Professional Teeth Whitening at Home & Giveaway!

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Hi friends! Will and I are less than six weeks until our wedding day and we are rapidly trying to get all the details together. Like most brides out there, I want to look my best (especially when it comes to the photos we will hold on to forever), but I also don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on beauty regimens! Having a bright white smile was one of those things I planned on handling with drugstore whitening strips or mouthwash, as I have done in the past. Then, Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their at home, professional teeth whitening kit and share with you all a special giveaway!

While, I was skeptical at first, I must say my results impressed me! Smile Brilliant makes custom-fit trays for your teeth and uses a method that is the same provided by dentists, but at a lower price!  Now let’s get into the details.

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Just chillin’ with a good book while I whiten my teeth!

How it Works: Custom-Fit Trays

Starting at $139 per kit, Smile Brilliant offers several types of whitening kits for sensitive, non-sensitive teeth and various levels of stains. Once your Smile Brilliant kit has been ordered, the first step in this professional teeth whitening process is to create your custom trays. Smile Brilliant sends you a kit to make your whitening trays. The kit includes impression trays for your upper and lower teeth and two pastes – a catalyst and base paste.

The instructions will walk you through everything, but it is important to read them before beginning the time-sensitive process. You mix the pastes together for about a minute, until the colors are completely blended. Then, quickly press the paste into the impression tray so that it is evenly distributed. TIP: let your phone timer run so you can see how much time is passing and stick to the instructions.

Once the paste is completely in your tray, you press the tray into your upper teeth and hold it there to make a mold for two minutes. When the time is up, you repeat this process for your lower teeth. The finished impressions will feel hard and a little spongey. Thankfully, Smile Brilliant provides a third set of pastes in case you mess up on your first try. I let mine sit overnight to harden and dropped them in the mail the next day with the signed consent card.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Home

It takes a few business days for the trays to arrive at the processing center. Then, it takes about five days for your trays to be created and shipped back to you. When your whitening trays arrive, you are ready to start the professional teeth whitening process, from the comfort of your home! Before you begin whitening it is important to read through Smile Brilliant‘s enclosed tips and information and brush your teeth.

It is hard to say exactly how much gel you should use, because it depends on how big or small your mouth and teeth are. Typically though, one syringe is good for three treatments. Make sure the gel is evenly distributed throughout the tray.  The whitening trays can be left in for 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how sensitive your teeth are. I started off with 1 hour and slowly worked up to 2.5 hours.

Once you are done whitening, wash out your tray and apply the desensitizing gel in a similar fashion as the whitening gel. You can leave the desensitizing gel on for 15-20 minutes. The treatments can be done as often as 2 times a day or as little as once a week. Since some people are sensitive to the gel, my advice is to take it slow at first and build up the time allotments from there.

Positives & Negatives

One downside of Smile Brilliant is that it takes time to get your custom whitening trays made. So, you have to plan ahead if you want to use this system to have an extra white smile for an upcoming event. Because the system is created for deep whitening, it can come some sensitivity. However, Smile Brilliant does have a gel to prevent sensitivity. I used it because I have noticed sensitivity after using some teeth whitening products. If sensitivity is a concern of yours, I would definitely use the gel. My teeth feel perfectly fine after using Smile Brilliant.

Another negative is that Smile Brilliant is more expensive than alternative teeth whitening products and systems. Side note: It is still much cheaper than professional teeth whitening services you can get at your dentist, which ranges $600-$750. However, the cost of Smile Brilliant can add up to the price of using some whitening products over and over for a couple of years. For me this positive outweighs the extra cost. It is a one and done kind of product, so there is not a lot of upkeep.

The best thing about Smile Brilliant is the results are not just noticeable but permanent! Some teeth whitening products or systems just get rid of surface stains, but Smile Brilliant provides a deep stain removal. My personal favorite thing about Smile Brilliant is you can set it in place and get on with your day! I wore my whitening trays, while doing laundry, blogging, reading books and going to the grocery store.

The Results!

