I had absolutely no intention of doing a 4th of July mani, but alas…I did. I’m not a big fan of this country right at this moment so I’m not in a “YAY I <3 AMERICA!” type of mood. BUT my July Julep Maven box arrived and it gave me a reason to do a festive mani. This is my first real Julep Maven box, I purchased the mystery box before and signed up for the 1¢ box last month, both of which were major disappointments. My intention was to sign up for the 1¢ and immediately cancel, but then I got word Julep was including an extra glitter polish in each box. “America” for US Mavens and “O’Canada” for Canadian Mavens. I received the “It Girl ‘box and I have to say I was happy with most of the contents of the box.
Here’s a look at my maven box…
The “It Girl” contains 3 polishes, bonus America polish, candy fire bombs, and a voucher for one free polish. I believe everyone receives the voucher in their first real (non penny) Maven box.
As you can see America is very patriotic as the name implies, so when else would I really wear this? I made sure to get some use of it and incorporated it into a 4th of July Mani.
Now this is a VERY subtle attempt at a patriotic mani compared to all others I’ve seen. Like I said…I’m not feeling very patriotic right now. For this mani I used what has become one of my favorite Orly and blue polishes, Royal Navy.
Royal Navy is a deep and vibrant blue jelly with gorgeous bright blue shimmer that gives it a really cool glow. Even though it’s a jelly it applies very smooth and was completely opaque in just 2 coats. I seriously love this polish. Royal Navy is part of Orly’s core collection so there’s no worries on missing out on this, but I still highly suggest you pick this up if you haven’t already.
To add some patrioticness I applied Julep America as an accent nail. It is a dense red glitter with larger silver and blue glitter and silver star glitter. I wanted to sponge it as a gradient, but didn’t expect it to be so dense and thick so it lost any sort of gradient I was going for.
I know it may not look it, but there is a good amount of star glitter in the polish. They just so happen to not be very visible from the bottle, but I had no issues finding any during application.
As I’m putting this post together I can hear the loud banging of the fireworks from the next town over. Tomorrow night is our fireworks. I am probably going to go just because my bestie tempted me with girl time and food. We’re avoiding the beach and hoping for less crowdedness at the park. If that fails at least we have food and bars. Although I have a feeling if things don’t work out we may find ourselves on a state wide search for the new Fergie WnW polishes!
Whether you’re celebrating the 4th of July or not hope you have a good one!