Review: Petal Metal Highlighter (Smashbox)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

I was super lucky to have been in the States when this Smashbox collaboration launched, because the promotional videos got me so hard that I really didn’t want to wait for it to come to Australia (which usually takes a while). Luckily, this one wad actually pretty fast and it’s now available at Mecca if you’re in Australia or, of course, you can check out the official Smashbox website or Sephora.

The product that I’m talking about is, in my opinion, the best collaboration to have been released this year – it is the collaboration between Smashbox and artist Vlada! I follow the latter on Instagram and I love her work, so I was naturally really excited when I heard about this. The range includes liquid lipsticks and a eyeshadow palette (which I also grabbed) but the star of the show is definitely the Petal Metal Highlighter. This was released in three shades and I got Gilded Rose, which is probably the most standard champagne colour but is the most flattering on my paler skin tone. Rosemantic is a stunning pink shade that would be well suited for darker skin tones or as a blush topper. There is also an exclusive Sephora shade (which is also available at Mecca) called Prismatic Petal; it has a different packaging, which is mainly why I didn’t get it, but it also has a more glittery finish and is quick different to these main two.

So, I’ve taken a lot of photos because I think the packaging is the main selling point of this product. Still, I’m here to give you an in depth review of the product and share my experiences of it, so you can hopefully get this before it’s gone (but hey, I’m crossing my fingers for more Vlada collaborations in the future because she is a talent!)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

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Review: C-Tragel Cream (23 Years Old)

23 Years Old C-Tragel 15 sec buckthorn cream Kbeauty Review Boniik

This product was gifted to me by BONIIK for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used.

I have waited a significant time before writing this review but I’m feeling like it’s time for me to write down my thoughts – though I think that I will continue to update as I use it. I recieved this C-Tragel Cream (which is by 23 Years Old) from BONIIK at the brand ambassador event.  You can also check out my post about that evening  here but, basically, a bunch of us beauty bloggers were invited to an evening with BONIIK and The Face Shop Australia as one of their brand ambassadors. We spent the night discussing skincare and make up, talking about our skin concerns and learning about what products would suit us and so on. In the end, they gave us a bunch of products to try out and also let us pick something ourselves to suit our own needs.

I chose this C-Tragel Cream because I have been having dark spot concerns, specifically under my eyes. I have tried a few different products so far but nothing has been fully satisfactory for me. This one is from a brand that I haven’t heard of before but was recommended by the manager of the BONIIK store as a spot treatment for dark spots. Unlike most other whitening products, this is meant to be suitable for sensitive skin and daily use, since the formula is more gentle. Since I was having pigmentation issues around my eye area, I felt that a gentler formula would be better to use and so I was quick to grab this!

And so lets go on with the review!

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Review: Offline Palette (Zoeva)

Offline Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette Beauty Review

I have an addiction – I admit it – and with over fifty of these, I really think that I should be admitted into some sort of rehabilitation centre. The thing is that a lot of people are weak when it comes to shoes and clothes (and I am too) but my ultimate kryptonite… palettes. In my defence, that fifty-four also includes quads, highlighters/cheeks and magnetic palettes which I kind of consider a different category but the main point is that I really love palettes and hoard a lot of them.

I have a lot of Korean brands as well, but anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that I much prefer Western eyeshadow palettes – the formulation of them, as well as the colour range and layout, tends to better suit the style of make up that I do. The downside is that they are generally a lot more expensive, especially when you consider the mark ups that we have here in Australia. Luckily though, there is a brand that I love and can afford more easily. It isn’t as affordable as Korean brands but these Zoeva palettes retail for around AUD$39 at Sephora Australia – and that’s about as good as we get without going drugstore!

This is their Offline palette and I’ve actually had it for a long time; I’ve just been holding off on this review for some reason. Although it was fresh when I first bought it, Zoeva has since released a handful of other palettes which – although I haven’t tried them yet – look just as good! This is one that really pulled me in though because I loved the cooler toned neutrals and the row of colours – it’s perfect now that the trend is shifting towards cool shades!

And so, I’m going to keep this brief but read on for my review!

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Review: Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patch (Hemish)

Hydrogel Eye Patch Bulgarian Rose Water Heimish Kbeauty Review

This product was sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that affiliate links are used on my blog. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

I have only used hydrogel eye masks a handful of times in my life, and it’s usually because someone’s given me a pack to try out. I actually really like hydrogel material masks, and I find the little eye ones really helpful to use while you’re working (or when you’d had a long day and just need to relax) – they tend to adhere really easily and, regardless of how effective the serum is, the gel is very cooling and good for depuffing eyes. The only thing that has always held me back is the cost of them!

Hydrogel masks in general tend to cost more than a standard cotton sheet mask, and with a product that I would want to use on most nights, the cost adds up very quickly. However, a great thing is that some brands have been releasing them in tubs instead of individual packs and these are a lot more cost efficient! One such product is the Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patch; I previously tested out their Rose Water Mist Serum and, since I found that product to be very hydrating (and pleasant smelling), I figured that this would be a good way to go.

This product is selling on StyleKorean for USD$22 (which is similar in price to the Mist Serum) so you can definitely check it out there if you’re wanting to get this yourself. Otherwise, let’s just right into this review because this product is so aesthetic.

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Review: Two Tone Matte Lip Bar (Laneige)

Laneige Two Tone Matte Lip Bar Kbeauty Review

This product was sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that affiliate links are used on my blog. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

Laneige is one of my favourite Korean beauty brands but, strangely enough, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with their two tone bars. I think the concept of them is genius and I love the colour range/packaging/promotional imagery of them all, but I do have some pet peeves with them as well. In fact, their Two Tone Eye Bar was such a massive disappointment for me that I literally never reached for it again. And yet, I do continue to buy and try every single new two tone bar that they release and I honestly think that I will continue anyway just so I can support their brand and the concept of these. I don’t want them to stop!

Their latest release is the Two Tone Matte Lip Bar and these are super new – in fact, I don’t think that I’ve seen many online stores carry this product yet (though please correct me if I’m wrong). However, StyleKorean does carry the entire collection and so they sent over two of the shades for me to try out. This is similar to the original Two Tone Lip Bar, but has a matte formula that is more in-line with make up trends. Whilst Western beauty is moving from matte to gloss, I feel like Korean beauty is moving from subtle tints to deeper mattes lately.

For this product, the two shades I chose to try out is Burgundy Mood and Powershoulder Pink – I purposefully chose one dark and one light shade so that I could see any differences in formula and application. Personally, I feel like this matte formula speaks to me more than the original and I definitely reach for them more! For people who like traditional matte bullet lipsticks but also love gradient lips and softer applications, this is going to be right up your alley!

So, read on for my full review.

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Review: Real Cica Pad (Neogen)

Neogen Dermalogy Real Cica Pads Kbeauty Review

This product was provided to me by Neogen for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

It took me so long to start using these Real Cica Pads (because I have so many others open that I didn’t want anything to go to waste) but they’re so good that I regret waiting so long. I don’t know why I’m surprised though because Neogen’s Wine Peeling Pads are a favourite of mine – which I tend to save for when I want a special treatment for my skin. However, after using these, I think I might have a new favourite!

These were sent to me by Neogen for review, so I didn’t actually know what they were until I went to check. They are essentially another skin peeling/exfoliating pad that also soothes and recovers irritated skin – meaning that it’s suitable for all skin types. They’re similar to the ones that I tried before, but more gentle and don’t seem to have the more abrasive, manual exfoliation side like the peeling pads. Instead, these are meant for daily use.

So, let’s kick right into this review because I’m really excited to be sharing this product and recommending this to others!

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Review: Sugar Glow Tint (Peripera)

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This product was sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that affiliate links are used on my blog. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

As happens basically all the time, I got suckered into a product by the packaging and promotional photos again. I’ve talked extensively about how much I love Peripera lip products, so I don’t think I’ll need to repeat myself here. These are the newer Sugar Glow Tint – a subtle glossy tint that I recently came across on Instagram. I hadn’t seen it available at many online stores yet, most likely because it’s fairly new, but I saw that StyleKorean had them in stock so they sent over some for me to review.

I received these before I went on holidays, so this was another product that I took with me travelling and so I’ve tried it out for a long time. I don’t find myself reaching for it every day because I usually prefer a bolder colour, but I do enjoy it when I wear it and like to keep it in my bag every day.

This product comes in five shades and is currently selling for USD$9.24 on the website, a fairly average price for their lip colours. StyleKorean also has all five of the shades available, so definitely check all of them out.

