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Try It Tuesday: Magnetic Eyelashes

Longer, fuller lashes have been a long time beauty want for many women. And there are a variety of beauty trends to achieve just this – mascaras, serums, extensions, falsies, and the newest trend, magnetic eyelashes. Some women are willing to try it all to find what works best. While I haven’t tried some of these, like extensions and serums, I have tried some mascaras and falsies, but not magnetic ones. So this week I decided to give magnetic eyelashes a try.

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So, magnetic eyelashes. Having used false eyelashes before and not being a big fan of using glue along my lash line, I thought maybe magnetic eyelashes would be fun to try. There’s no glue required, so no mess or pulling when removed, and they’d also last longer. Plus, they would be easier to apply, right? This was my thought process when I decided to give magnetic eyelashes a try, but after MULTIPLE attempts I decided they just aren’t for me. Check it out!

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What?

Prohapi 4 Piece False Magnetic Eyelashes – $11.99 on Amazon

When?

On two occasions I have tried putting these magnetic eyelashes on. Overall I’ve probably spent about an hour working with them, and in my opinion, an hour too long. In all reality, who wants to spend THAT long applying fake eyelashes? I sure don’t.

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How?

Per the instructions on the box:

  1. Place one piece of magnetic false eyelashes over your eye while making sure it aligns with your natural lashes.
  2. Let the top lash rest on the eye’s lids where it is and pick up the bottom false magnetic eyelash.
  3. Place the bottom lash under the natural lashes so that it aligns with the top lash and connect them – that’s it you’re done!

Results

I’ve already told you magnetic eyelashes just aren’t for me, so obviously it didn’t work out. I’m not saying it won’t work for you or anyone else, but as far as I’m concerned, I’ll just stick to regular falsies and eyelash glue.

The how-to up there? IT. DOES. NOT. WORK.

Here’s why:

  1. If you try to apply these on bare lashes (no mascara), it won’t just sit in place on top of your lash. You may find it immediately falls off, or when you look down to get the lash for the bottom, the top one will fall off.
    • With that being said, I also tried applying these after applying mascara to my natural lashes. I did find the top lash stayed on my natural lash (most of the time), but I still encountered other problems.
  2. It’s not as easy as connecting the top and bottom magnetic lashes. If you’re eye/lash line, like mine or just about anyone’s, has a curve to it, you have to try to curve the magnetic lashes to match your lash line. Otherwise, you end up with a funky, straight looking false lash and that is not a good look. If the magnetic lashes came with a bit more of a curvature, I think it may help a little bit.
  3. As soon as the magnetic force hits, there is no stopping it. What happened when I tried applying these is that when I did get them on my real lashes, they were nowhere near my lash line. They would end up about midway on my natural lashes. So not only was curvature a problem, but I could never get the magnets right at my lash line. If I did, it was because a tiny portion of my upper water line was in between the magnets and that is not at all comfortable. Even after trying to adjust them, I just couldn’t get them to look right.

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So, after all of the failed attempts with the original instructions, I tried something a bit different. Rather than starting with the top magnetic lash, I tried putting the bottom one on and closing my eye. I thought maybe with my eye closed it would hold the magnetic lash in place and make it easier to apply the top one. WRONG. I couldn’t get this to work either. I still encountered the same problems – lash falling down, curvature, magnets aligning at lash line. It just didn’t work.

After an hour of trying to get these magnetic eyelashes on, I just gave up. They aren’t for me.

Do I Recommend?

The short answer is no. Like I said earlier, these didn’t work for me, but it doesn’t mean they won’t work for you. They have a few good reviews on Amazon so they obviously work for someone. Maybe I need to try a different brand. Maybe I need to find some magnetic lashes that have more of a preset curvature to them. Maybe I need more practice. Although after an hour of trying these, I don’t know that I’ll try with them again.

Have you ever tried magnetic eyelashes? I’d love to hear about your experience and results!

Check out previous Try It Tuesday’s:

10 Day Foot Mask | Oil Pulling | Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder

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Try It Tuesday: Nature Phil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder

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Okay, so it’s been a while since my last Try It Tuesday and I’m still on a mission for whiter teeth. Last time it was Oil Pulling and this time it’s Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. I had seen various videos floating around social media, and while brushing my teeth with black charcoal didn’t look too appealing, I thought I’d give it a try anyway. Here’s how it has gone!

What?

Nature Phil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder – All Natural & Organic Teeth Whitening Formula: $14.98 on Amazon

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When?

