Review: Gel Eyeliner Pencil (Esqido)

Esqido Gel Liner Review

These products were sent to me for review by Esqido. I was not paid for this post and no affiliate links are used.

I used to use gel liners almost exclusively, but it’s in the past couple of years that I had completely switched over to liquid pen liners – which I preferred for getting very crisp black lines. It has actually been quite a while since I used a gel so, when I received these Gel Eyeliner Pencils from Esqido, I knew that there would be a bit of  a learning curve for me. Still, I think that there will always be a place in my collection for gel liners as they can give you that deep, smokey look that is hard to achieve with liquids.

These are a new addition to Esqido’s offerings which, in the past, has been focused on their false lashes and companion glue. Bringing out these liners feels so natural though, because they’re perfect for the waterline for smoking out the lash, so this development didn’t surprise me at all!

I was sent these to review in both colours – black and brown – and they claim to be super budge proof and also waterproof; which I tested out very easily with my watery eyes. So, read on for my review because these have definitely impressed me and I think that I will be using these Gel Eyeliners more in the future.

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Review: Soft Glam Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Soft Glam Palette Beauty Review

I always highly recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes, and the Soft Glam one is definitely the most wearable of the range. This is one that I picked up on a whim while I was in the States. I wasn’t originally intending on getting it, because I usually gravitate towards brighter and bolder eye make up, but the quality of these shadows is incredible and the colours really do look better in real life (though I hope these photos can do it some justice).

Since getting this, I find that I can using neutral shades more in my every day routine and I have discovered a newfound appreciation for this sort of colour palette. Of course, I still don’t feel like I (or anyone) needs multiple neutral toned palettes but if you are going to invest in one, then the Soft Glam is a great one to look into!

This retails for AUD$75 at Sephora Australia or USD$42 in America. For international readers, you can pick this up either at the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website, Cult Beauty or Beautylish.

And so, without further ado, let’s just right into my review of one of my favourite palettes.

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Review: The Wing Eyeliner

Winged Eyeliner Stamp Beauty Review Blackswallow

This product was gifted to me by Black Swallow during a live stream that I filmed for them, but I was not asked to review the products. This is not a sponsored post and no affiliate links are used.

I have never in my life been able to make winged liner work. Regardless of how much I practice, I always end up with the two sides going in completely different directions so I have since given up and instead angle my liner downwards in a puppy style (which follows my natural eyelid fold). I blame this partly on my own skin, but also on the fact that I have multiple creases on my eyes which makes its nearly impossible to make eye make up look smooth.

When I was in the Black Swallow office recently to do a live stream, they introduced me to a few of the products that they carry and one of my happy discoveries was this! This is the Wing Eyeliner, which is one of those eyeliner stamps that I’ve seen on Instagram and youtube about a million times over the past few years. I’ve never actually tried these because I always figured that they wouldn’t work for my multi-lidded eyes, but I was so surprised at how well it worked for me! I actually tried them on for the first time on the live stream (so that was my genune first impression) and the liner worked so well that I’ve been using it every day since.

At the moment, the brand only sells these wing liner stamps, but they do have them in varying sizes (6mm to 12mm). The Wing Eyeliner is stocked on Black Swallow and you can get them for AUD$34.99, which includes the set of two wing stamps – one for the right and a left.

And so, I really want to share this product with everyone because it worked so well for me! If you have trouble with getting your winged liner even, then this is definitely an easy to use product to try.Winged Eyeliner Stamp Beauty Review Blackswallow

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Review: Little Twin Stars Palette (Sugarpill)

Sugarpill Little Twin Stars Eyeshadow Palette Beauty Review Black Swallow

I am officially found the cutest eyeshadow palette ever and, since this was limited edition, I’m really glad that I got my hands on this before it disappeared. This is the collaboration between Sugarpill andLittle Twins Stars(characters from the Japanese Sanrio company) and the full series also included two matte lipsticks – though I didn’t get those because they sell in a set, and I just can’t see myself using an opaque aqua lipstick ever. Instead, I just ordered the eyeshadow palette, which was what I had my eyes on from the beginning and I was really excited that I got this for half price too!

This won’t be available for long, but I got mine off the Black Swallow website – they’re an Australian online retailer (so keep in mind that prices are all in AUD) and they stock a few incredible brands that are difficult to find in Australia; Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Lunar Beauty, Juvia’s Place… just to name a few. They have a good range of different Sugarpill products too, like the lipsticks and single eyeshadows, so I’ll likely be getting a lot more from them in the future!

