Fourth of July Manicure

Hello gentle readers.

I finally got around to doing my Fourth of July Manicure. I was going to do several leading up but I just got one done. I think that will do just fine. :) I had some grand plans in this little brain of mine for nail art depicting fireworks, stars, glittery striping and so forth.

Then I did a reality check. I am nail art challenged. I know it. I accept it. I am good with it. I can do something simple and easy and it comes out halfway okay but if I get too ambitious, I usually end up in a big old mess.

So I scaled things back. A lot. lol

I painted my nails in alternating solid blue and red using Orly La Playa and Color Club Ihavenofrakkingideathename Red. I did two coats of the La Playa and three of the Red. Orly La Playa is so rich, creamy and highly pigmented that I only needed two coats but the red is a crelly and needed three to get it as opaque as the blue. I only own jelly-ish reds. No rich, dense cremes. Hmmm. I suppose I should find a couple.

Anywhoozle. I topped my polish with Seche Vite and let it dry a bit then stamped with Konad Special Polish in white with Bundle Monster plate #21 and let the images dry for a few. I used a little thin clear polish as glue and applied clear stones for some sparkle then topped everything with more Seche Vite.

Would you like to see a picture? It is clickable, of course.


Taken indoors with flash. There is a storm right now and not a ray of sunshine is to be found.

I like this manicure just fine. It sure beats the disaster I had on my nails last year. If you didn't see it, I'll provide a link. Click here if you dare. But I don't suggest it. Trust me. You don't want to see that. lol

Okay, so there you have it. My patriotic mani. Have you done a manicure for the Fourth? (Assuming you celebrate. ;)) Planning to? 

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night and may your polish never bubble. 

15 comments

  1. Love this mani! So detailed. And I must have a bottle of the ChG ONLY because of the name. LMAO!

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  2. Hahaha, you're so cute. I absolutely freaking LOVE this, it's perfect!

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  3. i actuall liked ur last years nail design...glitter glitter!!!! I love glitter...even though it's a pain to remove =(

    I think you did a great job with these nails...I always have trouble stamping this image..not all my stars show up..boo


    btw: I wanted to let you know that I still get smudging with all the eyeliners I have tried =( but the ones that smudge the lease is mac and stila

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  4. im also nail art challenged and have to chk myself sometimes with crazy ideas lol, this came out really cute i like how u alternated blue and red i so should have did that with mine, i do like your last years mani too it was simple and cute. Happy 4th to you hun!

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  5. Absolutely love it! Have a great long weekend!

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  6. Since I am nail art challenged, that is pretty much the exact same mani I had last year! Used the same stamp and everything. :)

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  7. Oh, yes!! That is great 4th of July mani!!! Love Love Love!!!

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  8. I like it!!!! And don't be harsh on yourself, last years wasn't so bad, everything looks good with glitter :-)

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  9. It's really cute! It's always easy to have a grand vision in your head, but execution is a bigger challenge ;)

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  10. Beautiful, Erika. You inspire me to try harder to learn to do my own nails. I haven't mentioned it yet but I did take my acrylics off and am now working with my natural nails. I still have some acrylic residue but I am working on that. I will be watching your blog for tips and I start from scratch. Right now I just need to get some more colors in stock while I learn to polish and clean up without making a mess. I LOVE this manicure for the 4th. It is gorgeous.

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  11. Thank you all so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them so much! :)

    Good for you, Karen. I hope that your new nail routine evolves into something that works beautifully for you. :)

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  12. I don't see why your so hard on yourself! This is a great mani! Ans it's perfect for 4th of July!!!

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  13. Very pretty manicure! Happy (belated)4th of July to you!!
    Tasha -xxx-

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