SKIN CARE || BeautyMNL + Althea.kr

I know it’s April Fools’ but this is not a joke. Today’s Public Service Announcement is nothing new – SkInvesting: Invest in your skin while you’re young!

When I was in my teens, I was lazy with my skincare. To be honest, there were even days that I didn’t wash off my face (I had no makeup on, but still) before going to bed *cue gasp*. Come college, I did the basic thing of using a facial wash and nothing else. My mom always chided me on this. We are only young once, and our skin’s collagen will not be great forever. I was a hundred times more stubborn then and refused to listen. I wish I did.

Unfortunately, unless you have the extra dough to get a stem cell therapy or make bimonthly visits to Belo, aging will mess with your skin (metabolism, aching joints, this list is long because aging isn’t glamorous). I’m halfway through my 25th year on Earth but the fine lines under my eyes from excessive eye scrubbing and working on a shifting schedule (which in turn messed with my sleep) suggest otherwise. I skipped out on sunscreen for so many years, and the most recent development of sun spots on my skin have made me scrambling to get ahold of more intense skincare products. Thanks to freckles being trendy right now that it can pass off as ‘cute’. Ugh. What do I do? I turn to Asian brands of course!

I’m not sure if we have Biore products available locally in stores, but my first encounter with this Japanese brand was during C and I’s trip to Tokyo. You can literally find it everywhere in Japan and Taiwan, but the problem was I didn’t know what it was for. Thankfully, BeautyMNL had English descriptions and I literally bought all the products that were for oily/combination skin that wasn’t sold out at the time.

The demand for Korean beauty products has increased the past years (given the popularity of Korean dramas and KPop), and a lot of Korean brands can already be found locally. However, the markup can be a little crazy which is the case for most foreign brands. ALTHEA Korea ships directly to your doorstep from South Korea, so their items are cheaper and they ship for free if you order beyond a certain amount. You can imagine my surprise when it arrived four days after, which is quite fast considering it says that shipping takes 10-15 days. Their packaging is also A+! If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up here!

When I opened the parcel, each product was wrapped intensely with bubble wrap, ensuring that nothing gets damaged on its way here.

When I was deciding on what to do with regards to my skin care routine, I went and read other people’s blogs and watched their Youtube videos. Some people even have intensive 10-step routines which as interesting but not something I plan on doing. I probably would fall asleep halfway through it, too! Since cleansing is important, I start off with either the Biore Cleansing Oil Facial Sheets or my VMV Hypoallergenics Oil-Free Quick & Complete Makeup Remover. I like the facial sheets for my liquid lipsticks and when I have heavy makeup on because it really takes it off easily. I skip this step whenever I am not wearing makeup and proceed with cleansing. Right now I’m still using up the last of my Banila Co Clean It Zero Fresh Foam Cleanser before I move on to using the Biore Uru Uru Cleanser. I’ve tried it a couple of times because I couldn’t resist and it was so light on the skin. There was no tightening feeling and it felt like I was just cleaning my face with water. However, my face was smooth and clean after. Win! I chanced upon the Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off while it was on sale for Php 260. Skinfood is quite pricey when you buy from their local stores, so it was such a steal to buy it. One tub should last me for a while because I only use it once a week but the sibs and chicken boy like to use my skin care products as well.. and I end up having to replenish my stash sooner than I thought I would.

I’m always rotating between different toners, and so far, none aside from Celeteque (their products are just not compatible with my skin) have contributed to a breakout. I have started using the Milky Dress The White Skin as a toner for a week now, and it was a different experience from the other toners I have tried before. There was zero stinging sensation upon application and it did not make my skin feel dry. During day time, I apply the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel as sunscreen and moisturizer after toning. I don’t like putting on too many products when I know I’m still going to put on makeup because it just feels too heavy and takes a lot of time. My initial impression of this product is that it would be heavy. It was such a pleasant surprise to find that it’s not the case and once my skin absorbed it in a few minutes, it left my skin smooth and soft to touch. So far, I didn’t notice any adverse effect on my makeup even with the sunscreen underneath. I totally would repurchase and stick to it from now on.

I have more skin care steps at night after toning, before I go to sleep (or work from home). I don’t use an eye cream, but now that I find the need for one, I went and bought W-Lab’s Bifida Prestige Eyecream since it had a 5-star review on Althea’s website. I chose to buy the It’s SKIN Power 10 Formula Q10 Effector since I’m new to anti-aging serums and it was the cheapest one I could find with great ratings. I seal it all in with a moisturizer I’ve had for months now which is Avène Hydrance Optimale Aqua Cream-In-Gel. A little goes a long way with this moisturizer because it’s thick and takes a while to get all absorbed by the skin. Waking up with a supple skin us worth the extra 15-20 minutes I spend on taking care of my skin. These things take time so I’m not sure if it’s effective but let’s see!

What’s your skincare routine? I’m interested to know about it. Let me know in the comments below!

14 thoughts on “SKIN CARE || BeautyMNL + Althea.kr

  1. I agree with you- investing in your skin is probably one of the best investments to make! No need to be careless and have unnecessary wrinkles. I’ve used Biore a few times before. They’re pretty good to use and price-friendly! It’s pretty interesting to see how Korean beauty products sprouted in the market like crazy recently. 10 steps is pretty intense. I probably have to keep all of my products lined up if I ever get that far *__*. Skinfood is always pricey but worth it! Glad to see you having some neat products :).

    I use Clinique products for skincare. I have a set for acne treatment/control and another for general use. I follow their 3-step process (cleanser, toner, moisturizer) and it works great!

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    • Clinique is a bit pricey where I live? But yeah, I agree with the intense Korean skincare. I watch a lot of Korean dramas and have been to Korea as well, and can attest that their skin is just ENVIABLE. The only downside of Biore is I can’t read any of their labels haha!

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  2. Wash, cleanse, tone, and moisturize, haha that’s the only thing I know. And also, sunscreen for the day but sometimes, I’m so lazy to apply sunscreens .

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  3. My skin care routine was pretty much non existent because I am the laziest person ever. Lol! I normally wash my face with whatever face wash we have at home and that’s it. But when I saw Camie Juan’s skincare routine vlog, I got curious with the products she’s been using. So yesterday, I went on a major skincare shopping haul. It was my first time to spend so much (well not that much compared to other people) on skincare. I bought 2 bottles of NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil from Zalora and got it today. I ordered Innisfree Super Volcanic pore clay mask, Skin Genie Apple Cider Vinegar Toner and Be Organic Bath and Body Aloe Jojoba Soap from Beauty MNL. I am so excited to use all of them! 🙂 I will probably try to order at Althea KR in the next few days. Thanks for sharing this blog post Teesh! ^_^

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    • I love the Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask! Good choice on getting that. BeautyMNL ships really fast too, which is nice, but they sell out their products quite often.

      It’s cheaper to buy Korean products from Althea – shipping just takes longer if you compare it to BeautyMNL. Thanks for reading, Milet! ❤

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  4. Biore is also available locally at Watson’s. I am loving the Biore cleansing oil I bought there so far.

    And, I guess we’ve all heard of Althea Korea. The prices are low and very tempting. I am waiting for them to restock their Althea Boxes before I place an order though.

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    • It is?? That’s great news! Are the labels in English though? Because I’m quite forgetful and don’t remember which specific product I’m using so I need the English labels lol. Thanks for telling me, Gretch! 🙂

      I also just looked at Althea boxes and they look nice! I’d try them out too once I run out of products. 🙂

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  5. Hello Teesh! Thank you for pointing out how important it is to take care of your skin. To be honest, I am not that conscious about my skin until I had a problem with it one day. I heard Korean brands are one of the best skin care products. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    • Hey Xeph, thanks for dropping by. 🙂 yeah, it’s what usually happens. We let it go until we get a problem with it. Hope your skin is better now! 🙂

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  6. Yey skin care post! I am also into skin care lately and also purchased from beautymnl and althea – ang convenient nila di ba?

    I mainly use Cosrx because of my acne prome skin. i use the pimple pad which acts like a toner/scrub. Then follow up with The Face Shop first serum anti-aging toner. Lots of toner I know hahaha but it’s not very drying to my skin. I just use Nature republics aloe vera gel coz my skin is oily. I have biore sunscreen as well, so far it’s okay for me. And cosrx acne patch before I sleep because I dont want to aggreviate the pimple when i toss and turn.:)

    I’m looking into getting the it’s skin serum too – let me know if it works for you! I need a brightening serum for mg acne scars. Hahaha! My friends and family think i’m nuts to buy so many products for my skin. Nasa huli ang pagsisisi noh!

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    • I’ve been hearing about CosRX pero puro sold out sa Althea while I was buying things!!! I’m going to look for that acne patch! The it’s skin serum doesn’t really do anything with regards to whitening, but I noticed that my face is softer than ever. I don’t know which to attribute it to kasi ang dami ko na ginagamit sa mukha ko hahaha!

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