Budget Outfit: How To Style a Plaid Coat

February 22, 2019 Denver, CO, USA

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Hi everyone! It is snowing hard this evening in Denver! And since this is the appropriate weather to showcase a cold weather budget outfit, let me share with you a simple style I did with my 5USD plaid coat. Yes! You read it right. I bought this coat for 5USD (250PHP) back in Manila in 5 years ago.

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I think I bought this particular plaid coat after I came back from my US business trip. I was in New Jersey for four months and since the initial plan that time was I would be home before it gets cold (I arrived in Summer 2014), I was not that prepared in terms of clothing. I did buy few jackets when I was in there, but I thought, why not buy a jacket or a coat that is stylish and affordable when I get back home? Then I saw this eye-catching coat (in plaid with the colors I love) and I was so happy that it was only priced at 5USD! I can't even buy any warm coat like this here in Colorado. I even remember I got lots of compliments when I wore this during my visit in the state around 2015. And they always get surprised when I mention the price tag.

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So for this budget outfit, I planned on highlighting the plaid coat. To achieve this, I opted for an all white ensemble to go with it. The white top (bought from Kids Section of Target) and jeans that I got from Bench made the look very neat in my eyes, allowing the coat to pop. To complete the look, I chose to wearmyever reliable pair of gray knee length boots from Payless.  
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What do you guys and gals think? Do you like this budget outfit I came up with (and wear it given a chance)? Please let me know by commenting below. Have a great day!

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PS: Don’t forget to join my current giveaway with Smile Brilliant! Please visit this post to get to the giveaway link. Thanks!

The Budget Fashion Seeker

Review: cariPRO Electric Toothbrush by Smile Brilliant (plus Giveaway!)

February 10, 2019 Denver, CO, USA

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Despite all the gadgets/electronics that are readily available to us, there are still a lot of areas in my life that are still on the “manual” side. I still like using journal/planner instead of e-calendar or e-planner, or using notebooks when jotting down notes during seminars instead of using a note app on my phone (unless I didn’t have any paper to write on at that time). Also, I am that type of person who uses a regular toothbrush all her life. You might ask if I have been living under a rock, but I guess it is just due to the fact that I rarely have issues with my oral health. And all this time, those regular toothbrushes that I buy from the grocery store work for me. That mindset though has changed a few weeks ago when I finally tried my very first electric toothbrush: the cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush by Smile Brilliant!

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Package Contents
Smile Brilliant sent me the package that contains the following items:
2. cariPRO Toothbrush Handle
3. cariPRO Charging Base

Upon opening the box, I instantly love the sleek design and the color (gray with blue details). It is very easy to assemble and operate as everything is pretty much straightforward. Cleaning and storage is no problem at all as well. I just highlighted some key details of the electric toothbrush:
- The toothbrush is waterproof, with 40,000 vibrations per minute
- It features five brush modes (details below) that will help you clean your teeth better
- The rubberized brush head also has built-in tongue scrubbers.

The selling price of this particular kit is 119USD, with two year manufacturer’s warranty. They also offer a sixty day trial window, so you can return the product for free if you feel like it is not for you (nice to have, but I think you will end up liking the toothbrush once you tried it). They also offer international shipping, but do read the details as there are some  differences based on products and the country that you are choosing.

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Five Brush Modes
Below are the different brush modes you can use with cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush. Once the power button is turned on, the toothbrush will operate for two minutes, thirty seconds for each interval (with brief pauses).

1. Clean - Standard mode
This is the mode that is recommended for daily cleaning. At first, I find this too much for me so I switch to sensitive mode. Given a few days though, I got used to it and now using this mode most of the time.

2. White - Most powerful cleaning mode
This is the most intense among the five options, but it is meant for removing stains, polishing and deep cleaning. I use this once in a while, but make sure to give my teeth some rest so I switch to the Clean mode or sensitive depending on how my mouth feels overall.

3. Massage - Gentle gum pulsation mode
I tried using this mode alone out of curiosity, but the recommendation is to use it along with another cleaning mode (which is what I am doing after reading it in the manual).

4. Gum Care - Gumline cleaning mode
I love the relaxing pulsation that I get from this mode! This is recommended for gentle cleaning along the gumline. And like the massage mode, it is recommended to use with another cleaning mode for complete coverage.

5. Sensitive - Gentle cleaning mode
I think this is still my favorite as this is the least aggressive among the three cleaning modes. If you are also like me who is new to electric toothbrushes, I recommend that you start with this mode first, and then progress to the other two as you get more comfortable.

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Thoughts and Recommendations
It has been two weeks since I started using the cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush and my teeth have never felt this clean! I thought I was doing well on how I take care of my teeth and gums with my regular toothbrush, but I was really impressed with how the feeling of having clean teeth and fresh breath went up to a different level just by switching to an electric one. You can definitely tell the difference after every use! It helped me improve my confidence especially when smiling as an effect of having that feeling of healthy teeth and gums. I also love that there are different brush modes available, so I can just switch it up depending on how intense I want the cleaning power is, or if I just want that relaxing pulsating vibration while brushing. The two-minute automatic timer also helps so you will not have a hard time knowing if it you have brushed your teeth with the recommended time. It makes me look forward to those two minutes of brushing my teeth twice a day, not feeling lazy at all just to feel that after effect of using cariPRO toothbrush. I don’t think I will be go back to using a manual one from now on! I highly recommend this product to those who wanted to try an electric toothbrush for the first time or those that want to to try something different.

As for me, my next goal is to check their whitening system. I drink black tea every day for years and I know I already need to address the stain that is accumulating on my teeth. I have been reading a lot of good reviews regarding their whitening gel product, so hopefully get to try it soon. Additional fact that makes me want to try it is because it is vegan! I will let you know how it goes so I hope you visit the blog regularly.

Giveaway and Discount Code
Good news! Since Smile Brilliant wants to spread the love and news about the cariPRO Electric Toothbrush, one of you can win a the same package that I got! All you have to do is click the link below and enter your name and email address. You can also get a bonus entry if you follow Smile Brilliant on Instagram. This giveaway is open to USA, UK, Australia, and Canadian residents and will close once we reach 25 entrants. 

Another good news! They currently have a Valentine’s Day promo that offers a 20% discount. And if ever that promo ends and you are still interested to purchase the cariPRO electric Toothbrush,  you can use the discount code “thebudgetfashionseeker20” to still get that 20% off the original price! Thanks again to Smile Brilliant for introducing me to their brand and this awesome product and by giving one lucky reader a chance to try it as well.

So, what do guys think? Are you now interested to try cariPRO Electric Toothbrush? Please write your thoughts in the comments section as well as if you joined the giveaway so I would know. Good luck and have a great day everyone!

The Budget Fashion Seeker

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*Disclaimer: The product was sent to me for free, but the thoughts I shared on this post are my own.

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