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
Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish in 85 Cerise was an impulse purchase but I love it so much that I recently bought a second bottle, as I’ve used up the first one. And that says a lot, considering how many nail polishes I have, and red ones in particular.
It is a gorgeous glossy warm toned red which looks opaque even with one coat. It is like the coolest accessory for your nails, it brightens up everything. As dramatic as it sounds – Cerise makes me feel incredible, and I never want to be without it.
I have mentioned it so many times but somehow never posted a proper swatch, so here it is. (I am also wearing it here)
As I’ve already said, it looks great even with one coat, this formula
It feels like I haven’t posted Nails Of The Day feature in ages. The reason? I have been wearing shellac for months, but I did feature some shades on my Instagram.
But it feels good to post a good ol’ classic, if you wish, post. It actually brings a lot of memories. I remember how my male friends were reading these features on Makeup4all out loud and found it absolutely hilarious that I would spend my time taking photos of my manicure an put it on-line. Oh well…
But back to the nail polish in question which is Vinylux by CND. It is supposed to last for the whole week, and it does have a very impressive staying power. I have actually featured a black shade some time ago.
As for Cityscape it is a
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.
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
I wanted to try a new (story of my life with all those new products) top coat, and I’ve decided to get LCN Speed Dry this time, as I’ve never tried anything from the brand before. And, as you could see from my April Favourites post – I really like it.
I have been using it for several weeks already and here is what I’ve noticed – it does make the nail polish dry a lot faster. It also adds shine and gives you that “salon” manicure look. But my favourite thing about this top coat is that it doesn’t add that extra