Wedding Ready with Smile Brilliant: At-Home Teeth Whitening

March 15, 2018


As most of you know, our wedding is fast approaching and like most brides, I've assessed and re-assessed my beauty routine over the last several months. I updated a slew of things, from my skincare to my workout regime, but there was one aspect I hadn't surprisingly teeth! What you all might not realize is that my future hubby is a dentist, so teeth are a big part of our lives. Given his industry, he knows the best whitening systems on the market, whether they be professional grade or consumer level. So, when I was approached by Smile Brilliant to try their at-home whitening system, I had to get Will's input. From his initial review, he was very impressed with the active ingredients and two-part system, which included whitening and sensitivity gel components. I was immediately intrigued, and in desperate need of some whitening assistance, so I decided to give it a try!

Once I signed on, I received a kit to create my personalized whitening trays. Smile Brilliant will provide everything you need, and they make the process super simple. All you do is mix the mortar-like paste, fill the mouth guard with it and bite down. After holding for a few seconds, you'll have your molds! Those are then sent off to the lab, and in a few short weeks, you'll get a return package with your individualized trays. In my opinion, this is a key differentiator in the marketplace, and the custom trays really increase the efficacy of the whitening gel.

Now, I should share that my teeth were already relatively white (see "before"), so you may not find a huge difference in the pictures (see "after"). To me, however, I really saw an improvement, particularly with my lower teeth. More importantly, I have an increased sense of confidence, and you can't put a price on that. There's nothing more gratifying and anxiety-relieving them walking into a room (or down the aisle, in my case) and knowing that your smile is bright and white.
As I do with most of my reviews, let's break down my experience.

What I Loved - Ease of Use: The gels are held in little syringes, which makes the tray application process effortless.
- Quick and Effective: After about the 4th use, I could visibly notice a difference in my teeth.
- Affordable, yet offers Professional Results: The price of admission ranges from $139-$189, depending on the system you choose. That is a fraction of what you'd pay at the dentist's office. I received the T3 Sensitive Kit, and enjoyed it very much. I've been using the system for about two and a half months, and I still have plenty of product left!
- Non-Senstitve & Sensitive Options: The de-sensitizing gel is very unique, and is applied to the trays after you whiten. I have extreme tooth sensitivity, and this relieved most of the usual pain associated with whitening products.

What I Learned - I wasn't feeling like my results were lasting as long as I had hoped, but upon reflecting, my tea intake per day tripled and my water intake substantially decreased (a new job will do that to you!)...That's all to say, it wasn't a product-related issue, so I recommend that you be mindful of those  daily items that can cause stains if you decide to try Smile Brilliant. Remember, anything that could stain a white shirt, can stain your teeth. I simply started drinking water after each cup, and may results stopped fading.
- While the de-sensitzing gel worked wonders for me, in some instances, when I did not leave it on for as long as I whitened, I experienced sensitivity to hot and cold beverages the following day. That is totally normal, since it is a whitening product; however, it did not have a negative impact on my experience. I should also note, to provide more context, that the sensitivity was nothing compared to when I used to use Crest White Strips.

In summary, I really enjoyed this whitening system, and will continue to use it, even beyond our wedding. If you try it, I just know you'll feel the same! With that, Smile Brilliant is offering my readers a chance to enter an amazing giveaway, where you'll receive your own kit! Be sure to enter via the link below. A winner will be selected in 2 weeks from the date of today's post. If you prefer to place your order now, feel free to use my code "righttoremainfab" for 10% off.


Stay fab,
Lauren xo 

Luxury Lips (On a Budget) with Sara Happ

February 22, 2018

I chatted all about my cold weather lip essentials a few months ago, but today I want to share some of my amazing new finds. For several years, the name Sara Happ has been synonymous with luxury lip care...key word: luxury. Nordstrom and Saks toted her gorgeous sugar scrub creations for mid-double digits, and as a lowly law student, that was far beyond my grasp. While I no longer fall into the lowly category, I'm always watching my pennies. I don't often mention it on my blog (although I should!), to save on beauty, I shop with QVC. Now, you may think that's an old Italian lady thing to say, but you cannot beat their beauty bundles. So much bang for your buck! {Fun fact: my dream job is to be a QVC host!}

Several weeks ago, QVC shared their Sara Happ value set, and my little heart skipped a beat. Could I finally get my hands on not one, but three coveted lip products? Yes, yes I could! The other plus about QVC is their return policy, so if I hated the set, I could send it back with no questions asked. Well, as the tale often goes, I absolutely loved everything. I got it for an additional discount because it was Sara's debut, I believe, on QVC, but the current price still offers an immense savings.

Let's chat details:

(1) The lip scrub is crazy effective, yet still left my lips hydrated and soft. It also didn't feel abrasive during the process, which was something totally unexpected. Other brands that I've tried have always felt like a brillo pad across my face, which is was pretty unpleasant. Beauty is pain, right? Not anymore!

(2) The peach lip gloss is amazing because it combines a little color with Sara's signature lip treatment (discussed next). Most glosses will disappear with a swig of water, but not this one. Although it doesn't claim to be long-wearing, I find it lasts for several hours and wears evenly while leaving lips hydrated. The only negative is that the applicator is a bit large and a small amount of product goes a long way - just wipe some off in the tube prior to application.

(3) "The Lip Slip" is Sara's signature treatment that put her on the map. It originally came in a pot, which I was not a fan of. The tube version is a game changer, however, and was one of the main reasons I purchased this set. While there are many lip balms I use, I reach for this every single day! It's very versatile, and can be worn alone or with a lipstick. My favorite way to wear it is with a light pink lip liner. This combo offers just enough definition but makes the glossy look work appropriate. As a warning, you may find that texture to be sticky at first but I promise it will melt into the lips, and stay that way for hours on end.

Have you ever tried Sara Happy products? Is there anything beauty-related you splurge on? Let me know!

Lauren xo

P.S. I listened to you feedback, and will now be posting later in the week! My goal is to be sharing a post every Thursday. Be sure to follow along on my social platforms for your daily dose of fab.
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