Monday, September 17, 2012

new essence nailpolishes

Hey lovelies!

I finally got around to testing the new and improved essence nailpolishes so I wanted to show you a little comparison between the old and new packaging.


I have to say I really appreciate the packaging! It's much more comforable to work with and you even get more product. The old bottle was fairly small with 5ml while the new one holds 8ml. I also like the bigger cap (is that what you call it?) as it is easier to hold, especially because it's not entirely round but a oval. I guess the biggest improvement is the new brush, which is wider (from the photo I'd say almost twice as wide as the old one) and more importantly it's rounded! I love a rounded brush, it makes it so much easier to get even results.

More photos of the new nailpolish after the jump :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fiji & Island Hopping

Hey lovelies!
Is it just me or does Essie rarely announce their LE's? I never seem to know beforehand when they come out with something new.. but it's a nice surprise to walk into the drugstore and see they've come out with new colors - just happened again yesterday. I did not plan on buying anything but I just fell in LOVE with these two colors and could not resist. I think the LE is calles 'Best of Fashion', but I'm really not sure.. anyway I picked Fiji and Island Hopping, two gorgeous muted purple hues.


Island Hopping is a rich plum mauve with a glossy sheen, which applies really smoothly and evenly.  
Fiji is an opaque creamy pale pink. Imagine the lightest purple you can, really almost white - pretty!

 
 

Both colors are well pigmented - that's Essie for you :)
But I was really pleasantly surprised with Fiji because with most colors this light you really have to pack it on, but here it's really wearable with two good coats. I added a third to make it absolutely opaque for the photos but you can definitely get away with two! Island Hopping is awesome this way, too, because it applies so evenly that - even though it won't be opaque - you can absolutely wear one coat only and it will still look great!

 

What do you think?
I love these two, and their amazing quality is a bonus!
Couldn't decide which one to wear first, so I packed on both, works quite well - I think :D

xo, Lizzy

Friday, September 7, 2012

eotd: orange!

Today I tried wow it's orange! and I really like it. This is such a lazy look and yet really out-there :)
All I did was cover my entire lid with the pigment and then lined my eyes all black (liquid liner and then black kajal on the waterlines, set with some black eyeshadow), that's it!


Now in these photos I definitely get the orange thing, like I said here, however when I look in the mirror it's more pink - it's all in the light! The more light, the more orange the pigment looks, keeping it interesting :)

I have to say though, this is a really unusual color and I probably wouldn't wear it all-over like this again unless I'm really going for this kind of whoa-what's-on-your-lids? kind of look again :D In combination with another color or as a pop of color/highlighting thing this will be fantastic!

Essence Pigment 06 wow it's orange!
L'Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision
MakeUp Factory Kajal Definer 01
Urban Decay Blackout eyeshadow (Naked2)
Astor Big&Beautiful Ultra Volume Mascara

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

essence pigments

Hey lovelies!

Yesterday I went to check out the essence colour arts stuff at our local drug store. I didn't really plan on buying anything because I'm usually too lazy to work with loose products, but I really liked some of them and was too curious to not get any.


I picked two of the normal pigments and the one that's basically a loose glitter. At first I only wanted the glitter because I figured it would be great for nail designs but then I totally fell in love with those other two colors.
04 broadway starlet is a nice glittery mix of silver, blue, red, and green particles, with silver making up the biggest percentage. Apart from the glitter particles there aren't any filling pigments or anything which makes it easier to get a nice clean look with these.
06 WOW it's orange is a fantastic color which is at that awesome place between pink and orange where I can never decide which it is. The color actually reminds me a lot of Essie's cute as a button :) The pigment is very pigmented - well, let's go with opaque :D Apart from the orange/pink color it has a gorgeous golden sheen to it, which I didn't notice in the jar but which makes me love this even more!
18 little mermaid is a very vibrant beautiful bright blue. It also has a fantastic color payoff and additionally it stands out with its silver shimmer and turquoise undertone.

