Monday, August 26, 2013

Dial A Smile - Whitening Lightning

With my 26th birthday quickly approaching, I have been doing some things to make myself feel younger. And, as an esthetician I know that your smile can do great things for you. But, it can also age you ! I drink espresso 1-2 times a day. Add that up since I was 18, that is a whole lot of coffee. Yes, I go for dental cleanings, but I have never done anything as far as getting a professional whitening done in office. I kept seeing youtube videos for Dial A Smile Whitening Lightning and, like a lot of others I was skeptical. But, I also wanted change ! (I'm OVER a quarter of a century old, lol).

So, I purchased Dial A Smile Whitening Lightning Kit. I will give you a play by play.

Here is what you will receive when you order the kit :

Here are my teeth unedited and in their espresso stained glory :

I wasn't quite a 6 but I wouldn't say I was a 5 either. I will classify my teeth as 5.5 lol

This is what the Kit Contains :

Kit Contents :

* 1 Paper Shade dial ( to determine your tooth color on a scale from 1-16)

* Applicator Brush (to evenly coat your teeth and not get gel on your gums, GENIUS)

* 3 Vitamin E Swabs (Apply Vitamin E to your gums, to further protect them, again, GENIUS)

* 1 Dispensing tub (To dispense the gel, in a neat contained way)

* 1 handheld LED light ( Accelerates the teeth whitening process )

* 1 Gel syringe (contains enough gel for 3 treatments ! )

* 3 Teeth Wipes (to dry your teeth before applying everything, so you achieve the best results)

First step is to remove a small plastic piece in the LED light battery cover. Side note* make sure LED light is prepped before you start the whitening process, just so you know you won't be wasting any time and can get the LED light on as soon as you have followed the rest of the steps.

Check out what color your teeth are on the paper shade dial. (mine were a 5, I say 5.5, lol)

Take off the seal on the syringe and squirt about 1.5 ml of gel into the dispensing tub. Apply cover back onto the syringe and bring the syringe to your refrigerator. ( If you have children, keep it well out of their reach ) See below :

Take the blue side of the teeth wipes to dry your teeth. This will produce a nice cooling feeling on your teeth ! Make sure you are using the proper side of the wipe, it will be the Blue side as seen below :

Now, it is time to break open the Vitamin E swab ! Break the marked end of the swab and use the opposite side to apply to your gums. The flow of vitamin E will begin once you flip over the swab and apply it to your gums (the opposite end of the marked side, should be what is touching your gums). Take your time on this part coat your gums and inside of your lips but make sure not to get any on your teeth. Below is what the swab looks like :

Now, take the brush and dip it into the dispensing tub that is filled with the 1.5 ML of teeth whitening gel. Take your time and almost apply it to each and every tooth individually. Smile wide so the gel doesn't come in contact with your lips. 

Now turn the LED light on and keep it no more than 1-2 inches from your mouth. I have a plastic guard for my teeth which I placed in my mouth and placed the LED light over that.  It made things a lot easier as I did my normal tasks for the twenty minutes you will need to leave this on your teeth.
If your teeth feel very sensitive obviously go by what you can handle and use your own discretion. I had no problems with the twenty minute time period. But, you may be different, so use care when using this product.

I was super happy with my before and after ! 


I went from a 5.5 to a 2 ! 

3 shades lighter and such a big difference in person ! 

Before- Left
After- Right

It is safe to say that I will repurchase this again. I like that there are no trays and I can still do things while using this product. Just make sure to keep track of time, I don't think it would be good to go over the recommended twenty minutes.

This took years off of my smile and I didn't have to get anything done in office. I am officially hooked !

The kit is valued at $675 

Use coupon code LAUREN you can get the Dial A Smile Kit and Pen Combo for only $80.00 ! 

The kit and pen combo is more than what is showed here. You will also get the super booster pen (to apply to your teeth between treatments)  to keep up with your newly whitened smile ! 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School Giveaway for the Mom's

I know when you children go back to school, it is bitter sweet. And to help you get passed the bitter part I am doing a giveaway for all of the mom's who take their kids to school and put their children, first before anyone. MOM'S you deserved to be pampered too ! 

This is for the hard working mother's out there ! 

This giveaway is also INTERNATIONAL. You can enter, no matter where you live.

So, here is what one lucky winner will be receiving  :

1) Tarte Blush - Blushing Bride 

2) Milani - Runway Eyes in " Catwalk "

3) NYX eyebrow shaper 

4) Tarte - Pure Maracuja Oil roller ball. Perfect for the eye area

5) China Glaze Nail polish in " WestSide Warrior"

6) Sephora Nail polish in " Cherry Popsicle "

7) Rimmel Glam Eyes in number 002 "English Oak "

8) Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta glow pad. great for a sun kissed glow !  2 Are included !! ( not pictured )

Rules to Enter Giveaway :

1) Follow my Blog Via Google Friend Connect

2) Follow me on Instagram -

3) Follow me on Youtube :

4) Follow me on twitter :

5) Comment below when you have done all 4 tasks to enter this giveaway ! I will check to make sure the winner I choose, followed all of the directions. 

