Spray & De-slick your skin!

Hot, hot, hot! Summertime is here, and while our skin desperately needs the hydration, the idea of being an oil slick by midday in the humidity and heat is enough to break us out in a sweat. While nobody is fond of having excessively greasy skin, trying to mop up oil with and blotting papers can cause dehydration, while applying on layers and layers of powder can lead to cakey, unsightly skin. That’s why we knew we had to try out Torriden’s Banchic Oil Control Powder Mist!


Interview with Die Hard Fan: Sarah Jane

This week's Die Hard Fan is Philippines-born based in the UAE so say hello to Sarah Jane! She is a huge fan of G-Dragon and K-drama who stumbled upon Althea's website one day, and now she has added K-beauty to her list of things she's obsessed with! Read on to find out why Althea has been her first choice for all things K-beauty and to see her go-to K-beauty products.

Althea DIY Miniature Birthday Books

Hey Altheans, we hope you’ve been having a blast and enjoying the festivities with us so far this month, and even took advantages of the promos we’ve been having throughout the weeks! Our birthday month wouldn’t be complete without some limited edition boxes, and this year’s theme is the Birthday Book to symbolize all the good times we’ve had together. We’ve even included miniature collectible Birthday Books in qualifying orders that are perfect for decorations, selfie opportunities and even joining our biggest Fly Me To Korea contest yet!

Beauty Fruit Basket

Fruits are essentially healthy dessert, and are packed with a burst of flavor coupled with nutrients and vitamins to keep your body healthy. They're also fantastic for the skin and make gorgeous gift arrangements that could really be the way to send your love and care to a cherished one. We've come up with a fruit basket featuring some of our favorite fruit-inspired products (think of it as our gift to you) to really elevate your skincare game. Here is the beauty breakdown on some of our yummiest skin treats yet!

Interview with Die Hard Fan: Samantha Chong

Did you think we would stop at one interview? Nah, hun. We are featuring another Die Hard Fan of Althea's and she goes by the name Samantha Chong! This week's Die Hard Fan landed on the world of K-beauty in 2013 and has been happily 'stranded' here with the rest of us K-beauty enthusiasts. Keep reading to find out more about her journey in the K-beauty world.

Oh My Oppa!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know we’ve been celebrating Althea’s 3rd birthday! In our biggest contest yet, we’re giving away a round trip to Korea plus some fun activities for you to do while you’re there. One of our main highlights is a tour with Oh My Oppa, a local touring company that gives you an education, fun tour of some of the highlights in Seoul. But that’s not the best part of it, you’ll be accompanied with a handsome Oppa of your choice!


Interview with Die Hard Fan: Renee Alexis

Our fans are our biggest asset and as a token of appreciation, we are featuring our biggest Die Hard Fans this month to celebrate Althea's 3rd birthday! Starting off with Renee Alexis: she is an avid writer who enjoys books, coffee breaks, travelling, and Korean skincare products! Read on to find out how she became a huge K-beauty lover with Althea since December 2016!

Fly Me To Korea #AltheaTurns3

Thought our birthday last year was extravagant? We’re back with our Fly Me To Korea contest, and this time it’s bigger, better and so much more fun! In collaboration with AirAsia Big, Oh My Oppa, and Starpass, we’re giving you and a friend the opportunity to live the Hallyu experience and discover Korea like a local with brand new eyes, including an Oppa tour, tickets to see The Show and even dine with the Althea Korea team!

Here are the super simple steps to join:
  • Shop - Make a purchase on Althea and be one of our lucky fans who receive the limited edition Birthday Book box + Birthday Book miniatures!
  • Get Crafty- Fix up the miniature boxes according to the instructions.
  • Snap - Take a creative photo featuring your finished Birthday Book miniatures.
  • Submit - Upload it to Instagram and caption it telling us why you’d like us to fly you to Korea! Be sure to use the tags @AltheaKorea #AltheaTurns3 #AltheaKorea to enter.

