Wednesday, June 25, 2014

quick review: colgate whitening pen

I'm a coffee drinker.  I have phases and all, but I really always drink coffee or tea once a day.  I've been considering some sort of whitening solution to try to maintain my teeth and fight any stains.  I bought this toothbrush-pen-combo from Amazon, but it's also available at Walgreens.

The brush itself is okay, but definitely unnecessary and just there to add to the price.  It's got these funky little scraper-like things.  It is kinda cute how the pen stores in the brush, and I must admit it's nice to only carry this and my toothpaste back and forth to communal bathrooms.

So to use it, you just brush your teeth like normal with your own toothpaste.  Then, I like to kind of wipe down the fronts of my teeth because I think the whitening gel sticks better to a dry surface.  You twist the bottom of the pen to bring up some of the gel, and start applying it over your teeth.  This involves making a lot of angry-dragon-faces in the mirror.  Embrace it.  Then you just leave it be!  You apply it in the morning and evening.  I find that if I brush my teeth first thing in the morning, the weird gel feeling has worn off by the time I get to breakfast.

I've been using it for about a week now, and I wouldn't say the effect is dramatic, but for a maintenance and not-very-harsh solution, I'm satisfied with it.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

how to get started on a penny board

So I am not an expert on skateboards by anyone's definition.  The Penny board is super popular at my school, and I've been wanting one for about three years, but they do not, surprisingly, cost a penny.  I didn't want to drop so much money on a board when I have terrible coordination and wasn't even sure I'd be able to pull it off.  So, I went to Walmart and got a cheap knock-off version...and turns out I love it!  Here are my tips for getting started: 

When you're pushing off to get going, do your best to keep your center of gravity over the foot that is on the board.  If you don't, you'll end up potentially shooting the board out from under you.  Not cool.  So lean forward over your left foot, and maintain that position while you start rolling forward. The next thing you'll do is place your right foot on the board, sideways to form an upside-down T with your left foot. 

But don't leave it in the T!  When I first started out, I was like, "I can't move my foot when I'm on the board!" But you can.  Immediately rotate your left foot so you're in the position above.  This makes a world of difference for your balance when you're coasting.  

My last tip is about turning.  To turn right, you'll put all your weight on your toes, and to turn left, you'll put all your weight on your heels.  The key is to have enough speed built up, which will allow you to actually make a turn quickly and keep your balance at the same time.  And keep your knees bent when turning!  It helps a lot.

Do you ride a small board like this?  Do you have any tips for beginners?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

floral light centerpiece

My mom gets all the credit for this one, guys!  She recently threw my brother a graduation party, and let me tell you, it was pretty mind-blowing.  This floating-flower centerpiece was my favorite decoration, so I thought I'd tell you how she did it!  The links in the instructions are my suggestions for similar items you'll need.

Step 1: Place glass marbles in the bottom of a square glass vase.
Step 2: Fill the vase with cold water (and the colder you keep it by adding ice, the longer your flowers will last) and add a large Gerber daisy or similar flower, cutting the stem short.
Step 3: In the last hour or so before the event, turn on your submersible LED lights, gently remove the flower, and push the lights down into the marbles.  Cover a with a few marbles to help defract the light, and replace the flower.

She had about five of these total around the house in larger and smaller vases.  Pretty cool, right?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

quick review: aveeno ultra-calming daily moisturizer

Time for part two of my new skin routine!  I've been using this new moisturizer in the mornings.  Since it's summertime, it's great that it has SPF in it.  And the "ultra-calming" part seems to be true!  I've seen redness in my skin go down since I started using it.  The only thing I'm not crazy about is the smell, which is a little strong and suncreen-ish.  Other than that, I like it a lot!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

quick review: aveeno clear complexion cleanser

I felt like all my pores were getting blocked up as the summer starts, so I decided to just overhaul my skincare routine.  At least things couldn't get worse, right?  One of the items I picked up is this Aveeno cream cleanser.

This isn't drying, which is great because sucking all the life out of acne-prone skin actually doesn't help things!  It has a few little gentle beads in there, which is nice but doesn't seem particularly exfoliating.  I still rely on my Olay Pro-X in that department.  But this cleanser does include salicylic acid, which helps clear out pores and keep everything clean.

It's still a little early to have a full verdict on this product, but I can say that I have high hopes!  It's only been a few days or so, but I'm already seeing my pores unclog and calm down!  Stay tuned for another quick review later this week for my change in the moisturizer department.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

minimalist wishlist wardrobe

I've been pinning to a new board over on my Pinterest page.  I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can minimize my number of possessions and simplify my life.  Lately, I've been drawn to the idea of only owning clothes that I really love, and which are somewhat monochromatic and/or classic.  That way, I could get the most out of a few pieces via mix-and-matching.  Here are a few of my wishlist picks!

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Today I'm traveling to my summer job.  I've been driving all over the place this week, so I apologize for the off-schedule posting.  Once I get settled in it should all be back to normal!