REVIEW: Althea Korea Haul + Unboxing & Referral Code

Althea Korea Haul

Today I had the pleasant surprise of receiving my Althea Birthday haul. The beauty site is turning 1 this year (yay pulls poppers) and they were sweet to enclose a free birthday kit for the first 1,500 orders, from the time of their emailer.

I was lucky enough to receive a box which includes a GWP product and party gear. Click on to see what the surprise is!

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REVIEW: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

Today’s post is on a suncare product that I have been using for a while. Apparently it is highly raved as one of the better sunscreens out in the market, and I can understand why. This review is on the Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence, SPF 50++  and PA+++

Firstly, what is SPF and what do the numbers mean?

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SAMPLE STORIES: [REVIEW] LANEIGE Sun Block Supreme, SPF 50+

LANEIGE Sun Block Supreme SPF 50+

Sample story time! Since the weather is scorching now (I’m talking 35 degrees celsius/ 95 degrees fahrenheit), I figured I need some form of sun protection. It’s so hot out here one moment, then thundery showers the next. Today I have Laneige’s Sun Block Supreme SPF 50+ to review. I actually wanted to get this at the boutique but they ran out of stock.

Price: SGD$35 for the full sized product

LANEIGE Sun Block Supreme SPF 50+

Picture taken from Laneige’s website.

LANEIGE Sun Block Supreme SPF 50+

Packaging: This is a deluxe sample, which is about 10ml. The product comes in an opaque squeeze tube with an orange screw-on cap.

Product Benefits:

Powerful sunscreen + waterproof formula that resists water and sweat

– A highly functional sun cream with SPF 50+ to block UVB that causes melasma and freckles, and UVA that causes loss of resilience.
– The waterproof formula is great for daily use and for outdoor activities.
– Ensures high sun protection factors, but the light and supple water drop formula has no whitening effect.
– The sebum-absorbing powder attaches to sebum to leave your skin matte and clean.

* Functional Sunscreen Cosmetic *
Efficacies/Effects: Protects your skin from UV rays (SPF50+/PA+++).

LANEIGE Sun Block Supreme SPF 50+

This doesn’t smell of your typical sunblock, instead the fragrance is the same as their toners and emulsion. A light, clean fragrance. The sunblock is white and after blending out it doesn’t leave a white cast. Here’s a photo of my hand after the sunblock was spread out.

LANEIGE Sun Block Supreme SPF 50+

Observations include: Tends to feel a little tacky after application, so I usually put on just enough to protect my skin to feel as dry as possible. When spread out, the sunblock feels a little greasy. I use this for both face and body and have not experienced any adverse effects so far. I reckon the waterproof aspect of this contributes to the tacky feeling I get.

As for the matte effect, it doesn’t entirely work on me as I have combination skin which tends to be oily around the T zone. After just a couple of hours, I could feel the sunblock sitting on my face and it just overall felt greasy. On the body it’s fine though. Perhaps this product doesn’t work as well on the face for me, but I’m satisfied with it being used on the body. What I like is the smell and the SPF 50+ SPF it provides.

My rating: 4/5 (oily after a while)

There’s an aqua version of this sunblock, I haven’t tried it yet. Have you?

cheerio,

hei

REVIEW: ModelCo Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen & Lip Balm SPF50+ Review

ModelCo Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen SPF 50+

This product review is on ModelCo’s Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen & Lip Balm SPF50+. I got it off my usual haunt Luxola, when I ran out of my usual sunscreen. I didn’t find many reviews when I got this, so thought why not do everyone a service and share my thoughts. I had hoped that I would love this product. I mean, it’s SPF 50+ and comes with a lip balm! How awesome is that?

What it claims to do:
– tinted coverage for flawless finish- non greasy, dries matte
– flip top SPF full spectrum strawberry lip balm

There’s a bunch more benefits that are advertised, but those two above screamed out to me. This product costs SGD$35, so far I’ve not seen it anywhere locally besides on Luxola.

Packaging:
A nice pink squeeze tube of SPF 50+ UVA/UVB goodness, with a equally yummy smelling lip balm. Look at the cheery combination!

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Colour:
I got it in the default shade, which should suit most light to medium skin tones. However, I found it to be a tad bit orangey on me. If you look at the photo below, where the edge of the sunscreen is, you’ll see that the edge dries out to a orange sheen.

The lip balm looks orange in the pan, but applies sheer and colourless. I don’t use the it often because I don’t particularly like applying stuff with my fingers, and also because the balm doesn’t apply well. It feels like wax, and I had to use my fingers to warm it up before it decided to be pliable. Messy business, I’d say.

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Texture:
After blending out, the orange-ness remains, but I usually trudge on and pile on my foundation. So, that doesn’t really bother me. But the finish does. I bought it because of the high SPF and the product’s promise of being mattifying. However, my face felt oily after application and I had to spend a couple of minutes for the sunscreen to air dry before continuing my makeup routine. That’s not all, this sunscreen makes my face shiny  in a matter of 2 – 3 hours. When I blot my face with tissue all my makeup transfers!

One time I was wearing white, happened to touch my face then went on to adjust my top. The sunscreen got onto it. Not cool man.

One more thing, if you’re wondering how it smells like, I’m glad to share there’s no sunblock scent. (I actually don’t mind that really.)

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Thoughts:
I don’t think I will repurchase this, but this won’t keep me from trying out other products from ModelCo. What I love is the high SPF, what I don’t love is the shade, finish, and texture. The price is okay for a high SPF product, but other than that I’m sorry to say I’m not sold on this item.

Do you own other ModelCo products? Share your thoughts below!

cheerio,
hei