Monday, July 9, 2012

The Many uses of Ivory

My Mom voxbox from Influenster included many great and new products for me to try and review. One product that wasn't new to me was the bar of Ivory soap. My mom used to buy Ivory soap when I was a kid, but I haven't used it in my adult life at all. I am mostly a shower gel type of person, but I was willing to give the bar a try.
I used it simply as a bathing bar in the shower. Ivory soap still has the fresh clean scent I remember from when I was a kid. It washed off cleanly and although bar soaps tend to leave your skin feeling sticky afterwards, I didn't notice that sticky film feeling much from this bar. And of course, it is still so pure it actually floats!

I have heard that Ivory soap can be used for many other things besides bathing. I searched the internet and discovered that Ivory soap can be used as a stain remover by rubbing the bar on the stain...good for food stains and that pesky ring around the collar. You can shave the bar into flakes and use it as a laundry soap. Ivory soap is gentle and mild enough to use as a facial cleanser as well. One of the coolest things I found online is you can make a fun cloud of soap by microwaving a bar of Ivory soap...that is a fun science experiment to do with the kids. Just microwave for 2 mins on high and you get a fluffy cloud of fun for the kids to play with once it's cooled down.

I also saw a cool recipe to use this fluff and turn it into bath paints for the kids to play with in the bath. Since it's made from Ivory soap, you know it will wash away cleanly. And since Ivory soap is still the cheapest brand name bar soap on the market, you won't have to break the bank in order to try these fun new uses for it. Thank you Ivory soap and Influenster for re-introducing me to a product that after 125 years is still a good, go to product for my family.

imPress press on manicure

Another great product I got to try from my Inflenster Mom Voxbox was the imPress press on manicure by broadway nails. Now, it has been a long time since I have purchased press on nails, mostly because as a nurse I am not allowed to wear press on nails or artificial nails of any kind really to work. That said, I was still excited to try these out because who doesn't love to have pretty nails?

The color I was sent is "Stiletto" which is color number 060
They are a pretty shade that I would consider almost brownish in color.

The really cool thing about these press on nails are they are very simple to apply. The glue is already in place on the back of each nail. All you have to do is find the size that correlates to your natural nail, peel off othe backing and then press the nail into place. Quick and easy! The overall process took me about 10 mins to complete all 10 of my nails. Definitely good for a busy mom like me.

I really like the length of the nails as well. They are what I would call an active length. Not too long, and not too short. They would be really good for people who can't have long nails at work or have young children. According to the package these nails will last up to 7 days. I was not able to wear them that long due to my job. I did wear them for almost 3 days. I washed dishes, did laundry, scratched the dog, etc. and the nails stayed in place perfectly. I did not notice any lifting or pulling from the natural nail surface. My past experience with press on nails that you use traditional glue for I would have to reapply them frequently with normal every day chores. That was not the case with these nails. When I went back to work and had to take them off, they removed very easily. I was able to peel them off easily and they did not damage my natural nails at all. There was also no residue noted from the glue, which again is something I could not say from traditional press on nails with liquid glue.

These nails are available in over 30 colors and designs including french manicure and fun  patterns. They would be wonderful for special events such as prom or formal nights out and are very budget friendly at around $6 per package. Over all I am very impressed with imPress nails from broadway nails. I will definitely buy these again in the future and highly recommend you try them. Thank you Influenster and thank you Broadway nails! :-)