I will probably post what I do on my nails for the 4th of July, but, I spent some time on a nail wheel & created 20 different looks!
Polishes used on the nail wheel:
Navy - Maybelline ColorShow Navy Narcissist
White - Maybelline ColorShow Porcelain Party & LA Colors Art Deco in White
Darker Red - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Red Carpet
Lighter Red - LA Colors Art Deco in Red
Glitter - Pure Ice in Don't You Wish & Wet N Wild Kaleidoscope
Close Up Photos
These 4th of July looks are so cute and creative and can be easily created with any red, white, blue, and glitter polishes you already have! I hope you give some of these designs a try!
The mint color in this look is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mint Sorbet. The light gold color is Sephora by OPI Keep Me On My Mistletoes.
This mani is actually pretty easy to do. There are 2 ways to get this look. The way I did it was painting 2 coats of mint and then free-handing the gold half moon. If you aren't as comfortable with free-hand designs, paint the bottom gold and then use a garage sale sticker (or something circular like that) to create the shape. Then paint the mint over it and peel off the sticker.
Buy At: Walmart
Size: .23 fl oz / 7 mL
Collection: Summer 2013
Poolside is a pastel sky blue from the Maybelline ColorShow Summer 2013 collection. I've had a lot of trouble hunting this one down and it's the only one from the summer collection I have found.
The Maybelline ColorShow polishes have the usual thin brush and come in a skinny round bottle.
I found this polish only needed 2 coats on some nails and 3 on others. It's fairly easy to paint with thin coats and easy to build up to a gorgeous pastel shade. It wore okay but I felt that the tips did chip fairly easy.
More Swatch Photos
I have always had weak nails. They break, peel and bend, making it really difficult to grow them out to be the same length! If you have this problem too, I suggest trying OPI's Nail Envy Nail Strengtheners. Mine is the Matte version, for all the types of OPI Nail Strengthener go here: http://search.ulta.com/cosmetics/Opi%20Nail%20Envy They are $17 at Ulta, and I know that is really pricy (it was only $13 when I bought it, years ago) but it works wonders. (If you need to justify the price, just think "this is the same price-or cheaper-than a shirt) Like I said, mine is probably more than 4 or 5 years old, and it still works!
The photo above is my new bottle of OPI Nail Envy, not the one that is 4 or 5 years old.
I like to use two coats of this after I take off my nail polish & before redoing my nails. Painting your nails constantly can make them weak, so I like to use this in between manicures. This can also act as a base coat for nail polish.
For this manicure I used dELiA*s Nail Polish in Blue-Mint, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polish in Coral Reef, Love Charlotte xo Polish in Peach, Pure Ice Polish in Don't You Wish & a double ended dotting tool.
Start off with a teal or blue base, making sure it's nice and opaque.Then, use a colorless glitter polish and paint over the blue on any nails that you will not be putting starfish on. I did this on my pinky, middle and index finger. I had to use 4 coats of this glitter to get it as sparkly as I wanted. To create the starfishes, I used a coral polish and the larger end of a dotting tool. Then, dot or drag the tool in the shape of a star. It's okay if it's not perfect because starfish sometimes have legs that are longer or crooked. Make sure the starfishes are completely filled in with polish and let them dry. To make them look more like starfish, use the smaller end of a dotting tool to create little dots on the starfishes. Using a peach polish, I put one dot in the middle of each starfish and two dots on each leg of the starfish. Now, add the glitter used on the other nails between the starfish. Lastly, add a top coat if you wish.
If you want to add to this nail look more, you could use coral "caviar" beads on the starfishes to give it more of a starfish texture. You could also put coral flocking powder (found at craft stores) on the starfishes to make them fuzzy!
Buy At: Target
Size: 0.39 fl oz / 11.7 mL
L'Oreal nail polish in Creme Puffs is a pale, neutral yellow creme. I would describe this color as banana cream pie. I picked this one up because it looks similar to Zoya Jacqueline from their Spring 2013 collection.
I liked the formula of this polish and might get another L'Oreal polish some time in the future. It was easy to apply thin coats, making it easy to build up the opacity of the color without it taking hours to dry.
Sadly, I found that this polish did chip fairly easily at the tips. I find this with every nail polish, so maybe I just need a good top coat!
Size: 0.5 Fl oz / 15 mL
Buy At: Urban Outfitters
The Urban Outfitters polishes come in a short, fat square bottle. Very different from any other polish in my collection. I'm not a huge fan of it though, because it doesn't fit on my nail polish display.
The Urban Outfitters polishes also have a normal brush.
Bohemian Summer from Urban Outfitters is a sheer light blue polish with loads of medium and small black specks. These specks look navy with the sheer blue over it.
This polish is very similar to Fragile from Illamasqua. I don't own Fragile, but I believe that Bohemian Summer bit brighter and more aqua than Fragile. Even with that, they look extremely similar. The Illamasqua polish is $17 (Sephora) and can be found here: http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/products/nails/nail-varnish-in-fragile
The formula of this polish is great. It evenly coats the nail with the little "specks". The sheer blue also builds up easily to a gorgeous bright slightly aqua base.
All the swatches on this post are one thin coat of NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Cashmere Cream (to give a pale blue base) and two coats of Urban Outfitters Nail Lacquer in Bohemian Summer.
Nail Polishes Swatches