Daily Skin Strawberry Milk Soap

Strawberry fields forever! Bright, fruity and infused with the red fruit's delicious goodness, Daily Skin's Strawberry Milk Soap has found its way into Althealand. If you're looking to welcome in the new year with a new beauty routine, you'll definitely want to give this one a try. With a super cute milk carton as its packaging, we knew we couldn't let this fruity bar go unnoticed! Here's the beauty breakdown on Daily Skin's Strawberry Milk Soap.


New Skin Resolutions - Exfoliators

We're less than a week away from 2018, and what better way to usher in the new year with some new skin? Exfoliators have always been on the top of our list to keep dull, fatigued skin at bay, and it's definitely a must-have to whisk those dead skins away all over the body. Kick start your new beauty routine for the year with some of our favorite scrubs and exfoliators to for some seriously soft skin.

Saat Insight Sleeping Hair Cream

Losing sleep over dry, damaged hair? We love experimenting and trying new things, especially when it comes to our locks. Perming, straghtening, bleaching and dyeing- you name it, we've done it. While it's fun to try something new, it's also just as equally important to take care of your mane and ensure that it's healthy and strong. In pretty, aesthetically pleasing pink packaging, Saat Insight's Sleeping Hair Cream plopped into our laps, ready to whisk us away into our hair dreams. Of course we couldn't say no! Here's the beauty breakdown on this hair wonder!

Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine - Dry Skin

Have you been keeping up with our Korean 10- Step Skincare Routine posts? We're all about good, healthy skin with that must-have 'chok chok' glow. We covered oily/ acne prone skin types last week, and this week we'll be tackling something most of us can relate to: dry skin types!

Getting Cheeky with Milky Dress

If you've been caught red-handed like we have while stuffing our faces with too many cookies and delicious candy canes, then you'll definitely appreciate our help in the cheek department. While people only look to contouring to give your face a chiseled look, blush can play a big part in ensuring your facial features get an instant nip and tuck too. We've gotten our hands on some of Milky Dress' Barbie Make products including two blushes and a contour duo. Here's the beauty breakdown on both of these fun products!

Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine - Oily/ Acne Prone Skin

It's been a while since we last talked about the Korean 10-Step Skincare Routine, but we've been getting feedback that you guys would like something a little more specific and tailored to your skin types. Don't worry; Mermaid's got your back! We'll be exploring how this wholesome (albeit, somewhat tedious) routine can work for everybody, no matter what skin troubles you're facing.

Double Trouble with Hey Nature

Great things come in pairs, and what better way to do your makeup than effortlessly and efficiently? The perfect ombre has been on trend with K-beauty for years, and while the look is desirable, it can sometimes require lots of products and practice to achieve. Lucky for us, Hey Nature's dropped some bomb-as products that'll give you that trendy Korean look with no hassle. Having the perfect gradient has never come this easy!


Winter Treats - Mermaid's Picks

That's it, we're already in the last month of 2017! Wow, didn't the year just fly right by? The warm seasons have come and gone, and winter is upon us. With the coldness, visions of being bundled up by the fire and decadently beautiful snow come to mind, but with that comes the not so glamorous trouble of being dehydrated and chapped. Keep your inner snow bunny glowing with these moisture-filled treatments that'll keep you looking as fine as that warm eggnog in your hands! Here are some of our top treatment picks for this holiday season.

Perfect Gifting with A:Concept

The end of the year is near! You know what that means: lots of hot cocoa, wearing festively coloured sweaters and tirelessly hunting for the perfect gift for your loved ones before Christmas arrives. Finding the perfect gift can sometimes be tiresome and tedious, but don't worry, we've got just the thing for the beauty junkies in your life (that includes you too!). Introducing the Make Your Concept Black set: a limited edition kit from A:Concept that'll help you look your best for parties and gatherings with your closest and dearest. Here's the low down on this holiday must-have!

