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. 


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

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

  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

    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

  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!

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

  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. :)

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

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

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

  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.

  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. :)

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

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


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