Review: Petal Metal Highlighter (Smashbox)

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I was super lucky to have been in the States when this Smashbox collaboration launched, because the promotional videos got me so hard that I really didn’t want to wait for it to come to Australia (which usually takes a while). Luckily, this one wad actually pretty fast and it’s now available at Mecca if you’re in Australia or, of course, you can check out the official Smashbox website or Sephora.

The product that I’m talking about is, in my opinion, the best collaboration to have been released this year – it is the collaboration between Smashbox and artist Vlada! I follow the latter on Instagram and I love her work, so I was naturally really excited when I heard about this. The range includes liquid lipsticks and a eyeshadow palette (which I also grabbed) but the star of the show is definitely the Petal Metal Highlighter. This was released in three shades and I got Gilded Rose, which is probably the most standard champagne colour but is the most flattering on my paler skin tone. Rosemantic is a stunning pink shade that would be well suited for darker skin tones or as a blush topper. There is also an exclusive Sephora shade (which is also available at Mecca) called Prismatic Petal; it has a different packaging, which is mainly why I didn’t get it, but it also has a more glittery finish and is quick different to these main two.

So, I’ve taken a lot of photos because I think the packaging is the main selling point of this product. Still, I’m here to give you an in depth review of the product and share my experiences of it, so you can hopefully get this before it’s gone (but hey, I’m crossing my fingers for more Vlada collaborations in the future because she is a talent!)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

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Review: Layering Cover Cushion (Laneige)

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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.

The promotional video for this Layering Cover Cushion sold me so quickly – I am a total Lee Sungkyung fangirl (though who doesn’t find that lady absolutely charming?) and I’m also a huge fan of Laniege products. In fact, their Whitening cushion is one of my HG products, along with IOPE, and I’ve lost count of how many of them I already have. I even developed a habit of collecting their limited edition holiday cases which is… perhaps a little detrimental to my wallet.

Either way, I was super keen to try out this cushion but, since it is a fairly new release, I hadn’t found many places online that sold it – and the new Sephora release in Australia only included the traditional cushion. When I was looking through the StyleKorean website though, I saw that they had it in stock and I jumped at the chance to review this!

Since I received this product close to the time I was going overseas, I actually brought this cushion with me on holidays and I used it while I was there (including cold New York weather, hot Floridian weather and even the freezing in Canada). I was really surprised at how well it had held up and, regardless of the mixed reviews that I’ve seen for this product, Laneige still remains at the top of my list!

This cushion is selling on StyleKorean for USD$25.12 (on sale from  USD$35.89). At the moment, only two of the shades are available (#13 and #11, so the paler shades) but the full, internationally available range consists of 8 shades – which is incredible for a Korean cushion!

So, click onto their website if you’d like to get the product yourself or read on to see my review first!

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Product Launch: Supple Preparation Unscented Toner (Klairs)

Wishtrend Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner 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.

Klairs is one of those brands that I trust – their brand concept of creating simple but effective products really speaks to me and I like that I’m comfortable recommending their products to people with sensitive skin. I previously used their Rich Moist Soothing Cream while I was travelling and it really helped to keep my skin calm in the cold Japanese weather. The Vitamin E Mask was also really great, and an interesting formula too, so they haven’t let me down so far!

The product that I was sent to review by Wishtrend this time is a new release, the Supple Preparation Unscented Toner! This is actually a second version of their original toner, the Supple Preparation Toner which has been a favourite on their website for three years in a row. The only complaint that people had was that they weren’t fond of the scent created by the use of essential oils in the original formula, so those have been removed to create something with the some hydrating formula, but with a much more mild effect on your senses.

Personally, I am actually not very sensitive to scents and I haven’t used the original toner before, but I am a big fan of hydrating toners – especially those that are gentle of the skin and easy to layer up. I tried this product out for around a week and, from my experience, it’s been really good for my skin and definitely delivers what it promises. It is currently selling on the Wishtrend website for USD$21.99 so, while it isn’t super cheap, this is a great option for people with sensitive skin and just want something the worksno frills, no excess.

And with all of that said, let’s get on with the review!

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Review: Mood Recipe Multi Eye Color Palette #Plot Twist (3CE)

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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 quite a while, I’ve been focussing my attention onto Western eyeshadows and while I have tried out a few Korean palettes lately, most of them have been a bit disappointing for me. Rather than the formulas being bad, I actually think that it’s because the products are catered to a different look to what I usually do now.

I prefer blendable and highly pigmented colours, with a variety of formulas and shades. Typically, I would use a minimum of three shades on my eyes and I find it a bit difficult to build full eye looks that I’m satisfied with with smaller palettes. However, since Korean beauty trends favour light washes of colour and natural looks, I find that their eyeshadows tend to be softer and generally stay within a more easy to use colour spectrum. Personally, I prefer to use Western eye shadows but there are some Korean brands that do really great colour eye products – my favourite of which is 3CE!

3CE recently expanded their popular Mood Recipe line with more lipsticks, blushers and also an eyeshadow palette! This isn’t the first one that they’ve done, but they really don’t do them often and it is the first time that they’ve had this 3×3 format. They’re called the Mood Recipe Multi Eye Color Palette and I have it in Plot Twist – there are three in total: this one, an all matte palette and also a more rose toned palette. This was sent to me for review by StyleKorean and you can get this, as well as a really good range of other 3CE products, from their website where it sells for USD$50.40

Before you do that though, let’s get into this review where I want to talk about the product, show you the shades as well as share my personal experiences and recommendations about this.

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Review: AHA Scaling Cream (Nakeup Face)

StyleKorean Nakeup Face 10& 5% Glycolic Acid AHA Scaling Cream 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 was seeing this cream from Nakeup Face all over my Facebook feed and I was so curious to test it out, but the title Scaling Cream felt really intimidating – not to mention that I had no idea what it even was. However, I did keep it at the back of my mind and I recently checked out the StyleKorean website to find out what it is.

It turns out that this product is a AHA Scaling Cream – it is essentially a chemical exfoliator in the form of a night cream. It helps to remove dead skin cells, keratin and sebum (which block pores) and to help with skin balance and tone. It comes in two concentrations, 5% and 10%, both of which StyleKorean had generously sent me to review in order to determine what sort of routine and system best worked for my skin type. As reference, I have combination skin which can be both dry and oily in different areas or times. The cream is currently selling for USD$21.03–24.30 on their website, so definitely go and check it out while they are also having sales and special coupons available.

All of that said, let’s go right into the review!

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Review: Dear My Lips (Etude House)

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

Like a lot of Etude House products, I had been eying the Dear My Lips lipsticks for a while but I hadn’t really tried them out yet. The idea of being able to pick your own lipstick case and shade seemed really fun, especially for someone like myself who is so pedantic about packaging design. I really liked some of the original cases, which were really graphic and had an almost pop art aesthetic.

For their Holiday Collection (which was released in December and I’m still here reviewing in January because why not?) they released a few galaxy themed cases and also some limited edition shades. When I was in store, I ended up picking two of their cases and one of the limited edition colours and one from the permanent collection (since I felt like some of the holiday shades were similar to what I already owned). One of these has a metallic finish and the other is matte.

So, for today’s review, I’m just going to give you a quick look and what I got and give you my thoughts on the product. This is really only applicable for these two shades, since I feel like Etude House formulas often change according to the colour. I’m super keen to try out more of these in the future and I’ll keep posting more as I do too.

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Review: Carbonic Sebum Kill Mist (So Natural)

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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 am one of those people who absolutely lives by mist products. Whether it is for hydrating or if they’re setting sprays, I have a bunch of them sitting on my vanity, more back ups on my shelf… and I’m also always carrying one or two smaller ones in my bag. It’s safe to say that I love these products and, when I saw this on the StyleKorean website I was super excited. This is the Carbonic Sebum Kill Mist from So Natural – one of the newer brands that they started selling at the end of 2017.

According to the website, So Natural is a brand that is centred around a naturalistic philosophy where products are formulated to strength skin’c natural properties – it is ‘informed by nature and formulated with science’. Personally, I think that this is a really great approach to take when it comes to skincare so I’m keen to try a few different things from them.

This product is a sebum controlling fact mist that claims to also tighten up pores. I tried it out alone, underneath my make up and on top of it – I definitely took my time with experimenting this the uses of this product. This product is available on the StyleKorean website for USD$15.79 and they also have a wide range from So Natural to check out.

And, without further ado, let’s get right into it!

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Product Launch: TECA 1% Barrier Cream (By 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)

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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.

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