Monday, 1 October 2012

Mani Monday: Eastern Mosaic Mani

Hello, Hi, Namaste, Vanakum :)

Welcome to this weeks Mani Monday, thanks for stopping by you lovely human beings you! Firstly a big shout out and thank you to the lovely Heather for featuring my Coral & Mint Leopard Mani as this weeks featured mani! Always such a treat being selected and it inspires me to keep thinking up new and fresh ideas for manis!

This week I went back to my roots and did an Eastern Mosaic Mani, I was inspired by all the gorgeous intricate designs on saris and tried my best to recreate an easy mani which portrays the same effect!


Such an easy mani to achieve and I just layered the dotting technique and it makes the mani look a lot more intricate that it really is by using such a simple technique that anyone can do and the contrasting colours make it pop all that much more!

I used x1 coat Sally Hansen Instant Strength, x2 coats Essence in Break Through, x2 coats Colour Nail Enamel in Creammoss, x1 coat Essence in Stamp me! Silver and x1 coat in Essence Studio Nails Better than Gel Nails Top Sealer as a top coat.

You will need:
  • Base coat nail polish
  • Two alternating base colour nail polishes (I used purple and mint)
  • One alternating dotting colour nail polish (I used silver)
  • Top coat nail polish
  • Orangewood stick
  • Toothpick

1) Apply base coat nail polish to all nails, wait for it to dry completely 

2) Apply x2 coats of alternating base colour nail polishes, I applied the mint coloured nail polish to both ring fingers as the accent nails and the purple coloured nail polish to the rest of my nails, wait for it to dry completely 

3) Practice the dotting design on a piece of paper first to ensure you don’t mess up your nails if you’re not yet confident with the technique 

4) Pour a small bit of silver nail polish on a piece of paper, using the orangewood stick dip the sharp end into the silver pool of nail polish and then carefully apply a small dot on the piece of paper. You will be building the silver dot design up into a triangle shape


5) Next practise the following design, you will pour a small pool of mint nail polish in the piece of paper and carefully using a toothpick dip the sharp end of the toothpick into the mint nail polish and place a mint dot in the middle of the silver dot. Continue doing this until all silver dots have a small mint dot in the middle of them


6) On the ring finger as these are accent nails, the dotting colour nail polishes you use will be different to the above, you will use the purple nail polish in place of the silver and the smaller dot in the middle will be done using the silver nail polish



7) Once you are ready to start executing this technique, Bobs your uncle…go for it! Follow steps 4-5 for the four purple nails and step 6 for the accent mint nails

8) Wait for dotting designs to dry completely, then apply top coat and wait for it to dry completely and you're done!

9) Look down at your eastern inspired nails and I know you totally want to go wear a sari, put on a bindi or possible become a Bharatanatyam dancer...all totally acceptable reactions, trust me :) 

10) What I do suggest you do is to put on some Jai Ho by A.R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls because I know you wanna boogie to some Indian inspired jams :) Then get ready to break out the bhangra jams... :)

Have you ever visited India, thoughts ? Just for fun Q, what is your favourite Bollywood movie ?

I have been to India, incredible India and I have many a tale to tell of the amazing people I met, lifetime friendships I made and the wonderous places I visited...but let's save that for another blog post shall we :) 

As always, linking up to Mani Monday below, with the fabulous Heather and Heather! I will also be joining the ladies over at The Nail Files.

Join the fun side of life and link up to Mani Monday and The Nail Files below :)


  1. You are SO welcome for the shoutout, I loved your nails! These look great too!! Thank you so much for linking up with Mani Monday!

    Heather @ Glitter and Gloss

    1. Thanks Heather for the kind words! I will always link up to an awesome gig like Mani Monday, thanks for co-hosting! :)

  2. Renee this is a really cute mani. You are very creative. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    1. Thanks so much for the sweet words! You are most welcome, loving your blog and your recent mani, uber cute!!! :)

    2. Why thank you very much. Do you guys have any polish brands unique to you in South Africa? It is unfortunate that you can't get Julep and Butter London but perhaps we can do a swap for the holidays. It would be my first swap and what better way than to start off internationally (wink). Contact me at so we can discuss it more :)

    3. Yeah we have some great SA brands like Tip Top nail polish, not sure if you have heard of them ? I'm pretty keen on an int. holiday swap ;) Sounds like such a goodie! Gonna drop you a mail shortly, excited! :)

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