This product was gifted to me as an event competition prize. I was not paid for this review and affiliate links are not used in this post.
When I attended the last StyleStoryevent here in Sydney, I was really lucky to win one of their social media competitions! I’ll be honest, I have won a competition maybe two or three times in my entire life (even including games of bingo), so I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was excited though and was chatting to Lauren (the girl boss/CEO of StyleStory) about wanting to try some of the newer brands that had launched in their store. I have a nice ist of my favourites, but I’m always looking to try new things – especially from smaller indie brands!
From there, StyleStory packed me a generous prize and sent me a bunch of things from a brand called APLB, which originally caught my eye with their super cute and unique puzzle logo design (I know, I know haha). They are a cruelty-free kbeauty brand and, according to the website:
APLB combines scientific prescriptions with results that the eyes can actually see in gentle, natural cosmetics that won’t irritate or sensitize skin. With formulas based on real ingredients – things you can even eat, like eggplant, bee pollen, propolis, honey and plants like centella asiatica, it is dedicated to research clinical solutions for skin problems like dryness, sensitivity, aging, acne and redness.
They gave me a good variety so that I could test out a range of formulas too and I’ll be kicking off this series of reviews with the Eggplant Peeling Pad Toner. This is currently selling on the StyleStory website for AUS$32.95 and you can also check out their entire APLB range there too! Before you do that though, let’s get into this review!
Is there anyone out there who hasn’t heard of Pixi Beauty? They are a brand started by make up artist and product developer Petra Strand and was launched over 20 years ago – so they know what they’re doing! They aim to create “innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients,” as well as products that are multitasking and effective for people who are on-the-go and live a busy lifestyle.
They focus primarily on skincare (though do have some brilliant make up products too) and are especially known for formulations that create a beautiful, glowing radiance to skin – most famously their Glow Tonic! Recently they developed a full collection of products inspired by this favourite product, and I was ridiculously excited and lucky to get this whole range to share for you guys!
I’ve been testing another Commleaf product and this time it’s their AHA Honey & Propolis Peeling Liquid, a chemical exfoliant that claims to dissolve dead skin cells and also improve the efficacy of your skincare. I left this one to last to test out because I do tend to use a lot of actives in my skincare and I wanted to make sure that the rest of my routine as fairly simple when I used this.
In general, my skin condition has been pretty good lately – all of those break outs I had before have died down (even during my time of the month), there’s a nice hydrated brightness to my complexion and it’s also been feeling pretty strong!
This is probably a good thing too because I was a genius and went into trying out this Peeling Liquid before reading the instructions… so instead of getting my skin used to the product by using it twice a week, I jumped head first into using it every night! Thankfully, my overall results have been pretty good.
I received this to review from StyleStory so jump onto their website if you want to grab a bottle too, or check out any of their Commleaf offerings – the AHA Honey & Propolis Peeling Liquid is currently selling for AUD$29.95 on their website with free shipping in Australia on all orders over AUD$80.
If you use Instagram at all then you will definitely know Commleaf. They are a natural, cruelty-free k-beauty brand that has been making waves on social media for their super aesthetic glass packaging and (of course) the beautiful quality of their products. StyleStory has recently become the brand’s official Australian partner and so have newly added this incredible range to their website.
Since I have personally not tried Commleaf before (but have been frothing over photos for so long) they sent me over a couple of new additions to their store – including two products from this brand! I am still in the process of testing it all, since I am really taking my time to get a thorough review of things lately, but I wanted to start off my Commleaf journey with their Skin Relief Soothing Toner.
This is a very highly rated product on the StyleStory website and is currently retailing for AUD$63.95 – which is pretty expensive for a k-beauty brand! However, they are an indie brand with some amazing packaging design as a safe, cruelty free formula so if this price tag is something that fits within your budget – read on!
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.
When it comes to toners, some people prefer super hydrating formulas and others need oil control. In the end, a lot of that comes down to your skin condition and type so – even for me – I switch a lot between products. The one thing that reminds the same though is that I love a mist toner! I would honestly finish up so many bottles of these and then refill them because I don’t see why regular bottles exist anymore (a bit of an exaggeration but you know what I mean).
I’m known to be carrying around a mist most of the time and I even had a small collection on my desks at home and work – so it’s clear that this is one of my favourite application methods for most things. I just find that it is so quick and simple, with no need to fuss with cotton pads and possible spillage. For someone who is usually running short on time, anything to simplify my skincare routine is preferred.
