Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by Ethnicity/Nationality


I am super excited to share today's Twinsie Tuesday theme with you ladies!  While we all know my general dislike for all things nail art, I felt my creative juices flowing when ask to post a manicure inspired by my ethnicity/nationality.  

My family has been in New York for about a century and a half, and while I consider myself and my nationality to be American, I consider myself ethnically Jewish.  I know that some of you will say that Judaism is a religion not an ethnicity, but in fact, there's a special sociological aspect to Judaism that makes me proud to call it my religion, my race, and my ethnicity.*  Despite the fact that the Jewish people have been dispersed and settled throughout the world for two millennia, Israel stands today as the Jewish heart and homeland. 

So it went without saying that my mani this week would reflect Israel, a country smaller than the state of New Jersey, but one of the most beloved on Earth.  I decided to riff off the Israeli flag, a beautiful white and blue tribute to peace and the Jewish heritage. 

Left to right: Julie G. Blueberry Fizz (texture), OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (creme), NYC Skyline Blue (shimmer), L.A. Girl Brilliant Blue (holo)


As you can see, I chose to skittle each nail a different finish.  I freehanded the Jewish star (מָגֵן דָּוִד, pronounced "Magen David" in Hebrew) on my ring finger with a nail art striper wand; I wanted it to look unfinished and imperfectly stroked so I'm happy all the corners didn't line up.  (Believe me, if I had messed up, you know I would've told you.)


Regarding the polish, I have to say a few word about each.  Firstly, the Julie G. gumdrop texture is absolutely stunning (I'll have a post of it on its own later in the week)!  I'm not crazy about the textured feel, but the finish was gorgeously eye-catching.  Blueberry Fizz's formula was perfect and the easiest textured polish I've worked with so far; removal was also a cinch.  What can I say about the OPI that hasn't already been said?  Classic blue-leaning white that dries without streaks.  The shimmer in Skyline Blue was subtler than I had hoped, but does dry beautifully after three coats -- which are a must since two simply do not cover adequately or opaquely.  And the L.A. Girl holod?  Why, that is absolute scattered glory.  If you live near a Rite Aid, try and get your hands on any of the colors from this collection, it's really spectacular.

Want to know what my Twinsies' ethnicity is?  Make sure to click their links below!



Amanda at Amandalandish
Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame




* The opinions expressed above are my own and do not reflect what anyone else who is Jewish feels about his or her identity.  This post serves as an interpretation of my personal ethnicity and feelings towards Israel.  I hope that regardless of any political beliefs the reader may hold, s/he will reserve all comments to the manicure itself and not on any larger international issues it may bring up.  Thank you.

26 comments :

  1. I love that you you taught me some things with this post, as well as entertaining me with your mani! Very pretty!

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  2. Really pretty, Amanda! I love the colours you picked, and the finishes are just fantastic. And you know I'm loving seeing more nail art from you too! I like the more freehanded design as well. ^_^

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  3. Thank you...but I suggest you don't get too used to it. The stress it gives me while doing it is just too intense.

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  4. Haha! I know what you mean, I really do. If you have any inclination at all, I would highly recommend trying some acrylic paint. The stress is much lower, since you can just wash it off it it's not working out the way you want, and I find paint brushes much easier to control since you can "choke up" on 'em. Not to harp on the nail art, though--I really am loving the mix of textures/finishes on this manicure!

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  5. Thanks for the tips! And I also really like the skittle texture here. Came out much nicer than I expected!

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  6. This is beautiful and I learned something new with your post too :)

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  7. This is beautfiul :) I really like the polishes you used for this

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  8. This is super beautiful!!! :D

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  9. Beautiful! Love all the colors together!

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  10. Her textures are really fantastic!

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  11. Looks great and the polishes look beautiful!

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  12. Gorgeous mani! You chose some beautiful blues here. :)

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  13. I love this design! The blues you chose for it are gorgeous.

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  14. Pretty!! Loving that Julie G!

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