Saturday, 10 November 2012

Divali Delicacies Mani


As you may or may not know, Divali, the festival of lights will be celebrated next week (Tuesday in Trinidad). This is a very important and exciting festival for Hindus and non-Hindus alike and a lot of work goes into preparing for it.

I wasn't in the mood to do a mehndi pattern or deyas but I'm looking forward to Divali sweets so I did a mani based on that.

If you're unfamiliar with these foods, or if you're wondering how to make them, click the name of each sweet and you'll be taken to a recipe. Pictures are also included on the pages I've linked to, so you can see what they're supposed to look like.

Base Colours

Pinky finger: Mohanbhog (aka Prasad)
-The base colour was Sally Hansen Nearly Nude polish in "Naturel Pink." It's actually spelled "naturel" on the label. lol This is a really really old polish I had lying around, which used to be pink but has changed to a beige colour over time. I used four coats.

Ring finger: Ladoo 
-Sinful Colours' "Let's Meet" was used for the base. I used three coats. There was still some VNL but nothing too terrible.

Middle finger: Kurma
-I started with Sinful Colours' "Satin" as a base but it wasn't dark enough so I used a polish by L.A. Colours over it. Unfortunately the label came off of that bottle so I don't know the name of the colour. I used two coats of it.

Index finger: Barfi
-The base was Sinful Colours' "Snow Me White." It took one coat to get rid of VNL but I added a second coat just to cover the few streaks here and there.

Thumb: Jalebi
-The base was a yellow OPI polish which has no name since it's a tiny sample which has no label. I used three coats and it was still streaky but I left it at that since adding another coat would make it take forever to dry.


-I used Sinful Colours' "Rich in Heart" with a dotting tool to create the raisins. I think the end product has a few too many raisins but then again, I sometimes think the same about the actual food.

-I added some texture using the plastic wrap method: I crumpled up a small piece of plastic wrap and painted my first polish (in this case it was the same L.A. Colours polish I used as the base for the middle finger) onto it. I stamped it onto a scrap surface a few times to remove the excess and then stamped it onto my nail. I repeated this method using Colour Club's "Almost Famous."

-I used the plastic wrap method again, this time with Sinful Colours' "Snow Me White."

-I used a dotting tool to make the sprinkles. The colours I used were Sinful Colours' "Rise and Shine," Ruby Kisses' "Raspberry" and Colour Club's "Almost Famous" and "Chelsea Girl." I found the "Raspberry" was too dark for sprinkles so I went over it with Colour Club's "Warhol."

Thumb: Jalebi

-The actual jalebi was created using Shany's striping polish in 23. Some more texture was added using Shany's striping polish in 3, as well as Arista's "Sunkiss."

Happy polishing!


  1. Very nice. Those treats look so yummy. The barfi looks like it would be the one I would enjoy the most!

    1. Thanks, Melissa :) Barfi really is yummy!

  2. That was so creative. I love barfi and now you have me feeling for some. lol......

    1. Thanks, Stacy! Don't worry, just two more days to go til barfi time. lol

  3. Happy Diwali to you Vee.:)
    <3 <3 Following you.

  4. wow ! i love this.
    will b trying this soon :D
    xoxo <3

    1. Thanks Shanaya! Post pics when you do :)



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