Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: ALTHEA Beauty Box from Korea

Hi babes! Do you remember when was the last time you subscribe to a beauty box? Remember those days where your monthly subscription box comes as a surprise, with lots of beauty products, samples, vouchers etc? Well, those are just so yesterday!

Now, you can have beauty boxes with better value, more full-sized products and no unnecessary samples/vouchers. And these come at a stunningly affordable price!

Where to get such amazing beauty box? From althea.kr!

During Christmas last month, it released 7 Holiday Boxes (Makeup Theme) and they're all sold out. Luckily I manage to get one of them-- Althea Bare Beauty Box.

My very first themed Althea Beauty Box opens perfect as a gift. True to its name, the “Bare” Box has all you need for a bare, no-makeup makeup look. It comes with 1 makeup pouch and 7 full-sized Korean trendy products specially for creating a flawless foundation makeup.

The best part is, it is only RM121 per box, meaning less than RM20 per item. Normally, the foundation cushion and concealer can easily cost more than that. So this is definitely a great deal right?

Now let's see what's inside my Althea Korea Base Makeup Beauty Box!

Feel free to check out my unboxing video on Instagram.

#1. WITCH'S POUCH Stripe Pouch
A very useful vanity pouch in simple stripe design, especially for travelling.

#2. WITCH'S POUCH Triple Cover Glow Foundation No.23 Triple Natural

❤ A jewelry complex infused liquid foundation that covers imperfections, pores, etc
❤ Contains gold pearl that gives bright glow and shimmer to the face
❤ Boosts moisture and strengthen immunity of the skin
❤ Leaves the skin silky and smooth like porcelain
❤ Gives a healthy and natural skin tone
❤ For skin fitting and long-lasting makeup

#3. A:CONCEPT All-in-one Brightening A:Cushion SPF35 PA++ in No.23 Natural Beige

❤ Multi-functional (Whitening + Anti-wrinkles + UV protection + Coverage)
❤ Lighten the skin tone by one level
❤ Easy to use – Just dab from centre outwards
❤ Complete the base makeup in mere seconds!

#4. A:CONCEPT A:Concealer

❤ A multi-functional stick concealer (Moisture + Adhesion + Coverage)
❤ Natural tone, long-lasting and easy to carry
❤ Smart design! (Can insert into the Cushion Compact)

#5. ARITAUM Real Ampoule Color Corrector - Mint/Peach/Purple

❤ Color corrector that conceals and corrects redness, dark circles and uneven skin tones
❤ Neutralizes the appearance of discoloration
❤ Easy to use – Just press the button and apply directly onto skin

#6. MILKYDRESS Tri Beige Silky Velvet Primer

❤ Covers pores, blemishes and wrinkles to give the skin an even texture
❤ Amazing sebum control effect – Skin stays powdery and oil-free
❤ Uses organic vegetable extracts to help improve skin moisture and elasticity

Beauty Tips: Apply only when necessary! (You can apply the size of a grain of rice onto the part you need coverage)

#7. SECRETKEY Natural Daily Pure Sunstick

❤ A compact and convenient sunscreen that is mild and hypoallergenic for young and old
❤ Contains oriental tea and herb tea to give soothing effect onto the skin
❤ The best part? Non-sticky and comfortable for those who dislike sunblock cream

#8. MAMONDE Flower Essential Mask - Rose Moisturizing
Cellulose mask sheet that deeply penetrates the skin with moisture.

It smells lovely and therapeutic with rosy scent. I love using this to reduce skin fatigue.

So….that’s all I have in this beauty box! Isn’t it amazing for the price I paid? Personally, I find that all the products are useful to me, and none of them is going into waste. Now I can have the perfect makeup base for any occasions!

If you are interested in beauty boxes like this, you gotta keep an eye on Althea.kr website as they release 3 types of beauty boxes each month, in VERY limited quantities. So be quick before you miss it!

