Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th Mani

Hey Everyone! Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a safe holiday. I have just spent about an hour trying to get some photos I took with my brother's fancy pants camera to upload to photobucket. I don't know what is going on but they are too large I guess and photobucket rejects them. I tried compressing, resizing, bribing and threatening but nothing works. SO there are no furbaby pictures for you today. I will have to figure out what is going on when he gets here. 

I do have a festive mani to show you though! I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do. This is NOT it! I tried four or five different manis. I tried sponging, gradient, water marble and finally just decided on this one after all others ended in disaster. 

I used Zoya Trixie, Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar and China Glaze Ride the Waves.

I also used Bundle Monster plate BM20.

For some reason I got these photos uploaded NO PROBLEMO. I just realized that, not all of them but some of them were taken with the fancy pants camera, very odd.

I also used some square rhinestones I got off of the Ebay. 

It looks very Dr. Seuss like to me. 

My fingers are super shiny because I had just put cuticle oil on them.

I used two coats of Zoya Trixie as the base. It is probably my favorite silver polish.

I then stamped the image using my black striping polish by Sinful Colors. I find the striping polishes stamp very well.

I used a dotting tool to color in the stars and rockets. I am not sure if those are supposed to be arrows or rockets but for July 4th we will just say they are rockets.

The rhinestones were a bit of a pain. I used tweezers. I struggled with them too. I ended up totally trashing one of the nails so I just put another coat of Trixie on there and stuck the rhinestones to that. I went to the grocery store, Target, ate lunch and made an apple pie crumble and haven't lost a stone yet.

I was so flustered after my failures I wasn't thrilled with this mani however it has since grown on me and I really like it. I will keep it on for an extra day or two because I like it so much. We will see, once the stones start popping off I will redo it. 

Now I am off to make some cookies with the kids. Hope your day is great! 
That's all for now :)


  1. Yay, my computer says your site is okay now!

    I love the square rhinestones in this--worth the pain, I think!

    1. YES YAY!! I was pretty much flipping out over that so luckily it is fixed!

      Yes, you are right, the squares were worth the hassle lol I think I might have to look into a better way to place them. I shot one across the table with the tweezers.

  2. I love this mani! You did a great job filling it in! It looks like stickers. I had the same issues you had with the rhinestones with some fimos yesterday. It always looks so easy when they do it in tutorials but it's not. At least the rhinestones don't lift up like my fimos did.

    1. Thanks! I used the super fine sharp point to fill it in so it took a bit of time but I was so thrilled with the way it came out. :)

      Hmmm I have only used fimos once and it didn't end well. I think it caught on every possible thing I came into contact with. I wish they were more cooperative. I loved your fimo mani though :)

  3. Very cool and original!! I've nominated you to an award on my blog!! I hope you like it!

    1. Thank you!!! Thank you for the award too I will go check it out :)


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