Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Nail Polish Removal (Gel-Off) Clips

There are lots of interesting nail art products on the market.  One interesting and useful one is nail polish removal clips.  These clips work much like the foil method of removing nail polish, but are easier because you do not have to cut out pieces of foil, and they are reusable.

I bought mine from Ebay here.  They had pink, purple, and rose colored clips.  I chose the rose ones.  You get 10 clips for $2.35 and free shipping.  One of my clips was broken.  The rubber band holding the two pieced together was cut.  I got some small black rubber bands and found a few that were similar in size.  I ended up using the larger rubber band so I could wrap it around twice (it held better that way).  I was so happy this worked so if any of my other bands break down the road, I can repair them myself without having to wait for new clips to be shipped to me.  The seller replaced my clips when I emailed letting them know one came broken.  It was quick, easy, and the seller was professional.  This is someone I would buy from again.    
To use these clips, you soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover add it to your nail and then put the clip on over.  After about 5 minutes, you take the clips and cotton balls off.  If any nail polish is left on your nails, simply remove it with your cotton balls. 

I really love these clips.  It makes taking off glitter polish so much easier!  I also think it is easier, less expensive, and better looking than using foil. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Country Crock Make It Yours

 (Country Crock VoxBox was sent complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes)
Recently I received a coupon for a free tub of Country Crock.  I was excited because I have loved Country Crock since I was a little girl.  Included with my coupon was a cookie recipe.  The recipe is called Make It Yours Cookie Recipe.  My favorite part of this recipe is that you have your standard cookie recipe with an option to add your own touches to it.  Since baking is a science and can be messed up easily, I was happy to see a baking recipe with flexibility.   Here is the recipe included with my Country Crock VoxBox:
1 cup Country Crock®
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
Your choice of mix-ins (for example, 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 375°.  Mix Country Crock®, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed.  Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until blended.  (Dough will be soft and creamy.)  Add your favorite mix-ins until every spoonful of dough has some of the delicious mix-ins or choose from the other variations. 
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets 3 inches apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly golden.  Cool 1 minute on wire rack; remove from sheets and cool completely. 

You can find inspirations and mix-in ideas at and share your cookies with #MakeItYours.  There are so many varieties I want to try.  Next I want to make cookies with chocolate covered almonds and then a cookie cake.  The good thing about a flexible recipe like this is you can add whatever ingredients you like and have.  For me, I have some chocolates from a fundraiser.  I chose to add chocolate bars with crisps to my cookies cut with a large kitchen knife. 
I love this cookie recipe!  The cookies are soft and delicious.  It is going to be a go-to recipe for me.  I want to mention that Country Crock now has a simpler recipe for their spreads made with real ingredients.  I chose to try the calcium variety (they also have original, light, and churn style).  It was delicious.  The spread is just as good as I remember it.  I use this spread everywhere I would use butter.  One of my favorite ways to use Country Crock is on bread. 
I highly recommend trying County Crock.  I also highly recommend watching this video for making a variety of cookies with kids and going to to get recipe inspirations. 
(Country Crock VoxBox was sent complimentary by Influenster for testing purposes)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Foil Method

One of the easiest methods for removing pesky glitter polish is using the foil method.  To do this you paint your nails like you normally would then cut out pieces of foil when you are ready to remove your polish.  You soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, place it onto your nail, then wrap it all with your foil.  After waiting about 5 minutes, you take off the foil and cotton balls.  If any nail polish remains, simply wipe it off with the cotton balls already loaded with nail polish remover. 
A tip I have is to cut all of your foil pieces then soak your cotton balls with nail polish remover first.  Also cover your pointer and thumb nails (on both hands) last so you have an easier time wrapping your nails if you are doing it yourself.  An added bonus to this method is that cutting the foil with your scissors will also sharpen them.    

Monday, February 8, 2016

N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat

I was super excited to find out N.Y.C. was coming out with a peel off base coat.  N.Y.C. is an affordable brand that I love and have fairly easy access to.  After my somewhat failed attempt at making my own peel off base coat, I was excited to try one made by professionals.  I started by painting on the N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat.  It went on white and dried clear.  This took some time.  When it was dry, I applied my polish like I normally would.   
When I was ready to take my nail polish off, I simply peeled it.  This base coat came off easily and in good sized chunks, so it was quick.  N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat did not start coming off until I was ready to remove it.     
I am so happy with N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat.  I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $2.  It takes a little bit longer to dry than a regular base coat, but it definitely makes removing glitter polish so much easier than having to scrub it away.  You can watch a video of me taking off my nail polish here. 

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