New! a-england ‘Heavenly Quotes’ – And the Moonbeams… & She Walks in Beauty

 

If you have already experienced the a-england brand of lacquers, then you understand how it has reached the level of cult status so quickly … for those yet to indulge, allow me to explain this phenomenon: basically, it is because each and every single bottle of varnish comes from the heart and with a story – first created in the intuitive mind of its founder, Adina Bodana, then lovingly brought to life for the rest of us to enjoy. Attention to detail is crucial to a-england’s success, with a synergy that ties all the components together: concept, imagery, shades, and formula. Truly, works of art in liquid form.


 

Joining ‘Beauty Never Fails’ (previously reviewed here) from the Heavenly Quotes series, I present you with the latest additions, ‘And the Moonbeams…’ – a shimmering golden hue, along with ‘She Walks in Beauty’ – an intricate gold & pink glitter confection, both shades inspired by 2 well-known works of poetry. Easily worn on their own, or layered over a base shade for a unique & new colour combination, you are only limited by your own imagination — and your nail polish collection, in how you wear these two beauties.

All swatches are with a-england’s ‘The Knight’ Base Coat and ‘The Shield’ Top Coat



Love’s Philosophy
The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
   With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
   All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
   Why not I with thine?—
See the mountains kiss high heaven
   And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
   If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
   And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
   If thou kiss not me?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

 

And the Moonbeams… – Have you ever seen dust motes swirling and suspended in a ray of sunlight? That’s the image this shade reminded me of! A pale gold ultra finely ground shimmer base filled with tiny irregular golden glass flecks, and interspersed with slightly larger gold glitter pieces – all in a formula that defines perfection: excellent density, flow, and dispersal of the shimmer. The reflective lemony hue also seems to have an oxidized side, which gives it a greenish glow in some lights. One coat provides good coverage, although a second layer gives a gorgeous translucent effect, leaving behind a brilliant shine and feeling smooth to the touch. Rather quick-drying as well, I was surprised by how painless removal was – although the finer glitter may migrate to the surrounding skin. Coats applied: 3 thin


And the Moonbeams…


And the Moonbeams…


And the Moonbeams…


 

I knew without a doubt that I wanted to layer ‘And the Moonbeams…’ over ‘Elaine’ (previously reviewed here), a deep byzantium purple crème shade from a-england’s first collection ‘The Mythicals’. Something about purple and gold together just says “royalty” to me, but what I didn’t expect was how I couldn’t take my eyes off this combination – I am totally loving this opulent “baroque” look.

The following swatches are 1 coat of ‘And the Moonbeams’ layered over 2 coats of ‘Elaine’.


And the Moonbeams… layered over Elaine


And the Moonbeams… layered over Elaine


And the Moonbeams… layered over Elaine



She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

- George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

 

She Walks in Beauty – a highly complex shade, made up of a similar golden base to that of ‘And the Moonbeams’, but with the addition of both small and large rose-coloured hexagonal glitter pieces. The formula here is a mystery to me; seemingly thick upon initial application, it somehow manages to not only stay exactly where it’s placed, but with hardly any effort at all. There was absolutely no issue with glitter dispersal either (no fishing for the larger pieces, or placing them manually) with the final look appearing in turn golden, olive-gold, silver, or pewter depending on the angle and light. Rather quick drying and with a brilliant natural finish, the surface can be a little gritty – nothing that a thicker layer of top coat (or 2) couldn’t solve. Removal, as with all glitter lacquers, requires some elbow grease; that being said, I will soon be posting a fabulous new method that can help with glitter removal. Coats applied: 3 (as thin as possible)


She walks in Beauty


She Walks in Beauty


She Walks in Beauty


 

The logical thing to do would have been to layer ‘She Walks in Beauty’ over ‘Camelot’ (previously reviewed here), a-england’s rich ebony hue, but I something steered me towards ‘Bridal Veil’ (from ‘The Legend’ Collection – previously reviewed here) instead; I felt that the subtle prismatic particles of this base shade would be the perfect compliment, along with providing a unique depth of tone to the finished look. I absolutely love how it turned out!

