Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Abstract Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you're doing well. This whole quarantine has been weird and I swear we never even know what day it is anymore. At least today the sun is finally out here!

A few months ago I tried an abstract nail art look and thought it would be fun to do another one. This design is great because you can use any combination of colors and the design can be whatever you want! I wanted to do blue, so I went with OPI Dreams Need Clara-fication, a lovely pale blue. The two accent nails have a base of Butter London Cotton Buds. To make the design I just used the blue again and wiped most of the polish off the brush before applying it over the white. This gives you a sort of dry brush effect, which works really well for this abstract look. I also used some of Zoya Trixie, a metallic foiled silver, to add some hints of sparkle. The last step was using a dotting tool with OPI Good Girls Gone Plaid to make dots over the designs.





Enjoy the rest of your week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, March 30, 2020

Nail & Cuticle Care

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend, all things considered. We had rain most of the weekend so basically stayed in and finished binging Tiger King on Netflix. Have you watched it? It honestly was like watching a train wreck - we couldn't look away! We also started watching The Imagineering Story on Disney+ and it's super interesting to see how the Disney parks were created.

Anyway, a friend suggested an updated nail and cuticle care post with everything that's going on. All of the hand washing and hand sanitizer have understandably left many of us with dry hands and cuticles, not to mention all of the people who can't get to a salon right now! There are a few things you can do at home to keep your skin and nails in good shape.


1. First of all, it's a myth that your nails need to "breathe" or take a break between polishing. Nails get their oxygen from the blood stream, not the air. In fact, having bare nails can lead to more breakage. At the very least you're better off with a protective base coat.

2. If you're doing any cleaning around the house or washing dishes, wear rubber gloves! This will protect your manicure or your bare nails (plus you don't want those chemicals on your skin).

3. Push back your cuticles, but please do NOT cut them! Your cuticles are there to protect your nails, so cutting them can actually lead to infection and no one wants that! I love the Instant Cuticle Remover from Sally Hansen. About once a week I apply a small amount to the cuticle area, let it sit for 15 seconds, and then gently push back my cuticles with a manicure stick. I wash my hands right after to get rid of any excess product and then proceed with painting. If you don't have a cuticle removing product, try gently pushing back your cuticles after showering or soaking your nails in warm water to soften the cuticles.

4. CUTICLE OIL! If you can, try to get some sort of cuticle oil to reapply throughout the day. It's a cuticle saver after all of the hand washing. My current favorite is California Mango Cuticle Oil, but there are a ton of options out there. If you're in a pinch you can use olive oil, coconut oil, or even a lip balm!

5. Hand cream is also a good thing to reapply throughout the day. Spend an extra minute rubbing it into your cuticle area. A gentle cuticle massage increases circulation and can actually promote nail growth.


Nail care doesn't have to be a chore. I find peace in taking a few minutes several times a day to apply cuticle oil and hand cream. Plus I know it's good for my skin and nails!

I hope you can take some time for self-care this week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pastel Skittles Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you've been doing well since I last posted. My husband is still working from home and I've been doing a ton of baking, although now it's almost impossible to find flour. Apparently everyone decided to try their hand at baking during the quarantine!

At least I have lots of pretty nail polish to keep me occupied. I was trying to decide on an Essie color and ended up choosing 5 lol. But I do love the skittles trend, so that's fine. This is a pastel version of it using Go Ginza (on my thumb, which you can't see), Bikini So Teeny, Baguette Me Not, Blossom Dandy, and Hay There. The formula was great on all of them and I used two coats of each. I love skittles nails because the combinations are literally endless and they always look cute!




Stay safe and enjoy the weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, March 13, 2020

OPI Mural Mural on the Wall

Hey everyone! Hope your week hasn't been too crazy with coronavirus going on. I live in the NYC area so it's been pretty wild here. My husband worked from home today and then found out that he'll be home for the next two weeks. We called a nearby Trader Joe's this morning to find out how empty their shelves were and they said they had just restocked so I went over to grab some extra food since we'll both be home the next couple weeks. It was CRAZY. I got there early, but by the time I left there was a line out the door! I'll be steering clear of grocery stores for a little while.

Anyway, OPI recently came out with their Mexico City collection. The colors are beautiful and bright, but I felt I had comparable colors already in my stash except for one. Mural Mural on the Wall is a sheer coral with gold flakies and builds up really nicely in three coats. You could do less and have the polish be more sheer, which also looks beautiful. Either way you will likely still see some visible nail line so if that bugs you, you may not like this one. I think it looks great with my skin tone and will be so pretty for spring and summer. I also love that the finish is smooth despite the flakies.





I have to say it's awesome to see a mainstream brand experimenting with formula and I hope more brands start doing it. Hope you have a great weekend and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, March 9, 2020

Essie Blossom Dandy

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? The weather here was gorgeous yesterday so we took a long walk and found some Girl Scouts selling cookies, so that was a happy surprise. I wasn't even planning on getting cookies this year but I now a box of Samoas and Tagalongs that I'm super excited about.

I looked through my polishes and saw a couple of Essie shades I thought would pair nicely together for some floral nail art - Blossom Dandy and Hay There. Blossom Dandy is a minty blue creme with an excellent formula and is opaque in two coats. Hay There is a pale yellow creme from the fall 2019 collection that I absolutely fell love with, even though I'm usually not a huge fan of yellow nails. The formula on this one is also amazing and has the newer wide brush. I used my dotting tool to make some little daisies with white polish. The blue and yellow together are so happy and fun for spring!




Have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, March 6, 2020

Louboutin Edgypopi

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great week. I was browsing on the Mercari app earlier this week, where there are sometimes good finds on nail polish, and came across a bottle of Louboutin Edgypopi in perfect condition! This polish has been on my wish list for over a year and I knew Mercari would be a good place to keep an eye out because I don't really want to pay the full $50 price tag. I also had a $5 off coupon and was able to snag it for $15! It arrived at my door a couple days later and I couldn't wait to put it on my nails.

Edgypopi is described as a bright orange-red and is the perfect shade for spring and especially summer. I have it on my toes now as well! The formula is on the thin side, so you'll want to be careful when you apply it not to flood your cuticles. Despite the thinner formula, I was able to achieve opacity with two easy coats. I know the price tag on these polishes is crazy, but I have to say the formula on each one I've tried has been excellent (plus the bottle is a piece of art all by itself).

For a fun accent I used another favorite formula, the Zoya holographic line in the shade Everly. It pairs so well with any bright red in your collection and gives your mani a little extra sparkle.






Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Kanpai OPI!

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a good week so far. I'm getting excited about warmer weather and looking through my spring polishes.

Today I reached for two OPI colors - Kanpai OPI! and Let's Be Friends. Kanpai OPI! is a perfect transition shade from winter into spring. It's a grey periwinkle blue creme with a beautiful formula that's opaque in 2 coats. I also used Let's Be Friends from the Hello Kitty collection. I love this timeless pale pink creme that's also opaque in 2 coats. I used my small detail nail brush to make blue triangles on my accent nails. You could also use nail vinyls or tape to help you with this part, just make sure your base color is dry first!




Have a great rest of the week!

xoxo,
   Brooke