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Rainbow Glitter Zigzags!

So I have something of a first today.  People at work actually noticed and commented on my nails!  This may not sound particularly significant but I work as a programming in a mostly male office so you know they have to be something out of the ordinary.  To say so myself, they are something out of the ordinary.  I present to you my most complex nails to date: rainbow zigzag glitter nails!

I'm just going to say up front: these took a long time - even by my standards; upwards of two hours.  This may seem like a long time some of you but I find doing this relaxing, like knitting or cross-stitch.  Plus, sparkly!  So sparkly.  Like, seriously, so sparkly.  I've been wanting to do this pattern for a while and found the time last night.  I found the easiest way to do it is to start in the middle of your nail at the top.  Making sure your hexagons are with a point up, not a flat side, it's pretty easy to create a zigzag.  I used my usual technique to stick the glitter on.  tl;dr? Glitter, toothpick, sticky topcoat and time.









The Verdict: The full coverage glitter mosaics are my favourites.  An unfortunate problem with it is that top coats don't work so well when they don't have any polish to stick to, so the final finish could be smoother.  I also couldn't be bothered doing my thumb so I just smashed glitter on it.  The end!  Sparklies!

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  1. All these glitter manis are so beautiful! I am definitely inspired to get loose glitter and start making these awesome mosaic manis! :D

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  2. Oh, wow. These look a-MAZING! ^_^

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  3. Incredible! I'm not sure if spending 2 hours on a mani would be relaxing for me or make me throw something through a wall, but for this effect I might have to try it :D

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  4. 2 hours sounds like a perfectly normal amount of time to spend on a mani to me! I'm in love with all the glitter manis you do, and I'm currently looking on ebay for glitter to use. Do you just use loose hex glitter?

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  5. I am so impressed, you keep outdoing yourself! I find it totally reasonable to spend two hours on a mani (especially if doing any sort of art at all), since it takes me about 30 min-1 hr to do my nails most of the time anyways! It's crazy amazing that this ONLY took you two hours!

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  6. This is AHMAZING! I just don't know if I could have so much patience to create this lovely nail art! :D WOW!

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  7. Zomg your posts somehow just get better and better!

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  8. I've just discovered your blog - and you are amazing! The time and focus on detail is incredible. I really love this look :)

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  9. These are fantastic! Obsessed!

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  10. Hi I ran across your blog and I LOVE your nail designs! Had a few questions though, I noticed someone in above comments said "loose glitter" but this on your nails is not loose glitter right? This is in a nail polish? Also how did u get the colors to line up without the polish drying up?

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  11. how in the world!! this one looks more complicated and time consuming than the last! amazing!

    Samantha
    Nailartcouture

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  12. Wow that is amazing! I would NOT have the patience for these, but the final result is fantastic!!

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  13. Stunning, my mind was blown away when i saw these!

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  14. This is amazing!!! Going through your posts, deffo found my new favourite blog! I need to buy more glitter!

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