Before I get to the good stuff, I wanted to explain why I have been MIA lately. As some of you may know, I was out of town for a few days attending Oktoberfest and riding my bike around Munich with Captain Canada. We arrived home late Wednesday night and then when I went to use my laptop the following day I found myself the victim of a 1st world problem and my laptop just wasn’t charging. After my live in tech support and electronic genius of a husband worked fervently to try to figure out what exactly the problem was and how exactly to remedy it, he came to the conclusion that the charger was simply KAPUT. Luckily the Captain was able to order a new charger from good old Amazon.de via his phone. Unluckily for me though, it did not arrive until this morning so the weekend was much less productive than I had planned it to be. So my sincere apologies for this unnecessarily long disappearing act. In the future be sure to check my Facebook page and Twitter because it’s easier to stay active through those means on my phone. I also post some sneak previews of things on Facebook and Twitter as well. Thank you for hanging in there with me and for your understanding. From here on out it should be back to business as usual.
Rating System: Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent
Brand: A England
Collection: The Legend
Finish: Holographic, Micro-glitter
Application: *see explanation below
Base Coat: Essie Sensitivity Base Coat
Top Coat: Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
Price: £9.00 UK, $10.50 – $14.12 USD, (€8.50 – €11.44 Currency Conversion)
Availability: You can order directly from A-England, which is what I did. By the way, they offer free worldwide shipping. Ninja Polish also has A-England polish available for order and their shipping fees range from $2.00 – $4.59 USD.
My Two Cents: Once again A England caused me to stumble into things because I was distracted by their amazing, sparkly, nail polish on my nails. I even have the bumps and bruises to prove it. Can you tell that I loved Saint George as much as Lady of the Lake and Dragon? I honestly can’t say enough good things about Saint George and A England in general. Saint George is such a rich beautiful green (I’m a total sucker for green), that also tends to appear more blue-green in sunlight and don’t even get me started on the micro-glitter. Although the holographic effect of this one is a little more subtle than Lady of the Lake and Dragon, it’s still very present and does not disappoint.
I wore this one for six days in total and only experienced very minimal chipping toward the end. Mind you I am very hard on my nails and most of those days were spent traveling around Munich by bicycle and snapping my bike lock and bike lights on and off, which caused me to check to make sure Saint George was still in tact on my nails each time.
Not only can I hardly wait to get my hands on Tess D’Ubervilles specifically, another gorgeous green, but I can’t wait to add even more A England to my collection as well. I really look forward to what they come out with in the future because quite frankly, I am so sold on their products. Suffice it to say, A England will forever have a loyal customer and enthusiast in me.
Tips: This stuff is great, so just start with a good base and top coat.
Something Similar: Glitter Gal “Lizard Belly,” OPI “Cuckoo For This Color” (It’s more of a metallic with noticeable brush strokes though). You could also achieve a similar look by playing with layering different polishes.
*Application Side Note: First of all I would like to explain why I wasn’t able to rate the application of Saint George. As you may remember, A England had a promo over the summer on their Mythicals collection, and it was way back then that I ordered this along with three other colors. So to make a long story short this was in my stock pile and I busted it out before heading to Oktoberfest the weekend before last and put it to use for the first time. Sadly I found that the brush was a bit wonky which made application much more unpleasant and difficult than it had been with my two previous polishes from A England. I sucked it up and got on with it and just had to do a lot of clean up which I hadn’t had to do with any of their other polishes. I thought I would just send an e-mail and Tweet them and much to my surprise, they replied to my Tweet almost right away letting me know that the following Monday that they would send me a new brush, which arrived this morning. Therefore I don’t think it’s fair for me to judge the application based on that initial experience, because quite frankly I don’t think it had anything to do with the formula but rather a fluke defect with the brush.
I will say that A England has excellent customer service. Which is something I value greatly and appreciate so much. Thanks again for your amazing products and your kind regard for your customers A England!
Coming Soon…I have a ridiculous stock pile of products that I’ve been hoarding and testing out in order to give you guys an honest and thorough assessment of. I’m currently trying out some MAC products, Lee Stafford hair care, LUSH skin care, as well as the much acclaimed and coveted Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm. Also, I recently acquired my first Nails Inc. polish as well as the Models Own Mirrorball collection. So keep checking back for more on these products and as always, thanks for reading.
Be sure to enter my Catrice Cosmetics giveaway if you haven’t already. The giveaway ends October 3,2012 so get on it!