Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Series | Teeth Whitening with Smile Brilliant *GIVEAWAY*

 
I have an obsession with white teeth. I mean really I do. I've tried EVERYTHING on the market that claims to make your pearly whites, well white. But after going through every single thing from strips, to trays with the light, to 3 step tooth paste systems. I think I've found the holy grail. Smile Brilliant is EXACTLY what your dentist would use if you went for an in office whitening sesh. But you do this at home...which could it be any easier?

The kit comes with putty to make your molds at home and then you send them back to Smile Brilliant (in a paid for envelope) and bam within 14 days or so, you have custom trays. Which I think is key to this whole thing. 

Another key to their system is the desensitizing gel that you use after you whiten. It contains flouride to help make your teeth strong. And with you deciding how long you whiten for, they suggest session between 1-3 hours depending how fast you want results-I normally whiten for about an hour, you do the desensitizing gel for 20-30 minutes and bam, no pain at all!


Since the trays are custom for your mouth, you can honestly do anything while you have them in. Snapchat (blondek18) filters are always fun while whitening. In fact, I'm writing this while I whiten ;) Stay tuned for a progress post and of course a finale post once I'm done!

*GIVEAWAY* 
 To win your very own whitening kit at a value of $139.95, you have to follow these 4 easy steps!
  1. Follow me on IG: @polishedandbubbly
  2. follow Smile Brilliant on IG: @smilebrilliant
  3. tag two friends on this picture
  4. complete the entry form https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/blog64112 

 To purchase, you know in case you don't like trying to win things...:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Red Carpet Style | VMAs

So, you had to know this was coming, cause duh, this is a red carpet I would NOT miss (you know if I was famous and people knew who I was..) Guys, Britney performing makes me SO HAPPY. I die for her-a review of Glory her new album will be up next week, look out for it! But without further ado, here's what I would've rocked on the carpet!



As you can tell, I kept it pretty simple for both the outfit and glam. And I would've fit in with both of my picks for best dressed, KKW & Britney, duh! 


Who was your pick for best dressed? Let me know, xo!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Product Review | MakeUp Eraser


Dolls, I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for a new way to make sure I get all of my makeup off my face. Cue the MakeUp Eraser! I was intrigued by this towel that I was so excited when my friend LaShanta offered to send me one. They come in a bunch of different colors, pink, purple, blue, red, white, & black-which of course is the color I picked! 

The MakeUp Eraser claims to remove all makeup-including waterproof mascara and eyeliner with just water. I of course put this bad girl to the challenge on more than one occasion to be sure it actually did what it claims and guess what?! It did! 
oof...bottom left-up close & no makeup isn't for me.

I was beyond shocked that this towel could actually remove even the hardest to remove mascara and it did. I did find the secret to getting everything off is to be sure that you SOAK the towel, the wetter it is the better!

To get your own MakeUp Eraser, head over here: http://washwithwater.makeuperaser.com/







 
 
Disclaimer: I received this makeup eraser in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Life Lesson | Groupon & Save on Beauty Services

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.



It's probably no secret that I'm beauty obsessed (wait, you didn't know? well then welcome!) Being beauty obsessed like me it's should come as no surprise that I love to be pampered. I love to spend the day at the salon (which is exactly how I spent yesterday!), or at the spa getting a massage or a facial. Oh and I like saving money...cue, Groupon!

Health, Beauty, and Wellness Groupons are the way to go. They have so many different offers from all of your local favorite destinations. Even my salon has a Groupon! You may be in the market for a new hairdresser or manicurist and before you head out, why not give Groupon a look and see if you can grab a service for a steal?!If you're in the market for a little beauty treatment, like botox or temporary filers, guess what? They even have Groupons for those as well.

I really recommend spending sometime browsing through the Health, Beauty, and Wellness spot of Groupon to take a peek and see what's out there for you save on. You're gonna get the haircut anyway, so do yourself a favor and check it out & save!

I think my favorite thing about Groupon is you don't need to pay a monthly or yearly fee, it's 100% free!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Storytime | 2016 Cinderella

We are living in the age of social media. Everyone puts EVERYTHING on the internet. Cause if you don't, it didn't happen, right?! Staying true to that idea, I figured I could find the handsome man I met on Friday night* on Facebook or Instagram. Well...how wrong I was. He is nowhere to be found on the interweb. I know he's a real person and I do have his phone number (& work email, cause I met him through a work event) But I can't cyber stalk him. Now listen, I'm not here to act like I wouldn't look through all of his pictures back 62 weeks or so, cause I totally would. And don't say that you wouldn't do that, because we ALL do that!

So I did what any damsel in distress would do, I hired some help (aka my besties, babytooth & MK. Oh and 2T's) and we all got down to business. I mean we googled everything we know about this handsome fella. But nope, he has no internet presence. At all. It's scary, refreshing, and down right strange to me. It's 2016! I'm not saying that he has to have 2 Facebooks and 2 Instagrams like some people I know (actually, I'm talking about myself here...) But come on, man, give a girl a little something! I don't need to you to be one of those people that posts every time you leave the house, but I would like to see your dog or something.

Also, beyond all that...I want to show babytooth her future brother in law ;)

Is there anyone you know that's early 30s that isn't on social media? Is it crazy to you too? Let me know in the comments so we can bond over these crazy people, xo!

*I wrote this post on June 14th and never had the guts to post it, but when I was looking back through my drafts, I thought it's time to share. update-he's still not online :(

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Product Review | GÖTZ Bad Ischl Oxygen Facial Tonic



From the GÖTZ Bad Ischl Website:
THE BEST ACNE TREATMENT: Our Facial Tonic Treatment is a powerful and effective drying solution for men and women with troubled skin types that are looking to attain a clean, clear and beautiful appearance. This fantastic treatment can control acne removal like no other!
FOR ADULTS & TEENS: Bad Ischl Tonic is suitable for adults & teenagers alike. Whether you suffer from dry, sensitive or oily skin, have no fear, our specially formulated tonic is suitable for all skin types.
MULTIPLE BENEFITS: Our Tonic provides hydrating benefits to your skin. This multi-peptide formulation stimulates the production of collagen and cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It firms and hydrates skin, skin texture and tone are improved & minimizes the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores
ORGANIC & 100% NATURAL: GÖTZ Treatment is Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free, & Fragrance-Free. Improve Complexion & Skin Tone, Extract Dirt & Impurities, & Leave Your Skin Clean, Hydrated, Soft and Radiant.

I am always on the hunt for a new way to cure my occasionally breakout and I was super pleased when I received the GÖTZ treatment. I found that not only would this product help if you were trying to combat shiny and oil (which I'm not cause I'm super dry), but it can be used as a spot treatment on those annoying breakouts.  


Using this product every night during my night routine, after I wash and remove all of my makeup. I soak a cotton round and then apply it to my blemishes and let it sit 2-4 minutes depending on how bad the spot was. 

          

This oxygen facial tonic is cruelty free, completely green, and 100% natural. I was so surprised to see that almost instantly I noticed the blemishes were drying out. And within a few days the pimples were basically gone! I was a little put off by the smell of the tonic, but it wasn't overpowering at all. It kinda smells like a mix of plants and medicine-it is 100% natural after all-but not too terrible-you know how I feel about smells on my face! 

I think my favorite thing about this product is that it's a spray bottle! It makes it SO easy to control the amount of product you're using and putting on your skin. 

If you're in the market for a new way to combat blemishes and oily, definitely check out this oxygen facial tonic, xo! 




I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own!

Monday, August 22, 2016

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Review:

Okay, I'm going to start this off by saying I LOVED this book. It had been on my to be read list for a while. Every time I would head into B&N, I'd see it and say "oh I gotta read that." Then MK bought it and the rest as they say is history. It's the first paperback I've read since last Summer and it was hard to put down! Even though I couldn't lay in my normal reading postition (on my side, in bed, almost in a cocoon) But enough with the backstory, let's get into the review...I read this book in Emily Blunt's voice (she'll be playing Rachel in the movie out this October) and I know that sounds a little strange, but it just worked. This story has everything you want in a thriller type tale. It sucks you in from her first train ride. You just have to figure out what it happening. I wanted Rachel to come out on top, I felt like I was the friend she so desperately needed. The twists and turns will keep you guessing, until like me, you think you've figured it out (MK has the text with my conclusion) and then BAM-another twist. The author's writing style is what makes this book so gripping, the back and forth in narrative really develops each character. I can't say enough how excited I am for the movie, MK & I already have a plan for a large popcorn and wine juice boxes ;) I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who loves a messed up thriller that is guaranteed to leave you wanting more, xo!

Buy:

B&N

Thursday, August 18, 2016

4pm pick me up!


okay, I took today's pick me up to another level. But join me as I pretend it's 2001 all over again, xo!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A book or two in review!

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Brief Summary: 

As a heatwave rolls into the English village of Little Perran, so does love. Billy Baxter, the has-been rock star, and Rafe Wylde, the hunky farm worker arrive, both destined to cause havoc as they touch the lives of the villagers. Milly finds a new job and things start to look up for her, but she is unaware that a ghost from her past is looking for her. 


Brief Summary:

Milly settles into her new job but does her boss, Ashley Wilmot-Fox, have secrets that he is hiding in Briar Lodge?  Will he be able to help Milly fight the ghosts from her past? Will Billy’s blundering romance last, and will Rafe’s secret affair be exposed? As the villagers prepare for their summer fete they have no idea what will be revealed on that day. 

Review:

I received these books in exchange for an honest review. These books are short and sweet and perfect for an afternoon by the pool! I thought about reviewing them separately, but once you finish the first one you'll need to read the second immediately. I live for a story that takes place in an English village, there's just something that sucks me right in. This little village didn't disappoint as the perfect back drop to Milly's tale. If you love a cheerful, upbeat, and charming story, then look no further than these 4 star novellas, xo!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Read along with me!

Such a cool concept! Ophelia by X is a story that is written daily and the chapters are posted on her website. Take a peek at the brief summary below and leave me a comment if you want to read along with me, I'll be posting reminders every other week. Oh and Author X doesn't disappoint ;)

~*~Ophelia by X~*~

Each week X will release a new chapter in her erotica romance book. Check it out! The prologue and Chapter 1 are posted!

Blurb:
1 woman. 2 men. Who will she choose?

Ophelia isn’t your normal twenty-four-year-old woman. She’s in love with two men, who have absolutely no idea about one another.

With Matt, he’s an untamed animal in the bed. He keeps Ophelia on her toes. He’s adventurous and wealthy and romantic.

With Luke, he’s more lovable and secure. He’s a Texas boy at heart and a man who makes love to Ophelia like she’s the only woman in the world for him.

2 incredible men. 2 men who love her. 2 men she loves. Which one is her forever?

**Beautiful Promotions is proud to have helped make this blog for X!**

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Product Review | Perky Pony



When you have a lob, you're on trend. But when you have a lob and love a good topknot, the lob isn't on point. Cue my new topknot bestie, the Perky Pony! This innovative hair clip is designed to give your ponytail a little more oompf (more on that next week!), but you can use it for a bunch of other styles as well, which got me thinking.


I used my Perky Pony to create a topknot by wrapping my hair around the clip to create more of a full bun. After putting my hair in a high ponytail, I inserted the Perky Pony and began wrapping my hair around it to hide it and securing it with some bobby pins.



The end result a topknot that no one even knew I had assistance in my topknot to make it look polished and full. I thought maybe after a few hours I'd be able to tell it was in my hair, but nope-I couldn't feel it at all!

 

To get your own Perky Pony-it comes in blonde, brown, black, & red; check out their website and use the coupon code polished15 for 15% your order!



*I received this product from Perky Pony for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 8, 2016

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn't in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger. But when Meri meets Morgan, equal parts gorgeous and goofball, she begins to wonder if the time has finally come to rejoin the so-called real world. Channeling the bravery of her fairy warrior alter ego, Meri slowly lets Morgan beyond the protective walls she’s built around her heart. Just as she finds a comfortable groove in an uncertain world, Morgan succumbs to insecurities of his own, leaving her lost and confused. Through her battle to regain her equilibrium, Meri will discover that even in reality, things aren’t always what they seem. Will Meri win the battle raging in her heart and summon the will to rescue her knight in shining armor? Or will she give in to the fear and find her game over?

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This story has such a fun concept of reality meets fantasy. It's a fun take on chick lit. It has romance, laughs, parts that will pull a little on your heart strings, and everything in between! You don't have to be a gamer to appreciate this story. The author does such a great job of building Meri's character as well as the supporting characters, especially Meri's Grandma-she's a riot. Meri is a lead that you will just root for. I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone who needs a book that will have you hooked cause Gamer Girl is the perfect weekend read for that, xo!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Social Scene with JZ featuring Rob Dick

Bounty Hunter Rob Dick caught up with JZ on the Social Scene, take a listen to hear what it's like to be the guy who tracks down America's Most Wanted!


 
YOU MUST ALWAYS BE ON THE MOVE to out-think and outsmart a fugitive. Before a Bounty Hunter can get paid, he must locate and catch the fugitive, “No Body – No Bounty”. A Professional Bounty Hunter must always be 100% on his game and be able to locate the fugitive. The one that gets away could put your client out of business. 
Enter in world famous bounty hunter, Rob Dick who brings over 34 years of combined law enforcement, private investigations, multi-million-dollar bail bond experience and private bail contract enforcement- including his school the Bail Education Association. Many bail bond company owners consider Rob to be one of the most successful and prolific bounty hunters actively working in the country today. He is a national speaker and guest of conventions throughout the bail bond industry. He is also a high profile guest commentator on news shows such as CNN, Fox, Dr Drew and NBC’s Dr. Phil show. His exceptional success rate of closing cases through location and capture of defendants, preparing and appearing in court on bail bond motions and advising bail bond companies and sureties have made him a leader in this industry. His career has taken him to all 50 states and some US territories to close cases as well as participating in the extradition process of fugitives from several foreign countries. 
Rob has participated in the formulation, assistance and passing of legislation for the bail bond industry.
 His advanced study and understanding of the law has assisted him in achieving one of the highest success rates for closing cases. Through the preparation of court moving papers, appearing in court and overcoming oppositions from county counsels or prosecuting agencies, his motions have been granted and the bail bonds exonerated. Rob began his teaching career as a guest speaker and instructor with bail education providers throughout California. 
Rob was approached by several individuals wanting to use his unique instructional style to develop improved training systems for the bail industry. Seeing firsthand what the other providers were lacking in their course instruction, Rob has taken his knowledge and unique style of teaching to a much higher level.  

Visit: BEACLASS.COM OR 916-302-6377
#GETSOCIAL with Rob

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Storytime | Struggle with Freckles

When I was 14, I thought my boyfriend was the greatest ever. No really, I did. I thought he was the best kisser, most funniest, most athletic guy ever. He was a year older and my first boyfriend. I was on cloud 9. Throughout the on again, off again relationship he would show his true colors and would say some pretty hurtful things about my appearance. He would make these snide remarks about "how I would be prettier if..." It was always "if I was tanner", "if I was blonder", "if I didn't have so many freckles"and of course, I believed him.

At the time, I probably would've believed anything he told me, well actually I did. So I would go tanning and then cover up my freckles that would come out once I got a tan with makeup. It was all ass backwards, how I was ever going to keep a tan and not have freckles? Do you know how hard it is to try and cover up freckles with powder makeup? I didn't use foundation back then, I was actually pretty terrible at makeup (not that I'm super stellar at it now), but I wasn't good at all. I remember taking a CoverGirl compact I had that was in a porcelain shade and I would stand in front of the mirror confused at how to make my freckles go away, but keep my tan. He would never comment on my super pale, awkward matte nose and under eye area. But he would never tell me I was prettier with a tan and less freckles either.



Cut to today, where I embrace my natural skin tone and freckles. Sometimes I do find myself looking at my freckles and hating them, but then I remind myself they make me, me. And if you keep up with makeup trends, it's actually a trend now to draw on freckles, which proves that freckles are beautiful and if any stupid boy tries to tell you they aren't, there's hundreds of YouTube videos to prove him wrong! And use my story as a reminder that you only need to please yourself & NEVER CHANGE FOR A BOY, you are beautiful just the way you are, xo!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Red Carpet Style | Kid's Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards were Sunday night & you gotta love an awards show in the middle of the summer to change things up! I kept it simple in classic black & white with pops of pink. Let me know what you think of this look in the comments below, xo!
 
A Chloe lace skirt, an envelope crop top, with some drop diamond earrings would be the best on this fun carpet. With a gorgeous diamond cuff, black diamond ring, cat clutch, and these bomb Giuseppe Zanotti shoes just top off the look.

Kept glam simple to not overshine my simple carpet look. A gorgeous pink eye with dramatic lashes, baby pink matte lips, and textured matte black nails. And of course a messy top knot which are all the rage right now.


Monday, August 1, 2016

a book in review!




Brief Summary:

Trent Daniels only has one regret in life. Nearly fifteen years ago, he let his high school crush, Abby Hoffman, go off to college in New York City without telling her how he felt. Ever since, he’s wondered what would have happened if he’d been bold enough to tell her his feelings.

Abigail Hoffman left Ohio behind long ago and with it the family that had taken her in and embraced her as one of their own. She’s missed the Daniels family, but she couldn’t bring herself to face them again—not after what happened. Now her job has brought her back to the place she’s done her best to avoid and right smack into Trent Daniels.

Review:

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love a good second chance at love story and 'What Might Have Been' doesn't disappoint! I haven't read the other stories in this series so this is my first go at the Daniels brothers, but I don't think it will be my last. This book read like a sweet TV movie, you know the kind, the ones you get lost in on a weekend with ice cream and tissues. It will make you laugh, it was make you cry, it's a perfect little rom com. The author Sherri does a great job at building the characters and making you feel what they're feeling. I recommend this 4.5 star story to someone who needs a good love story in their life, xo!

a book in review!



Brief Summary:


"This generation's Cruel Intentions." Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

These Royals will ruin you...

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all--looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father's new ward suffer turned into something else entirely--keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed's arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed's entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn't want him anymore. She says they'll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It's like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he's going to win back his princess, he'll need to prove himself Royally worthy. 

Warning: This book ends in a cliffhanger.

Review:

Ahhhh, to say I couldn't wait until my pre-order of Broken Prince hit my iBooks, is a complete understatement. I actually thought it was the 29th and when I saw it was the 25th, I felt like a kid on Christmas. Just like Paper Princess, I devoured it. This story is just getting better. It picks up right where it left off, but in Reed's POV. Which was a great treat to get inside the mind of the lead Royal, I really felt like I got to figure out just how he works. The book has it's highs and lows, but the last 2-3 chapters are a complete rollercoaster...and talk about a CLIFFHANGER, OMFG. I recommend this 5 star book to anyone who needs a good series, go grab Paper Princess & Broken Prince and thank me later, I'll be building my time machine so I can read Twisted Palace asap, xo!