{GIVEAWAY + INSTAGRAM CONTEST} Althea’s 1st Birthday Celebration 2016 | Review + Swatches of Banila Co., Etude House, Laneige, The Saem & more!

Helloooooo everyone!~~ 

Today’s post is such a joyous one as Althea has finally turn 1 🎉🎉 Woohoo! We have a very exciting giveaway for you guys so be sure to continue reading 😛👍🏻 Before we start, I wanna wish Althea a huge CONGRATULATIONS on turning 1️⃣ and thank you for bringing in these awesome brands for all Korean beauty lovers 🇰🇷💄💋💁🏼 #AltheaTurns1 🎈

A little sneak peek…


I’ll also briefly talk about this website, in case some of you haven’t heard of this company before ⛱ 

About Althea…

Althea is an online website where you can purchase makeup, skincare & haircare from famous Korean Brands such as Innisfree, Banila Co., Hera, IOPE, Etude House and more. Althea aims to provide the lowest price & the discounts are crazily attractive. Althea ships directly from Korea, so you know you are getting the real stuff! Click here to read more. Althea’s customer service team is friendly and super efficient. I ordered my items and it was shipped 2 days later. In total, it took a week for me to receive my items:) My items came nicely bubble wrapped and each items were properly sealed as well (Pics below)

I’ll be sharing my thoughts on these products and hopefully they will be helpful for you too:)


First of, I decided to get Banila Co.’s Prime Primer Finish Powder.

I have read positive reviews of this powder and thought it will be great to do a comparison test between this and the famous Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder (which I already own). Banila Co. does not have a store here in Singapore, so Althea is your best bet! 

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Like I’ve mentioned earlier, the product is sealed so rest assured:) I know… nobody likes to use an open product (like eew)

This is basically a white powder, which you use it as a finishing powder to help mattify your makeup:) For oily skin gals like me, you will totally love it! I’ve used it together with Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control and it helped me keep matte the whole day! I would say it’s similar to Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder:)

Available for SGD26 on Althea website. Click here to shop item!

Next! I decided to get The Saem Cover Perfection Tip Concealer in No.1 Clear Beige (For reference, I’m using Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral to cover my blemishes). 

Nicely sealed:)


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I have already tried this concealer way before it became popular😂 I was in Seoul for a Summer Program and I needed a new concealer. I walked in and found that it matches my skin tone plus it was really cheap (around 5,000KRW I think). As I was there to study, I didn’t wanna spend too much too! But anyway, yeah this concealer is creamy yet able to cover up my blemishes. It’s very light weight in texture as well. It stays on my face after a long day (you know concealer just melts off…) but doesn’t look cakey whatsoever. It’s quite small in size, which is perfect to throw inside your purse for touchups or traveling:) 

I really enjoy this concealer a lot, as it does the job of covering up my blemishes.  I would totally skip the UD concealer and opt for this more affordable alternative! 

I swatched it with my UD concealer for easy referencing; 

Available for SGD5 on Althea website. Click here to shop item! 

As an eyeshadow junkie, how can I ever NOT get an eye makeup product🤔🤔 I have a lot of eyeshadows so I thought it will be great to get an eyeshadow stick from Etude House, called Bling Bling Eye Stick in #12 Sunset Star.

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A lot of Koreans love using eyeshadow sticks for convenience sake but I always worry about the blendability and longevity. Although, I’ve seen reviews that this does fade but the colour is too pretty to resist!


I’ve tried it on the inner corners of my eyes today and I felt that it did stay well on my eyelids (used Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath) 

Available for SGD6 on Althea website. Click here to shop item!

Last but not least, I got myself a lipstick. With the Descendants of the Sun craze and thanks to Song Hye Kyo, this Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar is now a must-get trendy item! I’m not sure what shade she wore in the drama, but I decided to pick mine in No.12 Maxi Red. I’m kinda into red lipsticks but yet not bold enough to wear a full blown red lipstick, so I thought this will be perfect for me:)

This Two Tone Lip Bar is literally 1 lipstick with 2 shades! It basically helps you get the perfect gradient lip color, which Koreans are all obsessed about.

