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?