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Many people go through periods in their lives of being dissatisfied with their physical appearances, and this can in turn be one of the major sources of a generalised sense of insecurity.

But the thing is, we’re not completely helpless when it comes to influencing the way we look, and if you feel unhappy with your appearance, there are various steps you can take.

Here are a few things to consider doing if you find yourself in this situation.


Research cosmetic surgery and discover what different procedures would entail and could realistically achieve.

Cosmetic surgery* should really be a last-resort option, not a first resort by any means, but it is worth keeping in mind that cosmetic surgery has been improving steadily for some time now, and there are many things that an experienced cosmetic surgeon might be able to do for you if needed.

The key thing is to research the options presented by cosmetic surgery before committing to them. Discover what different surgeries will entail. Seek out eyelid surgery video and descriptions before committing to eyelid surgery. Look up facial restructuring in detail before committing to it.

Develop realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery and be mindful of the risks involved, but be aware that there are potentially helpful options out there.



Work on improving your happiness and confidence in other domains of your life, and see how it alters your perspective on your looks.

Sometimes in life, we project our insecurities and dissatisfactions onto things like our looks, when in reality, the true root of the issue is deeper and less easy to spot.

It might be that if you improved your happiness and confidence in other domains of your life, you might find that you would feel significantly better about your looks, virtually overnight.

Work on improving your happiness and confidence in other domains of your life, whether that means learning new skills, starting a business, or working past old hang-ups, and see how it alters your perspective on your looks.



Commit to health and fitness

It’s amazing what committing in a serious way to your health and fitness can do for your looks. Healthier living, in general, can lead to better skin quality, better posture, and a more vital and attractive aura in general.

Getting fit can help to develop curves where you want them to be, and reduce them where you don’t want them to be.

And aside from the direct effect of health and fitness on your looks, making steady progress on an exercise plan will naturally develop your sense of pride.



Explore new fashion styles and see how they work for you

There’s an old saying that goes “clothes make the man”, and you could say something similar about women, too.

Of course, the stuff that really matters — your character, your morals, your personality — have nothing to do with what you wear. But the way you dress can have a very dramatic impact on how you look and feel on a daily basis.

If you want to feel better about how you look, spend some time experimenting with new styles and seeking out new outfits that make you feel your best.


I guess that's all from me and I'll see you guys on my next post. Take care!



Blogger's note: *addressed to non-Muslim readers. I haven't found a solid verse of Al-Quran that state aesthetic surgery is haram but I'd like to state my opinion as fellow Muslim that I'm not encouraging at all as I believe everyone's created in the most beautiful way as Allah is the Most Beautiful and He loves beautiful things. Objection towards aesthetic surgery is not absolute as it's rather an objection towards exaggeration and extremism. 


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Before I dive into the product, let me just talk a little bit about Hyraluronic Acid; the star ingredient. As I started doing the whole 1-Day-1-Pack (pack here means sheet mask) around late 2017, I've noticed that most sheet masks that I've ran through; especially hydrating and moisturising ones contain one ingredient in common which is Hyaluronic Acid. Known to its functions in making the skin nicely hydrated, looking plumped and glowing (as if there's a film of water on your skin), Hyaluronic Acid has the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture so now that you know what to expect from this product, let's get started!



TIA'M Hyaluronic Water Plumping Serum

About 3 weeks ago, I've received the above serum from the brand's global Instagram page @tiam_global through their Reviewer Recruit Event that concluded last month and it's the first hyaluronic acid serum I ever tried therefore I am so excited to see what this serum can do to help my currently dehydrated skin thanks to hospital dry and cold environment that I'm enduring for the past few weeks!

But first, let's go to basic details on the serum.


Product Description:
  • A hydrating serum that infused with the Hyaluronic Acid Complex to instantly boost the moisture level of dehydrated skin.
  • Blended with lotus extract and panthenol to prevent moisture loss while leaving the skin feeling plumped.
  • This versatile formula can be mixed with liquid foundation or BB cream for a hydrating glow. 

How to Use:
Apply 2 to 3 drops onto the face after prepping the skin with toner.
Gently massage the face in circular motions and let absorb.


Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Betaine, 1-2,-hexandoil, Panthenol, HA-5 (Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Macromolecule & Micromolecule), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer) 1,500ppm, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Allantoin, Hydrxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydlimethyl Taurate Coplymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan gum, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil

Ingredients Highlight:

6 different types of Hyaluronic Acid in various sizes (high and low molecules) that penetrate deep into the different skin depths and hydrate the skin from inside and out.
  • Surface of the skin (Pulling Moisture and Forming Moisture Barrier):
    • Sodium Hyaluronate (macromolecules)
      • Attracts moisture to the surface of the skin and forms moisture barrier to prevent any future moisture loss.
  • Epidermis
    • Sodium Hyaluronate (Micromolecule)
      • Provides rich moisture to the epidermis and provides your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration.
    • Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer
      • Gradually releases abundant moisture from the epidermis to keep skin hydrated throughout the day.
  • Dermis (deepest layer of the skin)
    • Hyaluronic Acid
      • Hydrates deep into the layers of dermis to increase in water density and keep your skin firm.
    • Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate
      • Hydrates deep into the dermis layer of the skin and provides deep hydration.
    • Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid
      • Locks in moisture and penetrates deep into the dermis layer of the skin to enhance the look of facial volume i.e. plump up the skin!

Lotus Extract - known for its moisturising, nourishing function also improve skin elasticity.

Panthenol - Enhance skin barrier.


Now, let's go to the packaging!





The product came within a box and with other sides having Korean product description, one of the side has English product information including the ingredients list. 




The product came in that glass bottle with a simple label sticker. I love its simplicity.


 


At the back of the small bottle, there's a double sticker which at the inner sticker, the brand printed a tip and direction on using the serum in English. 





Of course, the popular method to dispense a product chosen by beauty companies these days would be using a pipette. It's easy and much more affordable compared to pump, I'm guessing.


APPLICATION


 


The serum is both watery and slightly runny. It's also have a slightly milkish colour to it but once applied; evened out, it'll go nice and transparent with a little sheen to it.




The finish is just nicely moisturised-looking and I don't feel tackiness or anything. I usually don't care much for essence, serum even ampoules finishes as I'm going to apply moisturiser on top anyway so even if it's tacky, it's alright. I normally don't have wait times between application but I've noticed that the finish actually doesn't dries down or anything after several minutes and it does feel slightly heavy on skin so I'd suggest for you to massage a little bit more before moving onto your next step for your skincare routine.

Hyaluronic Acid can be combined its usage with vitamin products especially Vitamin C-based product to enhance the result; hydrated, moisturised skin with brighter complexion. I haven't got any Vitamin C yet as I've just got brightening serum for that but I'll be sure to update you guys once I did. 




Overall, I do like this serum. After using it almost everyday for the past few weeks, I can totally see how it helps with my dehydrated facial area which is U-Zone i.e cheeks to jawline and I'm going to continue on using the product to really see how it works after I actually finished a single bottle and boy, I think I'd be looking forward to purchase another bottle for this as it's fun to mix this serum product around with brightening skincare products that tend to dry out my skin after using them for years or maybe it's just a sign that I need to incorporate more heavier, thicker, moisturising, nourishing i.e. anti-aging skincare products in my daily skincare routines. With that said, I seriously need to amp up my day skincare routine as I'm being lazy with just 3 to 5 products every single day for the past year.


I guess that's all from me so do let me know your thoughts on this product and tell me if you have tried a similar product to this by leaving comments down below.

I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~



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TIA'M Hyaluronic Water Plumping Serum | RM78.94 (YesStyle.com)



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TIA'M means "a twinkle in the eye when you meet someone for the first time" in Persian. A Korean skincare brand, TIA'M uses safe and natural ingredients to produce effective and affordable products that improve skin from within. The brand is famous for its Spot Remover Kit, Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub, My Little Pore No Sebum Cream and Aura Milk Face Peeling Cream. All products are manufactured in Korea.


Website | http://www.tiam.co.kr/
Instagram | @tiam_global



Disclaimer: Links provided are non-affiliated. This product was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions here are based on my personal use of the products.



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I think at some point of anyone's K-Beauty journey, we will all encounter at least one or two sleeping masks; a product to be used as the last step of night skincare routine (or the only step after cleansing in my night skincare routine after an extremely long day) that to be applied on top or instead of night moisturiser.

Unlike at least 5 years ago, there are many brands came out with their own concoction of sleeping mask these days and boy, am I glad to get my hands on several to try? Yes! Because the one sleeping mask that everyone seems to rave around the blogosphere for the past years just decided to not work on my skin; at least not anymore and its sister product that I actually love has been discontinued hence the 'hunt' for the next HG sleeping mask begun around early last year and I've tried some sleeping masks from different brands with different set of targeted concerns. Here I thought my search is over after a whole year of trying and testing (and giving away some products that just don't work) until The Butterfly Project; local blogging community's front person; Tammy @hellotammylim sent me this sleeping mask from the brand ID.AZ; Korean beauty company that promise to slim, tighten and smooth the facial V-line overnight.

Before I go further into the product, let's go to basic details of this product first.