Since I use whitening mouthwash pretty regularly and have used a ton of other teeth whitening products, I was skeptical how well Smile Brilliant would work. Thankfully, the whitening system worked really well! After 11 treatments, the yellow tint that was starting to become more apparent in my teeth disappeared. Check out the photos below!

~ Smile Brilliant Giveaway ~

It is time for the best news of all. You guys can enter my giveaway to win a $145 credit for your own Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit! The giveaway will be open until March 29th, and you can click the link below to enter. You guys can also use my coupon code “scsscoop15” for 15% off any Smile Brilliant purchase! 

>>> Enter the Smile Brilliant Giveaway now! <<<

Now, let’s chat in the comments! Have you tried teeth whitening products or Smile Brilliant?  I would love to know if you have tried a professional teeth whitening system at home. What do you hate or love about any specific teeth whitening products? Share your thoughts and tips for us all.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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How to Keep Skin Moisturized All Winter Long

As soon as winter’s dry, cold air sets in my skin knows exactly what to do! If I do not take proper care of my skin, it gets extra dry and even starts peeling. It is not pretty! Now, that is what happens if I don’t do anything to prevent this terrible reaction from occurring. So without further ado, here are the key ingredients to keep skin moisturized all winter.

Key Ingredients to Keep Skin Moisturized

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#1 Almond Oil – I talked about this stuff in one of my first blog posts. Eighteen months later and I am still using it all over my body.  I cannot say enough good things about Almond oil. It is super affordable, soothes dry skin instantly, diminishes fine lines and reduces dark circles under your eyes, all without causing breakouts)! Before you try one of the many expensive oil-based products out there, try this stuff.

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#2 Humidifier – The dry heat that comes from heating your home can be a big cause of dry skin in the winter. Personally, I put off getting a humidifier for a long time because I did not think it would make much of a difference. But, I was so wrong! With all the time we spend indoors, humidifiers are a worthwhile purchase to keep skin moisturized in the winter. I have noticed a major difference with my skin since getting one.

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#3 Water Bottle – If you are not carrying a watter bottle in the winter, you are doing it all wrong! Skin is our largest organ. So, if you are dehydrated, skin is one of the first things you will see effected. Sure, you should drink plenty of water every day, all yearlong, but this is a crucial step to maintain well moisturized skin. My advice – opt for a cute water bottle because you will be much more likely to bring it along throughout your day.

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#4 Hand Cream – Similar to our faces, our hands get a lot of exposure to cold, dry air in the winter. My hands get dry quickly if I do not use a good quality hand creme. I keep some at my desk to put on while I read e-mails. Lately, I have been using a new hand cream I got in my winter FabFitFun box. It has a lovely light scent, absorbs quickly and doesn’t make my hands feel greasy. What more do we need, right!?

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#5 Chapstick – This is a no-brainer, right!? Chapped lips in can quickly turn into cracked lips in the winter.  To prevent that, I get a couple extra chapsticks – one for my desk, one for my car and one for my purse. Burt’s Bees Coconut & Pear is currently my favorite chapstick. It’s super creamy, smells great and has good staying power.

In addition to the key ingredients above, keep in mind that a healthy diet and vitamins can also drastically improve the appearance and health of your skin.

Recently, I have thought about taking collagen supplements for better skin and hair in preparation for my wedding. Have you tried those or do you take them now? I would love to hear your opinions, if so!

I would also love to know if you have any tips or tricks that have improved your skin. Do you use similar products to keep skin moisturized during winter’s wrath? What is your winter skin care routine? Share in the comment section and let’s discuss.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Friday Favorite: FabFitFun Winter Box & Code for $10 OFF

Hi friends! The official start of winter is next week, and just in time arrived one of my favorite things of the year (eek!). So for my Friday Favorite, I will show you all what’s inside the FabFitFun Winter Box. If you don’t know, FabFitFun is a quarterly subscription program that sends you a box full of items valuing well over $300! All the items relate to beauty, fashion, and/or fitness. Also, FabFitFun boxes have a different design for their box each season. How pretty is this winter one!? It is inspired by their charity or the month, the American Heart Association.

