Monday, January 23, 2012

Pure Ice Year Of The Dragon Mani

First off, I'd like to apologize for my pictures.  I recently moved all of my polish stuff into one spot and I'm waiting on my light box to arrive.  So, it's difficult to take pics like I was doing due to lighting purposes.  Now onto the info & mani....

Chinese New Year is observed for two consecutive weeks, and is popularly known as Spring Festival. It usually starts from late January and early February. The variation in the date of festival is due to the changes in the track of the new moon. The Spring Festival ends on the 15th day when the Lantern festival is celebrated. Pure Ice has a quick and simple nailpolish set to help you achieve this perfect look.

In 2012, Chinese New Year Day will be celebrated on January 23. The New Year festival will start from January 22 (Chinese New Year' Eve) and end on February 6 (Lantern Festival). 2012 marks the 4710th Chinese New Year, and this time it is the Year of Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.
The Dragon is the 5th sign of the Chinese zodiac and it is regarded as an auspicious symbol which stands for power, good luck, success, and happiness.

Since ancient times, the Chinese New Year was considered as the time to honor ancestors and heavenly deities. In addition, it was the time to organize family gatherings and grand feasts.
There is a legend associated with the celebration of New Year in China. There was a monster named Nian who used to harass the villagers by eating their crops, cattle and taking away their kids. The villagers had no other option but to place food at the entrance to their homes so that the monster would eat it and go away without harming them.
One day, the villagers realized that the monster was scared of red color. So, they adorned their doors and windows with red paper cutouts and spring scrolls. The villagers also burst crackers to frighten the monster. Since then, Nian never came again to the village. Hongjun Laozu, a Taoist monk, was the one who captured the beast later on. Since then, the Chinese have been celebrating the capture of Nian on their New Year's Day.

Chinese New Year is celebrated with fireworks, lion dancing, dragon dancing and cultural performances on the street. Families organize reunion dinners on New Year's Eve and make special preparations like spring rolls and Chinese dumplings. 

I really like this gold.  Unfortunately, there is no name, but the # is 313CP.  I only needed 2 coats and really didn't see many brush marks which you expect from a metallic/frost polish.  Very surprised. 

I absolutely LOVE Show Stopper.  I also own another red "shatter", and it doesn't compare to this.  I used a coat of SH Insta- Dri between the gold and crackle, with NO problems.  It wasn't sheer at all and went on with no problems.  I had to do very little clean-up after using this.

I really love the Pure Ice Crackles that I have.  They're amazing and half the price of the big name brands. 

Bari Cosmetics is available online at and at Wal-Mart & Walgreens stores nationwide. 

~Note: These polishes were provided for review and I have and will always give my 100% honest opinion.



  1. The gold looks stunning on you! I really like the combo!

  2. Wow, I love these crackles. I haven't bought some pure ice polish in a while but I will look for these. I'm big into crackle right now.

  3. Love this mani! That red crackle is awesome! Thanks for all the info about the Chinese New Year!


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