ID.AZ Face Fit CU-V Tensioning Sleep Mask

Product Description:

ID.AZ Face Fit skincare line:
  • Functional cosmetics product line that aids in finding your beauty contours.
  • With propriety ingredients and patented formulations, FACE FIT helps in slimming, giving volume and lifting through its product line up.
CU-V Tensioning Sleep Mask:
  • Lifting - Promotes slimming with firming functions. Helps with smoothing of wrinkles by enhancing elastin formation and helps maintain it.
  • SDC (Sodium Deoxycholate) - Helps with smoothing and tightening the facial area and breaking the fat in skin.


How to Use: Use a dime-sized amount of sleeping pack after your usual serums, essences, and ampoules. Can be used over moisturizer or can replace your usual moisturizer. To apply, warm between the fingertips and apply in painterly motions from chin to cheek to aid in the lifting effect, then pat all over the face until absorbed.



Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Alcohol Denat., Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly (C6-14 Olefin), Chondrus Crispus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Niacinamide, PEG-40 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Extract, Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Root Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Prunella Vulgaris Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tagetes Erecta (Marigold Flower) Flower Extract, Dioscorea Japonica (Yam) Root Extract, Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Synthetic Beeswax, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate Polyacrylate-13 Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sodium Deoxycholate, Myristic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Lauric Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Laurate, Oleic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acetyl Dipeptide-1, Cetyl Ester Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

Ingredient highlight: Squalane.
Squalane is derived from hydrogenation of squalene; used to be sourced from shark liver oil but in recent years squalene is being sourced from olive although it can be quite costly but we don't want to continue on endangering sharks, right?

Now, let's talk about the packaging!




I know, I'm sorry that I couldn't retake the photos of the box primarily because I've unintentionally discarded it during my New Year Cleaning Event that took place in my room last weekend which I've only realised after noticing the photos that supposedly synced to Google Photos account were gone. I thought deleting them from my phone memory won't affect those already synced into albums on Google Photos but nope! Transitioning to my new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn't as smooth as it seems. So, I only had the actual product on its own and a single photo from the previous product photo shoot session that I sent to Tammy prior this review to verify some stuffs. 


 


The product came in that cube-like tub with English product name printed on the front and Korean product name with simple description at the back. Honestly, I'm way over this kind of fancy packaging; bulky and even with that minimal-looking outlook, I'm gonna pass i.e. will transfer into much smaller travel container. I know my mum and aunties love this kind of packaging though.





There's English product description printed on a white label sticker with everything else is in Korean but I think all the information on the sticker should be sufficient enough plus they even include the whole ingredients list.

The product expiry date is printed at the bottom of the tub and on the label sticker at the bottom part with the format being YYYYMMDD. However, if you can see in the above photo you'd notice that the dates printed are different. I thought there's going to be at least 12 months to this product after opening but I guess not. I'm still waiting for their representative to provide more information on this so I'll update you guys on that later.




The product actually came with an inner lid to prevent the product being spilled accidentally or just for hygiene purposes. As I've already figured that I won't be traveling with the product, I've got rid of it and stationed this product on my shelf rather permanently.


APPLICATION


 


I usually scoop that much of the sleeping mask for every application on my U-zone (cheeks and jawline) and with some excess, I'd be massaging my neck area until all the product absorbed into my skin which take around 5 minutes. I've tried using the sleeping mask on its own (cleanse, tone and use the product), with hydrating serum (use the sleeping mask as sealant) and on top of moisturiser like emulsion and night cream (cleanse, tone, emulsion or cream then sleeping mask) but after trying several times; can't help being sneaky trying to cut down number of products for my night routine lately, I think it's best to use this product instead of night moisturiser like 2 times a week. Using it together is definitely too much for my normal to oily skin but if you're on drier side, it's better to amp up the usage rather than layering too much of heavy products as I definitely had breakouts after doing just that.

I does feel heavy upon application but as I massage my skin along for several minutes while singing to Ariana Grande's Thank You, Next, the finishes dries down a little bit to just well-moisturised skin; no stickiness whatsoever and I wake up to plumped, hydrated skin with less pores appearances the next morning.

I haven't been noticing my skin become brighter or anything and the same goes to whether this actually helps with my double-chin situation as I've only been using it over a week so I'll update you guys on that later.


This product is currently available to purchase via Watsons; linked down below and I guess that's all for now and do let me know your thoughts on this sleeping mask by leaving comments down below. I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~



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ID.AZ Face Fit CU-V Tensioning Sleep Mask RM199.00 RM169.15 (15% off!)



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‘id Healthcare Group’ is a business that researches facial contours.

