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a-England Her Rose Adagio

Hello readers and fellow nail color enthusiasts! Today I have one of a-England’s newest Ballerina collection polishes, Her Rose Adagio. I am actually sort of on the quick side with these swatches I suppose, seeing as Adina’s (the creator of a-England) usual blogger, Eugenia at OmmorphiaBeautyBar, hasn’t put out official swatches and descriptions yet! I usually cite the creator on what exactly a polish is, color-wise, but since there’s no data I’m going to give it a shot.

Her Rose Adagio is presumably named after and referring to what is considered to be one of the most difficult sequences in ballet. It’s from Sleeping Beauty, and is the part where the main character is presented to four different suitors, and involves the ballerina undergoing a very strenuous sequence of promenades-twice! You can watch this video of Ms. Fonteyn herself, who is the inspiriation for the entire Ballerina collection, and see for yourself. The part that is most strenuous is also the most visually impressive, to me: where the four suitors come up each and turn her on one foot, pivoted like a little girl’s jewelry-box figurine.

The color of Her Rose Adagio is similar to the color of Ms. Fonteyn’s tutu in the video I linked above, and I have to wonder if it’s the inspiration for it. The polish itself is a gorgeous soft pink-nude sort of color, with just the right amount of holo effect: noticeable in sunlight, but not attention-demanding. (That’s something I’ve always liked about a-England!)

Despite my efforts I was only able to capture one truly color-accurate photo of Her Rose Adagio, though most of the ones I’ll show you are close, and do show off the lovely soft holo finish. This polish’s formula was exquisite (like all a-Englands!) and stunningly pigmented. It also removes easily, like most holos, and while it dried to a shine I felt compelled to put a layer of topcoat on anyway (I use Poshe now).

The first photo, here, is the most color accurate. It was taken in soft natural lighting.


The rest of these are taken in indoor lighting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Look at that gorgeous soft holo!



I am impressed with Her Rose Adagio, as I always am with a-England, and am looking forward to purchasing the rest of the Ballerina collection. On my fingers it looks like a gorgeous, delicate rose-tinted nude holo, which is RIGHT up one of my alleys. ๐Ÿ™‚

a-England polishes can be purchased directly from their creatorย if you’re in the UK, and if you’re in the US or Canada through color4nails, Llarowe, Nail Polish Canada, or Ninja Polish, and if you’re in Singapore (or much of the world) you can order from MeiMei Signatures. Other retailers world-wide can be found here.

Thanks for reading-hope to see you all again soon!



Edited to add retailers!


Model City Polish Valentine’s Day Polishes

Hi there! If you’re alive and not being frozen/roasted by the polar vortices, you should know about today’s brand (especially since I’ve had them on before!). Model City Polish is the brainchild and creation of Nina Kasper, who happens to be a good online friend. I purchased both of her Valentine’s Day polishes as soon as they went live on her gorgeous new site, and have them on today for your perusal!

Model City Polish Valentines Day Duo

The first of the two I’ll be reviewing today is More Than Words, a “berry holographic jelly blend with a splash red micro flakes.” The red micro flakes are an excellent addition to this polish, as they give it a little extra somethin’-somethin’ that distinguishes it from other jelly holos. Unfortunately, the combined effect is difficult to photograph, though I gave it my best shot anyway!

Model City Polish More Than Words


Here’s a photo of it under a bright sunlight lamp-it really shows off the holo effect that is a little more difficult to see in the first photo.

MCP 04

Isn’t it just gorgeous??!! Freaking amazeballs!

The second new polish is called Never Tear Us Apart, and isย a clear base blend with holographic dust, large and small silver holographic hexes, tiny pink holographic hexes, and pink holographic hearts. The overall effect is WHOAMYGOD HOLO! Like FOR CEREAL GUYS. FOR SUPER CEREAL. I tried Never Tear Us Apart over piCture pOlish Flirt, but for some reason my camera couldn’t handle the awesomeness and washed it out to a weird coral color (when it’s really shockingly pink!). So forgive the grossness of the base color and try and focus on how amazing Never Tear Us Apart is-at the end I’ll show some swatches of it with other base colors, for comparison. ๐Ÿ™‚

Model City Polish Never Tear Us Apart

The formula on More Than Words is a little bit thin but with a polish like that I prefer it thinner than thicker. It was perfectly manageable though I did get a little drag if I tried going over a section that wasn’t dry yet. Totally worth it for the beautiful, luminous berry pink color that resulted! When removing MTW I found a little more resistance than I thought I’d have, due to the microflakes, but it wasn’t bad at all.

Model City Polish Never Tear Us Apart


And again, a photo showing the holo-y goodness (it still doesn’t touch the total SPARKLE this polish has goin’ on-my camera was overwhelmed!-but it does a little better).

Model City Polish Never Tear Us Apart

The formula on Never Tear Us Apart is perfect-just thick enough to keep the hearts and big hexes suspended, and I didn’t have to fish a single bit to get hearts on the brush. In fact, on my first swatch of it, I had to deal with *too many* hearts on the brush-I don’t need four hearts on a single nail! Removal is average for glitter toppers.

Here’s the photo I promised with a few swatches of Never Tear You Apart over different colors. From left to right, the four base colors are butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, Chaos & Crocodiles LH06 (review upcoming!), Mentality Wily, and Milani Black Swift. My personal favorite is over the purple, but the black shows off the glitter best I think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Model City Polish Never Tear Us Apart

Model City Polish Never Tear Us Apart over nude, purple, pink, black base colors

Model City Polish can be purchased at their brand-new fancy-shiny website on bigcartel! Each of these polishes was $8.50 each, which is a complete steal for the quality. I hope to have more of her polishes to review soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I’ll try and get a picture of how awesome the holo glitters in Never Tear Us Apart are tomorrow, but for now, I’m hitting the sack! Good night and happy polish dreams-



Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces

Hello all!

Today I have a more recent acquisition to show you guys, though it’s a polish that’s been out for a while: Emily de Molly’s Oceanic Forces! This is one out of a trio of polishes, the other two being Dark Forces and Cosmic Forces.

Oceanic Forces has a dark teal jelly base with various size holographic glitters all the way up to the amazing large holographic dots. The formula is decent and was not difficult to work with-the hardest part about applying this polish was getting the holo dots placed just so.




As you all may remember from when I reviewed a-England Saint George, my favorite mug in the universe is teal, and I love using it as a prop in teal polish photos!


Sorry about the low lighting in these pics-this is a combination of as bright as I could get our living room lights to go and the sun from this time of the year.

These pics were taken the day after I did this manicure, and I have one coat of a-England base coat, three coats of Oceanic Forces, a coat of Gelous and a coat of Poshe topcoats.

I managed to score all three of this trio together on a blog sale so I’ll be reviewing the other two sooner or later! You can pick up Oceanic Forces and its mates on Etsy if you’re in Australia. If you’re in the US, you can try Llarowe, MeiMei’s Signatures, or Nail Polish Canada. ย For now, keep on keepin’ on ladies and gents-

All love, Allie.

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