I think I’m starting to develop a preference for Kbeauty brand, The Saem. Back in circa 2012, it was my dad who unintentionally introduced me to it during a trip to Korea. Not usually a skincare person, he caught sight of the never-ending lineup of beauty stores and decided he wanted to try some anti-aging stuff. I saw their Gem Miracle line with shimmer pigments and pearly balls suspended in their toner and serum, respectively. This was a relatively new concept (at least, to me) at the time, and it blew my mind. Fast forward to 2016-2017, where the brand still doesn’t have a boutique in the Philippines, but they do have several items for sale in Althea Korea.
Just like that day when I spotted the Gem Miracle line, I found myself amazed at the presentation of the The Saem Iceland skincare line. In fact, it has now become my summer skincare routine.
The Saem Iceland Skincare Collection
Quick Specs: made in Korea
Summertime! Time to bust out the cushion compacts in an attempt to make my makeup last longer. 😀 And because I want to look fresh and bright without going full-on dewy (pass on the greasy look in the middle of summer), a mattifying cushion compact felt like a safe investment to me. Meet The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion in V103 Pure Beige (PHP 1,095).
The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Cushion
Quick Specs: 15 g / 0.52oz ; made in Korea
Welcome to The Diary of a Beauty Hoarder. (loljk… No, really…) I have the Innisfree Kale Anti-Oxidant Lotion (estimated PHP 500) here that came with my very first Althea Korea haul. And while it seems that this particular variant is no longer available on Althea, there are still other variants that can be found there.
Innisfree Kale Lotion
Quick Specs: 130 ml ; made in Korea
Being the nostalgic person that I am, there are moments when I look back on being a high school student and romanticize on not having to do anything but study and hang out with friends. But then I remember how annoying puberty is, and I’m suddenly okay with being an adult again. For one, I get far less pimples! And for those moments where I have to deal, there are solutions like COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (PHP 180 from BeautyMNL).
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Quick Specs: 24 patches (assorted small, medium, and large sizes) ; made in Korea
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!