July 12, 2014

Smile Brilliant, Teeth Whitening At Home

 In high school and college I went through a phase when I was super addicted to bleaching my teeth. I personally think having white teeth makes you more attractive (it's true and we all know it :P). I also have always felt it was the closest way I could get to looking like people on TV with super white teeth lol. It really does make an impact on our overall look, if appearance is important to you. 
These past fews years I have been more laid back with makeup, hair, and overall anything in the realm of being "high maintenance." I think I'm just a really good place in my life or maybe I'm just getting older and don't care as much about my looks. lol I really don't want those days of caring about myself to be gone forever! I think one of the easiest ways to "improve" myself is to whiten my teeth. 

I usually don't smile with teeth because I think it makes my upper lip disappear! Hash tag I have a giant bottom lip which makes my upper lip look super thin. :(  I also don't think I have a very attractive smile with teeth, I wish I was one of those girls who had an amazing smile. I have just a standard okay smile. lol I'm not of those people who probably look better without their teeth showing...you know what I mean?! Haha jk. My friend always gets on my case about not smiling with teeth so now I make an added effort to smile more in photos especially #selfies. :) 
These are some of my before teeth photos of not having bleached my teeth since the last time I used Smile Brilliant whitening gel probably well over a year ago now.
 Look at the evolution of my eyebrows in these photos. Haha 

I've tried a Smile Brilliant whitening system in the past and when they reached out to me again to try their LED System for teeth whitening, I couldn't say no.

 After my first session of the whitening with the Smile Brilliant LED system.  

 My teeth have shifted again because I stopped wearing my Invisalign retainer. That is because I lost them because I'm an irresponsible person. :( There goes thousand dollars of Invisalign on top of the thousands of dollars my parents spent on my braces. :( I'm so annoyed with my left too next to my left front big tooth in the photo. lol. It's just smaller and it always shifts back! The one on the other side is a giant tooth. They're not the same which is really weird. My cosmetic dentist told me that I would have to get veneer to even it out with the other tooth. I really am considering getting something done in the future about my smile. I would love to have even perfect teeth!! :D
I'll be honest, it took me a while to get back into teeth whitening. I consider myself a pretty lazy person especially when it comes to things like styling my hair, waxing my legs, and smokey eye makeup applying lol. So, it's only natural for the present me to get back into whitening my teeth. My upper teeth are still a shade or two lighter than my lower teeth from at home teeth bleaching years ago. I was so obsessed with Crest White Strips that I always focused on my upper teeth for some reason. But it is just as important to bleach your lower teeth just as much! It's just amazing how long the results last when you bleach your teeth. Crest White Strips are great but they did make my gums super sensitive, irritated, and damaged even - it felt like a law mower had ran over my gums at the time!) for a while, but I dealt with it because I loved my whiter smile. 

One of the best things about Smile Brilliant whitening gels is that they don't irritate my gums. But I also don't use it daily. I gradually whiten my teeth once a week or once every two weeks (again with my lack of motivation to potentially be more attractive lol jk.) 

The gel system is really simple with the provided click pen. You just twist and apply the gel to your teeth, put on the mouth guard looking tray then hold the LED light to your mouth. It does get a little tiring to hold the light after the first 5 minutes. I think the results make the system worth the time.

I believe this system starts at $39.95, you can learn more about Smile Brilliant here.

I'll keep you update with my teeth whitening and if I can get them really white! I really do want to improve myself and I think the first step to get back to being the "old" me is a whiter smile! :D

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! My weekend is starting off great! Anita is visiting tonight from LA too. I know we are going to have a blast in this Summer Seattle weather. :)

Stay cool and keep smiling. ;)

July 9, 2014

Dog Blog: DoggieLawn

Hey everyone, long time no dog blog..well any blogging! I have been working and showing my cousin around Seattle. I have so many topics I want to write about but I haven't had a chance to write down my thoughts. I want to share some fun stuff on false lashes (beauty secret I recently learned from a makeup artist!), teeth whitening, my new obsession with flossing, St. Tropez self tanner, Hourglass Primer Serum, and just a bunch of other random tidbits in my life. :D There really isn't a day that goes by where I don't think about sharing this or that on my blog with you all!

