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Exclusive Interview with Adina from A England Nail Polish Brand

I have published an interview with Ellis Faas last week, and this week here is an interview with a founder of one of the coolest niche nail varnish brands – A England! 

I am ashamed to say that this interview is several years old…and it is from a year when nail polishes were the thing in beauty. And for that occasion, there is only one person I’ve wanted to interview, and it was Adina. She has an impeccable taste in pretty much everything, but I personally really appreciate her shoes (doc Martens especially), her incredible silver rings, gorgeous kitten Tristam, and, of course, the nail shades she comes up with. They are absolutely magical: the shades are unique and the stories behind them are fascinating.

Enjoy the interview!

1. Can you please tell us something about yourself?

I was born and raised in Milan Italy, with an inclination for creativity and everything beautiful. A career in fashion with a few experiences in costumes design for opera and ballet was the perfect way to fulfil my aspirations and potentials.

My starting and long time experience was as assistant for Gianni Versace for whom I designed almost everything, followed by a few years as a freelance.

The step that very early determined my fundamental next stage in life happened at 16 when I visited London for the first time during a study/holiday. A deep yearning for England and sense of belonging seemed suddenly revealed and became stronger in the following years.

In my 30s after years of conflict I finally decided to follow my heart and left my glamorous, though demanding career, my fine setting behind to come to London  to the unknown. Why? There might be only an esoteric explanation as I can’t find a rational one but that was my personal Epiphany, to feel complete at last despite difficult and uneasy moments I had to overcome.

I kept working in fashion designing accessories and eventually for a haute couture house based in Dubai until I realised I had completed a perfect cycle of experiences and didn’t feel any more the drive to continue. I formed a painting and decorating company that gave me a break on the creative side, until the urge to do something all mine raised again. And this is the start of the present chapter…

2. How did you realize that you want to create nail polishes? Was it hard to start your own brand?

“A young girl painting her nails with watercolours” that’s the beginning… During all stages and changes in life painting my nails has been a constant way to express myself and even to connect with people. I believe  the intention to start my own line had been growing for long time until I was ready to start and from that moment  all came very naturally.

I spent almost one year in preparation building the concept and the colours. It was very intense and exciting. I had to find the best manufacturer in UK, create the

AW 2015 Nail Polish: OPI and Orly

After a preview of some nail polish collections, here are even more – Orly and OPI.

Infamous from Orly: Gossip Girl, Scandal, 15 Minutes Of Fame, Front Page, Makeup to Breakup and Frenemy.  There are shimmer, glitter and cream finishes.

Orly Infamous nail polish collection for AW2015 all shades

As for OPI, their newest seasonal collection is inspired by Venice and includes the following shades:

Beauty Inspiration: Almond Shaped Nails

One of my favourite things about beauty is the ability to change your routine according to your mood and preferences. Some time ago I’ve posted about the different nails shape and length I’ve had during the years, and today I want to share about my current obsession which is long almond-shaped manicure.

Makeup4all Nails Of The day red and crimson

I am not entirely sure where this came from but several weeks ago, I’ve  decided that  I want my nails to look this way, I was even considering stiletto [shape] but that is not very practical in real life.

So here is just a picture of the latest two manicures I’ve had this month. The red

Givenchy Folie de Noirs Makeup Collection for Christmas 2014

If you are not a fan of the traditional Christmas collections with red, gold and  everything glam, you may love the newest offering from Givenchy.

Their Folie de Noirs collection is dark and mysterious. I would even call it gothic! Definitely my favourite collection from the brand in a while – everything looks gorgeous, and there is nothing I wouldn’t wear.

Givenchy Folie de Noirs Makeup Collection for Christmas 2014 promo eyes

The star of the collection is the Le Prismissime Yeux Noirs En Folie, £40. 50. You get nine shimmering shades which come in a compact with a star on top.

There are two other products for the eyes – black shimmering eye shadows Ombre Couture Noir Sequin (£18) and a midnight blue mascara Phenomen’eyes Bleu Folie (£23).

Besides the products for the eyes, there are two nail polishes

Nails Of The Day: CND Vinylux Weekly Polish Black Pool

I have realized that it’s been a while since I had a black manicure. It’s one of my favourites plus I am always in the mood for black – so I did get one last week.

I was curious about CND Vinylux Weekly Polish, so it was time to try it, finally. And here are the results!

CND Black Pool nail polish swatches on nails review  Since I’ve tried it in the salon, I can’t really comment on the application, since the girl that I see there  is awesome, and she makes everything look like magic. But it did look smooth and opaque with two applications.

As for the finish,