At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit : For the On The Go Lifestyle

I’m in the beginning of my career and still adjusting to being a full time adult, working 8-10 hour days in the office. Working in the entertainment industry can be exhausting but I wouldn’t trade it for a thing. I am basically  fueled off of coffee now – it has become a necessity to get through the day/week. As much as I love coffee, one thing that I knew I would eventually have to worry about were coffee stains, who doesn’t love that… I knew I wanted to try and start preventing stains before they started but I didn’t know exactly how.

As easy as it would be to go get my teeth whitened professionally, that was just not something that I could afford financially or could dedicate an hour and a half to 2 hours for the procedure time. I knew I could turn to teeth whitening strips, but that was never something that worked for me or that I saw results from. Needless to say, when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to collaborate in a partnership, I was thrilled! It is never too early to start your teeth whitening journey, and I felt like Smile Brilliant truly contacted me at the right moment. I had heard of Smile Brilliant before, through some of my blogger friends and heard many good things about it, but I needed to do my research and see if they fit my lifestyle.

About Smile Brilliant

Here are the things I learned about Smile Brilliant just by looking at their website:

  • Smile Brilliant is based in the United States
  • They are an At-Home Teeth Whitening kit company
  • The Smile Brilliant team is made up of dental professionals with 30+ years of teeth whitening experience
  • Their teeth whitening trays are custom and fitted for each individual person – both for your bottom and top teeth
  • They are Vegan and Cruelty free

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Creating the Impressions

Once I accepted the partnership with Smile Brilliant, I received my at home kit to mold my custom teeth whitening trays – this process was a little difficult for me because I am such an over thinker and somehow ended up doing it wrong my first try. I had to get more of the base and catalyst in order to do my impressions over again. The second time was a lot easier and my impressions were less droopy. Once I sent in my impressions, it took about a week in a half to receive my custom fitted trays.

Whitening Process

The whitening part was of course, the part I looked forward to the most and honestly was the easiest part of this whole process. When I had gotten my teeth whitened before at my previous job at skincare studio, I experienced a lot of sensitivity and discomfort, even with the sensitive specific formula. Needless to say, I was a little bit nervous about how my teeth would react to Smile Brilliants formula.

The teeth whitening preparation process was so fast and effortless, once you coated the trays with the whitening gel you just had to put the trays on your teeth and it was smooth sailing from there. The whitening trays were so comfortable and fit my teeth/mouth so well, that I forgot I even had them in my mouth. I noticed a little bit of discomfort after the first time I whitened, but after that initial one, the rest of them were a breeze. I started off with short whitening sessions, just 45 minutes each. Once I got comfortable with whitening, I would leave the trays in for about 2 hours. That may soundlike a long time but when you are able to do other things while whitening, like read or doing stuff around the house, the time goes by so fast!

I loved that I was I was able to whiten on my own time! As I mentioned, I work in the entertainment industry so my schedule is pretty hectic and non traditional. That is probably my favorite thing about whitening with Smile Brilliant – it is convenient and effortless!
The whitening kit came with 4 syringes of the whitening gel and 4 syringes of the desensitizing gel. I was able to get about 5 uses from one syringe of both whitening gel and desensitizing gel for both my top and bottom teeth.

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Results

I saw results right away! I was so surprised and impressed by this product and formula. Each time I whitened, the whiter my teeth got, visibly white after each session. That is what made me want to keep continuing whitening because I was excited to see how much whiter my teeth would get after every session. Even though my whitening trial is over with Smile Brilliant, I know I will continue to use the whitening syringes often because I know for a fact I’m going to continue to drink coffee and need to keep trying to prevent those coffee stains.

Guess what?! Now one of you get to try Smile Brilliant too! All you have to do is click this link to enter my giveaway, and if you absolutely can’t wait to purchase then use this code to get 15% off the entire store using this code, “itsxoxoloriallison15”. I definitely recommend Smile Brilliant’s whitening process for a busy on the go lifestyle, but I truly feel like it would fit everyone’s lifestyle!

Please let me know if you have any questions from me about Smile Brilliant or my experience! As always, you can follow along with me on my Instagram.

Xoxo, Lori Allison

My Favorite New Accessory | A Unique Wood Watch by JORD

Watches are not only an accessory, but also a necessity with my busy lifestyle.

Watches are one of my favorite jewelry pieces and are timeless.  I literally have a collection of watches in my jewelry collection and they all range from different face sizes and metals.

Much to say I was very excited when I got contacted by a company named JORD Watches for a collaboration. After looking at their website and Instagram, I quickly became a fan of their watches and high-key obsessed.  I had never seen watches that were made of all wood, until I discovered JORD watches. I love that they are hand crafted from raw woods & materials. There is literally a watch for everyone, no matter man or woman, or fashion style.

You can Shop their watch collection here

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I was able to choose any watch I wanted out of their wide collection of flawless watches. When I looked at their women’s collection online, the first watch that caught my eye was the Frankie Series in Purpleheart and Plum. For as long as I can remember, purple has been my favorite color, I saw the Purpleheart and Plum watch and I knew I needed it! The Purpleheart wood is a beautiful mix between pink and purple. It had a large plum colored face which I mentioned, I am a big fan of . I feel like this watch can be worn in any season whether it be fall or summer. It is a bright vibrant color during the summer time and a subtle deep color for the fall/winter time. JORD also gives you the ability to engrave your watch with any message or name you want, I have never had any jewelry pieces personally engraved with my name so I was so excited that this was an option! I got my first and middle name “Lori Allison” engraved on the back face of my watch in cursive. I couldn’t wait to get my watch delivered!

If you’re interested in my particular watch – you can click here
If you’re interested in getting your JORD watch engraved – you can click here

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When I got the email notification that my watch got delivered I was super excited to get home! The watch was in a beautiful wood box and right when I opened it, my nose got hit with the smell of fresh wood! I never knew how good fresh cut wood smelt. The watch was exactly how imagined, the pigment of the Purplewood and the size of the watch face. It was also very light which I didn’t expect since its made all out of wood!

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My collaboration with JORD also includes a giveaway for a $100 gift card toward your favorite JORD watch. The giveaway ends October 28 at 11:59 pm. Each person who enters into the giveaway will also receive a 10% off code toward their JORD purchase.

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I am so happy JORD reached out to me to collaborate with them, it has been such a great experience. I am in love with my watch, it is my new go to watch, I have already worn it out multiple times and have gotten so many compliments on it. The quality of their watches is amazing and I definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone!
Be sure to check out their amazing watches – with the holiday season coming up they also make an amazing gift

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Lori Allison


Wooden Wrist Watch
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Athelta Grand Opening

San Antonio!
Exciting news, we officially have an Athleta at The Shops at La Cantera!

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For those of you who don’t know Athleta is in the same family as Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic but is a store aimed more for women and athletic wear. Their motto is “The Power of She.” I love this because they empower women to feel great and beautiful in the bodies their in and I must say Athleta clothing just make you feel amazing! Another great thing about this company is that they offer workout apparel that is made from organic cotton and recycled poly. They are really considerate of the world and environment and taking care of the planet. Me being a huge nature lover that I am, this is something that I loved about the company.

I was gifted a pair of black High Rise Chaturanga tights and I must say they are my favorite pair of workout pants ever! They are thick enough to where nothing shows if I bend over but I still have enough room to breath and be comfort for movement. I was given these leggins at the end of October and I swear I’ve worn them once a week since then. They are amazing and so comfortable and I definitely recommend them to all my friends and followers!

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The morning of the grand opening party, Athleta held a yoga class outside of the store at 8am and it was the perfect way to start my day! After the yoga class was the official store opening ribbon cutting ceremony and then the store was officially up and rolling! Right away I was handed a swag bag full of goodies and was greeted by The Corner Bakery with yogurt parfaits and fruit, and Einstein Bagels coffee, both of which were delicious! I was able to take a quick walk through the beautiful hard wood store before I had to head to class in my amazing tights!

Later on, I came back to the store for the official grand opening party. There was aerial yoga going on thanks to Aeriel Yoga Boerne (@aerielyoggaboerne) and Arbonne International (@arbonne) and there was treats from Zoe’s Kitchen.

I’m so happy I was invited out to the grand opening and that I was able to learn more about Athleta as a brand. They  definitely earned a customer, I will definitely be shopping there again soon!

Thanks for reading!

Follow me on Instagram @ itsxoxoloriallison 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison

 

H-E-B Back To School Collection Haul

Good evening loves!

A month ago I got contacted by my local grocery store H-E-B to do a collaboration with them.   They sent me a $2oo gift card to shop my College Must Haves.

School starts back up for me today! I’m starting my senior year of college, and I’m so excited (but I’m really freaking out about how close to being an adult I am)!  I went shopping with my sister this past week.  I’m soo excited to share with y’all what I bought!

For those of you who don’t live in Texas, I’m very sorry for you.. for one, because Texas is the greatest state to ever live in but also because we have the best/biggest grocery store ever – HEB! As if normal H-E-B’s aren’t amazing, we have H-E-B Plus’ that are pretty much like a Walmart but 1000x’s better and not the slightest bit creepy like Walmarts’ are (no offense to them LOL). When I was living in Florida, my closest grocery store was Walmart.  After living in Texas and shopping at H-E-B all my life, it just wasn’t the same.. I missed H-E-B so much and truly realized what I had once it was already gone haha.  When I moved back to Texas and they emailed me for this collaboration, it was like a message from God that I was back home where I was meant to be!

