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So, here’s my confession for the day – I am addicted to coffee.. and I smoke. I know.. I know.. they are bad for me. I get it. My teeth get it too. My poor pearly whites have really paid the price for my vices all these years. i am not saying my teeth look like gold nuggets or anything – but they are certainly not as white as they could be.. and going to the dentist for teeth whitening is … well a luxury that i can’t fathom spending money on when I have a child and household bills to pay.
So what’s a girl to do? DIY health and Beauty? I think so. If you haven’t guessed – today I am giving you my take on the Shine Whitening Professional Teeth Whitening Kit.
The kit itself looks small but that’s because the program is pretty simple. Not a lot of steps or parts. It comes with two trays (one for the top of your mouth and one for the bottom) It also comes with two syringes of the whitening treatment.
** Before I go any further into explaining use – i would like to take a second to give a warning to those with sensitive skin. You will be handling chemicals – and you may get some on your hands – if you are prone to skin reactions I suggest latex gloves for personal safety**
So, to use this product You uncap one syringe and put a thin coat across the trays. You can use the brush to smooth it out. The directions recommend putting ‘dots’ on the ‘tooth grooves’ in the trays – but the syringe didn’t really allow me that kind of accuracy – i just made sure it was lightly coated. You will then want to recap the syringe. This stuff is pretty sticky and will ooze out if not covered properly.
OK – so at this point – are instructed to place the trays in your mouth for roughly 15 minutes. The trays slide into the mouth easily – one tray at a time — similarly to putting in a mouth guard. The trays have little tabs on the front which make them easier to handle and maneuver into your mouth.
SO NOW WE WAIT…..
Ok- fifteen minutes does not seem like a long time – unless you are waiting to show white your teeth are going to be!! I kept my trays in for fifteen minutes (there are warnings on the package for people with sensitive teeth in relation to time and spacing in between treatments – so if that apples to you, definitely take heed.)
I feel like I should stop a moment – and give you a little insight into my personal experience. I definitely recommend that when you do this – you either wear a shirt you don’t care about – or don’t wear one at all – not because this process is messy but because the trays paired with the bleaching treatment will make your mouth water – and of course with the way the trays are placed – there is no way to control the fact that you are drooling all over yourself. Seriously, don’t let that keep you from buying this product – that will happen with most products of this variety. Also, be prepared to taste the bleaching solution at some point during the process. While you are not putting it directly in your mouth – all that moving saliva is likely to cause you to get a taste of it at some point. No worries though – It doesn’t taste good – but it is certainly not bad enough to make you gag or anything. Just don’t swallow any if you can help it.
DING! TIME IS UP. Lets check out those pearlies.
So at this point you are supposed to remove the trays. Once you do, rinse your mouth out a few times with water. The instructions say room-temp.. I’m guessing this has something to do with heightened sensitivity caused by the product.. but I am not entirely sure. I also recommend rinsing out your mouth trays before storing.
The JURY IS IN…
The Shine Whitening Professional Teeth Whitening Kit comes with this nifty little measuring guide on it’s back panel that can help you determine how much lighter your teeth are since using the product. If you plan to use it – I recommend gauging where you are before your first treatment – and then monitor after each treatment to see your progress.
Personally, I have been using this product for about three weeks – I have done a treatment about every three days. The first treatment or two … I didn’t see much of a difference in shade – but my teeth felt ridiculously clean. After about the third treatment – I really started to see steady progressive results each time. My teeth are definitely whiter and more healthy looking. Obviously – this is not a miracle product. You can’t just use it once and expect to have blinding white teeth – but, if you use the product as intended and do multiple treatments over a period of time – it is very likely that you will see some very significant results! I would definitely recommend this product to coffee drinkers and smokers who are looking to take a little age off their smile. This product is also perfect for people who don’t have the time or the luxury of being able to visit a dentist for whitening. This product is super affordable and contains enough bleaching treatment for numerous applications.
As far as affordability – I think it is definitely reasonable considering how many treatments you can do with one kit. The Shine White Professional Teeth Whitening Kit can be purchased on Amazon for $29.99. Definitely go check out the product page if you are interested. Overall I have really enjoyed this product and would order it again without question. It’s effective and affordable — which makes it a winner in my book.
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I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own after having used the product.
I am an insomniac. i am often up all hours of the night working online – not because I have to – but because my body simply refuses to go to sleep. This is a very inconvenient problem to have – especially if you are a new mommy to a 7 month old daughter who (God Bless Her) runs me ragged all day. By the time night falls and my child is asleep – I’m exhausted and even though I should go to bed and try to catch some Zzs while she is asleep – my body simply will not let me. The result is that I am up super late and when I finally am able to sleep – I only get a few hours because my Ladybug likes to be up early.
So, After months and months of being tired and exhausted from this pattern – something wonderful happened. I was offered the opportunity to try the Maxasorb Melatonin Cream made by Vita Sciences. Now, just for background I must tell you that I have tried many other sleep aids in the past -both prescription and over the counter – but I have never really found a product that is both simple and effective for me… but I am happy to report that this stuff ACTUALLY WORKS.
The cream comes in an easy to use tube with dispenser pump. It claims on the package to absorb easily, provide sleep support and infuse your body with 3mg of melatonin per dose. It also claimed to be effective for treating insomnia and jet lag- while also being paraben free. Well, I cannot speak on how well it treats jet lag (as I have never suffered from that condition) however, it did amazing things to help me with my insomnia.
My Experience with Maxasorb Melatonin Cream
After putting my daughter to bed and taking a nice relaxing shower, I followed the instructions on the box, dispensing one full pump of the cream into my hand. I rubbed my hands together to warm it (not a ‘required step’ persay, but who like cold cream on their skin?) and applied the product as I would lotion from my wrists to my elbows and then rubbed the excess on my upper chest/neck area.
The cream absorbed quickly into my skin and did not leave the application sites greasy or sticky. The product had very little smell at all – and what I could faintly smell was very clean and light. As I was not tired when I put on the cream, I sat down at my desk to get some work done a I normally would because I wasn’t sure whether or not the product was going to work. Roughly fifteen minutes later my body felt very relaxed and my eyelids were heavy. I moseyed on off to bed and fell asleep almost as soon as I got comfortable.
I slept through the night and even though I woke up and five with my daughter… I felt completely rested and energized. I could have cried. This product really solved an issue that had been plaguing me for a long time… and it required very little effort on my part. I definitely recommend this product to anyone who suffers from insomnia and has a hard time falling to sleep on their own. I experienced no side effects or negative reactions from using the cream.
I have been using the product every night for a bout two weeks now and am happy to report that the effects and results have not changed. I am now getting an easy, restful, full night’s rest EVERY NIGHT – without feeling groggy or tired the next day.
If you are interested in learning more about this product – visit the Vita Sciences Website for learn more about the Maxsorb Melatonin Cream as well as their other products.
Frugally Fruitful’s Star Rating
I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I have not been compensated in any way. All statements are 100% my own opinion after having used the product.
While I love testing new up-and-coming beauty products – it is very rare that I actually add one to my every day beauty routine. Seriously. If I decide to add a a product to my regimen it is either absolutely amazing or it replaces one or more products that I already use. Much to my surprise the Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Skin meets not one but both of those requirements.
I have to tell you that when I first ordered and started using the Oz Naturals Serum, I certainly was not expecting much. Hyaluronic Acid serums are all the rage right now and everyone is marketing them. I honestly was not sure that this product would stand out or work any better than the other versions that I have tried.
I don’t have what I would call ‘horrible’ skin – but I certainly don’t have perfect skin either. I have some issues. My complexion is often red and blotchy and I have combination skin. Some areas of my face (like my chin) are oily while others (mainly my cheeks and nose) are very dry to the point of flaking and cracking. It is very hard for me to find skin products for my face, mostly because there are very few that can help with multiple issues without exacerbating one or the other. Fortunately for me the Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum gently helps with several of my skin issues without creating new ones.
When reading the package you will find that this product is a serum based facial product that is ORGANIC, 100% vegan friendly and animal cruelty free ( which i love). As far as long term results- it is supposed to slow signs of aging and prevent wrinkles. In the short term, the serum is supposed to help moisturize the face and give your skin tone a more ‘youthful’ and ‘dewy’ appearance.
The serum is super easy to use and apply. I typically put mine on after a shower. After washing and patting your face dry simply use the dropper to put a small amount of serum in your hand. Rub your hands together and then apply to face. Rub the serum in as best you can – it can be a little sticky at first so i recommend washing hands afterward. It is recommended that you apply this product in conjunction with your favorite moisturizer at is supposed to really help it get deeper into the skin and moisturize more efficiently. This product can be applied and worn everyday and you can apply your makeup on top of it. I just recommend that you give the serum a few minutes to really absorb and dry on your skin before applying any further product.
I used this product as directed and have had pretty awesome results. Like I said – I don’t regularly add new products to my daily routine unless I really feel that they have benefit for me. After using this product for a week – I can definitely say that I am hooked. My skin has a more even and healthier looking skin tone and I am seeing a lot less blotchiness. Somehow – this product worked well with my body chemistry because not only have I experienced a drastic decrease in dryness and flakiness in my nose and cheeks but the areas of my face that are typically excessively oily are even, smooth and clear. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is either looking for a great anti-aging preventative serum or for someone who needs an excellent product to supplement and boost the effects of your daily moisturizer.
I encourage you read their Amazon reviews and check out their product page for more information about their Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Click image below to check them out on Amazon.
You can also check out the Oz Naturals website for more information about their other incredible, all natural line of skin care products.
Frugally Fruitful’s Star Rating
I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review. All statements are 100% my own opinion after having thoroughly and extensively USING the product.
As some of you may know, I am a new mommy to a beautiful 6 month old baby girl. She is the light of my world. But, like most mommies know, growing a baby does create some… extensive and unbecoming changes to the body. I did not gain extensive amounts of weight when I was pregnant – but all the baby weight I did gain was in my belly… and as my little lady bug grew… so did the stretchmarks she was creating. After she was born – I was almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight almost immediately… unfortunately the skin and cellulite in my belly region did not want to disappear along with the baby weight. I suddenly found myself dealing with stretch marks and loose, cellulite ridden skin in my abdomen and I can tell you that it definitely took a toll on my self esteem.
When I was offered an opportunity to try this product – I nearly jumped for joy. I have been on a diet and exercise regimen since my daughter was born – and while i feel healthier and have lost some weight – the loose skin in the abdomen area just wouldn’t go away. I desperately wanted to find a product that could help me… and this seemed like a Godsend that came at just the right time.
Slim Extreme 3D Thermo Active Shaping Serum comes in an easy to dispense bottle and is very simple to apply. You simply add an adequate amount of the gel to your hand rub between your palms and massage the gel into your skin in a circular motion until it has been absorbed. Apply to the entire abdomen area as well as the thighs and tush area. I recommend giving yourself about 3-4 minutes to dry before putting on any clothing.
After application I almost immediately started to feel the product working on my skin. The gel quickly starts to tingle and get very warm (don’t worry – it’s just a warming sensation – it does not burn) This effect lasted a good 15-20 minutes after I got dressed. There is really nothing that you have to do after that. Just go about the rest of your day as normal.
I have been using the product for about two weeks now and, as per the instructions on the bottle I have been applying twice daily – once after my morning shower and once in the evening. Even though two weeks does not seem like a huge amount of time – I have been noticing very distinct changes and results since using the product.
Since beginning the use of Slim Edtreme 3D Thermo Active Shaping Serum, I have noticed that the cellulite and fatty tissue in my abdomen area is much more smooth. The skin itself is tighter, and the skin is super soft. Another great result I am happy to report is that somehow — my stretch marks are lighter … and fading every time I use the serum – which is amazing because I am so self conscious about them.
Overall – I am extremely satisfied with my experience with this product and will likely continue to use it as long as I continue to get positive results. I have not had any adverse skin reactions or side effects from using the product – it has been super gentle on my skin and thus far extremely effective. As far as I can tell – it fulfills every claim that it makes. I definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to tighten the skin in their abdomen, thighs and tush area. Whether you are a new mommy, or are in the process of losing weight and want to treat and prevent cellulite build up.. this product is amazingly easy to use and has worked wonders for me!
I encourage you to check out their product page on Amazon- just click the link below!
Frugally Fruitful’s Product Rating
I received this product at a discount in exchange for my unbiased review. I was not compensated in anyway for this information. All opinions are 100% my own opinion after having used the product extensively.
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Pantene Curl Perfection Shaping Gel 6.8 fl oz (Pack of 3)
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We posted earlier in the week about the free COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara – and while that deal is gone – the coupon is still available – and many varieties of mascara are shipping for $1 and $2. As always – these deals are with Amazon Prime Shipping.
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CoverGirl 840 Clump Crusher Extensions Lashblast Mascara, Very Black, 0.44 Fluid Ounce $1.19 with coupon.
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Right now on Amazon – a three pack of Pantene Defining Mousse is sale priced at $6.57 – they are also running a RARE $6.00 coupon associated with this item! So, if you have prime – your total will be $0.57 for three bottles of product – HELLO, Awesome.
Keep in mind this is an add-on item. If you are not familiar with add-on’s they are cheap items that Amazon only ships with an order of $25 or more – so you have some options here. You can either make a larger purchase of something you want or need and add this item to your order… OR .. search for a movie or game you can pre order – add your add- on to it. and go through check out.
Here’s what happens.
When you go through checkout – you will only be charged for the add-ons BECAUSE pre-order items are only charged when they are released and shipped. So once you place your order, wait a few minutes – then go back and cancel that higher priced item. So now you are getting your add-on’s without paying for other things ya don’t want.
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As you may know, Amazon actually runs it’s own form of a coupon! If you use the search bar for ‘Amazon Coupons’ you will get a link for the Amazon coupon book which will list everything that Amazon is running ‘coupon’ deals on right now.
As of right now ( we aren’t sure how long it is going to last) they are featuring a coupon for $3 off various Covergirl mascara’s including their new Clump Crusher which is selling for $2.29!! If you have prime this item will ship to you at no charge.
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Before I received this product (for free as a sample) I had never really interacted with this brand at all. I had seen a few of their products online and had passed their retail stores in malls in various cities but I personally had never experienced their product. Now that I have – I am really excited to share my thoughts with all of you.
So here’s the deal. I have horrible skin issues on my face. It is VERY hard for me to find moisturizing cream because I have such a combination face. The skin on my nose and cheeks is very dry and flaky while my forehead and chin bounce between being dry and oily – but to avoid my face flaking and peeling I HAVE to moisturize – YOU SEE MY DILEMMA HERE. So, when I received this product I was a little skeptical – not that it was a quality product – but that it would work for me. Boy was I wrong.
I used my L’OCCITANE Shea Butter Comforting Cream after my shower on a clean face for two weeks – but honestly I didn’t need to use it that long to know that it was working – the first day the skin around my eyes and nose were visibly less dry and flaky and softer to the touch. HOW EXCITING! After two weeks – all evidence of dryness on my face was gone – and even better – it didn’t cause any blemishes or pimples to the area of my face that were oily before. To be honest – it seemed like the L’OCCITANE cream really evened out the condition of my face – everything was the same texture – soft and smooth.
Another thing i really loved about this product was how little you had to use. When I received it- it came in a tiny jar – about the circumference of a quarter. I thought to myself – well I’ll get maybe two uses out of this .. three weeks later – I am still using it. It’s great – literally you only have to barely dab your finger in the jar and dot on your face. When you rub it in it spreads easily – no need to use a lot. Which is even better because it lasts longer.
So, all in all – I love this product- and I will definitely be buying it in the near future. It’s not greasy and I love how it makes my skin feel. Oh! and it is light enough that you can comfortably wear it under makeup without feeling heavy or icky. I personally give this product…
How I got this product – I am a member of a product testing and reviewing community known as Influenster. They sent me this sample – FOR FREE – in exchange only for my honest opinion and reviews. I was not compensated or paid for this review in any way – all opinions are 100% my own.