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Blue and Red Harlequin Nails

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!

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  1. Oh dear god, that mani is full of win! The colors look great together and the placement is just flawless. You are the queen of loose glitter!!!

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  2. You are a glitter genius, seriously! Love these - such a sleek look!

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  3. I just don't know how you have the patience-but the end result is oh so freakin cool!

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  4. You have the patience of a saint, but omg it looks gorgeous!

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  5. This is so incredible looking I don't even know what to say! You have amazing patience!

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  6. Holy mother of all things good. You rock! I love this :D

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  7. Got to ask...did you do the other hand? :P
    I think I would have done a desk-flip if I had to stay so concentrated for so long!! Still, incredible work. x

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    1. Hah! Busted. I cheat a bit with my other hand but I always make it kinda-sorta match. In this case I used the same base colour - Babyboy and just added that red glitter from the OPI Muppets collection. Forgive me? :D

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