So, of course when I went shopping to spend my gift card finally — I went crazy! They have the CUTEST things in their back-to-school collection!

My College Must haves are as follows:

  1. A cute and colorful planner – to keep my busy life a little more organized
  2. Cute/color accessories and accents for my room – because I love my room and spend a lot of time in it so I want it to be colorful and comfortable
  3. Journals – to write all my lecture notes in
  4. Pens – to be able to write notes with
  5. Snacks – to get me through the long days of classes and work
  6. Makeup, such as mascara – because I need to look presentable in class and around campus
  7. Storage bins – to make my room more organized
  8. School spirited apparel – because you always have to show love for your school!

& I found all of these items at H-E-B, I will post pictures below and include the prices to show you how cute and affordable everything is

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I found a reversible comforter set that included 2 pillow shams, the reversible comforter, and a bed skirt. I’m absolutely in love with the colors of the comforter.  They’re so bright and make my room so much more colorful! It was only $29.97!

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Decorative pillows are so in right now and such a great accessory for your bedroom. I was absolutely in love with these decorative pillows that I bought for only $8.97 each!

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Of course, you need new sheets to go with a new bed-set! I got these full size sheets in gray for $14.97.  I think they will be a good contrast with the floral colors of the comforter and they are super soft!

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I purchased an Eos hand lotion to keep in my backpack during school because you always need a good travel-size hand lotion to keep around for $1.98

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I needed a new makeup sponge for when I contour or use concealer.   I had never tried Real Techniques before, but I loved that it was angled.  I bought it for only $5.98

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Mascara is one of my favorite makeup inventions because just a small amount of it can make your eyes pop! I’ve been running low on a my mascara, and I previously tried this Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara and loved how great it was.  When I was on my way down the beauty aisle, I found a two-in-one pack for the Ultimate All-In-One and a Volume + Length Magnified mascara. One Revlon mascara is usually $8 on its own but this two-in-one pack was only $12.99, which I feel was a really good deal!

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Journals are always needed for school but I love colorful things, as you can tell from the things I’ve shared with you already.   Of course, I had to get some cute patterns! One of them is a one subject, 5 star notebook for my sorority meetings.  The other is a 5 subject notebook that I will be using for my classes since I am taking four this semester. The 5 subject was $4.99 and the one subject was for $5.79

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Now, on to planners!  Every year I get a new planner and each year I make sure I get the cutest one because they make me excited to stay organized. I saw this planner from the company “Ban.do” at this store called Altar’d State, but it was a little pricey so I decided to see if I would find it anywhere else for cheaper price. When I went shopping at H-E-B, I went into their boutique called Mia’s Mirror and saw they had the planners starting at $20. I was so happy and excited once I saw the sale that I bought it right away 🙂  The planner was $26.

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I also bought a 4-pocket binder so I didn’t need to buy multiple folders and keep track of where I placed all of them. For me, its easier just to have a folder all in one and be able to keep all my important papers in there. I got this folder for $7.97

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Storage bins make life soo much easier, and of course, it helps when they are as adorable as the one I got! I thought this storage bin was super cute.  I’ve been looking for one to put some of the clutter under my bed in.  I bought this for $5.97

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Post it notes! I love post it notes because they’re so bright, and I know they will get my attention to remind me of important things that I need to do or important events that I need to attend. I got this four pack for $2.54.

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Who doesn’t love glitter?  Am I right? I got this super cute glittery pen/pencil pouch to keep my pens in and make sure they don’t ruin the inside of my purses or backpacks for $2.50.

Of course, I ended up getting some snacks at H-E-B.  I bought some fruity pebbles and pop tarts for breakfast in the morning before going to class. I also ended up buying my sister a comforter set for her bed (shown below) and some sheets to go with it as well.

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What says school spirit more than collegiate school apparel?  I bought a pair of UTSA flip flops to wear around the house, campus, and to some football games during the year. I think they are awesome, and I love that they have the roadrunners on the straps!

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If you follow my Instagram, I’m sure you saw this picture that I posted last Friday wearing this outfit! My top says ‘All I need is coffee & mascara”. I love graphic tees and when I saw this one, I just knew I had to have it.  I obviously liked it so much that I ended up wearing it the next day.  This is how I paired it….

Andd, that is the end of my haul! I absolutely love everything I bought from H-E-B.  I thought that $200 was going to be tough to spend, but the money actually went A LOT faster than I thought it would. Thank you so much H-E-B for reaching out to me for this amazing opportunity and giving me this gift card to shop y’alls amazing back to school collection!

Thanks for reading.  Follow me on Instagram @ itsxoxoloriallison 🙂

Xoxo,

Lori Allison