August 30, 2017

Althea Petal Velvet Powder Review

If there is one makeup product that I cannot live without, one of them would be loose/setting powders. Not only does it make your makeup last longer, some new formulas nowadays has a blurring effect to minimize skin imperfections. One of my favorite brand of translucent loose powder is Laura Mercier but a tub is priced at almost 2k pesos. 
Is this a good dupe for LM? Read on to know my thoughts.


 Althea sent me this product a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to be the first to try it. This is the first product under their brand name. The cute box is reminiscent to Althea's iconic pink box.
 

Althea Petal Velvet Powder is a translucent loose powder that claims to set makeup  and leaves behind a silky finish. It is infused with oil from Althea seeds, this powder works to keep sebum production without drying out the skin for a radiant, fresh look.


 The powder is housed in a pink container with a sifter. I love the fluffy puff that comes with it and use it to set my makeup. The size of this velvet powder is also perfect for touch-ups and in your makeup kit since the size is perfect for travelling.
 

This only comes in 1 shade, but don't fret because it is translucent and blends with any skintone. Please refer to my swatch below. It goes invisible after blending. 


 Althea Petal Velvet Powder swatch on NC20 skintone

 The texture is ohh so soft, and velvety! It feels lightweight on the skin, looks invisible (doesn't alter the shade of your base/foundation) and mattifies my skin without making it look flat. It has a blurring effect that minimizes pores and blemishes. What I also like about it is that it doesn't give a white cast on photos. 

It is made with 100% pure silica that has excellent oil absorbing properties for a long-lasting sebum control.


Overall:
If you are on a budget, I highly recommend this powder and is a good alternative/dupe for the famous Laura Mercier Translucent powder. This is available on Althea's site for Php 210 (3 grams). 
For the price, it does a good job in setting my makeup and gives me a flawless look. On my combination to oily skin, I noticed that my t-zone starts to get shiny after 4 hours. On my drier areas, i didn't notice any dry patches so it is safe to say that this powder is formulated for all skintypes, from dry to oily.


Till next time, 

July 16, 2017

Althea Korea's 2nd birthday + contests + haul

Hello Shopcoholics! Sorry for being MIA for a few months. 
If you follow me on instagram, I posted about Althea's birthday month this July. 

Happy 2nd birthday to Althea Korea! Cheers to another fruitful year 👏👏👏 
 Thank you for giving us the cheapest prices on our favorite k-beauty products!

 As you all know, Althea is my favorite K-beauty shop. Aside from the very affordable prices compared to malls, they also offer free shipping for orders php 999 and above. Aside from that, you are sure that you are getting 101% authentic Korean products because it is shipped fresh from Korea and will be delivered to your doorstep within 7-14 days.


 Here's my beauty and skincare haul. So happy that I have finally bought the rest of Innisfree's Green tea skincare line. I have tried the green tea facial foam, skin balancing toner and lotion and I really love the results. 
Will post my updated skincare routine next time.


Here's what I got:
Innisfree green tea seed serum (80 ml) Php 820
Innisfree green tea fresh essence (80 ml) Php 618
Innisfree green tea sleeping pack (80 ml) Php 590


BareBlanc Pink Tender cream (freebie)
The Saem White tea healing garden cleansing water (300 ml) Php 270


Missha Undereye brightener (Light Beige) Php 150
Missha The Style 4D mascara Php 170
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #21 Php 560


More freebies!!! Yipee!!



Hurry, you too can get your own Cake box when you shop on Althea this July! Please visit www.althea.kr to check out their :

✨Amazing Althea Birthday Sale
✨Birthday Giveaway (Free Beauty Products for shoppers to add into cart everyday)
✨Althea Birthday Goodies (Limited Edition Box + DIY Bday Kit + Sample Pack)
✨FLY ME TO KOREA for TWO contest
✨Contests to win prizes (please also check their Instagram page)
✨Terms & conditions apply, for more info please check their site www.althea.kr


Till next time, 

May 17, 2017

Swatches : MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35++

As you all know, MAC Studio Finish is my HG concealer. I use it as an undereye concealer, brow and face highlight, and to cover imperfections and pimple marks. 


This is the BEST concealer I have ever tried! 
It is full coverage, has SPF 35++, and it's waterproof. 
A tiny pot costs Php 1,100 ($22) here in the Philippines, but will last you up to 2 years with everyday use.


I have the following shades:

NC20, NW20, NW25 and NC30.


 For reference, my foundation is NC20. I use the NW25 shade first as an undereye corrector  because of its salmon color, and then followed by NW20 to brighten.


For pimple marks and imperfections, I usually mix NC30 and NC20 to get the perfect shade. 

For brow and face highlight, I use the NC20 shade.


MAC Studio Finish Concealer swatches
NC30 | NW25 | NW20 | NC20


TIP:
You can mix it with moisturiser for a sheerer coverage.


You may check out my previous post + tips HERE.


Till next time, 

November 23, 2016

New Lorac Rose and Revelry Unzipped set swatches

 Happy holidays Shopcoholics! 
I am sure you girls have already started with your Christmas shopping. 
Recently, Lorac has launched the Rose and Revelry collection for this holiday season. 
The moment I saw this set, I immediately asked a friend of mine in the US to buy it for me. 

   Lorac Rose and Revelry Unzipped set
Retails for $35 (valued at $75) at Lorac.com

This set includes the ff:
Unzipped eyeshadow palette (11.20 grams)
Behind the scenes eye primer (5.5 grams)
Alter Ego lipstick in Stylist (3.4 grams)
Alter Ego lipgloss in Goddess (3.57 grams)


I am in love with the texture of Lorac eyeshadows. They are buttery soft to touch, has minimal fall-outs and are pigmented even without an eye primer.



 
Lorac Unzipped Palette 

 Lorac Unzipped Palette swatches without primer

TOP ROW (from left to right): 
undercover | unbelievable |unattainable | unconditional | unbridled

BOTTOM ROW (from left to right) : 
undiscovered | unreal | uncensored | unspoken | untamed


Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Stylist 
Lorac Alter Ego Lipgloss in Goddess 

Swatches

The lipstick and lipgloss included are perfect for this holiday season. The lipstick shade reminds me of MAC Captive. So lucky to snag this set before it sold out online. The eyeshadow palette, if purchased alone costs $42, so imagine my surprise when I saw this set for only $35! Quite a steal, right?! 

My bff Hollie of Random Beauty is in love with the Lorac Unzipped too. You may check her review and swatches here.

A few more days before Black Friday sale.. what are you girls getting? 


Till next time, 
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