Review: Lip Sleeping Mask (Laneige)

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask BB Cosmetic Kbeauty

Honestly, I first saw this Lip Sleeping Mask online and then in store when I was in Korea and I did want to try it (because it smells amazing) but it’s taken me so long to do this just because I wasn’t convinced that this would be an interesting product. In my eyes, I figured that it just looked like glorified Vaseline, and I’m not even a fan of Vaseline (which is basically petroleum oil jellied) except for in desperately dry times. However, when I was going through BB Cosmetic‘s website, I figured that I might as well give it a shot!

At the moment, they carry four different versions: Berry (the original one), Grapefruit, Apple and Vanilla (which are from the holiday release). I was pretty keen to try all of them, to be honest, but considering that BB Cosmetic were going to generously send me them for review, I chose the original Berry one – and will probably purchase the others at a later date just for the different scents.

Read on for my thoughts!

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Review: Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence (Missha)

Missha The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist StyleKorean Review

I can’t figure out why this photo looks blurry… someone please halp.

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.

When it comes to skincare products, I like to take my time with writing the review. After all, you can never knew the effects of something after only a few uses and it’s good to try things in different conditions too. The weather has been getting really cold in Sydney lately and, because of it, I am in at middle period where I am deciding the best way to change up my skincare routine. My skin has been fairly uneven, with some very dry areas and my T-zone still becoming oily by late midday, so I did change up my routine a few times while trying out this product.

This is a cult beauty item from MISSHA, Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence. My aunt actually uses bottles of this almost religiously and I know a lot of beauty bloggers swear by it as a much more affordable dupe of SKII, which effects that as just as good – so I’ve been looking to trying this out for a long time. This product is used at the beginning of your skincare routine – it helps to cleanse, hydrate and prep your skin for the absorption of other products, so you can see why it is such an important step. It claims to also restore, rejuvenate and give you a glowing complexion.

As it is similar to a toner, I was actually very confused about this at first but I have since learned (I think) that the FTE is to be used after a toner, and is actually a different product. It is a unique step in the Asian skincare routine and is usually fermented with an active yeast ferment ingredient (read from here). Some people do use a FTE instead of a toner though and, for this, I recommend to trust your own judgement and how your skin feels after cleansing.

I got this product sent to me by StyleKorean for review purposes. You can get yours on their website for USD$36.03, a discounted price from USD$42.39, and a significantly lower price than the SKII essence that this is the dupe for. The Intensive Moist version of this, which is the one I am reviewing, is also the new, upgraded version of this product for enhanced hydration purposes.

Missha The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist StyleKorean Review

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Review: Kangsi Pack (Elizavecca)

Elizavecca Kbeauty Review Kangsi Pack EGF Retinol Cream Masks

I am finally writing this review! I’ve started a lot of posts and have had to stop lately because I’ve been so inundated with work and it’s really stressing me out mentally and physically. I’m working five days a week, which is pretty standard for most people, but trying to also add in blogging, daily social media updates (which is, yes, a necessity), as well as photoshoots and trying to get back into music… it can really drain a girl down. That being said, I do have a lot of content planned and the photography is done to be shared and posted – so hopefully I can keep the ball rolling.

I’m going to try and keep my posts a little more concise starting from now – especially the reviews. This is mostly because i’m not convinced that people like to read about me rambling on and because short points are probably easier to help people draw their conclusions. Please let me know in the comments below if you prefer shorter, more frequent posts or more lengthy, less frequent posts?

And back on track! Today, I’ll be giving you my thoughts on the Kangsi Pack from Elizavecca. They recently sent me a second package of different masks and goodies to test out for you guys and, so far, I’m really happy with their products. You can read my glowing review of their retinol cream here (no pun intended) and I have a few more sheet masks to review as well. The below product is one of their really popular wash off mask packs, which contains 24K gold and looks like a glittering dream. That is, until it dries.

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Review: Milky Piggy EGF Elastic Retinol Cream (Elizavecca)

Elizavecca Kbeauty Review Kangsi Pack EGF Retinol Cream Masks

A few weeks ago, Elizavecca sent me another package of goodies to try out and review for the blog – and I was pretty crazily ecstatic. One of the products that I was most excited to try out – but also the most nervous about – but this EGF Elastic Retinol Cream. It cleans to be a product used by entertainers (specifically actresses) to achieve their flawless skin complexion. Now, I’m not sure if I believe that these famous kdrama actresses are actually using Elizavecca, but the idea that they’re using a retinol cream for this is actually not much of a stretch.

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A (also called a retinoid) and is primarily used for wrinkle care and anti-aging to give a more youthful complexion – it has been used in skin care since the 70’s, so it isn’t a new discovery at all. This is an ingredient that is actually backed by dermatologists and you can get both over-the-counter and prescription retinoids (which will be pure retinoid) to used. Retinoids increase cell turnover, so that it is helping to get rid of old and damaged cells. It also thins the top layer of skin while thickening the smoother, second layer to make the skin look more luminous and firm. It also helps to boost collagen production and prevent its break down when it is penetrating deeper into the skin, as well as clearing pores and decreasing oil production (as stated by Real Simple). All in all, retinoids really sound like a magic product!

In addition to this magic, star ingredient, this cream also contains CF-Nest Extract of 80% (which is a very popular product for Asian beauty, helping with moisture balance) and EGF (which is suitable for dry weather and helps to strengthen skin nutrition). Unfortunately, I can’t find information on the % of the retinol ingredient in this, but I jumped right in anyway!

Before trying out this product though, please read all instructions – or at least finish up this review – because retinol is a product that you have to slowly progress your skin into. It’s not okay to just slather your face with it because you will likely not get good results.

Read on to find out!

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Review: Face Cheat (Cinch)

Cinch Face Cheat Beauty Spray Review

How do you get perfect skin? You eat well, drink water, exercise, sleep more… but all of this is pretty difficult when you’re trying to balance it with real life. Nowadays, we’re all pretty busy between working, seeing our families, trying to make time for our friends and – though this doesn’t include me – actually having a romantic relationship too. But what if you could get perfect skin without all of that work?

I have been testing this product for so long and, to be honest, I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to write this. I received this product for review a few weeks ago and I was really excited to try something that claimed to hydrate your skin and provide a beautiful, glowing base for your make up – all in… well, a cinch. After all, that’s the concept of their product.

I live a fairly busy life, working on the weekdays and doing photoshoots on the weekends. Although I never slack off on my make up routine on weekdays (and have seldom done so in the past few years), I find that I often have difficulty keeping up with my skincare routine. This is especially true since I try to follow the Korean multi-step routine – which can take up to half an hour, if not more, and involve a ridiculous number of products.

According to their website, “Save your “to do” list for the fun things in life – pizza, champagne and bad reality TV – and let Cinch Face Cheat take care of moisturizing, anti-ageing, illuminating, pore minimizing and priming. All in one spray.” This product simplifies and shortens your skin care routine as the ultimate multipurpose product that is quick and easy to apply, so you don’t slack off.

In testing the Face Cheat, I was looking to see how this product stood on its own and as part of my full routine. I tried it as skincare as well as as a make up primer, and found that the product has its strengths and benefits.

Read on for more about the product and my own experiences!

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Brand Spotlight & Review: Trilogy

Trilogy Cosmetics Skincare Review Rose

Most of the things that I review on my blog are Asian – usually Korean. This isn’t surprising since I do love asian products, brands, ingredients and trends but, as someone who lives in Australia, it can be a bit hard to get my hands on them sometimes. We have to wait for online stores to carry then, sometimes pay exorbitant shipping fees or wait an eternity for things to arrive. With that in mind, one of my goals this year was to actually start reviewing Western products that would be more accessible for some of us, but still focusing on Asian beauty trends.

Kicking this off, I’ll be introducing a brand to you guys called Trilogy. They are New Zealand’s number one skincare brand (according to their website) and they call themselves a natural brand – against animal testing, non-GMO, supporting ethical practices and even with recyclable packaging. Unlike a lot of Asian brands where you are a little unsure of their stance on these topics – except for Innisfree that uses their recycling, natural image as a bit of a marketing gimmick – you can buy and use Trilogy products with an ease of mind.

Apparently, their statement is, “Maximum effect on your skin, minimum effect on our environment.” And I can definitely live with that.

They were started by two sisters back in 2002 and originally had a range of five rosehip oil products. Since then though, they have expanded their product line and – let me tell you – I do love them! I usually have some issues with Western products where they are a bit too heavy for my skin. Some moisturisers refuse to even absorb for me, which is why I turn to Korean products all the time, but these were perfectly hydrating for my skin.

I tried out three different products from them, all of which smelled and felt wonderful. Keep reading for my breakdown of all three products!

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Review: Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine (Neogen)

Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine Review Kbeauty StyleKorean

I was so, so ridiculously excited to try out this peeling pad because it’s been so hyped and so many have given amazing reviews for it. It’s been everywhere on Youtube, Instagram, blogs… so I figured that it was about time for me to hop on board of this train too and see what the hype is about. I did have to choose between the yellow (lemon) and purple (wine) but I ended up going with this one, for the very superficial fact that it would have looked prettier in photos. I know, I’m not very scientific, am I?

