How To: Get Professional Teeth Whitening At Home

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I am a heavy coffee and tea drinker so I absolutely need to keep on top of my teeth-whitening game.  I am sure that a lot of you eat or drink something that dulls the brightness of your teeth and are looking for a more affordable option.  Smile Brilliant has a lot of different products that can assist you and today I am showing you their Laser Teeth Whitening & LED System.

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This LED teeth whitening package comes complete with a 4ml, 22% carbamide peroxide teeth whitening gel pen. The pen is easy to use and releases the whitening gel into a smooth brush tip applicator. Turn the crank at the bottom of the pen to release an even amount of gel into the brush. Brush on, put in your lip & cheek protector, turn on the light, and you are ready to go!

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The Smile Brilliant whitening gel is enough to whiten your teeth but the LED really accelerates the process.  You can use it for 20 minutes a day but in the brochure that is included it said you can go up to a couple hours a day.  If I had custom fitted trays I might do that!

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So I used this for a couple weeks and I admit that I didn’t do it EVERY SINGLE day, but I still got fantastic results.  I am going to try to get better about using it daily because I want to keep up the pretty, porcelain-white teeth!

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The Smile Brilliant LED Teeth Whitening & LED System has a few different options.  You can choose from 1, 2 or 3 pens to go in your kit.  The kits range from $39.95-$68.95 so all options are extremely affordable.  The largest kit is less expensive than 1 trip to the dentist for a professional whitening.

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Tell me what have you been doing to whiten your teeth in the comments below!

SWAK*This kit was sent to me for editorial consideration.  All opinions are my own.  Links are for your convenience.


Love Knot

Jewelmint Love Knot I am somewhat of a romantic when it comes to jewelry.  I love classic pieces with a twist.  A little something interesting but not obvious.  Studs are one of my many obsessions—or yes, {ahem} addictions.  The Jewelmint Love Knot studs are whimsical but classic at the same time.  I am sure everyone is familiar with Jewelmint, but in case you are not it is a sort-of subscription service where you pay $29.99 a month and you pick from a ton of different pieces they have available.  You can skip any month that you aren’t interested.  Most months I do find myself skipping, but when that perfect piece comes along I can’t help myself.

Jewelmint Love Knit

I have purchased lots of pieces for myself and gifted some to others over the years and here is my collection of favorites.  My very first Jewelmint LOVE was the Audrey earrings.  I missed out on the first version but because they were so popular they have designed new colors.  They were always very hard to get ahold of but right now there are 4 shades or so in the shop.  I have a pink, black and clear pair.  They are really large on the ear and I wear them when I am getting glommed up, for a military ball or date night.

The Sealed With Love Necklace is one of my favorites.  Everytime I wear it a conversation is sure to start.  People always ask me what I am wearing and I have to explain it is inspired from when people wrote actual letters back in the day and sealed their envelopes with wax.  It actually works.  If you wanted to do that it leaves an imprint that reads “With Love”!

I have shown a few other pieces over time so if you want to read them click this link —-> Jewelmint Jewelry <—- to see others.

Jewelmint Jewelry Collection

I ordered the Mint Chalcedony necklace at the beginning of the month and I am still waiting for it to arrive.  It is a gorgeous turquoise-colored stone on a gold chain.  Beautiful.  Cant want for it to arrive!  I am sure I will show you when it does!

Mint Chalcedony Gold Necklace

Basically, I love Jewelmint!  In fact, when I was going to get some details to write in this post I checked out with another piece.  HAHA  I am terrible.  They told me they loaded $10 into my account for a limited time, so I took the opportunity to get one of their Mystery Boxes.  It was priced at $29.99 and I just got it for under $20.  That is 3 different pieces!  YEP!  New members can actually get two pieces for the price of one using the code B1G1!  I wish I could get that deal, but I can’t since I have been a member since 2011.

What is your favorite Jewelmint piece?

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Music Festival Makeup Tutorial

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Hello!!!  Music Festival season is HERE!  I am bringing you a makeup tutorial today!  I used products that I find perfect for Spring and a lot of them are NEW this Spring.  The products I am using are also PERFECT for traveling since some of you don’t live close to the festivals you are attending!

Here are the details on some of the products!

Music Festival Makeup

Music Festival Makeup

{IT Cosmetics CC Cream}  This is by far my favorite complexion perfecter right now.  It is light weight and covers all my flaws quickly.  No brainer!

{Billion Dollar Brows}  I love a brow pencil that has a spoolie on the other end.  This one goes on and stays put ad I find that it matches my hair color really well!

