pimple). It contains salicylic acid, witch hazel extract, crown wood fern extract and other bacteria fighting ingredients to purify and treat blemishes. The coolest thing about this powder is definitely its method of usage: before using the product, you CANNOT shake it to combine both liquids. In fact, you have to allow the pink powder layer to settle right at the bottom before anything else. Dip a cotton bud in, past the clear solution right down to the end, picking up some of the powder before coming back up and applying it onto the targetted area. Voila!
Aside from the strong alcohol smell it initially has (it fades away pretty quickly), the product essentially doesn't smell or feel of much. Once applied, the solution dries down to a powder finish. Since it's recommended that you leave on the product for at least a couple of hours, our favorite time of the day to use this is right before we hit the sack, allowing the product to really work its magic as we catch some Z's. If you're worried about leftover powder residue in the morning, don't be! It rinses off with some water and will wash right off with your cleansing routine in the morning.
Acne-prone babes, are you rejoicing yet? We sure are, and you can bet we'll be using Onsaemeein's Magic Solution Skin Powder to zap those zits away! You can find this and other Onsaemeein products on Althea's site (just pop it into the search bar). Have you guys tried this out for yourself? What are some of your must have spot treatments? Let us know in the comments down below!
Have a magical day!
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