Review: a-England – Dancing with Nureyev

a-England Dancing with Nureyev

a-England is a fairly new brand for me as I only came across them six months ago, having seen fabulous review swatches for Fated Prince and Sleeping Palace on Swatch and Learn.

When it comes to nail polish there are lots of eye-grabbing puns and references used these days, but for me a-England has names that instantly make me want to wear them. This is particularly true for Dancing with Nureyev. It is from the 2014 Ballerina collection of four polishes; one which is named after the Rose Adagio from Swan Lake and three that are named after two of the most famous ballet dancers (and their legendary on-stage partnership) of the Twentieth Century: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.

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Review: By Terry Cover Expert

By Terry Covert Expert

Like many make-up fans; I’ve had a foundation that I’ve stuck with for ages, Laura Mercier Silk Crème, as being my favourite. After using one product for so long there’s always that nagging question of if there’s something new or different that might be even better, so I started to look around in the ongoing quest of ‘what’s the perfect foundation for me?’

Reading so many enthusiastically positive reviews online about By Terry Cover Expert I saved to buy it in Fair Beige, as it’s definitely the most expensive of high-end foundations I’ve used regularly.

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Ciaté Mini Mani Calendar: Days 21 to 24

Ciate 21-24

Here we are at the end of the Ciaté Red 2013 calendar! These are the last four bottles behind the doors for Days 21 to 24.

I did cheat a little here and open Day 24 before Christmas Eve as this tends to be a hectic time and it wouldn’t be possible to schedule a nail swatch session then. A round-up of my thoughts on the mini mani calendar will be posted at the end of December.

Base coat: I use Seche’s Ridge Filling. No topcoat applied for these swatches. All polishes applied with three coats.

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Ciaté Mini Mani Calendar: Days 1 to 4

Ciaté Mini Mani Month. Days 1-4

Ciaté Mini Mani Month. Days 1-4

As featured in the All things bright and shiny post; this year I’m trying the Red 2013 Ciaté Mini Mani Month calendar for the first time. I’ll be showing four of the daily polishes and top coats/effects at a time, over six posts. These will be mini-reviews with a round-up at the end of December.

All bottles included are 5 ml.

Base coat: I use Seche’s Ridge Filling Base. No top coat used for these swatches.

Here’s the first four days of what was hidden behind the doors.

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All things bright and shiny – Colourful nails in December

Ciate calendar red

One of the little, decorative, things about Christmas that I love is the advent calendar. Although I can remember some as being full of mostly plastic-tasting chocolate when I was younger, these days you can get them in all kinds of fabulous variations, from home-made craft ones to calendars for the most luxurious of tastes.

This year I fell for something in the middle ground. It’s Ciaté’s Mini Mani Month Calendar. I’m really keen to try this out as I haven’t used Ciaté’s nail products before, so this seemed a fun way of sampling the different colours. Unfortunately, I can’t show the bottles out of the box as that would be spoil my fun for December!

This Red 2013 version is available exclusively through SpaceNK and they are selling out quickly. (That is for the U.K, I’m not sure for international customers and it isn’t listed on their U.S site)

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