Nail Art: It's My Birthday

I am officially a year older. I turned 38 last May 25. I have been meaning to spend a birthday on an outdoor adventure. And after 3 years of trying, I finally did it this year. I initially wanted to spend it in Bohol. But the turn of events led me to celebrate my 38th in Palawan, Philippines.

I also planned to share my birthday nail art before I left for my trip. Unfortunately, I misread my flight schedule and had to rush to the airport so early in the morning to catch the plane. Instead, I brought with me my nail art kit and hoped that I will have time to do my nails while on vacation. Well, I was able to just in time for my special day.

Take a look:

It's My Birthday Nail Art Design by Simply Rins

You have to forgive the quality of my photos. I took them on one of the islands we visited and I didn't bring the usual lens I use. This actually makes me feel proud because not only was this nail art created during an adventure, it was photo shoot while on a trip as well! It was particularly challenging to do because the lighting in my hotel room was pretty bad.

Anyway, the idea is just to paint something simple and attractive.

Nail Art For My Birthday

I only brought one polish with me and that is Deborah Lippmann Spring Buds. It's a pretty green pastel from the Lippmann Spring 2014 Collection. I used 2 coats for base. Good thing this bottle has great consistency because I didn't have a hard time on application. For a pastel, this has great coverage for 2 coats.

I used a dotting tool and a detailing nail art brush to hand paint the nail design with acrylic paints. I only brought 2 colors of paint with me -- violet and white.

I didn't have a lot of time so I opted for a design that would be easy for me to create. What I did is draw big circles randomly on all my nails and added half a flower on each one. I then added a few small dots to fill awkward places. It was quite simple, even as I paint the design with my non-dominant hand.

It's My Birthday Nail Art

A darker shade of violet for the big circles and a lighter hue for the flowers looked interesting enough. Perhaps it would have been more interesting to interchange the colors randomly. I mean, some of would use a lighter shade for the big circle and a dark one for the flowers.

Notice that I also dabbed a few small white dots on top of the small violet dots.

It's My Birthday Nail Art by Rina Alcantara

As of this post, I am still on vacation. I wanted to post this on time for the my birthday, but I just couldn't find a decent and stable internet connection in this province until now. I have been island hopping, snorkeling, and hiking. My body aches, I have bruises, and I am completely sun burned. Nevertheless, I am overwhelmed by the beauty of my country and I can't wait to explore more of its beautiful places.

I hope you liked my birthday mani. I've received a few compliments here in town.

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  1. Beautiful mani. Happy (belated) Birthday~

  2. gorgeous manicure, happy birthday Rina :*

  3. Happy birthday, and your nails match this festive event quite well!

  4. Happy belated Birthday to us both! We share the same Birthday. Beautiful manicure as always. Sometimes I think it is easier to be inspired when I have limited supplies. The simplicity and creativity isn't overwhelmed. Glad to see you have having a nice vacation.

    1. We have the same birthday! How cool is that? :)

  5. Beautiful manicure! Happy birthday and all the best! :-)

  6. Happy Birthday and I hope you enjoy your vacation. Your nails are great for the occasion!

  7. first, happy birthday!!
    second, the design is sooo gorgeous *u*
    third, i can't believe you are 38 O__O omg you seem at least 10 years younger!!!

  8. Thanks so much for all your birthday greetings. :)

  9. Wow It's a lovely mani this one! I would love it if you could check out my blog :)
    I really hope you had a great birthday!