Review: Black Magic Snow Cushion 2.0 (AprilSkin)

Oh My Stellar Kbeauty Review AprilSkin Black Magic Snow Cushion Early Picker Review

I didn’t expect to love this cushion as much as I did but, perhaps it was because I tested this out right after I did the HERA cushion (which I was quite disappointed in) – but my experiences with it was largely positive! I had tested the AprilSkin cushion in white when it first came out, which was meant to be the more hydrating and lower coverage one; though it was still pretty intense. You can see my previous review for it here but, after using this one, I’m thinking that the 2.0 is a very significant improvement and I actually strongly prefer this black version over the white.

I got this cushion is the shade 21, Light Beige, and people will be pleased to hear that this one comes in three shades – 21, 22 and 23. It doesn’t go much darker than lightly tanned, according to the official information, but it’s nice to know that a different undertone has been considered.

Earlypicker sent me this cushion for review and, since AprilSkin is one of their alliance brands, they carry an incredible range of their products (along with Medicube and Glamd) so definitely check out their store if you’re interested in getting this or anything else. You can also read my haul post here and here from them for more information on their service.

And, without further ado, let’s move on to the review!

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Review: Glow Ring Foundation (Son&Park)

Oh My Stellar Kbeauty Review Son and Park Glow Ring Foundation BB Cosmetic Review

I think that Son & Park might be my new obsession? At least, what I’ve tried from them has been really good and so I’m crazy keen to try everything else. Those who know me know that I have a thing for brands – when I love something (like CLIO, Laneige or my new found love for 3CE) then I will be pretty loyal to the brand. In a way, this makes me an ideal consumer because you can make a lot of money off of me. However, since I trust in a brand so much, it’s also really important to keep impressing me because my judgement tends to stay ingrained in me for a long time.

This product was only the second that I tried to Son & Park (the first being the Lip Cube) but I’m already pushed it onto my list of HG base/foundation make up products because it ticked off so many boxes for me. Of course, considering that this brand was created by two top celebrity make up artists – and it’s always great when the people in charge actually know make up and aren’t just business people – I had high expectations for them.

This is the Son & Park Glow Ring Foundation – which is the dewy version of their foundation sticks (the other is a fit version, which I haven’t tried before). It was a welcome change from all of the cushion foundations that I’ve been testing lately and it’s not a secret that I actually love balm type base products, though I’ve been a bit hesitant with foundation sticks. I was worried that this would be heavy or difficult to use but, instead, I’ve been totally obsessed with it and I reach for it every time I want a simple, natural look.

This product was sent to me for review by BB Cosmetic and you can get this one their website. Remember to also use my code for 8% off your purchase: QAL3F6ZA8YZ (I don’t make any money from you using this, but you do get a discount so why not?)

Oh My Stellar Kbeauty Review Son and Park Glow Ring Foundation BB Cosmetic Review

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Review: Red Cushion (Medicube)

Oh My Stellar Kbeauty Review Medicube Cushion Early Picker Review

The time is here and a lot of people have been curious about the Medicube cushion. This product went viral on social media after a promotional video where they showed this amazing coverage – a product that could cover up a tattoo, coat a spotted quail egg and work on three different models with intense acne and scarring. The best part about all of this, however, was that the product was non-comedogenic; it doesn’t clog pores, so it is completely safe for use on sensitive or acne prone skin. For myself, I don’t really have problem skin though I know a lot of people who do and I thought that the concept of this was really great. Although it is best not to use make up and cover up sensitive skin, especially during flare ups, for a lot of people this can affect their self esteem or how they view themselves. Acne is such a normal part of life, but it’s sad that something like that can affect someone so much. Some people will cover it up with their hair, or just layer on foundation and – if it’s not an appropriate formula – this can actually worsen the situation.

And, I guess, that’s where the Medicube Red Cushion comes into play. This product comes in two shades (21 Light Beige and 23 Natural Beige) and I got the lighter colour. However, I find that it doesn’t oxide much like a usual BB cream and that the slightly darker tone would have matched me better. But it isn’t too far from my natural colour and so a bit of contouring and I’m back in the game!

I tried out this cushion for a while with different lengths of time and found that it works better with some products, and has adverse effects with some others. Read on for the full (and detailed) review!

I got this product to test from Early Picker for review along with more things from their Red line, so look forward to it! If you want to get your hands on it, it’s available on their website for USD$31 (discounted from USD$42).

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Review: UV Mist Cushion (HERA)

Oh My Stellar Kbeauty Review UV Mist Cushion Cover HERA StyleKorean 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 had really high hopes for this cushion, partly because this is HERA – a pretty big deal in the world of kbeauty – and also because there have been a lot of people raving about this cushion as a holy grail product. According to the official website, one of these is sold every two seconds and that’s a pretty tough statistic to beat (and IOPE and Laneige are also very impressive, but they only get a ‘accumulated number of units sold’ statistic, not a second-by-second one).

I’ve wanted to try this before and I actually swatched it in store when I was last in Seoul too, but the only thing holding me back has always been the price. This cushion has an original RRP of ₩47,000 so it is just about USD$42 (I obviously use AUD but I’ll be referring to American prices for the sake of comparison). I got this sent to me by StyleKorean and they have it on sale for USD$37.93 so it is definitely cheaper there, but it is one of the higher end cushions. In fact, this might be the most expensive cushion I own – followed by the IOPE and then Laneige, both of which are my personal favourites and staples that I am always repurchasing.

For this reason, I thought that it would be useful for me to compare to three cushions – coverage, finish, wearability/lasting power and, most importantly, is it really worth the hype? This cushion that I got is the cover version (though I’ve heard a lot of great things about the moisture version too, StyleKorean didn’t have it in stock) and it promises to work “as a mist, foundation and sunblock to brighten and cool down the skin for skin that’s dewy and glowing with more coverage.”

Read on for my review of this product and the thoughts that I’ve gathered over testing it with different looks, conditions and times.

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Review: Milk Moist Pact – Pink (Peripera)

StyleKorean Peripera Milk Cushion Pink Kbeauty Review

To be honest, I’ve been putting off writing thing review for maybe a week now. Even though I had formed my opinion on the foundation pact, I wanted to badly to like this that I gave it chance after chance but, unfortunately, this product just isn’t suited for me right this moment. I’m sure that other people will like it though so, rather than just saying “I don’t like it”, I’ll be giving you some more details opinions and observations below so you can make your own judgement on whether this is the correct formula for you.

So I originally wanted to try out this product for two reasons: first, it reminded me a lot of my LUNA essence water pact, which is up there as one of my favourites of all time and, secondly, I’ve always had a great experience with CLIO and Peripera products so I expected this to be just as wonderful. Instead, I was pretty disappointed.

Read on for my review! This product was sent to me by StyleKorean and, if this suits your needs, you can definitely buy it off their site. Otherwise, they have a great range of other cushions and foundations too! I was not paid for this post but please note that affiliate links are used on my blog. These cost you no money to use but go towards supporting Oh My Stellar.

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Review: Prime Primer Hydrating (Banila Co)

Banila Co Prime Primer Blur Hydrating Review

Do you guys know the importance of primer in your daily make up routine? I didn’t – haha! For the longest time, I had been using moisturiser as a primer because of how dry my skin was. I hadn’t thought about the longevity of my BB cream or how it wore throughout the day; though, obviously, I have been noting those details a lot more now that I’m actually reviewing and testing these products. On most days, I still don’t use a primer because I want to see how these products wear without any additional help but, when I am using a cushion or BB cream that I’m already familiar with, I do finally use a primer to help it last throughout the day.

Plus, I hate that late afternoon cakiness.

So, onto this review. This is one of the primers that I’ve recently bought (I’ve been using another Missha pore filler primer for a long time) and, to be honest, I totally bought this because Taeyeon was advertising it. In fact, I have to admit that I bought most of my Banila Co products because she’s their new model and I’m a total sucker. However, I’m really happy because I’ve actually loved so many of their products and this is definitely one of them. I was originally going to review the hydrating and the blur at the same time, but I found that they are both so different that it’s better to go one at a time.

So, for all my dry skinned, pore-troubled people out there… this is the product for you- the Prime Primer in Hydrating!

