April 17, 2014

Smile Brilliant LED Teeth Whitening Review and Giveaway

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm always looking for a way to get whiter teeth, so when I was contacted by Smile Brilliant to try their LED Teeth Whitening System*, of course I said yes!

First, I'll show you what comes in it.
It comes in this little black box, and inside of this box is everything you need.
It comes with instructions, 1 High Intensity LED Accelerator Light, 1 Teeth Whitening Gel Pen, and 1 Lip and Cheek protector.
This is extremely easy to use.
You're going to obviously apply this to clean teeth. Dry off your teeth and apply the gel from the pen. Place the Lip and Cheek Protector in your mouth, turn on the LED Light and put it over the protector and do nothing!
You can leave this on for 20-45 minutes with the LED light, and you can leave the protector in for 1-2 hours to get even better results.
Below are my before and after pictures.
I left the LED light on for 20 minutes, and then left the protector in for another 10.



You can probably tell that my teeth are about 2 shades whiter. You'd get even better results if you left it on longer, but I had to get ready to leave.
You can also do a couple of applications per week to get faster results.

I have extremely sensitive teeth and this didn't make them hurt.

Here's a few things you should know:

Teeth whitening does not alter the natural shade of your teeth. Your tooth enamel gets stained from foods, coffee, soda, tea, smoking, etc. Teeth whitening products such as Smile Brilliant remove those stains, but it can only whiten your teeth back to their natural color.
I'm going to include a link to some other information about how teeth whitening works here.

If you're pregnant or nursing, consult your doctor before using this product.
If you're under 18, you need parental consent to use this product.
Do not use this on untreated cavities.

The Smile Brilliant Whitening Gel will last for 1 year/2 years if you keep it refrigerated.
If you only whiten your front teeth, there's enough gel in one pen for 5-8 applications.

The whitening kit that I received; LED Teeth Whitening Kit retails for $39.95 and you can purchase it here.
I like it, and I think it's totally worth trying if you're looking for an at-home whitening kit.
I'm happy with the results.

So, do you want to try it?
Guess what?
I'm giving a kit away!
This giveaway is open to US, UK, AU, and CA

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Make sure you read the terns and conditions! Everything you need to know will be in that box!

*I received the LED Teeth Whitening Kit free of charge for review, and Smile Brilliant has sponsored this giveaway. I am not being compensated for the giveaway or the review. As always, my opinion is 100% honest.*
April 16, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday: Week 13

It's Weight Loss Wednesday!
I skipped last week because I honestly forgot about it, but not much had changed.

Here's a quick update!
I haven't lost any weight in the last two weeks, at least according to my scale.
But, I am definitely smaller. I can fit (comfortably!) into smaller clothes, and I'm close to being able to wear the clothes that I bought that are 3 sizes smaller than what I was wearing when I started.
Definitely ignore the scale and pay attention to how you look and feel. Muscle outweighs fat and takes up less space!

Not to gross anyone out, but let me show you.
5 pounds of fat vs. 5 pounds of muscle:
*I copied this image from google images and I own no rights to it!*
See what I mean?
That being said, I don't feel so bad about losing no weight according to the scale.

I have changed a couple of things as of late.

I no longer drink tea.
I've had half a bottle in the last week.
I've been drinking nothing other than water with lemon in it, about 3-4 bottles per day, and I'm trying to up that even more.

I'm still eating pretty healthy, or at least trying to. For the most part, it's going well. I'm sticking to around 1500 calories per day, up from 1200.

I'm doing cardio 4-5x per week and still weight training 3x per week.
This is where the majority of the difference has come from, I believe.
I'm building more muscle and endurance, I'm finally into cardio, which is great for burning fat.

This is something I haven't mentioned before, but lately I've been using my Xbox One's Fitness App to work out. They have a ton of different work outs on it and it will let you know if you have bad form, are moving incorrectly, etc. It keeps track of your movement, your heart rate, body temp and keeps track of how many calories you're burning. It also shows you what muscles you're using, which is awesome.

If you have an Xbox One, I totally recommend trying out the Fitness App, it's really great and a lot of fun. It even keeps track of your progress and for right now, it's free to use!

Overall, I'm definitely happy with the progress that I have made. I feel healthier, I'm starting to look better and feel better. I love working out again, and I actually look forward to it.

I'm having an issue now with certain foods. If I eat something unhealthy or anything with sugar, I seem to get a really bad migraine now, which is definitely keeping me from eating these things, but does anyone know what causes it? Is it only because I'm used to eating healthier now?

Thanks for reading!
If you're trying to lose weight, get fit, tone up, whatever, how is your progress?

April 14, 2014

April Ipsy Bag Review

It's time for my monthly Ipsy review! This month's bag theme is Beauty Rocks! We received 5 items in our bag.
Ipsy Bag Review makeup beauty subscription

In case you aren't aware, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service available to U.S. and Canada. Each month you receive a bag with 4-5 deluxe samples/full size products for $10/$12 and free shipping.
There's typically a wait list, but I'm pretty sure if you sign up now, then go to Ipsy's facebook you can click a link and skip the wait list.

Let's see what's in my glam bag this month!

Ipsy Bag Review makeup beauty subscription

Ipsy Bag Review makeup beauty subscription

This month I received 5 products in my bag. When I first saw my glam room, I wasn't too excited, but now that I have the products, I'm pretty happy.

Let's go from left to right:

Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti Acne Treatment. This is a sample size of 0.5 fl oz. which is pretty good for a sample. The full size is 1 oz and retails for $38. I haven't tried this yet as I'm actually just going to keep it sealed and take it with me when I travel this summer. This sample is worth $19.

Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow in Champagne. This is full size and retails for $12.99. At first I wasn't happy to see that I got this product and after first swatching it I was pretty disappointed. It's not very creamy and not very pigmented, but then I swiped it across the back of my hand and it occurred to me that this is the most perfect shade for a highlight. I'll have a swatch below.

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Apple Pink This is also full size, comes with a lip brush and retails for $19. This is another product I wasn't very excited about. Looking at the jar, the color looked boring and I was just not all that happy. Then, I went ahead and swatched it and it's so much prettier than it looks in the jar. I love it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide on Pencil in Black Velvet. This is a travel size pencil; the full size retails for $20, so this is probably worth around $10. It's smooth, creamy and doesn't budge when it's dry, just like all of the other UD Pencils. I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeliners and this one is no different.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan for Face with Anti Aging. This tube contains 0.5 fl. oz., the full size contains 1.6 fl oz and retails for $35. I haven't used this as I'm already tan and I've heard extremely mixed reviews. Everyone either loves it or totally hates it. This sample is worth around $10.

So, here are the swatches! The eyeshadow is hard to see, it's under the lip balm swatch, but you should be able to see it better in the second swatch.
Ipsy Bag Review makeup beauty subscription

Ipsy Bag Review makeup beauty subscription

The total for this month's bag is around $71. Not bad for spending $10, huh?

Can't wait to see what we get in next month's bag!

Thanks for reading!
What did you get in your bag?


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