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Nerds in Love

The second of my Valentine’s Day manis (there will be 5 in total) features something near and dear to my heart: nerd culture. Mostly because I am a nerd. As is my husband (who is as I type this watching youtube videos of people playing various Zelda games…which he has already beaten. Repeatedly).


I wanted to combine two stamps from two different Bundle Monster plates, the nerd culture words (which feature such phrases as ‘trekkie,’ ‘jedi,’ ‘sherlockian,’ ‘whovian,’ ‘potter head,’ ‘sith,’ and my personal favorite ‘browncoats’). The other plate just has 8-bit hearts, much like you might get as lives in older video games.


The base polish here is another of the new polishes that I won from Nail Polish Canada, Blake from the new Zoya collection. I have to say, I don’t know that I would have picked out this polish for myself (it is a dark blue and I already own 6 or so dark blues) but I love it. It is a very deep midnight blue, almost black, which is opaque in two very thin coats. It also has a fine golden shimmer running through it, which makes it even more awesome.


Oddly, in the 21 polishes that I received from the nail art contest, 4 are dark blue! Additionally, 7 are purple. I always figured winter/holiday collections would go heavy on the red and green, but I only received two reds and no greens. Go figure!


~ Blue: Zoya – Blake
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Red: City Color – Masquerade
~ Stamps: BM – 601, 602


Overall, I am pretty darn happy with how this came out! My poor white polish is beginning to truly dry out (and I cannot find it anywhere, my local Rite Aid stopped carrying the full line of Sinful Colors polishes!) so picking up some of the finer lines was…challenging. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed this ode to nerd culture!


***sorry this post is late, my wordpress just broke! I wasn’t able to post this at all on either of my two browsers…apparently only chrome will work. Go figure. Hopefully chrome keeps working so I can keep posting, but it has been a painful day!***

So Jafar? Coolest villain outfit. It’s dark and creepy with lots of gold and red. Also his facial hair is EPIC. That said, it was darn difficult to paint!


Most versions of Jafar that I could find used in nail art were either too simple, too complex (I cannot paint faces) or just boring. So, I mostly made this up!


My pinky is supposed to be Jafar’s body, but since he is super freaky skinny, it mostly just looks like a weird hourglass? My ring finger has his hat, and the beginning of his awesome red feather. The middle finger is supposed to be his snake staff, but my snake-skin stamp was misbehaving. Pointer is the top of Jafar’s outfit and his awesome beard. The thumbs it intended to be a VERY stylized Iago, the obnoxious parrot.

Here, again, I did not write down which polishes I was using as I painted! I can guess at most of them, but I don’t know if it matters. Let me know if there are any ones you are curious about.


Out of all the Disney manis I have geared up and planned, only this one and the 101 Dalmatians one had better heroes/princesses than villains! All the other manis, the villains look a lot better. You can tell where my loyalty lies! Hope you enjoyed!

Organelles of the Cell

So, this bit of nail art is…weird. For my thesis defense, I decided to paint organelles on my nails with their color corresponding to the color I used on the graphs to depict them. Basically, my nails have colored dots of different sizes.


My lysosome graphs were purple, so my pinky has small purple lysosomes. The mitochondria graphs were pink, so thats why the weird folded jellybeans on my ring finger are pink.


Autophagosomes were green, so there are large green circles on my middle finger. Signaling endosomes were coral, so I went with shades of orange on my pointer (I still don’t have a dark orange, so I defaulted to brown for the membrane).


Since I only looked at 4 color-specfic cargo (the others were mixed teal and blue and purple, so that wasn’t going to happen), I just put them altogether in a light blue cell on my thumb!


So right, have some organelles. I know it’s strange, but it was cathartic! Friday’s post ends the week of odd nerdy things, but I promise it is a bit more main-stream than organelles!

Bright Field and Fluorescence

As a celebration of my return to lab (for 3 weeks), this is my PhD defense mani! The idea was great, and honestly, I have NO IDEA why I expected these to look different than they do! Regardless, have some neurons.


When doing microscopy in the lab, I usually focus using the ‘bright field’ light, which turns all my neurons shades of grey on a lighter grey background. Mostly, you just see lots of axons all over the field of view, so I went ahead and painted that! I tried to get a 3D feel using a lighter and darker grey…not sure it worked out.


My neurons, the ones I care about, glow both blue and red…and the red tend to be little dots. So I painted one neuron per nail that is blue with red dots! Some of the nails have cell bodies, which have lots of red dots in them.


That’s about all I can offer by way of explanation. I wanted something that looked like what I was actually showing in my dissertation presentation, so I just pulled out two slides and stuck them together!


Happy PhD to me! Or something. I was officially granted my PhD (more or less) the first week of August, its been a bit fun to introduce myself as a doctor, if the wrong type for the hospital!


Aka Toy Story nails! I know I can do better than this (my proportions are off) but they make me happy, so be it!


I got my inspiration from Trashedandlacquered, but I can’t find the original design! Oops. These are supposed to be the little green alien squeeze toys, but I made both their antennae and ears too big. Maybe I’ll try this again at some point (although I doubt it…) and do it better? I already went back and edited my nails after adding top coat. I really should have looked at a photo first!


Someday (soon?) I’ll do a Pixar and/or Disney nail art marathon. It’ll be great. Any requests? :-p


~ Blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black


That’s all for today! Beware the Claw and make sure you always come in peace 😀

The Matrix

This was inspired by the movie The Matrix, because it is frankly shameful that I haven’t done nail art on it yet! All great movies deserve nail art!


Putting this together was rather hard, because I had to go through and carefully acetone-remove some of the 1’s and 0’s, and hand-color in tiny green rectangles! That being said, my boyfriend just HAD to point out that in The Matrix the falling lines of code were a mix of numbers and letters, not just 1’s and 0’s. I work with what I’ve got!


~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ Stamp: Bundle Monster – 415


As of yesterday afternoon, I officially have a PhD! I am now Dr. Eva.That is a huuuuge load off my back (I slept really well last night) so yay!


Hope you enjoyed!

Circuit Board

Finally, a successful circuit board (motherboard) mani! I tried this a few months ago, on teeny tiny nails and without a clear stamper…and it was something of a disaster. The stamps were crooked, things were mis-placed and transferred poorly…just bad.


This time, however, we have a success! I started with the same base as last time, a deep green matte shimmer (ooh I do love this polish) and then added top coat. Once that was dry, I added the stamp, and then little gold dots.


I was initially going to stamp with gold (as I did the last time I tried this) but I remembered the awesome and significantly more accurate mani that Cathy at More Nail Polish made, and decided to use light green polish as the stamp instead, and as the gold as solder. I dedicate this mani (which is a thing I don’t do) to Cathy, for encouraging me to think outside the stamping box and making a much better mani as a result!


~ Green matte: Zoya – Veruschka
~ Light green: Zoya – Tiana
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – 415


I did add matte top coat for a bit more realism, and I think it was a good choice in the end. Yay for nerdy wonderful manis!

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