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.
I first saw this lip tint/gloss from 16Brand on Instagram (shout out to my friend mabub.sonyeo for sending me a photo of her one and showing me how the colour mixed), and I was ridiculously keen to get my hands on it. I’ve always been a fan of 16Brand products because of their super cute packaging and concepts, although the formulations of their fingerpens turned out to be a hit or miss for me. Either way, I was really keen to try out this lip product because of the packaging (lets not lie) and the fact that the swatches really do look great online!
These lip tints are layers with three different colours to create a beautiful colour on your lips that you can (hypothetically) darken by redipping into the top layer and reapplying – though this seems a little excess. This tint gloss also contains hydrolyzed collagen which, to be honest, I’m not sure if it makes a cosmetic difference but it’s good to know.
StyleKorean sent me a few of these lip tint glosses to try out and I’ve been testing them out for a while – finally ready to write about it! Read on for my thoughts!
Here’s to my second giveaway! For this one, I have partnered up with klenspop to giveaway 3 pairs of their coloured lenses to 3 winners (one pair each). I have been using their lenses almost exclusively for months and I stand by their quality and affordability so I highly recommend their lenses.
For more details, check out my Instagram post, but here is how to enter:
- Must be following me and klenspop on Instagram
- Tag 3 friends on my Instagram post who would be keen to enter
- OPTIONAL: Like my Facebook page and klenspop
- OPTIONAL: Repost my instagram post with #OhMyStellarGiveaway and tag me @ohmy_stellar
- OPTIONAL: Comment below on this post with your suggestions for improvement or what you want to see more of on my blog
- Must be 18+ or have parental permission to participate
- Must be willing to share your information with me and Klenspop for shipping purposes
- Lenses can be any colour, design, size or prescription chosen from Klenspop’s overnight shipping category
- No giveaway blogs and please no unfollows
Entries close July 15 Midnight KST and winner is announced shortly after!
This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram and is done in partnership with Klenspop. Entrants must all be following @ohmy_stellar and @klenspop, as well as liking facebook pages.
I honestly thought that I had already posted this review (especially since I’d been using this concealer so much) so I was surprised to find this still in my drafts! This is the Red Concealer by Medicube, which has been really popular online along with the Red Cushion (you can also check out my review of that) which went absolutely viral with their video. As per the rest of their line, these products – skincare and cosmetic – are targeted for sensitive and acne prone skin. They are non-comedogenic, so they will not clog pores, and they also boast a super high coverage that will help you cover up any of your insecurities so you are free to be your beautiful self.
Writing this review, I just want to take the chance to remind everyone that there is nothing wrong with acne, acne scarring or just having sensitive skin in general – it’s a part of life and, whether it is hormonal or you just genetically have more acne prone skin, it’s just a part of you and no one should have to feel that they need to cover up or hide themselves. Unfortunately though, I’m absolutely aware that it can make you feel very insecure and uncomfortable – because I had the same experiences in high school – so I’m personally really glad that companies like Medicube are focusing their attention on products that are not only effective, but also protective of our skin when it is in its more vulnerable state.
So I recieved this product to review from Earlypicker and I tested it together with the Red Cushion, as well as alone, and I actually like this concealer more than the cushion – although I didn’t dislike it either. I think that the coverage of this product is really great and it also wears well through the day too. If you’re interested in getting this product, or anything else from Medicube, check out the entire range available on their store!
Now, onto the review.
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!
This review ended up taking me a lot longer to write than I anticipated – mainly because I was trying to space out my circle lens reviews and because I’ve been working so much the past few weeks that I hadn’t really had a chance to doll out nicely and go out (since I don’t wear lenses to work – though maybe I should get some daily lenses to do this), but, of course, Mother’s Day was an excuse!
We were going out for dinner to a nice restaurant, so I thought that it would be a good opportunity to break out these pretty gray contacts that I recieved from Klenspop – these are the Ashley-S Gray from their range, a bold, cool toned lens. These lenses usually come with a free lens case and tweezers (unpictured, since this was a sponsored gift), but I’ll be showing just the product.
I have two places that I tend to work at – in an office, where I can spend up to seven or eight hours in front of my computer, or on location when I am shooting under various different weather conditions. I’m not someone who likes to go through my days bare faced though and base make up, eyeliner, blush and lip balm are my daily neccessities. For this reason, I’m always looking for products that have great longevity as well as look good on my skin. Wanting to put together a list of ‘office essentials’, I was recommended to try a collection of products from Genie Beauty – a brand that is sold via TVSN. After looking though the wide range of products that I offer, I decided to try out a few different things from them: a base powder, a colour correcting powder and two mascaras – which I had tested as a set.
