Review: MCoBeauty

MCo Beauty Brows Beauty Review

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.

It’s funny to think that just a few years ago, I used to go around with my (very faint) brows completely bare (and yet somehow did my actual eye make up very dark). I know much better now though and I find that I actually really enjoy doing my eyebrows, even if I have less to work with than some people.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then your brows are the curtains – and trust me, we all like nice curtains. MCoBeauty recently reached out to me about trying some of their products, and they ended up sending me a bunch of brow products – which is great because I have been wanting to experiment more with them. I’m a bit of a creature of comfort so I’ve been using the same products for months.

They are the new sister brand of ModelCo, a well-known, Australian drugstore brand most well known for their tanning products. McoBeauty, however, claims to be ‘your new luxe for less beauty obsession’. They focus primarily in the cosmetic area and have been making a social media splash with their affordable but quality products. In fact, everything in their range is under AUD$30. They are cruelty-free and vegan certified too, which is great for people who want more affordable, lifestyle suitable options.

All of their products are currently selling at Woolworths (if you’re Australian) or you can also check out the full range on the MCoBeauty website where they do free standard shipping for orders over AUD$50 too!

Before you do that though, let’s get into each product that they sent over, as well as my thoughts.

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Review: Dailism Eye Palette – Rose Memory (Heimish)

Dailism Eye Palette (Rose Memory) 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.

It’s no secret that I’m an absolute eyeshadow addict but most of my collection is actually Western. There are very few kbeauty eyeshadows that I personally love, mostly because I find their formulations too sheer and light for my style. However, there is one brand that I fell in love with early on in my make up journey – Heimish! You can actually check out my review for their original Dailism Eye Palette way back in 2016 when they were still a very new brand to StyleKorean (right here).

It’s been going on three years now and the Heimish brand has expanded a lot, but I think that I will always be going back to their eyeshadow palettes. I loved the original one so much and I ended up using it as a travel palette over and over again, but I was getting sort of bored of the colours. My own style and preferences have changed a lot since then, so I felt like it was time to revisit the brand again just to find another palette that really speaks to me.

Looking through the Heimish offerings over at StyleKorean, I realised that they have also since repackaged all of their Dailism Eye Palettes! The general case is the same but they now have different colours (to reflect the theme) and their box packaging is also much more beautiful. There are three different colour variants available (Coral Essay, Brick Brown and Rose Memory) and I ended up choosing to review Rose Memory, which has a more romantic and sultry pink theme. It is also a little bit cooler in undertone compared to the other two.

This palette is selling for USD$32 on StyleKorean, which is a minor mark up considering it was originally USD$29.90 back in 2016. With the upgraded packaging and the fact that Heimish is now a much more established brand though, I think that this is a fair price. Check them out on StyleKorean if you’re keen to buy but first – let’s get into this review!

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Tutorial: Valentines Day Look with Althea

Althea Korea Make Up Tutorial Valentines Day Look

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.

I was never a big fan of Valentines Day as it always seemed like such a commercialised excuse of an event. Love is wonderful and amazing, but I feel like that’s something we should be celebrating every day. All of those roses and chocolates don’t really mean anything – though admittedly, I would never decline roses and chocolate (especially not chocolate). The thing that I like best about these sort of celebratory days though, is that it gives an excuse for some themed make up looks! And they’re really great for boosting creativity – which is what I’ve needed lately.

Recently, Althea Korea launched a selection of make up from their own brand – all of which they sent me over to play around with and to create a pictorial. In the past, I’ve used their skincare and some setting powders – most of which I’ve loved – but this is actually their first foray into colour cosmetics. The most logical thing to do would be a Korean inspired look but I wanted to do something a little different today.

So, today I’ll be showing you how I achieved this Valentines Day themed look with cute rosy cheeks, some pretty raspberry tones and a cute little heart detailing. Although this is a Valentines look, this is really something you could wear for any occasion – because love is never out of style! I wanted to do something more creative but that would also be wearable enough so that it can be worn outside of instagram.

In this tutorial/pictorial, I’ll be featuring the new Althea Korea cosmetics too so, let’s go!

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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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Review: Covershot Eye Palettes (Smashbox via Mecca Maxima)

Smashbox Covershot Eye Palette and Primer Review Mecca

Do you guys remember me posting about the Smashbox Petal Metal Covershot Palette all the way back in July? Well, I got the most insanely exciting delivery a few weeks ago from Mecca Maxima – a massive collection of these super travel-friendly eyeshadow palettes in all of the different colour variants, some old and some new to the Australian market. I’m going to quickly take you through the whole PR package that I received (because it’s so pretty) but I will also dive into my personal thoughts on each of the eight palettes, as well as the full swatches!

If you’re just here for the swatches, click read more and then go right to the bottom because I have compiled them all into one photo for you but – otherwise – let’s get into it!

Smashbox Covershot Eye Palette and Primer Review Mecca

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Review: Magic Mini Palette (Juvia’s Place)

Juvia's Place Magic Mini Palette Black Swallow

I had heard a lot about Juvia’s Place but they’re a brand that I had always sort of put off trying. None of their palettes had really caught my eye and, although the pigmentation of them looked amazing in videos, I was unsure about how I would use them. They are an indie brand and, because of that, are not to widely available in Australia – but I recently did find a place that, not only ships to me, but also sells the palettes for a reasonable price! Black Swallow, whose office I had visited a couple months ago to film a GRWM, actually stocks a good range from the brand. I didn’t get to try out any of the Juvia’s Place palettes while I was there (I instead found myself drawn to the Lunar Beauty) but I did finally get to see them in person and – let me tell you – this palette is magic.

Yes, today I will be reviewing the Magic Mini Palette by Juvia’s Place. This is the smaller size of the Magic palette, containing the same 16 shades as the full size but in slightly smaller pan sizes. That being said, I still think that this is a rather large palette and I would be hesitant to use something bigger. I bought this during Black Swallow‘s 3rd birthday sale (congratulations, guys!) and – seriously – I have no regrets!

This palette retails for AUD$54 (the large palettes are AUD$63) and is honestly worth every cent! It is currently out of stock, but I’m sure that Black Swallow will be restocking them soon.

So, let’s get right into the review!

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Review: Grind Sparkling Shadow (Pony Effect)

Pony Effect Grind Sparkling Shadow Kbeauty 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.

Highly pigmented and Korean eyeshadow generally doesn’t go hand-in-hand and, from my personal experience, I wasn’t fully happy with the formula of Pony Effect eyeshadows in the past either (I have two palettes from her line with Memebox and I found it quite lacklustre). However, I had seen this product floating around on Youtube, and avoided watching the reviews, and I wanted to try it out.

This is the Grind Sparkling Shadow, which is a very new concept to me. The last time I had seen a grinding product was with VDL (a setting powder) and I’m not sure that I’ve seen this before otherwise. I’m personally a big fan of loose pigments; I have been using them since I first got experimental with make up in music college and I love the intense colour pay-off! That being said, they are pretty messy to work with, so I would never travel with one of them – and maybe this is where this grinding shadow can come into play.

I have two shades from the range – Guest List and EDM. They are on sale at StyleKorean right now for USD$9.99 but it looks like they are either being phased out or are slowly out of stock, so you better get on quickly.

So, let’s get right into the review!

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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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