Pure Smile Point Pads

We know it's getting colder and dryer as we gear up towards the end of 2017, but that doesn't mean everything has to be dark and dreary. Keep your skin feeling hydrated and your spirits lifted with Pure Smile's Point Pads! We're big fans of Pure Smile and their affordable yet high-quality products, and these little pads of hydration are no exception. Previously only exclusively sold in Japan, Althea has recently brought them in, making one of K-Beauty's hottest and cutest brands now accessible worldwide. We've got the floral range with us today, so here's the beauty breakdown on these pretty pads!

Softest Lips Yet!

Pucker up, honey! Soft, smooth lips will always be in-trend. Afterall, who can really say no to a gorgeous pout? But sometimes dry, cold weather can leave our lips cracked and feeling chapped, which, in more severe cases, can lead to flaking and bleeding. Keep your delicate lip area looking and feeling its best with Pure Smile's Choosy Lip Pack Box!

Are You Ready For A Christmas Adventure?

Snow's gently trickling down onto a white blanket on the rooftops, Christmas carols can be heard in the air; the warm, comforting smell of eggnog and the promise of a roast dinner awaits on this festive occasion. Ah, what better way to soak in the Christmas spirit that's nearly upon us, than to sit down with a good Christmas Story? 'Tis the season to be all sorts of jolly, especially with Althea! Sit back, get comfy with your warm drink of choice and let Santa Althea whisk you away on a magical adventure...


Pure Smile Black Sheet Bubble Pack

Sheet masks are the best, aren't they? They're essentially all the goodness you need in the convenience of a packet! As self-proclaimed sheet mask aficionados, we're always on the hunt for cool new sheet masks to try. We stumbled upon Pure Smile's Black Sheet Bubble Pack and when we heard that this bubbles before your eyes, we just knew we had to try it out. As per usual, we've enlisted the help of our lovely Danish Swan to show you what it's all about. Here's the beauty breakdown on this fun mask!

A;t Fox Tea Cell Ampoules

Fresh, fun and fabulous, A;t Fox has recently come out with a brand new range of Tea Cell Ampoules to add a little extra goodness to your beauty routine! Stemming from the love for tea, this brand originally started out as a beauty cafe in Korea where they offer desserts and different kinds of tea for wellness. A;t Fox then decided to come up with their own beauty line, centering their products around the goodness and benefits of tea for a flawless complexion. They recently sent over their Tea Cell Ampoules, and we knew we had to share them with you. Here's the beauty breakdown on these pretty products!


Acids For All!

Acid? On the face?? The idea of putting acids onto the skin can be a rather intimidating idea, but when picked right, they could do wonders and be the boost your skincare routine needs. Acids are very popular when it comes to K-beauty, and it pays to know which is the best for your skin type. Here's a quick beauty breakdown on some of our favorites!


Unpa Cosmetics

One of Korea's hottest and best selling brands is officially here on Althea shores! Originally started as an online beauty platform, Unpa has recently released their own product range. With fun, chic branding, Unpa's products are made with organic and natural ingredients that are good for the skin, making them friendly for just about any skin type. We're excited to finally be bringing them to you, and we've round up their full range for a sneak peak (so you can find out a little more before you commit to buying). Here's the beauty breakdown on Unpa Cosmetics!



 We know it's getting colder and dryer as we gear up towards the end of 2017, but that doesn't mean everything has to be dark and dreary. Keep your skin feeling hydrated and your spirits lifted with Pure Smile's Point Pads! We're big fans of Pure Smile and their affordable yet high-quality products, and these little pads of hydration are no exception. Previously only exclusively sold in Japan, Althea has recently brought them in, making one of K-Beauty's hottest and cutest brands now accessible worldwide. We've got the floral range with us today, so here's the beauty breakdown on these pretty pads!


Royal Treatments - Princess Edition

Every girl's dreamed of becoming a princess at one point in time or another. Whimsical dresses, glittery crowns, magical love stories... what's not to love? Transform into your favorite princess with some of our beauty goodies for that royal treatment in the comfort of your own home! Here are some of our top picks to put the extra shine on your tiara!


