If you have a vanity or even a dresser that's looking a little blah, here are a few fun ways you can spruce it up a bit. A decorative mirror, vintage-inspired brush or atomizer, or cute powder puff will class up your joint, while a fanciful tray makes a great home for your beauty goods. (On a tight budget? Hit a flea market for one-of-a-kind finds.) Earlier, most of you said you get ready in the bathroom in the morning, but do these embellished goods have you changing your mind?
Sure, a brush can get the tangles out, assist with styling, and even help remove buildup, but it's always a bonus when that brush gives you results beyond anything you ever imagined. Recently, I tried out Kim7754 reviewed Brushlab Round Cushion Brush With Mirror Combo ($8), and got amazing results. Here's what she had to say:
I absolutely love this brush. It makes my hair smooth, light, and shiny. My hair is naturally straight, but I have thick, full hair so it does get poofy if I don't straighten it — especially if I take a shower at night and wake up the next morning. My hair is just horribly unmanageable. But I used this brush one night after showering and I woke up the next morning with my hair super straight, as if I used a straightener! I am definitely keeping this brush.
Do you have a brush, comb, or any other hair device that you can't stop raving about — or complaining about? Tell us all about it on our Product Reviews section. We want to know what you're thinking.
For years I've been reading about Mason Pearson hair brushes in magazines, and inevitably they're lauded as life-changing miracle brushes. I haven't tried one yet, but I was given a Frederic Fekkai travel brush ($55) that's similarly luxurious.
The faux-tortoise brush is beautiful, easy to hold and replete with old-timey allure. It's pretty enough to leave out when guests are over, and it just feels more glamorous to brush my hair with this than with a drugstore brush. Except...
(To find out why I'm not loving it, read more
We all want our teeth to be bright and white. There are so many whitening products and toothpastes on the shelves at my local drugstore. Dentists, for a pretty penny, professionally bleach stained and colored teeth.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to have pearly whites, but these products can make your teeth sensitive to cold and hot temperatures. Which can be surprisingly painful, so why not prevent the stains before they start?
If you're concerned about your teeth becoming stained, try to avoid these as much as possible:
- Coffee, tea, cola, and red wine - consider cutting back if it's not possible to ditch these altogether, and brush your teeth immediately after you drink them.
- Smoking - Don't you have enough reasons to quit?
- Certain fruits and veggies - apples and potatoes can stain your teeth, so brush after eating them. Teeth, like people, are unique and not everyone's teeth will react the same way to the same foods.
- Minerals in the water you drink can also discolor your teeth. Some cities add fluoride to the water supply - excessive fluoride from water or mouthwashes can also cause discoloration.
Fit's Tips: Anything that can stain your carpet can stain your teeth - so brushing after each meal and snack can help prevent stains. Keep toothpaste and a toothbrush in your desk drawer at work, so you can brush after your morning coffe.
Also, make sure to floss your teeth daily and get your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months. It's good to know that some of these stains can be gently scraped off by your dentist.