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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening

Claudia Di Capua

Finally tried out a tooth whitening kit and to say the least, I'm pretty impressed! Checkout what's included, how to use it, testimonials, and the best of all, a GIVEAWAY! That's right. Win the entire kit! Find those details at the bottom of this post. 

This whitening kit comes with EVERYTHING you'll need to make your little pearlies even brighter! Most of the time, molds like this will cost you hundreds of dollars at a dentists office, but Smile Brilliant has made it more accessible. An entire kit including the final molds will only cost about $140 (GO TO BOTTOM FOR GIVEAWAY DETAILS)! 

Step 1:

Grab one case of the Catalyst Paste and one case of the Base Paste (one blue and one white).

Step 3:

Place the light blue combo on the piece the tray that looks like a mouth guard. Put this in your mouth and bite down to get a mold of your top teeth. Hold there for 2 minutes! Repeat steps 1-3 for the bottom mold. 

Step 5:

My teeth are a little sensitive due to being a swimmer for my whole life, so I used the desensitizing gel for 20 minutes prior to the actual whitening gel. Apply this to the molds if you'd like to use it!

Before

Step 2:

Combine pastes until it has a light blue color. Make sure to move quickly because it will activate the hardening once you mix them!

Step 4:

Ahhh, the final product! After mailing your molds back to Smile Brilliant, they create the whitening molds that are reusable! They are then mailed back to you after a week or so and come with a cute case. 

Step 6:

Once you're done with the desensitizing gel, rinse off your molds, then apply the whitening gel. Keep that in your mouth for another 20 minutes. The desensitizing gel should help with any discomfort you might have had. 

After

Major Takeaways

As you can see, there is a dramatic difference between the first day and the fifth day! The whitening kit helped to enhance the brightness and obviously whiteness over the course of a week. It managed to eliminate any stains that may have accumulated over the years. The price is a bargain compared to buying it with a dentist and you are getting the exact same quality with a product that is but to fit you! If you need more proof, check out other users testimonials HERE and learn more about the brand HERE.

Giveaway Info 

Prize = $139.95 store credit which is equal to the Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes or the Teeth Whitening Trays + 6 whitening gel syringes. The winner will be given a code which they can use at checkout. The giveaway is also international, but if the winner is outside of the US, they will have to pay the shipping cost for sending their impressions back to Smile Brilliant.

Good luck and ENTER HERE!

My New Secret Weapon

Claudia Di Capua

Okay, so this might be obvious for some, but I have a new obsession. It's sunscreen! Specifically for my face. I don't trust just any sunscreen because of all the harsh chemicals that can be found in a good amount of them. I did a bit of research and fond out that mineral sunscreens are among the healthiest to use! These are generally chemical free and most contain FDA (Food And Drug Administration) approved active ingredients. Find out why I am now warding off harmful UV Rays using Bare Republic Natural Mineral Sunscreen below!

Other Mineral Sunscreens That Blend Well

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Photo from honest.com

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Photo from soleiltoujours.com

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Photo from walgreens.com

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Photo form kissmyface.com

Protect the skin you're in! You'll thank me when you look the same in 20 years. The investment now, will keep you happy and looking great for the long haul. 

Muddy Body Hair Mask

Claudia Di Capua

Every part of your body should get to be moisturized! Muddy Body makes this possibly not only for your skin, but also your hair. I tried out their hair mask, which is full of all natural ingredients including organic shea butter, kaolin clay, organic coconut oil, organic avocado oil, organic grapeseed oil, argan oil, organic jojoba oil, vitamin E, coconut extract, vanilla extract, and lavender extract! This product did some serious wonders for my locks. See below for a step-by-step of how to apply the product to get the most out of it as well as the aftermath! 

Use code CLAUDIA10 to receive 10% all Muddy Body products!

Photo from muddybody.com

Photo from muddybody.com

Step 1:

Use code CLAUDIA10 to get 10% off your Muddy Body and get excited! Seriously, it will be worth it.

Use code CLAUDIA10 to get 10% off your Muddy Body and get excited! Seriously, it will be worth it.

