Showing posts with label A-England. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A-England. Show all posts

24 November 2014

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Unless you've been in a Buddhist monastery for the last month or so, completely shut off from the outside world, I'm sure you have by now heard of the new A England Elizabeth & Mary collection. I gave you a sneak peak last week when I did stained glass roses using four out of the five polishes in the collection. I'm back now with a full review. If you haven't yet picked up anything from this collection, or you are not sure if you need these polishes (short answer - yes you need them!),  I hope my swatches will help.

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

17 November 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day Five, History

Hi everyone! This is embarrassingly late, but I'm happy to round off another Digit-al Dozen week, even if it does seep into the week after! When deciding what to do for day five, I tossed around a few fun ideas. I had the new A England collection sitting on my desk, generously sent to me from Nail Polish Canada, and it suddenly dawned on me.

Stained glass roses featuring A England
Stained glass roses featuring A England

For so many years I've been interested in learning about history, and I'm officially an Art Historian now. So it only seemed natural to pay tribute to my love of history. And A England is the perfect brand to do some nail art, because more than any other brand it's known for drawing inspiration from history, art and literature.

18 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty, Water Marbled: Holographic Water Marble Fail

Hi everyone! I don't do this too often, but the mani I'm posting tonight I actually consider to be a fail. I knew this would happen when I started the 31 Day Challenge - an instance where I wasn't happy with a design and didn't have the chance to redo it, and today's the day. One of my major goals with this blog is to inspire others, but this blog is also meant to capture my growth as a nail artist. And with that growth comes it's ups and downs.

I started off by wanting to do a water marble with several holographic polishes from A England. I began with a black base using Orly Liquid Vinyl, then did a water marble with A England Tristam, Saint George, and Lady of the Lake.



The technique itself was not a problem. These are actually good polishes to marble with as they don't dry too fast allowing you to move them around in the water. The problem is that the marble effect is really hard to see. It's somewhat better in person, but difficult to capture on camera.



So here's where I need your help. I'm wondering if I should try to do another water marble with these polishes. If so, what should I do differently? Should I work with a lighter base? Maybe do the water marble over a grey or white base? I really love how these polishes disperse in the water, so I'm not quite ready to give up on the idea.



So there you have it, one of the few times I'll post a fail. What do you think - should I not do posts like this, or should I have waited until I could post a successful water marble? Have you had a water marble fail?

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08 September 2013

Girly Bits Canuck The Dots, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have another somewhat recent release from Girly Bits to show you tonight. Being Canadian this one appeals to me for patriotic reasons, but you don't have to be a Canuck (slang for Canadian) to like this one!

Girly Bits Canuck The Dots

Canuck The Dots is a clear-based glitter topper with matte red and white hexes, squares, rectangles, and bars. It also has a subtle, but noticeable, silver shimmer.

Girly Bits Canuck The Dots over American Apparel L'Esprit

Formula-wise I didn't have too many problems with this one. It does need to be turned upside down for 15 minutes or so before applying, also a good shaking before applying helps. I found it went on smoothly, and I used one coat with some touch ups.

Girly Bits Canuck The Dots over American Apparel L'Esprit

One issue with the polish is that you can't fuss too much in applying the glitter. I did that on a few nails, and ended up transferring some of my base polish on the glitter. Normally it wouldn't be an issue, but with those bit white glitters it's noticeable - you know what they say about white...it gets dirty easy! ;)

Girly Bits Canuck The Dots over A-England Dorian Gray

I couldn't decided on a base polish so I tried it over two - American Apparel L'Esprit (lavender), and A-England Dorian Gray (steel grey). Which one do you like better?

Overall, I love how bold and geometric this looks. I think it's the big squares and rectangles that give it that stark but eye-catching look.

Girly Bits Canuck The Dots over A-England Dorian Gray

What do you think of this polish?

Girly Bits polishes are available from their website, there you'll also find a list of distributors for other places to buy Girly Bits. Follow Girly Bits Cosmetics on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and new releases.

*Products in this post provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more detail.*

03 January 2013

Girly Bits Season of Sparkle: My Picks, Part 1

Hi everyone! So were you back to work today? I'll be going back tomorrow, which I'm dreading since I've become a bit nocturnal over the winter holiday. It's going to be lots of coffee for me tomorrow!

When Pam of Girly Bits released her holiday collection "Season of Sparkle" at the end of November, I jumped at the chance to own some of them. I ended up getting five of these beauties. I'm going to be showing you two today, and the other three I'll show tomorrow! :)

Today I have the two glitter toppers that I bought, Heirloom and Eight Crazy Nights. For fun I decided to try them over two different polishes each to get a sense of the different possibilities. The formula for the two is very similar, so I'll talk about that at the end.

Heirloom was an instant love for me. It's made up of silver, pink, and wine-coloured hex and square glitter that's small to medium in size. There's no fancy shimmer or holographic particles trying to wow you, just shiny glitter. And I like that. The beauty of this polish is in the unique mix of colours - very feminine, almost conservative - and the simplicity. I really don't have anything like this.

Girly Bits Heirloom over Avon Vintage Boutique

I first tried Heirloom over Avon Vintage Boutique. I really like the combination of a neutral with the rose and wine-coloured glitter. If there was such a thing as a work-appropriate glitter mani, this would be it! The second swatch is over Essie Where's My Chauffeur? I *love* (LOVE!!!) this combination!! For the second swatch, I wanted something that provided a bit of contrast, but I was so surprised by how much I love these two colours together. Even though both Heirloom and Where's My Chauffeur are holiday collection polishes, I could see myself wearing this mani year round.

Girly Bits Heirloom over Essie Where's My Chauffeur?

Eight Crazy Nights I'm assuming is a reference to Adam Sandler's Chanukah Song where he describes Chanukah as "eight crazy nights." Crazy would be one way of describing this polish (and I mean that in a good way), there's so much going on here!! There's two different shades of blue hex glitter - a dark navy blue and a vibrant cerulean blue. As well, there's silver hexes, squares, and diamonds, some of which are holographic. And to top it off there's blue diamonds and holo micro glitter. Photographs I've seen of this polish really fail to show off its sparkle.

Girly Bits Eight Crazy Nights over China Glaze Pelican Gray

The first swatch is Eight Crazy Nights over China Glaze Pelican Gray. I really like this combination, it brings out the blue in the polish. But the second swatch - over A-England Lady of Shallot - really took me by surprise. In the lightbox this looks flat, but in real life, the holo shimmer really pops over the dark base. The shimmer takes over and you have an almost galaxy nail effect. This was my favourite of the two combinations - it really radiates and has a mysterious look.

Girly Bits Eight Crazy Nights over A-England Lady of Shallot

Formula: For all swatches I did one coat over the base colour. I found that the glitter payoff with both was excellent. There were a few areas where the glitter was a bit sparse, so I did touch ups in those areas. Like most glitter polishes, shaking or rolling between the palms before applying will help to get more glitter onto the brush. Overall, I was very pleased with both polishes.

What do you think? Do you have either of these? Which combination is your favourite?

I bought these through Girly Bits' Bigcartel store, but they are also available through other retailers, see the Girly Bits website for more info.
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