Review: Little Twin Stars Palette (Sugarpill)

Sugarpill Little Twin Stars Eyeshadow Palette Beauty Review Black Swallow

I am officially found the cutest eyeshadow palette ever and, since this was limited edition, I’m really glad that I got my hands on this before it disappeared. This is the collaboration between Sugarpill andLittle Twins Stars(characters from the Japanese Sanrio company) and the full series also included two matte lipsticks – though I didn’t get those because they sell in a set, and I just can’t see myself using an opaque aqua lipstick ever. Instead, I just ordered the eyeshadow palette, which was what I had my eyes on from the beginning and I was really excited that I got this for half price too!

This won’t be available for long, but I got mine off the Black Swallow website – they’re an Australian online retailer (so keep in mind that prices are all in AUD) and they stock a few incredible brands that are difficult to find in Australia; Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Lunar Beauty, Juvia’s Place… just to name a few. They have a good range of different Sugarpill products too, like the lipsticks and single eyeshadows, so I’ll likely be getting a lot more from them in the future!

The prices on Black Swallow are pretty good, very comparable to American websites once they are converted, and their customer service is absolutely top notch. In fact, I received this within twelve hours of putting in the order and, even though I live in the same city as their warehouse, that is still incredible. I highly recommend them to so many people and I was also really thankful to be given the opportunity to visit their office and do a live stream with them (which happened after I bought this, so no sponsorship or collaboration here).

And so, keeping on topic with this Sugarpill x Little Twins Stars palette, let’s go!

Sugarpill Little Twin Stars Eyeshadow Palette Beauty Review Black Swallow

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Review: Subculture Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Subculture Palette Beauty Review

Since my birthday is coming up in a little under a month, and I have decided to get myself the Norvina palette as my present to myself, I figured that I should get starting on reviewing some of these palettes that I’m hoarding! Ever since I bought Modern Renaissance, I had unofficially decided that I would be buying all of the new ones – even if it is just to continue my collection. That all being said, these are a higher end product and they are not cheap – each of these palettes retail for AUD$75 at Sephora or USD$42 on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website. I had gotten my hands on all of the previous ones but I was super hesitant about the Subculture palette.

Essentially, there was a lot of criticism about the shadows being excessively dusty – to the point where people were easily hitting pan by swirling their brush around. In addition, some people were having trouble with the shades not blending together well – the colours either turned muddy or would skip and become patchy. There have been a lot of mixed reviews about this; some people really love the Subculture palette and others don’t.

This palette launched with a lot of controversy and, in my opinion, probably showed a side of the brand that I’m not a fan of – i.e. Norvina’s less than apologetic statement on the criticisms of the product. However, I’m also glad that they did take the feedback into account and did both a rerelease and a refund for those who bought the original.

The one that I own was bought recently on sale at Sephora – I got it for 40% off and I know that it’s also on sale at a lot of places now. This is one of the newer, ‘fixed’ batches so I am definitely not seeing the same issues that other people do. In fact, I personally really enjoy this palette – I love the colour scheme and the pigmentation works really well for me.

So, read on to see my own review on this palette so you can decide whether you want to add to your collection.

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Subculture Palette Beauty Review

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Review: Soft Lip Lacquer (3CE)

StyleKorean Stylenanda 3CE Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Perk Up 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.

When I think of lip lacquers, I usually think of opaque glosses – though I’m not even sure if it’s correct. However, these from 3CE were really so different to what I expected; but in a good way. In fact, they are exactly everything I wanted the Velvet Lip Tints to be and I’m a big fan of these!

This review is on the 3CE Soft Lip Lacquer that released a while ago. I eyed them for a while but mostly wrote them off because I thought they would be similar to the velvets – which are nice but too soft in pigment for my own preference. However, when I was looking through the StyleKorean website, I decided that I did want to give these a go. They sent me two shades in this – Perk Up and Midnight Bottle; two of the darker shades in the range. I generally gravitate towards these colours because I’m not a fan of how most nudes or pinks look on me.

These are currently selling for USD$11.70 on StyleKorean (on sale from the full price of USD19.50) which is a pretty decent price – on par with the Velvet Lip Tint, and cheaper than the normal lip sticks. If you like soft looks, then the Velvet is the formula for you but if you are like me and you prefer your lip make up to be bolder and matter – then this is going to be perfect!

Here’s the review!

StyleKorean Stylenanda 3CE Soft Lip Lacquer Midnight Bottle Perk Up Kbeauty Review

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New Release: Real Fresh Skin Detoxer (Althea)

Althea Angels Welcome Gift Kbeauty

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

Hands up if you want to take good care of your skin but never have the time for daily masks – night time or day?

I feel like if I put that up as a poll, most people that I know would absolutely agree. Especially for those who live busy city lives, it can be really difficult to find that me time so Althea Korea created this product especially for us. This is the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer and it is a totally new release from the brand. They collaborated with Get it Beauty TV – a Korean beauty show that, inside from introducing new beauty trends, also features educational information with beauty professionals (dermatologists, skin care specialists, pharmacists and etc); and the resulting product is one that is truly unique!

This product is a 10 second, 2-in-1 (both a cleanser and a mask) to provide your skin with the extra care that it needs without holding you back from your busy schedule. I tried this out for the past two weeks or so and I’ve found really great results from using this! Of course, the product also has its flaws which I will be discussing too.

And, onto this review/new releases feature! It’s a bit of both.

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Spotlight: Althea Angels Program

Althea Angels Welcome Gift Kbeauty

If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should), you may be aware that I was recently accepted into Althea Angels – a beauty blogging community that was recently started by Althea. I have purchased from them before (see my previous haul here) and I’m really, really happy with their service so I was more than happy to be recommending them to my readers. Being part of this group is really exciting because the company is now actively giving special offers and opportunities for us writers and reviewers. Without any pressure at all to speak positively about their products, they are simply supporting the industry and I think that that’s a really great thing!

So, as part of this, I recieved a package maybe a week or two ago as part of my ‘acceptance’ – this is the Althea Angels welcome gift! I will be posting this at the same time as my Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Review, so this is just a brief one to show off everything that I recieved.

Before I get into this post, I also want to wish Althea a special Happy Birthday! They have just celebrated their third birthday and I really want to congratulate them for not only establishing an amazing online store and service, but also being able to have such a great global reach. Yay!

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Review: Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil & Foam (Neogen)

Neogen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Foam and Oil Kbeauty Review

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

You might remember that I did a review of Neogen’s Real Cica Pad a while back and really enjoyed the product. For today, I’ll be returning to that line and writing about their Micellar Cleansing Oil and the Micellar Cleansing Foam. Both of these cleansers are part of their Real Cica line, which targets both hydration and soothing for problem or sensitive skin – I’ve had good results from using Centella Asiatica products (and Cica is a version of it) so I’m pretty excited for this.

People who follow me on Instagram (or know me IRL) will know that I wear a lot of waterproof make up almost every day. It may not necessarily be heavy on my skin, but because of my allergies and being out for long hours, I will generally stick to long lasting products – foundation, eyeshadows, mascara, liner and even super heavy duty lip tints (on special days). For this reason, double cleansing is an essential part of my skincare routine and I can’t go a day without using at least an oil cleanser.

It’s perfect, because these products that Neogen sent me had essentially completed my two step cleansing routine. I’ll discuss both of the products (and packaging) below, before delving into my own opinions on them individually. And, let’s go!

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Review: Micro Settingfit Cushion (Moonshot)

StyleKorean Moonshot Micro Settingfit Cushion 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 used to have a really big hoarding issue with cushions and, while my collection is still rather substantial, I feel like I haven’t been reviewing them as much lately (only one so far this year). However, when I saw this new release (the Micro Settingfit Cushion) from Moonshot come up as a pre-order on the StyleKorean website, I was really keen to try it. Their Microfit Cushion is one that I really adore and use often for touch ups, and I’ve been a fan of their brand since I first came across them. This is advertised with BlackPink’s Lisa as the ‘face’ of the product (and is called the Lisa Cushion, just like the Microfit cushion was GD) and was initially available for pre-order on StyleKorean.

The Micro Settingfit Cushion is now available for purchase on the website for USD$22.99, discounted from the full price of USD$33.60 and is available in two shades – 101 (Ivory) and 201 (Beige). I got the lighter shade, as I typically wear a shade 21 in most Korean cushions, but from my experience with the other Moonshot cushion, I think that the 201 would have been the most natural fit actually. However, I usually like to use a brighter tone anyway.

So, if you’re interested in buying this product, check out the StyleKorean website but otherwise, here’s my review! 

