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I've been promising you guys a new makeup tutorial, and here it is - a beautiful DIY mermaid mani! It's so perfect for Summer, and I promise you, it's quite easy to do. I was so inspired by the samples I recently received from Nail Social Nail Brand. I have to say, when I first saw the colors, I knew they were a little bit out of my typical comfort zone. Honestly, I haven't worn sparkly blue nail polish since college, which was quite a while ago for me. For years I've stuck with pinks, reds, and purples; with the most adventurous of my manis being hot pink (and only when hot pink was very on-trend). None the less, I was ready to try this "24K Mermaid" polish. Objectively speaking, as blue sparkly nail polishes go, it was pretty after all.

It was beautiful on, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that under different lighting it went from a true blue to a sparkly greenish blue that looked even more...mermaid-ish if you ask me. When it came time to take i…

Gift Guide: Easter Hostess Gifts $20 and Under


My mom always taught me that I should never show up to someone else's home empty-handed. This rule especially holds true if you're going to someone else's home for a holiday or special event. The hostess will have to spend time and money prepping for the occasion, so it's more than appropriate to bring them a hostess gift as a way to say thank you.  

You don't however have to spend a lot of money on a hostess gift. About $20 is perfectly appropriate. Just keep in mind this is in addition to anything you've offered to bring to serve at the meal. For a casual meal, contributing a dish or bottle of wine is sufficient, but for a holiday or dinner party, you really should bring something extra just for the hostess. It's tempting to bring flowers, but remember your hostess will be busy, so only bring them if they're already in a vase, or offer to put them in a vase when you arrive so the hostess doesn't have to.

When picking out a hostess gift, I focus on the current holiday and/ or season, as well as items any hostess would love even if she already has some. For example, a woman who likes to throw dinner parties can never have enough dinner napkins or serving dishes, so anything like that would be a welcome hostess gift. You can also play it safe with something they're bound to use like a gift set of bath soaps for a guest bathroom, a Spring scented candle, or a hand soap and lotion gift set for the kitchen. If you go with a gift like that, make sure you get something pretty and something festive that reflects the season like this "Chocolate Bunnies" Scented Yankee Jar Candle.

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