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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

Exclusive Interview with Ellis Faas, Make-Up Artist

I think Ellis Faas is one of the best makeup brands, and it is definitely in my top 5.  And Ellis herself is definitely one of my favourite make-up artists, her creativity knows no boundaries, the images she creates are mind-blowing.

I have actually interviewed Ellis some time ago, but never featured the interview itself, so here it is!

1. Can you please tell us something about yourself? How did you discover your love for beauty and makeup?

Initially I wanted to be a photographer, so when I was still in high-school, I did a professional makeup course. A lot of the time I was my own model, and in order to look different each time, I used makeup. I had always liked makeup, so when the photography became to technical, my love for makeup took over. So then I did a makeup course in Amsterdam and a “real” study in Paris.

2. What was your career breakthrough and highlights?

My big international break came when Mario Testino came to Amsterdam to do a shoot for l’Uomo Vogue. He wanted something extra, saw all the books and seeing my special effects portfolio, he picked me. We hit it off and then he started to take me all over the world. There are many highlights, so many great photographers, stylists, models, hair stylists – impossible to choose… But especially all “firsts” made an impression: my first show (Fendi with Karl Lagerfeld), my first big campaign (Gucci with Mario), my first shoot for Vogue Italia (with Paolo Roversi).

3. What advice would you give to those who want to be a part of a beauty/makeup industry? What are the basics they should know?

The biggest thing is that there is no mystery. People in the