Fourth of July Manis for 2014
I know I’m late to post this, but I wanted to put all of my Fourth of July manis together in one post. I hope all of my American readers had a wonderful long weekend. I know our family did. We visited a local carnival on July 4th and my kids had a blast! Rode on crazy rides, ate cotton candy, and won a goldfish. (Miraculously, he’s still alive.) Then we stayed up late and watched an amazing fireworks display. It really was a perfect day.
Just an FYI, this post is a bit picture heavy.
I decided to try out the July Nail Art Challenge created by @californails on Instagram. Two of these manis are for #nailartjul. I thought they fit the criteria pretty well, so why not?
I did three patriotic manis this year. First is a hand-painted flag, which also happened to be the theme for Day 1 of the challenge: FLAG. How convenient! 😉 I decided to make this flag a little rough around the edges and I love the result! I used a tiny fan brush to draw out the edges and create the red & white stripes. I also used my new JN Dance 24 brush from Stylish Nail Art Shop to do the stars. This is all polish: Zoya “Storm”, Julep “Nicolette” (white) and “Jackie” (red), Sally Hansen “Pacific Blue” (original formula), Julep “Fireworks” (glitter), and OPI Matte Top Coat. I thought the glitter made it look like fireworks in a night sky. In retrospect, I wish I would have just hand painted some… next time. 😉
My second mani, and my STARS mani for Day 4 of the challenge, was a variation on the flag theme but I used glitter placement and water marble as the techniques. I used OPI “DS Magic”, “The Spy Who Loved Me”, “This Gown Needs A Crown” and “Crown Me Already”. Water marble was done with Zoya “Purity” and Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Top Coat over a base of “The Spy Who Loved Me”. I probably could have gotten a cleaner water marble if I had just done red and white, but I’ve been dying to try a clear polish in a water marble and I guess curiosity got the best of me. Star glitters are from Bundle Monster. They came in a variety of colors in the pack I bought. They’re actually holographic, but they didn’t photograph that way. (Bummer) I topped everything with HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat from Glisten & Glow.
Last but not least, I have a simple mani that I actually wore the night of the Fourth. This is two coats of “What a Blast” by Serum No.5 over white. Again, the red star glitters are from Bundle Monster. “What a Blast” is a red, silver and blue glitter bomb with tiny little stars and larger holo stars… this also glows in the dark. How awesome is that for watching fireworks?!? I was able to grab this polish as a duo along with “Do You Wanna Fanta?” by Polished by KPT. (I cannot WAIT to use that one too!) The duo is available on the Serum No.5 website as well. Definitely check it out!
Hope you like all of my patriotic manis for the Fourth of July this year. Let me know which one is your favorite.
Thanks for reading!