05 February 2014

More Chinese New Year Nails

As promised/threatened yesterday, I did try some more Chinese New Year nail art, and I'm actually pleased with how it turned out! (The CNY cherry blossoms still beat them by a wide margin, but anyway...) Like poinsettias at Christmas, the lunar new year sees a veritable explosion of miniature orange trees all around Hong Kong, and I really wanted to do an "orange tree" design this CNY season.

Chinese New Year nail art oranges and gold

Over Orly Ignite, I first did some gold scrolling and swirls with SpaRitual Golden Gleam and a teeny paintbrush. After that dry/set for a couple of minutes, I added some leaves in Jessica Mint Mojito Green, then mixed in a drop of the lighter, brighter OPI Did It On 'Em for some highlights. Next, I was going to mix up a nice, bright orange to dot with, thinking my sparkly foil (Australis Orange Crystals) might be a bit too much, but then I remembered two things: 1) Oranges aren't smooth anyway, and 2) This is a CNY design; therefore, "too much" is not a thing that exists.

cny orange bushes

Areas like this spring up every year all over town (this is in the mall downstairs from my flat), selling these little orange...bushes? shrubs? mini-trees?...to decorate your home with for the new year's holiday and to bring good fortune. How do they bring good fortune? Well, oranges are kinda golden, right? Oranges represent gold! And gold, being gold, is a symbol for gold, which is an invitation to good fortune and...you guessed it...more gold. Additionally, I'm told that the words tangerine and orange sound very much like "wealth" and "luck" in Mandarin, so really... Our symbolism is only buried so deep, and when you get a double-whammy like that, it is not to be resisted. Thus, tiny tangerine/orange trees are stationed around front doorways to usher in good fortune for the new year.

Chinese New Year nail art oranges

One more Gung Hei Fat Choi everyone--Happy Chinese New Year! (^_^)


  1. Great design! The gold polish you've used really makes the whole design stand out! The orange trees in your photo look so cute too! :)

  2. It's so pretty, a very nice combo, Elizabeth!

  3. Gorgeous! I love all the colors you used together and the design looks really intricate. If you're interested, I'm doing a giveaway! Enter if you'd like :)

  4. Beautiful! I love also those little orange-bushes! :-)

  5. Aw this is so beautiful! You captured the plants so well!


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