Category Archives: Rover’s Posts

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


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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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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Scaly Nails

I know, I know — I’m only supposed to paint my nails once a week. But I just found this picture on my iPod from… hmm, about 2 weeks before I started this blog, which is to say dating from early June. 


It’s a terrible photo. The nails are terribly out of focus but the carpet is perfectly in focus! Frustrating iPod pictures. Argh.

But bad pictures aside, this was a very fun nail design to do. I started with a base coat of orange, did the scale outlines (would they be called scales? not sure) with brown acrylic paint and a toothpick, and then finished filling it in with yellow/purple.

I’m not exactly sure, but I think the nail polishes I used were: Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow, and the orange/purple were these strange nail polishes I bought in China (don’t know what they’re called as I can’t read Chinese characters haha). 

– Rover

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New Sandals (our first non-nails, gardening, cooking, traveling, or origami post)

I never even considered this being a fashion blog, but… well, all the other nail art blogs have a little fashion mixed in, so why can’t we? (just yesterday I was describing everything as “too mainstream”… haha)

So anyways, yesterday I dropped by DSW Shoes (which isn’t even cheap!) and got these:


I wasn’t — and I’m still not — sure if they’re a little too conservative. But whatever. They’re super comfy and match a lot of stuff 🙂 The downside was that they were pretty expensive (around $40… gasp), which was a lot more than I was expecting to pay. But I THINK I’ll wear them a lot, so…

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Mani… Thursdays?

My nails are in bad shape. Their surfaces are peeling a little, and they’re all pale and brittle, the poor things. And that’s not even taking my cuticles into account. The point is, they’ve been treated badly these last few months so I’ve decided to give them a break and only paint them once a week, and also leave them to be their natural selves once in a while. Also, things are getting busier around here (summer soccer practices which Buddy gets to skip because of her Canadian adventures, and flute competitions coming up, etc.) and I won’t be able to keep redoing my nails. Plus I’ve run out of ideas (suggestions are welcome!!) that I can do without special stuff like dotting tools, stripers, etc.

Anyways. Because “Mani Mondays” are too mainstream, I’ve decided to do Mani Thursdays! Today I did a polka dot thing (using a bobby pin! because dotting tools are too mainstream):

MT1 -- Polka Dots final(note the “Kibbles Jr & Nails thing in the corner~ finally got around to experimenting with Photoshop, only to decide that a few simple words in the corner looked the best :P)

MT1 -- Polka Polishes FINAL

And here are the NAIL polishes I used (see what I did there, Buddy).

– Rover

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Sunflowers, At Last

ImageMy sunflowers have flowered! They’re about 4 feet tall (not the 5-6′ height they say on the seed package, the liars) but at least their stalks are thick enough to support the heads this year (last year’s sunflowers were a MESS). Unfortunately, I’m at debate camp for a week, but I got my sister to take a picture for me. My flowers always bloom when I’m gone… maybe they’re trying to tell me something….

Now the problem is the moonflowers and morning glories. Apparently you have to stop watering them for a bit to get them to bloom, but it KEEPS RAINING! They’re quickly turning into bushy sort of things with lots of leaves and they’re trying to climb all over each other (I didn’t space them out well at all) but they still haven’t flowered… we’ll just have to see.

On another note: ahh, debate camp. We’re researching and writing cases on whether “unilateral military force by the United States is justified in preventing nuclear proliferation”. Realization: finding evidence on resolutions like that is very difficult.

– Rover

P.S. Buddy’s posting soon with pictures of her travels from Washington (state) and Canada!


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Beautiful Weeds

I was clearing away the really tall grass that shot up from my garden while I was away, and I found a rather nice-looking weed. It’s a vine, but not a choking vine; it has nice pale purple flowers and a very nice balance of leaves to flowers (unlike a lot of weeds, which may have the occasional nice flower but are mainly huge leafy monsters). It was really a nice-looking weed, so I just left it. I mean, roses are weeds, right? Why aren’t weeds perfectly acceptable? (says the person who was just spraying Roundup on the driveway…)

And then it struck me exactly how mean we humans are. We choose flowers, many times based purely on appearance. We exterminate the native plants and replace them with beds of luxuriant soil, into which we place plants that need to be watered, plants that wouldn’t naturally survive. And when the natives try to reestablish themselves? They’re re-exterminated. It’s like the plant equivalent of colonialism, except the plants the humans support will always win. There isn’t going to be a revolution.
But I still love my sunflowers, I love seeing their bright yellow faces turned towards the furiously strong sunlight despite the fact that those very faces have to be bombarded with chemicals a couple times a week to prevent them from becoming deer food. I guess if the native plants want to keep living, well, they had better develop weaponry to combat the gardened (machine guns, perhaps?) or become prettier.
– Rover

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More Tape Nails

I think tape designs are the easiest to do. Especially when you’re like me and you don’t have ANY nail art brushes! There are so many fantastic designs you can do if you have a striper/dotter/a couple of tiny brushes but sadly I am lacking all of those. I did just order a set, though — but they were only $1 so I’m not entirely sure they’re… real. (I ordered these)

But anyways, until they arrive, I decided to another tape design. The last one was kind of a failure. I guess I didn’t put enough top coat on or something, but the silver metallic part just peeled right off about 15 minutes after I applied the top coat (maybe it didn’t help that I use the cheapest top coat I can find, Sally Hansen Advanced Strengthening No-Chip whatever). I put two layers of top coat on these and I was careful to let them dry completely before doing anything, so hopefully they’ll fare better this time. They have to, because I don’t have time to do anything else before leaving for debate camp on Wednesday!

So here they are:

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And here are the polishes I used (I mean, NAIL polishes, sorry Buddy):

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They’re Deborah Lippmann’s Rolling in the Deep (the dark blue) and Bad Moon Rising (the gray/silver one). I really, really love Bad Moon Rising! It’s so silvery and wonderful and goes great with pretty much any color. I have a bunch of other metallics that I really need to try but I’m going to wait until I get my brushes and try some real nail art on top of them.  So I guess I’ll just have to wait.

– Rover


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Simple Gifts


The base greenish color is Sephora Read my Palm, and the metallic silver is Deborah Lippmann Bad Moon Rising.

It’s been awhile since I’ve redone my nails, and I wanted to do something not-too-time consuming because I want to get a bunch of stuff done before I leave for debate camp on Wednesday (things like learning to code in Ruby, learning a movement of KPE Bach’s Concerto in A Minor, staking my moonflowers, etc.). So I decided on a very simple somewhat-French-tipped tape design! This mani took about 3 minutes to do after I had put on the base color, although that’s partly because I only did one hand. I’m not so sure about this color combination, though… hmm.

– Rover

P.S. I know, my cuticles are in terrible shape. Not exactly sure what to do about that.

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