How to Get Breast Discomfort Issues Off of Your Chest #Hugsshouldnthurt

This post is sponsored by Violet iodine, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

About a month ago, I wrote about my issues with monthly breast discomforts. PMS is nothing to laugh about when you’re in the thick of it. It’s a struggle dealing with bloating, mood swings, cramping, and of course bleeding. There is still that pesky issue of aching and sore breast that I find hard to overlook.
The article I wrote, The Strange Breast Experience That Will Make You Scream #HugsShouldntHurt about , explained how my “time of the month” is plagued with no contact disclosures because my breast would hurt so bad, that I couldn’t handle it.

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I started taking the once a day supplements of Violet iodine to help alleviate the discomfort, and bring back the ability to get close and personal without making my these big beautiful girls on my chest cry. I took each pill on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for my severe symptoms. It’s great that the Violet iodine pills aren’t just for the times that you are experiencing symptoms of breast swelling and aching.
They say that when you take a simple pill every day, the result is true relief and reassurance that you’re proactively taking care of your breast. It’s a process. Violet iodine only works if you keep at it – so for maximum symptom relief I had to incorporate this into my daily regimen.

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It’s only been a month, and although I’m confident I’m half way to the start of a “new normal”, a life where breast discomfort doesn’t get in the way any longer, I haven’t felt a monumental change as of yet. Nevertheless, my symptoms haven’t been as severe as before, so I feel like it is working. However, I completely understand that more time has to pass for a full recovery from breast aches and pain.
I’m looking forward to finally being free from the issues of uncomfortable and tender breast. To finally be able to hug and hold those I love all month-long, and not just when I’m not on my menstrual cycle will definitely be the welcomed change that I need. Although being a woman requires that you experience the occasional discomfort and pain that Mother Nature has to dish out, I strongly stand behind the fact that #Hugsshouldnthurt
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Treat Yourself Monthly With Jewelry You’ll Absolutely Love + Rocksbox Review

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I was not compensated for this review. Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service that I signed up for with the intention of providing this review. By signing up using the code provided I may receive additional discounts and rewards.

I absolutely adore accessories, jewelry, and anything that can take your outfit from basic to bodacious. It’s pretty hard for me to keep up with the large selection of accessories I already have, so going out to purchase more on a regular basis, doesn’t make sense. I usually wear something once or twice and then hang it up with the other pieces that I covet, but dare not wear out.

Rocksbox subscription service sounds like a great solution to getting cute and stylish jewelry monthly. With your membership you take a short survey about your style, check out pretty pieces and add them to your wish list. Every month you’ll receive three awesome pieces to wear (on loan).

You also get $10 in your Shine Spend account which you can use towards any piece that you decide to keep for good and purchase. Any pieces you don’t really like (enough to purchase them) you return back for free. All the while you are encouraged to refer your friends to get additional credits toward future purchases.

It’s an easy and fun way to add new pieces to your wardrobe… even if it’s temporarily. You can try out new pieces that perhaps you wouldn’t have selected if you were shopping in the store. By subscribing you get the freedom of experimenting with your style, with no commitment if you don’t want to. However, if you love it all, you can purchase it all. That sounds like a win-win to me.

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My first box came in fairly quickly and I could not wait to open it. I wanted to wear the three pieces selected for me in various ways. Each piece was interesting in their own way, and adding it to the outfits I already have, was extremely easy. I have a review for each piece below, but the overall service is awesome.

Perry Street Amelie Crystal Necklace and Sophie Harper Pave X Ring in Silver

I absolutely loved the Perry Street Amelie Crystal Necklace, which was the ultimate statement piece. I love big intricate pieces like this necklace, and loved how this coordinated nicely with several outfits in my closet. The weight of the necklace made it comfortable to wear, however it didn’t feel so delicate that I thought I would break it. That’s a concern for me, because I’m always on the go, looking cute, and still managing to interact with my boys. I didn’t have to worry about accidentally breaking the necklace or snagging it on anything when little Dash decided he wants to jump on mommy. It is very pretty and how especially like the crystal setting and how it glows in the sunlight. This was definitely my favorite piece in the entire box.

