I decided to create a manicure for Rhiannon, the Goddess of Horses. Detailed in the Mabinogion tale Pwyll of Dyfed, her story is about carrying burdens until the arrival of freedom and redemption. Hers is an archetypal journey many of us can relate to, in the same way seeing a horse run feels like an expansion of the soul.
I began with Diamond Cosmetics Soak Up the Sun as a base. Since Rhiannon has both solar and lunar associations, I thought the polish name and color along with the golden Moons would be a perfect tribute. From image plate T30, I stamped the horse faces in Konad brown special polish. I created a layered, thin line French with Art Club stripers: Mochalotta and Fine Gold Glitter.
I didn't realize iris flowers bloomed in brown and burnt orange tones.
Azaleas in Rittenhouse Square
Soak Up the Sun has the pearl finish I love. Diamond Cosmetics does a notable job with this formula. The color reminds me of light reflecting off beach sand. There is rainbow micro shimmer stirred into the neutral base. For those of you looking for a classy, work appropriate shade, Soak Up the Sun is sure to delight. I painted three coats for best results. This polish was opaque for me at two, but I much prefer the added sparkle a third coat brings.
I hope you enjoyed my wild horses manicure. I am sure many of you know of Rhiannon through the Stevie Nicks song, but her story is also worth reading.
Diamond Cosmetics Soak Up the Sun was sent to me for review. This shade is available for US residents to purchase at diamondcosmetics.com. For international purchasing, keep an eye on boozyshop.nl.
Image plate T30 was provided for my consideration. Stop by chez-delaney.com to view the full line of nail art stamping materials.
Happy painting, ladies!