Before the year ends, I'd like to share with you my top 10 nail art of 2011. This list is NOT based on page views or popularity. This list is based on those personal stories that accompanied these nail designs, stories that made an impact on my life. I believe this is a good way to reflect on things that happened this year.
Let's get started. Here are my top 10 nail art designs for 2011:
10 - Nail Art: Feeling Blue
I painted this nail art to help me cheer myself up from a bad break-up. It was my most personal post to date and I really appreciated all the kind words and support that you all gave me. More particularly, I will never forget a fellow nail artist who sent me an email aside from the comment she left, that gave me comfort. To this sweet lady (you know who you are), thank you.
09 - Nail Art: Flower Power
This floral nail art has become one of my personal favorites and if my memory serves me right, I wore this for almost a week. I was very fond of this design because I thought it looked like decals or full nail stickers. I also created my first successful video nail art tutorial using this floral design. It has been one of my fulfilling moments in nail painting. I'd like to recreate this using a different color one of these days.
08 - Nail Art: Smurfs
The Smurfs nail art is one of the most memorable and the most time-consuming I've ever done. My parents were away for a vacation at the time I did this. I got busy with responsibilities that it took me 2 days to finish my Smurfs nails! I could have opted to just have an accent nail but I originally wanted to paint something Smurf-y on all my nails and in the end, I was happy with the outcome. The experience taught me patience and it made me realize how much I love nail painting that I was willing to do my nails on installment basis.
07 - Nail Art: Keroppi Wannabes
I am not fond of the color green and this was the first time I challenged myself to wear one. After I polished my nails, I was still uncomfortable with the color. So I wanted to paint a design that would make me see this color in a different way. The first idea that popped into my
mind was to paint frogs because it's green! And honestly, those frogs did help me like the color green because after that, I bought a few green nail polishes to add to my stash.
06 - Nail Art: Spider Tips
The 6th spot goes to one of my Halloween nail designs. One day, I was out and I was looking for a basic orange nail polish. When I found one, I also spotted a neon orange nail lacquer and seriously thought of buying that instead. Well, I did! I know I couldn't carry wearing a full neon orange manicure, that is why I decided on nail tips instead and added spiders to subdue the bright color. I liked how it turned out a lot that I wore this for a full week, during an out of town vacation with my mom and sister. This nail art taught me how to think out of the box.
05 - Nail Art: Brown For A Wedding
There are times that I felt I needed to always come up with complicated nail designs because I don't want to see people get disappointed when they look at my nails and see something "ordinary". This particularly happens when I'm with people who knows that I am a nail artist. They somehow always like to be impressed. I wore this simple floral design for a cousin's wedding and I decided to think only about pleasing myself. It was the time I realized that we should wear our nails for ourselves. If appreciated, that's great! If not, it shouldn't really matter.
04 - Nail Art: Halloween Polka and
Nail Art: Christmas Tree Ala Polka Dots
These 2 nail designs is a tie for 4th. I've received emails from nail art beginners that expressed that they were having some difficulties. I came up with these designs to inspire them, that something as simple as polka dots can create amazing designs.
03 - Nail Art: Manny Pacquaio ... Again
I was invited to feature some of my nail designs in a local newspaper and in television a few times. Those experiences were overwhelming. The most memorable is when GMA Good News TV featured me working on a Manny Pacquaio nail art. There were doubts if I was really doing nail art on my nails and this television feature helped me clear the smoke.
02 - Nail Art: Reindeer
This Christmas nail design has become one of my favorites too. I wore this longer than usual. It also inspired a number of fellow nail artists to recreate it for the holidays. But what really makes this Reindeer nail art special is that I received the most emails (via contact form) because of this design and reading those messages is humbling. Reading emails that lets me know how I inspired them is always elevating. Thank you for taking the time to write me.
01 - Nail Art: Snowman Parade
The no. 1 spot goes to those 10 snowmen I did for Christmas. It was the nail design I wore during the Philippine Blog Awards 2011. Simply Rins won Best Beauty and Fashion Blog (Luzon) that night. I think it was the first time a nail art blog was recognized like that and I considered it as a big step to the nail art community. But mostly, it was also the night I was approached by some of my blog's followers and the feeling is simply amazing. It is a pleasure to have met you in person.
Do you have a favorite among my nail designs? I'd like to hear from you. :)
2011 was a good year for this blog. Surprising opportunities came and I was able to reach out to more nail art enthusiasts. I'm looking forward to sharing with you more nail designs on 2012, that are interesting, creative, simple, and inspiring. I promise to continuously seek ways on how I can improve this blog.
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Cheers to the new year! :)