The results I’m going to show you are after one week of using this product. The directions say to use it twice a day, every day. But I found that I was basically brushing my teeth four times a day and it was causing my gums to become very sore.

You’re probably wondering why I was brushing my teeth four times a day, right? See, you have the option to brush your teeth with your usual toothpaste after brushing with the charcoal, and because I wanted my mouth to feel minty clean, I chose to do that. Hence brushing my teeth what seemed like four times a day.

It was just too much on my gums. Maybe I was brushing to aggressively. I’m not sure, but after three or four days, I reduced my use of the charcoal powder to just once a day.

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How?

Twice a day, brush your teeth using the Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. As I just mentioned, you have the option to brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste afterward, which I did.

Simply wet your toothbrush, dip it in the charcoal powder, brush, and rinse. That’s it!

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Results

Well, it’s obvious that I couldn’t get a picture in the same light on both the 1st day and 8th day (I wanted to get my full 7th day in before taking a picture). With that being said, it’s hard to tell from the comparison picture if I actually got any results.

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But in person, I think it’s actually working. I certainly don’t see a drastic difference, but the yellowing of my teeth seems to be slowly fading away. I will say, however, I didn’t get the instant results after one use like many others I’ve seen try an activated charcoal powder.

No instant results here!

My boyfriend has also been trying this charcoal powder and he swears by it. He had some yellow staining on his front two teeth and they are almost completely gone (the staining, not his teeth). As usual, I’m sure results vary per individual and use.

Do I Recommend?

Yes, I would recommend Nature Phil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder. I will continue to use it myself, and because of my subtle results so far and my boyfriends results, I think it’s worth trying. Just don’t expect results after one use.

Tips

  • Brush with toothpaste afterward. With the charcoal powder there’s no minty fresh feeling and the charcoal really doesn’t have a taste (not that I was trying to taste it, but you know what I mean).
    • The charcoal also leaves small black particles lodged in your gums here and there, as well as a general black/gray tint to the gum border along your teeth. My understanding is this is normal no matter which brand of activated charcoal you use. To help rid of that, brushing with toothpaste afterward helps a bit.
  • It’s not necessary, but I used a different toothbrush for brushing with the charcoal powder and brushing with toothpaste. It just made me feel better because some of the charcoal will be left behind on the toothbrush. (My boyfriend used just one toothbrush for both.)
  • The charcoal is going to splatter all over the sink. And wall. And mirror. I recommend trying to brush close to the sink and cleaning up every day after brushing. And maybe even brushing without a shirt on because it may splatter on your shirt too.

Have you ever tried charcoal powder for teeth whitening? I’d love to hear about your experience and results!

Check out previous Try It Tuesday’s:

10 Day Foot Mask | Oil Pulling

*I am in no way, shape, or form a dental health expert and am strictly sharing my experience with this charcoal powder. For dental facts and emergencies, it’s best to consult your dentist. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Try It Tuesday: Oil Pulling

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It’s a new edition of Try It Tuesday and this week I tried oil pulling. Well, the past four weeks I’ve been trying oil pulling. Have you ever heard of it? Ever tried it? Want to try it? Keep reading to see what oil pulling is all about and what kind of results I got!

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is the act of swishing around oil in your mouth to improve dental health. From the research I’ve done, there isn’t any solid evidence as to the effectiveness of oil pulling, but many sources indicate oil pulling has the following effects, among others:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Less dental sensitivity
  • Fresher breath
  • Cures tooth decay
  • Reduces plaque
  • Improves skin
  • Helps with headaches

It’s believed that oil pulling literally pulls the toxins from your mouth, teeth and body, creating a healthier mouth and healthier you. Okay, so how true is all of this? I have no idea, but I thought I’d give it a go.

Process

The process of oil pulling is really simple. You swish a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, spit it out, rinse with water (or salt water), and brush your teeth as usual.

Easy right?

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I’ve read you can use just about any type of oil, and have seen instances of vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and sesame oil being used. I’m not sure if it really matters which oil you use, but I chose to go with coconut oil just in case I happen to swallow a little.

You’re not supposed to swallow any of it because you’d be swallowing the toxins you’re trying to get rid of, but if I happened to swallow some by accident I didn’t want it to be something like vegetable or olive oil. Yuck! I’m gagging just thinking about swallowing those.

I also chose coconut oil because of it’s known healing properties. I have been having really bad tooth sensitivity the past few months and would try anything to get rid of it. I would have gone to the dentist by now to get checked for cavities, but I don’t have dental insurance, so a home remedy it is.

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The brand I used was Kala Coconut Oil from Kala Oils. I had this on hand from an Ecocentric Mom box that I had previously gotten and hadn’t used it yet, so I figured why not. It was a way for me to put it to good use!

Results

The exact process I followed was a tablespoon of coconut oil once a day, for 10 minutes, for four weeks (minus a few days because life happens).

Right away I could tell a difference in how my mouth felt. Throughout the day, and even after eating, my teeth and mouth just felt cleaner and fresher than usual. And you know how sometimes you might wake up with a nasty taste in your mouth. That was completely gone.

As for my tooth sensitivity, I think oil pulling has helped a little, but the sensitivity hasn’t completely subsided. I’m thinking there’s a good chance I already have enough damage to the sensitive area, that nothing can help but maybe a cavity filling. I’m also starting to wonder if maybe one of my fillings has fallen out. So, looks like I’ll be paying for a dentist’s visit sometime soon after all.

As far as whitening my teeth, there’s been some subtle lightening. It’s hard to get great photos of my teeth with the same type of lighting to ensure I’m showing actual results, but I did the best I could. So take a look at day 1 and day 28.

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I can’t really say how many shades lighter my teeth are, but I can personally see a difference when I look in the mirror. Nothing drastic, but a difference nonetheless, so I’ll take it.

So is it worth the effort? I say yes if you’re looking for better general dental health. I like how my mouth and teeth feel compared to before and that’s good enough for me. But I don’t think it’s necessary to practice oil pulling every day. I’ll continue to practice it, but maybe just twice a week or so. For tooth sensitivity relief I’ll have to look elsewhere, and for whitening I think oil pulling longer term will offer better results, but I have plans to try some other things too.




Tips & Suggestions

If you’re going to try oil pulling, I’ve come up with a few do’s and don’ts. I’m sure if you go at it alone, you’ll come to the same conclusions.

Start small – If you feel like a tablespoon is too much, start with a teaspoon and test it out. You don’t have to jump right in. You also don’t have to start at 10 or 20 minutes, but try 5 minutes instead.

Do not use hardened coconut oil – If using coconut oil, you don’t want to start with it’s hardened form. Do something to melt it to liquid before putting it in your mouth. The oil would eventually melt in your mouth from the warmth, but it takes longer than you’d probably like and when measuring a tablespoon of hardened coconut oil, once it melts you’ll end up with more in your mouth than you bargained for.

Do not swish aggressively – There’s no need to swish the oil aggressively like mouthwash. It will tire you out. Just occasionally swish it through your teeth.

Do not swallow the oil – It’s really hard to hold and swish around a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes without swallowing. The tablespoon doubles in size as time passes, supposedly from the toxins it’s pulling and also the saliva that collects in your mouth. There were times I just had to swallow and suggest pushing all of the oil to the front of your teeth so you can swallow lightly without taking in too much of the oil and toxins.

Practice oil pulling while occupied – Let’s be real. When you are holding something in your mouth for 10 minutes, those can be the longest 10 minutes of your life. I suggest practicing oil pulling when you are occupied with something. My favorite time to do it is in the shower. From the time I jumped in, bathed and got out and dressed, it was right at or just past 10 minutes. You could also do it while folding laundry, loading the dishwasher, anything that keeps your mind occupied on something else.

Spit the oil in the trash – Whatever you do, always spit the oil out in the trash. Don’t spit it down the sink, especially if you’re using coconut oil because it will harden as soon as it cools off. I’m sure the last thing you want is a clogged drain to deal with.

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And not really a tip or suggestion, but hope that a sneeze or yawn doesn’t come along because if you can’t stop it, you’re going to end up with oil everywhere. Trust me. I know from experience.

Have you tried oil pulling? I’d love to hear about your experience and results!

Check out previous Try It Tuesday’s:

10 Day Foot Mask

*I am in no way, shape or form a dental health expert and am strictly sharing my experience with oil pulling. For dental facts and emergencies, it’s best to consult your dentist. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Purederm 10 Day Foot Mask

Wonder if those foot mask things work? I've got the answer for you and I think you'll be amazed! Join me on my 10 day foot mask journey (with video updates) and see just what type of results I got. #healthyfeet #Purederm #footmask
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After seeing photos and a short video of women using what seems like a miracle foot mask, I knew I just had to try it out. I haven’t had a pedicure in a really long time and with sandal weather on it’s way, my feet were in need of some love.

