Spotlight: Althea Angels Program

Althea Angels Welcome Gift Kbeauty

If you follow me on Instagram (and you totally should), you may be aware that I was recently accepted into Althea Angels – a beauty blogging community that was recently started by Althea. I have purchased from them before (see my previous haul here) and I’m really, really happy with their service so I was more than happy to be recommending them to my readers. Being part of this group is really exciting because the company is now actively giving special offers and opportunities for us writers and reviewers. Without any pressure at all to speak positively about their products, they are simply supporting the industry and I think that that’s a really great thing!

So, as part of this, I recieved a package maybe a week or two ago as part of my ‘acceptance’ – this is the Althea Angels welcome gift! I will be posting this at the same time as my Real Fresh Skin Detoxer Review, so this is just a brief one to show off everything that I recieved.

Before I get into this post, I also want to wish Althea a special Happy Birthday! They have just celebrated their third birthday and I really want to congratulate them for not only establishing an amazing online store and service, but also being able to have such a great global reach. Yay!

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Review: Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil & Foam (Neogen)

Neogen Real Cica Micellar Cleansing Foam and Oil Kbeauty Review

This product was provided to me by Neogen for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

You might remember that I did a review of Neogen’s Real Cica Pad a while back and really enjoyed the product. For today, I’ll be returning to that line and writing about their Micellar Cleansing Oil and the Micellar Cleansing Foam. Both of these cleansers are part of their Real Cica line, which targets both hydration and soothing for problem or sensitive skin – I’ve had good results from using Centella Asiatica products (and Cica is a version of it) so I’m pretty excited for this.

People who follow me on Instagram (or know me IRL) will know that I wear a lot of waterproof make up almost every day. It may not necessarily be heavy on my skin, but because of my allergies and being out for long hours, I will generally stick to long lasting products – foundation, eyeshadows, mascara, liner and even super heavy duty lip tints (on special days). For this reason, double cleansing is an essential part of my skincare routine and I can’t go a day without using at least an oil cleanser.

It’s perfect, because these products that Neogen sent me had essentially completed my two step cleansing routine. I’ll discuss both of the products (and packaging) below, before delving into my own opinions on them individually. And, let’s go!

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Review: Micro Settingfit Cushion (Moonshot)

StyleKorean Moonshot Micro Settingfit Cushion 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.

I used to have a really big hoarding issue with cushions and, while my collection is still rather substantial, I feel like I haven’t been reviewing them as much lately (only one so far this year). However, when I saw this new release (the Micro Settingfit Cushion) from Moonshot come up as a pre-order on the StyleKorean website, I was really keen to try it. Their Microfit Cushion is one that I really adore and use often for touch ups, and I’ve been a fan of their brand since I first came across them. This is advertised with BlackPink’s Lisa as the ‘face’ of the product (and is called the Lisa Cushion, just like the Microfit cushion was GD) and was initially available for pre-order on StyleKorean.

The Micro Settingfit Cushion is now available for purchase on the website for USD$22.99, discounted from the full price of USD$33.60 and is available in two shades – 101 (Ivory) and 201 (Beige). I got the lighter shade, as I typically wear a shade 21 in most Korean cushions, but from my experience with the other Moonshot cushion, I think that the 201 would have been the most natural fit actually. However, I usually like to use a brighter tone anyway.

So, if you’re interested in buying this product, check out the StyleKorean website but otherwise, here’s my review! 

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Spotlight: Esqido Lashes (Unisyn™ and Mink) and Companion Eyelash Glue

Esqido False Lashes Lash Glue Review Mystic Gin and Tonic

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

This post is going to be a little different for me because, instead of talking about make up or skincare, I’m going to be showing up the false lashes and eyelash glue that I was sent to test from a brand called Esqido! For those that know me in real life, they will know that I don’t actually wear false lashes that often – that because I have rather small eyes and they will generally take me at least a half hour to get on. However, I was really excited when Esqido reached out to me, partly because their designs look so beautiful and fluttery, and also partly because they have a massive celebrity clientele! I’m talking Rihanna, Naya Rivera and Shay Mitchell (whose lashes I have always envied) – along with a long list of influencers too. They have also been worn by Arden Cho and, seeing that they work so naturally on her eyes too, I was super keen to give this a try.

I originally chose these false lashes through the Esqido Lash Guide, which is an interactive quiz that helps you to choose the perfect lashes for your eyes. I was originally recommended Gin & Tonic (Unisyn™), as well as Silhouette (Mink), but since the latter was out of stock I decided to try out an alternative style – Mystic (Mink). They’re both quite dramatic lashes, so I was curious about how I would go ahead with these but I’m pleased to say that I’m very happy with the results! In addition, Esqido also sent me their Companion Eyelash Glue, which worked well for me and help the lashes to my eyes very firmly.

And that’s all for my introduction! Instead, let’s jump into my spotlight of each individual product because there’s a lot of information that I want to share (and these products make really pretty pictures). I originally wanted to write this as a full blown review for each individual product, but I think that it will be better to give my thoughts and observations, and then share photos of the application, because I feel like lashes can be such a personal thing that it’s hard to rate.

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Review: Shake & Shot Rubber Mask (Dr.Jart+)

Dr Jart Shake and Shot Shaking Rubber Soothing Luminous Shot Mask 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.

Okay so I finally tried this rubber mask out after staring at it in intimidation for the past week or two and, I swear, I am ready to stock myself up because I love this product so much! I have had a bad experience with a rubber mask in the past, where I took so long to try and combine the product that it solidified before I could use it, so I was really cautious about this. That being said, I think that I actually didn’t mix this up as evenly as I should have but it was still ridiculously effective. This product has honestly blown me away and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

So, this is the Shake & Shot Rubber Soothing Mask from Dr.Jart+, a Korean brand that has since also become very popular and trusted overseas. I personally haven’t tried anything from their brand before but I know that they’re especially popular for their skincare range, which is meant to be suitable for even sensitive skin and – of course – highly effective. Their rubber masks, which have that iconic creepy baby face, also went viral on Youtube and you’ll probably find reviews on it easily!

Their products can be a bit expensive, especially when you’re trying to buy their products overseas, but this mask is currently on sale at StyleKorean for USD$6.16. The full price is USD$12.35 and, to be honest, it is pretty expensive for a one use mask. However, it is really effective so I might still use these on special occasions. Or when my skin really needs it.

So, let’s jump right in!

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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: C-Tragel Cream (23 Years Old)

23 Years Old C-Tragel 15 sec buckthorn cream Kbeauty Review Boniik

This product was gifted to me by BONIIK for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used.

I have waited a significant time before writing this review but I’m feeling like it’s time for me to write down my thoughts – though I think that I will continue to update as I use it. I recieved this C-Tragel Cream (which is by 23 Years Old) from BONIIK at the brand ambassador event.  You can also check out my post about that evening  here but, basically, a bunch of us beauty bloggers were invited to an evening with BONIIK and The Face Shop Australia as one of their brand ambassadors. We spent the night discussing skincare and make up, talking about our skin concerns and learning about what products would suit us and so on. In the end, they gave us a bunch of products to try out and also let us pick something ourselves to suit our own needs.

I chose this C-Tragel Cream because I have been having dark spot concerns, specifically under my eyes. I have tried a few different products so far but nothing has been fully satisfactory for me. This one is from a brand that I haven’t heard of before but was recommended by the manager of the BONIIK store as a spot treatment for dark spots. Unlike most other whitening products, this is meant to be suitable for sensitive skin and daily use, since the formula is more gentle. Since I was having pigmentation issues around my eye area, I felt that a gentler formula would be better to use and so I was quick to grab this!

And so lets go on with the review!

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Review: Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patch (Hemish)

Hydrogel Eye Patch Bulgarian Rose Water Heimish 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.

I have only used hydrogel eye masks a handful of times in my life, and it’s usually because someone’s given me a pack to try out. I actually really like hydrogel material masks, and I find the little eye ones really helpful to use while you’re working (or when you’d had a long day and just need to relax) – they tend to adhere really easily and, regardless of how effective the serum is, the gel is very cooling and good for depuffing eyes. The only thing that has always held me back is the cost of them!

Hydrogel masks in general tend to cost more than a standard cotton sheet mask, and with a product that I would want to use on most nights, the cost adds up very quickly. However, a great thing is that some brands have been releasing them in tubs instead of individual packs and these are a lot more cost efficient! One such product is the Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patch; I previously tested out their Rose Water Mist Serum and, since I found that product to be very hydrating (and pleasant smelling), I figured that this would be a good way to go.

This product is selling on StyleKorean for USD$22 (which is similar in price to the Mist Serum) so you can definitely check it out there if you’re wanting to get this yourself. Otherwise, let’s just right into this review because this product is so aesthetic.

Hydrogel Eye Patch Bulgarian Rose Water Heimish Kbeauty Review

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Review: Two Tone Matte Lip Bar (Laneige)

Laneige Two Tone Matte Lip Bar 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.

Laneige is one of my favourite Korean beauty brands but, strangely enough, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with their two tone bars. I think the concept of them is genius and I love the colour range/packaging/promotional imagery of them all, but I do have some pet peeves with them as well. In fact, their Two Tone Eye Bar was such a massive disappointment for me that I literally never reached for it again. And yet, I do continue to buy and try every single new two tone bar that they release and I honestly think that I will continue anyway just so I can support their brand and the concept of these. I don’t want them to stop!

Their latest release is the Two Tone Matte Lip Bar and these are super new – in fact, I don’t think that I’ve seen many online stores carry this product yet (though please correct me if I’m wrong). However, StyleKorean does carry the entire collection and so they sent over two of the shades for me to try out. This is similar to the original Two Tone Lip Bar, but has a matte formula that is more in-line with make up trends. Whilst Western beauty is moving from matte to gloss, I feel like Korean beauty is moving from subtle tints to deeper mattes lately.

For this product, the two shades I chose to try out is Burgundy Mood and Powershoulder Pink – I purposefully chose one dark and one light shade so that I could see any differences in formula and application. Personally, I feel like this matte formula speaks to me more than the original and I definitely reach for them more! For people who like traditional matte bullet lipsticks but also love gradient lips and softer applications, this is going to be right up your alley!

So, read on for my full review.

Laneige Two Tone Matte Lip Bar Kbeauty Review

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