New Release: Heavy Metal Glitter Gels (Urban Decay)

UD Heavy Metal Glitter Gel Mecca

This is going to be a quick one, but I really wanted to talk about the new Urban Decay release – in particular, the Heavy Metal Glitter Gels. I had previously tested this out at Meccaland (on my face) and also recently got a sample pot to test it out on my eyes and the formula of this has honestly exceeded all expectations that I have of a glitter gel!

When I recently went to Meccaland though (the beauty festival hosted by Mecca here in Australia), I finally had the excuse to smear this all over my cheekbones! I fell so in love with it that I just had to then try it on my eyes and I have to say that this formula is a step above all typical 90s glitter gels – seriously.

So – read on!

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Review: Aladdin Collection (MAC Cosmetics)

MAC Cosmetics Australia Aladdin Collaboration Beauty Review

MAC Cosmetics has a talent for consistently killing me with every limited edition release – and their recent collaboration with Disney for the new Aladdin movie is no different! This post is actually a bit late because I’ve been so busy lately and not had time to write as often, but that’s given me the chance to really test out these products and gather my thoughts about it.

For this release, I was really lucky to have been invited to the pre-release event (which is why you would have seen me talk about these before they actually launched in Australia) – aside from testing out and playing with the products, we also got to watch a demonstration from their make up artist, which has really given me some good insight into the vision for this Aladdin collection.

This is a limited edition collection that was released one week ahead of the Aladdin movie (which came to cinemas May 23 and is so good, by the way). This collection is centred around Princess Jasmine and “features smoky metallic and desert shades that reflect Jasmine’s strong-willed beauty,” as well as some beautiful Agrabah inspired packaging.

Mac Cosmetics gifted me with the eyeshadow palette and one of the lip glasses to try out – which is actually good because it’s been a long time since I used a pressed shadow from their brand, and I have never used their lip glasses before either. Trying them out was definitely a whole new world for me (haha – okay, I’ll stop).

Now, let’s get into this review!

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New Release: A-Clear Soothing Line (Neogen)

Neogen Dermalogy A Clear Soothing Collection Review Kbeauty

This product was sent to me for review purposes.

Acne and break outs aren’t an issue for everyone (those lucky ducks) but I have personally never met someone who would say no to clear skin. I used to get quite a handful of pimples around high school time but never had acne or problem skin, so to speak. However, my skin type has been changing a lot lately, possibly due to aging as well as a very hectic lifestyle – so I have been trying out a bunch of different anti-acne products.

Some have worked really well for me, some not at all and others were too strong.

It was at this time that Neogen released their new A-Clear Soothing Line and I couldn’t have been more excited to try it out. Their products have been really good for my skin and I had very high expectations for these new releases. Here, I have almost their full A-Clear Soothing collection:

I am missing their A-Clear Aid Soothing Spot Patch, but I will likely purchase them myself soon – once I run out of the ones I am currently working through. For what I do have, I haven’t managed to try out everything extensively yet but will be giving you a good overview of their new releases, as well as giving you my personal thoughts and impressions when I can!

Let’s get into this!

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New Release: Blue Blood Collection (Jeffree Star Cosmetics)

Jeffree Star Blue Blood New Release Blackswallow

When ever there’s a new release with Jeffree Star Cosmetics, it seems like the whole world stops to look – and it was no different with this recent launch of the Blue Blood Collection (including the super covetable palette, which is the sister product to his cult favourite Blood Sugar Palette). This collection dropped a couple of days ago and – as expected – the brand is not only right on trend with the beauty community, but also daring enough to push the boundaries of convention.

They did it once with the bold, red themed Blood Sugar and they are doing it again with the (almost) all blue Blue Blood.

Everything is now available on the Jeffree Star website or at Black Swallow. If you’re Australian based, I highly recommend buying from them as they are official stockists and have a ridiculously fast shipping service for us too (free for orders over AUD$100 and with 10% off for all students). Now let’s look over everything!

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New Release: Laura Mercier comes to Mecca Maxima

Laura Mercier at Mecca Maxima New Release

When Laura Mercier first left Australia in June 2018, there were a lot of frantic beauty lovers – the brand is known for selling really high quality products that a lot of people consider staples in their beauty routine. At the end of February though, there was a lot of excitement to see that they’d returned – and I’m sure that the past few months have been so long for a lot of people!

Laura Mercier is now back in stock exclusively at Mecca (in-stores or online) and people can now easily access all of her products again. I have personally never tried anything from the Laura Mercier brand, since they were previously situated inside department stores but I prefer shop at places like Mecca, but I’m actually pretty keen to try out some things now!

A no brainer would be their Translucent Loose Setting Powder (which I discuss below) and it is a cult-favourite. In fact, it’s probably the top product from the brand that people literally never stop talking to me about. There are also a few other products that I’ve heard some buzz about or that caught my eye while I was browsing so – since I have zero experience with this brand – let me chat about everything on my Laura Mercier wishlist!

And I’ll definitely be checking it all out at the new Mecca Maxima at opened near by work place.

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Diary: BONIIK – Your K-beauty Destination

BONIIK Sydney Kbeauty Shopping

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and I do not make any profits from the discount code advertised. Affiliate links are not used.

I first collaborated with BONIIK last year when they were a relatively new store in Australia, and wanted to introduce their brand to a bunch of us beauty bloggers. I’m really happy to say that I will be working with them again in the year of 2019 and, just before I left for Vietnam, I was invited to visit their new store at World Square (Sydney CBD) where I discussed with them my ambitions as a beauty content creator, my skin type and also got recommendations of new products to try out.

