What do we have here? It’s time for another Althea Box surprise!
With the Korean wave sweeping up the entire nation, if not the whole world, Korean skincare and cosmetics are indeed making its way to our vanity kits as well. I have already acquired quite an awesome stash of goodies from Althea since they started offering it here in the Philippines. Note that the products actually come from Korea and shipping to the Philippines takes at most a week based on my experience, considering that I live in the province.
The Althea Romantic Date Box is everything is you will ever need to go down the rabbit hole. It’s got all you need to arm yourself and get prettified, Korean-style. So what’s in the box?
When you receive the box, you won’t be disappointed. In my case, I think it is the perfect beauty box for Korean skincare and cosmetics lovers out there. If you’re going out on a date, the Althea Romantic Date Box got you covered. Here’s how I used them to get myself ready for date night:
1. Prepare your skin hours ahead with Nature Republic: Real Fresh Rose Petal Moisture Mask
2. Apply Tony Moly’s Fix Mix Primer Color Cushion in #1 (Lavender)
3. Dab a bit of Aritaum Sugarball Cushion Blusher #4 (Omooo! Best blush ever!)
4. Open up those peepers with Hope Girl’s Magic Long & Long Lash Mascara (does magic really with my non-existent lashes!)
5. Put on Chica y Chico Matt Lip in Josephine
6. Be ready for some serious holding hands with Calmia: Perfume in Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom
7. Apply Shyan Nail Lacquer if you wanna be extra…
8. Spritz It’s Skin: Mangowhite Body Mist to set the mood
Now let’s talk more about the products:
I don’t usually do masks but if there’s a special occasion or an event coming up, I make sure I do it. Masks really make a difference in how skin behaves, which is especially true for my part because I have troubled skin. It just needs extra lovin’! The Nature Republic: Real Fresh Rose Petal Moisture Mask isn’t like your typical mask that dries down hard on your face after a while, this actually makes your skin moist and results are quite obvious if you have dark and tired skin. Goodbye stress! Because of the vitamin-rich roses, I guess it is what makes your skin healthy. It contains 6,000 ppm of French rose powder and 10,000 ppm of Damask rose water, and it’s okay to use for all skin types!
Before applying makeup to your face, a primer is best and what better than one that corrects your skin tone. Enter Tony Moly’s Fix Mix Primer Color Cushion in #1 (Lavender).
Since I have golden skin, this does wonders when I apply foundation because hello, color correction! I don’t apply it all over my face, but only to the uneven areas. I like how it comes in a cushion form and with SPF 50+ PA++++! I truly appreciate how the product helps in brightening my face. I mean, I’d be crazy not to be happy with it!
Next we have the Aritaum Sugarball Cushion Blusher #4. Okay, I must admit that I was apprehensive at first because I am not a fan of cheek tints or creams. Somehow I just don’t know how to use them or get them to work with my foundation or concealers.
Because the product is in cushion form (I’m really digging the cushions now!) it is easy to apply and won’t create those nasty splotches. Just dab, dab, dab and you’re done! I am happy to get this shade as it is perfect. I detest pink blushes, but that’s just me. The Juicy Peach, which is somewhat a coral shade, just looks natural. I feel like I’m in a Korean drama where the actresses look like they have no makeup but I’m pretty sure they are wearing cosmetics. It’s just oh so natural! I SIMPLY LOVE IT!So the bane of my existence – my super short lashes – give me the biggest challenge really. Thus, I typically reach for any volumizing or lengthening mascaras. Thank goodness for Hope Girl’s Magic Long & Long Lash Mascara.
The wand is nothing special but the product itself is amazeballs! The consistency is like Isehan/Kiss Me/Heroine Make and almost as good as Fairy Drops.
With practice, I think I can get it to work, but as with all mascaras, they need a special relationship with my dear lashes. I have yet to master its application but in time, I’m sure I’ll get it perfect. But for now, let’s just say I am satisfied.
Moving on to the lips, I was expecting Chica y Chico Matt Lip in Josephine to be well, you know, matte. But it wasn’t the case. It was more like semi-matte. It maintained some shininess and kept my lips very moisturized. I’m not complaining though, because the color suited me well.
I mean, it’s perfect for date night! I wouldn’t want to come off aggressive-looking with red lips nor be super feminine with pink. This is just right!
It swipes easily and is very pigmented. But it would have been better if it stayed after dinner but alas, the staying power isn’t so great. Oh well, just re-apply then! And did I mention it smells like candy? Yum!
I must admit that during the dry/summer season, I hardly put on any lotion because it’s really hot and humid here. But regardless of the weather, my hands and feet get extremely dry. My yeobo even says so! Wow! He sure does pay attention! Maybe because I prefer staying in an air-conditioned room that’s why? Anyways, Calmia: Perfume in Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom is a nice addition.
I could surely use this and it smells good, too! It’s got a brightening effect and no stickiness whatsoever!!!
It’s red nail polish! Need I say more? I can’t really say anything extraordinary because I like EVERY SINGLE NAIL POLISH out there. So I tend to be a bit biased when I say I like this Shyan Nail Lacquer … because why not, chocnut?
Update 06/18/17: I prefer my nails short when wearing red nail polish.
And last but not the least, to complete your date night prep, we have the tropical scent of It’s Skin: Mangowhite Body Mist. It’s a mix of mango, grapefruit, olive leaf, aloe, and orange concentrate to saturate the skin, making it delicate, smooth and elastic. You’re supposed to use this after a shower, but I don’t. I simply spray it on before heading out. Okay, now get ready for some skinship!!!
Overall, I am absolutely happy with the Althea Romantic Date Box. I am definitely going to use all these products and I recommend you try them, too! Better yet, get the whole beauty box when it’s available at the No. 1 digital destination for all things K-beauty – shopping, lifestyle, and trends – http://ph.althea.kr!