Your skin is a mirror to your health. When you have had a long and sleepless night, it looks puffy and tired in the morning. Did you enjoy a deliciously greasy burger at your favorite fast food restaurant? Your skin will get oily as a result of your culinary indulgence. Are you anxious or worried? You might experience nervous eczema or rashes on your neck area and your arms.  In short, your skin shows how your body feels. It is the largest external organ of the human body, and it is not only a health indicator; it’s also a significant part of your natural beauty. Clean and clear skin is a sign of both health and beauty. Consequently, most people are desperate to maintain a smooth, fresh and glowing skin for as long as possible. The secret, however, is not in breaking the bank with the purchase of all the latest anti-wrinkle and rejuvenating products. Instead, it’s about giving your skin the best chances to stay beautiful. Find the right skincare for youFind the right skincare for you

Love starts with a healthy routine

Admittedly, we said you shouldn’t buy all the skin products that promise to keep your skin young and fresh. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy any product. Instead, you need to focus on selecting a few skincare products that are right for your skin and your age. In your 20s, you need products that can handle slight acne and red blotches apparitions. In your 30s, you need to favor vitamin E to help reduce brown patches, while your 40s is the time to start using antioxidant moisturizers. It’s vital that you give your skin the care it needs for each period of your life. There is no need starting anti-wrinkle treatments in your 20s when your skin is still firm and elastic.  

Avoid unnecessary abuses

You’ll be surprised to measure the real damages that unprotected sun exposure can cause. Naturally, the most dreaded issue is skin cancer, but in reality, it isn’t as common as you might think. However, premature aging of the skin is a common consequence of unprotected exposure. Don’t go out without sun protection if you want your skin to look fresh in future years! Additionally, another kind of damaging abuse is an unhealthy diet, which might lead to weight gain. When your body gains too much weight and struggles to keep it off, your skin gradually loses its elasticity. It is even recommended to consider weight loss surgery with to reduce the negative impact on the skin. Other harmful elements that can damage the skin are alcohol. If you’re the partying type, you need to drink plenty of water before going to bed to moisturize your skin cells.

Go the extra mile

Last, but not least, you can also adjust your diet as part of your skin care program. According to low-sugar diets can be beneficial to acne-prone skins. Additionally, if you thought your protein bar was healthy, it’s time to ditch it: it aggravates acne, wrinkles, and rashes. Instead, eating plenty of vegetables of different colors gives your skin all the vitamins it needs to glow.

You’ve got only one skin, so make sure it receives all the attention it needs to stay healthy and beautiful. Avoid unnecessary products and risks. In the long term, your skin is worth it!

I was able to try the first product of  Althea last year, and just last month, they’ve launched their new products called the Bare Essentials.  What’s more exciting is, Bare Essentials is a skincare trio. Yes, not just one but three products. Althea Bare Essentials

What is Althea Bare Essentials?

It is a set that simplifies skincare down to just three steps for the best results with the minimum care. It consists of three products; the Contour Cleanser, the Primer Water, and the Fixer Cream. According to Althea’s website, natural ingredients were carefully found and selected from the depths of nature to give the most hydrating experience for our skin.

Step 1: Contour Cleanser – A rich and foaming cleanser that removes impurities while improving blood circulation. It contains micro capsules to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling cool and refreshed too.

It’s surprising that I only need a small amount to cleanse my face. This is a bit creamy, that’s why for me a small amount is literally enough. Just mix it with a bit of water and lather it on my face. I love how it feels refreshing after washing my face. Also, the smell of this cleanser is relaxing.

Step 2: Primer Water – This bottle of water penetrates into the layer of the skin to plump them up, prepping the skin and making it a smooth canvas for products to come.

This is by far the best toner I have used. It has a consistency that is thicker than the other toner I have tried. The best way to apply this is to use your fingers. This is not watery so no need for cotton, else there will be a waste since this absorbed quickly. Since this is a 2-in-1 product, a toner, and a primer, this is also good to use before makeup.

