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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nails Inc. Cambridge Grove

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I had my bachelorette party and it was so much fun. We rented a house in North Fork and went on a wine tour on Saturday. It was great being with all of my closest friends and spending time together. I was so sad when the weekend ended!

Today I'm wearing Nails Inc. Cambridge Grove (I actually borrowed it from my mom). I'm loving this pastel lilac/lavender and how easy it is to apply. I think this is such a flattering color that would look good on any skin tone. The gold evil eye is a decal from Born Pretty store. I really like how simple and chic it looks!




Hope you have a great week! I'm going to take advantage of the pool in this hot weather.

xoxo,
   Brooke

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Essie Bachelorette Bash

Hey everyone! How has your week been? I took a little break from painting my nails because I was having some breakage issues. I'm trying to grow them out longer but I just can't seem to keep that annoying splitting issue from happening. Anyone have any good product suggestions for that?

This weekend is my bachelorette party! I'm going with a group of friends to North Fork for a ladies weekend and I'm so excited. We'll be going wine tasting and spending some time at the beach. We're having a beachy theme and I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to use my pineapple nail charms from Polished Vino. They were super easy to put on! I just put a drop of Seche Vite top coat on the back and pressed it onto my nail. If you want longer wear I would suggest nail glue.

For my nail color I just had to use Essie Bachelorette Bash. How could I not?! This is the most gorgeous fuchsia shade and the application was amazing. When I started the first coat my first thought was "this is JUICY!" It's so glossy and beautiful. I honestly could have gotten away with one coat but went with my usual two. The lighter pink underneath the pineapple charm is Butter London Fruit Machine. I finished off this mani with some silver glitter placement. Love everything about this!





I hope you all have a great weekend! I know mine will be fabulous :)

xoxo,
   Brooke

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nails Inc Covent Garden

Hey everyone! How has your week been? On Wednesday we had our food tasting for the wedding and it was so much fun. We tried a whole bunch of appetizers, some salads, and entrees. Everything was so yummy it will be hard to decide what food we want!

This weekend the fiancé and I are going to Montauk with his family. I recently got Nails Inc Covent Garden and thought it would be the perfect color for the beach. This color is a super bright red toned coral/pink. It looks much brighter in person than it does in photos. The formula was soooo nice and lovely to work with. It dries very quickly for a creme and has a gorgeous glossy finish. I'm wearing two coats here, but could have gotten away with one.

The seahorse was made using a vinyl from Polished Vino. It's a part of the summer variety set. I used a starfish on the other hand. I think it looks so cute for a beach weekend!




I'll be interested to see if this "gel effect" formula lasts longer than a regular polish. We'll see how it holds up at Montauk. Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Julep Adrian

Hey everyone! I've been taking advantage of the start of my summer break to do some cleanup, baking, reading, etc. On Monday I went with my mom to Alstede Farms to pick strawberries. There were some beautiful sunflowers and I just had to snap a photo. Later I went to look at it and guess what I found? A ladybug right on one of the petals!


I was so inspired by this photo I just had to do some floral nail art. I used two coats of Julep Adrian as my base. It's a pale/pastel yellow creme. The formula is a little on the thick side, but it's pretty easy to work with. For the flowers I used Zoya Purity and OPI Suzi Without a Paddle. I recently received this dotting tool/nail brush combo from Born Pretty Store and it made doing this nail art a breeze! I used the brush side for the petals and the dotting tool to create the center of the flower.





Tomorrow we have our tasting for the wedding and I'm so excited! I'll definitely fill you in when I post next. Btw, when you place an order with BPS make sure you use my discount code ASYW10 for 10% off! Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke




Disclaimer: The nail art product in this post was provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Julep Shannon & ILNP Chit Chat

Hey everyone! How was your week? Our last day of school was Wednesday and I have really been enjoying the start of summer break. It is much needed and all of us teachers deserve it!

My nails are a bit on the short side - I had so many poor broken nails after packing up my classroom. Hopefully they grow back quick so I can do some fun nail art! For now I'm wearing Julep Shannon, a pretty light green that's almost like a honeydew color. It's a silk finish, but I like to wear it with top coat. I had a feeling this would look good with ILNP Chit Chat on top and I was right! Such a pretty combination that looks perfect in sunlight.




Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, June 12, 2017

Essie Butler Please

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? On Saturday we went to see Wonder Woman. It was soooo good! If you haven't seen it yet definitely go see it. We sat out at the pool on Sunday and enjoyed the beautiful weather. It made me excited for the upcoming summer break which is just a week away!

For today's mani I reached for Essie Butler Please, a vivid blue creme. I love how bright this polish is and how easy it is to apply. For some added fun I used ILNP Mega (X) to make polka dots. I've recently been loving my dotting tool/nail art brush from Born Pretty Store. It feels great in my hand - it's just heavy enough to feel like a quality tool but light enough to be very comfortable. I like that I can make different sized dots using one tool and they always come out perfect. The brush on the other end is an added bonus!




