Friday, January 5, 2018

Morgan Taylor Little Miss Nutcracker Collection 2017

Hey everyone! Not only did I have a snow day yesterday, but I have one today as well! It's amazing to have a four day weekend so soon after the winter break. I decided to take advantage of my time at home to do some blog stuff!



Today I'll be sharing my swatches and review of the Morgan Taylor Little Miss Nutcracker Collection for the 2017 holidays. This collection was sent to me for review as part of the Preen.me VIP program

Each shade was applied in two coats and the photos were taken without a top coat (because I'm lazy haha). The photos were taken in artificial lighting. Prepare yourself for tons of pictures!

Let's start with Just Tutu Much - gold metallic with a bit of silver shimmer.






Dreaming of Gleaming - metallic silver foil. 





You Crack Me Up - bright, sparkly, glittery full-coverage green. I'm not really a green person, but I admit that this one is fun.





Don't Toy With My Heart - jewel-tone shimmery red.





Baby It's Bold Outside - deep, creamy, navy blue.





Silver In My Stocking (applied over Baby It's Bold Outside) - silver top coat with silver shards of glitter and micro glitter.





Plum-thing Magical - royal purple with shimmer. I saved the best for last. This one is my FAVORITE of the collection. I'm wearing it right now! If you could only get one from the collection, I would definitely recommend this one.





Even though this collection got to me after the holidays, I will definitely get wear out of some of them throughout the winter months. I have to say I've never tried Morgan Taylor polishes before, and I loved the wide brushes. They made application super easy. 

If you're interested in getting any of these shades, do it soon because the collection is limited edition! You can find them on Morgan Taylor's website.

Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Marc Jacobs Beauty VoxBox

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed your New Year's Eve. We stayed in and made pasta with vodka sauce from scratch. It came out so good! It was fun cooking together and watching the ball drop from the warmth of inside our apartment.

Today I'm sharing my Marc Jacobs Beauty Liquid Lip Crayon VoxBox that I recently received from Influenster. I was pretty excited to get that email since I haven't tried any Marc Jacobs beauty products before aside from polish. 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.




Inside the box I got two of the new Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons in #300 Send Nudes and #360 Plum N Get It. There are 10 total shades in the collection and they retail for $26.00 each.

Here's the description of the products I received with my box:
"Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon is everything you love about liquid lipstick in a creamy crayon. It melts into lips with a lightweight liquid sensation, providing bold, one-swipe color that lasts for 16 hours. The crayons offers total control so it's easier than ever to shape and fill your lips. A does of innovative "ghost pearl" adds subtle dimension for a never-before-seen finish."




Let's talk about packaging first. I love the crayon style applicator, very much like my beloved Clinique Chubby Sticks. The cap closes securely and I wouldn't worry about it opening up in my purse. I appreciate that there isn't a heavy scent.

You need to be careful when applying these because they are VERY creamy and mine started to crumble from light pressure. I do like how they glide on easily without any tugging. As far as being able to use them to line your lips there is no way I could do it precisely, especially with a more rich shade like Plum N Get It. I kind of made a mess putting that one on my lips. I didn't test the 16 hour wear claim, but I will say that those swatches on my wrist were tough to remove. Both shades were very flattering and I loved the hint of gold shimmer in Send Nudes.

Overall I thought these were pretty solid lip products and I look forward to wearing them this winter. Would I go out and spend $26 on one tomorrow? Probably not. I'll have to see how the formula holds up throughout the course of a day. Definitely check out www.influenster.com if you're interested in receiving free products (who isn't?!)

xoxo,
   Brooke


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

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve Nails!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! This is my last post of 2017 - I can't believe the year is already over! So many exciting things happened, including getting married. I never did post a photo from the wedding, so here's one of me and the hubby! This will always be my favorite memory of 2017.


For my NYE mani I decided on a glitter gradient before I even looked back at last year's nails. I actually did a glitter gradient then too! Just with a light base. This time I went for black, which I used two coats of Zoya Willa for. It went on so smoothly and evenly. Definitely a great black polish for your collection if you don't have one yet. I used a mix of China Glaze Fairy Dust and Julep Amira for my glitter gradient. I love the chunky pieces of holographic glitter in Amira - perfect for a New Year's Eve mani!

A little tip for applying the glitter: I like to use a disposable eyeshadow applicator for more precise placement of the glitter.







I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and safe new year!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, December 18, 2017

Zoya Yuna

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? The hubby and I went last snowy Friday night to see the Spongebob Musical with my parents and had a great time. The show was super cute and fun! We spent the rest of the weekend tidying up around the apartment and relaxing.

Last night I did some fun stamping over top of Zoya Yuna, a blueish grey flecked with gorgeous golden shimmer. I grabbed my holiday themed Born Pretty Store stamping plate and used the star garland image. We're just nearing the end of Hanukkah, and I thought these were so perfect and festive for that. The color I used to stamp was Marc Jacobs Gatsby (kind of expensive to use for stamping, but the rose gold is just so pretty!)






Can't wait for this week to end so December break can finally be here! Hope you all have a quick and easy week.

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, December 11, 2017

I'm Back! & ILNP Rogue

Hey everyone! I haven't posted in about two months, which is crazy I know. We got married in November so I was preoccupied with wedding things and then it took me a bit to get back into the swing of things. But I'm back! And I'm excited to share a beautiful polish from the newest ILNP collection with you.

This is Rogue, a deep crimson red holographic. I used two coats to reach full opacity. The sparkle is SO intense with this one, especially in the sun. Any time I encountered different lighting over the weekend I couldn't help but oooh and aaah. It's just so beautiful!

Application was easy and I didn't experience any staining during clean up/removal. If you're looking for a good red with a little something extra, this is definitely it.






I hope you have a great rest of the week! Us teachers are trying to get through the next two weeks. Winter break is so close but so far!

xoxo,
   Brooke