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Spotlight: Esqido Lashes (Unisyn™ and Mink) and Companion Eyelash Glue

Esqido False Lashes Lash Glue Review Mystic Gin and Tonic

This post is going to be a little different for me because, instead of talking about make up or skincare, I’m going to be showing up the false lashes and eyelash glue that I was sent to test from a brand called Esqido! For those that know me in real life, they will know that I don’t actually wear false lashes that often – that because I have rather small eyes and they will generally take me at least a half hour to get on. However, I was really excited when Esqido reached out to me, partly because their designs look so beautiful and fluttery, and also partly because they have a massive celebrity clientele! I’m talking Rihanna, Naya Rivera and Shay Mitchell (whose lashes I have always envied) – along with a long list of influencers too. They have also been worn by Arden Cho and, seeing that they work so naturally on her eyes too, I was super keen to give this a try.

I originally chose these false lashes through the Esqido Lash Guide, which is an interactive quiz that helps you to choose the perfect lashes for your eyes. I was originally recommended Gin & Tonic (Unisyn™), as well as Silhouette (Mink), but since the latter was out of stock I decided to try out an alternative style – Mystic (Mink). They’re both quite dramatic lashes, so I was curious about how I would go ahead with these but I’m pleased to say that I’m very happy with the results! In addition, Esqido also sent me their Companion Eyelash Glue, which worked well for me and help the lashes to my eyes very firmly.

And that’s all for my introduction! Instead, let’s jump into my spotlight of each individual product because there’s a lot of information that I want to share (and these products make really pretty pictures). I originally wanted to write this as a full blown review for each individual product, but I think that it will be better to give my thoughts and observations, and then share photos of the application, because I feel like lashes can be such a personal thing that it’s hard to rate.

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Review: Covershot Petal Metal Palette (Smashbox)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

Smashbox is a brand that I’d seen a lot but hadn’t actually tried until I came across their collaboration with Vlada. I previous wrote my review on their Petal Metal Highlighter, which completely won me over as a collector’s piece and is actually a good product in itself too, so I wanted to finish up with my review of their Covershot Petal Metal Palette. I bought this from Sephora while I was in the US and it is available at Mecca in Australia (though it has since disappeared from the website and is likely only available in limited stocks). For people in the States, I’ve also heard that some of this range is starting to get discounted (which means that it will be discontinued soon), so it’s time to check it out before it’s gone!

This eye palette is limited edition and was created in collaboration with artist Vlada Haggerty. It’s actually part of a larger range of Covershot Eye Palettes and there are eight others that are currently available on the Smashbox website: Pinks + Palms, Punked, Smoky, Softlight, Golden Hour, Metallic, Matte and Ablaze (all with varying colour schemes and textures). They’re selling for USD$29 or AUD$49 at Mecca. They all feature eight complementary shades, with two larger ‘base’ shades to create varying eye looks.

For this special Petal Metal variation, the shades are all rose gold themed with a range of intense metallic shades and two mattes (one medium toned and one darker) for a palette that is easy to use for all skin types and skill levels.

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

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Review: Double Wear Nude (Estee Lauder)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Foundation Beauty Review

As I am almost finished my bottle of Fenty Beauty foundation, I figured that it would be a good time to open up something new. I really love that foundation and have every intention of repurchasing it but, since I like to test and write about new products, to urge to throw my money at something else was too great to pass up. So, instead of buying myself a second bottle of that foundation (which has a very thin consistency, but also medium buildable coverage and super matte), I figured that I would change things up by trying something dewier.

When I was in Canada, I took a (very) short visit to the Duty Free store at the border. I had around twenty or thirty minutes only, so I grabbed things fairly quickly – a few items that I had been eying at YSL and this foundation from Estee Lauder! I actually thought that I’d bought the original Double Wear Foundation at first, which is a cult favourite super high coverage matte foundation, but didn’t realise until much later that I’d bought the ‘nude’ version.

So, this is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude foundation. It is a much lighter coverage and natural version of the original double wear. I can’t remember how much I bought this for in Canada but the Australian Estee Lauder website sells this for AUD$58 – which would be an alright price, if the foundation came with a pump! Instead, I ended up going to buy that separately for AUD$10 at the Myer counter. I didn’t photograph that below though, as I took these images prior to using the product.

And so, let’s just straight into the review!

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