Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gilded Chinoiserie

Hello ladies,

I love pairing red and gold together, especially when done with an Asian influence. This manicure makes me think of antique lacquer boxes and jewelry chests, overflowing with strands of golden pearls and lengths of chain.

Beginning with a base of Nubar Competition Red, I stamped the floral motif from Konad plate M23. I chose China Glaze 2030 to create the gilded flowers. I added a gold metallic gem and a yellow pearl to highlight the centers of the blooms.

The formula is an interesting mix between a jelly and a creme. Competition Red has the high gloss of a jelly, but builds to opacity as easily as a creme. I am wearing three coats, but most ladies would be satisfied with two. This polish is a classic winter red.

As the holidays approach, I love creating looks that are subtly festive and elegant.

Competition Red was sent to me for review. This shade is part of the Nubar Holiday Jewel Basket, which will be available for purchase on November 15th at

Image plate M23 was provided for my consideration. To view the entire collection of Konad products, visit If you would like the chance to win eight nail art stamping plates, stop by the Ladies' Choice of Eight Plates Giveaway to enter.

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. i was supposed to be checking out your nails but your new blog layout is a distraction. its gorgeous!

  2. Enamel Girl: Thanks so much! You can't go wrong with fans and ribbon flowers. <3

  3. Oh. Wow.

    That is seriously stunning. :)

  4. wow this is gorgeous, I love it!! Red + gold = ♥

  5. looks really nice.. :)
    love the design on them esp the touch of gems :D

  6. I love the way this manicure calls the attention by being so simple yet so luscious! Adorable!

  7. Beautiful manicure. I adore the combination of red and gold. I can see the Asian influence in the stamp and polish shade. I do love that Nubar polish.

  8. I love this combo it's very elegant like, it's very pretty I love it.

  9. I love gold and red together as well! Very pretty (and that is one of the plates I chose as well!)


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