Pop Art Explosions

So these are the nails that I had in store for you a few weeks ago, and I LOVE them. I love pop art and I have always loved Roy Lichtenstein (and I have even learned how to spell his name without help! With the Tri Polish Challenge theme of primary colors, I knew I’d have a pop art theme in at least one of my manicures for the challenge.

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I took so many pictures of these to try to get a good look at the holographic polish. It is from my first Indie polish purchase, which was very exciting for me!

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I came around to the Chirality Polish website by way of a google image search for “kale nails.” I was looking for inspiration for a manicure to support the debut of a website I helped a friend of mine make (more on that later) and Chiralty sells a beautiful dark green holographic called Kale so the photo popped up in the search results. The dark green was so unique of a color for a holo polish, so between that and some fun crelly glitters, I was pretty hooked. I hope to make a full post of my haul soon!

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I chose the color ED-209 for the silver base between the two silvers I bought from Chirality, because the computer theme made me think geeky, which made me think comic book, which was the vibe I was trying to capture with these nails. The owner of the store, according to her bio and the name of her brand, (I had to look up what Chirality meant, and it was well worth it), is a bit of a nerd. I love when I come across similarly-minded people on the internet! Nail polish freaks who also are into science! She writes intricate stories for each of her polishes which I do find weird, but in a really cool way. The plot of this polish’s story was based on destroying a robot-spider-supercomputer. Doesn’t really get much more nerdy comic book than that!

Now ED-209 isn’t the most brilliant holo polish I have encountered, but it made a PERFECT base for this manicure. I’m excited to eventually use all the other colors I bought, besides the green holo I have this stunning blue holo and a black holo, as well as assorted crellies with large and interesting glitter.

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Besides the silver, I used my Barry M nail art pen for the black outlines (a special gift from a friend who visited the UK, although you can order them online from the US, I feel much more important since mine was imported special for me) and the polishes I always use when I want my bluest blue, my reddest red, and my most yellow yellow. I’d tell you what they are, but they have since been packed for my move in a week. ACK I’m moving in a week!
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Check out the links below for the other ladies’ renditions of this final week of red, blue and yellow TPC!

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Smiley Faces

So I had an awesome manicure planned for day 2 of August’s Tri-Polish Challenge, but I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it turn out well, so I did another one as backup, planning to use the second manicure next week, since this is due to be a busy weekend. Both manicures turned out great, but it’s pouring today and the original manicure was on a holo base which REALLY needs sun to photograph well. So I guess I’ll be switching the weeks! This manicure only has two of the 3 colors, blue and yellow, but I like how I used them! Smiley faces are such a simple, but clear indication of happiness, and to be honest, I’m a major emoji addict. Fun fact, I recently read an article about how our brains now perceive emojis and emoticons in the same processing centers in our brain that we perceive faces. Isn’t that RAD? 20 years ago, the same smattering of characters would not have done that in our brains :) It’s crazy! I added smileys in a few layers of dots of different yellows, much like my rubber duck nails, to get that overlapping look.

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So that’s the first set of smileys. They’re pretty wonky, in a half cute, half horrifying way… But I kind of like them!

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Here is the second layer. Still wonky, but a little better, as I was learning what strokes worked and what didn’t. Apparently much better, since iPhoto decided it recognized my smileys at people I should tag in some of the photos…

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I thought this was hilarious. Oh facial recognition software. It did it more in the low-light pictures, so I’m sure the software is calibrated to be more sensitive in finding faces in pictures in low light. IMG_2800

Last layer!

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I think overall they turned out pretty darn cute! I kinda like their specialness. Oooooh this has inspired me to want to use this scheme to do a manicure of lego people. I LOVE this red, blue and yellow color scheme!!!!

Check out the other ladies’ manicures below!

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Rubber Duckies

So I have been part of a nail polish community on Facebook for about a year now and in that time, I have yet to participate in their central challenge, the Tri-Polish challenge. The idea is that a trio of colors is picked each month and your manicures should consist of those three colors. Black, white, silver and gold are also allowed to create the design. It used to be that you used the same 3 polishes all month, but this year they changed the theme to just sticking to the three colors each month, which as a nail polish hoarder, I much prefer.

