Apparently I haven’t brushed my teeth for years…. (+ Promo Code!)

cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush Review

Okay, maybe not literally, but it sure feels that way since I started using a brand new ultrasonic electric toothbrush! For my whole life I’ve been an old school brusher. You know, regular toothbrush, toothpaste, and a lot of elbow grease. I brushed my teeth for a few minutes and then called it a day, except on those rare occasions when I floss. (Hopefully my dentist isn’t reading this!) I’ve never had a cavity or problems with my teeth, so it never occurred to me that I might not be getting them as clean as I should be. Enter the SMILE BRILLIANT cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush.

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SmileBrilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush

When SMILE BRILLIANT contacted me to see if I’d be willing to try their new toothbrush and share my experience with my followers, I admit I was a little hesitant at first. I already have a toothbrush. I got it from my dentist at my last checkup, and I’ll be getting another freebie toothbrush at my next appointment. A toothbrush is a toothbrush, right? Well, um… Over the past two weeks I’ve been using the cariPRO, and I can tell you without any hesitation, there is a huge difference between my freebie toothbrushes from the dentist and this bad boy. My teeth have never, ever felt cleaner after brushing than they do with the cariPRO. They feel and look immaculate. How is this possible? I’m a really good brusher! I do the little circles like they show you at the dentist’s office, and I brush for at least 2-3 minutes every time. But somehow, this toothbrush brushes better than I do.


SmileBrilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

The cariPRO is cordless and rechargeable, so it comes with its own charging base. It also comes with a replacement head and really helpful instructions. Being an ultrasonic electric toothbrush newbie, I needed the instructions, but I’d recommend even veteran users of this type of toothbrush to read them because it includes tips on the techniques and angles you should use for optimum results, as well as other helpful tidbits concerning what toothpaste and mouthwash types they recommend.


What I Noticed after 2 Weeks

I was actually quite surprised by the positive changes I noticed using this toothbrush. Aside from my teeth feeling so clean after brushing, I started noticing other effects as well:

My teeth look whiter.

I have used Smile Brilliant’s customized whitening trays and gels in the past and gotten great results. Unfortunately, it has been several months since I’ve whitened and I will admit I noticed my teeth were losing some of their gleam. But since I’ve started using the cariPRO, my teeth look whiter again! Now I don’t think I’ll be needing to whiten as often.


My gums are healthier.

Because I’m not the best at remembering to floss (okay, I pretty much only do it if I have a dentist appointment that day or if I’ve just eaten popcorn). Because of this, I sometimes have a little gum soreness on and off. I get my teeth cleaned twice a year and my dentist usually finds little pockets of gum inflammation and tells me I have some 1s, 2s, a few 3s, and I’ve even had few 4s in the past (4s are bad). The timing of my trying this toothbrush was perfect because I had my 6-month dental cleaning just yesterday, after having used the toothbrush for a full 2 weeks. You guys, the lady cleaning my teeth complimented me on how well I’ve been brushing and flossing! She said my teeth and gums looked much better than they did 6 months ago. Uh….I really haven’t done anything different except start using the cariPRO for the past two weeks. I can only imagine what she’ll say after 6 months of using it!


cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush Before and After

How It Works

According to SMILE BRILLIANT, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush removes 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. They also claim that it improves gum health in less than 2 weeks, and I can attest to that myself. They say your smile will be 2x whiter in 1 single week, and personally I noticed some whitening after just 2 uses, and quite a bit more as time went on.


I was so impressed with these results that it made me want to know HOW THIS IS POSSIBLE! Googling around here and there, the general consensus seems to be that electric toothbrushes, when used correctly, can help people brush their teeth better. And of the two types of electric toothbrushes (sonic, with heads that move, and ultrasonic, having high frequency vibrations that break down plaque), ultrasonic is more effective, although more expensive. Keep in mind I’ve never in my life tried any sort of electric toothbrush before, so this was a whole new experience for me.


I can’t speak with authority on the science of electric toothbrushes or the intricacies of sonic vs ultrasonic, but I can say that I was completely blown away with the noticeable (both visible and sensory) improvements I had after 2 weeks of using it. I HIGHLY recommend the cariPRO if you’re in the market for a new toothbrush. And if you are still using the freebies from the dentist like I was? You probably should be in the market. Just sayin’. Hey, I didn’t know any better 2 weeks ago either.


