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

Monday, October 7, 2019

Fall Ombre Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Our apartment needed a big cleaning so after running some errands Saturday we scrubbed the whole place. As much as I hate doing it I'll admit it does feel nice to have the apartment spotless. We'll see how long that lasts haha.

If you follow me on social media you saw me post a fall ombre look over the weekend, and I wanted to put the photos on my blog too. I did an ombre look a few posts back and I just don't think I'll ever get tired of them! Some people call it a "skittles" look too. I think so many color combos work for this and you can do it any season.

I used all Essie colors here: Angora Cardi, Urban Jungle, Chincilly, and Island Hopping. I needed two coats of each except for Urban Jungle, which needed three coats for full opacity.




Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Rosh Hashanah Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend. I spent Saturday prepping some delicious desserts for Rosh Hashanah. This year I made black and white cookies and my first ever chocolate babka! I think it came out pretty good, though the round shape was a little tricky to make.

I wanted to do some fun nail art for the holiday and decided on an apples and honey design. I started with two coats of Zoya Tawny on my thumb, index, and pinky fingers. My middle and ring fingers have two coats of OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around. Once that was dry, I used a small detail brush for the apple and honey dripping designs. I used creme colors first and then went in with shimmer to add some dimension. I think it came out pretty cute! The honey drips are so fun.






Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Shanah Tovah!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, September 23, 2019

Zoya Hera

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I'm finally all done with my antibiotics and feeling recovered from strep throat. We had a bunch of errands to do since I was sort of out of service for a bit. We also checked out a big street fair in Jersey City and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and some yummy food.

I'm so excited that it's now officially fall! I have so many fall nail colors I'm looking forward to wearing, starting with Zoya Hera. This mauve creme has always been a favorite and I tend to wear it on repeat when I'm not sure what to wear. The formula is great and is opaque in two coats. To add a little something extra I dotted on a little silver with Zoya Trixie.





Hope you all have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Essie hay there

Hey everyone! How's your week going so far? If you read my last post you saw that I picked up two shades from the new Essie fall 2019 collection. One was on the bright cider, and the second is the one I'm wearing today.

Essie hay there is a buttery yellow creme with reddish undertones. I'm not a huge yellow polish wearer, but maybe it's because I haven't found the right one because this yellow is a stunner! I read a lot of people used three coats for this shade, but I only needed two to achieve full opacity. The formula is excellent. On my ring finger I'm wearing Essie fall for NYC and then I used hay there to create sunflower petals. You can use any brown you like for the center of the flower. I never thought I'd see yellow as a fall color, but this one has totally changed my mind.






Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, September 16, 2019

Essie on the bright cider

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I'm starting to feel a lot better now that I'm halfway through my strep antibiotics. Can't wait to be done with those and with being sick.

I've seen a bunch of pictures of Essie's new fall 2019 collection and knew there were a couple super unique ones I wanted. I know the two big hits are sweater weather and rust worthy, but green isn't really my favorite color and rust worthy is so similar to Say It Ain't Soho in my opinion. If you are interested in those are any other color from the collection, I recommend getting them soon because they are limited addition.

The two that caught my eye were on the bright cider and hay there. I definitely don't have anything like these in my collection yet! Today I'll be sharing on the bright cider, a warm creamy caramel nude with red undertones. I swear this is caramel in a nail polish bottle. This creme formula applied very nicely in two coats and I have to say I do love the new wide brushes on Essie polishes. It makes application a breeze.




Are any of the colors from this collection on your list? Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, September 13, 2019

Fall Nails

Hey everyone! How was your week? I've been MIA because I somehow came down with strep :( I've been battling a fever and a horrible sore throat so I'm hoping the antibiotics kick in soon. Today is really the first time all week I've felt like painting my nails, so I grabbed for a couple of Essie colors from last year's fall collection.

I started with two coats of fall for NYC, a mustard yellow creme. Then I used say it ain't soho, a shimmery metallic copper, diagonally across the top. The last step was adding some FUN Lacquer Paparazzi in between the two colors. These colors are so pretty for fall! Anyone else so ready for sweater weather?





Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, September 6, 2019

OPI You've Got that Glas-glow

Hey everyone! How was your week? I've been watching a lot of the US Open and I'm excited for the final matches this weekend. If you saw my last post, we actually went last weekend and saw Federer and Serena play. It was a lot of fun!

