Everyday Flossing: Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers

We’ve been smiling a lot lately. We’d love to say it’s because life is absolutely amazing but it’s because Waterpik has given us two things to smile about. So when we say we’re flossing, we’re not flaunting any expensive purchases, we’re enjoying an essential part of any oral health care routine. The esteemed oral care company has launched not one, but two wonderful flossing devices – the Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser, and the Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser. Two very innovative oral care products guaranteed to make you smile more. The Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers were introduced by Dr. Chris Strandburg, DDS, also known as The Bachelorette’s Dr. Cupcake.

The Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers are available this month at www.Amazon.com and www.Waterpik.com, and both are accepted by the American Dental Association.

Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser, $79.99 – $99.99

For coffee, tea, and dark liquid drinkers, we know how important it is having effective teeth whitening products. The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser is ideal for those who don’t want to use harsh bleaching chemicals or undergo expensive treatments. Clinically proven to remove an additional 25% of teeth stains between the teeth and in hard-to-reach places vs. brushing alone. The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser is as gentle as regular toothpaste thanks to its combination of patented Water Flosser and Whitening Infuser technologies.

Using this whitening flosser for one minute per day helps restore your teeth’s natural whiteness in four weeks and helps you maintain a whiter smile (we’re not quite to the 4-week mark yet but we’re already seeing subtle results…..and we’re heavy tea drinkers). The Whitening Water Flosser removes up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas, improves gum health, helps prevent future tooth decay, and is proven to be safe for teeth and gums.

According to Dr. Chris Strandburg, DDS  “The Whitening Water Flosser is a threefer because it whitens your teeth, it freshens your breath and it makes your gums healthy.”

The Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser boasts a variety of features, including its patented whitening infuser, 10 pressure settings, 90 seconds of water capacity, removable and dishwasher-safe reservoir, in-handle water flow control, a new swivel-handle hose for improved access to hard-to-reach tooth surfaces, four interchangeable tips for standard use, and also works great for those of you with special dental needs, such as implants and braces. Each Waterpik Whitening Water Flosser comes with 30 whitening tablets (a one-month supply).

Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser, $129.99

There is nothing like the Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser currently available. Get ready for all the oral health benefits of a full-sized device in an ultra-compact, collapsible package that’s perfect for easy, portable travel. Take it to work, on vacation, or school. This collapsible gadget assembles and disassembles in a snap for easy storage in a drawer, handbag, or briefcase. Transforming from a cube-like shape into what looks like a scaled down unit, the Waterpik Sidekick offers full-sized performance and water capacity for 60 seconds of flossing every time you use it. The Sidekick tucks inside an included, zip-up, water-resistant travel pouch to catch drips.

For those who are taking the journey to healthier teeth and gums, Waterpik introduces the “Waterpik® 14 Day Challenge” app.  Download the app to receive how-to-use information and inspiration to help you create a healthy oral care habit for life. The app will be available in March 2018.

What are your thoughts on the Waterpik Whitening and Sidekick Water Flossers? Could you use more smiles in your oral care routine?

Always Bet on Black – Charcoal Beauty Products

If you haven’t noticed, black-hued beauty products are having their moment to shine. Whether the product contains activated charcoal or palm ash, black-hued beauty products are turning up everywhere to shine a spotlight on the most beautiful you. Today we’re highlighting four charcoal beauty products we’re currently using, three of which contain the very on-trend, activated charcoal, and one which contains palm ash and other secret ingredients that have been passed down for generations. Let’s get to know the wonderful charcoal beauty products we’re currently enjoying.

Curaprox Black Is White Whitening Toothpaste

Curaprox Black Is White Whitening Toothpaste

Our addiction to tea (hot and iced) knows no bounds, so of course, we regularly do battle with teeth stains. We started using this Swiss-made, black toothpaste two days ago and we’re already excited. Thanks to its main ingredient activated carbon (as activated charcoal is often referred to), the Black Is White whitening toothpaste removes discoloration without bleaching agents or eroding your teeth enamel. It boasts enzymes that protect against tooth decay and supports the salivary functions. It also has a cooling, fresh lemony flavor that keeps you smiling all day. We’ll be sharing more on Curaprox Black Is White Whitening Toothpaste on our before/after story, but in the meantime, grab yourself a tube (which comes with a color-coordinated toothbrush) for $29.99 on shop.curaprox.us.com.

