Smile Brilliant! {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Lets get real and talk about the color of our teeth.  There are lots of reasons why your teeth may not be as while as you’d like, and there are lots of ways to help whiten them back up.  I have used several teeth whitening products in my days, from slimy strips to whitening toothpaste, to medicated substances in syringes and nail-polish size tubes of whitening paint.  I can’t say that one of these products was the earth-shaking solution and that I’ve never tried anything else, because the results have been minimal and clearly, I’m still looking and experimenting, but know that this whitening product from Smile Brilliant is VERY user friendly and fun to use!  I think the results are noticeable and the process is not slimy and the results are quick.
Here you can see the entire kit: a tube of whitening substance, a mouth guard, a brush, and the LED light.  These small articles could go anywhere you need, discreetly.
Everything is lightweight, but not cheap.  The LED light seems to be well-made and functional.  The high strength light accelerates the whitening process, when paired with the 22% carbamide peroxide tooth whitening gel.
Ok, get ready for some really up-close and personal pictures!  The first step is to twist the pen until you can see the whitening substance on the pen bristles.  They say it could take up to 40 twists.  Just keep cranking and be patient.  Having the gel in a pen is really convenient and very easy to maneuver.  If you’re good with an eyeliner pencil, you’ll be pro at applying the gel in just right amount and placement.
penI’m happy to report that the gel doesn’t sting, smell, or offend.  You don’t have to worry that getting some of the gel on your gums will make them super irritated.  The directions even encourage you to spread the gel along your gum lines and between crevices.
The plastic mouthpiece is soft so that it also does not irritate the gums.  It fits comfortably on my set of teeth, and really helps to keep my upper and lower lip out of the way when I’m using the LED light.  So about that light…the directions say to hold it in front of your gelled teeth for 20-40 minutes, and then keep the gel and tray in place for another 1-3 HOURS!!  So is holding something in your hand at mouth level for 20-40 min annoying?  Sure, but its not heavy or very awkward.  Just annoying.  I have yet to keep the system in place for more than 25 minutes, but I’m building up to that.  I save these teeth sessions for Dancing with the Stars nights where I can sit for an extended amount of time and not need my hands or mouth.
One pen equals roughly 8-10 applications, which should be enough to remove all stains on the front teeth.  I’m noticing more improvement each time, and I’m convinced that I’ll have sparkling pearls in a matter of days.  Overall, this kit is super easy to use, clean, quick, and effective.  Thanks, Smile Brilliant!
This kit is sold for $39.99, but you save significantly more when you purchase more than one whitening pen at a time.  Naturally, you can continue to use the same mouthpiece and light with subsequent applications.

One winner will receive their own teeth whitening kit, same as the kit I reviewed!

Eligible countries: US, UK, AU, & CA

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 15th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Mía Mariú’s New Fragrance Collection {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

When my husband and I were dating, we were discussing what about the opposite gender we are most attracted to.  You know, is it the guy’s smile, their sense of humor, or their baby blue eyes that make you weak in the knees?  I was pretty surprised to learn that “Charlie” is first and foremost attracted to a girl’s SCENT.  Really?!  Above a girl’s looks, legs, personality, or straight teeth, he’s most attracted to the way she smells?

Now that we’re married, he still won’t let me pick out perfume for myself.  He has to approve first and he is VERY PARTICULAR.  I was a little nervous when I first tried on this new fragrance called Magia from Mía Mariú, becuase I knew that if he didn’t like it, I’d likely be gifting it to my college sister.  Well, no worries, because he loves it, and I’m oh so glad I get to keep it!


Mía Mariú is becoming one of my favorite online shops for beauty products.  I first reviewed their makeup (you can read that review HERE) and have been using the eyeshadow practically every weekend out, and then a few months ago I reviewed their anti-aging skincare line (and you can read that review HERE), which I also thought was fantastic.  Add their new fragrance collection, and you might as well order anything and everything from Mía Mariú and save yourself some shipping costs.


