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June 2012

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A-England Galahad & Guinevere

June 15, 2012

I have two cream polishes from A-England to show today. The first is Galahad…

And the second is Guinevere…

The application for both was the usual spectacular A-England application, although these definitely needed two coats. The first coat for both was a bit sheer and streaky, but the second coat evened everything out. Such pretty, soft colors. I love these two, especially for summer. And we all know I love aqua polishes. ;)

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A-England Bridal Veil

June 14, 2012

Whew! This week is flying by. Sorry for no updates for a few days. I had a chance to swatch all the A-England polishes that I own that I haven’t shown here yet. Oh, they’re so yummy!

So for the next few days I’ll be showing them. The first one up is actually the very last one I swatched yesterday so I kept it on my fingers. It’s what I’m wearing today.

A-England Bridal Veil is a deep black with little itty bitty specks. From far away, it definitely looks just like a black polish. Fun to apply, though! I got away with only one coat! :)

Here’s a close up shot…

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Essie Mojito Madness

June 10, 2012

I adore this green… So summery…

BTW, I had a marathon cleaning session in my kitchen tonight. I hate cleaning. Boo. Anyway, the only way my nail polish can survive cleaning is to wear rubber gloves. SO attractive, let me tell you. And I hate the way it makes my hands sweat. But on the other hand, at least my manicure comes out unscathed. :)

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Orly Skinny Dip

June 9, 2012

Loving the bright blue of Orly Skinny Dip. Perfect for summer. Lots of shrinkage on this one with Seche Vite, though. When I wear it again, I’ll have to switch up the topcoat with something else.

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A-England Saint George

June 6, 2012

Oh, my word. I am in love with this polish. There’s a lot of hype around A-England polishes and now I know why. The formula is just dreamy. Love love love this dark teal color called Saint George…

(I ordered this color and a couple more from

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Aqua Blue Polishes Swatch Comparison

June 6, 2012

It’s no secret that I’m loving all the aqua blue-ish green polishes that brands are coming out with these days. Even though all the shades I own are rather similar, I just. can’t. help. myself. LOL! So, I broke out all my aqua polishes and thought I’d show the differences.

A line up of polishes are shown after the swatches. Bottles are in the order shown in the swatch photos. Enjoy!

Left to Right: China Glaze For Audrey, Zoya Wednesday,
Eyeko Vintage Polish, Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqualily

Left to right: China Glaze Aquadelic, Color Club New Bohemian,
Dior Saint-Tropez, Zoya Bevin

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The problem with blogging about nail polish is…

June 5, 2012

it’s painfully obvious when your nail breaks super short. :(

The nail on my ring finger on my left hand always seems to break once it gets to a sufficient length. Boo. Because I hate having one short nail, I trimmed the rest down to be a similar length. Definitely not as super short as my ring finger, but generally a better length to grow them all out at the same rate…

Today I’m wearing Butter London Pink Ribbon. It’s a very sheer pale pink polish. So sheer that I had to do four thick coats to get it this opaque. It’s a pretty, neutral color. Not sure if I like it on my nails, though. I used the Butter London basecoat and topcoat as well.

I think dark nail polish looks awesome on short nails, so I think I’ll switch this out for a dark polish later today.

On a positive note, with my new shorter nails it’s much easier to type on my iPhone. :)

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Stripe Ombre Nails

June 3, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I saw the above set of nail polishes and ordered it. I thought the range of green colors was really pretty. :) The bottles are pretty small and tiny, though.

I was inspired by a manicure I saw on Pinterest and decided to do a stripe ombre design using striping tape. I wasn’t familiar with striping tape until a couple of weeks ago, too. I ended up ordering some from a seller on Amazon. It came super fast! I ordered and it arrived 2 days later! :)

So first I painted my nails with China Glaze White on White and applied a topcoat (Seche Vite). Then I cut strips of the tape and applied four to each nail. I pressed down the edges really well, and then carefully painted each of the five colors from the ombre set of polishes. I then removed the tape revealing the white polish underneath, and then applied another layer of topcoat.

NOTE: I painted one full nail at a time and removed the tape while the polish was still wet. There were a few spots where the surface of the polish had started to dry and dragged when I was pulling the tape off (see the ring finger?). I think I need to practice with the tape masking technique a bit more to master it. :)

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