Category: Technailogy

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Green Ranger inspired nail art

As a kid who grew up primarily in the ’90s, I remember when the Japanese invasion came into North America with the likes of Sailor Moon, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I only found out later that the shows were dubbed and the Japanese versions were completely different.  Nonetheless, I am still a fan of those English dubs and remakes, and today marks the first Power Rangers film to come out in 10 years.

So to celebrate, I pay homage to my favourite Power Ranger of all time: the Green Ranger.

My toy collection is a strange one: I collect Sailor Moon figures and wands, Breaking Bad paraphernalia, StarCraft merch, and the strangest nook in my collection? My Green Ranger figures, Dragonzord, various Dragon Daggers.  But only the Green Ranger. I remember when Power Rangers was released on Netflix again and I didn’t feel like it was as good as when I had remembered as a kid, but when Twitch streamed all Power Rangers, all the time – there was that special magic being shared with about 68,000 other people on Twitch spamming the chat channel:

  • blblblblblblblblb
  • GREEN GUY
  • GREEN DUDE
  • TOMMY NO
  • WHY IS HE WORKING OUT IN THE ARCADE

Small, little things that might have missed me when I was a kid, now being shared with people of all-ages on the Internet.  Absolutely incredible.


This small scale Dragon Dagger is perfect for nail photos. I may or may not have got it for this sole purpose.  It comes with a sticker book but it didn’t really have to. The sticker book is VERY ’90s, so it runs in the theme.

In either case, if you feel like attempting this insanity and don’t mind being seen in public with Green Ranger nails, here’s how you get this hawt look (I started saying this when I made my first ‘technailogy’ post and now I can’t stop):

  1. Use your favourite base coat and apply one layer to your nails. Let dry.
  2. Apply thin layers of green polish to your nails.  You may need 2-3. Let dry.
  3. Pick your highlight nail for the helmet.  I picked my ring nail as it was cut shorter.
  4. Using a fine nail art brush, paint the black visor on the helmet nail.
  5. With the same brush, use the smallest amount for the helmet dragon’s eyes, nostrils. Clean brush.
  6. Using a fine nail art brush, paint a silver mouth piece.  Clean brush.
  7. Using a fine nail art brush, paint some darker green fine lines to help shape the helmet dragon.  Clean brush.
  8. Using a fine nail art brush, paint white outline around the black visor. Clean brush.
  9. Using a fine nail art brush, paint some tiny teeth along the black visor’s outline.  Clean brush.
  10. Using a fine nail art brush, paint a tiny red dot in the centre. There’s some gold around it, but I left it out.  Clean brush.
  11. Using a fine nail art brush, paint the lip shapes – note that you will need to wipe a lot of excess as a little goes a long way. Clean brush.
  12. Use a gold polish and paint diagonally.  I didn’t really know what I was doing here so feel free to go ham.
  13. Using a fine nail art brush, paint the Green Ranger’s crest’s icons randomly on your nail.  I did a bad job so you should really do better than what I did.
  14. Top off with your favourite top coat and you’re done!

Was it worth it?  Of course it was.

Polishes and materials used:

  • Nails Inc. – Hyde Park
  • Julep – Payton
  • OPI – Jade is the New Black
  • OPI – Black Onyx
  • OPI – Alpine Snow
  • Essie – As Gold as it Gets
  • Essie – No Place Like Chrome
  • Joe Fresh – Cherry
  • Seche Vite top coat
  • Fine nail art brush from Daiso

Pokémon GO: Party Hat Pikachu Inspired Nail Art

Who else here has spent money on Pokémon GO?
*crickets*

Well, in either case – full confession: I have spent REAL money on Pokémon GO in the last week. I finally got my hands on a Pokemon Go Plus. I’ve been using it this week and I’ve been really (yes, really) enjoying it. I’ll be posting my review and first impressions tomorrow but I figured to celebrate, of course I had to do some Pokémon GO inspired nail art…

Pokémon GO is nominated for the Best VR/AR game at the Game Developers Choice Awards 2017. This week we also saw Pokémon Day on February 27th, which marks the anniversary of the original Japanese release of Pokémon Red/Green.

As an ode to Pokémon Day, Pokémon GO has released a bunch of Pikachus wearing party hats into the wild until March 6th.

I’ve attempted to re-create the party animal on my nails… Ironically with a bunch of Poké Balls flying at him. It took me approximately two and a half episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is about an hour in normal people time.

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Ready to get this hawt look?

You might want to queue up your list on Netflix! Here’s how I created my Party Hat Pikachu nail art:

  1. Apply base coat.
  2. Apply a thin layer of light blue, or periwinkle nail paint. Repeat.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Using a white polish, carefully apply 1-3 “ball shapes” to the thumb, index, ring and pinky nail. Ensure that at least one half is opaque and has clean edges.
  5. Using a yellow polish, create a ‘half moon’ shape on the tip, and carefully paint long ear shapes.
  6. Using a fine nail art brush, paint red polish to the “worse” half of the white ball shapes. The shape of the Poke Balls should start to form.
  7. Use a fine point dotting tool to apply white polish to the centre of the Poke Ball.
  8. Use a fine nail art brush to carefully outline, and define the centre shapes of the Poke Balls. This step requires the most patience and a little goes a long way. Do not have too much polish to your brush as this will create uneven linework.
  9. Use a medium point dotting tool with black polish to create Pikachu’s eyes. Feel free to use an image for reference.
  10. Use a medium point dotting tool with red polish to create Pikachu’s blush dots.
  11. To bring Pikachu to life, use a fine point dotting tool with white polish to add eye catch lights to the black dots. (Doesn’t it make a difference?)
  12. Add a small nose by adding the slightest fleck of black paint with a fine nail art brush.
  13. Use a fine nail art brush with a pastel purple to create a triangle shape for Pikachu’s party hat.
  14. Use a medium point dotting tool with pastel turquoise/blue to create the base decor of the party hat, and top of party hat. Again, feel free to use an image for reference.
  15. Use a fine nail art brush to add some pastel pink strokes to the triangle party hat shape for more details.
  16. Use a fine nail art brush with white lacquer to slightly outline the party hat. It’s meant to make the hat pop, not define, so do not worry about the lines being perfectly opaque.
  17. Use a fine nail art brush with black lacquer to outline Pikachu’s head, and lightly outline the party hat. The party hat should look softer than the outlined, defined Pikachu head. Add Pikachu’s ear tips with the same black paint and brush, using a slight angle to separate from the rest of the yellow ear.
  18. Optional: Use a medium point dotting tool to create dots around the Poke Balls, and then use a fine point dotting tool around the medium dots. This is a filler technique and not required.
  19. Let dry and use a healthy amount of a fast dry top coat to seal off your work, and give it a glossy finish. You’re done!  (Was it worth it?)

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Products used:

  • Dotting tool with medium and fine points
  • Fine nail art brush from Daiso
  • Nails Inc. London – Hyde Park Basecoat
  • Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint – Blueberry
  • OPI – Pine Snow
  • OPI – Black Onyx
  • Essie – Where’s My Chauffer
  • Pure Ice – Jail Bait
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Coral Reef
  • Color Club – Almost Famous
  • Joe Fresh – Cherry
  • Seche Vite Top Coat

Stay tuned for my review and first impressions of the Pokemon Go Plus tomorrow!

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Taken from the official Pokemon Go website. My reference image.


Official Pokemon GO website: www.pokemongo.com/en-us
More details on the Pokemon Day event: www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pikachu-parties-in-pokemon-go

Photos: Taken by me with a NikonD700 and Nikon 35mm f/1.8 and makeshift light box

Squanchtendo Inspired Holiday Virtual Reality Nail Art

I didn’t think it could be done but… I did it… My first… “Virtual Reality” inspired nail art. I used the characters from Squanchtendo’s ‘Hanging Out‘ shirt on Zen Monkey Studios and put Santa hats on them, as well as making the headset cords into Christmas lights. (Full confession: before VRMY of DARKNESS, I ran a nail blog. I’m entering this nail art into Nail Polish Canada’s Holiday 2016 Nail Art Contest. Vote for me?)

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Is it stupid?
Yes.
Are they still awesome?
Yes. (Sort of.)

Squanchtendo is Justin Roiland and Tanya Watson’s Virtual Reality Studio. In the last few months, they teamed up with Crows Crows Crows to create Accounting VR – one of my fave VR experiences to date. Think you’re ready to crunch the numbers?

If you’re a Rick and Morty fan, you gotta play Accounting VR. (Like right now.)

(It’s free. Who doesn’t like free?)

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Do you want to get this hawt look?

Here’s how I created this work of art:

  1. Apply base coat.
  2. Paint nails with pale blue/periwinkle polish. Let dry.
  3. Using a white polish, lightly sponge a slight gradient from the base, half way. Let dry.
  4. Using a dotting tool, create small snowy dots. (Don’t go too crazy!) Let dry.
  5. Using two different pastel colours, paint the “shirts” of the guys on the tips.
  6. Using a nude/tan colour, paint the faces.
  7. Using a darker grey colour, paint the two headsets.
  8. Using a red and white colour, paint the Santa hats.
  9. Using the same darker grey for the headset, paint the cord across your nails.
  10. With your patience, steady af hand, and some 90s background music, outline EVERYTHING with the TINIEST brush you can find ever. Not even joking – GET THE TINIEST BRUSH. I started from the headsets, to the Santa hats, to the faces, to the face details (nose, mouth), and then outlining the cords (UGH.)
  11. Using a dotting tool, make light/bulb shaped lights on the cord, and if you are feeling brave enough, you can use the dotting tool for tongue and teeth details on the mouths.
  12. Let everything dry, then apply a thick af top coat of Seche Vite for that extra glossy, smooth finish.

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Products used:

  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • Nail Inc. – The Thames
  • Nail Inc. – Hyde Park Base Coat
  • Color Club – Chelsea Girl
  • Color Club – Nomadic Nude
  • Color Club – Almost Famous
  • Color Club – What a Shock
  • Joe Fresh – Cherry
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Black Out
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Mint Sorbet
  • Essence – If I Were a Boy
  • Fine tip brush (could have been finer…)
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Dotting tool

Happy Holidays from me and my left hand!