There are three new fragrances from Mía Mariú, two of which are for men, called Caoba and Acqua.  These fragrances are EDT 1.7 oz.  Now in case you didn’t know, and I myself was clueless about this til I met Scent Boy, EDT stands for Eau de toilette which is 4 – 10% perfume oil.  This is a lighter fragrance which is most used for the casual everyday use because it will last for 2 to 4 hours.  Bring this along with you to work if you want it to be noticeable after lunch.

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See that little black tube?  Mia Mariu also sent me a Perfecting Finish Hydrating Stick Gloss in a vibrant red called Amore.  Beautiful!  There’s nothing more nasty than a tube of lipstick that tries out your lips to the point of looking cracked and perma-stained, but this substance nourishes while looking glossy and bright.

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 These fragrances are sold for $42, and one lucky winner will get to choose their own full size mm fragrance!

You might have just solved the question of what to get your lover for Valentine’s!

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Gold Toe Socks {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Socks are the gift of choice in our household this year!  My sister-in-law, who has been living with us for the past several months, has picked out almost a dozen of the most wonderful socks to give her husband this year, and it has really got me thinking about how socks can really be a great gift!  They can be fun, sophisticated, sentimental, or even just weird, and how fun that you can wear a new pair every day!  A good pair of socks keeps your feet cozy and warm, and that always makes me feel loved 🙂

Since socks are the theme of the season, I’m excited to show off a brand that is world-renowned for their quality and characteristic “gold toe”: Gold Toe Socks.


I chose to review the Varigated Stripe Knee High 2 Pair, in Brown Heather/Paprika.

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I love em!  These are some high quality socks.  They are made of 72% combed cotton, which I learned about in my Textiles course in college as being a superior kind of cotton that has been brushed numerous times to align the fibers and create a soft and tight blend.


The stitching on all of the gold toe socks has been reinforced for durability, and these pairs are void of any loose threads or stitching as far as I can tell.  They have a way of being warm and strong without feeling thick and bulky.  They fit inside my smallest shoes comfortably, as well as in my largest boots, without having to wear an extra pair of socks to fill them in.


Gotta love that classic gold toe!  I can’t wait to wear these around the house during Christmas break and show them off to relatives.  These socks fit like a dream.  They are made for shoe sizes 6-9, but even my size 6.5 feet feel comfortably snug inside with extra rolling, bulging, or stretching.


This 2-pair set is sold for $8.40, which is an excellent price, considering they are knee-high and there are two pairs.


Take a minute to browse all the socks at Goldtoe, and remember that they sell socks for women, men, and children!

These are sold practically everywhere, including Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, Elder Beerman, etc.  You can also purchase online at

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Endure Shop {Giveaway}–CLOSED

I’ve mentioned before that I recently ran my first half-marathon. It was long and it was grueling, but I’m so proud to say that I’ve run 13.1 miles!


If you’re a runner (or a human being, really), you know the thrill of accomplishing something hard that you never thought you’d be able to do and then wanting to brag about it. Well, the folks at Endure get that, and they’ve created a whole line of jewelry and apparel to show off your accomplishments!


Endure’s creator, Sunny Arada, is a former NCAA Cross Country and Track and Field Athlete. She has combined her love of jewelry and her passion for running to create a beautiful line of fun and inspiring products. I love the word “endure” and all that it means when running a race, and also just running the race of life. She sells necklaces, rings, beads, earrings and apparel for runners of every kind. Her designs all come in tarnish-resistant sterling silver, but can be ordered in 14K white or yellow gold, and  some styles even come with diamonds. All of her fashions are beautiful and make me proud to be a runner and remind me to endure through  the hard stuff!


Besides beautiful jewelry, Endure has a great line of running apparel. I love the “Run” tee, the “I roll with Bob” onesie (hilarious, right?) and the “13.1” (in Roman numerals) long sleeve tee. And the “Endure” headband. And the Heart compression socks…Okay, I pretty much love the entire apparel collection 🙂


 But what I really love is the Live Love Run Endure Hoodie I was sent to review. Talk about an awesome hoodie! First of all, it’s a zip up hoodie, which I love because you can get it on without messing up your hair. It’s super soft on the inside and slightly stretchy, making it very fitted. If you like your hoodies loose and baggy then definitely order a size larger than you normally would, because this baby is snug–in a good way. The snugness makes it very warm; I have loved lounging around in it at night and staying nice and cozy. I haven’t taken it out on a run yet because it’s just so nice that I don’t want to get it all gross and sweaty, but I know it would keep me heated and when I got too hot I could easily un-zip it and would be just the right temperature. But enough about the fit–let’s talk about the design! Look how cute this thing is!!!

