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NOTD: Layering With A England Heavenly Quotes And The Moonbeams and She Walks In Beauty

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Morning Lovelies!

Adina sent me these lovely nail polishes a while back, and I finally had the chance to play around with them. Today I’ll be showing you two polishes from the A England Heavenly Quotes collection, And the Moonbeams… and A England She Walks In Beauty. Both can be worn on their own as well as layered over another nail polish. ^_^

 


A England And The Moonbeams… and She Walks In Beauty

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A England She Walks In Beauty + And The Moonbeams…

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A England She Walks In Beauty + And The Moonbeams…

A England’s She Walks In Beauty is an intricate mix of large and small rose-colored hexagonal glitter in a shimmering pale golden base that color shifts depending on the lighting and movement of your fingers. It’s so pretty! I used 3 coats for this manicure and you can just barely make out my VNL in photos, it doesn’t show at all in person. And The Moonbeams… is a sheer yellow-golden shimmery base filled with irregularly shaped gold glass flecks and glitter. I used it on my accent nail (ring finger) in this manicure and it was opaque enough for me after 3 coats.

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A England She Walks In Beauty + And The Moonbeams…

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A England She Walks In Beauty + And The Moonbeams…

This manicure has a supremely delicate and feminine look that I absolutely love! I immediately sent pictures of it to my pal Anna who is getting married next month and told her that this would be GORGEOUS for incorporating into her wedding mani (being done by yours truly :D )! She agreed. ;)

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A England And The Moonbeams…

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A England She Walks In Beauty

And here are macro shots of both And The Moonbeams… and She Walks In Beauty. ^_^

A England And The Moonbeams… with A England Sleeping Palace

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A England And The Moonbeams… layered over A England Sleeping Palace

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A England And The Moonbeams… layered over A England Sleeping Palace

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A England And The Moonbeams… layered over A England Sleeping Palace

I showed you A England’s Sleeping Palace on its own yesterday, and here it is again with just 1 coat of And The Moonbeams… layered over top. I LOVE how these two look together! I didn’t think to take a photo with flash to see if the holographic nature of Sleeping Palace would shine through, but even without flash this layering is a stunner. :D

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A England She Walks In Beauty + And The Moonbeams…

And for no real reason other than “I have a picture of it”, here’s the bottle shots for And The Moonbeams… and She Walks In Beauty. ^_^


That’s in for today everyone! The layering possibilities for And The Moonbeams and She Walks In Beauty are pretty limitless. I didn’t try layering She Walks In Beauty this time, but it’s definitely on my To-Do list for future layering projects!

 

 

 

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Review: A England Burne-Jones Dream Collection Swatches (Part One)!

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Burne Jones Dream Part One

Morning Everyone!

I’m super excited to be sharing yet another collection from one of my favorite indie brands, A England. It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Adina’s gorgeous nail polishes. Not only are the colors usually beautiful and perfectly formulated, but the story she creates with each collection is masterful. Almost every collection so far has followed themes of Arthurian legend combined with Adina’s favorite artists, and the A England Burne-Jones Dream collection is a beautiful addition to the A England family. This collection is based on the legend of Briar Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty, as depicted by Sir Edward Burne-Jones in his four painting series. The story of Briar Rose is coincidentally one of my favorite legends, and a revamped version of Briar herself is featured heavily in one of my favorite comics (Fables) as well! So when I saw this collection for the first time and realized what it was about, I think I let out some sonic squeals that only a dolphin or dogs could comprehend. :D

The Burne-Jones dream collection is a small collection of five, and four of which I will be showing you today. The fifth one (named Briarwood) will be releasing at a later date, as well as two more stand-alone beauties that I will show you as Part Two of this post in the near future. ;)

 


Fated Prince

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A England – Fated Prince

Fated Prince is a gorgeous charcoal grey scattered holo. A really superb formula that I have come to expect with all A England nail polishes, this was opaque after 2 thin coats. I love the depth of this color even in low light! Easily a new favorite. :)

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A England – Fated Prince (Flash)

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A England – Fated Prince (Flash)

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A England – Fated Prince (Flash)

And here is the same Fated Prince with camera flash. Absolutely. Fabulous. There is nothing weak about this scattered holo effect!

Briar Rose

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A England – Briar Rose

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A England – Briar Rose

Briar Rose is a bit of a chameleon. It appears to be a slightly more delicate berry fused reddish-pink in low light, but really brightens up into a much bolder version of itself with camera flash. Shown here is 2 coats, but you could get away with 1 with careful application.

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A England – Briar Rose (Flash)

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A England – Briar Rose (Flash)

Briar Rose with camera flash. I was not expecting to love this one as much as I did, the scattered holo effect really adds to it!

Sleeping Palace

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A England – Sleeping Palace

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A England – Sleeping Palace

Sleeping Palace is another almost 1-coater! It’s not pure purple, so I would say it has some grey undertones. This one was another instant favorite for me!

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A England – Sleeping Palace (Flash)

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A England – Sleeping Palace (Flash)

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A England – Sleeping Palace (Flash)

And Sleeping Palace with camera flash. OH. MY. You really honestly need to see this one in person. The beautiful holographic effect is not being done complete justice by my camera. ♥

Rose Bower

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A England – Rose Bower

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A England – Rose Bower

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A England – Rose Bower

And just like that, Adina has created yet another red nail polish that I have fallen madly in love with. Red is not normally my go-to color, but this beautiful red scattered holo with pink undertones has me wrapped around its little.. glass bottle? Anyway, Rose Bower was a breeze to apply and provided complete coverage with 2 coats.

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A England – Rose Bower (Flash)

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A England – Rose Bower (Flash)

Just look at Rose Bower with camera flash!! If this doesn’t scream permanent summer pedi than I don’t know the meaning of life anymore. ;)


Final Thoughts:

I really cannot stress enough how much I love Adina and her A England brand. Each nail polish is created with so much love and care behind it, that I’m seriously gushing with happiness about this Burne-Jones Dream collection. I cannot WAIT to see Briarwood, the one still forthcoming! I don’t have top picks this time because all four of the nail polishes that I have tried so far from this collection are truly amazing!

Purchase Info:

The A England Burne-Jones Dream collection can be purchased from the A England website, only if you are a resident of the UK. Due to recent changes in policy, she unfortunately can no longer ship directly from the UK to international buyers. But fret not! If you are outside of the UK you can check out her Where to Buy Section to find an international stockist in your local area! There are several in the North America alone like Llarowe, Ninja Polish, and Nail Polish Canada. And again, the ‘Where to Buy’ Online Directory section gives you quite a few options internationally.

Retail cost is £9.00 per bottle of polish from the A England website. Pricing varies per e-tailer, so check each individual stockist for their pricing and policies before purchasing. ^_^

 

 

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Review: Kolt Dual Chrome Swatches and Review

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Kolt Collection

Morning Everyone!

I’m sorry for falling off the face of the polish earth. I’ve been around, just not around on the blog so much. I’m quite a few days behind on the 31 Day Challenge but I will work on getting caught up. Thanksgiving had me SUPER busy (if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know how much I had to cook!), and afterward I’ve just been going through a blah phase I think. I actually hadn’t repainted my nails after Day 22, and my Gangnam style nails didn’t get removed until 2 days ago!

But anyway, I’m getting back into it because I’m WAY behind on things I need to show you guys. Today I’ve got a Brazilian brand that’s completely new to me, Kolt Dual Chromes! When I received these from Harlow & Co. I decided right away that I was going to layer them. I used A England Camelot (my faaaaaaaavorite black nail polish) as my base for each polish.

This post is SUPER picture heavy so I’m putting it behind a cut. I used 2 coats of each polish over one coat of black. I’ll go over application and formula in my final thoughts since it was similar for all 7 polishes.

 

Click Here For The Swatches and Full Review…

31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 18 – Half Moon Nails!

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Hey Everyone!

I’m back again with Sam and Cris today for Day 18 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012! I wanted to do something a little different from your typical Half Moon mani, so I attempted Peter Pan Collar nails for the first time. BIG FLOP. :(

I was a bit rushed on these (trying to get them done before work) so I’m not entirely happy with how they turned out. Ah well, I can’t hit every ball out of the park, eh? :-P

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 18 – Half Moon Nails

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NAILED IT. I started with A England Camelot as my base polish. Then I used a white nail art polish for the shitty collars, and finished it off with the gold microbeads. I’d like to try this look again when I have more time to take my time and get it perfect. ^_^


That’s it for today! I know these could have turned out a lot worse, but I’m bummed that I didn’t have something to really wow you guys today. There’s always Sunday! :-D

 

 

 

 

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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 15 – Delicate Print!

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Hey Everyone!

I apologize for this post being WAY late, but this past weekend I got absolutely SWAMPED with work and I simply had no time to do my nails! I powered through Monday night to catch up to Sam and Cris and cranked out designs for Days 13-15 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012 that I’d missed last week. I’m posting them all for you today! ^_^

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 15 – Delicate Print

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I used my all time favorite red, A England Perceval and layered A England Camelot over it with my Bundle Monster stamp BM-201. My boyfriend really loved how this one looked. ^_^


That’s it for now! Next up is Day 16 later this morning! :-D

 

 

 

 

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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 12 – Stripes!!

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Morning Everyone!

We’re at Day 12 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012, and today’s prompt is stripes! I decided to keep it simple today and busted out my first set of MASH nail plates for this one. ^_^

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 12 – Stripes!

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I think this one turned out kinda Halloween-ish, don’t cha think? ;) I used A England Beauty Never Fails and the New Holy Grail with my mash-10 stamp. Pictures don’t do this manicure justice, it’s absolutely gorgeous in person! I plan on swatching these two beauties individually in the near future. :D


Short and sweet post for today folks, I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to check out Sam and Cris on their blogs to see what they’ve come up for their striped looks!

 

 

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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 10 – Gradient Nails!!

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Morning!

Today is Day 10 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012, and the prompt is gradient nails! I ended up doing two looks today because I wasn’t completely satisfied with the first one. I’m gonna keep this short and sweet because I’m off to see Silent Hill Revelation in 3D with my boyfriend and my pal Sarah! I loooooove the games and I’m pretty curious to see how this second movie compares to the first movie and how closely it relates to the game it’s based on, Silent Hill 3. :-D

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 10 – Gradient Nails!

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I took my inspiration for both of these manicures from my Pinterest boards. Whoever pinned this one didn’t link it properly so I unfortunately don’t know where the original idea came from. :-( If anyone can point me to the creator of this mani, let me know!

I’m not super happy with my results on this one. The sponges I bought for my gradients were too squishy and not the same ones I’d bought last time. I think I still need to learn how to make them work best for me. -_-

Nail Polishes Used:
OPI Jade Is The New Black
A England Camelot
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This second look comes from the amazing Madeline Poole! My attempt is nowhere near as gorgeous as hers but I tried! ^_^

Nail Polishes I Used:
Essie Penny Talk
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips
A England Camelot


Well that’s all she wrote for today everyone! Tomorrow we’re back with polka dot nails! Don’t forget to check out  Sam and Cris’s blogs to see their Day 10 gradient nails too.

 

 

 

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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 8 – Metallic Nails!!

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Morning!

Sorry for the late start you guys! My friend Sarah, my boyfriend and I made sooooo much good food last night. We had my beef tips with rice and pan gravy, which is my boyfriends’s favorite thing that I make. ANNnnnnd acorn squash fritters (recipe coming soon!!).

*drools*

And I may have had a pretty potent adult beverage with FRICKEN’ PUMPKIN PIE FLAVORED VODKA!!! :-D This combination of awesome-sauce made me a weeeee bit sleepy. And I may have passed out before doing my Day 8 metallic nails for the 31 Day Challenge 2012. Oopsies! ;)

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 8 Metallic Nails – Splatter Style!

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So what kind of manicure can I do that takes a short amount of time, but with awesome results? A splatter mani, that’s what!! :-D I don’t think I’ve done one of these since the first one I did last year during the challenge, but I always love the end results. ^_^

Nail Polishes I Used:
A England Camelot
Barry M Gold Foil Effects
Barry M Silver Foil Effects
Essie Penny Talk

I topped everything off with a coat of Gelous and China Glaze Fast Forward top coat. Then I added Butter London Matte Finish top coat. I absolutely looove how this looks mattified! ^_^
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31DC2012 Day 8 Metallic Nails
Here’s a few photos of it before I added the matte top coat. I love it this way too!
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31DC2012 Day 8 Metallic Nails
There’s a reason why I rarely do splatter manicures, they are messy as @*%#!! :-P Even though I taped around my fingers I still had a heck of a cleanup job to deal with to get all of the nail polish out of my cuticles. The things we do for glorious nails, hehe. -_-
31DC2012 Day 8 Metallic Nails
And here’s a snapshot of my “canvas”. It looks like King Midas has an upper respiratory infection. ;)


That’s it for today everyone! The Guild Wars 2 Shadow of the Mad King Halloween Event started yesterday so that’s where you’ll find me today! Oh, and swatching the OPI Skyfall collection if I can drag myself away from my desktop. ;)

Don’t forget to check out  Sam and Cris’s blogs to see their Day 8 metallic nails (though I think Cris is running late like me today, haha)!

31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 7 – Black and White Nails!!

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Good Morning Everyone!

SamCris and I are back again with Day 7 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012 with our black & white nails! I honestly had no clue what I was going to do for this prompt until the last possible minute. And even then I ended up doing it over again… And then doing something over my second attempt! What can I say, insomnia apparently breeds indecisiveness. ;)

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 7 Black & White Nails – Dry Brush Flames!!

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This was the one where my perfectionist issues came into place. I swear I did this mani over about 4 times before I was semi-happy with it. And even still I think it could have been better. :P

I used Neverland Nail Blog’s Dry Brush Nail Art Tutorial. I think I just need to do it more and experiment with colors because I like the end result, or at least how it looked on her blog. :)

Polishes I Used:
Milani White On The Spot
Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy
A England Camelot

Then I decided that it wasn’t enough, that I wasn’t completely satisfied with it. So I decided to stamp over it with the reverse sequence of colors…

31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 7 Black & White Nails – Stamped Gradient

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Ahhhhh, now that’s more like it! I love the swirlies in this stamp and the reverse gradient effect with the dry brush flame background! I was worried that it would look too busy but it works out somehow. I kinda want to see what it looks like mattified now!
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I ended up using Milani White On The Spot and A England Camelot with the MASH-49 stamp. ^_^


Well that’s it for today! I’m hoping that I’ll feel a bit more prepared and inspired for Day 8 on Tuesday! :-D

Don’t forget to check out  Sam and Cris’s blogs to see their Day 7 black & white nails!

 

 

 

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Guest Post For LTHP… Lightning Strike Nails!!

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Allo Everyone!!

I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be taking over for the evening post on Let Them Have Polish today! Head on over to Cris’s blog so see more of this awesome manicure that I whipped out for her. :-D

 


Lightning Strike Nails

Lightning Bolt Nails 2

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