Thursday, 4 July 2013

Happy 4th of July!

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This time last year I was in America, North Carolina to be exact. I was sunning it up with my best friend Megan, Little Miss Average, and we were making plans for an extra special July 4th celebration. We went to downtown Raleigh where there was a street fair, food stalls, live music and fireworks. It was a day that I will remember for the rest of my life, it will always hold special meaning for me despite being British.

Skip forward to the present and the sun has just about decided to show itself and I've hung my flag in the spare room as my own personal tribute. I much refer the America holidays, they do things bigger, better and a whole lot tastier too. Hot dogs and watermelon anyone? Deciding to embrace one of my favourite holidays, it was time to plan a little post to salute the 'ol red, white and blue.

Barry M have been doing some wonderful colours for the S/S season and, with my sights set on capturing American spirit on my nails, I couldn't think of a better brand to adorn them with. I wanted to go fairly minimal with my approach, my hands seem to go in crazy directions when tasked with adding colour to my nails so here's my quick run down on how you can achieve my simple stars and stripes design:

Start off by prepping your nails with a base coat, my favourite at the moment is Constance Carroll Nail Care Base Coat, £0.50. Paint your thumbnails with a really rich blue, I've gone with Gelly Hi-Shine in Blue Grape, £3.99, and while they are drying pop a coat of Nail Paint in Matt White, £2.99, over each fingernail. This white is so intense I found I only needed the one coat, but if you find it slightly too pale, give it another when dry. To create the stripes on the flag, a little swipe of Nail Paint in Bright Red, £2.99, on one half of the nail makes for a wonderfully simple block effect. Lastly, we need to grab a cocktail stick (or if you're better organised than myself, you may have a white nail art pen) and draw a few aligned stars in white over the blue thumbnails. Wait for everything to set and then add a little extra protection with a long lasting top coat such as Essie's Good to Go Top Coat, £8.99.

July 4th Nails - 5 | www.latenightnonsense.com

And there you have it, my first jaunt into the world of nail art. Well, at least that I could bear to post pictures of for the whole world and her cat to see, but we'll keep that a secret between us! I really enjoy doing it when I have a clear idea ahead of me. I tried an Aztec print way back before Christmas that I would like to redo, so you may not have seen the last of these kind of posts.

Do you like to do daring things with your nails?


44 comments:

  1. Love your nails! I am deffo trying this :)

    The stars looks a bit difficult though x

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    1. It's a nice simple approach to the holiday. I'm forever wondering where all the minimal designs are!

      They take a little getting used to, but if you go wrong you can always make one big star? ;)

      xx

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  2. Love this! I would be tempted to try doing something similar with different colours and stars on all the nails, or maybe just the ring fingers :)

    The photography on your blog is fantastic by the way, very jealous that you know how to take such good pictures! :)

    Ria x
    NatuRiaBeauty

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    1. You definitely should! I was actually thinking of doing this in black and white but couldn't pass up the chance to use my flag in the pictures! Or even fluorescent colours would be amazing.

      Thanks, I don't do anything special. Just make lots of natural light and a few well places manual settings. :)

      xx

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  3. I love your blog so much that I want to share it with others! So I've nominted you for The Liebster Award!

    Check it out at www.britishbeautyaddict.com

    Emily x

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    1. Thanks Emily, I've commented on your post. :)

      xx

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  4. This looks incredible, I need to get a while nail polish pronto!
    xx

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    1. I'd never had one prior to doing this, and I can see massive benefits for the future!

      xx

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous, love! You have beautiful nails and you are fantastic at nail art! Makes me want to decorate mine for July 4th!

    Really wishing you were here with us again this year! I promise to eat a hot dog and some watermelon just for you! xx

    Megan @ Little Miss Average

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    1. Thanks, I wanted to keep it minimal. I saw a bunch of nail art that looked far too complex to pull off in an hour or less before going out!

