Friday, February 27, 2015

a england - Crown of Thistles

Hello!

Today I have a beautiful a england polish for you! This is Crown of Thistles from the Elizabeth & Mary collection. It's a GORGEOUS red-toned purple holo. The formula is a dream which is standard for a england. The holo is a bit more subtle than most indie polishes but is a bit stronger than a england polishes in the past. So, I would say the holo level is right smack in the middle at a 5/10 if 10 is pure Spectraflair and 0 is a crappy holo from the drug store. It's strong enough that you can see it indoors.

The great thing about a england is you can find it in online shops all around the world. I've listed a few here but there are many many more.

 a england - Crown of Thistles: $10 Llarowe, $10 Color 4 Nails, $12.95 Nail Polish Canada, £9 a england, S$15 Mei Mei's Signatures, $15.40 Femme Fatale Cosmetics
a england - Crown of Thistles

Monday, February 23, 2015

Zoya Sansa over Zoya Mira with MatteVelvet

I really loved Sansa in the bottle, it has a gorgeous purple base and it stays true to color with 1 coat (not opaque). Unfortunately, with 2 coats it loses some of it's purple and becomes more of a blackened maroon base. I found a way to fix it though! Fortunately, I ordered Zoya - Mira at the same time that I ordered Sansa. I just put 2 coats of Zoya Mira down with 1 coat of Sansa on top.
Now, I know gold shimmers look lovely with matte top coats so I gave that a shot as well. It looks fabulous! I think I prefer it matte but, it's a close call.

Top: 1 coat Zoya - Sansa over 2 coats Zoya - Mira with Zoya - MatteVelvet top coat on top.
Bottom: 1 coat Zoya - Sansa over 2 coats Zoya - Mira with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat on top.

Zoya - Sansa: $9 Zoya.com , $10.75 Nail Polish Canada
Zoya - Mira: $9 Zoya.com, $10.75 Nail Polish Canada
Zoya - MatteVelvet Top Coat: $10 Zoya.com, $11.75 Nail Polish Canada
Zoya - Sansa over Zoya - Mira with Zoya - Matte Velvet Top Coat
Zoya - Sansa over Zoya - Mira with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Max Factor - Fantasy Fire over Zoya - Sansa over Zoya - Mira

Hello, sorry for the long time no post! I ordered a bunch of stamping plates from MoYou and they finally showed up but, my stamper didn't work with them so I got pretty depressed about it. I've pre-ordered a Creative Shop stamper but I'm guessing it will be at least a month before I actually have it. For the price I paid ($20), it better work and it better be f'ing fantastic.

So, I've had Max Factor Fantasy Fire for a really long time but, I had not found a way to make it look as good as it does in the bottle. I found out on accident. I ordered Mira and Sansa from Zoya during their NYNH Sale and they showed up. I didn't like now Sansa looked with a second coat because the gorgeous purple base seemed to disappear, so, the next time I wore it I tried 2 coats of Mira with 1 coat of Sansa on top. I decided it looked a lot like Max Factor - Fantasy Fire without the green duo-chromatic flash. So, of course I decided to see what it looks like with 2 coats of Max Factor Fantasy Fire on top. It looks pretty awesome. The green flash is there and you can kind of see it on the side of my pointer finger but, it was being camera shy as usual (I still have no idea how to get it to show up in pictures).

I do have some shots of Zoya - Sansa over Zoya - Mira on their own but I will post those another day.

So, this is 2 coats of Max Factor - Fantasy Fire over 1 coat of Zoya - Sansa over 2 coats of Zoya - Mira. Glisten & Glow - HK Girl Top Coat on top.

Max Factor - Fantasy Fire: $11 Color4Nails
Zoya - Sansa: $9 Zoya.com , $10.75 Nail Polish Canada
Zoya - Mira: $9 Zoya.com, $10.75 Nail Polish Canada
Max Factor - Fantasy Fire over Zoya - Sansa over Zoya - Mira