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3 products I’m keeping on my bathroom sink

June 30, 2015

If you look at my bathroom sink area, it’s pretty much an assembly line of everything I’m immediately testing before bed and in the shower. If it doesn’t work, it’s quickly removed and replaced. Since it’s prime real estate for my product testing, it’s really the best place to check out what I’m loving. Currently:

Essenza soap, Neutrogena's newest cleansing oil, and Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

Essenza soap, Neutrogena’s newest cleansing oil, and Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

1) Essenza Hand Soaps. On the quest to upgrade the small details in a equally small NY apartment, I added Essenza soaps to our bathroom. Well, kinda — although they look fancy with their saturated colors of blues and reds you can find them at the drugstore for less than $4. They are full of pure essential oils, shea butter, aloe, and mild cleansers. The Pomegranate Acai and South Pacific Water (pictured here) smells so good, even our guests have commented on it.

2) Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil. This hasn’t technically hit stores yet (it rolls out in July), but since I got an advance sample, I’ve been using it every day and night. I’ve tried cleansing oils before, sadly not with the best experience. The ones I’ve used were too heavy and actually felt like it was exacerbating some of my skin issues. So I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one. I’ve been using it for the past week, and I’m so pleasantly surprised on how much I really love it. I apply it to dry skin first, and massage it through and then use water to wipe it off. When you add water, it sort of emulsifies to a milky consistency and rinses off dirt and makeup. I know it seems counterintuitive to use oils if your face is oily (mine is combo), but the oil attracts oil, and I feel like this has been softening my skin without making it feel dry and tight afterwards. Double pluses for not irritating my eyes, AND smelling something like peaches. Note: it’s still a gentle oil, so all this said about how I love it for everyday, it’s not super heavy duty. So if it’s one of those nights you went OD on makeup, try double cleansing (i.e. use this oil first just to get  the superficial dirt off, and then follow up with your go-to face wash)

3) Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Tooth Brush. Update on my dental health: I just went in for a cleaning and zero cavities *happy dance*. THIS mechanical toothbrush has been the best one I’ve used in years. The one I had previously was sleek looking (and expensive) but was so rough on my teeth/gums. This one has five cleaning modes (including Gum Care, Polish, and White) that lets you customize it to your liking. And its beyond its years as far as features. Like a glass charging station (meaning you literally have to put it in a glass near its plugged charger instead of hooking the charger up to it directly) and a travel case that you can hook a USB up to charge the brush. Yes, your laptop can charge my toothbrush. Besides all that fancy stuff, it removes 5x more plaque than a regular toothbrush.

What’s made it to your sink lately?

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The best Rembrandt commercial ever…

October 9, 2014

…mostly because my cute Ms. Marvel cuz is in it, and they definitely captured how funny/awkward she can be (totally saying that out of love :D). Check it out:

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Chef Aida Mollenkamp on how to eat well & keep your smile bright!

August 26, 2013

By Bilal Mohammad

Having dinner with celeb chef, Aida Mollenkamp

I recently had the pleasure of attending an interactive cooking experience hosted by Rembrandt and Celebrity Chef Aida Mollenkamp (she’s been on the Food Network’s Ask Aida, the Cooking Channel’s FoodCrafters, and has authored a cookbook, “Keys to the Kitchen: The Essential Reference for Becoming a More Accomplished, Adventurous Cook”).

Dinner with Rembrandt!


Hosted at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea, the theme of the night was learning about stain-inducing foods and how we can better take care of our white smiles, using the Rembrandt Intense Stain Collection. Aida provided some of her favorite beauty and food-related tips as a celebrity chef, which included:

Check out your farmer’s market. “Not only do you get the best, freshest ingredients around, but you’re also supporting your community”
– “To make sure my smile is camera-ready (a big part of my job!), Rembrandt’s Intense Stain Stain Dissolving Strips are a lifesaver. They dissolve in 5-10 minutes and whiten tough stains caused from coffee, tea, and wine.”
– “To minimize tooth stains, try eating an apple in between brushes. Also, I try swishing discreetly with water between sips of dark drinks like coffee.”
My biggest hosting tip: Planning ahead. “The more you prepr beforehand from cutting to preparing ingredients, setting the table and selecting your menu, the less stressed you’ll be.”

We began our meal with a Crostini with Haven’s Kitchen Ricotta and Beet Caviar. We expected the beets to be the stain inducers of this course (and they were). However, some of us were surprised to hear that the high sugar content of white bread also leads to enamel eroding bacteria. Following this, we were served a market salad that consisted of bitter beans, balsamic glazed radishes, bulgar wheat and raspberries.


