Beauty Empties | December

Monday, 31 December 2018

Here we are, after tracking i.e updating my inventory  for my extensive skincare products that I have, we have arrived at the final post of 2018; Empties Post for the last quarter of this year so let's get started!

As per usual, let's start with skincare and for this category I've finished my first bottle of that Natural Pacific (currently known as Nacific) Deep Cleansing Oil. One of the best makeup remover I've tried  as it literally removes all kinds of makeup I have so I already am on my second bottle. As for the pump, I'm reusing it for another product that deserve at least a good pump.

As for that full-sized I Am Sorry Just Cleansing: Cleansing Water which I'm only half-way through the 500ml bottle, I don't know why but it suddenly turned into that milky-coloured water. As I've already finished the travel-sized bottle, I stopped using the big bottle one on my face and use it to clean my makeup cases or bottles instead. Won't be repurchasing anytime soon. 

That Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Foam is a nice deep cleanser however I've noticed that this dries out my skin so much afterwards I had to spray on facial mist literally 3 seconds after stepping out of shower or maybe it's just my skin that's going crazy right now so I guess I won't be repurchasing this anytime soon.

This time around, I've finished using that Innisfree Moisture Lip Scrub and its Treatment sister. I've got to say that I finally found products from the brand that I don't appreciate at all. Even after using these two together religiously, I still feel my lips aren't improving in moisture department. Won't be repurchasing.

As for that Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica Ampoule 100, I'm so thankful to Wako Beauty for sending this product as it's truly a saviour while I was recovering from episodes of allergic  reactions which resulted my skin being overly sensitive for about 6 months. I finished my first bottle and received another from fellow micro-blogger and I'm already halfway through it. Definitely will purchase a third bottle soon.

I've finished that Koelf Bulgarian Rose Hydro Gel Eye Patches little after 2 months as my under-eye area had patches all  over which is driving me nuts sometimes so it seems that it's time to enforce the habit of using eye cream in my routine. I'm not repurchasing this as I've already bought its sister product.

That Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Mask is kind of nice as it does moisturise well and I don't mind the scent at all but as I've already tried its upgraded version, I'm going to get the new one instead.

I actually felt sad when I pumped out the last portion of this Brightening Up Sun from Dr. G. From the overall finishing to texture and colour, I love every bit of this sunscreen. It works well with my skin and as I was so curious to try its sister products, I bought a trial kit that include the mini-sized upgrade version of the above sunscreen (SPF50+) along with the mild and moisturizing sisters with PA++++ from Sasa.

Now onto makeup empties! I've finished the LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50+ in No. 33 Cinnamon and I'm currently using its refill. You guys know I'm all over cushion foundations from LANEIGE and but I do think with the release of 2 other cushions; Powder Fit and Layering Cover Cushion this year, the brand will likely release the fourth upgraded version of their permanent line of cushion foundations next year.

For primer, I've finished the first full-sized version of that Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer and as I haven't found anything similar to it in terms of performances, I decided to just get another tube of it around April. As I use this primer solely under foundations, I always use that LANEIGE Lumi Block Primer prior my cushion foundations application as the consistency is thinner and suits the cushion foundation finishing; nice and natural even with powder on top.

Speaking of powder, I've finished another tub of my all time favourite translucent powder, Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder and its Blur sister. You guys probably can tell that I still have backups for both of these. Same goes to my newfound love in powder department, Althea Petal Velvet Powder in Translucent. I've finished my first tub and I already have 3 tubs as backups. Yes, I'm totally obsessed with this affordable makeup from Althea.

While I was taking care of my hospitalised nephew throughout October till early November, I've finished at least 3 bars of homemade soap that I bought from Gaya Sunday Market and that travel-sized Green Tea Fiji Body Wash and Body Butter. As I don't like any of it, I don't think I'd be repurchasing them.

Last but not least, Soul Secret Blossom Perfume from THE FACE SHOP in that 2017 holiday packaging. I do love the scent but I'm going back to my old favourite body mists from THE BODY SHOP for now and will not be repurchasing this anytime soon.

