Let's Celebrate Althea's 1st Birthday! ♥

♫ 五月天 - 派对动物

Wow! Can you believe it's been only a year since Althea Korea was introduced? I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get early bird access to their online store, which sells Korean cosmetics and skincare, and until now I am still super impressed by the range of products, affordable prices and excellent customer service offered by the Althea team.


Well, Althea is celebrating its 1st birthday on 20th July 2016, and you're invited! (๑>◡<๑) From 20th to 31st July, 2016, Althea is having a whole host of great deals and promotions that you definitely won't want to miss!


Review: Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in #11 Juicy Pop

♫ JONGHYUN (종현) - Dress Up

A few months back, Laneige released 4 new shades of its innovative Two Tone Lip Bar, as well as the new Two Tone Shadow Bar. The Two Tone Lip Bar in #11 Juicy Pop, in particular, was sold out as soon as it was released, due to the fact that it was used by Song Hye Kyo in the highly popular Descendants of the Sun k-drama.


I was lucky enough to snag one online from Laneige Malaysia when it was restocked, but never got around to share my thoughts about it - until now. (Procrastination is a scary thing, lol) Cut to the chase, let's get on with the swatches and review! :D

Sephora Malaysia Black Card Sale Haul

♫ EXO - Monster


Let's begin by saying... I don't really shop at Sephora. *le gasp*  

Wait, hear me out. What I mean to say is, Sephora is really fun and amazing and there are plenty of outlets in the Klang Valley that I can easily visit, but my inner scrooge simply cannot in good conscience pay full price for an item that I know I can get for cheaper elsewhere. *coughonlinecough* Which is why when Sephora Malaysia had its Black Card member sales last month, I couldn't resist taking a look, and ended up buying a few things from its online store that I may or may not need. (⌒_⌒;)

Review: Mentholatum Sugar Lip Lipbalm in 02 Dancing Pink & 04 Rock'n Pink

♫ Bebe Rexha - No Broken Hearts (ft. Nicki Minaj)

Well, it's been a while since I last used a lip balm, so I was rather interested to find these Mentholatum Sugar Lip lip balms at my doorstep a couple months back.


Its formulation features brown sugar in the recipe, which works to nourish and smoothen your lips. It also acts as a natural humectant that seals in moisture and keeps lips feeling hydrated. Makes sense, as most - if not all - homemade lip scrubs have brown sugar as the main ingredient. I received two out of the four shades available in Malaysia: 02 Dancing Pink and 04 Rock'n Pink.

Review: Isa Knox Micro Foam Cushion Silk Cover #23 Natural Beige

♫ 傅又宣 - 爱.这件事情

As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to cosmetics, I am all too guilty of being attracted to the packaging first, above all else. If you're a fellow makeup hoarder collector, I'm sure you have the exact same sentiment. (~˘▾˘)~ So when I saw this beauty on Gmarket, I just knew I had to get my hands on it.


Get it I did in my Gmarket haul, and I am happy to report that it is every bit as pretty as in the product photos.


Gmarket Korea Haul (April 2016)

♫ iKON - RHYTHM TA

Ever since my first Gmarket haul 4 years ago (has it really been that long?!), I've never purchased anything from Gmarket because buying directly was a very complicated process, and going through an agent was pretty expensive. Fast forward to about 2 weeks ago, when I discovered that Gmarket Korea was finally open to international buyers, and there was a special $5 flat shipping rate to Malaysia.


The rest, as they say, is history. My giant box of early Christmas presents Korean skincare and makeup goodies arrived within 10 days of payment, and I'm really excited to show you my haul. :D


I knew that consolidated Gmarket parcels would be packed in a big box and sent out together for international deliveries, but I was not prepared for how big it actually was! Σ(゜ロ゜;) It's fun to open the box and see a bunch of smaller boxes waiting to be opened though. (≧∇≦)

LauraLeia x Japan: Tokyo Snacks Haul!

♫ DISH// - KLAP

Earlier this month, I took a long-awaited (and much-deserved) vacation to Tokyo, Japan with my brother and his friend. Needless to say, it was all very new and exciting, since it was my first (but definitely not last!) trip to one of the busiest cities in the world.

I won't bore you with my travel photos (that will probably come in another post - if ever - since I'm still sorting them out) but what I am going to share with you is my crazy SNACKS haul! I mean, we're talking the land of Pocky, Tokyo Banana and weirdly-flavoured Kit Kats, after all. NOT buying back any snacks would be a crime against food. ಠ_ಠ


So, let's begin! (Warning: Picspam ahead!)

Review: Nakeup Face WaterKing Cover Cushion #23 Natural Beige

♫ BTS - I Need You

If you've been following my Facebook page, Winter Blossoms, you probably would've seen me post a few sneak peeks of my items from Nakeup Face.


What's Nakeup Face? No, it's not a typo. This brand of Korean cosmetics is new to Malaysia, but back in Korea it has a huge following comparable to another brand with similar sleek packaging *cough3CEcough* and been featured in various magazines and beauty talk shows. Apparently girl group SISTAR's Soyou is also a fan, among a host of other Korean celebrities. Nakeup Face products have also consistently ranked first and second place in Naver Korea's cosmetic sales!


In this post, I'll be reviewing the Nakeup Face WaterKing Cover Cushion in shade #23 Natural Beige. It's a BB cushion that promises to be hydrating while creating flawless radiant skin. It contains mineral water to ensure it adheres lightly to skin, triple-covering method for perfect coverage, and an aqua coating formula for 4D glamour and glowing skin to provide a smooth and radiant finish. The formula also has the triple function of whitening, wrinkle improvement, and sun protection (SPF35/PA++).

Jan & Feb 2016 Empties

♫ FS (Fuying & Sam) - 爱一个人不一定要在一起

I know, it's been suuuuper long since I last updated my blog! (๑>︵<๑) I also seem to be saying that a lot lately, but honestly, I will try my best to update more regularly these days. Pinky swear.

Anyway, I wanted to do a haul post at first to slowly ease back into my blogging schedule, but decided to share some thoughts of some products that I've managed to use up so far in 2016.