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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!

Hippocampal Neurons

I had another scientific conference to go to, which mean more nerdy neuron-themed nails! Sadly, only two people even noticed them, but my talk went over well so I suppose I don’t feel too bad :-p


What you see here are hippocampal neurons (which is to say neurons that live in the hippocampus in the brain, the places where memories are encoded). They have a very well described look to them…smallish cell bodies with long axons and dendrites.


This particular design was inspired by PhD Nails with a little of my own flair! She used a stamp which I don’t have, so I free-handed everything. The red dots are synaptic markers, which I don’t study but no one wants to see little tiny transferrin receptors!


I meant to turn the cell body blue (DAPI, which is blue, is commonly used to stain the nucleus of cells) but I completely forgot. Oops!

~ Black: Zoya – Storm
~ Green: Essie – The More The Merrier
~ Dark green: Sinful Colors – Exotic Green
~ Red: City Color – Red


Hope you enjoyed some neuron time! Tomorrow we go back to regular nail art.

Sonic the Hedgehog

*Hums Sonic theme* Today we get nerdy nails! Sonic the Hedgehog (and rings, as are appropriate).


This mani was inspired by badgirlnails. I want to absorb her awesome mani powers.


I learned something new during this though! Did you know Sonic’s eyes are green? Because I didn’t I googled him though and they totally are! It looks a bit odd actually, but I am going for realism (well, cartoon realism…) so I did it!


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Blue: Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Gold: Sally Hansen – Go for Gold
~ Green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Nude: Zoya – Charlotte


Go play some puzzle-based video games :-D. Hope you enjoyed!


Nerdy time! We have binary AND motherboards. Both of these stamps are from the same stamping plate…the only one I bought from the 2013 Create-Your-Own set because it is wonderfully dorky!


I meant to use all of the same stamp, but I got distracted and ended up doing this instead. I am going to have to do each of these stamps on their own at some point…all circuit boards and matrix-like!


I am also a bit annoyed that my stamps are STILL not straight. I was convinced for a while that I needed a rectangular stamper to make sure things lined up right…but now there are these new see-through jelly stampers and I just went and ordered one! I don’t know when it will get here (its coming from Europe) but I am incredibly excited to see exactly where my stamp is going!!


~ Green: Zoya – Verechuka
~ Gold: Essie – Good as Gold
~ Stamp: BM – 415


So, odd stamping aside, enjoy the nerdiness!


Finally, the second Star Wars mani! After the first one took so long (it was totally worth it) I decided to so something a bit simpler on my other hand. Lightsabers!


The design was inspired by Moustachemanis. I thought it was both easy and clever!


I started with a base of whatever color I wanted the lightsaber to be. Once that was dry, I added thick striping tape and painted black holo polish over it, and then removed the tape. The details of the lightsaber handle were added  by hand once the black had dried somewhat.


I also had to figure out how I wanted to do Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. I think (after having seen the movie) that the red laser crossbars on my thumb are certainly too long, but I like it anyway.


~ Green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Teal: Zoya – Rocky
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur
~ Grey: WOW – #301
~ Black: Zoya – Storm


Hope you enjoyed! A winter-appropriate mani is on its way for tomorrow. 🙂

The Droids You’re Looking For

Wheeeee Star Wars!! I went ahead and put together two manis (one for each hand) for the premier of the new Star Wars movies. My boyfriend is more-or-less the ultimate fan, so I felt like I had to!


Today we have the more complicated (aka awesome) manicure: all the droids! I have done C3P0 and R2D2 before (you can find them here and here with tutorials for each), but I hadn’t done BB-8, and I couldn’t find any good BB-8 manis online so I just went with it! I like it.


The idea to just use space as the background for the remaining two nails came from Nailasaurus, cause she has a whole bunch of Star Wars manis and I liked the composition of this one! Although C3P0 looks a little sad on such tiny nails :-p


I am not going to bother listing all the polishes I used here. There were a lot. Galaxy manis alone involve a lot. Striping tape was used to create the lip line for C3P0, and the head-to-body delineation for both BB-8 and R2D2. Other than that, everything was free-handed.


Hope you enjoyed! And go watch Star Wars :-D. The characters are great, even if the story isn’t new.


I was wracking my brain for thoughts of what to do for the “supernatural” theme. Unicorn? Pegasus? Dragons! And then it came to me…superheros! So I started browsing the internet, and came upon the truly fantastic mani by The Nailasaurus and just went with it! I happened to cut my nails fairly short right before doing this, so getting inspiration from the queen of short nail art was perfect!


I am actually impressed with myself. Interestingly enough, the hardest nail was the Captain America one…drawing stars on nails is freaking difficult!! Second hardest was the SHIELD logo (no surprises there). Black Widow and Thor were downright easy 😀


In case you are unfamiliar with the Avengers movies (which please go watch them, they are actually really awesome. Except Thor 2, which was rather pathetic), I will go through each nail/character! From pinky to thumb we have the Black Widow (the only female in the Avengers and a total badass), Captain America, SHIELD (aka one-eyed Samuel L Jackson), Iron Man, and Thor.


~ Light red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark red: OPI – All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)
~ Metallic red: Covergirl – Forever Festive
~ Dark blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim
~ Light blue: Zoya – Rocky
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ White: Mentality – White Opaque
~ Gold: Revlon – Hypnotize
~ Silver: A England – Excalibur


I don’t even like the gold I used here, it is super yellow-toned, but it totally worked as an Iron Man faceplate! Win. I am thinking of making a whole separate page for nerdy nail art…then again, I am also thinking of completely changing the look of the blog. We’ll see if either idea goes anywhere! Hope you enjoyed 🙂


…I also somehow forgot that today was my 3-year-blogging-anniversary. Wow. I guess I’ll be having a giveaway after the 31 Day Challenge ends!



Today’s prompt was “song” but I decided to go with “musical” instead, because there are too many songs and I gave up trying to pick one to turn into a mani! That being said, I am (back) on a Les Mis kick (best musical ever) and wanted to paint at Les Mis mani but decided a French flag was dumb, so we get one of the many other musicals I love, Wicked!


I have to say, the lighting in Defying Gravity is one of my two favorite light-induced moments in musicals ever (the other being Mirror Blue Night in Spring Awakening), but its easy to come up with something fairly straightforward to paint that is Wicked-related, so here we go!


The inspiration came from a mani by Brit Nails, which was a great (and fast) idea to do most nails as a gradient! And since Elphaba is infinitely cooler than Glinda, there is no white-and-pink here.


~ Green: Salon Perfect – Loopy Lime
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Dark red: OPI – Visions of Love
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Black/white glitter: Maybelline – Clearly Spotted


Simple yet awesome! And no I have “no one mourns the wicked” stuck in my head. Song accomplished! Enjoy!


Moon, Waxing

I almost posted this for yesterdays Half Moon prompt, but decided not to. Instead, it is going up for Galaxy day! Because plain old galaxy manis are too easy.


I actually started this with a light grey base, then saran-wrapped on white and darker grey before outlining the whole thing in black and covering the rest with a black holographic polish. It worked!


The design was inspired by banicured_ who was in turn apparently inspired by aliciatnails, whose moons are farrrr more impressive than mine!


~ Light grey: Maybelline – Bare Escape
~ Dark grey: WOW – #333
~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Black holo: Zoya – Storm


Hope you enjoyed! I have no idea what the moon is up to tonight, but now I am curious 😀


Golden Daleks

My original prompt for half-moon day was a total flop. I tried to make a cute floral half-moon mani and just kept…adding stuff. I think I’m going to do a few days of “fails” after the 31 day challenge ends, and you’ll see it then. However, the awkward half-moons of sadness looked like someone barfed easter onto daleks, so instead I went ahead and made real daleks!


The base color is a silvery-gold holographic polish from Sparkly Vernis called Gilded Lemon Drops. When Llarowe had its closing-up-shop sale in August, I picked up three polishes, and this was one of them. It covered nicely in two thin coats, and has a cool golden-yellow sheen in indirect light, plus a fairly strong holo flame in direct light. It is an almost silver gold, and I really like it!



Once Gilded Lemon Drops was dry, I added thin curvy lines in black (Sinful Colors – Black on Black) to make half-moons. See, it totally fits the prompt! I then added a somewhat thick layer of top coat and placed a blue rhinestone and small golden studs all over my nails. My thumb got an Emily de Molly stamp from plate 03, and then some 3D additions just for fun. I didn’t want to make the world’s fattest dalek!



I am somewhat glad we are over halfway done with this challenge…its getting challenging (ha!) to change my nails so fast!


So, nerdy half-moon mani it is! I hope you enjoyed 🙂 Tomorrow’s is also fun and moderately nerdy 😀


Monsters Inc

I wanted to re-watch Monsters Inc, and then I did this instead. Still works! This mani was inspired by pikapolish. What I have learned from this though is that fat monsters should not go on skinny nails!


Mike looks a bit emaciated. Oops! I do LOVE the gradient though, and I am pretty proud of my thumb logo! I need to use the gradient again for a stamp or some such.


~ White: Salon Perfect – Sugar Cube
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Purple: Zoya – Malia
~ Dark blue: Zoya – Ling
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy
~ Teal: Zoya – Rocky
~ Green: Essie – The More The Merrier


I’ve seen versions of this mani using blue flocking powder, and it looks really cool. Then again, washing hands while wearing flocking powder is a pain in the butt, and I think I’ve only worn my black one once. Maybe.


Hope you enjoyed! Less nerdy nails tomorrow :-p


Princess day! Inspired by Chalkboard Nails which is to say I wanted to do Princess Peach and hers were the best ones I could find to work with.


I started with a nude base, using one of the other new (old, on sale) Sephora X polishes I picked up a few weeks ago. This one is called Marvelous. While the color is very pretty, it is also incredibly sheer! If you have pretty nails and want to go for a simple french, this would be a great polish. However, my nails are a bit of a mess (read: stained) and it took 4 coats to reach the opacity you see here. It wasn’t even 100% opaque! I gave up anyway because my nails were getting thick.


I am not going to list all the polishes I used, partially because I don’t think it matters specifically, and partially because I’m not 100% sure on some of them!



Anyway, we have Toad (pinky), Princess Peach (ring), Mario (middle), Luigi (pointer), and a very sad looking Bowser (thumb) that we are going to ignore. The only Mario game I actually play is Mariokart, but I always play as Peach so this seems fair!


Hope you enjoyed! I should warn you…this ends the prompts I did even remotely well. I don’t even have anything for Thursday (inspired by your bag? Really? My purse is black. No thank you and I am tired of 31 days without break).


I told myself I wasn’t going to plan designs around the OMD Challenge, and apparently I lied. I actually have products I need to review that I am putting off! That being said, today’s prompt was “book” and I could not resist trying my hand at a Dune manicure.


Dune is a sci-fi series (although the first of the series, Dune, is the best). I was going to do a plot summary here, but honestly, that would be spoilers. Suffice to say that if you haven’t read Dune and you like great literature, dystopian futures, or sci-fi in general, go do it. The book is fantastic.


I used a whole bunch of polish in this mani, so lets see if I can remember them all…

~ Light orange: Maybelline – Bleached in Peach
~ Orange: NYC – Sunny Side Up
~ Light grey: Maybelline – Bare Escape
~ Medium light grey: NYC – Sidewalkers
~ Grey: WOW – #333
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Copper: Pure Ice – Magic
~ Copper glitter: butter LONDON – Brown Sugar
~ Olive: Cult Nails – In a Trance
~ Olive glitter: butter LONDON – Wallis
~ Blue: Zoya – Yummy


Good grief. Lots of colors. The moon on my ring finger came out alright, but the worm on my middle finger is…hard to identify. To be fair, it is hard to paint a cylinder-with-teeth!


Hope you enjoyed! Desert planet done 🙂

Power Rangers

Nerdy nail art time! I found a Power Rangers design by I Dream of Lacquer and decided I needed to use it. I do wish I had waited a week…I just got a shipment of zig-zag decals from KBShimmer and they would have been super useful here!


I went ahead and did all the rangers except the black ranger, because black is a rather boring color. I’m pretty excited! I had to hand-cut the tape for the diamond patterns, so it isn’t perfect.


~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
~ Pink: Sinful Colors – Endless Pink
~ Green: Zoya – Shawn
~ Red: Pure Ice – Siren
~ Yellow: WOW – #301
~ Blue: Maybelline – Midnight Swim


So, which was your favorite ranger? I’m honestly not sure I remember enough of the show to pick one! A new mini-movie created by fans just came out (its on youtube) and its dark and gritty and wonderful, so that’s how I ended up here!


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!

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