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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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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How to: K-pop Idol Makeup

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Just a couple of days ago, I wrote my first ever exclusive article for BONIIK Note to discuss K-pop Idol Makeup and also give a few easy to implement tips on how to achieve a similar look yourself. I am legitimately so excited to be sharing this story and writing off the Oh My Stellar blog for the first time ever!

If you’re looking to pick up some k-beauty goodies from the BONIIK Website make sure to use my code OHMYSTELLAR for 20% off your order (not an affiliate code and only valid until 6th of February 2021). This code is online exclusive and is not to be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions.

Now read on for a little excerpt.

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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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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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Interview: Behind the Scenes with Yuni Beauty

Yuni Beauty Interview

Yuni Beauty is a brand that I’ve worked with a few times since being introduced to them last year. I actually met a member of their team at a Sephora Showcase and they quickly won me over with their passion for sustainability and also creating beauty products for active (and fast paced) lifestyles. I’ve used a good handful of their products already and I’ve definitely had some great experiences.

Recently, I had the opportunity to ask a few questions to their co-founder, Emmanuel Ray, both about the brand and some of the amazing things that they release. Read on for my interview with him where he discusses the history of Yuni Beauty, the story behind one of their most famous products and what new goodies are in store.

After this, you can also shop their range at either their main website (Yuni Beauty) or, if you’re in Australia, they’re stocked at Sephora Australia! I would personally be recommending their Rose & Cucumber Shower Sheets, the Count to Zen Rejuvenating Hand and Body Creme (which is my go-to product for my RetinA side-effect dry skin) and their Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel!

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Diary: BONIIK – Your K-beauty Destination

BONIIK Sydney Kbeauty Shopping

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I first collaborated with BONIIK last year when they were a relatively new store in Australia, and wanted to introduce their brand to a bunch of us beauty bloggers. I’m really happy to say that I will be working with them again in the year of 2019 and, just before I left for Vietnam, I was invited to visit their new store at World Square (Sydney CBD) where I discussed with them my ambitions as a beauty content creator, my skin type and also got recommendations of new products to try out.

So, in this post, I’m going to be writing about the in-store experience for BONIIK. They have two stores in Sydney where you can visit yourself to talk with their store assistants for skin recommendations, or you can also shop them online at BONIIK.com

Best of all though, is that they’ve actually give me a discount code to share with everyone! Until the end of March, you can get 15% off all purchases at both their physical stores or online just by showing my code – OHMYSTELLAR15

So, lets get into this post! I can’t wait to show you all of the photos I took of their store because it’s actual eye candy to see all of these walls of glorious kbeauty.

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Beauty: BB Cream vs Foundation (feat Skin79)

StyleStory Skin79 BB Cream vs Foundation comparison

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When I first became interested in k-beauty, I swore by BB cream – I wasn’t fully sure how different it was, because I was around fifteen at the time and had only ever used one cakey pot of mousse foundation, but there were all of these promises about how it improves your skin and how it’s so far superior. The popularity of the product really skyrocketed a few years later when kpop started to spread internationally and everyone was trying to get that flawless idol complexion – “Slather on the BB cream,” people used to tell me.

It’s been years since then and, as I’ve mentioned a lot, I actually started to use foundation a lot more than BB cream. This is primarily because I’ve been more focused on the cosmetic side of things and I wanted something that has a specific finish (lightweight and matte) that was more difficult to find in a BB cream. Because of this, I’ve become very familiar with both of the products – foundation, BB cream and even CC cream (which we’ll discuss at another point).

With the relaunch of the original, holy grail Skin79 BB Creams at StyleStory, I really wanted to delve back into this world and once again share with people the glory of BB creams and why the product became so popular to begin with. I realised that a lot of people still don’t really know what the difference between them is, aside from one claiming to be better, so it really raises the question – Which should I use? Which is better for my skin type?

So, today’s post is going to be a little bit different! I’ll be chatting to you guys about the Skin79 BB Creams (which StyleStory generously sent over to me to help out with this post) but, rather than a review, I’ll be explaining the differences between it and a traditional foundation. And – let’s start!

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