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

Monday, August 5, 2019

Abstract Nail Art

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We had beautiful weather and spent some time at the pool. I can't believe it's already August! I'm definitely starting to feel the itch for fall nail colors, but for now I'm still happy with summer brights.

I've been seeing the abstract nail art trend for a while on Instagram and always thought it looked super fun, so I decided to give it a try myself. I was recently gifted the Morgan Taylor Rocketman collection by Preen.Me and two colors in particular spoke to me. The first was a bright pink creme called Tickle My Keys and the second was a yellow creme called Glow Like A Star. Both apply beautifully and were opaque in two coats!

Doing an abstract nail is pretty simple. It can really be anything you want! I used a little of the pink and yellow and a just a little bit of white. I then used black and a dotting tool to make small dots over the white area. I was definitely skeptical of how it would turn out, but I really like it! I think there will definitely be more abstract nails in the future.





Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 29, 2019

OPI Suzi Without a Paddle

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We celebrated hubby's birthday with all you can eat sushi and some homemade chocolate cake, two of his favorite things!

I've been in a little funk with my nails since last week and haven't felt like painting them at all. To be honest I didn't really feel like it today but I'm glad I decided to. I wanted to do chevron nails, so I started with OPI Suzi Without a Paddle as my base and made the chevrons with Butter London Cotton Buds. You can use any minty and white polishes to achieve this look. I used my tiny detail brush to add silver around the chevron and love how it looks.





Hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 22, 2019

Neon Leopard Nails

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? It was HOT here in Jersey City. Felt like over 100 degrees! We mostly stayed in the AC except for walking to a restaurant for dinner (and after that walk I was very sweaty).

I was in the mood for leopard print nails, but decided to go for neon which is a super fun twist. I started with two coats of Essie Marshmallow, a milky sheer white. I tend to prefer colors like this instead of a white creme, which can sometimes look a little to stark for me.

For my leopard print I used my dotting tool with Color Club Jackie Oh! and China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini to make spots all over my nails. These don't have to be perfect circles because you'll use black polish to make some curved lines around them. I used a tiny detail brush for this. Again, don't worry about making it perfect! Any empty spaces were filled with little black spots.






Btw, what do you think of the background for these photos? I tried something different by the window and the lighting is definitely nicer. Think I'll experimenting with that spot!

Have a great week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, July 15, 2019

Butter London Molly Coddled

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? We went to see the new Spiderman movie on Saturday and both thought it was pretty good. Sunday I had brunch in the city with some friends. All in all a great weekend! This week I'm trying to stay cool in the heat, will definitely be going to the pool a bunch.

Today I painted my nails with an old favorite, Butter London Molly Coddled. The formula on this lilac color is still wonderful and is opaque in two easy coats. I used Lillibet's Jubilee, a gorgeous silvery lavender foil, to create a stripe down the center of each nail. I think these colors compliment each other so well!




Hope you have a great week and stay cool!

xoxo,
   Brooke

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Zoya Haruko

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a good week so far. We took our second graders on a field trip today to Sandy Hook beach. It was a bit cold, but luckily the rain held off until the very end.

I wanted to share a mani I did recently but didn't have a chance to post on my blog. The color I used was Zoya Haruko, which is described as a soft violet metallic. I love the lilac shimmer in this one! It's the perfect shade for spring. I added some pretty little pearl studs and love how it looks.




Have a great rest of the week!

xoxo,
   Brooke