Suaviss Travel Kit

Travelling can be super exciting, but it can also be a hassle to pack for. Should I bring that outfit? Did I forget my charger? How are my bottles going to fit into my bag? Luckily for us, Suaviss is here to make packing just that little bit easier! Suaviss is known in Korea for their aesthetic services and has put in a lot of effort into the R&D of their own range of products. Their beauty products are suitable for people of all ages (including your little ones too). We picked up this handy travel trio from them and we can't wait to try them out!

Nakeup Face Beauty Routine

Nothing quite beats some brightly highlighted and contoured cheeks with a bold, crisp lip that can only be accentuated further with a sharp cateye and big lashes. However, sometimes we just want to tone it down a little and go for something more natural and easy on the daily. Nakeup Face's name is made of a combination of the phrases "naked face" and "no makeup", believing that beauty shines its best when confidence from within comes through. They work to improve the skin's condition from within, and make a diverse range of makeup and skincare items from quality ingredients, making their range of products perfect for daily life. They were generous enough to send over some stuff for us to create a look that's perfect for easy days (including one of their best-selling cushions too). Keen to explore with us? Keep on reading!

Most Scandalous Lips Yet?!

Looking to add a little drama to your life without the messy hang ups? We've got just the right kinda scandal you'll want to get your hands on. Nakeup Face has released their very own Velvet Scandal line, and is best known for their ability to give your skin and confidence a little boost, making you look naturally flawless without the cakiness that makeup products can sometimes bring. When we saw these pretty lippies, we knew we had to try them out. These dusty neutral pinks were right up our alley and are very in-trend now, and we couldn't wait to put them on!

AM Freshness with Innisfree!

Ah, its morning! Birds chirping by the window, warm rays from the sun trickling in from the outside, the smell of fresh coffee awaits... Rise and shine, love! We've got just the routine with Innisfree to kick start your day that'll leave you with fresh plump skin, perfect for taking on just about anything that comes your way.

Let There Be Bright!

There's never a dull moment when it comes to K-Beauty! Essentially the Mecca of whitening products, bright, luminous skin with a youthful glow has always been the hallmark of that quintessential Korean look, and it's no surprise they've got quite a few lightening products up their sleeves. Here are a couple that are our favorite picks, giving you that bright, radiant complexion without breaking the bank (too much).


Witch's Pouch Love Me Blushers

This may come as a shock to some, but blush may just be the unsung hero of a full face of makeup. Sure, most of the time we find ourselves on autopilot, just swirling up whatever pink shade you get your hands on. Afterall, it's just something to bridge the gap between your eyes and lips right? However, when used right, blush does so much more than just that! It can also help to warm up your complexion, define and even lift the flattest of cheekbones. Plus, it adds a youthful, healthy flush to the skin!


Beuins Mask Range

Let us just say this: you are a princess and you deserve to be pampered. If you don't love you, who's gon' love you? Our favorite royal treatment for the skin is masking; it's like giving your skin a hug! So when we decide to have a home-spa sessh for the face, we want the best ingredients, no less. Beuins' masks are chuck full of good ingredients that treat the skin, pumping it with a boost targeted for skin troubles for some seriously gorgeous skin. We were fortunate enough to get all our claws on the full range of masks they have to offer, so here's a beauty breakdown on Beuins' mask packs!

Turning Sunscreen Into Water?!

The sun might just be the skin's biggest enemy: it dehydrates, scorches and leaves pigmentation spots behind among other skin troubles. Sunscreens are essentially superheros for the skin. They keep the skin looking youthful by shielding away UVA and UVB rays that can penetrate the layers and harm the cells that make up a good complexion. The thing is that sunscreens have a notorious reputation for leaving a white cast, feeling too heavy or just having a terrible smell that clogs both the pores and the nose. If you're on the hunt for something clear and lightweight that feels amazing on the skin, be prepared, because you're about to have your mind blown.


Bbo Song Box

You know the phrase "as smooth as a baby's butt"? Althea's Bbo Song Box is here to help the skin on your face (or butt, we're not judging) achieve just that! Containing 6 full sized products, this box helps to keep oil at bay while ensuring your skin is smooth, velvety and healthy. You'll have people coming to pinch your baby cheeks in no time. Here's a video on the Bbo Song Box!