The main culprits of this course were the acidic balsamic vinegar and the raspberries. I was definitely surprised to hear that fruit could be responsible for serious staining! Our entrée was a seared striped bass served with long beans, squash blossoms, and squid ink linguine. It was the squid ink linguine that took the #6 spot for most severe food stains.

Seared striped bass

For dessert, we were served a Mast Brothers flourless chocolate torte with coffee ice cream and cherry compote.

Chocolate torte

Many of us expected that coffee would be responsible for the staining here. (It takes the #1 spot!). The question remained, how do we combat the stains caused by these foods?

Gifts from Rembrandt

Rembrandt provided us with a number of products from their Intense Stain Collection. The stain dissolving strips and the intense stain toothpaste work to remove and prevent stains caused by things like coffee, tea, wine, etc., while also strengthening teeth. We tried the dissolving strips following our meals and were pleasantly surprised because, once we had placed the strips on our teeth, we could barely feel them on our teeth. Unlike other whitening strips, they didn’t burn or cause any discomfort. Can’t wait to try the rest at home now!

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Family celebrations: A Baby Teeth-themed party!

July 11, 2013

I think it’s safe to say my family is pretty creative when it comes to parties. When my mom, brother and his family decided they would come to visit the east coast, it was my cousin Safia’s idea to throw a dual-surprise party: (1) to celebrate my sister-in-law’s second child on the way; and (2) to celebrate my youngest sister getting into dental school. How to meld those two very different occasions? We decided a cute theme for both would be Baby Teeth!

Congrats on dental school to Haj! Congrats on baby two for Fatima!

A party like this was put together fairly quickly on our end, but with help from the family (thanks Sumaira, Heba, Ammaar, Z, Suh, and MOM!), plus the very generous Rembrandt (which, PS, I’m the new blogger ambassador for!) we were able to pull it off!

Favor table

When we decided on the theme, Rembrandt was quickly on board to help with the favors and prizes. They sent over two of my favorite things from their line: their Intense Stain Toothpaste for every guest to take home, and four boxes their Intense Stain Dissolving Strips as prizes. They were such a hit, the guests loved them. We put them right next to my sister’s favorite candies, with this sign:



Baby shower prizes

We had to get a little creative with the theme, since we quickly realized there’s really not much baby teeth-related party stuff out there. Sumaira baked red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla cupcakes and topped them with little baby feet candy and edible baby teeth frosting Safia made the night before. We tried to make the food ‘bite size’ wherever we could (my mom made sliders, I made grape salsa crostinis, and we had Chicago-style popcorn and treats sprawled across the table, for example). We mixed up the “CONGRATS!” and “IT’S A GIRL!” balloons all over the place. We also got mini water balloons and water guns that the kids played with on the end (good thing too — that day was super humid!). Here are some more highlights from the day!






Chicago popcorn

Baby teeth and baby feet!


Drinks table

Think my brother was too preoccupied with the water gun

Nephew and family

I know I missed a ton of pics of guests, will add more soon! But thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate! Also, special thanks to Rembrandt for their help!

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*This posting includes products send to me on behalf of Rembrandt brand to help my review!

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12 Teeth Staining Foods, 12 Teeth Whitening Foods

February 28, 2013

Ever wonder what foods can dull your teeth? How about ones that can make them brighter? I’m a little dental hygiene obsessed, so thought I could share some wisdom via Marc Liechtung, DMD, inventor of Snap-on-Smile and principal in Manhattan Dental Arts, a New York-based practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Below, his “Dirty Dozen” (rule of thumb: any food that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too), and another 12 that can whiten that smile too:

Tips to keep your smile bright

12 Foods That Stain Your Teeth

1. Black Coffee and Black Tea
— The darker the drink, the more staining that can occur. So try adding a little extra milk to lighten the color and reduce the staining effect.

2. Wine
—Both red and white wines if taken in excess will stain your teeth. Although red stains, white wine’s acidic composition actually etches tiny grooves in your teeth making them more porous and more easily stained.

3. Colas and Sports Drinks
—These actually promote staining by other foods because they are so highly acidic.

4. Berries
— Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries and other berries, although excellent for your overall health, can stain your teeth. So, if you’re crazy for berries, be sure to rinse out your mouth thoroughly with water after each indulgence.

5. Beets
—Now here’s a vegetable that could put a powerful stain in your t-shirt, so, like all foods that stain, moderation is called for with this one.

6. Sauces
—Soy sauce and tomato sauce, as well as other deeply colored sauces, are believed to have significant staining potential.

