I'm in a ridiculously lucky position right now. The company I worked for for three years fell apart and with a combination of the savings and resulting payout, I don't have to work for a little while. Not forever, but enough time for me to get enough sleep and to fully dedicate as much time as I want to doing my nails, among other things. This is how I had the time to do the ridiculous manicure I'm about to show you, and why I'm publishing this at 5.30am.
I was sorting out my desk when I came across a pot of red holographic diamond shaped glitter I haven't really known how to fully utilise. It's the only one I have in this size so I couldn't do the geometric shapes I've done with some other colours in the past. I think I've always known what to do with it, but it's tiny, and fiddly. Bracing myself with a lot of episodes of The Good Wife and a google search for the best colour complements to red, I began. To start this manicure, I applied three coats of Urban Outfitters Babyboy, a slightly dusky baby blue. Then, using my usual technique I added the glitter. I found the best way to get the glitter even was to do a straight strip down the centre of each nail and built out each side. You have a bit of wiggle room to shift the pieces around if they don't line up exactly. I don't even really know how long this took, but I love it so much it's worth it.
The Verdict: I love this both close up and from a distance. The red glitter is holographic so it's super sparkly. From a distance it almost looks purple but with red flashes, even in really dim light. I love it so much it's been 24 hours and I can't take it off. It's going to be hard, that's for sure. I'll keep patching up the pieces that fall off, see if I can't make it last for a while. Made me cross-eyed!