A Brighter Smile // Smile Brilliant Review

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hey lovelies!  Today I want to talk about teeth-yo grill. I don't know about you, but I always strive to have the brightest smile I can have. Being an avid coffee and tea drinker, I know I am continuously staining my teeth, forever prolonging my goal of having super pearly whites. Recently, a company reached out to me, offering to let me try their teeth whitening kit. I said yes, because duh! I wanted whiter teeth-but what made me so eager to try the product was the fact that it was so custom!

What it is: Smile Brilliant offers the service of creating custom fitted trays-your exact impressions-so you can whiten your teeth comfortably and with assurance that the whitening gel is actually coming into contact with each tooth/crack/crevice. 
1) Big difference here compared to the use of teeth whitening strips. From personal experience, I know how annoying a whitening strip can be and how inconsistent my results can be. A custom tray is a great thing to have if you are interested in whitening your teeth.

Tray Creation: The tray creation is soooo easy! At first, I really thought it would be a pain to have to "create" my own trays-totally wrong. The process literally took less than five minutes.
In this step of the kit, you will take the "base" and the "catalyst" paste and mix them together by squeezing each into each other, until you get a solid blue color of paste. Once this occurs, you can put the mix into the tray (that will create your mold). After this, you just put the tray into your mouth and bite down! Once all of this is done and your mold has had a chance to dry a bit, you send off your molds in a pre-paid envelope that Smile Brilliant provides and within days, your custom trays will be created and sent back to you! If this seems a bit confusing, just watch the short video below!

The whitening process: Once I received my trays (it took less than a week) I went forward with the process-actually whitening my teeth! I took a syringe of the gel and put a thin strip on the top and bottom tray. The amount I used was less than a fourth of the syringe (for the top and bottom combined). The whitening gel is peroxide based; "carbamide peroxide" to be exact. Smile Brilliant states it is, "22% Hi-Intensity Teeth Whitening Gel" with "no fillers or mixed blends designed to achieve the safest, fastest, most dramatic professional results in the least amount of days with the least amount of maintenance". Do I agree with this? Oh yes! It was explained to me that people often misunderstand whitening products. Smile Brilliant removes stains and restores your teeth to their natural color; in short, they become the brightest level of white that they can be. For me, I used the whitening gel and trays 4 times (2 hours the first time, 1 hour of wear for the other times) before I decided I was happy with my level of "white". I honestly think that if I used them 1 or 2 more times, my teeth could have been even brighter, but I was happy with the level I achieved and decided to just do monthly or bi-monthly maintenance uses. As for the fit of the trays, they were perfect! They didn't pinch my gums, rub up against them, or fit me weird. I don't know why the perfect fit surprised me so much, especially because I helped to create my own mold!

My top tray after it was created!
 Bottom tray and one of the syringes of the whitening gel.

De-sensitizing process: In my kit, I received the desensitizing gel that is to be used in the trays (on your teeth) right after whitening. The length of time you use the gel depends on your preference, but I used it from 10 minutes to 30 minutes (depending on how much free time I had that day). I used less than a fourth of the syringe for both a top and bottom tray application. According to the Smile Brilliant website, the desensitizing gel "temporarily seals micro-fractures and pores in your tooth's enamel. This eliminates the opportunity for teeth whitening gel to penetrate into the more sensitive dentin beneath your enamel". That explanation was pretty helpful to me and also helped present the importance of the gel for those with sensitive teeth. 

My results: The results I achieved were attained with 4 uses. Like I said, I was pretty happy with my teeth color after the fourth use, so I decided not to do another treatment for the time being. When it comes to sensitivity, I did find the whitening gel to cause a bit of sensitivity around my gum line the first time I used the gel. I expected this, because similar irritation has occurred with whitening strips. However, my second use I was more cautious, and I wiped the excess gel off my gums (that had been pushed out of the tray). Doing so really decreased my sensitivity, and I didn't find it to be a problem.

Before & After (4 uses)

Overall: I absolutely love this product. From the process of making your own trays, to the ease of application, I highly recommend this. For any one out there that would like to have professional results at home (for a fraction of what you would pay in the office) I would strongly suggest trying out Smile Brilliant! If you would like more information on the products, I will leave links below. Feel free to ask me any questions and I will be sure to get back to you!

FAQ page here.
Testimonials here. 
Purchase whitening gel & tray kit here.
Purchase desensitizing gel here.

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Thanks for reading!
XO, Kelsey

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Teeth Whitening

What I Wore (WIW) Lace Kimono OOTD

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Have you ever bought a piece of clothing that turns into a staple immediately? I recently found a lace kimono at Target that has found it's way into 3 outfits already-I haven't even had the kimono for a full 3 weeks yet! It is safe to say I have a new favorite!

