My heart exploded when I heard about Althea Philippines around early February this year, a few weeks before their official launch on February 15th. Beauty enthusiasts united that day to get their K-beauty on. The website ph.althea.kr actually crashed several times! So many people were logging on.
If you haven’t tried Althea yet, here are my top 5 reasons why you should! I’ve also included some best buys on their site. PLUS a discount code just for you!
5. Authentic Korean skin care and makeup products
Who doesn’t want that dewy glow on the face of every Korean model and K-pop artist? Say what you want about Koreans, but they do know how to take care of their skin. So of course, the best thing to do is to use what they use!
Korean beauty brands like Etude House, Tony Moly, The Face Shop, Nature Republic, Banila Co. and Missha have made their way to shopping malls and department stores in the Metro, but not nationwide. Now with Althea, I have access to a host of Korean brands like Innisfree, The SAEM, Too Cool For School, VDL, W-Lab and so much more. Plus, I get to learn more about Korean skin care and makeup just by reading the product descriptions. Like why they have ten (yes, ten!) steps in their skin care routine, and why their makeup always has to look natural.
Now this is something just magical. ALL of their items are lower than regular prices! They also feature time-limited hot deals for certain items, up to 80% off. I know what you’re thinking: they’re probably past manufacturing date, damaged, or fake. Nope! Every single item I got from them was manufactured this year, 2016. No dents, defects, or damage on any items, too. And all of the items are authentic and shipped directly from Korea.
Here are some of the best buys I got from Althea:
Laneige BB Cushion SPF50+ PA+++
SRP: PHP 2,200.00
Althea Price: PHP 1,400.00
Yes, this best-selling BB Cushion by Laneige is available at Althea with a whopping PHP800 discount. This pact comes with a refill just like the one you can get at the Laneige store. So really it’s like getting a compact, plus two BB cushions. The only downside is that it’s only available in two shades at Althea (#21 and #23). These shades only work with fair and light skintones. My shade is #23, by the way. It has great coverage, doesn’t feel sticky on my oily skin, lasts all day and has awesome sun protection. Their Water line and sleeping packs are also legendary and available at Althea, too.
Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence
Althea Price: PHP 1,350.00
Discount: 41%Many beauty bloggers have raved about how this has changed their skin for the better. What I love about this is you can use it with cotton pads as a toner, or just pat it into your skin as a pre-treatment essence (after cleansing). It’s supposed to prepare your skin and enhance the effects of whatever essences, serums, masks, treatments and moisturizers you put on after it. I’m loving it so far–every time I use i,t my skin somehow feels refreshed and tighter, with smaller pores. Missha BB creams are also one of the bestselling in the world, and are also available at Althea.
Banila Co. It Radiant CC Cream SPF 30 PA++
SRP: PHP 1,195.00
Althea Price: PHP 800.00
Discount: 33%Banila Co. is a relatively new Korean brand. Its Clean it Zero makeup remover line, primers, and CC creams put the brand on the map. This particular CC cream is one of their bestsellers. It works with all skin tones and skin types. Use it before putting on your makeup, and your face will take on this unbelievably dewy look even if you use powder foundation on top of it. I also have their CC cushion from the same line, and it’s great both for a base/foundation and for touchups.
3. Promos! Plus, free shipping
Since the launch of their site, they have been generous in giving promos both for new signups and current subscribers. They give free credits for new sign ups, have a referral program, and offer free shipping for orders PHP 1,500 and above. I also watch out for their time-limited offers for buy 1 take 1 items and discounts up to 80% on one selected item at any given time. They also hold raffle giveaways on their Facebook page regularly. Every purchase also usually comes with a surprise freebie. I got samples of moisturizers, sunblocks, and even a full-size lip tattoo product during their April Fools prank (more on this later). Every order also comes in an awesome beauty box with pretty pink paper inside. Each item is also swaddled securely in bubble wrap. The site says all orders will be delivered within 10-15 days but in my experience, my orders arrived as early as after 3-5 days only.
2. Secure payment options and awesome support
It’s understandable that some people may have issues with purchasing items online. What I like about Althea is they provide a lot of payment options for the comfort of their buyers. You can pay for your order directly on their website if you have a credit card. They partnered with PayPal too, so you can use either your PayPal balance, a credit card or a debit card that PayPal accepts–no signup required. Their most recent partnership is with DragonPay, which enables users to pay for Althea purchases over the counter (OTC) at malls, banks, pawnshops and money transfer shops, via ATM’s or online banking.
If you run into any hiccups, just fill out the contact form onsite. You’ll immediately receive an email confirming they received your message. A support ticket is assigned for each query, and will be updated regularly until the issue is addressed and the customer is satisfied.
If those reasons aren’t enough, then this last one will definitely convince you. From time to time, they give away products! Just ‘coz they want to. They’ve given away products like these:
Missha The Style 4D Mascara
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel
What’s even more awesome? Right now, they have a site-wide BUY 2 GET 1 FREE giveaway! If you put 3 items in your basket, you get the cheapest item FOR FREE.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Sign up at ph.althea.kr right now. You’ll instantly get free PHP 150 just for creating an account! PLUS, get an additional PHP 50 discount on your first purchase by using the code TBGEEK upon checkout. Such an awesome deal!
Have you tried shopping at Althea? Let me know how it worked out for you. Let’s get our K-beauty on!