Like a lot of Etude House products, I had been eying the Dear My Lips lipsticks for a while but I hadn’t really tried them out yet. The idea of being able to pick your own lipstick case and shade seemed really fun, especially for someone like myself who is so pedantic about packaging design. I really liked some of the original cases, which were really graphic and had an almost pop art aesthetic.
For their Holiday Collection (which was released in December and I’m still here reviewing in January because why not?) they released a few galaxy themed cases and also some limited edition shades. When I was in store, I ended up picking two of their cases and one of the limited edition colours and one from the permanent collection (since I felt like some of the holiday shades were similar to what I already owned). One of these has a metallic finish and the other is matte.
So, for today’s review, I’m just going to give you a quick look and what I got and give you my thoughts on the product. This is really only applicable for these two shades, since I feel like Etude House formulas often change according to the colour. I’m super keen to try out more of these in the future and I’ll keep posting more as I do too.
I use matte lip sticks and lip stains a lot, so it makes sense that my lips are pretty dry a lot of the time. To counteract that, I use the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask almost every night (which I previously reviewed for BB Cosmetic) but I have also been after a quick, daily treatment that I could use in the mornings if I forget my lip mask the night before. And into the picture comes Rire! If you’ve been reading then you’ll know that I have a bit of a hit or miss relationship with their brand – some of their products have been interesting but, overall, most of them haven’t really impressed me. In general, they seem to have very innovative and different product concepts, but often fall a bit flat when it comes to the effectiveness of their formulas.
For that reason, I admit that I went into this review fairly hesitant. However, after trying out this Bubble Bubble Lip Mask, I think that have finally found a Rire product that I actually – kind of – like!
This was sent to me for review by BB Cosmetic and it sells on their website for USD$8.50 which is a decent price – it isn’t the cheapest lip scrub, but this is a pretty unique product so I think that it’s worth it. So you can check it out on their website; they also have free international shipping with no minimum purchase, and you can also get an additional 8% off with my code (which I don’t make money from, but will bring down that cart total): QAL3F6ZA8YZ
Well, let’s jump into it!
I bought this product with my own money from the official store. However, this post also contains affiliate links to BeautyTap as an alternative shopping recommendation. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.
Since their launch in Korea, these were selling like mad – I went into Stylenanda with the intention of buying at least one of each colour (for my friend and then a few for myself) but there were a couple of shades – including one that I wanted – that was completely sold out; not just in one store but in all stores. So it’s safe to say that this Velvet Lip Tint is an extremely popular new release and I’m really glad that I managed to grab these two colours. I’ve always been a fan of 3CE lip and eye colours because I feel like they’re a bit different to other Korean brands – they have a preference for bolder and more pigmented formulas. They’re not quite as dramatic as Western products but they’re still an in-between taking into consideration the Asian beauty trends.
The product that I have here is their Velvet Lip Tint that was released recently. It comes in a range of 10 shades – ranging from nudes to reds. They’re all extremely wearable shades and so I don’t think that there was any colour that I didn’t like when I swatched them. In the end, it just came down to picking colours that I didn’t have too many of and that I knew I would get the most wear out of.
I feel like these are a bit similar to the Airy Ink Velvets from Peripera but actually feel even more hydrating. According to the Stylenanda website: “Velvet lip tint incorporates an oil-packed formula specially made to deliver a vivid and velvety matte texture. When this tint is applied, the lips are first encased with a layer of oil upon with pigments gently melt, resulting in a dewy sensation with a matte finish.”
Well, let’s check out the two colours that I got because I think these are a great every day lip product, especially for anyone who likes softer and more wearable products.
I bought this product with my own money from the official store. However, this post also contains affiliate links to StyleKorean as an alternative shopping recommendation. These go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.
It’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I was originally so crazy about Moonshot because it was a brand established by YG Entertainment and, even now, they primarily use their own artists and models to promote their products. After trying out their products though, I have found that they have a strength in putting out very interesting and unique products – whether it is their Jelly Pots (which I love), the unique bullet of their lipsticks and now their Cream Paint.
When I was in Korea, I popped into their pop-up store in Edae and grabbed a few products to try out – more of their Jelly Pots and some of their lip and eye crayons (which I’ll be talking about and reviewing later on) and I ended up buying enough that I was gifted a branded water bottle – which is really cute, by the way – and also one of the Cream Paint lip products! I was interested in these before but I ended up also hearing some negative reviews, so I was thinking that I would give these a pass. However, since this was a free gift, I just quickly picked out a colour that I was interested in and thought I would get my own thoughts on the product.
So I’ve tested this out and got some negatives and positions about the product – it is definitely not for everyone, but I think that some people could really love this! If you’re after something hydrating, creamy and wearable, then this is definitely for you. Read on for my thoughts.
I actually thought that I had this review already written quite a while ago but it was only looking back in my drafts that I realised I hadn’t! If you think back a few months, Earlypicker had sent me a big package of products for review – most of these consisted of AprilSkin and Medicube. Although I had reviewed some of the main products, I seemed to have forgotten about this one! This is the Fixing Tint from AprilSkin and, contrary to the product name, it is more of a super matte lipstick than a tint.
This is one of the most long wearing lipsticks that I have ever worn on my life! It survived some of my most greasy eating dates – which included fries, fried chicken and frozen coke – and wore throughout the day without any transfer or smearing. As soon as I wore it, I had my friends asking me about the product and wanting to get one themselves.
However, it isn’t without it’s negatives and I certainly have mixed feelings about this product now that I’ve tried it out more. So, without further ado, lets move onto the review!
