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?

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You’re My Obsession: 8 June, 2012

Every once in a while, something comes along that I just can’t get off my mind. It could be a trend, a piece, a shade, an object, a song…Sometimes the smallest, most insignificant thing can dominate my brain. I like to compile lists of them every once in a while to remind myself of what once fed my creative spark.

Stiletto Nails

Back when Illamasqua released their Quill nails, I was initially uncertain of the pointed-tip trend. They looked impractical, unwieldy, a little dangerous. Seeing the talons on celebrities like Gaga and Adele did absolutely nothing to change my mind. But reading through recent nail magazines and seeing them on the street, I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked.

An extreme shape like this tends to look most appealing when done in lighter, more natural colours with accented tips, but I’m still not sure I could pull it off. I may start filing my natural nails into more of a V and see how it goes from there. Like hair, nails grow back…

Strawberries

Perhaps it’s their bountiful reappearance at farm stands and grocery stores, but I can’t get enough. It isn’t enough to find ways to incorporate them into every possible meal, I need to smell like them. When I was 16, I wore an incredibly candy-sweet strawberry cream fragrance day in and day out. That scent was as much a part of me as my hair or my eyes or my left arm. It was the only scent I’ve ever been able to wear exclusively–I have to wonder if I would settle down, scent-wise, if I found a more mature version of that fragrance.

I have yet to find a designer fragrance that captures what I like about berries of any sort–most berry-based fragrances are a surefire migraine for me–but the best strawberry scent I’ve come across is an indie gem: Darling Clandestine’s Morderteile Kelah, which pairs strawberry jam with airy hyacinth and fresh milk, has lived in my purse for weeks now.

What have you been obsessed with lately? Any trends of the moment you love? Hate? Share!

– Ghost