4th of July Nail Art

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4th of July Nail Art Inspiration and a Free Gift Offer

If you’re looking for red, white and blue 4th of July nail art inspiration, then you’ll want to consider one of these super-cute nail looks from Julep. You can get all of the nail polishes used in these looks for FREE in the Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift if you join Julep’s beauty box subscription program. Or, if you’re already a subscriber, then use code LETSGET20 to save 20% on any Julep polish or beauty purchase that you make.

To create the easy patriotic 4th of July nail dots (pictured above) first create your base with two coats of the red crème polish, Myriam. Once those coats have dried, use a toothpick or a dotting tool to make dots with the white polish, Brigette. Once your white dots have dried completely, then add additional dots with the peacock blue nail polish from Julep, Paulina. Don’t forget to complete your look with a top coat to extend the life of your new 4th of July nail art look!

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If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then try creating stars and stripes nails. Begin by painting all of your nails with two coats of the red polish, Myriam. Allow to dry completely. Then, on your accent nails, use scotch tape as a guide to paint even stripes of the white polish, Brigette. Once these lines have dried, use a toothpick to draw blue stars on your accent nails with the blue polish, Paulina.

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If you’re a master at nail polish and have steady hands, then you may want to try these red, white and blue wave nails for your 4th of July nail art look. Begin by painting half of your nail with Myriam, your red polish, then add on a scalloped edge. Allow to dry, then apply the white scalloped paint layer with Brigette. Once that layer has dried, complete the look with a third scalloped layer of Paulina (blue). Optionally, you can also add a touch a sparkle on top of the blue with Kirby. Be sure to finish your completed 4th of July nail art look with a top coat to make your mani last and shine!

Free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift from Julep when you join their monthly beauty box program.

Right now Julep is running a special offer to receive all of the polishes featured in the above nail polish tutes, along with three fantastic beauty products, in their free Star Spangled 8-Piece Beauty Gift! Simply enter promo code: FIREWORKS to get your free gift when you pay for your first month of Julep ($24.99).

Get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous "Makeup the Rules" cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products - just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

Alternately, through 6/15/16 at 11:59 PM PT, or while supplies last, you can get $100+ of beauty surprises in the June Mystery Box for just $24.99! The Pool Party Mystery Box features a fabulous “Makeup the Rules” cosmetic bag (ideal for bringing your sunscreen & lip gloss to the pool or beach), plus SIX other mystery beauty or nail products – just $24.99 for $100+ worth of products.

But hurry! You’ll want to buy your Pool Party Mystery Box in the next few days, because there are a limited number available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! Julep is only offering their Mystery Boxes a few times a year now, so the next Mystery Box will not be available until August or September. (Please note that every Pool Party Mystery Box will include the “Makeup the Rules” BRIKA Bag, however other products vary. The purchase of multiple Pool Party Mystery Boxes may result in nail polish or beauty product overlap. This offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount (e.g Maven 20% discount). Also, no exchanges or returns are possible on Mystery Box or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $100. Taxes vary by location.)

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Easy Cream Eyeshadow Recipe

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This easy cream eyeshadow recipe requires just three ingredients and results in a beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadow with a smooth application and lasting results.

This easy cream eyeshadow recipe requires just three ingredients! However, the result is a beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadow that glides on smooth and provides lasting results. It’s also great for blending. Learn how to make your own with my easy cream eyeshadow recipe below.

This easy cream eyeshadow recipe requires just three ingredients and results in a beautiful and highly pigmented cream eyeshadow that glides on smooth and provides lasting results.

Cream Eyeshadow Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

Matte oxide or ultramarine pigment powder in eye safe color of choice
Super Sparkles Mica or other eye safe mica in color of choice
Dimethicone

Instructions:

As you’re likely working with small amounts of pigments and mica that are more difficult to be weighed, I created this cream eyeshadow recipe so you can use any amount of pigment desired based on how many eyeshadows you want to create.

Begin by combining two parts of your matte oxide or ultramarine pigment powder with one part of the mica in a complementary color. Mix well until the mica and pigment powder are evenly distributed throughout.

If you want a completely matte cream eyeshadow simply omit the mica. For my shimmery purple cream eyeshadow pictured here, I specifically used Matte Violet Ultramarine Powder.

Now add a small amount of dimethicone and mix and mash the dimethicone into the pigment and mica. Continue until all of the pigment and mica stick together. You may want to wear gloves and mash with your fingers. This is a messy project no matter how you mix it. If you add too much dimethicone, add more pigment and mica.

Test a bit of the cream eyeshadow mixture on your hand to ensure you’ve reached a consistency that works.

Now use a knife to fill your eyeshadow pan. I used a 3 ml silver plastic jar with a hinged lid and clear window from SKS Bottle and Packaging. Clean up your work area using Dawn or oil.

I let my cream eyeshadow sit overnight before using. To use apply a small amount to lids with your finger and smooth and blend with an eyeshadow brush. Or simply apply with an eyeshadow brush using a bit of pressure to pick up the cream eyeshadow with the brush.

To remove your cream eyeshadow, use oil or a cream eye makeup remove or cleanser. I recommend my easy argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil. That recipe can be found here.

Now that you’ve made your first cream eyeshadow recipe you can try other colors and mica blends or even re-make your existing eyeshadows into cream eyeshadows.

For a similar cream eyeshadow that you can buy rather than DIY, I recommend Hikari’s Cream Pigment Eyeshadows who I recently discovered through ipsy’s monthly glam bag. (I love the color Mink which is not nearly as dark as it appears in the product photographs.)

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Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe and Homemade Gift idea

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This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Homemade Solid Perfume Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.2 oz. beeswax
.5 oz. sweet almond oil
up to .25 oz. fragrance oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out the beeswax into a double boiler or a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the double boiler until melted or in the microwave at 50% power until melted. Remove from heat.

Once the beeswax has melted, weigh out the sweet almond oil. Stir into the melted beeswax. If the mixture begins to solidify – which can happen if the oil is cold – heat again slightly. (If you prefer not to use sweet almond oil or don’t have sweet almond oil on hand, you can substitute with any other low odor carrier oil that is liquid at room temperature.)

Now weigh out the fragrance and stir into the melted beeswax and oil mixture. (This homemade solid perfume recipe calls for the fragrance oil at 35% of the total beeswax and oil weight. Not all fragrance oils can be used up to 35% and be skin safe so you’ll want to check the manufacturer guidelines via the supplier you choose and adjust the amount of fragrance oil used appropriately. I chose a fragrance oil that was skin safe at up to 38% usage rate for perfume. However some fragrance oils are only safe up to 8% or less even in perfumes. Follow the same guidelines if you prefer to use natural essential oils.)

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Now pour the melted mixture for this solid perfume recipe into lip balm containers. I used .3 oz. eco-friendly brown paperboard push up lip balm tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging for my homemade solid perfumes. This particular homemade solid perfume recipe will fill three of these tubes. Alternately you can also use regular plastic lip balm tubes.

Allow your homemade solid perfumes to harden completely, then cap and label or decorate your solid perfume tubes as desired.

I used free washi tape clipart to decorate my tubes along with a hand drawn herbal tea clipart set I purchased from Mellenes Digital Art on Etsy. I simply imported the images into OpenOffice and arranged the graphics I wanted to use onto a blank text document, then printed the page onto a full size label/sticker sheet. (You can learn more about how to do this in my post on how to make homemade chocolate orange body butter here.)

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck them into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck them into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Alternately you can also make this homemade solid perfume recipe in lip balm pots. (Pictured here are 1/2 ounce brown paperboard jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging.) For easier application using lip balm pots, you can reduce the amount of beeswax used to .15 oz.

This easy homemade solid perfume recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays! Tuck these solid perfumes into the stockings of your favorite scent divas or simply create your own amazing fragrance line for yourself!

Looking for a fun kid friendly fragrance blend for girls? Try this fragrance blend for your homemade solid perfume recipe! It smells like sugared candies! Weigh out and combine: .05 oz. Cinnamon Sugar fragrance oil, .15 oz. Cranberry Chutney fragrance oil and .1 oz. Orange Peel Cybilla fragrance oil.

If you liked this recipe, then be sure to check out my other bath and body recipes I created for the holidays: Chocolate Orange Body Butter and Matching Sugar Scrub Recipes, Cranberry Chutney Homemade Solid Lotion Bar Recipe, Cinnamon Sugar Homemade Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe, Homemade Green Tea and Turmeric Soap Recipe, Homemade Chamomile Balm Recipe and my Homemade Orange and Espresso Soap Recipe.

For more of my homemade bath and body recipes as well as favorites from around the web, be sure to check out and follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. If you’re looking more homemade Christmas gift ideas, you’ll also enjoy my Christmas gift idea boards on PinterestUnique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas and DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts. You can also find and follow me via Blog Lovin’ and TumblrFacebook, Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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Mineral Bath Soak Recipes

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These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

Mineral Bath Soak Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon fine dead sea salt
1 Tablespoon coarse pink Himalayan salt
1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
1 Tablespoon Epsom salt
1 mL (20 drops) essential oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

Using a measuring spoon, measure out the salts into a glass bowl. Add essential oil(s) if desired – you can use a graduated transfer pipette to measure out the amount needed – then mix well. Now use a funnel to fill your containers. I used these awesome 8 dram clear glass vials with black phenolic cone lined caps I received from SKS Bottle & Packaging for mine. (You can find them here.)

Available in bulk, these vials make it easy to fill with your mineral bath soak recipes for creating DIY wedding favors or bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers. This particular mineral bath soak recipe fills 2 8-dram glass vials.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! They make lovely DIY wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers!

Floral Mineral Bath Soak Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons fine dead sea salt
2 teaspoons coarse pink Himalayan salt
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons Epsom salt
1 teaspoon lavender flowers
1 teaspoon rose petals
1 teaspoon calendula petals
1 mL (20 drops) essential oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

As with the mineral bath soak recipe, use measuring spoons to measure out all of the cosmetic salts as well the flowers and combine in a glass bowl. Add your choice of essential oil(s) if desired and mix well. Use a small funnel to fill two 8-dram glass vials, then cap and label as desired.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! They make lovely DIY wedding favors, bridesmaid gifts and even homemade stocking stuffers!

What’s so great about cosmetic salts?

Dead Sea salt is extracted and solar dried from the saline and mineral rich marshes of the Dead Sea. As a result this salt is extremely rich in nutrients and contains an abundance of numerous key elements. It is widely renowned as the best therapeutic salts available.

Epsom salt is a common ingredient in bath salts as it possesses properties that help to help sooth, relax, and relieve sore muscles. Comprised primarily of magnesium and sulfates, Epsom salt does won’t leave your skin feeling dry. Instead skin soaked in Epsom salts will have a soft and silky texture after a long soak.

Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest salts available and is used both therapeutically and in cosmetic preparations. Derived from ancient sea salt deposits, Himalayan pink salt is believed to be the purest form of salt available. It offers essential minerals and trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, and increases circulation.

Sea salt is essential to good health and is used by the human body to function properly. The sodium in sea salt serves as an electrolyte and assists with regulating the electrical charges within our cells while chloride supports potassium absorption, enhances carbon dioxide transportation, regulates body fluid levels, and is an essential component of digestive acids. Sea salt is great for softening and rejuvenating the skin as well as relaxing muscular aches, pains, sunburns, rashes, and irritated skin.

These natural mineral bath soak recipes are a snap to make and are the perfect end to a long day. In addition to helping you wind down after a stressful day, these mineral bath soak recipes also help to ease sore muscles and detox skin! Leave them unscented or add some of your favorite essential oil(s) for a complete aromatherapy experience!

If you like my mineral bath soak recipes, you may also enjoy my DIY herbal facial steam. My DIY herbal facial steam is not only easy to make, it’s also a great way to naturally reduce acne breakouts, boost circulation and remove toxins. You can learn how to make your own DIY facial steam here.

This easy Argan and Rosemary Facial Cleansing Oil Recipe requires just two ingredients but delivers incredible results! It's especially great for maturing skin as it can help to prevent wrinkles. Plus it doubles as a moisturizer!

Or try my easy argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil recipe. This simple facial care recipe requires just two ingredients but delivers incredible results! This all natural facial cleansing oil recipe combines argan oil and rosemary essential oil for a simple yet effective cleansing oil suitable for all skin types. It easily removes makeup, dirt and oil and helps to prevent delicate facial skin from drying out due to the overuse of soap and water. You can find my argan and rosemary facial cleansing oil recipe here.

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Homemade Hair Oil Recipe for Dry Hair

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These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Easy to make hair oil recipe for dry hair and a hair mask recipe for dry, damage and frizzy hair.

Dry, damaged or frizzy hair? These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Learn how to make your own super effective hair oil recipe for dry hair suitable for daily use as well as a homemade hair mask recipe for intense conditioning weekly or monthly based on your hair’s needs.

Both of these natural hair care recipes are made using ingredients prized for their beneficial properties in hair care including coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and neem oil.

Coconut oil works beautifully as a hair conditioner and helps to prevent breakage as well as keep hair looking soft and shiny. The fatty acids in coconut oil are also helpful in preventing dandruff. And coconut oil is also believed to help prevent hair loss and premature graying.

Hemp seed oil contains gamma-linoleic acid which contributes to keratin formation. This helps to make hair stronger and healthier, improving the overall condition of your hair. The natural lipids, vitamin E and fatty acids found in hemp seed oil help to improve hair’s elasticity, volume and shine while also protecting hair from moisture loss. Because hemp seed oil is a dry oil, it doesn’t leave hair feeling greasy or weighed down.

Dry, damaged or frizzy hair? These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Learn how to make your own super effective hair oil recipe for dry hair suitable for daily use as well as a homemade hair mask recipe for intense conditioning weekly or monthly based on your hair's needs.

Neem oil is wonderful at helping to prevent dandruff, eczema and other irritating scalp conditions. It also helps to prevent hair loss and promotes hair growth.

The other carrier oil used in these natural hair care recipes I’ve left up to you. My favorite choices are argan, jojoba and macadamia nut oils. All of these oils help to strengthen hair’s elasticity, maintain moisture, soften tresses, increase shine and tackle tough frizz. Simply choose your favorite based on the additional benefits they offer.

Dry, damaged or frizzy hair? These natural hair care recipes are just what your hair ordered! Learn how to make your own super effective hair oil recipe for dry hair suitable for daily use as well as a homemade hair mask recipe for intense conditioning weekly or monthly based on your hair's needs.

Homemade Hair Oil Recipe for Dry Hair

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.25 oz. refined or virgin coconut oil
.45 oz. hemp seed oil
.3 oz. macadamia nut, argan or jojoba oil
.05 oz. 100% organic neem oil
12 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops rosemary antioxidant extract, optional

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the coconut oil into a small glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat briefly in the microwave just until melted then weigh out the other carrier oils and stir into the hair oil. Using a dropper or transfer pipette add the rosemary essential oil and, if desired, the rosemary extract. (I recommend the rosemary extract to help lengthen the shelf life of the hemp seed oil. Otherwise you can keep this hair oil recipe for dry hair refrigerated for longevity.)

If you’re not a fan of rosemary essential oil you can substitute this essential oil with one of your favorite essential oil based on your hair type. Lavender, rosemary, lemon, geranium, cedarwood, thyme and clary sage essential oils are suitable for normal hair. Lavender, rosemary, sandalwood and geranium essential oils are great for dry hair and lavender, rosemary, lemon, peppermint and cypress essential oils are suitable for oily hair.

This hair oil recipe for dry hair yields about 1 oz. of product and will fit inside a 1 oz. glass bottle or plastic container. A little goes a long way!

To use simply pour a small amount into the palm of your hand then rub your hands together. Apply the hair oil to the ends of your hair first, then lightly rub your hands over the rest of your hair, then massage in. (Psst. You can also try this on beards as a natural homemade beard oil!)

I was inspired to create this particular hair oil recipe for dry hair after sampling the Obliphica Treatment Hair Serum. While my recipe doesn’t have sea buckthorn fruit in it, you can add 5-10 drops of sea buckthorn oil if you like. I loved that this added shine and tame frizz without weighing it down or making it look greasy.

If your hair is super damaged from winter weather or pool chlorine, dependent on the time of year of course, then you’ll also want to try my homemade hair mask recipe for dry hair. In addition to the oils used for my hair oil recipe for dry hair it also contains cocoa butter for its superior moisturizing properties as well as its effectiveness against dry, itchy scalp.

Homemade Hair Mask Recipe for Dry Hair

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.5 oz. refined or virgin coconut oil
.25 oz. macadamia nut, argan or jojoba oil
.25 oz. hemp seed oil
.1 oz. 100% organic neem oil
.4 oz. cocoa butter
18 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops rosemary antioxidant extract, optional

Instructions:

To create this hair mask recipe for dry hair begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter. Melt in the microwave at reduced power or in a double boiler, then weigh out and add the remaining carrier oils. Use a dropper or transfer pipette to add the essential oil and rosemary extract.

Allow the hair mask to thicken, you can pop this in the fridge to speed up the process.

To use apply the hair mask evenly to hair concentrating on the ends first then working your way up. Leave the hair mask in for 10 minutes to overnight, then shampoo and condition as usual.

If you’re looking to switch to sulfate free shampoos to a cleansing conditioner, I highly recommend both Renpure Solutions Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner for normal to dry hair and Macadamia Oil Flawless Cleansing Conditioner for super dry, damaged hair. My hair stays so much healthier and shiny since I switched to using a cleansing conditioner over traditional shampoo.

If you like this homemade hair mask recipe for dry hair, you may also like my Winter Mint Homemade Moisturizing Hair Mask Recipe as well as my Natural Hair Mask Recipe formulated with shea butter, avocado and coconut oils.

For more of my natural hair care recipes, bath and beauty DIY’s and my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of my favorite bath and beauty recipes from around the web.

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