Want white teeth? Of course you do!

It’s confession time. Are you ready for this one? Okay. Here goes. I haven’t been to the dentist in over a year. I’ve always been a stickler about dental health so my not going is like…a big deal. The good news is, I’ve already set an appointment with my dentist. I know I’ve got a cavity or two so I’m already prepared to hear the tongue lashing. I got this tube of Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpaste to review and while my dentist may chew me out over my cavities, she’ll be super impressed with my pearly whites.

Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpaste

It’s been awhile since I’ve tried out a new toothpaste so I was excited about this one. Like the original Colgate Optic White, this toothpaste promises to make your whiter in just 1 week. But not only that, it also promises to keep those teeth shiny. Shiny white teeth? Sign me up!

Colgate Optic White Dual Action toothpaste tube

I probably won’t ever do professional dental whitening or bleaching (just doesn’t seem safe somehow…) so whitening toothpastes are the closest I will get to super white and bright teeth. Colgate’s Optic White is one of my favorite on the market because I feel like it keeps my teeth white and freshens my breath. I’ve tried some of those toothpastes that claim they’ll brighten and freshen but they are usually lacking in one of the departments. And I really like the Crystal Mint flavor of this toothpaste. It’s refreshing and long-lasting. Ah yessss. Toothpaste rocks.

And like most toothpastes, you can get a tube of this at your local drugstore or at Target or Walmart. If your beautiful smile is in need of some brightenin’, I say give this stuff a try.

Do you whiten your teeth?

Dial’s Skin Therapy Body Washes – They Smell Gooood!

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Times are getting a lot better in my household because I’m actually getting the chance to bathe. Yes, judge me all you want but fellow parents know what I’m talkin’ about. Especially nursing (ahem, or pumping) mamas. Baths are limited when you’ve got a baby. And I hear it’s even worse with toddlers. I’m afraid, y’all. Very afraid. I got these for review and the other day I took a shower using them…

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Um, wow. Coconut water is beyond popular these days. Personally, I find that it tastes like sweat but coconut water in a body wash ain’t too shabby. Especially when the fragrance is nice, subtle and clean. Ahhh yes. How I miss the days of smelling clean and not like baby barf.

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This body wash reminds me of something that I’d wear if I was on a cruise or somethin’. There’s something about cruising that makes you want to smell like the ocean and palm trees. Whatever palm trees smell like. Dial also has the Skin Therapy Body Wash with Himalayan Salt.

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This one is a little more floral than I’d like but it’s not overwhelming. Both body washes seem perfect for my dry skin. They’ve got hydrating properties and their scents are definitely Spring and Summer friendly. Way to go, Dial! This brand has come a long way from their golden hand soaps. Remember those? They were total staples in my elementary school classes.

And yes, I can remember things like that. :cool:

Price: Around $4.99 for a 16 oz bottle.
Availability: Currently available at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide.
Is it worth the money?: Yah! I mean, it’s less than $5 and it’s a nice and hydrating body wash. If you’re in need of something new for the shower/bath, I think you’ll like these.

Soooo, does anyone else think that coconut water taste like sweat?

Guess who has nail polishes now? Clinique does!

Well, well, well…I never saw this a comin’! Did you? Our favorite fragrance free cosmetic brand has a ton of new polishes and  I couldn’t be happier. But before you get all “So what? What brand DOESN’T have polishes these days?” on me, check this out…Clinique claims that their polishes are different in that they help minimize unwanted reactions to the nails, skin and eyes. They call it “A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins”.

And these are the babies that I got for review…

Clinique polishes

First of all, I didn’t even know that skins was a word. Bahahaaa! But seriously, the idea behind these totally make sense. How often are we touching our faces? A lot. And I never thought that the polish on our nails could be the cause of breakouts. Or negatively affect sensitive eyes. Clinique already has 12 permanent colors and the ones featured here are the limited edition shades for this season…

 

Clinique Summer in the City polish

Summer in the City is a gorgeous punchy pink/coral that has a nice jelly finish. I love how this one looks on my nails.

Clinique Strappy Sandals polish

Strappy Sandals is a silver foil. Nothing unique here but I reckon it’s always good to have a silver foil in a nail polish line.

Clinique Splish Splash polish

Splish Splash is a stunning blueberry. I can’t tell if it’s a creme or jelly. It looks like it’s a beautiful mix of the two while leaning more on the creme side.

 

Clinique Pinkini polish

Pinkini is a baby pink creme. Y’all know I’m not a fan of these kind of pinks but I bet this will be one of their most popular colors as a lot of nail polish lovers dig pink.

Clinique Juiced Up polish

Juiced Up is a coral with a jelly finish. I love this one. It’s such a great color for summer!

Clinique Hula Skirt polish

Hula Skirt is a mint green cream. It’s gorgeous but super streaky. A good 3 coats will even it out.

Clinique Grape Ice polish

Grape Ice is a purple magenta wonder bomb. I LOVE colors like this. It has a jelly/creme effect.

Clinique 70 degrees and Sunny polish

70 Degrees and Sunny is a yellow. It’s another streaky color but most yellows are. It’s so bright and fun and definitely worth the trouble.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $16/bottle 
Availability: At Clinique counters and at Clinique.com.
Limited Edition?: Yep
Favorites in collection: Grape Ice, Juiced Up, Splish Splash, Summer in the City
 
 

The formula for these are nice. Some are a bit streaky and watery but it looks like thin coats is the best way to even things out. The price point is good for Clinique and I’m very excited to see more of these polishes from them.

Any Clinique lovers excited about their polishes?

Got tired eyes? Yeah well, join the club. Let’s fix ‘em together!

“Relax.” they say. “Get some time to yourself.” they utter. Hmph. Whatever. My darling child is a special gift and I love her more than life itself but babies are some selfish creatures, man. They don’t give a darn about your beauty blogging schedule. Which is why it has taken me so long to review this amazing Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo from Le Metier de Beaute. I got a pair for review awhile back and I just got around to trying them out.

Le Metier de Beaute Hydrating Mask Duo

First of all, LMdB is a luxury brand. You know this, right? I’ve reviewed the brand several times before and their products are far from cheap. But if you’re ever in the mood to treat yourself to something cosmetically decadent, well then, I’m suggesting LMdB. This eye mask duo is wooooonderful.

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I mean, I knew they’d probably feel nice but no, they REALLY feel nice. According to LMdB these single-use translucent seaweed-based masks have several things they’ll do for the skin under the eyes. Aaaand, here’s a list…

-They instantly cool on contact.
-They re-energize the area under the eyes.
-They reduce under eye redness.
-They diminish puffiness and the look of dark circles.
-They automatically pay back your student loans.

…nah, I’m just kidding about that last part. Just making sure you were paying attention. Ha! But seriously, they are some kind of awesome. I like that you don’t have to lay down while wearing them. And they really do create a second skin.

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Yes, girl. They feel just marvelouuuus! I am a believer. And I wish these were waiting for me each and every night. Hey! A girl can dream, right?

Price: $150 for a pair of 8
Availability: You can get them from Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.
Is it worth the money?: I’m not sure they sell these individually (bummer) and a box is so expensive each time you needed the under-eye pampering. They’re worth the price but I’m sure there are other ways you can pamper yourself.

Do you take care of the skin under your eyes? You can be honest… Okay, I’ll start. I don’t but will dedicate more time to doing so.

Mascara Monday: Mary Kay Lash Love mascara

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara

Where are my Mary Kay girls at? This is a highly requested mascara and I am so sorry that I am just now getting the opportunity to review it. I received this mascara for review and even before then so many of my gal pals were telling me how awesome this mascara is how it’s a travesty that I haven’t reviewed it yet. I know, I know. Well, here we goooo!

Price: $15 from MaryKay.com and from a Mary Kay consultant
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Love your lashes with the mascara that defines, defends and delivers four times the volume while looking naturally flawless, soft and healthy. The flexible, sculpted brush separates and coats lashes.” (source)

The Truth: I found the volume to be just okay, but the length was niiiiice.

What I Loved About It: Um yeah. The length.

What I Didn’t Like: It was just a wee bit smudge-y for my liking.

Overall: I don’t try many Mary Kay products. Mainly because I kinda forget about the brand since they aren’t sold at Sephora, department stores or the drugstores. I know. Bad B. I should really be more hip to Mary Kay products because they really have some pretty awesome things. This mascara isn’t bad at all. In fact, I found myself wearing it weeks after I reviewed it. And that never happens.

I think most of the reason why it’s so awesome is because of the wand.

Mary Kay Lash Love mascara brush

Even if you hate plastic wands, you HAVE to like this one. It’s got those nice and stiff bristles that are great at catching each and every lash. Crazy and wonky lashes like mine don’t stand a chance against this kind of wand. I loved how it combed straight through my lashes and helped elongate the lashes.

Volume-wise, I didn’t get much plumping but I think the wand is made more for lengthening than for volumizing. And I’m okay with that since the lengthening action was decent. The downfall to this mascara? I found it smudged a bit throughout the day. A top coat mascara like Anastasia Lash Genius should set it straight though. Otherwise, it’s  a decent mascara. The formula was easy to work with and I didn’t experience any clumps. So yeah, the smudging sucks but the mascara is still worth a try.

 

Bare Lashes



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Do I recommend it?: If you’re a Mary Kay fan and/or really want to try a good lengthening mascara, I say give this one a whirl.

 

Any Mary Kay girls in the house? What do you think about this mascara?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 87

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Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars are my favorite posts. This week’s war is all about facial masks. Was your favorite a winner or did it get defeated?

Lipglossiping – wants to know all about the last foundation you fell in love with. Come on over and share your sweet story of faux-skin perfection!

My Beauty Bunny – When the days heat up, many automatically reach for the lip-gloss. This summer, go the nontraditional route with a matte pout! Check out our round up of the best on the market; Matte Lips Make a Cruelty-Free Splash.

Nouveau Cheap – reviews the new Revlon Lash Potion Mascara and has a tip for you, in case you’re thinking about giving it a shot.

Pink Sith – is giving away some very cute and colorful Tweezerman Tweezers and Unbreakable Mirrors just in time for Spring!

Prime Beauty – has curated a selection of 6 feminine and sophisticated fragrances complete with elegant falcons perfect for Mother’s Day. She’s even giving one away! You’re welcome.

Phyrra – shares her Mother’s Day Gift Guide. You’ll want it all for yourself!

Vampy Varnish – likes that the new Orly Mash Up collection for summer 2013 is literally a mash up of colors and finishes!

we heart this – Ahoy! We be giving away a BPAL Port Royal soap and Jolly Roger perfume oil to one of you landlubbers who stops by…

Beauty Junkies Unite – If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the L’Oreal Miss Candy Collection! Don’t have a sweet tooth? You just might after this review!

Clumps of Mascara – is giving away a $125 gift card and a ton of Eucerin goodies for an at-home spa experience!

EauMG – has paired perfumes with popular women’s fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2013! It’s also EauMG’s 5 year blog anniversary! So, don’t forget to join in the celebration and enter the giveaways!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Gouldylox Reviews – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love Hair Romance. Although I don’t know Christina, her blog is one of my all time favorites. Almost everything I’ve learned about long hair styling (in the one year I’ve had hair long enough to work with), I’ve learned from her. Did I mention I like this blog?

Question of the Week:

When it comes to lipstick, what’s your go-to finish
(shimmer, creme, satin, matte, etc.) and why are you drawn to that particular finish?

B says, “I’m a creme girl. They happen to be the most moisturizing and easiest to apply in a pinch. If I have time, I’ll mess around with mattes and shimmers are okay but I don’t wear them often.”

What’s your favorite kind of lippie finish?

 

 

Win Pro Passes to PHAMExpo in Pasadena, CA!

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Oooooh, beauty lovers in Cali and surrounding areas…wanna go to an awesome beauty trade show? Of course you do! PHAMExpo is the newest beauty convention to hit the streets and having glanced at some of the exhibitors that will be there I’m just a wee bit jealous that I can’t attend. Not this year, at least. But you can!

Typically shows like these are just for beauty professionals but the tickets that I’m giving away are for everyone. Woo hoo! It’s a sweet deal because a 1 day ticket will cost you $60. And that doesn’t even include pro admission. So yes, girlfriend…if you win these pair of tickets you’ll be winning gold!

Think you’ll be in the Pasadena area during June 29th and June 30th? Enter!!

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