Step 3: Fixer Cream – Powerful moisturizing properties are packed into this little jar that provides the skin with hydration for up to 24 hours for a fresh, revitalized complexion.

I have been looking for a good moisturizer that works for me and this is one of them. Actually, there are just two moisturizers that I have liked so far. One was the water-based I got from Althea too. And this one, the fixer cream. This is a bit creamy and thick. But I love how it completely dries up to a non-sticky finish. Also, just a small amount is needed to cover up the entire face. And yes, it gives the moisturizing effect that long. Plus it makes my skin smooth.

My two cents:

Completing the three steps actually works as it promises. I love how completely smooth and moisturized my skin is the next day. And you wouldn’t believe that this is not as expensive as those who claimed that works. For a less than Php1,500 you will be able to get this set. I am actually using this before going to bed and I love how my skin feels the next day, even the entire day. This is really impressive and already very effective with just three steps. I can’t believe that I don’t need to invest in something that peels off my skin just to get that result of a good-looking skin. I highly recommend this. If you’re like me that don’t have much time for any regimens, this is a perfect match. Also, the packaging is very minimalistic.

Have you tried this one already? If not, you can order Althea Bare Essentials here.  xo




Althea, the leading online store that caters most of our k-beauty needs, finally comes up with its own brand product. Starting off strong, they are introducing the Althea Petal Velvet Powder. According to Althea, this debuting beauty is made with micro-fine particles that minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines to reveal a flawless and petal-like complexion. Its translucent and perfecting qualities also create a satin finish that mattifies without dehydrating the skin. To be honest, I am not a loose powder user until this one. Ingredients: SILICA, MICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, METHICONE, HIBISCUS SYRIACUS SEED EXTRACT, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, MALTODEXTRIN, FRAGRANCE

Size: 3g

Types: All skin types

Color: Translucent

Application: Pick up product with a brush or puff provided and gently sweep onto the skin.

What I like:

  • It’s lightweight and travel-wise.
  • Made from natural ingredients.
  • Just like its name, Althea, it smells like a fresh flower but is very gentle to those who have a sensitive nose.
  • Its staying power is amazing. Mine lasted the entire day so I really didn’t have to reapply.
  • It makes my skin looks bright and smooth.
  • The powder is finely milled and is velvety.
  • No breakouts, allergies or irritations.
  • Doesn’t create unpleasant white cast especially during flash photography.
  • It comes with a super soft puff. You can use a brush, though, depends on where you are comfortable.

What I don’t like:

  • It’s only 3G, too small for an everyday use.
  • It’s only available online.

Will I repurchase? Definitely, YES! I don’t wear makeup every day but using this powder to set my day cream and sunscreen is super amazing.  It’s only 210 php, around $4. You just have to ditch the right amount of powder to use and it will go a long way. Highly recommend to those who love using loose powder.

Have you tried Althea Velvet Powder already? Let me know in the comments below.

I started using baby powder every diaper change when my son turned six months old. The contents of the baby powder I used weren’t really my concern until my little one started coughing every morning. His doctor found out it was an allergy and a hundred percent sure it was because of the powder. I am very meticulous when it comes to the cleanliness of the entire house especially in our room so dirt and dust could not be the reason. His pediatrician advised to not use powder with talc. I had trouble finding a talc-free powder to use so I just use cream instead. Although it wasn’t convenient to me, I had no choice.

So, what is talc? Talc, as a powder, absorbs moisture well and helps lessen friction, making it useful in keeping the skin dry and in preventing diaper rash. It is a clay mineral with the chemical formula from the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. An ingredient that has been a subject of debate and lawsuits in the US because of its supposed link to cancer. One good reason to choose a talc-free powder. Although reports regarding health issues with products containing talc have unclear findings, prevention is still better than cure.

Even though there are talc-free powders here in the Philippines, it’s still hard to find one you can trust. It’s a good thing now, there’s BELO BABY TALC-FREE POWDER that is all-natural with 0% harmful chemicals.

Belo Baby Talc-free PowderBenefits:

  • Made from certified natural and finely milled rice and maize
  • Carefully formulated without talc
  • No harmful chemicals
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist – tested

Having a very active toddler means there’s a much-needed help in keeping his skin dry especially on his back and this product brings me in peace. My son is not fond of anything that needs to be applied on his body especially during a diaper change. So I was actually expecting he’d resist when I tried applying the powder. For the first time, he didn’t say ‘Done, mommy’, but instead asked for more.

Belo Baby Talc-Free PowderBelo Baby Talc-free powder also comes in a very cute packaging that already includes a soft puff. It’s actually handy and travel-wise. Not to exaggerate but I immediately fell in love with its scent. It smells so good and fresh. A little sweet and it doesn’t just go away. It does the same job with other baby powders in the market (if not all, most), except that this one has no Talc and is all-natural. That alone makes me feel safe and secured especially for my son.

I was honestly tempted to use this one on my face too. I am not a powder user ever since because I have a sensitive skin and easily breaks out. But I can’t say no to this. I did and I like how kind this is to my skin. No breakouts. No any kinds of pimples. I am actually planning now to get one for myself too. A PhP 219.75 for a 65g is so worth it.

This talc-free powder from Belo Baby is indeed crafted with care for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms. Will I recommend this? Big YES! This is good to include in your regimen with taking care of your kids. I actually just say ‘Hi’ to my new daily partner in keeping my little one fresh all the time. Will you?

Belo Baby is launching this talc-free powder this month (May) and is now available in leading supermarkets and department stores nationwide. You can also buy now here: and enjoy FREE delivery until May 31 with a minimum purchase. Aside from that great news, Belo Baby is also giving away gift packs to three (3) of my lucky readers. Sweet and exciting, right? To know how you can win one of the Belo Baby Talc-free powder gift packs, just check the mechanics below. Winners will be announced on May 31. Good luck!

Giveaway Mechanics:

  1. Like The Cheryl F  and Belo Baby Facebook page.
  2. Follow ME (@thecherylf) and Belo Baby (@belobabylove) on Instagram.
  3. Follow ME (@TheCherylF) and Belo Baby (@belobabylove) on Twitter.
  4. Comment your name and your social media accounts you used to like/follow.

For more information about Belo Baby Talc-Free Powder, you may visit or check their social media accounts.

I have been an Olay user since 7 years ago. I am still using its 7-in-1 cream and I love how it makes my skin looks younger. When Olay released its new variants of skin whitening soap called ‘One Wash Wonder’, I was able to get the first dibs through Sample Room. This is actually a bit late but would still love to share my thoughts.

There are 3 new variants in three different colors, as well. Each bar has different focus ingredients. One has Vitamin C, the other one has Rose and Milk, while the other has Papaya.

Difference? The three of them have the same moisturizing effect and each lather very well on your skin. However, the scent of the pink one with rose and milk is very sweet for me. It smells good at first, though. But I don’t like it. It doesn’t smell like a soap for me. The one in Papaya has somehow a common smell of any other papaya soaps. Somewhat becomes ordinary to those who are a papaya soap user. What I like better is the one with Vitamin C, the blue one. It doesn’t have a sweet scent but it makes you smell better after a bath. I also love the fact that these bars don’t melt easily. So it’s really a good steal and worth your money.

For me, I think what describes Olay most with these beauty soaps is the blue variant. Although I haven’t noticed any improvements with my skin complexion even after using the three bars especially that it is a whitening soap, it made my skin looks better after all. I even recommended this to my friends.

How about you? Have you tried one of these whitening beauty soaps? Which one do you like best? Please do share them below! xo

Aging isn’t a bad thing. In fact, birthdays are great. What’s important is to have a healthy looking skin no matter what age we are. Our face will go through changes and aging is one of that. But there are also ways to prevent premature aging.

So what really happens to our skin in our 20s, 30s, and 40s and how to keep it looking healthy?

In our 20s

Acne –  even if this wasn’t an issue as a teenage, many will experience this. Pimples will appear on the lower face and particularly along the jawline.

To treat this, any products with Niacinamide can be used, like Myra Vitawhite Facial Wash, to even out any red blotches and add radiance to the skin. Myra Vitawhite facial wash also has Vitamin E beads which protect and nourish the skin for a healthy glow, and Biowhite Complex which derived from plant extracts that gently whiten the skin in as early as 7 days.dscn4073

Taking care of our skin at this stage will determine how much damage our skin will have in our 30s and 40s. Products with Vitamin E are great to keep our skin supple and youthful.

In our 30s

Uneven skin tone with broken blood vessels and sun spots, as well as fine lines and crow’s feet, will be more noticeable at this stage. This is actually the decade when our lifestyle habits from the past start to show on our face.

Women’s big concern during the thirties is hyperpigmentation such as melasma or brown patches that often occur on the forehead, cheeks, and chin. It’s usually a result of too much sun exposure but it can also be caused by a change in hormones.That is why it’s important to wear sunscreen or use products with Vitamin E to protect our skin from sun’s harmful rays.

In our 40s

Our skin will start to get drier at this age, which may mean more prominent lines and wrinkles.

Counter this with a high-quality moisturizer to help improve hydration. Anything with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid will gradually correct darks spots and brighten the skin as well. We should take care of our skin with Vitamin E products to boost collagen production and prevent wrinkles.




Althea has been spilling Korean beauty goodness for one year now. Amazing! But wait, what’s Althea? It is an online shopping land where you can get your K-beauty fix and have it shipped from Korea to your doorsteps. Yes, Althea turns one today and with that I’m telling you there’s a huge Pinky celebration for all of us. So let’s celebrate, shall we?

The celebration starts today, 20th of July and ends 31st of this month. Here’s what Althea has in store for all of us:
  • Limited Edition Birthday Box + DIY Party Kit – for orders placed on 20/7 onwards. While stocks last. 0716_BdayPromo_Specialshopper_MY-1
  • Free Goodies for first 1,500 shoppers – Full sized beauty products. While stocks last.0716_Althea1stBday_catbanner_MY-1
  • Birthday Giveaway, Pick 3 Top Sellers for 100% REBATE! – The rebate will be credited to your account.0716_Althea1stBday_instagram_MY_04-1
  • #AltheaTurns1 Instagram Contest – Got your Althea party kit? Wish them a happy birthday with #altheaturns1 and stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, iPhone 6S, Galazy S6 Edge, Canon EOS M10 Selfie Camera, Althea credits and beauty hampers from Althea.
Pretty cool, right? Imagine winning prizes worth KRW10,000,00 in total, exciting. So, good luck and enjoy shopping!
*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to and Althea Facebook for more information. 

Althea Korea is a well-known K-Beauty shopping site that ships internationally from Korea to Malaysia, Singapore and finally here in the Philippines. Housed with popular K-Beauty brands such as Banila Co., Innisfree, Laneige, Tony Moly, Etude House, it also carries great products from Korea that we have never heard, see or use before. Guaranteed that all products are 100% authentic and sold at the best price.

Christmas last year, I was invited to be one of  Althea Korea’s beta tester and was given 2000 credits equivalent to Php2000. That was awesome, right? Even more awesome when the site was up last month. It even took me 3 days to finally decide which one to add to cart. Yes, because there are so many great products I would love to use. The transaction was smooth and navigating from one product to another was even quicker.

Althea is having a grand opening promotion such as Buy 1 Take 1, huge discounts, as well free shipping on orders Php999 above and much more for the whole launching month. Free store credits of Php300 will also be given for every new sign up. Crazy enough, right? Not only that, shipping only takes 6 to 8 days all the way from Korea to your doorsteps. You will also be able to track your package online, but rest assured that Althea is providing a safe delivery.

Here’s what I got:
1. Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master – Php440
2. It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effect – Php390
3. Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Cream – Php510
4. Holika Holika 1 Sec Finish Browcara – Php448
5. Etude House Bling Bling Eyestick – Php190

I haven’t tried these products that I got but I grabbed the opportunity to be able to try them. These came packaged in a beauty box known as ‘pink box’.

