A England – Elizabeth & Mary Collection Swatches

I’m so excited to share the new A England Elizabeth & Mary collection with you. I will warn you before I start that there will be a lot of praise in this post. These five shades absolutely blew me away. It’s common knowledge that A England has flawless formulas but these seemed to be even more amazing than the other shades I own. Let’s take a look!

A England – Virgin Queen (natural daylight)

A England – Virgin Queen (natural daylight)

A England – Virgin Queen (direct light)

A England – Virgin Queen (direct light)

A England – Virgin Queen: First up is Virgin Queen which is probably the hardest to describe out of the entire 5-piece collection. It’s neither silver nor bronze, somewhere in between. To make it even trickier it even has a subtle duochrome finish. And of course a gorgeous holo, as if it wasn’t beautiful enough! The formula is what blew me away the most, so smooth and buttery. A dream to apply! I used two thin coats and top coat.

A England – Queen of Scots (natural daylight)

A England – Queen of Scots (natural daylight)

A England – Queen of Scots: Next up is this vampy royal blue, Queen of Scots. It’s very deep and has a rich shimmer. It’s almost a one coater but I still applied too for flawless finish. Not your average dark royal blue, this one is simply spectacular! This was two thin coats and top coat.

A England – Fotheringhay Castle (natural daylight)

A England – Fotheringhay Castle (natural daylight)

A England – Fotheringhay Castle (direct light)

A England – Fotheringhay Castle (direct light)

A England – Fotheringhay Castle: Next we have this amazing mossy green holo. It’s so unique and interesting! I don’t own anything quite like this, in a good way! I really love this one. The formula again was an absolute pleasure to work with. Two easy coats and top coat.

A England – Gloriana (natural daylight)

A England – Gloriana (natural daylight)

A England – Gloriana: Next is Gloriana which is a red foil with tiny gold flakes. It’s luxurious, warm and simply beautiful. I used two coats and top coat.

A England – Crown of Thistles (natural daylight)

A England – Crown of Thistles (natural daylight)

A England – Crown of Thistles (direct light)

A England – Crown of Thistles (direct light)

A England – Crown of Thistles: And finally, my favourite, Crown of Thistles! A gorgeous bright purple holo. I’d say this one has the best formula out of the collection. This is a true one coater! I applied two coats because, well I couldn’t help myself. It has a gorgeous vibrant holo finish which in low light translates to a beautiful silver shimmer without dulling the colour. Love it! This was two thin coats and top coat.

This collection blew me away. Adina outdid herself once again! The formula is easily one of the best ones I’ve tried in a long time. I don’t say that lightly! Let me know in the comments which colour takes your fancy.

You can purchase A England Elizabeth & Mary collection directly from A England if you are based in the UK or from one of the international stockists if you are located elsewhere. For me that’s The Nailista Shop in Belgium, who kindly passed my set onto me. Thanks again Kate!

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30th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 19 Comments

China Glaze – The Giver Collection Swatches

I’m super excited to share my swatches of the China Glaze The Giver collection today. It’s one of my favourite China Glaze collections to date, it features mainly creme polishes and muted colours which are right up my alley. I was sent these by the lovely Petra of Pretty Polish who is one of the stockists here in Europe. She has all the latest China Glaze collections, as well as brands such as piCture pOlish, Cirque Colors, Zoya and more. Let’s take a look!

China Glaze – The Outer Edge

China Glaze – The Outer Edge: The Giver collection contains two glitters so I’ll start and end wiht a glitter! First up is The Outer Edge which is a fine white glitter in a clear base. It contains tiny hex white glitter as well as even tinier holographic glitter, similar to Fairy Dust. This is a snow globe in a bottle! Formula was good. I layered one coat over Intelligence, Integrity & Courage, and added top coat.

China Glaze – Friends Forever, Right?: Next up is this pale pink. It’s white with a tiny hint of pink, very feminine and sweet. It’s less stark than pure white so I found it to be very flattering. I also love this as a base for nail art! The coverage was okay, there was still some VNL after three coats but it didn’t bother me too much.

China Glaze – Five Rules: Next is Five Rules which is a fairly strange colour. It’s beige-y but has a hint of grey to it as well. I think it’s gorgeous! Reminded me of OPI My Vampire Is Buff but darker. I used three thin coats.

China Glaze – Intelligence, Integrity & Courage: Next is a pretty grey which a slightly blue undertone. I think the blue undertone makes it a little easier to wear. I used three coats.

China Glaze – New Birth: This shade is an almost-white like Friends Forever, Right?, only this one is blue toned. I fell in love with this when I saw swatches of it but I found the formula quite problematic. It’s a jelly so it’s tricky to apply and three coats didn’t give me the perfect coverage I was hoping for. Maybe my application is at fault because it seems to look great on other people’s swatches. I wanted to love this one, I really did… I used three coats.

China Glaze – Capacity To See Beyond: Next we have this gorgeous bright turquoise. I feel like it’s a bit of an oddball in a collection of mainly muted shades, this one is anything but muted. It is truly stunning though! I used three thin coats.

China Glaze – History Of The World: This is a true blurple – blue and purple mix. I love this one a lot! The formula was absolutely flawless. I used two coats.

China Glaze – Release: Next is this pretty taupe shade. It’s very unique and I found it quite flattering. This sounds strange but the word that came to mind when I was swatching this was comforting. Possibly because I have a fleece blanket in this colour, haha! I used two coats.

China Glaze – Givers Theme: Do I even need words to describe this? Oh man. I’m in love! This is a beautiful orchid with brilliant coverage. I used two coats.

China Glaze – Seeing Red: This collection includes a red, and usually I cast the reds aside without looking at them again but this one is very very interesting. It has a raspberry jelly base (you can see this around the rim of the bottle) but the red itself is almost like a muted orange. Unlike any reds I own! The formula was great, I used easy two coats.

China Glaze – Community: Next we have Community which is a chocolate brown. It has a muted quality which makes it a little more interesting. I don’t tend to wear browns in their own though, something about them I find hard to get used to. I do think this would look killer for a brown leopard print! Two easy coats.

China Glaze – Boundary Of Memory

China Glaze – Boundary Of Memory: And finally, the second glitter in this collection. It’s a microglitter with silver, black and brown colours. It’s super sparkly! I liked this but mine was a little on the thick side. I used two coats and added top coat since it dries matte.

Here’s an overview of the entire China Glaze The Giver collection. The formulas on most of these was really great, and I truly loved every single one of the colours. My favourites are Givers Theme, Five Rules and Capacity To See Beyond. What are yours? Let me know in the comments!

You can purchase the China Glaze The Giver collection from Pretty Polish. Petra’s shop is based in The Netherlands and she has all the new collections in stock including All Aboard and Twinkle (coming very soon). She offers worldwide shipping!

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29th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 35 Comments

Powder Perfect – Swatches

Today I have three gorgeous Powder Perfect shades to share with you. These were sent to me by the lovely Mei Mei’s Signatures, she is one of the international stockist of the Australian-based Powder Perfect.  Let’s jump right in and take a look!

Powder Perfect – Deceptively Sweet

Powder Perfect – Deceptively Sweet

Powder Perfect – Deceptively Sweet: First up is Deceptively Sweet. It’s a tricky colour to describe, it’s an orchid type of colour with a lavender touch? It’s also quite bright and cheerful. I just adore this one! It has tiny purple flecks as well as shimmery gold flecks. Formula was really great. I used two coats and top coat.

Powder Perfect – Faded Jeans

Powder Perfect – Faded Jeans

Powder Perfect – Faded Jeans: Next is Faded Jeans, a beautiful grey jelly with multicolor fine glitter. There’s red, pink, blue, gold and silver fine glitter in there. I don’t wear glitter a lot but this one is beautiful and subtle. I used three thin coats and top coat.

Powder Perfect – Foreboding (natural daylight)

Powder Perfect – Foreboding (natural daylight)

Powder Perfect – Foreboding (direct light)

Powder Perfect – Foreboding (direct light)

Powder Perfect – Foreboding: Finally we have Foreboding which is a beautiful metallic teal holo with a subtle duochrome effect. This one is complex, bold and truly spectacular. The formula was an absolute dream to work with. I used two thin coats.

You can purchase these Powder Perfect from the official website or form one of the stockists, including Mei Mei’s Signatures. She has worldwide shipping available and an incredible range of indies. Make sure to check out the website!

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28th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 26 Comments

Purple Leopard Nail Art

I have a quick nail art post for you today! It’s been a long time since I did leopard nails but when I do them, I like to create a little twist. A few months ago I did this leopard skittle nail using a brush-stroke leopard effect. I really wanted to recreate it and use it in a full mani, let’s take a look!