Super simple right? Just show off your “Birthday Book” creation featuring the miniatures on Instagram from 2nd July until 31st August 2018, 11.59pm MYT to participate!

The best Instagram sharing of the “Birthday Book” with the caption mentioned above and hashtag #AltheaTurns3 will stand a chance to win the following prizes:

Grand Prize: 
AirAsia Round Trip Flight to Korea for Winner + a friend
Oh My Oppa Tour for 2 pax
STARPASS’s The Show x 2 invites
Althea Korean Dinner for 2 pax

2nd Prize:
Samsung S9 x  1 Winner

3rd Prize:
USD300 Althea Shopping Credits x 1 Winner

Consolation Prizes: 
Althea Birthday Gift (worth USD80) x 10 Winners

*Terms and conditions apply.


Althea Turns 3 Birthday Celebration Highlights!

It’s official, it’s been yet another three-riffic year! Althea has hit the big 3 year mark, and how could we have made it without YOU? It’s our favorite time of the year as we not only get to celebrate our birthday but we’ll get to give back to our Altheans too! We’ve got a whole month’s worth of fun activities, goodies and contests set up just for you so you stand a chance to win big! Stay tuned and get ready to jet set with us as we launch into our biggest and best birthday yet!


Lip Plumpers In A Tube??

If you're thinking about going under the needle to get some juicy, plump lips, we might just have the solution for you! We love a gorgeous lipstick or two, and we’ll never say no to a perfectly polished pout. As self-proclaimed lipstick junkies, we knew we just had to try out Nakeup Face’s C-Cup Lip Tox-Tick lipsticks when it landed on the shores of Althealand. These are some lippies that look as good in the tube as they do on your face! Here’s the beauty breakdown on these gorgeous tubes.


Beauty of Joseon Revitalize Sleeping Mask

Did you know that your skin renews itself the most when you’re sleeping? During those hours when you’re catching some Z’s is when the skin is in its most optimal, allowing it to repair and regenerate skin cells. Make the most out of your beauty sleep with a sleeping mask that not only hydrates the skin, but helps nourish it for skin that’s extra smooth and soft in the morning. We’ve recently discovered Beauty of Joseon’s Revitalize Sleeping Mask, and here’s the beauty breakdown on what this pretty pot can do for your skin!

How To Be The Coolest This Summer!

Summer time is the hottest time of the year: hottest parties, hottest outfits, hottest trends, but most of all, the hottest temperature! Sure, it’s all fun in the sun, but don’t forget to take extra care to ensure your skin stays cool this time of the year. Keeping your skin hydrated and lowering its temperature can reduce redness and even out the skin’s tone and texture while speeding up damage repair, giving you a healthy, happy complexion. Here’s some of our favorite picks on how to (literally) be the coolest this summer!

Ingredient Spotlight: Rice + Favorite Picks

It’s true, we’re always on the hunt for the next big beauty trend: intriguing ingredients like horse oil, pig collagen, snail mucin and mushroom extracts have all made headlines, promising us the next miracle drug for flawless complexions. However, today’s featured ingredient goes beyond the modern trendy spotlight. In fact, it takes the traditional route: rice has been used for centuries to care for the skin, giving it a healthy, bright appearance. Whether it’s cleansing, exfoliating, soothing or moisturizing, rice has found its way into an array of different beauty products and is great for incorporating into more than just your favorite meal of the day. Here’s the beauty breakdown on rice, and some of our favorite picks featuring it!

Sleep + Chill - Overnight Treatments

Everyone loves a good, restful sleep. What's better than to wake up refreshed, bright eyed and bushy tailed? Waking up with all that plus amazing skin, of course! Make the most out of your beauty sleep with our beauty secret weapon: overnight treatments that repair, hydrate and plump up the face as you catch your Z's. When you sleep at night and catch your slumber, your skin takes the time to repair damaged cells and renew itself, so giving it a boost with some overnight treatments can really help boost it. Here are a couple of our favorite midnight snacks for the skin and how to use them!

