American Flag French Manicure

If you’re in America, there’s no doubt that you knew it was Independence Day recently. Whether you were having a barbecue, watched fireworks either live or on TV, or just saw a lot of red, white, and blue decor everywhere, there’s no way you totally forgot about the holiday. And if you’re a nail blogger, there’s almost no excuse for you to go out without some sort of appropriate manicure!

Seeing as I did a patriotic manicure fairly recently, I wanted to create a more subtle look this time around. The idea was to do a flag French tip design over a nude base. If my nail beds were in better shape (they’re looking super sad right now after a bad reaction to too much UV light and acetone exposure from all the gel polish swatching that I’ve been doing), I would have left my real nails exposed for a “negative space” look, but I needed to use some sort of foundation to cover up the damage. Good thing I have a nice collection of nude pink colors from which to choose! I selected Privacy Please from OPI for this manicure. It’s sheer, but it’s a little streaky (maybe due to age), so I applied 3-4 coats to each nail to even out the color.

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This lovely blush pink shade hides your nail imperfections in 3-4 coats.

While my polish dried, I prepared a stamper with the flag design from the Konad m45 stamping plate. This was one of the first plates I ever bought, and I remember wondering how on earth you could produce a true red, white, and blue flag image with it. Now that I’m more experienced, I know how to do these things!

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Review of Aimeili 036 Soft Pink Gel Polish

Aimeili has a ton of pretty pink and nude shades, and color 036 Soft Pink is no exception. I find that it looks a little on the peachy side of pink, but it is a gentle nude shade suitable for French manicures and for those who like a more natural look on their nails.

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036 Soft Pink from Aimeili.

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Rose Fishnet Manicure

The entire month of February feels like a romantic month to me, so I decided to create this sexy rose fishnet manicure to go along with the theme.

I started by painting my nails with 3 coats of 036 Soft Pink from Aimeili. Each layer was cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp and provided the perfect nude color for the base of this design.

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036 Soft Pink gel polish from Aimeili has peachy undertones.

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Review of Azure Beauty 6 Color Gel Polish Set

Today I’m going to show you a gorgeous 6 color gel nail polish set from Azure Beauty. I can’t seem to find much information on the company, although I can tell you that they offer their products on Amazon.

This set is perfect for gift giving as it is presented in a nice box. The 7 mL bottles inside are a little small, but this allows you to try 6 different colors while keeping the price affordable. Each bottle ends up only costing a little over $3 (USD) each, which is still quite inexpensive considering that this is gel polish.

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Instructions and a set of swatch stickers are also included.

The nail polishes are identified by their catalog numbers rather than fancy names, so the swatch stickers really come in handy so you can see the colors at a glance. The shades included in the set are a bright white, a lavender gray, a baby pink, a tomato red, a plum toned jelly with holographic and fine silver glitters, and a light gray.

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For the stickers, I used 2 coats of color and cured each layer for one minute.

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Classy Fall Manicure

When you think of elegance, pinecones and acorns are probably the last things that come to mind! I somehow managed to create a look that includes both those things yet still looks very classy. Keep reading to find out how!

I started by painting my nails a nude pink shade using Laguna Moon Classic Soak-Off UV-LED Gel Polish. I applied 2 coats and cured each layer for 30 seconds in a UV/LED lamp.

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