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Weekend Lush Haul

October 26th, 2014 · Beauty

This weekend I stopped by my local Lush boutique for the first time in months. Such discipline, I know. You see, I have a small stash of bath bombs and bubble bars on hand from last winter that I’m still working through. As these products truly must be used up quickly to maximize effervescence, I was not exactly in need of anything– I definitely approach product use with the FIFO* method. *Gold star to you if you know what I’m talking about.

But, now that it’s getting chilly outside again, long soaks in the tub just-because are once again on my mind.

And, I had seen the pictures of the Sparkly Pumpkin (yes, the product is called just that). I love Lush’s spin on Halloween, I really do. I had to stop in.

I picked up two things, a new fresh face mask, and said Sparkly Pumpkin.

Lush Haul

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask is packed with honey, Ayurvedic herbs and spices, and finely ground almonds. I love everything honey, and will be trying this out later tonight.

Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Lush Brazened Honey

Lush Brazened Honey fresh face mask

Thankfully, two tables worth of Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bars remained, and I snagged one. I can’t get over how pretty this bubble bar is! One of the Lush girls told me she uses them as Halloween decor throughout her home– brilliant idea! The scent throw is strong, a bit mysterious, and citrus-y, thanks to lime, grapefruit, and juniperberry. Hopefully the tub isn’t a nightmare to clean after using this. I’m optimistic, as the shimmer seems super fine. Regardless, I think it’ll be worth it!

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar

Lush Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar

I’ll tweet my thoughts about both of these products after I have a chance to use them. Stay tuned!

xoxo, Emma

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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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