We met people who came for surgery and dermatology consultations, but turned their backs because of psychological burden. Seeing them, we started to research about helping them without undergoing a surgery. That was the start of ‘id Pla Cosmetics’.

Based on clinical experience over the 18 years and 60,000 clinical cases, we are proud to extend our expertise to ‘Pla Cosmetics’.

id aims for a cosmetics brand that cares of sensitive skin as well as facial contour. Beyond derma cosmetics - Pla cosmetics ! This is id’s philosophy.


Website | http://www.en.id-az.co.kr/
Instagram | @idplacosmetics_my



Disclaimer: Links provided are non-affiliated. This product was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions here are based on my personal use of the products.
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When it comes to body fragrance, I have many types of perfumes; from the lightest body mists to the thickest perfume oils and most of my fragrances are vanilla-scented if not floral except Jasmine which I cannot tolerate no matter what form the flower comes in; teas, scented candles even air-freshener therefore when Althea announced their first product for their body care line; Stay Fresh would be a body mist made off mixed scents of fruit and floral, I'm all in! Introducing the new Althea Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist, a delightful concoction of floral and fruity notes indeed but first, let's go to basic details of this perfume.



Althea Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist

Product Description:
  • Althea x Titi Kamal collaboration fragrance
  • A lightweight feminine scented body mist
  • Has fruity and floral notes featuring orange, peach and rose

Ingredients highlight:

  • Damask Rose water - keeps the skin hydrated
  • Orange Flower Extract - Refreshes the senses
  • Elder flower extract - Cools and soothes the skin while giving out feminine scent.


How to Use:
Spritz all over the body in a light layer before you head out the door. Take with you in your handbag or purse and use as fits your lifestyle.


Ingredients:
Alcohol, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Magnolia Liliflora Flower Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin


Now, let's talk about the packaging!




This perfume didn't come in a box and was wrapped with plastic instead. The bottle is like a regular plastic bottle with that cheap-looking pump but to me, it's fine as long as it's working. With rose being the base note for this body mist hence the brand went with roses being illustrated on the bottle itself. The pink hues are indeed cute and looks so pretty next to the serum facial cleanser that Althea sent me.


 


There's no English product description printed on the product itself as everything is in Korean but rest assured as you can find all the information you need on Althea website which I've linked below.

The product expiry date is printed at the bottom of the bottle and as you can see in the above photo and the format is YYYYMMDD.



APPLICATION




I'm pretty sure you guys know how to use a body mist but if you don't, no worries! I used to complain to my mum to get me at least Eau de Toilette body perfumes as body mists last like 2 seconds with me until I learned that we're supposed to spray directly on our body instead of clothes. Boy, I was so wrong! Although, I have to point out that body mists mostly contain lots of alcohol so if your skin is sensitive to it or you just prefer no-fragrance fragrance then it's better to opt for water-based perfumes or Eau Fraiche; fresh water. 

The scent is fruity for the first few minutes then the rose scent just filled me subtly, not overpowering at all unlike most affordable body mists in the market that just turn me off with overly strong scent either too fruity or too floral to my liking. I usually apply the body mist first thing after going out of shower and then put on my clothes before spraying few times all over me while twirling and dancing around to make sure the mist goes on well.... just kidding! Not the dancing part though. hahaha





I know the bottle is actually pretty lightweight and easy to carry around but the 100ml sized bottle is still pretty big to me so I'm going to find a small bottle to transfer some of the product into or maybe I should just transfer the facial mist instead. I'll update you guys on my Instagram Stories for that.

Overall, it's a nicely-scented body mist; the fact that my body reacts negatively with fruity body products kind of worries me initially but I'm glad the bursts of fruity scents balanced well with the rosy scent so all is good! To be honest, when I first saw the word "Sparkling" on the name of the product, I was worried if there's going to be glitters or shimmers in the body mist therefore thank God, no.


This product is currently available to purchase on Althea; linked down below and if you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!



I guess that's all for now and do let me know your favourite body mist and thoughts on this body product from Althea by leaving comments down below. I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~



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Althea Stay Fresh Sparkling Body Mist RM35.00 (Malaysia only)




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Website | http://my.althea.kr/
Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/altheamalaysia
Instagram | http://www.instagram.com/altheakorea



Disclaimer: Links provided are non-affiliated. This product was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions here are based on my personal use of the products.

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Here we are, after tracking i.e updating my inventory  for my extensive skincare products that I have, we have arrived at the final post of 2018; Empties Post for the last quarter of this year so let's get started!




