Headshot Ready with Smile Brilliant

 

As someone who has found themselves in front of a camera lense quite a few times you’d think that I’d be jumping at the chance to update my professional headshot after my recent promotion but instead I was instantly stricken with the reality that my teeth are not as white as I’d like them to be. I started pondering – is there a teeth whitening that don’t cost an arm and a leg and provide real results?! Yes, yes there is!

Insert: Smile Brilliant. The easy, at-home teeth whitening program that made me go from closed mouth smiling to a proud owner of a headshot showing off my pearly whites!

 

The system is foolproof, seriously.  I was sent the package which included super easy instructions and I just went down the steps.

Smile Brilliant sends you a package with all the materials including an extra catalyst and base which totally came in handy. The first mixture I didn’t mix up well enough so it was a bust learning experience.

Step 1: Using one catalyst and one base you mix until they are totally blue. You might see a little bit of white marbling in the mixture is fine because if you mix for too long, they’ll harden and you won’t be able to make your impressions.

Step 2: Place the mixture in the trays. You have a top and a bottom tray and I recommend really trying to evenly distribute the mixture within 30 seconds. As soon as you’re done with step 2, move onto Step 3 fast and furiously! i.e. Don’t spread the mixture on top first, and then spread the mixture for the bottom tray. Don’t try to do them both at once! 

Step 3: You’re all ready to make your impressions! Press evenly into your teeth with your fingers, but be careful not to BITE down. The mixture will flow over into your teeth and gums. Hold in place for about 2-3 minutes. You’ll start to feel the mixture hardening, which will make it easier to gently pull the mixture out of your mouth without wiggling! i.e. don’t wiggle- it can mess up your impressions!

Step 4: After removing your trays from your mouth (without wiggling) check to make sure that your impressions clearly show your teeth front to back. If you see any error, you may use the tray again by removing the impressions and starting over with the extra set of catalyst and base that Smile Brilliant provides to you! After letting the impression sit for about 30-40 minutes (read until hard) you rinse under cool water, let dry, and ship them off!

Before Smile Brilliant:

After Smile Brilliant:

Once you’re sent your custom-fitted trays, you use a little bit of the whitening gel and desentizing gel each time.  I used Smile Brilliant for about 3 weeks for every other day before my headshot pictures. After week one I started to see a difference and after 5 weeks now I can’t stop #smilingfearlessly because I feel more confident in my smile and I have fun new headshots to use!

A few tips for a successful Smile Brilliant experience:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth- super important since you want to get the best and most accurate impressions!
  2. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, be sure to not just have eaten or drank anything heavy. While you’re doing the impressions the mixture does expand in your mouth a little bit so just be aware!
  3. Have a book or something to do that doesn’t require talking while you’re whitening your teeth! Talking isn’t really an option unless you don’t mind not sounding like yourself.
  4. Don’t try to use the whole whitening and/or desensitizing gels at once! Spread them out over time to make it last plus it’s way too much to use all at once!

 

Have I sold you yet?! Do you want to be headshot ready and #smilefearlessly?! Well then go ahead enter my GIVEAWAY  for $149 Smile Brilliant credit, open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents! If you just can’t wait for the GIVEAWAY  to close and you want to get started on whitening your teeth, click on the image below and enter promo code: chelseacollection15 at checkout for 15% off your Smile Brilliant kit! Good luck!


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Finesse

I  have always been about the high low mix. My wardrobe, accessories, and beauty products including my choice of Shampoo and Conditioners. I’m pretty lucky that I have fairly easy hair to manage since it isn’t super dry, it isn’t thin or crazy curly. I have medium length, medium to heavy weight, wavy hair. If I let my hair air dry then it’s wavy. If I blow dry it, it will stay straight. If I curl it, it holds curls pretty darn well. BUT, it’s important to me that I’m treating my hair just as well as I’m treating my skin, because hair is one of those things that if you neglect it long enough, it will rebel!

Back in the October 2016 Allure issue, Kendall Jenner shared that she uses Finesse and got the tip from Kim Kardashian who had been using Finesse for years! Now, I’m no big Kardashian superfan but you can’t deny that those girls have their beauty routine nailed down. Beautiful makeup, flawless looking skin, and always shiny locks. I couldn’t believe it… millionaires who would have NO problem shoving out $50 a bottle were opting for a Shampoo and Conditioner that were under five bucks. Since Finesse was definitely working for them, I had to see if Finesse was going to work on my hair too. So I opted to try out the Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to help combat the harsh winter’s impact. Just three to five washes later I could see a difference! My hair felt lighter, softer, and my split ends weren’t showing up as fast! When I was blowdrying my hair I had less frizz and flyaways, not to mention the price was making my wallet (and husband) happy! I’m sure I’ll continue to “try” new Shampoos and Conditioners out throughout my life, but in the meantime I’m loving that I’ve found my new go-to! (Plus, Finesse is showing up in significantly more stores this year — including over 3,400 Walmart stores, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and more priced around $1.99 – $3.99!) So morale of the story is… give Finesse ® Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner a shot! Your hair will thank you!

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