All swatches are with 1 coat of ‘She Walks in Beauty’ layered over 2 coats of ‘Bridal Veil’.


She Walks in Beauty layered over Bridal Veil


She walks in Beauty layered over Bridal Veil


She Walks in Beauty layered over Bridal Veil

 

Final thoughts: After taking a few minutes to reacquaint myself with the poems that inspired these two lacquers, I couldn’t help but feel that once again, Adina managed to capture the essence of the words with these shades. The cool lemony-gold of ‘And the Moonbeams…’ feels right, as though that’s exactly what a moonbeam would look like in liquid form. The shimmering glitter of ‘She Walks in Beauty’ made me think of roses and femininity, yet there was strength there as well. I love how versatile these 2 shades are, giving you the choice of either wearing them solo or layered — it’s like doubling up your collection. And now, I’m already looking forward to the next chapter of this continuing story … but not before I try a few more combinations with these beauties!

To order, you can email Adina: hello@a-england.co.uk or feel free to follow her via twitter/facebook for all the latest a-england updates.


 

 

 

*Disclaimer: product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

52 Responses to New! a-england ‘Heavenly Quotes’ – And the Moonbeams… & She Walks in Beauty

  1. Latoya says:

    I love the way ‘She Walks in Beauty’ looks in the bottle, but I’m not so much a fan of it on the nail, unfortunately (or…fortunately for my wallet!). Even still, I wouldn’t mind having this sitting on my (non-existent) vanity – so pretty!!

    • Eugenia says:

      It’s so incredible to look at, Toya….mesmerizing! I may not be glitter’s biggest fan, but I’ll make an exception for this beauty; for one, it’s not so glitter heavy that it becomes a total pain to remove and 2 – well, it’s from one of my favourite brands. Lastly, just look at it, right?!

  2. e says:

    absolutely stunning swatches! i just got “holy grail revamped” and “beauty never fails”, will have to add these to my wish list. all of her polishes are amazing.

  3. Nancy Dines says:

    What a happy surprise to see new lacquers from a england!
    Pure gorgeousness!

    Adina is in touch with fantasy…because if I were a mermaid, I would want to be dressed in She walks in beauty.

    A england has done it again! I am in love with the brand and I would order whatever Adina creates, I don’t even need to see it first lol

    • Eugenia says:

      A true fan — you’re a girl after my own heart, Nancy! I should have mentioned in my post that ‘She Walks in Beauty’ actually looks so incredibly smooth in person, especially with the top coat applied, but my camera wasn’t able to pick up on that sadly. Oh well, those who know the a-england quality & how glitter lacquers perform, probably already guessed this part!

  4. Jess says:

    They are both pretty, although She Walks in Beauty feels a little more unique to me and WILL be mine, although maybe not until after the holiday spending craziness is over.;) Adina keeps putting out gorgeous lacquer after gorgeous lacquer!

    • Eugenia says:

      Don’t remind me of holiday spending….it seems like the gifts are getting fewer, but way more expensive! Oh well, thank goodness it comes once a year. Then there’s birthdays. And anniversaries……

      I can’t wait to see what Adina creates next!

  5. olivia says:

    I love them layered! I have to try these someday. But for the moment I will try that layered effect with the polish I have.

  6. Danisha says:

    Heavenly quotes is so gorgeous!!

  7. Sandi says:

    I saw the swatches on her fb page and wasn’t too impressed but omg you changed my mind. I especially love She Walks In Beauty! Pink and gold is one of my favorite color combinations!

  8. Oh, ‘She Walks In Beauty’ is exquisitely delicate and unique. I love it! I have to order some A England at some point but my wallet can’t take it at the moment (Christmas gifts and rent, you know). I’m making a list…this is going on it!

  9. Kimberly says:

    *gasp*…stunning! I couldn’t wait for you post since the store swatches I saw didn’t truly show the polish….Adina is a genius, and manages to impress with every single polish (not to mention she’s the sweetest person on earth!). I actually ordered these without seeing an actual swatch first. I think A England is the only brand on earth I trust that much!

