Monday, September 18, 2017

Dried Flower Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Mine went by way too fast, as usual. I could use some extra sleep for sure. I was so tired all day at school! I even sat in my car for 10 minutes with my eyes closed before going into the building.

I was recently sent these awesome dried flowers from Born Pretty Store. The box comes with 12 colors of dried flowers and 2 sets of each (so 24 flowers total!) These flowers really couldn't be easier to apply. After your base color, adhere the flowers to your nails and seal with top coat. I used a dotting tool with a bit of top coat on it to help me pick up and place the flowers. I really love how they look and the color assortment is great.


For my nail color today I used two Zoya polishes. I realized that I used Zoya for the past couple of manis I did and I think I'm just really feeling the formula lately. I'm finding that when I paint my nails with Zoya polish my manicure lasts a bit longer than other brands. The color in the middle is Kendal, a muted/greyed out lavender. It would look really pretty during any season! The outer color is Tara, a dark purple/plum creme. I really could have even gotten away with one coat for that one, but went with my usual two. I LOVE this color and can see myself wearing it a lot this winter. Don't these colors just go perfectly with the flowers?!





Btw, when you place an order with BPS make sure you use my discount code ASYW10 for 10% off. Have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke


Disclaimer: The nail art products in this post were provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I stayed up way too late and then was not prepared at all for the school week. I'm missing summer soooooo bad :(

For the past week I've been trying out the Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum, which was gifted to me by preen.me. I did a little research about Innisfree and learned some really cool stuff. This brand sells natural Korean beauty products and this serum is one of their best sellers.

Here's some more info from their website: Innisfree offers products that are created with natural ingredients responsibly sourced from Korea's Jeju Island. The formulas in these products work for all skin concerns without the use of harmful chemicals and preservatives. They are also formulated with an average of 80% naturally-derived ingredients (wow!)

Let's talk about the Intensive Hydrating Serum ($25). Packed with amino acid and minerals, this balanced blend of Green Tea Extract and Green Tea Seed Oil works to replenish your optimal moisture level and create a strong moisture barrier to keep your skin moisturized longer. I think this will be perfect for my dry winter skin!


How to use: After cleansing, pump a few drops (I use two) of serum into your hand and gently pat it to clean, dry skin for optimal absorption. You really want to do this immediately after washing your face to lock in the moisture.

What I noticed after a week of use was pretty surprising. To be honest I never have high expectations for products like these. The first morning after I used this serum my skin was actually GLOWING. I was like wait what and literally did a double take in the mirror. After a week of use my skin seems brighter and definitely more hydrated.

I'm eyeing their pore clearing clay mousse mask to try next. Head over to http://us.innisfree.com/ to check out more of their cool products!

xoxo,

   Brooke

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Essie Urban Jungle

Hey everyone! I hope you're enjoying your weekend so far. The weather has been unusually cool here and is tricking me into thinking it's already fall. We're going to the US Open tomorrow and I'm hoping the incoming rain will end early so we can enjoy walking around.

I was looking at my new stamping plates from Born Pretty Store and was really feeling the summer template. I started with a base of Essie Urban Jungle, an almost nude that looks off white in some lighting and other times leans slightly pink. I used two coats here for full opacity. I then alternated stamping with the flamingo pattern and one of the leaf patterns. For the flamingo I used Essie Bachelorette Bash, which turned out to be the perfect pink. I used Essie Off Tropic (great name!) for the leaves. I found that the formula for this one was perfect for stamping.





I start school next week (first day is Tuesday) but I'm hoping to keep up with posting twice a week. Good luck to all of my fellow teachers getting started with the school year! Btw, when you place an order with BPS make sure you use my discount code ASYW10 for 10% off!

xoxo,
   Brooke


Disclaimer: The nail stamping products in this post were provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Essie Island Hopping

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? On Saturday the fiancé and I spent the day in NYC - we got our wedding bands (!!!) and then had dinner and finally tried DO, Cookie Dough Confections. It's like an ice cream shop that scoops edible cookie dough. I honestly didn't think it was that great. The first few bites were like wow this is good and then after a few minutes I felt little sick. I'm glad we got to experience it but I probably won't be back.

Born Pretty Store sent me a couple of stamping plates and other fun nail art treats that I'm looking forward to trying out over the next few weeks. I recently picked up Essie Island Hopping and thought it would make the perfect base for some nail stamping with this leaves stamping plate. Island Hopping is a muted mauve with plum/purple undertones. I love this as a transitional color from summer into fall. It would look beautiful on so many skin tones! The formula is one of the best I've worked with and glides on perfectly without any streaks or patches. This was an easy two coater for me. Believe it or not I used a Revlon polish (Copper Penny) to stamp on this pretty design.





I hope you all have a great week! I'll be in my classroom today getting ready for the start of the school year (booooo). Btw, when you place an order with BPS make sure you use my discount code ASYW10 for 10% off!

xoxo,

Brooke



Disclaimer: The nail stamping products in this post were provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Julep Pepper & Tali

Hey everyone! How's your week going? I can't believe it's already Wednesday. I've been trying to make the week go as slowly as possible since it's my last full week of freedom before school stuff begins. Next week I have to go set up my classroom and we have a couple of meetings. Ugh. Part of me is really excited for fall weather but most of me doesn't want summer to end.

Today I pulled out a couple of blue polishes I love from Julep. The first is Pepper, a shimmery cornflower blue. I love the formula for this one, nearly a one coater, and it dries super fast. The color on my ring finger nail is Tali, a frosty powder blue holographic. I used my dotting tool to do a cute little dotticure design over Tali.





If you haven't got a bottle of Pepper definitely pick one up! It really is one of my favorite blue polishes. Enjoy the beautiful weather this week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? The fiancé had his bachelor party this weekend, so my friend came over on Saturday and we hit up the pool, played with makeup at Sephora, and treated ourselves to a delicious dinner. This is my last free week before meetings for school start and I'm trying to pretend like it's not happening.

I'm pretty excited about the eclipse today so I decided to do a fun eclipse themed mani! It started with a black base and then one coat of ILNP The Magician. This rare pigment is also known as "unicorn pee" and once applied over a base color shifts between red, orange, and green. It is truly magical! I then went in with a small detail brush and white polish to create some stages of an eclipse and stars. I just love how this came out!





Hope everyone has a chance to see the eclipse today! And remember, don't look directly up there at the sun unless you have the appropriate eyewear.

xoxo,
   Brooke
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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