If you’re a K-beauty lover too, then Althea is perfect for you.

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Managing skin is a tough job, indeed. And having a bad facial skin sometimes equals to frustration. Using makeup products to cover bad skin may not be enough. I am not a makeup person, so using a concealer is always not a good idea. It might just worsen the situation of the skin. So why not say hello to a product that will definitely do wonders for our skin?j-1

Few weeks ago, I checked SampleRoom and saw a product that looks nothing unusual that I even kept on ignoring it until I finally decided to check its details. A skin purifier? Really? That’s new!

Maxi Peel Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier. A first of its kind in the skin care market that purifies the skin from external and internal contaminants delivering purified, healthy and fresh-looking skin.

How does Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier do wonders for your skin?
It has MicroPurifiers, a unique blend of safe and potent ingredients that effectively moves beyond the skin’s surface, down through the skin layers to purify skin from unwanted contaminants.


* Clears skin from blemishes
* Effectively loosens the build-up of skin contaminants
* Keeps facial pores unclogged and tight
* Visibly evens out and brightens skin complexion
* Fortifies cells from free radicals encouraging growth of fresh-looking skin
* Suppresses melanin production that causes darkening

How to use:
1. Start with a freshly washed face.
2. Moisten a cotton ball with a few drops of Fresh and Natural Skin Purifier.
3. Smooth gently all over the face twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime.
4. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and moisturizer.

My take:
I actually have waited five days before writing this, although it says the result will be visible in a week but five days may be enough. I am using this product as directed –  in the morning and before bedtime. Yes, it lessens dark spots on my face and tightens the skin. Unclogged pores? Maybe! This is with alcohol content but did not dry my skin. Of course, I always make sure to apply moisturizer. I have a sensitive skin and I’m glad I have no allergic reactions while using this product. I tried Maxi Peel’s astringent before but because it visibly peels off the skin, I stopped. Good thing this Skin Purifier does not. As much as I love how beneficial this is for me, the strong smell is really a big NO. The first used made me think that this is even stronger than the astringent. The smell last for about an hour which kinda irritating. Hoping to get used to its smell though as I want to include this in my daily skincare routine.  4.5/5

Have you tried this Skin Purifier?


The journey to a healthy and young-looking skin does not happen overnight, especially on the face and as we age, it becomes more challenging. Being in the late 20s, I admit I sometimes wish I look like I was 3 to 5 years ago. I have a sensitive facial skin by nature, and it got more sensitive when I got pregnant until I gave birth and even until now. Blame the hormones. While it’s difficult choosing which skincare products to use, it’s also a struggle testing one product after another. Possibilities are, I might get allergies, skin will become itchy and dry. And with that said, I am very careful in picking which one to try out.

Recently, I received a package containing Myra® VitaSmooth and VitaWhite Facial Wash in a personalized tin can plus a facial towel. These are multi-benefit products and will be the only facial wash in the market with Vitamin E beads to help keep skin healthy and nourished while riding skin of excess oil and dirt.DSCN3861-1

I first tried the Myra® VitaSmooth Hydrating Facial Wash and I’m quite impressed of how smooth my face even right after the first use. This moisturizing facial wash has Moisture Plus formula that retains and seals in skin’s natural moisture, keeping it hydrated and more supple. It contains French Spring Sea Water and Aloe Vera Extract that improves skin elasticity and helps keep it smooth and young-looking.

For added Whitening effect, Myra® introduces VitaWhite Facial Wash. This whitening facial wash has Biowhite Complex which is derived from plant extracts that gently whitens skin. It also has Niacinamide that evens out skin tone by reducing red blotches to make skin more radiant.

Both are enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E  beads which protect and nourish skin to help keep it healthy with a youthful glow. And of course, because it’s from Myra®, it is hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested to be safe for everyday use.

For 50ML, VitaSmooth is only Php70.00 while VitaWhite is Php75.00.

You can also check this TVC to know more about the two facial washes.

If you haven’t tried these products yet, now is the best time. It is always better to try it yourself to know how effective these products are. xo

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