You've probably heard about Althea Korea but in case not, Althea is a online retail site which carries our favourite Korean brands for skin care, make-up, and beauty essentials. It is the most trusted source of all things K-Beauty, offering the lowest prices and shipped directly from Korea.

I have been a great fan of Althea to the point that I have a total of around 3 completed orders from the site and I have their app installed on my phone. I'm a certified K-Beauty addict. Haha! What I love about Althea is the guarantee that you will get an authentic Korean product. The best part is they offer the best prices because they work directly with the brands with no middle men involved - I can honestly say that they have great discounts compared to retailers I see on other sites. More so, they ship straight from Korea - the package is delivered straight to your address without other taxes and customs fees.

For orders here in the Philippines, shipping usually takes around 3 to 5 days but the wait is worth it because you will receive this cute pink package as shown above. They take their packaging seriously and they make sure the products won't slip, spill or be damaged. Inside the pink pouch is their sturdy signature baby pink box and once you open the box, each ordered product is wrapped and sealed inside bubble wraps. *plus points for me* 

If you're following me on Instagram, I've already shared that I have been chosen as an Althea Angel - which is essentially Althea's beauty ambassador for all K-Beauty awesomeness that they have to offer! I was so giddy when they announced this and even happier when the welcome gift arrived. So here I am, sharing what I received inside my welcome gift: a make-up pouch, a cute handy mirror, a tote bag and an exclusive first try to their newest product - the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer.

Launched just this August, the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer is an Althea-exclusive product in collaboration with Get It Beauty. Get It Beauty is Korea's no. 1 beauty TV show, which introduces new trends and provides resourceful information relating to beauty. These two brands created a new beauty ritual that will make our skincare routine hassle-free. Created to suit the hectic schedules of modern urbanities, the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer harnesses the goodness of nature and translates that into freshness and vitality for the skin.

What is the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer you ask?  It's an easy-to-use 10-second wash-off mask perfectly made for people like me and you who sometimes are too lazy to complete their whole skincare routine. You can get a full mask effect for only 10 seconds! Crazy right?

Treat it like a gentle mask pack for your skin. It's super simple! How to use it?

1. Strip off any makeup left and let your skin dry.
2. Apply a generous layer of the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer to your face and let it sit for 10 seconds.
3. Wet your palms and gently massage your face. The water from your palms will mix with the product and cause it to bubble up a little like a facial cleanser.

The Real Fresh Skin Detoxer comes in two variants: the Rose which is recommended for morning routine and the Green Tea which is for the night routine.

A rose-infused facial mask that would suit your morning routine to strip away dirt accumulated overnight to reveal a healthy glowing skin. This contains real premium May Rose petals, which is hand-picked once in a year during May from Grasse, Southern France.

Claims: Premium May Rose helps balance out the skin's pH. It helps moisturize and gives the skin a rosy radiant glow with rich mineral component. The real rose petal pieces in the product help to purify and improve blood circulation, ensuring the skin stays revitalised, supple and bright.

Packaging: Comes in 150ml tube
Shelf life: 12 months
Product feel: Gel cleanser with visible rose petals. The petals is not abrasive to the skin, it simply disappears when you rub the product. It lathers up into a bubbly foam as the rose fragrance lingers into your skin.

Infused with purifying green tea extract, it helps to soothe and refresh tired skin after a long day outdoors. It contains the very first born baby green tea leaves from prestige Jeju green tea plantation.

Claims: This relieves and purifies the sensitive skin. It also contains an abundance of Catechin which has 5 times more vitamin C than the lemon does, making them excellent at protecting the skin from UV damage. Juju green tea powder relives the stressed skin real fast by controlling the sebum and purifying the dust on skin.

Packaging: Comes in 150ml tube
Shelf life: 12 months
Product feel: Gel cleanser with visible green tea leaves. Same with the rose variant, the green tea leaves are not abrasive. It becomes foam as you rub it in but unlike the other variant, the green tea scent is not too obvious on this one.

Honest verdict: These are a GREAT BUY!

Been using these for about two weeks now and they didn't break me out or left my skin feeling dry. I love how they work as a two-in-one product: as a cleanser and as a mask. This is much helpful for days that I just need to get rid of my make-up after a long day of being in front of my laptop screen. They just make my skincare routing that easy!

Their claims in moisturising the skin are true as they leave my face supple with every use. They are also good in removing make-up and making me feel refreshed (especially with the green tea variant). Though I haven't seen any changes with my skin's sebum production, I still think it does it magic in getting rid of all the gunk on my face. These are a thumbs up for me. :)

As a launching promo, you may get these two products as a set with 10% discount at the Althea site.  You may also check their wide array of K-Beauty brands to complete your Korean skincare routine. :)

Let me know on the comment box below you most fave Korean product!

Vista Mall opened their 24th mall in Naga last June 15, 2018. The Villar group is excited to introduce a new retails experience to Bicolanos through Vista Mall and its anchor brands - AllHome, AllDay, Bake My Day, AllToys and Coffee Project. Bicolanos can now shop, dine and unwind with ease and style. Vista Mall Naga is located right along Maharlika Highway and now caters to a number of residential areas, schools, and universities that previously didn't have easy access to nearby commercial establishments.
On the opening day, we got to tour around the mall before the mayhem started. Now, I'm sharing with you the same exclusive tour through photos:

AllHome is Vista Mall's one-stop shop concept for home needs. This AllHome branch in Vista Mall Naga is the 18th branch in the country and being the only full-line home center in the Philippines it now offers a lot of choices for Bicolanos. AllHome eliminates the need to go to several locations just to get construction and furnishing materials, furniture, decor, and appliances as all of these are readily available in-store.

This is by far the best home depot in Naga. They have beautiful furniture and decors to choose from which got me wishing to redecorate my room and even our whole house. For those who follow me on Instagram and viewed my IG stories during the mall tour, you can probably tell that AllHome is my favorite section at Vista Mall. The design choices are the best and they are just made available here in Vista Mall Naga. With more options now available to Bicolanos, building your dream home just got easier.

AllDay Supermarket introduces a fresh new way of doing grocery shopping in Naga. I can describe it as a chill-place to do your grocery because of the beautiful interiors, bright and spacious aisles, and the super cute Gastrovilles found inside the supermarket.

These Gastrovilles are decorated with stylish tables and chairs plus some hanging lights to complete the mood. It's as if you're dining in a restaurant or a cafe and not within a grocery store. More than the ambiance, Bicolanos can also enjoy AllDay Supermarket's very own 'Paluto' where fresh ingredients of your choosing are cooked and served in dampa-style fashion. Your dishes will be cooked while you complete ticking items off your shopping list. This transforms grocery shopping to a whole new level!

Also found inside the supermarket is Bake My Day, a quaint bakery that serves freshly baked goods ranging from Spanish bread, to French baguettes, up to customized celebration cakes. If you happen to drop by, I suggest trying the Sweet Potato Cake. Our well-loved 'Kamote' has been given a posh twist that's so good you'll never see kamote the same way again.

AllToys also unveils its 7th store at Vista Mall Naga. AllToys features a wide collection of educational and recreational toys for children of different ages. Not Limited to toys, kind and kids-at-heart, can also find a variety of quirky knick-knacks as well as assorted arts-and-craft materials. Bicolanos can expect playful and colorful interiors and its signature train display.

You've also probably heard that the country's most Instagrammable cafe is now brewing at Vista Mall Naga. Coffee Project is bringing to Bicol region its signature coffee blends, premium pastries, and its work-friendly environment. The interiors are jaw dropping - their walls are adorned with shelves full of huge vases with colorful flowers, the ceiling is tiled with dark mirrors, the chairs and tables designs are the ones you would love to have at your home, calligraphy and wall paintings/decors are everywhere, basically every corner is a piece of art!
Patrons can enjoy Wi-Fi and a multitude of sockets perfect for extended work hours. Long tables are also available for meetings while quiet corners meant for those who want some alone time are also aplenty. Their 'meeting corners' can be reserved a head of time, just let them know. I love how they added a long draping curtain on these 'meeting corners' as you can choose to go private by closing the curtains.

More than their aesthetically pleasing design, they take pride on their menu selections. Their beverages would range from P100 to P200 while their hearty meals are from P150 to P240. I would definitely be back to try their famous Sardine Pasta. The charm of Coffee Project does not end in its beautiful interiors but instead lies in its ability to give warm service to all kinds of coffee-lovers and cafe-goers.

All that you value is now in Vista Mall Naga!
Come by and shop at Maharlika Highway, Brgy. Del Rosario, Naga City.
See you there!


Who's guilty of having a sweet tooth? I surely am! But coming from a family who has history of diabetes, I have come to the phase where I've been conscious about my health. No one's getting any younger and as they say "Prevention is better than cure."
Eliminating sugar on your daily diet goes a long way of imroving your health. Sugar decreases immunity, depletes magnesium, decreases sustained energy levels, increases acidity and it makes us crave for even more sugar. The best way to cut on the sugar is not buying sugar-free products with artificial sweeteners, but rather choose a healthier alternative like the Sweet & Fit Stevia.

Sweet & Fit Stevia is made from 100% locally and organically grown Stevia Plant extract. It's an all-natural sweetener that has no calories, no carbohydrates, no cholesterol, no sodium and no fats. Hearing about stevia's health benefits, our family slowly incorporated Sweet & Fit Stevia on our daily diet. We use it in hot and cold drinks, desserts, bread and pastries, even in cooking savory dishes.

The good part? It goes best with food which has natural flavors. It pairs well with coffee, tea, juices, oats, cakes and pastries, polvoron, chocolate and a whole lot more. The better part? For every 6 tablespoon of sugar you need 1 tablespoon of Sweet & Fit Stevia. You may add or put less according to taste. The best part? It has zero calories which makes Sweet & Fit Stevia perfect for diabetics, weight watchers and anyone who wants to cut down on unnecessary sugar and calories.
If you are also planning to cut on sugar, give Sweet & Fit Stevia a try! With the heavy toll our body gets from different aggressors, health always comes first! Sweet & Fit is available in Mercury Drugstores and leading supermarkets nationwide.

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