StyleKorean recently contacted me about testing out a new product that they are yet to officially stock – just because they want more real opinions on the products before launching. I really respect this so I definitely jumped on board right away. This is the 24 Hour Secret Mist Plus from the brand Ground Plan. It is currently not on sale on the StyleKorean website yet but I will definitely be updating this post when it is. In the meantime, check out their website and let’s get on with this review!
I love trying out new products but I have to admit that I get a bit overwhelmed at times – there are always so many new, interesting releases but I often get confused about what is actually suitable for me. This is especially the case when it comes to skincare so when Let’s Face It reached out to me about collaborating a while ago, I was so happy for them to recommend me products! I answered some questions about my skin type and my current skin concerns, and they introduced to me a new release from COSRX.
I have been having issues with break outs in the past few months so have been focusing most of my skincare towards rebalancing my skin and, of course, kicking these annoying pimples right to the curb! To add to my current routine, this is the Calming Liquid Mild, which is from the new AC Collection – a special skincare line that targets sensitive and/or acne-prone skin. This is the toner-type product and I have been using it once or twice daily at the beginning of my skincare routine.
This works well to soothe and keep my skin feeling balanced. It hasn’t completely stopped me from breaking out, but did control and calm that one (little) pimple, so I quite like it. You can get the Calming Liquid Mild from Let’s Face It for AUD$36.95, or also shop the rest of the COSRX offerings – most of which are very well suited for any oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.
But, before you do that, let’s get right into this review!
This product was sent to me for review purposes. Please note that there is an affiliate code advertised.
Sit yourself down and take a (comfy) seat because this is going to be a long post! I was originally planning on write this as two seperate posts but, after trying out both of these products from VT Cosmetics found that my thoughts on the two products are so different – because I love one of them so much that it’s my new HG, and then dislike the other one so much that I don’t think I will be finishing it up at all.
If you read my Part I post, you will note that I found products from this brand to be very hit-or-miss, so today I want to share with you a product that I would recommend you rush to buy and another one that really doesn’t live up to expectations.
I received the Super Tempting Face Fixer and the Born Natural Gel Mist from BB Cosmetic to review for you – and obviously, everything that I write is 100% honest. If you’d like to get these products or want to check out more from the VT Cosmetics line, then check out their website! They offer free shipping worldwide with no minimum purchase and you can also use my affiliate code for 5% off: QAL3F6ZA8YZ
This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post but please note that there is an affiliate code advertised. The small profits go towards supporting Oh My Stellar and future content.
When BB Cosmetic approached me to collaborate again, I asked them about any new brands that they might be bringing in and wanting me to try out. They were quick to recommend Lagom, which is actually a very new name to me – in fact, I hadn’t even heard about them before this. They are a relatively new addition to the BB Cosmetic offerings and, from what I can see, are an indie kbeauty brand that focuses a lot on whitening/brightening skincare products – which are totally down my alley.
The brand was launched by Kowon, a very experienced celebrity make up artist from Korea. Although her expertise is in cosmetics, her work in the industry made her realise that the most important thing is to have healthy, hydrated and radiant skin. She worked together with a team of scientists to formulate this brand. All of Lagom products are formulated with their hero ingredient, DermaFlux, which is clinically proven to delivery hydration deep into the skin cells (rather than just the outmost skin barrier).
For me to test out of some their range, BB Cosmetic was generous enough to send through a selection of products (which I felt would work best in my routine) for me to try out and I have to say that I’ve been loving these products! They’re effective but simple to use, and I have essentially replaced a chunk of my routine with Lagom. My skin is absolutely loving it, so let me talk to you about all of these products!
These products were provided to me by Style Story for my honest review. Affiliate links are not used in this post.
It’d been a while since I tried out some new Korean skincare (as I’ve mostly been sticking with what works to try and re-balance my skin breakouts) but I’ve been using products from Soroci since I had them sent to me and, finally, I feel like I’m ready to write this post! I’ll be doing a quick review on all three of these new releases but, since they are also a relatively new indie brand, I wanted to write this as an introduction.
This brand launched at Style Story earlier this year and they sent the products to me a few weeks ago to get my impressions and honest opinion. As I was testing these products, I worked them into my current skincare routine (which is highly simplified because of my use of acids) and also used them according to the recommendations.
Essentially, I used their toner daily, and then either cream depending on the time of the day and my skin needs. Most of my skincare routine had been replaced with Soroci these past weeks and, while they don’t have dramatic results, I find that their products are really nice and gentle. They also combined well with my acids (mostly the Alpha-H Liquid Gold), which is definitely a plus.
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.