OPI Infinite Shine

I love to give myself manicures. It's a lot cheaper and a great way to unwind after putting the kids to bed and while watching a movie. I'm always on the lookout for really high quality nail polishes that won't break the bank and give me a durable finish. I definitely love me some OPI nail polishes. I find their collection full of sophisticated and chic shades. I decided to try out their Infinite Shine Line. This collection promises to give you a gel shine but without the light.

It's a 3-step process and they labeled the step number right on the bottle.  Sounds easy enough! 

After the usual nail polish prep, i.e. cuticle care, trimming, shaping, buffing, smoothing, and all that jazz, I applied one light coat of the base coat primer. So far so good.

Then it was time for the color! This cute pink color is aptly named, "Pretty Pink Perseveres." The formula is pretty opaque so you'd only need 2 light coats. 

Step 3 was my favorite part. The feeling of a top coat gliding onto your nails makes everything alright in the world. And in this case it was a gel-like gloss that made the pink insanely shiny!

Now sometimes I get cocky and think I totally know what I'm doing and don't bother reading the directions but you have to wait 2 minutes for step 2 to dry! Unfortunately, I experienced some bubbling on my nails because I rushed layering step 3 on.  And then after step 3 you need to wait a good 8 minutes before your nails are dry to the touch. With my usual Seche Vite top coat it takes seconds to dry. But Step 3 understandably needs a good few minutes to dry in order for the curing process to take place.

How long did this mani last? It lasted a week with minor chipping! My nails have been through some minor abuse this week such as vacation, mom duties, and some intense crafting. I feel like if I didn't put my poor mani through such trauma I think it would've lasted a lot longer with even less chipping. I would totally buy more and can't wait to try out more of their brilliant shades in this collection!

4 Ways To Incorporate Coral In Your Summer Looks

If you knew me in college, you would often see me in the brightest colored clothes, super sparkly eyeshadow, plastic shoes, and my big plastic beaded jewelry. I don't know what possessed me to dress like a pre-teen from the '80s. I like to think I've matured in my sense of style and makeup, but I still have a love for color. I've learned that it's all about balance. If I have a neutral outfit, I like to wear a pair of bright colored heels with it during Spring/Summer. I can get a little pop of color without looking like a psycho. This rule applies with makeup too. For a few years now, coral has been the trendy color for Spring and Summer and I've been obsessed with it. Now there are a range of colors that can be considered "coral-y." It can range from light pinkish-orange to more of a slight reddish pink. I view coral as being a light pinky orange shade. Here are 4 ways to incorporate the color coral in your beauty life!

NAILS

One way to rock the coral is on your fab fingers. I picked up Essie's Sunday Funday polish a few weeks ago and I've worn it many times since. I dotted some cute white polka dots using the head of a bobby pin and it added a playful vibe to my nails.

Now these next three ways are all on your face. If you do it right you can work the coral without looking like a clown. Maybe I look like one anyway, but I just love wearing color!

EYES

I tried out Maybelline's Coral Oasis eyeshadow quad and fell in love with it. It had four perfect shades that complement each other. The lighting in the pictures seems to wash out the coral shade a little bit but believe me, the coral shade is gorgeous in person! Be sure to blend, blend, blend out that eyeshadow to prevent harsh looking lines! To keep the focus on my eyes, I winged out my liner, threw on my Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara, contoured my face with my Younique bronzer in Hermosa and wore a light coral lip color from Revlon's Colorburst Lip Butter in the shade, Juicy Papaya.  

BLUSH

I love a good blush, but sometimes certain colors can be too harsh on certain skin tones. Milani's Coral Cove Rose Blush does the trick of adding a beautiful flush of color to those cheekbones. This one'll work on any skin tone.

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LIPS

Wearing bold lip colors can feel empowering, seductive, and powerful, but it all has to do with the shade and application. I've grown a little coral lip collection and they're just so delightful for Spring and Summer!

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Left-Right: Bare Minerals – Go The Distance, MAC – See Sheer, Younique – Ladylike, Revlon – Juicy Papaya, Maybelline – Coral Crush

So with this look I went a little light with the color on the eyes and just placed that coral shade from the Maybelline Oasis quad on my lower lash line, a slightly thicker winged eyeliner, and my 3D lash mascara.  Contoured with the Younique bronzer and the Milani Coral Cove blush. Then I let my lips steal the show — Bare Minerals lip liner in Energized, Maybelline Coral Crush lipstick, then a dab of Younique's lucrative lip gloss in Ladylike for some extra glam.

I really hope you enjoyed this post on the wonders of the color coral in the beauty world and hope you gals venture out of your comfort zone of pinks and reds and try this beautiful color out for yourself!

Do you own any coral in your wardrobe or makeup stash?