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Bringing back the glitter

October 8th, 2014 · Beauty

As all of you know by now, I have a major weakness for glitter nail polish. Lately though, I have found myself reaching for solid cream shades. Fall does that to a girl. And I’m okay with that. Cough, Style Cartel.

But this week, that sparkle had to return.

I wanted something more subtle. Something a little bit different.

OPI Mad as a Hatter, Essie Chinchilly

I reached for a fall color that I had not used in forever, Essie Chinchilly. This is one of those classic light taupey-gray shades that screams fall.

Essie Chinchilly nail polish

For my glitter dip fade, I chose OPI Mad as a Hatter (MAAH). I love MAAH, and I wish OPI would bring it back! This predominantly lavender and silver micro glitter polish was part of the Alice in Wonderland collection from 2010. It’s pretty much a party in a bottle.

OPI Mad as a Hatter nail polish

To create this look, I dabbed the glitter on top of my Chinchilly-clad nails, focusing a thicker concentration on the tips. The idea here is to be intentionally imperfect, like you just dipped your fingers in a bowl of glitter.

Glitter fall nail polish

I love the way it turned out, super sparkly in the sun, but overall, fairly subtle. The perfect glitter fade.

To dupe this look, any micro glitter polish would work beautifully– give it a try, and let me know how it turned out! I can’t wait to try more color combinations, and add some larger hex glitter to the mix.

xoxo, Emma

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Holy grail facial sunscreen

October 5th, 2014 · Beauty, Emma's Thoughts


We know we should wear it, and wear it everyday. Especially on our faces.

Do you struggle with this? I know that I certainly did. I’ll spare you the pep talk on why it matters, because y’all know all that. What you might not know about is the magic that is Renée Rouleau daily protection SPF 30. This stuff. Is. The Best.

The texture is fantastic, nice and light. I’ve found many facial sunscreens to feel either decidedly mask-like or greasy. Renée Rouleau’s formula is closer to a primer or a lightweight daytime moisturizer, and it melts perfectly into my skin. Zero white cast. No distracting ‘sunscreen’ scent. Maybe best of all, it does not break out or irritate my skin. My skin loves this stuff!

It even gets the husband stamp of approval. Back in May when we honeymooned in beautiful Aruba, we both wore this sunscreen every day, and it stood up to the equatorial sun exceptionally well. The Aruban sun is no joke… we went through 4 full size bottles of sunscreen in a week!

If you’re lucky enough to live near Renée’s Dallas or Plano spa and boutique, pay them a visit in person (also, I envy you). Lucky for the rest of us, Renée Rouleau ships from her online boutique, too.

Try it out, and let me know what you think!

xoxo, Emma

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Fall nails: Essie Style Cartel

September 8th, 2014 · Beauty

This weekend brought with it crisp air and a trip to Ulta, where I picked up one of Essie’s new shades for fall: Style Cartel. I admit to owning a lot of blue nail polish, but nothing quite like this bright navy. Essie describes this shade as an “inky cobalt blue”, which is spot on.

I love how rich and deep this shade is, yet you can definitely tell it’s still blue. I’ve found that not to be the case with certain dark polishes… sometimes they all start to look alike.

It’s important to note that the sun brightens up Style Cartel a ton– in most settings, the color does look much darker. The formula is incredible on this one. Super saturated, perfect consistency, opaque in one coat (but for good measure, I like to apply two). So, so good. And that shine!

I also picked up Essie’s Matte About You topcoat (yes, I have needed this forever) and added some fun little polka dots for a ring finger accent. Next time I plan on reversing the effect, with shiny dots on top of a matte nail– I think that would pop a bit better!

This is what I use for all things dots. A toothpick would work nicely too.

Loving this color so much. I feel like it’s going to be a staple!

Would you buy?

xoxo, Emma

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