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This is a manicure I didn't really appreciate until after the fact. I blame it on the fact that I was kind of unhappy with the base polish, A England's Tess D'urbervilles.

For the record, I do like A England as a brand. I adore Dragon and St. George, in particular, and I recently acquired a couple more that I haven't tried yet. But for me, the Gothic Beauties collection (Jane Eyre, Lady of Shallott and now, Tess D'Urbervilles) is rather disappointing.

Well, look: )

I buy my A England polishes through Llarowe, but if you're in the UK, you can buy from them direct: here. At Llarowe, they retail for about $10 each.
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Another mixed bag of manicures. Seriously, this feels like some kind of archaeological reconstruction. I know these pictures represent from Nov 28 to Dec 3, but as they're copies from Carbonite, the metadata that told me what day these pictures were taken on no longer exists. They're all marked whatever day I redownloaded them from Carbonite. But THEN, I remember I can use my Instagram account as a calendar to tell me what day I posted which manicure.

SO. ABSURD.

Anyway. Along with Charla and Zuza, I also got Zoya Jem, a gorgeous duochrome that shifts purple, burgundy, brown, with hints of gold.

Truly Outrageous (bonus points if you catch that reference) )



Next, we have another Lilacquer Fifth Element polish: Zorg Industries.

Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg. )


When Cult Nails came out with their Behind Closed Doors collection, Coveted was one of the polishes I was most looking forward to.

You might say I coveted it. Ha! )


I ended up wearing A England's Lady of Shallott because, just as I was about to do my nails, my husband asked me out to the movies and I didn't want to go out naked (yes, that's what we've come to *sighs*) but I didn't have time to do something fancy or that was going to take a long time to dry.

Milady. )


And then last, but not at all least, we reach my favorite manicure of this period. This one, I liked so much, I actually gave it a name:

Last Ember on a Cold Night. )
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After damning Glitter Gal yesterday for having holographic polishes that aren't really holographic enough, I'm going to talk about how much I love this polish by A England.


St. George by A England )
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My plan was to give myself a day off. To just enjoy my adorable pink and black hearts and enjoy that there was no pressing need for me to do anything in particular with my nails.

Welp.

I got some new polishes in the mail and that was the end of that.

I'd been thinking about doing another project through the month of November. Less structured, hopefully less pressure, but I wanted to specifically explore the indie polish brands, and the arrival of the new polishes was too much temptation to resist.

I'm going to use a rather loose interpretation of indie, since some of the polishes I want to feature are from people working out of their houses, part-time and some of them are larger, more regimented operations. And some are imports, where I'm probably not sure of the provenance of their company. So, mainly, I'm going to focus on brands that you can't just walk into Sally's or Sephora or Ulta (Ul-ta? Only 3 people are going to get that joke) and buy.

But that's my loose plan for November.

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