Friday, 31 January 2014

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Or in other words Happy New Year, for today is the start of the Chinese New Year. And at this time of year Chinese people wear red clothes, decorate their homes with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom.

When I first wore Pretty Serious Santa's Sunburn (you can read my review here), several of my Chinese customers admired it greatly declaring it Chinese Red and very auspicious, I knew that I was going to use it to do a Chinese New Year themed mani.

One stamped Chinese symbol looked quite lonely by itself it means love in case you are wondering, so I cast around for some other Chinese looking stamps and finally decided on these chrysanthemum looking flowers and in Chinese mythology chrysanthemum's Chinese name sounds very similar to long life plus its the flower for the 9th month which just so happens to be my birth month!

On to my mani then two coats of Pretty Serious Santa's Sunburn then one coat of Seche Vite. Then stamped using Kleancolor Metallic Yellow on plates BM12 for the flowers and M8 for the symbol. I'm afraid I don't know to much about the plates as I just bought them from a third party. Topped of with another coat of Seche Vite.

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