Monday, June 15, 2020

Essie Flying Solo

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. The weather here was absolutely beautiful so we spent plenty of time outside enjoying it. We also made our own pizza on Sunday using DeLallo's pizza kit and pizza sauce and it came out amazing! Definitely recommend if you ever want to make pizza t home.

Before I get into today's nails, I just wanted to update you on my Olive & June order. I received it last week and unfortunately some of the items were incorrect, so I wanted to hold off on my swatches and review. I reached out to their customer service and they reshipped my order, which I really appreciated. It should be here today and I'm hoping to get a review up next weekend.

Moving on, today I have two more colors from Essie's Flying Solo collection. The color on my index and ring finger nails is the namesake of the collection, flying solo. It's a mid-tone, creamy pink creme that applied perfectly in two coats. I have this one on my toes as well! The color on my ring and pinky nails is one way for one, a blue based pink polish with gold frosted pearl and again I used two coats. The formula of this one reminded me of you do blue, which I shared last week.




Have a great week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, June 8, 2020

Essie you do blue

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? The weather was beautiful so we made sure to get outside and take advantage of it.

Since I'm finally getting paychecks again (yay!) I'm catching up on a few nail polishes I've been wanting to add to my collection. I have the Olive & June x Zeba summer collection coming tomorrow so I'll probably do a swatch post for that. Today I'm trying out one of the three colors I purchased from Essie's Flying Solo collection. Can I just first say how much I LOVE the wider brushes Essie uses now? They seem to fit my nail shape perfectly and it makes polishing go super quick.

Anyway, the color I'm wearing today is you do blue, a periwinkle blue with violet iridescence. This is one of those color shifts that's more obvious in the bottle, but still looks lovely on the nails. The formula was great and I needed two coats for full opacity.




Hope you have a great week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, May 25, 2020

Purple Smoosh Nails

Hey everyone! Sorry for the long absence, but I have exciting news! I've been searching for a new job for the past year after leaving teaching and last week I accepted an offer to work on the development team at a local food bank. I went in last week to pick up my computer then I started on-boarding remotely. It was a crazy week meeting everyone via video conferencing and getting familiar with the role, but it was all very exciting!

I finally had some time to paint my nails this weekend, so I did some fun nail art too. I started with two coats of Zoya Abby, a beautiful pale purple creme. I then dotted a few other colors on my stamping mat and pressed a nail stamper into the colors to mix them together. This is where the "smoosh" part comes in. I pressed the stamper a few times on the nail to create swirls of color. I also added some gold foil to make it extra pretty!





Have a great week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, May 8, 2020

Twinkled T Holo Lightning

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good week.

I recently ordered the Nailify Mani Box ($32) from Twinkled T, a small business owned by two sisters and located in LA selling nail polish, nail tools, and nail art supplies. Each box comes with nail nippers, a 10 pack of wood sticks, and a rose gold brush to clean up the cuticles. You then get to choose from several nail polish colors or a holo top coat, a glass nail file, and a sticker sheet. I ended up choosing the Holo Lightning top coat, sprinkle file, and star sticker sheet. They're also selling a Nailify Stamping Box ($32), which comes with liquid latex, a mini holo stamper and scraper, and your choice of stamping plate and 2 stamping polishes.

I was very excited to try the Holo Lightning top coat and decided to apply it over Smith & Cult Suburban Warrior, a hot pink creme. Holo Lightning is filled with different sizes of holographic flakies, ranging from large pieces to tiny flecks. They add so much gorgeous dimension to your nails and I bet this top coat would look awesome on top of other holos. My absolute favorite thing about it is that the flakies are smooth on the nail and don't have any texture.





Have a good weekend and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, May 4, 2020

Milk Bath Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and had a chance to get outside to enjoy the warm weather. We took a long walk each day and it was so nice just to be out in the sun.

I was scrolling through Instagram the other day (like how I do every day haha) and came across something called milk bath nails. This nail art trend is meant to look like a beauty treatment called a milk bath, which is a mixture of milk and water with colorful flowers suspended throughout. To recreate this on the nails, you'll want a milky, sheer nail color and some dried flowers. My flowers from Born Pretty Store are no longer available, but here's a link to something similar.

Generally I've seen these done with acrylic nails and I'm sure you'll get a nice smooth finish over the flowers this way. Since I've done mine on my natural nails with regular polish, my flowers feel a little textured on top. I don't mind this, but just something to think about before you get started.