Boscia Black Pore Perfecting Collection

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Although our love affair with the Boscia Black Pore Perfecting Collection started with the Luminizing Black Mask, we quickly traded in our Green Tea Blotting Sheets for the Black Charcoal Blotting Linens, and upgraded our skincare to include the Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Hydrogel Mask, and hopefully soon, the Charcoal Pore Pudding. Thanks to the activated bamboo charcoal, your skin will bask in the glory of purifying and detoxifying benefits, absorbs of toxins and impurities leaving your skin healthier, clearer, refined and stronger, clarified pores, all without irritation. The Boscia charcoal products range in price from $8.00 – $38.00. Visit Boscia.com or Sephora to purchase.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap

Shea Moisture African Black Soap

African Black Soap has always been known as a miracle soap and an honored beauty secret that heals the skin, removing dark spots, eczema, razor bumps, and blemishes. Anyone with skin issues should have this West Africa-originating soap. Different tribes had their own secret recipes which boasted locally harvested plants, tree barks which were then burned to create an ash that was then mixed with oils. This updated version from Shea Moisture combines organic Shea Butter, Oats, and Aloe to cleanse, moisturize, calm and clear blemishes and troubled skin and absorb excess oil. You are left with skin that soft, refreshed, and incredibly clean. Grab this miracle black soap for $4.99 on sheamoisture.com.

Lush Dark Angels Cleanser

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Never a dull skin moment with the Lush Cosmetics Dark Angels Cleanser. This velvety black cleansing mask boasts black sugar and charcoal that gently exfoliates and absorbs excess oils to leave dull, oily or acne-prone skin feeling fresh and matte. It soothes the skin to calm down redness and irritation and helps prevent breakouts while it’s vitamin-rich cold-pressed organic avocado oil nourishes skin to leave it soft and lightly hydrated. A little of this goes a long way to smooth, bright skin.

Have you tried any charcoal-based beauty products? What are your favorite ones charcoal beauty products?


Beauty Rescue with Topganic Baobab Oil Collection and Whitening Lightening

Sometimes it’s really hard to be a Lifestyle Blogger, you get to try out so many amazing products, sometimes several at once. if you haven’t noticed, that first sentence was of course dripping in some sarcasm. We love trying and discovering new products, especially if they help us combat our beauty issues. The experience gives us a bit of a rush, especially when we try something we absolutely love. We’ve recently been indulging in some wonderful hair and dental health rescue products from the Topganic Baobab Oil Collection and Whitening Lightening Teeth Whitening products, that we were introduced to last month…..we can tell you we’re having lots of fun turning back the clock.


So who is Topganic? It is the first hair care line to effectively combine natural oils, extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea. Topganic takes a natural approach to protect and nourish your hair with their luxe range of shampoos, conditioners, hair masks (we love, love, love) and more to prevent further damage from chemicals, heat styling, and pollution. We indulged our hair in products from the Topganic Baobab Oil Collection because winter has not been kind to our hair. You should be well familiar with the benefits of Baobab Oil, but just in case you need a refresher, it contains vitamins A and F, which greatly helps rejuvenate and renew hair, vitamin E, a superior antioxidant to help fight the aging process of the hair fiber, helps soften and improve hair’s elasticity and essential fatty acids that contribute to maintaining healthy hair. Topganic products are available at ULTA and Harmon and online at www.topganic.com.

Shampoo with Baobab Oil from Africa ($9.00) – Enriched with baobab oil, vitamin A, vitamin E, natural essences and Dead Sea minerals, this luxurious shampoo gently cleanses hair, while nourishing roots and maintaining hair’s natural moisture level. The Shampoo with Baobab Oil from Africa leaves hair soft, healthy and shiny.

