Feature: Charlotte Tilbury hits Aussie Shores (and we love it)

Charlotte Tilbury at Mecca Launch

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty has been one of the most in-demand brands for years. Founded by British make up artist Charlotte Tilbury, they are known for their easy-to-use, gorgeous make up products and scientifically backed skincare – all developed around Tilbury’s beauty secrets and 28 years of experience working in fashion, editorial, runway and the red carpet.

And now, they have finally hit Australian shores, exclusively through MECCA! Rather than having to guess foundation matches or watching a hundred review videos to figure out if a product will work for us, people are now able to try things in store or get a shade match from MECCA’s artistry team.

There’s been some fun in-store promotions as well as huge range now available on their website. For those who (like me) have never tried Charlotte Tilbury before and are unsure of where to start, read on for five of their best sellers!

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Feature: 10 Gorgeous Make Up Products for Your Vanity

10 Gorgeous Make Up Products - Beauty Feature Article

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The beauty industry moves fast and there are new release products coming out almost every day. With the prominence of social media, it’s also impossible to deny how important packaging is. Whilst the actual formula and product is still the most important, you can’t have a successful product unless you’re nice to look at too! That’s my opinion anyway.

In this list, I’ll be sharing with you some gorgeous packaging and also why I love them (from both a designer and consumer perspective). Consider this a gift guide or even a shopping guide for when you’re wanting to make your next purchase.

As reference, I love packaging design that is unique, speaks well to the brand identity but is also practical and highly functional. So, don’t expect me to be listing pizza shapes eyeshadow palettes or chunky, cat paw lipsticks though – no one has the time (or vanity space) for that!

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Feature: Exploring K-Beauty Sunscreen Recommendations

Kbeauty SPF Sunscreens from StyleKorean

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A lot of people who are outside of the k-beauty community might not have heard about this, but there was a huge sunscreen scandal last year (late November 2020, to be exact). It started with the Purito Centella Green sunscreen (which has a lower SPF than was marketed due to improper practices by the manufacturer) and, as a result of that, pretty much every k-beauty brand began to review and re-test their formulations. This situation resulted in a lot of uncertainty and skepticism – how do we know which products can be trusted, and how do they know that they have been formally tested? – but I’m here to help!

(Well, StyleKorean is… but I digress)

I was approached by StyleKorean to discuss their range of sunscreens. In order to help customers be more confident in the brands and products that they are carrying, they have worked to carefully curate (and even personally test) their sunscreens range. Aside from the advertised SPF ratings, they have also gathered the formal testing documentations for all of these products – which I will be referring to in this post too.

There’s a massive range on their site, but these are the k-beauty sunscreens that I’ll be discussing in this article:

And now, let’s dive right into the details!

NOTE: The listing of these statistics are according to the reports I have been given access to and, to some extent, are also dependent on my own understanding of the terminology. I do not claim to be a scientist or a skincare professional; just another customer fascinated by what I am presented with.

If you are unsure on how to read some of the listed results, please see the guide at the end of the article.

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Feature: Three Steps for Calm and Moisturised Skin (SKIN1004’s Hyalu-Cica Collection)

SKIN1004 Hyalu-Cica Collection - K-beauty Feature

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If you’re a fan of Centella Asiatica, or just want something to calm and keep your skin moisturised at the same time, SKIN1004 has got you sorted.

For those who have not heard about them before, SKIN1004 is a k-beauty brand specialising in the use of Centella Asiatica (or Cica) – they are all about high quality ingredients, harvested for optimum purity and ethics (all according to Good Agricultural and Collection Practices [GACP]).

Although they have a wide range, today’s focus is on their Hyalu-Cica Collection – a formulation that uses their signature Hyalu-Cica ingredient to simultaneously moisturise and calm. There are four different products in this collection (though I’ll only be discussing three):

You can head on over to their Official Amazon Store to shop the brand. Only the Madagascar Centella Hyalu-cica Brightening Toner is in stock at the moment, but I’ll update this post once the others are back too! You can also get a sneaky 15% off the Brightening Toner using my code 15STELLAR (not affiliated, and expires 8/31)

Before you do that though, read on for more detailed information for each product.

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Feature: Korean Makeup Artists & Creators to Inspire You

Korean Makeup Artists & Creators to Inspire You

Header image source: Jenny House Instagram (left) and Seo Ok Instagram (right)

As someone who really likes experimenting with makeup, finding inspiration is so important to me – which I do mostly via social media and digital platforms. In this list, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite Korean makeup artists and creators. Some of them are known for working with K-pop artists, some on set of Korean Dramas and others are popular on YouTube as content creators. Either way, every artist has their own unique take on makeup and beauty, so there is much to learn.

Read on for six of my personal favourites – and make sure to check out their platforms as well!

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Shopping Guide: Eyeshadow Palettes that You’ll Never Put Down

Shopping Guide: Eyeshadow Palette Recommendations

To be frank, eyeshadow palettes are my personal weakness. I buy so many of them that I’ve become somewhat of a collector but that isn’t practical for the every day makeup user. The fact is that we have so many options now that I can be very difficult to navigate, so today I’ll be recommending some of the best eyeshadow palettes – in my humble opinion anyway.

I will be recommending palettes based on quality, versatility and ease of use – so read on!

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Feature: Affordable K-Beauty Skincare Dupes to Brighten Your Routine

KBeauty Skincare Dupes

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Let’s be real – we all love a great dupe: they make beauty so much more accessible, whether it is because of cost or simply giving us more shopping options. When it comes to k-beauty, road shop and indie brands are constantly innovating and it’s not surprising that many of their formulas are on par (and sometimes arguably better) than their high end counterparts. Here’s a list of some great k-beauty dupes for you to consider when building your own skincare routine.

It’s also important to note that there can be a very fine line between a proper ‘dupe’ and a copycat product, so all of the products discussed here are proper dupe – whether it is a similar product type or formulation. Copycats are fully excluded!

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New Release: Colourpop X Hello Kitty is back for a summery collection

Colourpop X Hello Kitty Collection

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Fans of colourful makeup, cute aesthetics and Japanese pop culture will be so excited to hear that the Colourpop X Hello Kitty collaborations are back – and this time it’s brighter than ever! Launching June 17th, this is a follow up from their previous winter themed collection. It’s called Hello Sunshine and includes new eyeshadow quads, blushes, a lip balm trio and a really yummy lippie scrub… all with a fruity, summery vibe.

Since this collection is likely to sell out fast, heres a break down of the information so far and some initial thoughts!

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New Release & Review: L’Oréal x Elie Saab Collaboration

Loreal Paris x Elie Saab Collaboration Review - Available at Chemist Warehouse

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As soon as I saw these on Instagram, I knew that I had to have it! Elie Saab has taken their first foray into beauty through a collaboration with L’Oréal. Fans of the super famous haute-couture designer will absolutely love the intricate details and pretty colour schemes – best of all, it’s affordable too! Called the ‘Power of Grace‘, this collection includes three lipglosses, four lipsticks and a mascara, as well as a nine-pan eyeshadow palette which I haven’t seen in Australia yet (so can’t confirm if it was released here).

All of these feature the brand’s signature beige rose and gold colour scheme, as well as small details inspired by the intricate beading of his garments. It’s totally on-brand with Elie Saab’s signature feminine style and takes a versatile, wearable approach so all of these daily products transition well from day to night.

If you’re keen to get your hands on these, then head over to Chemist Warehouse – online or in-stores. This collection is limited edition though and it’s been incredibly popular, so I would recommend jumping onto it pretty quickly.

Before that though, let’s get into this review – swatches and all!

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