Friday, April 26, 2013

Colgate Optic White System: The Results

The time has come to reveal my before and after pics from my highly scientific Colgate Optic White review.

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, I present to you, the "after":


Here are the two collages together for easier comparison:

Did you hear that?  Listen closely....that is the sound of me not being impressed.

My teeth pretty much looked the same at the end of the week as they did at the beginning and I have to say, the mouthwash was a beating.  I was soooo happy to not be using it anymore because it made my mouth was incredibly sensitive all day long.  Nachos and tacos were like torture and around here nachos and tacos are what we call dinner.  I did like the toothbrush but I am addicted to my electric toothbrush and have ultimately decided to make the Colgate one a travel brush.  My husband on the other hand actually went out and got one of his own.  The results of this experiment were not enough to make me switch my brand so when I bought toothpaste this week it was my usual Crest.  Sorry Colgate, better luck next time?

Final verdict: There are groups who would protest the use of Colgate Optic White mouthwash on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay but the toothbrush is great.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Colgate Optic White System

Another of the products I received in my Sugar N' SPice VoxBox from Influenster  was the Colgate Optic White tooth whitening system (toothpaste, toothbrush, and mouthwash).  I've been really excited about this because I LOVE SCIENCE.  What you say?  What does science have to do with this?  What DOESN'T science have to do with this?  The toothpaste box makes the claim that if you brush your teeth regularly with it's product you will have whiter teeth in one week.

EXPERIMENT TIME.  (I am giddy with joy)

I really wanted to start this ages ago but we had to go out of town a couple of times and then everyone in this house was sick (nightmare) but the time has come at last.  The box only says to "brush regularly  so my plan is to brush with the toothpaste and toothbrush provided for two minutes and then follow up with the mouthwash twice a day (morning and night) for 7 days.  

I took my before pictures Wednesday morning in the bathroom mirror (great natural light) after brushing with my usual paste and brush.  They are pretty sexy.

My teeth are HUGE!  Colgate should love me.

Yesterday was my first full day of experimentation/brushing with the new system.  My first thought was that the toothbrush has very soft bristles.  I have been using an electric toothbrush for years and was not at all accustomed to doing all the work myself (FWP).  At one point I said to my husband "Who uses a soft bristled toothbrush?  This is crazy!"  Turns out he uses a soft toothbrush.  Oops.  

I like the flavor of the paste, I don't like overly sweet toothpaste and this paste has more of a natural peppermint flavor with a hint of bitterness that I believe comes from baking soda or peroxide.  It is also a very foamy paste, which made me appear to be rabid.  Not really a concern just an observation.

After brushing I noticed that my teeth were shockingly smooth, it felt kind of amazing.  Then came the mouthwash.  Hmmm.  It was...unpleasant.  The taste was sour and it burned like crazy, enough to bring tears to my eyes.  The directions say to rinse for 60 seconds and I have been doing it like a trooper but I am not enjoying it.  However, it does make your mouth feel extremely fresh!  VERY VERY FRESH!  I recommend that you don't eat anything afterwards because the freshness might turn on you and it won't be pretty.  

So that is where we stand, soft bristles, smooth teeth, and extreme freshness.  Check back in 6 days for what are sure to be enticing and alluring after pictures and a discussion of whether or not the toothpaste box claims are true!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Guest Blog: Old Navy Vintage & Perfect Tee’s

My good friend M is a Crowdtap GENIUS.  She has belonged for only a few months and has already surpassed me on every level of Crowdtap awesome.  Because she is nice and full of amazing she took me with her on her recent Old Navy and Crowdtap sponsored sample and share.  Here is her review (complete with pics of us being dorks):

Old Navy Vintage & Perfect Tee’s
First off, I should explain how this adventure came to happen. I joined a website called Crowdtap about two months ago. It’s marketing website. Which sounds all businessy but it has really awesome perks like throwing sponsored parties and free samples from clients like Old Navy, Durex, Woolite, Cottenelle, Marc Jacob, etc. I was one of many members selected for an Old Navy sample & share (free tee’s for me and a friend).  I brought my gal pal, K, with me to get two free tees from the Vintage & Perfect tee line. I asked K to come with me because she loves Old Navy as much as I do and has a funny obsession with Tee Shirts. We are super dorky and both wore shirts that we bought at Old Navy previously because we wanted to be festive.

Look, we're here!

We walked in and immediately noticed the Vintage tees. We both got really excited. We dove into all of the shirts.

I mean really dove into them. We kinda made a mess. Sorry store employees!

We picked several different colors. I think I had 5 shirts to try on right away. They were in some really great colors.

After flagging down an associate we were able to find the “Perfect” shirts.

We piled on more to try. By the time we headed to the dressing room we had about 15 shirts to try on between the two of us.

Yes, we are dorks.  This is why we are friends.
I fell in love with the Vintage tees. I love how soft and thin/light they were. It reminds me of the shirts that were popular back in the 80’s. I suppose that is why they are called Vintage, maybe? I also really liked the neckline. Note on sizes: Vintage shirts run big. Get a smaller size than you think you need. BUT don’t make the same choice for the Perfect tanks. You will be stuffing yourself into them.

Decision Time!

I ended up with two Vintage tee (the hot pink & the blue “San Francisco ‘94”). I love how soft and light they are and I really liked the V neck. The colors and designs were more exciting as than the Perfect line.  I really do like the Perfect tee but if I had to choose one of the other, which I did, I would go for the Vintage tees again.
K picked a Vintage, Perfect and a few other tees also. We are very happy campers with our purchases.

I especially love my pink tee. I've worn it several times already and it’s only been 4 days since I bought it. In fact, I wore it when I got home from shopping…

…I wore it on Easter morning…

…ANDDDDDD, I’m wearing it as I write this….

Ok, did I say K was obsessed with tees? I meant me.
Thank you Crowdtap and Old Navy for the Sample & Share. I hope to be picked for the next one. And a special thank you to K for letting me be a guest blogger and being an awesome wing (wo)man.