If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you would know that I received a few colours from A-England‘s new collection, The Legend, today. I had ordered three in my first (Saint George, Bridal Veil, and Order of the Garter), and ended up ordering the rest in a subsequent order.
I was already very excited to be receiving these lacquers which I’ve been seeing lots of great swatches of. But when I opened the package to find that dear Adina had sent a complimentary bottle of Princess Tears, I was over the moon!Continue reading»
I am very excited for I have a very special polish to show you! This is a franken I made. While I’m not sure yet how far I am going to take this franken and DIY nail polish interest, I have decided to name the line Star Lacquer, and the first creation from Star Lacquer I am very proud and happy to show you is The Milky Way.Continue reading»
It’s the second day of the Lunar New Year! For those who celebrate it, how’s your red packet haul so far? Hope it’ll allow you to buy more pretty polish this year! And since pink is a popular colour for the Lunar New Year, I’ve decided to show you this sweet pink polish from Megan Miller, Pink Lily.Continue reading»
Just a quick post to wish everyone who celebrates the Lunar New Year a good year ahead!
For those not familiar with the tradition, the Lunar New Year marks the start of a new year in the lunar calendar. This is a calendar based on the movement of the moon.
The name in Chinese, 農曆, literally means the farmer’s calendar. This is because this calendar also marks the agricultural calendar based on the seasons (using traditional farming methods, without the help of modern science).
Although this is also often called the Chinese New Year, it is by no means celebrated only by the Chinese. I believe it is also celebrated by the Koreans, for instance. Yet, it is also not right to call it the “Asian New Year” as not all Asians observe the lunar calendar and, consequently, the Lunar New Year.
As for the Chinese Zodiac associated with each year, suffice to say there are twelve signs in all. There is a myth behnind how these twelve were chosen, but I’ll not go into it. In addition, each year and sign is associated with one of five elements – Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth.
With the start of a new lunar year, we enter the Year of the Water Dragon. The geommancers and astrologers will have a list of predictions associated with this particular sign.
There are, naturally, many traditions and customs for this, the biggest festival for at least the Chinese. Essentially, it is about family and reunion, much as Christmas and Thanksgiving are for those who celebrate them.
If you would like to know more, please feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer as best as I can.
For those who celebrate this festival, I hope you have a great time and collect lots of hongbaos!
[My LNY mani is Picture Polish Vegas with "gold dust" tips using Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow.]
With the Lunar New Year is just around the corner (after the weekend, the be precise), I decided to show you two gold glitter lacquers. Gold is an auspicious colour for the Chinese, and definitely a very festive colour.
The two gold glitters I want to show you are China Glaze Blonde Bombshell from last year’s Eye Candy collection, as well as Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow, which was from their 2010 Holiday collection.Continue reading»
With all recent attention on flakies, I decided to revisit one of my very first flakies, the ever-so-stunning Nfu Oh 51. I decided to pair it with butter LONDON Branwen’s Feather, a polish I had been trying to get for a while. I could hardly keep my eyes off my nails when I had this mani on!Continue reading»