So that's all of it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and do let me know your thoughts on these emptied products by leaving comments down below. I'll see you guys on my next post! Annyeong~

Blogger Mail | Althea X Titi Kamal Collaboration and Dual-Use Facial Cleanser

Saturday, 29 December 2018

I guess receiving another lovely blogger mail from Althea is one of the ways to end 2018 with a bang! There are two products included in the blogger mail; a facial cleanser and a body fragrance that the brand created through a collaboration with famous Indonesian actress, singer, Titi Kamal! I know her from my favourite Indonesian movie; Ada Apa Dengan Cinta and of course, its sequel! Obviously, Titi is much more beautiful than over 15 years ago since the first movie so it's such a lovely collaboration I'd say!

As for the facial cleanser, it has serum-like consistency, I guess? It's indeed the first time I've encountered such product so I'm actually excited to see its capabilities in removing makeup or as morning cleanser, maybe? By the way, don't you think that these two products look great side by side? I think the colours complement each other  so well!

Both products are already available to purchase on Althea; links are down below and if you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!

I guess that's all for now and I'll be seeing you guys on my next post. Annyeong~

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Lifestyle | 3 Ways To Change Your Life Tomorrow

Friday, 21 December 2018

How many times have you woken up and thought about how you can change your life? Would you do it with a new skincare routine? A new haircut? Or would you straight up adjust your life as you know it?

The one thing that we have that is constant in life is change. It’s everywhere, all the time and we have to embrace it while we can. If we resist it, life becomes far tougher than anything else. It has the ability to catch up with you at a stage in your life where you find yourself at a crossroads and not knowing what to do. The good news, is that you have the power of choice that enables you to activate a positive change in your life. It’s something that you can start with tomorrow, because tonight you need to think about three things you could do to make that positive change.

Start Living With Balance

Your health does not stay the same your entire life. The physical and emotional state of your mind and body changes as you get older. It’s why your skin changes as you age and the way that it reacts to the world. Your skincare routines may change with the times, and if you start living with balance in your diet and exercise regimes, you can build some resilience to the changes you will go through.

Take On A New Challenge

No matter what you are going through physically as you get older and start going through changes, your mind will also need to be nourished. Starting a company from home is going to be the most rewarding and toughest challenge that you can do with your life. Stop commuting to the office. Stop living your life according to the schedule of someone else. It’s amazing how much healthier you can look when you’re not stressed all the time! Face your fears and realise that you can be anything that you want to be, do anything you want to do and achieve everything you could ever want while you do it.

Learn To Love Learning

Sometimes, you need to learn something new to realise that you have been doing the wrong thing for so long. Learning can help you to be more adaptable and flexible to new situations in you life and it encourages you to innovate. Expanding your thinking can help you become more comfortable with the things that you have spent time fearing. You don’t necessarily have to go back to school; learning can happen through reading books and learning your environment, not just through book learning and earning a degree. Learning can also give your life more meaning than you could ever have hoped to achieve.

Changing your life requires some concentrated thought, and whether you are thinking about simply being healthier or you want to really change things with the way that you live, you can make the changes that matter the most. Take time to choose your change; life will wait.

I guess that’s all from me so I’ll see you guys on my next post!

Beauty Award | @cosme The Best Cosmetics Awards 2018

Friday, 14 December 2018

I know I've been focusing a lot on Korean beauty products here in my blog but throughout this year, I've discovered several Japanese beauty products that I wish I've known about them earlier and initially, it was all thanks to my best friend who told me to look for beauty items with @cosme The Best Cosmetics Awards sticker while I was at beauty store around early this year which had made the annual winners list becoming a set of products that I need to try first before venturing out into trying similar products since then.

Earlier this month, @cosme, one of Asia’s largest beauty and cosmetics websites announced the winners of its @cosme The Best Cosmetics Awards 2018 and I believe this lineup of beauty items are reflecting Japan’s beauty trends this year as they're based on thousands of real users' reviews on the online platform.

@cosme has awarded the Grand Prix item is the Opera Lip Tint; known for their beautiful range of natural shades, long-lasting lipsticks.

Basically, there are many different categories included in this beauty award by @cosme; skincare, makeup, body and hair products for this and I'm going to highlight 5 products that I have personally tried myself. Have a look!

If you ask me what's my 3 must-have makeup items that would be cushion foundation, eyebrow mousse, and a black eyeliner where KATE Double Line Expert comes out as the best one I've tried so far as it gives the right amount of colour intensities for my medium skin.