Double Trouble Box

Spots and redness got you down? We've got just the remedy for a relaxed, healthy complexion! Althea's Double Trouble Box has got just the products to take care of your skin and put your mind at ease. Containing 7 full sized items, this box is geared to soothe and nourish, just what we needed for bad skin days. Here's a video on the Double Trouble Box!


Chosun Beauty

Beauty is ingrown in Korean roots, and in the Chosun Dynasty, beauty was both a necessity and prized asset. In the olden days, women were creative with their beauty methods, and used an array of traditional ingredients as makeup and skincare for a flawless complexion. While today's products are an evolution of these methods, it's nice to hop into the time machine and go back to K-beauty's roots to see where the magic really comes from.

It's the BOOM! (De Ah Dah)

Oh yeah, we're coming at you with a blast from one our latest K-Beauty faves! Boom De Ah Dah (which from here on will be referred to as BDAD) has recently found themselves on Althea's airwaves and we're taking them for a spin. Named after the phrase for "we love the whole world" in African, BDAD's products are made with natural, gentle products that encourage the skin to heal and improve on its own for some sustainable skin goodness. They firmly believe that good quality products don't necessarily have to come with a hefty price tag, so just as they've pass on the savings onto their customer, we're going to pass on some insight into some after-hours care with BDAD!

Beauty Lifeguard Box

Summertime is here, and that means the heat is out to play! Don't worry though, Althea's Beauty Lifeguard Box is here to ensure you look as fine as you can be (no melty makeup messes). It's got 5 full sized long wearing and waterproof products that'll keep your face locked in place so you can enjoy the parties and fun without checking for touch ups every two minutes. Here’s a video on the beauty breakdown of the Beauty Lifeguard Box!


Food Skin Love Box

We love food! So naturally, it was only right to find the best kind for our skins. Althea's Food Skin Love Box is all about the right ingredients for a healthy complexion and knowing how to make your food work for you. Containing 7 full-sized products, this box is here to ensure your skin is left with a radiant and healthy glow. Here’s a video on the beauty breakdown of the Food Skin Love Box!


Breaking The Glass On Glass Skin

image credit www.halfmooneyes.com

That's it, we're breaking the glass on "Glass Skin"! There's no point beating around the bush with this: K-beauty has found itself another trend that has women (and men) all over the world lusting for its gorgeous complexion results. An evolution of the infamous "Chok-Chok" complexion, glass skin has found itself the object of the spotlight, and we're going to tell you just what it is, how to achieve it and recommend some products just for you.


Double Cleansing 101

Before the days of K-beauty, we’d step into the shower, lather up a sudsy cleansing foam all over the face, rinse off and call it a day. Little did we know that this wasn’t the right way to ensure that the skin is properly cleansed without any leftover residue. When the Korean Double Cleanse method was introduced, we were intrigued (and slightly apprehensive) at adding more oil to our faces, but we were eager to try it out anyway. Now we’ve got this method down to a tee, and we’re going to break it all down for you.

The Only Soap Cleanser You'll Ever Need

We're more used to seeing our cleansers come in a tube or a stick, but the Da Mior cleansing soaps were enough to make us converts! Da Mior is known for their sudsy bars, and is a company that harnesses the vitality and nutrition value of bamboos in their products. Their skincare is not only fantastic for the skin, but great for the planet as well, pledging to donate a percentage of their profits to the R&D of bamboo forests for some sustainable beauty.


Royal Skin Real Mud Mask

When your skin feels clogged with impurities and nasties you've collected over time, nothing quite cleanses as deeply as a good mud mask. The clay component of mud masks is rich in minerals that pull out all that gunk from your skin, making you feel clean and fresh. However, those masks do come at a messy cost: mud masks can be troublesome to apply evenly and difficult to wash off, resulting in sensitive, red skin due to overzealous scrubbing. Royal Skin's Real Mud Mask gives you the best of both worlds: the cleaning power of mud and the convenience of a sheet mask!

