Review: All Hours Foundation (Yves Saint Laurent)

Yves Saint Laurent YSL All Hours Foundation Beauty Review

I have been on a mission to test out some new foundations (since finding my favourite Fenty Beauty and my new love, the Too Faced Peach Perfect) so one of the first that I picked up – which was a good handful of months ago – was the YSL All Hours. It is available at Mecca Maxima (in Australia and New Zealand) for the rather expensive price tag of AUD$89 or you can check out the official YSL Beauty website to buy direct (to check stockists).

This is a 24 hour wear foundation that has been really popular with beauty gurus and influencers online. In fact, it’s considered a cult favourite, which is why I decided to try it out. Unfortunately though, I found that my opinion on the product would change and fluctuate a lot over the past few months – which is why I put off reviewing this until now.

I actually do like this foundation and will continue to finish up the product, but it doesn’t have the longevity that I personally need. In comparison to the Fenty Beauty (which is my top favourite and my standard for all foundations now), it falls a bit short even though it is still one of the better ones I’ve tested (I’m looking at you, Huda Beauty). In the end, it just didn’t tick all of the boxes for me, though it comes very close.

So, let’s get right into this review! I’ll try to go into as much detail as I can about the formula and my experiences with it.

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Review: OMG! Pulling & Peeling Kit (Double Dare)

Double Dare OMG Mask Kit 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.

Following up from my previous review, I figured that it’s time to write about this Double Dare kit that I also received from StyleKorean – and was obviously the most excited to try out because of the packaging. I actually tried this out before the three step mask so this was my first impression of the brand, and they definitely impressed me.

Although I received this package as a set, the products are actually sold individually on the website. You can get the OMG! Peeling Gel for USD$22 or the OMG! Pulling Gel for USD$15 (USD$28 if you want it with the mini brush too), They also have these really cute head bands (the OMG! Head Band) for USD$8 each – and they come in six different colours but, as if it is fate, I got the black one!

So, I’ll briefly go over this kit packaging and mostly talk about the products as individuals. Let’s get into it!

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Review: Platinum Green/Silver Facial Mask Kit (Double Dare)

Double Dare OMG 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.

The Double Dare brand is a new one to StyleKorean and I was lucky enough to be sent over a couple of items so I could try them out and give my thoughts. I did get a big mask kit from them as well, which is actually a bit more exciting, but I wanted to write about these first because they’re faster to test out and gather my thoughts. This is a brand that I haven’t heard about before and, from what I can see, it seems that they are focusing on masking products – detoxers, peel offs, exfoliants etc. According to them, “All of our products were designed to nourish an adventurous spirit, and fuel a passion for discovery and innovation. Dare to discover a new way to think about looking and feeling beautiful with Double Dare.”

This is the Facial Mask Kit which is a three step detoxing mask, with the biggest selling point being the pretty chrome finish of the peel off mask. This is part of the OMG! Platinum Collection and is available in four different colours, but I will be showing the two that I have – the Platinum Green and Platinum Silver – primarily the green variant as I am saving the silver one for an IG Live video.

Being a three step mask kit, these are single use only and sell for USD$8.50 – they aren’t cheap in comparison to standard sheet masks, but are unique enough to justify the price. They’re not exorbitant either so, to be honest, I would buy it just to try it out. Anyway, let’s get into this review!

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New Release: Petal Velvet Sunaway & Powder (Althea)

Althea Petal Velvet Sunaway Kbeauty Sunscreen Review

These products were provided to me by Althea for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

Note: I have been notified that Althea has made a correction to the ingredients of this product. Due to mistranslations, Hyaluronic Acid was included in the ingredients list of the Sunaway, but this ingredient was not used in the development of this product. This review has been amended for this.

I am a firm, firm believer in the importance of using sun protection and it’s pretty rare for me to go out without it (although whether or not I use SPF on my body is another question – one which I should fix up). At the moment, I have three sunscreens on rotation in my routine: one which is a staple HG product and the other two which I tried out recently.

Being a part of the Althea Angels community, one of the biggest benefits is that we get access to information about new releases (and sometimes the actual products) before the launch date and I was pretty excited when they announced their news sunscreen! This is meant to be both hydrating and with sebum control properties, so it really fits in perfectly to what I usually look for in SPF.

I have tried out this product, the Petal Velvet Sunaway, for a handful of weeks now and I have to say that I’m pretty satisfied with this product! It is also very affordable at USD$10 on their website – which is always a benefit. In the same range, there is also the Petal Velvet Powder, which I will touch on briefly as they are available in a set for USD$13 – 10% off the retail price.

So, let’s get right into this review/new release post!

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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: ABP Triple Synergy Liquid (Purito)

Purito ABP Triple Synergy Liquid Kbeauty Review

A few months ago, I was made aware of a new, up-coming Korean skincare brand called Purito; they pride themselves on investing in quality ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin types, rather than the glitz and glamour of gimmicky packaging and endorsements. I have used a handful of their serums and, aside from one that I didn’t find too remarkable nor bad, I have had a good experience with their products.

