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2 Easy Fourth of July Nail Art Designs and Tutorial

Happy Independence Day! 

This will be the first year that I have posted a Fourth of July manicure before the actual holiday. I really wanted to make sure that this tutorial was available for anyone who wanted to try it. 

Let's dive into both these designs and make sure to let me know which is your favorite! Click below to keep reading.

Creating this look was a little complicated but the steps themselves were easy! It takes a lot of patience but it can certainly be done.

Step 1: Paint your nails with a red creme nail polish. I used China Glaze Hey Sailor. Allow this to dry.

 Step 2: Next, use a sponge to create a vertical gradient of white and red. It's okay if it's messy. The Nailasaurus has a great tutorial on gradients, just switch the directions and make this horizontal with white on the two sides!

 Step 3: Using a nail art brush and a light blue nail polish, start creating your stars. Doing half stars is much easier than whole stars so that's what I chose to do. Start with an outline and fill them in.
Step 4: Finish drawing your stars by filling them all in with your nail art brush and light blue (Zoya Kristen). The brushes I use are from Born Pretty (use code GFL91 for 10% off).

All done! Just add top coat.
 This is such a fun look! I think it's perfect for the more funky and edgy people out there.

This second design is much more simple for beginners--or anyone--to recreate. I didn't get the chance to make a tutorial but it's so simple so I will just walk you through it.

I'm loving the textured look lately, it's such an interesting look.
Using vibrant colors really turns this simple manicure into something more exciting!

For this manicure I used China Glaze Hey Sailor as the red base. Afterwards I used a nail art brush and white acrylic paint to paint about 2/3 of the nail white. The blue stripes were created with a thin nail art brush and Zoya Liberty. I used a dotting tool for the dots.

The Fourth of July is filled with fireworks, fun nights, and good food. Nail art can now be added to the list! Which of the two designs is your favorite?

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway! You could win a $100 shopping spree to PersunMall and buy all the clothes you want!


Graphic Floral Stripes Nail Art

Today will be my first time participating in one of these but I'm excited! I have decided to take part in The Busy Girl's Summer Nail Art Challenge which was created by @beautybykrystal, @drinkcitra, @mirandasmakeup and @beautybyarielle on instagram. 

Basically this is a weekly challenge that can be posted any time during that week (you can also skip weeks). Ill be posting my nails on my instagram using the hashtag #busygirlnails so if you prefer to see them there make sure you're following me. This week's theme was stripes! 

These nails refused to photograph (or even edit) well but I had a lot of fun doing them! They're fun without being too over-the-top.
I wasn't inspired by anything in particular when doing this design but I have a feeling this has been done before so if it has it's purely coincidental!
For this manicure I used black and white acrylic paint along with a nail art brush for the striped base. Then, using a small nail art brush, I created the rose pattern along the top of each nail using a variety of colors (just ask if you'd like specific names!). I drew leaves on only two fingers for a more unique look, I used Essie Mojito Madness for those and lightened it for the lighter green. Essie Matte About You was applied to create the matte finish. 

I loooove today's manicure! What do you think? Too much or just right?

*click image to read*


Melted Candy Cane

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Yeah, I just did that.

My brain is filled to the top with drip designs to do but I'm trying my best not to overwhelm you guys with them. You'll probably see more in the next coming weeks but for now I'll ease in the marathon of drips with this simple candy cane manicure.

With candy canes being the official Christmas candy (at least in Shaina Land) it was bound to get on my nails one way or another. I mean, I did it last year so really the past repeated itself. I had no say in it. But maybe this should be a yearly thing while we're on the subject?

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Break the Ice as the shimmery white base. Then I used Wet N Wild Red Tape for the base of the drips. The stripes were created using a nail art brush and the same WNW Break the Ice polish that I used for the base.

Here's a quick how-to on the drips, just add stripes afterwards!

Now you cannot tell me this doesn't look like a melted candy cane?
*Wet N Wild polishes sent for review


Patterned Stripes

I'm so happy to be able to post this today, you don't even know. I had a huge break on my pinky last week and didn't want to shorten all my fingers down to such a tiny length so instead I just let that one be.

I personally don't like such uneven nails on me but I really wanted to get back to blogging. I hope you guys don't mind! (:

Anyway, the idea for this manicure came from the other striped manicures I've done in the past, here's just one. It's one of my favorite types of designs to do. 

