Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask: Gentle Exfoliating Creamy Milk Bubbles Mask

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Another beauty review! And yes, another product from Althea ^_^

Ever since Althea came into Malaysia, it has quickly become of the most visited beauty sites for my friends to get their beauty hauls. Started as a site that sells Korean beauty products at a lower price, Althea is now also producing their very own line. One of their products is the Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask.

I wasn't quite sure what the product actually was when I first saw the name. Is it a milk-based cream mask? Is it a peel off mask? The answer is: It is a gentle exfoliating mask with milk. Some of you might wonder if it's really important to exfoliate, and my answer would be "Yes", especially if you put on makeup regularly. But then again, you don't want an exfoliator that is too harsh on the skin too.

Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask is a gentle peeling mask that contains both AHA and BHA extracts. The mask transform from clay to a whipped cream lather, whisking away dead skin cells to prevent flakiness. It is also formulated with casein protein from milk to revitalize and moisturize the skin. It is said to give the result of a radiantly smooth, healthy skin that's bouncy to the touch.

The product is said to be suitable for all skin type and has 3 key ingredients:

Milk Protein Extract: Moisturizes and strengthen the skin.
AHA & BHA: Gently exfoliates away dead skin cells for a smooth complexion.
Kaolin: Detoxifies and pulls out impurities from the pores.

The Milk Peel Cream Mask is suitable for:

Combination Skin Types
Enlarged Pores
Rough, sensitive skin that needs gentle exfoliation
Dry skin that needs to stay moisturized even after peeling

The mask comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The packaging is very simple, and I think the colour of blue and white fits the "milk" theme perfectly. Another plus point of the packaging is that it comes with a sturdy cap that doesn't fall off easily.

The application of the mask is pretty straight forward:

1. Dampen the skin.
2. Apply a thin layer of mask onto the skin.
3. Massage till it forms a rich lather.
4. Leave on for 30-60 seconds before rinsing away with warm water.

Personally, the 30-60 seconds of waiting time is a huge plus point, especially during the days when I'm too exhausted or rushing for time. The mask comes in a creamy-clay texture but it turns into bubbles when apply onto the skin. As I continue to massage the mask, it turns into a rich lather that has very similar texture to very fine whipping cream. Also, I like the powdery-milky scent of the mask. I wasn't expecting much from the mask, but I realized my skin looks clearer and brighter the next day. As for the moisturizing part, I don't feel any much difference after using the mask but it didn't dry out my skin either - which is good, considering I have dry-combination skin.

Overall, I had so much fun trying out and using the Milk Peel Cream Mask. If you are looking for a mask that requires a minimum amount of waiting time yet still deliver results in giving you a brighter looking skin, I would say it is worth giving the product a try.

You can purchase the Althea Milk Peel Cream Mask (50ml) @ RM 36 on Althea. To know more updates and products from Althea, you can check out their website and follow both their Facebook and Instagram.


Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway: Long-Wearing with a Velvety Finish

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Sunscreen plays a very important role in your beauty routine. You can use the best skincare and put on the best facial mask, but without a good sunscreen that protects your skin from all the harmful rays of the sun, you'll soon find problems like aging skin, pigmentation and many more start to arise. Especially when it comes to tropical country like Malaysia, we get to enjoy the sun all year long; but this also means we need to have long-wearing and strong protection sunscreen.

Many sunscreens can be too heavy on the skin or probably clogged up the pores. If that's your concern, I would like to share with you a new product from Althea - Petal Velvet Sunaway.

Like all Althea's products, Petal Velvet Sunaway comes in simple packaging. Just in case you are wondering, the sunscreen is the latest addition to their Petal Velvet range. Hence, the soft pink packaging and do expect the product to have a hint of soft rose scent.

The sunscreen has an SPF 50+ and PA++++ so the skin be kept protected. Since the sunscreen is part of Petal Velvet line, it contains micro-powder particles that give your skin a smooth, petal-like complexion.

