Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dragon with tigerstripes

A England's Dragon is a polish that really doesn't need anything added, it's perfect just the way it is! But before I was gonna take off my mani I wanted to mess around a bit with it :) Normally I never stamp on a holographic polish, but Dragon has more of a holographic shimmer (as Nihrida described it well), so I wanted to see how that would look as base for stamping. And I'll have to try it as stamping polish sometime as well!



I used China Glaze Jolly Holly and Konad plate m57, and I was curious how it would look matte as well, so I added a coat of Essence Matt. The holo shimmer disappeared, but the coppery-golden glow didn't.



Irl the shiny version looked better than on my pics, but I think I prefer it mattified. Or well, I actually prefer Dragon on itself =) What do you think, with or without matte top coat?


Thanks for looking and take care!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Delicate George

Hey guys! Even though I adore A England Saint George on itself, if a polish is a 1-coater I just have to try it for stamping, and SG is one of those. I'm happy to say that it works great, and for me that made SG even more awesome!
I started with China Glaze Kinetic Candy (2 coats) as base, and stamped it with SG and the delicate flowery image from Konad plate m73. I haven't used that image in a while now, but it's one of my favorite images. Even though it has loads of fine lines, I never had any problems with it and it always gives a cute result :)
On my pictures the mani looks a bit too blue, irl it really shows that SG is more green, and it makes the base look more green as well.



Enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

A England Princess Tears - Review

I wanted to swatch A England Princess Tears today, but boy did I have a hard time capturing it, it seems that the Princess doesn't like to be photographed! It's a unique color, but my pictures mainly show the silvery-grey side. Princess actually has a lot of lilac in it as well, and flashes lilac. On top of that, it's a holographic polish, the strongest holo I've seen so far in A England polish.

The swatches are with 3 thin coats, no base- and top coat.





I'll try to swatch this pretty polish again sometime, and hopefully I'll have more luck with showing the lilac and holo better then! The application and drying time was great, just like any other A England polish.

Have a lovely weekend :)


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A England Dragon & Saint George - Review

Once again it shows that my mailman has excellent timing, I wasn't sure what to do with my nails today and then I got a package! I received 3 polishes from the new "The Legend" collection from A England, and today I have the first 2 for you.

Unfortunately there was no sun today, so my camera had a hard time capturing the subtle holo in these polishes. But I couldn't wait any longer to try these beauties, can you blame me? :) Of course you'll see them again sometime when there's sunshine! The 3rd polish (Princess Tears) really deserves some sunshine pics straight away, because the holo in it is much stronger.

All swatches are without base- and topcoat.


Dragon


Dragon is a mossy green that flashes coppery-golden (as the bottle shows well), and it has a subtle scattered holographic effect. It reminds me more of a forest than of a dragon though, but that's probably because I play WoW and the dragons there have different colors, lol. Anyway, this pretty is unlike any other green I've ever seen!
I used 2 thin coats here, but 1 thicker was probably enough as well.


Saint George


Tbh, this one should've been called Saint Polish or something, whát an awesome color! Tristam is one of my favorite polishes when I'm in a rush or not sure what to wear, but it got some serious competition now from Georgie here. It's a gorgeous teal that leans more green or blue depending on the light. Also has the scattered holographic effect that gives it that deep, rich color.
Perfection in 1 thicker coat. Yeah, I really love this one, can you tell? =)

And because Adina (the lady behind A England) loves cats as well, I wanted to use my cats as background for some pics. They weren't in the mood for that (luckily you can't see the look in Sue's eyes here, hehe), but here you can see how blue Saint George can look as well.


Both of these just glide on your nails like butter, and dry fast and shiny. Adina really made a fabulous collection that was well worth the wait! The Legend polishes will soon be added to the A England website, and in the meantime you can order them by sending Adina an email.

Thanks for looking and take care! :)


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

China Glaze ElectroPop - part II the "Brights" - Review

Today I have the second half of the China Glaze ElectroPop collection for you, the "Brights". All swatches are made without base- and top coat. The description of the polish is from China Glaze.


Aquadelic
Pool blue for nighttime gigs and daytime fun in the sun

Slightly more green irl, bright and happy! 2 coats.


Make Some Noise
Rock the mic in tangerine

One of my favorites of this set, the bit of coral in it makes it very flattering and fun for me. 2 coats.


Sunshine Pop
Shine in the spotlight in bold yellow

This yellow has a light shimmer in it. I'm sorry for the slightly blurry pics here! 3 coats.


Wicked Style
Party cocktail tropical punch

This one's a bit more pink irl. 2 coats.


Gaga For Green
Green lacquer for the girl craving the limelight

Reminds me a bit of grass! 3 coats.


Techno
Glitter confetti polish for a dazzling topcoat finish or all over finger tip bling




These holographic glitters aren't looking so holo on my photos, but it's a colorful and sparkly layering polish. 1 coat. 


Most of these applied smooth and dried fast again, but Gaga For Green and Sunshine Pop were a bit thinner, they needed 3 coats and with that they dried a bit slower as well. Those 2 are also my least favorite colors of them all, I'm just not so into yellow and green polish. The glitters applied like a lot of these kind of glitters do, the smaller ones weren't a problem, but the larger, hexagon shaped glitters need to be dabbed in place a bit. As you can see, it does dry pretty shiny without top coat.
Overall, I think it's a great Spring collection, and I'm loving all the soft cremes! What do you think of these colors?


Click here to see my swatches of the "Lights".


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Friday, January 20, 2012

China Glaze ElectroPop - part I the "Lights" - Review

Yesterday I received a package with the ElectroPop collection from China Glaze, it looked like Spring in a box and the colors really brightened up my day! :) Today I have the first half for you, the "Lights" part of the collection.

All swatches are made with 2 coats of polish, without base- and top coat. The description of the polish is from China Glaze.


Kinetic Candy  
Touch the sky in light blue crème 

This one leans a little bit green-ish grey, love it!


Dance Baby  
Hit center stage in cotton candy pink 

Barbie bubblegum pink, the kind of pink that makes you look a bit tanned.


Electric Beat  
Periwinkle nails for a wink worthy performance

In case you're wondering, a quick look at my nail wheels shows it's a tad more blue than China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le.


Sweet Hook  
Blow a kiss in dreamy lilac  

This soft lilac has a hint of pink in it, one of my favorites of the bunch.


Fuchsia Fanatic 
 Fuchsia pink for the rocker diva in us all  

One of those lovely berry colors that doesn't photograph well, it's a bit more dark and fuchsia.


Gothic Lolita  
Steal the show on girls night out in seductive purple

This one has an almost invisble shimmer, very pretty!


At first sight these colors maybe don't look so original, but I don't have any dupes in my stash and I'm really liking them a lot. And their application makes it even better! It's common for cremes to apply a bit streaky and needing a 3rd coat to even things out, but these 6 didn't have that at all, they all applied very smooth and covered in 2 coats. And you know I love cremes as base for my stamping! So yeah, I'm sure you'll see these more often on my blog ^^
What do you think of this collection so far? :)


Click here to see my swatches of the "Brights" part of this collection:


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Black and silver

For this mani I started with Essence Black Is Back as base, then stamped with China Glaze Millennium and RA plate 106. I think it's one of those manis that looks better irl, so I'd say give this combo a go sometime if you have this plate :) The result reminds me a bit of comics and hypnose, what do you think of it?



Time to go file my nails, thanks for looking! :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Small green spots

These little spots are from Red Angel plate 113, and if you ever thought of doing a dalmatian mani, this might be the plate for you =) I used China Glaze Jolly Holly as stamping polish and Catrice Run Forest Run! as base. I didn't have this color green yet, but RFR is one of the discontinued polishes (you can see the whole list here) so I couldn't resist buying it now. It's a pretty green, and JH works nice with it, but I'm not sure about the image here. What do you think of this combo?



Have a great weekend!
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