Today's post marks my 350th--whee!-and I'm celebrating the occasion with some Chinese New Year nail art. Everywhere I look, Hong Kong is pretty much a riot of red and gold and cherry blossom decorations. And also tiny orange trees, but I haven't figured out how to do those yet, so, flowers!
My base for these is Zoya Livingston, a classic red with a fantastic formula. Then over that, I did a coat of a gold Sasatinnie glitter/foil top to add some sparkle and a little background texture and bling--because if there's anything living in Hong Kong has taught me it's that if you have a chance to add some sparkly gold to your New Year's design, you do it. You do it immediately and without hesitation, because gold.
Next came the branches (my Orly Jet Black striper as usual), and then I started dotting the flowers. I made them a little larger than usual this time, starting with a cluster of five "petals" (Pure Ice Superstar! white) at the base of the branches, switching to groups of three, and then adding some singles either at the end of a branch or floating free.
Once that had a minute to settle and dry, I dotted over the white, towards the middle of the flowers, with OPI Elephantatsic Pink. The actual centers are Zoya Ziv, once again because gold, to invite fortune and prosperity for the new year.
All in all, with the deep, red base, the cherry blossom design, and all the bits of shining gold, these actually ended up being some of my favourite nails I've ever done. I loved the way--and Husband even noticed it too--that between the gold in the background and the pink in the middles, the flowers wound up having an almost 3D quality to them. Plus there was juuuust enough glitter and foil to catch the light and really shine without looking overdone. I hated, HATED to take these off. Hopefully I'll have time to try another CNY design in the next couple of days, but if not, San Lin Fai Lok and Happy New Year to everyone!