Althea Beauty Box
❤ 3 types of Limited Edition Beauty Boxes every month.
❤ Only full-sized products will be included!
❤ Contains 6-12 full-sized products (depending on the theme and value)
❤ No subscription required (Buy only if you like it!)
❤ No surprises (You know what you'll get. Buy only if you like it!)

What's the catch?
NONE! But the beauty boxes are limited in quantity (while stocks last), so be quick before you miss it!
10-15 working days of waiting time to have it delivered to your doorstep from Korea!

Let’s shop now at www.althea.kr!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Italian Dinner with Michelin Star Chef @ Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

It has been almost a year since I last had my Italian Prosecco brunch date with Michelin Chef Marcello Fabbri who flew all the way from Italy to Kuala Lumpur and took over Villa Danieli's kitchen for a week. Now I am glad that he is back at Sheraton Imperial, bringing to us another level of gastronomical journey of flavours and taste of Italy.

During his 20 years experience in the renowned gourmet restaurant in Germany – Anna Amelia, he has served the royals and prominent names from various industries. His passion towards ‘Italian simplicity’ style of cooking has earned him the recognition as one of the most celebrated chefs in the world.

I am glad to be able to sample his traditional Italian cuisine once again
during his one-week stay at Villa Danieli from 19 to 23 January 2017. 

Degustation Menu by Chef Marcello Fabbri
❤ Villa Danieli, Sheraton Imperial KL
❤ 5-course meal: Starter, soup, risotto, steak, dessert 

It has been awhile since I last dined Villa Danieli and I miss the house signature bread here. The complimentary basket of bread always gains much popularity among the diners because the fresh bakes are just delicious.

Marcello Fabbri Vitello Tonnato
Newly Interpreted Tuna and Veal by Marcello Fabbri
Frescobaldi Pomino Bianco DOC

Then we kickstart our Italian affair with a cold amuse bouche – Sliced tuna and veal with balsamic vinaigrette. The lightly marinated tuna tastes mild on the palate, and pairing it with a slightly sweet white wine is a great start of our evening feast.

Zuppa Di Zucca
Pumpkin Soup served with Scallops and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio D.O.C.G

Next up is a hearty bowl of creamy roasted pumpkin soup, crowned with 3 pieces of fried breaded scallops. I love the aroma of roasted pumpkin which balances well with the juicy, sweet seafood. But the overall taste could be better if it falls on the less salty side.

Risotto Ai Porcini
Risotto of Porcini Mushrooms served with Parmesan Ice Cream
Speri Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore DOC

However, I personally find that the showstopper of the evening is the classic mushroom risotto – Simple yet comforting especially when it exudes loads of earthy aroma upon savouring every grain of the rice. No doubt it is Chef Marcello Fabbri's signature dish! 

Manzo Australiano
Australian Black Angus Striploin served with Green Asparagus, Potato Confit and Black Truffle
Lamole Di Lamole Blue Label Chianti Classico D.O.C.G

As the main arrives, my dining partner enjoys his medium rare striploin in classic sauce while I opt for a non-beef option – Sous vide chicken, topped with a generous portion of black truffle. Best paired with deep red wine that cuts through the flavours of the meat.

Torta Di Mele Granny Smith
Granny Smith Apple Tart served with Granny Smith Soup and Sorbet
Warre Warrior Finest Reserve Port Wine

Our 5-course meal is sealed with a sweet ending – Sweet tart, soup and sorbet all composed using green apple. It is quite rare to see desserts in green hues, but this looks pretty good. Just simple and lightly sweet yet not overloading for us.

Overall, my dine-and-wine experience with Chef Marcello Fabbri is pretty satisfying. Thanks for bringing to us a different dining experience and making this a perfect evening to dine with great food, lovely wines and amazing friends. 

Looking forward to my next dining experience at Villa Danieli! 
Villa Danieli
Fifth Floor
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
129, Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2717 9922
Email: villa.danieli@sheraton.com 


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