primitivebettys: *Miracle Lotion* 1 bottle Baby Lotion 1 jar Vitamin E Cream 1/2 bottle Aloe Vera Lotion 1/2 jar petroleum jelly One batch will fill 4 wide mouth, half pint jars. I feel it is important to designate your mixing tools for lotion only Mix your ingredients together in one large bowl... with an old hand mixer. Just whip them together for a few minutes on medium speed until it appears evenly mixed. Fill clean jars with lotion. by kristy
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kristy primitivebettys: *Miracle Lotion* 1 bottle Baby Lotion 1 jar Vitamin E Cream 1/2 bottle Aloe Vera Lotion 1/2 jar petroleum jelly One batch will fill 4 wide mouth, half pint jars. I feel it is important to designate your mixing tools for lotion only Mix your ingredients together in one large bowl... with an old hand mixer. Just whip them together for a few minutes on medium speed until it appears evenly mixed. Fill clean jars with lotion.
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The Best Lotion EVER  There are only 3 ingredients   •Big bottle of Johnson's Baby Lotion -  I like the honey apple over the regularly scented baby lotion because i don't feel comfortable walking around smelling like a baby, but that is just me   •Vitamin E Skin Care Cream double pack - I found it at Walmart   •Small Jar of Petroleum Jelly - brand doesn't matter by batjas88
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batjas88 The Best Lotion EVER There are only 3 ingredients •Big bottle of Johnson's Baby Lotion - I like the honey apple over the regularly scented baby lotion because i don't feel comfortable walking around smelling like a baby, but that is just me •Vitamin E Skin Care Cream double pack - I found it at Walmart •Small Jar of Petroleum Jelly - brand doesn't matter
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Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. After one month, youll notice stronger, longer, more beautiful eyelashes. by kristy
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kristy Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. After one month, youll notice stronger, longer, more beautiful eyelashes.
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Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. After one month, youll notice stronger, longer, more beautiful eyelashes. LASHES. by Annabelleh
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Annabelleh Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. After one month, youll notice stronger, longer, more beautiful eyelashes. LASHES.
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Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. After one month, youll notice stronger, longer, more beautiful eyelashes. by kristy
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kristy Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. After one month, youll notice stronger, longer, more beautiful eyelashes.
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Tara's Homemade Baked Granola from @Four Seasons Hotel Seattle makes a perfect little gift. Set oven to 300 degrees. Mix 2c oats, 1c sliced almonds, ¼c brown sugar & sprinkle of sat in bowl.  Add ½c maple syrup & 1.5 tbsp honey. Coat all oats evenly. Transfer granola evenly over a baking sheet. Bake in oven for about 1 hr, mixing every 20 min until golden brown. Transfer granola to bowl & add your favourite dried fruit. Fill your mason jar or by evelyn
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evelyn Tara's Homemade Baked Granola from @Four Seasons Hotel Seattle makes a perfect little gift. Set oven to 300 degrees. Mix 2c oats, 1c sliced almonds, ¼c brown sugar & sprinkle of sat in bowl. Add ½c maple syrup & 1.5 tbsp honey. Coat all oats evenly. Transfer granola evenly over a baking sheet. Bake in oven for about 1 hr, mixing every 20 min until golden brown. Transfer granola to bowl & add your favourite dried fruit. Fill your mason jar or
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bride2be:    Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project! by rochelle
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rochelle bride2be: Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project!
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Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project! by Sofia Hodgson
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Sofia Hodgson Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project!
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Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project! by deondrabacle
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deondrabacle Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project!
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Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project! by TamidP
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TamidP Pre-mixed mason jar drinks - best idea EVER! shave tons of money off of your alcohol budget by mixing up a big batch of your signature cocktail and bottling it up in mason jars.  super easy wedding diy project!
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Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results. by DenyMacMart
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DenyMacMart Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results.
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DIY Satin Hand Scrub ... Take small ball jar (4 or 8 oz), fill 3/4 with sugar then add Dawn dish soap (pink kind with Olay Beauty Hand Renewal) until just below bottom of the mouth of jar. Stir sugar and soap together; add sugar a little at a time until paste-like ... you don’t want it to be too runny. Just need a small amount to wash with. Smells great and makes your hands VERY soft. by regina
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regina DIY Satin Hand Scrub ... Take small ball jar (4 or 8 oz), fill 3/4 with sugar then add Dawn dish soap (pink kind with Olay Beauty Hand Renewal) until just below bottom of the mouth of jar. Stir sugar and soap together; add sugar a little at a time until paste-like ... you don’t want it to be too runny. Just need a small amount to wash with. Smells great and makes your hands VERY soft.