The prices on Black Swallow are pretty good, very comparable to American websites once they are converted, and their customer service is absolutely top notch. In fact, I received this within twelve hours of putting in the order and, even though I live in the same city as their warehouse, that is still incredible. I highly recommend them to so many people and I was also really thankful to be given the opportunity to visit their office and do a live stream with them (which happened after I bought this, so no sponsorship or collaboration here).

And so, keeping on topic with this Sugarpill x Little Twins Stars palette, let’s go!

Sugarpill Little Twin Stars Eyeshadow Palette Beauty Review Black Swallow

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Review: Subculture Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Subculture Palette Beauty Review

Since my birthday is coming up in a little under a month, and I have decided to get myself the Norvina palette as my present to myself, I figured that I should get starting on reviewing some of these palettes that I’m hoarding! Ever since I bought Modern Renaissance, I had unofficially decided that I would be buying all of the new ones – even if it is just to continue my collection. That all being said, these are a higher end product and they are not cheap – each of these palettes retail for AUD$75 at Sephora or USD$42 on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website. I had gotten my hands on all of the previous ones but I was super hesitant about the Subculture palette.

Essentially, there was a lot of criticism about the shadows being excessively dusty – to the point where people were easily hitting pan by swirling their brush around. In addition, some people were having trouble with the shades not blending together well – the colours either turned muddy or would skip and become patchy. There have been a lot of mixed reviews about this; some people really love the Subculture palette and others don’t.

This palette launched with a lot of controversy and, in my opinion, probably showed a side of the brand that I’m not a fan of – i.e. Norvina’s less than apologetic statement on the criticisms of the product. However, I’m also glad that they did take the feedback into account and did both a rerelease and a refund for those who bought the original.

The one that I own was bought recently on sale at Sephora – I got it for 40% off and I know that it’s also on sale at a lot of places now. This is one of the newer, ‘fixed’ batches so I am definitely not seeing the same issues that other people do. In fact, I personally really enjoy this palette – I love the colour scheme and the pigmentation works really well for me.

So, read on to see my own review on this palette so you can decide whether you want to add to your collection.

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Subculture Palette Beauty Review

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Review: Covershot Petal Metal Palette (Smashbox)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

Smashbox is a brand that I’d seen a lot but hadn’t actually tried until I came across their collaboration with Vlada. I previous wrote my review on their Petal Metal Highlighter, which completely won me over as a collector’s piece and is actually a good product in itself too, so I wanted to finish up with my review of their Covershot Petal Metal Palette. I bought this from Sephora while I was in the US and it is available at Mecca in Australia (though it has since disappeared from the website and is likely only available in limited stocks). For people in the States, I’ve also heard that some of this range is starting to get discounted (which means that it will be discontinued soon), so it’s time to check it out before it’s gone!

This eye palette is limited edition and was created in collaboration with artist Vlada Haggerty. It’s actually part of a larger range of Covershot Eye Palettes and there are eight others that are currently available on the Smashbox website: Pinks + Palms, Punked, Smoky, Softlight, Golden Hour, Metallic, Matte and Ablaze (all with varying colour schemes and textures). They’re selling for USD$29 or AUD$49 at Mecca. They all feature eight complementary shades, with two larger ‘base’ shades to create varying eye looks.

For this special Petal Metal variation, the shades are all rose gold themed with a range of intense metallic shades and two mattes (one medium toned and one darker) for a palette that is easy to use for all skin types and skill levels.

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

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Review: Eye Magazine – Sweet Sunday (16 Brand)

Sixteen Brand Eye Magazine Sweet Sunday 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’ve used one of these one swipe eyeshadows one other time in the past and, to be honest, the experience was rather terrible. I have a strange eyeshadow where I have multiple eyelids – most Asian people either have monolids or double, but a few of us seem to have been blessed with a hundred and two. I’ve been told that this makes our eyes look rounded and larger but, really, all I’ve noticed is that it makes eye make up rather difficult. Because of these folds, which are also uneven on both eyes, I have difficulty doing winged eyeliner. Another problem I have tends to be with these one swipe shadows because the product applicator is designed for a flatter and more even surface.

Still, when I came across these Sixteen Brand 16 Eye Magazine shadows, I wanted to try them out at least once. The packaging is really cute and, since it’s a powder form, I was also more confident that it wouldn’t blend out into nothing like the Laneige Two Tone Eye Bars. This also has a brush applicator and the ratio of the two colours can be customised to your own preferences. so I liked that these are more flexible. Even if I was unable to use them as intended, I knew that they would work as a standard shadow duo.

So, StyleKorean sent me over one of these to try out. I chose the Sweet Sunday variation, which is a combination between a warm dark brown and gold shimmer. These Eye Magazine shadows come in four variations (Every Day, Hello Monday, Sweet Sunday and Hey My Day). They usually sell for USD$19.23 but are currently on sale for USD$11.99.

Sixteen Brand Eye Magazine Sweet Sunday Kbeauty Review StyleKorean

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Review: Glossy Play Palette (Holika Holika)

Holika Holika Glossy Play Eyeshadow Palette 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.

One of the favourite colour schemes of 2017 – and with that trend still continuing this year, especially in kbeauty – is peach! Although this trend is slowly fading out, it is such a easy to wear and flattering colour scheme that I think it’ll stick around through it all. It’s a very pretty and youthful twist on a neutral eyeshadow look, which is why you will find a lot of peach tones in Korean beauty trends. So, since I don’t try out a lot of Asian eyeshadows, I thought that I would try out this new, limited edition palette from Holika Holika. This is the Glossy Play palette which is part of their Spring/Summer collection, the entire range which includes lip tints, lip sticks, eye liners, highlighters and blushes and even single eyeshadows. I love the packaging of these so much but, personally, I haven’t used much from the brand. It isn’t because I don’t like Holika Holika, but rather that I’ve had bad experiences with their retail stores in Korea and so I never go into them anymore.

The holographic and bright packaging definitely caught my eye first, but – colour wise – I want to try and compare this to the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. I know that a lot of these Western brands can be difficult to access in some countries, or that they may be substantially more expensive than Korean alternatives, so I’d really like to continue exploring some of these ‘dupes’ in the future. There are certainly differences in the shade range (the Too Faced palette has more variation in darker shades and a greater variety of formula/textures) but I personally think that this Glossy Play Palette is still a very great option for those who prefer a lighter, Asian inspired make up style.

I had this palette gifted to me by StyleKorean to review but it’s unfortunate that they seem to be out of stock now! Hopefully, they will bring in a few more before it completely disappears (since it is a seasonal collection). You can still go to check out other items from the Glossy Play range though.

And, here’s on with the review! I have a lot of photos!

Holika Holika Glossy Play Eyeshadow Palette StyleKorean Kbeauty Review
Official image taken from the Holika Holika facebook page
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Review: Offline Palette (Zoeva)

Offline Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette Beauty Review

I have an addiction – I admit it – and with over fifty of these, I really think that I should be admitted into some sort of rehabilitation centre. The thing is that a lot of people are weak when it comes to shoes and clothes (and I am too) but my ultimate kryptonite… palettes. In my defence, that fifty-four also includes quads, highlighters/cheeks and magnetic palettes which I kind of consider a different category but the main point is that I really love palettes and hoard a lot of them.

I have a lot of Korean brands as well, but anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that I much prefer Western eyeshadow palettes – the formulation of them, as well as the colour range and layout, tends to better suit the style of make up that I do. The downside is that they are generally a lot more expensive, especially when you consider the mark ups that we have here in Australia. Luckily though, there is a brand that I love and can afford more easily. It isn’t as affordable as Korean brands but these Zoeva palettes retail for around AUD$39 at Sephora Australia – and that’s about as good as we get without going drugstore!

This is their Offline palette and I’ve actually had it for a long time; I’ve just been holding off on this review for some reason. Although it was fresh when I first bought it, Zoeva has since released a handful of other palettes which – although I haven’t tried them yet – look just as good! This is one that really pulled me in though because I loved the cooler toned neutrals and the row of colours – it’s perfect now that the trend is shifting towards cool shades!

And so, I’m going to keep this brief but read on for my review!

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Review: Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow (Stila)

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Beauty Review

Every time that I try to tell someone about how much I love the Stila Magnificent Metals, I always get frustrated that photos can’t capture the real beauty of these. I have three at the moment – only two of which are photographed here because I took these photos ages ago and just haven’t gotten around to writing this post – but I’m really wanting to get more of them. They’re a liquid eyeshadow, a formula that I don’t usually reach for, but they’re also super easy to work to, dries down well and have a great range of colours and finishes. They have the Shimmer & Glow, which is more of a metallic satin but I’ve been leaning towards the Glitter & Glow because they’re packed full of glitter and duo-chrome beauty.

In Australia, these are selling at Mecca for AUD$35, or if you’re living elsewhere, they are available on the Stila website for USD$24. As with the Mecca Price Promise (though I know there are certain brands that set their own RRP and aren’t under this) the pricing here is actually very close to the American when you take into account tax and exchange rates. That being said, AUD$35 is still quite a lot of money to spend on a single liquid eyeshadow but I just want to share a quick review on why I love these, why I’ll continue to invest in them and who I would recommend to also check them out.

And… here’s for the review!

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