4th of July

Hello and welcome!  I’m surprised to say that this week is my first Fourth of July manicure!

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that this is my first post about 4th of July.  Considering my birthday is just before it, I typically choose to be selfish and do a birthday mani instead!  But this year, somehow, the timing worked out perfectly for me to do both.  Obviously my inspiration for this mani was red, white, and blue.  But I couldn’t decide on what part of the Fourth to focus on, so I did a little bit of everything:  fireworks, ice cream, and red/white/blue everywhere!

What I Used:

  • Base Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
  • 1st Color:  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – ASAP Apple
  • 2nd Color:  Maniology – bam! white
  • 3rd Color:  Pure Ice – Stars Aligned
  • Top Coat:  Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
  • Cuticula Dole Whip nail tape
  • makeup sponge
  • Maniology BM-S408 stamping plate
  • Maniology BM-S211 stamping plate
  • Twinkled T holo stamper
  • silicone scraper & lint roller sheet
  • Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
  • acetone nail polish remover

I started with my usual base coat, and then two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – ASAP Apple.  Then I prepped for the gradient by adding liquid latex around my pointer and pinky fingers.

It took a few layers of the gradient to make it look decent.  And even then it’s not very blended.  But what did I expect when going from red to white to blue?  Then I just stamped a firework design on my ring finger and thumb nail, and an ice cream design on my middle finger.

There’s a little bit of everything in this design, and it’s made me start to debate whether I like the fireworks or ice cream more.  I’m not sure about the gradient though.  It took the longest amount of time, and it’s not as blended as I’d like.  But I suppose it just means I need more practice with gradients!

Hope everyone enjoyed their week!


Well, my right thumb didn’t survive, but luckily everything else did.  And, you can see some serious nail growth on my right hand!  It’s either that, or I didn’t get very close to my cuticles when painting them in the first place.  But I like to think of it as growth.


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