Insights of a Nail Art Blogger After the First Professional Blogging Summit

I have been blogging for about 4 years and I rarely attend blogger events. First, because I almost always feel out of place. Second, I always have to deal with the questioning faces of people when they find out that I blog about nails. You see, there are only a few (I know only a handful) of nail art bloggers here in the Philippines and for a time, it was hard explaining to people why I actually chose to blog about nails. But all these challenges never stopped me from sharing my art online in hope that I could inspire people, make a significant mark, and improve the way some people think about nail art blogging.

I am proud of how my blog grew through the years, mostly of how I grew as a blogger. But I know there are always new things to learn. So I registered to the first Professional Blogging Summit that happened last October 18, 2014 in Makati City.

First Professional Blogging Summit 2014

Nail Art: The Return of Black Cats Galore

I was suppose to post this the other day, but a project came and had to put it on hold. It's my 6th Halloween nail art design for this year. This is a recreation I have been meaning to do that somehow didn't push through until this week.

Do you still remember Black Cats Galore Nail Art from my 2012 Halloween series? Well, this was also inspired by black cats with minor details added. I've only used cats as inspiration during Halloween. It has been (and still is) one of my nail designs often shared, recreated, and infringed. And this year, these cats inspired nail art became more personal. I simply cannot let the year pass without a recreation. More on this later. Let's take a look at the results first:

The Return of Black Cats Galore Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art Tutorial: Skulls and Bones

I simply love how this Halloween nail art turned out. It looks complicated at a glance, but is absolutely easy to do. And I am happy to say that this is the 5th design for my 2014 Halloween series.

As the title suggests, this nail art was inspired by skulls and bones. I've done skulls for 2 straight years. Skull Skittles last year which was actually just a recreation of Colorful Skulls. But what I am about to share here is different and I hope you'll like it as much as I do. I feel a little weird though because I had mixed feelings with my previous bats nail art and all of sudden I feel thrilled about this!

Here it is:

Skulls and Bones Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: Bats

Bats is the inspiration for the 4th installment of my 2014 Halloween nail art series. I have mixed feelings about this nail art and so I think this post will be short and quick with only a few pictures. I don't know how to put in words how I feel about the results. But it seems like it lacks something to be interesting enough.

Take a look:

Nail Art: Graveyard, Too

It has been a week since my last nail art post and it was completely unintentional. I had a serious cut on my left index finger and it was rather painful when pressured is applied. I couldn't even apply nail polish properly. My bad. But I am back and I am very excited to share with you the 3rd installment to my 2014 Halloween nail art series!

I am particularly proud of this one because it took me a longer time than usual to be able to do this. I called it "Graveyard, Too" just because I already made a nail design of the same theme last year that I simply named, Graveyard. I did it a little different this time.

Check it out:

Graveyard, Too Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Nail Art: (for) Breast Cancer Awareness 2014

October is here and it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Every year, I post a pink manicure in support of this campaign. So I am taking a short break from my 2014 Halloween series to share with you a nail art for Breast Cancer Awareness inspired by the color pink, the official color of this project.

This nail design is nothing new. It is a recreation of my Blue Waves I did on 2012 and just changed the color theme. I have been meaning to redo this design and finally found the perfect time to do so.

Here it is:

Nail Art for Breast Cancer Awareness (October 2014) by Simply Rins

Nail Art Tutorial: Cobwebs

This is the first instance I'd be sharing a freehand cobweb nail art for Halloween. I wanted a more realistic feel of spider webs every time I include them on my designs, but failed miserably without using stamping plates. I gave it another try for this year's 2014 Halloween series and I really love how it turned out.

Take a look:

Cobwebs Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

Swatches: OPI Coca-Cola 2014 Collection

Leave it to OPI for amazing collaborations. This particular one is close to my heart because I love to drink Coke. Although I am trying to cut back on the frequency.

I was able to get my hands on the entire OPI Coca-Cola 2014 Collection through the OPI 10 Pack of Style Mini Nail Lacquers that contained all the 9 shades of the collection plus an OPI Top Coat. All colors were inspired by Coca-Cola products through the years. This is a great addition to my collection of OPI minis.

The packaging:

OPI 10 Pack of Sytle Mini Nail Lacquers