New Release: Real Fresh Skin Detoxer (Althea)

Althea Angels Welcome Gift Kbeauty

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

Hands up if you want to take good care of your skin but never have the time for daily masks – night time or day?

I feel like if I put that up as a poll, most people that I know would absolutely agree. Especially for those who live busy city lives, it can be really difficult to find that me time so Althea Korea created this product especially for us. This is the Real Fresh Skin Detoxer and it is a totally new release from the brand. They collaborated with Get it Beauty TV – a Korean beauty show that, inside from introducing new beauty trends, also features educational information with beauty professionals (dermatologists, skin care specialists, pharmacists and etc); and the resulting product is one that is truly unique!

This product is a 10 second, 2-in-1 (both a cleanser and a mask) to provide your skin with the extra care that it needs without holding you back from your busy schedule. I tried this out for the past two weeks or so and I’ve found really great results from using this! Of course, the product also has its flaws which I will be discussing too.

And, onto this review/new releases feature! It’s a bit of both.

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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: Covershot Petal Metal Palette (Smashbox)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

Smashbox is a brand that I’d seen a lot but hadn’t actually tried until I came across their collaboration with Vlada. I previous wrote my review on their Petal Metal Highlighter, which completely won me over as a collector’s piece and is actually a good product in itself too, so I wanted to finish up with my review of their Covershot Petal Metal Palette. I bought this from Sephora while I was in the US and it is available at Mecca in Australia (though it has since disappeared from the website and is likely only available in limited stocks). For people in the States, I’ve also heard that some of this range is starting to get discounted (which means that it will be discontinued soon), so it’s time to check it out before it’s gone!

This eye palette is limited edition and was created in collaboration with artist Vlada Haggerty. It’s actually part of a larger range of Covershot Eye Palettes and there are eight others that are currently available on the Smashbox website: Pinks + Palms, Punked, Smoky, Softlight, Golden Hour, Metallic, Matte and Ablaze (all with varying colour schemes and textures). They’re selling for USD$29 or AUD$49 at Mecca. They all feature eight complementary shades, with two larger ‘base’ shades to create varying eye looks.

For this special Petal Metal variation, the shades are all rose gold themed with a range of intense metallic shades and two mattes (one medium toned and one darker) for a palette that is easy to use for all skin types and skill levels.

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

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Review: Double Wear Nude (Estee Lauder)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Foundation Beauty Review

As I am almost finished my bottle of Fenty Beauty foundation, I figured that it would be a good time to open up something new. I really love that foundation and have every intention of repurchasing it but, since I like to test and write about new products, to urge to throw my money at something else was too great to pass up. So, instead of buying myself a second bottle of that foundation (which has a very thin consistency, but also medium buildable coverage and super matte), I figured that I would change things up by trying something dewier.

When I was in Canada, I took a (very) short visit to the Duty Free store at the border. I had around twenty or thirty minutes only, so I grabbed things fairly quickly – a few items that I had been eying at YSL and this foundation from Estee Lauder! I actually thought that I’d bought the original Double Wear Foundation at first, which is a cult favourite super high coverage matte foundation, but didn’t realise until much later that I’d bought the ‘nude’ version.

So, this is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude foundation. It is a much lighter coverage and natural version of the original double wear. I can’t remember how much I bought this for in Canada but the Australian Estee Lauder website sells this for AUD$58 – which would be an alright price, if the foundation came with a pump! Instead, I ended up going to buy that separately for AUD$10 at the Myer counter. I didn’t photograph that below though, as I took these images prior to using the product.

And so, let’s just straight into the review!

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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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