Some of the key ingredients in the Petal Velvet Sunaway are:

Damask Rose Extract - Deeply hydrating and soothes irritations, leaving the skin feeling healthy.
Geranium Oil - Gives the skin a radiant boost and heals acne.

To use the sunscreen: Shake well, gently squeeze it out from the bottle and apply a generous layer evenly onto the skin.

The sunscreen has a fluid texture and thanks to its light-weighted formula, it blends and absorb easily into the skin. It doesn't leave any white cast and certainly did not leave any sticky or greasy feeling on the skin. This is really a plus point for me because though my skin is combination-dry, it tends to get very oily at the end of the day. But the sunscreen really helps to keep that under control. I noticed my skin is less oily at the of the day. Also, I really really like the velvety finish of the sunscreen.

As for the scent, I've mentioned earlier, there's a hint of rose but some might find it a bit too strong. Personally, I find it to be on the strong side; but then again, this is very subjective. If you like matte-finishing, you might want to give this a go.
#0 Translucent
#23 Warm Beige
Pink Lavender
Apart from the Petal Velvet Sunaway, Althea has previously released their own version of loose powder - Petal Velvet Powder, and there are 3 shades to choose from - Translucent, Warm Beige and Pink Lavender. I've tried a few other loose powder, and Althea's is one of my favourite. Not only it is convenient to bring around, but I also find it works well as a touch-up for my skin. You can read the full review on the Althea Petal Velvet Powder here.

The Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway (55ml) is priced at RM 43 on Althea's website. Alternatively, you can get the sunscreen + loose powder at a bundle price of RM 53.10. Also, they are offering FREE SHIPPING on all Althea Exclusive with code PBSHIP.

To know more updates on Althea, you can check out their Website, Facebook and Instagram.


Tips to Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

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Are you planning to sell your property or have your land listed for sale in Malaysia? The problem is that it is a tedious process and you do not have the extra time to deal with the process of getting the land for sale in Malaysia. Therefore, engaging with real estate agent sounds like a good idea. However, you do not know where and how to find the right real estate agent to get your land for sale in Malaysia. You start doing your research and look for real estate agents online, you read the reviews by other their clients and you start asking for recommendations from your friends. That is right, you are on the right track. But that is not the end of it. Here are a few handy tips that will help you in finding the right real estate agent that is certified with the Board of Valuers, Appraisers, Estate Agents and Property Managers.

1.      Select an agent with the right credentials
It is the same as being a doctor or a lawyer. You need a certificate to show that you are a qualified real estate agent. A real estate agent should meet the requirements, passed the examinations and be registered under the Board of Valuers, Appraisers & Estate Agents, in order to be qualified as a real estate agent in Malaysia. Do check the references before deciding on whom to engage.

2.      How long has the agent been in the industry?
While it is true that the number of year practicing as a real estate agent is not an indication of the skill of the real estate agent, this question is essential because it is an indication of how many different situations the real estate agent has faced before. That being said, a real estate agent who has been in the property industry long enough will have better knowledge of the property industry. They will also know how to deal and handle with different situations, such as negotiating with different potential buyers. This knowledge will be useful in determining the price of your land and whether the area of your land is a hotspot therefore, stand a chance to be sold with higher price.

3.      What are your expertise and track records?
Before engaging with the real estate agent, you should know the expertise of the real estate agent. You want to find the right real estate agent that specializes in your area of interest and it would be an added advantage if he knows the neighborhood well. Choose the real estate agent that is a neighborhood expert. As for their track records, it serves as a guideline for you to decide if you want to engage with their service or not, based on their number of success deals. You could also find out if the real estate agent is of good fit in terms of disciplines by checking through the Board of Valuers, Appraisers & Estate Agents.

4.      Determining the price
Everyone wants to sell his or her lands for a good price and make a profit out of it. A good real estate agent will keep himself or herself updated with the market price or market on goings. Knowledge like this will ensure that you are selling the land at a right price with the right advice before deciding on a price.  Ask for the price range for properties in the same area. A price that is too high will risk missing out on many potential buyers whereas a price that is too low is similar to giving out the land for free. Either way, you do not want to take the risk of selling the land at a price too high or too low. In addition, do also ask around for the real estate agent’s commission and closing fees to make a comparison before deciding on whom to engage with.

5.      Duration and sales plan
Know the sales plan of the real estate agent. Be a part of the plan and know what the real estate agent is going to do next. The real estate agent might have a really good marketing plan for your land for sale and you do not want to miss out on any details of the plan. Make sure that the details of your land are correct as well. Have a rough guide on how long it will take for the real estate agent to sell your land based on his or her expertise.

6.      What should I do?
Lastly, ask the real estate agent on what you should do to your land before getting it listed for sale. There are many factors that will affect the price or value for your land. A professional real estate agent will advice you accordingly on any mandatory renovations or repairs or even pest control that you should do on land to bring out the best out of it. They might even suggest a few budget friendly ways to beautify your land ad make it more appealing to potential buyers.

These 6 questions will be handy if you are looking for a real estate agent to get your land for sale in Malaysia for a good price. After interviewing a few real estate agents, it is time to pick the most suitable real estate agent to help you deal with your business. Most importantly, trust your feeling and gut instincts, if there is anything that you do not feel right, it most probably is wrong.


D'RAN: Bio & Natural Skincare Solutions from Korea

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Still looking for a skincare solution that meets the needs of your skin? Not wanting to slab on too much chemicals on the face, and looking for something natural? Or, you have yet to invest in any good skincare simply because of the costs of doing?

If so, I would like to share with you a new skincare from Korea that I've been trying out - D'RAN.

D'RAN Korea skincare, a skincare brand featuring natural and dermatology science, with no animal testing skincare range. D'RAN offers multi-functional and effective luxurious skincare ranges with premium quality, and yet at affordable prices for optimum healthy and beautiful skin.

First, let's start with D'RAN Hydrating Mineral Mist to prep the skin after cleansing. The mineral mist works as both toner, as well as a facial mist that can be sprayed onto the face as and when the skin is feeling dry and need to be hydrated.

Three main ingredients of the facial mist are:

Alaska Glacier Water - The 6 mineral ingredients in Alaska Glacier Water gives a cooling effect and moisture the skin.
Witch Hazel Extract - Helps to calm delicate skin, pore-tightness and sebum control. It also helps to improve elasticity and achieve smoother skin texture.
Hydrolyzed Collagen - Hydrolyzed collagen, which contains more than 20 amino acids, is absorbed easily and quickly to the skin. It helps by giving the skin a healthier and plumper look.

Personally, I use the facial mist more as a toner. After cleansing my face, I'll spray the mist all over my face and gently pad till dry. Remember not too position it too close to your face, and it is recommended to place it around 20cm away from your face.

The mist feels really light-weighted. It absorbs very quickly into the skin without leaving any sticky residue. Also, my skin can be quite sensitive and tends to turn red very easily. I realized my skin is now much "calmer" and doesn't flare up that easily. It is recommended to use D'RAN Hydrating Mist if you have the following concerns:

1. Skin with stretch pores and lacks elasticity
2. Greasy T-zones and dry U-zones
3. Skin that constantly feels a burning sensation or under thick makeup
4. Dark skin tone, dull and/or tired skin

The plus point of the product? You can carry it anywhere you go, and use it anytime you need to "replenish" the moisture in your skin! Oh, it can be used to set your makeup too.

After prepping the skin, it is time to "feed" some moisture into the skin. And with this, I'm currently using D'RAN Wonder Serum for Moisturizing & Soothing. This is probably the lightest weight serum I've ever used. The serum is said to be suitable for all skin type, especially for sensitive and irritated skin. The serum offers moisture and calming effect, leaving the skin soft and clear.

There are 3 main ingredients in the serum:

Sea Complex - 7 types of seaweed extract, containing abundant effective nutrients and moisture, giving you a smoother and softer skin.
Moisturizing Ingredients - Hyaluronic Acid supply abundant moisture to the skin. It takes care of sensitive skin and helps to prevent moisture lost at the same time.
Soy Bean Fermentation Extract - Helps to calm and moisturized the skin, keeping the skin feeling fresh.

The serum is in a transparent watery-gel form. 2 pumps are more than enough to apply the entire face; and due to its light weight, the serum get absorbs into the skin very fast. However, it does leave a little bit of sticky residue for a slight moment.

The D'RAN Wonder Serum for Moisturizing & Soothing is recommended if you have the following skin concerns:

1. Dry skin type that needs frequent care.
2. Having trouble applying makeup onto the skin due to skin cutin
3. Dull and tiring skin.
4. Have sensitive skin.

Let's not forget to apply moisturizer too - D'RAN Wonder Snail Treatment Cream. Yes, snail! In 1980 a Chilean family established a snail farm with the intention of exporting snails to Europe for gastronomic purposes. But the family discovered the farmer's hands became extremely soft, and over time, dermatologist discovered the benefits of snail mucin. Since then, snail mucin has become a popular cosmetic ingredient and skincare product worldwide.

The treatment cream is said to diminish scar tissue, enhance skin barrier, while restoring radiance and moisture in the skin. D'RAN Wonder Snail Treatment Cream delays the aging process of skin tissues and protects the skin with antioxidant action. Snail secretion filtrate and silk worm restores the deep luminosity of young-looking skin as they nourish the skin at the same time.

The main ingredients of the treatment cream are:

Snail Secretion Filtrate - Rejuvenating
Silkworm Cocoon Extract - Enhance skin barrier
Aloe Vera - Hydrating, calming
Niacinamide - Whitening
Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract - Regenerating
Jojobab Seed Oil - Hydrating, calming
Argan Oil - Nourishing, firming
Shea Butter - Hydrating, firming

I was very surprise to find the treatment cream is very light weight too. Despite the name "cream", it has more of a watery texture than a thick creamy texture like how your usual cream would feel like. Personally, I really like the treatment cream a lot. Not just because it get absorbs into the skin easily, but it leaves my skin feeling refreshing too.

To know more about D'RAN, check out D'RAN Malaysia Official Facebook Page. For product advice and skin analysis, you can contact Debbie at Wechat (TeddyDebbie) or on Facebook.


SHO: Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule and Treatment Mask

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It's no secret that Koreans are really good in taking care of their skin. Making sure the skin healthy with a glow from within sometimes doesn't really take much work, but the many times we tend to overdo it. So, how to achieve a healthy glowing skin without overdoing it? The answer is sometimes as simple as a bottle of ampoule and treatment mask.

SHO is a Korean skincare brand that combines beauty treatment and science. Produced in the best cosmetics manufacturer in Korea under strict standard to ensure quality, SHO offers a range of fine ingredients skin care products which give modern working women a high-quality treatment at the comfort of their own home.

All of SHO products are free from harmful ingredients such as Triethanolamine, Benzophenone, Mineral oil, Sulfate, Paraben and Acrylamide. It is safe to be used by pregnant women too! There are 2 products from SHO - ampoule and ampoule mask, which are designed to work together to produce the best results for the skin.

SHO Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule - 50ml (RM 189). Ampoules are considered to be more concentrated version of a serum, and it has 3X more effective and absorption compared to serum. Think of it as a booster shot that gives the additional "push" to your skin. Ampoule often contains a higher number of active ingredients, provides lasting effects, helps to restore balance to the skin, and non-sticky.

Peptide is one of the most effective ingredients for elasticity of the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become protein. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and "communicate" with our cells to let them know how to function.

SHO Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule contains ingredients such as:

Marine Originated Collagen - Skin firming,enhancing skin barrier
Adenosin - Wrinkle improvement, enhancing skin elasticity
Portulaca Oleracea Extract - Soothing skin, antimicrobial
Elastin - Maintaining skin elasticity
Hyaluronic Acid - Smoothing skin texture, moisturizing

The ampoule is recommended for rough, flaky and again skin as it has benefits such as skin firming,enhancing skin elasticity and moisturising.