Hourglass foundation, Benefit foundation powder are two new fav products to rave about also. :)

Today, I have a review on the DoggieLawn, an LA based company. We were sent a complimentary DoggieLawn for the dogs to review, how could I say no to that! I love blog posts that include my boys. :)
I was sent the DoggieLawn but because of the 4th being a holiday, the package didn't get to me as quickly as tracking predicted. The grass really looked like it needed to breathe, but overall it still looked like normal grass. You're supposed to open the package as soon as you get it so the patch of grass can get air.
The package came with some DoggieLawn info!
  Where was DoggieLawn when I was a city girl in downtown Seattle?! It's exactly the service/product I was looking for for the dogs when we lived in the high-rise. It's just perfect for any balcony. It's nice to add a bit of green in a city of concrete too. :)

I have always strongly felt that if you want to have a dog, you should be caring and have the time for them in your life. Please make it fair to them and provide them with an area to do their business when you aren't there for them to take them outside for bathroom breaks. 
"DoggieLawn provides REAL grass to dogs nationwide. Great for city dogs, which is why we say that DoggieLawn is Your Dog's Backyard in a Box! But this product is also great for dogs of all walks of life, whether they have a back yard or not!"
 Timmy, my little fur child got to be the tester earlier today!
I live in a really cute neighborhood but we definitely are lacking in the grass department.
We have a tiny patch of front lawn, and literally no grass in our back/side yard. We have a garden with dirt and wild flowers. The dogs are pretty used to not having grass because they were raised as city dogs. Grass is a big treat for them! I can tell especially when they go to the dog parks!
Here comes Timmy!
 I've since move the patch to the backyard to see how the boys like it. I have two little dogs so we'll see how each one likes their new DoggieLawn.
 He's definitely curious.
 Sniff, sniff!
Isn't he a cutie?
 He's like okay mom, I'm ready to go inside!
 Can we go in now?
I'm ready to inside and get a treat! (He's such an indoor dog.)
Boy, it's hot outside!
I love you!
Thank you for reading our blog post today!

You can learn more about DoggieLawn at www.doggielawn.com

  • DoggieLawn is a subscription service that delivers REAL grass for your dogs to go to the bathroom on! The subscription has 2 different sizes with different frequencies available. 

    • The Petite size starts at $29 a month. They have monthly, tri-weekly, bi-weekly and weekly plans. 
    • For the Full Sized Fido option, plans start at $39 a month, based on what state you live in. This plan also comes in a monthly, tri-weekly, bi-weekly or weekly plan! 
    • This service is great for puppies that are being house trained, but also for adult dogs that can't get outside as easily for one reason or the other. 
    • DoggieLawn also offers complimentary training 
    • It's easy to use! Just throw out your grass when you get the new one! 

    June 8, 2014

    Obiqo Body Wash + Obiqo Gentle Face Scrub

    Obiqo Refreshing Body Wash ($15.99 on Amazon) + Obiqo Gentle Face Scrubs ($13.99 on Amazon)
    I finished both of these completely amazing skin care products from Obiqo and I cannot wait to order more! The sea lavender body wash smells so good! It really is such a treat to find a wonderful body wash.

    "Obiqo is a luxurious sea-inspired skincare range that combines nutrient-rich sea kelp from New Zealand’s pristine waters and the powerful anti-oxidant properties of French organic sea lavender.

    Obiqo's range of marine-derived skin care products provide a touch of luxury at an affordable price. A protected natural resource and the star of Obiqo's unique skincare line is New Zealand sea kelp, which is harvested under license and then blended with proprietary formulations of sweet herbs, natural flora extracts, essential oils and sea lavender to provide a rich sensory experience. Obiqo products are not only great for your skin, they're sensational for your soul. All the marine extracts used in these products are derived from sustainable sources and the methods of extraction are natural, gentle and solvent-free."
    Obiqo is an amazing sea-inspired skincare brand from New Zealand and I'm so impressed by their body wash and face scrub (best ever)! I really am looking forward to trying more skincare products from Obiqo.

    You can find Obiqo products on Amazon and through Shopping Moa.

    I highly highly recommend these two skincare products! They work great for me and I really wanted to share it on the blog. :)

    April 2, 2014

    I'm turning 27!! Ai ya...late twenties!

    Hello. :)
    I'm turning 27 on April 4th!! That's this Friday ahhhh!
    Yes, those are EOS lip balms in my Martha Stewart for Macy's mini cake stand w/ cover!
    I've collected all the flavors and I proudly have them displayed in the corner of my living room. ;)
     My friend Anita is visiting for my birthday later this week and we are going to work on spray painting these frames I've gathered all white! I spent months browsing Ross, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Marshalls for clearance picture frames. :) I think it will look super cool on a plain wall! #whiteframeproject 