As per usual, let's start with skincare and for this category I've finished my first bottle of that Natural Pacific (currently known as Nacific) Deep Cleansing Oil. One of the best makeup remover I've tried  as it literally removes all kinds of makeup I have so I already am on my second bottle. As for the pump, I'm reusing it for another product that deserve at least a good pump.

As for that full-sized I Am Sorry Just Cleansing: Cleansing Water which I'm only half-way through the 500ml bottle, I don't know why but it suddenly turned into that milky-coloured water. As I've already finished the travel-sized bottle, I stopped using the big bottle one on my face and use it to clean my makeup cases or bottles instead. Won't be repurchasing anytime soon. 


That Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Foam is a nice deep cleanser however I've noticed that this dries out my skin so much afterwards I had to spray on facial mist literally 3 seconds after stepping out of shower or maybe it's just my skin that's going crazy right now so I guess I won't be repurchasing this anytime soon.




This time around, I've finished using that Innisfree Moisture Lip Scrub and its Treatment sister. I've got to say that I finally found products from the brand that I don't appreciate at all. Even after using these two together religiously, I still feel my lips aren't improving in moisture department. Won't be repurchasing.

As for that Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica Ampoule 100, I'm so thankful to Wako Beauty for sending this product as it's truly a saviour while I was recovering from episodes of allergic  reactions which resulted my skin being overly sensitive for about 6 months. I finished my first bottle and received another from fellow micro-blogger and I'm already halfway through it. Definitely will purchase a third bottle soon.

I've finished that Koelf Bulgarian Rose Hydro Gel Eye Patches little after 2 months as my under-eye area had patches all  over which is driving me nuts sometimes so it seems that it's time to enforce the habit of using eye cream in my routine. I'm not repurchasing this as I've already bought its sister product.

That Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Mask is kind of nice as it does moisturise well and I don't mind the scent at all but as I've already tried its upgraded version, I'm going to get the new one instead.




I actually felt sad when I pumped out the last portion of this Brightening Up Sun from Dr. G. From the overall finishing to texture and colour, I love every but if this sunscreen. It works well with my skin and as I was so curious to try its sister products, I bought a trial kit that include the mini-sized upgrade version of the above sunscreen (SPF50+) along with the mild and moisturizing sisters with PA++++ from Sasa.




Now onto makeup empties! I've finished the LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50+ in No. 33 Cinnamon and I'm currently using its refill. You guys know I'm all over cushion foundations from LANEIGE and but I do think with the release of 2 other cushions; Powder Fit and Layering Cover Cushion this year, the brand will likely release the fourth upgraded version of their permanent line of cushion foundations next year.

For primer, I've finished the first full-sized version of that Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer and as I haven't found anything similar to it in terms of performances, I decided to just get another tube of it around April. As I use this primer solely under foundations, I always use that LANEIGE Lumi Block Primer prior my cushion foundations application as the consistency is thinner and suits the cushion foundation finishing; nice and natural even with powder on top.




Speaking of powder, I've finished another tub of my all time favourite translucent powder, Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder and its Blur sister. You guys probably can tell that I still have backups for both of these. Same goes to my newfound love in powder department, Althea Petal Velvet Powder in Translucent. I've finished my first tub and I already have 3 tubs as backups. Yes, I'm totally obsessed with this affordable makeup from Althea.




While I was taking care of my hospitalised nephew throughout October till early November, I've finished at least 3 bars of homemade soap that I bought from Gaya Sunday Market and that travel-sized Green Tea Fiji Body Wash and Body Butter. As I don't like any of it, I don't think I'd be repurchasing them.




Last but not least, Soul Secret Blossom Perfume from THE FACE SHOP in that 2017 holiday packaging. I do love the scent but I'm going back to my old favourite body mists from THE BODY SHOP for now and will not be repurchasing this anytime soon.


So that's all of it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and do let me know your thoughts on these emptied products by leaving comments down below. I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~



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Here are the products I've emptied throughout the past 3 months! Woohoo! You guys know what this mean, right? More room for new products but starting this month, I'm actually on low-buy probably until November because I do want to see what's in-store for the upcoming Year-End Sale. For now, let's go over these products that I've finished and I'll let you know whether I'd be repurchasing them (which means love 'em, need 'em) or tossing them out into the real bin. Let's get into it!



For cleansers, I am done with the Aritaum Apricot Seed Deep Cleansing Oil that I've got last year from Hermo. As much as I like its scent, I used this a lot to clean my air puffs instead of using it as first cleanser. This is a limited edition product and this brand is longer carried by the store. 

As for the two COSRX cleansers; Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser is a great second cleanser for my evening routine as it deeply cleansed my skin and I don't see excess dirt on my cotton pads whenever I'm using this particularly on days I'm wearing cushion foundation. Yes, will repurchase although not anytime soon as I still have other deep cleansing foams in my stash. I've been loving the Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser so much; I've finished this second tube and already bought my backup for it. It's gentle and doesn't dry out hence a perfect morning cleanser.