Nacific Brand Focus + Product Highlights

Natural's the game, Nacific's the name! Previously known as Natural Pacific, this brand has had it fair share of hits in the beauty industry, and it's no wonder: their products use natural ingredients to create fantastic products that are both quality and effective. If you've been paying close attention to Althea's site, you'll know we've decided to hone in and focus on this super cool brand, even giving them a feature so you guys can really know what's up with them. Here's the beauty breakdown on Nacific and some of our favorite picks!

Hydration Heroes

The months are starting to warm up, and that means a little more humidity and heat. We've said it before and we'll say it again: hydration is pertinent to flawless skin, so no matter the weather, we'll still be keeping our skin nice and hydrated. The key to enjoying moisture during this time of the year is picking ingredients that don't feel heavy on the skin but still provide it with enough hydration power to keep it looking plump and juicy, plus that added sheen'll glow gorgeously in the sun! Here are a couple of our favorite ingredients to look out for this time of the year, as well as some of our favorite products for you to try out.


Althea Festive Look Contest

Makeup really is magic, isn't it? Whether you're looking for a basic look to enhance your features or you want to look creatively extravagant, makeup is an amazing tool that literally allows you to design what you want to look like. Since so many of you gorgeous Altheans out there are makeup lovers, we thought we'd love to see what you guys come up with and reward you for it this festive season!


Ingredient Spotlight: Oatmeal + Calmia

Oats are best known for being a delicious, healthy breakfast food that kickstarts your day. Usually served with your favorite fruit or topping, oats aren't just great for filling your tummy. For centuries, people have been using oatmeal as part of their beauty regime for its fantastic skin benefits. Here's the beauty breakdown of how your favorite breakfast food is great for your face!

Skincare Bouquet - Mother's Day Picks

Okay, we’ll be the first to admit that we struggle at picking out a gift for Mother’s Day. Afterall, no physical gift could ever be enough to thank the superwoman who raised and loved you. However, we can try, and try we must! Forget the flowers: give your mom the day off and pamper her with the gift of beauty. We’ve picked out a couple of our favorite pink skincare products to put together a skincare bouquet, perfect for your momma!

Vitamin C 101 + Skin & Lab and Vella

When you think of vitamin C, a picture of citrus fruits always comes to mind. That or a drink of effervescent tablets that your mom tells you to gulp down to prevent illnesses. Vitamin C isn’t just fantastic for keeping your body in tip-top shape, it’s also a powerhouse that does wonders for the skin. We’re talking about getting radiant, bright, youthful skin by just incorporating this brilliant nutrient into your beauty routine. Here’s the breakdown on vitamin C for the skin!

Paul Medison's Face Circle

Do you believe in magic? If you didn't before, you might after you hear about one of our latest offerings here on Althealand! What if we told you that you could remove makeup with just water? We've got our hands on the Paul Medison Face Circles that's both easy to use and purse friendly, and best of all, uses nothing but water to ensure your face is clean and fresh. Here's the beauty breakdown on the Face Circles!

It's My Bong Tint

It's true, K-beauty has made the lip tint huge and they've found a way into our purses, our vanities and ultimately our hearts too! Whether you're a fan of the quintessential Korean gradiant lip or you're looking for a long-lasting, bold look, tints come in an array of colours to suit just about any look. Today, we'll bet taking a look at some exciting lip tints from It's My. Here's the beauty breakdown on the Bong Tints!


Althea Instagram BE Event Winners

Annyeong, Altheans!

Thank you for joining our Bare Essentials (BE) Regram Event on @altheakorea Instagram page. We're so happy with the support and love you have shown towards our new skincare range. Bare Essentials is aimed to simplify complicated skincare routine and let you focus back on the basic cleanser-toner-moisturiser steps. We have selected 10 lucky winners at random to win a set of Althea Bare Essential range which includes the Contour Cleanser, the Primer Water and the Fixer Cream along with a limited edition BE hand mirror. Without further ado, congratulations to:

Say Bye-bye to Spots with Onsaemeein!