You guys know me, I love the minimal look of the pen!

I know I've said that cushion foundation is my definitely my thing but when it comes to foundation, I can't deny that I fell in love with Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero since the first application. Glides on like a dream, blends in beautifully with my skin tone and I do appreciate the natural undertone for this. 

The brand's beautiful and edgy packaging just love!

I fell in love with the brand ADDICTION instantly when I saw their selection of makeup items in K-drama few years ago and their single eyeshadows are indeed so beautiful especially if you're big on natural shades.

That Addiction The Eyeshadow in Blood Moon is so pretty especially at this time of the year where you just want to bring out all the lovely reds and brown shades.

Now, let's go to my most important skincare products that I'd be happy to invest in which is cleansers and toners.

Of course, as I use cleansing oil on daily basis due to the fact that I can never give up double cleansing, I love trying different oil cleansers to see if I could find a similar (read: cheaper) products but that didn't happen when I found Shu Uemura Ultime8 Infinite Sublimes Beauty Cleansing Oil. 

Granted, the product is indeed expensive but I have to point out how beautifully this melts my heavy base makeup, eye makeups, mascara; all in one single step! When I find this a little bit too heavy for my skin that day, I'd go with its sister, Anti/Oxi+ pollutant & dullness clarifying cleansing oil. 

After seeing so many different toners that I've featured here in my blog, one would think that I'm  so done trying more toners. Nope! As I've found that the naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioner is definitely worth the try. This top-placer rules!

You guys probably already aware that this winners list is based on Japanese reviewers on their online platform therefore I'm hoping that in the future they will have the list of @cosme THE BEST COSMETICS AWARD based on Malaysia reviewers too.

I guess that's all from me! I'll see you guys on my next post! Jyaa ne~

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  • @cosme started from cosmetics review media in Japan in 1999 by istyle Inc.
  • @cosme is always trying to deliver fair, neutral and accurate information to customers.
  • @cosme has been awarded since 2000 and it is such a big impact on sales for winning products.

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Review | Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask

Thursday, 13 December 2018

At this point of the year, I think it's safe to say that I am finally back to my usual skincare routine; brightening and well-ageing skincare products for evening routine that I have missed so much! I am still maintaining 3 to 5 steps for morning routine as work is getting crazier and crazier towards the end of 2018. With that said, I'm back with testing new products for reviews and personal endeavors as my skin is less sensitive compared to few months ago although I'm still struggling with my dehydrated area around my jawline.

As you've read the title above, I'll be giving my thoughts on this exfoliator; dead skin cells remover or 'peeling' product if I may; a term coined to skincare products that supposedly helps in smoothing out your facial area gently with the helps of non-abrasive agent like acid that tends to break down the bonds between dead skin cells or cellulose that generally rolled together with your dead skin as you massage your skin with it. All exfoliators that I've personally tried and tested are to be used after double cleansing step in evening routine but today, I'm going to talk about an exfoliator that is not only easy to use but also requires little amount to the point that I can actually squeeze it into my express morning skincare routine.

Now, let's go into some details on this product first.

Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask

Product Description: This gentle peeling mask contains milk for a refreshed complexion. A self-bubbling clay texture creates a dense lather to remove dead skin cells.

Ingredients highlight:
  • AHA
    • Removes dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.
  • BHA
    • Removes impurities and unclogs the pores
  • Milk
    • Moisturises and refreshes the skin
  • Casein Protein
    • Provides the skin with hydration and keeps it moisturised
  • Soft clay to whipped cream bubble texture
    • The creamy clay texture bubbles into a rich lather to deep cleanse the pores and remove dead skin cells.

How to Use:
Dampen the skin and apply an even layer onto the skin, massaging till a rich lather forms.
leave on for 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing away with warm water.

Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycerin, Disiloxane, Bentonite, Propanediol, Myristic Acid, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Stearic acid, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Potassium Hydroxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitic Acid , Ethylhexylglycerin, Milk Proteinextract, Disodium Edta, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Gluconolactone, Glycolic Acid, Titanium dioxide (Ci 77891), Fragrance (Parfum), Coumarin*, Hexyl Cinnamal*, Citronellol*

Now, let's talk about the packaging!

