Brand Spotlight & Review: Huxley

Huxley StyleKorean Try me Review Me Kbeauty Skincare 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.

For people that follow me regularly (here or on Instagram), you will know that I do a lot of collaborations with StyleKorean – who are easily one of my favourite kbeauty stores to work with. They do a blogger program called the Try Me Review Me, which lets people trial and review different brands every month. If you’re a beauty lover or content creator, make sure that you’re following them on Instagram, which is where they typically announce these.

As soon as Huxley was announced, I jumped right onto this – I’m just so excited to dive back into their products. They left a great impression on me in the past and, even though it’s been at least a year since I tried something new from them, I was confident that they would do it again.

For this review, I’ll be reviewing the Oil Essence & Sahara Mask Set – this is available on StyleKorean for a limited time! All of the products are also available for purchase individually too but this set is a great gifting option for Christmas.

Jump onto StyleKorean if you’d like to check it out but, before that, let’s get into this review!

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Review: Mini Gold Palette (Natasha Denona)

Natasha Denona Mini Gold Palette Review

I am a lover of high-end eyeshadow palettes – that’s just it really. I do have a number of k-beauty favourites and I’d try out drugstore brands as well, but I usually choose to invest more into my eyeshadows. That being said though, brands like Natasha Denona are notoriously expensive – and for good reason, as their formulas are absolutely beautiful! I recently got my first full-sized palette from her but, prior to that, I really liked to play with her mini palettes.

The one here is her Mini Gold Palette, which is a compact five-shade extension of her full size Gold Palette (which sells for a good AUD$205). Comparatively, this mini is a steal at AUD$42, and an even better price point if you wait for a Sephora sale.

It’s great for people who loved the full size and want something similar for travel, or those (like me) who aren’t sure that they want to invest the money yet. There have been reports that the minis are a bit hit-or-miss formula wise but, personally, I haven’t had that issue yet!

Want to know more about this palette? Lets get into this review!

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Review: Intensive Moist/Firming/Radiance Sauce Modeling Mascream (Neogen SUR.MEDIC+)

Neogen Surmedic Modeling Mascream Skincare 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’m a big fan of modeling masks and the ones that I’ll be sharing with you today are actually from a brand that is both new and familiar to me! SUR.MEDIC+ is a brand developed by Neogenlab, so you will often see their products listed under the Neogen brand too. They are a “personal skin concierge,” using the concept of skincare first aid to develop products that are effective, easy to use and accessible anywhere. Their products cater to a variety of skin concerns too, so there’s a lot of choose from!

The masks that I will be trying out today are called the Intensive Moist/Firming/Radiance Sauce Modeling Mascream – as you can tell from that awkward name, there are three different variants to target moisture, firming or radiance. I have been gradually testing these out but haven’t used all of them yet, so will put in product information and then add in individual reviews as I go.

These were gifted to me by StyleKorean to review, so pop over there if you want to check them out. They’re under the Neogen brand and are currently on sale for USD$8.80 (usually USD$11).

And now, let’s get into this review!

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Feature: Christmas Shopping Guide

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Last updated 2 November 2020

It’s that time of the year again – holiday releases are coming. I’ve been keeping an eye on some of these launches and, while some brands have slacked off a little in 2020 (understandable given how the pandemic has impacted everything), there are still a lot of great ones! From celebratory eyeshadow palettes to brilliant skincare sets – there’s so much to choose from.

It would be exhaustive to include absolutely everything, so this article mostly features things that I’m personally interested in trying or think would be a great gift option. Most, if not all, of these will be beauty related and available either in Australian stockists or online – all information which you will find here, of course.

Please note that this list is also being updated as new announcements are made so let me know if there’s a brand or release you think I should add in!

Now let’s start shopping!

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Brand Spotlight & Review: Pyunkang Yul

Pyunkang Yul Kbeauty Review StyleKorean Try Me Review Me

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.

It’s been a while since I wrote about Pyunkang Yul but their brand concept is so unique that I’ve yet to find anything else like it. The brand was established by the Pyungkang Korean Oriental Medicine Clinic and therefore has a background in traditional medicine. Their products are formulated with the values of minimalism and balance, as well as the concept of skin temperature optimisation – you can read more about this in my original review of the Mist Toner too.

I’m collaborating again with StyleKorean and Pyunkang Yul again for one of their latest Try Me Review Me campaigns – if you’re a beauty lover yourself, do make sure to check out their website. They’re a trusted and wonderful online store, that spends a lot of time supporting the kbeauty community and creators as well. I’ve been working with them since the beginning of my beauty journey – I am happily both a collaborator and customer!

The products that I’ll be reviewing today are the Essence Toner, Moisture Serum and Nutrition Cream – almost a full skincare routine. I’ve been using these are around 2-3 weeks now, mostly alone except for an additional anti-acne serum (to target my chin area) and I’ve been pretty happy with the results.

All products from the Pyunkang Yul brand boast zero irritation, EWG Green ingredients, and a minimalist formula which is also fragrance and colour free. You can tell that they really focus on clean and simple formulas, which would definitely suit a lot of skin types.

If you’d like to pick these up, hop on over to StyleKorean. Before you do though, lets get into this review!

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Review: Body Lotion (Kadee Botanicals)

Kadee Botanicals Body Lotion Skincare Review

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid and affiliate links are not used in this post.

Last month, I posted on Instagram about the Kadee Botanicals Body Lotion – an Australian product that I especially enjoyed in the colder seasons (when my skin was super dry from sleeping with an electric blanket). It’s since starting to warm up here in Sydney but I’m reminding myself not to slack off on body care!

Kadee Botanicals is a luxury skincare brand that specialises in Australian natural plant based products. One of their main ingredients, Kakadu Plum, “is only found in northern Australia and sustainably farmed by remote communities.” In addition to this, all Kadee Botanicals products are free of Sulphates (SLS & SLES), Parabens, Petroleum based Mineral oils, Artificial colours and Artificial fragrances. Their products are also not tested on animals, so you can shop guilt-free.

This Body Lotion is available on their website for AUD$55 for a 250mL bottle – it’s a bit pricey but Kadee is a luxury brand and their use of Aussie botanicals is a unique selling point. Pop over to their website if you want to check out this product, or anything else that they offer.

Before that though – let me get into this review!

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Battle of the K-Beauty Sunscreens (Stylevana Collaboration)

Stylevana Kbeauty Sunscreen Review - Make P:Rem, Biore, Missha and Labioette

Personally, I think that sunscreen is one of the most underdone steps in our skincare routine. Everyone knows how important it is, but we are often mistaken about how much we are actually doing. There’s a misconception that our foundations, which mostly contain some level of SPF now, is sufficient sun protection – but it’s really not. Whether you are going to the beach or just staying indoors with your computer, you should be using specialised sun care.

Admittedly, I didn’t use sunscreen at all when I was a teenager. I had an allergic reaction once so figured that was it – but I was absolutely wrong, The issue that I had in the past was that many would be heavy on my skin, clogging pores and causing break outs – so the question is: What’s a good sunscreen? Where should you start?

Today, I’m going to be looking at six different Korean sunscreens and discussing the pro’s and con’s for all of them. Of course, this review will be written purely in my own perspective and with my skin type in mind, so I would recommend doing some research yourself too!

All of these were kindly gifted to me by Stylevana – and they’re all available on their website. If you’ve found something you like, hop over there to make an order. Valid until the end of November, you can also get 10-15% off your order with my code INF10STELLAR (excluding weekend deals and instant offers).

And… let’s get into it!

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Review: Rom&ntic Moonight Collection (Rom&nd x NEONMOON)

Romand x Neonmoon Kbeauty Makeup Review StyleKorean

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.

If you follow me on Instagram, then this is not a surprise to you – I am obsessed with the Rom&ntic Moonight collection! This is a collaboration between Rom&nd (who I have reviewed before) and a Korean brand called NEONMOON – they are primarily a retro inspired fashion brand and I love them! They are actually a big inspiration for my online store too (so you can see how I love them). Their brand is about a fun, nostalgic aesthetic and bright colours – perfectly reflected in these products.

I don’t have everything from this collection (because it would be insane if I did) but I’ve got almost everything – and I need to share my thoughts with you! I am so happy with this collection: from the packaging to the formulas.. it’s brilliant. Today I’ll be showing you the Zero Cushion, Better Than Eyes Quad, Better Than Cheek Blushes and the Glasting Water Tint. The only product that I’m missing is the Glasting Water Gloss – but it’s available if you want to get it!

This whole collection is available at StyleKorean with prices ranging from USD$11.20 – USD$20.80. This collection is limited edition so check out their website to get your hands on this quick (you won’t regret it).

Before you do that though, let’s get right into this review!

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What type of moisturiser should I use? (Laneige’s Water Bank Collection)

Laneige Water Bank Collection Hydro Gel Moisture Cream Hydro Essence Review

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Hydration is so important, but it is also something a lot of people seem confused about. I’ve had a surprising number of people confess that they don’t actually have a skincare routine and have never touched a moisturiser in their life: usually because they feel their skin is already oily or feel that face creams are too heavy.

So for today’s post, I wanted to do more than just write a review. Today, I want to unpack the Laneige Water Bank Collection and give my recommendations for when to use them. There are recommended skin types, but I’d like to discuss what the differences are between them, as well as giving suggestions for seasonal suitabilities.

I have three of the products on me but I want to talk about the whole range: this includes the Hydro Essence, Hydro Gel Moisturiser, Moisture Cream Moisturiser and the Moisture Cream Intensive Moisturiser. The first two have a lighter texture which is best for oily-leaning skin types and warmer weather, whilst the Moisture Cream (and the Intensive version) is better for dry skin and weather.

So, read on to find out more!

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Review: Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 Review

It’s a fact that I am obsessed with purple so the release of the first Norvina Pro Palettes caught my eye more than all of the others. The main issue that I had with it was the size – I’ve had storage issues for a while so have been avoiding larger palettes but I really liked the colour story here. I was so on the fence about it but then my best friends made the choice for me: I got the Norvina Pro Pigment Palette for my 28th birthday!

I know – I am spoiled and so, so lucky.

The Pro Pigment Palette was the first release from the (sort of) sub-range Norvina. Although it still sits under the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand, the direction of their line is more vibrant, youthful and experimental, drawing its influence from Norvina herself (who is the current president of ABH and also the daughter of its founder). Since the release of this first palette, there have been quite a few other releases in this range and honestly – it is the bomb and I am loving the direction!

The Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 is available on the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website for AUD$99 or at Sephora Australia or Mecca for $112 (not sure of why there is a price difference). They also have some smaller nine-pan palettes if you’re after something a little more compact!

And, lets get into this review!

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