Favorite Facial Masks - Makeup Wars

When it comes to skin care, I am very picky with what I put on my face. Since there's no hiding imperfections should a reaction to a product happen, I always do my research on ingredients and check out my fellow beauty blogger reviews. One of my favorites types Read more

Perfective Ceuticals Divine Brightening Mask

As much as I have enjoyed summer and am sad to see it come to an end, I was not enjoying how dehydrated my skin looked and felt thanks to a lot of time spent outdoors celebrating summer in all of her sunny glory.  I want to welcome fall and all the Read more

Vegan Cuts Leaping Bunny Fresh Start Kit

Vegan Cuts, an online marketplace and beauty box curating site of the best vegan products, has teamed up with Leaping Bunny (the grand master of cruelty free certification) to create a specialty starter kit to help you discover some great cruelty free brands. Up front I'll tell you that I Read more

Eumora Facial Bar Review

If you are part of the sisterhood that is combination/oily skin, then you'll want to learn more about Eumora, a facial bar made of moor and HmA. For as far back as I can remember, my skin has never been gifted as "normal" and transitions from combination in the Read more

Aqua Spa Body Cleanser Review

I strongly believe that one should make time spent in the shower as relaxing and enjoyable as possible...even if it's one of those two minutes showers that seem to be occurring with more frequency as we are all continuously pressed for time. One of the best ways to turn shower time Read more

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Colgate Optic White Review

With the new bright lipsticks for spring and summer you want your smile to be bright and white too. A bright lip with a yellow smile is not attractive. Now whitening has been made quick and easy–no trays, strips or tons of dollars spent with new products from Colgate® Optic White®. In fact, clinical studies show the Optic White regimen starts whitening in 5 days!

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I’ve been on this regimen for about a week now and I CAN notice a difference! I’m actually amazed at how well these products work! I’ve been using all three of these products:  Read more

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GO SMiLE On The Go Teeth Whitening Pen Review

One of the quickest and now easiest ways to take years off your appearance is to have dazzling white pearly teeth. I’m a tea drinker so my teeth probably need a little more help than yours might,  but I don’t really want to spend hundreds of dollars at the dentist’s office. For around $100 the dentist can give you trays to take home, but I don’t want to deal with all that mess and goop. So what are the options?

You can go to the drugstore and buy whitening strips–but they NEVER stay and slide off my teeth. Maybe I’m just cheap but $45 for a box of strips that don’t stay put is annoying. Good news beauties! There  IS a solution– The GO SMiLE On-The-Go Teeth Whitening Pen. It a click pen designed with a twist-and-apply brush tip.  The pen contains a brightening formula that makes a significant difference in just one week!  Read more

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Why Try Professional Teeth Whitening?

With party season kicking in, it’s an optimum time for quick-fix beauty treatments. Celebrities and people alike swear by regular teeth whitening as it promotes a youthful, healthy smile.

Most of us know the causes of stained teeth – most of our daily pleasures! Tobacco is one of the worst offenders and there’s no getting away from it. Coffee, tea, and soda are culprits as well. Other possible culprits include fruit juices (especially grape), red wine, fruits such as blueberries, soy sauce and curry. Think of it this way: if a food or beverage can leave permanent stains on clothes or carpets, it can probably taint your teeth. Aging also contributes to the yellowing of teeth. The enamel, which is the hard outer coating of your teeth, wears thin, allowing the underlying layer of yellowish dentin to show through.  Read more

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Supersmile Professional Whitening System

I was head over heels in love with my Supersmile Professional Whitening from the very first brush.  Normally whitening systems, trays, strips, etc. always leave my teeth feeling almost painfully sensitive, but I experienced absolutely zero sensitivity with this system. The whitening system I purchased came with the Professional Whitening Toothpaste and Professional Whitening Accelerator.  You just use a pearl sized drop of each on a dry toothbrush and then brush for two minutes and that is literally it.  My teeth were instantly smoother which is due to the gentle dissolution of the protein pellicle (a thin layer of protein that forms on the tooth surface, and to which plaque, bacteria, and of course, stains adhere) on my teeth.  My teeth definitely looked cleaner and brighter right away…I kid you not, I saw the difference immediately and just to make sure I didn’t imagine whiter teeth, grabbed a shade guide to compare and my teeth were indeed two shades whiter after the first brush.  I do think my teeth would have been even whiter had I chosen to purchase the Activating Rods (which enhances whitening results).  Read more

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SMILES YOU LOVE VITACARE Valentine’s Day Giveaway

We all know that smiling has many benefits. For one, it simply puts you in a better mood (try smiling and being unhappy–it DOESN’T work!), it conveys positive energy to others, it makes you feel less stressed and it makes you look younger (the best no-cost anti-aging product ever.) And when you’re in love, love someone or feel loved: you smile.

VITACARE, my favorite whitening, vitamin-infused oral care brand (and recent winner of Delicious Living’s 2012 Beauty & Body Awards), wants to see those healthy, happy smiles this Valentine’s Day.  SMILES YOU LOVE kicks off today and ends on Valentine’s Day. When you participate, you’ll be entering yourself AND your loved one to win a VITACARE Smile Makers gift pack worth $21 (each)…but honestly, isn’t a healthy smile priceless?