Anyway, so the colors this month are red, yellow and blue, and I KNEW I could not turn that down. With such a simple combination, I figured I MUST have SOMETHING in the vault for the first day, too, since I did not plan ahead here. Turns out I have quite a few blue, yellow and PINK manicures, but not so many with red. BUT I ended up stumbling on this one which fits the three colors perfectly, and is adorable to boot!

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The idea for these came from two places. One, the month I did these, I was hard-x-core into dotticures and I had in my head that I could make some pretty nice bubbles using concentric dots (bringing geometry terms back, here). Two, one of my coworkers is extremely obsessed with rubber ducks and they are all over the office. I will frequently walk into scenes like this in our lobby:

photo (1) In case you are unclear, that is a Ringtail lemur with a nyan cat bowtie playing with a handheld video game while two rubber duckies watch. I don’t know what game was in there, this was a long time ago.

Now, as a side note here, that rubber ducky obsession is not completely random. In software engineering, we have an “informal debugging technique” called “Rubber Duck Debugging.” The idea is, when you are having a problem with your code, you should stop and try explaining how it works line by line to a rubber duck. When you get to the line you can’t explain, that is more than likely your problem. Hence the  rubber ducks scattered around a software company’s office.

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These were pretty time consuming because getting a good overlapped look took quite a few layers, but since each layer dried almost instantly, it evened out in the end. It is definitely a pattern I could see myself using again in different colors.

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And unexpectedly, these fit perfectly in the Tri-polish challenge! Hooray!

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Summer Fireflies

Warning, this post is super pic heavy! I had a very hard time deciding which photos I liked best and thus ended up liking too many.

Nail Polish Canada is having a Summer Nail Art Challenge that involves prizes and stuff and I decided to participate! Make sure to check out the link and vote for your favorite. (Of course I’m hoping you’ll choose me, but tons of talented artists participate in these so it will be a tricky decision!) I had a few summer manicures up my sleeve that I haven’t posted yet, but when this idea came to mind, I knew it was “the one.” Fireflies! Nothing represents the beginning of summer quite like those first fireflies that appear when it starts getting warm. I didn’t see a firefly in real life until I was 13, but even then I understood their iconic meaning. I’m hoping you’re allowed more than one entry, because I also have a beach-y manicure I am quite proud of.

First I sponged a night sky gradient, much like my Stormy Night manicure from June. Then I used a more casual version of the “waterfall” technique that I learned from Chalkboard Nails to make the grass. My favorite part of the grass is the new holographic polish I just bought from Chirality Polish. It’s called Kale and I LOVE it. This was my first indie polish purchase and I’ll have to do a haul post next. She has some really interesting glitters in a chunky base and I’m pretty excited to use ALL of them. Although as fun as glitters are, I always go back to my trusty nail art. Perhaps I need to get better about skittles so I can incorporate both!  
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Added some yellow pearls for a sort of 3d element that makes me think of glowing.
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The hardest part of this manicure for me was choosing the 3D element. I wanted rhinestones for their sparkle, but the only rhinestones I had in the color I liked felt too big and the wrong shape. I used them on my right hand, and honestly, even though I had my doubts about them, I actually ended up liking my right hand much better!!
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I love how the polish kind of represents the fireflies that are further away and glow, and the rhinestones are the fireflies that light up much closer to you and blink brilliantly.
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Sorry for all the pictures, I just can’t handle how much I like this manicure! summer grass firefly nails
Also sorry for my messy cuticles! Taking photos of my right hand was kind of an impulse decision while I was at work so I did not clean them up quite as nicely the night before. However, this also means I have photos I took in direct sunlight and you can see the brilliance of the holographic Kale a little better.
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Of course, the fireflies glow, but I won’t be able to get a picture of that until I find my blacklight!

Don’t forget to check out the other manicures and vote!