Codename AYA

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Belle de Jour Planner Giveaway (Part 3)*

Every week this month, I'll be giving away a Belle de Jour planner package! There will be two (2) winners this week. To join, follow my page on Facebook *here* and comment on the giveaway photo! Full mechanics are on there. Special thanks to Belle de Jour for the prizes!

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*This giveaway is open only to Philippine residents. Winners will be chosen and contacted by me through email/social media for their delivery details. Make sure the accounts you use to enter are accounts you check regularly!

For updates, visit CodenameAYA on FB.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Unboxing: Althea Philippines - Your New Korean Beauty Go-To Shopping Site!

Hi guys! Sharing with you one of the newest online shopping sites to launch in the Philippines. 

If you love Korean beauty products, I'm sure you'd be thrilled that Althea Korea, a popular Korean beauty online store that ships internationally and directly from Korea, now also ships to the Philippines! 


Now, I know what you're thinking - how 'high' the shipping costs would be and how long shipping would take. Right? Well, let me tell you that Althea PH ships for free for orders above 1500 Php, which is a great deal already, if you ask me. And right now, actually, they're shipping for free for orders above 999 Php as part of their grand launch promo. Shipping also only takes approximately 5-8 days, which is not bad at all for an international order. And my fave part is that your orders won't go through the post office anymore and will be delivered straight to your doorstep! It's just as easy as ordering from a local shop, isn't it? I was impressed, myself!

The shop is now live at http://ph.althea.kr/. You can now go and create an account on there and enjoy Althea PH's opening promos such as free 300 credits, discounted prices(!), free items(!!) and free shipping.

Now on to my haul!!!

I got to test the site before it launched, and here's what I ordered.


Every order from Althea comes in a pink beauty box. Receiving packages is good and all, but receiving pink packages is even better!

Items:
Piolang 24K Gold Wrapping Mask
Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar
Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
Holika Holika Baby Pet Magic Mask Sheet
Paralaplel Magic Color Change Mask Horse Oil


Let me talk about these quickly. (Links to individual listings on photo captions!)

I'm most excited to try this gold facial mask. It's from a brand I'm not familiar with, but...

Piolang 24K Gold Wrapping Mask
...Who wouldn't get interested in a gold facial mask??? I was so so so intrigued by this, I couldn't not try it out! It was on sale too, so I thought, WHY NOT? Have you guys tried this? Let me know your thoughts on this. I have read a few reviews, so I kind of know already what to expect. We'll see, we'll see.

Next item is a two-tone lipstick for easy lip gradients.

Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar
I chose the shade 'Burgundy Love' because I love dark-ish shades on  my lips. I'm wearing it right now while writing this post, trying to see how it feels and how long it would last. So far loving the pigmentation and how easy I can get a gradient effect with it. Also, unlike typical lipstick tubes, to push the product up and down the tube, there's a slider at the side. You slide the button down for the product to come up, and slide it back up to retract. I do like the sliding thing but I wish it were made to go with the direction of the product (like up for up, down for down haha). But in the overall scheme of things, I guess that's not really a big deal. It's something I can get used to.

This next item is not something new to me. I've seen this lots of times since it's available here in the Ph as well. 

Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
When I realized it was on sale on Althea's site (price was even lower than local price here,  I believe), I thought it was high time I got it.

The last few items are facial masks. But not just your ordinary facial masks! 

The first one's a character mask. 

Holika Holika Baby Pet Magic Mask Sheet
I got this because I enjoyed the animal masks I got from our recent HK trip (haul post here). So cute and fun to use! I got 'Soothing Cat' this time but will surely try the other ones out next time.

The other mask I got is color-changing!

Paralaplel Magic Color Change Mask Horse Oil
It looked so cool to use, and you know me... I love me some color-changing stuff! It claims to be moisturizing and brightening. Aside from that, the design on the mask changes colors as the skin cools. So basically, it's a temperature-based color-changing mask. So excited to use this!



So that's for my first ever Althea Philippines haul. I find the site easy to navigate, and there are different category filters and options that can help you choose which items to get. I received my pink parcel only 7 days after ordering, which really surprised me as it's an international order. I was expecting shipping would take longer than that. I heard others got their orders even earlier than that!

Overall, Althea Ph will surely be my go-to site for Korean beauty products. I might even start getting my favorite Etude House brow pencil (my review here) through Althea because it's always so hard to catch my shade in stock at Etude House branches near me! Placed my second order just now. Heehee.

For more info and promo updates, you can visit Althea Philippines on the following platforms.


Happy shopping, guys! Do show me what you get by commenting below or tagging me anywhere. Haha ;P


Disclaimer: Credits used to shop were provided by the store for free, but the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely mine and based on my own experience with the service and products.

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