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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Nails Inc. Holler-Graphic

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We spent a long weekend in Montauk with the husband's family and enjoyed our time out in the sun and of course eating lots of good seafood. I'm going to be super busy this week doing laundry from the beach and then preparing for our big Italy trip! We'll be gone for two weeks, so I'll probably only post one more time before we go.

I was placing a Sephora order last week and noticed that the Nails Inc. Holler-Graphic collection was discounted and decided to order the shade Get Out of My Space. It's described as a full-coverage lilac purple holographic glitter with a 3D rainbow effect. I have to say that I love seeing mainstream companies putting out holo polishes. Here I applied two coats to reach full opacity.





Not bad Nails Inc! I would say that some of my indie polishes blow me away more with their holo effect, but I do think this color is super pretty. Have a great week!

xoxo,

   Brooke

Monday, July 30, 2018

Essie Gel Couture Touch Up

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We celebrated the husband's birthday with our families at a great pizza place called Blue Eye's in Hoboken. Everyone came back to our apartment after dinner for cake, which I made myself. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my creation, but if not here it is!


I had a couple of bad nail breaks recently that are still not fully grown out, but I wanted to try some new polish so I painted them anyway. We're going to Italy in TWO WEEKS for our honeymoon! And I've been stumped on what I'm going to do with my nails because we'll be away for 12 days. I've heard great things about Essie's Gel Couture line in terms of formula and lasting power, so I picked up two shades and the top coat. If all goes well, both colors will come with me on the trip.

Today I tried the shade Touch Up, which is a pretty soft mauve creme. This color looked beautiful in the bottle but even more so on the nails. Let's talk first about the formula/brush. I absolutely LOVE the brush on this gel couture line! It's a wider brush than in their regular polish and almost covers my whole nail in one stroke. The formula for this color was perfect - not too thick or thin and I achieved opacity in two easy coats.

Since this is going to be a tip wear test, but I wanted to do some nail art, I used ILNP Pink Mimosa on the lower half of my nails. I think the two colors go together beautifully. Finally I topped off the look with the Gel Couture top coat. We'll see how it holds up this week and then I'll report back!





What polishes have you used while traveling? Hoping this will be the one!

xoxo,
   Brooke
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