It's no secret that when I get bored, I troll ebay for glitter. I set myself a $10 budget, search for "holo hex glitter" or something, sort by buy it now and lowest price + shipping and go nuts. I got a new package in the mail today and turns out we all have different definitions of "rhombus" as my rhombus glitter was distinctly hexagonally shaped. Whatever, it's an excuse to the most rainbowy nails I've ever done. They're so sparkly they're actually casting little rainbows on my keyboard as I type this. Sure, they took a long time to do but look how sparkly in these static images!
To start, I did my usual base, two coats of Rimmel Black Satin. It cleans up well and doesn't do weird things to my glitter so it's a good base. Then, using my usual technique and Sally Hansen Invisible top coat, I got to work with my glitter. I've been having a lot of luck lately with starting with a column of glitter straight down the middle of a nail then building out from there. I can usually find half pieces of glitter in my little pile to fill in around the cuticles. I do love a neat line of glitter. In case you're wondering what I'm holding, yes, that's my fabulous peacock bracelet I never wear because it's the wrong shape for my wrist but like having around anyway. Makes for a good sparkle complement.
Oh, and if you do do this (heh, do do), I did a walk-through on how to fix glitter mosaics after you've had them on a few days. It's here, if you're interested :)
The Verdict: I know a lot of you don't have the time or the inclination to do a manicure as complicated as this, and that's ok. I like to spend my evenings watching movies or TV so it's not like I'd be doing anything else. Just don't post the "Ain't nobody got time for that" gif and I'll be happy. That gif dogs me where-ever I go. I have time for that! One day the general public (not you guys, you're awesome) will accept my glittery lifestyle!