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Zoya Harley

What a crazy week!  It’s times like these that I miss my year off to finish school.  I miss lounging at the Starbucks for hours studying my butt off while waiting for class (yep I was that annoying guy, but at least I was buying stuff).  And to think it was less than a year ago.  Yowza!  I’m still trying to get used to this Monday – Friday work week.  Luckily I wore Zoya’s Harley though most of it and it held up like a dream and matched just about everything bringing me some simplicity.  Score!

 

Harley

 

The Application:  I will jump straight to the spoiler, I love this polish!  But the application was less than desirable.  It was a little thick and gloopy making it hard to apply which you can see if you look closely at the photos.  Still, the color is so pretty I can almost look past it.  Almost.  One of these days, I will have to buy thinner for problem child polishes like this and hope for the best. The good news is Harley was completely opaque in two coats.  Yay!

 

Harley

 

The Color:  How to describe this beauty?  In some lighting, Harley is a light bluish, gray with a silver shimmer while in other lighting it’s a light  lilac, gray with silver shimmer.  Interesante!  Either way, it’s so beautiful and the perfect grayish neutral.  I don’t normally  care for gray polishes as they look like crap on me, but Harley is gorgeous!  I seriously couldn’t stop admiring my nails all week.

 

Harley

 

The Verdict:  Come on!  I already gave it away.  Yes, please!  Harley is such a pretty,  pretty polish!  I could see myself wearing this one a lot.  It’s just a shame that the application was less than desirable.  Hopefully, after a little thinner, Harley will be the dream gray polish I have been craving.  Great job Zoya!

 

Harley

 

Harley

 

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There’s a monsoon out my window!  Back and forth between cool weather and warm weather.  Back and forth!  What’s a girl to do when changing her polish.  It feels like vampy weather but I’m ready for spring.  How about a red polish which works for any season.  Heck yeah!

 

DS Reflection

 

The Application:  Perfect!  I have to be honest, it’s pretty rare when I run into an OPI that doesn’t have a great formula and DS Reflection was no exception.  Perfect consistency and completely opaque in two coats.  DS Reflection was almost a one coater for me , but I always do two just to be on the safe side.

 

DS Reflection

 

The Color:  In the bottle DS Reflection looks more red then it does on the nails.  Even in the photos, it looks more red then it is when applied.  It’s a hard color to describe.  It’s more of a pinkish, red with orangish undertones.  Strange, yes and a total disaster for a cool toned girl like me.  The plus side is that it has various pink, red, and blue scattered holo in the mix making it unique.  But don’t think you’ll be getting a strong holo effect as it very minimal.

 

DS Reflection

 

The Verdict:  I have to be honest.  I removed it the same night I put it on.  The color was too dark red, orange for me.  This type of color will never work on me but would be perfect for the warm toned gals out there.  The formula is perfect and I’m sure the wear time is fabulous, but this is just not my type of red.

 

DS Reflection

DS Reflection

DS Reflection Extreme!

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I’m back after a much needed vacation in Europe!  Yep, the good thing about corporate is that a person can make enough money to treat themselves here and there.  Take that theatre though I still love you and the lack of money you bring me!  I also recently celebrated my birthday and was given the gift of nail polish by a close friend of mine.  She had recently made an order from A England’s site and bought a few polishes for me there.  Now I have heard of A England but tend to not be a big fan of Indie polishes.  I like to make my life simple.  Still, when I saw these polishes, I couldn’t say no.  First tried, Princess Sabra:

 

Princess Sabra taken From A England's Site

 

Application:  Perfecto!  Went on smoothly and flawlessly.  It took two coats for Princess Sabra to be opaque.  Though I love the design of the bottle for A England, the brush was a little less sturdy than I am used to.  Also, the brush is very thin, though it worked with little issue.  The quality may have been compromised on the actual brush to cut down on production costs, but I can say that the polish itself is great quality, so fear not!  In fact, the polish itself lasted a good 6 days with little wear.

 

Princess Sabra

 

The Color:  Princess Sabra is a light, olive, bronze holo polish.  Bronze and olive are two colors that don’t normally go with my cool skin tone, but Princess Sabra looked great on my digits if I do say so myself, making me believe it would work for many skin tones.

 

Princess Sabra

 

The Verdict:  Love!  Yep, that’s right, I love this polish!  I can see myself wearing it often as I kept staring at my fingers admiring the unique color during the whole 6 days I wore it.  Though Princess Sabra is a holo, be warned that the effect is slight and not as strong as some holos on the market.  This did not bother me in the slightest as I don’t discriminate when it comes to holos.  But even with a more subdued holo effect this is one fabulous color that will be a stand out in any collection.

Because these polishes are available through A England’s site which is stationed in England, the price is a little more hefty than most polish due to the conversion rate of the Pound vs The USD.  But if you are used to higher end prices for Butter London, Chanel, Dior, etc. and don’t mind the steeper price, you will not be disappointed.  Trust me!  I can’t wait to try the rest of the four I received!  Thank you dear friend!

 

Princess Sabra

 

 

 

 

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