      Me too, July 4th just isn't the same in the country you gained independence from. ;p

      xx

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  6. These are fantastic!! :D I've being looking for the new blue Barry M polish but my local Boots never has it. Hoping they get some in this weekend :)

    Amy x
    A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. It's such a wonderful blueberry-like colour. I see it coating my nails over the summer teamed with an accent orange!

      xx

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  7. Gorgeous nails! I always keep my nails short so it's hard for me to fit in any nail art haha.
    xx

    Celina | The Celution

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    1. Haha, same. I hate having my nails click against my phone screen, so they usually are short. You can always do some pretty simple patterns on short nails though. :)

      xx

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  8. Wow those nails are amazing! Not sure I could pull of something so bold though! Didn't know that Constance Carroll did nail bits, will have to look x

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    1. Thanks Kirtsy, they came out even better than I thought! could always do an even simpler, red to white on each nail and one coat of blue with a big white star.

      I didn't either until it was on fragrancedirect.co.uk, thought at that price I couldn't say no!

      xx

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  9. I have the blue grape colour, I love it so much! Need to get more colours, loving your blog please check mine out - floralsandfreckles.blogspot.co.uk

    xxxx

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    1. It's even better on the nails than it looks in bottle!

      Thanks Amy, I'm checking your out now.

      xx

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  10. You keep teasing with these amazing Berry M polishes, I can already see myself sweeping everything all colors off the shelf once I get to London!
    I love American holidays as well, it's go big or go home while being extremely homey and sweet. (I don't even know if that made sense)
    The stars look amazing, you freehanded that? I don't think I can free hand stars that well....they'd probably end up looking like big globs whiteout....Haha! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life

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    1. Haha, well I'm sure you'll definitely love having a browse at all the colours once you're over here. :)

      I agree, they celebrate the best things. Being British we are quite reserved so American holidays always fascinate me!

      Yeah, but they took some getting used to with a cocktail stick! Would have been so much easier with a nail art pen.

      xx

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  11. Wow did you really do that yourself! It looks stunning!
    I really need to get my hands on some more Barry M nailpolishes

    Christina xx
    http://christinathorup.com/

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    1. Thanks Christina, it just takes a little practise, but it all gets easier. :)

      I'm having a love affair with Barry M Nail Polishes at the moment, they never disappoint me.

      xx

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    1. Thank Zoe. I'm hoping to do a few more nail posts in the future, if I can get slightly more daring!

      xx

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  13. such a lovely design! they turned out great.
    following your blog on bl' as i couldn't not, you have such a gorgeous blog!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc | bloglovin

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    1. Hi Helen,

      Thanks for the follow! Just checked out your blog and I'm following as I love your style.

      xx

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  14. This is so cool
    http://exitwonds.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. One of the best 4th of July nail arts I've seen yet! Found your blog through Ellie and I'm happy I did! Just followed you on Bloglovin and GFC ♥

    http://itsjessicachoy.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Jessica, I like to keep it simple. :)

      Ellie has such a lovely blog. ♥

      xx

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  16. Your nails look great!yes I love creating adventurous nail art!:)

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    1. Thank you! I'm definitely going to do more things like this, was so fun to experiment!

      xx

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    1. Hi Em!

      Thanks for the comment, I love your blog and have been following for a little while now. Means a lot that you've commented. :)

      xx

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  18. These polishes look great! Love the pattern you did :) x

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    1. Thank you Natalia! I'm in love with the Barry M polishes at the minute.

      xx

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  19. these look great
    so bright
    xx

    http://www.adayinmywheels.com/2013/07/im-going-to-be.html

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    1. Thank you. They're pretty bright all by themselves but together they just pop!

      xx

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  20. Love the nail idea!! .. looks great! and you've got a very lovely blog!
    You got a new follower :)

    Girls Talk... Fashion, Beauty, and Life!

    X❤X❤

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    1. Thanks Daniela! Will pop over to check yours out now.

      xx

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  21. Oh wow, how gorgeous is this naildesign!! The pattern and the colors are awesome and such an eyecatcher! I think I would never get it this way:(

    Hope you visit me on my blog
    fashionobsession-mieni.com

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    1. Thank you, lovely! It took a bit of time and patience, but it was worth it. I'm sure you could do it just as well if not better! :)

      xo

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