Sparkling 4th of July Nails with Zoya and Julep

I wouldn’t describe myself as “patriotic,” really, but as far as holidays go I do appreciate Independence Day. While it is an important day in our American history, I see it more as a celebration of summer: it’s a day for barbecues, iced tea, sitting on the grass, roasting marshmallows, chasing fireflies, watching fireworks…

It seems like every year, I find myself wearing Zoya’s Sookie on my nails for the occasion. This year, however, I received a bottle of Julep’s America and couldn’t resist wearing it.

America is a blend of red, silver, and blue hex glitters swimming in red micro glitter and scattered with silver stars. I have a love/hate relationship with glitter: they look festive and fun in the bottles, but I feel like they’re often lumpy and hard to apply evenly. America was a good example of this, taking a very steady hand to evenly distribute the glitter and keep it from clumping in one spot.

I used about three coats of America over one coat of Zoya Sookie, a bright, cherry red. Even with two coats of Essie’s Shine On top coat, the glitter felt a little rough. The stars are rather inflexible and don’t lay down well, so the corners stick out from the nail.

That said, I do like this polish. It’s festive, summery, and fun–even if I probably will only use it once a year. I’m sure it’s going to be impossible to remove, but for the time being I’m enjoying the effect. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this polish combination–it’s striking and summery.

I do wish there were a few more stars in the mix, but we’ll see if I still say that after trying to remove them!

What are your favourite, most festive nail polishes?


One comment on “Sparkling 4th of July Nails with Zoya and Julep

  1. I’m wearing the same polish! Love it.

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