SmileBrilliant cariPRO Settings

There are 5 different settings: Clean, Whiten, Massage, Gum Care, and Sensitive. My favorite setting is Clean. I played around with all of them and could see and feel the differences between each. My go-to setting for a good everyday cleaning is the “Clean” setting. “Whitening” is a little stronger than Clean, and “Sensitive” is a little gentler. “Massage” and “Gum Care” are for improving and maintaining your gum health. Massage stimulates your gums, while Gum Care gently cleans along the gumline. It’s recommended that you use both of these gum settings with an additional cleaning mode to make sure you’re getting your teeth clean. As always, if you have questions about my experience with this toothbrush or any of its features or settings, ask away!


Important tip for electric toothbrush newbies like me:

After adding toothpaste to the brush, PUT THE BRUSH INTO YOUR MOUTH before switching it on. The first time I tried this toothbrush, I put the toothpaste on it, ran it under the water faucet like I always did with my manual toothbrush, and turned it on while still holding it out in front of me. Unfortunately for me I was wearing a black shirt. Y’all, nobody told me the toothpaste would spatter all over me and my surroundings. Why wasn’t this covered in the instructions? Or maybe it’s common sense and I just don’t have enough. At any rate, lesson learned. Hopefully I saved you from the same fate. You’re welcome.


SmileBrilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush Review



Get 50% off with promo code EVERYDAYTEACHER50

No need to get out your cheaters, you read that right: FIFTY PERCENT off your Smile Brilliant cariPRO order! Unbelievable, right? When Smile Brilliant asked me to choose the level of discount I thought my followers would like, I shot for the moon. After all, it’s YOU guys. You’re important to me. I didn’t know if they’d go along with a 50% discount, but they did, so YOU’RE IN!


The basic package starts at $119, and with promo code EVERYDAYTEACHER50 that means you’re only paying around $60 for this life-changing toothbrush. There’s a money-back guarantee and you can return it (free shipping) if you don’t love it after 60 days, so it’s definitely worth trying.


I did receive a complimentary cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush from Smile Brilliant so I could share my experience, but the reason I’m gushing about this toothbrush is because I had such a great experience with it, and I think you’ll be as pleased as I was — especially if you’re still using a manual. In fact, I’m going to take advantage of my own discount code and get one of these for my husband and each of my two older boys for Christmas.


Happy brushing, friends!

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cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush Review

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Flattering Joggers? They Do Exist!

Loft Lou & Grey Cosmic Joggers

Joggers can be tricky. Especially for those of us who are a little more pear-shaped. They’re supposed to look drapey,  comfy, and effortless, but if you are a little thicker on the south side of the equator (and have short legs to boot), many joggers can be a little unflattering. I’ve been searching for a flattering pair of joggers for over a year now with no luck, but the search is over: meet the Lou & Grey Cosmic Joggers.


Lou & Grey Cosmic Joggers

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Here’s why they work for my shape:

  • The drawstring waist doesn’t have as many bunches and gathers as some — this makes your waist look smaller rather than bulgy.
  • The material is drapey, but not baggy, so they don’t get stretched out and droop around the knees or sag behind your seat.
  • The material is slightly stretchy, but not clingy. Because of this, the material slides over your legs rather than encasing them like sausages, and it doesn’t cling to your behind.
  • They have patch pockets, not pockets on the inside, so there is no extra fabric bulged near the hip/thigh area.


Lou & Grey Cosmic Joggers


The material is almost silky, but it’s not as shiny and a little thicker. I do notice that it wrinkles VERY easily, so you’ll want to hang them up to store them. However, the wrinkles fall out after wearing them for a little while, so you’re not stuck with the wrinkles the entire day. I haven’t washed them yet, so I am really, really hoping they come out looking like new and there is no shrinkage or discoloration. Fingers crossed! They also come in a dark charcoal gray.


The only downside for me is that they’re a bit too long for my short legs. I wish they came in a “short” or petite length. I rolled them up once to get them where I wanted them. Guess I could always get them hemmed.


Lou & Grey Cosmic Joggers



Other Loft Goodies

I found these joggers at Loft and got a GREAT deal on them with a 40% off coupon code. Love that at Loft, if you just wait a week or two, you can usually get a great discount code.


Textured Pocket Drawstring Skirt

Loft Textured Pocket Drawstring Skirt

This skirt has pockets. I probably don’t need to say any more than that, but there actually is more. The material has the comfort and feel of sweatpants, but it’s got a slight horizontal texture in it. The addition of this texture means that you can style the skirt really casually as I did here, or you can dress it up with a blouse or blazer and heels to take it to work or a night out. Trust me, you need this.