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2 tsp petroleum jelly 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp lemon juice Mix these ingredients together in a container and apply to your cuticles each night before bed. Cover with a lid, and it will keep for a week or two. I noticed growth and strength in my nails within a couple of weeks of applying this treatment nightly. by shirley.schroeder.50
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shirley.schroeder.50 2 tsp petroleum jelly 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp lemon juice Mix these ingredients together in a container and apply to your cuticles each night before bed. Cover with a lid, and it will keep for a week or two. I noticed growth and strength in my nails within a couple of weeks of applying this treatment nightly.
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I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brothers awesome eyelashes... Wash an old mascara or nail polish container fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix with mascara wand apply a light layer to lashes or brows every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes, aloe vera gel lengthens, vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results. by Mel David
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Mel David I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brothers awesome eyelashes... Wash an old mascara or nail polish container fill with: 1/4 of the container with castor oil, 1/2 vitamin E oil, 1/4 aloe vera gel. Mix with mascara wand apply a light layer to lashes or brows every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes, aloe vera gel lengthens, vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results.
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Wash an old mascara container and fill with: � of the container with castor oil, � vitamin E oil, � aloe vera gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results. by Yem
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Yem Wash an old mascara container and fill with: � of the container with castor oil, � vitamin E oil, � aloe vera gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results.
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A few simple and easy ways to use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) in your overnight beauty routine:... by lea
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lea A few simple and easy ways to use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) in your overnight beauty routine:...
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DIY Mary Kay's Satin Hands - I decided to see if it works. And boy does it! I can't tell the difference! Making some for Teacher Gifts! ORIG PIN: "Fill mason jar 3/4 of the way full with sugar.Then add dawn dish soap (I use the pink one that has the olay in it, smells good and moisturizes) until it reaches just below the mouth of the jar.Stir the sugar and soap together until it is paste like. If it seems to be too runny, add a little sugar at a by shof23
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shof23 DIY Mary Kay's Satin Hands - I decided to see if it works. And boy does it! I can't tell the difference! Making some for Teacher Gifts! ORIG PIN: "Fill mason jar 3/4 of the way full with sugar.Then add dawn dish soap (I use the pink one that has the olay in it, smells good and moisturizes) until it reaches just below the mouth of the jar.Stir the sugar and soap together until it is paste like. If it seems to be too runny, add a little sugar at a
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I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brother's awesome eyelashes... Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results. - Click image to fin... by MsPinky
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MsPinky I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brother's awesome eyelashes... Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. Give it a month for results. - Click image to fin...
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Whipped Chocolate Frosting 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 1 regular bag of chocolate chips  1. Bring cream to almost boiling....but don't boil it! 2.  In a large mixing bowl, pour over the chocolate chips and stir until chips are melted and well blended. 3. Cool for 1 hour on counter and 5 minutes in fridge 4.  Whip with a mixer Ta-daa! by gena
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gena Whipped Chocolate Frosting 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 1 regular bag of chocolate chips 1. Bring cream to almost boiling....but don't boil it! 2. In a large mixing bowl, pour over the chocolate chips and stir until chips are melted and well blended. 3. Cool for 1 hour on counter and 5 minutes in fridge 4. Whip with a mixer Ta-daa!
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Boil your eggs and whip up your deviled egg mix...I use miracle whip, mustard and dill relish...  Mix 1/2 cup water with 1 tablespoon cider vinegar and 3-5 drops food coloring...Drop your egg whites in each color and let stand until they are the pastel of your choice....Fill with your egg mixture and display on your favorite Easter plate by carlasisters
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carlasisters Boil your eggs and whip up your deviled egg mix...I use miracle whip, mustard and dill relish... Mix 1/2 cup water with 1 tablespoon cider vinegar and 3-5 drops food coloring...Drop your egg whites in each color and let stand until they are the pastel of your choice....Fill with your egg mixture and display on your favorite Easter plate
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Whipped Cream Frosting 1- 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened ½ c white sugar 1 t vanilla extract ½ t almond extract 2 c  heavy cream Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla & almond together on medium speed until smooth. While still whipping, slowly pour in heavy cream. Stop & scrape bowl a few times. Whip until the cream can hold a stiff peak. by juliette
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juliette Whipped Cream Frosting 1- 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened ½ c white sugar 1 t vanilla extract ½ t almond extract 2 c heavy cream Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla & almond together on medium speed until smooth. While still whipping, slowly pour in heavy cream. Stop & scrape bowl a few times. Whip until the cream can hold a stiff peak.
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Take a spray bottle, fill it about 1/8th full with rubbing alcohol, add a drop of Dawn dishwashing soap, a few drops of scented oil (optional, but makes it smell so good), fill the rest of the way with water, shake together, and you're good to go! It makes your granite (or any countertop) shine and feel so smooth at a fraction of the price~I have loved it and use it on my appliances as well. by hellowordone
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hellowordone Take a spray bottle, fill it about 1/8th full with rubbing alcohol, add a drop of Dawn dishwashing soap, a few drops of scented oil (optional, but makes it smell so good), fill the rest of the way with water, shake together, and you're good to go! It makes your granite (or any countertop) shine and feel so smooth at a fraction of the price~I have loved it and use it on my appliances as well.
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A HomeMade Anti Itch Lotion Recipe For Dogs  Fill the spritzer bottle about half and half with the witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Add about 15 drops of tea tree oil. If you want to make it smell even better, add a few drops of lavendar. Shake it up. It will have the consistency of a thin lotion. Apply the lotion daily or as needed, and gently massage into the affected areas. by dhobbs
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dhobbs A HomeMade Anti Itch Lotion Recipe For Dogs Fill the spritzer bottle about half and half with the witch hazel and aloe vera gel. Add about 15 drops of tea tree oil. If you want to make it smell even better, add a few drops of lavendar. Shake it up. It will have the consistency of a thin lotion. Apply the lotion daily or as needed, and gently massage into the affected areas.
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1 box Yellow Cake Mix 2 1/2 cups Quick Oats 3/4 cup melted Butter 1 can Strawberry Pie Filling or any kind Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray. Mix together oats, cake mix, and melted butter until it there is no more dry mix. Press 1/2 of this mixture evenly into the bottom the prepared pan. Spread pie filling evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on the top evenly. Bake 18-23 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. by Mary Spears Garguilo
Mary Spears Garguilo
Mary Spears Garguilo 1 box Yellow Cake Mix 2 1/2 cups Quick Oats 3/4 cup melted Butter 1 can Strawberry Pie Filling or any kind Preheat the oven to 375. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray. Mix together oats, cake mix, and melted butter until it there is no more dry mix. Press 1/2 of this mixture evenly into the bottom the prepared pan. Spread pie filling evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on the top evenly. Bake 18-23 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.
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You need 1 tsp of petroleum jelly, I used the classic, Vaseline. Mix in 1/8 capful of vegetable oil.Then mix in 1/8 capful of alcohol to dilute. Mix together. It doesn't make a lot but it does make more than enough to rehydrate your ink pad. by tina66
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tina66 You need 1 tsp of petroleum jelly, I used the classic, Vaseline. Mix in 1/8 capful of vegetable oil.Then mix in 1/8 capful of alcohol to dilute. Mix together. It doesn't make a lot but it does make more than enough to rehydrate your ink pad.
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My recipe for addictive homemade whipped cream: pour 1 pint of fresh heavy cream in an ICE COLD mixing bowl, add 4 TBS powdered sugar and 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix on low and then whip on high until fluffy! Enjoy!! Your guests will love you forever! by juliette
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juliette My recipe for addictive homemade whipped cream: pour 1 pint of fresh heavy cream in an ICE COLD mixing bowl, add 4 TBS powdered sugar and 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix on low and then whip on high until fluffy! Enjoy!! Your guests will love you forever!
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Materials needed: Paint or dye (eg. food-coloring, pen ink), (fluffy) cotton balls, glitter, a glass jar or bottle. How-to: 1. fill the jar/bottle with water 2. Put the ink or dye into the jar/bottle until you get the color that you want. 3. make layers of cotton balls and glítter. Like this: cotton, glitter, cotton, glitter. 4. shake. @MacKenzie Boyles by batjas88
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batjas88 Materials needed: Paint or dye (eg. food-coloring, pen ink), (fluffy) cotton balls, glitter, a glass jar or bottle. How-to: 1. fill the jar/bottle with water 2. Put the ink or dye into the jar/bottle until you get the color that you want. 3. make layers of cotton balls and glítter. Like this: cotton, glitter, cotton, glitter. 4. shake. @MacKenzie Boyles
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Pinned a DIY hand scrub recipe, and made it for Christmas Gifts! Tried it myself and its DIVINE! So easy!!! :) **Scrub: small pint mason jar (Ball/Kerr) 2 cups of sugar (add more while mixing if needed), fill to top with DAWN with OLAY hand renewal dish soap, mix well, and ENJOY! :) by regina
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regina Pinned a DIY hand scrub recipe, and made it for Christmas Gifts! Tried it myself and its DIVINE! So easy!!! :) **Scrub: small pint mason jar (Ball/Kerr) 2 cups of sugar (add more while mixing if needed), fill to top with DAWN with OLAY hand renewal dish soap, mix well, and ENJOY! :)
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I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brother's awesome eyelashes... Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length. by maria.t.rogers
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maria.t.rogers I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brother's awesome eyelashes... Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates length.
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I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brother's awesome eyelashes...   Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with:  1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel.  Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed.  Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates by Ashton Wait
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Ashton Wait I may no longer have to be jealous of my little brother's awesome eyelashes... Wash an old mascara or nail polish container and fill with: 1/4 of the container with Castor Oil, 1/2 Vitamin E Oil, 1/4 Aloe Vera Gel. Mix the concoction together as well as you can with your mascara wand, and apply a light layer to lashes (or brows) every night before bed. Castor oil thickens your lashes while aloe vera gel lengthens. Vitamin E accelerates
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Ingredients 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter , at room temperature 2 1/2 cups sugar 6 large eggs , at room temperature 3 cups milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder , preferably Dutch process 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut up 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Pecan halves, for garnish Directions Position racks in the center and bottom third of the oven and preheat to 375°. Lightly butter four 8 1/2- to 9-inch cake pans (you will bake the cakes in three batches) and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper. Flour the pans and tap out the excess. To make the layers, sift together the sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Sift the mixture one more time, and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle blade on high speed until light in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl and be sure the mixture is well-blended. On low speed, add the flour in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the milk, beginning and ending with the flour, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl often with a rubber spatula. Beat in the vanilla. Using a scant cup for each layer, spread the batter evenly in the pans. It will make a thin layer. Staggering the pans on the racks so they are at least 2 inches from each other and the sides of the oven and not directly over each other, bake the layers until they feel firm when pressed in the centers and are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pans, about 12 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Invert the layers onto cake racks, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely. Wash and prepare the pans. Repeat the procedure until all 12 layers have been baked and cooled. To make the icing, bring the sugar, cocoa, butter and evaporated milk to a full boil in a large saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the icing has thickened slightly (it will resemble chocolate syrup but will thicken as it cools), about 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Let the icing cool until thick enough to spread, but still pourable. Place a layer of cake on a wire rack set over a jelly-roll pan. Spread with a few tablespoons of the icing, letting the excess run down the sides. Stack the remaining cakes, icing each layer. Pour the remaining icing over the top of the cake. If you wish, smooth the icing on the edges to cover the sides. Place pecan halves around the top perimeter of the cake. Let stand until the glaze sets. (The cake is best served the day it is made. To store, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.) Recommended technique: If you buy inexpensive aluminum foil cake pans at the grocery store (they can be saved for another time as well), you will be able to knock out layers in no time. And no washing between baking!.. by my escape
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my escape Ingredients 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , sifted 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter , at room temperature 2 1/2 cups sugar 6 large eggs , at room temperature 3 cups milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder , preferably Dutch process 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut up 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Pecan halves, for garnish Directions Position racks in the center and bottom third of the oven and preheat to 375°. Lightly butter four 8 1/2- to 9-inch cake pans (you will bake the cakes in three batches) and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper. Flour the pans and tap out the excess. To make the layers, sift together the sifted flour, baking powder and salt. Sift the mixture one more time, and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle blade on high speed until light in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bowl and be sure the mixture is well-blended. On low speed, add the flour in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the milk, beginning and ending with the flour, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl often with a rubber spatula. Beat in the vanilla. Using a scant cup for each layer, spread the batter evenly in the pans. It will make a thin layer. Staggering the pans on the racks so they are at least 2 inches from each other and the sides of the oven and not directly over each other, bake the layers until they feel firm when pressed in the centers and are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pans, about 12 minutes. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Invert the layers onto cake racks, remove the parchment paper, and cool completely. Wash and prepare the pans. Repeat the procedure until all 12 layers have been baked and cooled. To make the icing, bring the sugar, cocoa, butter and evaporated milk to a full boil in a large saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the icing has thickened slightly (it will resemble chocolate syrup but will thicken as it cools), about 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Let the icing cool until thick enough to spread, but still pourable. Place a layer of cake on a wire rack set over a jelly-roll pan. Spread with a few tablespoons of the icing, letting the excess run down the sides. Stack the remaining cakes, icing each layer. Pour the remaining icing over the top of the cake. If you wish, smooth the icing on the edges to cover the sides. Place pecan halves around the top perimeter of the cake. Let stand until the glaze sets. (The cake is best served the day it is made. To store, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.) Recommended technique: If you buy inexpensive aluminum foil cake pans at the grocery store (they can be saved for another time as well), you will be able to knock out layers in no time. And no washing between baking!..
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