How TO:
1. Apply appropriate amount, tap to promote absorption.
2. Follow up with a moisturizer.
3. Or make it the last step depending on your skin concern.

The ampoule comes in a sturdy glass jar and thanks to its dropper design, it is very easy to dispense and control the amount of ampoule. I was a little surprised by the size of the ampoule, as they usually come in smaller size.

The ampoule has a thick watery texture and a little does go a long way. Just a drop or 2 is sufficient to apply the entire face. As SHO has claimed, the ampoule does absorb into the skin fairly quickly, despite the thick consistency. I was a little worried that the ampoule would be too rich for my skin, but it turns out my skin is loving it! My skin is looking healthier and plumper. Also, I noticed I have less breakouts compare to before, and my acne scars are healing faster too.

There are a few ways that you could optimize the use of the ampoule:

1. Ampoule + Foundation/BB Cushion
For those of you who want to have a dewy look or increase the hydration of your skin, add a few drops of ampoule into your foundation or BB Cushion. I heard about combining skin care and foundation for the longest time, but this is my first time trying out. I started out with 2 drops of ampoule and work my way up.

It does give the skin a dewy look, but somehow it is now working for the BB Cream I'm using. Somehow my foundation just couldn't stay. However, I also understand this method only work for some foundations/BB cream. So, do experiment and play around to see which one work for you.

2. Ampoule + Moisturizer
If you find your skin to be exceptionally dry or scaly, try mixing the ampoule with your moisturizer, and use this as a sleeping mask. This way, it would help to lock in and seal all the moisture in the skin and prevent any water loss. This is my favourite way of using the ampoule. Not only it saves me time, but I noticed my skin looks and is so much healthier. On top of this, my skin appears to be less oily too!

If are not sure how your skin would react, I would suggest you go easy this. Probably want to start with a ratio of 1:1 and observe.

Another important stop in my beauty routine is facial mask. Facial masks are perfect skin care treatment to help with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate the skin, remove excess oils, help improve the appearance of the pores, remove impurities from the skin, and the essential oils in the masks can be quite therapeutic.

SHO Wrinkle Life Peptide Ampoule Mask - 7pcs (RM 159). Unlike many conventional masks that are meant for daily use, this is a treatment mask and it contains 27ml of ampoule to provide visible results in just one application. This means you don't need to use it every day to see the results. In fact, many users have said to see results after one use.

The treatment mask contains:

Peptide - The most effective ingredient for elasticity of skin.
Marine Originated Collage Composite - Effectively moisture the skin.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 & Adenosine Components - Well known for its outstanding anti-aging effects, making the skin healthier and look younger.
Active components of Glycosaminoglycans & Lecithin - Helps to achieve a moist and elastic skin texture.

Some of the key benefits of the Wrinkle Lift Peptide Ampoule Masks are skin firming, enhancing the skin elasticity and healthy, and moisturizing. So, it is recommended to use if you have rough, flaky and/or aging skin.

I've been using the mask once a week and I absolutely love the mask a lot! When removing the mask, I noticed the mask is soaked with ampoule. So, you probably want to be very careful when removing the mask from the package, to avoid dripping the ampoule all over the place.

The mask sits nicely on my face and despite packed with ampoule, it doesn't drip thanks to its thick consistency. In just one usage, I could feel my skin is so much more moisturized and plump up. Since this is a treatment mask, I tend to use it once a week or the night before of an event/function.

I used to think with my combination skin, it is very hard to find a product that not only works in giving my skin enough moisture but at the same time, doesn't create more breakouts. How wrong could I have been!

If you are looking for still looking for a good skin lifting solutions while keeping your skin moisturized, you definitely should consider SHO! On top of this, SHO also offers a few other ampoules and masks that address different skin need. You can get them from their Facebook, Instagram, and 50 selected SaSa stores.