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Friday, March 21, 2014

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen Review

White teeth are attractive, and with spring here there’s no better time to try to get whiter teeth for your new spring look. An economical and easy way to get whiter teeth is with Colgate’s new Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. Spring is the time for lighter, brighter colors for clothes, makeup and hair. So, it’s only right that teeth should get in on some of the lightening action.
I was given the opportunity by Influenster to try Colgate’s new whiting product that combines a toothbrush and whitening pen. It looks quick and easy: Brush, Whiten and Go. 


The toothbrush included in the package is made to help remove surface stains and has a firm feel to it. It took me a while to get used to the brush. It has a bigger tip than the other Colgate brush that I normally use. I found it hard to reach the back teeth for a thorough cleaning. The handle feels good and has a good grip.
You can use your regular, favorite toothpaste, but for optimum results use the whitening pen with Colgate’s Optic White toothpaste.


The pen is used by turning the dial at the bottom to get the whitening gel to the surface. Paint the gel on your teeth. The gel adheres to your teeth and dries quickly. There is no need to rinse. Colgate says results can be seen in as little as two days.
One plus is that you can control where the gel goes, as compared to whitening strips or a tray of goo that you put over your teeth. I like the fact that the gel doesn’t end up all over my gums, and I can put the whitening product only on the areas that need it.
The pen fits in the handle of the brush for easy storage. There are three simple steps: brush, whiten and go.

My opinion

 I did get whiter teeth, finding moderate results. They weren’t bright, luminescent white like you would get from a costly in-office procedure from a dentist, but Colgate’s whitening pen does make teeth whiter. I think it’s great for me because I love coffee and tea, which are awful culprits of yellowing and staining teeth. Colgate’s whitening pen is convenient and easy to use because it only takes a minute to use, and there is no waiting around after using.
There are lots of teeth whitening kits available, both over-the-counter and ones available from dentists, and some are quite expensive. Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen is inexpensive, with prices ranging from $13 to $18. It is available at most drugstores and online, including Amazon.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Schick Hydro Silk Sensitve Care Razor Review

Thanks to BzzAgent, I was given an opportunity to review a complimentary Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor. I’ve never really enjoyed shaving. I think of it as one of those (debatably) necessary evils. Shaving is usually uncomfortable, and I inevitably I end up with niks and discomfort afterwards. Much to my husband’s distaste I forgo shaving my legs much of the winter, and I wear pants most of the time. Hey, if my legs aren’t visible to the public, then it doesn’t matter, right? Okay, I may be exaggerating, but shaving is not my idea of fun.

The Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor came along and I found myself almost looking forward to shaving. I’ve never had a razor that felt this nice while shaving. It doesn’t feel like shaving. I don’t feel any friction or irritation. The razor burn that I’ve felt in the past, with other razors, is gone. It’s a fairly quick process. I don’t have to go over and over the area to get a complete shave. 

Benefits of the Schick Hydro Silk Sensitive Care Razor
It’s gentle and easy to use.
It has a good shaped handle for easy grip.
It contains a hypoallergenic moisturizing serum.
5 curve-sensing blades
Refill blade packs are available
It comes with a neat suction wall hanger, which really does stay stuck to the wall of my shower.
Shaving tips for women
Wet your skin first and use shave gel or cream. I’ve been using Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel, and I think the Signature Scents Strawberry Tangerine Twist smells great. Using something that provides lubrication makes shaving go smooth, while decreasing razor burn and irritation.
After shaving underarms, wait at least 15 minutes before putting antiperspirant or deodorant on to decrease discomfort.

I definitely don’t recommend using razors made for men. Men’s and women’s razors are not the same. My husband buys large packs of disposable razors at Costco, and I’ve grabbed one of his unused ones from his stash in a pinch. Stick to using razors made for women, especially if you have sensitive skin.