20 July 2016

#AltheaTurns1: Pioneer of K-Beauty in SEAsia celebrates 1st Birthday!

With its daebak deals, awesome prices, and wide range of products, there is no wonder why Althea Korea is currently celebrating a successful 1st year. If you haven't heard of Althea yet (and I highly doubt it), it is a wonderful shopping land where you can get your K-Beauty fix and have it shipped from Korea to your doorsteps. You also get free shipping for orders over PHP1,500, 30 Days Unconditional Return and products are 100% guaranteed Authentic. Their awesome services are currently available in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore.

Instead of receiving gifts for their birthday, we (bloggers) were the ones who received presents and got first dibs on their great birthday deals. Before heading to that, let me show you first my Althea Korea haul! You could say that I currently have a Korean skin care addiction.

I hoarded Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel (₱180) and The Face Shop Rice & Ceramide Moisture Toner (₱190). I've been using aloe gel on my face for months now, but it's my first time using Nature Republic's. It's also my first time to use The Face Shop's toner so I'm looking forward as to how these will work for me.

I got the Piolang 4D Pore Balance Foam & Pack (₱240) as a night cleanser to replace my The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Cream when it goes empty. I also got the It's My Daily Sun Cream (₱240) to replace my Nivea Sun Cream. I am hoping this one's not as sticky and heavy as the latter.

I initially wanted the Innisfree Jeju Blackhead Balm but I got the MeFactory 3 Step Pig Nose Pack (₱80) instead. I'll probably try the former on my next Althea haul. Lastly, I got the It's My Nail-Nippers (₱120) and Red the SAEM Saemmul Real Tint (₱190) for my sister. I think I should have gotten one of those tints for myself.

I also got Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Foam samples as freebies! Honestly, there are tons of products that I still wanted to try such as Laniege BB Cushion, Innisfree Volcanic Black Head Out Balm, and more. I'll definitely get them when I need to restock on my staple products.

If you have noticed, the box my products were in is different from the usual pink (or purple or green) Althea box.  It's because Althea Korea is launching its Limited Edition Birthday Box (same as the one I got) + DIY Party Kit on the 20th of July onwards. This will be included in orders placed on that day onwards until supplies last.

Also from the 20th until the 31st of July, free goodies will be given for first 1,500 shoppers. These will be full size beauty products and until while stocks last. For its birthday giveaway, just pick 3 Top Sellers to get 100% REBATE! The rebate will be credited into your account.

Lastly, you may take part in the #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest. Joining is really simple! Got your Althea party kit? Wish Althea Korea a happy birthday by using the hashtag #altheaturns1. Up for grabs are  a chance to wiamazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers from Althea! Prizes total worth KRW10,000,000 are up for grabs. You may send in your entries from the 20th July until the 15th August, 2016.

So daebak, right?! Head on over to ph.althea.kr to check out Althea Korea's awesome products! Like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/altheaphilippines.

XO, Mish


16 July 2016

The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter Review

When I was in high school and after my Lip Smackers addiction, I got introduced to The Body Shop's Born Lippy Pot Lip Balm in Strawberry. Since makeup's not allowed at school then, they're kind of the only "makeup" (i.e. as a lip gloss) that I could wear. My Born Lippy days may be over but I'm definitely not over The Body Shop products cause I recently added their Strawberry Lip Butter to my daily skin care routine.

The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter

I got a Strawberry Lip Butter as a Christmas gift last December and I totally forgot about it until last summer break. I'm so glad that I was able to remember about it because it's turned out to be my current favorite lip product!

08 July 2016

Sweat and burn calories while you sleep

Sweating in order to detoxify is one of the things many hard-driving professionals know they have to do daily in order to de-stress and remain healthy.  Burning calories to reduce the amount of fat in their body is another. Unfortunately, many of them find it hard to squeeze in a trip to the gym or a morning walk around the block into their busy schedule.   For weekend warriors needing to break out some serious sweat, one convenient, comfortable alternative – which can also allow them 30 minutes of precious shut-eye time – is the Thermogenic treatment in SvelT’i’s beauty and wellness center in Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

The experience is something similar to being in a steam room, with three crucial differences:  the experience is private and individual, unlike the more socialized steam room which is designed to hold several people; and the patient can choose to relax and/or sleep while the machine steadily softens fats and makes them leave as sweat out through skin pores.

Dra. Lalaine Salazar, SvelT’i’s Medical Director, explains the science behind the machine, “Thermogenic emits into the patient’s body Far Infrared Rays or invisible waves of light that have the ability to penetrate our tissues, muscles, and bones. It can warm our body without heating the air. Unlike Ultraviolet light, Far Infrared Rays do not cause sunburn; nor do they damage the skin.  With the absorption of the FIR deep into the cells, the body generates heat and stimulates the increase in energy consumption which triggers a boost in metabolic process. This will result to the breaking down of fat cells, cellulite, waste, and other forms of toxic substances in the body. Thermogenic can burn 600-800 kcal per treatment.”

Prior to undergoing the treatment, the patient also steps on a state-of-the-art weighing scale that within minutes lets her know her personal health-related information which allows the clinical specialists to determine the fatty areas that need reduction. This information includes the following: weight, body fat, hydration rate, body mass index, muscle mass, visceral fat, and metabolic age. Visceral fat can also indicate the amount of fat that may be wrapped around some of the patient’s physiological organs; the higher the amount of visceral fat, the greater the risk the patient has in developing medical conditions like hypertension.  

“The metabolic rate also indicates the speed or slowness by which the patient burns calories in her body,” Dra. Salazar, continues.  “Even if you are just in your thirties, but your metabolic rate is like that of a 50-year-old, then chances are you will tire easily and not produce the amount of energy you need for your daily activities.  On the other hand, you may be 50 years old, but your metabolic rate is that of a twenty something, then chances are you have a lot of physical energy which makes you more active than people half your age.”

Thermogenic also speeds up a patient’s metabolic rate, which makes it a faster way to jumpstart your process in fat reduction and weight loss if you had been physically inactive for weeks or months.  The first session will induce a significant amount of sweat; eight to ten sessions are recommended to see the results. 

Thermogenic also improves the patient’s blood circulation, cellular oxygenation, and skin condition.  It promotes relaxation and better sleep during her rest hours, while energizing your body during the day. Sessions are likewise best taken any time of the day.

To know more about SvelT’i’s Thermogenic, please inquire at (02)332-7546 / 09188-SVELTI (783584) or visit the clinic at 5F South Insula Condominium #61 Timog Avenue, Quezon City from Mondays to Fridays from 9am-6pm and Saturdays from 8am-1pm. You may also visit SvelT’i FB page at www.facebook.com/sveltiph and IG account @SVELTI_PH.

XO, Mish


SKINFOOD Salmon Brightening Eye Cream Review

The search for the most affordable yet effective eye cream never stopped for me. After trying out Natural Looks Eye Gel, I realized that it's perfect for day use (to help soothe and cool my undereyes especially after a sleepless night). Thus, I researched for a moisturizing and whitening eye cream for night use.

SKINFOOD Salmon Brightening Eye Cream