If there's one thing I'm particular about when it comes to my appearance, it's my smile. I can't leave the house without some sort of color on my lips, and I'm ALL about pearly white teeth. This is because, regardless of whether I do or do not know a person's routine, I tend to associate yellow teeth with poor personal hygiene. It's not a very nice assumption, but I think it's one that a lot of people make. This common conception coupled with the fact that a smile is often the first thing people notice about a person, makes my teeth a big priority in my beauty routine.
So, you can imagine my excitement when I was offered the amazing opportunity to test out an at-home, professional grade whitening kit by SmileBrilliant!. I'll admit, I was nervous about doing a professional strength whitening program myself, but I couldn't be happier now that I gave it a shot and saw how straightforward (and cost effective) at-home whitening can be.
Here's how my experience went down:
I made the impressions.
Once I got my SmileBrilliant! kit, I got to work making the impressions that would be used to create my custom whitening trays. I mixed the two different pastes together with my hands (they're kind of like Play Doh) and pressed the putty into one of the blue trays. Next I pressed my teeth into the impression material and waited about a minute and a half. I did this again for my bottom teeth and I was all set! Then I just had to rinse off the impressions and send them back to the SmileBrilliant! office so they could work their magic and create my whitening trays.
I applied the whitening gel to the trays and waited.
Once I got my trays, I began the whitening process by applying a THIN line of whitening gel to each tray. I then popped them in just like I would my retainers and waited. When I first started the program I only whitened for about 20 minutes before taking the trays out. I was extremely nervous about tooth sensitivity, since I've experienced this with grocery store whitening strips before. However, each time I used the whitening program, I gradually increased the amount of time I'd leave the trays in and would eventually leave them in for about an hour. Also, I never experienced any tooth sensitivity! Just a bit with my gums, because I put too much gel in the trays (which they do warn you not to do :) ).
I rinsed and applied the desensitizing gel.
After whitening, I'd always apply the desensitizing gel for about 15 minutes to help rehydrate my teeth. This was great because it helped to ensure that I never had to experience painful tooth sensitivity like I did with other teeth whitening brands.
And that's it! After about seven applications my whitening treatment was done, and I couldn't be happier with the results. I'm a super on-the-go person, so I absolutely loved the convenience of professionally whitening my teeth at home. This is something I'm sure I never would've gotten around to had I waited to actually make an appointment at the dentist's office, and the at-home experience was not scary or difficult at all. Also, can we just talk about the fact that this process would have costed $500+ if I had went to the dentist? SmileBrilliant! is able to offer their kit for under $200 since you do the work yourself and don't have to pay for the dentist's time. Love that, and I love my new smile.
What do you guys think about at-home whitening? Would you try it?
Also: check out this vid for more info!
Let's dive into one of my favorite topics, shall we?
I'll admit I'm a tad obsessed, and it's not uncommon to find me romping around the house with the latest mud mask or blackhead strip plastered to my face. Trying products is genuine fun in my book (and believe me, I've tried a lot)!
Today though, I want to hone in on a sector of the skincare market near and dear to my heart, and that is...affordable skincare products. We've all had that devastating moment in Sephora where we lock eyes with a small jar of some fancy looking skincare item, just knowing in our hearts how transformational it must be for our skin.
Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Dry brushing is one of those topics that I reference all the time and have been meaning to do a full-fledged post on for what seems like literal ages. I started dry brushing after reading another blogger's lowdown on it a few years ago, and I've pretty much been obsessed ever since. It's something that I try to do almost every time before I get in the shower, and my skin is definitely thankful for it!
But wait, WTF is dry brushing?
If you read TBC's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide (and you should, bc it features some real goodies), you're probably not surprised to see more V-Day inspired content. It's obvious that I love the color pink, so I'll pretty much take advantage of any opportunity to exploit that passion — Valentine's Day included, of course.
Today's post is extra special though — not just because it's pretty, but because it's a damn gem when it comes to skincare. You ladies know how I feel about sick-o unnatural products, especially when they cost a small fortune. I mean, how am I supposed to save up for this bag when I'm blowing my entire paycheck on glorified soap? Thanks, but no thanks.
Lately, I've become V picky about my nighttime routine. I only use a handful of products nowadays, and I'm always careful to check the ingredients before applying anything to my skin. After all, most people would be shocked to hear that, according to this source, women absorb up to FIVE POUNDS of damaging chemicals a year — all thanks to their beauty products.
But does this mean you should immediately toss everything that's currently housed on your vanity without second thought? Thank the Lord, no! My motto has always been that slow and steady wins the race. Cutting something out cold turkey doesn't typically work for anyone, and I will always stand by the idea that one of the most important factors in creating a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance. Know your facts, and actively choose what you allow to go in (and on) your body.
If you read the 'Best of 2016' roundup last week, you already know that one of my goals for this year is to publish more DIY beauty recipes. I only created a few in 2016, but they were some of my most-visited and shared posts of the entire year. This one even got featured in a Bloglovin' edit, which was kind of a big deal considering it was the first natural beauty tutorial I'd ever posted here on The Blonde Chiffon.
So, cheers to the first DIY beauty remedy of 2017 here on TBC. It's one of my favorite concoctions yet, so I know you'll be just as obsessed as I am.