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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Reader-Submitted Independence Day Manicure Round-Up!

After two weeks of taking your submissions, I'm delighted to finally share this Independence Day Manicure Round-Up with you!

I hope that these reader-submitted photos will give you inspiration if you plan to paint your nails for the upcoming holiday. It was so much fun going through all the photos and putting together this post! I love sharing designs that can be accomplished at every skill level, and you did NOT disappoint! We've got stars, we've got stripes, we've got fireworks and some other beautiful things to share with you today.

One quick thing:

If you don't see your photo here, there's a chance that when you sent me your email, one or more of the rules for submission were not followed. I apologize, but due to the volume of submissions received, I don't have enough hours in the day to respond to each email to say, "Hey, you forgot to tell me how you want to be credited" or "What shades did you use? You didn't list them." Like I mentioned in my submission post, if you didn't follow all of the rules, your photo was disqualified. Sorry!

Without further ado, let's begin the show! 

I think it's fun to get a guy's perspective and start the round-ups with "Mr. G's Pick" (sort of a tradition with these posts). So congrats, Kate! Your fireworks design was my boyfriend's favorite:

Kate from polish cart used the following to create her mani:

NYC Skin Tight Denim Creme
Revlon Buttercup
Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac
A mix of Wet 'n Wild Wild French White Creme and Red Red to create the pink shade
A very small dotting tool to make the fireworks

Danielle from PrincessPolish used the following polishes to create her polka-dot mani:

Zoya Snow White
Zoya Ibiza
Zoya Sarah

For her splatter manicure, Andy from Auburn used the following polishes:

Sinful Colors- Snow Me White
Wet N Wild- Saved By the Blue
Wet N Wild- Everybody Loves Redmon

LizAnne created her mani using tape and a dotting tool. Colors used:

Essie Mesmerize
Zoya Sooki
OPI Alpine Snow

Jolene from AllGlazedOver used the following to create her mani:

China Glaze white on white
China Glaze City Siren
A no-name blue polish to stamp with using 2 different stamps: RA-106 for the stripes and m44 for the stars

Christina from AmokisCorner created this stringy (or sugar-spun) manicure using the following shades:

ZOYA Tosca
ZOYA Robyn

Brianna of WelcomeToBriannasWorld  used the following to create her mani:

Wet n Wild French White Creme
Ulta Blue Streak
Sinful Colors Gogo Girl (applied with a striper brush)
White dots using a toothpick

To create her polka-dot mani, Heidi from DIYPolish used the following:

Zoya Sooki
Zoya Purity
Zoya Breezi
dotting tools

Sofie Amalie from AccordingToMalle used the following to create her manicure:

Orly - Star Spangled  for the red base
Stripe Rite in blue for the square
Stripe Rite in white for the stripes and stars

Kelly used the following products to create her mani:

Sally Girl mini polish in Fire, Fire
 Revlon Top Speed in Royal
 Kiss stripers in White and Silver Glitter
 LA Colors striper in Red Glitter
 Nubar G150 Hologram Glitter
 Flat back rhinestones from JoAnn Fabric
 Seche Vite top coat

Jami of GracefullyBlessed4 created her fireworks mani with the following polishes:

Sinful Colors: Base Coat
Sinful Colors: Love Nails
Wet n Wild Wild Shine: Black Creme
Wet n Wild Wild Shine: Burgundy Frost
Revlon: Gold Get 'Em
Revlon: Pure Pearl 

Alexis of Mangling my Manicure used the following items to create her mani:

Orly Softest White topped with Out the Door Fast Drying Topcoat
Dotted the dry white nails with Julep Amy, China Glaze For Dorothy, Revlon Fearless, and a little more Orly Softest White
Nail art brush dipped in acetone to thin blend, and spread the polish
Finished with another coat of Out the Door topcoat

Rachel from DressingHerDream created this mani using the following polishes: 

L.A. Colors Art Decor Nail Art Lacquer in White
Wet N Wild Red Me A Good Book
Sally Hansen  Pacific Blue 

Aly7 of SevenThingsBeauty created this mani using the following polishes:

Wet n Wild Burgundy Frost
Sally Hansen Gem Crush Showgirl Chic
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Topcoat
Sinful Colors Snow me White
Butter London Royal Navy 

For this mani, Nidia from Lit From Within used the following:

Milani White on the spot
Kleancolor Neon Sapphire
Nail art stripers in red, white, black, purple shimmer, and an art deco striper in yellow (no name)
(glitters) Kleancolor Firework and Black Out

Natalie of NatalieCreations used the following polishes for this manicure:

Sinful Colors Snow me white
Wet n wild I red a good book
Shades of the Season navy blue
Wet n wild kaleidoscope

Arlyn Parker used the following products to create this look:

Orly Star Spangled
 China Glaze Dorothy Who
So Easy Stripe Rite in White
So Easy Acrylic Rhinestones (from Sally Beauty)
So Easy "For Rhinestones Only" Top Coat
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Kayleigh from OnABudgetNails used the following items to create her mani: 

Sinful Colors Energetic Red
Spoiled Shaken Snow Globe
Spoiled Correction Tape
Spoiled First Class Only
White nail tape 

Missy of Gnarly Gnails used the following polishes to create her manicure:

Revlon Royal
Hot Ticket The Balm Better off Red
Orly Shine on Crazy Diamond
Konad Special White (stamping: stars and stripes)
Butter London Quick Dry Top Coat

Sonyjean of LuckyGirlBeauty used the following items to create her mani: 

Sinful Colors Snow me white
Wet n’ Wild I red a good book
China Glaze Fairy Dust
LA Colors Art Deco: Red glitter, Blue glitter, and Silver glitter
Craft Smart Acrylics in White, Bright blue, and Red
 5/0 Artist’s loft brush

Kim from APolishedAddiction created her mani using the following items:

China Glaze First Mate
Orly Grave Mistake
Zoya Purity
silver star shaped glitter

Tif from PolishedGenius used the following polishes to create her manicure:

Essie fishnet stockings
Sally Hansen thinking of blue
Finger paints easily entertained
WnW stars & stripes

PolishedInAPinch used the following polishes to create her manicure:

China Glaze Snow
Essie Limited Addiction
Stripe Rite Blue
Love & Beauty Grey

Amber of AmberDidIt used the following polishes to create her manicure:

China Glaze Ruby Pumps
China Glaze Blue Years Eve
LA Colors Live

For her mani, Amanda from SincerelyObsessedWithPolish used:

Wet n Wild I Red a Good Book
Sally Hansen Whirlwind White
White Acrylic Paint
Blue Acrylic Paint
The top of a paintbrush and a toothpick for dotting tools

For her design, looloo88 used the following items:

Nicole by OPI A lit-teal bit of love
OPI Red my fortune cookie
California Nails Silver polish no name
Bundle monster star stamp

OhTheEndlessPossibilities used the following polishes to create her manicure:

Wet n Wild 449C
Maybelline Denim Dash
Red Striper: Sinful Colors Be My Valentine
White Striper: Sinful Colors Bad Chick
Blue Striper: Sinful Colors Lagoon
Forever21 Blue Stars

I'd like to end this round-up with a submission from Heatherann. I think Heatherann's mani beautifully illustrates the idea that, no matter your skill level, you can do something absolutely stunning with your nails, using just a few polishes and your imagination. No nail art here--just beautiful application and layering:

Heatherann from HeatherAnnsBeautyStash used the following polishes to create her manicure:

Two coats Essie Aruba Blue with one coat OPI Designer Series Glamour on top
Two coats Essie Lollipop with one coat OPI Designer Series Ruby on top

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted pics for this round-up! I hope you enjoyed looking at all the pretty designs, and I hope it gives you some inspiration for the coming holiday!


  1. These are all fantastic! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it! :)

  2. Thank you for including my mani :) Everyone did such a great job!

  3. Thank you for including my mani :) Everyone did such a great job!

  4. Love the variety of manis in this post! This was a great idea, G. And I'm glad Mr. G liked my fireworks :)

    1. Omg he LOVED your design and, believe me, he doesn't get excited about polish that often, despite the fact that i'm constantly bombarding him with it. Lol!

  5. wow i don't know which one i like best. i'm inspired

    1. Yay! That's ALWAYS my goal with these posts. :)

  6. I love the splatter and sugar-spun manis, definitely looking up tutorials for those! I wish there had been some submissions for other countries' independence days, that would have been really interesting. This is definitely my favorite part of your blog to read (:

    1. I was really hoping there would be too! :(

  7. Thank you G for this opportunity. See you for the next holiday. All these nails are great. Good job everyone.

  8. These are all so beautiful!! Thank you G for including me in this post, maybe you could do another one of these round-ups soon? :)

    1. You're welcome, hun! Since there's such a big gap now between holidays, i'm thinking about doing a free-for-all roundup in the late summer, where readers can submit designs for ANY holiday from ANY country. :)

    2. YES! That would be SO fun! I'm totally up for it, I've got a billion ideas floating around in my head right now! :)

  9. Great job everyone! I really enjoy seeing these.

  10. I really like these. I'm sure I'll be doing an Independence Day manicure myself. Next time you host a manicure round-up I've got to create something. :)

  11. oooh, I love all the designs! I especially love Jolene's, Missy's, and Amber's flags! Thanks, G for putting these altogether. I always look forward to them every holiday.

    1. You are so welcome, and i'm glad you enjoy them!

  12. Good job ladies! I am LOVINGGG the splatter nails! =)

  13. Such talented readers you have, G.! I thank all the submitters, and our lovely G. for giving of their time so that this fun and inspiring tradition can continue.

    Now I need to put on my thinking cap and see what I can attempt for my own meager nails....Hmmm...

    1. What an incredibly sweet thing to say! Thank you SO much for that, sweetie. xo

  14. Always fun to see what everyone comes up with! Thanks for including me!!

  15. Wow, there are some awesome manicures from some very talented people in this bunch! It seems like every time that you open up one of these now for a holiday that it just gets better & better G! I love these and I hope that you continue to do them. :)

    1. I agree, and I'll definitely keep doing these. Thanks, hun!

  16. Love all these! Now I am inspired to do something special for Independence Day! I really love all the "fireworks" Good work every one!!! Thanks G.!

    1. So glad this inspired you, sweetie! Yay!!

  17. I'm so excited mine is part of this. All of the designs are wonderful! So creative!

    1. Thanks! And I was happy to include your design! :)

  18. Wow! You got some talented followers!
    Very impressive ladies!

    1. I sure do! :) they never cease to amaze me!

  19. Fun and festive as always. I want to try that spun-sugar look.

  20. AWWWWWSOME! Thanks for posting and to all who participated!

  21. These are all great, but I especially love Natalie of NatalieCreations mani bc her accent nail is reminiscent of Captain America, whose birthday happens to be on July 4th! :D

  22. Thanks so much for including my mani! It actually gave me a chance to think about other potential Independence Day nails to try out and an idea that if it works will be fantastic. I think that I will try out something inspired by Amber and Lizanne's beautiful manicures in the next week.

  23. Thank you so much for the opportunity and for including mine! I've enjoyed seeing everyone else's as well! :)

  24. Such gorgeous manis! I think I like this round up more than the easter one!
    Thanks so much for including mine amongst such greats!!

  25. Thanks for including mine its really simple I hope people likes it! There are some great ones!


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