Monday, November 11, 2019

Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. It was cold here so we stayed bundled up in the apartment for most of it.

I was looking through my polishes and pulled out an old favorite I haven't worn in a while - Essie Cashmere Bathrobe. I love that this gray polish has very fine shimmer that does show up on the nails once applied. It's a great option as a softer alternative to black. I used two coats here and the formula was excellent. For detailed instructions on how to create this smoosh nail art, check out this post.





Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, November 4, 2019

Nails Inc. Girl King Duo

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We were long overdue for an apartment clean up and laundry so we spent most of Saturday doing that. As a reward to ourselves we went out for all you can eat sushi afterwards and it was so good.

I asked hubby for a color suggestion for my nails and he wanted a dark green, so I decided to pull out my Nails Inc. Girl King duo (available at Sephora for $15). This set comes with Fearless Female, a khaki green creme, and Bosses Be Like, a metallic pale pink foil. My favorite thing about Nails Inc. polishes is the wide brush. It makes application so easy!

For this look I started with two coats of Fearless Female and then used Bosses Be Like to paint a small diagonal section at the tip of the nail. It's sort of like a more updated take on the french manicure and is so simple to do. I'll just never get tired of these colors!




Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween Nail Art

Happy Halloween! Are you dressing up? I'm not super into Halloween and plan on staying in tonight, but of course I had to make sure my nails were painted appropriately for the day.

The colors I used are both OPI. The orange is Tempura-ture is Rising and the shimmery black is Black Dress Not Optional. I used two coats for both. I have a cute Halloween stamping plate from Born Pretty Store that I had to use for this look. The designs I went with were the spider web, pumpkin, and skull. You can use any white or black polish to stamp with these. I also found some pretty rhinestones and thought the orange ones would look so good over black (I was right). I love this mismatched look!




Enjoy the rest of your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, October 28, 2019

Blood Drip Nails

Hey everyone! It's been a while since my last post. We had a wedding near DC last weekend and then we came home to a pipe leak a couple floors up from our apartment. Luckily the maintenance crew caught it early enough so the carpet wasn't too wet, but the plaster on the wall got some water and smelled horrible. We had giant fans and de-humidifiers going for a few days to get everything back to normal. It was definitely a huge inconvenience, but could have been worse.

With Halloween upon us this week I wanted to try to do two different looks. Today I have some blood drip nails for you! I started with two coats of Zoya Willa, a black creme. If you're looking for a good black polish I really like this one. I then used one coat of their matte top coat. Once that dried I went in with a dotting tool and small detail brush with Zoya Dream, a holographic red, to make the blood drips. You don't even need fancy tools for this, a toothpick or bobby pin would do! Obviously I didn't go in with a glossy top coat because I wanted to keep the black matte. You could certainly do this look without the matte top coat if you don't have one and it would still look great for Halloween.





I'll have another look for you on Halloween. Have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, October 18, 2019

Zoya Etta

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great week. We're going to a wedding this weekend and my dress has some really pretty fall colors, so I wanted my nails to compliment that.

I decided on Zoya Etta, which they describe as a vampy cabernet with a hint of violet micro pearl. After two coats of this color I could really see the gorgeous depth of it. I knew I wanted to do a glitter gradient and ended up using Julep Autumn. To be honest I've stayed away from Julep products lately since a lot of issues with ownership have been going on (just check their social media, holy moly), but I just love this glitter so much. It contains all the colors of fall.

I highly recommend getting yourself some inexpensive makeup sponges to make doing any glitter gradient super easy!




Have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

OPI Good Girls Gone Plaid

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We went to see The Joker but ended up being kind of disappointed by it. The beginning was definitely too slow and not enough action. That being said, Joaquin Phoenix did an incredible job with the acting. It was just the storyline I didn't love.

A while ago I had picked up two of the shades from OPI's Scotland collection, one which I already tried. You can see the mani I did with You've Got That Glas-glow here. The other color I got is Good Girls Gone Plaid, a dark amethyst that can look almost black in certain lighting. I LOVE colors like this. It reminds me so much of Lincoln Park After Dark, but a tad lighter. The formula was great on this one and I used two coats here. I used You've Got That Glas-glow on my pinky nail and half of my ring finger nail. The other half has Good Girls Gone Plaid and some gold glitter down the center.




Enjoy the rest of your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Zoya Vesper

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a good weekend so far. I haven't painted my nails much this week because I had a lot of breakage happening on my right hand and then I accidentally sliced a piece of my skin off on a mandoline (ugh). I got a couple of pretty new colors in the mail from Zoya's fall 2019 collection and just had to put one of them on.

The shade I'm wearing today is Zoya Vesper, a dusty grey-violet/blue creme. The formula is so good and applies perfectly in two coats. For a little something extra I applied a thin strip of Zoya Dream, a deep blue scattered holo, down the middle of each nail. I love them together!





Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke