Product Launch: TECA 1% Barrier Cream (Wishtrend)

Wishtrend TECA 1% Barrier Cream Kbeauty Review

This product was sent to me by Wishtrend 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 someone who didn’t suffer from too much acne back in my teenage years and, to this day, generally only gets a few pimples now and then, I really didn’t think that break outs would be an issue for me – not so suddenly! However, since returning from my trip to Vietnam, I had an area of really badly damaged skin (pimples, scarring). My skin hadn’t agreed with the weather there and, while cleansing my skin with the Wishtrend Green Tea Enzyme Powder Wash did help, I wasn’t using it frequently enough to completely prevent break outs.

What great timing it is that Wishtrend came out with another product for me to try and – I swear – they are tracking my lifestyle! This time, they have released the TECA 1% Barrier Cream which is targeted to post-acne recover and weakened skin (i.e. me).

This product will be launching on their website on December 12th but, while I usually aim to have these reviews tested and ready by the launch date to tell everyone about it, I decided to take my time giving this a real test.

Let’s go onto the review!

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Review: Heavy Metals Palette (Urban Decay)

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette Review

I am a sucker for Urban Decay and I have been for so many years, ever since I got the Naked2 palette (one of my first higher end palettes every). Personally, I love their brand image – strong, bold and daring – and I am, of course, also a big fan of their new model Ruby Rose and so I’ve basically fawned over every release. This is a palette that isn’t yet available in Australia but will be selling at Mecca from the 26th of December (or so I’ve been told), otherwise you can also get them online.

This is their Heavy Metals palette and it is a limited edition release for the holidays. It is absolutely my favourite release this holiday and, if you were only to buy one product, I would highly recommend to check this out. It is an all metallic palette and actually conceptually reminds me a little of the Moondust palette – only these work really well without a wet brush too and there is much less fall out and glitter. The idea of this palette is that it has some bold, party shades but also neutrals that are suitable for every day wear. A lot of people tend to keep metallics and shimmers only for special occasions, but this palette plays on the idea that ‘heavy metal’ colours are for every one and every day.

So, let’s finish with me talking about this and go right into the palette! 

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Review: Mood Recipe Blush (3CE)

3CE Mood Recipe Blush Rose Beige Kbeauty Review

When ever someone asks me to recommend a blush, 3CE is always where I turn to – especially their pressed powder blushes. I’ve used so many of them before (and have a thing for collecting their matte shadows) and they’ve almost never failed me – except for their red blush which wasn’t bad but wasn’t as perfect as the others. Either way, the simple fact is that I absolutely love their blushes and I’m always really confident in their formula.

When 3CE started teasing their new Mood On & On Collection, I was absolutely over the moon. Their original collection had some amazing products – including one of my favourite brown/bronze shimmer shadows – and the Red Recipe was a brilliant collection that bright some vibrancy back into the kbeauty scene. For their new Mood Recipe collection, they pulled things right back again and settled somewhere in between with soft, nude pinks and really wearable colours that fit really well into anyone’s make up routine. These colours are ‘reminiscent of a secret garden’ and ‘gentler and softer than ever’.

Whether you like nudes or bright colours, I think that there’s a place for these new tones and so I was super keen to get some things in Korea. I wanted their new eyeshadow palettes, but I feel like they’re pretty pricey, and so I got one of the blushes instead! This product has that same soft blendability I like, as well as a more elegant colour range – which is totally new to my collection.

Read on!

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Review: Prism Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette Review Prism

I’ve been so excited for this holiday season (and spending a crazy, stupid amount of money) because there have been almost endless limited edition products being released – from the Fenty Galaxy Launch, the Urban Decay (which is my favourite holiday release) and then now this… I need to relearn how to exist. Anyway, before I get carried away with my little antics, let’s get into it.

So Anastasia Beverly Hills is based out of – you guessed it – Beverly Hills and they’re especially known for their brow products (their pomade is one of my favourites and daily essentials). They have also become really popular for their Modern Renaissance palette and… well, also went viral for the Subculture palette which was much less well recieved. Their next release was one that a lot of people have been anticipating – how would it compare to their original, cult classic and would this be a repeat of the ‘Subculture disaster’?

This is the Prism Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which is their limited edition (at the moment) holiday release for 2017. This is available online at Cult Beauty and from Sephora US – unfortunately, it has yet to hit Australian shores and I’m not sure if it will or when. I got this from overseas and it is currently selling for USD$42 – which is the standard price for their eyeshadow palettes. Compared to Korean beauty brands, these luxury Western brands are definitely a lot more expensive but I really think that these eyeshadows are so much better quality and easier to work with that it’s incomparable. Personally, I usually reach for these palettes over Korean eyeshadows because I’m a fan of bold colours and super pigmentation – both of which this palette delivers!

Let’s get right into it because I want to show you all these colours!

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Review: Hoodie Ryan Monopop Eyes Palette (The Face Shop)

The Face Shop Hoodie Ryan Monopop Eyes Kbeauty Review

I bought this product with my own money from the official store. However, this post also contains affiliate links to W2Beauty as an alternative shopping recommendation. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

I am very aware that this is one of the cutest palettes to come out of Kbeauty 2017, which is why I really had to get it even though I’ve had a bit of a hit-or-miss situation with most roadshop branded eyeshadows. This is the Hoodie Ryan Monopop Eyes palette, which is part of a larger collection from The Face Shop. They collaborated with Kakaotalk to do a range of Ryan packaged products; from eyeshadows to body wash! This isn’t the first time that they’ve collaborated either, and a lot of people get really excited about these. Everything looked so cute but, in lieu of picking up a bunch of items that I may not use, I decided just to grab this palette.

The range has two different colour options – number 1 has all matte shades, mostly in neutrals and browns. The second one had brighter colours with some shimmer shades. Although the second palette was pretty, I decided to get number 1 because I’ve been really into matte shadows lately and I felt like I was lacking them in my collection (if I can possibly be lacking anything with how many palettes I buy).

I got this from The Face Shop in Edae for around 20,000won and I’m not sure where it’s available online – maybe you can check out a few stores? Let me know where you find it so I can update this, of course, but otherwise this is a good idea of the other Monopop Eyeshadows (which sell as singles and in different collaboration palettes).

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Review: Velvet Lip Tint (3CE)

3CE Velvet Lip Tint Kbeauty Review

I bought this product with my own money from the official store. However, this post also contains affiliate links to W2Beauty as an alternative shopping recommendation. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

Since their launch in Korea, these were selling like mad – I went into Stylenanda with the intention of buying at least one of each colour (for my friend and then a few for myself) but there were a couple of shades – including one that I wanted – that was completely sold out; not just in one store but in all stores. So it’s safe to say that this Velvet Lip Tint is an extremely popular new release and I’m really glad that I managed to grab these two colours. I’ve always been a fan of 3CE lip and eye colours because I feel like they’re a bit different to other Korean brands – they have a preference for bolder and more pigmented formulas. They’re not quite as dramatic as Western products but they’re still an in-between taking into consideration the Asian beauty trends.

The product that I have here is their Velvet Lip Tint that was released recently. It comes in a range of 10 shades – ranging from nudes to reds. They’re all extremely wearable shades and so I don’t think that there was any colour that I didn’t like when I swatched them. In the end, it just came down to picking colours that I didn’t have too many of and that I knew I would get the most wear out of.

I feel like these are a bit similar to the Airy Ink Velvets from Peripera but actually feel even more hydrating. According to the Stylenanda website: “Velvet lip tint incorporates an oil-packed formula specially made to deliver a vivid and velvety matte texture. When this tint is applied, the lips are first encased with a layer of oil upon with pigments gently melt, resulting in a dewy sensation with a matte finish.”

Well, let’s check out the two colours that I got because I think these are a great every day lip product, especially for anyone who likes softer and more wearable products.

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Review: #FauxFilter Foundation (Huda Beauty)

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation Beauty Review

Tonight’s review is going to be short and a little different to what I usually do – I’m going to be talking about the much hyped Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation. The difference with this post today is that I didn’t actually buy the product, and thank god because I must be one of the few people in the world who truly hate the product!

I got a small sample of it from Sephora and, since I had been watching reviews and was interested in picking it up, I thought that I would give it a try before I went to buy it. I assumed that it would be a wonderful, high-coverage foundation, and was actually a bit worried about liking it more than my Fenty Beauty but well… I am so severely disappointed because this product has failed me so badly that I cannot imagine how it is working for other people. This retails at AUD$65 from Sephora.

