Teeth Whitening: Home Kit

So as any young slightly vain female, I have often envied the perfect pearly whites of celebrities. A small number of my friends have had their teeth professionally whitened and about the same amount use at-home teeth whitening kits and there’s one thing i’ve always noticed… the at-home-jobs look much more successful!

Yes, yes I know that its not exactly the safest option and to have a dentist oversee the process is obviously preferable. But as a poor student you can’t always do things ‘right.’ So recently I had a little Ebay surf to see what products are out there.

This is what I ended up landing on. Now I absolutely do NOT condone just buying and trusting anything you purchase from the internet. But hey, I took the risk. This product has no brand name on Ebay but I found a similar product on Amazon under the name ‘Hallicare.’ At 44% Carbamide Peroxide, its pretty potent and has numerous warnings urging consumers to not get the product on their gums.

What you get:

  • 5 x Whitening gel-filled syringes (they legitimately look like drugs see below)
  • 2 x Clear Thermoform trays (to mould into mouthguard)
  • 1 x Instruction manual
  • 1 x UV-Light to speed up the treatments

Creating the mouthguards was very easy. You simply submerge them one at a time into 80-90 degree (celcius) water for less than a minute and then slide them into your top/bottom teeth like you would a mouthguard, pressing the slightly melted rubber to your teeth to create a mould.

So far I have had some awesome results. My canine teeth have always been a little more yellow than my other teeth (who knows why) and my teeth really are beginning to all be the same bright white after just 3 treatments. I have been using a minimal amount of the whitening gel as it is so strong. In three treatments I have used less than one quarter of one syringe.

10/10 recommend! Just don’t go overboard without consulting a dentist.

 

 

 

 

A Lush-ious Lip Service

Here I am again…  with another product I absolutely swear by!

web_lip_serviceChanging temperatures as the seasons tick over really confuse my lips. In the summertime when I’m constantly going from boiling heat to freezing air-conditioners they do not adapt well. That horrible feeling where every time you lick them even by accident they just enter this overdrive where they become as parched as the Sahara Desert’s even drier sibling. To be honest,  keeping my lips soft and smooth has always been a bit of a problem for me. I don’t wear lipsticks as they generally start to crack and many lip-balms just seem to further dry out my lips in the long-term. But… Lush’s Lip Service changed all of this for the better.

Lush’s Lip Service is the only lip balm i’ve ever had that truly heals my lips. It moisturises, softens and has a natural citrusy scent. It contains a blend of mandarin and tangerine oil, and with the addition of shea and cocoa butter has a beautiful creamy smooth texture. Its quite a thick lip balm so it lasts for a long period of time and you don’t feel like you go through the whole thing in a day (definitely been a culprit of this). At $13 its a little more pricey than your regular $3 drug-store balms, but with all natural and fair-trade ingredients (GO LUSH!), it definitely feels worth it! Another lush-ious product for the collection!

NB: I keep mine in the cup-holder in my car and like to put it on at the traffic lights or just before I head to work/dinner/to see friends.

Check it out on their website!

Silicone Sponge Blender Review

Have you seen the Instagram advert for the silicone make-up sponge? Like in all advertisements, this little rubber disc looks as though it provides a seamless, perfectly blended look whilst not wasting any precious product. But i’ll give you a more honest review.

I’m a big fan of the beauty blender – whether you have the original Beauty Blender, the Real Techniques blending sponge, or just your budget Chi Chi blender – they’re great at making a smooth flawless foundation base for your makeup. However, there’s no denying that these brightly coloured sponges soak up half the product and are a bloody b**ch to clean properly.

I can confidently tell you that the silicone sponge blender will not waste a single drop of your product – but th18362188_10210961409123999_334478335_oat’s kinda the problem. I’d say its a big lie to actually call the product a ‘sponge’

Sponge [definition]: A soft porous body that is typically supported by a framework of fibres or calcareous or glassy spicules. Sponges draw in a current of water to extract nutrients and oxygen.

This so-called ‘sponge’, is not porous and does not ‘draw in’ anything whatsoever. So while it doesn’t waste your product, it doesn’t really blend very well. I have found the silicone sponge really great for putting foundation on my face and covering everything, then I use my ‘Beauty Blender’ (copycat) to blend everything together. I do use less product, but only by about a millilitre i’d say. But hey, at less than $3 a pop it’s definitely joined the make-up kit brigade!

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I got the blue one (pictured) but they come in clear, pink and some pretty cute patterns!

Calling my pale friends

Every christmas my Mum loves to buy me things that either alter my appearance or help with personal hygiene. I get fake tans, perfumes moisturisers, hair vouchers, hell she even bought me a magnifying mirror (as if seeing a pimple in a normal mirror wasn’t bad enough!). But I love my darling mother and honestly some of the stuff she’s got me I now SWEAR by.

EXHIBIT A: Nutrimetics Luxe Bronze gradual tanner. 

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Luxe Bronze is a cream tanning lotion that goes on relatively clear and improves and develops over the next 48 hours. You can build it up over time or just apply once and it’s always streak free, natural and actually smells great!

At $32 it’s not exactly the cheapest tanning product – but it lasts ages and I think its TOTALLY worth it!

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My bronzed little bod! (on the right) – Sorry about the bruise on my leg I’m so clumsy.

 

The highlight of my trip

On my recent adventure to Singapore I bought the best highlighter on the market. Well I truly think it is. The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Powder in Opal. On my OBVIOUS Sephora haul I just had to include it in my basket – and with a 10% tourist discount it would be rude not to!

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At $53 (Singapore) – around $50 AUD and $38 USD – I thought… as I do so often… that its an overpriced make-up product and a drug-store brand would do the same thing. But please do not be a skeptic on this one! It’s creamy and pigmented and so beautiful and shimmery and just finishes off any look perfectly!Highlighter 4

I apply mine with a short semi-blunt ended blush-brush to the tops of my cheek bones, the top of my eye socket – just underneath the eyebrow and just above the eyebrows toward the sides of my face.

Check it out online!

 

Exchanging Peasant-ries

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“The peasant blouse is another typical seventies style staple, which is all about a relaxed and effortless look. Peasant blouses can feature beautiful embroidery or ethnic patterns, romantic ruffles and frills and they look amazing in combination with jeans and short shorts. In addition, you can opt for peasant dresses and skirts to look romantic and in the retro seventies style.”

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After recently watching the new Beauty and the Beast (bloody brilliant film why is Emma Watson so beautiful) my sister and I cast ourselves as ‘Peasant Belle’ and ‘Princess Belle’ (on a side note we cast my mum as ‘The Beast’) Anyway… getting to the POINT – I was ‘Peasant Belle’ because of my newest favourite wardrobe addition – a polka-dot peasant blouse!

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Purchased from trusty ‘Topshop’ on the first day of my recent $800 Singapore shopping spree – at $79 it is still my No. 1 buy from the trip.

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Source: http://www.topshop.com

Now I haven’t had a lot of time to style this little beauty yet as i’m still in Singapore (in fact I’m laying in my York Hotel bed on the last day of my trip)

But The Little Magpie also did a little post about it – giving this incredible blouse a shout-out from Scotland. So now it’s Australia’s turn!