Hey! Listen! *Legend of Zelda nail art!*

Yeah, not even bothering to make excuses this time.  I’m tired and just plain haven’t wanted to do my nails.  I was really excited for this month’s CYNA theme too (Space!), but when it came time to sit down and do the nail art…I just didn’t feel like it.  So I skipped this month’s challenge, and made myself feel better about it by doing Legend of Zelda nails instead.

These were a complete fluke, by the way.  I had finally broken down and worn my new Colors by Llarowe Gemini Rising–which I got in a recent order from Rainbow Connection–and was perfectly content to wear it on its own.  But as I was admiring my left hand, my eyes strayed from the perfect Kokiri tunic green down to the triforce tattoo on my wrist.  I kid you not, I heard Navi yell ‘Hey!’ in my head.  I don’t know if that was inspiration knocking, or just insanity.

So, I broke out a whole bunch of polishes and got to work.  I used Essie Bikini So Teeny, SquareHue Wilshire Boulevard, and Zoya Carey to make the Ocarina of Time. Carey, OPI OPI…Eurso Euro, Kleancolor Red, Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, and OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? for the Hylian Shield and Master Sword, and Electric Yellow again for the triforce.  Navi was made with Kleancolor Pastel Blue and Essie Blanc.

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I am so happy with how these turned out.  I’ve really liked the past few manis that I’ve done, but this one truly blows them out of the water, in my opinion.  The pictures just don’t quite do it justice since they’re sort of blurry.  My triforce is almost perfect–quite a feat since I can never draw that thing right–and my shield has so much more detail than I thought I would be able to squeeze onto such a small canvas.  I’m even happy with Navi, although I can assure you I was never happy with her in the game itself. 😛

And, of course, here’s Gemini Rising on its own:

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This is a magnificent linear holo that for me falls somewhere between emerald and kelly green.  The green is so vivid, I was mesmerized.  It went on in 2 coats too, which is always nice.  But major downside, Gemini Rising is a horrific stainer.  Greens scare me because they have stained my nails in the past, so I made sure to put on two coats of my base coat.  Uh, yeah, didn’t work, obviously.

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That’s gonna take some time to get rid of.  Will that stop me from wearing this polish again?  Well, I really don’t think I need to answer that question.

 

Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy…

So if you didn’t get it from the title, I’ve got a mani inspired by Mjolnir today!  For those of you who don’t care for comic books or superhero movies, Mjolnir is Thor’s hammer, which can only be wielded by those deemed worthy.  I saw the new Avengers movie a little over a week ago, and I have to admit I liked the attention paid to Mjolnir and the concept of being ‘worthy’.  It wasn’t my favorite aspect of the movie (that role goes to the general sassiness of all of the characters, especially Hawkeye and Ultron), but it did stand out when I sat down and thought about doing Avengers nail art.

I thought a-England Perceval looked like the color of Thor’s cape, so I used that as a base color.  But then I decided that Mjolnir might not look good with that as a background, so I sponged on Essie Blanc and Kleancolor Concrete Gray for the accent nail, and did a bolt of lightning with Blanc too.  Mjolnir itself was made with Concrete Gray, OPI I Don’t Give a Rotterdam, Zoya Carey, and OPI A-Piers To Be Tan.

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I was worried that this wouldn’t turn out well, but I was actually really happy with the end result.  I wish I had sponged the gray and white on the other nails instead of leaving Perceval, but it really doesn’t bother me because 1) I like Perceval, and 2) I like Mjolnir so much that I could have a neon yellow on my other nails and still be pleased with this mani.

And, as per my normal habit, here are a few pictures of Perceval without the nail art.  It was really streaky on the first coat and was still a little bit on the second but I thought it looked okay, which is saying something because I hate streaks.  It’s why I generally avoid metallic and foil polishes.  But Perceval was such a pretty red that I just couldn’t be bothered by them.  It’s not an especially unique red, but it is a really well done one.  So if you’re a fan of reds I would recommend it.

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By the way…my nerdy month sort of fell through, didn’t it?  I’ve been busy, and before I knew it, it had been two weeks since my last post.  I’m going to try and pick up my posts for the remainder of the month though, and may even carry the nerdiness over into June.  I will be doing a few more nerdy posts, and hope to be able to turn my CYNA posts into nerdy ones this month too, so we’ll see how that goes.

 

May the 4th be with you!

Time to kick off a month of nerdy nail art with a dose of Star Wars goodness!  I’ve done manis for May 4th for the past two years, and I wanted to avoid repeats if I could.  Plus, I really wasn’t in the mood for anything intricate like my torsos from last year.  So I decided to try my hand at ships rather than characters this time!  Since, ya know, starships aren’t intricate at all…

I started off by making galaxies with Serum No 5 Lightspeed and Burning Orchid, Ulta Fuschiamania, OPI OPI…Eurso Euro, and Kleancolor Silver Glitter.

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(Pardon the bad picture, but I couldn’t help wanting to show off the fact that it glows too!)

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Honestly, I wasn’t really feeling up to doing my nails today and almost left things here (because I happen to love galaxy nails), but May 4th only comes around once a year and I decided I better damn well suck it up and power though it.

So, I made a star destroyer, the Millenium Falcon, a tie fighter, and an x-wing with Zoya Carey and Kleancolor Black and Concrete Gray.  I also had a little bit of Barry M Paprika to add a little bit of orange design to the x-wing, but that all disappeared when i had a little mishap with a top coat and had to touch things up.

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These aren’t perfect, but I do like how they look.  Of course, it was only after I started painting the x-wing that I realized why I liked this ‘ships in space’ idea so much…I had used it before for my 31DC galaxy nails last July.  So much for no repeats.  Still, they turned out nice.  I especially like the tie fighter.  And the glow!  It looks so cool!

So, despite my odd lack of enthusiasm for May 4th this year, I think the month of nerdiness has started off pretty dang well!

Striped double ombre

I hate ombres.  I don’t know if I’ve ever said that on the blog before, but I really do not like them.  They can look pretty and all, but I find them to be a massive pain in the butt.  Ombre, however, was the final prompt for the NAIL April challenge and so I had to suck it up and do it.  I honestly should have stuck with a plain ombre, but I tried to make things interesting by doing two ombres in reverse directions.

So, I first did the shimmery/holo purple one with LynBDesigns From Night to Day, Darling Diva Gypsy, LynBDesigns Whimsically Inventive, LynBDesigns M’Lady’s Prerogative.  But I decided that Whimsically Inventive was just a tad too pink-toned, so I added a coat of Sweet Heart Polish Scarab Shells over top.  Then I laid down some striping tape and did the teal ombre with Essie Turquoise & Caicos, OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid, Barry M Kiwi, and Charming Charlie Color of the Year.

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This would actually look pretty dang good if the purple base colors didn’t alter the color of a couple of the polishes (most notably Turquoise & Caicos).  There’s also the fact that my camera refused to take good pictures of this.  Every single polish color is off in the photos, even if only two were off in person.  I feel like a say something like this every time I use teal polishes in particular.  Oddly enough, the two that are least accurate in the photos were actually the two most unaffected by the purple bases in person.

Even if it’s not completely color accurate though, here’s an idea of what a plain ombre would have looked like if I had just stuck with it:

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Much better in my opinion.  Thank God I don’t have to do these on a regular basis though.  The occasional challenge ombre is more than enough for me, thanks.

Anyway, this concludes the Nail Art Ideas Linkup April challenge!  The May prompts are already out, but I’ve decided not to do them this time around.  I’ve got other plans–nerdy plans–for the rest of the month, because I feel like I haven’t been doing much geeky nail art lately.