Althea's very own product range is here, and we're starting off strong with the Petal Velvet Set which contains Petal Velvet Powder and 3 variants Petal Velvet Sun Away!
As of writing, Petal Velvet Set is currently at 10% off at the price of only Php 621. The Petal Velvet line promises to deliver a velvet-finish, petal-like complexion, with sebum-control!
The Petal Velvet Sunaway has damask rose extract that deeply hydra antes and soothes irritations, leaving the skin feeling healthy; Hyaluronic Acid - a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin, preventing dehydration; and Geranium oil that gives the skin a radiant boost and heals acne.
The Petal Velvet Powders have Althea seed extract that is rich in antioxidants, protecting the skin from externalities and ensuring it stays nice and hydrated; Polyphenols which keep the skin protected from UV rays; and Saponarin - Repairs damaged cells and restores elasticity to aging skin.
This debuting beauty is a translucent powder that sets makeup and leaves behind a silky finish to the touch. Infused with oil from Althea seeds, this powder works to keep sebum production at bay without drying out the skin for a radiant, fresh look, all while giving out a gentle scent. Keep your makeup looking great all day or dust some on to stay shine-free!
Available in #Pink Lavender, #0 Translucent and #23 Warm Beige.
Pink Lavender. Hmmm. This color is an unusual choice for a setting powder. In the past, I have seen colors of blue and pink used in powder but not yet this one. I only see the shade of lavender in color correctors, it is to be used to correct too much yellowness in one's skin so it will look balanced, cooler, and less sallow.
I figured, if your skin is too yellowish compared to your neck and the rest of your body, this is a good shade to try on!
Althea Petal Velvet Powder is fine and smooth, it doesn't cake on your face and sets the makeup perfectly in place. The finish is sheer and could only lessen the appearance of imperfections in the face. However, it can NOT cover pimples and dark spots, unless you apply with a heavy duty concealer first. The pink lavender variant lessens the yellowness on my face so it looks neutral. If you have a foundation base that happens to look, ćtoo yellow or too yellow-orange-ish for you, this will be perfect!
Have you ever had that moment when you were able to evenly apply a foundation base that is your skin's perfect match and a concealer that hides all your skin imperfections away, it looked flawless only to be destroyed from using a setting powder that looks too heavy or unfortunately, the wrong shade?
Guess what, you'll no longer have that problem if you use Althea's Petal Velvet Powder in Translucent. Various skintones can benefit from using this because it adapts automatically with whatever complexion you have.
Its color is white but upon application on skin, it blends pretty like you applied nothing! It sets the makeup base pretty well without messing with their colors! I honestly prefer using a translucent powder for that very reason.
However, some people who are highly acidic has a problem with translucent powders because they tend to oxidize on them giving them a touch of grey over their skin as time goes by. I am not saying that that will happen to everyone who has an acidic skin though since that will depend on one's skin's pH level anyway. I myself have acidic skin but when I use high-quality foundation and concealer (which is Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation in Desert Beige and Naturactor Cover Face in 130 for my skin type), makeup doesn't oxidize on me anymore. To get a perfect bade, it's about choosing and investing on a good primer, foundation, and concealer to set as well!
For those who wants a setting powder with a li'l more coverage, Petal Velvet Powder in Warm Beige is good. Although if your skin is lighter than MAC's NC20 and darker than NC35, this shade of powder might be, respectively, too light and too dark on you. My skin tone's perfect match is MAC's NC20 or NC25 when I get more sunlight than I should, and this powder works perfectly fine for me. I use it on days when I don't put on foundation but just bb cream.
What I like about these powders is that they are fine, soft, and smooth when applied on the skin. It didn't cause any irritation and allergic reaction on my face which is very important as I tend to breakout if I use the wrong product! Aside from that, they all have a sheer finish which do not affect my foundation and concealer. You know, I hate it when my makeup looks too thick because they make me look older! However with sheer powders setting your makeup, there is a balance between a matte finish and a dewy finish. You won't look oily nor you would look powdery when using them!
Now, let's talk about the Petal Velvet Sunaway:
KEEP THE SUN AWAY
Give your skin the look and feel of soft flower petals with this moisture-filled, velvety sunscreen. Filled with premium Damask rose extracts, Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway uses advanced micro particle technology to protect the skin from UV rays while giving it a petal-like finish.
Petal Velvet Sunaway (55ml, Php480)
Shield your skin from the sun's rays and give it some petal protection with Althea's Petal Velvet Sunaway! Ultra lightweight, this invisible sunscreen is formulated with hyaluronic acid and Damask rose extracts, ensuring that your skin stays fresh and hydrated throughout the day without any streakiness or a white cast. It has an SPF of 50+ and PA++++, so your skin'll be kept protected all day.
As part of the Petal Velvet line, it also contains micro-powder particles that give you a smooth, petal-like complexion.
What I like about this moisturizer is that it is lightweight, translucent, acts as a sunblock but does not leave a white cast, leaves skin feeling fresh and hydrated, and has SPF50+, PA++++ perfect for everyday use!
How to use:
Apply an even layer onto the skin and allow to absorb into the skin before going out into the sun.
I tested it on my arm and at first, it was very watery. When I shook the bottle again, it became a bit thicker. I like applying it little by little and layer by layer. A little bit goes a long way too!
On the left photo, I had no makeup on and I didn't put on any other skincare products. It looked dull and a bit dry to be honest.
On the right photo, I applied a little bit of Petal Velvet Sunaway on my face. It may not be that noticeable in pictures but my skin's appearance has improved - there was an instant sublte brightening effect on the skin plus it added a bit of glow (check my cheekbone reflecting light subtly). It wasn't able to conceal blemishes because that is not its purpose but it makes a nice canvas before putting on primer and foundation.
After putting on Petal Velvet Sunaway moisturizer, I concealed some of my blemishes and dark undereye with correctors and concealer. They applied flawlessly on my skin and my makeup did not cake at all!
On days when I don't use makeup, I do the 10 to 12 step skincare regimen, however when going out, I prefer using only a toner, serum, and moisturizer so that they won't affect my makeup. Petal Velvet Sunaway is a wise pick honestly as I get sun protection but won't leave ugly white cast on flash photography!
So here I am all glammed up with my hair brushed and fixed! On this photo, I used Petal Velvet Powder in Translucent to set my undereye concealer. Warm Beige was used on my T-zone area: forehead, nose, and chin. Pink Lavender was used to set makeup on my temples, cheeks, and cheekbones.
My makeup lasted for several hours. Retouch wasn't.needed: blotting oil on my t-zone area was enough. Using the Petal Velvet Powders minimized the oiliness on my nose and forehead and yet its coverage is not that thick for it still shows my skin underneath. That way, it didn't make my makeup look cakey and flat, preventing me from looking older! I like it!
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Meet Dr. Morita sheet masks, your skin’s new BFF!
The beauty bloggers and lifestyle bloggers in Manila were invited at Dr. Morita Grand Press Launch that was held last September 27, 2018 at Shangri-La, The Fort. We learned about the benefits of incorporating Dr. Morita sheet masks in our skin care routine straight from their CEO and R&D Head himself, Dr. Chun Hsu Jou!
Get your hands on the no. 1 best-selling sheet masks in Taiwan and Hong Kong! Known for making affordable yet top-quality skin care products, Dr. Morita has been recognized many times over. Aside from rave reviews from the media, it was also selected as the official facial sheet mask in the 2014 Miss Hong Kong pageant. Their best-selling Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask has also recently won the Silver Award from Monde Selection, an independent consumer product evaluating body.
About Dr. Morita
This skin care brand was established in Taiwan in 1934. The Morita Department Store was a retail operation that specialized in skin care products. After many years of skin care research and development, Dr. Morita took product development further by setting up a research center in Japan. Dr. Morita sheet masks with premium ingredients were developed in this facility in the year 2000, more than a decade before sheet masks were considered trendy!
