Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4th of July Nails

Yay my first nail polish and nail art post!

I gotta be honest with all of you...I actually decided to start this blog today because I am actually pleased with the photos of this manicure I am about to show you! I started taking pictures shortly thereafter I started collecting (about a year ago) because I was amazed by my amazing new polishes, yet I could not capture the essence of what I was seeing in real life. My perceived image of my nails became ruined after seeing all the awesomeness portrayed in bad lighting and seeing imperfections THAT close.  So today is D-Day for my blog because 4th of July is only in a couple days and I can't post these after the holiday is over, am I right?

Artificial Lighting

Artificial Lighting
For this red, white and blue manicure I used Color Club Mamba from the Spring 2013 Fiesta Collection, a classic yet bright tomato red creme. I used two thin coats but can easily be a ONE COATER! This polish is a dream to apply, so smooth and opaque, just the right consistency, practically impossible to streak.  For the blue I used Color Club Endless Summer from the Spring 2013 Fiesta Collection, a bright medium cerulean blue. I was hoping the formula on this one would be like Mamba, but it was more runny and sheer, and could probably be classified as a crelly.  The first coat was patchy, but the 2nd coat fixed any bald spots nicely.


I freehanded the stripes using L.A. Colors Art Deco in White, and stamped the stars using the PUEEN46 plate from Set 24E Love Elements, a Konad stamper and Konad Special Nail Polish in White.  I also used one coat of Essie Feed Me as a base and two coats of HK Girl top coat, one coat under the nail art and one coat on top.

Direct Sunlight

 Hope you enjoyed my take on Independence Day nails! (Not bad for my cell phone huh? I have a point and shoot but I gotta get a real camera...and a Helmer.)

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