And, without any further rambling from me, let’s get into my review!

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Review: Pure Hyaluronic Acid 90 Serum (Purito)

Purito Kbeauty Skincare Review Pure Hyaluronic Acid 90 Serum

This product was provided to me by Purito for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

One of my absolute favourite skincare ingredients after Vitamin C, is most definitely Hyaluronic Acid – and I’m sure that I’m one of many. Hyaluronic Acid (or HA) is an essential part of your skin, one that gradually depletes as skin ages allowing for wrinkles and dryness. So, it only makes sense that we support our skin by returning this essential ingredient. HA is most well known for it’s hydration properties. Being able to hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water, it essentially helps with water retention and can give your face a plump, healthy and hydrated appearance. Because of this, it naturally also helps with refining skin/reducing wrinkles and – allegedly – also helping it to recover from acne or other skin issues.

Now, I know that that first part read like a text book entry, but bear with me because after learning the importance of Hyaluronic Acid in your every day routine, I also want to now go on and introduce a product from Purito called the Pure Hyaluronic Acid 90 Serum! I was given the opportunity to try out a couple of their products and this is the last one that I will be trialling this time around. With all of their products being 10 free (i.e no parabens, ethanol, surfactant, artificial colourant etc) and being made from natural and skin-safe ingredients, their brand would be perfect for this sort of product.

Hyaluronic Acid is the type of product that I would aim to implement into my daily routine. I tried this product out over the course of two weeks and I saw very obvious improvements in my complexion versus on days when I didn’t use it. I really think that this is a simple and very effective HA product! It is currently selling on the Purito website for USD$16.15 but… before I send you to the website, here’s my full review!

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Review: Water Gel Tint (Peripera)

Peripera Tint Water Gel Kbeauty Lip Review

I bought this product with my own money. However, this post also contains affiliate links as an alternative shopping recommendation. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

Are you more of a lip tint or a lipstick sort of person? I had actually never used a lip tint until I got into Korean make up and I actually think that this is a product type that’s quite unique to Asian cosmetics. You see more products like this in Australia now but Western formulations are always more like a gloss and less like a stain – of course, this most likely comes down to differences in style.

Personally, I tend to use a wide range of products and formulas, all dependent on my mood and the overall look. I find that tints are best for days when I want a lightweight but vibrant lip colour, and not having to worry too much about retouching it. Also, since my make up style also varies, I do think that tints are best suited to Asian style or more natural looks.

Out of all of the lip tints that I’ve tried (and trust me, there are so many), the one brand that’s never let me down is Peripera! I started out with their original lip inks – there were only five colours back then – and now both their range and my collection has been greatly expanded. They had a wide range of different formulas, shades and really cute packaging.

One of the new ones that I haven’t tried before is the Water Gel Tint – and I’ve finally tried it out! I have been mostly avoiding it because I’m not very fond of water tint formulas – they tend to be too thin and a bit drying for me, but I wanted to give these a shot. I bought two of the shades – Redbeanpress and Beetpress – and they were both the perfect choice for me.

So, read on for my full review!

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Review: Pure Vitamin C Serum (Purito)

Purito Kbeauty Skincare Review Pure Vitamin C Serum

This product was provided to me by Purito for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

I was meaning to write this review for the Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum a while ago, but I was hanging back to give this product more time to treat my skin. As I have mentioned in the past, hyper pigmentation and brightening is a big concern of mine – genetically, I am prone to dark spots and so even the tiniest marks on my skin make me worry. Of course, I know that there’s nothing wrong with it, but I still want to do the best I can to maintain my skin.

So, while discussing with Purito about my skin concerns, I decided to try out their Pure Vitamin C Serum. This product is to be used at night (as I would recommend for all Vit C products) and it also contains Hyaluronic Acid for hydration. I’ve actually seen a lot of positive reviews for this online and it seems to have worked well for other people but… alas, it’s unfortunate that this isn’t for me.

I haven’t had any negative side effects and I did notice that my skin was more hydrated and supple. However, since Purito skincare products are formulated to be safe and also suitable for sensitive skin, I’m thinking that this isn’t strong enough for my skin type. However, I still wanted to write this review because I think that other people (such as those with sensitive skin) may still be interested in trying this out – it will likely be more effective for you than me.

Anyway, read below for my full thoughts on this product as well as details on the formulation!

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