Mar 17, 2014
My new Stained Glass Ring Holder! I found it on Etsy from Philip Crow’s shop. It arrived super fast and it’s so beautiful! #engaged #engagementring #engagementringholder

My new Stained Glass Ring Holder! I found it on Etsy from Philip Crow’s shop. It arrived super fast and it’s so beautiful! #engaged #engagementring #engagementringholder

Mar 15, 2014
Jersey and I are engaged! It was perfect! 

Jersey and I are engaged! It was perfect! 

Feb 14, 2014
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

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

Jan 12, 2014
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.

Materials:
-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.

Instructions:
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.

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.

Materials:
-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.

Instructions:
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.

Nov 2, 2013
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. 
Materials:
picture frame
scrapbook paper
hooks
adhesive
pen
scissors
Instructions:
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!

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. 

Materials:

  • picture frame
  • scrapbook paper
  • hooks
  • adhesive
  • pen
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Remove the glass from the picture frame. Place the glass on the scrapbook paper and use the pen to trace around the glass.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hang your new key-holder in a convenient location and enjoy!
Oct 6, 2013
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!

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!

Oct 6, 2013
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!

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!

Sep 23, 2013
iPhone 5c Manicure. A chevron on each nail using a different color from the new iPhone 5c line.

iPhone 5c Manicure. A chevron on each nail using a different color from the new iPhone 5c line.

Sep 12, 2013
First manicure using the polishes from my September Julep Maven box. This color is called Padma and it’s a very dark purple that can also look black in lower light situations. It’s a beautiful color and is opaque in two even coats. A great fall and winter color!

First manicure using the polishes from my September Julep Maven box. This color is called Padma and it’s a very dark purple that can also look black in lower light situations. It’s a beautiful color and is opaque in two even coats. A great fall and winter color!

Aug 19, 2013
Rainbow Sherbet Nails!

Rainbow Sherbet Nails!

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