A lot of Genie Beauty products are targeted towards a more mature audience, with a lot of anti-aging care, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t suitable for younger skin. Out of the products that I tried, their formulas are light and effective, with a focus on giving you a beautiful – but natural – finish. This brand focus comes from their story, where the creator Lisa Claycomb originally developed the Instant Line Smoother (a clear cosmetic to instantly smooth away the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, bags and puffiness) for her mother. Although I didn’t try that product, I’m definitely keen on giving in a shot in the future.
Instead, let’s move on to what I do have!
SSIN is one of my favourite Youtubers, seriously, and so when she released her first collaboration with Unpretty Rapstar, I was ridiculously excited but it was difficult to get my hands on the products because I don’t live in Korea and the brand was still relatively new at the time (I think so, anyway). I wanted to buy it while I was in Korea but I ended up leaving without it… and in retrospect, I sort of wonder why I did so. Since then though, I’ve been fawning over it online and it’s taken me so long but I finally got my hands on it. BB Cosmetic recently sent me multiple products from this entire line to write about. Regrettably, these products are now being discontinued and SSIN has moved onto her second collaboration (and this time, it’s with Too Cool For School) but I enjoyed these products so much that I wanted to write about them anyway. If they are an example of the sort of products we can expect from Unpretty Rapstar, I’ll be looking to trying out more things from their brand too. In Korea, they are sold at a fashion store called Wonderplace but, for those who are internationally based like myself, you can find these products at BB Cosmetic.
At the time of writing this, these products are still available on the website but only in extremely limited quantities, so get in fast if you’re wanting to get them. BB Cosmetic does free shipping for all orders (no order limit) and you can also get 8% off with my blogger’s code: QAL3F6ZA8YZ. They also have a great range of other things that you can check out too.
Read on for my thoughts about the SSIN Stealer Long Take Browcara, Masking Color Corrector, Spotlight highlighter and Frame Shadow Collection eyeshadow palette!
With all of the make up that I tend to buy while I’m on holidays, as well as the blogger gifts that I get (which I am so ridiculously happy and thankful for, seriously), I actually don’t buy make up as much as people think that I do. In fact, I think this was my first purchase since coming home from Japan – which I think is pretty impressive with my shopping addict history. This time, I decided to try out a new online store that I had seen my other blogger friends posting about on Instagram – Althea. I’d heard such great things about them and I loved the professionalism of their website, so I went for it.
For this order, I needed to buy a refill for my HG cushion, the Laneige whitening cushion, which isn’t exactly a cheap cushion to be using. I was having trouble finding places online that sold only the refill, so I settled for buying another set but I was searching online for where I could get the best deal – especially since I also didn’t want to pay exorbitantly for shipping. I did see it online at other stores but, at the time, they were out of my colour and I could only find it on an ebay store (which I had never heard of and couldn’t find proper reviews for) and on another online store that I have decided not to purchase from again in the near future because of their poor customer service and ridiculously slow shipping (where products aren’t going out of the warehouse because of understocking). Both of these places, I was very uncertain about buying from so I was so happy when I came over Althea!
What won it for me was that, aside from selling the Laneige cushion for a very fair price, they also had in stock the limited edition Banila Co x Taeyeon colour kit that I’ve been desperately trying to get on my hands on. It was a quick decision and here I am.
Read for my haul post and remember that this is not a sponsored post. This is my own shopping experience that I enjoyed so much, I had to share.
I didn’t expect to love this cushion as much as I did but, perhaps it was because I tested this out right after I did the HERA cushion (which I was quite disappointed in) – but my experiences with it was largely positive! I had tested the AprilSkin cushion in white when it first came out, which was meant to be the more hydrating and lower coverage one; though it was still pretty intense. You can see my previous review for it here but, after using this one, I’m thinking that the 2.0 is a very significant improvement and I actually strongly prefer this black version over the white.
I got this cushion is the shade 21, Light Beige, and people will be pleased to hear that this one comes in three shades – 21, 22 and 23. It doesn’t go much darker than lightly tanned, according to the official information, but it’s nice to know that a different undertone has been considered.
Earlypicker sent me this cushion for review and, since AprilSkin is one of their alliance brands, they carry an incredible range of their products (along with Medicube and Glamd) so definitely check out their store if you’re interested in getting this or anything else. You can also read my haul post here and here from them for more information on their service.
And, without further ado, let’s move on to the review!