10 Things To Look For In A Nail Salon

I used to enjoy trips to a nail salon until my favorite one closed almost 10 years ago. Since then, I have been searching for a new happy place and failed. So I learned how to take care of my nails. I have been cleaning my own nails since I started painting nail art. But, from time to time, I still visit nail salons in hope that I'll find a good one I can regularly go back to. It's different when a professional does it for you, right?

There are so many nail salons here in Manila and believe me, I have tried a lot of them. In the end, I get disappointed with the quality of service. There came a point that I only get a foot spa and pedicure. It has been a long time since I let anyone polish my nails. Some people may say that I have high expectations. Before, I used to think that I do. But then again, as a client, aren't we entitled to get quality service for our money?

Nail Art: Night-y Night

I've done nail art designs that I am not so proud of mainly because I didn't get the results that I expected. This is one of those. More on that later.

I have been wanting to create a night scene inspired nail art for quite a long time and finally decided to do one. I figured it was one design that I "needed" to do because I consider myself a nocturnal person. I am most productive at night. If I had my way, I will always do nail art in the evening or should I say, in the wee hours of the morning?

So without further ado:

Night-y Night Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: for the Depression Awareness Campaign

I am participating in a project started by nailsandpolkadots on instagram. She sent out an invitation to post a green manicure today, Sunday (August 17, 2014) to help spread awareness on depression. Green is the ribbon color of the Depression Awareness campaign.

There's nothing fancy with my green mani except for the sparkles. Here it is:

Nail Art for the Depression Awareness Campaign by Simply Rins

Nail Art: Peter Pan (A Tribute to Robin Williams)

I am a fan of actor Robin Williams. I love a lot of his films. I join the millions of people who are saddened by his death last August 11, 2014. As a way of remembering him for all the great movies he has done and the life he lived, I did a simple Peter Pan nail art in his honor.

I decided to use his character in his 1991 movie, Hook. He played an adult Peter Pan in the fantasy film. It's one of my favorite movies of his, including Bicentennial Man, Dead Poets Society, Aladdin, What Dreams May Come, and Patch Adams. He truly is a remarkable actor and he will be greatly missed.

Here's the nail art:

Peter Pan (A Tribute to Robin Williams) Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: A Leaf Per Nail

Do you have a nail art bucket list? I do! One of which is to paint leaves. I know, it may sound simple. But somehow, I never got around it until a few days back. And I did so by accident because initially, all I wanted was to paint using a gray and apple green combo. The idea was just to use circles and just work with those colors. But as I started painting with the green color, my brush slipped. I was about to erase it when the thought of painting leaves suddenly popped. Why not?!

So ladies and gents, behold my "A Leaf Per Nail" design:

A Leaf Per Nail Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art Tutorial: Looks Like Porcelain

I received a few requests to create a tutorial for one of my previous nail art designs -- the Porcelain Look. I finally got the chance to do it. But instead of doing the exact design, I decided to create something different that gives the same look. To those that asked me for the nail art tutorial, I hope you wouldn't mind that I did an alternative. :)

So let's take a look first at the outcome:

Looks Like Porcelain Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Acrylic Paints and Nail Art Brushes Set from Born Pretty

Even though I have been doing nail art for years, I am constantly looking for a good set of acrylic paints and nail art brushes. I have tried a lot of brands, locally and internationally. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a good set of nail art tools, especially if you are a nail art beginner. One can get easily get discouragde with a bad set of paints and brushes. But never give up on finding that set that will work for you. And to help you with the search, I'd like to share with you another set of acrylic paints and brushes that I personally recommend. Its from Born Pretty Store and it was bundled like so:

Acrylic Paints and Nail Art Brushes from Born Pretty Store

Nail Art Tutorial: Splash of Colors

Grey would be the color of my life right now. But my nails shouldn't be. I need color, and more colors. So for my comeback nail art, I splashed (well, painted actually) colors on my nails and chose a bright color for base. I also changed the shape of my nails to round. I just needed something different. I actually liked it. I was able to grow my nails longer than I normally can with a squoval shape. Let's see how long I can maintain it.

Back to the design, take a peek first:

Splash of Colors Nail Art Design by Simply Rins