I had been eying some of these Smith & Cult products since I first saw them online – and now they’re finally stocked at Sephora and much more easily accessible, so I just had to write a post about them. This brand is founded by the same woman who did Hard Candy (Dineh Mohajer launched it in the 90s) so you know that they have plenty of experience and knowledge in all things nails and beauty. Similarly, Smith & Cult started out with their nail products first and have now branched out into cosmetics, and I really couldn’t be happier about the quality of their products!
These were sent to me as samples from PR, but I had actually contacted them myself about reviewing the brand because I was personally so impressed by the quality of what I had seen at Sephora! Of course, I did want to get more information about them as well, as I feel like they have been a bit under-represented outside of Instagram (where their unique nail polish bottles are a blogger’s haven), so it was really good to get an insight into their brand values and their range too.
So Smith & Cult is, according to the website, all about the duality of personalities – represented by bold, sharp colours and cosmetic looks. In a way, their concept is a bit similar to Urban Decay (another favourite of mine); feminine, edgy and unique. It’s easy to see why I’m such a fan, since they embody all of the values that I hold so dear to me. All of that said, today I’ll be discussing three products from their line and giving you my thoughts on them – The Tainted Lip Stained, Lash Dance Mascara and a selection of their Signature Nail Polishes.
Ready? Lets go!
This one is going to be a really short post, mostly because I don’t have much to say about this product – I just liked it and wanted to show it off! This is an oil tint that I received from BB Cosmetic quite a while ago to play around with and I’ve been keeping it around for when ever my lips feel a bit dry. This is actually the first product that I’ve tried from Beyond, which I have only heard of from my friend Sophia when we walked past a store in Seoul – they are not tested on animals which, although isn’t something I look into a lot, is still something that I think is great and fully support!
As you can very obviously see, this product was in collaboration with Disney and is Alice in Wonderland themed! I’m not sure what other products they released, but I’m always a fan of anything Disney (my favourite is Peter Pan, but lets get into that another time). From what I can see, BB Cosmetic doesn’t seem to carry anything from this brand anymore but, still, feel free to check out their website because they have a great range of products. Aside from free shipping, you can also get 8% off with my code – which is either at the end of this post or on my side.
Anyway, let’s dive right into the review!
In terms of cosmetics, 3CE has been going from strength to strength for me, and so when these Tattoo Lip Tints were released, I was all over that! It’s taken me a while to get my hands on them, mostly because I was hesitating at the price, but BB Cosmetic was so generous to send me them to review and I can confidently confirm that they are worth the money! And I will definitely be looking to get my hands on the rest of them.
These tints come in five colours (Coma, Coolest, Candy Jelly, Luztic and Yay or Nay) and I got my hands on two of them – Coma and Candy Jelly. These sell for USD$12.15 on the BB Cosmetic website, which is already below the RRP on the official Stylenanda website and also includes free shipping. It is a bit more expensive than Peripera – which is my other favourite lip tint – but I actually prefer the formula of this one and would happily pay the extra two dollars for it.
And, with that, let’s go right into the review.
For my general PA: Remember to check out BB Cosmetic to get your hands on these (or any other products from 3CE). They have free international shipping with no minimum purchase, and you can also get an additional 8% off with my code (which I don’t make money from, but will bring down that cart total): QAL3F6ZA8YZ
My love affair with Peripera’s lip tints started when I was studying in Seoul and got myself two of their original Peri’s Ink lip tints after seeing how amazing it looked on my friend (and her assurances that it was the best tint she had ever used). Back then, I liked make up but I wasn’t very well versed nor experimental with the products that I used, so I didn’t really know what to expect. What I got blew my mind though and the two ended up as a staple for my daily make up. A year after, I took another trip to Seoul and found out that Peripera had since released a bunch of other variations – the Moisture, Velvet and Airy lines. I ended up trying the first two, but I hadn’t actually touched the Airy line until now.
BB Cosmetic had sent me over four of these tints to try out and review – which I am so thankful for! These are all of the original colours except for #1 Heart Grapefruit (which I wasn’t sure would suit me) so the make up hoarder in me is really glad to almost have a full set. They have also released some new colours which I will be checking out later on. For now, let’s move onto this review and I can tell you in advance that I am really happy with these!
Remember to check out BB Cosmetic to get your hands on these (or any other products from Peripera). they have free international shipping with no minimum purchase, and you can also get an additional 8% off with my code (which I don’t make money from, but will bring down that cart total): QAL3F6ZA8YZ
So I definitely have a thing for Laneige and I even up determined to try out every two toned product that they release – this two tone tint bar was no different and I was so excited when I saw this online. I have used their standard two tone bars before (and the eyeshadow bar, which was very disappointing) and although I liked the colour, I found that the formula tended to accent dry lips. With the introduction of the Two Tone Tint Lip Bar, I had hoped that this issue would be amended.
Similar to the previous product, this product has two colours and formulas – a coloured ‘tint’ side that has a more opaque and creamier consistency, and a balm side. These two sides are layered in a way to create a gradient lip effect in a single swipe.
I had watched a few YouTube reviews of this when it was first released and heard that the colours weren’t too different to each other, so I ended up choosing two shades that I liked most – a light pink and a deeper burgundy. Coincidentally, these were both ‘Sungkyung’s Choice’ – #03 Tint Mint and #08 Cherry Milk.
These Two Tone Tint Bars were sent to me by BB Cosmetic for review and you can also get them on their store for USD$21.78 – this includes free international shipping, and you can also get an additional 8% off with my code (which I don’t make money from, but will bring down that cart total): QAL3F6ZA8YZ