Friday, June 27, 2014

4th of July- USA Nail Art Tutorial

With the 4th of July coming up next week and with team USA advancing in the World Cup, I thought it was a good time for some patriotic nails.  I came up with this simple design and created a tutorial in case you want to try it too!

Pixie Dust Nails- 4th of July USA Nails

What You'll Need:
Clear Base Coat
Blue Nail Polish
White Nail Polish
Red Nail Polish
Top Coat

Step 1.  Apply the clear base coat on your nails (I used Seche Clear base coat).

Step 2.  Once the clear coat is dry, pick a blue polish you like and paint your nails that color.  I used a pretty sparkly blue polish by Sinful Colors called "Blue By You."

Step 3.  After the blue polish has dried, grab your white polish and a toothpick and paint a star on one of your fingers.  I chose the ring finger but you can choose a different one if you prefer- or you could even paint stars on all of them if you like!  Here's a graphic I made on how to freehand paint a star onto your nail.

How to Paint a Star on Your Nails

Step 4.  Once your star is done and has dried, grab your red polish and a new toothpick and add red stripes next to the star.

Close up of 4th of July Nail Art

Step 5.  After the red polish has dried, add your top coat (I used Seche Vite dry fast top coat) and you are done!

This nail art could also be Captain America inspired nails since they match him too!  My husband pointed that out when he saw them.  :)

I hope this tutorial is helpful.  Let me know if you try it out! 

4th of July USA Nail Art

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Elsa Snow Inspired Nails- Frozen

It's time for the third Frozen inspired manicure I promised! 

I did this nail art right before my husband and I went to Chicago.  Chicago was experiencing some VERY cold weather at the time so I decided I'd make an attempt at more Elsa inspired nails with an emphasis on snow!

I started off with the same polish I used for my other Frozen nails, Essie "Parka Perfect."  Then I added some white polish with a q-tip and glitter polish on top.  I also painted a snowflake on my ring finger.  I had a hard time painting the snowflake and it took me two tries but in the end this was my result:

Here are photos of my nails around Chicago-

We visited the Art Institute of Chicago during our visit.  There is so much beautiful artwork there, it's overwhelming!  I took a photo of my nails while inside.  My nail art seemed like a simple doodle compared to the amazing masterpieces that hung on those walls!

Here's a pic of my nails at the Adler Planetarium next to what I believe was moon stone.

My nails definitely matched my surroundings outside!

Frozen Lake Michigan

Cold Chicago weather definitely reminded me of Frozen!   I liked how beautiful snow was though and I am happy I got to spend some time in it this year.

We ended up seeing Frozen a third time at the theater when we got back.  I watched it with a new sense of what "cold" meant.

That was the last Frozen inspired nail art I have to share for now!  If you missed the other two, you can find them here:
Frozen Elsa Blue / Blue Fairy Nails
Olaf Summer Nail Art- Frozen

Sunday, June 8, 2014

San Antonio Spurs Nail Art

The NBA Finals are going on and my Spurs are back in it!  There isn't another sports team that I love nearly as much as I love this one.  They remind me of home, family, and happy memories! 

I painted my nails in two of the team colors- black and silver.  I had to add a spur in there of course so I did that using the silver polish from my Kiss Nail Artist kit.  I also added some silver glitter polish.

I really hope they win it!  I'll be rooting loudly for them-  GO SPURS GO! 
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