So, in this post, I’m going to be writing about the in-store experience for BONIIK. They have two stores in Sydney where you can visit yourself to talk with their store assistants for skin recommendations, or you can also shop them online at BONIIK.com

Best of all though, is that they’ve actually give me a discount code to share with everyone! Until the end of March, you can get 15% off all purchases at both their physical stores or online just by showing my code – OHMYSTELLAR15

So, lets get into this post! I can’t wait to show you all of the photos I took of their store because it’s actual eye candy to see all of these walls of glorious kbeauty.

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Unboxing: Self Aesthetic Magazine (G9Skin)

G9Skin Self Aesthetic Magazine Kbeauty Skincare Mask Set

This product was sent to me for review purposes.

It has been a while since I last tried something from G9Skin! They were still a relatively new brand back then and, from what I could see, searching for their footing in the kbeauty industry. Recently though, I think that they’ve been doing a bit of a rebranding and also pushing some new products. Just a few days ago, they sent me their new Self Aesthetics Magazine, which is a collection of their masks – they are also available for purchase individually, but this set is a good way to try everything out.

There is a lot in this set so I wanted to write a bit of an unboxing post (which I haven’t done much recently). Although this is technically just one product, I’ll be taking you through each individual mask in detail so you can decide whether buying the Self Aesthetics Magazine is worth it for you, or if it’s better to get some individual pieces.

The full kit is available on YesStyle for AUD$43.65 or you can also buy them in individual packs of 5 (which I will also link down below).

So, let’s get right into it!

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Tutorial: Valentines Day Look with Althea

Althea Korea Make Up Tutorial Valentines Day Look

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I was never a big fan of Valentines Day as it always seemed like such a commercialised excuse of an event. Love is wonderful and amazing, but I feel like that’s something we should be celebrating every day. All of those roses and chocolates don’t really mean anything – though admittedly, I would never decline roses and chocolate (especially not chocolate). The thing that I like best about these sort of celebratory days though, is that it gives an excuse for some themed make up looks! And they’re really great for boosting creativity – which is what I’ve needed lately.

Recently, Althea Korea launched a selection of make up from their own brand – all of which they sent me over to play around with and to create a pictorial. In the past, I’ve used their skincare and some setting powders – most of which I’ve loved – but this is actually their first foray into colour cosmetics. The most logical thing to do would be a Korean inspired look but I wanted to do something a little different today.

So, today I’ll be showing you how I achieved this Valentines Day themed look with cute rosy cheeks, some pretty raspberry tones and a cute little heart detailing. Although this is a Valentines look, this is really something you could wear for any occasion – because love is never out of style! I wanted to do something more creative but that would also be wearable enough so that it can be worn outside of instagram.

In this tutorial/pictorial, I’ll be featuring the new Althea Korea cosmetics too so, let’s go!

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Beauty: BB Cream vs Foundation (feat Skin79)

StyleStory Skin79 BB Cream vs Foundation comparison

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When I first became interested in k-beauty, I swore by BB cream – I wasn’t fully sure how different it was, because I was around fifteen at the time and had only ever used one cakey pot of mousse foundation, but there were all of these promises about how it improves your skin and how it’s so far superior. The popularity of the product really skyrocketed a few years later when kpop started to spread internationally and everyone was trying to get that flawless idol complexion – “Slather on the BB cream,” people used to tell me.

It’s been years since then and, as I’ve mentioned a lot, I actually started to use foundation a lot more than BB cream. This is primarily because I’ve been more focused on the cosmetic side of things and I wanted something that has a specific finish (lightweight and matte) that was more difficult to find in a BB cream. Because of this, I’ve become very familiar with both of the products – foundation, BB cream and even CC cream (which we’ll discuss at another point).

With the relaunch of the original, holy grail Skin79 BB Creams at StyleStory, I really wanted to delve back into this world and once again share with people the glory of BB creams and why the product became so popular to begin with. I realised that a lot of people still don’t really know what the difference between them is, aside from one claiming to be better, so it really raises the question – Which should I use? Which is better for my skin type?

So, today’s post is going to be a little bit different! I’ll be chatting to you guys about the Skin79 BB Creams (which StyleStory generously sent over to me to help out with this post) but, rather than a review, I’ll be explaining the differences between it and a traditional foundation. And – let’s start!

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New Release: Too Faced Tutti Frutti launches at Mecca

Tutti Frutti Too Faced at Mecca Maxima

Being Australia, we often get releases later than other countries so I don’t always write about them (nor do I get the chance to try them on time for the post to actually be relevant). When Too Faced first announced the Tutti Frutti collection, I was super excited because the concept and packaging of it was just so cute – and not overdone like some other releases. However, I first thought that this was never going to come to our shores, since it was an Ulta exclusive, but it’s finally here at Mecca Maxima!

There was a pre-release for Level 3 members maybe two weeks ago but, for everyone else, this collection is dropping in just two days on January 30th. From Mecca

Introducing a new fabulous and fruity line from Too Faced, just in time for Summer!  It’s impossible not to be the life of the party with these feminine pops of colour, infused with juicy scents and party-ready sparkle. Wrapped in playful prints and modern packaging, the collection includes 53 brand new products such as candy glaze lip glosses, sparkling eye shadows and refreshing cucumber and watermelon-infused foundations that turn any moment into a celebration. 

So, let’s get right into this because I want to share details on every product in this new release and my personal thoughts on whether I’ll be buying them!

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