Overall, I liked the Optic White series. I usually avoid whitening products because I’m concerned about preserving my enamel, but Optic White made my teeth whiter without also making them feel weaker or sensitive. 

I really liked the toothbrush. I generally don’t care for brushes that have rubbery parts to them or the other kinds of bells and whistles, but this one had a really nice feel and it reached my back teeth really well. The tongue scrubber on the back was a nice addition too. 

The mouth rinse was… interesting! It worked really well and, as a peroxide-based rinse, it didn’t burn the way alcohol-based rinses do. You could definitely feel it foaming and tingling all over your mouth. It was weird, though. It foamed up so much in my mouth and, after I spit it out, it left a white foamy film behind. I had to rinse with a little water after too. 

I didn’t care for the paste too much. It must have done its job at whitening and cleaning, but I *really* didn’t like the taste. It was so mediciney, it made me a little sick. 

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Influenster Sugar ‘N Spice Voxbox 2013 !!!
I was so excited when I got this! It was jam-packed with SO MUCH. Look at all that up there! A lot of these I’ve been planning to buy and try on my own, so here’s my reviews!
Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture lotion spray - This was the very first thing I tried, not even a full minute after I opened the box. “Oooh look!” I said. Spray, spray, arms, legs, rub rub rub. It’s not what I expected, it’s got a really dry finish and it doesn’t weigh on your skin like cream lotion does. It’s more like the feeling of having showered with a moisturizing body wash than having slathered your skin with lotion. The application is the biggest selling point, it goes on so quickly. And the scent is so nice, it’s a little bit tropical and reminds me of tanning lotion. 
NECTRESSE natural zero-calorie sweetener (derived from monk fruit!) - I think it’s because I’m so into drinking tea that I’m also totally into the different things you can use to sweeten tea. So when I saw that I’d been sent a WHOLE BOX of this stuff, I was elated! When I go for a low- or no-calorie sweetener, Splenda’s been my choice. I’ve always liked how neutral it tastes; sugar and honey have their own flavor to add, other no-calorie sweeteners do too in a bad way. Splenda, though, is just what you’re drinking + sweet. Before I poured a packet in my tea, I dipped my finger in to taste it straight up. It had a nice, bright but not overpowering slightly fruity taste, similar to mango. It didn’t make my tea taste fruity but it did imbue a slight extra flavor (like raw sugar does). This is the true ~sugar experience~ imo. No other no-calorie sweetener adds that subtle extra like this does.
Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes - First reaction: I thought the box was pretty and the way the product was presented as ~natural~ skin care was nice, but the fact that it was just a moist towelette in witch hazel kind of bored me. I’d used witch hazel in the past and was kind of “meh” about it. BUT then I tried it and was very impressed! I’d used witch hazel as an astringent for blemishes but never like this! The box recommends its use as a mid-day refresher for your face to wipe away dirt and control oil. It stood up to those words exactly! I wiped my mid-day face with the towelette, it was cool and refreshing and had that nice familiar scent of witch hazel. The rest of the day, my face felt fresh and clean.
Colgate Optic White Regimen including Toothpaste, Mouthwash, and Toothbrush - WOW! This impressed me the most because WOW they sent me the FULL OPTIC WHITE LINE to try! I tried it out this morning, first thing. I have to say that these sort of products are not what I usually go for. I’m typically more worried about my enamel than I am about white teeth (though maybe I should, after drinking all that tea lol). I’m also not usually into the fancy toothbrushes with rubber flippers and tongue raspers and such. Given that, I thought the toothbrush was actually really nice! I’d never used a brush that had the cheek and tongue cleaner on the back and it does feel nice while you brush! I also felt the little cups in the middle of the brush getting all around my teeth. I especially felt it in the back of my teeth, which is an important area  you don’t want to miss! The toothpaste I might have to get used to. It had a bit of peppermint but mostly it tasted kind of mediciney. It’s worth it if it does its job of whitening, but ugh I wasn’t digging the taste. Finally, the mouthwash…. was kind of weird. I liked that it wasn’t antiseptic and didn’t burn my mouth in that way. But, like they tell you on the bottle, it foams up in your mouth. The foaming feelings was nice, though. And you can really feel the hydrogen peroxide, in the foaming and I felt it stinging a sore on the roof of my mouth while I swished. When I spit, it was all white foam and it coated my mouth. I had to rinse with a little water because it was all over my mouth and tongue. I’m totally going to continue with all 3 and I’ll look forward to checking for results, but I don’t think I’d buy this. It’s just not my thing.
belVita Breakfast Biscuits - I’ve been wanting to try these for so long! It sounded like the absolute perfect thing to fit into my routine. A breakfast food that I could easily grab and go and eat on my way that doesn’t need to be prepared, has enough bulk and complex carbs to keep me full, but isn’t sticky or messy (I’m looking at you, Nature Valley Granola bars!). These were easy to eat, didn’t leave crumbs everywhere, and they were very tasty! Not too sweet, nice and mellow; a comforting taste. And they’d go perfect with coffee or tea. They’re very VERY similar to tea biscuits. 

