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Glitter Herringbone Nails, Take 2

I just want to cry looking at these pictures.  I mean, it looks awesome if you make the pictures super small and squint at it from a distance but the second you get closer you can see how my top coat betrayed me.  I'm so super sad right now guys :(

I'm going to pretend the millions of bubbles aren't there for a moment and just talk about what was supposed to happen.  A while ago I did this mani, rainbow herringbone nails.  I wasn't happy with the execution then and I'm still not so I decided to redo it so that the glitter all sat down properly.  Using the diamond shaped glitter is always a PITA because of how easily it sticks up and catches on stuff.  I've found though that if you use my usual technique but make sure to tamp each piece down into the top coat as you go, you can make it all smooth and nice.  All was going perfectly until I was brutally betrayed by my combination of Essie Everyday Top Coat and Out the Door Top Coat.  I don't even know how it happened!  I've never had this happen this bad before! Seriously, look how many bubbles there are, I'll wait.  :( is all I have else to say. 

The Verdict:  I may be making a big deal over a relatively small issue but this was looking so awesome and it wasn't exactly quick to do.  It looked fine on but up close...sigh.


  1. It looks amazing! I feel your pain =( The bubbles would create a rough surface which I would just pick at until it all came off. Add some thinner to it maybe, and tap it on your desk/whatever to get the bubbles to float to the top? Sometimes it works ==

  2. Ok, first, THIS MANI IS AMAZING!!!! my jaw dropped when I saw the first picture. Second, stupid topcoat why did you bubbled! I understand what you mean, you spend time to get it perfect and ... topcoat! But, third, I think in this case is not that bad, because bubbles are spread equally, I'm almost tempted to say: look! the cute sequins are snorkelling! is beautiful! like a rainbow soda!

  3. This is stunning! I don't think the bubbles detract from this at all. This is a gorgeous manicure! Well done :)

  4. You really are so talented! It's a shame about the bubbles. I know how they can just ruin all your hard work and it doesn't matter how great the glitter is, all you see the bubbles.

    Speaking as everyone else looking at the manicure, the bubbles are the last thing on my mind! You're amazing.

  5. This is what happened to me before! So sad. It's still so amazing looking- the faraway picture, you can really tell what you're going for.

  6. Damn bubbles! Lol! Regardless this mani is so fricken amazing I can't even handle it! Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it! :)

  7. Stunning! I don't know how you do this! Simply gorgeous! <3

  8. OMG, me encanta, acabo de encontrar tu blog y me ha enamorado. FELICIDADES.
    Te sigo desde ESPAÑA!!

    Te espero por mi blog.


  9. I just found your blog! I can't stop looking at all your posts, and your work is amazing! I am definately going to try doing a glitter mani this week!!!!!
    Kisses from Argentina!

  10. I have to say, it's pretty amazing how many applications for glitter placement you've been able to come up with. Kudos!

  11. I actually think the bubbles add a cool effect. Kind of like stained glass


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