Mermaid Recommends - Summer Essentials

It's blazing out, the sun's at it's highest and the beach is the place to be! The heat may feel really intense and you're having lots of fun, but make sure you don't neglect your beauty regimes to ensure you'll be the hottest bud around. Trust me when I say it's important to take care of yourself too this summer (I am a mermaid after all, so I know what I'm talking about). Here are some of our must-have Summer essentials!

By Cream Dermal Science Creams

Creams are like the knight in shining armor of a skincare routine: they're packed with hydration that helps to calm, soothe and save your skin! Even if you had to skip everything else, be sure that you don't skip out on cream as this will help to seal everything in, keep the skin moisturized and protect it as you go about your day. By Cream was developed as a treatment to restore the best version of your skin. Made with ingredients that nourish and revitalize the skin, these creams aim to penetrate deep within your skin's layers and repair from within. We've gotten all 3 from their Dermal Science range to try out, and here's how they fared!


Let Me Skin Ultra Moisture Cream Mask

As self-proclaimed sheet mask connoisseurs, we're always on the hunt for sheet masks that hold the promise of skin perfection in a packet. We love the convenience factor and how they leave the skin feeling hydrated and nourished, perfect for going about the rest of the day or giving your makeup prep an extra boost. Founded by an esthetician, Let Me Skin is a brand whose top priority is making professional grade products accessible to everybody, bringing the salon experience to the comfort of your own home. We've recently acquired a (human) Danish Swan and have looped her in to our sheet mask experiments, making her the perfect candidate for when we got our hands on Let Me Skin's Ultra Moisture Cream Mask.


Monstory Masks

Are you afraid of the dark? Or maybe you're worried of what creaks under the floorboards, not knowing what scary creatures lurk beneath. But what if we could change your mind and tell you that not all monsters are scary? Some of them are here to help you, especially with your skin woes. Monstory's creatures from the mask range takes care of your skin with nourishing ingredients that pamper and solve your skins troubles. Here's the beauty breakdown on Monstory's masking mania!

Interview with Ramona Zamzam

Gorgeous, lively and with an insatiable wanderlust, Ramona Zamzam is a Malaysian actress, model and social media influencer. She's racked up over 310,000 followers on Instagram to date and has a bubbly personality that isn't going to be stopped anytime soon! This mama-to-be is best known for her roles in Malaysian movies and TV dramas, and is an avid beauty junkie that loves to share her latest finds. We sneaked in a little quality time with her and got an Althea exclusive interview with the lovely lady. Curious to know what we do? Keep on reading!

A:Concept Watery Cheek Blushers

A little bit of blush can really bring your look to the next level, changing drab dullness into a fabulous flush! Conventional powder blushes come to mind when you think of cheek colour, but they tend to fade off pretty easily after a couple of hours. Best known for their ergonomic designs and quality products, A:Concept works to bring together beauty and practicality for products fitted for any urban beauty lover. A:Concept has recently sent over some Watery Cheek Blushers that are a long-lasting formula that blends to a natural finish. Here's what we thought so far!

Caolion Beauty Routine - D-Programme Range

One of the most intimidating things about K-Beauty is the idea of a full length regime. After all, making the time to go through the Korean 10 Step Beauty Routine each and every day may be a little difficult for most. For those of us who need a little extra time to sleep in the morning, we've got good news: Caolion and their more simplified but still wholesome beauty rituals are here to save you from your time woes and leave your skin feeling in tip top shape.

Interview with RealAsianBeauty

With humble beginnings, Kristine Roces had a lot to deal with growing up. Through family hardships to discovering who she was and dealing with hormonal acne, Kristine has emerge today a confident, beautiful woman on both the inside and out. Best known as TheRealAsianBeauty, Kristine is a vlogger and blogger who makes content about beauty, lifestyle and DIY projects. With over 213,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, Kristine has really made a name for herself across the globe, especially in the South East Asian community. We sneaked in a little quality time with her and got an Althea exclusive interview with the beauty. Curious to know what we do? Keep on reading!