We love a clean, fresh complexion no matter the time or place. But unfortunately, pesky little spots know how to find their way to our skin, creating lumps, bumps and redness we can all do without. Luckily for us, there are solutions to this problem, and one of them comes in the form of Onsaemeein's Magic Solution Skin Powder. This curious looking product plopped into our laps and claims to zap spots right off our complexions. Here's the beauty breakdown on how it works!

Boom De Ah Dah Everyday Mask

Sheet masking is a definite must have for every skin type, and it's even better when they come in a whole array of versions highlighting the best type for your skin need. Boom De Ah Dah's Everyday Mask Sheets come in 8 different versions to suit just about any complexion type, making them a definite winner in terms of diversity in our books. Here's the beauty breakdown on these fun masks and what they have to offer!


Flower Power With Natural Pacific

The blooming season is here, so what better way to celebrate it than talk about products that actually use flowers to their advantage? Natural Pacific has some of the prettiest toners we've ever seen, and being the beauty junkies that we are, we knew we had to see what these lovely bottles packed. Here's the breakdown on the Real Rose and Calendula Energy Floral Toners!

Althea x Nakeup Face Contest

Hello, Altheans!

Pixie is back to announce the winners of our last contest during the Nakeup Face Makeup Set promotion. Thank you to everyone who left their reviews on our website, we wish we can just pick everyone as a winner! Anyway, without further ado, a big congratulations to:

Chica-Y-Chico Cool Night Peel Off Pack

Warmer days can be pretty detrimental to the complexion. Flushed, irritated skin can be the source of many troubles including itching and breaking out. Aside from hydration, one of the tips that most K-beauty lovers will tell you for clear skin is to keep its temperature low. Chica-Y-Chico has recently added something to help with just that, and today, we'll be trying out one of their latest offerings, the Cool Night Peel Off Pack, and seeing just how well it performs!


Floral Favorites

As we edge our way out of the colder months, it's finally time to take off those heavy coats and embrace the freshness of spring. Colours become more lively as the flowers bloom in the cool wind, giving us a chance to really kick start our beauty routine for the warmer months. Here are some of our favorite floral picks inspired by lovely petals and the joy of springtime!

RiRe All Kill Blackhead Removal Stick

Nope, that's it! We're officially done with blackheads! These unsightly, oxidized pore cloggers have got to go, no questions about it. We've tried our fair share of painful extraction methods, but a lot of them can be too rough and cause skin abrasions that can lead to scarring. RiRe's All Kill Blackhead Removal Stick is definitely a weapon we whip out when we need some assistance in getting rid of them, so here's the beauty breakdown on this product and how it works!

Beauty Pantry

We love food! It's delicious, nourishing, and for centuries, the ingredients from our kitchens have made it into the beauty routines of women (and men!) all over the world. Packed with nourishing properties, these ingredients give the skin vitality and more often than not, treat targetted skin concerns. It was only natural that our products of the modern world have evolved from the traditional recipies of our ancestors, and lucky for us, we've found some favorites that include these ingredients. Here are some of our favourite beauty pantry must-haves!

RiRe Brand Focus + Product Highlights!

If you’ve been around Althea for a while, you’ll know that RiRe has been one of our favorite trendy brands to date. Best known for their invention of the Lip Powder (the real innovative OG) and bestselling Lip Manicures, RiRe proudly shows off their famous, sleek black packaging that houses quality products. From the French word that means ‘to laugh and enjoy’, RiRe works to embody confidence and encourage experimentation while bringing joy when it comes to makeup and beauty.

Interstellar Drama

Whether your head is up in the clouds, or you're grounded here on earth, there's no denying the beauty of the galaxy. Little glimmers in the sky leave many awonder, and for centuries it has inspired artists of all walks of live, including those who create beauty products too! We're definitely intruiged by the miracles and mystics of what the Milky Way has to offer, so here are some of our favorite picks so you can be your own megawatt star, even when the sky is at is darkest.