    • Eugenia says:

      LOL! Thanks, Kimberly! As I mentioned to another commenter, there was a delivery snafu, or I would have had my swatches/post up much earlier. Personally and because of my experience with anything Adina creates, I can totally understand your trust & faith in this brand — you just KNOW the quality will be there. Plus, the colours are always amazing! Enjoy your beauties when they arrive!

  10. Adina (a-england) says:

    This is a true Heavenly Post Eugenia! Thank you. It is such a pleasure to see how these 2 beautiful poems fit perfectly on your amazing page! Love

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you for your “divine” inspiration once again, Adina! Every time I think you can’t possibly top your last creation, you manage to go and do just that! Can’t wait for the next chapters of this saga….!! xx

  11. Miss Merx says:

    I feel like you’ve romanced me with these shades! I love the fact that they come from poems and even being glitter lacquers, they’re not just straight up glitters. I’m liking the complexity.

    Thanks for posting, I was eagerly awaiting your view from the moment Adina tweeted that she had a couple of new ones. :0)

    xxx

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks so much, Miss Merx!! :) Due to a delivery snafu, I would have had these a little earlier to show the swatches, but better late than never! Glad you liked them and you’re right: they’re a step up from straight-up glitter! A bit more grown up too!

  12. Maribeth says:

    These are divine!!! I am especially enamored with “She Walks In Beauty”! It has everything I love- a neutral palette AND glitter!

  13. Stalking you all day, Eugenia! Your post & the pics never disappoint. I’m not a fan of She Walks in Beauty — large pieces of glitter aren’t my thing — but And the Moonbeams….is gorgeous! Definitely emailing Adina tomorrow.

    • Eugenia says:

      I thought I felt someone staring, lol!! To be perfectly honest, while I usually avoid glitter polishes, I was actually strangely drawn to this one – something about the base shade really brought out the rosy glitter in a really unique way. But ‘And the Moonbeams…” — le sigh — amazing!

  14. Helen says:

    I love And The Moonbeams. You always have the best swatches!

  15. Nails and Noms says:

    Once again Adina has created perfect names for these two. There is certainly something ethereal to both of these. They’ll be finding a home in my collection soon, I have no doubt of that! I absolutely love your layering combos, especially with And The Moonbeams and Elaine!

  16. manymanis says:

    These are both absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to get my hands on She Walks in Beauty (:

  17. Marisa says:

    She Walks in Beauty is definitely my favorite! It’s such a beauty!!! I love how you layered it also ;0).

  18. *incoherent drooly noises*

    This is what you’ve reduced me to. O.o

  19. I love how all four polishes really nail the theme (doiiiiing) but these two are the softer incarnations. Moonbeams caught me off guard because I thought it was going to be a plain gold but it’s anything but! Personally I favour the first two more over these two, but they are all gorgeous and Adina is a genius!

    • Eugenia says:

      The woman has a keen eye, that’s for sure! Actually, there was only the one Heavenly Quote previously released; the other polish was the re-vamped Holy Grail – I just showed them together to save time! Glad you liked these as well, Liz!

  20. iriel says:

    Wow… Stunning! I hope I can buy them soon.

  21. I adore And the Moonbeams, especially layered!

  22. Jessica says:

    Beautiful swatches! And I adore this brand. Its interesting how yellow Moonbeams looks in certain bottle shots but so different when on the nail. Also, She Walks In Beauty reminds me of a gold and pink version of Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream!

    • Eugenia says:

      The reason the bottle colours differ from the nails, is because some shots are taken with flash in order to clearly showcase a particular feature of the polish. I never thought of ‘She Walks in Beauty’ looking like you described it, but I think you’re right!

  23. Kristi says:

    I have been refreshing my reader all day waiting for your review! :)
    They are both beautiful and unique. Adina does not disappoint!

  24. I thought I was going to like the pinky one better, but that gold Moonbeams one is STUNNING. And I don’t even like gold on my nails Big Sis! You must have some kind of mind-control-power-thingy going on over me!

    • Eugenia says:

      Aww…thanks, Lil Sis! I think you like ‘And the Moonbeams’ because it’s not a straight-up gold, but has a funky edge to it – to match your funky edge!! Mind-control, ha!

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