Friday, July 4, 2014

Random Post: Fourth of July Mani

Happy Forth of July to all people reading this who are in the USA.  To everyone else, look another Captain America mani!  Super exciting right?  Let's try to keep this short and sweet so I can get back to snacking on stuff.  :-P

I am actually pretty proud of myself with this one.  I've had it on since yesterday and I kept getting compliments at work.  Everyone was surprised that I did it myself, even though I've started becoming a bit notorious.

For this mani I used four polishes, Zoya's Dream (blue jelly with silver glitters), OPI's My Boyfriend Scales Walls (gray tinged white), Stardust Polish's Miss Scarlet (red with a touch of microshimmer), and Julep's America (red white and blue dense glitter).

On my thumb and middle fingers I just used Polishednshined's pictorial from July 1st.  I wouldn't go into too much detail because I'd hate to steal her idea, but her instructions were really well done.  All you need are striping tape and a dotting tool.  Super simple right?  Just remember that when it comes to tape, you want to make sure that the previous layer of polish is REALLY dry.

My index finger started with two coats of Dream.  To get the stars I painted three even coats of My Boyfriend Scales Walls and once again waited until it was super dry.  When it was ready, I took a mini paper punch shaped like a star and made the shapes out of the white polish.  I just peeled off the plastic backing and stuck it on top of my still wet polish, making sure to press it into the edges and corners so that it didn't lift.  Finally I just trimmed off the extra bits and voila!

My ring finger is just a coat of Freedom over Miss Scarlet.

Finally, for my pinkie I used a decal that looked like Captain America's shield.  I got it randomly at a discount beauty supply shop, so unfortunately I don't have a store front I can just link for you guys.  It applied just like those temporary tattoos that we all used to rock as kids,  so I just applied it over two coats of My Boyfriend Scales Walls and called it a day.  As a side note, if you use decals like this, you want to be sure you trim it as close as possible to the image.  Any extra bits will cause lifting.

As the usual kind reminder, these products were purchased with my own money.  I am not cool enough to have companies send me free stuff to review them. ;)

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