OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish

You can never go wrong with a good, long-lasting nail polish. The only negative thing about them is that they are so hard to come by! My friend gifted me this OPI “I Believe in Manicures” gel polish and she raved about how long it lasted, so naturally I couldn’t wait to try it.

As I write this on a gloomy Wednesday afternoon, I am currently wearing this nail polish. In fact, I’ve been wearing it since Sunday and there is no chipping in sight! It even lasted through a scrubbing battle between me and a stack of dishes. Ok…it was more like a mountain of dishes, but let’s not get into that.

I am no expert at applying nail polish; sometimes it looks as if a second grader has done my nails! Frankly, I’ve just recently gotten into nail polish and am trying to hone my skills, but I find these gel formulas a bit more difficult to work with than other formulas. The one thing I’ve learned about gel polishes is the less coats you can get away with, the better off you’ll be. I am definitely going to keep practicing, though, because I hate when my nails chip after only a day!

This color is absolutely stunning. It is part of their “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” collection and it directly resembles the Tiffany blue. It has a glossy finish, but it looks good with a polish mattifier, too.

Overall I’m really happy with this nail polish and can see myself picking up a few more colors in the future!

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

Normally I take a pass on foundation in my everyday makeup routine, but I do like to have them on hand for special occasions when I know I’m going to be on camera. My dream foundation is light, “breathable,” doesn’t settle into my creases, and – most importantly – matches my skin tone.

Wet n Wild is notorious for being an affordable cruelty-free drugstore brand. They have a wide range of makeup products including tools, false eyelashes, and nail polish, so this is definitely a “one-stop-shop” brand. The Photo Focus foundation is one of their newest releases, and the bottle immediately caught my attention because of the cost (hi $6 price tag!), and because it looked like an exact match for my skin tone. Based on this, I had to see if it fit into the other categories of my ‘dream foundation.’

The foundation comes with a built-in applicator on the cap. I was a little skeptical about this at first, but it makes it much easier to place the product around your face. The formula is very light, and it has a beautiful natural coverage! Personally, I like to have my skin show through my foundation, so this was a major plus for me. I should note that I applied it on top of the Wet n Wild primer (which is also amazing, by the way) and used a damp beauty sponge to blend it out. Even though I only applied a thin layer, it made my skin flawless without looking too cakey. Plus it lasted all day!

Thankfully the color of the bottle didn’t lie to me. Some foundations may change color a bit when they dry, but this one remained true to my skin tone. It is easy to see that companies are making an effort to create products for every skin tone, and Wet n Wild has done good by those of us who lack melanin in our skin! It’s always a victory finding a pale-friendly product.

Now moving on to the cons. The first one I will note is the smell. It’s not pleasant for something you put on your face. It reminds me of glue or paint…or any other household item along those lines. Luckily, it’s only noticeable during application. Secondly, this foundation does like to find its way into my smile lines, but I can’t seem to find a foundation that doesn’t! I’ve tried the powder trick and still no luck, so I don’t necessarily hold the pesky creasing against this foundation. It’s just the nature of my face, unfortunately!

Overall, I think this is a really great product. At $6, it makes you wonder why you spent two to three times as much on a crummy foundation that sits on your vanity collecting dust.

Have you tried Wet n Wild products before? What are some of your favorites?

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and I’ve got a few items that make for great Valentine’s or GNO makeup! Whether you prefer a dramatic look or a simple look, these items are the basic necessities. Let’s get into it!

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – This palette is a godsend. The quality of the shadows is top-notch and every single color is beautiful. For Valentine’s Day, I specifically like Love Letter, Venetian Red, Red Ochre, Buon Fresco, Vermeer, or Antique Bronze. Each red or pink in nature, they will easily create a lovely and romantic eye look.
  2. Maybelline Falsies Mascara in “Blackest Black” – I love the way this mascara accentuates my eyelashes. It really does give a mild false lash effect! You have to be a little careful with application as it tends to get clumpy (just wipe the brush off a bit before applying), but it looks amazing!
  3. Pür Cosmetics Cheek Stain in “Prosecco” – Blush is one of those things that I think gets overlooked a lot, but it really pulls a makeup look together! I love this cheek stain because it blends into the skin for a really natural and feminine look. Since one side has a brush, it’s easy to take with you in case you need a touch up!
  4. VINTAGE Cosmetics Highlighter Duo in “Rose Quartz” and “Chocolate Diamond” – A little glow never hurt anyone! When the lights are low, you still want your features to pop. A good highlighter draws attention to your face and helps provide some structure.
  5. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in “More Better” – Though I don’t prefer super matte formulas on a day-to-day basis, they do have some pretty awesome staying power. This one is a deep purplish red, and it’s absolutely stunning. I love the way this one look with the pinks and reds in the Modern Renaissance palette; they complement each other well.

So there you have it! My top picks for a very “Valentiney” look. What are your Valentine’s makeup must-haves? Let me know in the comments!

Pretty Pink Lipsticks

It is finally February! Did January seem to last absolutely forever or is it just me? Regardless, I’m glad to put another winter month behind me as I wait excitedly for the arrival of spring.

When February finally rolls around each year, my mindset gets a little cliché; I can’t seem to get enough pink! It’s probably because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and every space on the internet becomes saturated with pictures of flowers, chocolate, and (yup, you guessed it) the color pink. Since I’m feeling the love this year, I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite pink lipsticks!

  1. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in “Littlestitious” – This one is a beautiful dusty pink. It’s very muted, which is great if you’re going for a more neutral look. I love the formula of the Colourpop Ultra Satin lip. I find their Ultra Matte a bit drying, but the Satin feels great on the lips. The pigmentation is impeccable, especially with its $6 price tag.
  2. Milani Color Statement Lipstick in “Nude Créme” – I love Milani lipsticks, and this one is no exception. Again, this is a muted pink for a more understated look. I find that this lipstick color goes with almost any eye look I create because of its very neutral color. The application is smooth and the product itself has a pleasant fragrance.
  3. Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in “Hawaiian Smolder” – Out of the five, this one is my favorite as far as formula and color. It is a true hot pink that is easy to apply and touch up, and it’s a lipstick I like to apply when my eye makeup is very minimal. It takes it awhile to fully dry, but I don’t mind because very matte formulas are a bit too uncomfortably drying for me. The pigmentation is more sheer compared to the other lipsticks I’ve mentioned here, but it’s easy to build up the color. I like to keep this little guy in my purse for some glam on-the-go!
  4. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Milan” – Here we have another true pink. Just like Colourpop, I think NYX has really great pigmentation in their lipsticks. This lipstick is a very pretty vibrant pink which (like Hawaiian Smolder) goes great with a minimal eye look.
  5. bellápierre Kiss Proof Lip Créme in “Antique Pink” – If you like a lipstick that doesn’t budge, this one is a great contender. The formula is transfer-proof, but if you rub your lips together you can feel how sticky it is. Not a huge deal, and you really only feel it if you’re very deliberately rubbing them together. The color is a gorgeous dark pink, it smells delicious, and you’ll be convinced your lips are really that color because this stuff seriously does not come off once it’s fully dried. Perfect for a dinner date night!

Pretty Pink Lipsticks
From left to right: Littlestitious, Nude Créme, Hawaiian Smolder, Milan, Antique Pink

Pink is probably my favorite lipstick color to wear, so I’m glad I have the month of February to give me an excuse to wear it! What’s your favorite lip color to wear? Any date-night favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Pretty Pink Lipsticks

Adesse Ultra Suede Matte Top Coat

Matte nails are so sleek. I’m a sucker for a matte black or a matte pale pink. Having the Adesse New York Ultra Suede Matte Top Coat at my disposal has proved very convenient: I can turn any polish I own into a beautiful matte manicure!

One of my favorite aspects about this top coat is the suede finish. It does resemble leather in the way that it reflects light yet isn’t glossy. It is smooth to the touch, but you do have to be careful with application. The formula is pretty runny; I think I have enough wiped off the brush only to see that it is about to drip right before I press it to my nail. If too much product is applied, the top coat will turn white. When I tried to rub off the white residue, it unfortunately (but expectedly) took my nail polish with it. You also have to be careful to make sure the entire surface area of the nail is covered, or else you’ll end up with shiny edges.

Adesse Ultra Suede Matte Top Coat
Left hand is with the top coat, right hand is without.

Overall, I’m happy with the product and how it mattifies my nail polish. It is an absolutely beautiful finish, pretty easy application, and I can’t wait to try it out on all of my nail colors!

What are your favorite nail products? Let me know in the comments!