They are a fairly new brand and, aside from on their official website, are also stocked at a handful of online distributors, including: BeautyTap, Althea, YesStyle, RoseRoseShop and IBBI.

The product that I’ll be writing about today is the ABP Triple Synergy Liquid, which is selling for USD$21 on the Purito website, a chemical exfoliant that uses a combination of AHA, BHA and PHA. Personally, I found that it was gentle enough for daily use but, perhaps because it is also formulated for sensitive skin, it was a little bit too gentle to see more dramatic results.

Either way, let’s get right into this review!

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Review: You Glow Glen Coco Kit (Dear, Klairs via Althea)

Althea Angels Dear Klairs Kit You Glow Glen Coco Review Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Supple Preparation Facial Toner and Toner Mate Cotton Pad

These products were provided to me by Althea for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

Dear Klairs is a brand that I had tried before in the past, and that had very good quality and simple products that worked well for my skin. When Althea Korea reached out to the Angels community about reviewing a handful of their products, I jumped onto the opportunity right away! They put forward three different ‘kits’ (these are not sold in kits but were paired together in this way for blogging and review purposes) and I chose their You Glow Glen Coco Kit – which, aside from having the coolest name, I figured would work best for me as it contains brightening and antioxidant products.

For this kit, I ended up reviewing three different items: the Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton Pad, the Supple Preparation Facial Toner (pictured below is the smaller travel size, not full) and the Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop – which is a very popular product that I had been curious about for a while!

So far, I have used these products for a good amount of time so I have some great thoughts on it. However, I will also continue to use them (especially the Vitamin Drop) to see how I go with longer term results.

And, without further ado, let’s get on with the review!

Althea Angels Dear Klairs Kit You Glow Glen Coco Review Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Supple Preparation Facial Toner and Toner Mate Cotton Pad

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Review: Magic Solution Skin Powder (Onsaemeein)

Onsaemeein Magic Solution Skin Powder Kbeauty Review Althea

This product was purchased with shopping credits I was gifted by Althea Korea. I selected products myself and was not obligated to write this review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.

With all of these insane break outs that I’ve been getting lately (which only gets worse when I’m at that time of the month), this seemed like the perfect time to finally try out the spot treatment from Onsaemeein. This is called their Magic Solution Skin Powder and I bought it from Althea as part of my birthday order: I received some credit to use in my birthday month as part of their Althea Angels community but did end up overspending because that’s what I do.

It’s actually been a month since I had the product but I had been holding back because I wasn’t sure how to use it. I’m completely new to these skin powder treatments so there was a bit of a learning curve when I learnt how to use this. I think that it’s a handy thing to have around and, as I use it more, I’m learning the best way to apply. However, this is definitely not a replacement for regular skin care and is better as an ’emergency’ product for random break outs. This will not be suitable for people with problematic skin, if that makes sense.

Let me try to break down the pros and cons of this product. I don’t have photos of the application, as it is a little too messy (and I am embarrassed of my face), but I hope you find this useful either way.

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Review: Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush (Too Faced)

Too Faced Peaches and Cream Peach my Cheeks Melting Powder Blush

I got this blush from the Too Faced Peaches & Cream collection for my birthday and, honestly, the little story behind it makes me so happy (and although I don’t think my friends will be reading this review, I will still thank them here for being thoughtful). The story behind them choosing this blush is that I’ve nagged them a lot about using their fingers for make up application – I generally don’t like to use my hands for anything, even though I went a long time applying my BB cream with nothing but my fingertips. Because of that, I have difficulty with most cream based products, whether it is eyeshadow, highlighter or blush. Even if it’s a great formula, I won’t reach for it because it doesn’t fit into my make up routine so my friends made sure that this was a product that could be used with a brush!

This is the Peach my Cheeks Melting Powder Blush, which has a cream to powder formula that actually applies best with a brush (surprising since it is technically a cream blusher). The fact that I reach for this blush over many others so often proves this point – because I wouldn’t use it otherwise. It has easily become one of my favourite products in this collection and my only disappointment is that there isn’t a bigger shade range. According to the Mecca website, this comes in six shades (of which I have one so far) and there is also a similar highlighter and bronzer shade.

If you’re keen to get your hands on this, you can find it at Mecca for AUD$44 or on the official Too Faced website for USD$30 depending on where you’re from. Otherwise, let’s jump into the review!

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Diary: Anxiety & Getting Better

Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash

I contemplated for a long time whether or not to write this – not because I am at all ashamed of it, but because I’m very unsure of how people might receive this sort of content on my blog. Mental Health is a topic that has been close to my heart since high school, when I first started to understand the struggles of people around me, and unfortunately it is also one that we don’t discuss enough. Every time it is brought up, the words Anxiety and Depression are spoken in hushed whispers, like it’s a secret that needs to be buried and hidden.

Except it isn’t. Not at all.

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