And The Winner Is…

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I used a random number generator to choose the winner of my GummiBand Giveaway:

The winner of two packs of GummiBand Hair Cords is…

GummiBand Giveaway Winner

 

PrettyRuffLife – please email me so I can get your prize promo code for you!

Thanks to all who entered! I wish that I was able to give you all a prize 🙂

I’ll be back on Friday with a facial cleanser review.

Disclosure: Giveaway prize provided by GummiBand. The choice to host this giveaway is entirely my own. If I did not like the product, I would not host the giveaway!

 

Reminder – GummiBand Canadian Giveaway!

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Just a reminder that my GummiBand Giveaway for my Canadian followers closes tonight at midnight (eastern standard time), so if you are planning on entering, please go to the original post for the giveaway details and rules to enter (here). The winner will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, December 20th) – good luck to all who enter!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

 

Weekly Recap Dec 11th to 17th

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Just a little recap of this past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up!

Monday, December 11th – The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Review

The Ordinary Reversatrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Wednesday, December 13th – The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Review

TheOrdinary AA2 3

Friday, December 15th – GummiBand Giveaway (Canadian)

GummiBand

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures.

GummiBand Giveaway (Canadian)

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you will remember that I’ve recently tested out and reviewed the hair cords from GummiBand, a Canadian company (review is here). I’ve been using them all the time since receiving my package, and am often wearing one on my wrist in case of hair emergencies.

GummiBand

Well, the lovely folks from GummiBand offered giveaway prize for my Canadian followers (can be following via WordPress or via email subscription).

GummiBand

Details / Rules:

1. The winner will receive a discount code for two packs of GummiBands in their choice of colours, redeemable through their website, and shipped directly to the winner.

2. The giveaway will be open from Friday, December 15th (today) until midnight (EST) Tuesday, December 19th, and I will announce the winner on the morning of the 20th. I will select the winner via a random number generator. The winner must provide their mailing address within 48 hours of winning, [and if not, another winner will be selected].

3. The winner must have a Canadian mailing address. In order to enter, you must be following my blog either via WordPress, or email subscription (I will be checking every entry).

4. If you are entering, please comment with the following: “Oh Canada, I’m in it to win it!”

Thanks for reading, and good luck to all who enter!

Disclosure: Giveaway prize provided by GummiBand, but the choice to host the giveaway is entirely my own decision – if I didn’t like the company or the product, I would not host this giveaway.

Reminder – Giveaway Extended to Dec 5th

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Just a reminder that my giveaway with Smile Brilliant is still open – they were kind enough to extend the giveaway until December 5th, so do please enter, details below are taken from my original blog post review – you can read it here.
The folks at Smile Brilliant have kindly given me a promo code for my readers as well as a giveaway prize for a $139 credit towards a whitening kit!
Promo code for $15  off: abrashattitude15
The Giveaway is open until December 5th. Please enter through the link.
This giveaway is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. Good luck!
Disclosure: PR sample, giveaway and promo code. However, my opinion is very much my own!

Weekly Recap Nov 13th to 19th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, November 13th – Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with Smile Brilliant (and Giveaway) *PR sample, promo code and giveaway link*

Wednesday, November 15th – The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

Friday, November 17th – Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Masque Review

Things and stuff:

It is a snowy and wet Sunday morning here in Montreal. I’m so not ready for winter!

I made a Thai inspired soup this morning in my InstantPot and my entire place smells like lemongrass and ginger. Yuuuuuuum!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products disclosed in original reviews. My opinion is always my own whether the post involves a PR sample or something that I paid for myself.

Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with Smile Brilliant

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I was contacted by the online marketing team from Smile Brilliant to see if I was interested in testing out their customized at-home teeth whitening system in exchange for my honest review, which I was because I drink coffee, tea (and red wine in the colder months) – all of which can cause tooth staining.

I’ve tried dental whitening strips in the past, and found them to be uncomfortable and annoying to use because they kept sliding off, irritated my gums and did not whiten evenly. At the dentist whitening is out of my price range at $500+.

After being asked a few questions about my teeth (dental health, sensitivity etc) my Smile Brilliant Kit arrived in the mail.

The Kit:
Smile Brilliant
My Smile Brilliant kit arrived and in it are the things you need to make your dental impressions, and syringes of the whitening and desensitizing gels. As well, there is a mailer to send your dental impression back to the lab.
[If you are in the US, you will receive a postage paid return envelope, if you are outside of the US, you have to pay your return postage. That being said, the postage for the kit and the custom trays is free for domestic shipping and is $29 for international shipping.]

Making the dental impressions:
Not going to lie, I was initially scared removing the dental impression trays, for two seconds I was sure that my teeth were going to come out with it. Totally didn’t happen. It is actually quite easy to do – and the kit comes with step by step instructions. Once the dental impressions have been made, you just pop them into the mailing envelope and send it to them. The Smile Brilliant Lab then makes the custom dental trays from your impressions.
Smile Brilliant
The whitening process:
Floss and brush teeth with only water (do not use toothpaste because the fluoride in it will act as a barrier and slow the whitening process). Whiten for 1-3 hours. Start with shorter sessions and work your way up to leaving your trays on longer as your teeth are comfortable (especially if teeth are sensitive). Brush teeth with toothpaste as normal. Rinse the whitening gel from trays with cool water and fully dry them (a Q- tip works well). Apply desensitizing gel to trays for 15 to 20 minutes. Simply swish the excess desensitizing gel and spit. This should leave a thin layer of the desensitizing gel on your teeth. Each syringe has enough gel for 3-4 applications (one application = both top and bottom mouthpieces). [info taken from the Smile Brilliant FAQ]
Smile Brilliant
My experience:
I started the whitening process on October 11th – usually while watching a movie or reading before bedtime. The custom dental trays are surprisingly comfortable to wear and stay in place.
 Smile Brilliant
Because I have sensitive teeth, it was recommended that I start with a 45 minute whitening followed by 20 minutes with the desensitization gel, and skip a day in between to gauge my sensitivity. Since my sensitivity was very minimal, I increased my whitening time to 1 hour on October 15th , and started whitening daily after that point for a total of 8 sessions.
 The below photo shows my level of staining before and the level of whitening I achieved after just 8 sessions! I’m going to save the rest of my syringes for a “touch up” in a few months.
Before (top) and after (bottom):
Smile Brilliant Before and After Results
I found it difficult to judge the amount of gel to use at first, so I marked the syringes with a sharpie into four sections as each syringe has enough gel for 3 to 4 applications. This made it easier for applying the gel evenly into the dental trays.
I think that this is a great method for at home dental whitening. And price-wise it is so much more affordable than dental office whitening – the kits range in price from $129 to $159 USD Non-Sensitive, and from $139 to $179 USD for Sensitive kits. The kits vary in price based on the level of staining and number of whitening (+desensitizing) syringes.
Feel free to ask me any questions about my experience.
Smile Brilliant
Giveaway!
The folks at Smile Brilliant have kindly given me a promo code for my readers as well as a giveaway prize for a $139 credit towards a whitening kit!
Promo code for $15  off: abrashattitude15
The Giveaway is open for two weeks. Enter through the link. This giveaway is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. Good luck!
Disclosure: PR sample and promo code. However, my opinion is very much my own!

Prezzies in the Mail!

Recently I found out that I had won Rachael’s giveaway (otherwise known as Helpless Whilst Drying) via twitter (she’s @helplessdrying on Twitter) – It arrived yesterday!

Helpless Whilst Drying

Needless to say, I was super excited because I’ve never tried anything from Soap & Glory as it is almost impossible to find here in Montreal, and they seem to only have a few bits of the line – mostly the bath and body stuff).

It arrived yesterday! It is a cute little box set from Soap & Glory shaped like a house! It was wee bit squished as my mail carrier crammed the package into my mailbox, but that’s typical delivery behaviour…

 

So whats in the Beauty-Full House? Let’s take a closer look:

Helpless Whilst Drying

Inside are three products –

The Thick & Fast HD Mascara (Lengthening & Volumizing with Collagen) *description in italics taken from the Soap & Glory UK website*

Helpless Whilst Drying

The BRUSH is the stuff – Soap & Glory’s 7-SIDED FAN FLARE-180™ brush with a V-groove to lay down volume & intensity, and a network of combing & curling surfaces to give length, definition and DRAMA. Featuring strength-building COLLAGEN* PRE-PEPTIDES, LONG-STRETCH POLYMERS that wrap lashes in a flexible, lengthening film and NO FLAKE 24 all-day wear technology, prepare yourself for TOTAL LASH LIFT-OFF!
The Glow All Out Cheek Stick (Highlighter)
Helpless Whilst Drying

Girls, our GLOW ALL OUT™ CHEEK STICK will give you an instant pop of champagne glow to sigh for. With Illuminating Radiance-Pearls™ your skin will receive a wonderful, sheer, luminous finish. And ‘wow-look-at-her’ double takes. In the coolly stunning shade, ICE SHIMMER.

And a Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in the limited edition shade Plumble.

Helpless Whilst Drying

Fasten your seatbelts! Soap & Glory’s world-famous SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Plumping Gloss just got sexier. Amazing. Addictive. And definitely something to shout a-pout, it features the same ingenious lip-plumping technology as the original. With SUPERFILL™ Lip Plumping Spheres, which explode in volume when they meet the moisture on your lips. (They’re like tiny, dehydrated sponges that expand when they get wet.) Plus LIPSWELL™ Natural Plant Oil Infusion – an incredible microcirculation-boosting extract that makes your lips feel instantly fuller. Plus, with a new super-smooth formula, it glides on… so your lips feel soft and look ravishing. It’s set to send you (and lips) a-buzzing!

So excited to try this stuff out over the holidays! Review to follow once I’ve had a chance to test everything out! Thanks again Rachel! xoxo

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

I probably won’t be posting again until after Boxing Day (December 26th), with my picks for the Best of 2016.

Disclosure: This was a giveaway prize that I won in case you missed that at the beginning. I’m under no obligation to review these things, but I will, because I choose to.