I've finished another bottle of that THE FACE SHOP The Therapy First Serum; technically half of it as I gave this half of it (100ml) to my mum (yes, we both are currently using The Therapy skincare line) as we both are really enjoying the product. It deeply hydrates the skin and making it soft and supple to touch. Already bought my backup for it.

Next product would be the 3 Seconds Starter Vita Complex from Holika Holika that I've gotten from Althea around early last year. I've got to admit that this product was among few that I've managed to finish the fastest and that would be less than 3 months as I've started using it back in July (although I actually opened it in May) to accompany my sheet masking session. It doesn't really help with brightening but I just feel my skin is soft and plump as I alternate this skincare booster with the first treatment serum I've mentioned above. I still have other products to try so I won't be repurchasing this.

Finished the Camu Camu Moisture Cream from Brillar I think around August and I was actually quite surprised finding myself loving a moisture cream; thinking it'll be thick and sticky but I was wrong. It feels nice on the skin and absorbed quite well. Still, seeing this product is no longer available on Althea, I won't be repurchasing this product.

Done with the first tub of LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask! I love it as it does what it claims, my lips feeling soft and supply the next morning and I surely regret the night I didn't apply before going to sleep. Already purchased my backup in Vanilla!

I'm sure that tub of COSRX One-Step Original Clear Pads will be the first of many repurchase in the future. Well, I already bought one together with its One-Step Moisture Up Pads sister. It works nicely as exfoliating toner and I've been using it a lot for midday routine where I remove my makeup, cleanse and use it as toner before doing my sheet mask. Love it!



Finally done with that Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em body scrub from Soap & Glory together with its travel-sized version. I do like them especially for its scent and it does make my body feels smoother after using but I'm now off to try other products so not going to repurchase at least for now.

That cute Cotton Flower Bubble bath and Shower Gel from Sephora Collection is totally nice but they no longer carry this and revamped their whole Sephora Collection already so I guess I'll be getting the new ones to try.



Last but not least, I've finished another bottle of this Vanilla Eau de Toilette from The Body Shop. I actually been using this EDT for years; way before starting this blog actually so I sort of lost track to how many bottles that I've finished. It's lovely, definitely to my liking and yes, I'm sure I'll be repurchasing this.


I guess that's all for now! I sure hope you guys are enjoying posts like this and now, I'm off to throw out these emptied bottles of products so I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~

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I know I just received this product like less than 4 weeks ago but I guess I'm going to break  my rule and do this review today as I'm utterly shook with its capability to remove (for lack of better words) the most-difficult-to-remove makeup item that I have in my stash. Sure, I don't have much point makeup in my collection but girl! It stains so much that only the most expensive cleanser (best of the best oil cleanser I've tried so far!) I have in my skincare stash can fully remove it at one go and this recently launched cleanser from in-house brand of Althea; latest addition to their Althea Pore Essentials line actually beats the aforementioned cleanser  as it removes the stain much quicker but that's not all!

... but first! Let's go to basic details of this cleanser.



Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser

Product Description:
  • A purifying cleanser with a serum-like formula
  • Removes makeup, dirt and oil without drying out the skin
  • Balances the pH levels of the skin to ensure it stays healthy

Ingredients highlight:

  • Mint leaf extract - Cools down the skin and soothes irritations
  • Jojoba seed oil - Deeply moisturizes any dryness without feeling heavy
  • Tea tree leaf extract - Has antibacterial properties that purify the skin


How to Use:
Dampen the skin and apply on a small amount. Gently massage onto the skin in circular motions for 5-10 seconds before rinsing off with water.


Ingredients:
Water, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Cyclomethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance


Now, let's talk about the packaging!



This cleanser doesn't come in a box and was wrapped with plastic instead. The bottle is like a regular plastic bottle; kind of thin and squeezable and it's in that pretty turquoise colour that you guys know I am a fan of; a code colour that I believe is associated to lots of pore-focusing skincare products. Don't believe me? I've used bunch of sheet masks packed in turquoise-coloured sachets. Check them out to see what are their targeted concerns!


 

There's no English product description printed on the product itself as everything is in Korean but rest assured as you can find all the information you need on Althea website which I've linked below.

The product expiry date is printed at the bottom of the bottle and as you can see in the above photo and the format is YYYYMMDD. This cleanser came with such basic cap for product dispensing which is fine but I've got a better option I can go for.


