Regardless of whether you’re a kbeauty fan or a western beauty lover, there is no doubt that Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty release is the launch of the year! There’s been so much talk about it all over Instagram and Youtube and, even though I thought that I would be avoiding this rush – I caved.
With how fast things were selling out, I headed to Sephora during my lunch break and got a couple of products that I’ve been especially in love with. There’s actually a few more things that I wanted to get but I wasn’t absolutely sold about them yet, so maybe I’ll pick them up later. For now, I have the Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo and a Match Stix Matte Skinstick. Although it isn’t the full collection, I think that I have a good enough variety to give my thoughts on this brand – it’s strengths, weaknesses and why I am obsessed!
As I disclaimer, I had to admit that I do love Rihanna as a singer and a celebrity. I haven’t been following much of her recent work but she was one of my idols during high school and music college – I love her Good Girl Gone Bad – Rehab sort of era and it’s been years and I am still not over it. That being said, I judge make up products by the quality and not the celebrity behind it so below are my honest opinions on everything.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
I had these photos and this post drafted for so long that I was beginning to forget that I hadn’t written the review yet! These are two products that I recently received from BB Cosmetic to review and I have been using them almost daily. Some people may know that I’ve tried out a few Son & Park products in the past and they have generally always left a good impression on me, so I had pretty high hopes for these products.
The first product that I chose was the Flawless Pore Pact, which is a pressed translucent powder, as I’ve been wanting to try a few more of these products. I’ve also been looking for something that would be easy to carry around for touch ups. The second product that I checked out is the Shading Presso, which is a three toned pressed contour palette – and I was pretty keen to try this out as I recently started to hit pan on my favourite Artclass by Rodin Shading and I wanted to try some new ones before I repurchased anything.
I’ve been testing out these products for quite a while so read on for my full review and, if you’d like to get your hands on them yourself, you can go to BB Cosmetic – and don’t forget to use my code for 8% off. I don’t make any money from it, but you do save a bit, which is always nice: QAL3F6ZA8YZ
SSIN is one of my favourite Youtubers, seriously, and so when she released her first collaboration with Unpretty Rapstar, I was ridiculously excited but it was difficult to get my hands on the products because I don’t live in Korea and the brand was still relatively new at the time (I think so, anyway). I wanted to buy it while I was in Korea but I ended up leaving without it… and in retrospect, I sort of wonder why I did so. Since then though, I’ve been fawning over it online and it’s taken me so long but I finally got my hands on it. BB Cosmetic recently sent me multiple products from this entire line to write about. Regrettably, these products are now being discontinued and SSIN has moved onto her second collaboration (and this time, it’s with Too Cool For School) but I enjoyed these products so much that I wanted to write about them anyway. If they are an example of the sort of products we can expect from Unpretty Rapstar, I’ll be looking to trying out more things from their brand too. In Korea, they are sold at a fashion store called Wonderplace but, for those who are internationally based like myself, you can find these products at BB Cosmetic.
At the time of writing this, these products are still available on the website but only in extremely limited quantities, so get in fast if you’re wanting to get them. BB Cosmetic does free shipping for all orders (no order limit) and you can also get 8% off with my blogger’s code: QAL3F6ZA8YZ. They also have a great range of other things that you can check out too.
Read on for my thoughts about the SSIN Stealer Long Take Browcara, Masking Color Corrector, Spotlight highlighter and Frame Shadow Collection eyeshadow palette!
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.
This is actually going to be my second time reviewing these Fingerpens (and you can find my first post here) but there is actually such a range and so many different uses for these multi purpose pens that the product is actually really different. In the past, I have tested and written about their contour/highlight pens but, for this one, I’ll be trying out two of their Eyes/Lips/Cheek pens – one in a matte consistency (which is what I assume M stands for) and one in a aqua consistency (which is their hydrating formula). Both of these are actually multi-purpose products and can be used for eyes, lips, cheeks.
These pens are from 16Brand; a new, trendy cosmetic brand that was started by make up artist Cho Sung Ah that is a little bit reminiscent of the poppy style of her main brand ChoSungAh22 and a little bit 3CE (which we all know that I love the branding of). At the moment, these are on sale for USD$11.77 on the StyleKorean website (discounted from the full price of USD$13.08) so I think it’s a pretty decent price point – not exactly cheap, but it’s not too pricey either. Once you get hooked on them, there is a tendency to want to collect them all; so fair warning!
If you’d like to read about my first impressions on the packaging (and the contour/highlight pens) check out my first post, or read on and I’ll jump straight into my impressions on the lip/cheek/eye formulas!
These Fingerpens were everywhere in Korea but, annoyingly enough, the shading colour that I wanted was sold out everywhere that I went. I was actually worried that I would only be able to buy the highlighter and not the other shades. I ended up buying these from two or maybe even three different Watsons stores in both Seoul and Jeonju – that’s how desperate I was. I went in knowing that I wanted to buy them though because I saw the brand’s launch on Instagram and these products looked amazing. 16Brand is launched by one of Korea’s top make up artists, Jo Sung Ah, who is also the genius behind LUNA and ChoSungAh22. The brand is the sister brand on the latter, so you can understand why I was on board so quickly.
She has a thing for quirky, trendy make up products that both look amazing and are good for the skin. I wasn’t at all surprised by the launch of these Fingerpens, which are interesting multi-purpose products that have a creamy and hydrating formula. There is a really wide range of colours but I chose to get just the shading, highlight and a shimmer for now. In retrospect, I kind of wish that I got more of these but I was at first unsure of how the pinks would blend as blushes. I am also not very comfortable using a face product on my lips, as I feel it won’t have the same functionalities that are needed. Regardless, they were all really pretty and these products blend like a dream, so would have been a great, versatile product to have in my collection.
I’m surprised that I haven’t written this review yet but it’s probably because I’ve been testing so much 3CE lately that I wanted to spread it out a little. Either way, here’s another one of a product that I sort of bought on a whim. I originally wanted to buy a slightly darker tone but this peach colour was recommended to me by the store assistant. Me and Sophia were in Haeundae, Busan shopping around when we found a duty-free mall (and where I also spent a good portion of my money). One of the first stores that we found was 3CE and, since I had a few items I was already interested in, we basically rolled towards it.
This is the store where I bought quite a lot of stuff – eyeshadow, two foundations, blushes, highlighter… and I even got their CC cushion as a free gift (review which I haven’t written yet but I do love it). This cream blusher was, in a way, a pretty impulsive buy. The packaging was nice, the pigmentation was nice and I had already bought so much that I thought why not? So I did and, while I do love the colour that was recommended to me, I’m actually a bit on the fence about the formula. Read on for my full review!
It honestly kills me that it’s so difficult to get Moonshot products outside of Korea. Ever since the brand’s launch in Korea, I had been eying their products is absolute envy and the main thing that I’d wanted to get my hands on were the jellypots! I saw a photo of Lee Sung Kyung wearing the purple shade and, from that moment on, it was an epic journey to get my hands on them.
Luckily for me though, I have a great friend who puts up with these sometimes ridiculous obsessions with me so, me and Sophia got ourselves quite lost in Apgujeong when we went looking for their flagship store. Eventually though (and braving that little bit of rain) we found it and I felt like I was in heaven. I love the pigmentations of their products, I love the quality, service and… as a kpop fan, the blasting of Big Bang’s MADE album definitely made the experience. Sorry.
Anyway! So at Moonshoot, I was assisted by one of their great make up artists who helped me test out the products and showed me different applications as well as recommending products and colours that suited my skin tone. For the jelly pots, I ended up going with that purple that I was addicted to, a metallic black which I don’t use much of but liked to use for a night-time look, as well as a rose-gold like colour. The last one I actually received for free as a gift (I bought so much, I can’t even) and was recommended to me by the artist who said that it is one of their most popular shades – as well as a ‘Dara’s recommendation’ – and where Sandara goes, I follow.
Well, let’s get right into this review!
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.
I have been so obsessed with blush. I think this has to do with the recently spreading trend of the ‘hangover beauty’ or byojaku trend from Japan. I’m aware that this has been around for a really long time but, recently, I feel like it’s spread to Korea and internationally as well. Of course, since I do live in Sydney where our trends are quite… basic and safe, I do have to dilute this style a little bit. I tend to focus the blush right under my eyes and then subtly blend it out the sides. For this look, I’m looking for strong pigmentation, a creamy, blend-able formula and a wearable colour.
Easy enough, right?
During this trip to Korea, I ended up buying quite a lot from 3CE – actually, I think they were the third top store that I shopped in. The reason for that is that I actually fell in love with their colour pigmentation products, one of which is this gradation blush. I swatched it in store one day and almost immediately knew I had to buy it.
Read on for my review!
I love rosy cheeks. In fact, I’ve probably gotten even more obsessed with blushers lately – probably because fatigue and the cold has had my complexion looking rather dull. A hint of pink on your cheeks is perfect in the mornings to give you a lively, bright look. I’ve been testing different formulas from powders to creams, so I was pretty excited when these babies rocked up in my mailbox.
This is Berrisom’s Oops! Tint Cheek Cushion. You might know the brand for their peel off lip tints (which I’ve actually yet to try) but today I want to introduce another of their products to you. This is essentially a cream blusher with a built in sponge applicator so you can squeeze out the product, apply and blend. It’s meant to be super easy, making it appropriate for mornings and when you’re on the go. The formula is also supposed to be thin like an emulsion, allowing it to feel and act much like a tint.
The product comes in two colours and I was sent both to review by BB Cosmetic; an online store that I often recommend for small, spur of the moment shops because they have free shipping (and I also have a code that you can use for 8% off… at the end of this post).
And with that, it’s on with the review!