Friday, October 19, 2012

Julep: Niecy

This is the very first Julep polish that I've ever tried and I can finally understand all the hype behind this brand.  The bottles take a little getting used to but the brush is nicely shaped and this color went on perfectly in 2 coats.  'Niecy' is similar to OPI's 'Strawberry Margarita' from what I've seen in photos, however I don't actually own the OPI color so I couldn't exactly compare the two.  This warm hot pink is gorgeous and perfect for anytime of year in my opinion.  

*natural sunlight, 2 coats, Canon T3.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Think Pink!

Tory Burch, Victoria's Secret, Rebecca Minkoff

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Breast cancer is something that affects us all, whether it be an aunt, mother, sister, or friend in this day and age it is almost a guarantee that we all know someone who has been touched by this terrible disease. Thankfully many of them have pulled through as strong survivors and emerge brighter and bolder than ever. So here's to October breast cancer awareness month, let us all be aware and proactive in preventing this disease from taking or affecting any more lives.

On a less serious note I think that the best way (other than donating to a charity) to support the fight against breast cancer is to incorporate some pink in your wardrobe! Above are some of my favorite pink options; it's so simple to add some pink into your everyday life whether it be a nail polish, a little bracelet, gorgeous necklaces, or a full on pink outfit. Throughout October wear some pink and support all of the women who have conquered this disease, so THINK PINK!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sephora by OPI: Rumba Romance

Another beautiful shimmery foil type polish from Sephora by OPI, 'Rumba Romance' is formulated much like 'Because I Said So', 'Teal We Meet Again', 'Mermaid to Order', and many others.  I specifically like these types of colors because they give a similar effect to glitter polishes but aren't as chunky of difficult to remove.  They also have that foil finish so you don't have to be too careful when applying and your coats don't have to be exactly perfect.  

*natural sunlight, 2 coats, Canon T3.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What's In My Makeup Bag?

Maybelline, M·A·C, NARS, L'Oreal, Benefit

                     {click any of the items above for a direct link!}

I'm no makeup artist by any means, but I figured I would give you all a peek at what I keep in my makeup bag! I also don't have an extensive makeup collection so once I find a product that I like I tend to stick with it. Almost all of these items get used on a daily basis, sometimes if I'm not feeling it I'll go a little lighter on something like mascara, eyeliner, or blush but 99% of the time I like to have a complete face on if I'm going out anywhere.

My favorite foundation is Nars Matte, but with the budget of a college student I figured it might be a good idea to try and find a good drugstore version. This Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is what I've been using recently and while it isn't my favorite, I'm going to use the bottle up before trying anything new.

After foundation I powder my face with MAC Skinfinish Natural in the shade 'Medium Dark', then I move onto prepping my eyelids for eyeshadow by using a MAC Paint Pot in 'Rubenesque'. For everyday makeup I like to use 'Jest' all over my lid, 'Mulch' in the crease, and 'Naked Lunch' as a highlight. It's nice and subtle but still a really pretty combination.

I use MAC Fluidline in 'Blacktrack' on my upper and lower lashlines and I set it off with any black eyeshadow. Right now I'm liking L'Oreal Voluminous for my upper lashes and Maybelline Falsies for my lower lashes.

Benefit Benetint has been a favorite product of mine for years, I think I'm on my 4th or 5th bottle. On days when I really feel like amping up the blush I like to use this Nars Multiple in 'Maui' over the Benetint or sometimes I'll use Nars 'Orgasm'.

Last but not least, my favorite lip color right now is the Revlon Lip Butter in 'Lollipop'. I never really used to wear color on my lips besides balm and maybe MAC 'Cremecup' once in a while, but I like how easily I can achieve color with the Revlon Lip Butters.

What are your go-to products? Any hidden secrets in your makeup bag that you're dying to share?


Monday, October 8, 2012

A Few Changes...

Hey guys!

So while I was taking a break from blogging I tried to refocus my energy and really decide what I wanted to do with this blog.  Nail polish will always be a constant focus here because that is truly why I started blogging in the first place, however I think it's time to branch out a little.

A few changes:
-I'm going to start watermarking my photos with 'justalittlepolish' in the lower corner.  Granted this is something I should have done a long time ago but I always thought that I was going to change the name of this blog to 'emilychiemi' so I used that as my watermark.

-I was trying to brainstorm new names for this blog because I thought that 'justalittlepolish' was too restricting, meaning I thought that I couldn't write anything BUT nail polish reviews here.  For now, I decided to keep the name and just blog about whatever I want (meaning it could be anything from nail polish to recipes to fashion ideas to TV).

-I may make other changes to the name and the branding side of things in the future (I'm chronically indecisive), but for now everything will remain the same.

-I am going to start including a link to where you can purchase the specific polish at the bottom of every post.  Now this is an Amazon affiliate link and if you don't want to click it you don't have to.  I'm just putting it there to make things more convenient for you!

-I have lots of new ideas so keep checking back!  Also, feel free to send me requests for anything that you want to read about.  You can either leave them in a comment or email me at I love hearing from you!

That's about it for now, thanks for sticking with me through this whole experience, I'm back and bursting with new inspiration!

xoxo, E

Revlon: Coastal Surf

'Coastal Surf' is a bright true blue creme that reminds me so much of the ocean.  It goes on smoothly in 2 coats and was just as vibrant as it is in the bottle.  The fact that it goes on just like it is shown in the bottle is great because I find that a lot of times with bright colors you either have to use a white base coat or a ton of coats before you can get the true color to show through.  Do you have any favorite shades like this that I should try out?  

 *natural sunlight, 2 coats, Canon T3.  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall TV Lineup

Normally around September-October is one of my favorite times of the year for a few reasons:

1.  The weather starts to cool down into fall.  (Not that I don't love the summertime but I really enjoy getting to experience different seasons.) *Sidenote: not something I get to necessarily see in Hawaii, but I loved seeing it in Chicago.  
2.  I can officially start my countdown to Christmas!  
3.  Cute fall clothing.  I'm looking at you circle scarves, military jackets, and riding boots.
4.  The return of the fall TV lineup. 

Let's go through a run down of the shows that I'll be catching up on this fall...

I couldn't get enough of this show last season.  Zooey as Jess is adorably quirky, seeing the relationship between the roommates evolve is hilarious, Cece adds the glamour, and Schmidt.  I mean really? Who wouldn't love to have a friend like Schmidt?

Big Bang is immensely popular and has created somewhat of a cult-like following and I have to say that I agree.  My family and I love watching this show together all of the characters are pretty funny but it's Sheldon's one-liners that are particularly hilarious.  

This show has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember.  One summer a few years back I got really into it and watched all of the old seasons on Netflix until I was caught up.  Yes, I'm still tuning in every week but I'll be the first to tell you that it is nowhere near the same without Michael Scott.  I've heard that this season will be the last season for our favorite paper company over in Scranton, and while I'm a little bit sad that I won't get to see John Krasinski every week I definitely think that it's time has come.  The Office took a bit of a nosedive after Steve Carrell left and while it's been trying to come back with fresh material there are times where I would rather watch an old rerun that a current episode.  I guess we'll always have the memories right? 

Phew, this post was definitely longer than I intended but I think I covered just about everything.  Are there any favorite TV shows that keep you hooked?  

Friday, October 5, 2012

Essie: Cute as a Button

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 This color definitely lived up to it's name, the bright coral toned orange is so cute that it perks your day up as soon as you coat it onto your nails.  It went on nicely, opaque in 2 coats, and stayed on for a good few days (not surprising since it is Essie).  For me personally these types of colors only work on my skin tone when I'm mildly tan and not when I'm rocking a mid-summer tan, but I can definitely see this color being great for almost anyone.

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*natural sunlight, 2 coats, Canon T3.  
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