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It has a fun shoelace design (hand drawn by the designer) on the front which I love–subtle but such a nice touch! Then the back is the best part: “Live Love Run Endure.” What words of wisdom! I mean, seriously, this doesn’t just appeal to runners but to people everywhere as a reminder to endure through life! And the sparkly gold on the word “Run?” Get out of here. I LOVE it! It’s just as sparkly and amazing in person as it looks in the picture.


This awesome hoodie is $54, and I think it’s worth the money. The “13.1,” “26.2” and “Run” long sleeve tees are $36 and the tanks are currently on sale for only $16! This is good quality apparel and I know you or the runner in your life would LOVE a shirt or piece of jewelry to commemorate and celebrate the huge accomplishments they’ve made in their lives. And lucky for you, Endure is offering you a chance to win $36 toward any apparel purchase from the shop!

Enter to win $36 to Endure Shop!

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of December 16, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Endure Shop, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Holiday Gift Guide (7th Edition)



Gift Idea #1:

What?  A set of arm warmers and a scarf from The Painted Daisy.


Why?  Because baby it’s cold outside!  🙂  There are so many beautiful and warm accessories to choose from that will bring a smile to the face of the recipient.



Gift Idea #2:

What?   Vinyl wall decor from Old Barn Rescue Co.

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 Why?  It’s a gift suitable for anyone and everyone on your holiday list!  Old Barn Rescue Co. has amazing designs that help people decorate and we all know that there’s at least one person on your list that needs help in that department.  🙂



Gift Idea #3:

What?  Language learning DVDs from Little Pim

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Why? They are the #1 Language Learning System for Children and your kid/grandkid/whoever will LOVE learning another language with their DVDs, digital videos, CDs, flash cards and books. See my review HERE.

Holiday Gift Guide (5th Edition)

The clock is ticking, folks!!  Its crunch time, and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, but haven’t found it, let me share with you my next five recommendations for some of my favorite products that would make EXCELLENT holiday gifts!



#1 R2C Couture

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Customize your own necklace HERE.




#2 Real Mens Wallets

320wThese wallets from Real Mens Wallets are SO COOL, and pretty sexy if you ask me.  All of their skins are 100% genuine.  They hand pick skins directly from tanneries and oversee every step of the process in producing their wallets.  Nothing is “factory mass produced”, and each skin has undergone as little processing as possible.  Each is so unique and retains the natural character of the leather, “warts and all”.  Are these not incredible, and manly manly manly?!

Read my full review HERE.

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#3 Shirts that Go

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Shirts That Go is a store of t-shirts for kids and toddlers with the most detailed and exciting prints of anything with wheels, wings, or sails!  They currently carry over 30 designs!  The owner and founder, Nick, created the company with his own little boys in mind as far as what they might like, but wasn’t available in stores.   More than a year later, my boy’s train shirt is his FAVORITE shirt!!
Also check out Nick’s site about intermittent fasting and calorie tracking: Calorie Pilot.
Read my full review HERE.



#4 Bazzle Baby


Bazzle Baby is a shop of cute baby necessities like their famous Banda Bibs, Big Bibs, Bitsy Bibs, burpers, socks, hats, leggings, etc.!  I’ve loved our Banda Bibs so much that gave some away as baby shower gifts for my best friend.  Everything is this shop is darling, useful, unique, and extremely affordable.  Every Bazzle Baby item we own has withheld the test of time and made me one of their biggest fans!

Read my full review HERE.

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#5 Astrida Naturals

untitled copyAstrida Naturals is a store of indie skin care, body care, and fragrances, all made naturally using vegetable based oils, butters, essences, active botanical extracts, and other naturally derived ingredients.  Nothing is mass-produced.  Everything is made in small batches and crafted by hand.  My favorite products are their custom “made to order” options.  I’d love to try their Orange Mint lip balm and Carrot Seed & Geranium Toning Raspberry Leaf Moisturizer!

Read my full review HERE.


Keep up the good work, shoppers!  Just a couple more gift guides to go, and then you’re on your own!  Take our advice!!

Bedhead Pajamas {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Welcome to the Ho Ho Ho giveaway hop!  At the bottom of this post, you will find over 60 more fabulous giveaways, each offering giveaway prizes that would make fabulous gifts!  Make sure you stop by The Review Wire to Enter the Grand Prize.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive a large Teach My Learning Kits of choice {RV $39.99} PLUS a Second Prize Winner will receive Teach My Kit of choice {RV $14.99}.

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Our giveaway here on Dandy is being sponsored by Bedhead Pajamas.  As a little girl, getting new pajamas every year on Christmas Eve was one of the most magical parts of Christmas!!  My mom still sews us pajamas to open on Christmas Eve, and I’ve been delighted to learn that this is a tradition in many other families as well.  I remember trying to guess what kind they would be, squealing in delight upon opening them, and exclaiming that these were the softest, most wonderful jammies I’d ever own!  When you find a pair that you love, what could be better 🙂


Even as adult, I still squeal when get new pajamas, and there was a LOT of squealing going on in this house when I opened a box from Bedhead Pajamas!!  These are the Aqua New York Botanical Classic Cotton Pajamas, and they are dreamy!!


Ladies, these are not your typical Target pajamas.  These are sold for $140 for a reason.  This is the softest cotton sateen you will ever wear and the pink piping details scream high-end.  This print is PERFECT for the cold winter!  The sweet pastel colors remind me of bleak white winters and the botanical flowers make it sweet and cheerful, and anticipatory of an early spring 🙂 I’m really on a floral print kick lately, and I basically want to wear nothing else but these extremely comfortable pajamas.

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Plus, they’re super popular with celebrities and are making nightly appearances on Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl, Ben & Kate, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, etc.

tvBedhead PJs has a beautiful assortment of holiday and Christmas-themed pajamas, and each one would make a lovely gift for your mother, your wife, your fiance, or yourself!

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These design-driven pajamas are sold in their flagship stores in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as in specialty boutiques and fine departments stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.  Bedhead also carries accessories, robes, and slippers, as well as pajamas for men and children.
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AND these were voted #1 pajama on Wall Street Journal!

You guys, I am so excited about this giveaway.

One winner will receive a set of Aqua New York Botanical pajamas, just like the pair I reviewed!

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This prize is for a size MEDIUM, which is roughly a dress size 8-10. (I’m wearing a Small).

Because I was sent the winner’s prize pajamas along with my review item, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you, via paypal invoice.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 6, 2013. The Holiday HoHoHo Hop Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Dec 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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Firmoo Glasses {Review}

Glasses are such fun accessories!  When I was younger and before I actually needed glasses/contacts, I remember buying a pair of frames with clear lenses (zero prescription) so that I could wear them to school and feel fashionable.  Now that I actually do need glasses to see, I have an even greater excuse to get cute ones!  When you think of them as an accessory, you really do need a few pairs!  One black, one brown, one that goes best with your skin tone and hair color, one for fun, one with tinted lenses, etc.  You’re right, this totally adds up, but you don’t have to only shop at your optometrist’s office.  There are other options!  Much more affordable options!
Lenses from Firmoo start at $8!!  Plus they have a 1st Pair Free program, so there’s really no excuse to go pick out several and expand your eyewear collection.
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But what about being able to try them on?  Believe me, I get it.  Rest assured, Firmoo has a Virtual Try-On System, where you can upload a picture of your face and virtually try on all the pairs in the store.  And you can take your time, too.  I remember once feeling rushed into a purchase because I had already taken up what I thought was a fair amount of time trying on my favorites, but still hadn’t come to a decision.  Your glasses are a big deal!  They become a big part of your ‘look’!
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I really had a hard time narrowing down favorites from all the fantastic frames from Firmoo.  The Virtual Try-On feature really made things easier, since I could get a better idea of just how large these lenses would look on my face.  According to Firmoo, 98% of their customers who use the Virtual Try On tool are satisfied with their glasses pick.  I ultimately went with something a little crazy, and I’m so glad I took that little risk!  These are a square frame tortoise shell pair (#CP8384) and I love their personality!