Onsaemeein Lumiere Gold Daily Cream


Want to live the luxurious life on a budget? We love feeling like royalty now and again, that's why we're all about infusing a little bit of gold into our beauty routine! Onsaemeein's Lumiere Gold Daily Cream is one of those products that feel richer than it looks, and we definitely thought it's such a hidden gem. Here's the beauty breakdown on this golden winner!


Ultraviolet Beauty

The year of 2018 has been casted with harnessing the powers of the mythical, creative and illusive. It's no wonder that the Pantone colour of this year is ultraviolet: a rich purple with sapphire tones that's sure to invoke anyone's passion and artistry. This gorgeous shade has found itself the center of attention in magazines, fashion, and even food! It was only right that we incorporated this decadent hue in our beauty routines too. Here are some of Althea's favorite ultraviolet picks for this year!

Althea Bare Essentials Giveaway Winners

Annyeong, Altheans!

The past few months had been super exciting for us in Althealand as we've been working on finalising the launch of Althea's first skincare range; the Bare Essentials. To be honest, keeping them a secret had been the hardest part for us pixies because we are just so ecstatic over the news! Anyway, we feel really happy and honoured with your responses, compliments and support for our new Bare Essentials range ever since it was revealed in the Bare Essentials Introduction page. As promised, ten lucky winners that signed up with their email have been randomly selected to win a full Althea Bare Essentials set and they are:

XOY Brand Products

We're all about trying out new and innovative products in the K-Beauty line, and it's always a lot of fun when we get to try out a something fresh. XOY is one of our latest and hottest offerings, and we're excited to have them land on Althea shores! Take a ride with us and come discover some of our favorite products from XOY.

Althea Bare Essentials

If you've been keeping up with us, you'll know we've had something HUGE that we've been working on. Thanks to you guys, our first baby, the Petal Velvet Powder was a success! Following that, we wanted to create something that could be the cornerstone of K-Beauty for our fans and customers. With skincare routines becoming more and more complicated, we wanted to strip it all back to the fundamentals, and with that, Althea's Bare Essential range was born!

Althea Lunar New Year 2018 Contest Winners

Annyeong, Altheans!
How was your Lunar New Year celebration this year? We hope you had a pleasant time celebrating with your family and friends. Just like previous years, Pixies in Althea had fun giving out lucky Althea 'angpao' (shopping credits) by hosting another contests-filled week for everyone! Without further ado, here is the list of lucky bunches. Congratulations to:


7 Step Korean Skincare Box

We've given you the steps, now we give you the products! Following the famous Korean skincare routine, Althea has finally curated a 7 Step Korean Skincare Box. Whether you're looking for somewhere to start your regime or looking to try out new products without worrying about matching them, this box is made for everyone to try out the regime for themselves in mind. This special edition of the Althea box comes with 7 full sized products to take you from cleansing all the way to pampering. Are you ready to take on the K-Beauty challenge? Here's the beauty breakdown of Althea's 7 Step Korean Skincare Box!


Althea Valentine's Day Contest Winners

Hello Altheans,

How's the romance been going on this month? 💕We hope you had a wonderful day full of love on that special date. If you're single at the moment, don't be sad because we're always here to be your Valentine, just hit us up! 😘*giggles* In line with the last Valentine Day, we also held a fun contest on Althea's Facebook page called the 'Love Roulette' asking you to choose your favourite makeup look and date course so, without further ado here is the list of the lucky winners that will win RM99/SGD29/PHP999/THB899 shopping credits from us! Congratulations to:

Mission: Pore Care

Alright, ladies and gents, look sharp! We have a situation on our hands: enlarged pores that are clogged with sebum have caused our skin some dismay. But no worries, we've got an operation that'll get those pores feeling clean and looking small for an even complexion. Are you ready to take on the challenge? Here's the beauty breakdown on Mission: Pore Care!

