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Nail Art, Nail Stamping

Patriotic 4th of July Manicure

June 21, 2012

Hi all! I’ve had a 4th of July manicure on my to-do list for ages, mostly because I knew it would take ages to get it done! LOL! This was my second attempt and it’s much better than the first. :)

Here I used white for the accents, but in my first attempt I used silver. The silver just didn’t pop as much (you can see it in a card how-to video I did earlier today), and I had some application issues, so I was more than happy to take that manicure off this afternoon and start over. And these are the results! :)

Base Colors: Nicole Listen to Your Momager (blue), A-England Perceval (red)
Stamping Color: Konad White
Stamping Plates: Konad m84 (stars), Cheeky Jumbo Image Plate I2 (diagonal stripes & pointer finger)
Heart: China Glaze White on White
Top Coat: Seche Vite

Things to note:
I created the small heart with China Glaze White on White and a dotting tool. I just dotted two dots close together to form the top of the heart and then “drew” the bottom of the heart with itty bitty dots. Also, the tip on my pointer finger smudged a bit after stamping so I ended up painting just the tip with White on White to clean it up. I ended up liking that better anyway. :)

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A-England Order of the Garter & Perceval

June 20, 2012

I have a couple more A-England swatches to show you. The first is Order of the Garter. Look at the sparkle! :)

And then we have Perceval. I wish I would have gotten a better picture of this one. But I have a nail stamping manicure coming up using Perceval and it looks much better. :)

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A-England Avalon

June 19, 2012

I love how A-England’s Avalon seems to glow from within. Such a pretty purple, and application was a dream. This is three coats, but I think I could have gotten away with a careful two coats. :)

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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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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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