Althea's Petal Velvet Powder

Altheans, we have a confession to make: we've been working on something top secret and had to hide it from you. But the time has finally come, and we're so excited and glad to be able to finally share this with you! Are you ready? Here it is! Althea is coming out with our own brand of beauty products to add to your Althea experience. To start off the collection with a bang, the first product we're unveiling is the Petal Velvet Powder!


Althea's DIY Birthday Box

There's three beautiful Althea cake box to collect this year!

Hey Altheans! We've been having a blast so far in the month of July, and we've just been reeling in the amazing festivities! We hope you've been enjoying yourself too, and that you've gotten a thing or two out of it as well. We couldn't leave this year's birthday celebration without doing a limited edition birthday box to show you guys, so we've decided to have a special little tea party with the whole Glam Squad to celebrate Althea turning 2!

This year's birthday theme for the box is a birthday cake that you could decorate on your own. Early this year, Althea released the XL size box which could fit even more things inside (bigger and better). Now Althea has three different size boxes - the small, large and extra large. For Althea's Birthday, each of the boxes will have its own colour pastel purple, pink and mint green.

For some delicious fun, we've included some decorations for you to get creative with including a cake bunting kit and some paper cut outs to adorn your very own Althea cake. Ready to get crafty?

The cake buntings come in 3 different colours: pink, blue and rainbow. We've used the pink one for our box (Althea's colour is pink!) and stuck it to the back of the box using some tape. Alternatively, you can poke holes into the top of the box and pop them in that way. The set also comes with little flags that you can add to the box for extra festiveness.

Time to get cutting! There are two different paper decorations: one consists of a cool 3D number "2" in pink, and another contains adorable pictures that are celebration themed.

Once you've cut everything out, put the number "2" together following the instructions given on the card (stick together with tape or glue for best results). Cut out the paper decor and place little pieces of tape or glue on the little flaps for it to stick onto the box wherever you like. If you're feeling a little extra, you can even add your own stickers or decorations to add to your birthday cake!

Here's how our box turned out

Super pretty right? We're absolutely in love! We hope you find this little guide helpful, and we can't wait to see all your creative entries to the Fly Me To Korea contest! Did you like decorating your box? Let us know what you think should be our birthday theme for next year in the comments down below!


Dr. Mind Grand Opening

Oh no, redness and troubled spots appearing on your complexion again? Sensitivities can sometimes be calmed by a little hydration, but sometimes we need some professional help. Enter Dr. Mind, Althea's latest beauty offering! We're super excited that this brand launches today and we can't wait to share this well-loved brand.

Dr. Mind is a brand that puts a clinical dose into their beauty products. Following their philosophy of "Mind" and "Consumers", Dr. Mind believes in healthy skin and works to target skin issues faced by consumers, providing solutions from a medical perspective, so you know that their stuff works for sure. With the latest technology and patents, Dr. Mind is always on the search for ingredients and techniques that not only pacify skin issues, but work to eliminate them too.

There are two main ranges from Dr. Mind: the Pore range and the AC/Apot range. Let's talk a little bit about the former first. The Pore range consists of skincare and face makeup products that are suited for oily skin and those with enlarged pores. These products consists of skincare staples that work to exfoliate away dead skin cells and control the oil-to-water balance of the skin for an even, healthy complexion. This skincare range consists of fundamentals that include the Pore Peel Deep Cleansing Foam, Toner, Water Gel Cream, Balm and the Pore Sebum Cushion.

The AC/Apot range works to soothe redness and irritations of the skin. Made with calming but effective ingredients like bee venom and sea salt extracts, this range targets troubles and works to evens out the skin tone for a healthy, radiant glow. This range consists of treatment products including the AC Dressing Mist, Clear Cover Cream, Peeling Pads, Zinc Powder and Apot Clear Roll On.

Dr. Mind products are currently on sale at Althea (just search for Dr. Mind) and for a limited time, you could get yourself a free Apot Red Mask and Apot Clear soap (while stocks lasts). Psst, there's also a 20% discount code to be found on the site right now, but you didn't hear that from me. ;) Which items are you most excited to try out from Dr. Mind? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below!

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