The wash-off mask came within the cute white box that is in similar design to their Althea box  used for delivery. There's Korean product description printed at the back of the box so if you still need further information in English, I have provided the link to the product at the end of this post for your convenient.

There's product batch and expiry date printed at the bottom of the box and the bottle itself. The format is YYYYMMDD. 

As you can see above, the wash-off mask came in a small bottle in opaque white with soft blue cap. There's simple product description at the back although it's fully printed in Korean. I'd say that you need to be careful to not accidentally leave the cap off as that might oxidise the mask in the bottle. It happened to me before and it was really hard to pump out product once it's oxidised as it can change not only in texture but also in colour which means it can no longer be used even it's still within the 12 months of period-after-opening.

The product comes with pump that dispenses small amount per pump so I'd say you'll be needing at least 5 pumps per usage but for the first time, start with 3 pumps then you can apply your forehead first and estimate how much product you actually need.



Upon first application, the consistency is light yet creamy texture as I was evening it out on my facial area then after few seconds, the clay mask started to bubble up (right photo) and there's of course the tingling sensation; I've found myself laughing every time I've used this.

After using the product, I've noticed that my face is indeed felt way smoother than before although I do noticed that there's white cast all over my facial area; similar feeling to after using THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam, thanks to titanium dioxide that's commonly found in physical sunscreen.

I'm totally fond of the baby powder-like scent although looking at the list of ingredients, those of you who have sensitive skin might want to avoid this plus the bubbly sensation might sensitise your skin even further. Those with acne-prone skin, you guys might want to be careful with Myristic acid as this might trigger breakout.

For those who doesn't have much of skin issues then you might find this product fun to try plus it's actually gentle as the acids put into this product are mild and gentle so I'd say with 30 seconds to 1 minute of having this on, you can start with having this clay and gentle acid-containing wash-off mask in your morning routine like 2 to 3 times a week.

I feel no dryness or tautness after washing it off with water and facial sponge while I'm at it so I guess, the moisturising agent works and pores are definitely appear less than before.

As I've mentioned above, this is my current morning skincare routine; cleanser, toner, light moisturiser, topped with sunscreen. I use the Milk Peel Cream Mask right after cleansing and made sure to use cotton pad with the Primer Water.

Depending on my skin condition of the day, I'd incorporate simple hydrating or moisturising sheet mask or layer another hydrating toner prior the Primer Water but of course, if you're someone who consider yourself as beginner in skincare or just want to go for #skincarediet instead of doing a typical 10-step Korean skincare routine, you can try these Althea Exclusives that include from cleansers to moisturisers to fit your daily skin needs. If you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!

So I guess that's all from me! If you have already tried this wash-off mask, do let me know what you think or if you haven't, tell me about similar products that you've personally tried that you'd like me to try next by leaving comments down below.

Until next post, annyeong~

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Blogger Mail | AllYoung X Swissvita Acne Solution Cleansing Cream and Skin Balancing Toner

Saturday, 24 November 2018

The past 6 months is like a pause button in between my 12th and 13th rounds of skincare as I was having episodes of food poisoning hence multiple allergic reactions therefore I had to gather set of products that I can utilise to reduce the inflammation for the first few weeks after having reactions and several more gentle, acne-fighting and skin texture-improving products that I continued on using throughout the whole period of skin recovering. Soothing, skin barrier-repairing, hydrating, moisturising, nourishing; these are the keywords that I have been focusing on and only after 6 months, I dare to say that my skin is finally back to its original condition to the point that I finally get to use my Clarisonic brush again.

I'm planning to discuss more on the sensitive skin products that I've been using so do stay tuned for that but for now, I'm going to talk about these two products that were sent to me by allyoung Malaysia that I've incorporated into my skincare routine for the past month or so; I'd say these helped me in restoring the oil-water balance especially on my T-zone area and I no longer have breakouts at the same spots at the side of my nose area but before we jump right into the products, let me just talk a little bit on this Taiwan's aesthetic skincare, Swissvita.
  • Swissvita, widely recognized as an aesthetic skincare brand to treat Asian skin concerns utilizing only top notch quality ingredients. Through collaboration with skilled talents from France, Swissvita products were all Swiss-formulated, using signature ingredients such as AC11 and B12 extracts from plants and herbs in the Amazonian forest, these ingredients are widely sought after by international cosmetic manufacturer for the amazing benefits.
  • With the great objectives and beliefs to eliminate plasticizers that can cause breast cancer, Swissvita products are packaged using aluminum tube that not only ensures product quality by retaining the active ingredients but also prevent oxidation.
  • The brand's 4 main principles:
    • Product Quality Assurance
    • MIT independent research and development
    • 100% authentic
    • Adhered to ISO and SGS standards
  • The brand's efficacy through high dose of patented active ingredients and being the only authorized manufacturer of AC-11 Aesthetic skincare products.

