July 4, 2012

Polished Patriotically - with glitter!

Hooray! Today is the 4th of July which means chili cheese dogs, burgers and mojitos with my boyfriend (we're classy, obvs) and later walking to a huge park for fireworks. It also means the nail blogosphere is bursting with red, white, blue, and glitter-explosion nails. Last year I tried to do tape designs, but I was a newb and messed it all up so I didn't even snap pictures. But this year I have some exciting fireworks-esque nails to share with you! I did these as an experiment this morning assuming they wouldn't turn into much of anything, but they exceed my expectations!

The base color is Sally Hansen Xtremewear Pacific Blue with some gold glitter gradients at the cuticle (you'll be seeing this in the near future on Geeky Owl !!!). Then I added some red and silver holographic bar glitter! I did China Glaze Ring in the Red from the tips down to the gold glitter on my pointer, middle, and pinkie fingers. I also daubed some of SH In the Spotlight (holo bar glitter) on top of the gold glitter and up into the red glitter a little on those same three fingers. On my ring finger I did one thick coat of Julep America and then one coat of China Glaze Ring in the Red on top. *whew* Hopefully you followed all of that?! *wipes brow*

base color situation: Pacific Blue, Milani Jewel FX Gold, All About You
Julep America, China Glaze Ring in the Red, SH In the Spotlight
I really like these nails because they are sooo sparkly, but also because they don't seem super obviously 4th of July related. I think they look a lot like fire and they are just so fun to look at. I wish my photos could more accurately capture how freaking cool these are in person; just trust me when I say these are flippin sweet :D Also, I promise my gap isn't that huge in real life - it looks massive in these photos! Yikes!

with flash
indirect natural light

Hope you have a safe and happy holiday today! I'll be splitting my time between festivities (as mentioned above) and tidying up the house - it is a day off, after all.

Now tell me, or better yet show me, what are you sporting on your nails today?


  1. It is the Star Spangled Banner on your nails. The rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air.

  2. Gorgeous! The color combination on this is crazy good!


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