Perry Street Amelie Crystal Necklace GaptoothDiva in Rocksbox

The Sophie Harper Pave X Ring in Silver was my second favorite. It was a simple piece that I thought could glam up any outfit. The ring looks great on, and I’m usually not into a ring that isn’t large, gaudy, and bold. If it doesn’t make a statement, I usually don’t even bother. However, this pretty ring had intricate details and I love the structure of the “X” on my finger, which gave the impression that I had two interlocking rings on at the same time. I will say that it’s easy to forget that you’re wearing it (I don’t think that’s a good thing), but I love the chic and simple appeal.

The Sophie Harper Pave X Ring in Silver GaptoothDiva in Rocksbox

I wasn’t really feeling the Margaret Elizabeth Mini Cushion Cut Drops in Labradorite earring set. It wasn’t my style at all. Considering I selected a few awesome pairs of earrings on the Rocksbox website that I did for my wish list, I was a little surprised to find these earrings in my first box. I couldn’t even pretend to like them just for a picture, because my hair was so big and luxurious. My big curl hairdo was hiding the small set and I was worried about losing them in the curliness of my ‘fro.  Eventually I got very frustrated, so I placed them back in the box immediately.

Margaret Elizabeth Mini Cushion Cut Drops in Labradorite earring set

How it works

Sign up to be a Shine Insider

Take the style survey and add items to your wish list

Get 3 pieces to wear on loan

Receive $10 in Shine Spend each month to apply towards a purchase

Refer your friends to receive additional credit toward buying jewelry

Not in love? Return anytime to get 3 new pieces

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High Tech 3D Printers: Can They Expand the Growth of Men’s Fashion?

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Fashion can be masculine or feminine, but it still tends to skew towards women’s styles. Is it because men aren’t as interested in expanding their wardrobes? Perhaps 3D printing will be the catalyst to get men more excited about their fashion choices, since it marries engineering with creative expression. Whether design teams are creating glasses from a single piece of nylon, unique men’s rings inspired by molten rock, or a new technique to extrude non-woven fabric, the science behind these designs is just as fascinating as the products themselves. Below, I’ve shared three recent developments that could change fashion for the better.  I believe these options to be the coolest and most intriguing developments in fashion and style and I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Volcanic Accessories

When Amsterdam-based designer Maria Cichy and the FreshFiber team got together to work on a 3D-printed collection called “Volcanic Rock,” they wanted to use new technology to emulate our natural world. Taking advantage of adaptable printer materials, they created a textured nylon that looks just like cooled lava rock. This style would have been much harder to create via traditional means, but 3D design software allowed the team to make highly detailed crevices and cracks. Once they figured out the textured material, it wasn’t hard to envision it being used for phone cases, unique men’s rings, belt buckles, and other accessories. Although the design methods behind “Volcanic Rock” are fairly new, the collection has a timeless feel that looks to nature for inspiration.

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One-Piece Eyewear

The race to create the perfect set of 3D-printed eyeglasses is well underway, with famous designers and unknown upstarts getting in on the action. One of the more promising designs comes from Hong Kong company ITUM, which has funded their MONO eyeglass project using the Kickstarter-like website Indiegogo. Available in five styles, the MONO glasses are made using one piece of brushed nylon, which twists in a “DNA joint” hinge that allows the frame to bend. Right now, the frames aren’t custom-made to fit each wearer’s face — a feature that companies like PQ Eyewear have been touting with their products — but they do come in three different sizes and multiple frame/lens color combinations. These new forays into eyewear are stylish, ultra light, and more customizable than your typical pair.

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Printed Fabric

Finally, the fashion world has seen plenty of 3D-printed designs over the past few years, but most of them haven’t been able to replicate the comfortable feel of fabric. Now, a small startup called Electroloom claims to have found the solution. Starting with a hard mold, the 3D printer sprays a liquid fiber across the entire clothing design, which then bonds together into a strong fabric. When it’s ready, the printed shirt, skirt, or hat can be removed from the mold, and it will have the same properties as cotton or polyester. Although this technology is in its infancy — the company is still in the process of getting funded — it’s a promising development for printed fabrics and the fashion industry.

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How to Grow your Natural Hair Long and Healthy | Pura D’or Review

How to Grow Natural Hair Long | Pura d’or Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Prevention Review
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Trying to grow your natural hair is never easy, no matter how many options may be out there. I’ve pretty much tried so many of them, I’m a bit frustrated. I know what grows my hair, and how my hair can grow more, but I experience so much stress with my busy schedule, it’s often a challenge.

