Cheers to the Perfect Night

NYE

I know, I know, I’ve been talking a whole lot about New Year’s Eve lately, but the day has finally arrived, so it only feels appropriate to talk about it a little bit more.

New Year’s Eve can often be tough—tell me I’m not alone in this—and I tend to get my hopes up as I imagine the most elaborately magical night. Since most of the failure comes from my poor planning, I thought I’d create a checklist for the night that’ll hopefully help you (and me!) plan accordingly, as to not find yourself in the back of a dive bar at midnight with no one to kiss! So, without further adieu, here’s my checklist:

  • Set out the outfit. Don’t wait until the last minute on this! It often seems easy to select the most glitzy dress in your closet, but once you try it on, you’re likely going to have a panic attack. Well, if you’re anything like me, that is. Be sure to try the dress on hours before you leave the house. Oh, and please don’t be that girl wearing a tiny dress without a jacket! It’s cold, really cold!
  • Text your friends. Try to make a clear plan with your friends so there’s no confusion about when to meet and where to meet.
  • Stay cool. Decide how much you want to drink (if any!) and try to stick to that.
  • Plan the rides. It’s always a good idea to put the phone numbers for cab companies ahead of time, but it’s an even better idea to have a car arranged in advance to pick you up. Whatever you do, just don’t drive drunk!
  • Apply lip gloss. Make sure your lips are nice and moisturized for that midnight kiss!
  • Set some resolutions. This is your chance to make some resolutions for yourself, so take advantage of it!
  • Enjoy yourself. Try to leave some room for spontaneity and go where the night takes you.

Balloons + Bubbly

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Photos from: Pinterest.

With New Year’s Eve around the corner, I can’t help but get in the soirée mood. I’m a firm believer that we should go all out when it comes to holidays, making the decorations just as beautiful as we hope the celebration to be! The above images are making me really excited for the night that’s to come!

Tricks of the Trade: Make Up Brushes

Make Up Brushes

Ladies, ladies. Make up is a huge part of our morning routine, our afternoon retouching, and our evening primping, so we should be sure to keep our brushes looking just as good as they make us look!

I’ve been wanting to clean my brushes for a long time now, but I was waiting until I found a solid, organic way to do so. After researching on Pinterest and various forums, I’ve finally found an eco-friendly, easy way to clean your make up brushes.

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All you have to do is put a tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup of warm water and leave the brushes in there for about 20 minutes. I did 3 brushes at a time, but you could probably do more depending on the size of your cup.

After the soak, I then rinsed the brushes in hot water, followed by cold water.

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Lastly, I got most of the water off the brushes with a paper towel and then left them out to fully dry. Pretty sunflowers next to the brushes as they dry is a must, of course.

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Petal-Infused Bath Salts

Bath Salts

When it comes to presents, I try to employ my creative sense as much as possible. Unless I can think of one particular item that my recipient needs or really wants, I generally go the DIY route because I find it far more personal.

Last weekend, I decided it was as good a weekend as any to put my bath-salts-making skills to the test.

I ended up making two batches, rose and grapefruit, but only photographed the steps for making rose-infused bath salts.

Here’s how I did it:

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Step 1. Put the bath salts in a large bowl. I measured how much salt I would need in the bowl by putting it in the jars first.

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Step 2. Add droplets of the essential oil. I just eyeballed this step and stopped adding in droplets once the smell became very prominent.

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Step 3. Add flower petals to enhance the scent and to make it nice and colorful. I used pink flowers for the rose-infused version, and white ones for the grapefruit-infused batch.

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Step 4. Put the mixture in a cute little jar and top it off with a whole petal.

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Step 5. Tie your jars with an over-sized, slightly messy bow.

Step 6. Gift your cute little jars filled with relaxing bath salts.

Sparkle

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Photos from: Pinterest.

If I had to choose one item with which to decorate my room—aside from a bed and the necessities—it would have to be Christmas lights. Naturally, I get especially sentimental about twinkly lights when the holidays roll around, though I still think they’re a beautiful design element any time of year. The cozy feeling they create is unparalleled, and they cast the perfect amount of lighting for that wind-down time just before bed.