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Loft Pocket Textured Drawstring Skirt


Striped Side Tie Tee

Loft side tie striped tee

Okay, that’s not me wearing it, but I also bought this side tie tee. It’s a white and light gray spacedye style stripe, and it’s really lightweight and breezy. I love that although it has a tie waist, it doesn’t ride up and become a crop top once you tie it. The length is perfect and it looks great with either shorts, jeans, or a skirt and heels. Another super-versatile piece you can find at the Loft right now.

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So if you haven’t been to the Loft in a while, now’s a great time to head back in, or just shop online like I do. 🙂


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Brand New Custom Hair Products Designed JUST for You! + GIVEAWAY

formulate launch giveaway


So excited to be sharing something really special with you today! I’m partnering with a brand new company — I’m talking so new they are launching TODAY — that’s different from anything else out there. Formulate is not just a company, but a concept that’s revolutionizing hair care by engineering customized formulas for individuals based on their own unique hair issues. Formulate has reached out to me with a special offer for my followers who would like to be among the first to try these brand-new products right along with me. There’s a giveaway (yeah! see below to enter!). And/Or, if you’re intrigued, be one of the FIRST TEN PEOPLE to contact me via email or Instagram direct message to receive an invitation for early access to this new product. Within the next few weeks they are rolling it out only to people with codes (and giveaway winners!), so let me know asap if you’re interested! I’m all signed up and I can’t wait to try my blend. I chose the Tidal scent — sounds amazing!



To celebrate this launch, I am thrilled to be hosting a GIVEAWAY!! One of my followers will receive an invite code to Formulate plus one free shipment of your own customized shampoo & conditioner (450ml)!! To enter, go to Formulate and click the “ENTER MY GIVEAWAY” link at the top of the page. It’s that simple! But hurry, the giveaway closes 2 weeks from today (on July 24, 2018). Good luck, friends!


Here’s a video with more info about the company, concept, and products:


Unique Custom Formulas for YOUR Hair

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in the shampoo and conditioner aisle at the store reading bottle after bottle and still not being able to decide what I need. With Formulate, the idea is to send them all of the information about your hair by completing a questionnaire and then they design your unique formula. And get this, you even get to choose your scent! Yassssss! I also love that Formulate guarantees results: if you don’t like how it’s working for you, you can request a refund.

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If you’re like me, you want to know about ingredients. Formulate says this: ”

We have a LONG list of ingredients, and each order will include the full specific list for both the shampoo and conditioner, but those bottles will NEVER include sulfate. parabens, or ingredients tested on animals. We’re also more than happy to address any other allergens a customer might have, all they need to is email us so!” and this “Fragrances in personal care products are sometimes the main culprit for allergic and irritation responses. For this reason we have 2 natural aromatic oils that users can choose from for their formulas. If you know you have an issue with fragrance we recommend choosing Burgeon or Freshly Squeezed when ordering.”


Cost Info

Formulate is very generously sending me a complimentary custom shampoo and conditioner set to demo, so I will of course post a full review once I receive it and have been using it for a little while. Regarding cost to purchase, this info is directly from Formulate:

Costs: Our initial package offering for all early invite code users is a 3 shipment supply for $130, shipping included. Each Shipment has a 450ml bottle of their custom Shampoo & Conditioner. Dependent on length of hair and weekly use each single shipment will last for between 6 & 9 weeks. If you’re a 6 week person the package ends up being a 4.5 month supply overall, if you’re a 9 week person it’s a little under a 7 month supply!


At $130 that’s a little over $43.00 per shipment. Certainly not in the bargain brand range but: it’s customized for each person, and it’s still under the cost of most in-salon purchased brands!

Guarantee: We are engineering and formulating each customized shampoo and conditioner so that they are the BEST product for each individual. If that’s not the case for a user – we want to make it right.


I’m In: Who’s With Me?

It’s so exciting to be trying brand new products, but the whole concept of Formulate is what excites me most. I have found some products over the years that I think work pretty well for my hair (specifically, Monat!), but I’m eagerly anticipating the prospect of a product designed SPECIFICALLY for me. Can’t wait!


Be sure to enter my giveaway, and you can always message me if you’d like an invitation code to the upcoming product launch!

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