40 Great Nail Art Ideas – Geek

Well I suppose these are called “challenges” for a reason. I had an idea I thought was great for these, but the execution killed me! They turned out alright, but oy, they were a headache.

So a while back I planned to redesign the look of my blog with a kind of “retro science” theme (Jeanettically, get it?) and I asked my chemist sister to make me some images of the main chemical building blocks of nail polish. That redesign never came to be, but I’m now somewhat familiar with the chemical structure of acetone, nitrocellulose, ethyl acetate, and dibutyl phthalate!

So these were round one. Actually, round two, I first tried with a regular tipped sharpie, but it was kind of old and the lines were too thick and sloppy, so I had to go out and buy some fine tipped sharpies. Which, given that until Sunday I was carless, took me a while. Seriously, I’ve been attempting this manicure for weeks now. Anyway, I acquired the fine tipped ones and tried again. Took this shot before putting on topcoat, which was a good thing, because my seche vite is thick and gloppy and streaked the HECK out of it. My index finger is dibutyl phthalate, which is a plasticizer in polish. It’s banned in the EU, but it’s a cute molecule and fun to draw, so I kept it. My middle and ring fingers are both parts of the nitrocellulose molecule, also pretty standard in making nail polish. That’s a fun molecule, the cellulose part means it can pretty much create chains with itself forever (assuming I understood my sister’s explanation correctly). My pinkie contains a mix of ethyl acetate which the nitrocellulose is often dissolved in, and acetone, which of course I’m sure everyone is familiar with.

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So I tried again, using my HK Girl topcoat. Better, but that dibutyl phthalate smeared still. The middle nails don’t have topcoat yet. And again, I’m glad I took a picture, because…

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Once again, the application of topcoat smeared the sharpie. I gave it quite a while to dry! But at this point, as my fourth try (I re did each nail at least once while trying to get this final shot) I was finished. I also attempted homemade decals, so I suppose I can count this as my fifth try? The decals worked well, but the ink expanded and blurred before I could even attempt to topcoat it.

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I don’t think I’ll be using a sharpie for nail art again. He’s a picture of the view of Capitol Lake in Olympia, WA from my apartment to distract you from this trainwreck of a manicure. Oh well, next time will be better! I’m still happy with the idea!

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Enjoy the other ladies’ geek manicures! There are certainly some creative ones!

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas – Hobbies

So I’m taking part in another weekly challenge for the next year. Well, actually every other week for me, so I’m hoping I can a) stay commited and b) that it will kickstart my blogging again! It’s been a while, so I might need to just do a wrap up post sometime soon, totaling the last 8 months or so for me. They were a doozy.

Anyway, the biweekly girls in the challenge had the choice between either colors and patterns as their prompt, or themes as their prompt! I chose themes, because I always love the challenge of coming up with something creative and different.

This week was hobbies! Hobbies?!? How can I pick just one!?!? Nail art is a big hobby of mine, but that felt a little obviouse for my taste, knitting and building/refinishing would both be best represented with stamps as supporting players and I do not have access to those right now, since I just moved across the country (story for another day). However, in the last few months I picked up the hobby of soap making and I LOVE IT. I’m trying to start an etsy business on the side. It’s closed now, RE: the move, but I’m hoping to get it up and running again soon! Have a huge batch of pumpkin pie soap that is way too seasonally appropriate to not share!

So soap! I kept it simple and did bubbles. Basically a rehash of my rubber ducky manicure, which was one of my favorites of all time. I kept it simpler in the color scheme (they’re SOPHISTICATED BUBBLES, can’t you tell?), but I also threw in some glitter #alwaysagoodchoice.

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Oh, China Glaze Fairy Dust, you make everything magical and better.

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I’m in a little furnished apartment temporarily right now. I tried the bathroom lighting as well as the GIANT windows and despite how cloudy it was, I think the window photos won! (First and last)

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And a few silver holo bubbles for good measure. Darling Diva Polish. Her stuff is AMAZING guys, check it out. If it had been sunny, man that silver would have rocked your world, I promise.

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Enjoy the other ladies’ manicures!

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EKG nails: Valentine’s Day

Man, I am terrible at getting holiday nails up in time! I always do a decent job of painting them, and even photographing them on time, but blogging them? Not so much. This time I at least posted them on Instagram, so that’s probably the best way to keep up with the nails I do, if you’re so inclined.

I’d seen a few Valentine nails with an EKG theme, and I loved them all. I love the simplicity, but still the romantic implication, but with a geeky undertone. Of course, I wanted to use some of my new holographic polishes I bought myself for Christmas, and I had a black that was PERFECT.

Of course, it’s winter now, and 9 times out of 10 the sun is not out and taking photos of a holographic nail polish is disappointment incarnate. I love my lighting set-up for most manicures, but it just can’t get the magic of a holo! But in good news, I figured out how to make my flash do it! Before I had only tried with the flash on my iPhone, which did not work at all, but this time I used my actual camera, and they are beautiful. Behold:

I’ve mentioned Chirality before and I still love her polishes. She does an AWESOME job at producing unique colors as holographic, for example some fun muted tones. And of course, a wonderful black holo, definitely one of my favorite nail polishes. This is called Soska, and I love it. And in looking up the link to add to this page, I see she has a new set, called “El Amor de Mi Vida“, which I personally think is TO DIE FOR. I love it. More holographic polishes in muted tones. So beautiful.

There is not much more I have to say about these, so just enjoy the pretty sparkles!