Dragon Ball Z nails!

I don’t know how time keeps slipping by so fast, but it’s already been about a month since my last post!  So much for keeping up with my posts, huh?  But I am yet again trying to get back into the swing of things by going back to my nerdy nail art roots.  This time, I’ve got Dragon Ball Z nails!

Yes, I watched anime as a kid/teen.  And yes, I still do fairly often.  Dragon Ball Z was my introduction into anime, and I fell in love with it the moment I first stumbled upon the Namek saga on Toonami as a kid.  And even now as an adult, Gohan holds the position of my favorite character (followed by Piccolo in a VERY close second).

So when my sleep-deprived mind decided to do DBZ nails at 3am, Gohan was my first thought.  Only…I was sleep deprived.  So I didn’t put as much effort into things as I probably should have.




I honestly don’t know what I was thinking trying this.  I’ve never been able to draw anime characters, so I don’t know why I thought painting a tiny Gohan on my fingernail was a good idea.  Although I do have to say, he might have actually looked like Super Saiyan 2 Gohan if I had given him a bigger forehead.  I also sort of lost patience painting the stars on the dragon balls too, but you get the picture. 😛

For all my complaints though, I do like how this turned out.  It’s been a while since I freehanded something detailed, and I hope I do it again soon.  Maybe I need a good challenge to motivate me…

OMD3 Day 29-#mynailsandmydrink

This one should have been a pretty straightforward one for me.  I only have two types of cups in my kitchen—melamine red Solo cups and a plastic mason jar glass—so I thought for sure one of those would be the inspiration for this mani.  But…I just so happened to be drinking a beer with a label that lent itself to nail art.  So this fantastic chocolatey stout was the basis for my mani for the Day 29 prompt.






I love this mani!  Especially that donut.  I really wanted some Krispy Kreme donuts after painting it.   Actually…the only thing that I can think of that I don’t like about this mani is the fact that I don’t own a proper magenta polish and so my color is a little off.  But honestly, who cares?

OMD3 Day 28-Princess

I am especially sad that I didn’t have the time to do my original idea for this one!  I really wanted to to a Super Smash Bros style Peach versus Zelda showdown.  But I wouldn’t have been able to do justice to the necessary level of detail for that, so did some Tangled-inspired nails instead.  Rapunzel’s hair flowing across the nails, plus the kingdom’s sun crest.

And I have to say, Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington was the perfect choice of polish for the background color!  Purple/violet is sort of the color associated with Rapunzel (since both her dress and the kingdom’s flag are shades of it) and Kensington has that nice gold shimmer to tie in to the nail art itself.Day-28-Princess-Rapunzel-nails-1



These turned out much better than I expected.  I didn’t think they would look bad, just maybe a bit boring with just some golden hair flowing across my nails.  That’s why I added the sun.  It was a good element to add, I think.  Very happy with this nail art. 🙂

OMD3 Day 14-Fish

I never thought that I would ever do a fish themed mani and actually like it, but this one is actually kind of pretty.  Since I also did my Day 13 book themed nail art before today’s prompt, my mind sort of connected the fish and book prompts and came up with The Rainbow Fish.  And as if it was fate, I also got my first ever nail vinyls in the mail today, and mermaid/fish scales were among them.

This mani also features a polish that sort of fits the theme too: the ever lovely original formula of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue.  I filled in the other colored scales in by hand.




I think it looks kind of awesome.  Almost as good as the Rainbow Fish himself!  And it made me love how easy nail vinyls are.  I have no idea why I didn’t try them before!

CYNA Candy challenge, Day 5-favorite candy

And now I’m caught up on the challenge!  My favorite candies are Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish and since both have yellow packaging and (some) red candies, today’s mani was another simple red and yellow look, like the Fireball/Lemonheads one from the other day.

So my only polishes were Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, Kleancolor Red and a little bit of FingerPaints Paper Mache for mixing.




I’m loving all these simple designs I’m doing for this challenge!  This one turned out really well, in my opinion, and there’s barely anything to it!  Maybe I like it so much just because it shows off my favorite candies?

For the heck of it, I also added some sugar to the Sour Patch Kid.  I don’t like it as much, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to show it.  It does make it more true to life, since you can never actually see the details of those things for all the sugar!



And that’s it for this month’s challenge!  There won’t be one next month, since Oh Mon Dieu is making a comeback again this year.  I probably won’t keep up with all 31 days of that, but I’m sure gonna try.


CYNA Candy challenge, Day 3-Hard candy

Today’s CYNA Candy prompt was a tough one for me.  Hard candies don’t always lend themselves to being the prettiest or most unique candies around, with the notable exceptions of lollipops and rock candy.  And to be honest, lollipops didn’t even register in my mind as ‘hard candy’ until I saw Nidia’s (from Lit From Within) lollipops for today.  And using King Bumi and his rock candy didn’t occur to me until I sat down to write this post.  (Avatar reference, for those of you who didn’t recognize the name.)

So, struggling to come up with an idea, I decided to try and remember some of my favorite childhood hard candies.  Atomic Fireballs and Lemonheads immediately came to mind.  Our local hardware store always sold them individually wrapped, and you could just stick your hand in this big plastic tub and pull a few out.  Or I could generally find some just sitting on my dad’s dresser. 😛

I kept my interpretations of these candies incredibly simple.  I used FingerPaints paper Mache, Essie Russian Roulette, and Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow to do a random dotticure inspired by the colors of Atomic Fireballs and Lemonheads.




Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on with my top coats lately, but they are all smearing like a bitch.  Luckily today it wasn’t so bad, because I genuinely like this.  It probably hasn’t actually been too terribly long, but it feels like forever since I did a dotticure.  And I love dotticures, even ones as bright as this.  Almost as much as I love Fireballs.

Btw, has anyone ever tried dropping an Atomic Fireball into Fireball whiskey?  I have.  I don’t advise it.


CYNA Candy challenge, Day 1-Candyland

Good morning everyone!  Today’s Challenge Your Nail Art prompt is Candyland, and there is sooo much that could be done with that!  Candyland was my favorite board game when I was little, and my sister and I used to get so mad when the other pulled Queen Frostine or Princess Lolly’s cards.  So since Princess Lolly was one of my favorite characters way back when, I used her as inspiration today!

I based the nails off of her dress and hair/crown, with a funky french tip of the game board for three of the nails.  I used Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow and Essie Under Where? for my base colors, and for the details used Essie Russian Roulette, Colour Carnival by 17 Bright Orange, Kleancolor Tangerine Burst and Neon Purple, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, Maybelline Color Show Iced Queen, Sinful Colors Exotic Green, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, and FingerPaints Paper Mache.  (Ya know, one of these days I’m going to get out of the habit of listing all of the polishes I used…)




I really like these!  I was a bit iffy on the hair and crown as I was doing them, but they turned out alright.  But I love the dress nails!  Doing the board spaces was a last minute decision, and I’m glad I went with it.  It’s sort of a reminder that this is Candyland nail art. 😛

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