The cool thing is that these pigments are currently a limited / trend edition but they are supposed to enter the permanent collection afterwards so if you want more of them, you don't have to spend so much money at once :)
As you can see below (sorry, cellphone pic..) there's a lot of different colors, some more neutral, some as bright as the ones I chose, as well as bases for lips, nails & eyes so you can mix your own favourite product :)



What do you think, are you a fan of pigments?
xo, Lizzy

Monday, September 3, 2012

ski teal we drop

Hey lovelies,
let me show you a lovely new nailpolish I just bought:
OPI's SKI TEAL WE DROP
Technically it's been out for a while, it's part of the Swiss collection, but you can still get it online and in some stores.


The color changes from a dark teal to a brighter bluer shade when in the light, both hues are gorgeous :)
The polish is basically opaque with one coat but I added a second one to be sure. It's a thin polish that applies smoothly and holds up well, like all OPI polishes I've had so far :)

xo, Lizzy

Sunday, August 19, 2012

eotd: bright blue & smokey

I've been in a more colorful mood these days, probably because it's been super warm and sunny :)
This is a color combination I've been lately - turquoise and green as the main colors accompanied by (almost) black and (almost white) shadows.
The look really focuses on the blue but the green in the crease as an additional pop of color makes it a lot more fun, I think :)


I used mainy MAC shadows but the colors are relatively basic so you could easily achieve this combination with any brand's shadows. I started by using Mylar on my inner corners over Max Factor Kohl Kajal in 090 Natural Glaze or any other nude/white pen. Next I applied Zingy on the center of my lid. I love this shadow because it's matte and depending on the light can look like either a bright blue or a darker greenish turquoise hue. I used a fluffy brush to apply Humid along my crease and in the outer corners. With an angled brush I created a wing with Print but went over it with a cheap shadow. Only the grey would have been too light but using a good (as in well-pigmented) black straight away would have been too dark for this. The cheaper shadow works well to darken a grey base like this. Afterwards I tapped on a bit more of Zingy to really make it pop :)
I lined my waterline with Artdeco's Soft Eye Liner waterproof 23 (aqua blue) and smudged 10 (black) from the same line on my upper waterline and between the lashes. I really love these liners!
Lastly I used a bit of liquid eyeliner to line my lashes but only because I applied half a strip of falsies. Without them I would have just stuck with the black kajal. Some Mascara on top and that's it :)
Oh, on my face I only used some matte bronzer (p2 deep water love aqua splash duo bronzer 010 sun kissed) and a bit of (also matte) blush (MAC Mocha). I highlighted my brow/cheekbones with the MakeUpFactoy Skin Luminizer, but I only used a little bit. On my lips I dabbed a bit of an agnes b. lipstick (corail pĂȘche) in the middle and then smudged it out.

Have a lovely Sunday!
xo, Lizzy

PS: Sorry today's pics are so blurry.. I forgot my camera and had to use my phone :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

NARS orgasm & finally a dupe!

If you're a bit interested in beauty and makeup, which you probably are if you're reading this, you know about NARS Orgasm - the blush as far as a lot of people are concerned.
It is pretty awesome, but also - pretty pricey.
After googling around for a bit I read that Too Faced had a close dupe in their range and I wanted to give it a try. It's called the Full Bloom Ultra Flush Powder Blush in the color Who's Your Poppy?


While Orgasm retails at 29€ / 28$, Who's Your Poppy? only costs 19€ / 19$.
(Another great example of unfair international prices..)
The NARS blush is a bit bigger and the Too Faced one isn't exactly cheap either but still, I decided on getting the dupe and borrowed Orgasm from Kate for comparison.

Orgasm has a very silky texture so if you're not caredul you use more product than you neccessarily need to. Who's Your Poppy? on the other hand is a lot firmer in the pan so you need to go over it a bit to really load up your brush.


Colorwise the two blushes are really very very similar. Orgasm (the lower swatch) is a bit darker and more on the dark-orange side, Who's Your Poppy? is a bit lighter and looks a bit more pink. The golden shimmer however is really exactly the same in both blushes!
The difference between the two can only be seen if you look at the swatches very closely, like in these photos. As soon as the blushes are blended out, they look the same!

Close enough? I think so :)
xo, Lizzy



Saturday, August 11, 2012

matte metallics

Hey lovelies,

Confession: I own a lot of metallic nailpolishes which I rarely wear. 
Why? Because they're just so super shiny.
But - I used to do this and kind of forgot about it till Kate mentioned it the other day.
Why not pair up your favourite metallic nailpolish with a matte topcoat?
This way you get to enjoy the lovely color without it being too shimmery/shiny.