Outfit details: Shorts- American Eagle (similar style currently in stock)// Brown Tank- Old, Wet Seal // Kimono- Target (can't find the link currently) (similar ON SALE option) // Sandals- Forever 21  (no longer available) (similar option here) // Sunglasses- New York and Company
Up close look at my new hair color-loving it still!
Earrings from Buckle.

Sorry for such a lengthy, photo-packed post! Definitely wanted to share this kimono with whoever is interested; it is still available in store (black lace and white lace) but I just can not find it online! 

Thanks for reading,
XO, Kelsey 

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Lily Lolo Mineral Makeup Review // Makeup Talk

Friday, August 7, 2015

Hey friends! Today I am bringing you a review of what I would consider a luxurious natural and paraben-free makeup line. You will see below in pictures just how gorgeous the packaging is and how amazing the quality is. Spoiler alert: I found one of my new favorite natural brands!

Overview of the brand 
Lily Lolo is a brand that started in London and is now available in the USA and Canada. They use natural, organic, paraben, synthetic, and nano particle free ingredients in their products. Win-win? I think yes.

I actually received two shipments of the products to review; as you'll see above I received the Natural Lipstick in shade "Rose Gold" and the Creamy Lash Alert Pure Natural Vegan Mascara in the shade "Black". The Rose Gold lipstick is suuuuch a pretty everyday color that I think would would on just about anyone.

The top photo is the "Rose Gold" lipstick with flash, while the bottom is a picture using natural sunlight. 

 Left eye (in picture) no mascara. Right eye: wearing Lily Lolo Mascara in "Black", one coat. 
 Both eyes with one coat of the Lily Lolo Mascara. So pigmented!

The second shipment included another lipstick, and two shades of their mineral foundation
Lily Lolo Lipstick in shade "French Flirt", Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in shades "Cookie" (top) .and "Warm Honey" (bottom)
A swatch of the "French Flirt" lipstick and swatches of the mineral foundation. Left is "Cookie" while right is "Warm Honey". "Cookie" seems to be a bit more neutral, while "Warm Honey" had more of a warm, yellowy tone to it.

Wearing "French Flirt" lipstick in both pictures. Top picture is with natural sunlight, bottom picture is with flash.

 Wearing the Mineral Foundation in shade "Warm Honey". Taken with flash on the camera. Also wearing the Mascara and lipstick in shade "Rose Gold" here. 

As you can see, I definitely wanted to include a fair amount of pictures for this review (as always) so you get a good idea of what the shades look like/what the product looks like applied. As for the actual review, I feel I can make this one short, sweet, and to the point because the products speak for themselves.

Wear time: I would say the lipsticks wear for about 2-3 hours if not eating or drinking, while they may come off within an hour or so if you are eating or drinking. I will say the "French Flirt" shade lasts a bit longer, and leaves a sort of stain on the lips, which I like. The mascara wears well throughout the day and does not flake off like another natural mascara I am reviewing currently-so that is great! The mineral foundation probably lasts 6-8 hours on me, depending on what I am doing for the day. I notice that it wears off pretty evenly, seeming to just fade away instead of getting splotchy. I do wear a primer and setting powder with this, FYI. 8/10

Packaging: Come on! You see how pretty it is. Definitely a 10/10 score for this. The packaging is gorgeous, sturdy, and reminds me of high-end brands. Very comparable to something high-end I have looked at before but I just can't remember what brand it was. 

Pricing: I think the pricing is fair; you are getting what you pay for here. Lipsticks retail for $18 a piece, while the mascara is $19.50 and the mineral foundation is $22.00. This is not drugstore pricing, and if you are okay with that and want chemical free, natural products, this is an acceptable price range, in my opinion. So, I would give this section an 8/10

Shade selection: Lily Lolo has a great shade selection when it comes to the products I reviewed, especially when it comes to the mineral foundation. They have a shade guide that lists skin tone as well as undertone to help find your correct shade. If you hover over the shades, it lists this information. Although I did not review other products, I do see that they have a ton of shades of eyeshadows as well as lipglosses. Speaking of all this, they also sell eyebrow duos, bronzers, blushes, bb cream, finishing powder, concealer, and brushes. 10/10. 

Overall quality: Overall, this products fairly deserves a score of 9/10. They genuinely have amazing products and will be one of the go-to brands for me from now on. I do reviews of products not only to help others who may be interested in similar products, but to also narrow down my search for makeup that will replace my chemical filled beauty products. 
The products have not caused any breakouts or skin rashes on me; the mineral foundation feels light on the skin while offering light to medium coverage. The lipstick is highly, highly moisturizing, and the mascara is a pigmented, lengthening and separating combination. 

If you have any questions about the products or my review, please email me at: kelseylenay@hotmail.com. The customer service team is also amazing at Lily Lolo and will be awesome at answering your questions as well. Visit Lily Lolo's website here for more info!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Kelsey

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**I received all of the mentioned Lily Lolo products free of charge. All opinions expressed are completely my own and 100% honest. No compensation was received for this review. 
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