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

A Trip to Magnolia

When in Waco – it’s a MUST to visit The Magnolia Market founded by Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you’re not a huge reality tv person like me, I’m pretty sure you have heard the names Chip and Joanna Gaines before. If you haven’t where have you been?

Chip and Joanna Gaines are the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper. They have a talent for flipping run down homes into beautiful modernized homes in and around the Waco, TX area. Now us Texans, are very prideful in Texas and the people who come from here, so needless to say The Magnolia Market has been on my bucket list for a while now. My family and I were going on a road trip to Dallas around Christmas time. It was a no brainer to stop at The Magnolia Market on the way to Dallas, since Waco is only an hour and a half away.

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Waco is known for two things – Baylor University and Magnolia Market. When you’re driving on the highway into Waco,  you can see the water towers from The Magnolia Market. That is how you know you have reached the right place. Baylor is on one side of I-35 and The Magnolia Market is on the other side of I-35. There is no designated parking lot for the market but there is street parking available on side streets by the market. The Waco Trolley also picks up from some free parking lots throughout downtown Waco and will take you to The Magnolia Market among other popular places around downtown Waco.

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EATS: Silos Bakery

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When you pull up to the Magnolia area the first thing you see is Silo’s Bakery. From what I am told, the line for Silo’s is usually very long. We went on a Friday which happened to be the perfect time to go since the line is less than 10 minutes! Of course we had to stop in and try some sweets & treats!

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When you get to the bakery there’s a staff member outside handing out menus with a pencil. To save some time they request you you fill out the menu with your name and then check off the items you want to order along with the quantity. Everything on the menu sounded soo good!

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Once we got our pastries, we went outside to the seating area connected to Silos. I got a chocolate croissant and my sister got two cupcakes. Everything was so delicious!

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SHOPPING: Magnolia Market Shop

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Once we filled our tummies, it was time for some shopping! Since we visited  Magnolia during the Christmas time, it was only right to grab some last minute gifts for friends/family. We also came to find out that they were having a sale on a lot of their items! Who doesn’t love a good sale?!

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The shop carries a variety of things ranging from Home Décor & Accessories (of course), Jewelry, Apparel, and so much more. In the shop they had such cute and unique décor that really brought all of the ambiance together. You can shop directly from their shop here

Magnolia Outdoor

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Along with the bakery and shop, The Magnolia Market also has a huge outdoor area with lots of things to do. There is a large grassy area where you can sit out on bean bags and soak up the sun. There are also some lawn games you can play and enjoy. There’s a beautiful garden for those who have a green thumb and a love for plants. And did I mention there are food trucks?! Lots and lots of food trucks with so many yummy options to choose from. We visited Magnolia on such a beautiful day that we were truly able to really enjoy this area.

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I fell in love with this area and this cute little barn!

 

Outfit Details:

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I have been really into pants and jumpsuits lately and could not wait to wear this one from Cotton on! Since we were going to be in the car for a majority of the day, I wanted to wear something I could be comfortable in, something that wouldn’t get wrinkled easily and mostly an outfit that I could be photographed in. This jumpsuit came with a belt that matched the same pattern of the green and stripes but I decided to trade it out and pair one of my simple cognac belts with it instead to make it pop. I paired my jumpsuit with my BP booties from Nordstrom as well as my Kendra Scott rose gold Tammy choker necklace and my Emmet earrings.

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I truly enjoyed my visit to The Magnolia Market and I am so happy I was able to mark it off my bucket list! I got so much inspiration for my future home aesthetic, had the BEST sweet tea I’ve ever had, and ultimately got to spend time with my family. If you are ever in the Waco area, I definitely would say to check this place out! I promise you, you will fall in love.

Remember to follow me on Instagram , I will see y’all next time 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison

Mask Monday – Kocostar Foot Moisture Mask

Hey friends!

This post is a few days late – this week was crazy busy for me because Christmas coming up as well as planning for a trip out of town.

My mask Monday from this week was a little different from those of the previous weeks. I have been focusing mostly on facial masks but this week I wanted to switch it up and focus on different area of the body.

I went shopping at Riley Rose recently and found a foot mask from Kocostar. I love Riley Rose because I feel like I always find new products and brands. Kocostar is short for Korea Cosmetic Star – They are a mask series brand dedicated to face masks, hair mask, feet masks, and nail masks. Their slogan is “Be Good To Yourself, Save Your Time and Dime with Kocostar.

Our feet are so important and I feel like I really  don’t do much too much to relieve them or pamper them the way I should, only when I get pedicures (which I try to do at least once a month). I wear so many heels and booties that I really don’t give my feet too much of a break. I thought trying this mask out would be great because I had my works holiday party this week and knew I would be wearing heels for a long period of time and also wanted my feet to look nice.

This mask had a little more steps then most,  but once you have washed your feet, you will pull the mask out of the packaging and take out the sheet. The mask comes connected as one full sheet at first (see below)

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The next step was to cut along the dotted line with scissors to separate the mask into two booties

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It felt a little weird putting my foot into the bootie because I knew their was product in it but didn’t know how much and it felt a little cold and uncomfortable at first, but it just took a little while to get used to. It was nice though because I was able to do whatever I needed around the house and still get stuff done. I felt like every time I took a step I sounded like a duck walking from the squeekiness.

 The 20 minutes went by so fast and once I took the mask off, my feet felt so soft and relaxed! There was a little bit of product still on my feet after I removed the bootie so I just went ahead and massaged what was left into my feet.

On a scale from 1-10, I give this mask a 10. I really enjoyed this mask and felt like it moisturized and soothes my feet, just as it said it would. I purchsed this mask from Riley Rose for $6 and really felt like I got the soothing feel of getting a pedicure at the salon, just without the polish change. I recommend using this mask when you have important events coming up and maybe can’t make time to go and get a pedicure. It is so important to take care of our feet just because they do so much for us and we are constantly on them and to get the same soothing and calming effect for only $6 is amazing. I was truly impressed with this Korean brand and I can’t wait to try more of their masks and share them with y’all! You can find Kocostar products at retailers such as Sephora, Ulta, Riley Rose, and Anthropology or at their online store here.

As always, thank you for tuning into (a very belated) mask Monday. I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and cherished the time spent with family.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with my life.

Xoxo, Lori Allison ❤

Mask Monday: Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask

Happy Mask Monday friends!

Today’s face mask was dedicated to hydrating your skin. I tried out the Sephora Collection – Rose Face Mask. This mask is said to moisturize and brighten the face using natural Rose extracts. The mask is to be worn for 15 minutes and is said to plump the skin and leave your face with an immediate radiance boost.(#YouGlowGirl)

I have only purchased two items from the Sephora Collection, one was a mascara and the other a lipstick. Although I was not a big fan of the lipstick (it dried up my lips), I did like the mascara. I feel that because Sephora sells so many makeup and skin care brands, that the Sephora Collection always goes unnoticed or unappreciated. I do feel, however that the masks are a good place to start when shopping with that collection. Right now Sephora has 8 different sheet masks in different scents and skin care goals.

When I took the mask out of the packaging, it had an immediate rose scent to it – which smelt so good! This sheet mask was a little different because once you unfolded the mask, you then had to pill off the pink film and then fit the mask to your face. The sheet mask really hugged my face and felt so comfortable,  I honestly forgot the sheet was even on my face! It felt like it had melted onto my face and quickly absorbed into my pores. I liked that the mask’s rose smell wasn’t too overbearing and enjoyed the cool/calming sensation while it was on my face! Another thing I liked is that once you took off the mask you didn’t have to wash the remaining product off with water, just had to massage it into your face. Because my skin felt so hydrated, I didn’t even feel the need to put moisturizer on right after!

On a scale of 1-10, I give this mask a 7 out of 10. Although my face does not need much hydration because I am naturally oily, I felt like it was the perfect amount of hydration. Towards the end of the 15 minutes, I was not a huge fan of the Rose smell, just because it gave me a little bit of a headache after. Once I removed the mask looked in the mirror, however, I noticed my skin was glowing! The post effects of the mask were amazing, they left my skin feeling super hydrated and soft. My boyfriend got me this mask for free with his cologne purchase back in the summer time, but the rose mask can be found at Sephora and normally sells for $6, very affordable! Right now, Sephora is selling a limited edition Super Mask set of 4 sheet masks for $18 and is linked here, if you are interested in trying out The Sephora Collection mask set, it is online only! These masks make great gifts and stocking stuffers, I recommend you check them out at your local Sephora store.

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Thanks for tuning into another Mask Monday! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with what I’m doing. I’ll see you next Monday 🙂

Xoxo, Lori Allison