(Photo from zoya.com)
Have you seen Zoya’s new summer ranges? They’re ever so pretty, and there’s a lot of variety! The Tickled range is highly pigmented cremes, while Bubbly is a set of sheer glittery jelly polishes. Plus there’s three new additions to Zoya’s Pixie Dust range, which is a very glittery textured polish.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to try one of each range, and plumped for Bar, a champagne chunky glitter, Ling, a creamy mid-blue, and Harper, a jelly pink. Read on for swatches of each! Continue reading
The fourth polish from my recent A England haul is Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty), a bright raspberry pink with scattered holo and a blue flash. I’m not actually an enormous fan of pink on my nails, but this is a surprisingly wearable colour, thanks to the depth of it – it’s never Barbie-pink, and the different tones help to give it more of a jewel-like quality.
It’s been a while since I’ve considered my nails in good enough condition to paint, but they’re finally just getting long enough that I can bear to see them coloured! With all the grey light at the moment, I was feeling ready for a pop of colour, but still lusting after the darkened jewel tones that autumn seems to call for, and I knew I had the perfect thing: Jessica Nails Gorgeous Garter Belt, a deep, rich peony pink. It’s much more sophisticated than the terrible name would suggest.
Anyway, enough talking, on with the pictures!
The simplest of all nail art! Paint your nails with a base colour (mine’s Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream). Unfold a kirby grip, dip it in the second polish (mine’s Essie Mezmerised), dot over your nails. I’ve jazzed this up with a zigzag of reversed colour on my middle finger, and topped it with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat, et voila.
There’s something about A England polishes that makes me want to photograph them whenever I wear them! I’ve been wearing Galahad, a beautiful dusty turquoise, on its own for a couple of days, and this morning I felt like jazzing it up a little, so I’ve added a sort of frill of St George, a deep teal holographic.
Pretty, don’t you think? These two polishes are among my favourite few A Englands (no way could I choose one favourite!), and I think they work really well together.
I’ve never tried a gradient before, but I’ve always thought they looked super pretty. Today when it came time to choose my nail colours for the next couple of days, I knew I wanted to wear purple, but thought that I wanted something a bit more exciting than plain colour. So, I whipped out my sponge (19p for 5, thank you Tesco!) and had a go at a gradient!
I love A England, and plan to do a little post about my whole collection of them quite soon (just waiting for good sunlight to swatch all the holos!). For this look I’ve used Guinevere, a pretty pale purple, and Elaine, a very dark purple. Continue reading