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme for the white base, Barielle Soul-er Powered for the yellow base, and Essence What Do U Think? (horrible name, sorry had to mention that) as the orange base. For the leopard print I took my nail art brush and China Glaze First Mate to make the outlines of the spots. I filled in the spots with Pixel Naughty Bit Nice (another bad name). The stripes were done with Wet N Wild Black Cream and a nail art brush. After painting on the orange stripe I finished off with top coat.

I apologize for the smeared polish on some of the pictures, didn't even notice until I started editing them...oh well, what can you do?


Above The Influence

I think this manicure really speaks for itself. I was inspired by's logo. I've been meaning to do this manicure for so long but for some reason never got to it until now.

Being in high school, this really relates to my life. Although I've never been offered drugs (thankfully, I would have laughed straight in their face) I know a lot of people who do them, buy them, sell them, bring them to class, etc. I've never been interested in drugs ever in my life and don't ever plan to be but I decided to do this manicure since I am happily living above the influence.

Too cheesy?

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Cream as the base. Then, using a nail art brush and Wet N Wild Black Cream, I created the circle outline. I made sure to do this as bold as possible while still leaving space for the arrow. The arrow was then created using the same polish and brush. I started with the tail of the arrow and then created the two ends of the head of the arrow. The purple accent nail was made using Wet N Wild Through the Grapevine. I finished off with topcoat.


Fourth of July Love

Happy Independence Day!

I spent about two hours doing this design this morning. I made sure to wake up early enough that I didn't miss the sun, not a success. The sun was almost out of my yard but I managed to get some decent lighting in these pictures!

When I created this design, I originally planned for something else but it turned out almost identical to my valentines day manicure earlier this year. Oh well, I still love it. 

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the white base. Then I took my nail art brush and China Glaze Hey Sailor and I slowly created each stripe, slightly slanting some and completely rounding others. Next I created the hearts using Orly Royal Navy (my all time favorite blue!) and bordered it with black. The dots were created using the same white I used for the base. 

I don't have any big plans for the fourth, what are you doing for Independence Day?


Designers [Re]designed: Proenza Schouler Inspired

Hello loves!

I am finally back after an almost two month long hiatus. I hate to give excuses and I know you hate hearing them but I have been busy with personal life so nail polish life had to take a backseat. I promise I will make it up to you guys, especially since I never got to my one year blogiversary giveaway! Now that school is out and I have all summer to focus on blogging, I promise I have much more to come.

I really love when bloggers have a "theme week" so I decided to have another one of my own. "Designers [Re]designed." So what if it's cheesy? I thought it was a cute name...

I had so much fun with my Vera Bradley nails that I'm going all out and having a designer week! All week long I'll be posting designs inspired by some of my favorite designers and designers I've never even heard of. 

For this manicure I started off with a base of Diamond Cosmetics Decadence. Then, using a nail art brush I created the stripes, creating a T with the yellow (Barielle Soul-er Powered), black, and white. Then I started creating the other components of this mani, such as the colorblock squares on the sides and the angle on the top half. I finished off with a topcoat.

This was a very hard design to achieve. Actually, it's not that it was hard but getting the symmetry right was difficult. I'm still not 100% happy with it but I think it turned out great for the most part!


Vera Bradley Inspired

I am so insanely excited about this manicure words cannot even express!

Oh Lord, where do I even start?

As usual, I look for most of my inspiration online when I want to try a new design. This was no exception. I opened up Mozilla Firefox, stared at my Google home page for a while and then searched Vera Bradley's website. I clicked the word "collection" and that word eventually led me to this beauty.

The inspiration for this design came directly from Vera Bradley's cosmetic bag from her Resort Collection. 

For this manicure I used Barielle Do Unto Others as the turquoise base. Then I took my nail art brush and started working on the details like the leaves and flowers. I created each flower (white cream)/leaf (Sally Hansen Green with Envy) and then outlined with black. To create the stripes, I used white, SH Green with Envy and Barielle Do Unto Others. I tried to outline the stripes on a couple fingers for more of a contrast but it looks better without the stripes, so I started over.

Here's a picture of the bag. The front of it is actually clear with stripes and then the inside and back have the pattern. I just chose to go with the illusion of the stripes being on top of the floral.

