Off the top of my head, there are two ways to make an FOTD more distinct: Color and shimmer/sparkle/glitter. The former is something that I’ve only just started to tap into this year, while the latter has been a longtime go-to that started way back when I was a teenager.
From experience, I can safely say that shimmer, sparkle, and glitter can be as subtle or as bold as you want it to be, depending on where they are positioned and how they are diffused. So you can imagine the fun I had when Althea Korea gave me the chance to experience glitter galore with their limited edition Glitter Box (PHP 1,370).
Althea Glitter Box
Discover the contents with me!
Here’s the deal: I treat makeup and skincare shopping as seriously as I do gadget-shopping. As in, I make these wishlists and canvas prices carefully before making purchases. Most of the time, I am even patient enough to wait for a sale before “pouncing”. So the development of an app that can help me find my next great Kbeauty buy naturally sounds like an excellent idea. And the Althea Korea App, available on both iOS and Android, makes that next shopping session so much easier.
Kbeauty Made Easy: The Althea App
Read more to explore the app and to take a peek at my haul!
Confession: I am the girl who over-packs no matter what. When I travel with family, it is to the dismay of my mother to see just how many bath and beauty products I force into a small case. I set a rule for myself that everything has to fit into a pouch or case, but I’m always cramming things in to the point of case deformity. And even in my purse, friends often chuckle over why I insist on bringing enough makeup to do a full face from start to finish. Needless to say, the first thing that usually breaks from may vanity kit is the zipper. lol
When the Project Vanity kits came out, I was thrilled and thought the concept was genius. It’s made for hoarders like me who have a difficult time curating their kikay kit. These themed pouches (and one bag) do the thinking for you. It’s kind of like a subscription box, but with a receptacle you can tote around daily. Here’s what I brought to my vacation that significantly lessened my luggage weight:
The Project Vanity Crossbody Bag
Read on to see what’s inside the bag…
First of all, Happy Birthday, Althea Korea!
I am so thrilled to celebrate with this beauty destination. ❤ I have to say that Althea has a major part in my rediscovery of Kbeauty, because I gained access to so many different Korean brands that aren't even locally available. (See my very first haul HERE!) It also doesn’t hurt that they offer products at such competitive prices. Believe me, I do a thorough canvassing of prices before making any purchase. And there’s even more reason to celebrate as their 1st birthday brings great deals along with it!
Read more to see what great deals are on AND I’m sharing my haul!
Aside from trusty Amazon, I have only ever tried online shopping from the US once before. It was a godawful event that was enough to put me off ordering from the US for a looong time. Even ordering goods through Sephora is tricky as the stores have cracked down on shipping to freight forwarders. When a brand I’ve always wanted to try, Tarte, announced on their website that they would finally start shipping internationally, I couldn’t wait to start hauling. And then I saw the magic massage:
YAAAAAAS! The thing is, I’ve wanted to get Tarte for two years already, so I’ve been doing my research. The closest country to the Philippines that sells Tarte legally is Sephora Singapore. It’s been a huge bummer that Luxola didn’t carry Tarte, and now Sephora Philippines still doesn’t carry the brand (yet). Unless I ask Singapore vacationing friends to do me a solid, the easiest way to get my hands on Tarte products is by purchasing them myself from the site. So I contacted a couple of friends who also wanted to try the brand, and we pooled our orders together.
Here’s what you should know: