Twin Tested: 3 Minute Gel Manicure

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Britt and I have been rambling on for years about our love for Red Carpet Manicure. Instead of spending hours at the nail salon we have been able to whip out a professional looking manicure in under an hour at home. Well, there is a new product on the market that is a GAME CHANGER! We seriously cannot contain our excitement about this, therefore, we are telling everyone! The geniuses behind Red Carpet Manicure have combined the base coat, color, and top coat into ONE BOTTLE! You now paint on one coat, cure it for 45 seconds under the LED light, and voila a perfect gel manicure. And lucky for all of us they have the same awesome colors to choose from, our current favorite is Creme de la Creme. Run, don’t walk to your nearest Ulta Beauty store to check out the new product. (Right now all the coral hues are on sale for $7.99!

As a side note, we want to mention that we have tried the other “gel” nail polish products on the market like Sally Hansen, etc. and Red Carpet is a much more durable, long-lasting product. We only share the products with you that we regularly use and love.

What it’s like to meet a Backstreet Boy when you’re 27


Our 13-year-old selves would’ve died had we known that one day we would meet our absolute FAVORITE Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter. The opportunity came up because of FanX, which is part of Salt Lake ComiCon. As teenagers, Britt and I did not just like the Backstreet Boys – we were obsessed with them! We had their posters plastered all over our bedrooms, learned the dance to every music video, and attended every single concert. Nick was invited to SLC ComiCon because he is working on a new movie about zombies and 90’s boy bands…? We hear there are even members of N’SYNC in the movie. Anyway… before we met Nick for our photo-op a few questions raced through my mind:

  • What do you say to a Backstreet Boy when you are 27 years old?
  • Do you fan-girl or act like a polished professional?
  • Small talk or just smile and nod?
  • What exactly are you supposed to wear while meeting a member of a 90’s boy band?!

Well, here is the conversation. In all it’s 90 seconds of glory:

Nick: “You must be sisters?”

Brooke: “Twins”

Nick: “Well you both are beautiful.” (as he wraps his arms around our waists)

Brooke: *Cheeks start turning red* “We are doing the picture together so that we can put it on our show Monday.”

Nick: “Oh, really?”

Britt: “Yes, we host a lifestyle show here in Salt Lake.”

Nick: “That’s great, thanks for coming, you both are beautiful.” and wave

Quite eventful, right?! No, but really, the experience was really fun. We were lucky to skip most of the line thanks to our press passes. The line must have gone on for hours! Nick was really gracious and kind to all of the fans that we saw him meet with. Life is crazy, you never know who you are going to meet. Now, I am off to go listen to some BSB!

We bought a house!

new house Sam and I just bought our first home together. No one tells you that you literally go through every emotion when going through the home buying process: excitement, fear, dread, regret, happiness, fear, excitement and on and on and on. We are finally moved in and are so content to finally be living in the home. I have to say, the two things I am most pleased with are the garage and no longer having to share a bathroom with my husband! I was telling Sam that I know I shouldn’t base my happiness on material things, but having more space has definitely put a pep in my step. I can’t wait to make it our own and decorate, but I seriously need your help! I am the type of person who loves a lot of different styles, but really has a very difficult time picking just one. I want our home to be comfortable and inviting, but also classic and structured. I know, I’m a mess, huh? Well, our most daunting project is decorating the living room, which currently houses one teeny side table. I need advice on everything: paint color, couches, coffee table, etc.  Here are a couple things I love, but please send me your favorite places to shop for furniture! home ideas

(Is it that obvious that I’m obsessed with blue and gray?)

Photo sources from L to R: Joss & Main here, Target,   Studio McGee , couch, Rug, pillows, chair, living room

It also helps when you have adorable neighbors that drop off a basket of cookies that are shaped like little houses. We love our neighborhood and feel so lucky to be there!


5 Best Beauty Finds of 2015



As you know, we love trying all the latest and greatest products when it comes to beauty. This is called “Twin Tested” after all. This year we have been pleasantly surprised by a few products. Here is a list of our top 5 favorite finds:

1. Ulta Contouring Powder Kit: We jumped on the contouring band wagon this year and there is no turning back now. This kit is super affordable from Ulta Beauty and comes with a guide that makes the application fail proof.

2. NAKED Eye Palette: Matte, matte, matte! We will never go back to using anything other than this eye palette.

3. Unite Expanda Volume Root Booster: Our genius, hair painter Aubrey gave us this product. It has now become a necessity every single day. It works as a dry shampoo/root booster/hairspray all in one. AMAZING.

4. Eyelash Extensions: What a blessing! We found a new friend that is able to keep our lashes on point while at the same time acting as our therapist. Score! No, but really we are so thankful for the time these save us every single day.

5. Red Carpet Manicure: We have said it once and we will say it again. If you are looking to save money in 2016 – do your nails at home! We love this kit and our nails look great for 2+ weeks at a time.

Hope this list helps!



Girl’s Gift Guide

We pride ourselves on providing a realistic and fun gift guide each year. These are all products that we have personally used and LOVE.


1. For your white elephant party: Lip Freak Buzzing Balm. This is not your mom’s lip venom. This innocent looking chapstick makes your lips feel like they are VIBRATING for up to 30 minutes. Perfect for a white elephant or to give to your one and only :)

2. For the fitness junkie: RowX class at XCEL Fitness. They just launched a new rowing class. We love that it is something different that we would definitely not do on our own for 60 minutes. It is a mixture of interval training and boot camp style energy bursts. (Plus, Kate Middleton is a rower and who doesn’t want to have her arms?)

3. For the active wear queen: Albion Pace-setter leggings Hands down the most comfortable pants you will ever put on. They can also pass as cute pants when you layer them up with boots and a sweater.

4. For the friend/acquaintance that is hard to shop for: LORAC lip gloss. It will last forever and is super high quality. Much better than your Bonne Bell lipsmacker’s in 5th grade.

5. For the beauty guru: Naked Eye Palette. It looks good on every skin tone and is used by every professional makeup artist we know. We use ours!

6. For your mom: Ulta Beauty Chi Hair Flat Iron. Our mom has finally been converted to the world of Chi! And yes, we did get her the “glitz and glam” version because it is more fun. Chi flat irons last for years and our hands down our favorite.

7. For your neighbor: Dark Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Jo Jo’s. Trader Joe’s. Everyone’s favorite treat. Go early, they sell out every year.

8. Reality TV junkie: Kardashian Beauty Au Naturale Lip Set. If your friend is after the ultimate nude Kardashian lip then this is the set for them. The sisters themselves created it from their famous look. Yes, we’ve used it and we hate to say it but we like it.

9. For yourself: Deer jewelry holder. Cuter than cute and only $10! Our friend Kristin is selling it at her new shop called Glass House in SLC.

Hope you are all having a fabulous holiday season!


Eyebrows: Before & After

We are strong believers in the power of the brow. Cheleste is one of those people you meet who is so warm and bubbly you just cannot help but love her. Plus she has amazing brows. She has been doing brows for 10 years and gets you in and out fast. What we love about Lunch Box is that they tint AND wax. Doing the two together creates a really nice finished look! If you’re not familiar with eyebrow tinting, it is basically just dyeing you eyebrow hairs. It is semi permanent and lasts about 6 weeks. A few brave souls are opting for permanent makeup on their brows, we are not quite ready to commit to such a permanent look (or large bill) so waxing and tinting it is!

A few things to know before getting your brows done:

– Let them grow out for at least 2 weeks before going in

– Be clear about the color and shape you want for your brows before the process gets started

– Don’t worry about it being painful, it is over in seconds!

Here are some before and after pics so that you can see the difference that it makes!

**sidenote** We also got our nostrils waxed, don’t ask questions just try it 😉


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wax3 DSC_0029 We got to go to the brand new South Jordan location! You can get more information here.


What we wear to work

Thanks to our jobs on Fox 13’s The PLACE we are always looking for TV appropriate dresses that look good on camera. Suprisingly, or not so suprisingly they can be REALLY hard to find! This is the part where Shabby Apple comes in. Founder Athelia creates feminine silhouettes that make you feel super sophisticated. She said she started the company because one of her past boyfriends made fun of her for wearing a t-shirt under a spaghetti strap dress! We love all the styles in stock right now but my favorite is the Ivy Red Dress and Britt’s is the Bampton Dress. Time has taught us to appreciate quality and classic styles opposed to our college selves who loved buying fast-fashion dresses and were frustrated when they fell apart after one wash. You can also play a fun game called “Tights or Whites?” while looking at this post…. turns out you don’t realize how pasty white your legs have gotten until you see them photographed against a bright purple wall :)

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Aerial Yoga: From a Husband’s Perspective

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FullSizeRender-10 After months of asking, Parker finally tried Aerial Yoga at Xcel Fitness with me! I have done the class a couple of times on my own and loved it. I thought it would be fun to do a little Q & A with Parker about his inaugural hang time!

Q: Why did you finally agree to go to aerial yoga?

A: Because I love my wife. And because hanging in hammocks looks fun.

Q: What were you expecting?

A: I was expecting to be twisted in a hammock floating upside down but not as much stretching as was actually involved.

Q: How well did I do explaining to you?

A: Did you ever explain it? :)

Q: What were the thoughts running through your head during the first 5 minutes of class?

A: When I was upside down and all the blood was rushing to my head I thought, “ouch this hurts”. But then I got accustomed to it.

Q: What was the best part?

A: Swinging in the cocoon at the end, totally relaxed and feeling great.

Q: What was the worst part?

A: Being too tall (6″4″) to make some of the stretches actually feel good.

Q: Thank you for coming, are you glad you went?

A: Ya, absolutely. It was a fun experience and the teacher made it an enjoyable experience, even for beginners.

So, there ya go! We had such a fun time together, it is always great to try something new together. For more information on classes and to sign up go here. I highly recommend it for date night!



Our favorite beauty finds

We are having a blast hosting The PLACE on Fox. Lucky for us we get to highlight our favorite beauty finds every Wednesday. Here is quick recap to see what we are loving lately!

Makeup remover, cleanser, and moisturizer all-in-one:

Gimme brow by Benefit, keeps brows in place while adding color and shape:

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector, has a matte finish that we love:

Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray

Cheap and awesome color changing lipstick from Amazon:


What kind of razor do you use?


So, we really want to know… what kind of razor do you use? For the last 15 years we have been avid users of pink, girly Venus razors. That is until we started stealing our husbands. You know that moment you realize you have misplaced your razor and your husband’s is the only one in sight? Well, come to find out they work a lot better! Many have twice the number of blades and tend to have a much longer life span. We are hooked. A couple things we’ve learned about shaving after doing it for 15 years….

  • Shave at the end of your shower. At that point the steam and heat from the water have opened up your hair follicles and you will be less likely to get razor burn
  • Shaving cream matters. The old soap trick doesn’t quite cut it. Shaving cream creates a smooth barrier and makes legs stay smoother a lot longer.
  • Now I’m going to contradict myself and say if you’re in a pinch lotion does the trick. It’s definitely not as good as shaving cream, but it gets the job done.
  • Razors only last so long. Better to just buy the jumbo pack at Costco so you don’t feel guilty every time you have to throw one away.

Do you guys have any other shaving tricks up your sleeve that we don’t know about? Please share!

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