• Makeover Portraits
    • Beautiful Bridal
    • About Rachael Divers
    • Let's Be Facebook Friends
    • Follow Rachael's Tweets
    • Watch Rachael on YouTube

Carbon Coco Natural Teeth Whitening review

When the lovely people at Carbon Coco asked me if I’d like to try their Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish, it didn’t take long for me to reply with a big YES! I love whitening my teeth and I’ve used both dental whitening and my beloved Plus White in the past to keep staining at bay. Something that I’ve been interested in for a little while is activated charcoal tooth whitening, and I have to admit, it’s that jet black powder that drew me in.

Now, this isn’t the same kind of charcoal that you can go ahead and scrape off the barbie after a long summery day, but a medical grade, dentist approved activated charcoal! In simple terms, it’s an oxidised version of charcoal and removes stains from the teeth without any toxic ingredients. It can also change the pH in the mouth which helps to reduce gum nasties and bad breath, along with removing plaque and deodorising.

So, how do you use it? You simply dip a wet toothbrush into the powder, brush your teeth in small, gentle circular motions for a few minutes, spit it out then rinse well.

Carbon Coco Natural Teeth Whitening review | Rachael Divers

The ingredients are simply 100% Organic Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal, a small amount of bentonite powder and lemon myrtle.

My thoughts? First of all, this can get real messy so put your white towels away (by the way, I got this on my white towel and it came out in the wash, so don’t panic if you do get it on your towels by accident!) Second, the powder is completely tasteless and it’s actually really fun to brush with the charcoal and see your teeth turn black. The rinsing out takes a little patience – I found I had to rinse my mouth several times to get rid of stray bits of charcoal, but once it was removed, my teeth did actually look whiter. As I mentioned, I whiten my teeth weekly as it is so they weren’t massively stained beforehand, but I’ve included a before and after picture in my quick video review and tutorial below so that you can take a look and see the difference for yourself.

Overall, I think it’s a great little product and I will of course continue to use it – however, I’ll use it in between my regular whitening days as a top up rather than a treatment all by itself. It’s lovely for a refresh and the novelty of brushing with a black paste just doesn’t get old.

If you want to try out the Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Polish, you can pick it up from Carbon Coco’s website by clicking here.

Carbon Coco Activated Tooth Polish is $39.95 AUD for 40g and contains around 110 uses (1 – 2 months worth). Free worldwide shipping is available.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2017.

Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend

My Accutane Journey | Week 4: Disappointing blood test results and skin progress

Week four of Accutane went pretty much the same way as week three – all in all, not too much to report. However, week four called for me to visit my dermatologist once again to have my monthly Accutane check-up. Off I went to the hospital on the Monday to have my bloods taken, and back I returned on the Wednesday to have my check up, receive my blood test results and also take a mandatory pregnancy test before I could get my new monthly prescription.

My Accutane Journey | Week 4: Disappointing blood test results and skin progress | Rachael Divers

I sat with the nurse in an office and she discussed my side effects with me thus far. She asked if I’d had any nose bleeds or headaches and I filled her in on the side effects I’d had (mainly just dry lips and dry skin with several painful breakouts). The nurse discussed my blood test results with me which weren’t too favourable and decided a course of action with me which leads me to today!

Below, you can watch my round up of month 1 on Accutane, hear all about the products that have been my go-to’s and also hear all about my blood test results and what’s happening with my treatment from this point onwards.

I’ve decided that I’m going to update my blog and YouTube channel monthly with my Accutane updates – for one, I don’t want my lovely readers to get bored with four Accutane posts each month, and for two, I only post three times a week and I have so much more different types of content that I’d love to cover within those posts.  I hope that you enjoy my video – don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up if you enjoy it, and also subscribe if you’re new so you don’t miss any videos in the future!

Shop the video
Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Polaar Artic Cotton Pure Ice Gentle Scrub
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Mizon Pore Tightening Lotion 
SkinChemists 24H Aqua Repair Facial Serum 
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluis SPF 50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Lotion SPF 50+
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
Blistex Relief Cream
Carmex Lip Balm
Dr Paw Paw Original Balm

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2017.

Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend

How to tone down your fake tan in less than 30 minutes

Fake tan is a wonderful thing, it allows us to look beautifully bronzed without damaging our skin with the harmful UV rays of the sun. But sometimes, our tan might come out a little darker than we expected and leave us in a bit of a panic.

Fear not though, because I have a few helpful tips that will help to fade your tan to a lighter shade without the stress!

1. Take an oily bath
Oils help to soften the skin, and in turn help us to be able to slough away the top layer which helps to tone down the tan. My favourite way to do this is to either pour some bath oil (or olive oil!) into a warm bath before soaking for 15 minutes, or applying coconut oil liberally to my body and leaving it to soak in for 15 minutes before jumping in the tub and soaking for a further ten minutes. After I’ve been suitably soaked, I take a loofah or an exfoliating sponge and simply gently exfoliate my skin. Don’t forget to moisturise once you get out if you try this method to keep your skin supple, soft and nourished. Also, be very careful when using bath oils as they do tend to make the bath very slippery.

My favourite tan right now – Skinny Tan! How to tone down your fake tan in less than 30 minutes | Rachael Divers

2. Use baking soda
Baking soda is an excellent exfoliator that won’t leave your skin sore (patch test first!), is cheap to buy and is non-abrasive. Run a warm bath and add half a cup full of baking soda to the water. Hop in and soak for 15-20 minutes before gently exfoliating the skin with a loofah or exfoliating sponge.

3. Reach for the lemons!
Lemon juice has long been used as a kind-to-skin bleaching agent to remove dark pigmentation and brighten. Make your own lemon exfoliator with a cup of sugar and 3/4 cup of lemon juice before applying it to the skin in the bath or shower. Repeat the process but make sure to be gentle with your skin. Moisturise afterwards for soft, glowing skin.

There you have it, three tips to toning down your fake tan in less than 30 minutes! Now you can walk out the door feeling like a confident golden goddess just in time for those summery BBQ’s.

© This post is copyright of Rachael Divers 2017.

Back to Top Contact Me Share on Facebook Tweet this Post Email to a Friend