 

You guys remembered that cleansing oil I've got early last year? I've finished it I think around November but I was still hoarding my 6-month empties up until recently so I'm glad I can somehow reuse part of the packaging so look at how snuggly the pump fits that Althea facial cleanser? Works pretty much the same!


APPLICATION



I have to admit that at this point of time, I actually tried removing those 4 makeup items by using 4 different first cleansers and makeup removers as they're the toughest products to remove that I currently have in my makeup stash (except cushion foundation); (on hand) mascara, matte liquid lipstick, eye tint (you guys know when product's named 'tint', it's gonna last for a while) and one of few matte cushion foundations that I'm rotating these days. Only 2 out 4 cleansers that actually capable of removing that eye tint, you guys!


 

After using the cleanser several times, how I'd prefer using it would be like a cleansing oil where I dispense like 4 pumps on to my palm and then massage it all over my facial area; first the cheeks, then the nose, up to forehead, down to lower cheeks area to my neck then up again to my eyes. I usually take one pump just for my lip area to melt down the liquid lipstick and possibly  dead skin cells. This step usually took me about 2 minutes.



When everything's melted off, I'd wipe all of it with facial tissue or just thin air-laid cotton pads; whichever close to me. As you can see, none of the product left on skin!


 

I think this cleanser also can be used as second cleanser although there's some sort of film that I feel after rinsing it off. When mixed with water, it doesn't emulsify or anything; just thicker in consistency but I gotta say I'm loving the minty cooling effect it gives while I'm washing my face with it.



Tapping off all the excess water with clean towel or just pat all the water into my skin; depends how in the rush I am at that skincare routine then proceed with my exfoliating toner or first treatment essence or serum of the day. Even prior toning step, I don't feel my skin feeling dry, taut or anything; thanks to Jojoba oil and glycerin I'm guessing. Just fresh and ready for the next step!


I think everyone can enjoy this simple yet powerful first cleanser unless you can't tolerate minty sensation because I know some sensitive skin people avoid this but there's also the tea tree extracts to calm the skin in it unless you can't have tea tree (bija-preferring people) in your skincare products. Either way, do patch test to see how your skin react to any product and proceed with caution.


Overall, I do like this cleanser and already ordered my third bottle for it - Althea is giving away cute stickers with every Althea Exclusive purchase! Go check it out!




This product is currently available to purchase on Althea; linked down below and if you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!



I guess that's all for now and do let me know your thoughts on this serum cleanser by leaving comments down below. I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~



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Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser RM33.00 (Malaysia only)




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Website | http://my.althea.kr/
Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/altheamalaysia
Instagram | http://www.instagram.com/altheakorea



Disclaimer: Links provided are non-affiliated. This product was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions here are based on my personal use of the products.
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I guess receiving another lovely blogger mail from Althea is one of the ways to end 2018 with a bang! There are two products included in the blogger mail; a facial cleanser and a body fragrance that the brand created through a collaboration with famous Indonesian actress, singer, Titi Kamal! I know her from my favourite Indonesian movie; Ada Apa Dengan Cinta and of course, its sequel! Obviously, Titi is much more beautiful than over 15 years ago since the first movie so it's such a lovely collaboration I'd say!

As for the facial cleanser, it has serum-like consistency, I guess? It's indeed the first time I've encountered such product so I'm actually excited to see its capabilities in removing makeup or as morning cleanser, maybe? By the way, don't you think that these two products look great side by side? I think the colours complement each other  so well!

Both products are already available to purchase on Althea; links are down below and if you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!



I guess that's all for now and I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~



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Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser RM33.00 (Malaysia only)







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Website | http://my.althea.kr/
Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/altheamalaysia
Instagram | http://www.instagram.com/altheakorea


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As you can see in my skincare routines, I've been using several products from The Therapy; an anti-aging skincare line by THE FACE SHOP for the past year which had lead me to getting more sister products from the same line early this month at their Buy 2 Free 1 sale! Usually before deciding on buying anything from this brand, I'd be trying a sample or two so after trying a deluxe sample that was given to me as GWP recently, I bought the full-sized Essential Formula Foaming Cleanser sister.


Before jumping into the review, I'll have you guys know that the reason to get this cleanser is mostly because I'm enjoying more hydrating, moisturising, even nourishing skincare products as my normal to oily skin is leaning towards drier side these days so when it comes to cleansing products, I'd prefer cleansing balms and oils rather than micellar waters as first cleansers and as for second cleansers, I'd choose cleansing foams that don't bubble up so much as those tend to give me dry, taut skin afterwards.


Now let's get into it, shall we?