Anyway, so this one is essentially an exfoliating pad and those who know me would know that i’m a big fan of exfoliation. I love how satisfying it feels and the baby smooth finish you end up. Generally, I would switch between chemical and mechanical exfoliators (such as peeling gels and sugar scrubs) but the amazing thing about this product is that it is both! It’s a quick and effective way of working exfoliation into your skin care routine without taking up a lot of time and making a mess in your bathroom.

This exact version that I selected in their wine variant, which its main ingredients in red wine and resveratrol (which is a anti-oxidant and a popular anti-aging product). This mains to leave you with smoother, firmer and brighter skin. Other people have also claimed it has improved their skin in the long run – maybe a few months of use – but I have only used this for a couple weeks so I’ll mainly be talking about the main, immediate effects.

Read on! 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.

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Review: Hell Pore Water Up Peptide EGF Mist One Button (Elizavecca)

Elizavecca Hell Pore Water Up Petide EGF Mist One Button Review Kbeauty

So, with that sappy 100th post post out of the way, I’m happy to be able to launch right into my next review. This one I’ve actually seen testing for a really long time because I wanted to test it under different conditions and situations too, so this is going to be a well considered post. I also filmed a video for this (which you can find at the end). This is a face mist that is also a spray on mask pack – which is a pretty interesting concept, in my opinion. Those who know me well would know that I carry a small bottle of mist around with me daily: I use it to touch up my make up, to rehydrate my face and also to wake me up when I’ve already gone over my daily caffeine allowance.

The following product is called the Hell Pore Water Up Peptide EGF Mist One Button, which is a serious mouthful so I’ll call it the One Button Mist from here on. This was sent to me for review purposes from Elizavecca and it’s from their Hell Pore line – you know, that apparently super painful mask that I… actually didn’t find that painful? I actually really liked that mask though, so I was interested to see what this product could do for me.

I used this spray during the day on top of my make up, as well as on days when I wasn’t wearing any make up. Although the weather is very hot here, I have also had some trouble with dry lips (which does come into play). Interested to read about this? Click on!

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Review: Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream (Elizavecca)

Elizavecca Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream

I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of doing these reviews so, hopefully, they will be more regular soon enough. I took a bit of time before and during my trip to test a lot these upcoming products since – being skincare – I wanted to be able to give a good review that consisted of more than initial thoughts.

So I have been really lucky lately to be collaborating with Elizavecca. You have most likely heard about their brand before – they went viral a while ago for their interesting bubble masks and the intense hell-pore mask (which I have previously reviewed here). For today, I’ll be introducing to everyone their Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream – a total mouthful, so from here on I’ll just refer to it as Water Drop Cream.

This is a light weight but highly moisturising cream that, in my opinion, is perfectly suited for the summer weather. It’s special feature is the visible ‘water droplet’ effect when the cream is lightly rubbed onto the skin. I found that it was great to use under make up because it is fast absorbing and leaves skin feeling smooth – also, we all know I’m a sucker for hyaluronic acid. In addition to hydrating our skin, it also had red ginseng extract which had great anti-aging benefits.

Elizavecca Aqua Hyaluronic Acid Water Drop Cream

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Review: Rich Moist Soothing Cream (Klairs)

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream Wishtrend Kbeauty Review

Please note that this post uses affiliate links to WishTrend but all opinions presented are 100% honest and my own.

Hi everyone! I’m back from my three week trip to Japan – did you miss me? During this break I did a lot of shopping, sight seeing and even planning for some future reviews and videos, so I guess that the time off was well needed. I am home now and, aside from being back behind my desk at work, I also returned to a lot of backed up reviews to write, packages to unbox and photos to edit. It’s a bit exhausting at the moment and I’m not sure of where to start, but I figured that I would do what I do best and just… well, jump in!

So for today, I’ll be reviewing a super simple but effective moisturising cream from Klairs. This was sent to be for review by WishTrend and is my first time approaching this brand – though I’ve heard a lot of people mention them. I wasn’t sure of what to expect when they sent me the package but, what I learnt in this experience is that sometimes you really can judge a book by it’s cover. This cream is exactly what it looks like – simple, no-frills but effective.

A lot of people that message me about kbeauty (whether it is cosmetic or skincare) are relatively new to the world of beauty and, in their confusion, are looking for an understandable place to start. The thing with Korean skincare is that it is very complex – it is about layering, and pH levels and ingredients and absorption and effectors and… it can be exhausting. For this reason, I think that this product is really suitable for beginners!

Read on to find out why.

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