Review: Ion Calcium Foundation Double Cushion (MiBA)

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that there is an affiliate code advertised. The small profits go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.

I honestly think that oversized foundation cushions is going to be a trend this year and, to be honest, I don’t hate it! Generally, they’re the same as your regular cushion but, because of the larger size, give you a faster application, a bigger mirror and – obviously – more product. They are more difficult to carry around though, so they’re larger than any of my compacts, so I keep it in my handbag rather than my make up bag.

Recently, I collaborated with BB Cosmetics again and, when I was looking through their website, came across the MiBA Ion Calcium Foundation Double Cushion. I had actually seen this product on Instagram previously (shout out to my babe @mabub.sonyeo) and it caught my eye mostly because of the pretty packaging. I’m a total sucker for illustrations and I loved this more traditional manga style! I had never heard of the brand before but I really wanted to try this out – and I don’t regret it. In fact, this cushion actually impressed me a lot more than I thought it would!

If you want to get this, check out BB Cosmetic. This cushion is selling for USD$28.98) – and they also offer free shipping worldwide with no minimum purchase. Check out their website if you’re keen to get this. You can also use my affiliate code for 5% off: QAL3F6ZA8YZ

But, before you skitter off for that, let’s get into this review!

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Beauty: BB Cream vs Foundation (feat Skin79)

StyleStory Skin79 BB Cream vs Foundation comparison

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.

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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Review: True Wear Foundation (Hera)

Hera True Wear Foundation 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 checking out the StyleKorean website when I came across the HERA True Wear Foundation, which interested me because it’s a pump foundation – most base cosmetics that I’ve come across in Korea have been either cushions or BB creams, but that seems to be changing with the trends now. This will be only the second product that I’ve tried from the brand, the first being their cushion (which I was underwhelmed by).

Since then, I haven’t really touched anything else from their brand but, considering that I’ve been loving foundations lately, this seemed like a good product to test out!

I usually wear a shade 21 but, as that was unfortunately unavailable on the StyleKorean website, I’m trying a shade 23 for this review (which is, as expected, a bit too dark for me). This foundation is also temporarily out of stock but I’m sure that it will come back in soon, so I’ll continue to link to the True Wear Foundation product page.

So, let’s get into this review! I’ll also put a swatch at the end of this post but, since this isn’t really my colour match, please don’t judge the shade.

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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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Diary: A Glowing Complexion for #EveryShadeOfYou (MAC Cosmetics)

MAC Every Shade of You Studio Fix Fluid Promotion Event

A few weeks ago, I was lucky to be invited to the MAC Cosmetics Sydney Broadway store as part of their #EveryShadeOfYou campaign – to celebrate 25 years of their Studio Fix Fluid foundation in Australia, which now boasts a wide range of fifty shades for Every Shade Of You.

It was a fairly easy afternoon for me and I had a great time at the MAC Cosmetics store. I went in with almost no make up (save for sunscreen) and got matched to a few different foundation shades, then learnt how to use some of their other products. Aside from testing out their foundation, their make up artist also complemented the make up with a selection of products from their line to create my ideal finish. I went for a glowing, highlighted finish to suit my combination skin (and love for a natural radiance) so also got to learn about a couple of other products.

So, I’ll first show you guys some photos I got of the store (Why is MAC always so sleek and beautiful? Entering their store is always like jumping into some sort of dimensional warp) before going into the products that I picked up, my thoughts on them and some tips and tricks I learnt on how to achieve my perfect glowing complexion.

MAC Every Shade of You Studio Fix Fluid Promotion Event

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Review: All Hours Foundation (Yves Saint Laurent)

Yves Saint Laurent YSL All Hours Foundation Beauty Review

I have been on a mission to test out some new foundations (since finding my favourite Fenty Beauty and my new love, the Too Faced Peach Perfect) so one of the first that I picked up – which was a good handful of months ago – was the YSL All Hours. It is available at Mecca Maxima (in Australia and New Zealand) for the rather expensive price tag of AUD$89 or you can check out the official YSL Beauty website to buy direct (to check stockists).

This is a 24 hour wear foundation that has been really popular with beauty gurus and influencers online. In fact, it’s considered a cult favourite, which is why I decided to try it out. Unfortunately though, I found that my opinion on the product would change and fluctuate a lot over the past few months – which is why I put off reviewing this until now.

I actually do like this foundation and will continue to finish up the product, but it doesn’t have the longevity that I personally need. In comparison to the Fenty Beauty (which is my top favourite and my standard for all foundations now), it falls a bit short even though it is still one of the better ones I’ve tested (I’m looking at you, Huda Beauty). In the end, it just didn’t tick all of the boxes for me, though it comes very close.

So, let’s get right into this review! I’ll try to go into as much detail as I can about the formula and my experiences with it.

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New Release: Petal Velvet Sunaway & Powder (Althea)

Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway Kbeauty Sunscreen Review

These products were provided to me by Althea for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

Note: I have been notified that Althea has made a correction to the ingredients of this product. Due to mistranslations, Hyaluronic Acid was included in the ingredients list of the Sunaway, but this ingredient was not used in the development of this product. This review has been amended for this.

I am a firm, firm believer in the importance of using sun protection and it’s pretty rare for me to go out without it (although whether or not I use SPF on my body is another question – one which I should fix up). At the moment, I have three sunscreens on rotation in my routine: one which is a staple HG product and the other two which I tried out recently.

Being a part of the Althea Angels community, one of the biggest benefits is that we get access to information about new releases (and sometimes the actual products) before the launch date and I was pretty excited when they announced their news sunscreen! This is meant to be both hydrating and with sebum control properties, so it really fits in perfectly to what I usually look for in SPF.

I have tried out this product, the Petal Velvet Sunaway, for a handful of weeks now and I have to say that I’m pretty satisfied with this product! It is also very affordable at USD$10 on their website – which is always a benefit. In the same range, there is also the Petal Velvet Powder, which I will touch on briefly as they are available in a set for USD$13 – 10% off the retail price.

So, let’s get right into this review/new release post!

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Review: White Milk Lotion (3CE)

3CE white milk lotion stylekorean 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.

Whitening creams, or tone up creams if you’re after the proper product name, are a pretty popular item in kbeauty. Not to be confused with bleaching or skin lightening products, which are highly dangerous and should be avoided, tone up creams generally have a more cosmetic effect. Depending on the exact product, they may have skin recovery, SPF or whitening (reducing pigmentation) benefits. The product generally also has a white colour to it so, when applied, will give the skin an immediately brightened effect. This is especially well suited for people who are naturally quite pale but have some unevenness in skin tone. Of course, being a cosmetic whitening product, it does come with some controversy but I’m not here to discuss that.

In the past, I have used the 3CE White Milk Cream, which I liked at the time. I’ve been using the left over (which is now expired) mixed in with a lotion on the rest of my body so I haven’t tried any new whitening cream on my face for quite a while. When I found out that the 3CE white milk range had been expanded though, I was interested. Of course, the fact that this lotion is so insanely excessively packaged definitely helped!

They now carry a handful of skincare products under the White Milk collection, as well as a White Milk Lotion – which I assumed would be a similar tone up cream to the original, but in a lighter formula. I wasn’t exactly right, but I wasn’t wrong either. I received this product to review from StyleKorean and, while it is currently out of stock, they still carrying a range of the White Milk products (like my favourite cushion) and also the similar White Milquidro range.

So, if you’re keen to read more about this product (and see this ridiculous packaging), read on!

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Review: Peach Perfect Foundation (Too Faced)

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

Ever since I finished up my Fenty Beauty Foundation, I’ve seen on the search for another foundation that would be as good (or at all comparable) to it – after all, that one has ended up being my HG foundation! After trying out a lot of them, both foundations and cushions, I have found another that works perfectly for my skin and ticks (nearly) all of my boxes.

This is the Peach Perfect Foundation by Too Faced, which recently launched at Mecca Maxima in Australia and was on my first Want (Don’t) Need post – it is a matte finish foundation that is meant to be oil-free, oil controlling, without flash back and long wearing (up to 14 hours). It is selling for AUD$52, which is about the same price as other high end foundation, and comes in twenty shades; which is something that I need to touch on.

At the moment, this is a product that I’m reaching for pretty much every day. For myself, it is nearly perfect and I’m really confident to be recommending this to others with combination normal-oily, to oily skin.

So, read on for the full review!

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation

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Review: White Pearlsation Ideal Actress Backstage Cream (KLAVUU)

Klavuu Pure Pearlsation 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.

I was really excited to try out the KLAVUU products that StyleKorean had sent over to me and, because I am still using up a bunch of other cleansers, I decided to start out with the White Pearlsation Ideal Actress Backstage Cream. This is a product that I originally mistook as a sunscreen, and then figured it was a tone-up cream and then realised that it is actually both. It is a product that can be used underneath make up or alone too.

Unfortunately, this is a product that didn’t suit my skin very well and made me break out – although this is likely to be different individual-to-individual. So, I’m going to be giving you some information on this product, as well as my personal experiences with using it.

This product is selling on the StyleKorean website for USD$34.24, which is relatively expensive – as many KLAVUU products are. There are definitely other tone up creams that are more affordable and have a more lightweight formula.

So, here’s the review!

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