Althea 500K Facebook Contest Winnners

Annyeong, Altheans.
If you haven't heard, we reached our 500k Facebook fans goal not long ago and all of us in the Althealand are super ecstatic about it! 🎉To show our gratitude to all of our supportive Altheans, the Pixies and Mermaid managed to handpick different K-beauty products worth 500,000 Korean won in total to giveaway to some of our lucky fans. We are just so thankful for all the encouragement and compliment you showered us in the Facebook comment section! After going through all the entries, we have finally managed to shortlist the names of the ten winners. They are:

Prosperous Picks

The Lunar New Year is upon us, and this is the time to celebrate health, wealth and family ties in the year of the Dog! The colours of celebration this time of the year are definitely red (symbolizing good fortune and joy) and gold (for completeness and wealth), so it was only natural that we chose some of our favorite prosporous picks to see you through the Lunar New Year! Here are a couple of our red and gold must-haves:

No More Smudgy Lipsticks Ever!

Lipstick stains are a pandemic that affects all of us. Creamy, glossy, matte... Regardless of the finish of our lipsticks, we are all victims to this terrible fate. What if we told you there was a product that could allow you to drink from cups, accidentally wipe your hand across your mouth or kiss the cheeks of little loved ones without worrying about leaving behind crimson hued evidence? It could even save you from the dreaded "butthole lip" (where all the lipstick in the middle part of the lips are gone, leaving a hideous outside rim surrounding bare lips)! Saat Insight has a product that allows you to turn any shade of lipstick into one that stays put throughout the day. Sounds magical, doesn't it? Keep reading to find out more!


Masil Color Treatment Dual Tint

The future of hair colour is here, and man, does it look bright! Always one to innovate, K-beauty has recently brought about their latest craze: coloured hair treatments. Different from the traditional dyes we're used to, these products don't actually penetrate into the hair to dye the cuticles of the hair, but rather envelope them in a temporary tint that not only gives you vibrant hues but are actually good for your locks too. Masil has created the Color Treatment Dual Tint range to do just that, and we knew we had to try this out to see if it really works. Here's the beauty breakdown!

Gold Sparkling Box

Luxurious and decadent, gold has been a symbol of wealth and beauty for centuries. As one of the world's most precious metals, gold isn't just gorgeous and shiny, it's beneficial for the skin too. To really welcome in the new year with a bang, it was only appropriate that we curated a box inspired by gold, and thus, the Gold Sparkling Box was born! With 7 products ranging from makeup to skincare, we've got just the box filled with products to bring out the inner goddess in you. Here's a quick breakdown on what's inside!


Red Sparkling Box

Red is the colour of love, energy and passion, and what better way to embody that with some of our most loved products? Made of old favorites and some new ones too, Althea’s Red Sparkling Box contains 7 products that embody the bold, classic colour of red, perfect for firing up the siren in you! Here’s a quick beauty breakdown on what’s what in the Red Sparkling Box.

Monthly Product Highlights - Jan 2018

Wow, didn't January of this year just fly right by? Althea's always on the hunt for new, fresh finds, and you know we bring in the hottest, trendiest items in K-Beauty right to your doorstep. Whether you're at a loss on what you should be getting, or you'd like to know more info on our picks, here are some mentions of our current favorites!

I Sheet-Masked Everyday For A Week

It's no surprise that we love sheet masks here at Althealand! These little packs of wonder are not only packed with hydration (the cornerstone of K-beauty), but also with nourishing ingredients to suit just about any skin concern you might have. Pampering the skin is a great way to both relax and treat your skin, and there's no feeling quite like kicking back, chilling and soaking up a sheet mask at the same time. However, as good as sheet masks may be, your skin might not really feel and see the goodness if you're not consistent with them. So we've decided to conduct a little experiement to see what would happen if we sheet masked everyday for an entire week. As Althea's official Mermaid, I volunteered as tribute for this experiment (duh), and I'm really excited to see how my skin fares at the end of the week!

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