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

xoxo,
   Brooke


Disclaimer: The nail art product in this post was provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Leopard Print Nails

Hey everyone! How has your week been? We had a field trip earlier this week to Sandy Hook and it was definitely not a beach day, but the kids still had a good time. We're finally wrapping up the school year and I could not be happier for summer to get here.

Lately I've been wanting all the pastel/summery colors so today I'm wearing GlitterDaze Come Fly With Me. I really love this pale lavender creme and I know it will pop even more when I have my summer glow on. I wanted to do some stamping so I used this cute leopard print from one of my Born Pretty Store stamping plates. I love how fun this looks!




Hope you have a great weekend! 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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Paisley Nails

Hey everyone! How was your MDW? I went to the beach with a friend and enjoyed soaking up some sun finally. I'm looking forward to many more beach weekends this summer.

I recently received a new nail stamper courtesy of Born Pretty Store and was so excited to try it out. I love the rose gold color around the base! It felt great in my hand. I also received a dotting tool/nail art brush and black stamping polish. I'll be using the dotting tool in an upcoming mani so keep an eye out for that post!


This mani starts with two coats of OPI Suzi Without a Paddle, a light minty blue creme. I used two coats of Butter London Cotton Buds on my ring finger. I was looking through my stamping plates and thought the paisley patterns were cute. They stamped beautifully and I can see using them with many different color combos. On my ring fingers I stamped pink flowers in the background with a green hummingbird in front. I got many compliments from my students today - they were a big hit!





I'm definitely looking forward to using this stamper for more awesome nail art. Btw, when you place an order with BPS make sure you use my discount code ASYW10 for 10% off!

xoxo,
   Brooke


Disclaimer: The products in this post were provided for my honest review by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Beach Bag Essentials

Hey everyone! With summer just around the corner I thought it would be fun to do a beach bag essentials post. Some of these products are new and others I've been using for a hot minute.

The beach bag was a freebie from DSW last year and the pineapple towel is from Walmart!

Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 ($19.00)

The first and most important thing that I'll put into my beach bag is sunscreen. I recently received Supergoop!'s new Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 complimentary of Supergoop! and Preen.Me. I have never seen a sunscreen mousse before so I was really excited to try this!

This product is light, quick absorbing, hydrating, and rich in antioxidants. It doesn't feel greasy like some sunscreens and the scent is very light. Supergoop! recommends using about a golf-ball sized amount of mousse to cover each arm, two for each leg, and one for your neck and chest.



My next beach bag essential is deodorant. Does anyone else tend to get a bit sweaty at the beach? Because I sure do, especially on a super hot day! I like to have deodorant on hand just in case. Recently I picked up the Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant. I honestly didn't think I would like it because of all the mixed reviews. It definitely felt different from my usual deodorant, almost like it was a little wet? After a few days my skin got used to it and I actually really like it! One thing to note is that this is NOT an antiperspirant so if that is something you need in your deodorant you should skip this one.



I love a good BB cream for the summer, and Clinique's Acne Solutions BB Cream is my favorite. It even has SPF! This is a great product for oily and acne-prone skin and provides moderate coverage. The formula is super lightweight and does a pretty good job of controlling oil. I use the shade light-medium and always apply it with a dampened Beauty Blender. Great for a beach day or really for any event on a hot summer day. You can tell how much love mine gets because it's so dirty!



For a long time I thought these Evian sprays were kind of silly, but everyone raves about them so I thought why not? I purchased the travel duo so I could keep one with my makeup and bring one with me on the go. 

This spray hydrates, tones, and refreshes all skin types. You can even spray it over makeup. I first tried it while traveling, and it was so great for my reviving my skin as it became dry on the plane. I'm excited to have it with me over the summer for hot beach days.



I always need good lip products when I'm out in the sun because my lips tend to get sunburned. I've used Nivea Smoothness with SPF 15 for a couple of years and I really love it. I use it all year because of how moisturized it keeps my lips. I also love that it doesn't have a scent and contains aloe and shea. It's just the best and I always have one in my bag.

I was able to snag a Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick in the shade Razzmatazz on sale at Sephora a couple weeks ago (unfortunately they are no longer available at Sephora, but I believe you can still find them online if you do a search). I definitely recommend any regular Chubby Stick though. I've always been a fan of the sheer non-sticky formula. 



Last but not least I've got my nail picks because duh! I don't put these in my beach bag unless I'm going on vacation and need to have them for touch ups. The first is a base coat that I recently started using and have really been enjoying. It is the Nails Inc. Nailkale Superfood Base Coat. This base is meant to help with nail growth, hydration, anti-breakage, and anti-splitting. 

My go to bright color lately has been OPI Suzi Without a Paddle. I love wearing two coats of this bright blue creme on my fingers AND toes! It's just so bright and pretty.


I hope you give some of these products a try! What are your summer beach bag essentials?

xoxo,
   Brooke
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