I thought OPI Bubble Bath would be the perfect color for this look, and I ended up using 3 thin coats to get my desired opacity. Once this was dry I used my top coat as a sort of glue with the flowers and placed the different colors throughout each nail. I also added a bit of gold foil just for an extra pretty touch. Top coat sealed all of the flowers in and they've stayed on really well. These nails came out gorgeous and I would absolutely wear this look again!






Hope you have a good week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, April 27, 2020

Floral Nail Art

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. We got outside for a bit on Saturday which was nice since it's been rainy the last two days. I also have a new mission to obtain a coral Nintendo Switch Lite because I tried the Animal Crossing app and now I'm addicted and want the real thing haha. I was able to place an order for curbside pick up from Best Buy so we'll see if that actually goes through since I heard a lot of orders get cancelled. Fingers crossed!

Anyway, I was scrolling through my nail pics and realized how little I use my green polishes. It's just not my go to color but I have so many pretty ones. I decided to use a few from Zoya - Ness, Neely, and Merida. I hadn't used Merida yet and I've had it for a while so I was excited to try it. This is one of their holographic formulas and it's absolutely stunning! I also topped my ring finger nail with some floral nail art using my tiny detail brush. Floral designs are always fun since you can use any colors you want and they really don't have to be perfect to look good.





Have a good week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, April 20, 2020

OPI Suzi Without a Paddle

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. The weather was gorgeous Sunday, but when we went out for a walk by the water the boardwalk was PACKED and we didn't really feel safe walking there. The parks being closed means everyone is basically going outside to the same area. We just bought masks from someone making them locally so at least we have some protection.

When I painted my nails yesterday I knew I wanted to use OPI Suzi Without a Paddle, a light minty blue creme that went on nicely with two coats. For some glitter I used ILNP Juliette, which you totally need in your collection if you don't have it yet. I also used my small detail brush and some white and yellow polish to create half of a daisy on my middle nail. These nails are so cute for spring!





Hope you have a good start to the week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Friday, April 17, 2020

Butter London x Barbie

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good week. I feel like I spent way too much time trying to get a Fresh Direct time slot (I did, btw) but I also painted my nails a lot which was nice.

I was looking through my collection and found the Butter London x Barbie set that I purchased a few months back. Totally forgot I had it! The two colors included in the set are Diamond Geezer, a metallic silver with shimmer and Coming Up Roses, a rosy pink creme. Something interesting I noticed was that Coming Up Roses had a nice wide brush, while Diamond Geezer did not. Maybe because the pink shade is from the Patent Shine line? I'm not really sure, but the formula was great on both polishes. I may need to get more of the Patent Shine colors because I love the wide brush and I was very impressed with the formula for a creme.

Since I wanted to wear both colors I used 2 coats of Coming Up Roses on my thumb, index, and half of my middle nail. I then used 2 coats of Diamond Geezer on my pinky, ring, and the other half of my middle nail. I don't think Coming Up Roses is truly a "Barbie" pink, but it is pretty and looks nice with Diamond Geezer.





Have a good weekend and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Colorful Wavy Nails

Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well so far. Right now I find myself forgetting what day of the week it is because of the quarantine. Just trying to find things to do and keep busy! Of course one of my favorite ways to kill time is paint my nails. Sometimes I'll change them up to three times a week! If I haven't posted them on my blog, they'll usually be on my social media pages.

I remember seeing a lot of "wavy" nail looks a while back that basically have a neutral base with different colors of wavy lines next to each other. I decided to experiment with that and started with 3 coats of Essie Marshmallow, a creamy white that is pretty sheer and needs to be built up to achieve full opacity. You can also apply less coats if you prefer the more sheer look. You could even create your lines on top of just a clear base coat if you want to go for a negative space design.

Once my 3 coats dried I went in with Bachelorette Bash to create a wavy line on each nail. I then went in with Bikini So Teeny to create a line right next to the first color, following the curve of the line. I did the same with Hay There. I like how it looks with 3 colors, though I think it would look good with more colors but thinner lines as well. I'm definitely going to keep experimenting with more colors!





Have a good rest of the week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Zoya Fern

Hey everyone! Hope you've been having a good weekend. We got through season two of Ozark and got started on the third. What have you been binge watching?

This weekend I painted my nails with Zoya Fern, a cool sage green with a hint of shimmer. I love this color for spring! I also used one of my stamping plates from https://www.bornprettystore.com with Zoya Willa, a black creme, to make the leaves. You could also create this design with a small nail art brush and a steady hand.




Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, April 6, 2020

Butter London Molly Coddled

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. We started watching Ozark on Netflix and have one episode left in the first season that we plan on finishing tonight. It's really good! We've been looking for some new things to watch since we can't really go anywhere for the time being.

I had bare nails all weekend, which I hated, but I just never got around to painting them. I went straight for the polish this morning to make up for it! One of my favorite colors in my collection is Butter London Molly Coddled. It's described as a bright orchid creme and I find this color to be super flattering on so many skin tones. The formula is also perfect, which is especially impressive considering how many years I've had it in my collection. This color goes on in two easy coats. I decided to pair it with ILNP Paige for a pink holo accent. This is a combo I've done before and they look so pretty together.




Hope you have a good week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Abstract Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you're doing well. This whole quarantine has been weird and I swear we never even know what day it is anymore. At least today the sun is finally out here!

A few months ago I tried an abstract nail art look and thought it would be fun to do another one. This design is great because you can use any combination of colors and the design can be whatever you want! I wanted to do blue, so I went with OPI Dreams Need Clara-fication, a lovely pale blue. The two accent nails have a base of Butter London Cotton Buds. To make the design I just used the blue again and wiped most of the polish off the brush before applying it over the white. This gives you a sort of dry brush effect, which works really well for this abstract look. I also used some of Zoya Trixie, a metallic foiled silver, to add some hints of sparkle. The last step was using a dotting tool with OPI Good Girls Gone Plaid to make dots over the designs.





Enjoy the rest of your week and stay safe!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Monday, March 30, 2020

Nail & Cuticle Care

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good weekend, all things considered. We had rain most of the weekend so basically stayed in and finished binging Tiger King on Netflix. Have you watched it? It honestly was like watching a train wreck - we couldn't look away! We also started watching The Imagineering Story on Disney+ and it's super interesting to see how the Disney parks were created.

Anyway, a friend suggested an updated nail and cuticle care post with everything that's going on. All of the hand washing and hand sanitizer have understandably left many of us with dry hands and cuticles, not to mention all of the people who can't get to a salon right now! There are a few things you can do at home to keep your skin and nails in good shape.


1. First of all, it's a myth that your nails need to "breathe" or take a break between polishing. Nails get their oxygen from the blood stream, not the air. In fact, having bare nails can lead to more breakage. At the very least you're better off with a protective base coat.

2. If you're doing any cleaning around the house or washing dishes, wear rubber gloves! This will protect your manicure or your bare nails (plus you don't want those chemicals on your skin).

3. Push back your cuticles, but please do NOT cut them! Your cuticles are there to protect your nails, so cutting them can actually lead to infection and no one wants that! I love the Instant Cuticle Remover from Sally Hansen. About once a week I apply a small amount to the cuticle area, let it sit for 15 seconds, and then gently push back my cuticles with a manicure stick. I wash my hands right after to get rid of any excess product and then proceed with painting. If you don't have a cuticle removing product, try gently pushing back your cuticles after showering or soaking your nails in warm water to soften the cuticles.

4. CUTICLE OIL! If you can, try to get some sort of cuticle oil to reapply throughout the day. It's a cuticle saver after all of the hand washing. My current favorite is California Mango Cuticle Oil, but there are a ton of options out there. If you're in a pinch you can use olive oil, coconut oil, or even a lip balm!

5. Hand cream is also a good thing to reapply throughout the day. Spend an extra minute rubbing it into your cuticle area. A gentle cuticle massage increases circulation and can actually promote nail growth.


Nail care doesn't have to be a chore. I find peace in taking a few minutes several times a day to apply cuticle oil and hand cream. Plus I know it's good for my skin and nails!

I hope you can take some time for self-care this week!

xoxo,
   Brooke

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pastel Skittles Nails

Hey everyone! Hope you've been doing well since I last posted. My husband is still working from home and I've been doing a ton of baking, although now it's almost impossible to find flour. Apparently everyone decided to try their hand at baking during the quarantine!

At least I have lots of pretty nail polish to keep me occupied. I was trying to decide on an Essie color and ended up choosing 5 lol. But I do love the skittles trend, so that's fine. This is a pastel version of it using Go Ginza (on my thumb, which you can't see), Bikini So Teeny, Baguette Me Not, Blossom Dandy, and Hay There. The formula was great on all of them and I used two coats of each. I love skittles nails because the combinations are literally endless and they always look cute!




Stay safe and enjoy the weekend!

xoxo,
   Brooke