    We have lots of fun things planned for her visit!
    We're going to hike Rattlesnake and hopefully Snoqualmie Falls!
    Take spin classes together! Maybe another trampoline class! lol
    We're planning on a trip to Vancouver BC, Canada too! She's never been there. It will be so much fun!! I'm ready for a mini getaway. :)
      Went to check out one of my friends finished project and it was incredible! They really did an amazing job building the modern townhouses. I'm super impressed. :) I love the backsplash they picked out. They even had the homes staged. I'm always on the look out for a good interior decorator and anyone who does interior staging for some upcoming real estate projects. :) I'm going to be helping with a half million dollar Seattle modern home project this Summer! Totally EXCITED!! ^_^
    I couldn't resist an opportunity to take a photo of the bags of the day. ^_^ Red Chanel Jumbo, Caviar Leather w/ Silver Hardware & Classic Black Chanel Jumbo, Caviar Leather w/ Silver Hardware.
    How cute is this bathroom? I love the cabinets and the sinks! 
    This Seattle modern townhouse is 3 stories, technically 4 if you count this awesome roof top deck!
     I'm completely obsessed with OPI Sheer Tint polishes!! This is "Don't Violet Me Down" with "Desperately Seeking Sequins" on the ring finger (under the sheer tint polish). The tint polish is so building and I absolutely love the jelly effect!
    I helped my friend Van of VanityPham (bridal beauty & luxury lash extensions expert in Bellevue, Washington!) set up her table at WedLocks in the Columbia Tower Club 75th floor! It's the tallest building in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest! ^_^ Look at that incredible view! 
    Go see Van for lashes in Bellevue!! She does the new VOLUME lash extensions (life changing lashes!) http://vanitypham.com 
    This is Wally right now. Haha, he's so odd sometimes in the cutest way possible. 

    The best birthday present to myself: I closed my 4th property of the year yesterday! I sold a cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Bothell, WA. ^_^ It was a 6 months process because it was a short sale, but we did it!

    March 29, 2014

    Nicole by OPI Partners with Kellogg’s® Special K® on Nail Lacquer Launch

    Encore of a Colorful Collaboration!
    Nicole by OPI Partners with Kellogg’s® Special K® on Nail Lacquer Launch

    Expanding on the momentum of last year’s partnership, Nicole by OPI has once again collaborated withKellogg’s® Special K® to launch three custom nail lacquer shades for its "Shine Brighter" campaign.  The campaign inspires women to be their best selves - healthy, confident and positive, to look better, feel better, and shine brighter. 
    Nicole by OPI is excited to offer exclusive lacquers to Kellogg’s Special K consumers for a second time, because last year was such a big hit!” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “We encourage women to show off their confidence in a positive way through color.  When you look good, you feel good!”
    The three custom shades include: Challenge Red-y (crème red), Live in the Momentum (crème blue) and My Sol Shines Brighter (crème coral). Shoppers will have the opportunity to receive free full-size bottles ofNicole by OPI nail lacquer by signing up for the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program and entering codes from specially marked boxes of Special K products, while supplies last.
    With the purchase of three eligible Special K products, consumers will receive the shade Challenge Red-y. After submitting the purchase codes from five eligible Special K products, consumers will receive two lacquers -Live in the Momentum and My Sol Shines Brighter.
    Nicole by OPI Signature edition Special K packages designed by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann will be available exclusively at Target. The designer packages are available only for select flavors (Original, Red Berries & Chocolatey Delight). 
    Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.  This promotion will be available April 2014 in the US where Special K products are sold.

    March 26, 2014

    Product Review: Sabi Tripod store + go travel container

    Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

    I signed up for Tomoson to check out what it's all about.  Who doesn't like "freebies." If you're a social media user, you can sign up and see what opportunities are out there for you. In my case, I prefer product reviews because I like trying out new things and I enjoy sharing my latest finds through social media. They have tons and tons of different products and topics available. I qualified to review this Sabi Tripod store + go travel container. It's a roll-up pill organize with three large lidded compartments. 

     When I think pill case, I think bead organizer because they make great storage for beads! :)

    March 20, 2014

    Miss Dior Bag Update!

    Classic Miss Dior Medium $3950 (Notice how the chain is different in the photo above.)
    Classic Miss Dior Large (Pink) $4200 (This is my favorite of the ones the sales person sent!)
    See the classic Miss Dior Bag in action with actress Jennifer Lawrence! :)
    Classic Miss Dior (Red) w/ Gold Hardware, I'm assuming this is also $4200.
    Miss Dior Sliding Chain $3400

    I asked my friend to help me look into the Miss Dior bag and her amazing sales person sent some photos of the different styles and colors of the Miss Dior bag. I guess the bag I've had my eyes on is the Classic Miss Dior with the rectangular chain. I'm not a big fan of the new style shape with sliding chain. I do like that they're available in so many fun colors!
    I wish their chain was more consistent, I'm a bit confused when it comes to this Miss Dior bag to be honest.

    I still have a lot of research to do about Miss Dior, but it's been a fun getting my my mind into the world of Christian Dior.

    But for now, I will continue to appreciate the beautiful photos of Olivia Palermo and her Dior bags. :)
    I absolutely adore her burgundy w/ silver hardware Miss Dior!

     Jennifer Lawrence looks stunning in this photo!

     Her dress is gorgeous!

    I'm such a fan girl. :)