Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pure Ice Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year!

Since ancient times, the Chinese New Year was considered as the time to honor ancestors and heavenly deities.   The New Year began January 22 this year and will conclude with the Lantern festival on February 6.  2012 marks the 4,710th Chinese New Year; according to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon.  The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac and is regarded as an auspicious symbol representing power, good luck, success, and happiness.

To celebrate, I've stepped outside my comfort zone and tried crackle!  My first attempt at using this type of finish, I was actually surprised at how quickly the polish began cracking.  While it's pretty cool to see, I think I need to work on my technique a bit more because I polish very carefully and with the Showstopper red crackle, you don't have a lot of time to be perfect.  The crackle shrinks as well, so getting a good line around my cuticles was a challenge.

While I normally wouldn't go for a gold and red combo on my nails, I really enjoy this festive duo that Pure Ice developed.  The yellow gold base coat, 313CP (it doesn't appear to have a name), is really not that great by itself but comes alive with the crackle.  As per Pure Ice polishes, 313CP applied really well in two controlled coats.

What do you ladies think about crackle?  And are you doing anything to celebrate the Chinese New Year?


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  1. The color combo is cool, it's def out of your comfort zone, Happy Chinese New Year :) I will be swatch Pinkerbell for you ASAP!!

  2. Now, you know that I've coined the term "colour purist", which is what I truly am at heart + I've pretty much had it up to here with the crackle/shatter effect, but I have to confess that I am TOTALLY loving this combo! How perfectly perfect to honour the year of the dragon!

  3. Color purist is truly the best term and I've shamelessly absconded it to refer to myself as well.  I personally haven't really been able to stomach the crackle, but like I said in the post, there's something truly festive about this combination and shatter topcoat.  After a few more goes at crackle to get it out of my system, I think I may retire it for good. 

  4. I am not a crackle fan.  Never tried it and I don't think I ever will.  However, some combos do look really nice.  I love red and gold and they make a really good combo here.  I've seen several other red and gold swatches as well and really like them.  Yayyy for going out of your comfort zone ;0).

  5. I know what you mean about finding crackle a bit hard to apply, it starts to dry and crack before I get the chance to paint the whole nail!  But you did a great job!  And I would've guessed that it was the gold that was the crackle, not the red!

  6. Aw, thanks, Anne!  Yeah, when I first saw swatches, I was surprised also at the red looks like the gold should be the topcoat.

  7. Stay tuned for today and tomorrow for more of Amanda stepping outside her comfort zone.  And then be prepared for some very boring, yet Amanda-sanctioned cremes immediate after :)

  8. Thanks! I think I'd prefer it for a piece of jewelry though.