Swissvita Acne Solution Soothing Cleanser

Simplified Product Description:
  • Facial cleanser dedicated for pimpled skin type.
  • Purifying ability which can compete with the auto cleansing brushes.
  • Deep cleansing the pores; washes away impurities and daily grime.
  • Preventing blemishes and pimples from forming by balancing sebum secretion.
  • Removing dead skin cells, blackheads and whiteheads for a brighter look.
  • Reducing the appearances of pores.

Product claims:
  • High performance acne-fighting cleanser
  • 100% Alcohol-Free
  • Medical-grade product
  • Suitable for everyday usage
  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
  • Fragrance Free, Alcohol Free, Paraben Free, Non-Drying, Non-Irritating

Ingredients list:
Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Propanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, o-Cymen-5-ol (Isopropyl methylphenol), Saccharide Isomerate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pyridoxine HCL, Maltodextrin, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Arginine.

Go to CosDNA for ingredients analysis here.

Highlighted ingredients:

  • Caviar Lime Extract – Gentle removal of dead skin cells
  • Organic Willow Herb Extract - Inhibit overproduction of sebum, minimizes pores, skin calming
  • O-Cymen-5-Ol – Anti-Acne and Anti-Oxidation
  • Arginine – Moisturizing and Skin Repairing

How to Use:
Dispense appropriate amount of product onto hands, add water and work into lather. Massage gently onto wet face, focus on the T-zone if necessary. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Use it daily; morning and night.



This product is creamy, less foamy compared to regular cleanser and can be easily rinsed off without causing any redness or irritation. Squeeze out 1cm size of cleanser onto palm (or at the back of your hand like me), lather with water until you get a foamy consistency. Massage gently onto wet face and gently cleanse for 30 seconds. Wash it off with water thoroughly. 

I've been using this cleanser regularly; alternating with my other gentle cleansers in the morning and I do love how less bubbly the foam is as it doesn't dry out my skin even after massaging my skin thoroughly for 30 seconds as per recommendation. My skin also feeling nice and smooth afterwards.

Swissvita Acne Solution Skin Balancing Toner

Simplified Product Description:
  • Double-layer balancing toner; contains oil-absorbing powders,
  • Purify clogged pores, accelerate dead skin cell removal, enhance skin regeneration
  • Reduce and prevent blemishes
  • Improve uneven skin tone while preventing pigment build-up
  • Regulate rough and uneven skin texture
  • Tighten enlarged pores

Product claims:
  • High performance clear toner
  • 100% Alcohol-Free
  • Suitable for everyday usage
  • Fast and gentle skin renewal
  • Fragrance Free, Alcohol Free, Paraben Free, Non-Drying, Non-Irritating

Ingredients list:
Aqua, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Lactate, Bis-PEG-15 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Exract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Chlorphenesin, Saccharide Isomerate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Propylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Triethanolamine, o-Cymen-5-ol (Isopropyl methylphenol), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Go to CosDNA for ingredients analysis here.

Highlighted ingredients:
  • Caviar Lime Extract – Gentle removal of dead skin cells
  • Organic Willow Herb Extract - Inhibit overproduction of sebum, minimizes pores, skin calming
  • Zinc Lactate – Regulate skin’s oil-water balance, increase moisture reserve in skin
  • Isopropyl Methylphenol Antimicrobial Agent – Stop comedonal acne
  • Perfect Ratio Flower Acids – Mild skin regeneration, reduce enlarged pores, improve skin radiance
  • Zinc Oxide – Tighten pores, moisturize skin
  • Penitential – Reserves water for long-lasting hydration
  • Olive Leaf Extract – Alleviate skin irritation, minimize the appearance of blemishes, prevent pigment build-up

How to Use:
Shake the bottle well to mix the double layer; toner with the powder that's sitting at the bottom  of the bottle then apply to cleansed face. 



