Hello lovelies,

Let's pretend it's Autumn season already and I can finally dress my fingernails into a beautiful dusty purple holo - A England Kalinka*. I've received this polish few months back when the Summer was in full swing and I didn't get to it for a long time. But I can finally show you this stunner!

Kalinka is one of five new A England shades that form the Russian Soul collection. This collection is a tribute to Russian music and dance and all colours will be absolutely perfect for the Autumn/Winter season. Each shade has a subtle holographic effect which shows in direct sunlight.

Meet Kalinka...

A England Kalinka - Review & Swatches | Russian Soul Collection
A England Kalinka - Review & Swatches | Russian Soul Collection
A England Kalinka - Review & Swatches | Russian Soul Collection
A England Kalinka - Review & Swatches | Russian Soul Collection

 


At first glance, Kalinka is a grey metallic polish but after looking at it closer, it reveals gorgeous purple sheen and subtle holo effect. The formula was very easy to apply and it was fully opaque in two coats. It dried fast and glossy but can be little bit streaky. But after I applied top coat, any streaks blended nicely.

 

Kalinka was great like all previous A England polishes I've tried so I'm already looking forward to trying the other colours from the Russian Soul collection. If you'd like to get your hands on these polishes, you can purchase them at A England website and at various international stocklists.

 

I hope you've enjoyed today's review and have a lovely rest of the day! Lucie x

 

*PR sample

Hello lovelies,

Today I want to show you a gel polish manicure that I wore on my 2-week holiday in August. I've opted for a gel polish again so that I wouldn't have to worry about my nails for the whole time. You know how it is - nail polish chips in a week if you're lucky and with no time to re-paint your nails you walk around ashamed of chipped nail polish :D I was still in process of growing and shaping my nails so I know the nail shape isn't perfect.

I opted for bright neon nails with vertical colour gradient and fine mermaid glitter gradient over the top. This is the finished result:

Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art

 

So how I did these nails? I've done the regular nail prep including cuticle removal, wiping nails with alcohol, applying a gel bonder and Color Club Foundation+Primer Gel Base Coat. Then I've applied a coat of Color Club French Tip, a white creme gel polish. It's always a good idea to apply neon colours over white as it helps them get brighter. Next step was to create the vertical gradient. For this I've used three IBD gel polishes in Head-to-Toe Gelato, Parisol and Ingénue.

 

I've painted each half of the nail with different colour and blended it with the brush in the bottle. It's not ideal but it worked just fine. I wasn't after a perfect gradient so using a brush straight from the bottle was okay. Besides, it's not very easy to do a gradient with gel polish (thicker gels are better) and a brush. Once I was done with the gradient and cured the nails, I've applied Indigo Nails Mermaid Effect glitter with a fluffy brush. I didn't put the glitter on whole nail but as a gradient so it looks like the glitter fals down the nail. Lastly, I've sealed the nails with Color Club Seal+Shine Top Coat. The nail lamp I've used for this was Melody Susie LED Violetili lamp because I don't have Clor Club nor IBD lamp.

 

Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art
Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art

 


And this is how my manicure looked after more than two weeks...

 

Summer Gradient with Mermaid Effect Glitter | Gel Polish Nail Art

 

I was very pleasantly surprised that the gel manicure lasted perfectly like this considering I was combining products from different brands. The removal was a bit of a pain because the longer you wear gel and gel polish, the harder it gets. But I managed and now I'm back to regular nail polish!

 

So what do you think of this simple yet fun nail art? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments ;)

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x