Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Zoya Tinsley

Hey everyone! The move is finally happening this week! We've been living in piles of packed boxes and bags, so we are very excited to get going.

I searched my collection the other day for a polish that I knew would be a little more durable to get through the move. I picked out Zoya Tinsley, a rosey shade of pink with an incredibly strong golden shimmer that really comes through in sunlight. The formula is on the sheer side, but easily builds to full opacity in three coats. I haven't worn this color in a couple years and I forgot how pretty it is! It is just the perfect color for summer and looks especially great on tanned skin.






Enjoy the rest of your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Julep Lillian & Zelda

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend. The fiancé and I have been hard at work getting our apartment packed up for moving day at the end of the week. It's amazing how you think you don't have THAT much stuff but then you start packing and it turns out there's a lot more than you think. We're getting through it though and we're super excited!

I painted my nails Friday night even though I knew they would just get messed up during the packing process. I had this idea in my head that I really wanted to do so I was just like whatever yolo! I used two Julep polishes for this mani. I started with two coats of Lillian, a pale pink creme that looks almost white. If you're looking for something that leans more pink, I would recommend against this color. The formula is a little on the thick side, so I actually added a couple of drops of nail polish thinner (I like the OPI one) and it helped. The other color is Zelda, a gold champagne metallic that I think goes perfectly with Lillian. Zelda is one of my all time favorite Julep polishes and if you don't own it I definitely suggest picking up a bottle! I free-handed this design but you could certainly use striping tape if you want to ensure crisp lines.





Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! It's back to packing we go :)

xoxo,
   Brooke

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nails Inc. Sparkle Like a Unicorn Duo

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? On Saturday I went with the fiancé and my brother to see Dunkirk in IMAX. It was was pretty cool to see it on the bigger screen and we all really liked the movie! Afterwards we went to Shake Shack AND Levain Bakery so obviously this week I'm eating clean. But man are those cookies good.

I've been meaning to post my review of the Nails Inc. Sparkle Like a Unicorn Duo for a while. It's currently out of stock but keep checking back because I believe they've been restocking. The set comes with two FULL SIZED polishes for $15! Normally just one Nails Inc. polish sells for $15 so I'd say this is a great deal. I bought this set about a month ago after seeing amazing photos of the polishes on Instagram.


Both polishes are long wear, high shine, and iridescent. The color on my ring finger nail is called Dream Dust. It is blindingly sparkly with 3D pigment. To me the color shifts from a pinkish color to rose gold. It goes beautifully with the color on my other nails, Rainbow Wishes. This polish has a softer rainbow kind of sheen. I'd say it shifts from purple to blue. I used two coats of this but depending on how much polish you get on your brush you may want to go for three because it tends to be a little sheer. I need to try Dream Dust over top of Rainbow Wishes next time!





The fiancé and I are actually moving next week (to another apartment in Jersey City) but I'm hoping to get at least one more nail post up before then!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, July 28, 2017

Flower Nail Art

Hey everyone! Hope you've had a great week. Yesterday I had my hair and makeup trial for the wedding. I honestly didn't know what to expect because I've never had my makeup done by a makeup artist before. It went pretty well! I am gonna have to bring my own eyeshadows to the wedding though because when I took my makeup off last night my eyelids were so irritated :(

I wanted to do some pretty nail art for the weekend so I went with flowers. These are actually so easy to do as long as you have some time and patience! If you're short on time you could even just do one or two nails. For my base color I used two coats GlitterDaze Sky's The Limit, a beautiful pale blue creme. To make the flowers I used my double ended dotting/thin brush tool from Born Pretty Store. I started by using the dotting tool and a light pink to make uneven dots on each nail. There's really no rhyme or reason to these, you can do whatever size you want and the shape doesn't have to be a perfect circle. Once I had both nails covered, I used a thin brush and a darker pink to make curved lines around and inside the circles. The last step was making leaves around the flowers with a darker green. I chose to go in with a lighter green over top at the end, but you could totally skip that step.




And there you have it! You could do this look with endless color combinations for any season, which is why it's so great. Hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ILNP Paige

Hey everyone! Are you having a good week? The weather has been kind of blah the past couple of days but it looks beautiful this morning so I'll definitely be heading out to the pool.

Last night I had this idea in my head to do mermaid nails with my scale stencil and for whatever reason it just wasn't happening and I was getting SO frustrated. I finally gave up and went with chevron nails instead. I think they still came out pretty cute! I used ILNP Paige, a stunning pink holo. This is such a great summer pink and its blindingly sparkly in the sun. I used ILNP Black Orchid for my accent nail and for the chevron pattern. Black Orchid is a deep burgundy/purple holo that I'll be wearing again for sure come this fall. The gold heart is a nail decal from Born Pretty Store.




Hoping to do some more fun nail art for Friday!

xoxo,

   Brooke

Friday, July 21, 2017

Butter London Fruit Machine

Hey everyone! I'm on a roll this week with posts. Three in one week! My nails are even growing longer and I'm so happy about it. Crossing my fingers for no breakage.

I recently purchased Butter London Fruit Machine from Ulta (on sale for $10!) and couldn't wait to get it on my nails. Fruit Machine is a cool pastel pink with a pretty decent formula. I was able to get away with two coats, but you may need three if you're not using a light hand. I love the tone of this color, especially with a tan. The glitter on my middle nail is Julep Cameron and the white on my ring finger nail is Julep Keena. This is such a pretty mani for summer time. So many different color combos could work with this look too!






I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Nails

Hey everyone! How's your week going? It is HOT here. I've made it out to the pool every day but can only stand it for about an hour or so because of the heat. Five minutes into laying out and I'm sweating. Anyone else ready for fall yet?

I recently received the Kat Von D Saint & Sinner VoxBox complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. In case you didn't know, Influenster is an online community of consumers who give reviews on products and experiences. If you are active on the site, Influenster may invite you to participate in their VoxBox programs, where members receive complimentary products to review.


Before we jump into the nails I'll quickly tell you my thoughts on the perfumes. Let's start with the one I liked best, which was Saint. The key notes in Saint are vanilla, musk, and jasmine. Although it's considered to be in the floral family, I find it to be more sweet and fresh (which is a good thing!) I definitely prefer Saint to its sister scent, Sinner. The key notes in Sinner are patchouli, wood, and cinnamon. This one is on the warm and spicy side, but honestly a little too spicy for me. These can be worn individually or layered together. I haven't tried layering them yet, but I have worn Saint alone and was pretty impressed by how long the scent lasted. If you haven't seen the bottles you have to check them out in the store or even on Sephora's website because they are a serious work of art.

Speaking of art, the bottles are what inspired me to do some Saint and Sinner nail art today! I started by alternating black and white on each nail. The white is Butter London Cotton Buds and the black is Cult Nails Nevermore (sorry guys, you can't get that one anymore since that indie brand closed shop). Once the base was dry, I went in and stamped this awesome skull from one of my Born Pretty Store stamping plates. Isn't that so pretty?! 





So which side are you on - saint or sinner?

xoxo,
   Brooke


Disclosure: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.