Review: Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain

Review: Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color - Red Lipstick RosieI’m a huge fan of long lasting lip colour. I like to go about my business safe in the knowledge that I won’t need to reapply my lipstick all day long. So when I spotted this Romantic Bear Long Lasting Lip Color on Amazon (get it here), I had to give it a try. Little did I know that it was actually a peel off lip stain. I’d seen peel off lip stain before, but I wasn’t sure where to find them. I ended up with one kind of by accident, but I’m glad I’ve tried it out. I got it in the shade Cherry Red.

Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color in Cherry Red - Review on Red Lipstick Rosie

After applying the lip stain – a.k.a. A big ole mess.

I’m still not sure how I feel about them. Maybe I don’t have a steady hand or enough experience, or maybe I’m just plain not doing it right, but the application is ridiculously hard! It comes in a little tube with a flat-ended squeezy applicator (think the kind of lip-gloss tube you used when you were 14), which isn’t great for application. Try as I might, I couldn’t get it to make clean lines. The formula doesn’t help with this either, it’s a sticky gel that sticks to itself if you try to smooth it on in more than one movement. I got quite lucky with my cupids bow (by some miracle!), but my bottom lip was a disaster. I couldn’t get the product to move, the gel I squeezed out just stuck to the gel that was already in place and formed nasty clumps. It felt like I had used half the tube, but I made do.

Then I waited for about 15 minutes (in which time it felt like my mouth had welded together), and peeled it off. It feels really strange while it’s drying, like you can’t move else your lips would crack – and if you do make the mistake of smiling or something it peels it off before you’re ready. It’s hard and shiny, and actually kind of pretty if it wasn’t such a mess. Most of it came off in one go, and only the inside of my mouth remained a bit sticky, but I wiped that part off with some tissue. And actually it didn’t look too bad! If you look closely you can see the line of my bottom lip is uneven but it’s not too noticeable. It comes out a nice pink colour, which is a little patchy, but that could just be my severely uneven application. And it does seem to be fairly long lasting. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the colour pay off I was hoping for, but for days where I want a toned down look for my lips, this isn’t a bad product.

Red Lipstick Rosie - before swatch

Before

Romantic Bear Peel Off Lip Stain Long Lasting Lip Color in Cherry Red - Review on Red Lipstick Rosie

After

Just some tips for better application:

  • Exfoliate and moisturise first.
  • The less swipes you can do it in, the neater it’s likely to be.
  • Don’t go over where you’ve already applied it, it’ll just pick up the product and leave patches.
  • Don’t go too far on the inside of your mouth, else you could end up with pink teeth (also it tastes gross).
  • Try and keep your lips apart while it’s drying, else it’ll stick together and not dry in the corners.
  • Make sure it’s completely dry before you peel it off – this stuff is messy and will stain your fingers if it’s not dry.
  • Wipe off the flat applicator when you’re finished with it – you’ll end up with dry clumpy bits stuck to it next time you use it.

I think this product is especially great if you like a less bold lip (I’m bright red all the way), and have a fairly steady hand (I think we’ve already established I have zero skill when it comes to make-up). This product comes in several colours, and I think I’ll try out a few different brands of peel off lip stain, and see if they’re any easier/brighter than this one.

Have you tried a peel off lip stain? What did you think?
Have a lovely day x

Review: W7 Mega Matte Lips

Review: W7 Mega Matte LipsI recently discovered W7’s Mega Matte while looking for new brands and matte lipsticks. I decided to give it a go, and I’m so glad I did!

Swatch of W7 Mega Matte Lip gloss in Hasta La Vista. Review.

Hasta La Vista

Mega Matte is a matte lip creme with quite a thick consistency, and comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. First of all, it smells amazing, something sweet like buttercream (but if you’re not a fan of scents, don’t worry, it goes away once it’s applied). It goes on almost completely opaque, but is more opaque and longer lasting over lipliner. While it does go on completely matte, it does take a long time to properly set, at which point it’s mostly touch-proof, but not smudge-proof. It does come off a little if you’re not careful, so would need minor touch ups during the day. It’s pretty long-lasting, which is all I want in a lipstick (as well as being matte), and very comfortable to wear, not tacky and I don’t find it to be drying, but I don’t often find lip products drying where other people do.It won’t peel, crack, or crumble either. In my opinion, the formula is fairly similar to Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream, but maybe a little more opaque, and longer lasting.

