The Rubber Egg

I know that I’ve done a lot of recipes because, well, I like food and I like to cook so naturally that’s what I gravitate to.  But this blog is supposed to be about more than just that.  I want to try anything that catches my eye and looks cool.  This is one that I’ve been wanted to try for a while and I’m not sure why I put it off so long because it is very simple and you only need a couple of things to do it.  A bowl, an egg, and some white vinegar.  You can hard boil the egg first, which is a little less messy (believe me). 

Put the egg in the bowl and cover it with vinegar.

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It’s going to take a couple of days for the vinegar to work it’s magic but you will be able to see it as it happens.

This is 24 hours.

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This is 48 hours.

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After the 48 hours, I took the egg out of the vinegar and rinsed it off.  And I had a rubber egg (sort of). 

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If you gently squeeze it, it feels like rubber.  It will even bounce if you drop it a few inches above the counter! However, only attempt to pinch it if you’ve hard boiled it first, which I didn’t, and mine busted all over the counter top. 🙂  

My kids did this one with me and they thought it was really cool.  You also get to teach them a few things about science.  From my research online, this is how it works.  The egg shell is made up of calcium carbonate.  The vinegar is an acetic acid.  When these two are combines a chemical reaction happens and gas is released. The gas is carbon dioxide, which you can see is the bubbles floating in the vinegar. The chemical reaction keeps up until all of the carbon in the egg is used up. Now, I didn’t get to do this with mine because it popped, but if your egg was hard boiled and you leave the egg sitting on the counter for about another day, it will get hard! Why? Because it absorbs the carbon dioxide in the air.  If it was still a raw egg, you can put it into a bowl with water and it will absorb the water and swell up until it bursts.  

This experiment reminded me how much I used to like science in school.  Isn’t science amazing?!?

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Blackhead Remover

I’m embarrassed to say it, but I a plagued with bad skin.  The only time it’s sort-of good is when I’m pregnant.  I live on a budget and can’t afford the high priced face creams and magical potions.  So, whenever I see an at-home tip I try it to see if it works  I recently saw a Pin that shows you how to make at home blackhead removal strips, like the Biore ones you can buy for a small fortune in the store.  Okay, maybe not a fortune, but anything over $5 and I usually pass.  This one is cheap and fairly easy to do. And although I’m not quite brave enough to show you the close-up pictures of my skin (cause they are gross!), I am including pictures of the process.

All you need is an egg, a bowl, and a tissue.  I also read you can try toilet paper.

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Separate the egg, so that you have only the whites.  If you aren’t sure how to separate the egg: crack the egg in half and juggle the yolk between the two halves over the bowl.  The whites will easily fall into the bowl.  Then do whatever you want with the yolk. Scramble it, use it in your hair (which I do NOT recommend unless you want stinky egg hair. I’ve tried it.), or just toss it.  Tear the tissue into small pieces.  I don’t think I put mine into small enough pieces.  It was kind of awkward to put them on in big chunks. Make sure you have the strips torn up before you put the egg white on your face.  After you have the tissue torn up, put a layer of the egg white all over your face, or if you just want to do a problem area just put it there.  Stick the tissue onto the egg white.  Then put another layer of egg white over the tissue. I think the spots that worked best was where the tissue was almost translucent on my skin.  Avoid the area under your eyes.  I got a little under one of my eyes and It kind of hurts when you pull the hardened tissue off of this area.   Here’s a picture of me with the wet tissue on my face.

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Now you need to wait for it to completely harden.  It took this opportunity to blow dry my hair.  It took about 15-20 minutes for it to get hard.

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It looks kind of funny and my kids were weirded out by it but, hey, all in the name of beauty, right?

So now you pull the hardened tissue off in an upward direction and viola! You should have beautiful blackhead free skin, right?!? WRONG!  This one didn’t work out so well for me.  While it did pull some out, it didn’t work anywhere as near as well as the Biore strips.  I’m thinking if I had done something to loosen the blackheads first it might have worked better. Like maybe holding my face over some steam, or I tried another blackhead removal idea last week that kind of brought them to the surface but didn’t remove them.  (This consisted of mixing 1/2 cup of milk with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and making a paste.Putting in on my face and then rinsing off with warm water).  So this one will go in the MISS file until I decided to try it again with more preparation first.  Below is a picture of the strip from my chin.

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