Althea Bare Essentials

Regular shoppers have their haunts, and I have Althea Korea for my (authentic!) Kbeauty fix. True Story: I was in Korea late last year and got to shop around Myeong-dong, and I was surprised to find that some of the products on my to-buy list were actually cheaper in Althea than in-store. Lesson learned? Don’t forget to canvas! So, yeah, the site is still a go-to for great deals and brands that aren’t locally available.

But it doesn’t stop there. After the successful launch of their first in-house product, the Petal Velvet Powder, and a major site revamp, the big news on the block is the release of Althea Bare Essentials, the brand’s dermatologist-tested 3-step skincare line. Seemingly going against the grain, the Althea skincare range is about minimalism, coming up with products that “give the benefits of the infamous 10-step Korean skincare routine, rolled into 3 quick and easy steps”. Additional steps = Bonus/Optional.

Althea Korea Bare Essentials

Quick Specs: made in Korea

Althea Bare Essentials Contour Cleanser Ingredients: Glycerin,Water,Myristic Acid,Stearic Acid,Potassium Hydroxide,Palmitic Acid,Lauric Acid,PEG-32,Glyceryl Stearate,PEG-100 Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine,Glyceryl Stearate SE,Microcrystalline Cellulose,Zea Mays (Corn) Starch,Lactose,Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Polyquaternium-67,Sodium Chloride,Disodium EDTA,Menthol,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-7,Fructooligosaccharides,Saccharide Hydrolysate,Pullulan,1,2-Hexanediol,Tocopheryl Acetate, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract,Sodium Benzoate,Sodium Acetate,Butylene Glycol, Lippia Citriodora Leaf Extract,Ethylhexylglycerin,Fragrance

Althea Bare Essentials Primer Water Ingredients: Water,Propanediol,Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone,Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Tromethamine,Betaine,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Xanthan Gum,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Butylene Glycol,Dipropylene Glycol,Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Saussurea Involucrata Extract,Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Extract,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract,Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sclerotium Gum,Agar,Polysorbate 20,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,Fragrance

Althea Bare Essentials Fixer Cream Ingredients: Water,Glycerin,Methylpropanediol,Dimethicone,Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin),Cyclopentasiloxane,Glyceryl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol,Cetearyl Alcohol,Polysorbate 60,PEG-100 Stearate,Cyclohexasiloxane,Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract,Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract,Carbomer,Tromethamine,Polyacrylate-13,Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate,Polyisobutene,Propanediol,Ethylhexylglycerin,Pullulan,Disodium EDTA,Polysorbate 20,Butylene Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate,Trehalose,Sodium Hyaluronate,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract,Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract,Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract,Fragrance

Continue reading

Advertisements

Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel

I suppose in the past year my beauty preferences have graduated into the “distinct product” category. I’m trying to avoid hoarding, but I still want to try new things. Perhaps it’s a passable compromise that I only purchase beauty products that truly excite me. Once I saw Instagram photos of the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel (P1,400), it was hard to look away from the unique texture.

Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel

Quick Specs: 100 ml / 3.3 fl oz ; made in Korea

Ingredients

Continue reading

In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer

I was re-organizing my beauty storage space (a.k.a. plastic drawers in a corner of my room) when I started to take stock of the skincare products I have in my stash. It is an assortment of products from Korea, the USA, and Japan. Notably almost-absent in my collection are Philippine-made products.

Why is that? I guess it’s because I see these imported products that are either attractively presented or aggressively marketed that it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of wanting to purchase those ASAP. But luckily, there are local brands that get with the millennial program by presenting stylishly marketed skincare with impressive formulations. (After fiddling with the testers, you’ll sit up and take notice!) One such product is the In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer (PHP 895).

In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer

Quick Specs: 30 g ; made in the Philippines

Ingredients

Continue reading

October 2017 Empties

Is it me, or is the holiday season slow approaching? I’m surprised that I’m not seeing more festive mall decor, especially in the Philippines where the Christmas enthusiasm is on another level. Then again, there is no shortage of Christmas songs in circulation. I’m only glad that I have yet to hear the medleys.

Anyway, all this talk of yuletide cheer makes me think of, you guessed it, holiday sets! And because I want to make room in my hoarder’s pile closet for new stuff, I set my mind to proactively finishing up the older items in my stash. These are my current empties:

Clockwise From Top: Nars Deep Throat Blush, L’Occitane Cerisier Princesse Hand Cream, and The Body Shop Olive Body Butter

Continue reading

In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil

Is there such a thing as a “hot spot” in someone’s home? I didn’t used to believe it, but the last three summers have forced me to reconsider. I swear, there’s this corner in the room where I usually do my writing that also happens to have this insanely humid air. Even if I have a fan aimed directly at me, it feels like steam is coming off that area. And there are no other rooms like it! Sadly, staying in that place for a prolonged period of time is causing heat rashes, so I’ve had to treat the area with a little help from a tin of medicated talcum powder and a bottle of In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil (PHP 475).

In Her Element Spot Control Facial Oil

 

Quick Specs: 15 ml ; made in the Philippines

Ingredients

Continue reading