10 February 2013

Chinese New Year Nails

Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone! 新年快樂! And for those of you who didn't hit up Google Translate like I just did, Happy New Year! Pretty much the whole town--the whole continent?--is decked out in red and gold right now for the lunar new year. It's easily Hong Kong's biggest holiday of the year, and Rach invited me to do some festive nails for the occasion for Sassy Hong Kong.

Chinese New Year flower nail art

I think I'm physically incapable of resisting flower nail art if it's at all possible to apply it to a theme. Luckily, for CNY, designs just like this are everywhere! Signs, posters, door decorations, you name it. I also thought the traditional red and gold would make a great saran wrap manicure combination...

Chinese New Year saran wrap manicure

The article at Sassy HK includes tutorials for both of these looks, complete with step-by-step pics, tutorials I'm planning to re-create and post here as well.

Wishing everyone good health and good fortune in 2013, the Year of the Snake!

46 comments:

  1. Great manicures! Love the first one especially! The flowers turned out really awesome!

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    1. Thank you, Lindsey! This was actually the 2nd time I did the top manicure, both to have it on again today for actual CNY and to hopefully get a little better picture of it. Didn't mind doing it again, though--I think flower nails like that are probably my favourite manicures to do. :P

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  2. o0o0 I just love the shimmer in the China Glaze!! So pretty!!

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    1. Thanks so much, KatXoXo! I should have mentioned above, that's China Glaze Classic Camel, from the 2010 Vintage Vixen collection. I love how well the golden shimmer translates to the nail! :)

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  3. Very nice! The tutorials turned out really well. :)

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  4. This is so lovely Elizabeth, I like both hands :)

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  5. The one with the flowers is absolutely gorgeous! But the other one is great too :D

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    1. Thank you, Beautylicious! I wish the pictures of the saran wrap one had come out better, but I couldn't quite get the highly reflective, gold Zoya Ziv to behave for the camera this time. ;)

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  6. Two beautiful manicures! I hope you enjoy the celebrations :-)

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    1. Thanks very much, Laura! Hoping to get to the big fireworks show tomorrow night over the harbour--it's usually amazing. ^_^

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  7. Happy Chinese New Year!!!! The flower design is super pretty, love the colours!!! :)

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    1. To you too, Plumeria--thank you very much! :)

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  8. I love both manicures! Happy Chinese New Year! :)

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  9. Happy Chinese New Year!! :D I love these manicures soooooo much!!! <3

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  10. OMG, I love that flower manicure so much! Beautiful!

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  11. Both of these are really gorgeous! I especially love the Saran wrap look! :)

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    1. Thank you very much!! I was bummed the saran mani got so camera shy, but the gold was a really nice accent IRL. ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, Nory! Happy Year of the Snake! =)

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  13. I like both manicures, they are perfect! Surely it was a good idea to make a saran wrap manicure with red and gold! And what about the first manicure? I simply adore it, I like the flowers and the combination of colours, great! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! Happy New Year to you too! :o)

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  15. Both of these are fabulous, but the flower one is my favorite! It's okay, don't stop resisting flower manis because your so good at them!

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    1. Aw, Heather, you're always such a sweetheart--thank you very much!! :D

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  16. Happy new year, Elizabeth! I love both of your manis but I've said it before and I'll say it again: I LOVE YOUR FLORALS! Seriously, your manicures are some of my favourite floral designs ever and this one is no exception. <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Brittney!! I'm totally blushing right now. :P

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  17. I've GOT to learn how to do blossoms like you do!

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    1. Aw, thank you, Tara!! I would be so happy to teach you--it's really simple when you break it down!

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  18. WOW I am loving that first mani-so gorgeous!

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  19. That first mani is so gorgeous!! Really just perfect for Chinese New Year! Hope you had a great one! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. We really did, Yun--thank you so, so much!! ^_^

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  20. I love the flowers, I wish I'd seen this around the time of CNY. Maybe next year!

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