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Happy 47th Birthday Singapore!

By A Lacquered Affair · August 9, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"The National Day of Singapore is celebrated every year on 9 August , in commemoration of Singapore's Independence from Malaysia in 1965. This holiday features the National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebration." - Wikipedia

I've been looking forward to this holiday. Finally, a break from work. And I get to attempt a manicure displaying national pride this National Day (Singapore), something I was ill-prepared to do last year. The best part is having some of the other Singaporean nail bloggers and enthusiasts showcasing theirs together! I'll link them at the end of this post.

Not to bore you, but here are some snippets about our tiny little city state island, literally a dot on the world map:
♥ We were once a British colony, founded by Sir Stamford Raffles.
♥ Our national mascot, the Merlion, is a mythical creature with a head of a lion, and body of a fish. It represents Singapore's original name Singapura, "lion city, and her humble origin as a fishing village.
♥ More than National Day, I look forward to the Singapore Grand Prix every year, dubbed as the "Crown Jewel of F1" by Formula One's supremo.
♥ Singapore's landmarks and skylines are continually evolving. Current landmarks and icons include:
  - The Singapore Flyer, world's largest observation wheel (for the moment)
  - The Esplanade, one of the world's busiest arts centres
  - Marina Bay Sands, world's most expensive standalone casino property
  - ArtScience Museum, world's first ArtScience museum
  - Helix Bridge, world's best transport building 2010, world's first in architectural and engineering bridge design
  - Gardens by the Bay, houses flora from all over the world
  - The Float@Marina Bay, world's largest floating stage, and where the National Day action takes place

A view of (most of) the above landmarks:

Panoramic view of Marina Bay, SingaporeImage Source

In celebration, here's the National Day pride mani I've been working on a good half of the day, a jazzed-up Singapore flag:

Singapore's National Day Nail ArtOutdoors, daylight

"The waxing crescent moon "represents a young nation on the ascendant". The five stars "stand for the nation's ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality" - Wikipedia

Singapore's National Day Nail ArtClose-up shot: Indoors, daylight

Of course, I looked to the bright, glittery Ruby Pumps for the red on our flag, the only bright red I own. There was no way I could ever free hand stars, so I looked to my stamping plate in m17 for assistance. The crescent moon, however, was done free hand. The irregular dots were added to give a confetti effect, for a more celebratory mood.

Parting shot:Singapore's National Day Nail Art

Used in this mani (in order they're layered):
1 coat Poshe Nail Strengthening Treatment Basecoat
2 coats OPI Alpine Snow
2 coats China Glaze Ruby Pumps
1 coat Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers
1 coat OPI Happy Anniversary (over Alpine Snow)
1 coat stamped Konad Special Nail Polish White (with Konad stamping plate m42)
1 coat Poshe Super-fast Drying Topcoat

Cheers to 47 years and more progress to come!

Fellow Singaporean nail enthusiasts & their National Day pride:
Inky Polisholicious
My Polish Adventures
Notes of Grace
The Colored Glass
The Frenzied Polisher
The Subtle Shimmer

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.


Why didn't I think of stamping?! LOL! I'm amazed that five stars could fit on your one nail, they look quite big! LOVE LOVE LOVE this mani of yours!!! Very pretty!

posted by

Wow, so precise!!! Beautiful! And happy National Day!!! xx

posted by

Mel (the-crimson-petal) - They are mid-sized, so I painted most of the index finger red to accommodate them. That's where the wind-in-the-flag (sorta) look came in. Aww, thanks so much, Mel!

Dearest, Kate (LacquerCareFactor), thanks so much for your praises! I kinda liked it myself, it was painful to remove. But back to work I go tomorrow, and though they're very relaxed about attire and body decorations, I have an external meeting. So better not push it :)


Happy National Day! Your manicure looks amazing! What a great job doing that crescent moon! I also love those little dots of opposite colors! They add a little extra something to this manicure!

posted by

Tack så mycket, My Nail Polish Online! That was the effect I was going for with those 'spots'. ^_^

posted by

Your manicure looks gorgeous! I also did one but not as elaborate as yours (:

posted by

Thanks for the compliment, lilacscrip! I'll link yours too! Love those holos! It's the fun in the national pride them that matters ;)

posted by Anonymous

Very nice! Impressive!

posted by

Thank you so much, Anonymous, for dropping by and for the compliment :D

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