Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nivea Soft Contest

Hey lovelies!

I'm really sorry that I haven't posted anything for a long time, but I'm in the middle of my finals and until they are done I don't have much time. But nonetheless I wanted to participate in Magi-Mania's Nivea Soft contest. ;)

Here is my photo:



xo, Kate

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Snow White

Hey lovelies!

I have to admit, I'm a huge sucker for everything fairytale, especially Snow White! So obviously I love the current essence LE :)
I got six of the polishes and the stickers. I think it's so cute that the Snow White polish is a larger bottle and the dwarfs' colors are small bottles!

A big thank you to Cosnova for providing me with these for free so I could review them for you!

Snow White

"Lips red as blood", that's exactly what this polish looks like! In the bottle the color looks a bit darker than on the nail but it's not overly bright. Seriously, blood red is the best description I can come up with, there's no unusual undertones or anything, just pure red. The polish is pretty opaque but I still used 2 coats. It applies smoothly and dries quickly. I should also mention that this one has a flat broad brush, like the Catrice polishes, while the small ones have the usual (also flat but thinner) essence brush. The only negative thing about this polish is that my nails were stained red (I didn't use a base coat) but that washed off pretty soon.

Grumpy

I love this blue! It's very vibrant. I've tried blues that looked similar (in the bottle) before but they usually turned out darker. Not this one! It's a very pretty cobalt blue and I'll be wearing this a lot this summer :) The polish is pretty thin, so two coats might not be enough but on the plus side there's absolutely none of that staining you often get from blue polishes!

Doc

This is seriously so orange it's crazy! It doens't really look like it on the photos or even in the bottle but this color is so vibrant! The polish is thicker than the blue one but not sticky, it still applies very nicely and as you can see it's pretty opaque. In these detailed photos you can sometimes see through the polish a bit but in reality no one would ever notice that :)

Sleepy

Now this polish is pretty interesting. On the first glance it just looks like a light mint/turquoise but if you look closely it has a cool blue sheen to it! I really like this and the name fits perfectly, it's so dreamy, I want PJs in that color please :D Again it applied very smoothly and has a good coverage.

Dopey

Another really cool color! The lavender base color contains silver glitter particles which make this polish so dreamy :) Unfortunately the polish isn't very opaque so I'll probably wear this over a similar light purple or just use one coat and go for the light coverage on purpose :)

Prince Charming

This is one of the tree topcoats the collection offers and I really really like it! Similar to Dopey it has silver glitter particles but aditionally there's some vibrant blue bigger flakes which make this very fun. As the base color is clear you can wear this alone or over any color you want. As you can see it looks pretty cool on both dark and light base colors so there's really no combination that won't look great =) I'd recommend using thin coats and letting it dry for a long(er) time (than usual) but other than that, this is a great topcoat!

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho

Sadly these stickers are the only thing that disappointed me a bit. I was really looking forward to them but most of the motives are blurry and the ones under the cardboard (I used those first) somehow faded. They're a bit thicker than the usual nail stickers (up next) but that wouldn't be that bad because they still last very well (even without a topcoat). That's definitely a plus for all the essence nail stickers I've tried, they're pretty undestructable. Even if you remove your nailpolish, the sticker stays on, until you scratch it off.

I also got some of the 'regular' french glam tattoo stickers for comparison.

French Forever

These are pretty awesome. I've repurchased them a couple of times and I even prefer the new application they have. You used to have to pull them off the plastic and they'd sometimes get damaged but now they work like those rub-on tattoos for kids, which is a lot easier and neater. The sticker itself is the same and, like the LE ones, lasts forever :)


That's it :) All in all I really like this LE, even though the stickers aren't as cute as they could have been. I've mainly been wearing more expensive brands lately so I have to say I was positively surprised by these polishes! I will be looking out for the other two topcoats in the store, and I might have to get another dwarf or two.. we'll see =)

What do you think?
Will you be getting anything from this LE?
xo, Lizzy

Monday, June 4, 2012

avengers nails

Hey lovelies!

Have you seen the Avengers yet? I absolutely loved it, but if you've been reading this blog for a while now, you know I'm a big geek anyways :)

Lately lots of people have been doing Avengers inspired stuff, especially nail designs and while I love those super creative nails that feature the faces of the heroes or stuff like that, they're super hard to do and absolutely impossible to do on both hands. So I prefer designs which are simpler, yet still remind me of the movie or character and I came up with these five designs =)


This is a pretty straight forward and easy design, just apply a solid gold base, use some painters tape to cover up half of the nail and cover it with a red polish. I used one that isn't super opaque so you can see some of the metallic sheen through the red, just like Iron Man's suit.


