Review: Petal Metal Highlighter (Smashbox)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

I was super lucky to have been in the States when this Smashbox collaboration launched, because the promotional videos got me so hard that I really didn’t want to wait for it to come to Australia (which usually takes a while). Luckily, this one wad actually pretty fast and it’s now available at Mecca if you’re in Australia or, of course, you can check out the official Smashbox website or Sephora.

The product that I’m talking about is, in my opinion, the best collaboration to have been released this year – it is the collaboration between Smashbox and artist Vlada! I follow the latter on Instagram and I love her work, so I was naturally really excited when I heard about this. The range includes liquid lipsticks and a eyeshadow palette (which I also grabbed) but the star of the show is definitely the Petal Metal Highlighter. This was released in three shades and I got Gilded Rose, which is probably the most standard champagne colour but is the most flattering on my paler skin tone. Rosemantic is a stunning pink shade that would be well suited for darker skin tones or as a blush topper. There is also an exclusive Sephora shade (which is also available at Mecca) called Prismatic Petal; it has a different packaging, which is mainly why I didn’t get it, but it also has a more glittery finish and is quick different to these main two.

So, I’ve taken a lot of photos because I think the packaging is the main selling point of this product. Still, I’m here to give you an in depth review of the product and share my experiences of it, so you can hopefully get this before it’s gone (but hey, I’m crossing my fingers for more Vlada collaborations in the future because she is a talent!)

Smashbox Vlada Collaboration Highlighter Eyeshadow Palette Covershot Beauty Review Rose Gold

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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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Diary: BONIIK & The Face Shop Sydney Brand Ambassador

Event Boniik Sydney The Face Shop Kbeauty Blogger Ambassador Night

We don’t have many kbeauty sources here in Sydney, or our selection in general can be rather small in comparison to other countries, so you can imagine my excitement for this! I was recently chosen as one of the new Brand Ambassadors for The Face Shop Sydney/BONIIK and we had a welcome night around two weeks ago – and it was so good. I wanted to write this post before I left for US/Canada but time hasn’t been on my side, so here I am finishing it in my Montreal hotel.

The Face Shop Sydney specifically is very close to my heart. Years ago when I first got into Korean beauty, we only have extremely limited choices here in Sydney and I didn’t shop online back then either. From their store, I got my first bb cream (the Power Perfection) and my first HG eyeliner (there was a gel liner crayon that lasted really well on my eyes). I don’t use either of these products anymore, but it’s still a significant part of my beauty journey.

The BONIIK store, on my other hand, was opened recently by the same people. Meeting the manager, she explained that this store (which carries a wide range of different brands and products, ranging from smaller brands like 23 Years Old to high end brands like Hera) came to fruition as a response to changes in how people view beauty now – in the past, people wanted to be loyal to a single brand and would buy everything from the same line, hence the popularity of one brand stores. However, people are now more interested in trying different products and exploring their options.

For that, I can definitely agree. I love walking into stores that have a large range of products and, even when I find something that I love, I’m always on the look out to see if I’ll find something that I love more. On this note, I think that BONIIK has definitely hit the spot and I’m excited to show you more photos of the store! Of course, if you’re not based in Australia, you can also shop their range online so check that out too – click here.

Event Boniik Sydney The Face Shop Kbeauty Blogger Ambassador Night

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Diary: Myer Beauty Masterclasses | Meeting Tina Yong and Learning from YSL

Myer Beauty Masterclass YSL

I found out about the Myer Masterclasses on Instagram via Tina Yong‘s Instagram – where she advertised that she would be holding some lessons at the department store that is close-ish to my work place. I really didn’t want to miss out on these, partly because I’m a big fan of her videos (and I’ve been binge watching the Tina Tries It series pretty often) and also because the prices were pretty good.

In addition to this class with Tina, I also chose to attend two other masterclasses with another two brands – YSL, which was on the same day, and MAC Cosmetics, which is next week. The brand masterclasses were AUD$25 each and the lesson with Tina Yong was AUD$50 – both of these classes also include gifts from the brands which more than make up for the cost of the seat.

Both of these classes have different topics. For Tina’s class, it was mainly about easy and useable daily make up tips (focusing on a fresh and radiant look) which are suitable for people on the go. I ended up attending these class with two of my friends but I went to the YSL class alone – this was more about night time make up and introduced a lot of the YSL brand (and I love their brand).

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Review: Fingerpen (16Brand)

Sixteen 16 Brand Fingerpen Review

These Fingerpens were everywhere in Korea but, annoyingly enough, the shading colour that I wanted was sold out everywhere that I went. I was actually worried that I would only be able to buy the highlighter and not the other shades. I ended up buying these from two or maybe even three different Watsons stores in both Seoul and Jeonju – that’s how desperate I was. I went in knowing that I wanted to buy them though because I saw the brand’s launch on Instagram and these products looked amazing. 16Brand is launched by one of Korea’s top make up artists, Jo Sung Ah, who is also the genius behind LUNA and ChoSungAh22. The brand is the sister brand on the latter, so you can understand why I was on board so quickly.

She has a thing for quirky, trendy make up products that both look amazing and are good for the skin. I wasn’t at all surprised by the launch of these Fingerpens, which are interesting multi-purpose products that have a creamy and hydrating formula. There is a really wide range of colours but I chose to get just the shading, highlight and a shimmer for now. In retrospect, I kind of wish that I got more of these but I was at first unsure of how the pinks would blend as blushes. I am also not very comfortable using a face product on my lips, as I feel it won’t have the same functionalities that are needed. Regardless, they were all really pretty and these products blend like a dream, so would have been a great, versatile product to have in my collection.

