Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Before - After Optic White

Pin It Here is a picture of my teeth before using the Colgate Optic White Kit that I received from Influenster to sample.

I'm not sure you can tell from the picture, but my biggest concern was my canines, as they tended to be the most discolored. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have had Invisalign for the last 18 months, so my teeth haven't been exposed to too many staining beverages and foods. But I did have some slight yellowish tint on my canines and two of my lower teeth. 

Here is the After picture:
I love how easy to use this product is! Oh, and did I mention that I love the way the toothpaste tastes?!

Thanks to Influenster, I got to review a great product!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Whiter Teeth Anyone?

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I recently received a Colgate Optic White Kit from Influenster to sample and review. The kit included a tooth brush, a whitening pen, coupons, and Optic White toothpaste.

First of all, the toothpaste is EXCELLENT! I love the flavor and it makes my teeth feel so clean afterwards. Even if I should choose not to purchase another whitening kit, I will be purchasing this toothpaste.

The toothbrush is also a great product. I have issues with toothbrushes. Most of the time the toothbrush heads are too big and I can't get to the sides of my back teeth. Not the case with this toothbrush. The bristles are firm enough to get the job done, but soft enough not to make my gums hurt.

The whitening pen fits snugly into the bottom of the toothbrush (you can see this in my video demo below).

It takes only a couple of minutes to put the whitening cream onto the teeth. Two clicks on the top and two clicks for the bottom. I try and smile REALLY big afterwards to allow the cream to adhere to my teeth and not smear all over my lips. (I didn't demo this part for obvious reasons).
As for my review: I have pretty white teeth already mostly due to being confined to Invisalign for the last year and a half. My teeth are exposed to so much less, in terms of dark beverages. I also brush several times a day in order to put my Invisalign back in after eating or drinking - so my teeth have been a little spoiled lately. I do think my canines are a little off white and so I really tried to focus on them. I have to say that I do notice a slight difference and it's only been a week. I plan to continue using the kit and then to purchase a full size of the toothpaste because it is just that good.
I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 Goals/Resolutions

Pin It It is that time of year again when you start thinking and hearing about New Year's Resolutions. Even though it's cliche, I still like to set them every year. It helps me get things off to the right start. I just read that most resolutions are forgotten about by February, let's see if we can be accountable and really make these stick! Below are some of my goals and/or resolutions for 2014. What are some of yours?

  • Play games with my kids more. I spend a lot of time "hanging out" with my girls while they play. This year, I want to teach them various card games (I was a master at War when I was a child and my girls have never even heard of that card game!)
  • Be tidier. I probably set this goal every year and it is the one that I fall away from the first. My plan is to spend 20 minutes (or more, but at least 20 minutes) cleaning every day. I can do it over lunch, in the morning, evening, or after the girls go to bed. 
  • Listen better. Specifically, listen to my husband better. Turn off all the things going on in my mind, put down electronics or my magazine, and really listen -- without interrupting (which is one of my bad habits) 
  • Exercise. Of course you knew that I would have this on my list. Not only is it the most popular resolution in the nation, but it is something that I am quite passionate about. To be more specific: do at least 15 minutes each day.
  • Cut down on sugar. I just keep reading about all the benefits to eating little to no sugar that I have to try it! It will be quite difficult for me as I love dessert and sweets. I'm not cutting it totally out, but I will be more aware of how much I'm consuming and make real efforts to cut back
  • Save money. I am pretty frugal, but I also purchase a lot of things on impulse that I don't really need. I resolve to walk away and come back to the item if I really think I need it.
I think that's it for now. What are some of your resolutions?

Until Next Time,

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Suave Family Vox Box from Influenster

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Everyone is familiar with Suave. The company has been around for...I'm not sure how long, but a long time! I've never been someone to stick with just one brand for products like body wash, kid's shampoo, etc. so I have used Suave for the whole family, but not solely Suave.

I recently received the Suave Family Vox Box from Influenster to test products meant for the entire family. We received Men's body wash, Suave Kids De-tangle Spray, and for me - a Moroccan Infused hair mask. Below are the reviews:

My husband said (and this is totally a quote), "Well, I feel clean." Later, when prompted, he also said he liked the smell. He also used the body wash for shampoo, though it was not a 2-in-one product. **Suave does make a 2-in-one however.**

The girls LOVED the de-tangle spray. The one we received is Double Dutch Apple and it. smells. wonderful. It also made brushing a breeze after their bath, which is a BIG deal for my girls who both have long hair.

As for my product: I loved the texture and the effect of the hair mask. It really did feel nice on my hair and my hair seemed to feel silky after it was dry. What I wasn't crazy about was the smell. It seemed kind of masculine to me.

All in all, would I recommend Suave? Definitely! Suave makes some pretty darn good products at very affordable prices. Plus it is widely available at big box stores or online!

What is Influenster? And what is a Vox Box? Directly from the Influenster website:

Influenster is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.

VoxBoxes are boxes filled with complimentary products from your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) brands. 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes