Review: Backtalk Palette (Urban Decay)

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette Mecca Review

This product was gifted to me by Mecca Maxima. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used.

2018 was definitely the year of eyeshadow palettes because there were so many great releases – and I also bought way more than an average person really needs. Amongst them, there were also a handful of products that I was graciously gifted by Mecca Maxima – just to try out really. Although this following palette was not right at the top of my ‘best palettes’ list (which I should write soon), it was a close runner up!

This is the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette, a travel friendly palette inspired by the popularity of the Backtalk shade from their Vice Lipsticks range (described as a mauve-nude pink). It includes a series of eyeshadow shades, all in berry and rose-mauve shades and also four cheek shades (two blushers and two highlighters) on the other side. This is actually very different to what Urban Decay has done in the past and, although I was initially unsure about the packaging design, I’ve come to really love this.

The Backtalk Palette was released as a limited-edition product to Mecca Maxima and, as such, it’s no longer available. However, it is a permanent product in the Urban Decay collection and is still available on their website – so I have my tail crossed that it will come back! Otherwise, feel free to check out the rest of the Urban Decay products available (I would especially recommend their Born to Run palette which is one of my top picks of the year).

So, let’s get into this review!

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New Release: Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask at Mecca Maxima

Summer Fridays at Mecca New Release

Earlier in the month, Mecca Maxima announced the launch of a new brand to their stores – Summer Fridays! This has been a much hyped product launch from a relatively new brand – I’ve been seeing their products all over Instagram and they’re touted as the new game-changers in the beauty industry. Their products are targeted to the jet-setters and those who live busy lifestyles, and need skincare that had an immediate effect on tired and dull complexions.

For this month, Mecca Maxima started out with the launch of their Jet Lag Mask (and there are rumours online that they will be following up with the Overtime Mask early next year). I personally haven’t had the opportunity to try this product yet, but I wanted to share some information so you can decide for yourself if this is something for you!

Read on for more –

Summer Fridays at Mecca New Release
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Review: MAC Patrick Starrr Holiday Collection – Lipstick (Spank Me Santa & Slay Ride)

Patrickstarrr x MAC Cosmetics Holiday 2018 Lipsticks Beauty Review

Christmas has just passed us but I have one more post to write about the MAC x Patrickstarrr collaboration so I’m speeding through it tonight! I’m sure that these will be available for a little while longer but they’re definitely limited to the Christmas season, so you’ll need to rush in to get these before they’re totally gone.

These are from the fourth and final collaboration with Youtube star (and incredible make up artist) Patrick Starr – Sleigh Ride, perfectly red and shimmery for this holiday season. The full collection includes three lipsticks, five dazzleglass shades, two eyeshadow palettes, three loose pigments, a mineralise skinfinish and the hyped patrick’s powder. Naturally, I wanted to get everything but I’m on a mission not to spend my life’s savings so I cut it down to what I love the best from MAC Cosmetics – their bullet lipsticks!

I got myself two out of the three shades from the collection and they’re honestly so perfect for me! Here we have Spank Me Santa and Slay Ride – a dusty rose brown and a bright pinkish red. I’ve been wearing them obsessively since I got them so, click on for photos, swatches and a review of my two new favourite shades!

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Review: Get Lit Illuminating Palette (Mecca Max)

Mecca Max Get Lit Illuminating Highlighter Palette Mecca Maxima Holiday 2018 Limited Edition Review

This product was gifted to me at a public event. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.

I’m worried that this palette will be completely out of stock after Christmas, as well as a handful other products, so I feel like I need to be throwing these at you guys so that you still have time to shop! I’m not too fussed if it’s a product that I don’t like, since I don’t need to be recommending it anyway, but for those that I do, I really want to make sure that I feature them.

One palette that I have been totally loving for this Holiday season is the Mecca Max Get Lit Illuminating Palette, which is sold exclusively at Mecca Maxima (sorry guys – this will be an Australia and New Zealand product only). I received this as a pre-launch gift from an event that I went to – a public event, not a PR one – so I didn’t know much about it at first. However, since I’ve been using it, I have loved this more and more!

This product sells for AUD$30 and contains four powder and two cream highlighters. It is currently unavailable online so you’ll need to check your local stores (which you can do via the website) to see if they have it in! It’s got a great price point and incredible high end quality so this comes highly recommended by me.

Let’s get into this review!

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Diary: The Perfect Lipstick (MAC Cosmetics)

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Review Event

This product and shade matching experience was offered to me as part of MAC Cosmetics’s Lipstick campaign. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.

MAC Cosmetics is so well known for their lipstick formulas that – to be honest – I don’t think there are any beauty junkies out there that haven’t tried them at least once; or if there are, there’s very few. When I was younger and just starting to experiment with make up, mostly using it for singing performances, MAC Cosmetics was a brand that I really idolised. I loved the colours and their professional, ‘cool girl’ image.

So, I’m pretty over the moon about the fact that they’ve given me the opportunity to work with them again. This will be my second time already, with the first being their Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Campaign, and this is actually even more perfect for me. I got my first high end lipstick to MAC Cosmetics (#Dubonnet) and, after all these years, I still have that same sense of excitement when I explore their massive range. I’ve since found a bunch of shades that I love from their range and also retired some old favourites of mine (why did I ever wear a bright pink lipstick?), but the one thing that I haven’t found yet is my perfect nude lipstick.

I never actually wear nude lipsticks (only somewhat neutral shades) because I haven’t been able to find anything that doesn’t fully wash me out. But, when it comes to MAC, there is legit something for everyone, so it’s impossible to be disappointed.