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Review: Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick (SU:M37)

Su:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick Review Kbeauty StyleKorean

I had been waiting for so long to try this thing so out, please, excuse my excitement! This is the first product that I’ve tried from SU:M37 and it’s been raved about by so many other bloggers. I cleanse my face rather religiously because I do wear make up at least five days a week, so I want to make sure that my skin is well cleaned at the end of the day (because no one likes clogged pores or break outs). Generally, my skin is on the dry side and is easily stripped by cleansers, so I look for something that cleans well but still leaves my skin soft and fresh – not irritated.

I would usually do a two step cleanse (with my Etude House sherbet cleanser to begin with) but I have been testing this one by itself as well, just to see how it works. Overall, I’m pretty impressed and I can see why people love this so much.

This was sent to me for review by StyleKorean, who have been so generous with their endless support for me! Remember to check them out if you’re wanting to buy this or anything else – they’ve got an amazing range.

And with that, on with the review!

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Review: Dailism Waterdrop Tint (Heimish)

Heimish StyleKorean Review Kbeauty Dailism Waterdrop Tint

I love this lip tint. I honestly don’t even know how else to begin this review except for that. I’ve been carrying it in my bag almost religiously so I’ve been using it almost every day – it’s pretty much replaced the old (and now scratched) lip tint that I have from The Face Shop. I brought this to Korea with me, as I did the eyeshadow palette, and I have this one to thank for saving me every time my lips went dry – which was often.

This one is also from Heimish’s Dailism collection and is called their waterdrop tint – most likely a reference to the droplet shaped applicator. It is a lip stain and, in accordance to the Heimish brand, is meant to be easy to use, wearable and also distinctive. The formula is a bit creamy (like a gel) and is said to contain rose hip seed oil extract – keep lips soft and hydrated too.

Read on for my review! This, along with the other Heimish pretties that I’ve been reviewing, have been sent to me for review by StyleKorean and is available for USD$11.77 (full price is USD$13.08) so remember to check them out!

Heimish StyleKorean Review Kbeauty Dailism Waterdrop Tint

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Unboxing and Haul: StyleKorean

StyleKorean Kbeauty Review Aprilskin BB Cushion Pink Purple White Magic Snow

Hi everyone! I’m here today to introduce (and give you my thoughts) on my new collaborator –StyleKorean. They are a Korea based online store that specialises in kbeauty and had actually contacted me about sending some things over for me to review. I’m so thankful for the opportunity and great support that they’ve given me! I’ve been posting on this blog steadily and trying to improve my content, so it’s always really great to find people who enjoy what I post – especially when they also share my passion for bringing great asian beauty products to a wider international audience.

StyleKorean has been operating since 2012 and, since 2015, have international warehouses in both Korea and Hong Kong as well them offices in Hong Kong, China, USA and Korea. They are extremely professional and you can read more about them on their website.

Looking through their store, I am absolutely taken aback by their clean and user friendly web design, which is often a weakness of kbeauty stores. The website is very easily to navigate and they also stock a wide range of brands and products – including some that are less common on other websites: 3CE, Memebox and Son & Park being some of that I am most excited about.

If you want to check out their website, click the below banner! Otherwise, let’s proceed with the haul:

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Review: Wonder Pore Balancing Cream (Etude House)

Beautynetkorea Kbeauty Review Wonderpore Cream Etude House

When people ask you the name the pretty, cutest Korean beauty brand, the first brand that comes to mind is usually Etude House. This super cute brand, well known for their princess-like packaging and undeniable appreciation for all things baby coloured and sweet, is usually targeted towards a younger audience – teenagers and those who are just dipping their feet into the world of beauty. Not to be stopped though, Etude House has somewhat of a cult following even with the young but mature crowd (such as myself), especially because their affordable price point and attentive design also comes with, for lack of a better phrase, pretty darn good quality.

This product that I am about to very happily review was sent to me by Beautynetkorea, and is a pore minimising face cream. This product claims to balance out oil and sebum in order to shrink pores and smooth out your skin. The thing to keep in mind when using these products is that pore size is very much genetic and there is no natural way to rid your skin of pores – they are just as necessary a body part as your arms and legs! However, when these pores are clogged or with the secretion of sebum, it can give the appearance of bigger pores.

If you’re interested in this product, or in checking out everything else that Beautynetkorea stocks, click their name to go to their site. Otherwise, let’s continue!

Beautynetkorea Kbeauty Review Wonderpore Cream Etude House

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Review: Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion Fall Pack (Clio Professional)

RoseRoseShop Haul Review Clio Professional Kbeauty Korean Cosmetics Makeup BB Cream Foundation Cushion Kill Cover

You guys have probably seen this cushion featured a number of times on my instagram and finally, I’m going to be doing a review! This is from my previous RoseRoseShop haul and is actually a product that I received incorrectly – they have since replaced and sent me the correct Ampoule Cushion to me. However, this doesn’t mean that I can’t test it out, of course.

The package come in a relatively large box and contained a refill and a primer (the pink bottle) in addition to the cushion and a sponge (one sponge, no extra). I was quite impressed with the packaging because it was very sturdy and it looked really classy, and I don’t expect much less from Clio, to be honest. It was the first time that I saw the refill in the form of a bottle though so, when it’s time for a refill, I’ll definitely let people know how I go with that.

Please note that, although I am linking back to RoseRoseShop, this is not a sponsored review and I bought this product with my own money as part of my previous massive (and a little bit irresponsible) haul.

RoseRoseShop Haul Review Clio Professional Kbeauty Korean Cosmetics Makeup BB Cream Foundation Cushion Kill Cover

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