Now that it's September I'm really in the mood for fall colors on my nails. I shared this ombre look on my Instagram (@manicurediaryblog) earlier in the week. As fun as summer brights are, these types of shades are truly my favorite!


Recently I picked up You've Got that Glas-glow from OPI's new Scotland collection. The whole collection is really beautiful and definitely worth taking a look at. I may try to grab a few more shades. You've Got that Glas-glow is a lovely mauve-pink creme with an excellent formula. I used two coats here. The gold polish on my middle finger is Cirque Colors Halcyon and I used that along with OPI Bogota Blackberry to freehand some lines for a plaid pattern.





Hope you have a great weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Tennis Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend so far. I wanted to quickly share some nail art I did for the US Open tomorrow. My family usually goes one day every year and we always enjoy it.

I decided to do a different design on each nail and I think they're really fun! I'll go through what's on each finger (my thumb is the same as my middle finger).


Index: I started with a base of Essie Butler Please. The blue represents the court color at Arthur Ashe Stadium. I then stamped on a grid pattern in black to look like the net. Lastly I put a dot of China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini for my tennis ball.

Middle: This design is super simple! I started with a white base of Butter London Cotton Buds and this helped China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini pop on top of it. Then all you need to do is add two white curved lines for your tennis ball.

Ring: I saw this design on Instagram and thought it was so clever! It's supposed to look like the video that's shown when a call is challenged. I started with one coat of Zoya Ness and then layered Essie Butler Please diagonally across the top. Once this dried I used Butter London Cotton Buds to make the white lines representing those on the court. Lastly I added a dot of Chanel Orage, but obviously you don't need to use a luxury nail polish haha. Any dark gray will do!

Pinky: I used a base of Essie Butler Please again and then basically followed the same steps as the middle finger design.



Hope you enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Nails Inc. Self-care Sunday

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend. Hubby and I haven't really been home the last few weekends, so this weekend we needed to deep clean the apartment and do laundry. Not super fun, but it does feel nice to have a clean living space!

Did anyone else take advantage of the Sephora summer bonus event? I'm a VIB, so I get 15% off. Rouge gets 20% off for the sale. I generally don't shop at Sephora anymore because Ulta has way better deals/discounts plus their rewards program is much more appealing. That being said, Sephora still carries some brands I can't get at Ulta so when they do these bonus events I like to grab a few things. FYI, the sale ends August 27th so get your orders in soon.

This time around I mostly picked up a few skincare items and a nail polish I've had my eye on from Nails Inc. The color is called Self-care Sunday and it's from their Life Hack collection. Each polish from this collection retails for $11. Self-care Sunday is a porcelain creme with a fantastic formula. I used two coats here. I LOVE colors like this and if you don't have one like it in your collection I highly recommend this one. I had originally intended to add some gold glitter to this mani, but this color just looks so gorgeous on its own.




Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, August 19, 2019

Sunset Gradient Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We were in Montauk from Thursday to Sunday with the husband's family. We had pretty decent weather and enjoyed a couple of good beach days!

Being at the beach made me want to use some sunset colors, so I decided to do a gradient look. I recently picked up these wedge sponges from Ulta and they are perfect for creating gradients! I grabbed 3 OPI colors for this look and started with one coat of Tempura-ture is Rising! for the base. I then layered my colors on the sponge in this order:

Spare Me a French Quarter?
Cajun Shrimp
Tempura-ture is Rising!

I gently pressed the sponge onto my nail and repeated the step 3 times per nail. Unfortunately I ran out of my liquid latex, so I had a little polish to clean up after I was done. If you have liquid latex I would recommend putting some around each cuticle before you start sponging.




Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, August 12, 2019

Shades of Pink Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? The weather was so beautiful here so we took advantage of that by spending plenty of time outside. It looks like the great weather will continue all week, which we are very happy about since we'll be going to Montauk for a long weekend.

Today I pulled out three different Essie colors for my nails. I've been seeing a lot more looks where different shades in the same color family are being used and I think it looks so cute! Kind of like ombre nails but out of order. For today's mani I decided on three purple/pink polishes in the colors Baguette Me Not (thumb and ring fingers), Go Ginza (index and pinky fingers), and Splash of Grenadine (middle finger). I used two coats for each color.

Of course you can recreate this using any colors you like. Pinks and purples truly are some of my favorites, so I love these colors together.




Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke