Craft & Cocktail Night: DIY Nail Polish

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As mentioned in last week’s weekly wrap up, I’m going to be doing Craft & Cocktail Night about every other week with friends and acquaintances this summer. The first of such nights was this past Saturday when we made DIY nail polish!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I had been wanting to try this project for a while but had kept putting it off. So I finally took the plunge, bought the supplies and my friends and I all made DIY nail polish together.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Creating custom nail polish makes a wonderful DIY for a Craft & Cocktail Night as it’s actually a really easy project to do. This way everyone can have fun and catch up with friends – as well as make new ones! – without having to worry about making mistakes with a project and going home disappointed.

Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To start off our DIY nail polish Craft & Cocktail Night, we first settled in with a cheese board I threw together and cocktails comprised of vodka and Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower and Rose Lemonade. (These are SO good. I buy my Elderflower and Rose Lemonade from The Fresh Market. You can mix it with either vodka or gin as strong as 1 part vodka to 1 part lemonade and it’s delish!)

After everyone was comfortable and we’d chatted for a bit we dove into making our own DIY nail polish.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

I purchased my supplies for this DIY nail polish project from Brambleberry. You’ll need their suspending nail polish base and nail polish mixing balls for this project, along with mica pigment powders to color your polish and solvent resistant or nail polish glitter, tiny 18mm funnels, mini .15cc scoops and nail polish containers of your choice. Toothpicks also come in handy. (If you don’t want to buy everything individually, Brambleberry also sells kits.)

I also bought some cute little decorative bags from my local craft supply store for everyone to take their completed projects home in. Once, you’ve gathered all of the materials needed for your DIY nail polish, you’re ready to begin!

DIY Nail Polish

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

To make your own DIY nail polish, you’ll begin by carefully pouring the suspending nail polish base into the nail polish bottle. We tried using a funnel for this but the funnel opening is too small to really get the nail polish base into the jar. This does take a little bit of patience.

Fill your nail polish bottle about 3/4 of the way full with the suspending nail polish base. Once you’ve added the base, drop 2-3 nail polish mixing balls to the nail polish container.

(As a side note, be sure to do this on a dedicated craft table or with a placemat underneath your work surface. The first time I made this some of the nail polish base spilled onto the tablecloth and went through to the table, taking the paint off.)

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Next, using a funnel, add mica pigment powder in your color(s) of choice to the bottle. I recommend 4-5 of the mini scoops for an opaque color. Or use less for a sheer color.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Tap the funnel into the nail polish jar to fill it. You can use a toothpick to help push more of the color into the jar if the funnel gets clogged.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

If desired, you can also add glitter to your custom DIY nail polish. We found using a small scoop for the glitter worked best and omitted the use of a funnel for this step.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve added the color and glitter, add the brush and lid to your nail polish container.

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Shake well then test out your new nail polish on a finger. If desired, you can add additional mica and/or glitter to suit.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Be sure to keep track of the mica color(s) and the number of scoops you use for your nail polish in a notebook or an a piece of paper so you can recreate it later.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

Once you’ve achieved your perfect nail polish color, you can decorate your nail polish bottles.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We used washi tape to decorate our nail polish bottles but paint pens work great too.

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

And that was it! Our new DIY nail polish was ready to rock!

DIY Nail Polish! Learn how to make DIY nail polish in custom colors using mica pigments and glitter! A wonderful DIY project for a Craft & Cocktail night with friends!

We had a LOT of fun with this project and were each able to make more than one nail polish.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Afterwards, as there was still loads of time left in the evening, we broke out the card game, Exploding Kittens. None of us had ever played before so Bambi, who loves games, took the lead and read the rules. She also kept us straight when got confused.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy got a kick out of the card instructions. (I’d purchased the NSFW version.)

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Once we’d played our first game of Exploding Kittens, we played a second with the first expansion pack, Imploding Kittens.

Craft & Cocktail Night with Friends! Throw your own awesome DIY craft & cocktail night party and learn how to make DIY nail polish! Plus don't forget to break out a card game - we played Exploding Kittens - a cheese tray and the cocktails!

Cathy rocked the cone of shame as she was already wearing her kitty ears! She is always such fun and a great sport about everything!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this super easy DIY nail polish tutorial as well as a peek into my first Craft & Cocktail Night of the summer! If you’ve thrown your own Craft & Cocktail Night, I’d love to hear what you did. So be sure to give me the skinny in the comments!

For more entertaining and party ideas, be sure to visit my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. You can also find some great cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.

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Product Highlight: Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat

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If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you'll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat! This frosted top coat surface oil gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects! If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you’ll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat!

If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you'll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat! This frosted top coat surface oil gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects!

If one of your top five beauty products includes nail polish, then you'll want to check out this Super Matte Surface Oil Nail Polish Frosted Top Coat! This frosted top coat surface oil gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects!

This super matte surface oil frosted top coat gives any of your favorite nail polish colors a dull flat matte finish! This surface oil top coat can be used with all of your favorite nail polish options including standard nail polish, UV gel and acrylic nails for some really cool effects! Buy it here.

Right now when you subscribe to the monthly Julep Beauty Box they’ll send you a free Coveted 12 Piece Mini-Nail Color gift valued at $84!

For other cool nail polish effects and nail art be sure to check out Julep. Right now when you subscribe to the monthly Julep Beauty Box they’ll send you a free Coveted 12 Piece Mini-Nail Color gift valued at $84! Get it here.

For more of my favorite products, be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty and my Products I Love boards on Pinterest. Or discover even more fun product highlights on my tumblr blog here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’FacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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4th of July Nail Art

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4th of July Nail Art Inspiration - Click through now for three great DIY 4th of July Nail Art Ideas!

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.)

You can discover more amazing beauty products by following my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest. Or learn how to make your own natural skin care products by following my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board.


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End of Season Sale at Julep

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Save up to 75% off during Julep's End of Season Sale! Four days only!

Julep’s End of Season Sale

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend so far! Just wanted to give you all a heads up that Julep is having a huge end of season sale this weekend only!

Discover the lowest prices of the season during Julep’s End of Season Sale in which you can save up to 75% on all of your beauty favorites! Plus take advantage of their nail polish mystery bags. You can get 10 nail polishes – regular $14 each ($140 value) – for just $20! That’s $2 per bottle of nail polish! Julep’s End of Season Sale lasts four days only – today through Monday, May 30th, 2016 – so buy now!

Here are few highlights.

Julep’s Perfect Finish Lip Collection regular $65 is now $19.99 their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Perfect Finish Lip Collection regular $65 is now $19.99 their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Mocha Minx Shadow, Eyeliner and Mascara Collection regular $60 is now $19.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Mocha Minx Shadow, Eyeliner and Mascara Collection regular $60 is now $19.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Overnight Repair for Hands Collection regular $48 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Overnight Repair for Hands Collection regular $48 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Julep’s Festival Season Nail Art Kit regular $58 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale.

Julep’s Festival Season Nail Art Kit regular $58 is now $14.99 during their End of Season Sale. (Shop now.)

Right now when you subscribe to Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box you’ll also receive a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift! This gift set includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value.

Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box

You may also want to consider a Julep Maven Subscription in which you receive a monthly beauty box!

Right now when you subscribe to Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box you’ll also receive a free Star Spangled 8-piece gift! This gift set includes four patriotic polishes, a hot pink lip gloss, a peony pink blush stick, a bronze eyeliner, and white chevron nail decals. A $122 value. Simply use the coupon code: FIREWORKS at checkout when you subscribe here.

In addition to this free gift, Julep is also the only monthly beauty box program on the market that allows you to fully customize your monthly beauty box. You can select all beauty products, all nail products, or get a mix of both!

Additionally, you can also decide to skip any month you’d like (with no charge!) or send that month’s box to a friend.

All Julep products are cruelty-free and five-free (they don’t use the top 5 toxins found in many makeup brands).

You’ll also receive other great perks such as 20% off all Julep purchases, free shipping (always!) and the chance to help test and choose Julep’s next new beauty colors and products.

Subscribe to Julep’s monthly beauty box and become a Julep Maven now.

For more great beauty product recommendations, be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here.


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Julep’s Monthly Beauty Box Subscription

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Julep's monthly beauty box subscription lets you choose what you receive each month in your box and allows you to skip months at no charge!

Love beauty box subscriptions but aren’t always happy with what comes in your box? Then you may want to give Julep’s monthly beauty box subscription a look!

How does Julep’s monthly beauty box subscription stand out from its competitors?

There are so many monthly beauty box subscriptions to choose from – so what makes Julep so special?

• Julep is the only monthly beauty box program on the market that allows you to fully customize your monthly beauty box.

Every month between the 20th and the 24th, you get to log in and choose what you want in your box. You can select all beauty products, all nail products, or get a mix of both!

• Skip any month.

Unlike most beauty boxes, you can decide to skip any month you’d like (with no charge!) or send that month’s box to a friend.

• You know what you’re getting, every month.

Unlike most beauty box brands, Julep makes all of their own products. All Julep products are cruelty-free and five-free (they don’t use the top 5 toxins found in many makeup brands).

• Subscribers get perks galore.

Beauty box subscribers are called Mavens, and Mavens get amazing perks, such as 20% off all Julep purchases, free shipping (always!) and the chance to help test and choose Julep’s next new beauty colors and products.

Julep's monthly beauty box subscription lets you choose what you receive each month in your box and allows you to skip months at no charge!

Are you ready to buy? If decide you’re all in, you may prefer to opt for the 3-month subscription. This option means that your first beauty box is FREE for the first month. Simply use the coupon code FIRSTBOX at checkout. Alternatelty, if you prefer to start with a month-to-month subscription, you can use the same code to get 50% off your first box. Visit Julep now to get started!

If you like Julep, then may also want to consider the monthly beauty box subscription from Birchbox. Or follow me on Pinterest for more great beauty products and finds as well as homemade soap, bath and beauty recipes you can make yourself.


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