I loved this design, it felt so elegant somehow - like Loki :) Again I used gold as a base color, then I covered the top part of the nail with the corner of the tape. I applied dark green polish over it and then used a very thin brush to line the edge of the color with black and add the tiny black dot.


This was definitely the most difficult design to do. I used red as a base, then taped off half and covered it with grey. The difficult part are the circles Thor has on his armor. I used those reinforcement rings for paper and then very carefully removed them, trying to get a straight edge on the circle. Takes some practice, but definitely worth it :)


For Captain America, I used a sponge to apply the blue polish over the red one, like you would with an ombre nail design. Make sure to use a top coat to get an all-over shine :)


The Hulk nails are definitely the craziest of these designs :D I used a bright green polish as a base and then applied some purple squiggles at the tips with a dotting tool. Pretty easy actually!

Hope you like them :)
xo, Lizzy

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Gold: Jesse's Girl Fool's Gold
Red (Iron Man): OPI Keys To My Karma
Green (Loki): Essence 54 Trust In Fashion
Red (Thor+Cap.Am.): Essie Really Red
Grey: OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts
Silver: Astor 595 VIP Silver
Blue: Manhattan 710G
Green (Hulk): Catrice ACid/DC
Purple: (Mix of) Catrice Heavy Metallilac (&) Manhattan 57M

Friday, June 1, 2012

a lil' bit of polish and cream

Hey lovelies :)

I just wanted to show you the two essie polishes I picked up today:

turquoise & caicos
I love this color! I've been looking at it each time I saw an essie counter recently :D I love turquoise stuff anyways and I can honestly say I have no nailpolish that even comes close to this. Blue on the nails can always be a bit tricky but I do love these colors for the summer time. I like to include it in multi-color designs or only wear it one one hand for example :)
The color is on the sheer side, so I'm wearing 3 coats. But it is very thin and applies evenly so it's not like you're packing on that much laquer.

really red
I'm working on a nail design series right now and I needed a good red for it. I really only have OPI's keys to my karma and that didn't work for that, so I picked up this one today. While the colors look similar in the bottle, this one has less pink and is a lot more opaque (one coat gives you the same coverage as two of the OPI one). If you're looking for a basic red nailpolish, this one is definitely a good choice.

I also wanted to show you the rest of the stuff I got in NY real quick - per request :)


So the water over there was a lot different than I'm used to plus it was very sunny, so my skin was super dry and I hadn't packed a lot of moisturizer. I went to Bath &Body Works and I loved it there, the selection was amazing and I got so bummed out that we don't have the store here :D
true blue mini shea butter
The sales girl was really nice and helped me find these two little guys here, the super rich body cream and the super rich shower cream. Both smell amazingly like coconut and something else I can't figure out but they remind me of being in the sun at the beach after surfing :D They are really thick and feel like they protect your skin well.
signature collection body lotion
The shop I went to had some sort of sale where you could get 3 items for 10$ so I wanted another lotion on top of the blue ones. But I couldn't decide so I went for 6 :) The scents I picked out are (from left to right) secret wonderland (strawberry, gardenia, jasmine -> very dreamy), sea island cotton (cotton, fresia, white musk -> like clean sheets fresh out of the drier), moonlight path (lavender, lily, musk -> like flowers, but not sweet and artificial, more like actual flowers) & be enchanted (pomegranate, sugared petals -> very sweet and fruity). They feel and act like normal bodylotions, I like using them :)
moisturizers
All the makeup I bought at Sephora actually entitled me to some goodies from their point-reward system so I picked out these two. The origins starting over is a very nice product, which I've been using a lot lately because it smells really nice (fruity but not too much) and you can really feel your skin soaking it up and being so much more moisturized afterwards (not like other creams which vanish without actually doing anything). The other one is the sephora instant moisturizer which I've only tried once because it's so tiny, but I did like it. The skin felt very smooth after using it and though it was a bit sticky when applying it, that completely vanished after a minute or two.

That's it for today :)
We already started assembling some of the stuff for our upcoming giveaway, so stay tuned!
Have a lovely weekend!

xo, Lizzy

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