Conditioner with Baobab Oil from Africa ($9.00) – For use with the Topganic Shampoo with Baobab Oil from Africa, this luxurious conditioner helps maintain a healthy moisture balance for beauty, silky strands. Enriched with baobab oil, vitamin C, vitamin E, natural essences and Dead Sea minerals, the Conditioner with Baobab Oil from Africa provides hair with a soft touch, healthy look and beautiful shine.

Treat Hair Mask with Baobab Oil from Africa ($11.00) – Enriched with pro vitamin b5, jojoba oil and baobab oil, this nurturing mask replenishes hair’s moisture level, while nourishing the hair fiber with crucial vitamins. The Treat Hair Mask provides flexibility, shine and softness for hair.

Intensive Oil with Baobab Oil from Africa ($13.00) – Infused with authentic natural oils and pure extracts, the Intensive Oil nourishes and maintains healthy, shiny hair. Rich is vitamins A, D, E and F, baobab oil provides superb moisturizing benefits, while helping to improve the elasticity of hair, which reduces breakage and splitting hair.


We love tea, we can’t help it. It’s extremely rare to go a day without enjoying a cup or two of our favorite tea but one major consequence of enjoying so much tea, is the staining of our teeth. The act of teeth whitening can sometimes get messy, be painful (tooth sensitivity is not fun at all), and taste awful. Thanks to the products from Whitening Lightning, we don’t have to give up our beloved tea, and we don’t have to endure the messiness or harmful chemicals. With its pens and professional home kits that deliver fast, noticeable results without the harmful chemicals, messy trays, unpleasant taste or sensitivity, Whitening Lightning has become a go-to. We’re getting our teeth whiter with the Dial a Smile Professional Whitening Kit (see product info below) but Whitening Lightning has a host of other products and we’re sure you’ll find one to fit your needs. Get more info on the brand and where to purchase these products at www.whiteninglightning.com.

Dial a Smile Professional Whitening Kit ($99.00) / ($115.00 with pen) – Dial A Smile whitens teeth at home in only 20 minutes. It’s painless, fast, and can be done in the comfort of your own home while offering similar results to a professional in-office dentist treatment. Teeth appear four to seven shades whiter per treatment. Perfect for smokers, wine, and coffee lovers or teens who have recently had their braces removed.

ZERO White Teeth Whitening System ($115.00) – The newest addition to the Whitening Lightning collection contains all-natural botanical whiteners specially formulated in the brand’s lab. ZERO White contains no peroxide and will not cause sensitivity. The completely painless system restores teeth, crowns, veneers and caps to a natural white using all natural botanical whiteners. See results of seven to ten shades lighter in 14 days.

ZERO White Whitening Pen ($29.00) – Like the ZERO White System, the pen is formulated using natural botanical whiteners that do not irritate or harm teeth. The pen works on teeth, crowns, veneers and caps in just 60 seconds. The formula does not have a bad taste and works while you sleep.

Super Booster Pen ($29.00) – Freshens breath, kills bacteria and restores teeth to their natural white shade. Simply paint the gel formula on teeth and let dry for one minute and the treatment is done. No unpleasant taste, no wait time, no sensitivity and no mess. The formula whitens and fight stains while you sleep by up to seven to ten shades in 14 days.

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss ($22.00-$24.00) – The lighted lip-gloss contains collagen peptides to increase lip volume and reduce lip wrinkles, while doubling as an amazing moisturizer. Collagen peptides rapidly speed up cell renewal to increase lip size safely and painlessly. Available in fashion forward shades of peach, pink and bronze that never feather or bleed.

Brighten Up w/ the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device

When it comes to our teeth, we try to keep them healthy by making sure to get regular check-ups with a local dentist (like this Oak Street Dental – Central Point Family Dentist). We also make sure to brush and clean them properly especially since we are afflicted with a strong addiction to tea and somewhat sensitive teeth (note the slight irony), it has been a fight to keep our chompers sparkling white, especially since we love to smile. After trying numerous teeth whitening toothpaste and strips which only whiten our teeth by one level and in lots of pain (no more strips for us), we decided we needed something better – in comes the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device.

This revolutionary teeth whitening device assures long lasting, professional teeth whitening results from the convenience of your home and without any teeth sensitivity. Using their patented G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology, which combines professional elements of heat and light built into a one-of-a-kind, closed system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process, the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device prevents the whitening oxygens from escaping off the tooth surface, attacking the stains and making the whitening process more effective and efficient. When paired with their innovative whitening gel G-Vials that contains a minty fresh, stay-put formula that adheres to your teeth without getting on gums and other soft tissue, the device whitens your teeth up to five times more than regular teeth whitening options. This also means you will experience no tooth sensitivity, as is painfully common with other whitening products.

As we write this, we are on our way to a whiter, brighter smile (yes, even after two cups of tea earlier and probably two more cups later) with just four 8-minute whitening sessions per day. Whilst we would be happy with other products, especially after asking “are crest whitestrips safe for pregnancy“, we’re seeing results in just a few days that we were never able to see in a few weeks of using other products. The basic teeth whitening system, which includes a Mouthpiece & Case, GLO Dock, 10 G-Vials for 40 applications, GLO Lip Care, Dock, Power Supply, USB Adapter and Travel Bag, retails for $199.00. GLO Brilliant also has a Complete Whitening Set (which includes everything previously stated above plus an Everyday GLO™ Teeth Whitening Maintenance Pen, GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste, and a GLO Whitening™ Antioxidant Superberry Toothpaste – Travel Size, for $239.00. Both sets, along with individual products are available at GLO Science/Shop, Sephora, and Sephora.com.

Keep Your Smile Bright This Holiday Season

With all the Holiday season parties and family gatherings, gift giving and receiving, you are sure to do a lot of smiling. Is your smile up to par? Could your teeth do with a bit of brightening? Are your gums really healthy? No worries, there are several products that will get your smile ready for the holidays and beyond.

Listerine Whitening Vibrant White Pre-Brush RinseListerine Whitening Plus Restoring Rinse

Listerine® Whitening® Vibrant White® Pre-Brush Rinse is a multi-action rinse that gives you noticeably whiter and brighter teeth. This rinse has extra whitening power plus polyphosphates to help prevent stains, fight plaque build-up and control tartar. The foaming action penetrates even in places that are hard to reach.

Listerine® Whitening® plus Restoring Fluoride Rinse is a breakthrough new product from the makers of Listerine® Whitening® Pre-Brush Rinse, the #1 rinse brand in the at-home whitening category. Its unique two-in-one formula of hydrogen peroxide plus fluoride delivers a dual benefit that whitens teeth and restores enamel to strengthen teeth.

Radius Toothbrushes

Of course healthy teeth start with healthy gums. So often we think as long as we brush our teeth, we’ll be fine and we forget about the health of our gums. Radius Toothbrushes like the Source Toothbrush (above right) features reversible right and left hand-premium Radius bristles that help reduce enamel erosion and massages for healthy gums. It also features a “Slim Neck” for best reach. The radial bristling allows brushing in tight spaces and the non-aligned bristle layout avoids tooth erosion. Styles like the Original Radius Toothbrush (above left) features a wide massaging head which helps reduce chronic bleeding and receding gums by distributing pressure, protecting and massaging sensitive gum tissue. It also features 6500 nylon bristles with a very high tuft count that removes plaque more effectively. A Radius toothbrushes is more than a toothbrush, its a Mouthbrush.

GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device

For those of you who want a super brilliant white smile then the GLO device is for you. Your GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device is a three part system of GLO Control, G-Vials and Mouthpiece that uses patent-pending G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic Technology) for professional, clinically-proven, long-lasting whitening results to you at home. The GLO Device can be charged on the GLO docking station or on your computer’s USB. Once fully charged, apply one of the GLO Brilliant G-Vials to your teeth then insert the mouthpiece in your mouth. The mouthpiece contains a molded flexible circuit with activating light and heat that, when placed into your mouth accelerates the GLO Whitening Gel on your teeth. It warms up, form fits to your mouth and whitens the top and bottom teeth from the front and back. This process creates greater efficacy and speeds up whitening results without tooth sensitivity.

So don’t be afraid to smile brightly this season.