Swatch Sunday – A England Collection

First stop on my personal collection tour is A England! I absolutely love everything Adina produces, and have spent countless hours drooling over polishes I’ve yet to get my hands on. Pretty much every A England polish no included in this post is near the top of my lust list.

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Tutorial Tuesday – Leopard Print

Hello all! I’ve been looking through all the comments from the giveaway, and almost everyone has said that they’d love to see tutorials on the blog!

I can’t guarantee great quality with this one as it’s my first, but I figured I’d get started and give it a try. Bear with me as I figure out what works best, and feel free to leave comments and suggestions!

Without further ado, a tutorial for my absolute favorite print.

 

Tools used:

A England Lady of the Lake, A England Princess Tears, black striper, 2-in-1 base coat and top coat

You can use any colors you want, just have a light, medium, and dark. I used these pretty purples because they’re my favorites 🙂

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This is what the striper brush looks like. I just had this handy in case I didn’t like the effect of the dotting tool (which is coming up next!)

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Brush set from MASH

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The two tools I used, a dotting tool (a really tiny one!) and a small rounded brush

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Step 1

Start with a top coat to protect your nails from staining and help the manicure last longer.

Step 2

Paint your nails with the lightest color as a base. Try to reach full opacity.

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Step 3

Using the small rounded brush (or even your polish’s brush if you’re careful), make random sized blobs with the medium color. Try to make some almost crescent shaped, but it’s okay if it looks a little messy and not uniform.

 

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Step 4

Using your dotting tool, create an incomplete circle of dots with your darkest color around the blobs. Alternatively, if you don’t have a dotting tool, you can try to use a striper or a toothpick. I fid the striper is the hardest to work with, but can still create the same look.

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Step 5

Wait for the colors to dry a bit before adding topcoat, as you don’t want to smear the darkest color.

Then add top coat to even out the texture and make the mani shine!

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And the result!

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I hope this was helpful! Feel free to leave questions about this tutorial or suggestions for future ones in the comments!

~ Charlotte

A England – Saint George

Bearer of a valiant & courageous heart, this fathomless teal reveals the strength of the brave knight’s convictions with his gleaming, fiery core.

By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen swatches of Saint George. It’s probably the most exciting A England polish so far (well, except for Princess Tears in my opinion, more on that later!) and with good reason!

I must admit, when The Legend collection first came out, I saw Saint George and thought “maybe next time” because I’m not typically one for green polishes. As soon as I started seeing swatches of it online, however, I knew I’d made a mistake. When Adina had that awesome promotion for The Mythicals collection a few weeks ago, my first thought was to include Saint George and I’m sooooooo glad I did! I also finally gave in and got Lady of the Lake and Tristam, which you’ll see soon!

Without further ado, the most beautiful deep teal holo:

The above picture may be a bit blurry, but just look at that gorgeous holo!

This one shows the darker side of Saint George.

I have to say, I have completely transformed into a lover of teals, especially the darker ones. Add some holo on top of that and we have a new favorite polish. A England never disappoints!