Monday, 6 January 2014

It Was On A Starry Night...

You may be familiar with 'Dia de los Reyes Magos' or Day of the Three Wise Men, which is celebrated in some Latin American countries and parts of Europe on the 6th of January, as far as I know. The Wise Men would be the ones that would bring presents to kids instead of Santa Claus, however, the custom has changed, depending on who you ask and some kids get presents on Christmas and today. The adults get to eat 'rosca de reyes', a cake in the shape of a ring with crystallized/glazed fruit and whatever other food the host of the wants to serve. On the nails, I figured showing the star that guided the Three Wise Men to Baby Jesus to give them the gifts would be suitable for the occasion. I must be honest though, I intended to post this at Christmas time but never got around to writing up the words for the photos but it turned out for the better.

I  started with two coats of Butter London's Union Jack Black and saran-wrapped one coat of Max Factor's Extra Frost to create the night sky. I let that dry and used striping tape to create a thin triangle along three of my fingers to create the tail of the star... or comet, whatever you wanna call it, and used Essie's Good As Gold to colour it in. Topped it all off with one coat of Seche Vite.



I had some gold star studs but the mani would looked a bit odd with two different tones of gold so I painted the star with the Essie polish and let it dry for about half an hour. I had to bend the star a little bit so it would fit properly on the nail without snagging onto e v e r y t h i n g like some larger studs tend to do if left flat. I attached it with a drop of Seche Vite but I did it when it wasn't quite dry/tacky so I got some of the Good as Gold on the base. 



That could be considered star dust from the comet... Yeah... It could.


I had a bit of trouble photographing the prettiness of this mani so I tried it with sunlight (photos above) and in the lightbox (photo below). Oh! I also dented my index finger twice, once with a ring because I thought it would be a good idea to take off a ring while the polish was still tacky, and the second from moving my hands around normally.



I was really happy with the way this mani looked, the depth of the 'sky' and the continuity of the comet's tail did it for me. I even kept this for FOUR days. 

Hope you guys have had a good and safe holiday season. Here in this part of the world we've been having 40 degree days, which feels totally like summer.

Till next time, 

Laura.

12 comments:

  1. I love this manicure! We celebrate this in France as well, we eat a cake called "galette" during that day :p (Just in case you hadn't put on enough weight on christmas :p) Anyway, this night sky is gorgeous, you did a great job!

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    1. Hehe! If Google is not showing me the wrong thing, I don't think I could ever say no to galette. Even after all the Christmas/ New Year's food. Thanks about the nails! I discovered an easy combination for a night sky, it could come in handy later.

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  2. it looks so neat and beautiful! ))

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    1. Thanks! I know the Essie Metallics can look really good on tape manis when one works super quickly with them. I'm glad I have learnt that lesson!

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  3. What a cute manicure!
    I love the little star ;)

    Thanks for sharing this manicure with us ;)
    "Xx julia

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    1. Thank you! I struggle to find uses for the star studs but I was stoked when i found this use for it!

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  4. Very pretty, I wish this day was more widely celebrated in the USA, but it makes it a wee bit more special when I find other places who knowledge it because it's a cool day! What a beautiful design!

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    1. Cheers! I have a lot of fond childhood memories about this day but living in a country where it's not celebrated, I try to hang onto it as much as possible, even if it's just through nails.

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