The photos and video that I saw depicted the layer of dead skin literally peeling off the bottom of the foot in large sheets. I thought to myself there’s no way this could be, so I took thing into my own hands to find out for sure.

After browsing foot masks on Amazon, I decided to get the three pair pack of Purederm Shiny & Soft Foot Peeling Masks. The same day they arrived, was the same day I tried them out. I was so excited and just couldn’t wait to see if they’d really work!

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Day 1 – Application

Application of the foot masks was really easy. You’ll see everything in the video below, but the masks are just a foot shaped bag that has a liquid-type substance inside. You place your foot in the mask and wear them for 60-90 minutes.

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I was a little concerned the foot masks would be kind of loose, but they actually fit nice and tight. For the 90 minutes I wore them I was sitting for the most part, but you’re still able to walk around if you need to. The masks aren’t uncomfortable to wear, but just a squishy feeling if you walk around.

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After about 30 minutes I started to feel a tingly, almost minty-like feeling and when the 90 minutes was over, I took the masks off and rinsed my feet. I noticed that the nail polish on my little toes and big toes had been affected by the foot mask.

Those particular toes were in positions that they directly rubbed against the sides of the foot mask, so I think that’s why they were the only ones affected. The three middle toenails on each foot were perfectly fine.

Also, that minty-like coolness continued probably until I went to bed that night (I first applied the masks at about 8 pm).

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Day 3

Day 3 rolled around and I was totally surprised. The masks actually work! The night of day 3, I took my socks off and looked at my feet and there were spots of loose skin just waiting to be peeled away. I peeled what I could (watch the video) and waited to see what else would happen over the next few days.

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This is everything I peeled off on Day 3!

Day 4

Day 4 came and, again, there was some additional peeling. Even the bottoms of my toes started to peel a little bit.

Day 7

In the video you’ll see I did a 7 day update just so you could see the progress that had been made before actually getting to day 10. The majority of the bottom of my feet had peeled and there were visible rigid lines all the way around the sole of my foot, where you could see at what point it peeled up to. The line stopped right at the top of the sole, all the way around. I figured that was as far as the peeling would go and that the top and sides of the foot wouldn’t do anything, but I later found out I was wrong.

At this point I also had peeling on the front and tops of my toes, around my toenail. I mean the peeling literally went all the around my toenails and all the way up to the crease of my toenails. There was even peeling in between my toes.

The only places that had yet to peel on the bottom were parts of the rougher, callused spots and also the inner sole.




Day 8

On day 8, it was warmer out so I decided to pull out my sandals. My feet needed some moisturizing, but I wanted so bad to wear them so I did. They were thong sandals that went between the toes and up across the top of my foot.

When I got home and took my sandals off, I noticed that there was slight peeling across the tops of my feet. It was nothing like the large pieces that came off the bottom of my feet, but was peeling nonetheless.

Day 10

Finally day 10 arrived and I was amazed at how well these foot masks had worked. Those rough spots that hadn’t yet peeled a few days ago, had peeled at this point. My heel looked amazing and wasn’t at all dry and cracked in the creases. The rougher, callused spots still felt a little rough, but they did peel and were visibly better. Just what I need for sandal wearing!

This also means that the foot masks delivered exactly what they said they would. By day 10 the calluses are supposed to be all gone and as of day 10, all of mine had peeled. The tops of my toes had also started peeling down to the base of the toes and the inner sole that hadn’t peeled yet was very dry and peeled off in small strips.

Day 12

As a little added bonus, after taking a shower the night of day 12 I noticed the tops and sides of my feet were peeling. Again, not in large pieces like the bottoms of my feet did, but with some rough rubbing, the skin kind of rolled off.

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This picture doesn’t even do justice, but you can see that the dry, flaky skin from the “before” picture is now gone. You definitely want to watch the video!

Ready to get your feet sandal ready?

Head over to Amazon and get your order in now! When I ordered, the pack of three was just $10.99 and today the pack appears to be $11.99, so know that prices on Amazon change all the time. There are a few different scents that Purederm offers, too. I assume since they’re the same brand, and have the same purpose, they’ll all work the same.

Order Your Favorite Scent: Lemon Apple | Apricot

Also, order when you seem them! They are currently out of stock and every single time I go back to check, it’s the same thing. It just so happens that when I ordered back in February they were out of stock at that time too, but lucky would be restocked in just a few days. As soon as that date came, I believe it was the next day that my order was shipped.

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