3 Steps to Shiny Nails

Having my nails painted is one of those things that makes me feel like I have my life just a little bit more together. I love getting a manicure at the nail salon, but it’s pricey and time consuming.

On one of my weekly trips to Ulta, I stumbled upon the OPI Infinite Shine series. My manicure doesn’t usually last longer than two days, so I figured I would give this “long wear” polish a try.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the results and am completely obsessed with the new colors in the line.

Here’s how it works:

Buy the primer and finishing gloss together as a set for under $20. Then, pick any color in the Infinite Shine line and follow three simple steps for long lasting nail color.

  1. Apply one coat of the Infinite Shine Primer
  2. Apply two coats of your favorite Infinite Shine Gel Lacquer
  3. Apply one coat of the Infinite Shine Gloss

This manicure doesn’t last quite as long as gel polish or shellac, but it definitely outdoes standard polish. I have gotten about five to six days without any chips and up to 11 days before removing and reapplying.

Currently, my go-to color is “Chicago Champagne Toast” which is not only the best name ever, but also a beautiful shade of metallic pink. Here are some of my favorites:

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Chicago Champagne Toast

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We The Female

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Less is Norse

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Berlin There Done That

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Ornament To Be Together

If you are looking for a no chip polish that makes your nails super shiny, look no further! This set is great for a holiday gift or as a treat for yourself.

I hope you try it out and love it as much as I do! Please tag me in your nail pictures on Instagram, I can’t wait to see which colors you choose.

Love, Leigh

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Conceal & Feel Fierce

After my fall lip combinations post, I got a few requests for a concealer and foundation post. I decided it was easiest to do a full complexion post and share all my favorite face makeup products for everyday and glam occasions in one spot!

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When it comes to makeup, there are a thousand ways to wear it and even more products to decide between. I have a powder based routine for everyday wear and a more full coverage liquid base for long wear or special occasions.

For reference, I have very sensitive skin. I would say it’s fairly normal, not particularly dry or oily, but I do get some dry patches in the cold months.

Powder Foundation Routine

This is mostly personal preference, but when I use a powder, I like to apply concealer first and finish off with the powder to lock it in. When I use a liquid foundation, I apply it before I put on concealer.

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So, first off I use Benefit’s Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer in shade no. 01. This is my favorite product of all time. It covers pretty much any blemish out there and it stays on all day.

I like to use the It Smoothing Concealer brush (from this set) or my finger to apply it to any blemishes and red spots.

Next, I use Benefit’s Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer in shade no. 01 on my eyelids and under eyes. It’s a great eye shadow primer and prevents under eye creases. If putting moisturizer on before applying makeup makes your skin look greasy, this product is a great solution.

I finish off concealing with Benefit’s Boi-ing Brightening Concealer in shade no. 01. I apply it under my eyes to cover any dark circles, and on any other parts of my face I want to highlight (most often the bridge of my nose and my chin).

Once I am all concealed, I use the It Cosmetics Airbrush Complexion Perfection brush no. 115 to blend the It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation into my face and neck. I wear shade “light”.

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I am usually not a fan of powder foundations, but this one is great. It’s mid to full coverage and contains vitamins A, C and E, as well as collagen and aloe. It goes on silky smooth and doesn’t crack. I gave this powder a shot when it was on sale during Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty and will definitely repurchase it.

Liquid Foundation Routine

For special occasions or days when I know I will be out all night or in a lot of pictures, I opt for a liquid foundation to avoid having to reapply.

I start out by using the Urban Decay Optical Blurring brush to blend my Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup (in shade 02) to my entire face and neck.

Clinique’s Acne Solutions has been one of my favorite product lines since high school. I have continued to use it even now that I don’t have very acne-prone skin because of the silky texture and full coverage. This is a great liquid makeup for anyone with sensitive skin!

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After that is on I go through all the concealing steps I mentioned above. Quick recap:

  1. Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer on my blemishes.
  2. Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer on my eyelids and under eyes.
  3. Boi-ing Brightening Concealer under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose and my chin.

(Benefit, I’m waiting on that sponsorship any day now.)

If I know I will have makeup on for a long period of time, or I really want to make sure I look glam all night, I like to apply my Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder shade 02 (stay neutral) as a final step.

And that’s it, LoveLeighs. I know it sounds like a lot, but it takes less than three minutes and gives you a clean base for bronzer and blush.

If you’d like to see any specific beauty posts, videos, tutorials or product reviews, please let me know in the comments! I appreciate all of your feedback!

Love, Leigh