Monday, August 19, 2019

Sunset Gradient Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We were in Montauk from Thursday to Sunday with the husband's family. We had pretty decent weather and enjoyed a couple of good beach days!

Being at the beach made me want to use some sunset colors, so I decided to do a gradient look. I recently picked up these wedge sponges from Ulta and they are perfect for creating gradients! I grabbed 3 OPI colors for this look and started with one coat of Tempura-ture is Rising! for the base. I then layered my colors on the sponge in this order:

Spare Me a French Quarter?
Cajun Shrimp
Tempura-ture is Rising!

I gently pressed the sponge onto my nail and repeated the step 3 times per nail. Unfortunately I ran out of my liquid latex, so I had a little polish to clean up after I was done. If you have liquid latex I would recommend putting some around each cuticle before you start sponging.




Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, August 12, 2019

Shades of Pink Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? The weather was so beautiful here so we took advantage of that by spending plenty of time outside. It looks like the great weather will continue all week, which we are very happy about since we'll be going to Montauk for a long weekend.

Today I pulled out three different Essie colors for my nails. I've been seeing a lot more looks where different shades in the same color family are being used and I think it looks so cute! Kind of like ombre nails but out of order. For today's mani I decided on three purple/pink polishes in the colors Baguette Me Not (thumb and ring fingers), Go Ginza (index and pinky fingers), and Splash of Grenadine (middle finger). I used two coats for each color.

Of course you can recreate this using any colors you like. Pinks and purples truly are some of my favorites, so I love these colors together.




Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, August 5, 2019

Abstract Nail Art

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We had beautiful weather and spent some time at the pool. I can't believe it's already August! I'm definitely starting to feel the itch for fall nail colors, but for now I'm still happy with summer brights.

I've been seeing the abstract nail art trend for a while on Instagram and always thought it looked super fun, so I decided to give it a try myself. I was recently gifted the Morgan Taylor Rocketman collection by Preen.Me and two colors in particular spoke to me. The first was a bright pink creme called Tickle My Keys and the second was a yellow creme called Glow Like A Star. Both apply beautifully and were opaque in two coats!

Doing an abstract nail is pretty simple. It can really be anything you want! I used a little of the pink and yellow and a just a little bit of white. I then used black and a dotting tool to make small dots over the white area. I was definitely skeptical of how it would turn out, but I really like it! I think there will definitely be more abstract nails in the future.





Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 29, 2019

OPI Suzi Without a Paddle

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We celebrated hubby's birthday with all you can eat sushi and some homemade chocolate cake, two of his favorite things!

I've been in a little funk with my nails since last week and haven't felt like painting them at all. To be honest I didn't really feel like it today but I'm glad I decided to. I wanted to do chevron nails, so I started with OPI Suzi Without a Paddle as my base and made the chevrons with Butter London Cotton Buds. You can use any minty and white polishes to achieve this look. I used my tiny detail brush to add silver around the chevron and love how it looks.





Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 22, 2019

Neon Leopard Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? It was HOT here in Jersey City. Felt like over 100 degrees! We mostly stayed in the AC except for walking to a restaurant for dinner (and after that walk I was very sweaty).

I was in the mood for leopard print nails, but decided to go for neon which is a super fun twist. I started with two coats of Essie Marshmallow, a milky sheer white. I tend to prefer colors like this instead of a white creme, which can sometimes look a little to stark for me.

For my leopard print I used my dotting tool with Color Club Jackie Oh! and China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini to make spots all over my nails. These don't have to be perfect circles because you'll use black polish to make some curved lines around them. I used a tiny detail brush for this. Again, don't worry about making it perfect! Any empty spaces were filled with little black spots.






Btw, what do you think of the background for these photos? I tried something different by the window and the lighting is definitely nicer. Think I'll experimenting with that spot!

Have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 15, 2019

Butter London Molly Coddled

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We went to see the new Spiderman movie on Saturday and both thought it was pretty good. Sunday I had brunch in the city with some friends. All in all a great weekend! This week I'm trying to stay cool in the heat, will definitely be going to the pool a bunch.

Today I painted my nails with an old favorite, Butter London Molly Coddled. The formula on this lilac color is still wonderful and is opaque in two easy coats. I used Lillibet's Jubilee, a gorgeous silvery lavender foil, to create a stripe down the center of each nail. I think these colors compliment each other so well!




Hope you have a great week and stay cool!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 8, 2019

Purple Smoosh Nails

Hey everyone! How was your 4th of July and weekend? On Friday we drove up to Rochester for a wedding Saturday. Aside from the long drive we had a great time! It's always fun getting dressed up.

My Monday has been pretty chill and I had time to do some fun nail art. I'd seen this "smoosh" mani a bunch on social media and have always wanted to do my own. You can start with any base color, but I used Zoya Abby, a light lavender creme. The next step requires a nail stamper and a few colors of your choice. I also used my nail mat (like this one). If you don't have a nail mat you could use wax paper or just paint directly on your stamper. The colors I used were Zoya Abby, Zoya Jordan, Zoya Maeve, Zoya Aurora, and Essie Dye-Mentions.

Step 1: Paint a layer of your base color (Abby for me) on the mat.
Step 2: Quickly dot your different colors around on top of the base color.
Step 3: Take your stamper and press it down on top of the colors. This will smoosh everything together and blend the colors.
Step 4: Gently press the stamper down on top of your nail. You may need to manipulate it a little or press it more than once to get the colors looking how you want.
Step 5 (optional): Place some small pieces of gold foil around the design.
Step 5: Seal your design with a glossy top coat.





There are a bunch of helpful Youtube tutorials as well! I love how these came out. 
Hope the rest of your week is great!

xoxo,
   Brooke