I started with CANVAS Lacquer Flaunt It! as a base (review and swatches here) then applied random large and small dots using CANVAS Lacquer Orchids. Then using ORLY Instant Artist Striper in Jet Black I used short brush strokes going in the same direction to create the leopard print effect. Make sure to add small strokes in between the purple dots to fill up any empty spaces.

I really love how these turned out. Simple yet fun! A holographic base is the perfect way to spice up a leopard print. I’ve hidden some photos after the jump of what these nails looked like in direct light. Make sure to take a look!

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27th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 25 Comments

Spell Polish – A Charm Of Powerful Trouble Collection Swatches

I have a very picture heavy swatch post for you today! The latest Spell Polish collection called A Charm of Powerful Trouble, inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Heather did an absolutely amazing job with this collection, I’m in love! Let’s take a look.

Spell Polish – Adder’s Fork (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Adder’s Fork (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Adder’s Fork (direct light)

Spell Polish – Adder’s Fork (direct light)

Spell Polish – Adder’s Fork: First up is Adder’s Fork which is a metallic red holo. I don’t think I own anything quite like this. It’s very unique and has almost a muted quality. Great for the Holiday season! This was two easy coats.

Spell Polish – Blind-Worm’s Sting (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Blind-Worm’s Sting (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Blind-Worm’s Sting (direct light)

Spell Polish – Blind-Worm’s Sting (direct light)

Spell Polish – Blind-Worm’s Sting: Next we have a speckled orange holo. I say speckled because it has that sort of effect but it’s an orange microglitter in a clear base with lots of holo. Since the base is clear the holo effect is super strong since it’s not muted by a tinted base. It’s a tad sheerer but it builds up nicely in three thin coats.

Spell Polish – Toe Of Frog (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Toe Of Frog (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Toe Of Frog + top coat (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Toe Of Frog + top coat (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Toe Of Frog: Next we have Toe Of Frog which is in my opinion the gem of this collection. It’s so unique! It’s a green shimmer with a subtle duochrome effect and fine blue microglitter scattered throughout. It dries to a matte effect which I loved so I’ve shown it both ways, both with and without top coat. I used three thin coats.

Spell Polish – Eye Of Newt (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Eye Of Newt (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Eye Of Newt (direct light)

Spell Polish – Eye Of Newt (direct light)

Spell Polish – Eye Of Newt: Next is this beautiful shimmery blue with a holo finish. It has a somewhat muted quality to it and pink shimmer for more depth. It was a little brush stroke-y but nothing major, it was definitely not as visible in person. I used two coats.

Spell Polish – Lizard’s Leg (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Lizard’s Leg (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Lizard’s Leg (direct light)

Spell Polish – Lizard’s Leg (direct light)

Spell Polish – Lizard’s Leg: Next up is this beautiful metallic steel blue holo. The holo effect is really strong on this one. Love it! Formula was absolutely flawless. I used two coats.

Spell Polish – Wool of Bat (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Wool of Bat (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Wool of Bat + top coat (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Wool of Bat + top coat (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Wool of Bat: This is my favourite polish out of the entire collection! A gorgeous matte, almost black, purple with rich purple shimmer. It has a true matte finish and it’s just so beautiful. The shimmer is more noticeable once you add top coat but I think the matte finish is more unique. Love this one! I used two coats.

Spell Polish – Tongue of Dog (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Tongue of Dog (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Tongue of Dog: Next we have this shimmery blue duochrome that shifts to purple. It has gorgeous tiny pink flakes that are much more obvious in person than my swatches show. I’m so sad I didn’t get to capture them fully since they really add something unique to this polish. I used three thin coats.

Spell Polish – Owlet’s Wing (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Owlet’s Wing (natural daylight)

Spell Polish – Owlet’s Wing (direct light)

Spell Polish – Owlet’s Wing (direct light)

Spell Polish – Owlet’s Wing: The eighth and final shade in this collection is Owlet’s Wing. A silver holo with sparse iridescent hex glitter. The iridescent glitter almost look like waterdrops in person, they’re really pretty. I used three coats.

This collection is a total win for me. I think evey single shade is beautiful and the formula on all of them was flawless. My personal favourites are Wool of Bat (matte purple) and Toe of Frog (green). I’m also hopelessly in love with Heather’s bottles and logo. The bottles feel very luxurious and look so beautiful.

You can purchase Spell Polish from the official website (US) or from one of the international stockists. All polishes contain 15ml and are 5-free and cruelty free.

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24th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 42 Comments

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