Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mani Thursdays 3: Watercolor Nails

Hi everyone!

Thursday has come again, and for this Mani Thursday I’ve decided to do watercolor nails! I used the method with acetone; the plastic-wrap method didn’t work so great for me.  Basically, you just put dots of nail polish on your nail (painted with a base coat, base color, and top coat) and use a brush wetted with acetone to make the polish watercolor-y (rebecca likes nails has a nice tutorial). A lot of people doing this tutorial used bright colors, but I prefer a more pastel, laid-back blue-green look.

2013-08-08 MT3 Watercolor nails closeup

2013-08-08 MT3 Watercolor nails

I used: Sally Hansen White On (white) & Mint Sorbet (pale green); Sephora by O.P.I. Read My Palm (darker green); and Jin Soon Blue Iris (blue).

Well, that’s it for today!  What should I do for the next mani Thursday? I hope my striping tape arrives by then 🙂

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China Glaze Golden Meringue

Hi!

Recently, I purchased my first China Glaze polish! It’s Golden Meringue, which is a sheer polish with a barely-there-under-some-lights golden shimmer. It looks really nice in the bottle, but not so great on my nails. (the first picture is not realistic. The second picture is what it actually looks like – really yellowish).

2013-08-07 CG Meringue swatches 1

2013-08-07 CG Meringue swatches 2

That weird ring finger thing is an idea I got from Begone, Gluten! It seems like it would work with some sheer polishes, but this one I applied pretty badly and it looked really clumpy over the white base (Sally Hansen White On, of course).  Ugh.

I don’t think I’ll be wearing this polish much, but maybe it’ll have second life as a toe color? At least it was only $2.99…

– Rover

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Argyle Nails

Today (actually yesterday) Buddy came over and let me do her nails! I tried argyle nails with my new brushes. They came out all right, not the best, but passable (it took FOREVER though!)Image 

ImageI used: Sally Hansen White On (white) and Mint Sorbet (light green); Jin Soon Blue Iris (dark blue) and Poppy Blue (light blue); and Sephora by O.P.I. Read my Palm (dark green).

This design is pretty self-explanatory, but Cutepolish has a great tutorial on it.

– Rover 

 

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WordPress vs. Blogger? And Our New Blog

Hi! So here’s the sacrilegious post that’s been in the works for a little while, but that I never got around to writing until now.

WordPress versus Blogger? Which one is a better blogging platform? I’ve started a new blog — just about nail art — on Blogger. And this blog is (duh!) on WordPress.

I’ll admit, Blogger has a better interface. It’s faster to load, and you have a lot more control over what your blog looks like/what goes on it. There are a LOT of people who can follow your blog through Google Friend Connect (a feature found purely on Blogger). On the other hand, there’s no equivalent of the “Topic” reader thing on WordPress (it has a name, I guess, but I don’t know what it is). On Blogger, you can look at a certain category, but only the MOST POPULAR blogs in that category are shown, not the most recent posts. Which means it’s really, really hard to get yourself “discovered”. I think I’ll end up having to go comment/follow a LOT of people’s blogs to get myself noticed, at all.

But oh, well. I’ll just have to see how the two blogs do (and if you’re following the blog for its nail art, check out the new Blogger blog — it’s purely about nail art and there’s more detailed stuff!).

– Rover

P.S. Sorry for not posting as frequently — flute, soccer, SAT prep, blah. Now I’m turning into Buddy (oh nooo! I mean, no offense, Buddy 🙂 )

EDIT: I forgot about AdSense — you can’t put ads on WordPress blogs easily, but AdSense is free and easy to manage. Although I haven’t put ads on my Blogger blog, it seems a little… arrogant?

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Mani Thursdays 2: Galaxy Nails

Hi! So… Thursday has rolled around again, and I’ve done galaxy nails! Not much to say about these. Plus, I’ve posted a tutorial here (GASP! On my other blog!). 

ImageImageI used Sally Hansen White Out; Deborah Lippmann Invincible, I Fought the Law, and Twilight Tone; Jin Soon Coral Peony; and Funky Fingers Mood Ring. Hope you like!

– Rover

 

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