Pure Ice Stars & Stripes 4th of July Nail Art

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Happy Monday! I missed you and the blog on Friday. I had to attend a pretty somber event and I needed to re-charge this weekend. Now I’m refocused and ready to go! So I planned ahead this year and did an Independence Day mani BEFORE the holiday. Novel idea for a nail blog, right? For this look, I used four of the five polishes in the Pure Ice Stars & Stripes Collection. I love nail designs where there are a few different things going on. Plus, I’m able to independently manage one nail at a time without stressing about being consistent across all five fingers (#ocdnailbloggerproblemz). I’ve yet to successfully execute a water marble. That technique would have been perfect for my middle finger. But alas, I sucked…again…so I painted the nail with a striping brush.

Pure Ice Stars and Stripes Collection 4th of July Nail Art

The polishes in the Stars and Stripes Collection are already in stores. It turns out I had a few of them already! I think they just repackaged/renamed them into a set. On my thumb, pinky and ring fingers, I started with two coats of Siren. It’s a pretty red creme, but not quite as bright as I was expecting for an American flag red. On the thumb and pinky, I did a slight gradient with Dazzle Me. On the ring finger, I added a solid coat of Freedom. I had to fish for stars, which was fine by me because I wanted to place them in the right spot. I sort of “cleaned them off” so there wasn’t any extra glitter obstructing the silver. (I know, I have issues!)

Pure Ice Stars and Stripes Collection 4th of July Nail Art

My middle finger was the water marble gone bad. I started over with two coats of Superstar!, a white creme. Then using a striping brush, I painted on the wavy red lines in Siren. I used an even smaller brush to go back in with Superstar! and clean up any lines I didn’t like. There’s actually a blue glitter in this collection called Wide Awake, but I don’t have it. Instead I used Pure Ice Celestial, a pretty, slightly metallic, blue. There are two coats on my pointer finger and just a dab on my middle finger. Lastly, I used a small nail art brush to hand paint some stars over the blue. To make everything nice and even, I finished with two coats of Seche Vite.

Pure Ice is available in stores and at walmart.com for $1.97 each.

So what will you be wearing this Independence Day? I wonder, do any of my international readers do American themed nail art on the 4th of July? I’ve rocked a Canadian flag on a Canadian holiday a time or two. :)

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  1. Ashley says:

    I haven’t been able to execute a water marble either, and I think for the 4th of July, the stripe works better! Awesome nails!

  2. I’m obsessed with your middle finger! I like it so much better than a water marble, honestly!! Gorgeous!

  3. Kat Dinges says:

    super cute! totally festive!

  4. Virginie says:

    Really beautiful! Love it! especially your middle finger! What an hypnotic beauty!!

  5. Deborah says:

    What a lovely manicure! Every nail is perfect ♥.

  6. Jeanette says:

    I might attempt an alternating red (Sinful Colors “Cross my Heart” and blue (Revlon “Royal”) jelly sandwich with glitter polish and Wet n Wild’s “Hollywood Walk of Fame” stars if I can fish a few out of the bottle. That is one of those polishes you know is going to be a pain, but for $1.99 you figure it is worth a try.

  7. Angie says:

    Love the patriotic theme! I’m glad to know there are people like me out that that just cannot perfect the water marble. I’ve tried and tried and still can’t get it!

  8. TamTam says:

    I love Pure Ice colors…I have Siren, didn’t know it was part of a limited collection! I’m planning on a red and blue textured polish look with JulieG’s Frosted Gumdrop colors for the 4th.

  9. janine says:

    love the stars and stripes.

  10. Paulina says:

    So pretty :) I especially love your middle finger :)

  11. Haleigh says:

    This looks absolutly beautiful!

  12. Shoppingshon says:

    I love the water marble gone wrong! It’s adorable and I’ve yet to see anyone do a moving flag mani. Great foul-up!!! I will go check out some Pure Ice polishes since they are within my price range. Thank you for the blog!

  13. Ashley says:

    Love this mani! So pretty and clean! :)
    Have you looked at simplelittlepleasues on youtube? (Yes, her channel name is mispelled, an error on her part) Her videos are really helpful for water marbles. Marbling is hit or miss with me…it really depends on the polish!

  14. Lisa at Cosmetic Sanctuary says:

    Beautifully done!

  15. Doria says:

    Seriously so fabulous!!!!

  16. Beautiful nail art! I love how you did your stripes :)

  17. Shelby says:

    You feel the middle finger was a fail? It was the one that I immediately loved!
    Fantastic Fourth mani, love it :-)

  18. This mani came out fabulous!

  19. Stacy says:

    Ok, so this whole mani is full on FANTASTIC but my favorite thing about it is the hidden blue wave on your middle finger! I noticed it right away and immediately loved you for adding that little extra touch! :)

  20. Britt says:

    I can never read your blog posts on Bloglovin it only shows the first pic. Not sure if you were aware of this or not but I love your blog and hope it can be more readily available on Bloglovin in the future. Thanks!!!

  21. Shaina says:

    Those stars look really great! Flawless design! I thinki like he stripes more than I would’ve liked the water marble :)

  22. Deb Merris says:

    Really nice, makes me want to do mine up for the forth. Great Job!!!

  23. Jess Scull says:

    This is amazing!

  24. Perfection! No other word for this.
    So gorgeous. everything!

  25. Gloria Atkins says:

    I Love your blog & am totally in love with The Mani Cave. I try to do DIY nail art, just learning really & I only do my own nails. I’ve posted some pics on FB but that to is iffy. Some make it,, some are lost in cyberspace i guess..lol Thanks for your input & for giving this empty nester a reason for getting out of bed most days. Have a wonderful day & God Bless You!

  26. Manisha says:

    wow love this mani. Despite water marble gone bad which O dint realise till you mentioned it. I thought it was stamping :)

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