It's an interesting way to get a different look without buying a bunch of new polishes.


 I've done this with a glitter polish too, even though the difference isn't that strong. 
The topcoat tones down the shine of the polish while still allowing some of the glittery effect 
to sparkle through.


I used the Artdeco matte topcoat for these but I don't like it all that much.
It somehow changes the color too much for my taste. 
Dark colors appear lighter and light colors end up with this shadow.
Also, the polish is very thick and dries rather slowly.
Kate swears by Essie's matte about you, so I'll definitely get that one next :)

xo, Lizzy

Thursday, August 9, 2012

comparing eyeshadow primers

Hey lovelies!

This is a post I've been wanting to write for quite a while but somehow it took me forever to finally get around to it. Kate came by today and together we took the photos for a few posts :)

First up is a comparison of a bunch of eyeshadow primers!
Even though I own all of these and I always have some sort of favourite (which sometimes changes) I never did a direct comparison to see which one is actually the best... till now!

The primers we compared are: (from left to right)
Too Faced - Shadow Insurance (SI)
Urban Decay - Primer Potion (UD)
Artdeco - Eyeshadow Base (Art)
MakeUpFactory - Eye Shadow Base (MF)
Alverde - Eyeshadow Base (Alv)

We wanted to compare primers from different price-ranges, so we chose the most popular and kind of expensive ones (Too Faced / Urban Decay), and lined them up with two mid-range primers (Artdeco / MakeUpFactory) and a cheap one (Alverde).

Except for the MakeUpFactory primer, which is a light yellow color, that brightens the lid, all of these are skin colored products. The Too Faced, Urban Decay and Artdeco primers all are a bit shimmery but the last one is the only one where the glitter-ish particles are still visible after even some of the shadow has worn off (check the 4th picture in the GIF below to see what I mean).

The eyeshadows we applied for this test are mac - zingy (a matte high-end shadow) and essence - disco diva (a cheaper metallic shadow) to see if there was any difference there.

The Too Faced, Urban Decay and Alverde primers all have the same creamy-liquid(er) consistency while the potted bases are drier. The MakeUpFactory primer is rather smooth and creamy while the Artdeco one is the stickiest and driest of these five.


Lets talk about the packaging:
As you can see there's a basic difference between potted primers and ones in tubes. Generally the potted primers are drier. I prefer primers in a tube because it's easier to get the exact amount you need and they don't dry out that quickly. I also think it's more hygenic. Even when you have a tube there's still a difference between the Shadow Insurance and the Primer Potion which comes with a wand. It might seem a little easier to apply the shadow to a specific area with the wand (which is similar to the applicator of a lipgloss) but you still need to blend it with your fingers anyways. Personally I prefer putting a bit of the primer on my fingertip and then dabbing the fingers together (my two pointer fingers or ring fingers) to make sure I have the same amount of primer on both fingers. This way you'll have the same amount on both eyes.
As far as potted primers go I prefer the packaging of the MakeUpFactory primer over the Artdeco one because the lid is attatched to the pan and it's easier to just pop it open instead of screwing off the lid completely, also the pan of the Artdeco primer is relatively small and deep so you have to really dig in there which can be messy.

Would you look at that GIF (never made one before *proud*) :D
So this is how our little test went:
1. I applied the eyeshadows with a brush over the primers which I just dabbed on with my pointer finger.
2. First step of the test was holding my arm under luke-warm running water for about 5 seconds. None of the primers had a problem with that, only the liner I used to draw on the grid got a bit runny :)
3. Next I simply pressed on a tissue to dry the water off, again, no big difference here.
4. Now after that I took my tissue again and rubbed over the shadows (pretty hard) and this is where they started to wear off. Interestingly enought the color of the (cheaper) metallic shadow faded first but the silvery shimmer outlasted even the (expensive) matte shadow (on the cheaper primers).
5. This is where we aggressively attacked the colors :) I rubbed over the shadows with eye makeup remover on a cotton pad and as you can see most of the color vanishes at that point, only the three primers on the left still show color from both eyeshadows.
6. Last I went over everything with waterproof makeup remover (one with oil in it) which got rid of the last traces of color.

What we think overall:
The Alverde primer didn't really hold up to our standards and while we both bought it before we owned the other ones, we didn't use it again after seeing how great the more expensive primers hold up in comparison. If you want to spend as little money (this retails at 2,45€) as possible, this is an okay product but we both think it's worth investing a little bit more.
Which leads us to the MakeUpFactory base. The website calls it an eye lift corrector and suggests applying it on your under-eye area. In my experience this product isn't that great as a traditional eyeshadow primer because it doesn't really prevent creasing but I do like the brightening effect it provides. I'm not sure about the exact price of this but I think it was approximately the same as the Artdeco base.
The Artdeco eyeshadow base is a very popular choice amongst German beauty-girls. At 7,80€ it has a fair price and the pot lasts a very long time. Personally I'm not a big fan of the sticky consistency but the result of this base is very good. Once it's on, your look will definitely last all night!
What do we think about the Urban Decay and Too Faced primers? To us, and in our test, they're really very similar. With 17€ (UD) and 16€ (TF) they cost almost the same and the feeling/result of using them is very close as well. It basically comes down to personal preference and which packaging you like better because both are really good. I like how they are thinner than the Artdeco base and easier to blend but that's just me, Kate prefers Artdeco :)
Duration-wise Too Faced, Urban Decay and Artdeco are very similar and all really great!

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What is your favourite eyeshadow primer?
xo, Lizzy

Monday, August 6, 2012

notd: white picket fence

Hey lovelies!
Another nail design today :)

I seriously have no idea why I did this particular design,
maybe because I've have the Suburgatory theme song stuck in my head lately.. hmm :)
I finally found inspiration in this picture and this is what I ended up with:


The design is pretty easy actually and you don't have to work too accurately, but I think it's kinda cute :)

This is how I did it:
● Apply your favourite base coat and let it dry.
● Use a blue polish of your choice all over until it's opaque (2 coats in my case).
● Draw parallel lines with a french-tip laquer from about 2/3 of your nails to the tip.
● Add two lines crossing the others. I rounded them according to the tips of my nails.
● Take a brush and draw the grass on your tips. I like to use an old eyeliner brush for this :)

the colors I used
● base coat: essie rock solid
● white: Manhattan pro french tip whitener
● green: catrice 810 ACid/DC & (mixed) p2 249 dangerous

Have a great day!
xo, Lizzy

Monday, July 30, 2012

magnetic

Hey lovelies!

Today I got to test Artdeco's Magnetic Nail Lacquer in 45 magnetic night sky.

I had tried a magnetic nailpolish a while back and I didn't really like it, but this one I do :)



The set costs 9.95€ and already contains a magnet so you can get started right away. There's 8 colors so far and they're all pretty metallic hues.

The color I used is a lovely dark metallic blue with silver particles. When you use the magnet the blue and silver pigments separate.


The magnet has a little rounded help to make it easier not to touch the nail. The other brand I tried didn't have this little helper which made it really hard to keep the magnet in place long enough without messing everything up, but with this it's really really easy, you can almost do it with one hand :)


This is my result on the very first try, not too bad, right?

In the photos the polish looks a little lighter, like when you hold in into the light, in reality it's a bit darker, like in the bottle.
The separation of the stripes works really well and the polish itself is nice too, smooth application etc.
The only negative thing is, that it's not completely opaque, as you can see. You wouldn't really notice that normally but if you're bothered by that sort of thing you could easily just apply a normal nailpolish underneath.

Have you tried magnetic nailpolishes before?
What do you think of this trend?


xo, Lizzy

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A big thank you to Artdeco for providing me with this product for free so I could review it for you!
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

rock solid

Hey lovelies!

Let me tell you about one of my favourite finds lately - the essie rock solid base coat.

Now, I have to admit, I didn't really use base coats for a long time. It's just one more coat of polish that has to dry and I never really noticed the benefits. However, I only ever tried cheap ones.

My nails tend to break and get damaged easily which makes it hard to wear them long. The concept of hardening them has always intrigued me but I've never had any success in that area.

But neverthelesss, I decided to try again when I found rock solid.


The packaging calls it an ultra strenth base coat which is supposed to harden your nails by 30% in a week.
Well I don't know about the 30% but they do feel a bit less soft, even after the first use.

The polish is very thin, which I love, because this way you can easily apply a coat as thin as you want. Another plus: it dries very quickly - definitely a big selling point for a base coat, I think!

Oh and while the polish looks purple-ish in the bottle it's definitely a standard clear laquer, I'm thinking that hue comes from the bottle :)


Now, I did kind of hard-core test this polish, which is why I'm writing about this now
(just a base coat by itself doesn't really make for an interesting post).

I applied a thin coat of rock solid and then two thin coats of OPI Pompeii Purple.
That was on Friday morning.

Friday afternoon we were working in the garden. And when I write work, I'm talking litterally digging around in the dirt (mostly without gloves), hauling rocks, shoveling holes... (we're re-doing our koi-pond) Afterwards I obviously showered and then went out. Saturday was a lot more shoveling and digging and then another shower. Oh, and I had to rearrange my keychain inbetween, which means prying open those metal rings with your nails over and over. That's several hours of hard work, plus 2 showers plus the keychain, and this is what my nails looked like after all of that:


That's pretty damn awesome I'd say :)

As I'm right handed there's a tiny bit more chipping on my right hand but really not all that much.

So while (according to the packaging) the strengthening thing is this polish's most impressive feature, I'd say the durability it gives your nailpolish should definitely be right up there with it.

I've never tried any of the other essie base coats, but I'm sure they're all worth a try, just pick the one that fits your needs best.

Either way, I absolutely recommend this one!!

Have a lovely Sunday!
xo, Lizzy

Monday, July 23, 2012

syrup

Hey lovelies!

I stopped by the MAC counter today and wanted to get a new lipstick - just because :)


I have actually been looking for a nice red but I haven't quite decided on one yet so instead I ended up getting Syrup, a nice lustre finsih plum-y color.

The lipstick looks pretty dark in the tube but when you apply it, it's rather sheer. That's the beauty of the lustre finish :) I seriously like them best because their sheerness makes them so wearable and they aren't dry at all.

The color looks very cute yet the darker hint makes it kind of 'sophisticated' :D Either way it's really pretty!



What do you think?
Which MAC lipstick finish do you prefer?

xo, Lizzy

Sunday, July 8, 2012

little brush haul

Hey lovelies!

Tell me, what is your favourite brush-brand?


I used to use mainly cheaper brushes but lately I've been replacing mine with high(er)-end ones. I got those two MAC brushes in NY, but I didn't find the kind of foundation brush I wanted there, so I ended up finally ordering from Sigma.
I had heard only good things about their brushes before (especially because I really love TiffanyD's videos and she swears by them) but unfortunately they're not available here. So I had to order them online which took forever (like everything that comes from the US..) and was a teeny bit annoying (customs..) but then I finally got them and I'm so happy :D


I only ordered 3 brushes, because I wanted to try them first and was running a little low on money at the time :D

  • The first one I got is the large powder brush. The F30 is a nice big fluffy brush which is perfect for applying powder all over the face. It's dense enough to be precise but can also cover larger areas.
  • My new favourite brush is the F82. This round kabuki has about a diameter of 3cm (at the end of the bristles) and because the bristles are rather short and so dense it doesn't spread out that much. The brush is super soft and I absolutely love it for buffing out foundation and concealer. The brush is a bit shorter (15cm in total) which makes it really handy and also good for travel. I really really love this brush!
  • Last but not least, I've been wanting this flat definer brush. The E15 is really nice for applying liner or eyeshadow along the lashlines and really wiggling it between them. I have a few angled brushes but I really wanted a straight one. The bristles are also really soft, so you can use this on your waterline without your eyes getting irritated. 

I have to say, these brushes are really great quality and I kinda regret not ordering more of them, I'll definitely check out Sigma first when I need new brushes again :)


With the brushes I was sent this sample of one of their eyeshadows. Sigma doesn't sell single shadows but they do have palettes (Flare, Dare and Bare if i remember that correctly, oh and the limited Paris one) which look pretty cool. I got this sample of Shine which is a brilliant black with blue-ish silver glitter. It's very pigmented and looks fantastic, love it!

That's it. Have you ordered from Sigma before? I'll definitely do it again!

xo, Lizzy

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