So, let’s get into some photos of the Paddington MAC Pro Store store, which is where I went to find my perfect lipstick shade, as well as some things that I’ve learnt about their range and offerings.

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Review: Pretty Little Things Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Snowflushed (MAC Cosmetics)

MAC Cosmetics Holiday Skinfinish Snowflushed Highlighter Review

To be honest, I was seriously deliberating on whether or not to write this review – not because I am hesitant about this product (in fact, this might be the best thing I bought this entire holiday season) but because I just can’t catch the product in a photo properly! I have tried videos, multiple different lights and swatching techniques… nothing. Even the official image doesn’t do it justice, in my opinion.

Instead I am just writing this review to let you know about this product and my thoughts on it. I have my own swatches down below, but also check out Temptalia’s swatch – which is the only almost accurate one I have found.

So this is the MAC Cosmetics Holiday 2018 release from the Pretty Little Things collection – the Extra Dimension Skinfinish in the shade Snowflushed. This is especially popular as it’s been coined a dupe for last year’s limited edition Stylishly Merry eyeshadow (except in a highlighter form, of course) – it was sold out in most stores, if not all! When my local store finally had a restock, I managed to get my hands on this before it even went out on shelves – and I have no regrets.

As of right now, it is restocked online – so jump on quick!

This highlighter retails for AUD$54 at MAC Cosmetics – which is their standard price. It is also available in two shades for the holidays (Snowflushed and Oh Darling) but their Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are actually available with eight shades in the permanent range too.

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Review: Big Pang Pang Dot Cushion vs Blanc Pact (Elroel)

Elroel Blanc Pact and Dot Cushion Kbeauty Review StyleKorean

This product was sent to me 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 the battle of the massive cushions! I was introduced to these cushions from Elroel by StyleKorean and, honestly, I was so fascinated by the sheer size of them that I really wanted to feature them on my blog. I haven’t been using cushions a lot lately because I have been wearing Western foundations, but I actually always carry one (or two) of these in my bag to touch up with during the day. For the sake of review though, I did change up my make up routine!

Today, I want to review and compare to vastly different products from the Elroel line – their Big Pang Pang Dot Cushion, which is more like a standard sponge type cushion, and also their Blanc Pact, which is like a solid cream compact type product. Both of these are foundation/base make up type products (the latter is not a sun pact) and are selling for USD$33 on the StyleKorean website. They also have Mini Cushions if you aren’t about that oversized life.

So, let’s go right into the review and let these two battle it out.

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New Release: Very Vegan Collection (W7 Cosmetics) – Via Chemist Warehouse

W7 Very Vegan Chemist Warehouse Review

These products were sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.

Have you guys heard of the W7 Cosmetics brand before? I’ve actually come across them a few times in the past (mainly while I was on my way to buy hayfever medication) but have never actually stopped to check them out. They’re a drugstore brand from the UK and, in Australia, the brand is primarily stocked at Chemist Warehouse – which is our discount pharmacy. Alongside W7 Cosmetics they also carry a lot of other mainstream drugstore cosmetic brands too.

I was recently approached to try out their new Very Vegan collection, which has recently launched to an Australian audience, and even though I’ve never tried them out before – I figured, why not? Although I don’t personally follow a vegan lifestyle, I know that many people do and it can be very difficult to find suitable alternatives for simple products – and for those people, this line would be perfect!

I was sent over a massive assortment of products, almost every single time from their line, and while some products work better for me than others – there are some definite gems in this pile. So, let’s get right into this!

W7 Very Vegan Chemist Warehouse Review
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Dear Santa: Christmas Wishlist (Althea)

Althea Angels Christmas Wishlist

This post is sponsored by Althea but all chosen products and opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

So we are at a point where Christmas is really close now and I have yet to really put together a list of things I want – partly because I don’t receive Christmas presents anyway (I’m an adult apparently) and also because I generally buy myself things I want rather than waiting for others to spoil me.

That all being said, I was approached by Althea to put together a short list of 10 things that would be on my Christmas Wishlist and, especially since I have been a bit absent from the k-beauty scene lately, this wasn’t hard to put together at all! There have been a bunch of super exciting releases and holiday packs that I’d missed – and now that means I need to get them.

So, click on to check out everything on my Althea Christmas Wishlist and, if you want to check them out – definitely do so! They carry a great range and also have their own brand (from which I highly recommend their Petal Velvet Powder and Petal Velvet Sunaway)

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Review: 16 Mochi Pact (16 Brand)

16 Brand Mochi Pact Kbeauty 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.

With all of the new releases that have been coming out in Western brands, I admit that I’ve been a bit lax with following kbeauty news – I know about the bigger collections of course, but some of the smaller brands have fallen off my radar. Luckily though, I have some awesome friends who are totally on the ball and when StyleKorean posted about this new Mochi Pact highlighter from 16 Brand, my friend Liz (from @lizlamloves – please give her some love, she’s the sweetest) messaged me right away!

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it at first, because I generally don’t use cream blushers or highlighters, but with the super pretty promotional photos and videos – I just really wanted to try it! 

StyleKorean sent me through one of these to review and I’m glad that they did because I discovered that this is more of a soft, cream-to-powder formula that definitely picks up with a brush! The product comes in three shades, but I decided to go for Peach Light which is their pink highlight (and the one in the promo videos that got my attention).

If you want to get your hands on these, head over to StyleKorean where they are currently on sale for USD$14.08 (on sale from USD$17.60) – and without further ado, let’s get into the review!

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