Charcoal Teeth Whitening

It's been a craze this past summer: whitening your teeth with charcoal powder! So I tested it out for 2 weeks to see if it actually works. 


Instructions (what I did):

  1. Wet toothbrush thoroughly
  2. Dip toothbrush into charcoal powder (make sure to tap the container down to make the powder even prior to opening)
  3. Tap out excess
  4. Brush your teeth for 1 minute on the outside 
  5. Spit
  6. Add toothpaste to your toothbrush
  7. Brush the rest of your teeth for 1-2 minute
  8. Rinse and Smile
  • Be careful when spitting into the sink. Spit first then run the water to rinse. It will go everywhere! Tip: keep a sponge nearby to wipe down the sink!
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush and don't brush too hard! 
  • Use it ONCE a day! 



Verdict: I believe it works really well! My teeth are brighter and whiter after almost 2 weeks of use.

What does it taste like: tasteless. It's completely tasteless. It's really strange to get use to. 

It's great for people who have sensitive teeth since there aren't any chemicals used. The powder is super fine so it hasn't gotten stuck in my gums. However, I would just do a minute with the charcoal and the other minute with normal toothpaste. My gums got a bit sensitive from brushing it for two minutes with charcoal and another 2 minutes with toothpaste. 

The only problem I have is that my teeth are super white for the day and then it kinda fades back a little bit. I have to brush my teeth every day with it to keep the "whiteness". If you want "super white", I would go with crest whitening strips. But overall, I think it's a great investment.

Get it here for less than $12!

Stay beautiful, beauties! 


Fatigue Eyeballs & Pretty Bath Bombs

I got my hands on a couple of products from a company called "Grace & Stella Co". Their motto: to give women an at-home spa experience with quality products at a great price.

Their products are available through their website or Amazon. Since I have Amazon Prime, I took advantage of my "Two Day, Free Ship". 

I grabbed Cucumber Facial Masks, a Gel Bead Eye Mask, and a box (yup, a box!) of Bath Bombs


Cucumber Facial Masks

These babies came in a pack of 6, individually wrapped- enough to last you about 1.5 months, if used weekly. They contain no parabens, no alcohols, no phthalates, and no sulfates. Yayy! 

You're suppose to cleanse and tone your face before applying the mask. They recommended putting the mask in the fridge for a couple of hours before use, and then apply the mask for 20-30 minutes.

My roommate and I both tried it. Her skin is drier but prone to acne. Mine is extra dry with spots of eczema and rosacea. 

Material: These masks were a little different from my typical Korean face masks. The Korean masks are usually made from cotton, while these are made from microfiber. The microfiber made these masks super soft, yet almost too delicate in comparison to the Korean masks, which are stiffer. I felt like it didn't hold it's shape properly since microfiber is so soft- which is why I think there was a plastic film over folded mask. The plastic film on top makes is easier to apply directly to your face. Just peel it off after you stick on the mask. I messed up and peeled it off first- hence it wrinkled on the edges. Oops.

Size: The size of the masks were perfect. They fit our faces with a little material left over to fold under our chins. The only problem was that the eye holes were extremely small. My eyeball barely fit into the eye holes- and I'm Asian. It was almost uncomfortable because my eyeball was touching the edge of the eye hole. I've never experienced this problem from any other masks company. I would definitely would like them to make the eye holes a bit wider and rounder to fit a variety of eye shapes. 

Serum: The moisturizing serum in the mask is suppose to clarify and renew your skin. Leaving the masks in the fridge for a couple of hours made it feel really refreshing. After 30 minutes, we took it off. We were both very surprised at how soft and supple out faces were! My cheeks were very hydrated. My roommates face was noticeably brighter. The leftover serum was not sticky or tacky at all. I went to bed right after I took off the mask. In the morning, my face still felt supple- even with the AC running. I would reccommed this mask for anyone who is on the dry side. 

Price: $7.95 for 6 masks. That's about 1.33 a mask- which is GREAT deal. 

Verdict: 4/5. This mask is overall an awesome mask. It does exactly what it's suppose to do. The serum is very refreshing and hydrating. I just wish the eyeholes were larger. I think I would like to try the other kinds of face masks they offer. 

Gel Bead Eye Mask

This little gem can be used HOT or COLD. I read that it helps with sinus pain, headaches, and eye strain. I HAVE ALL OF THESE! HAHA I get headaches and eyestrain from too much screen time. I have major allergies that causes more headaches and sinus pain. ugh, right? I was hoping this thing will solve all my issues. LOL I don't like sleeping with anything on my eyes, so I didn't use it as a sleeping mask. I used it as a "treatment" mask.  


Material: One side is fuzzy and soft, and the other side has a plastic (might be silicone- the package didn't state specifically) over the individual gel beads. The directions do state that you can use this mask hot or chilled, and that it is reusable, non-toxic, and BPA free. I was a little confused on which side was suppose to touch your skin.  I assumed that it would be the gel bead side since the fuzzy will get dirty too quickly from all your skin's oils. 

Cold Test: Freeze for 15 minutes. Anything cold over your eyes will help depuff them in the morning and wake up your skin. This masks feels amazzzzzzing in the morning! I tried it a couple days in a row and I absolutely loved it. 

I usually don't wake up to puffy eyes, but one morning this week, my allergies went nuts. I woke up with puffy, itchy eyes, and my nose was running constantly. I froze the mask for 15 minutes and placed it on my eyes for 10 minutes. The sinus pressure between my brows started to lift and my eyes were a lot less puffy after. 

This thing is great after a long night out, a good cry fest, or just for crazy allergies like mine. 

Hot Test: Microwave for 10-15 seconds (15 seconds MAX). Warning: this mask does get HOT and your eyes are very DELICATE! I was an idiot and thought it didn't felt hot enough after 15 seconds. So I stuck it in for 5 more seconds. Boy, was I wrong! It became too hot. 

TIP: After microwaving for 15 seconds, take out the mask and push the beads around. They will actually get warmer from the movement. Remember your eye area is very delicate! What is warm to the back of your hand might be too hot for your eyes- so be careful!

OMG the warm mask felt HEAVENLY! I used it at night before bed...MAN! It feels like you're at a spa. The warmth of the beads really relaxes your eye muscles. I LOOOOOOOVE IT! It's perfect after a long day on the computer. 

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Price: $8.99 for 1 mask

Verdict: 4.5/5 I loved this mask for hot and cold treatments. It really does soothe my eyeballs and helps from all the fatigue from looking at the screen. I was just confused on which side was the one touching your eyes. 

Box of Bath Bombs

I love bath bombs. I have to say, this box was quite heavy and smelled wonderful. It's literally a BOX of bath bombs- plus a bonus shower gel! The scents included: Red Rose, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile, Jasmine, and Vanilla. They are made with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and other organic ingredients! They are paraben and cruelty free! 


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Each bath bomb was individually wrapped in plastic- so it was no wonder that I couldn't smell each scent. 

For my bath trial, I used two different ones: Jasmine and Red Rose.

I let the bombs sit on the surface of the water until I got bored playing with it. The pink and blue swirls looked like unicorn poop. LOL 

Scent:  I'm not a huge fan of floral notes, but this bomb was not too "overly rosey". The Jasmine smelled amazing- not too strong either. I really enjoyed the both the scents together. It smelled like a spa. Rose and Jasmine. I think I might combo Vanilla and Lavender next time. Or Lemon and Grapefruit. :) 

After: I didn't even need to rinse! These bombs left my skin feeling refreshed, super soft, and moisturized. There was a hint of the smell left on my skin- not too strong. The best part was that the bombs did not leave a residue in my white tub! Hooray! I love Lush bombs, but they always leave a residue in the tub and on my skin. So this was an wonderful alternative. 

Note: Rose petals were added into the tub (they were from my garden!) and the bath bombs pictured are half the size they originally cuz we were playing with them for too long.

Price: $17.95. 8 bombs= $2.24 per bomb. Considering Lush's bombs are about $7.95- I'd say these from Grace and Stella are a great deal. They aren't a large as a Lush bomb, but they do the job right! And they smell wonderful.

Verdict: 5/5  It's worth the price! I like that they are individually wrapped- which means they are travel friendly! They smell so good, too!! I can't wait to try another round! 

Overall, I'm super happy with my purchase! I can't wait to order more products from Grace & Stella Co.. They have so many different masks and spa items I want to try! 

Until next time my beauties.... 

Happy 29th Birthday, Jimmy

Cheers to you, MR. JIMMY CHO! Thanks for being my travel pillow, my heater on cold nights, my sous chef, my ice cream accomplice, and my roommate for life. Thank you for always smiling, always shimmy-ing, and always laughing.

Paris, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Paris, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Amorino Ice Cream, Paris, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Amorino Ice Cream, Paris, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

If you haven't met Jimmy yet, he has the kindest and most giving soul. He is one of the most loyal friend anyone can ask for. He is generous with him time and will be there for you when you he need him. He puts his family and friends before anyone else. He brings life to a dull and unhappy room with his contagious laughter.

Palace of Versailles, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Palace of Versailles, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Palace of Versailles, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Palace of Versailles, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Jimmy Cho, I'm so thankful to call you my other half. You go through life with such optimism that I get jealous I can't look at the world that way. You always see the glass as half full when I see it as half empty. You see the good in every soul, while I question the intentions of strangers. I guess this is what it means when you find someone who is similar but yet opposite of you. Thank you for filling the gaps and voids that I lack. Thank you for letting me see life from your eyes. 

The Lourve, Paris France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

The Lourve, Paris France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Paris, France  Photo by  Katie Ruther

Paris, France

Photo by Katie Ruther

Cheers to another 10 months until you can call me "your cougar" again.

Happy birthday, my handsome and sweet husband!