7. Juices
—Grape, pomegranate and cranberry are highly pigmented and can cause staining. So, if you must imbibe, try rinsing your mouth out with water or drinking juices through a straw, thereby bypassing the fronts of your teeth

8. Pickles and ketchup
—These acidic foods are good at opening up the pores of your tooth enamel allowing for easy staining.

9. Balsamic Vinegar
—While great on a salad, causes havoc to your teeth. If you must, try it on lettuce, which has a natural ability to provide a protective film over your teeth.

10. Candy
–Sweets contain teeth-staining coloring agents. If your tongue turns a funny color, there’s a good chance that your teeth will too.

11. Curry
—Although great on Indian food, this yellow-staining food flavoring can be harsh on teeth. So make sure to rinse thoroughly after indulging.

12. Popsicles
—Did you ever look at your tongue after you’ve finished your fruity, sugary pop? Not only does it color your tongue, but also your teeth. Plus, it has added double whammy negative effect produced by all of that sugar. So, limit your intake and rinse with water after finishing.

12 Foods the Whiten Teeth

1. Apples and pears
increase salivary production which flushes away stains over time.

2. Pineapple
acts as a natural stain remover.

3. Carrots
contain vitamin A which is needed for healthy tooth enamel.

4. Cauliflower and cucumbers
also help to increase salivary production the natural way to flush away stains.

5. Green vegetables like broccoli, lettuce and spinach
contains iron which helps form an acid-resistant film or barrier that can protect the enamel on your teeth.

6. Shitake mushrooms
help inhibit bacteria from growing in your mouth.

7. Onions
help reduce bacteria that cause tooth decay.

8. Cheese
is rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus, all of which can help safeguard the acids in your mouth.

9. Salmon
provides calcium and vitamin D, nutrients needed for healthy bones and teeth.

10. Poppy and sesame seeds
help scrub away plaque.

11. Ginger
acts as an anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue.

12. Basil
is a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth.

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Model Molly Sims dishes on her favorite beauty tips!

November 29, 2012

Molly Sims. Photo credits: Michael Simon / REMBRANDT

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by model Molly Sims at BLOW salon. Rembrandt and Neutrogena were also generous in providing smile touch ups and mini makeovers by brand ambassador Amy Oresman, while BLOW stylists kept busy giving all the guests gorgeous hair styles. Sims, who just gave birth to son Brooks just five months earlier (of course she doesn’t look like it, sporting a beautiful Prada jacket and BCBG MaxAzria dress topped off with elegant Catherine Beth earrings), was game to give her best beauty tips. A mother, model, wife, and fashionista — I knew we were in good hands.

Neutrogena makeup artist, Amy Oresman, giving Sims a touch up

BATF: First of all, congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! Some of my readers want to know, how did your life changed as a mother?
Molly Sims
: My showers got really short! I went from a 30 minute shower, which is terrible to admit, to like a two minute one. I used to have a lot more time on my hands, and now there’s always something. And of course, a lot more laundry. I got a spitter on my hands. He’s a happy spitter, but he’s a spitter.

BATF: You’re clearly someone who’s always on-the-go, so what are some of your essentials for a quick and easy makeup?
The best thing I can tell you is use a primer. I love Neutrogena’s [Healthy Skin Primer]. You need makeup that’s going to last all day. I mean, you think you’re going to reapply, but you really never do. Blotting tissues are amazing. I also love Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler. And for lipgloss, I love Dior’s gloss, it brings out your natural lip color. Their Addict Lip Glow.

BATF: So what do you think about Remembrandt’s Whitening Strips?
I used them for my wedding! I actually tried to get my teeth whitened for my wedding from a professional office. They use a light to bleach your teeth, and I couldn’t get through it because it affected my nerves, I got like a “zinger” pain. I did two weeks of Rembrandt Intense Stain that dissolve in your mouth. Three times a day, five minutes, amazing.

BATF: How soon before your wedding?
Two weeks. And paid a lot of money to first get my teeth done at a proper place, but I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t stand it. If you’re getting married, you have no idea how many pictures you will have. If you drink coffee, tea, or wine, you have to get these strips. And you know, they’re cheaper and I think even work better than other brands out there.

BATF: Regarding whitening your smile, I don’t think it’s always intuitive to people on how it changes your look. At what point did you realize how important it was in your career?

Sims: From the beginning. I had braces for like three years and had a horrible overbite so I’ve always been conscious of my teeth. And probably because they’re so big, I’ve been even more conscious! So in college when I first started modeling did I really become more aware. I always tell people that the two things people always forget always are their eyebrows and their teeth. Now with people drinking a lot more Starbucks, it’s even more important to keep them white!

Post-interview, posing with Sim and Lara from Pretty Connected

Reason enough for me to try these strips now! Have any of you tried them? What did you think?

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