Influenster Sugar ‘N Spice Voxbox 2013 !!!

I was so excited when I got this! It was jam-packed with SO MUCH. Look at all that up there! A lot of these I’ve been planning to buy and try on my own, so here’s my reviews!

  • Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture lotion spray - This was the very first thing I tried, not even a full minute after I opened the box. “Oooh look!” I said. Spray, spray, arms, legs, rub rub rub. It’s not what I expected, it’s got a really dry finish and it doesn’t weigh on your skin like cream lotion does. It’s more like the feeling of having showered with a moisturizing body wash than having slathered your skin with lotion. The application is the biggest selling point, it goes on so quickly. And the scent is so nice, it’s a little bit tropical and reminds me of tanning lotion. 
  • NECTRESSE natural zero-calorie sweetener (derived from monk fruit!) - I think it’s because I’m so into drinking tea that I’m also totally into the different things you can use to sweeten tea. So when I saw that I’d been sent a WHOLE BOX of this stuff, I was elated! When I go for a low- or no-calorie sweetener, Splenda’s been my choice. I’ve always liked how neutral it tastes; sugar and honey have their own flavor to add, other no-calorie sweeteners do too in a bad way. Splenda, though, is just what you’re drinking + sweet. Before I poured a packet in my tea, I dipped my finger in to taste it straight up. It had a nice, bright but not overpowering slightly fruity taste, similar to mango. It didn’t make my tea taste fruity but it did imbue a slight extra flavor (like raw sugar does). This is the true ~sugar experience~ imo. No other no-calorie sweetener adds that subtle extra like this does.
  • Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes - First reaction: I thought the box was pretty and the way the product was presented as ~natural~ skin care was nice, but the fact that it was just a moist towelette in witch hazel kind of bored me. I’d used witch hazel in the past and was kind of “meh” about it. BUT then I tried it and was very impressed! I’d used witch hazel as an astringent for blemishes but never like this! The box recommends its use as a mid-day refresher for your face to wipe away dirt and control oil. It stood up to those words exactly! I wiped my mid-day face with the towelette, it was cool and refreshing and had that nice familiar scent of witch hazel. The rest of the day, my face felt fresh and clean.
  • Colgate Optic White Regimen including Toothpaste, Mouthwash, and Toothbrush - WOW! This impressed me the most because WOW they sent me the FULL OPTIC WHITE LINE to try! I tried it out this morning, first thing. I have to say that these sort of products are not what I usually go for. I’m typically more worried about my enamel than I am about white teeth (though maybe I should, after drinking all that tea lol). I’m also not usually into the fancy toothbrushes with rubber flippers and tongue raspers and such. Given that, I thought the toothbrush was actually really nice! I’d never used a brush that had the cheek and tongue cleaner on the back and it does feel nice while you brush! I also felt the little cups in the middle of the brush getting all around my teeth. I especially felt it in the back of my teeth, which is an important area  you don’t want to miss! The toothpaste I might have to get used to. It had a bit of peppermint but mostly it tasted kind of mediciney. It’s worth it if it does its job of whitening, but ugh I wasn’t digging the taste. Finally, the mouthwash…. was kind of weird. I liked that it wasn’t antiseptic and didn’t burn my mouth in that way. But, like they tell you on the bottle, it foams up in your mouth. The foaming feelings was nice, though. And you can really feel the hydrogen peroxide, in the foaming and I felt it stinging a sore on the roof of my mouth while I swished. When I spit, it was all white foam and it coated my mouth. I had to rinse with a little water because it was all over my mouth and tongue. I’m totally going to continue with all 3 and I’ll look forward to checking for results, but I don’t think I’d buy this. It’s just not my thing.
  • belVita Breakfast Biscuits - I’ve been wanting to try these for so long! It sounded like the absolute perfect thing to fit into my routine. A breakfast food that I could easily grab and go and eat on my way that doesn’t need to be prepared, has enough bulk and complex carbs to keep me full, but isn’t sticky or messy (I’m looking at you, Nature Valley Granola bars!). These were easy to eat, didn’t leave crumbs everywhere, and they were very tasty! Not too sweet, nice and mellow; a comforting taste. And they’d go perfect with coffee or tea. They’re very VERY similar to tea biscuits. 
“Would it… kill you to say something? “No.” That’s the first thing you’ve said in the last four hours. That’s a… that’s fountain of conversation, man. That’s a geyser. I mean, whoa daddy! Stand back, man. Shit. I’m sitting here driving. Doing all the driving, man. The whole fucking way from Brainard driving. Just trying to… chat, you know. Keep our spirits up, fight the boredom of the road, and you can’t say one fucking thing just in the way of conversation.”

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IT’S A DETHKLOK GIVEAWAY:

Hello, lovelies! It’s time for my first ever giveaway in honor of a pretty big event coming up in March on 3/3 at the Roxy in LA. That’s right - you’ve heard me yapping about it before now - the Galaktikon concert!

WesFest 8 is the first and ONLY performance of Brendon Small’s Galaktikon (certainly for this year - maybe forever!), so you absolutely cannot miss it, or you might as well kill yourself. Seriously.

