Affordable sheet masks and cosmetics? Althea x A'Bloom series

Monday, 20 May 2019

Althea A'Bloom collection

I'm during the 2nd week of internship as an aesthetician so I thought it's a good time to introduce you to new products available on Althea: A'Bloom Collection that is made out of 4 different sheet masks, makeup puffs and BHA stick. A'Bloom is a cute collection of affordable prices since the most expensive product in this post costs... 4 $!!!

A'Bloom Avo-Cuddle-Me Nourishing Avocado Mask

A'Bloom Avo-Cuddle-Me Nourishing Avocado Mask

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Fraxinus Rhynchophylla Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Carbomer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Adenosine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone

Who doesn't love affordable sheet masks? Obviously, we all do and this mask already has a bestseller status on Althea. The main star of this mask is Avocado Fruit Extract - a moisturizing and soothing ingredient which you probably saw more often in a restaurant than in skincare. Shea Butter and Sodium Hyaluronate is a great combination, even if this mask is recommended for all skin types, it is also told that the best effects will be visible on dry skin (or dehydrated skin). I'm also happy to see here Adenosine, it's another reason for this mask to work well on dry/dehydrated skin but it also helps with wounds healing so if you have dry patches on your skin - for example after Accutane treatments this might be a mask for you and it costs 0.50$ for a 1 sheet mask. 

A'Bloom Sparkle-Me-Bright Brightening Lemon Lime Mask

A'Bloom Sparkle-Me-Bright Brightening Lemon Lime Mask

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Fraxinus Rhynchophylla Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Citrus limon (Lemon), Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Water, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Juice, Trehalose, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone

Another affordable mask option on Althea is a mask for all the people who needs some skin brightening. You can already guess, this mask is all about Lemon and Lime. Here we go: Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon), Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Flower/​Leaf/​Stem Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Water and Citrus Limon (Lemon) Juice. It sounds cool, maybe bit too harsh for sensitive skin but there's also Niacinamide and I think that this one should be a real star of Sparkle-Me-Bright Mask since it's a multitool ingredient that helps with pigmentation but also wrinkles and collagen synthesis. We can find some hints of Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract - Tea Tree which is an antioxidant and some moisturizing ingredients like  Sodium Hyaluronate and Panthenol. This mask is recommended for all skin types but it will work the best on Combo skin - I would say oily skin might like it too but if your skin is sensitive the mix of citrus ingredients full of vitamin C and niacinamide might end up with a reaction of the skin - redness. 

A'Bloom Ac-Me-Peach Anti Blemish Peach Mask

A'Bloom Ac-Me-Peach Anti Blemish Peach Mask

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Fraxinus Rhynchophylla Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Trehalose, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone

Fighting with acne by using affordable sheet masks? Why not! This time the main ingredient is Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract and that's surprising since we don't consider peach as an anti-acne ingredient. It can be moisturizing but I wouldn't use it to fight acne, the true acne-fighter is Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract which is an antibacterial ingredient. Moisturizing ingredients are similar to previous masks - Sodium Hyaluronate and Panthenol but what about acne? There's not a lot ingredient to fight acne but for 0,50$ it's still an interesting mask which you can use even for daily sheet masking. 

A'bloom Water-Me-Long Moisturizing Watermelon Mask

A'bloom Water-Me-Long Moisturizing Watermelon Mask

Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Fraxinus Rhynchophylla Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Carbomer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone

Watermelon reminds me of the summer and moisturizing masks seem to be ideal for summer - especially if you put the mask to the fridge before you use it. The star ingredient this time Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract and this mask is recommended for all skin types especially combo skin. Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract is an antioxidant and it has a positive meaning to the skin since it's a source of vitamin and minerals. Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract is quite high on the list and not everyone will like it. If you need more moisture then you've got here Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin and Panthenol. It also costs only 0,50$ for a sheet mask and it looks like a friendly mask. 

A'bloom BHA Blackhead Blaster

A'bloom BHA Blackhead Blaster

Propylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Alcohol, Silica, Charcoal Powder, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Glycerin, Bentonite, Coco-glucoside, PEG-40 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

I can admit, I'm not a fan of the cleansing sticks and I consider this product as a cleansing stick. I find it a bit unhygienic since I can't sterilize it before every use so doesn't even think about sharing the stick with anyone! But it's a BHA cleanser. BHA is a beta-hydroxy acid, in this case, I guess, it's hidden under Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract name - a bit delicate than Salicylic Acid. BHA is a delicate exfoliant that helps with blackheads. The idea of this stick is clever - it contains Charcoal Powder (and because of that it leaves black smudges on the skin) and Tea Tree Leaf Oil. I wonder how it'll work in a long time period, it's definitely a product which you can easily carry with yourself in a travel bag while acids - there's always a chance that they can spill. The formula should be good for teenagers. It's the most expensive product in the entire collection, it costs $4. Isn't it affordable?

Meringue puffs - A'Bloom Giant Meringue Puff (1Pcs) & A'Bloom Baby Meringue Puffs (3Pcs)

Meringue puffs - A'Bloom Giant Meringue Puff (1Pcs) & A'Bloom Baby Meringue Puffs (3Pcs)

These puffs are cute and latex free! They look so cute but don't eat them - they are not food, they are makeup applicators. I usually work with very simple foam puffs - cheap ones, usually 1$ for a set but it's different to work with these puffs since they take less time to apply and the size choice is great to cover big spaces - Giant one - and tiny details like nose wings, space between eye and eyebrow - baby ones. I haven't washed them yet but I guess you can easily clean them in a washing machine (just use a special bag to not lose them during the washing process) or just clean them manually and they should still work the same as before. The Giant Puff costs $2 while the set of small ones $3. 

A'Bloom series is definitely affordable and I'm sure that teenagers will like it the most - teenagers and students but people older than this target will still enjoy it - actually makeup puffs are making life easier no matter if you're 15 or 95. Which product do you like the most?

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*** This post was made in collaboration with Altheaeven though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product**

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