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Charcoal Powder Teeth Whitening: My Thoughts

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For years, and I mean years, I have had the hardest time whitening my teeth. I have tried every teeth whitening tool on the market with no avail. From strips to trays… Nothing.

To make matters worse, I have been told by dentists over the years of my teeth sensitivity and root exposure on my teeth. I figured no pain no gain (beauty is pain, amiright?), but the pain excelled more and more over the years and trying to whiten my teeth was a nightmare. I eventually gave up as it was just too painful.

Until, I started doing a little research about this charcoal powder that was being used for teeth whitening. I thought it was a fad that would soon die, but as the years went it on, it stuck. I didn’t believe it could actually work. A powder that turns your mouth blue, with zero pain or irritation and with regular use it whitens your teeth?? You lie. But of course, I couldn’t help myself and ended up ordering a jar.

I have to say, this stuff is pretty amazing. Yes, it is messy and turns everything in your sink black and be careful not to get it everywhere, but the pros outweigh the cons. I bought the Active Wow Charcoal Powder brand and I really like it. When used regularly, your teeth are whiter and feel healthier. I like to have a glass of red wine here and there, mostly here, ha, so after using for just two weeks, at night, I noticed a difference. Another pro, it’s made with coconut oil, and the combo with charcoal detoxifies your mouth without harming your teeth enamel. Did I mention it’s made in the USA as well?!

I definitely suggest this for those with teeth sensitivity as an alternative for teeth whitening. The gels and trays are a thing of the past for me.

 

 

Disclosure: I have no affiliation with this company or any of its products. I have used these products and just really enjoy them and highly recommend them to clients.

 

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The VI Peel Precision Plus: My Thoughts

A few weeks ago, I took the plunge and decided to do the VI Peel Precision Plus. I am no virgin to this peel as I did a series of the original VI Peel’s before my wedding last year, and absolutely loved my results. The peel helps with texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and helps lift the melasma or hyper-pigmentation you may have. I ended up doing three peels (one a month for three months) and all I can say is my skin literally never looked better and I felt super confident about my skin walking down the aisle.

I have done a few laser treatments in the past and to be honest, I’d take a peel any day over it. Laser is one of those things, I feel, you’re either really into it or you’re just really not. You have to literally plan to not leave your house, prepare to look like a moon pie, and have your face completely shed off in a horror film type of way. Yes, your skin looks totally amazing after, but unless your a “real housewife”, who has time for this?

The VI Peel Precision Plus is the exact opposite. Yes, you still have a peeling moment, but it’s doable. Trust me! It’s less invasive where you aren’t quarantined to your residence, there’s zero swelling, AND the peeling happens super slow, but it’s nothing anyone can’t handle. Not to mention, if you do the peel on a Thursday, it’s perfect timing to peel over the weekend and no one knows! This time, I chose to do a step up from the original VI Peel to the VI Peel Precision Plus to really get in to the skin and help with pull my stubborn hyper-pigmentation to the surface to slough off.

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I love the way my skin feels after these peels. The texture is more even, my laugh lines are smoother, and my sun spots are a touch lighter. My makeup goes on and doesn’t settle into my lines, that my sister loves to point out, which I have always despised. The only thing I wish this peel helped more with is my hyper-pigmentation. It is beyond stubborn and takes more than one peel to help combat it, but I’m not mad about having to do multiple peels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I highly recommend this type of peel for anyone looking for a less invasive way to boost their skin needs and give them that little bit of confidence they’re wanting. All of these opinions are completely my own and I am not being compensated for any of these comments. I just really believe in this peel, y’all!
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Top Faves Friday: Facial Sunscreen

 

It’s Fri-Yay! I don’t know ’bout y’all, but it’s been A WEEK! Imma be having a glass or four of wine tonight.

I use a ton of products on the daily. There’s something for everything nowadays so how do we choose what’s right for us?? Hmmm, good question!  Every Friday, I am going to showcase products and give you my honest truth. From mascara to hairspray to moisturizer, I’m going to narrow down my favorites, why I love them, why I don’t, and try and give you some insight if they may be your perfect match.

I can’t talk about the importance of sunscreen enough. Whether it’s bright and sunny or gloomy and overcast, I’ve got by block on. Living in Florida will do that to you. I’ve also had a few scares with skin cancer, so I definitely am not taking any chances. Makeup and skincare brands have made it beyond easy to choose the right sunscreen for you and your skincare needs. There are zero excuses nowadays!

These are a few of my favorite sunscreens that I can’t live without. Start lathering up, ladies!

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Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion SPF30– I like to use a higher SPF so this one is great for those hot Summer months. I love that it is hypoallergenic and moisturizing so it isn’t going to break my skin out after a long day of wear. The texture is a bit greasy for my taste, but the protection is where it’s at, especially when I’m in the sun all day. It’s also vegan and paraben free!

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40– This stuff has changed everything about mixing sunscreen with makeup. I apply this in the morning under my makeup and I love the matte texture because it almost acts like a primer. It doesn’t affect my makeup and I know I have the protection of SPF40 all day long. Win, Win.

Sun Bum Zinc Oxide SPF50– When I’m laying oceanside or playing caddy to my husbands golf game, I always keep this in my bag. It goes on smoothly and blends into the skin without any white residue. It also contains aloe and vitamin E, great for those with sensitive skin. My husband also keeps this on hand for when he’s out surfing!

Tarte Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF30– This is the easiest sunscreen to keep on hand! If I forget to add sunscreen in the morning, I just reach for this in my purse and apply a quick layer. You just click the bottom and start fluffing away! I apply to my face and chest a few times a day to make sure I’m getting the adequate amount of protection. The only con, if you do end up taking pictures after applying, it does create a white sheen to the face.

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense– This is also another matte sunscreen that I use often. It works great alone or under makeup for added protection. I do find that it makes my skin a little oilier, but I add a little translucent powder over top to keep my skin matte. I am a big fan of the Skinceuticals brand and all the products I have purchased I’ve really enjoyed.

 

What are your sunscreen go-to’s??

 

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My Current Day/Night Skin Routine

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I get a ton of questions about my daytime and nighttime skin routines. I have had my fair share of ups and downs with products over the years. Products constantly telling me to use this for this and this for this; The struggle is real. With being a Florida girl, my skin is usually on the oily side, but this past Winter and having more mature skin than in my 20’s, my skin has been on the drier side of things. This is so sad, y’all!

It’s great to get in a routine for your daytime products as well as your nighttime products. If you stick with a routine for six weeks or more, you will see results. Just stick with it! And most importantly, keep the day and night products separate. There is no point in wearing sunscreen at night. So with that being said, after some grueling product testing of MANY-o-products, I have finally nailed down what products work best for my skin for day and night.

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For Day

Skinceuticals Simply Clean Gel– I started getting in the habit of washing my face every morning before applying makeup. This is huge given the fact that I used to only wash my face at night. This is game changing for sure. This way I get all my nighttime products off my face to prep for the day. This gel is great and works for all skin types. It washes all my makeup away and leaves nothing behind.

Biologique Lotion P50 “1970”– This is my absolute favorite toner right now! It breaks down all the grime in my pores without being to harsh on my skin. The tingling effect means that it’s working and I see a huge difference when I’m not using it. I wouldn’t recommend this specific one if your pregnant or breastfeeding, but they have this one that is more mild.

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic– I love this stuff. A facialist told be about this product a few years ago and I never looked back. I have definitely noticed my face is brighter and firmer. It only takes a small amount to get the protection and radiance you need.

Drunk Elephant C Firma– I recently added this in my rotation. I tend to switch between this and the C E Ferulic serum. I like the boost of vitamin C it gives the skin and I feel like it makes my skin look and feel more plump throughout the day.

Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb– I have been loving this moisturizer since I first received a sample of it from Sephora. It’s super light without being greasy and keeps my skin hydrated all day.

Skinceuticals Physical Matte Defense Sunscreen– I try to always apply a good sunscreen under my makeup for the day. Sunscreens can tend to get a little oily so I try to stick with a more mattifying one like this or this one.

 

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For Night

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant– I will use this light exfoliating scrub about two times a week. This helps rid my skin of bumpy texture and to smooth everything out. I wash my face with my regular face wash and follow up with this after. This is so light that you could use it daily, but I look at it as a treat to use every so often.

Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Serum– I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about this on my Instagram, but I can’t get enough! I love this product to help with shrinking my pores. It totally works! If you use this for a solid six weeks, you’ll see a huge difference.

OleHenriksen Brightening Gel Eye Creme– This is a great product for under the eyes. When I wake up, my dark circles are diminished, the texture is smooth, and all around brighter. I use this under my eyes and on top of my eyelids to get maximum results.

Tarte Maracuja Oil– I love love love this stuff! I know it seems very intimidating to wear an oil at night, but trust me, it’s the best thing for your skin. In the morning, my skin will have soaked it up making it feel softer and more plump. ‘Nough said.

 

What are some of your favorite skincare products for day and/or night?

 

 

 

Full disclosure, these products are not made for everyone and every skin type. These products are what have worked for me and my skin. This is unsolicited advice and I am not getting paid to discuss any of this information.