Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Etude House Happy Ending Collection

A Disney Princess collection from Etude House? It's like someone answered my makeup prayers. When I stumbled across the collection on eBay I ordered faster than you can say "Disney." I liked the look of the Belle inspired colours the most so I primarily went with them. I have ordered one of the Cinderella eyeshadows since, though...

Within the Belle range there are two blushers, two nail varnishes, some nail stickers and a lipstick. I ordered everything except for one of the blushers, which didn't appear to be available in the eBay shop I buy from. 

I'll start with the blusher, Pink Rose. The packaging, as expected from Etude House, is beautiful. The outer box is shaped like a book, and the product itself is pink with gold detailing. It's a pretty pale pink, best suited for lighter complexions as it takes a few sweeps to build up the colour. Once on it creates a healthy looking glow with no patchiness and avoids looking cakey.

The nail varnishes in the collection are surprisingly impressive. The purple applies evenly and pretty much opaque in one coat. I love how it corresponds with the Purple Rose lipstick. The second is a peachy pink with gold shimmer running through, While this one takes a few coats to fully cover the nail, it looks lovely on. I don't have anything like it! Both dry very quickly so they're fuss free.

The lipstick in Purple Rose is my favourite. It's bold and stands out without looking garish, and it's really flattering. The formula is amongst the best I've ever tried; it's creamy and glides on as effortlessly as a lip balm, but retains the pigmentation of a full coverage lipstick. It's not drying on the lips and stays put for a good 4 hours or so, wearing off after eating or drinking and leaving behind a stain.

All products from the Happy Ending collection are affordable at around £6-7 each, with the BB creams priced at around £10. You can find them here.

Side note: When browsing through the products on this particular eBay store I've noticed that the Apple Red lipstick is priced at £58.51. I'm certain that this is a pricing error however just be careful when ordering! I've never had any problems with this seller in the past year and a half.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Makeup Revolution Super Wow Sticks

L-R: Heart of Glass, Dreaming, Maria, Atomic, Rap-Ture, Hanging on the Telephone, Sunday Girl, Call Me.

Wearing "Maria"

A couple of weeks ago the I received a parcel from the lovely people at Makeup Revolution containing all 8 shades from their new release, the I ♥ Makeup Super Wow Sticks. Now I love me a good lip product, so I couldn't wait to crack them open and have a good play.

Although on the boxes they're described as "high gloss," Makeup Revolution have actually announced that this has been a misprint and they are in fact "cream matte super saturated" in terms of finish. I'm glad this was corrected as they are the complete opposite of high gloss and actually have a long lasting matte finish. I'm more of a creamy lipstick lover myself, but I do enjoy a matte every now again. 

One thing I would recommend before applying these is to prep your lips! Seriously. If you don't and then try to apply over dry and chapped lips, it'll be a disaster. I've learnt my lesson. To get my lips looking a bit more presentable I slap on a coat of Dr Lipp's Nipple Balm for Lips before going wild with these. 

The most impressive thing about the Super Wow Sticks is the pigmentation. It's actually ridiculous how full coverage these are. If you're afraid of bold and outlandish lips, these won't be for you. If not, then go right ahead and pick these babies up!

A couple of things worth pointing out - these are seriously difficult to remove. You can't just wipe them off, you have to remove them with a cleanser or makeup remover. They just don't budge easily. Another thing I have to mention is if you plan on buying more than one of these, you'll have to open all of the lids to find out what colour is which, because the shade names are only on the boxes.

Other than the little niggles, these are a bargain at £2.99 each. You can find all eight shades from I   Makeup here.