Monday, 24 April 2017

My First Time using Smile Brilliant

In the quest for whiter teeth, there are so many options available that you might get dizzy sorting through the best ones. One thing I didn't like about Crest white strips was how sensitive it made my teeth and gums so I was super excited to try a product that wasn't so harsh. You might remember that I used a carbon powder last year and did notice results with the strength of my teeth. Since then, I've cut back on lemon water and upped my flossing game! I've used a wide array of whitening products, but recently I got to try a custom whitening kit for the first time. A huge thanks to the Smile Brilliant team for sending me this amazing kit :) If you haven't heard of a custom whitening kit, it's exactly as it sounds, a kit made from the mold of your teeth. Say whaaaaaat?! My thoughts exactly. Imagine, a whitening system designed for your teeth, and your teeth only. I love being a guinea pig for this kind of stuff 😂

Step One- The first step in creating your mold is to prepare the putty by mixing the base and catalyst. You get enough material for your top and bottom teeth, plus extra in case you make a mistake. The key to making a good mold is to mix the base paste and catalyst paste well. It feels like playdoh and spreads well when you put it on the tray. Once the putty is in the tray, line it up with your teeth and bite down. Use caution here since the putty will spread and I was caught off guard the first time. It took everything I could muster not to gag since the putty was spreading out the back and sides of the tray! I hope in the future a smaller tray is available for those with smaller jaws!! It's also important to note that you must relax and let the putty harden a bit around your teeth. I suggest doing this in the bathroom because since I couldn't close my mouth, I found myself drooling like an infant! Not so sexy...

My first set of molds didn't come out well and I got another set of material in the mail to make another mold. No worries if you don't get it right the first time. I think that I didn't wait long enough and my mold didn't look exactly like the example picture. I got it right the second time though!

Step Two- Once your molds are set and you've placed it in the mail, you will get an email when the lab receives and are making your custom trays. OHHH YEAH BABY!!

Step Three- Once you get your whitening trays back, the fun begins! You will get a set of whitening gel and a set of desensitizing gel. I like that you can control how much gel goes into your tray, so you don't have to worry about the gel harming your gums like other products might do. The gel tastes ok, slightly minty but still a bit like the Crest whitestrips. I like putting my trays on before bed because you should leave the trays on your teeth for at least an hour for best results. I'm way too busy during the day so evening teeth whitening works best for me!

As you can see from the before and after pictures, I did notice a subtle brightening. I eat a lot of staining foods and drink a lot of tea (which I just found out can stain more than coffee--what the heck?!) and I was happy to see that the stains between my teeth have vanished. I got much better results from these custom fitted trays that any other whitening product I've tried. This would work well for everyone since you have full control every step of the way. Since the trays are custom fitted, this would even work for people with crooked or less than perfectly straight teeth :)



If you'd like to learn more about the Smile Brilliant system, check out their website at https://www.smilebrilliant.com/

To read more testimonials, you can visit  http://www.smilebrilliant.com/teeth-whitening-reviews#alittlebitofgloss


To read about the benefits of custom fitted trays, you can visit http://www.smilebrilliant.com/articles/benifits-of-choosing-custom-fitted-teeth-whitening-trays#alittlebitofgloss

If you want to learn more about Smile Brilliant's cruelty free ingredients, you can visit https://www.smilebrilliant.com/articles/teeth-whitening-gel-ingredients#alittlebitofgloss


Have you tried a custom tooth whitening system before? Let me know in the comments!!







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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

My current makeup subscription box is from Ipsy. I was a bit skeptical about a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box because I didn't want to end up with a bunch of products I couldn't use or didn't know how to use. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products in a cute makeup bag, and I was sold after checking out their previous bags. If you're not very adventurous with makeup like me, it's a great way to build your makeup collection on the cheap and expand your makeup expertise!

The April 2017 glam bag theme is Side Show and I can't say I'm in love with this month's bag design. When I checked the Ipsy website (like I always do on the first of the month LOL) to check the new bag design, I had to do a double take! I completely missed the bag design and I thought the ticket was just some clever graphic, or an emoji. I know...nothing gets by me!! At first I hated it, but now I realize I can use it to keep all those tokens and tickets organized that we collect from various carnivals and arcades. Very intuitive Ipsy!! Thanks :) 


In my bag:

MintPear Vitamin C Serum

Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank angled brush (pre-launch exclusive)
Jesse's Girl liquid eyeliner 
Hey Honey Bésame Mucho lip balm
The Balm cosmetics Betty-Lou Manizer
BONUS- Jersey Shore Cosmetics eyelash curler

I was most happy to see the MintPear serum and Jesse's Girl liner since I'm all about discovering new brands and I've never heard of these two before. My only wish is that the samples for skin care items came in bigger sizes because it's hard to form an honest opinion after only one or two uses. The picture may be deceiving- but the serum was actually super tiny! Still, I rate the April Ipsy Glam Bag a 5/5 since I was very pleased with every product in the bag and I finally got my reward for redeeming some points last month  :) :)


Click here to sign up with Ipsy and get your very own Glam Bag! 

More about the products inside:

MintPear Vitamin C Serum-I really wanted to love this serum, but I didn't like how sticky it made my fingers and face. Maybe next time I'll use less and see if that helps 😆 It was almost odourless and I did like how quickly it absorbed. I used this once and I didn't notice any immediate results, other than the fact that I my skin looked supple and fresh. 

Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank angled brush (pre-launch exclusive)- I was really surprised with how soft this brush is! It's super trendy with the unicorns on the handle and gets the job done with its perfect angle. I loved using this for precision blush or bronzer application 😏

Jesse's Girl liquid eyeliner- Ever since I learned how to use liquid liner, it's always been my go-to. I love the formula of this liner. It went on smooth and dried to a nice matte finish. I really like using felt tips like this because you can get really sharp lines and build intensity as you go. I also liked that this liner was long lasting! FANTASTIC!

Hey Honey Bésame Mucho lip balm- I'm already a huge fan of Hey Honey products so I was so happy when I got this lip balm to try. If you're a fan of shea butter or propolis, then this lip balm is for you.  It went on super smooth and kept my lips moisturized all day! I loved the fragrance since it wasn't too strong or overwhelming. I love this more than any other lip balm I've tried-and that means a lot since I have lip balms in every purse and jacket pocket! LOL!!
The Balm cosmetics Betty-Lou Manizer- This truly is the perfect multitasking product! I like that it can be used as a bronzer AND eyeshadow so I can pack light when travelling but still look fab! How awesome is that?! This formula is also perfect for when you need to use your fingers because it's so silky. WIN!


What did you get in your April Glam Bag? I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

My First Time using RYOR from Our Happy Box

My current skin care obsession is from Our Happy Box and I'm so excited to share a few of my faves with you! I'm always on the hunt for new products that keep my skin moisturized and looking its best, so when I was sent some samples, the hemp correction cream, soothing serum, and mattifying cream I was intrigued. A huge thanks to the OHB team for spoiling me with these goodies!


I was first and foremost impressed to learn that this is from a company that gives back. Each month, the Our Happy Box team chooses a product and donates 100% of the proceeds from that product to a charity that was chosen for that month. You can find a list of partners on the We Give page on their website. I love discovering brands that give back...even in a small way. 

Our Happy Box is an authorized dealer of all the products you find on the website and the exclusive distributor of RYOR skincare. 

My skin care routine is pretty simple and I have a fondness for multitasking products. 

Hemp cream- I never knew that hemp could be so beneficial in skin care! I was intrigued and I couldn't wait to try it :) This hemp cream contains precious cannabidiol (CBD) and hyaluronic acid which provides ample skin hydration. It has a fantastic fragrance and the formula worked well with my combination skin. This left my skin looking matte, but still moisturized. I used this over a serum and really liked how my skin looked prepped for makeup or fresh faced for the day!

Mattifying cream- I have never used RYOR products before and I was curious about what "mattifying" actually meant. I was pleasantly surprised! The RYOR mattifying cream with powder-effect does exactly like it sounds. After cleansing, I put a small amount all over my face and was stunned to see that it was like putting a high end primer on my face. I've never felt anything like it. It made my skin powdery soft- like a Snapchat filter without the filter LOL. I was hooked! My only qualm is that it did nothing to help with the dry skin on my nose, so I just avoided putting the mattifying cream there. But everywhere else was A-OK!! This is a truly innovative product, and if you're like me and don't like to wear makeup too often, this cream gives you that made up look without actually having to do anything. I can't tell you enough how much I love this cream!

Soothing Serum- I thought the formula was a bit watery than most serums I've used, but it did spread well and absorb quickly. This serum has many fantastic ingredients- one of them being seaweed. Did you know that seaweed offers superior hydration and anti-inflammatory benefits? I love products that have seaweed, sea kelp and algae because there are too many benefits to name so I'll save that for another day!! LOL!


I was very happy with these products from Our Happy Box and will definitely order more when these goodies are finished. In the short time I've been using these products, I've seen fantastic results and I love products that make me look fabulous with such little effort *teeheee!!

There are so many products on the website that address specific skin concerns and the staff are always ready to help. If you're looking to try something new, check out the Our Happy Box website at https://www.ourhappybox.com/

Have you tried any of these? Leave a comment and let me know your fave!!!





Monday, 10 April 2017

Avocado Red Wine Honey mask

My idea of a good time (after putting the kids to bed LOL) is relaxing with a glass (or two) of wine and watching a good show- while multitasking of course, with some facial mask or other beauty treatment. This time I wanted to try something different after I read about all the benefits of using red wine in your skin care routine. We all know the health benefits of red wine, but did you know that there are a ton of benefits for your skin too? 

Red wine is packed with antioxidants like flavonoid, reservatrol and tannin that are really good for the skin. These help fight free radicals and ageing by restoring collagen and elastic fibres which has a plumping effect for wrinkles. 

I'm a huge fan of using honey in masks because my face feels super soft and nourished after I use a honey based mask. If you haven't used honey in your homemade mask, you should definitely try it! Here's my recipe for an avocado, red wine and honey mask that I hope you enjoy as much as I do :) 



I used:

red wine- contains natural AHAs, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, rich in amino acids


honey- antibacterial, soothes, moisturizes

avocado- rich in healthy fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin C and E

I like using a brush to apply homemade masks because I get a bit more control and my hands don't get all messy when I'm trying to spread the mixture. After mixing the ingredients I spread it on my face and sat for 20 minutes. I did notice a slight tingle after 5 minutes. The smell wasn't the greatest buuuuuuut it felt good to know that my skin was soaking in all the benefits of this super nourishing mask!  After rinsing with cool water I followed up with a serum and moisturizer. My face felt smooth and looked great! I woke up the next day still gushing at how soft my face felt :)

There are so many benefits to masking with fresh foods from your kitchen. What are your fave foods to use? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!



Sources:

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-red-wine/#gref


http://healthiestfoods.co.uk/avocado-skin-benefits

Monday, 3 April 2017

SUBSCRIPTION BOX REVIEW- Luxury Scent Box

Spring time is a perfect time to update your wardrobe but many times we forget to update our signature fragrance. Did you know that you can become nose blind if you use the same perfume every day? Being nose blind doesn't only apply to smells in your home. You can become nose blind to your own perfume and over time, you'll need to use more and more in order to smell it. This can be super offensive to people around you since you may not realize that your sweet and subtle perfume is actually too strong for people you interact with. An easy way to curb this phenomenon-and to give your nose a break, is to switch up your perfume so you don't wear the same thing every single day. 

If you're looking for a way to up your perfume game, then the Luxury Scent Box perfume and cologne subscription is the perfect way to find your new signature scent without spending a ton of cash on full sized bottles. This is the perfect his AND her subscription! A huge thanks to the LSB team for sending me my new favourite-Prada Candy. *KISSES*

The Luxury Scent Box website is really easy to use. You can start with a fragrancy survey, or you can just browse all the fragrances that are available. All fragrances are 100% authentic and you also get a travel sized perfume holder along with your first order. Each vial would last about a month even if you use it daily. I like that this little vial can fit in my purse or jacket pocket and let me tell you- convenience is GOLDEN! 

I took the quiz and after analyzing my responses, I was matched with fragrances that might suit my tastes. I was happy to see brands that I was already familiar with and fragrances that I already liked, so I knew the quiz was the real deal! I also liked that I could build my own perfume collection this way because the results were based on everything I liked :) There are no contracts, no commitments and since you can cancel at any time, you don't have to worry about being stuck with a ton of fragrances that you'll never use. 

If you want to learn more about the Luxury Scent Box subscription, check out their website https://www.luxuryscentbox.com/

Do you have a signature fragrance? What is it? I'd love to hear from you!

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