Holika Holika & Etude House Korean Cosmetics Haul – July 2014 Edition!

In my last Korean beauty haul post, I mentioned that what I had there was only a small part of my big June Korean beauty splurge – but since I bought from like 5-6 different eBayers, the items are turning up in chunks.

This week I received two more boxes from my June spending spree, and I thought I’d share my selections with you guys again!

Another "mini" Korean cosmetics haul!

As you can see, this time around it’s a Holika Holika & Etude House centered Korean cosmetics haul. I have to admit to really loving Holika Holika’s whole aesthetic, the cute/witchy thing is just maximum adorable to me! Etude House also has a great theme, and both brands tend to usually satisfy/impress me with their products. I need to expand into other brands, I know, but I’m already developing some serious loyalty to these two companies!

Haul Unboxed!

Here’s everything unboxed so you can get a better look at the actual product packaging.

Read on to see more pics & the specific items that I bought this time around!
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Polish Review: Excelsior Nails Romanoff

I stumbled onto pictures of this fun polish from Excelsior Nails on Tumblr, coincidentally a few days after I finally got around to watching the Avengers movie. It looked cute enough, so I decided to indulge my nerdy side and grab this. I’m so glad that I did!

Excelsior Nails - Romanoff

Excelsior Nails Romanoff is a megawatt sparkler inspired by Marvel Comics’ Black Widow superheroine (real name Natasha Romanoff, thus the polish’s name). If you love super sparkly polishes, you’ll be in heaven here. I seriously don’t think I’ve owned anything quite this brilliant! The base is a really nice red jelly-type, not too orangey, not too pinky, absolutely packed with sparkle and shimmer. It has matte black shards (to represent Natasha’s “Black Widow” identity/costume) and they come out quite easily – I didn’t have any issues with them sinking, they came out easily and evenly on their own.

I had to use three coats to get the coverage and intensity that I wanted. The first coat was very light and translucent and didn’t go on super smoothly, but once I hit the second and third coats it went on very smooth and glossy and evenly. This is not a “thirsty” polish, but you probably could have guessed that. One coat of topcoat was enough.

The polish lasted about a week on me without any chipping or shrinking (I used it with the Formula X base/topcoasts), though when it started to come off, it actually peeled more than chipped – as in the polish on my big toe came off in one complete piece while I was doing yoga. I don’t know if that has to do more with the Formula X system or Romanoff, though, since they’re both new products for me. It made removing the polish really easy, though, haha.Overall, I’m pleased! This is one of my better experiences with indie polishes and I’ll definitely be buying from Excelsior again. I loved the sparkle factor, I kept catching myself staring at my toes because it was so pretty.I also grabbed Danvers, Barton, and Frost, so I’ll try to review them soon! Once I get a camera, I’ll try to even include swatches like a real reviewer, haha. I’m hoping to treat myself to the new Kindle Fire phone for my birthday in August,  and it claims to be a good camera as well, so… here’s hoping!