No. 12 Maxi Red is one of Laneige newest shade endorsed by Lee Sung Kyung (acted in Doctors, Flower of the Queen). According to the information on Laneige’s website, this two tone lip bar is suppose to make your lips look like you have applied gloss over your matte lipstick.

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Personally, there are 3 points to note when it comes to choosing lipstick.

  1. The color payoff is really good. You can build it up to get greater color intensity (as shown in pic below)
  2. In terms of longevity, it stays on my lids pretty well. Despite not being a matte lipstick, it didn’t leave an ugly patch at the centre of my lips during my meal (had Indian food btw, and since it’s a bit oilier, you usually expect the lipstick to disappear). When I wipe my lips, the lipstick left a nice faded look on my lips, there was no patchy-ness. It did not dry on lips as well. It also did not cling on to my chapped lips too. Overall, a very good lipstick that has both color payoff and moisturizing effect.
  3. This costs SGD23 on Althea, which is a total steal for a high-end brand (comparing to a Maybelline lipstick at Watsons which costs SGD19.90 and it’s a drugstore brand…)

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If you look closely, the packaging is really unique. It’s like a pen knife…? where you push up the side to get the product and like push it back down to retract it. I think it’s just something different, which is pretty cool!

 

Here’s how the swatch looks like;

Pic of me wearing the lipstick:

Again, the item is properly sealed, so you know your product wasn’t tempered with. I think the seal kinda reassures you and builds up trust with the website. 

Available for SGD23 on Althea website. Click here to shop item!

*Watch me wear this lipstick in my latest video ~~ Click here to view:)

As promised and to celebrate Althea’s First Birthday, Althea will be having their BIGGEST birthday giveaway ever!

This is my own party box:) I chose these products myself. Just a sample for you guys to have an idea how your own box will look like 🙂


Althea will be giving away
FREE GOODIES comprising of FULL size beauty products for the first 1,500 shoppers, while stocks last. For orders from 20 Jul ’16 (#AltheaTurns1) onwards, you will be receiving a Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit, while stocks last. Valid till 31 July 2016.

As part of the birthday celebration, Althea will be REBATING 100% back to you if you purchase any item (max. 3) from the Top 12 sellers picked by Althea! The rebate will be refunded as credits into your account once your order has been completed. 

And the best part is, Althea will be holding an Instagram Contest! Just simply wish Althea HAPPY BIRTHDAY with your party kit and hashtag #AltheaTurns1

Stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers, worth KRW10,000,000 from Althea. 

Contest starts NOW till 15 August 2016. What are you waiting for? HURRY WIN THEM NOW!

*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to www.althea.kr and Althea Facebook for more information. 

 

Once again, huge thanks to Althea and Tammy for this collaboration! I sincerely wish you guys a fabulous birthday and looking forward to more awesomeness! 

 

Don’t just leave yet….

Catch me on my social media platforms for more beauty inspirations:) Come say hi, yeah? 😀

Links: Instagram |  Pinterest | Facebook | YouTube

Don’t just leave yet…

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Watch my video on Monolid Red Tone Eye Makeup | Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette here 🙂

Read more here…

Review: Colourpop Cosmetics | Kathleen Lights Quad | Super Shock Eyeshadows + Cheeks | Lippie Stix ~ Click here to read more!

[New Launch + Promo] AUOLIVE ~ Singapore’s Beauty Skincare Brand ~ Click here to enter promo code!

Givenchy’s latest Rouge Interdit Vinyl lipstick? Check that out here!

Day Time Skincare Routine For Oily Skin Types ft. Avene, SKII, Nature Republic & Laneige ~ Click here to read more!

How to: Foundation Routine for Oily Skin ~ Click here to read more!

UPDATED: Swatches + Mini Reviews of H&M Beauty – Twilight Rose Eye Color palette, High Impact eyeshadows and Cream Lipstick in Cream Chestnut ~ Click here to read more!

 

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. Although Althea has kindly sent me these products, I was not obliged to write this post. I chose all of the products myself. All opinions stated are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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