I've been trying to whiten my teeth with over-the-counter whiteners since I was a teenager so when the director of marketing of Smile Brilliant, an at-home professional teeth whitening system, contacted me to write a review about the product, I jumped at the chance.
Still, I was apprehensive. Did I accept their offer too soon? What if it didn't work?
Since I would never recommend a product to you that I knew was ineffective. The only way to silence those thoughts roaming around in my head was to just test it. And test it, I did.
The guarantee: Smile Brilliant is so confident you will be happy with their product, they offer an industry leading money back guarantee.
When the kit arrived at my house the instructions were fairly simple to follow:
1. Remove battery shield on back of the high intensity LED accelerator light
2. Remove clear plastic disc in order for LED light to work
3.Continuously twist pen cap (about 40 times) until whitening gel surfaces
4. Apply whitening gel onto surface of your teeth
5. Apply insert trays as instructed
6. Activate LED light and place on surface of trays (leave for recommended time 20-45 mins or longer)
Did Smile Brilliant live up to its promise?
The taste of the whitening gel was minty, not off-putting like most drugstore whitening agents I've tried in the past. Furthermore, I experienced zero teeth sensitivity, that's a huge plus for me.
I tried Smile Brilliant for just five days and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. My teeth seems whiter and shinier. See for yourself!
I took the photos on my cellphone with the flash turned off because I didn't want the glare to alter the color of my teeth. It seems to have whiten quite a bit.
If you'd like to try Smile Brilliant, here's your chance. The company has offered to let me host a giveaway on Perception in Print! All you need to do is subscribe to Smile Brilliant Promotions to enter. Good luck my darlings!
I'm so excited about the next book from "The Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. Yes, I love vampires and I'm not ashamed! I can't wait to read this beneath the covers, with my flashlight, like the geek that I am.
Well, the Lean In Girl Scouts along with Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, have enlisted the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Arne Duncan, Condoleezza Rice among other prominent figures to encourage people to stop labeling girls as "bossy."
Here's their argument:
"When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead. "
This ranks as one of the silliest and retrogressive movements I've encountered in quite awhile.
We would be doing girls a disservice by banning the word "bossy." We constantly encourage them to be confident, outspoken, resilient but wait, let's shield them from criticism.
Rather, we should embrace the word "bossy." Criticism builds character and encourages girls to pursue their goals with the same unabashed confidence as their male counterparts. "Bossy" girls run the world because they grow up to be COO's of multi-billion dollar companies, like you, Sandberg.
Let's relax a bit, Sandberg, and extinguish that feminist torch of yours, at least for a little awhile.
So, your significant other has packed on the pounds. You want to figure out a way to tell him that it's about time he sheds the weight but you're afraid of hurting his feelings. What to do?
Tread lightly as weight is a very sensitive issue. Do not, I repeat to do not pester him to lose weight because it will only create dual frustration and resentment. Remember, he's your equal not some child you need to control. In essence, you are not responsible for his wellbeing. However, you can encourage a healthier lifestyle by stocking the fridge with more nutritious options. You know how the old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water...
If your partner refuses to make his health a priority, you have two choices. Either you learn to accept him or leave.
I was talking to one of my classmates the other day and the conversation quickly turned to relationships and cheating. Specifically, the allure of cheating.
Why do some people cheat on their partners? My theory is because they are ensnared by the thrill of eluding detection. The fear and excitement most people feel before cheating ultimately leads to...you guessed it, more cheating. Some people figure if they could get away with it once, they might get away with it a second time, a third and so forth. So it becomes this endless cycle of wanting to recreate that euphoric feeling, even if it involves getting away with something that is morally reprehensible.
Here are just a few other reasons why people cheat:
1. They need the attention, for some, cheating is like sustenance for their self-esteem.
2. Their current relationship is lacking in the sex department.
3. To keep up appearances. You heard me! some people feel the need to prove something they are desperate to believe about themselves.
4. Impulse control issues.
5. They're concerned primarily with their own interests. What's that condition called again? oh yes, being selfish.
6. Lastly, they're just plain bored.
Would you ever cheat on your partner? have you ever considered it? weigh in.
Have you heard of Prtty Peaushun? It's a body lotion that was created by makeup artist Bethany Karlyn. Apparently, this miracle elixir can conceal minor skin imperfections and even cellulite. I've got to purchase this product by the time summer rolls around.
Lena Dunham has me in stitches every single time. I just love her quirky humor. She is absolutely adorable in this Vogue video. Watch her as she prepares for her first Vogue cover shoot with editor-at-large, Hamish Bowles.
Have you ever been harassed, sexually or otherwise in the workplace? did you report it?
I have been but never reported it, I didn't want to be known to my co-workers as the girl who was sexually harassed or worse the girl who allowed herself to be (the latter is sad to say but it's true). I figured, I'm an adult, I can handle this without becoming the main subject to rampant workplace gossip. Although, I did speak to some friends about it and received a few colorful solutions, most of them violent in nature. Just so you know, I didn't act on any of them.
In my opinion, the first thing to do in a situation like this is to approach your offender, he or she might not even be aware of their actions. However, if the offending behavior continues, it's best to involve upper management. In addition, having a witness or solid proof of the harassment will help significantly. Otherwise, it's just your word against your offender's, which poses its own challenges if they outrank you.
You deleted all the photos of him from your cellphone, freed your space of any physical evidence that he was ever there and even moved on with someone else. Just when you thought you finally purged him from your system, he calls and says he still loves you and that he wants you back. Despite your reservations, you wonder, should you give him another chance?
Before you make a decision, here are some things to consider:
If your ex has broken his promises to you before, what makes this time different? In lieu of his words, let his actions do the talking.
Can you forgive his past transgressions? Be honest with yourself. If you decide to give him another chance, reminding him of all his past deeds is no way to rebuild a relationship.
Consider the real reason you want to rekindle things with your old flame. When I was about twenty-one years old, an ex-boyfriend of mine wanted to get back together but I soon realized that I was no longer the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little girl he once knew. I grew up, I evolved past him.
Don't let a need for companionship be a motivator. Loneliness should not influence your choice to re-enter into a relationship with someone.
If you're currently in a relationship with someone else, weigh both options, carefully. Consider the pros and cons of both candidates then proceed from there.
I wish you the best of luck with whatever choice you make :)
Lately, I've been laying in bed, all da Vinci's Vitruvian Man-like, feeling frustrated about life. I'm especially anxious about where I 'am right now, which isn't necessarily a bad place. I'm a little less than a year away from graduating from grad school and re-joining the business world. But, I always thought I'd have everything I always wanted by now, especially career-wise. I'm even more anxious about where I will be. It's normal to feel like this, right?
Lo and behold, while browsing a few of my favorite websites this morning, I came upon one of Shoko's insightful posts which happens to sum up exactly how I feel at this point in my life. It helps to know that I'm not alone.
1. Sometimes, I forget to eat. I don't have an eating disorder or anything but I get so engrossed in whatever I'm doing that the whole eating to survive thing just gets away from me. It's a terrible habit, I'm working on breaking myself out of it.
2. I love, love, love to read! my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, I just fell in love with it after I
read it in high school.
3. I also love, love, love to write. I thank you all for stopping by my little corner. I appreciate you, all of you. Yes, even you, I truly do.
4. I think the right side of my face is significantly less attractive than the left.
5. I'm the grouchiest morning person you will ever meet. Oh, I'm also quite clumsy, I fall all the time. The last time I took a tumble (a few months ago), I ended up in the emergency room.
7. I will give the homeless all the money in my purse. I cannot walk by someone who's in obvious need of help without thinking "what if that were me?" wouldn't I want a stranger to lend me a helping hand?
8. I'm loyal, to a fault.
9. It's easy for me to detach myself from people (no matter how important they are to me) once I've been wronged by them. I can't explain it, once something I deem unforgivable happens, I just feel nothing for that person. My mom's the same way, perhaps it's hereditary. On the bright side, (bad) breakups are a breeze.
10. Whenever I'm sad, I lock my room, put on my iPod and dance to Katy Perry's "Firework" in my undies." Her latest single "Roar" works too. Don't judge me, it makes me feel better.
11. Going to Bryant Park soothes me. It's my little haven.
12. I always make a wish when I see a full moon. Aren't we suppose to make wishes on shooting stars? "When you wish upon a star, doesn't matter who you are," that's how that nursery rhyme goes, right?
13. As a child, I thought I'd grow up to write the next great American novel. I figure still have plenty of time.
14. I used to get debilitating anxiety attacks, to the point where I would avoid other people. I still get them from time-to-time but I've learned how to better manage the episodes.
15. I collect snow globes. I used to have an extensive collection but they were unfortunately stolen. It's a long story but I'm 100 percent sure I know who the culprit is. I'll let the snow globe gods deal with him. Yes, it's a he.
16. I was fluent in French when I was younger, not so much anymore. However, my boyfriend is, I'm so jealous.
17. I love fashion but hate going shopping. I buy most of my clothes online.
18. I hate wasting time, I hate it even more when others try to waste my time. Time is precious, people.
19. I cannot stop plucking my eyebrows, eyelashes, etc... when I say pluck I don't mean with a tweezer, I literally pull my brows and lashes out with my fingers. I think it's a disorder called trichotillomania. Yikes!
20. I cannot handle my liquor, at all.
21. I'm a bit of a nerd but I embrace it, wholeheartedly.
22. One of my dreams is to travel around the world and experience different cultures and be one with the natives, but I'm absolutely terrified of flying.
23. I always carry a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant in my handbag. Hey, you never know.
24. I'm in the process of completing a masters degree and although I said I wouldn't, I'll probably end up getting a PhD in the future. Not in the near future though, my brain is tired.
25. I almost drowned in a pool when I was younger. Whenever I go to a pool party or the beach, I seldom get in the water. People always look at me like "what's wrong with you, Stapha." I'm afraid, ok.
Another thing you should know about me is that I enjoy the little things. This is number 26, isn't it? Oh well, "25 things about me" sounds better.
Life is full of memorable firsts, the first day of school, first dance, first kiss, first boyfriend and the list goes on. But the ultimate first in a girl's life, apart from her wedding day, is her very first time.
It's funny how an act so basic can be full of so many complexities. Sex and especially first-time sex is capable of brewing a host of inner conflicts. Of course, we ladies often turn to guides like sex books to remedy our sex-related woes but they often offer a series of superficial fixes. Why does it seem like slipping on a pair of lacy undies and exhibiting Tourette-like bedroom behavior, like, shouting a string of salty out-of-character words are almost always a solution?
I wonder, what went through your mind during your first time? were you focused on performing elaborate acrobatic tricks to please your partner? were you worried about how you looked or smelled? was all the anxiety worth it in the end?
I woke up this morning and after a glorious full-body stretch, I realized that I haven't really tackled relationship issues on Perception in Print. So, I will make ample effort to include more relationship-related posts as well as some personal stories, soon.
Some New York residents woke up to nearly a foot of snow today. The good news (depending on who you ask) didn't end there because with snow days comes school and work cancellations. Yay!
When I was younger snow days were filled with mystery and intrigue. I suspect it's because I only had to look forward to snow angels, snow men and sledding instead of shoveling snow in the bitter cold. Fortunately, I didn't step foot outside today because my mother's boyfriend took care of the shoveling, without being asked. Thank you, mister!
How did you spend your snow day? Did you stay indoors and nursed a steaming mug of cocoa while watching rom-coms like I did? Or were you outdoors shoveling snow?
Where did you ring in the new year? did you celebrate at home like 54 percent of Americans did this year or did you venture out into the frigid weather? I did the latter, note to self: remember you're not a drinker, also, remember this dull, pounding migraine if you ever decide to pick up a drink again.
What are your thoughts on new year's resolutions? I don't bother with them because I think they're so finicky and why do most of them usually focus on our physical appearances? Personally, I think we should strive for self-improvement everyday. It's less pressure-filled that way.
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