6) Only comment once when you have completed all of the tasks 

A winner will be selected via on September 5, 2013 and the prizes will be shipped out that day ! 

Good Luck everyone ! 

Tween - Teen Back to school Giveaway

I know I am a little late with this Back To School giveaway on my blog, but I have been SUPER busy.

I am glad to finally be able to sit at my computer and give back to people who read my blog ! I sincerely thank everyone that reads my blog and I apologize for the lack of posts that have been going on lately. But that will surely change !

THE FUN PART  : Giveaway time !!!!!

I went out and picked some nice natural looking colors and shades for back to school giveaway !


One lucky reader will win the following :

1) Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer with SPF 15 in the shade " Ticket To Brazil " ( has been said to be a dupe for Tarte Pink Avenue Princess )

2) Wet N Wild Natural Blend Lip Shimmer in Sugar (102)

3) Dial Hello Kitty Hand Sanitizer , since I think it is hard to stay healthy for the entire school year because of all of the new germs that school brings your way. So, I think everyone should be armed with hand sanitizer all school year long. Prevent the spread of germs. Stay healthy ! Plus, it is so cute with Hello Kitty on the bottle and it smells AH-MAY-ZING !

4) Wet N Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in  " Sugar Coat "

5) Wet N Wild Wild Shine In the color " Red Red " it received the Cosmo Girl Kiss of approval Beauty Award Winner  -- I have seen swatches it is a gorgeous red color, timeless !

6) Wet N Wild Mega Volume Mascara in " Very Black " ( volume building formula, 5x more volume !

7) Wet N Wild eyeshadow trio in " Walking on Eggshells " ( 3 colors , Eyelid, Crease, Brow-bone

8) Wet N Wild Pearlescent Pink ( beautiful coral pink blush)

9)  Essie Nail Polish In " I am Strong" ( Not In picture)

10) Kiss Nail Art Rhinestones : Over 150 stickers/rhinestones ( Not in picture

Rules to Enter Giveaway :

1) Follow my Blog Via Google Friend Connect

2) Follow me on Instagram -

3) Follow me on Youtube :

4) Follow me on twitter :

5) Comment below when you have done all 4 tasks to enter this giveaway ! I will check to make sure the winner I choose, followed all of the directions. 

6) Only comment once when you have completed all of the tasks 

A winner will be selected via on September 5, 2013 and the prizes will be shipped out that day ! 

Good Luck everyone ! 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Couture Gel Nail Review

I was super lucky to have received Couture Gel Nail Kit. I like doing my nails at home. But, I HATE the dry time. I was getting gel manicures at the nail salon. But, I hate the inconvenience of having to sacrifice my time and head to the nail salon. To me nails are not exactly a luxury. A massage, that is luxury. My nails, not so much   ! I do them myself most of the time.  I was on a kick of getting gel manicures, but I definitely think that having the ability to do it at home is amazing ! Not saying, I am totally going to ditch a mani-pedi session. But, I will definitely not go on a "Kick" of gel manis again !

It is very simple to do. Clean up your cuticles and file your nails. 

Use cleanser to clean your nails of any oils 

Apply a very thin layer of nail polish. I went with the color "Chic"

They sent me 5 colors 

From right to left :
 Come On Barbie !

Pretty Little Liar

Little Diva


Sweet Cheeks

I applied a base coat, from the kit, put my nails under the LED light

1 coat of nail polish and put my hands under the LED light to dry for 60 seconds.

1 more coat and back under the light they went. 

Top coat and a final drying time of 90 seconds under the LED light.

While, I will admit the steps are tedious. It is WAY more convenient than conventional nail polish. Waiting for it to dry and PRAYING for my nails not to come in contact with anything for about an hour. I usually save doing my nails for a Sunday night, while I watch the Kardashian's to be quite honest !! LOL, but I felt it would be an easy thing to slip into my friday night. And it was !

This has totally changed my idea of painting my nails. 

It didn't feel like a chore and my nail look great ! 

They held up well and I cannot be happier !  

The great thing about Couture Gel Nails is that the kit uses a LED light instead of a U.V. light which is usually used in nail salons. U.V manicures have been linked to higher chance of skin cancer. LED lights are not emitting U.V rays onto your nail beds and hand. 

It is definitely a GREAT thing to be able to bring a piece of the nail salon home with you !

I am obsessed. I know you will be too ! 

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