Nail Art: Blue Hoo

Please don't hate me. I am struggling with a lot of things lately and it seems like everything is on a downward spiral. But the thing is, my passion to do my nails has a lot to do with the way I feel. A dampened spirit is not such a good motivation for some personal nail art session. Fortunately, I was going to a meeting as a nail art blogger and I didn't want my nails to be bare. And as I uploaded the photos, I realized that I did another blue themed design very similar to the last one I shared. When you are blue, it is inevitable to unconsciously wear blue?

Here it is:

Blue Hoo Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: To Be Blue

A badly broken nail is a sure blow on my spirit. I know that some nail bloggers would agree. It has been more than 2 weeks and although one particular nail is taking forever to grow back to the length I want, it has become decent to be shaped for a nail art. So here I am with an abstract nail design and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you'll like it.

Take a look:

To Be Blue Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: Heart Candies

Happy Valentine's Day!

Having said that to set the mood, let me put it down a little (at least for me) because I broke a nail a few days ago and it's really bad. And today, the days of hearts, my special someone is away and I have been feeling under the weather for days now. But ... I have 3 very sweet cats who haven't been leaving my sick side. The universe really has a way of balancing itself.

Anyway, will not let the day pass without sharing a Valentine's Day nail art. This one is very similar to the Accidental Love. I just painted the hearts a little different.

Heart Candies Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: (OPI) Fifty Shades of Grey

The movie Fifty Shades of Grey is now showing here in my part of the world and I am quite sure that a lot of people have been anticipating its release. OPI came out with a nail polish collection for the movie comprising of 6 shades, 5 of which are greys and a red one to represent passion. Of course, there's a mini polishes box set as well that includes all the colors from the collection.

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey

Showing Your School Pride With Nail Art (UAAP Nail Art)

I missed this newspaper again. I didn't know it was published. Blogging about it now for reference and hoping that no matter how late this is, it can still inspire students to root for their respective schools through nail art.

On December 06, 2014, Saturday, The Philippine Daily Inquirer published 2 more of my UAAP (University Athletics Association of the Philippines) nail art designs. For this issue, they decided to print the tutorial for the University of the East and for the University of the Philippines. The feature appeared on the Lifestyle section of the newspaper.

Here's a digital copy of the nail art tutorial:

Showing Your School Pride With Nail Art by Rina Alcantara

Thank you once again to Philippine Daily Inquirer for featuring my work.

Nail Art: Love Never Fades

I should probably go ahead and admit that this is the corniest title I have given to one of my nail art designs. The truth of the matter is, I really just wanted a name that has the word "fade" in it and connect it to Valentine's. But no matter how corny that title may sound, I do believe in it.

The reason I wanted to incorporate the word "fade" into the title is because it was my inspiration. I love the effect of the watercolor technique on the nails and decided to do it again. It gives a washed out effect and the best thing is, I didn't have to worry about opacity that much. It's fun to do and easy as well.

Here's another take on the technique:

Love Never Fades Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: Accidental Love

In 3 weeks, the whole world will be celebrating Valentine's Day. I am secretly a big fan. Receiving flowers always make my heart skip a beat. I can't remember the last time I got flowers, but I can remember the last time I adorn my nails with florals and hearts to celebrate the day of hearts. I still don't know what Valentine's nail art I'll be actually wearing on the 14th of February. But perhaps I can start sharing with you a few ideas and hopefully you'll get some inspiration for your nails.

Take a look at this:

Accidental Love Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: Fantastical Sponged

Clearly, I can't get enough of Deborah Lippmann Fantastical Collection from 2014. I've already tried water marbling using the set, and now I'd like to share a simple sponge manicure using 3 colors from the collection. This is easier to do than water marble and I think this technique could result to more possibilities.

The one I will be sharing today is the outcome of swiping the sponge once from one side of the nail to the other. Here it is:

Fantastical Sponged Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Deborah Lippmann Fantastical Collection (2014)

Before anything else ... HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

I'll be starting the new year with a swatch and review post of Deborah Lippmann Fantastical Collection 2014. I wanted to publish this before the end of 2014, but I wasn't able to. But if you can remember, I used the collection for a nail art feature which I actually wore during my short vacation. I called it Fantastical New Year 2015.

There are 6 shades in this 2014 Holiday collection and most of them are really sheer. Some are fantastic for layering! Are you ready?

Deborah Lippmann Fantastical Collection (2014)