Swatch of W7 Mega Matte lip gloss in shade Hasta La Vista. Review.

Shade Hasta La Vista

I got it in the shade Hasta La Vista, and my goodness, is it stunning, an intense blue red that goes well with my palest-of-pale complexion. It comes in 5 shades in total; Two Bob – a light peachy nude, Sinful – baby pink, Hasta La Vista – bright blue-red, Chippie – coral tinged pink, and Oddball – a bright barbie pink.

It seems this brand is quite hard to find. I found it on Amazon, but according to their website, their UK stockists include Asda, T.K.Maxx, Next, and Peacocks. I did recently stumble across it at my local Peacocks, which pleased me! Prices seem to vary too. Their website states it costs £4.95, however in Peacocks it was selling for £2.50. Either way, it is quite a bargain!

Overall, I would definitely recommend Mega Matte to anyone who enjoys matte lip products, or to someone who just wants to try one out! You can find it on Amazon here in shade Hasta La Vista.

Have a lovely day x

 

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5 Websites For US Cosmetics In The UK

Websites US cosmetics UK make upIt has often been a source of great frustration to me that our fellow beauty addicts in America have access to such a huge range of cosmetics brands that we can only dream of here in the UK. Not only that, but they seem to have all the standard British beauty brands readily available to them too. Over here in the UK we have to pay extremely high-priced shipping just to get hold of one little lipstick! It’s just not fair!

So I did a little research, and came up with 5 websites for (most of) your American makeup needs.

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First up is Sephora.com. Sephora seems to be the ultimate cave of beauty wonders (please just open up in the UK already!), and carries most of the standard US beauty brands, including Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Tarte, Too Faced, Make Up Forever, and so many more, including Sephora’s own brand. They ship worldwide, however, it does come at a price. Their shipping is calculated by weight, not a flat rate, so is pretty pricey. It may be worth sharing an order with a friend and splitting the cost of shipping.cult beauty logo cosmetics Next is Cultbeauty.co.uk. Cult Beauty is a UK-based site that offers ‘the worlds best beauty products’, selected by a panel of world-class experts. Their brands include Anastasia Beverly Hills (although sadly not their liquid lipsticks which I am DESPERATE to try), Beautyblender, Huda Beauty, Kevyn Aucoin, Morphe Brushes, and OCC Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Standard shipping to the UK is flat-rate £3.95, with free worldwide shipping on orders over £50.love makeup logo cosmeticsNext up is Love-makeup.co.uk. Love Makeup are official UK stockists of many brands including LA Splash Cosmetics (I’ve been dying to try their liquid lipsticks, but international shipping from their site is $27.95! What?!), Lime Crime, OCC, Sigma Brushes, Real Techniques, and Sugarpill Cosmetics. UK shipping is £3.50.

beauty bay logo cosmeticsBeautybay.com is up next. Beauty Bay has an amazing number of brands, including Anastasia Beverly Hills (still no liquid lipsticks!), Anna Sui, bbrowbar, Dose of Colours, Gerard Cosmetics, LA Splash, Makeup Geek, Morphe Brushes, OCC,  and Too Faced. Shipping comes in at £1.95, plus free delivery on orders over £15!! You can’t go wrong with that!cocktail cosmetics beauty logoFinally we have Cocktailcosmetics.co.uk. Cocktail Cosmetics has a great range of vegan and cruelty-free brands. Their range includes Aromi Beauty, Gerard Cosmetics, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, LA Girl USA, LA Splash, Milani Cosmetics, Morphe Brushes, OCC, Sigma, and Sugarpill Cosmetics. Shipping is a flat-rate fee of £3.95.

So there you have it. If, like me, you’re constantly filled with envy when looking at other beauty bloggers and instagram feeds of glorious liquid lipsticks, then fear no more! 

Do you have your own go-to site for US cosmetics? If so, let me know! I would love to know where else to find these treasures from across-the-pond.

Have a lovely day x

 

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