There are a whole slew of reasons for you to go to WesFest, such as it being a benefit concert for The Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College Of Music and an overall good cause - but did I mention Galaktikon? Because Brendon Small is totes going to be there with a whole bunch of other cool guys like Bryan Beller (basist of Dethklok and the Aristocrats) and MIKE freakin’ KENEALLY (dudes, he played for Zappa). And it’s a nice, small intimate encounter, and I bet you could smell Brendon if you really wanted to (*note: Linden does not condone smelling people). So SHARE THE WORD because this giveaway, like WesFest 8, IS FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

AND BUY YOUR TICKETS for the Galaktikon concert!! 

PRIZES

  • SIGNED copy of Brendon Small’s solo album Galaktikon!!
  • Deluxe Dethalbum 3 (that includes the patch!)
  • A Dethlkok pin that’s made of metal. It can also stab people! Brutal!
  • ONE of the Dethklok picks that I’ve gathered over the years. Pic shows front and back. The yellowish/clear one is from the most recent tour, and the other three are from the 2007 tour and have character names (Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, and Pickles) on the reverse.

RULES

  • Reblog as much as you want! The more you spread the word, the better!
  • Likes don’t count - only reblogs.
  • Winner will be randomized.
  • I’ll ship wherever. Just provide me an address if you’re the winner.
  • Make sure you have your ask box open!! Once I choose the winner, they’ll have a week to contact me back or I’ll choose another winner.
  • Any other questions, you can ask me personally. I practically live on Tumblr and am always around.

CONTEST ENDS ON 3/3, THE SAME NIGHT AS THE GALAKTIKON CONCERT. Announcement of the winner will be made most likely the following day, because let’s face it, I’m going to the concert and will be drinking during it, and there is no way that anyone is gonna let me work a computer drunk.

If you go to the concert, make sure to stop by and say hi. :) I won’t bite too hard.

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Influenster Cosmo Voxbox 2012

FINALLY getting around to posting this!
I was super excited when I got this in the mail, and even more excited when I got it open and saw what I’d been sent! How cool, right? So here’s my reviews on this great swag.
Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Sea Salt Escape chocolate bar - I scarfed this down right away. Of course, it’s Ghirardelli chocolate! It didn’t stand a chance. I’d heard about salt sprinkles + chocolate but was never compelled enough to try it. It’s really interesting! The salt wakes up a taste in the chocolate you wouldn’t get otherwise! And there were almond piece in this bar too, which made the texture perfect.
Gilette Venus Embrace 5 blade razor - I have to say, I have disliked Venus razors in the past; the blade cartridge always fell off constantly while I was using it. I am happy to report that this is not the case with this one. It stayed on the whole time, was really sturdy, and you get a lot of use out of one razor cartridge. The shave lasts really long and it makes you skin soft.  What more could you ask for?
Pilot Frixion eraseable pen - I love these pens. I’ve tried them before. A fellow crafter told me about them and how perfect they are for transferring designs onto surfaces you’re going to paint, stitch, draw, etc. This is not any eraseable pen you’ve used before; this one ACTUALLY WORKS. The ink is like dry erase marker type stuff where it kind of crumbles away when you use the rubber eraser end and leaves no mark behind at all. 
Bath & Body Works forever Red eau de parfume - I’m really picky when it comes to smelly stuff I put on myself. This is a good smell. It’s not sickly sweet or too floral, it’s got a lot of really interesting notes. It’s got a lot of rosey scent and a little hint of must, definitely not too sweet. 

Influenster Cosmo Voxbox 2012

FINALLY getting around to posting this!

I was super excited when I got this in the mail, and even more excited when I got it open and saw what I’d been sent! How cool, right? So here’s my reviews on this great swag.

  • Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Sea Salt Escape chocolate barI scarfed this down right away. Of course, it’s Ghirardelli chocolate! It didn’t stand a chance. I’d heard about salt sprinkles + chocolate but was never compelled enough to try it. It’s really interesting! The salt wakes up a taste in the chocolate you wouldn’t get otherwise! And there were almond piece in this bar too, which made the texture perfect.
  • Gilette Venus Embrace 5 blade razor - I have to say, I have disliked Venus razors in the past; the blade cartridge always fell off constantly while I was using it. I am happy to report that this is not the case with this one. It stayed on the whole time, was really sturdy, and you get a lot of use out of one razor cartridge. The shave lasts really long and it makes you skin soft.  What more could you ask for?
  • Pilot Frixion eraseable pen - I love these pens. I’ve tried them before. A fellow crafter told me about them and how perfect they are for transferring designs onto surfaces you’re going to paint, stitch, draw, etc. This is not any eraseable pen you’ve used before; this one ACTUALLY WORKS. The ink is like dry erase marker type stuff where it kind of crumbles away when you use the rubber eraser end and leaves no mark behind at all. 
  • Bath & Body Works forever Red eau de parfume - I’m really picky when it comes to smelly stuff I put on myself. This is a good smell. It’s not sickly sweet or too floral, it’s got a lot of really interesting notes. It’s got a lot of rosey scent and a little hint of must, definitely not too sweet.