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Review: Universe Multi Palette (Etude House)

Etude House My Universe Holiday Collection Kbeauty Review

I don’t review Etude House products very often on my blog, mostly because I find their brand a bit of a hit-or-miss. Some things work really well for me and others leave me rather disappointed. One thing that I have to say though, is that they’re really great at the packaging game and so all of their limited edition collections and special releases are something to anticipate. I was really excited when I went into a store in Seoul and, not only did I get to check out the collection, but they were also having a sale where the whole Universe Holiday Collection was on sale! Of course, I wanted to grab everything but, in lieu of going totally crazy, I got one of the palettes (which I was already eying) and two of the lipsticks (which I’ll talk about at a later date).

The following is called the Multi Palette and contains six shadows (both matte and glitters) and a highlighter. It comes in two different collections – Pinky Galaxy (cool toned) and Golden Galaxy (warm toned). As most people are aware, I usually gravitate heavily towards the more cool toned palettes and I did check it out first, but I ended up getting Golden Galaxy instead because the colours seemed to swatch more pigmented and creamy.

From my previous experience, Etude House eyeshadows can also be a hit-or-miss. Some of them are pretty decent! In fact, there used to be this one pink single shadow from them that I used daily and stocked up on too. However, their formulas seem to lack consistency and so there are some shadows that are really lacking in pigmentation (and by that, I mean that I have some pans where I can’t even pick up any colour).

So, let me talk about this product in depth and give you my thoughts of every individual shade.

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Review: Pearly Night Inklasting Pink Cushion (Peripera)

Peripera Pearly Night Ink Lasting Pink Cushion Kbeauty Review

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

Holiday season means limited edition releases and, of course, some super pretty packaging to draw us all in. For this year, one of the stand out releases from Peripera is definitely their Inklasting Cushion! I grabbed this while I was in Korea and I was lucky enough that it was also on a special promotion, so I got a bit of a discount on it. The store assistant tried it out on my skin and I got shade 2 – I was originally looking for number 1 (which was sadly sold out in-store) but this product actually ended up being a decent colour on me and I think that the lighter one might have made me look a little ghostly. For reference, I typically use a shade 21 in Korean cosmetics.

Personally, I’m a massive fan of the Peripera lip products but their base products have been a hit or miss for me – some are pretty good, and others I find a bit lacking. However, because of the prettiness of this cushion case, I had to give it a shot. This product comes in two styles – the pink and the lavender.

To be honest, I’m not completely sure about the difference between them but I assume that it’s the same as the standard version – the Pink Cushion gives you a high coverage, smooth, brightened finish while the Lavender Cushion is more about giving a non-cakey, dewy glow that has buildable coverage. I actually picked the pink cushion more because of aesthetic than preferences (because the lavender one might have been more suitable for me) but I don’t mind so much!

If you’re interested, the original version also has a Mint Cushion that has a more powdery finish and is targeted towards people with oily or acne prone skin.

Anyway, let’s move onto this review because I’m so keen to show this case!

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Product Launch: Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash (By Wishtrend)

By Wishtrend Green Tea and Enzyme Powder Wash Wishtrend Kbeauty Review

This product was sent to me by Wishtrend 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 my first post coming back from my trip to Vietnam and Seoul and, to be honest, I’m writing this at around 3am and I’m still getting over my fatigue and jetlag (which has been knocking out to sleep as soon as I get home from work). However, since Wishtrend just officially launched this product today (congratulations!) I knew that I wanted to have this post done on time, especially since I really love this product.

So I posted about this on Instagram before I went on my trip because I was contemplated whether or not to bring a new product abroad (because I was worried about allergies) but I did bring it and boy, I’m so glad that I did because this product is super travel friendly, very hydrating (which is important when you’re dealing with weather variations and long flights) and is pretty effective too.

This is a Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash that is from By Wishtrend, a brand started by the online kbeauty store – Wishtrend. My general experience with their products has been really good! I find that their formulas are effective, well priced and gentle on skin too. In fact, their Mandelic Acid Water is still one of my go-to, favourite skincare products at the moment!

This product has an amazing green tea latte scent (which is the best I have ever encountered) and gently exfoliates your skin which cleansing. It has a hydrating finish and leaves your skin really soft and clean, as well as controlling blackheads.

This is a 70g bottle and retails at the full price of USD$22. However, as a special launch promotion, you can now buy it at a 20% off (USD$17.60) or save up at 30% on the special sets. This promotion ends soon, so if you’re interested, get on it!

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