Friday, October 19, 2018

Essie Fall for NYC

Hey everyone! How was your week? I came down with a cold so I'm actually home sick today trying to kick this thing.

I was able to get my hands on Essie Fall for NYC, part of their fall 2018 collection. I never thought I'd want a mustard yellow creme, but when I saw it on Instagram I knew I needed it. I have to say the new wider brushes on Essie polishes are great! The formula on this one was also super easy to work with and I reached opacity in two coats.

I used nail stencils for the leaves with Essie Say It Ain't Soho. The glitter accent is Julep Autumn.





Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Leaves Nails

Hi everyone! I feel like I haven't posted in forever. Things have felt kind of overwhelming with school and, even though I've been painting my nails, I just haven't had time to take photos/write about them! Since we have a 3 day weekend I promised myself I would make time.

We went apple picking yesterday at Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY. They had a huge variety of apple trees and other fun things to pick as well! I actually brought my nail polish color in my purse to take pictures of my nails in front of an apple tree. I might have looked a little weird but the photos were so worth it!

For our apple picking day I wanted to do some fun nail art. I started with Zoya Tawny, a deep rose/red copper that is packed with shimmer. For my middle and ring fingers I started with a base of OPI Tickle My France-y and then went in with a leaves design from this stamping plate from Born Pretty Store. Here's how I did it: I used a dark red polish as my stamping color and got the image onto the stamper. I quickly took Zoya Tawny on a small detail brush and painted over the leaves, giving the design a more dimensional look. I really love how it came out!





How pretty are the mums in that last photo? I just love fall! 

xoxo,
   Brooke

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Essie Say It Ain't Soho

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I loved how much cooler the weather was and enjoyed wearing some of my fall clothes (and shopping for a few more). I also picked up one color from the new Essie fall 2018 collection. The other color I want, Fall for NYC, wasn't available in the store so I'll have to keep looking for it.

The shade I grabbed is Say It Ain't Soho and I knew I wanted this color as soon as I saw it on Instagram. I would describe it as a metallic burnt orange - absolutely perfect for fall. It's so different from anything else I have and I know I'll be wearing it over and over. Did you pick up any colors from Essie's new fall collection?




Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, September 17, 2018

Zoya Hera

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We had a date night on Saturday, which included seeing Crazy Rich Asians and a delicious dinner at a new Cuban place in Jersey City. The movie was so good! I'm started reading the book last night because I loved it so much.

For my nails today I knew I wanted to use Zoya Hera, a dusty rose creme that is the perfect transition shade for summer into fall. I even painted my toes with it! For a little sparkle I went for a ruffian manicure, placing just a touch of Cirque Colors Halcyon around the base of my nails. If you're ever looking for an easy way to get chic nails, I highly suggest this kind of look. It works with pretty much any color combo.





I'm trying out some new positioning when I take my nail photos. What do you think?
Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, September 3, 2018

Back to School Nails

Hey everyone! After a nice long weekend it's time to accept the end of summer :( Tomorrow we go back to school and I have a new group of 22 second graders. I'm excited and a little nervous as always, but I know it will be all good!

Every year since I started teaching I've done a back to school apple mani, and my fifth year is no different. This year I used Essie Gel Couture in the shade Flashed, which is an orange-leaning red that is super bright and glossy. You obviously use any red you have in your collection for this mani! I pulled out my sparkly Julep Stephanie for the apple and I think it came out so cute.






For all my fellow teachers I hope you have a great school year!

xoxo,

   Brooke

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sephora Color Hit Scandalous Look

Hey everyone! So sorry it's been a few weeks. As you may already know, we were away in Italy for and then I came right back into getting ready for the school year. I finally have some time this weekend to sit down and write about my nails!

While we were in Italy I had to stop in a Sephora to see if it was different from our Sephora in the states. There were definitely some products I haven't seen here and most importantly, nail polish! A few years ago Sephora here discontinued their nail polish line, but I found them in Italy and apparently these Color Hit polishes are sold in other countries as well.

There were a lot of colors to choose from, but I limited myself to three. The one I'm sharing today is a purple shade called Scandalous Look. In the sunlight this almost had a duo chrome effect, shifting a bit blue. It's super pretty! While the tiny egg shaped bottle is adorable, I did find the brush a little tricky to use. Despite this, the formula was easy to work with and I reached opacity in two coats.




I'm sure the other two colors I bought will make an appearance soon. Have a great long weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, August 10, 2018

Gradient Dotticure

Hey everyone! Hope you've been having a good week. It's super hot here so I've kind of been staying inside and getting ready for Italy.

I decided to do one more fun mani before we go away. I knew I wanted to use Julep Francine, a seagrass iridescent chrome packed with shimmer. I started grabbing other polishes with a similar finish to create a gradient dotticure. I chose Alex, Aphrodite, and Pepper.

Doing a gradient dotticure is super easy as long as you have some sort of dotting tool. You don't even need a fancy nail one! You can just use the end of a bobby pin. The next step is creating various sizes of dots, focusing on going from larger to smaller. You can start your design at the tip of the nail like I did, or you can go in the other direction starting at the cuticle.







I love this look and I already have ideas for other colors I want to try it with! I won't be posting again for about two weeks while I'm away, but you can see some of our Italy experiences on my personal Instagram account: @brookessunshine

Ciao!

xoxo,
   Brooke