Monday, June 15, 2020

Essie Flying Solo

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. The weather here was absolutely beautiful so we spent plenty of time outside enjoying it. We also made our own pizza on Sunday using DeLallo's pizza kit and pizza sauce and it came out amazing! Definitely recommend if you ever want to make pizza t home.

Before I get into today's nails, I just wanted to update you on my Olive & June order. I received it last week and unfortunately some of the items were incorrect, so I wanted to hold off on my swatches and review. I reached out to their customer service and they reshipped my order, which I really appreciated. It should be here today and I'm hoping to get a review up next weekend.

Moving on, today I have two more colors from Essie's Flying Solo collection. The color on my index and ring finger nails is the namesake of the collection, flying solo. It's a mid-tone, creamy pink creme that applied perfectly in two coats. I have this one on my toes as well! The color on my ring and pinky nails is one way for one, a blue based pink polish with gold frosted pearl and again I used two coats. The formula of this one reminded me of you do blue, which I shared last week.




Have a great week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, June 8, 2020

Essie you do blue

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? The weather was beautiful so we made sure to get outside and take advantage of it.

Since I'm finally getting paychecks again (yay!) I'm catching up on a few nail polishes I've been wanting to add to my collection. I have the Olive & June x Zeba summer collection coming tomorrow so I'll probably do a swatch post for that. Today I'm trying out one of the three colors I purchased from Essie's Flying Solo collection. Can I just first say how much I LOVE the wider brushes Essie uses now? They seem to fit my nail shape perfectly and it makes polishing go super quick.

Anyway, the color I'm wearing today is you do blue, a periwinkle blue with violet iridescence. This is one of those color shifts that's more obvious in the bottle, but still looks lovely on the nails. The formula was great and I needed two coats for full opacity.




Hope you have a great week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, May 25, 2020

Purple Smoosh Nails

Hey everyone! Sorry for the long absence, but I have exciting news! I've been searching for a new job for the past year after leaving teaching and last week I accepted an offer to work on the development team at a local food bank. I went in last week to pick up my computer then I started on-boarding remotely. It was a crazy week meeting everyone via video conferencing and getting familiar with the role, but it was all very exciting!

I finally had some time to paint my nails this weekend, so I did some fun nail art too. I started with two coats of Zoya Abby, a beautiful pale purple creme. I then dotted a few other colors on my stamping mat and pressed a nail stamper into the colors to mix them together. This is where the "smoosh" part comes in. I pressed the stamper a few times on the nail to create swirls of color. I also added some gold foil to make it extra pretty!





Have a great week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, May 8, 2020

Twinkled T Holo Lightning

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good week.

I recently ordered the Nailify Mani Box ($32) from Twinkled T, a small business owned by two sisters and located in LA selling nail polish, nail tools, and nail art supplies. Each box comes with nail nippers, a 10 pack of wood sticks, and a rose gold brush to clean up the cuticles. You then get to choose from several nail polish colors or a holo top coat, a glass nail file, and a sticker sheet. I ended up choosing the Holo Lightning top coat, sprinkle file, and star sticker sheet. They're also selling a Nailify Stamping Box ($32), which comes with liquid latex, a mini holo stamper and scraper, and your choice of stamping plate and 2 stamping polishes.

I was very excited to try the Holo Lightning top coat and decided to apply it over Smith & Cult Suburban Warrior, a hot pink creme. Holo Lightning is filled with different sizes of holographic flakies, ranging from large pieces to tiny flecks. They add so much gorgeous dimension to your nails and I bet this top coat would look awesome on top of other holos. My absolute favorite thing about it is that the flakies are smooth on the nail and don't have any texture.





Have a good weekend and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, May 4, 2020

Milk Bath Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and had a chance to get outside to enjoy the warm weather. We took a long walk each day and it was so nice just to be out in the sun.

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day (like how I do every day haha) and came across something called milk bath nails. This nail art trend is meant to look like a beauty treatment called a milk bath, which is a mixture of milk and water with colorful flowers suspended throughout. To recreate this on the nails, you'll want a milky, sheer nail color and some dried flowers. My flowers from Born Pretty Store are no longer available, but here's a link to something similar.

Generally I've seen these done with acrylic nails and I'm sure you'll get a nice smooth finish over the flowers this way. Since I've done mine on my natural nails with regular polish, my flowers feel a little textured on top. I don't mind this, but just something to think about before you get started.

I thought OPI Bubble Bath would be the perfect color for this look, and I ended up using 3 thin coats to get my desired opacity. Once this was dry I used my top coat as a sort of glue with the flowers and placed the different colors throughout each nail. I also added a bit of gold foil just for an extra pretty touch. Top coat sealed all of the flowers in and they've stayed on really well. These nails came out gorgeous and I would absolutely wear this look again!






Hope you have a good week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, April 27, 2020

Floral Nail Art

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. We got outside for a bit on Saturday which was nice since it's been rainy the last two days. I also have a new mission to obtain a coral Nintendo Switch Lite because I tried the Animal Crossing app and now I'm addicted and want the real thing haha. I was able to place an order for curbside pick up from Best Buy so we'll see if that actually goes through since I heard a lot of orders get cancelled. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, I was scrolling through my nail pics and realized how little I use my green polishes. It's just not my go to color but I have so many pretty ones. I decided to use a few from Zoya - Ness, Neely, and Merida. I hadn't used Merida yet and I've had it for a while so I was excited to try it. This is one of their holographic formulas and it's absolutely stunning! I also topped my ring finger nail with some floral nail art using my tiny detail brush. Floral designs are always fun since you can use any colors you want and they really don't have to be perfect to look good.





Have a good week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, April 20, 2020

OPI Suzi Without a Paddle

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. The weather was gorgeous Sunday, but when we went out for a walk by the water the boardwalk was PACKED and we didn't really feel safe walking there. The parks being closed means everyone is basically going outside to the same area. We just bought masks from someone making them locally so at least we have some protection.

When I painted my nails yesterday I knew I wanted to use OPI Suzi Without a Paddle, a light minty blue creme that went on nicely with two coats. For some glitter I used ILNP Juliette, which you totally need in your collection if you don't have it yet. I also used my small detail brush and some white and yellow polish to create half of a daisy on my middle nail. These nails are so cute for spring!





Hope you have a good start to the week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke