A few weeks ago I saw some pretty intriguing pins circulating pinterest – before and after pictures of yellow to white teeth, with a picture in the middle that looked like somebody went face first into a pile of dirt. That in itself charmed me into clicking and seeing what it was all about. It told me all about the process of charcoal teeth whitening. What I read was that by opening these tiny capsules and rubbing the jet black powder around on your teeth and letting it sit a while, you’d end up with dazzling white teeth on your very first use. There were even amazing before and after pictures for proof! And perhaps it’s just the cynic in me, but I was a little bit skeptical. The first thing I noticed was that the tone of the skin were drastically different, in the before picture the skin tone was warm, nearly yellow, but in the after picture the skin was light and cool toned. Now this could be an honest mistake resulting from a simple difference in lighting, in fact you’ll even see that in my pictures the lighting is a little off, as well. But the difference… View Post

Like many little girls, I dreamt of growing up to be a disney princess. I most identified with the clever and sweet Belle, perhaps it was because of my big brown eyes and dark hair, or maybe it was because Beauty in the Beast would play in my house on a loop, so often that my brother begged my mom to name me Beauty. No, not Belle, just Beauty. Whatever it was, a small part of my heart truly believed one day somebody would discover my true identity and sweep me away to live in my castle. I’m a little older now, and I still like to keep that thought in the back of my mind. Only now I identify more with Rapunzel. Her awkward charm and excitable demeanor are definitely contributors, but lets not ignore the fact that much like Rapunzel, I have too much hair to know what to do with. That’s right, my hair is loooong. And it has been for quite some time. But that’s no accident. I’ve put a lot of hard work into ensuring that my hair would grow long and healthy and stay healthy. At first it was a lot of trial and… View Post