Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I have always thought of Korea in being very "extra". Their tourist spots are "Instagrammable", their cafes are themed, their beauty routine consists of ten to twelve steps. I could go on and on about them being way beyond our expectations, and recently, my favorite online skincare and beauty website, Althea Korea, does something extra for their k-beauty line, A'bloom. So if you're looking for that "oomph" in your beauty routine, these products are what you shouldn't miss. 

A'bloom Refreshing Skin Masks 

If there is a basic in Korean skincare, they are definitely the sheet masks. They are my go-to product when my face seems dull and dry. And trying the A'bloom skin masks makes your skin refreshed as it has a strong anti-oxidants while balancing with fruits as an ingredient. 

The A'bloom Refreshing Skin masks comes in four variants - the Watermelon Moist Mask, Anti Blemish Peach Mask, Brightening Lemon Lime Mask and the Nourishing Avocado Mask. These masks are made out of 100% natural eco-friendly fabric and the essence has a cooling effect that is absorbed by your skin to keep it completely moisturized. 

To use these masks,  you mus first clean your skin with toner after washing the face. Then open the pouch and remove the film, apply the sheet mask on face properly and leave it for 10-20 minutes. To fully utilize these masks, you must pat the residue essence until is is fully absorbed by your skin. .

Each variant has a special benefit to your skin:

Watermelon Moist Mask (Php20)

The watermelon fruit has 92% of water which is excellent for moisturizing and soothing for the skin during the hot weather. Remember how they say eating watermelons make you full? This mask contains natural aminoic acid called Citrulin and Betain that forms a natural moisturizing membrane on the skin, leaving it moisturized as well as a smoother skin that does not dry out. It makes your skin feel full and also soothes sensitive skin, making is more lively. 

Anti Blemish Peach Mask (Php20)

I love peaches! They are yummy and healthy. The A'bloom Peach Mask however, are rich in moisture and vitamin A retinol components which helps control the oil and water balance of the skin. The special ingredient in this variant is retinol, which normalize the skin turnover cycle and eliminates dead skin. It also has a tea tree extract that lessens dark spots and eliminates pores

Nourishing Avocado Mask (Php20)

From the name itself, the A'bloom Avocado Mask prevents aging and nourishes your skin. It is enriched with vitamin E tocopherol, which absorbs oil and shininess and provides elasticity to the skin. It is also mixed with hibiscus flower extract that contains Antocyanin, an antioxidant to prevent the skin from aging. 

 Brightening Lemon Lime Mask (Php20)

The lemon and lime contains high vitamin C ingredient to help repair and protect the skin from UV damage. When you use this variant, your skin will become clearer and you will achieve that transparent skin. This mask also contains green tea extract which is also rich in vitamin C ingredient to assist in controlling melanin production and skin care.

My Verdict: 
After using the masks, my face smells fruity but smoother at the same time. I also think that these masks are one of the most affordable ones in the market. Considering that it came from Korea, this is a good buy, especially during your hectic days. 

A'bloom BHA Blackhead Blaster (Php200)

Here in the Philippines, it is so easy to acquire blackheads. Since the weather is so humid, commuters like myself has that everyday problem. But thanks tos  Korea skincare, the A’bloom BHA Blackhead Blaster is a lifesaver!

This product is easy to use. First,  you should dampen your skin and apply the stick directly on targeted areas and massage in circular motions for 30 seconds. After doing that, rinse off the product with water. It is an easy and  quick triple treatment for blackheads, whiteheads and dead skin. 

The Blackhead Blaster has natural BHA ingredient that helps to deep pore cleanse by exfoliating the dead skin cells. It also consists of  apricot seed powder to remove excessive sebum, while charcoal absorbs the dirt in the pores. To soothe redness, it also has tea tree oil, to prevent irritation. 

My Verdict: 
The Blackhead Blaster is easy to use and minimized my pores in just one use. I also love how I do not need to prick my nose for blackheads too. And BTW, this product can be used to lighten your elbows and heels, so it is definitely multi-functional

A'bloom Meringue Sponge Puffs

Now this is where the extra happened. Althea launches their cutest product with the A'bloom Baby Meringue Puffs and Giant Meringue Puff. I can absolutely say that they are the cutest, with an "extra" packaging to boot. 

You can use these cuties in two ways - get moist and glossy skin when the puff is soaked in water, while achieving matte and flawless skin when used dry. They are made out of non-latex sponge with hydrophilic properties that will grow 1.5 times bigger than normal size when soaked with water. This  allows makeup to be applied perfectly on the skin

Baby Meringue Puffs (Php140/ 3pcs)

 you apply makeup with detailed edges. Although it is inspired by baking meringue cookies, its pointed tips gives your a fine and detailed makeup application on small surface of the skin. These products are small but terrible. 

Giant Meringue Puff (Php100)

The Giant Meringue Puff are best used to apply your foundation or your makeup quickly. Because it grows bigger when dampened, you can fully utilize your makeup product, and cuts your time in half. It is created to provide quick and smooth makeup application on wide surface of the skin. 

My Verdict: 

I love how soft the material is. It also very flexible to use and does not tear easily. 

These amazing k-beauty products are available exclusively on Althea Korea. You know that the product is good when it is backed up with the helpful ingredients at an affordable price. To purchase the A'bloom collection, you may visit Althea Korea at

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