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March 03, 2012

Nails Story: A-England Bridal Veil [Photos & Swatches]

A-England's latest collection, The Legend, see a line-up of 7 shades, all very shimmery metallic (slightly holographic, though I won't say they are straight out holographic).  It is hard to put the A-England finish into any category.  Under daylight, they shimmery, and glimmer so brilliantly, and really eye-catching.  I have one other A-England nail polish - Tristan - and it was one of the more popular shades among most people during my little express manicure stint at Scape a few months back.

So, anyway, yes, back to Bridal Veil - it is a black nail polish - with that same interesting mix of metallic and holographic shimmer.  I will show it with a comparison, you can see it is neither holographic, nor gummetal.  And the shimmer is so densely packed, but yet it doesn't take away the blackness of Bridal Veil.

Very chic.    And especially so, on my short nails.


You can buy A-England nail polish at

mei mei's signatures here and also check out their Facebook page

a-england website (free intl shipping!)


Photos & swatches

I am comparing it with Color Club's Revvvvolution - a black holographic - I used to have OPI My Private Jet - which I actually USED UP - but I have given my second bottle to my sister since then.   They look quite similar in the bottle, but entirely different once applied.  Revvvolution is more grey-silver in its base color, while Bridal Veil still shows up solid black.


Hope this has been helpful.


Currently contemplating a proper order for some a-england polishes.

Eugenia from ommorphia has some very mouth-watering swatches of these nails polishes on her site,  her description is priceless too!

link here!




That's all and thanks for looking!





June 24, 2010

Nails Story: Holographic Disco Ball!



Since glitter nail polish is tough to remove (regardless of one coat or five coats), I may as well go all out and 'overdose' on the glitter for this nails episode.  The gel top look gives a wet glossy look, but it takes a long time to dry.

June 19, 2010

Nails Story: Feast Your Eyes on Color Club, China Glaze and OPI Haul!

Hi hi,

I got the latest batch of nail polish from Gwen's spree.  This time, I got mostly Color Club nail polish, all thanks to the beautiful swatches I saw on Scrangie's mega swatch site.  And since she provides such amazing swatches, I shan't even try to take any swatch pictures in this entry.  Unless I want to do some comparisons and possible dupes of my own later on.

I had originally not plan to post pictures of these nail polish, because the lighting and all just don't do the colors any justice... til I saw a bright sunny spot at my doorstep this morning, and decided that I shall attempt to do a quick photoshoot.  Since it was so hot and sunny out, I had to act quick and just went snap snap snap before I melt.  I also took a piece of metal ware (that perforated metal background) and used it as the background.  So, yup.. ahem.. I am pretty proud of how professional looking the following pictures look.  :)

All the colors I got are in the group picture above... while I also threw in a couple from my own existing stash here and there for comparison's sake.  Not in these pictures are also 3 bottles of Nail Tek Foundation II, which are my all time fave base coats.  They were going at 75% off, so I took the chance to stock up.  They are great for ridge filling, and creating a strong base.... I started using them after I had my gel nails removed years ago, and I found that they are just great bases whether you need to have ridges filled out or not.

Front Row Diva reminds me of a couple of OPI colors which I have, I think they are Will You  Mari-cha Me? and Color of the Zen-tury.

Poptastic Neon is a blindingly neon hot pink.  Reminds me of NYLON magazine for some reason.  The font, the color scheme, and all that pop culture references and expression.  This is from the Andy Warhol collection, and I would love to get more of these collection.

Aragon Suede looks nothing like the original color.  This is very typical of all OPI's Suedes to their original counterparts.


Yup, I think that's about it, and thanks for looking!


May 29, 2010

Nails Story: Holographic Coral/ Pink Nails with China Glaze's TMI

Yup, I like this color!  And the holographic sheen of course!

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About Me

My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

About this Blog

I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

What Cameras do I use?

Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

My Favourite Makeup Brand(s)

It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

Where to find me

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I have no official Facebook fan page, and currently have no intention to start one at all.  The Makeup Blogette remains my personal hobby and property, so as such, I don't believe in having a Facebook fanpage for it.

Final Disclaimer

I bought/ paid for all of the products mentioned in this blog. I am not affliated to any company. If certain products are sent to me for review purposes, I will say so and express my honest opinions about them. In any case, I will only review and showcase the products which I have personally tried and tested, and enjoy using. I do not get paid to review anything.

No ads, no paid links etc please.  I am in charge of all content and pictures here.

I am not a makeup artist, nor do I have any professional training in makeup.




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