Pour an appropriate amount on cotton pad or palm, gently pat it on your face until fully absorbed. Use it daily; morning and night.

This toner has lightweight consistency and I've been using this toner as first step after cleansing  step in my morning skincare routine and it does help to inhibit sebum overproduction and prevent blemishes at the same spot at both side of my nose area. It doesn't really has a scent to it; maybe a faint tea tree oil scent but I hardly noticed it. Although some of you might consider on using this toner alone for your whole facial area, I still find this toner a bit lacking in terms of moisture so I usually apply this toner just on my T-zone area and opting for more moisturising toner for my drier U-zone area.



As you can see, the box is simply designed; I'd take it as the brand intends to focus more on the product itself, them being their ultimate acne solution skincare products. Do note that these products are to be used within 6 months after opening.

There's English product descriptions at the back and side of the boxes which are nice considering the brand is originating from Taiwan.


The Expiry dates are at the bottom of the box and on the bottle and aluminium  tube itself which is something I'd appreciate as I no longer hoard products packaging.

Although I don't really like the opening of the aluminium tube of the facial cleanser that much; looks like toothpaste IMHO but I'm gonna look past it as the consistency of the cleanser is creamy so it's still easy to dispense it.

The cap for the toner is considered nice as the product doesn't spill or anything. The hole isn't too big either so it's easy to control the amount of the toner itself.


I have got to say that it's been a long time since I have any product with lots of astringent in it as for the past 2 years, I'm all about hydrating, moisturising products as part of my anti-aging skincare routine but with the allergic reactions I was having that made my skin went crazy with dryness which resulted in super oily T-zone, rough flaky texture and some redness, I'm glad that I got to try these gentle, non-drying (as I would expect from lots of acne-related skincare products) and blemish-preventing products from Swissvita.

As of end of this month of November, I'm fully back to my normal to oily skin condition; now focusing more on reducing dark spots and pigmentation caused but above all, I'm indulging myself more in moisturising products as I'm about to venture in exfoliating acid toner. 

Thank you so much to allyoung Malaysia and Swissvita Malaysia for sending these products to me at such a perfect timing!

I guess that's all from me. Do let me know your thoughts on these products and tell my your go-to products if you have acne-prone, sensitive skin by leaving comments down below and  I'll see you guys on my next post, annyeong~



Swissvita Acne Solution Cleansing Cream and Skin Balancing Toner. 
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Review | Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

A month ago, I've received another Althea Angel blogger mail and this time I've received an opportunity to personally tried and tested their recently launched product for their in-house brand; a new addition to their Althea Exclusives, Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++. Indeed, it's a new sister to my current favourite finishing powder which is the Petal Velvet Powder that are available in 3 different variants as of this year. 

You guys already know that I'm huge on sun protection and sunscreen is the last step for my morning skincare routine; the most important step for skin protection against the sun UV rays. I would say that no matter how much you invest your time and effort to do your skincare through mornings and nights, all those treatments will go down the drain if you do not add suitable sunscreen product to your AM routine and equally important to the first application in the morning (assuming you're like me who always go out to work on weekdays and outdoor activities on weekends) is the reapplication of sunscreen throughout the day.

As someone who have normal to oily (T-zone) skin with dehydrated U-zone area, I'm always looking for sunscreen that hydrates and gives me slightly matte finish. I won't mind slight white cast for that toned-up look as long as my overall complexion won't appear ghostly i.e. overly white for medium skin tone. As for the formula, I'm into sunscreens that contain chemical filters these days (notable ingredients oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate) but I've been using physical sunscreens up to last year (notable ingredients being zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) so I don't mind using either or better, hybrid of the two group of ingredients.

Now, let's go into some details on this product first.

Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50+ PA++++

Product Description:

  • Lightweight texture with powerful UV protection
    • A non-chemical UV filter (builds up sunscreen filter on the surface of the skin and scatters UV light) formula with a light, fluid texture to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Velvety finish, hydrating formula
    • Controls excessive sebum on the skin with a micro powder system while hyaluronic acid ensures the skin is kept hydrated throughout the day.
  • Micro powder barrier™ 
    • Micro particles absorb sebum and excess oil from the skin to give a light, velvety finish.
    • As you apply the Sunaway, hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture and deeply hydrates the skin.
  • Hydrating, fresh formula
    • Controls excess sebum on the skin with a micro powder system throughout the day
  • Advanced non-chemical UV filter
    • Applies evenly and smoothly onto the skin without leaving a white cast behind due to an advanced non-chemical UV filter with a more transparent formula.
  • Damask Rose
    • Contains Damask Rose extracts to moisturise and smoothen the skin.
    • Damask rose has a natural nanomolecular composition that is rich in vitamins to penetrate deep into the skin, soothing sensitives and strengthening it for a radiant glow.
Dermatologist tested.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Disiloxane, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Ether, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sorbitan Caprylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

Contains mineral ingredients; titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter UV rays away from the skin.

Now, let's talk about the packaging!

The sunscreen came within the cute pink box that is in similar design to their Althea box  used for delivery. There's Korean product description printed at the back of the box so if you still need further information in English, I have provide the link at the end of this post for your convenient.


There's product batch and expiry date printed at the smaller side of the box and again at the bottom of the bottle itself. The format is YYYYMMDD. 

As you can see above, the sunscreen came in a small bottle in opaque white with pink screw cap. There's simple product description at the back as well. Do note that you'll be needing to shake the bottle well before usage especially when left unused for awhile.

Like most sunscreen bottles, this one too comes with a small opening to easily dispense the product to avoid excessive amount.



Upon first application, the consistency is indeed lightweight, feels fresh on skin and doesn't leave much white cast on me. The scent is rosy and nice; not overpowering or linger at all. This sunscreen does last quite well throughout all morning on its own and even when used under base makeup e.g. foundation, the finishing isn't affected at all and they work nice and even. Although I've only used this sunscreen like few times under Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and its primer sister but they work well together.

I usually go for tone-up sunscreens for first sunscreen application in the morning but I do use this sunscreen on top of tone-up creams or another Althea Exclusive;  Althea Fixer Cream for no-makeup makeup look for almost everyday during the past month. Whenever I feel like my skin needs hydration boost, I'd incorporate simple hydrating or moisturising sheet mask in my skincare routine but of course, if you're someone who consider yourself as beginner in skincare or just want to go for #skincarediet instead of doing a typical 10-step Korean skincare routine, you can try these Althea Exclusives that include from cleansers to moisturisers to fit your daily skin needs.

If you're wondering how to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day, it's pretty simple! Just dab your face with blotting paper for excess oil or facial tissues for sweat, then to just freshen up your skin, spray your face with hydrating facial mist evenly then after a few minutes, you can just apply the sunscreen on your facial area using clean fingers or air puffs by tapping motions for even application. I have also been pairing the sunscreen with its powder sisters most of the time for that smooth, velvety finish that last all day long. 

I know it's fun to use different products from different brands most of the time but I've got to say that I do enjoy using Althea Exclusives together and I definitely think it's because they're designed to complement each other. I'm a huge fan of continuity not only in design but also in my skincare products. Oh, I can't wait to share with you guys about the latest launch from the brand; an exfoliator that transforms from a clay to a whipped cream lather. Definitely something I've never tried before.

Overall, I would say that this sunscreen is a great product that works well with my skin. If you're on a drier side but still would love to have slightly matte finish then you could use medium to light moisturiser underneath this sunscreen as that's what I do for my dehydrated U-zone area. I know, combination skin is so complicated especially after I hit the big 3-0 this year. Not only I need to cater my oily T-zone but also those flaky areas around lower cheeks to my jawline. I just found an intense cream for these area so I'll update you guys on that later.

You can purchase the sunscreen at individual price of RM43 or in a set of this sunscreen and any of the Powder sister with 10% discount (no code necessary) at only RM53.10 (Retail Price at RM59). If you're new to Althea and planning to purchase more than RM150, use my link (click here!) for 20% discount off your first purchase!

So I guess that's all from me! If you have already tried this sunscreen, do let me know what you think or if you haven't, tell me your favourite sunscreen that you'd like me to try next by leaving comments down below.

Until next post, annyeong~

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Althea Petal Velvet Set RM53.10 (Malaysia only)

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