With new releases from their own brand left and right, Althea Korea is well on its way to carving out a permanent place in the international Kbeauty scene. But what totally surprised me—in an exciting way, of course—was when one of their most recent launches ventured into the fragrance category before they moved onto makeup. From a collaboration with prominent Indonesian actress and singer, Titi Kamal, comes Titi Kamal X Althea Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist (PHP 450).
Titi Kamal X Althea Korea
Quick Specs: 100 ml / 3.38 fl oz ; made in Korea
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
Celebrity makeup lines… Where do I begin? Long story short, I’m not one to rush to the store (or online) to try a product owned by a celebrity. There was a brief period in time where I was wowed by the Kardashians’ Khroma Beauty palettes. (Remember how that turned out?) But I’ve become more jaded after 6 years and less likely to fall for the hype. Or at least, I hope so.
And since we’re on the subject of dropping truth nuggets, then I will admit that I am not really well-versed in Rihanna either. It’s more of a casual interest in her music. But this isn’t about how much of a fan I am. Nope. This is about the need to have a portable blush stick in my bag, and Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Yacht Lyfe (PHP 1,450 / USD 25) happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Fenty Match Stix in Yacht Lyfe
Quick Specs: 7.1 g / 0.25 oz ; made in USA
What’s in a product name? As we’ve seen in the skincare world, there are practically a million different ways of labeling products in order to create very specific-sounding distinctions. (e.g. first essence, essence, oil-in-essence, etc.) It begs one to ask, “What even is this, and is there any real difference?” Well, there are products out there that certainly deserve the unique labels.
I was initially confused by just what the Althea Korea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser (PHP 430) was until I began using it. Let me enlighten you…
Althea Pore Purifying Cleanser
Quick Specs: 150 ml / 5.07 fl. oz. ; made in Korea ; dermatologist tested
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
Maybe it’s the New Year feels, but I’m motivated to keep my low-buy going into 2019. And it doesn’t hurt that I’m getting some inspiration from Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. I have a long way to go, but this whole concept of keeping things that spark joy is helping bring out my critical side. So instead of more new purchases, I’m likely to be going through the backlog and sharing empties like what I have here:
Watsons Naturals, Good Virtues Co., and Dove
Where do you stand on multitasking beauty products? A lot of the time, they end up being half-baked attempts at combining two perfectly functioning individual products. (2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, anyone?) And then there are miracle workers that boldly walk the tightrope to deliver something extraordinary. I’m talking to you, Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask (PHP 490)!
Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask
Quick Specs: 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz ; made in Korea
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycerin, Disiloxane, Bentonite, Propanediol, Myristic Acid, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Stearicacid, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Potassium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitic Acid , Ethylhexylglycerin, Milk Proteinextract, Disodium Edta, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Gluconolactone, Glycolic Acid, Titaniumdioxide (Ci 77891), Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Citronellol*