Saturday, 6 January 2018

My Favourite Skin Care & Make Up Bundle in 2017 | Althea Box #38 Review - Gold Sparkling Box

I can't believe that we have actually bid 2017 adieu and living in year 2018 now, how time flies! I have tried a lot of new skin care and make up brands in 2017 and I had so much fun in exploring these new beauty brands. Looking back to 2017, I realised that Althea Box is the best way to reach out to new brands and products at the minimal cost. Believe it or not, I bagged a total of 4 Althea Boxes in 2017, and each of the boxes did not let me down in term of their contents and quality. I'm going to do a review on another Althea Box in this post and guess what, this is my BEST Althea Box in 2017! 

Althea Box #38 Review - Gold Sparkling Box
RM 109

If you don’t already know, Althea surprises their fans with curated Althea Box based on different themes every fortnight. They're selling like hot cakes so you need to be really fast to secure your order. I especially love these handpicked beauty boxes because they're really cheap and worth every penny. On the other hand, do watch out Althea website for the monthly release of Trend Box because they're usually sold out in hours! As its name suggests, Trend Box is packed with hot products (either a new brand or new products from an existing brand) based on some of Korea’s biggest beauty trends. Interesting right? Salute to Althea team for putting efforts in curating these value-for-money boxes, these boxes are going to help you save a lot I tell you.

Althea Box #38 is a Holiday Box with the theme of "Gold Sparkling Box" (RM 109), the best part is that it comes in a limited edition Christmas box. I was over the moon to receive this matte blue box, it feels so festive and Christmassy!

Look at the galaxy stars printed inside the box, can't believe that Althea team went into such details! This Gold Sparkling Box comes with 6 full sized products and 1 sample:

Missha Gold Snow Line Skincare Sample Kit

Leaguertox Gold Foil Seethrough Illumination Mask

Leaguertox Gold Foil Seethrough Illumination Mask

I'm a mask lover so I'm really happy to find Leaguertox Gold Foil Seethrough Illumination Mask in my Gold Sparkling Box. The packaging of this mask piqued my interest as it consists of two separate sachets, each labelled as Step 1 and Step 2. Most of the products from Korean brands does not come with English description but not this one. They provide clear descriptions and instructions on the packaging itself which I find really helpful. Basically there are two steps in this mask, which are intensive spot care and overall skin care respectively. 

Step 1: Water Light Spot (Intensive spot care)

They named these thin patches as "Water Spot Patch" and they are meant for concerned areas such as smiling lines, under eye and forehead. The Water Spot Patch claims to be able to provide intensive treatment for a clean and clear skin.

The Water Spot Patch looks like a cellophane tape but they are less sticky than a conventional tape. I decided to use the spot patch on my under eye area and smiling lines, and I have to say that it was a painful process to keep the patches in place. The patches can barely fit to my skin and they kept coming off due to the poor adhesive properties. I swear that I kept my facial muscles still and tried not to move at all but the patches still came off by themselves. I removed the spot patches after 15 minutes and found the treated area a bit moist, but that's fairly far from well hydrated and moisturized. I won't see myself returning to this product because it's not as user-friendly as I wish it to be. 

Step 2: Gold Foil See Through Illumination Mask (Overall Skin Care Step)

Next, let's proceed to the main highlight of Leaguertox Gold Foil Seethrough Illumination Mask, the gold mask itself. Some might feel that I'm bragging but I'm such a mask lover that I have tried all sorts of mask out there, be it clay mask, sheet mask or wash-off mask. Through my masking journey, I realized that some of the masks are gimmicky and do not deliver effects that they claimed.

Based on the official product introduction, Leaguertox Gold Foil Seethrough Illumination Mask can help to improve blood circulation through thermal reflection sheet. When I read this, I was like "Don't you try to bluff me! Thermal reflection sheet?! What nonsense is this?" Sorry for being brutally honest here but how could a piece of sheet mask be related as thermal reflection sheet? Seriously I have no idea... Well it could be me who is ignorant so please comment if you have information on how a sheet mask can function as a thermal reflection sheet. 

I tried the gold mask doubtfully and yes, it's just a normal sheet mask. As can be seen from the photos, the entire sheet mask is covered by a printed mesh in gold colour. The gold mesh remained intact after I had the mask on my face for 20 minutes so I guess the printed gold mesh is meant for aesthetic purpose only. Putting the gimmicky gold mesh and thermal reflection sheet aside, this is actually a decent sheet mask that boosted my skin with hydration and moisturization. In contrast to the thin and watery essence that comes with most of the sheet mask, the essence in Leaguertox Gold Foil Seethrough Illumination Mask is incredibly viscous and rich, which I personally love it very much. The generous amount of essence in the mask is abundant for face, neck and limbs. 

Despite of the poor performance of Water Spot Patch and unrealistic claim of thermal reflection sheet, I'm actually quite surprised that I still like Leaguertox Gold Foil Seethrough Illumination Mask for its excellent hydrating and moisturizing power. Look, I'm such a practical person that prioritizes functionality most of the time because in the end of the day, it's the products' performance that matters the most. 

Onsaemeein Lumiere Gold Daily Cream - 50mL

Aha! I have bought a tub of Onsaemeein Lumiere Gold Daily Cream from Althea back in 2016 and it's really good! I still remember that I got my Onsaemeein Lumiere Gold Daily Cream at around RM60, and this Gold Sparkling Box is sold at RM 109, do your math *wink*. 

You might not have heard of the brand Onsaemeein, so do I when I first encountered it in 2016. This is such a hidden gem and it definitely deserves more ravings.

Containing 3 key ingredients of gold flakes, Shea Butter and Propolis extracts, Onsaemeein Lumiere Gold Daily Cream can help to achieve soft, healthy and bouncy skin. The cream is best for people with wrinkles and dull skin issues as the Niacin Amid and Adenosine ingredients can brighten and strengthen the elasticity of the skin respectively.

Look at the generous amount of  24k gold flakes in the cream! It feels so luxury and opulent!

Onsaemeein Lumiere Gold Daily Cream has a dense and creamy texture but fret not, it does not feel sticky or greasy on skin. I like to use the cream as my sleeping mask as it does a wonderful job in locking the moisture in, I absolutely love how I wake up the next day with supple, soft and smooth skin. On top of that, my skin does look brighter and more radiant based on my past experience with the previous tub of gold daily cream which I finished in the mid of 2017. However, I have not seen much significant changes on the wrinkles reduction part because in all fairness, I don't have serious wrinkles and fine lines problems at this stage. In brief, I will recommend Onsaemeein Lumiere Gold Daily Cream to those with dry or combination skin type. The cream might be too rich and over-moisturizing for people with oily skin though, so take note ya! 

Petifee Gold & EGF Eye Spot Patch

Petifee Gold & EGF Eye Spot Patch is definitely one of the highlights of Gold Sparkling Box, god knows how many DMs I have received after I posted the unboxing video on my Instastory and everyone was asking me about Petifee Gold & EGF Eye Spot Patch. 

This is my very first try on Petifee Gold & EGF Eye Spot Patch but I have heard tonnes of positive reviews from my friends, even Carinn recommended this eye patch to me! (When Carinn said that it is good, it is REALLY good!) 

There are two types of spot patch in the container, where the round patches are surrounded by C-shaped patches on both side. The C-shaped patch is meant for under eye area and the spot patch can be used at anywhere. The patches are soaked in a bath of essence so you have to be extra cautious when opening the lid of the container. 

Made with black pearl collagen and gold powder, this luxurious eye mask is full of amino acids to help regeneration and purification to make the skin more plump and radiant, as well as provide anti-oxidizing and anti-aging effects to these delicate areas. The patch is very thin and slippery so it takes some skill to lift the patch from the pool of essence. The patch is so thin that it can be torn by long finger nails, I accidentally tore one of the eye patch when I tried to put it in place under my eyes, what a waste! 

The C-shaped patch might not have the best fitting under my eyes in term of the shape but I'm still very happy with the patch as it adheres to my skin tightly and seamlessly. I can walk around without having these patches coming off my skin, bravo! The patch gave my skin a tingling sensation, especially at my under eye area, guess it's the Amino Acid working on my skin. Don't worry, the tingling sensation is bearable (well, at least it's bearable for me) and it is gone when the patch is removed. 

After using Petifee Gold & EGF Eye Spot Patch, the skin at the vicinity of my eyes and smiling lines became noticeably smoother. The effect cannot be seen by naked eyes but when you touch the skin, the difference is there. I also let my family to try the patch and they love it, especially my father who always wants to get rid of his eye bags. 

Nakeup Face C-Cup Lip Tox-tick
#03 Stealer

Coming to the make up part of Gold Sparkling Box, we have Nakeup Face C-Cup Lip Tox-tick in shade #03 Stealer. Now let's take a moment to appreciate the sparkling rose gold casing of the lipstick, I literally screamed out and showed the lipstick to everyone in my house when I unboxed it, too pretty!

Nakeup Face C-Cup Lip Tox-tick
#03 Stealer

Nakeup Face C-Cup Lip Tox-tick
#03 Stealer

The casing is comparable to high end brands (YSL? lol) and it doesn't feel plasticy and cheap. The highlight of this lipstick is that it can make your lips look plumper and fuller. I was wondering how is it going to work...

As soon as I applied the lipstick on my lips, I felt a strong tingling sensation with cooling effect, I was not expecting this! I thought it's the cooling effect of the lipstick, just like how the other cooling lip balms usually do. However, I realized that it's the tingling sensation that makes your lips look fuller and plumper! Oh my god this is so interesting! The tingling sensation did not disappear until I removed the lipstick by using make up remover. I'm not really a fans of plump lips so it doesn't bother me much whether the lipstick can make my lips look fuller or not, it's always the colour payoff and texture that matter the most.

Basically Nakeup Face C-Cup Lip Tox-tick in shade #03 Stealer is a classic coral shade which is my personal favourite. The lipstick is very smooth that it glides on effortlessly on my lips. As can be seen from the close up photo above, the lipstick has a creamy texture and the best part is, it's not drying at all and it doesn't accentuate the fine lines on my lips. I wore the lipstick for a couple hours and the colour remained vivid on my lips. The lip colour at the center of my lips faded a little bit after I had a meal, which is acceptable for me. 

Chica-Y-Chico One Shot Eye Palette
Day Drink & Wine Burgundy

Chica-Y-Chico One Shot Eye Palette
Day Drink & Wine Burgundy

I'm not ashamed to admit that my current beauty obsession is eye shadow palettes and it seems that I can never get enough of them. My collections are expanding and I have been looking for a nice burgundy palette. I wanted to get Etude House Play Colour Eyes #Wine Party from Althea but the hot-selling Althea Dried Rose Box went out of stock too quickly, you have to be really fast in order to secure an Althea Box. 

When I saw that Chica-Y-Chico One Shot Eye Palettes are included in Gold Sparkling Box, I told myself that I need to get this Althea Box, it includes not only one but two eye shadow palettes! 

Chica-Y-Chico One Shot Eye Palette
Day Drink

Chica-Y-Chico One Shot Eye Palette
Wine Burgundy

Chica-Y-Chico One Shot Eye Palettes contain 3 different types of finish: Matte, Shimmer and Glitter. I really like how they fit all 3 types of finish into one palette because we can't be wearing dramatic and glittery eye shadows everyday. There are days that I want to stay low profile and of course there are days that I want to be in the limelight of the night. These palettes are versatile enough that one can create a diverse make up effortlessly. 

As their names suggest, Day Drink is a very wearable palette for work and Wine Burgundy on the other hand, is a great palette to create glamorous and alluring look. The eye shadows have a very soft texture that the powder can be picked up by brush pretty easily. As can be seen from the swatches, their colour pay-off is excellent that each of the colours is incredibly vivid and pigmented. 

I'm still a greenhorn at make up tutorial but I will never improve if I don't practise more, so here is a very simple tutorial on how to create the popular burgundy look by using Chica-Y-Chico One Shot Eye Palettes in Day Drink and Wine Burgundy. 

  1. Apply Malibu all over the eyelid to brighten your eye.
  2. Apply Cointreau on the eyelid area where the entire eyeball is located. Next, apply the same shade at lower eyelid, a thin line will do. 
  3. Apply Rose Wine at the 1/3 end of the eye, don't forget to blend to make it looks natural.
  4. Dab a bit of Red Eye on the eyelid area where the iris is located at to make your eyes pop.
  5. Draw an eyeliner by using Vodka Espresso.

I was a bit worried to use the glitter shades because coarse glitter particles can downgrade the eye make up tremendously as it will make one to look cheap. To my surprise, the glitter particles are exceptionally finely milled, the quality is actually comparable to some other top notch brands! You might think that this is an expensive palette but in fact, it is sold at RM 47 each only. 

Missha Gold Snow Line Skincare Sample Kit

Last but not least, we have Missha Gold Snow Line Skincare Sample Kit in the Gold Sparkling Box. Toss this sample kit into your luggage and say bye to bottles when you're travelling, super handy and convenient!

I didn't expect this post to be this lengthy and thank you so much if you have read till here, your support is always the driving force for me to do better! Remember to stalk Althea on their social media platforms if you're interested to get the next Althea Box, they're selling like hot cakes! 

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