Banila Co Prime Primer Blur Hydrating Review

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Review: Sun Blind Cushion (Etude House)

Etude House Sun Blind Cushion Review

I bought this cushion on a whim while I was shopping the sales on G-market. Although I don’t review Etude House a lot, I am a big fan of their brand and have used a lot of their things. In fact, before I got into BB cushions, my daily go-to product was their precious minerals BB cream! To this day, I still love that product; it matches my skin well, gives me great coverage and feels good on the skin too. However, as a beauty enthusiast who basically spends every hour of the day testing and critiquing, I find that some of their products are a bit of a hit or miss – better to buy after testing in person.

However, there is no one who can deny that Etude House is winning at the packaging game. Their flag ship stores in Korea are absolutely beautiful and all of their products are super on brand; they’re always pushing the design aesthetics and coming out with cute, interesting concepts too. Even people who don’t like how pink and cute the Etude image is, you have to admit that they are great at what they do.

So, naturally, I got suckered in by the packaging of this super slim, nautical inspired cushion and put it right into my cart so quickly. This cushion comes at the time when sun cushions we’re popular in Korea. They don’t have skin shades but, like the 3CE white milk cushion, is white toned and intended for brightening the skin tone during summer. They are definitely not for everyone and I think that some skin tones would look ashy with this applied, but it works well for pale to medium complexions.

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Review: Ampoule Moisture Cushion (Innisfree)

Innisfree Ampoule Moisture Cushion N21 Review

This Innisfree Ampoule Moisture Cushion was, in a way, one of the fastest purchases of my life. However, it also took the longest because I ended up in store for another hour or so shopping and buying everything else (and I bought a lot there… which I completely blame on Sophia and her bad influence). For this reason, I’m actually somewhat surprised that it took me to long to write this review. It has been sitting in my drafts since last year October and, while I had already made up my mind and gathered my thoughts about this product, it seemed that I was a bit lazy about getting it all down in post form. Well, what else is new? Haha.

Anyway! So this is a BB cushion that Sophia recommended to me while I was in Korea. This is the product that I used alongside my IOPE for the entire time was I was in Korea – it was cold, windy and my skin was drying out like a desert. I was in serious need for something really hydrating and, being a big fan of the dewy finish, I naturally gravitated to this cushion. All it took was one swatch on my hand and I told the store assistant to gather it up for me.

Ready for the review? Let’s go!

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Top 10 Makeup Products of 2016

Top 10 Makeup Products 2016 Review List

With the new year slowly approaching, it seems only appropriate to do a wrap up post! I’ll be (hoping) to do two of these, so first up is my Makeup post! In my first year of blogging, I realised that I like to test out make up products more than I do skincare – even though I am an absolute geek for a thorough and well considered skincare routine. Perhaps this is because I’m not a very patient person and I like something where I can see results right away. In addition, I do wear quite a bit of make up every day of the week for work, so finding the perfect products is really important to me. I am someone with rather temperamental skin conditions (sometimes very oily and sometimes ridiculously dry) and sensitive eyes, so I am quite strict sometimes on the products that I love and I don’t.

For this reason, I am sometimes a bit of a stickler for brand choices. My brand choices for this year have mainly centred about long-lasting power, high pigmentation and my beloved dewy finishes. Clio remains on top as one of my favourites, with 3CE being a very strong contender in some areas and LUNA being a surprising – but not that surprising – new obsession of mine.

If you’re interested in reading about my top choices (and yes, of course you are) then click on! These products are in no particular order but are all products that I loved and used continuously throughout the year.

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Review: Glossing Waterful Foundation (3CE)

3CE Stylenanda Glossing Waterful Foundation

I’ve been wanting to try using foundations again but have been hesitant to pick up some Western brands because they’re often a bit too heavy for me (though seeing Sophia use the NARS one is tempting me to pick up a bottle myself), so I was pretty glad when I went to Stylenanda to see that they do carry foundations and not only BB creams. I picked up two from one – a cream that was thicker and this water based foundation which had a light, natural coverage. I thought that this would be suitable for every day use, especially in the hotter weather when I don’t want to be caked on.

I picked this product up in Natural Ivory, which is actually a shade lighter than what was recommended to me. I find that most store assistants will recommend me a slightly darker shade (usually a 23) but I much prefer the look of a 21 on my skin. I find that it blends better and looks more natural with the rest of me too. Plus, I am also a sucker for wanting a pale complexion.

Read on for my full review!

3CE Stylenanda Glossing Waterful Foundation

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