Friday, January 29, 2016

Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Review

I recently received this Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano callous remover as a gift. 
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro
It's the perfect gift for a beauty girl like me who doesn't always wear sensible shoes and tends to neglect her feet! Wearing heels makes the feet build up callous quickly. I have read a few bad reviews on this little gadget saying that it just didn't work so I was anxious to try it.

The Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano callous remover is a battery operated callous remover. It take 2 AA batteries. The is also a plug in version. Neither version is waterproof. The rollers that remove the callous are made with micro mineral particles that "pulverize" hard calloused skin. It spins 30 times a second. My Emjoi came with 2 blue extra course rollers and a purple extreme coarse flex roller, 2 cone rollers, a manicure kit, a cleaning brush and a travel pouch. 

Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro-manicure-kit
The cone rollers are for removing callous between and under the toes. The manicure kit contains a buffing tool, 3 nail filing bits and a cuticle tool. The silver piece you see is used to attach the tools. 

The Review My feet were very calloused so I went right for the purple roller and got to work. The purple roller flexes allowing you to put more pressure on the callous without hurting the surrounding skin. It is to be used on clean dry feet. Use a light tough. It isn't super powerful, but has enough kick to get the job done. If you press it down, it will bog down, but that could be a safety feature to help prevent over sanding. Keep it in one place for only 2-3 seconds. Rotate it back and forth or side to side. I thought it would feel really rough or create too much heat from friction on my feet but it didn't. I thought it worked beautifully! Here is a before and after pic.
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro-before-after
My heel looks red in the after pic due to the friction and stimulation to the skin. It was back to normal within 30 minutes. My feet felt super smooth and using the Emjoi was a lot less work than using a foot file. It did take some time though. I would say I spent about 10 minutes on each foot. My feet were pretty terrible. I don't know why people are saying it didn't work in some reviews. I put together a little youtube video so you can see it in action. 

Click here to see the video!

It creates a lot of dust so be sure to use it in a place where you can easily clean up. 
Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano Pro-purple-roller
Using it over the bathtub would be the perfect place. You can just rinse away the dust when you are finished. The rollers wear out and need to be replaced. They say the rollers last a few sessions.

I give the Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano the thumbs up! It worked well for me and I plan on using it once a week to keep my callouses smooth.

Shopping info
The Nano costs $14.95 on the Emjoi site and $9.95 for 2 replacment rollers. Do some shopping around. The prices vary. You can purchase an Emjoi and it's accessories from QVC, Target, micro-pedi.com, and on Amazon. I find Amazon always has great prices.
foot-with-purple-polish
Please Note: Don't try to remove every bit of callous from your feet. Callouses build up to protect your feet from pressure and friction. If you sand them off completely, your feet will hurt and the body will quickly build up more callous to protect that sore skin. Just reduce your callouses and keep them smooth and moisturized. 

Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and Raspberries

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
I am posting a delicious gluten free chocolate cake recipe in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day. I never knew there was a National Chocolate Cake Day until I saw it this morning on Good Morning America. How could I miss such an important day? This is chocolate cake we are talking about!!!

One of my daughters is gluten free so I like to make some goodies that she can eat. I like to use the King Arthur Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Mix because not only does it make life easier, it makes a good cake! It can be difficult to get a nice texture with baked goods using gluten free flour. This mix works well. No one will even know this is a gluten free cake!


I happen to be a chocolate icing fan. If you are not, this cake looks fabulous sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I like to add fresh raspberries on top of this cake. Raspberries and chocolate are just yummy together and the raspberries make it the perfect romantic cake for Valentine's Day.


Gluten Free Chocolate Cake


Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

I use soymilk in this recipe to make it dairy free. You can use regular milk instead if you wish.

1 cup King Arthur Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup vanilla soymilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pan. I like to cut a circle of parchment paper and line the bottom of the pan to make sure the cake doesn't stick.


In a large bowl combine baking mix, sugar and cocoa. Add oil, soymilk and vanilla. Mix with an electric mixer on low until just combined. Mix on medium for 2 minutes. Add 1 egg and mix until combined. Add the second egg, mix until combined, then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.


Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool on wire rack.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
You can adjust the amount of cocoa you use to your chocolate loving level. Also, I used soy milk but you can use regular milk.

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla soymilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream the butter with an electric mixer.  Turn the mixer off. Add cocoa and confectioner's sugar. Mix on low. Drizzle in the vanilla and the soymilk. Mix on high for 5 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Frost your cooled cake add raspberries and enjoy! Double both recipes to make a layer cake.

empty plate
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Have a Yummy Food Day!
xo
Jill






Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Nail Tips for Cats

How fun is this?
Whisker City Kitty Caps
These are nail tips for cats! 

I love them! I saw them in Petsmart and just had to do a post on them. They are glued onto a cat's claws to protect your furniture from damage when your cat does it's scratching. They come in fabulous colors for all your kitty's fashion needs or there is basic clear if your cat prefers!
cat paw
This pretty little paw belongs to one of my cats. She is really good at scratching only in designated cat scratching areas, so we don't need Kitty Caps but it's nice to know they are available. I wish I could put them on her just for the fun of it, but the application process would not go well, for sure, with this cat. I'd love to see her with hot pink nails!

They come in extra small, small, medium, and large. Here are the directions that are on the back of the package.
Whisker City Kitty Caps directions
The tips are made of a non toxic vinyl resin. The glue is a non toxic veterinary grade adhesive. It is a cyanoacrylate glue which is what Krazy Glue is. I can't seem to find out the exact type of cyanoacrylate the glue is, but it is like Krazy Glue anyway so be careful not to use too much when filling the Kitty Caps or your fingers may end up glued to your cat which definitely will not end well! 

I have read that some cats try to pull them off and other cats are just fine with them. People say they do work for protecting their furniture. There is an issue with the glue dying out to quickly in the tube. I find this with the 5 Second Nail Glue I use at the salon. These types of glue dry out quickly. There are some other brands of kitty nail tips out there, Soft Claws and Purrdy Paws are a couple others. You can find them in pet supply stores and online of course.


Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill
See my cat video on my youtube channel!



Monday, January 25, 2016

A Spring Bridal Makeup at Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor, Pa

Our beautiful May bride had a purple theme for her garden wedding at Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor, Pa. It's secluded gardens make it a lovely place for pictures and an outdoor ceremony. The weather forecast was not so good for the day, though. Luckily, there was a back up plan in place. The ceremony would be held in the nearby chapel in case of rain.


Bridal hair style
The bride chose a 1/2 up, 1/2 down hairstyle with curls and a small poof in the back which looked just perfect with her headband.

bridal makeup
For her makeup, she wanted dramatic eyes with strip lashes and purple shadow to go with the purple theme of the wedding. I used creamy beige liquid and cream foundation to give her skin a flawless look. The eye shadow colors were shades purple and a pink for a nice springy look. Her eyes were lined in black with a thick line on the top to hide the band of the strip lashes. Black mascara helped to blend the natural lashes with the strip lashes. Soft pink blush and lipstick complemented her skin tone. 
bridal makeup and veil

I put together a video of this makeup application. Click here to view it. 

Her bouquet was absolutely fabulous! It was a brooch bouquet that the bride made herself which included sentimental family brooches.
brooch bouquet
Unfortunately, it did turn out to be a rainy day, but they got some awesome pictures using colorful umbrellas!
bridal party with umbrellas
And the Chapel was just beautiful. 
chapel near Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor, Pa
Cheers to the bride and groom for a life filled with love and happiness!

Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill
bridal arrangement with gems