Valentine’s Day manicure! Used Love by Julep as the amazing, glittery base then created little hearts with Nellie by Julep (and a dotting tool). Topped it off with Freedom Polymer Topcoat. #julep #notd #julepmaven #nails #nailart #manicure #valentinesday #valentinesdaymanicure #manicure #DIYmanicure #glittermanicure #nailstagram #naturalnails #shortnails #squoval
Cuticle care is an important part of my hand and nail care routine. The cuticle is a part of your skin that covers the base of the nail, which is called the nail matrix. As the protection for the nail matrix, I feel it is important to care for it as well as I care for the nails themselves. Part of that care routine involves nourishing cuticle oils. I had been using Julep Essential Cuticle Oil for about a year, which I loved for it’s light, herbaceous scent and it’s effectiveness in keeping my cuticles moisturized. When I ran out I was not excited about spending $18 on another bottle, even though I love the product. I decided to concoct my own cuticle oil and so far I couldn’t be happier, with both the cost and it’s effectiveness.
-empty glass bottle with dropper or empty rollerball container
-carrier oil: coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc. (I used sweet almond oil and olive oil)
-vitamin E oil. You won’t need much, so you could use a couple of vitamin E capsules cut open.
-essential oils of your choice. I used tea tree, peppermint, and red mandarin essential oils.
1. Thoroughly wash and dry your container.
2. Pour in your carrier oil. I used 0.6 oz of sweet almond oil and about 0.1-0.2 oz of extra virgin olive oil.
3. Add in about 15 drops of vitamin E oil.
4. Add your essential oils. I added 5 drops of tea tree oil for its antibacterial properties. Then I added essential oils for fragrance; 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and 10 drops of red mandarin essential oil.
5. Mix everything together and use frequently :)
I try to use cuticle oil at least once per day. It helps keep my manicures looking presentable for longer and dramatically reduces the amount of hangnails I get. I hope this was helpful and inspires you to make your own customized cuticle oil.
DIY Picture Frame Keychain-holder. I used a $2 Ikea picture frame, spare scrapbook paper, and some Command Utensil Hooks to make this fun keychain-holder.
- picture frame
- scrapbook paper
- Remove the glass from the picture frame. Place the glass on the scrapbook paper and use the pen to trace around the glass.
- Cut the scrapbook paper using the traced line as a guide. Place the glass back in the frame and then put the scrapbook paper in the picture frame where you would normally place a picture.
- After cleaning the glass, adhere the hooks to the glass. This will allow you to change out the scrapbook paper whenever you feel like it without having to deal with the hooks.
- Hang your new key-holder in a convenient location and enjoy!
Princess Jasmine inspired manicure! The countdown to Disneyland continues with this fun and easy manicure. I used Julep’s Dianna on each nail then taped off a V shape on the accent nails. The gold polish on the accent nails is Felicity, also by Julep. I used Felicity to stamp the pattern onto the pinky nail and added a blue rhinestone to the thumbs and ring fingers. Julep’s Freedom Polymer topcoat sealed all that with long-lasting shine!
Cinderella manicure! I’m very excited to be going to Disneyland next month for my best friend’s wedding, so I did a Cinderella inspired manicure. I used OPI Natural Nails base coat on the whole nail then used tape to create the French tip on each nail. The blue is by NYC, it’s 151 (Skyline Blue). I topped the blue with electric lane holo glitter by nails, inc. then used a silver glitter at the base of the blue. As usual, I put Julep Freedom Polymer top coat over it for some amazing shine and staying power!
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