{Shiseido Face Color Enhancing Trio}  These trios are amazing  I have the shades RS-1 and OR-1 and I love them both equally.  I wanted to incorporate more of a pink toned look this go round which is why I chose to use the Plum trio!

{Shiseido Lacquer Gloss}  This gloss coordinated perfectly with the trio I used.  They have great color payoff and feel great on the lips!

{Real Techniques Brush}  This brush is amazing.  It is so similar to the MAC 217 and I personally like it a little more.

{MAC 168}  This is one of my go-to blush brushes.  I use it almost daily!  It is so soft and I get a diffused blush look.

{Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer}  This is BRAND NEW for Spring.  So new that I haven’t even reviewed it yet!  Be looking out for that!

Music Festival Makeup

{Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara}  This mascara is amazing.  I haven’t stopped using it since the day I purchased it!  AND it is less than $5!

{Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal}  Another winner from Rimmel.  Can they do no wrong?  This liner goes on and stays on.  I have the silver one too!

Music Festival Makeup

{Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Platinum}  This is a staple eyeshadow base for me.  It can be worn on it’s own and I do tend to wear it that way for no-fuss looks but it is amazing for creating a crease-proof base.  Looks like I am about to need a new one soon!

{Physicians Formula Nude Wear Concealer}  This is a medium-coverage concealer!  I know that you didnt see me applying my concealer in the video but apparently that footage wasn’t captured :(

{Tweezerman Lash Curler}  FAVORITE lash curler EVER!  I am loving it, really!  It gets all my lashes in one curl and its pretty and rose gold! :D

{Sigma Precision Angled P84}  I love their Sigmax brushes.  They are dense and perfect for buffing in anything!

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*Some of these products were sent for editorial consideration.  Most were purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.  I wouldn’t use it if I didn’t like it.  Affiliate links are in use!

What’s In My Bag?

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and U by Kotex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #UbyKotex

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What’s in my bag?  Being a mom of two, I have to be ready for just about everything.  I have always been really well-prepared but nothing compares to meeting the demands of being a mom!  Just so happens I am also a beauty addict so I am going to spare you the typical wallet, checkbook, phone, snacks and 100s of toys I keep stashed away and share with you the feminine essentials that I carry around!  Everything from lipgloss to hygiene products!


First things first, no matter who you are you will always get into a situation that you are going to need to clean your hands but you may not always be near soap and water.  I LOVE Bath and Body Works’ PocketBac!  The scent I have here is Sugar Maple and it smells like everything good about breakfast−coffee and syrup!  My glittery makeup-bag is also from Bath and Body Works!

Gum is a necessity also.  Sometimes I am out and about after my morning coffee and I realize that, well… coffee-breathe has kicked in.  There is NOTHING worse… okay so maybe there is but sheesh!  It is bad.  Gum is my handbag’s BFF and sometimes there are a few packs hidden away!

Clear nail polish is a multi-tasker.  I have kept a clear nail polish in my bag for 15 years now.  It stops running in pantyhose and tights, can prevent costume jewelry from tarnishing, seals envelopes, and also stops the smearing of important information on medicine bottles or even your ID.

Perfume is very important for a girly-girl.  Say you have worked a long day or have been doing some serious shopping and then your significant other calls you up to meet him/her for lunch or dinner.  Of course you wanna smell awesome!  I always have a roller-ball stashed away!


Some of the most important beauty products I carry with me can take you from plain to pretty in seconds.  Whether I have a full face on or no makeup at all these four products can up the ante!  Concealer is a must for polishing up my complexion.  I have discoloration and dark circles so those issues have to be addressed!  Applying 1-3 coats of mascara can change your entire look, nothing is prettier than soft fluttery lashes!  A peachy-pink lip gloss will always be in my bag because that particular color looks good with everything!  The liner that I have here is a do-all beauty item.  It is a gorgeous rosy-champagne shade so it can be smeared on as liner or even used to highlight the inner corner of the eyes, cheeks, and cupids bow!


A pen and paper are serious must-haves for me.  I am severely forgetful and if I need to remember something I HAVE to write it down.  I mean everything from doctor’s appointments to grocery lists!

A refresher spray is great to keep on hand.  I reviewed this one from MIYU a few months ago and love this De-Stress Mi Essence.

Do you see the little cellophane bag that has buttons and thread in it?  It is something that is always with me.  Not only does it have the buttons and thread, there is also a needle, safety pin, earring backs, and clear hair-ties in it.  You will be surprised how often these babies come in handy!

Most importantly, cash is king.  I always have my coin purse on me.  It is so cute and I love just taking this little baby in with me to a store.  It is a serious conversation starter!


Cute sunglasses are awesome to have on hand!  Maybe not a necessity, but definitely something I can’t live without here in Florida.  I got this pair at Walmart for just $5.  I never buy expensive sunglasses because I lose them, break them, or my daughter breaks them.  These are cute and animal print that fade into a beautiful blue shade!  Love Walmart and their everyday low prices! :)

These next items are the MOST IMPORTANT.  When that time of the month arrives you are usually not at home, so having feminine hygiene products on hand is a necessity.  U by Kotex sells Cleanwear Pads and Sleek Tampons that are wrapped in fun colored packaging so it isn’t obvious.  But hey!  We all need them, right?

If there is one thing I lose left and right it is hair ties.  These Goody hair ties are my favorite because they don’t damage my hair or create breakage.  They also don’t crease my hair when I use them so it is possible to let my hair out without needing to restyle.  Right now when you are purchasing the U by Kotex products at Walmart you will find  3 Goody hair ties attached to the packaging, while supply lasts obviously!!  LOVE a good freebie, especially when they are so useful!  I Instagram’d a pic yesterday if you want to see the packaging for reference!



So now that you know I am not only a crazy-makeup-hoarder but also a bag-lady, I want to know…  What’s in your bag?

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Yoplait vs Chobani Taste-Off

This #TasteOff was sponsored by Yoplait.  All results are the honest opinion of myself and my family.

Yoplait vs Chobani

I am a yogurt fan from way back but had some bad experiences with greek yogurt when the trend was exploding at the grocery stores a couple years ago.  Before I was pregnant with my daughter I went to a nutritionist, she told me I should be incorporating greek yogurts into my diet and I tried and tried but never found one I liked.  When I got the opportunity to do this taste-off between two of the more well-known yogurt brands in the business I gladly accepted.  In a national taste test, Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry yogurt beat Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry.  I drug my entire family into this taste test and they ended up having fun, it is always good to create a good family-time excitement!  Are you ready for the results?

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For the record, each of these yogurts ran me $1 a cup at my local Walmart so they are the same in price.  They both contain 100 calories and are both gluten free.  The differences are all in the appearance, taste, and consistency.  Consistency is a BIG FACTOR for both myself and my husband, if something is wrong with the consistency then there is no way we can eat it REGARDLESS of appearance and flavor.

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Appearance is quite different.  Yoplait is pretty and pink and you can see more of the strawberry pieces.  The consistency is thinner and smoother.  Chobani really white in color and appears very thick and creamy; there are strawberry pieces visible but nowhere near as many as the other.


My husband was the first to try Yoplait.  After he tasted it he just nodded and said it was good and tasted like what he expected a good yogurt to taste like.  I tasted it and immediately thought it was sweet delicious; I would have never guessed it was greek yogurt.  My son tasted it and said it was good.  My daughter tasted it and of course opened her mouth open wide and wanted more… typical baby stuff!


When we moved on to Chobani we went in the same order.  My husband ate a spoonful and squinched his nose up.  I was next to taste it and I think it tasted very bitter.  It did taste like strawberry but the bitterness overpowered it as a whole; it was smooth and creamy as I thought it would be from it’s appearance.  My son tasted it and decided it was terrible.  Raegan was the last to try and she AGAIN held her mouth open wanting more… I mean come on… she eats baby food!

yoplait chobani tasteoff

Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt:
- 100 calories
- Available in 12 flavors
- 5.3 ounces of yogurt in each cup
- Available Nationally
- To find Yoplait Greek 100 nearest you, please use the product locator found on the Yoplait website

Twelve Flavors
Strawberry, Blueberry, Black Cherry, Strawberry Banana, Vanilla, Peach, Key Lime, Lemon, Mixed Fruit, Tropical, Apple Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake

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Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry is the CLEAR winner from my family’s #TasteOff!  We had a blast deciding which one was the better greek yogurt!  I challenge you to take Yoplait taste test and tweet/Facebook/Instagram your results!  Use the hashtag #tasteoff so that they can be grouped in with all the others!  Click here to visit the Greek Taste Off Tumblr page and see what other people are saying!

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*Thank you Yoplait for sponsoring this post as well as giving me the freedom to express my honest opinion!

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round-Up 4/20


Beauty BlogazonsLola’s Secret Beauty Blog: Dark circles or puffy eyes? Kiehl’s Eye Alert to the rescue!

Glamorable!: Find out why Anastasia DID NOT like Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bath from LUSH Easter 2014 Collection.

TheFabZillaGet sandal-ready for summer! TheFabZilla shares tips on how you can achieve feet-perfection.

beautyXposéLooking for a new brand of skin care products? First Aid Beauty just might be able to come to your rescue. Plus enter to win two FAB products of your own.

Adna Cristina BeautyPure Gold Collagen

Beauty by Miss L: Soap-free and non-drying Alpha Hydrox Nourishing Cleanser review.

My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog : Laura shows us her new favorite nail polish from Ciate London called Antique Brooch.

New World Beautiful: These four foreign beauty products have been on my wishlist for months! Check out my finds from Australia, Kenya, Japan, and France

ColorMeSoCrazyA little look at the Spring 2014 collection from Lacuqer by Lissa

Never Say Die BeautyEnter Allison’s birthday giveaway of an em Cosmetics Tokyo Plums Shadow Play Palette

Geniabeme: See what Geniabeme’s favorite Spring Blushes are!

daydreaming beauty: Amber raves about Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation this week on daydreaming beauty.

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BBC Round-Up 4/20/14


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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick


Bobbi Brown first introduced the Skin Foundation Stick back in 1992.  It was a skin-tone correcting stick foundation that actually looked like skin.  It has been a hit on the runways ever since and until recently has gone unchanged!  Bobbi updated the formula and tweaked the packaging a bit to improve the overall performance, wear, and finish. In the 22 years since this product launched the cosmetic industry has grown and improved so much so she felt it necessary to rework this beauty gem!

“Bobbi’s iconic Foundation Stick gets an update with a transparent base plus skin tone correct pigments for an incredibly natural look.  Its creamy yet weightless texture blends seamlessly so it mimics the look of healthy skin. Apply this long-wearing foundation all over or just where you need it.”  It comes in 24 skin tone correct shades and I just had to show you them side by side!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation StickWho is it for: 

All skin types – this stick formula is our most versatile foundation yet.

Why is it different:
An innovative blend of emollients – like olive extracts and shea butter – moisturize skin, so skin stays soft and smooth all day. Light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals perfect the appearance of skin while reducing shine (even in sweat, water and humidity).

How do I use it:
After moisturizing, lightly apply across forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Blend with fingertips, sponge or Foundation Brush.

You may remember the post I recently wrote about the Bobbi Brown event I attended at BlueMercury!  Well at that event the makeup artist Rogelio Reyna spoke about this product and shared all sorts of fabulous information on it.  It was so interesting to learn about the Skin Foundation Stick‘s history and now the exciting tweaks!  I played with the sticks for a while and I have to admit that I think they are pretty fabulous!

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Easter 2014 Round-Up

Easter Beauty Round-Up

HAPPY EASTER!  I love this time of year.  Good food, family, treats!  All good things.  I rounded up some of my favorite Easter posts of my own and my favorite bloggers out there!  Everything from manicures to bath products to fashion posts.  There is even a YouTube tutorial in the mix!  I hope you love it!

Posts from my own site:

LUSH 2014 Easter Products

EOS Lip Balms – Eggcellent Idea for a Basket

White Hot Fashion

From My Favorite Beauty Bloggers

Easter Bunny Mani

Easter Bunny Mani Youtube Tutorial

Easter Nail Art

Pastel Dotticure

LUSH Goodies 

LUSH Funny Bunny Gift Set

Pretty and Polished Easter Duo

Sheep and Lamb Mani

Guilt Free Easter Beauty Treats

Fuzzy Easter Chick Mani

Easter Dress Ideas

Folded Tips Mani

Easter Egg Mani

OPI Sheer Tints Nail Art

Easy Pastel Dotticure

LUSH Bunny Bubble Bar Review 

Bunny Mani

Pastel Dotticure

Again, Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!  Enjoy the time with your families!  And don’t forget the reason for Easter!  It is easy to get caught up in traditions and forget all about why the holiday exists!

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Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss Swatches

I am a lip gloss fanatic.  I tend to wear lip gloss much more often than a do lipstick because of the ease of application.  I am loving that Tarte Cosmetics has added to the LipSurgence line with Lip Gloss.  Tarte coordinated all of the shades with their cheek stains and blushes (as well as other lip products).  They even have one that has special packaging to match their Park Avenue Princess bronzer.  The Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss line has all the beautiful color of a lip tint with plumping power!  It also contains some amazing ingredients like vitamin E, jojoba seed oil and flower extract to moisturize dry lips and smooth fine lines.  

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss… 

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