Review: REMBRANDT INTENSE STAIN Stain Dissolving Strips


I have been in MASSIVE spring cleaning mode over the past few weeks, cleaning out every nook and cranny I can find! I figured I would also take this opportunity to spring clean my smile by brightening it with REMBRANDT INTENSE STAIN Stain Dissolving Strips while I’m at it. I try to whiten my teeth with at-home strips about two times a year, and it was definitely time. My coffee and Diet Coke habits don’t exactly do my smile any favors!

The Intense Stain Dissolving Strips are pretty easy to use. One thing I thought was really smart, was that the strip only comes in one size, but that they are made to work on both the top and bottom teeth. You just line up the notches like in the photo above, so that they’ll adhere on the correct side.  The kit comes with 56 teeth whitening strips, and you’ll want to use them twice a day for two weeks. Another thing I thought was smart, is that the formula is gentle enough to be used twice in a row. That way, if you use one in the morning, you don’t have to wait until night time to use them again. You can let your first application dissolve, and then apply your second immediately after and go on about your day. I was really surprised that I didn’t have excess tooth sensitivity like I do with some other brands. They also dissolve in about 10 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about taking a gloppy strip off once time has elapsed.

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Exclusive Q&A with The City’s Whitney Port — Her Beauty Secrets Revealed!


 

We recently had the chance to ask Whitney Port a few questions about her beauty regimen in an exclusive interview—and found out something about The City and The Hills beauty that we would never guess!

See what products Whitney can’t be without, two things that you probably wouldn’t ever guess about her, and her prediction for a hot spring fashion trend for 2012.

Q. What are some of your favorite products that you start each day with?

Enjoy Shampoo and Conditioner, Fresh High Noon Tinted Moisturizer, and Rhoto V eye drops.

Q. Can you tell me one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? Any hidden talents, fears, or uncommon things that you love?

I have never eaten pasta my whole entire life and I love to dance.

Q. If we could take a peek into your handbag, what beauty products would we find?

Trish McEvoy #3 perfume, Tarte bronzer, Givenchy blush, and Lucas Papaw ointment for lips.

Q. You’re in the spotlight a lot, and people are always taking your photo—what’s your secret to a great smile?

In order to be smile-ready in a pinch, I love using Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips which work in just 2 hours for a whiter, brighter smile! I have always been a fan of Crest 3D White and the 2 Hour Express Whitestrips are perfect for me due to my often hectic schedule. They are great for adding the finishing touches to your holiday beauty preparations so you can dazzle at all those upcoming holiday parties and family get-togethers!

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First Look: Colgate Optic White Toothpaste & 360° Optic White Toothbrush


I must admit, it’s kind of hard to get super excited over basic personal hygiene products—like toothpaste. I’m a Rembrandt girl myself, I feel it helps brighten my smile and I like the way it foams up. My teeth always feel squeaky-clean after I use it, and I’ve been pretty loyal to it over the past few months. Colgate is entering the smile-brightening toothpaste market next month, by taking it a step further than traditional whitening toothpastes as well. [Read more...]

5 Facial Sunscreens You Won’t Want To Miss This Season


Protecting your skin against sun damage is essential, but sometimes sunscreen can make it so hard to want to use! We know it’s a MUST—but with goopy textures, messy lotions, and unflattering fragrances—it’s no wonder why you’d be tempted to skip this important step in your skincare routine. Here are five facial sunscreens worthy of wearing on your face!

bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen

The most portable and leak-proof on the list—this mineral powder sunscreen allows the skin to breathe. Available in three complexion-flattering shades, all you have to do is twist up the brush and dust it on.

$28—Sephora, sephora.com, bareescentuals.com, Bare Escentuals Boutiques

 

COOLA Mineral Face Tint Rose Essence Natural Mineral Sunblock SPF 20

We fell in love with the rose essence in this SPF 20—but appreciated its slightly tinted, lightweight, paraben-free formula even more. Loaded with anti-aging antioxidants, it absorbs quickly but still leaves the skin feeling hydrated.

$36—coolasuncare.com, drugstore.com

 

StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF 30

Get sun and age protection at the same time with StriVectin—this very lightweight sunscreen was formulated for year-round use. It contains a proprietary ingredient (NIA-114™) that helps repair existing sun damage, while protecting the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. A must for those who have worshipped the sun in the past.

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When Celebs Go Shopping: Whitney Port Picks Up GO SMiLE


Seems Whitney Port was snapped while shopping recently at Nordstrom in beautiful Santa Monica, CA (I love that Nordstrom store!), and she was very interested in the new GO SMiLE Smile Whitening Light System. Rumor has it that celebs Kim Cattrall, AnnaLynne McCord, and Maria Menounos are also fans of the device—which utilizes LED light (not potentially harmful UV light) to brighten your smile up to six shades in 30 minutes.

The new GO SMiLE Whitening Light System is available exclusively at Nordstrom and gosmile.com, and retails for $198.

New Year, New Tools, (even more) Gorgeous You!


New Year’s resolutions aside, this is the perfect time to change things up!  The occasional pimple that keeps popping up in the same area, a dull smile, newly discovered fine lines around the eyes, or hair that’s looking uninspired can be a drag.  Here are four beauty tools you can use in the new year, for an even more gorgeous you!

Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System

Using the same sonic technology as the Clarisonic skin-cleansing system, this little gem targets fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area.  Sonic vibrations infuse a special serum into the outermost layers of the skin, where it quickly goes to work—reducing puffiness and minimizing the look of fine lines.  Hydrate, firm, and protect instantly, with more visible results over time.

ghd Dazzle Gift Set

Whether it’s less frizz, straighter hair, more curls, or sleek looks you want—you can do it all with the ghd 1″ Professional Styler and ghd Travel Dryer.  This professional-grade ceramic flat iron heats up almost instantly to create curls, waves, flips, or straight hair in less time, with less damage.  Great for fine-to-thick haired babes; the ghd iron adds a glossy, healthy sheen to locks! [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win a Listerine Whitening Vibrant White Smile (5 winners)


I know that technically it’s a faux pas to wear white after Labor Day—but it definitely doesn’t include wearing the whitest smile you can possibly have!  The kind people at Listerine are giving five Beauty Junkies Unite readers a chance to wear something white that will never be out of season and is always the right fit… a Listerine Whitening Vibrant White smile.

When used twice a day before brushing, Vibrant White Pre-Brush Rinse acts as a multi-action rinse that’s been proven to be effective in whitening, preventing stains, fighting plaque and tartar build-up, and of course—it kills the germs that cause bad breath.  Pair that up with the power of the Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit and a dull smile will be a thing of the past!  (You’ll find my review for the Rembrandt kit here.)

Prizes (5): each winner will receive a Listerine Whitening Vibrant White Smile kit with the following included; one bottle of Listerine Whitening Vibrant White Pre-Brush Rinse, one Rembrandt 2 Hour Whitening Kit, one Reach by Design toothbrush (pattern will vary), and a little beauty product surprise.  (If I told you, it wouldn’t be a surprise!)

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Updated Classics & Spring Picks: Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacs


I am a complete germaphobe, and the one company that makes it seriously a pleasure to be one–Bath & Body Works!  We’ve all owned something from their PocketBac anti-bac collection at some point, but there are a few new reasons to pick some up–new scents next to the classics we’ve always loved.  You’ll find the addition of Tahitian Palm Milk to the formula helps hands not feel so tight to even the most fanatical over-sanitizers (like me)!  I LOVE the new Nectarine Mint fragrance so much that I popped in to Bath & Body Works last week and picked up the matching home fragrance oil.  At $1.50 a pop, you can stash a few in pockets, purses, and glove boxes, and unless I’m carrying a tiny clutch or I’m totally handbag-less, you won’t catch me without some kind of hand sanitizer!  My spring choices: Nectarine Mint (of course) and White Citrus

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