I might just have to buy the bag, that's how in love I am with the pattern! Where VBrad comes up with these genius patterns? Only the Lord knows.



The inspiration for this manicure came from two manicures I've done in the past. The first was my zebra bordered with blue design and the second is my "Sexy Leopard" post.

If you haven't noticed, I love the idea of bordering your nail design with a color! I hope you're not getting tired of this trend because you'll definitely be seeing more of it in the future.

So anyway, here is today's manicure.

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Cream for the base. I then created the letters 'x' and 'o' throughout the entire nail using a nail art brush and a black polish. I had a lot of trouble drawing the letters 'x' and 'o' so I ended up just doing my best with the letter 'x' and using a dotting tool and the same method I used for this post to make the 'o'. After drawing the letters I took my nail art brush and I created the border around my nails using Zoya Lolly.

This would be perfect for Valentine's Day. Or any day really.

I have another V-Day mani for Tuesday that I can't wait to share with you all!



Happy Halloween!

I'm literally struggling to type this post because I'm so excited to show you guys my current manicure! I worked really hard on this one, although it looks simple, for me it was not.

I re-did my index finger so many times and then had to keep re-applying top coat to it. Which left it with bubbles.

Anyway, this design reminds me of the body parts candy eyes that we buy every Halloween.

I just love, love, love this!

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Black Cream for the base. Then I created the outline of the eyes with a nail art brush and a white polish, afterwards I filled it in. Taking that same nail art brush I created the green dots in the eyes using Sally Hansen Green With Envy. I used a large dotting tool for the black inside the green dot and then a smaller dotting tool for the white dot.  The veins in the eyes were made using China Glaze Hey Sailor and a thin nail art brush.

I'm surprised all fingers are intact. Normally there is at least one that smudged or something.

What did you guys do for your Halloween manis? Link me below!


Candy Corn and Spiders

Good morning!

This is going to sound really weird but the idea for this manicure came to me as I was sitting in bed Saturday morning. I woke up around 8 or 9 AM to do my nails and take pictures while the sun was still up and I was just brainstorming ideas.

It's kind of random really. I just remember when I was in elementary school my favorite things, during Halloween time, were candy corn and those plastic spider rings my teachers used to give out. Of course I always lost them hours later...

Anyway, I thought it would be perfect to combine the two and I think it came out pretty cute!

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the base. Then, using a nail art brush, I free handed the stripes using Essence What Do U Think (orange) and Kleancolor Neon Yellow. The spiders were created using a thin nail art brush and a black cream polish. I used dotting tools for the black and white eyes. I let it dry for a few minutes and then finished off with a coat of Seche Vite.

This is a design I created for blogging purposes only, kind of like I was testing it out first, but I think I really will re-create these during the week. I am seriously in LOVE with this design!

What do you think?


Baby Teletubbies

Hey guys!

This design was originally supposed to be the Teletubbies but the farther into the design, the less "Teletubby" they looked so I just decided to call them Baby Teletubbies.

And, yup you guessed it, at least one of my nails had to mess up after I did them. This time the victim would be the index finger. I should start a game from now on, "find the one jacked up nail", with prizes and everything.

Just in case anyone is wondering, my thumb is polka dots of all four colors. 

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the base. The I used the colors Claire's Vegas, Sally Hansen Green With Envy, Zoya Creamy and China Glaze Hey Sailor! for the base of each tubby. The faces and ears were made using Ulta Set The Nude and a nail art brush. For the eyes I just used white and a dotting tool and then black and a dotting tool.

How cute is Po (red) in this manicure?!


Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the U.S.! Memorial Day is such a fun holiday! Its a great day to remember all of the brave people who died fighting for our country. So of course I had to create a manicure just for this day.

For this manicure I used Wet n Wild White French Creme as the base. Then I went in with a nail art brush and painted red stripes with China Glaze Hey Sailor. The blue I used was China Glaze First Mate. After everything was dry I went back and added dots and rhinestones to some of the fingers. The middle finger is a tattoo from bigRuby as well as an added blue rhinestone. (I get all my rhinestones from Born Pretty Store)

Did you create a manicure for Memorial Day? If so, leave a link below! I'd love to see it. (: 

*bigRuby nail tattoos sent for review.

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