eBay + Free $$ + Wine = ?

I recently found myself in possession of a $50 eBay gift card after writing a few guides through a couple of BzzAgent campaigns. Usually I would take this kind of surprise money to buy something the family needed – maybe not completely necessary, but needed. Putting it towards a birthday/Christmas gift or buying one of our regularly used products for example. This time however, I decided to buy random nonsense for me. It took a while to write those guides; I totally deserved it.

Let me share my spoils.

1. Photo of Louise from Bob’s Burgers signed by Kristen Schaal
I’ve been all about Bob’s Burgers lately and Louise might just be my spirit animal. Not too sure what I’m going to do with this though; I don’t have any interest in collecting autographs.
2. Tiny teacup from occupied Japan
Did you really think I could spend free eBay money without buying another teacup for my collection? You did? Really? Well, you don’t know me at all! [slams door]
3. Magic Brain Calculator
It is missing the stylus, but is still going to look pretty neat sitting on my bookshelves. Confused? Check out this youtube video to see how it works.
4. Jimmy Carter peanut necklace
This is creepy and wonderful; how could I not add it to my wardrobe? I first wanted to get the creepy smiling peanut ceramic bank, but the bids went higher than I wanted to pay. I still had more to buy, of course!
5. Teeth!
I had to buy this. Obviously.

Y = Yikes, Mind the Gap!

2682ac8f35a7657697c41f8d4d684e4cI have a gap in between my two front teeth. It has always been there and I’ve always secretly liked it. Until now.

I didn’t have my wisdom teeth out until I was 25 or so. Since then everything has sort of moved and shifted around a bit. A few weeks ago I was looking at some old photos from high school when I suddenly realized the gap is bigger now.

And I kind of hate it. Now it seems to be peeking out at me in every photo I take. I can feel it with my tongue. I just can’t get away from it.

YDo I do anything about it? I don’t want to be perfect; I just want my old gap back. Is that too much to ask?

Or maybe I should just rock it. They are kind of in right now.

Review: Colgate Optic White Toothbrush and Whitening Pen

voxbox-blogimage-popup2Disclaimer: I received this toothbrush/whitening pen and a small tube of Optic White toothpaste from Influenster.com. Influenster is a site where you review products, answer questions, and – perhaps most importantly – share with people in your social network. Occasionally, Influenster will send you a VoxBox with a free product or an assortment of free products. Once you get the product, you are supposed to review, share, etc. So, that is what this post is. Opinions are all my own.

The Colgate Optic White Toothbrush with Whitening Pen promises whiter teeth in 2 days (and then continued results if you keep using it). It is a regular looking toothbrush with a gel pen that fits up inside. I like that – you don’t have to keep up with two products and won’t forget to use the pen since it is hiding under your sink somewhere. It retails for $14. [I have a few $3 off coupons. If you read the review and want to try it, send me a message on facebook and I’ll drop one in the mail to you.]

So, here we go. Let’s try this.


Day 1 and Initial Impressions

Toothpaste: It tastes is a little strong, but not bad. If I wasn’t using it for the whitening benefit, it wouldn’t be my first choice. It isn’t as foamy as my normal toothpaste either. There doesn’t seem to be anything special about it and I won’t review its effectiveness since I’m using it with the fancy pen.

Toothbrush: Just a normal toothbrush. The handle is a bit thicker since it has a place for the pen, but it isn’t awkward or heavy. The package says it is a medium, but it feels pretty hard. I don’t really have a preference, but if you are a soft bristle person you might not like this. During my second use of the day, a bristle came off in my mouth. Ew. I wouldn’t expect this of a brand new toothbrush, but I’m willing to consider it a fluke for now.

Gel Pen: Colgate never calls it bleach, so I’m going to keep calling it gel too. You give the pen a couple of twists at the bottom (like chapstick) and then brush it on your teeth. It reminds me of getting fluoride treatment at the dentist’s office. The taste was fine – it was a very mild version of the taste you have in your mouth when you wear white strips. It went on a little thick, but felt completely normal within a couple of minutes. Using it again in the evening, I was able to control the thickness and spread the gel around better since I knew what to expect.

Overall, I left the house with my mouth feeling like I had a professional cleaning (from the gel taste, I’m sure) and my teeth felt clean all day long.

Day 2 – Are my teeth whiter? Well, yeah actually. But it would only be noticeable if you had studied them in great detail (like if you were reviewing a toothbrush and wanted to see how it worked).

Day 3 – Okay, Colgate promises whiter teeth in two days and the verdict is . . . success! My teeth are noticeably whiter to both me and my husband. Let’s see what happens after a full week of use.

Day 6 – Woops! I forgot I had an appointment to get my teeth cleaned today. I don’t want to give the toothbrush an unfair advantage, so we will just consider the morning of day 6 my end-of-test review. I love the toothbrush. My teeth look like I’ve been through a cycle of whitestrips, but without having to actually remember to wear them everyday. I’d like to do a little research about possible problems from using the bleach gel on a regular basis, but – assuming I feel comfortable – I intend to keep using the toothbrush. I’m getting one for my husband too. Fun stuff.