Internet Hacks are all over social media. Many times you only find a picture or a sentence suggesting what sounds like a quick, easy, inexpensive idea; so it is risky to test them out. I had to try out several of the ideas I have seen in my feeds that were really exciting to me. I settled on testing out 2 ingredient cake mix; with a can of soda & a box of cake mix, using toothpaste to remove nail polish (with and without a top coat,) using Vitamin C and clarifying shampoo to remove hair color, and using $1 liquid lipstick as an eyeliner.
Cake Mix made with 12 oz. of Soda
This is supposed to be 2 ingredient cake but I went ahead and added white chocolate chips to the batter and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top. The cake turned out very light, airy, sweet, and delightful! It was barely holding together but if you need to make cake mix & have run out of oil or eggs; this will work.
- 1 box Yellow Cake Mix $1
- 1 12 oz. can of Black Cherry Soda (or 12 oz. from a 2 L) $0.25
- 1/3 cup White Chocolate Chips (optional)
- 1/3 cup Cinnamon Sugar (optional–I had some to use up from the last time I baked a cake)
- Preheat oven per box instructions
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and soda with a hand mixer
- Add in any additional flavorings (white chocolate chips) by hand
- Transfer to a greased pan/pans/cupcake tin
- Sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar–I swirled in the sugar & chips with a spatula
- Bake per box instructions–cake is done when a toothpick pulls clean from the center
Vitamin C Semi-Permanent Hair Color Remover
I found this hack after using the Semi-Permanent Etude House Hot Style Bubble Hair Color in Sweet Orange. The color was gentle and soft & I decided that before I moved onto the next color, I should try removing the old dye. Per the instructions, I mixed 1 part Vitamin C and 2 parts Suave Clarifying Shampoo. One hour after applying the paste, I rinsed, shampooed & conditioned my hair. A lot of color rinsed out! In other videos I saw using this method, users applied the mixture several times to pull extra color out. I was good after one application; my ends were blond again and my color was pretty faded.
- 1 part Vitamin C powder, crystals, or ground tablets, 2 parts clarifying shampoo
- Mix the Vitamin C & Shampoo together into a paste
- Apply to hair in areas you want to remove semi-permanent hair color (I applied it to dry hair)
- Apply a shower cap (or plastic bag) over your hair & leave on for 1 hour
- Rinse, Shampoo & Condition
- Repeat if necessary
Toothpaste Nail Polish Remover (FAIL!)
With two failed attempts under my belt, I looked deeper into the idea of removing nail polish with whitening toothpaste. Toothpaste is only recommended for removing glitter powder nail art. You will need polish remover for nail polish. I did not see positive reviews using whitening toothpaste to remove discoloration on nails or nail polish. Live and learn.
I attempted removing my nail polish once & blamed my complete failure on my sturdy top coat. Later on I painted my nails without a base coat, only 1 layer of polish, and no top coat. The toothpaste took off the glossy finish of the polish and a few patches of color after leaving it on for 10 minutes & scrubbing with a tooth brush. This hack was a fail for me.
$1 Liquid Lipsticks as Eyeliner
Six months ago I picked up a set of 6 Kleancolor Madly Matte Lipglosses from Amazon for $8.65. They were in the set #2: Pinks.
Described as wearing all day & non-drying; I disagree. I did not like them as lipsticks. They were too cool/purple toned for my complexion, they needed powder to set their sticky texture (after that they were very matte,) they smelled strongly like paint, and they apply streaky. I don’t know why I haven’t disposed of them but since I still have them, I thought I would try them as an eyeliner.
I later ordered another set of 6 liquid lipsticks from TooPoot (they call them a lipgloss but describe them as a waterproof matte liquid lipstick) for $5.56 through Amazon. These are much more comfortable to wear and have a better color selection. The TooPoot lipsticks apply more evenly, are more opaque and have a fruity scent. They take longer to dry down but I like them better than the Kleancolor Madly Mattes.
I applied the glosses with a liner brush, let them dry down a minute & set them with translucent powder. The TooPoot takes awhile to dry down & the powder eliminates the tackiness & sets the lipstick in place. This actually worked great! Neither lipstick had been used on my lips, for sanitary reasons. The colors were bold & bright. The Kleancolor is less opaque, so the TooPoot applied more smoothly & opaque.
To remove the lipstick from brushes & eyes, I use Garnier Cleansing Oil & Micellar Cleansing Water. The lipsticks are really colorful & a thicker application than most liquid liners. Coconut Oil could also be used for removal.