Inside the FabFitFun Winter Box

  1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment – $75
    • Now, this is the most expensive item in my Winter Box. I have never used this exfoliator, but I know Kate Somerville has great skin care products. So, I was excited to see it in my box and try it out! The best thing about this exfoliation product is that my skin looked brighter and felt softer after my first use.
  2. Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks – $19
    • All subscribers will receive one of three colors. Colors will be randomly selected. Cozy, fuzzy socks! What a perfect Winter box item! I’m already picturing myself curled up with a book, these socks, and tea in my new mug! FabFitFun recommends washing them on the cold setting and tumble dry low to ensure the aloe infused part lasts 25-30 washes.
  3. Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug – $16
    • Subscribers receive one of three designs. This cute mug is 15 oz and microwave and dishwasher safe! The “coming in hot” design really works for me, since I tend to be rushing (read: running behind!) in the mornings!
  4. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream – $33
    • How perfect for winter? This cream has been working wonders on my hands so far. While it is super rich and hydrating, it doesn’t leave my hands greasy since it absorbs into my skin very quickly.
  5. Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Energizing Eye Masks – 8 for $16
    • This eye mask set is the beauty product I chose. All subscribers had the opportunity to pick  these eye masks or Nelson J. Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Hair Mask in Coconut. I LOVE eye masks and these ones work really well! They stay on very well, and I could see after one use that skin under my eyes was smoother and more hydrated. The formula  includes collagen and minerals that fight fine lines, puffiness, and under eye circles.
  6. 8 Other Reasons 9 Lives Choker in Rose Gold– $58
    • I had not heard of this brand, but this necklace might be my favorite piece of jewelry I have gotten from FabFitFun so far. I don’t have anything like it, which is always a plus! The choker also has a 4-inch extender, so you can wear it as a necklace. 8 Other Reasons has some beautiful similar necklaces if you are in the market for something like this.
  7. Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Smokey – $70
    • This palette comes in Nude or Smokey, and I picked the Smokey shade since I don’t have a palette with a darker hue of colors. There are 5 shimmer eyeshadows, 3 matte eyeshadows and a shimmery highlighter. A couple of the colors did not show up well on my skin, but the eyeshadows and highlighter seem to have good staying power.
  8. FabFitFun TV Fitness Ball with Jillian Michales Videos – $16
    • I chose this fitness ball as my wellness item. Subscribers could pick this ball or the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by ThisWorks. Working out from the comfort of my home is always nice, so I love any product that encourages me to do so. Even better, FabFitFun pairs the ball with exclusive workouts from Jillian Michaels that you can watch on FabFitFun TV. Tools to inflate and deflate the ball were also included, so traveling with it will be a breeze!
  9. BB Dakota Poncho – $70
    • This poncho is available in 3 different colors – black, charcoal and mulberry. Since I am an annual subscriber, I got to pick my color and chose mulberry. It feels like wearing a blanket and is also reversible. Take a look below at the two designs of the poncho I got. This is my first poncho and I love layering pieces, so this was an exciting find in my box!

This box has a retail value of $373! On top of that, I happened to choose the least expensive products! I am always amazed at the quality and selection of products in my FabFitFun boxes, but this one might just be my favorite.

Now, here is the scoop on FabFitFun:

  • Price = $49.99 per box
  • COUPON = Click here to get $10 OFF your first FabFitFun coupon!
  • Value = more than $300 in products
  • Good news =
    1. You can still get or give this box! FabFitFun gives you the option to pick various products for your own winter box. There are a few items from the fall box you can choose as well.
    2. In addition to the box and all its contents, subscribers get access to beauty tips, workout videos and coupon codes for the box’s featured brands
  • Verdict = A great-valued subscription box for consistently awesome products!

I have honestly debated whether or not I will renew this box for next year, and I feel like for now, it is worth it. I love getting things that I would not normally think to buy for myself. Do you think it is worth it?

A subscription box like this can be a perfect gift for the holidays, too, especially when you have someone on your list who’s hard to shop for. How do you like the items inside the FabFitFun winter box? Do you love it as much as I do? I would love to know if you enjoy this subscription box or any others, too.

Cheers and happy holidays!

Sarah Camille

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