Monday, July 16, 2018

Butter London Trout Pout

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We had a chill weekend without any plans, which was actually kind of nice. Of course we watched the World Cup on Sunday and even though I wanted Croatia to win, it was still fun to watch.

My nails are growing out little by little (mine grow so SLOWLY). Today I'm wearing Butter London Trout Pout, a bright coral creme. I've always loved this color, especially the name! For a little bit of glitter I used FUN Lacquer Paparazzi. Something about coral and gold is just so pretty.





Hope you have a great start to your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Essie Island Hopping

Hey everyone! How was your week? I don't know about you but I shopped the Nordstrom anniversary sale early access yesterday. I ordered a few things online and also shopped in store. I would definitely say my in store experience was more pleasant than online. Why is everything sold out the second day? Crazy!

Somehow while shopping basically all of my nails on my swatch hand split. Dry hands maybe? Idk what happened but it was really annoying and I had to cut all of them down. Ugh. They were getting so nice and long too! I'm just going to have to up the cuticle oil application.

Today I used Essie Island hopping, a pretty plum/mauve shade that seems more like a fall color to me even though the name is summery. I love the formula on this one. For the flower detail I used Essie Go Ginza, a very soft pinky purple. The flowers are actually a lot easier to make than you would think. I started by using my dotting tool to create 5 dots spaced around each other. Then, I used a thin nail brush to drag the polish into the center. Quick and easy flowers! To get even fancier I used some pearls to stick in the center, but you could just put a dot of polish instead.






Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Tropical Leaves Nails

Hey everyone! How was your week? Hopefully not too hot. I was able to get to the beach with a friend on Thursday and it was perfect beach weather. Have you been to the beach yet this summer?

I felt inspired to do something tropical, so I grabbed my Born Pretty Store leaves stamping plate. I don't see mine listed on their website anymore, so here's a link to one that's similar.

For my base color I used one of my all time favorites for any season, Essie Urban Jungle. This creamy alabaster white is super flattering because it isn't a stark white and looks great all year. After two coats of that, I used Zoya Ness as my green stamping color for the leaves. I love how easy this look was to create but it looks beautiful!





Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 2, 2018

Nails Inc. Superfood Repair Oil

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? It was HOT here so we spent some time at the pool (and also plenty of time indoors in the AC haha). We've still got some heat this week but hopefully it will dip below the 90s soon.

Today I'm focusing on a new product I've been using the past few weeks for nail/cuticle care. It is the Nails Inc. Superfood Nail & Cuticle Repair Oil. I ordered mine from Sephora and it retails for $15.


Here's some info about this oil directly from the brand:

Nails Inc. Superfood Repair Oil contains the perfect moisturizing blend of sweet almond oil, organ oil, and rose hip oil. Each oil offers benefits to encourage healthy nails and cuticles. Rose hip oil helps support strong nails with antioxidant benefits and high levels of vitamin A.

How to use:

Use the dropper to apply the oil to the base of each nail bed. Gently massage into the nails and cuticle area. I like to do this nightly before bed and sometimes during the day.





The results? After packing up my classroom totally destroyed my nails, I've found that using this oil really helped restore strength to my nails and helped them grow faster. My cuticles aren't perfect but they're definitely better than before. I highly recommend checking this product out!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, June 29, 2018

Smith & Cult Suburban Warrior

Hey everyone! How was your week? I finally had some time just to relax and do nothing, something all teachers need to do when the year ends!

Tonight the husband and I are going to a Sam Smith concert at Madison Square Garden. I wanted to do something pretty on my nails, so I reached for Smith & Cult Suburban Warrior. This is described as an opaque watermelon radish, but I simply see it as a deep hot pink. As with all Smith & Cult polishes I've used, the formula is perfection! To jazz these up I did a little glitter on the tips with Julep Yumi, but you could really use any glitter you like.




Have a great weekend and stay cool!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, June 25, 2018

Watermelon Nails

Hey everyone! As of last Thursday I'm officially on summer break! It was a crazy week packing up the room and my nails took a bit of a beating so they're a little short right now. Over the weekend we went to a wedding in Lake George and it was so nice to get away for a few days.

Now that my summer has started I'm kicking it off with these fun watermelon nails. My base is Zoya Dixie, a juicy watermelon creme. I used a Born Pretty Store stamping plate to get the watermelon designs and I love how it cam out. So cute for summer!






Hope you all have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, June 15, 2018

Live Love Polish Party Favor

Hey everyone! I haven't posted in a while because it's been so crazy getting ready for the end of the school year. Our official last day is next Thursday and it can't come soon enough. We're all ready for summer break.

Last week on National Nail Polish Day I placed an order from Live Love Polish to get the limited edition shade Party Favor as a gift with purchase. Party Favor is described a s pink tinted jelly base filled with different sizes of silver holo glitters. I needed two coats for full coverage. This glitter is textured and it definitely ate all of my top coat (does anyone have a recommendation for a good top coat for glitter?) but it is still beautiful and SPARKLY! These pictures really don't do it justice because it's truly blinding.

 So. Sparkly.






Although this shade was limited edition, there are still so many gorgeous Live Love Polish shade's to choose from :) Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, June 1, 2018

Gold Pineapple Nails

Hey everyone! How was your week? It was a long one for me despite having Monday off for Memorial Day. We also took our second graders on a field trip to the beach on a bit of a rainy day so I'm exhausted. I'll get to relax a bit this weekend before a wedding we have on Sunday.

In honor of National Nail Polish Day, I decided to do some fun nail art! I have a thing for pineapples and I have no idea how it started because I actually don't like the taste of them. Weird, right? For these pineapple nails I started with a base of Butter London Cotton Buds, one of my favorite white polishes that's opaque in 2 coats.

The glitter is called Rise & Grind from the Nails Inc Caffeine Hit collection. It smells like coffee when it dries! I love this glitter and I think maybe for Sunday I'll do all my nails with this one. I did the stamping last with a plate from Born Pretty Store and Marc Jacobs Gatsby. How cute is this look? So summery and fun.





Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke
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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Nails Inc Flock You Duo

Hey everyone! Hope you're all having a great long weekend. We've been mostly enjoying eating (as usual) and doing some shopping. I came down with a cold on Friday so I've also been trying to rest up and get my energy back for the home stretch of the school year.

I recently picked up the newest nail polish duo from Nails Inc and I think this is my favorite one they've done so far! I grabbed mine at Sephora - it's the Flock You duo. Right now it's showing as sold out online, but I saw plenty in stock at my local Sephora the other day so definitely check yours out if you're interested. The set has two full sized perfect for summer colors for $15.


The first of the two bright shades is Birds Before Boys, a pink foil that shifts to green-gold. The second shade is Anything Flamingoessss, a full coverage neon pink (and I mean NEON people). I have to say, as with all Nails Inc polishes, the wide brush is awesome and makes application super easy. I tried layering the foil color over the neon pink and it looked great, which makes this set versatile! Love a color that can be worn full coverage or as a topper.





What do you think of this set? Are you planning on picking one up? I'm looking forward to seeing the next set Nails Inc puts out for sure!

xoxo,
   Brooke
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Pastel Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great weekend despite the rainy weather. We took some time to relax and get some things done around the apartment.

Sometimes I let the hubby choose my polish, and he usually ends up picking blue. This time he picked out two GlitterDaze polishes in the colors Sky's the Limit and Come Fly With Me. I love these beautiful pastel cremes! I used nail stencils to make the little tulips, but it got a little sloppy when I tried to outline with black. I still think it looks cute!





Hope you all have a great week! I know I'm looking forward to the long Memorial Day weekend.

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, May 14, 2018

Cactus Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We had Mother's Day lunch with my fam on Saturday and then had a chill Sunday. It's nice to have a day for down time, especially as we get close to the end of the school year and things can get a little hectic.

I recently got these sweet little cactus decals from Julep and couldn't wait to try them out! Cute right?


I realized that Zoya Ness would pair perfectly with these. Ness is a soft jade green creme that applies nicely in two coats. Underneath those decals I'm wearing Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee, a silvery lilac foil that is one of my all time favorites. I love love love these nails!






Hope you all have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke
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