I want to take some time to drop some simple tips on you to help you grow your natural hair long and strong. With the help of Pura d’or Hair & Body Care, I’ve been trying to grow my natural hair back after a year of stress and breakage.

Pura d’or is based on a unified mission—to create organic personal care solutions that naturally work. All of their ingredients are grown on trees, not in test tubes. Which should be especially appealing to those individuals who really care about the products they use and how it can affect their body. Pura d’or provides free shipping to anywhere in the continental U.S., and was also rated #1* in Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo.

In my review, I also wanted to dish on some simple tips that assisted me in getting my hair and body healthy in order for the product to work as it should. No need in having any excuses, if I’m doing everything I should be to be not only be healthy and well inside and out, but for my hair to grow.

Healthy Long Hair Growth Tips:

Moisturize Inside and Out

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use pure oils in your hair, such as Olive, Coconut, Shea, Avocado, Jojoba, Argan Oil
  • Do Not use mineral oil, petroleum, or lanolin
  • Use 2 drops of essential oils to massage your scalp

Healthy Eating and Exercise

  • Check for vitamin deficiencies
  • Eat plenty of veggies and fruit on a regular basis
  • How you treat your body will depend on what your body does for you

Schedule Regular Trims every 3 to 4 months or 12 to 16 weeks

  • See a professional first. Do no solely depend on YouTube, unless you are confident in your own skills.

Consider Protective Styles That Are Low Maintenance

  • Wigs, sew ins, crochet braids, and braided styles are great ways to take the stress out of regular hair maintenance
  • You still have to properly care for your hair no matter what
  • Do not get styles that are too tight on your edges and roots
  • Chill out on the heat as much as possible, stop trying to fry your hair into a certain texture

Condition Regularly

  • Condition hair at least once a month
  • Deep condition and use hot oil treatments

Wrap Your Hair Up

  • Use satin scarves and bonnets
  • Protect your edges
  • Use a clean hair scarf/bonnet and use a clean pillow case

How to Grow Natural Hair Long | Pura d’or Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Prevention Review

Review: Pura d’or Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo, Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Conditioner, & Pure and Organic Argan Oil


  • Noticeably thicker hair, so product actually does work very well
  • Feels great
  • Shampoo left my hair feeling clean and tangle free
  • Lathers up nicely
  • Large quantity
  • Conditioner left my hair feeling soft, manageable, and with more defined natural curl texture
  • Conditioner smells amazing with a very strong lavender/vanilla scent
  • Argan oil moisturized my scalp in between crochet braid styles and it also reduced scars around my hairline and on my face


  • Packaging was extremely difficult to open
  • Pumps on the shampoo and conditioner did not work properly and were defective
  • Although price point was understandable for shampoo and conditioner (awesome actually), the organic Argan oil was not. It was a very small 1 oz. bottle that I wished was bigger. I used the Argan oil more than all of it, because it was so versatile and beneficial to my lifestyle. That would be something I would want more of in the future, therefore it should be the same size as the shampoo and conditioner.

Watch the Full Product Review below:

How to Grow Natural Hair Long | Pura d’or Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Prevention Review

Overall, I truly enjoyed the system. I felt that it worked wonderfully for me and I see a very noticeable difference in the thickness of my hair and how it’s growing. I strongly recommend this product to anyone looking to regrow their hair or currently experiencing temporary hair loss, as this is a solution. I would however, adhere to the tips above as well. No matter how many products you purchase, nothing beats taking care of your own body and hair naturally.

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How to Grow Natural Hair Long | Pura d’or Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Prevention Review

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What Tips and Tricks Do You Have On Growing Your Hair Long and Strong?

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The Most Sensible Summer Reward from Weight Watchers

I recently did a review with Influenster for the newly re-designed Weight Watchers ice cream. Before the end of the month of July, considering it is #icecreammonth

I wanted to share my video review on my website before the end of the month to show my respect to all those ice cream lovers out there.

The Most Sensible Summer Reward from Weight Watchers

Side Note: I will be sharing more details about my weight loss plans, very soon. I’m actually going to let you in on my personal journey and I have plans to make it extremely interactive. I’m excited, so just wait!

Check out the video review below. In this video I show you my kid’s reaction to the ice cream sandwiches from Weight Watchers. You will also see the full unboxing of the English toffee crunch flavor from Weight Watchers, and you will hear my honest review about the ice cream.

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InstaNatural Dead Sea Mud Mask Review | GaptoothDiva Beauty

In this video I review InstaNatural’s Dead Sea Mud Mask, an all-natural detoxifier and purifier that comes from the renowned and sacred Dead Sea. This mud mask (when used once weekly) will positively impact healthy skin. In the review, I discuss my experience with this product and the two other products sent as well.

The mud mask was amazing, once you get past this initial discomfort of it drying on your face. After washing it off, my face felt refreshed and rejuvenated. I liked the results after using it weekly for almost a month in addtion to the Night Cream moisturizer and the Retinol serum, as well.

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GaptoothDiva Beauty Review: Paula Dorf Perfect Color in Ecstasy

In this video I review Paula Dorf ( Paula Dorf’s Perfect Color in Ecstasy, a versatile multi-tasker that performs triple results: for eyes, lips and cheeks

paula-dorf-perfect-color-ecstasy-review by gaptoothdivaI love how this product is bright and well pigmented. I like the shimmer in the hue. This is definitely a cosmetic multi-tasker that can be used on your face, lips, and eyes. I used it on my face as a blush and on my lips as a lipstick, overall it was great.

The only downside was the clumping on the lips after several hours, versus a slight fade that comes from long lasting lipstick products that I’ve used in the past.

The case was beautiful, marked with “Be Your Own Makeup Artist”, something that every beauty and cosmetic lover strives to do. In the video, I misread it as “Blame your makeup artist”, which goes to show that the font used is not as legible as I would like. LOL

I like using this and the versatility is awesome for someone like myself. I definitely love using it while on the go, which I believe this product is perfect for someone who is constantly out and about.

Paula Dorf Perfect Color in Ecstasy review by GaptoothDiva

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Old Factory Natural Soy Candles Review – Home with GaptoothDiva

Recently I received a complimentary box set of Old Factory Candles. These natural soy candles are hand poured in the United States. Each of the 3 gourmet candles inside the box that I received have natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils. Old Factory guarantees each candle will burn clean, even, true to-scent for 20 hours.

I enjoy burning candles often at home, especially when I’m relaxing, having a romantic evening with my husband, or spending a Sunday afternoon drinking wine in the tub (much needed “me” time).

I often have candles that reflect my mood, with scents and aromas that I wouldn’t mind lingering throughout the house. It’s comforting to smell a beautiful and pungent scent in your home, and have guest come by who love to guess which candles I’m using when they arrive.

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Kimora Lee Simmons THE DEBUT: Pre-Fall 2015 Preview

“I have nothing to wear! As a lifelong lover of fashion, this is something I never thought I would say. Modeling and designing taught me plenty of tricks: buy favorite pieces in multiple colors, a defined waistline gives any look an instant boost, do not underestimate the power of a skilled tailor (or a great leather jacket). “

Checking out the new KLS collection for Fall 2015, you’ll definitely have something to aspire to. With structured pieces, beautiful silhouettes, bold and striking design, what woman wouldn’t want to wear these garments? It’s luxury that hangs in your closet, but looks comfortable enough to hang on your body any day of the week. I love the black and white options, but the prints and colors are also beautiful and captivating as well.

Kimora says that she created these pieces for herself, and for other women who sought to look polished and pulled together, not just for an “event” but for an entire day. Most days for women like us, entrepreneurs, mothers, women about town and about our business those days can often be unpredictable. With social media being a part of our everyday and pictures almost being a prerequisite of being active on social media, you must always look marvelous and camera ready. With this beautiful collection of bold but streamlined ready to wear and accessories, women like us won’t have any problems showcasing her life and lifestyle in style.

Kimora Lee Simmons THE DEBUT: Pre-Fall 2015 Preview

“Here you’ll find the exact pieces I sought, from sleek dresses to wear to brunch and keep on for cocktails to the black-but-not-boring jacket that I throw on to pick up the kids and also wear out at night, along with many more.”

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