Today, Dr. Morita is one brand under the umbrella of Dr. Jou Biotech headquartered in Taiwan. It has offices in Japan, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, with products available in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and now, the Philippines! Partnering with Gentro International Products, Inc., Dr. Morita sheet masks are now widely accessible locally via Watsons and SM Beauty branches. There are six (6) variants to enjoy:
Award-winning and best-selling, Dr. Morita Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask ensures lasting moisture is delivered to the skin with Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen imported from Japan. Apart from hydrating the skin with three different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid molecules, it also soothes and promotes skin repair with Cucumber Extract, Marine Collagen, Ceramide, and Niacinamide. This makes a great anti-aging option for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.
Dr. Morita Intense Hydrating Serum Facial Mask sustains long-lasting skin moisturization afforded by Japanese Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acids. Hydration is delivered efficiently to the different layers of the skin thanks to large, medium, and small Hyaluronic Acid molecules. This makes sure even dry skin types get the moisture it needs for a longer time. It also contains skin-caring Niacinamide, Allantoin, Squalane, and Ceramides.
Get multiple skin care benefits with Dr. Morita Triple Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Essence Facial Mask. Its large, medium, and small Hyaluronic Acid molecules deliver lasting hydration to all layers of the skin. It’s also a great anti-aging and brightening treat for your skin. Among its 11 Amino Acids are Arginine, which brightens skin by repairing visible skin damage, and Glycine and Proline which help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Morita Whitening & Moisturizing Essence Facial Mask makes it possible to whiten your skin without drying it out! Hydrating Japanese Hyaluronic Acid combines with Mandelic Acid from Merck Germany, one of the leading pharmaceutical groups in worldwide. Mandelic Acid is one of the gentler Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) around, making it a great option for easily sensitized skin. This also contains various plant, flower, and root extracts to soothe, hydrate, and brighten skin.
Looking for something new? Try Dr. Morita Platinum Colloid & Hematite Extraction Whitening Black Facial Mask. Japanese Tranexamic Acid and multiple herb extracts whiten while Hyaluronic Acid gives deep hydration. Treat your skin to Iron-rich Hematite and Obsidian Extracts, known to have toning, regenerating, and strengthening properties. Antioxidant-rich Platinum Colloid helps your skin fight aging.
Give your face a luxury treatment with Dr. Morita Platinum Colloid & Black Pearl Extraction Moisturizing & Whitening Black Facial Mask. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates while Platinum Colloid’s antioxidant content prevents skin from premature aging. Black Pearl Extract has been part of ancient Chinese medicine and skin care for good reason: calcium-rich pearl powder has been known to help detoxify, promote cell renewal, and enhance skin elasticity. Care for your skin while getting whitening benefits from Tranexamic Acid and multiple herb extracts.
Proper Usage and Pro Tips:
1) Cleanse your face. Apply mask on the face and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Remove and gently massage around the face area for the essence to be fully absorbed by the skin. No need to rinse off.
2) Dr. Chun Hsu Jou, third generation of the brand’s founding family shares that their sheet masks already have toner, lotion, and serum. Those with dry skin may apply moisturizing serum or cream, if so desired. Hurray for one-step skin care!
3) Dr. Jou also recommends using Dr. Morita sheet masks before going to bed for revitalized skin in the morning.
4) Don’t let the excess leftover essence in the sheet mask package go to waste. Use it on your face and neck the next morning or night.
5) Don’t leave sheet masks on for more than the recommended time, as it will result in “reverse osmosis,” leaving your skin drier than the ideal.
6) Going on a trip? Sheet masks are a great travel-friendly skin care option!
Consider using a sheet mask daily for better results.
Like Dr. Jou Philippines on Facebook, and follow @drmoritaph on Instagram to get the latest on Dr. Morita products. Dr. Morita sheet masks are now available at Watsons and SM Beauty for only P74.00 each. Dr. Morita products are distributed locally by Gentro International Products, Inc.
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