Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NCC: Germany!

Hey guys!  Today I'm here with my first mani for the Nail Challenge Collaborative's "Traveling" theme.  In January, I'm going on a study abroad trip to Germany and Belgium, and I'm super excited about it!  I'm going to be gone for 23 days, and we're going to spend them learning about the chemistry of brewing.  Today's mani is based on the Germany leg of that trip.

For Germany we're going to be in Munich, and we'll be looking at Weissbier.  So this hand is focused around those two things!

My thumb is supposed to be Munich, but it didn't turn out so great.... Next to it is the picture I used as reference.

This is the image used for reference for the index and ring fingers.  When I googled "weissbier," Erdinger came up first and a lot, so I worked with that one as I don't really know anything about beer.  I was originally going to have the glass of beer on my index finger, but it was impossible for me to mix a color that looked like that using my polishes, so I put on a larger version of the Erdinger logo.  The ring finger is the "v" on the neck of the bottle.

Index Finger

Ring Finger (my personal favorite)

My middle finger has one of my favorite molecules, ethanol.  It's not my favorite because it's alcohol (I've never actually had alcohol) but because it looks like a balloon animal dog.  I've also included its chemical formula here: C26O

I just freehanded a German flag on my pinkie to finish off the look.

I'm so excited for this trip!!!

Be sure to check out the other ladies' manicures!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July/Happy Birthday Captain America!

Happy birthday Captain America!!! And happy 4th of July!!  Today's post is two parts since I have very different designs on my left and right hands.  My left hand has a very patriotic Captain America themed manicure!

I think most people know Captain America's story, so I'll be quick.  Steve Rogers wanted to fight in WWII, but was too young.  He lied about his age to get into the army even though he was skinny, weak, asthmatic, and had suffered from polio.  He became the subject of a "super soldier" experiment where he was injected with super soldier serum and became the Captain America we all know and love!

My thumb is his shield, my index finger is his military uniform (complete with eagles and "US"s), my middle finger is part of his uniform, my ring finger is the hero himself, and my pinkie is the "A" on his helmet.

These are so fun and so perfect for the 4th of July!  I also have a design on my right hand that took considerably less skill.

This is just a fun fanbrush manicure I did using red white and blue polish.  I topped it off with glitter for a fun festive look!

I hope all my American readers have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Friday, July 3, 2015

NCC: Green Lantern Emotional Light Spectrum

Hey guys!  It's been a busy/rough month so my last post (and the second one, even though I had four planned) for the super heroes theme is very late.  I'm pretty disappointed in myself, but it is what it is.  Today I have the "Emotional Light Spectrum" from the Green Lantern stories.

The Emotional Light Spectrum is a supernatural concept that exists within the DC universe.  In this universe, different colors of light allow one to physically access the powers of their emotion and weaponize it.

Since there are so many colors (10 total if you include the first lantern) I painted both of my hands.  Because of this, I ordered them by the complexity of the design, not color.

My right hand has (in order from thumb to pinkie) is the Yellow, Blue, White, Orange, and Red.

Yellow is the color that represents fear: "In blackest day, in brightest night, Beware your fears made into light, Let those who try to stop what's right Burn like my power Sinestro's might!"

Blue represents hope: "In fearful day, in raging night, With strong hearts full, our souls ignite. When all seems lost in the War of Light, Look to the stars, for hope burns bright!"

White is "Will to Live," and doesn't have a Corps Oath.  It only exists to fight the Black light, and cannot exist without it.  Only one person is able to bear the White light without the Black being present: Kyle Rayner.

Orange represents avarice: "What's mine is mine and mine and mine. And mine and mine and mine! Not yours!"

Red represents rage: "With blood and rage of crimson red, Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead, Together with our hellish hate, We'll burn you all -- that is your fate!"

My left hand (in order from index to pinkie) is Black, Violet, Green and Indigo.

Black is the manifestation of death: "The Blackest Night falls from the skies, The darkness grows as all light dies.  We crave your hearts and your demise, By my black hand, the dead shall rise!"

Violet represents love: "For hearts long lost and full of fright, For those alone in Blackest Night.  Accept our ring and join our fight, Love conquers all with violet light!"

Green is, of course, will power: "In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight.  Let those who worship evil's might Beware my power -- Green Lantern's light!"

Indigo represents compassion: "Tor lorek san, bor nakka mur, Natromo faan tomek wot ur.  Ter Lantern ker lo Abin Sur, Taan lek lek nok -- Formorrow Sur!"

My left thumb has my favorite design of all: Volthoom the First Lantern.  Volthoom is a mysterious being with unknown origins who appeared to the guardians of the universe millennia before the events of the Green Lantern story.   Krona, a rogue and evil guardian uses a machine to look upon creation itself, which caused a huge explosion in which Volthoom appears.  Over the years following this, the guardians discover the light spectrum and use Volthoom to experiment with it.  This causes the spectrum to meld with his physical body.  Because of this, he can use the power of all the lights (except for the white, as he is unworthy).  He is able to reshape time and reality itself, and is able to cause all different possibilities that may have come to be to manifest, and so is able to cause heroes to relive the moments where they failed to serve the ones they love.  He feeds off of the emotions he experiences in them like a parasite, and becomes more powerful with every new set of memories he steals.

Volthoom might not be a good guy, but he sure is pretty, and h e sure does make a pretty nail design!

Make sure to check out the manicures of the ladies who got their designs in on time!

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