Jingle Vox Box

As you probably already know based on previous reviews, I’m a member of the Influenster community. It’s an awesome program for bloggers in which great companies send out their products in exchange for honest blogger reviews. I enjoy trying new things, but I’m sometimes afraid to unless a friend or a blogger I really trust recommends it, so I love the opportunity to do the same for you!

The latest box I received is the Jingle Vox Box. It came with seven great products that I recently tested and would love to share.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream – I actually already use this cream. I love how hydrating it is, and I use it year-round.

Hallmark itty bittys –  So cute! I don’t have kiddos, so I’m going to give this to one of my coworkers, but how sweet are these little cuties?

Pure Ice Nail Polish – I received this in Home Run. It’s remarkably similar to Essie’s Mint Candy Apple for a quarter of the price. Seriously.

KISS True Volume Lashes – I’m a total novice when it comes to false lashes (my makeup routine is very basic), but these were surprisingly easy to use and will be part of my NYE outfit. Wish me luck!

NYC Cityproof 24HR Waterproof Eye Liner – I can’t attest to whether it lasts for 24 hours, but this definitely lasted through an entire evening of drinks with friends, which makes it good in my books. Plus, it’s half the cost of everything else I’ve ever tried.

Ore-Ida Tater Tots – I won Best Girlfriend award when I busted these out for breakfast this weekend. Their website actually has a bunch of neat recipes that incorporate tater tots, which I’m looking forward to trying.

Thanks to Influenster and all of these great companies for sending me these products to review. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Final Review of Smile Brilliant

Smile Brilliant

So I goofed. I told you guys I’d post my final review in two weeks, and, after I wrote the post that Thursday night, I accidentally scheduled the post for 09/18/2016. Oops. Anyway, it has officially been four weeks since I started using Smile Brilliance, and I’m excited to share my final thoughts with you.

Here’s the before:

Drumroll, please….

Edit: I figured out why the first picture looks brighter than the after. Flash. Duh. I’ve taken another picture (no photoshop!):

Final thoughts? It definitely whitened my teeth. I already had fairly white teeth (I told you: I’m obsessed), so I only expected them to get a shade or two whiter, and they definitely did. After the first two weeks (during which time I used the product three times a week), I slowed down to just once a week for maintenance. This is working super well, as I haven’t noticed that my teeth yellow at all (as opposed to white stripes, where your teeth are back to normal after two weeks). To me, this is a huge selling point and differentiates Smile Brilliant from everyone else out there.

I thought I’d also share some tips that I learned along the way. Less is more. I was putting way too much whitening gel in the trays, and it was hurting my gums. The desensitizing gel made the pain go away, but I wasn’t super comfortable using it again. I checked the website and looked at the directions (imagine that), and I realized I was using waaay too much product. After I corrected that mistake, it was smooth sailing.

On your first application, only leave the trays in for 15-20 minutes and eventually build your way up. When I had too much gel, leaving them on for more than 15 minutes was not an option. After I finally figured out that mistake, I realized I could increase the amount of time I left them on without causing any sensitivity. I’m up to about an hour now.

Use them at night. The chemicals in the gels essentially open the pores of your teeth (just like your face!) to let in the whitening products. Doing it before bed gives those pores all night to close up so that when you’re sipping your AM coffee, your teeth are protected. Otherwise, you’re basically opening up your pores and inviting black coffee to stain them. Kinda counterintuitive. Plus, the desensitizing gel coats your teeth in a bunch of minerals, and you don’t want to wash that away with your breakfast or lunch.

For some other great tips, check out this video. Enjoy!

Introducing Smile Brilliant

Smile Brilliant

True life: I have a slight obsession with pearly whites. I’m laughing about 75% of the time I’m awake (my sense of humor isn’t at all discerning), so, if my teeth are yellow, everyone knows. I’ve used whitening tooth pastes, white strips, and natural remedies, which have all been great, but, with all the coffee I drink, they just haven’t been able to get my teeth as white as I would like. I was debating going to the dentist to get professional trays (which work better because they fit your teeth perfectly, so the peroxide is, of course, going to be more effective), but $500 seemed a little crazy. So when I found out that Smile Brilliant could provide the same results for under $120, I was very intrigued.

My package arrived in less than a week. The one they sent me came with three Whitening Gels, three Desensitizing Gels, a carrying case, two trays, and two sets of putty in case you mess up. Good thinking, because, of course, I did. You mix the blue and white together until it’s a nice shade of periwinkle, then you place it in the blue trays and put it in your mouth. Make sure you have a lot of putty in the front. I didn’t have enough my first time, so, when I put the trays in my mouth, my teeth pushed through the front, so there was no mold of my two front teeth! Once I finally got it right, I placed everything in the prepaid envelope, sent it off, and I received my personalized trays in a week! My dad (who’s done the dentist trays in the past) was a little skeptical, but when the trays and molds (so you can create trays again in case you lose them!) came back, he said it was just like what he had paid five times as much for. Pretty awesome.

SAMSUNG CSCNow the fun part starts. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be using the gel to whiten my teeth. I took this “before” picture so you guys could keep me honest at the end. Basically, you take the gel in the syringe labeled “Whitening Gel” and put some into the trays. Be careful, though. When I did my test prior to writing to this post, I put way too much in, and my gums were not happy. Fear not. My favorite part about this system is the Desensitizing Gel. It’s packed with vitamins, so, after you finish the whitening sesh, you clean out the trays, squeeze this in, and let your teeth and gums soak in the minerals. It really helped prevent any sensitivity after using the gel, which is amazing for someone with sensitive gums like I have.

I’ve done a few applications, and I can already see a difference! I’ll do another post in two weeks to let you know how things are going and provide my “after” picture so you can be the judge.