Saint George

This might just be my favorite a-England ever!  And I love a-England.  I wanted Saint George for probably six months before I finally bought it, and then it just sat in my helmer (I did take it out and look at it every few days).  I don’t know why I waited so long to wear this, but when I finally put it on the other day, it was magic.

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Saint George is a gorgeous teal base with a scattered holographic shimmer.  It’s just perfect.  I’m not really all that into holos (I know, shocker), but I cannot resist any of Adina’s creations.  This has just the right amount of sparkle, and the color itself is really something special.

I wish I could have captured the holo better, but my camera was being dumb and it was already getting dark.  Just imagine this with way more sparkles.

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The formula on this was typical for a-Englands: ah-mazing.  If you haven’t tried any of them, you are seriously missing out.  This was… wait for it… one coat.  Yes, one coat.

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If you haven’t already guessed, I LOVE Saint George! I also love a-England (and Adina and Tristam – her adorable cat).  Definitely a contender for my favorite polish (and brand) ever.  Ok, I need to stop because I could totally look at pictures of this all day and I actually have things to do.  Kind of.

Go Green for Fall (and Winter)!

It’s no secret that I love green nail polish.  And rich, jewel-tone greens are my absolute favorite colors to wear in the colder months.  If you’re not adventurous with your polish, this is the time to experiment – it’s easier to start with a vampy green than with a summer neon.  I thought I’d share some of my favorites, mostly because I use blogging to justify my obsession.  But maybe you’ll find something that you like.  I’ll link to the swatches I’ve already posted, and you can expect to see the rest of these in the next few months.

1. Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama: One of my all-time favorites.  It’s a black base with a gorgeous emerald shimmer.  Like velvet for your nails (without the weird texture of velvet nails).

2. Sonia Kashuk Emerald City: A creamy emerald green (that’s less blue-toned than most), great formula, and the only one of these with a price tag under $5.

3. OPI Live and Let Die: Thisclose to being black, with gorgeous green/gold mini flakes.  Did I mention this is a one-coater?  Yeah, you should probably go get it now.

4. Butter LONDON British Racing Green:  If you want classic, this is it.  Gorgeous dark green, with just enough shimmer to make it something special.

5. a-England Saint George: Emerald green.  a-England’s flawless formula.  And tons of holo goodness.  (Also check out Dragon.)

6. Butter LONDON Stag Do: So, technically (according to the BL website), this is blue.  But it’s definitely on the teal/green side, and it is filled with gorgeous green shimmer.  It still works, right?

7. Essie Going Incognito:  For me, this is the one that started it all.  My first (grown-up) green polish.  It’s the perfect balance of light, dark, green, and blue, with a bit of dustiness that makes it more wearable.  Love!

8. OPI Cuckoo For this Color: This one’s for you metallic lovers out there.  It’s gorgeous and rich, with a crazy amount of shimmer.  This one screams “holiday season” to me.

9. Julep Diane: Dark forest green with no creaminess, shimmer, or blue.  Beautiful and deep.

10. OPI Jade is the New Black: Medium jade green.  Leans a little blue, and is just dusty enough that it’s not “too green.”

11: Essie Stylenomics: This one is almost-black, but still a gorgeous color.  It’s on the teal side, but you almost can’t tell. If you like black polish, you’ll love this.

12: a-England Tess D’Urbervilles: A blackened green base, with an insane amount of coarse green/gold shimmer.  Reminds me of light peeking through dense trees.  Gorgeous!

Lady of the Lake

a-England is definitely one of my favorite brands right now.  Their formula is flawless, and their colors are vibrant and unique.  If you haven’t tried them yet, you’re missing out!

Lady of the Lake is one of the first a-Englands I bought in their sale a couple months ago.  It’s a gorgeous dark purple with blue undertones and a TON of holographic microglitter.  In dim lighting, they just look like silver sparkles, but this really comes alive in the light.  Gorgeous!

And here is a second, blurred picture so you can see the holo effect better.  Adina (the creator of a-England) definitely didn’t skimp on the glitter!  I also bought Tristam, which is pretty much the same with a navy base.  And check out the Legends collection if you love the holo.

Sorry my camera hates holos (and purples), but I had to show it anyway 🙂

a-England polishes are available directly from a-England, or from online retailers like Llarowe and Ninja Polish.  I recently bought the entire Gothic Beauties collection – which is amazing – and am planning on getting St. George and Bridal Veil next!

What’s your favorite a-England?