The Nail Files: Two Glitters Are Better Than One

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This week, I took a little break from nail art. Yeah, it's super fun but sometimes I just don't have the patience to try, you know? Sometimes, it's nice to just paint them, but that doesn't mean there can't be a little pizazz!

*spins in a circle doing jazz hands*

Here's what I used:

And the mani:

Okay, so technically, my middle finger is a gradient but aside from that, this is a nail-art-free mani. Ha! 

Feature Fingers: Two coats of Paper Mache, followed by half coat of Peacock Portrait.

Other Fingers (from pointer to pinky): Two coats of Skinny Dip, gradient with Skinny Dip and Mackenzie, and then two coats of Mackenzie.

Once I was finished, though, I realized that something was missing. Peacock Portrait is lovely with its dainty blue, green, and silver sparkles, but the coverage isn't the best so I went to my trusty rack-o-polish for one of my fave green glitters: Mermaid Tale. And as you can see from the two pictures, I think I can say for certain that two glitters are better than one. 

 The whole thing took me about 25 minutes (even with the addition of Mermaid Tale) and the best tip I can share about working with polishes that have variously sized chunks is this: don't use the brush that comes with the bottle.

I'm guessing that right now, you're all: Whaaaaaaaaat?

But hear me out.

The brush that comes with chunky glitter is the same that you'd find in any nail polish bottle, and that's a problem because you can't control where the glitter goes. Most times (for me, anyway) the brush will have either too much or too little glitter and it doesn't go on evenly. I have no idea why nobody's figured out a better brush situation (*stares at China Glaze, ORLY, Finger Paints, and OPI*) but it is what it is. 

If you happen to have a smaller brush handy, though, it makes placing the glitter chunks a total breeze. Drop a few gobs on a piece of paper and "pick out" the glitter with the brush. Then, apply it wherever you want it to go! That's how I was able to have the glitter look like it's fading upwards, and it's seriously super easy with a little brush (and way less messy!). You don't have to do a full coat of polish either because when you apply the top coat (which everyone does, right? *peers over glasses*) that layer will even everything out. Yay!

Have an awesome weekend, everyone! And I can't wait to see what you've been up to! There have been some new bloggers linking up lately, so let's all make them feel welcome! :)


  1. Seriously? That's the best you could do?! haha, you know I'm kidding!! I am in LOVE with this mani! Aside from purple you used my other favorite colors. I wish I had your creativeness Jennie!! I really love how you always do different styles on your nails, and it all comes together so well! Happy Friday love! xo A

  2. I am obsessed with your nails!! They remind me of mermaids :D

  3. Great look! I like green and blue together, so it's no surprise that the gradient nail is my favie :)

  4. I just found your blog other day via Fashionista Next Door (one of your linker uppers) and I gotta tell you, I absolutely LOVE your humor! I can tell you're writing the way you speak, something I adore in a writer. Everything here (blog title, tag line, bio, etc) has made me chuckle. I enjoy a good laugh & also don't sugarcoat the quirk on my blog. Thank you!

  5. Geez, you're totally slacking this week...

    Just kidding! That's way more than I'd ever have the patience for and it looks so cute!

  6. Love them!!! I want to try the gradient nail!!

    P.S - Love your blog!! (new stalker-ish follower) lol and new linkee!! :)


  7. Excellent choice adding the 2nd glitter - it looks great! And yeah what the heck is the deal with the powers-that-be not having figured out a better glitter polish brush situation? WHAT THE HECK.


  8. They look very pretty. I haven't done anything fancy lately. I need to soon.

  9. Looks gorgeous with both glitters!

  10. Love those colors! I got too busy to take pictures of my manicure this week:-(

  11. I finally got my gradient to look right and then I come over here and once again I'm blown away! I LOVE this color combo!

  12. why thank you! hahaha i love you justifying my buying nail polish!

  13. I'm linking up for the 1st time... Glad I found your blog! U can NEVER go wrong with GLITTER! Nicely done...


  14. Hello!

    Thanks for hosting the link up, and I always look forward to seeing what new ideas and colors you use on your nails because their always so pretty.

    Enjoy your evening!

    Lillies & Silk

  15. It's so hard to think of new things to say other than YOU'RE AWESOME. ERMAHGERD I LURVE YOUR NERLSSS! :)


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