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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

4th of July Glitter Gradient Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great week so far. We have a crazy busy weekend coming up so I have some quick 4th of July nails to share. Unfortunately I'll have to take them off tomorrow night because we're driving up to Rochester for a wedding and I don't really think these colors will go with my dress haha.

To create this glitter gradient look I followed a great tutorial by HannahRoxNails on Youtube (linked here). Remember, you don't have to use the exact colors she or I used! First I started with two coats of Zoya Trixie for a silver base. Next, I applied Zoya Everly (holo red) from the base to just below the middle of my nail. Then, I applied Zoya Dream (holo blue) from slightly above the middle of my nail to the tip. This left a small line of silver in the middle of my nail. I then took my silver glitter, Marc Jacobs Glinda, on a small detail brush and spread it around the middle and creating small strokes into the red and blue to get my gradient effect. Lastly, I used Everly and Dream again to create some more lines around the silver to blend everything together.

I absolutely love how this came out!





I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, June 28, 2019

Pastel Nails

Hey everyone! How was your week? Now that school is out I've been able to get back into my workout routine, which feels great and terrible at the same time. I'm so sore. But once the soreness goes away it's not too bad.

For my nails today I wanted to wear a bunch of different pastels, so I went with all Essie polishes. From left to right we have Marshmallow, Go Ginza, Bikini So Teeny, and Baguette Me Not. I also used Baguette Me Not on my thumb (not pictured). There's something so fun about using a different color on each nail! I'd love to try it as a more monochromatic look too, like all pinks or greens.





Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, June 24, 2019

Nails Inc Flock You

Hey Everyone! How was your weekend? We visited DH's family on Saturday for a belated father's day and had all you can eat sushi, our fav. On Sunday we checked out Project Eats in Jersey City and tried a few different yummy foods. We also enjoyed the lovely weather and sat out by the pool. All in all a great start to the summer!

Speaking of summer, I had to break out this perfect bright duo from Nails Inc. The Flock You duo, still available at Sephora for $15, contains a fun neon pink creme and a gorgeous pinky/gold micro shimmer that goes on sheer at first but can be built up to full opacity. I like to layer them, but each color looks great on its own. How cute is this flamingo stamping design?! You can find the stamping plate I used at Born Pretty Store.





Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer Nails

Hey everyone! How was your week? School ended on Wednesday and I'm so happy to have a break. I'm also ready to do all the summer nail art.

For today's look I started with 2 coats of OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around, my favorite pinky nude creme. I then used a pretty stamping plate from Born Pretty Store to make some green leaves and a pink flower. I'm so excited for more fun colors/designs over the next couple of months!





Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, June 10, 2019

Essie Marshmallow

Hey everyone! Been a while. After we got back from Hilton Head last Tuesday we were so busy going back to work I didn't even have time to paint my nails. We had an amazing time and I would definitely go again.

For today's nails I used Essie Marshmallow, which I just recently purchased from Target when they were doing a BOGO 50% off on Essie polishes. Marshmallow is a soft, sheer white that builds up nicely in 3 coats. You do have to be patient - I waited about 5 minutes in between coats and didn't have any issues. I love this color as an alternative to white, which can look a little too harsh for me sometimes. I topped a couple nails with some cute gold shell/flower stickers, but this mani looked gorgeous on its own as well.





Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Lemon Nails

Hey everyone! How's your weekend going? The weather in Jersey City has been beautiful. We spent the afternoon at our apartment's pool and it was so nice. Definitely ready for school to end so I can spend more time out there.

I've really been feeling all things summer, so I painted my nails with two coats of Essie Bikini So Teeny. This cornflower blue is so perfect for this time of year. I used a small detail brush to paint on some lemons. How cute?! I've never done lemon nail art before and I'll definitely be doing it again.





Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke