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Makeup · February 20, 2015

The Grown-Up Guide to Getting Ready for a Night Out

Add Some Sparkle to Your Bar

A little effort in the dcor department can go a long way. Sprinkle some confetti (we love the touch of metallic in Knot & Bow Party Confetti) on the counter or table where youre serving drinks. And designate a cocktail glass for each friend with a pretty personalized name card like these from Rifle Paper Company.

Skip the Vodka Sodas

Taking your cocktail game to the next level doesnt have to be complicated. All you really need is a subtly flavored simple syrup like the ones from Royal Rose, which come in lady-friendly flavors like raspberry and lavender-lemon. Mix up one of these easy recipes for drinks that will impress your guests.

Let Pandora Off the Hook

Every pregame needs a great playlist. Instead of defaulting to a computer-generated one, create your own so you dont have to dash out of the bathroomand lose your spot at the mirrorto thumbs down a song. Here are some of our favorites to help you get (this party) started:

Stick to Your Schedule

Waiting for wet nail polish to dry is for amateurs. Keep nail strips like Incocos Nail Polish Appliques on hand so no one has to worry about wasting valuable hairstyling time or smudging when changing an outfit last minute. The on-trend ombr design makes glitter look a little more grown-up.

Travel Light

Resist the urge to grab everything on your bathroom sink before heading outyou only need a few double-duty products. Stash a travel-size texturizer like Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray to add body to your hair fast, and pack a blendable lip color that can also moonlight as a blush on your cheeks like Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain.

Our first-ever #BirchboxBFF weekend is happening soon! Make sure you stay tuned to our Instagram the weekend of February 27 to find out out how to win a slew of getting-ready prizes for you and your friends!