Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July/Summer Challenge Day 3 - Summer Song

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I usually really enjoy the 4th since it is a nice fun day off in the summer to enjoy hopefully good weather and relax. This year of course was a bit different since I had to work, but I did have a good time in the evening watching fireworks with friends from a rooftop. So here I decided to use Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" for my summer song because it reminds me of the 4th of July, which to me is quintessential summer. I am totally in love with the end result and I got tons of compliments and some shock and awe when I told people that the whole manicure (including doing my right hand which was a bit tricky) only took me about 20 minutes.

I started off with two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Cherry Red" then I used Sinful Colors "Lagoon" for the blue stripes and using a paint brush with this color I did the blue stars. I also used my Kiss nail art polishes in white and silver glitter in this manicure. I used the white one for the white stars (D'Oh) and the silver glitter I used to outline all the stars. I also added a light and very imperfect bit of sparkle by adding some Confetti's "Ice Ice Baby" to the center of all the stars. I got the idea for this manicure from Julep's tutorial here, but I tweeked it a smidge just to make it a bit more me. Overall, this one is a keeper since it is too cute for words (in my opinion) and actually wasn't all that difficult. I think the thing that made this simpler was that by outlining the stars you get a lot more wiggle room so if you mess up a star then the outline can usually save it.

Here is a picture of the skyline just for your enjoyment since I thought it was super pretty. Hope you enjoyed and I'll be back here soon! :-)


  1. Awesome mani. I love it! And that skyline pic is great.

  2. Reminds me of Super-girl!! (Still very American, right? *hehe*)
    Anyway really great mani, love it <3

  3. Love how you combined the 4th and summer song, very pretty!

  4. Thanks so much everyone! I had a ton of fun with this one and I am really glad that I was able to make this one a 2fer too! :)

  5. thats so lovely!! with red base everything looks damn gud!