I've noticed that this cleanser is from the brand's The Therapy Essential Formula hence I'm expecting for it to be a moisturising product targeting those with normal to dry skin. I'd say that The Therapy skincare line itself is aiming those aged 30 and above like myself but if you are with similar skin type then why not give yourself a chance to try the whole line?


Product Description:

Formulated with ultra nourishing Oat Seed, Marigold Flower, Bay Leaf, and Olive, blended carefully by hand over a period of 6 weeks, this foaming cleanser creates rich, dense foam that gently removes surface impurities while leaving skin feeling moisturized and comfortable.


Capacity: 150ml

Packaging:




Like the rest of the The Therapy skincare products, this cleanser came in that beige box with vintage vibe especially due to the fonts and logo design. Such lovely vintage French style I'd say.


 


At the side box, there's the origin story of the The Therapy natural blending method with English and French product description on the other side of the box. It's important to note that this product is formulated without 7 additives; parabens, tar colorant, animal-derived ingredients, mineral oil, talc, paraffin, polyacrylamide.

Also, the cleanser does contains Alcohol Denat which can be irritating to sensitive skin but looking at its position not in top 5 of the ingredient list, I was assured by that and don't find this irritating my sensitive facial area which is my U-zone; lower cheeks and jawline at all. Still, if you could find some time and get yourself a sample to try then please do so.




At the bottom of the box, there's indication that the product is to be used within 12 months after opened. Note the distributor sticker; LG Household & Health Care which is the licensed distributor here in Malaysia so no worries! It's definitely authentic product from South Korea!




The product came in a tube packaging with similar design to the box and has the same product description on it. I'm loving the look and feel of the tube for sure.

 


There's simple product name at the back of the tube and the expiry date is embossed at the top of the tube for easy reference. The format is YYYYMMDD.



The cleanser came with a nice cap for easy product dispense and the proper amount of cleanser you should be using for the whole facial area should be in the size of  Malaysian 20 cent coin or ~20mm.


Application:


 


I always dispense like a pea-sized of the cleanser which as you can see when it's flattened out above, it's roughly in the size of 20 cent coin. I've been using this cleanser a lot in my night skincare routine as a second cleanser so after mixing with some lukewarm water, I'd be lathering it up and thoroughly massage it all over my facial area. This doesn't bubble up so much as it feels rich, smooth and creamy foam along the cleansing routine. This cleanser has the same scent as its other sister product which is nice and not overpowering at all.




After rinsing it off, I usually let my face to air-dry after tapping the excess water for a minute; to absorb as much moisture as I can then followed up with the first treatment product for the day.


Final verdict:

Overall, I'd give this product 4.5/5. I really do like it as it does what it claims; rich foam that gives luxurious feeling but seems to work rather gently on my skin without leaving it feeling dry, taut as my skin is indeed feeling moisturised, nice and smooth. 




After double cleansing steps, I'd definitely recommend for you guys to add another step before toner and that would be a first treatment product and as shown in the above photo, my choice here would be the cleanser sister product; I'd say it's the star of The Therapy skincare line, First Serum. This is simply to be used with cotton pads and not only removes any excess from the cleansing step, it moisturises, making my skin feeling smooth and plump. 


I guess that's all from me. Let me know your thoughts on this product by leaving comments down below. I'll see you guys on my next post. Annyeong~ 



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THE FACE SHOP The Therapy Essential Formula Foaming Cleanser
RM59.90 (Inc. 0% GST)


||| Official links |||


Website | http://thefaceshop.net.my
E-store | https://www.thefaceshop.com.my/
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/thefaceshopmalaysia
Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/thefaceshopmalaysia/


Disclaimer: Links provided are non-affiliated and merely for your sole convenience. The product was bought with my own money and all my opinions stated here are my own based on my personal experience using the above product.



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Yesterday, I've received another blogger mail as I'm part of Althea's Beauty Ambassador Community; Althea Angels and this time it's about a product that I have never encountered a similar product to it; clay mask that turns into bubble mask! In my 5 years K-Beauty journey, I've tried sheet mask that bubbles up, bubble facial cleansers and I think the most similar to this product is a peeling gel that bubbles up but the result was slightly above average when it comes to smoothing out my skin so I didn't repurchased it or similar product as I'm not that impressed. 


As my U-zone area is still sensitive due to the whole allergic reactions I had few months ago, I'll be testing this product on my cheek towards my T-zone area to see how this work on my Instagram Stories later so do stay tuned for that.


This product is already available to purchase on Althea; link is down below and if you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!



I guess that's all for now and I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~



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Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask RM36.00 (Malaysia only) 



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Website | http://my.althea.kr/
Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/altheamalaysia
Instagram | http://www.instagram.com/altheakorea
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