Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sprinkle Birthday Nails

Hey everyone! Hope your week is off to a good start. I'm just doing a super quick birthday nail post since I'm celebrating my 29th today.

I decided on a fun and colorful sprinkle design! I love how easy this look is and that it works with literally any colors. I started with three coats of Essie Marshmallow, a great base for nail art. The rest of the colors I used were also Essie: Roarrrange, Splash of Grenadine, Dye-Mentions, Bachelorette Bash, and hay there. I used a small detail brush to make the little lines randomly on each nail. I think it looks so cute!





Enjoy the rest of your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, January 13, 2020

Zoya India

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the glorious weather. It was in the mid 60s here so we definitely made sure to get outside and take advantage of it! We also went out for dinner on Saturday with my family for an early birthday dinner - I'm turning 29 on Wednesday so I'll be back mid-week with some birthday nails.

Today I'm wearing a color I wanted for my collection for a few years and just finally got around to picking it up. The polish is Zoya India from their 2014 fall collection. The color can best be described as a deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer. It's absolutely stunning and I'm so happy to finally have it in my collection!





Have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, January 3, 2020

Zoya Jen

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great week. I was very pleasantly surprised to have my big 70% off Zoya order come earlier this week (did you order anything?) and knew I wanted to paint my nails with one of the new colors. Aside from a few polishes, I also ordered 4 giant bottles of their Remove Plus. It's the BEST nail polish remover! I'm so happy to know I won't run out for a long time.

The color I chose for my nails today is Jen, described as a royal sapphire blue with a hint of purple. I used two coats here and hopefully you can see the shimmer that gives this color some depth. It's just beautiful! It's definitely perfect on it's own, but I thought some silver nail stamping would look amazing with this color. I used Zoya Trixie and this stamping plate for the designs.





I hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

ILNP Party Bus

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Do you have any fun plans tonight to ring in 2020? My husband and I started a tradition a couple years ago of making homemade pasta on NYE. We put together a delicious homemade meal with the pasta, open some wine, and watch the ball drop on our TV. It's nice to be home rather than out with all the crowds.

This year for my nails I picked out a color that's actually supposed to be with my birthday gift, but I couldn't resist using it. ILNP was doing a great discount back in November so I ordered 8 new polishes for my collection, which my husband bought as my birthday gift for January. He's been holding onto them but I just thought this one color would be so perfect for today!

I used my 2x zoom on my iPhone 8+ to get this gorgeous close up of Party Bus in the bottle.

The color I picked is Party Bus, a deep black jelly holographic shimmer. There are red, green, and blue holographic micro-flakes and iridescent flakes. It is seriously stunning and perfect for this occasion! I used two coats here for full opacity. I also ordered Cityscape, another black holo, so I'll have to do a comparison when I get all my polishes in a couple weeks. I did some glitter placement with silver hex glitter to make 2020 on my nails. It's a little hard to see in the photos, but looks great in person.





I hope you all have a happy and healthy new year!

xoxo
   Brooke

Thursday, December 26, 2019

OPI Let's Be Friends!

Hey everyone! I hope you had a lovely holiday. It's been a while since my last post. I had food poisoning a couple weeks ago and was out of commission for about a week, and then things got busy with holiday time and seeing family. But I'm back with pretty nails to share!

About a month ago I picked up OPI Let's Be Friends! from the Hello Kitty collection when it was on sale at Ulta. This pale pink creme was brought back from the original collection and I'm so glad I was able to get my hands on it this time. I found that I needed three thin coats to achieve full opacity, but the formula was very easy to work with. I wanted to add some glitter, so first I started with two coats of OPI Bubble Bath. Then on half of the nail I used one coat of Zoya Trixie followed by some Zoya Lux sponged over top. I love the contrast between the soft, sheer pink and the holo glitters. This would be such a pretty look for New Year's Eve!





Enjoy the rest of your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, December 9, 2019

Essie Shearling Darling

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We spent most of it watching all of season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (even though we initially said we wouldn't binge watch it, but it was just so good!) I also obsessively oiled my messed up index finger nail to try to help it grow faster. I think by the end of the week it'll be looking much better.

I wanted to do a deep red on my nails today, so I went for Essie Shearling Darling. This is one of those colors that can look almost black. I achieved opacity in two easy coats. One of my favorite ways to dress up my nails is adding nail foil (like these from Amazon). Once my polish was dry I pressed on small pieces of gold foil diagonally across two nails and sealed the foil in with a top coat. It's so easy and looks gorgeous!





I hope you have a great week, despite this gross rainy weather in the NYC area!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, December 2, 2019

Blue Skittles Nails

Hey everyone! How was your Thanksgiving? We went out for dinner with my parents on the actual day and then the next day we went to my in-law's house for second Thanksgiving. So basically lots of eating all around. Over the weekend we relaxed and I took advantage of some sales. I'm most excited about a big order from ILNP that my husband will be holding hostage until January for my birthday.

It's supposed to snow all afternoon here in New Jersey and I'm hoping for more than just a dusting. I love the first few big snows! It inspired me to a do a blue skittles mani today. The colors I used are all OPI: Dreams Need Clara-fication, Kanpai OPI!, Suzi Without a Paddle, and I Am What I Amethyst. For each of these colors I used two coats. I really need a darker blue from OPI so I can do a true ombre look.

As you can see I still have that annoying nail break on my index finger. Not sure how long a break on the side like that will take to grow in, but hopefully not too long!






Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke