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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Review

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Teeth, they’re always somewhat stained no matter what you do, am I right?!

I was stoked when Jessica from Smile Brilliant emailed me and asked if I would like to try their product. As a mom to a high needs baby who lives off coffee, I quickly replied HECK YEAH! 

The package comes with everything you need to start out: stuff to make your custom trays, whitening gel and desensitizing gel (which is really handy during the whitening process!).

The first thing you have to do is make your custom molds.

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In layman’s words, basically, you just take the base and catalyst pastes, mix them together until you’re streak free, plop them evenly in the mold and press up into your gums. Easy as pie. 

Well, probably easier when you’re not trying to take a “I’m not looking at you awkwardly while pressing this paste into my mouth evenly” selfie anyway.

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Pro tip – don’t pull out the mold too eagerly… otherwise…. you’ll spit all over yourself. Case in point below.

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After you get your perfect molds, you send them back to Smile Brilliant in a pre-labeled package.

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A few days later, you get your custom trays straight from their labs! I was surprised how quickly I received my trays. I definitely couldn’t wait to start whitening!

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Unfortunately, I suffered quite a bit of sensitivity and even a little soreness in my gums after my second attempt at using the whitening gel and desensitizing gel per the instructions given with my box.

I tried a few variations on the process with the help & suggestions of Jessica at Smile Brilliant. (She was amazing – as well as all of their customer service agents!). I tried whitening every other day, using more of the desensitizing gel, as well as coconut oil on my gums to protect them. Nothing seemed to help much. I had to draw the line at giving up coffee or drinking it through a straw – a personal choice to stay sane in the mornings rather than have pearly whites. 

Luckily, Smile Brilliant has an amazing guarantee on your trays ($30 to replace if needed within 2 years) and a full money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied within 45 days!

I would say, I was highly satisfied with Smile Brilliant as a company, but due to my sensitivity, I could not fully get the benefits of the product. I can say, I have seen many great transformation pictures on social media as well as their website and other blogs!

So, if you’re looking for a cool whitening system that is less abrasive to your teeth while still promising results, check them out!

 

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Favorite Nude Lip Colors

I have ALWAYS been a red or hot pink kind of lip girl…. I love wearing reds everywhere; to weddings, date night, morning coffee… Honestly, when people say that bright lips are for the night only, I HIGHLY beg to differ. Bright lips are fab all day – every day.

Lately (maybe it’s the soon-to-be mom in me)… I have been LOVING NUDE LIPS. I seriously can’t get enough. I have even swapped out some of my old reds for new nudes. Below are my top five current favorites (from left to right): OFRA Long Lasting Lipstick in color “Mocha”,  KIKO Luscious Cream Creamy Lipstick in color “502”, Pacifica Natural Lipstick in color “Nudie Red”, NYX Lip Suede in color “Soft Spoken” & Makeup Monsters Liquid Lipstick in color “Tender”.

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I love liquid lipsticks because they tend to stay better on my lips. That being said, a lot of them can feel drying and make your lips look like they are about to shed their top layer of skin. I haven’t found any of these liquid lipsticks (OFRA, Makeup Monsters or NYX) to be super drying. NYX is actually my current FAVORITE out of all of them (and it’s SUPER reasonably priced at around $7). I like this one because it is the most moisturizing out of all of them and it LASTS.

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OFRA & Makeup Monsters liquid lipsticks can tend to be a little drying if I don’t apply some sort of lip moisturizer beforehand. I will typically use either Vaseline or Carmax for about a half hour before applying and it seems to do the trick (just wipe off before applying the liquid lipsticks). Pacifica is a lipstick and it also feels a tad drying, BUT, it lasts forever (probably longer than you’d like LOL).

KIKO is my new jam. I love all of their nude lipsticks and they are so fab for layering! I have used the OFRA liquid lipstick in Mocha with the KIKO lipstick over it and love, love, LOVE the result. I found that layering the two also leads to longer lasting results. The best part? It doesn’t fade weird either! After a long day of wearing both together, I had an even fade.

I’m constantly on the look out for awesome nudes, comment below with some of your favorites!

 

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Dry Skin Faves!

The winter is a time for family, friends & holidays. It’s also a time for dry and cracked skin…. and feeling like you are constantly trying to hydrate up!

This year, I have found some new products that have really helped my face, lips and body to stay moisturized without feeling greasy.

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1. For the Face – 

NUDE Advances Renewal Overnight Repair Mask – I love and hate my twin sister for one reason: she uses incredible skin care products that are pricey and I always want them. When she had me try out this mask (which is really like a thicker lotion) I knew I wanted it! I always have dry skin on my nose and this has been the ONLY product to help with that. It is $48 from their site (or go get a sample at Sephora!!!) and, trust my frugal self… WELL WORTH THE MONEY. I use this mask at night after I wash my face and prep it with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum (also a must have!). During the day, I use a different face lotion from Kheil’s.

2. For the Lips – (((I have had the most trouble with dry, cracked lips this year. No matter what I do, it seems there is always some peeling skin that leads to horrific looking lipstick and sore spots. Here is my routine that has seemingly cleared up my problem!)))

Homemade Peppermint Lip Scrub – I start by exfoliating my lips in the shower (rubbing off the top layer of dry skin with my finger – but you could also use a tooth brush or actual exfoliator). As soon as I dry off, I massage my lips with a homemade peppermint sugar scrub on my lips. *I received this scrub from a friend for Christmas and it has been amazing! All she did was mix sugar with doTERRA Peppermint Oil (or use peppermint extract). 

Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Mini – While I finish getting ready for the day or after I brush my teeth at night, I put a heavy layer of Vaseline Lip Therapy on. I love this product because it stays on my lips without feeling goopy. I also really like the light pink color it gives! 🙂

BITE Agave Lip Mask – During the day, I will typically put on a lip stick or lip stain. *If I use a lipstick, I will put the lip mask under it – and if I use a lip stain, I will wait for the stain to dry before using the lip mask over it.  This lip mask is super thick and I NEVER leave the house without it!!! It has been a life saver for the winds this holiday season.

3. For the Body – 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream – I use to be able to get by with a regular lotion, but this year, my skin has been so dry it itches and leaves me bruised from the scratching! This cream is thick and I like to put it on and let it soak in for a few minutes. I use it daily after I shower as well as on my hands, elbows and knees at night. I get mine from Costco to save a little moolah!

I am always interested in learning about new products! Share some of your faves below!! 🙂

 

 

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Seattle Beauty Faves!

I was up in Washington this past week visiting my sister and her family. I couldn’t get over the flowers in Pike Place (just like every other visit!). I am ALWAYS amazed at how beautiful and intense the flowers are. In fact, aside from my family, this is my favorite part of Washington!

I was so inspired by the flowers I saw, I wanted to do a beauty post including all of my Seattle inspired beauty faves! Plum is definitely my inspiration this holiday season – I seriously cannot get enough it!

Makeup Worth Noting – Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way, Powder: Urban Decay Naked Skin, Blush: MAC Pro Longwear in color Stubborn, Eyebrows: lined with NYX micro brow pencil and topped with Benefit Gimme Brow, and Lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in color Copenhagen

 Side Notes: This was my first time using Too Faced Foundation with the Urban Decay powder and – LET ME TELL YOU – it gave me AMAZING coverage and lasts (literally) all day! WINNING.

I absolutely love NYX. My money saving heart beats for this line with it’s awesome prices and equally awesome quality. I have a ton of different colors from their matte lip line and have found the best way to get great long lasting wear is to put one layer on, let it dry and then repeat another two times.

MAC – don’t use too much on your brush. Trust me on this one. If you do, you will look like a clown. I experienced it first hand! Otherwise, amazing color!

My brows have always been thin. I feel like I have finally found my brow way using the NYX pencil with Benefit Gimme Brow. Honestly, I don’t think my brows have ever looked better and I will be eternally grateful for that.

Extra side note: I am cheap. I usually don’t buy “designer” makeup and try to use everything I have until I am squeezing the last drop out of the tube. Most of the time, I wait for my sisters to pass me down their stuff (lol). So when I say something is worth investing in, I truly believe it is! =)

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Another item I am SO IN LOVE with it kills me are these Saressa Designs Petite Druzy Studs my sister gave me (shown in the photo above). They are hypo allergenic and truly stunning in person. The natural quartz gemstone glitters away in all its glory as the gold bezel wrapping holds them securely.

 

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I will definitely be purchasing more pieces from this shop soon! I am thinking, custom Druzy Bar Necklace with my son’s birthstone color…. =)

So there you have it! My current obsessions… what are some of yours?

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