(1) VITACARE Multicare Toothpaste (Your choice of Acai Mint, Pomegranate Mint or Key Lime Mint)
(1) VITACARE Multicare Alcohol-free Mouthwash (in Key Lime Mint)
(3) VITACARE Whitening Gum (1 of each flavor)
(1) VITACARE Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

To be entered to win and have a valid entry, YOU MUST Like VITACARE on Facebook and post a picture of the person whose SMILE YOU LOVE on VITACARE’s fan page wall (and don’t forget to tag your loved one in the photo!) Optional: Follow VITACARE on Twitter too! (On both Facebook and Twitter you can find them as @vitacareworld.) To enter you must be 18+ and live in the US. There are no cash substitutions and void where prohibited. Winner announced on February 15th. Like and follow via the entry form below and add the photo to VITACARE’s Facebook. Good luck!


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Light Up the Holidays with a Brighter, Whiter Smile from Crest 3D White!

It’s the time to hang those twinkling lights, sip on some eggnog and find the best stand out holiday themed accessories to give to friends and family. No matter how you celebrate, make Crest 3D White your beauty secret and transform your smile into this season’s must-have accessory.

Is your smile not in tip top shape for the season? Have no fear because Crest 3D White has got you covered. We know that in this season especially there is never enough time for personal care – between the parties, events and family get-togethers. That’s why Crest 3D White makes it easy for you to achieve a sparkling, standout smile in no time. Read more

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Whiten Your Teeth with Crest 3D White Pro Effects Whitestrips

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects #review #teethwhitening

I’m a bit of a coffee addict. I could live off of Dunkin Donuts iced coffee (cream, extra sugar) and Starbucks’ Mocha Latte’s. Strand me on a deserted island and that’s all I’ll need to survive (Ok and maybe some sunscreen and lip gloss…maybe mascara too.) But with drinking lots of coffee means stained teeth and a dull smile. In my line of work, your smile is what people notice first and I have always taken great pride in the fact that I have perfectly straight and healthy teeth. (Thanks to my mom and her vigilance of dentist appointments when I was a child!)

Working for myself means I don’t have health insurance, so professional whitening is out of the picture. Who can afford that really? Plus I have 4 little boys who are growing like weeds (no joke!) and I sink all of my money into expanding their wardrobe so that they don’t look like they are going clam digging anytime soon. That’s why Crest 3D White Pro Effects Whitestrips are perfect for me. They are completely affordable for one (just $50 for 20 whitening treatments) and they are easy to use. Plus they deliver results as quickly as 1 day.

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Summer Beauty for Less: Crest and Oral-B 3D White to Brighten Your Smile

crest-3d-white-proWe are in the thick of summer which, for most of us, means vacation, relaxation and sun-kissed complexions (but hopefully by using an SPF!) As you alter your summer beauty routine, don’t forget to pay attention to your pearly whites. If you don’t have the money (or time) for a professional whitening, why not make a trip to your local drugstore to pick up the brands dentists trust most? Crest and Oral-B 3D White have a line of products that will ensure you have the brightest smile on the beach (and everyday), with a product for every budget and desired level of whitening.

Just before my Operation Chic makeover this past Fashion Week, I was sent several products from Crest and Oral-B: Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste, Crest 3D White MultiCare Whitening Rinse, Crest 3D White Pro Effects Whitestrips and the Oral-B Advantage 3D White Vivid Toothbrush. For me, as a beauty blogger, the biggest compliment for a beauty brand in my house is not when I write a review praising it…it’s when I actually repeat purchase the products long after the initial product sent has run out. And that has been the case with the Crest and Oral-B products mentioned.  Read more

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Review: Whiter Image TOGO Whitening Pen

whiter_image_togo_teeth_whitening_penWe all want whiter teeth, but sometimes time is of the essence and popping in the whitening trays just isn’t a viable option. Sometimes a little convenience isn’t too much to ask especially in a world where multi-tasking is everything. So my teeth whitening friends, Whiter Image has a whitening pen that is meant to take with you on the go, to whiten up anytime, anywhere without anyone knowing.

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5 Tips for Whiter Teeth Instantly!


5 Tips to Get Whiter Teeth

Nothing is more important to achieving an effortlessly chic look than a bright white smile. Celebrity Aesthetic Dentist Dr. Jonathan B. Levine whose A-list clients include Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Brinkley and Victoria’s Secret Model Allesandra D’Ambrosio offers these tips that will brighten your smile INSTANTLY, without expensive procedures, whitening strips or even toothpaste! (Although he created my favorite teeth whitening product–GoSmile!)

1. Whiten While you Chew

Everyone knows that red wine and coffee stain your teeth, but some foods can actually work to whiten your teeth while you eat! The following foods remove stains by exfoliating teeth before the stain molecules have the time to attach deeply to the surface. It is like a skin scrub for your smile. Foods that whiten teeth include:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce

2. Kiss the Stain Away

Some lip colors can actually make your teeth look significantly whiter (and darker!).

If you have grayish teeth:

*Avoid: Red Lipsticks with blue tones

* Try: Cool tone with a brown base. Nude pinks with an almost brownish hue are best.

If you have yellowish teeth:

* Avoid: Deep, dark shades. Bright Shades. Super shiny glosses

* Try: Pink shades that have blue undertones. Nudes

3. Go Bronze

Golden and tan skin tones (from a bottle not from harmful UVA/UVB rays of course) not only give you a more toned, healthy appearance but also make your eyes pop and your teeth look brighter! (I personally love Aqua Tan!)

4. Accessorize

Try wearing shimmering white rhinestone jewelry or gleaming silver to make your teeth appear whiter. Stay away from gold, which exaggerates any yellowish tones in teeth.

5. Clothing

A bright white shirt will only accentuate less-than-white teeth. Choose an off-white or cream-colored shade instead. Reducing the contrast will result in the appearance of a brighter, whiter smile.

Have any easy teeth whitening tips? I’d love to hear them!

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