The variation of browns make this easy to compliment many different shades of dark or light hair.  I also like how the folding arms are a different pattern, so these look like another pair entirely when you look from the side.
Go pick out a cute pair of glasses for yourself!

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Repeat Possessions {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Repeat possessions.  Think about it.  You probably have a dozen of these.  A certain article of clothing or a pair of shoes that has become your go-to staple and the first thing you grab when you don’t want to think about what to wear today, or you don’t feel like putting in the time to make up a fashion-statement ensemble.  I have tons of these.  Some might call it a limited fashion sense or a stuck-in-a-rut wardrobe, but even Kate Middleton has a pair of tan pumps that she wears everywhere as her staple heels!

Repeat Possessions

Surely a store with the name Repeat Possessions would be the place to go for just such things.  They sell familiar favorites and fashion statement pieces, and everything in between.  Tops, denim, bottoms, activewear, dresses, outerwear, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and even kids clothes!  Here are some things I would wear again and again and again!

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Repeat Possessions sent me a classic item that I have literally worn three times this week already.  You can never have enough camis, and when I find a good one, it gets worn to threads.  I got to review the Signature Cami, and it is the most comfortable camisole I own.  It is made out of a super stretchy blend of 92% lightweight nylon and 8% spandex and it is just so buttery smooth to the touch!

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Not all camisoles were created equally, and before you disregard this giveaway because the prize is just a tank top, let me further convince you that you need one of these!  They come in SIXTY different colors (!!!), from brights to pastels to neutrals.


I went with the “Stone” color in hopes of adding a nice neutral layer underneath shirts that dip a little too low or end too high on the hem, and since it matches perfectly with my skin, there isn’t a sliver of something white or black that stands out and distracts. image

I also really love that these are one size fits all!  They are SO stretchy that they work on all body types without looking baggy or stretched too thin on big and small bodies alike.  They are also great for pre/post pregnancy periods and they look great with an assortment of casual and dressy outfits, and the long length is exactly what I like.  This is a keeper, for sure!

Enter to win your own Signature Camisole from Repeat Possessions!

And use the code “Dandy” for 10% off your future purchases!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 9th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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Sun Protection Zone {Review}

Do you remember your first awful sunburn?  Were you fairly little and pretty miserable for a few days?  Thoughts of my own first sunburn that left me red and crunchy have made me completely paranoid about my little boys getting burned this summer.  I’m pretty good about keeping a bottle sunscreen in my bag, but whenever we hit the beach, I’m hesitant to let the boys roam shirtless.  While they don’t mind wearing one, I’ll have them in swimshirts as long as I can!  The familiar back-burn that makes it impossible to sleep is not worth the risk!


I found some great sun protection clothing at Sun Protection Zone, and I was so happy to be able to get “Rocket” a swim shirt for this summer (and probably another after that before it will go to the next boy).  We picked the a long sleeve shirt, and after using it and realizing how much we like it, I think the suits would be great too!

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The fabric is very comfortable in a 4-way stretch and the design allows for a lot of movement for active kids.  As you can see, the collar wasn’t too tight or chocking, but it still protects a lot of his neck.  (This was a size 4, and he’s really only 2 1/2).  I like that this grey color can match a lot of boys’ swimsuits these days, and it might even be ok for a girls shirt.  Grey is fairly neutral, right?  Man, do I have some paaaaasty white boys!  Its fairly blinding.  But let’s keep it that way!


This is the Boy’s Long Sleeve Rash Guard, sold for $20.  It claims 100 SPF!!!  Nice and secure stretch seams keep it tightly woven and as you’d expect from a swim shirt, it has resistance to chlorine and salt water.  Because it is so lightweight, it is not too warm for a summer afternoon at the beach, but it could also be great for layering in other seasons and winter activities.  And here are my favorite words: machine washable!

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Sun Protection Zone carries all sorts of swim shirts, suits, hats, and other protective gear for everyone in the family.

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And dearest readers, you can receive 20% off your purchase at by using the coupon code: BLOG20OFF for a limited time!

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