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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A England (& Kiko) Stained Glass Nail Art

HIYAAA!  Welcome to my brand spanking new blog!  I've been posting nail art on my Tumblr for a while now and I'm super excited finally to have somewhere I can write as many words and post as many pictures as I like.  Oh, and I'm Kirstie, by the way.  NAIL ART TIME.

Much as I love Scotland, sunshine isn't something we enjoy a whole lot of.  However, it does mean I really appreciate a good sunny spell when it comes along.  And when I say, 'Appreciate', I mean:

A England Nail Art Stained Glass Holographic Mosaic Direct Sunlight
Hello holo!  Direct sunlight.


SHAZAM.  This is all five of the A England polishes I owned (I've since got hold of my sixth) painted in varying sizes & shapes with a nail art brush, over a base of Kiko 399, a pale gold holo.  For me, all the colourful sparkles are really reminiscent of stained glass.  The way the different shapes are laid out and fitted together kind of also made me think of a tortoise's shell...I felt a bit like I was walking about with magical tortoise nails.  (Please don't judge me.)









I can't even express how much I love Adina's (A England's) polishes.  Even out of the sun, I still think they look so beautiful, really complex and unique.  The colours are gorgeous and rich, and some of them even have duochrome!  It's pretty evident that a lot of love goes into creating A England collections.


Green/gold duochrome WHAT UP!


When this idea first popped into my head I thought maybe I was just delirious with sunshine after a miserable winter.  I almost talked myself out of it on the basis that it would be 'Too much'.  Hahaha, no.  BEST. DECISION. EVER.

Pretty sure I've saved the best picture 'til last...

With flash.  The purple of Princess Tears gets me every time!

Seriously, I think this has to be one of my favourite manicures ever.  It just makes me so happy every time I look at it!  

I hope you've enjoyed this inaugural Nail Cake post - I'd love to know what you think!  Are you a holo/A England lover, too?

25 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, you definitely did save the best picture for last :) Love everything about your post and your blog, I will be back!

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    1. Thank you so so much! I love that you can see the purple-ish flash in Princess Tears in that one - it's such a beautiful polish. Feel free to leave your name next time! ;)

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  2. I was looking though nail art on Tumblr and came across one of your pictures and loved it! So I had to check out your new blog. I love nail art and your nails came out so good!! The pictures are amazing too! I'm looking forward to more of your posts :)

    Kelly
    http://www.beautyobsessed2.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you - it's so lovely to hear that people like my nails! And thank you for becoming my first ever follower! :)

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  3. *is blinded by all the holo goodness*

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  4. These are gorgeous! I love A-England polishes too, I have three and plan to get lots more! I love the stained glass design, really pretty :)

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    1. Thank you! I know, how awesome (and addictive?!) is A England?! Adina makes some seriously special polishes. :)

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! Love it!!!

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  6. Oh my goodness! I LOVE this design!! I'm curious how you actually did it? This is beautiful!!

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    1. Yaaay, thank you! It was actually relatively straightforward, just a bit time consuming. I basically just painted the different 'panes' over the base with a nail art brush, one at a time. I'm not sure there's really a trick to it!

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  7. Stunning. And perfect. I love my a-Englands as well. I wish I had a few more of them.
    New follower her =)

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    1. Thanks again, Pam. I know, I held off getting my first one for a while but now I am hooked!

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  8. this is really beautiful, do you have a "how to" video?

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    1. Thank you! I don't unfortunately. I explained it super briefly in a comment above, but I'm sure if you Google 'mosaic nail art tutorial' or 'stained glass nail art tutorial' you'd find something similar-ish. If I ever start doing tutorials, I'll bear this in mind!

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  9. OMG! I just looove everything about this design- I adore holo finish and the colours... Your nails shape is just perfect! Looove it!
    I follow you :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I absolutely love these polishes! And thanks for your kind comment on my nail shape...I change it relatively often because I decide it doesn't suit me/I get bored, but I'm pretty happy with them for the time being! ;)

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  10. OMG this is awesome!! I never use Tumblr and I can see I am missing out on SO many good nail artists. I will definitely be following you now! :)

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  11. Amazing! and you did it without scotch tape, only with a brush, OMG

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    1. Thank you! Haha, I've never properly tried to use tape but I'm sure I'd find it much more tricky than it looks!

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