Stars and Glitter Patriotic Pedicure Toenail Designs for 4th of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day

pure-ice-nail-reviewSummer holidays are some of the most fun holidays all year, especially when it comes to cute manicures and pedicures. I’ve never been one for plain red toenails—I always felt they made me look older than I am or that they looked like someone else’s feet. But I think I finally found some red nail polish I can wear on my toes without any worries at all… I recently received the opportunity to review the Pure Ice Stars & Stripes collection of nail polish and I couldn’t be happier with the results. If you’re looking for fun patriotic nail polish ideas or for nail designs with stars, glitter nails, or simple red, white, and blue nails, you’re sure to be thrilled as well.

The Stars & Stripes nail polish collection by Pure Ice includes: Dazzle Me (silver glitter), Superstar! (white), Freedom (red & blue sparkle with silver stars), Siren (red), and Wide Awake (blue sparkle). I so far have only had the chance to try Siren and Freedom, but I can tell you this is the perfect combination for a girl who loves red and things that sparkle. I showed my husband and he asked about how I got the stars on there. He honestly couldn’t believe they were inside the bottle of nail polish and just painted on like that!

patriotic-pedicure(Granted, I did have to fish around for enough stars for what I wanted to do to my nails, but it’s to be expected and I think it is a genius option as opposed to having a totally separate base coat, sparkle top coat, and loose stars!)

I painted my patriotic pedicure on my deck while my daughter played next to me. I only did one or two toes at a time so I could watch her closely, but it only took me five minutes or so to get the first coat of red applied. I slapped on a quick second coat, though I’m not convinced I even needed one. My toes didn’t look so alien in this red as I used to think they did with other nail polishes. (Is it because I’m a mom now? Because I’m in my 30’s?)

I ended up falling asleep before I could complete my patriotic pedicure designs, so, the next day I did the fun part—I put the sparkle and stars coat on each toenail, putting two stars on my big toes and one star on each other toe. I made sure enough sparkles were spaced throughout the nails and I let them dry. I have to tell you, I am thrilled with the results. I like a professional pedicure as much as the next girl, but I love how fast and easy it was to get gorgeous, sparkly, and festive nails at home in a matter of minutes.

To be fair and honest, I will, of course, disclose my only point of contention–I know this would happen with any 3-D nail art, so take this point with a grain of salt… When I did curl up into my bed between the satin sheets after completing the sparkle and stars top coat, it felt like my pedicure was getting stuck to the sheets or dragging across them a bit oddly. I’ve since learned to tuck my toes or keep them closer to the fleece blanket rather than the satin sheets.

stars-nail-polishAnother thing that impressed me about this collection is that the polishes hold up amazingly well on my toes. I have not had to reapply yet, aside from when I accidentally smudged my toe on my flip-flop before it was dry. (Mama multitasking mistake, not a rookie mistake!) In reading more about this product line, I’ve come to learn that all of Pure Ice’s nail polishes feature a long-wear formula, making your mani’s and pedi’s last longer. These products are also free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, making them a smart choice for health reasons as well.

Are you ready for the best news of all? How much do you think a high quality, totally functional, durable, and brilliantly beautiful, versatile bottle of nail polish should cost? Or how much it really does cost? Wait for it… you can get Pure Ice’s Stars & Stripes collection for just $1.99 per bottle, meaning you can have the entire set for less than 10 bucks! What are you waiting for? Get to your nearest Walmart or hop on over to www.pureicecosmetics.com so you can get your patriotic pedicure in place before the 4th of July!

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received complimentary PURE ICE nail polish samples for the purpose of review. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

Patriotic Cocktails for Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Anytime

Patriotic cocktailsFestive, patriotic cocktails and alcoholic drinks mixed and poured in true red, white, and blue style may be the finishing touch you’re missing for your party. Or they may just be a nice, relaxing end to a long week at work. If you are planning a party over the long weekend or just looking for some new mixed drink ideas to try, consider these fun and fancy patriotic cocktail recipes for your next gathering.

Before you get started on your party drink mixing, be sure you have all the components you need for an awesome bar setup. Don’t forget the lemons, limes, and maybe some strawberries and blueberries to add to the patriotic color scheme. You can also dress up your drinks with red, white, and blue straws, stirrers, or paper umbrellas.

Fruity Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
Some of the most fun alcoholic drinks may be the fruitiest ones. Consider mixing up any of these popular and delicious party drinks for your next patriotic party.

–    Strawberry Daiquiri or Strawberry Margarita
–    Pina Colada
–    Blueberry Daiquiri or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri
–    Blue Hawaiian
–    Cranberry and Vodka
–    Jungle Juice

You should also consider making a pitcher or two of Sangria. Try white sangria or traditional sangria with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for color instead of lemons, limes, and oranges.

Layered Patriotic Alcohol Drinks and Mixers
Layered patriotic alcohol drinks, actually layered drinks in general, can be a lot of fun to mix and drink. Here are some fun layered drinks to consider for your next Labor Day, Memorial Day, or 4th party.

–    Miami Vice – Half Pina Colada and half Strawberry Daiquiri
–    Try the above with Blueberry or Blue Raspberry Daiquiri instead!
–    Red, White, & Blue Shooter
–    Layered Fruit Drink
–    Stars and Stripes Cocktail

For additional tips on making layered shooters and drinks, check out these tips on how to make a layered shooter.

Other Patriotic Alcoholic Drinks
You can make just about any drink patriotic by sticking a mini toothpick flag into a maraschino cherry and tossing it in. Another option is to make pitchers of three different drinks – one red, one white, and one blue. You can also fill up martini glasses with drinks in any of the three patriotic colors. Use your imagination and you will think of all kinds of patriotic cocktail recipes to try for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.

They may not be drinks, per se, but you can have a lot of fun mixing up patriotic Jello shots for your next Memorial Day, Labor Day, or Fourth of July party. Mix up a red flavor like cherry, raspberry, or strawberry, and a blue flavor like blue raspberry or grape (purple may be close enough). You can make your patriotic Jello shooters in plastic medicine cups designed for this purpose, or make them in ice cube trays or in a flat dish that you can carve them out into bite-sized cubes.

Remember, even if none of the drinks you already know suit your preferences, you can always mix up something totally brand new. Craft your own signature cocktails and then take a few moments to think up some alcoholic drink names for Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. What are your favorite drinks to enjoy around the three summer holidays? Please share your favorites and any clever suggestions you have in our comments below.

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7 Memorial Weekend Party Themes

Memorial Day weekend always sneaks up when time starts flying by faster and faster as the weather keeps getting nicer. If you are going to have a barbecue or outdoor party for Memorial Day, consider choosing from a few fun Memorial weekend party themes to give your event a special twist. You can keep your party casual or spice things up a bit, depending on your preferences. Consider these suggestions for Memorial weekend party themes you can use for your next Memorial Day gathering.

As a special precaution, keep in mind that Mother Nature can be a bit unpredictable, so it may pay off to have a backup plan for moving your party indoors if needed. You can consider an outdoor party tent or simply move your party inside the house if it looks like the weather may not cooperate. Regardless of the weather, here are some fun Memorial weekend party themes to consider.

•    Hawaiian Luau Party – pretty colors, hibiscus flowers on the deck, tropical drinks with little paper umbrellas, and food like pineapple chicken kabobs, rice, ham, and shrimp…

•    Memorial Day Potluck – Ask each of your guests to bring a covered dish, dessert, or snack. Once you know what people are bringing, you can fill in the gaps or simply make your favorite dishes.

•    Red, White, and Blue Party – Try to have as much food in red, white, and blue as possible, with at least a flag cake, and make a selection of red, white, and blue cocktails. Don’t forget to decorate in these patriotic colors, too!

•    Pool Party – If the pool is open, invite your guests over for a dip. Serve up some burgers and hotdogs, grilled chicken, and beer, as well as fruit salad, side salads, and ice pops.

•    Reggae Party – If money is no object, hire a reggae band to play at your party and decorate with reggae themed decorations. You can get away with beer and barbecue food or whatever you’d like to do, with the main focus on the music. As an alternative, make up a reggae playlist you can play on an iPod or stereo system.

•    Beach Party – Choose a few savory seafood items, decorate with some shells and beachy decorations, and play some fun tunes like the Beach Boys and anything with a steel drum band.

•    Basic Barbecue – Sometimes something simple is the easiest to plan, especially for a bigger group. If you are hosting a Memorial weekend party for many guests, consider keeping it a basic barbecue party with burgers, hotdogs, and all the usual sides, plus a few desserts and some beer and wine.

Your Memorial Day or Memorial weekend party can take on any theme you’d like – these are just a few examples of what might be nice for a warm weather party in late May. You can use these warm weather party themes as inspiration to help you find a theme that would be perfect for a Memorial weekend gathering of friends and family.