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…

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. 😛

As per usual, be sure to click on the inlinkz button and check out everyone else’s manis!


Half-moon daisy nail art + NerdLacquer TDBSLWCHSHITD

Hello all!  I’ve been in a conference in Oxford for the past few days, so I almost completely forgot that I had to do some ‘spring flowers’ nail art for the NAIL April challenge!  But I remembered just in time, and churned out something real quick.

I saw some half-moon flowers on Adventures in Acetone not too long ago, and I thought it was a fun idea.  So I took that idea and ran with it.  The ‘daisy’ was made with a white Sally Hansen striper, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, and Essie Limo-scene.  On the other nails I used NerdLacquer TDBSLWCHSHITD (The Dwarf Breathes So Loud We Could Have Shot Him In The Dark), a shimmery lime (not neon) green with different sizes of glitter in gold, white, green, and silver.  It was a little thin, but I really like how pretty it is.  It’s a great shade of green, in my opinion.






I’m not thrilled with the outcome here, but I don’t dislike it either.  I’m probably so indifferent because it’s a flower.  I don’t like flowers on my nails, and the only flower-related nail art I’ve actually done and really been proud of was when I did Flower from Bambi for the 31DC last July.  I wish that TDBSLWCHSHITD would have turned out better in the photos too, because it makes the mani look so much better in person.  The shimmer in that polish is amazing!

There’s only one prompt left in the NAIL April challenge, but since that runs until May 3rd, my next posts will be Challenge Your Nail Art’s April challenge, running from the 28th-30th.  The theme this month is ‘All Things Blue’ so it should be fun!

CYNA Winnie the Pooh challenge, Day 1-Bees and honey (*failure*)

Starting things off a little late in the evening tonight, but today is the first day of the Challenge Your Nail Art January challenge, which is based on Winnie the Pooh!  I never much liked Pooh Bear as a kid, but one of my younger sisters did, so I saw and heard enough of him to be able to get by in this challenge. Unfortunately, all of my nail art supplies are still missing thanks to that lost suitcase, so I have only one brush to work with.  And it’s in awful shape.  So this challenge is probably going to be as simple as I can possibly make it.  For today’s ‘bees and honey’ prompt, I used Flower Go With the Flow-er, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, Maybelline Color Show Electric Yellow, and a black permanent marker to make some ‘hunny’ pots.  I also added a little bee with Sunlit Grass, Essie Blanc, and the marker. CYNA-Winnie-the-Pooh-Day-1-Bees-and-Honey So…these turned out okay before the top coat happened.  My ‘paint drips’ are getting better at least.  I guess I could have tried harder even with limited supplies, but oh well.  My verdict is that I don’t hate these (again, pre-topcoat) but I don’t love them either.  And I’ll tell you what else I don’t love.  A England The Shield (topcoat).  Maybe I’ll come to appreciate it in the future, but today all it did was smear everything.  And I typically wait at least ten minutes to dry before applying topcoat too.  The marker was obviously the main issue, but even my normal topcoat (Seche Vite) doesn’t smear permanent marker that badly. Anyway, tomorrow is going to be a bit more difficult to do with only one crappy brush, but here’s hoping I’m able to do something better with the ‘Woods’ theme!  Also crossing my fingers that The Shield will be better if I let everything dry for twenty minutes instead…

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 4-Santa and elves

I went through a couple of different ideas for today’s ‘Santa and/or elves’ prompt, but finally decided on one that frankly had the potential to be magnificent.  Because what could beat out the most badass Santa ever, especially when he’s accompanied by his completely moronic elves?  That’s right, I wanted to paint North and the elves from the Rise of the Guardians movie.

I made a valiant effort.  The reason I’m late in posting this is because I spent so much time trying to get details right.  I gave up.  If I had my acrylic paints with me I definitely would have tried using those instead, because painting with polish was a real problem tonight.  For once, I don’t even feel like listing all the ones I used.  They were all mainstream/drugstore brands though.  (No indies were harmed in the making of this mani!)

So, North is pretty obvious, but the elves I did were also based on particular ones in the movie.  On the index is the grumpy little elf who kept having his trumpet performance interrupted, on the ring finger is the elf who got electrocuted when he was decorated like a Christmas tree, and on the pinky is one of the elves who likes to eat North’s cookies.





My griping about the details aside, I do really like where I was going with this.  If I ignore my perfectionist tendencies, I can even say I think it looks cute.  The cookie-loving elf is my favorite.  Of course, I’m going to let myself have another go at Rise of the Guardians nail art on the next prompt, time permitting.

Challenge Your Nail Art Fall-ing for Nail Art theme, Day 4-Traditional Thanksgiving images

Ooh, I’m cutting it close on this one!  Less than half an hour until it’s no longer Thanksgiving for me!

Despite looking at everyone else’s posts all day, I somehow forgot that I needed to do nail art of my own for today.  Major brain fart!  So I started throwing something together a little while ago.  I used Barry M Lychee, Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass, Barry M Paprika, Kleancolor Tangerine Burst, Kleancolor Red, Zoya Louise, FingerPaints Paper Mache, and Sally Hansen Black Out to make a turkey!  Can’t get more traditional than that.




But then I thought maybe I had enough time to make a more complete look.  So I added a couple more images (using the same colors as for the turkey, with the addition of OPI A-Piers to Be Tan).




Now, I’m aware that the Native American image may be seen as culturally insensitive by some, but it is a traditional Thanksgiving image and I was sort of strapped for time and ideas.  Plus it’s kind of cute.  I still like my turkey best though 😀

And that’s the end of that challenge!  Looking forward to December’s!

Challenge Your Nail Art Fall-ing for Nail Art theme, Day 3-Fall colors

Well, today’s nail art is sort of interesting.  I chose to go out to eat after ‘work’ today instead of coming back to my dorm room to do my nails, so I sort of just threw something on about an hour ago.  The original idea was to do what I did on my accent nail for all of them, but I defaulted to normal ruffian nails for the rest because I’m lazy and full of good Indian food and want to go to sleep. 😛

Now this accent nail was inspired by the ruffian style, but also by the turkey feathers you see on nail art all over the place this time of year.  My colors were ALIQUID Lacquer Petoskey Stone, ALIQUID Lacquer People of the Three Fires, and Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather.  I wanted something shimmery today, and I think my choices work pretty well together.  That was a chore, let me tell you!  I have surprisingly few shimmer polishes in fall colors that work well together.




(And here’s one with flash, just to see the shimmer a bit more.)


So, the verdict…The accent nail is kind of weird, but I actually like it.  It looks better in person than in the photos though, unfortunately.  And I’m really glad that I did go for shimmers, because I don’t think the effect would have been as nice with flat cremes/jellies. 🙂

Tomorrow is the last day of this month’s challenge, and we’re ending it with traditional Thanksgiving images!