Step 3:

Put some of the hair mask in your hand and apply it to your hair. It's easier to squeeze out  a little bit and apply it to your hair, then go back for more as you need it!

Put some of the hair mask in your hand and apply it to your hair. It's easier to squeeze out  a little bit and apply it to your hair, then go back for more as you need it!

Step 2:

Wet your hair. This step is optional, but I found it easier to get my hair damp before using the hair mask!

Wet your hair. This step is optional, but I found it easier to get my hair damp before using the hair mask!

Step 4:

Massage the hair mask into your hair starting from the roots, moving down to the tips. Then, let the mask sit in your hair for 10-15 minutes. 

Massage the hair mask into your hair starting from the roots, moving down to the tips. Then, let the mask sit in your hair for 10-15 minutes. 

Step 5:

After the 10-15 minutes have passed, rinse out the mask in the shower and style as usual!

After the 10-15 minutes have passed, rinse out the mask in the shower and style as usual!

The Finished Product:

I took these photos directly after using the product and blow drying my hair. One of the first things noticed was that the organic hair mask left my hair silky smooth! It also felt lighter and wavier. I couldn't stop running my fingers through it!

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Random Yet Helpful Beauty Tips

Claudia Di Capua

Check out some beauty tips and products that help you take care of your skin in new ways! Moisturizing is good, but there are so many more things you can do to help defy the looks of aging. If you have any tips that I missed, please feel free to put them in the comments! Click any image to be directed to where to buy each item!

Photo from sephora.com (Jurlique)

Photo from sephora.com (Jurlique)

Rose water helps to balance your skins pH and acts as a light moisturizer. Great for touchups throughout the day and works well when you need to even out your skin tone!

Photo from sephora.com (Too Faced)

Photo from sephora.com (Too Faced)

Waterproof mascara weakens your eye-lashes, ladies! I usually opt for this Too Faced mascara because it really adds VOLUME. Make sure to replace makeup that goes on your eyes every few months to reduce risk of infection.

Photo from sephora.com (Nars)

Photo from sephora.com (Nars)

Metallic nail polish makes your nails week and brittle causing them to break more easily. My current go to color is white! I love it for all seasons. 

Photo from sephora.com (Nars)

Photo from sephora.com (Nars)

You can moisturize all you want, but if you really want to look like you're 40 when you're 80, you need to protect your skin from the sun! It does the most long term damage that you don't notice early on. You'll thank yourself later!

Photo from sephora.com

Photo from sephora.com

Cleaning your makeup brushes is a commonly skipped step in most people's regimens. If you don't clean your brushes often, bacteria can develop causing breakouts on your face.

Photo from drugstore.com (RoC)

Photo from drugstore.com (RoC)

This product contains retinoids, which keep your pores clean and your skin tight! Start using products like these in your 20's to ensure long term results. 

Photo from sephora.com (Origins)

Photo from sephora.com (Origins)

Invest in a less invasive scrub for your face. You want to be able to cleanse your pores everyday and while a rough scrub often feels relieving, it can end up opening your pores even more making it easier for dirt and grime to get in!

Photo from sephora.com (Boscia)

Photo from sephora.com (Boscia)

Peels purposely damage skin in order to get the dead skin to slough away. This forces your skin to regenerate new and healthy skin!

Photo from sephora.com (Clinique)

Photo from sephora.com (Clinique)

Lipsticks can often dry out your lips. If you already have dried lips, the dead skin becomes more visible once you've put on lipstick. avoid this by using a lip scrub before putting on lipstick and a balm or chapstick after taking it off! 

Photo from sephora.com (Origins)

Photo from sephora.com (Origins)

People often bypass their hands, elbows, and knees when it comes to moisturizing. Oddly enough, these are some of the first places you'll notice signs of aging! Make sure to get in-between those fingers!

Photo from jet.com

Photo from jet.com

Castor oil is a great addition to a DIY hair mask! Mix it with lavender and peppermint oil to add shine, moisture, and prevent your scalp from getting dried out. It's an easy step to add right after getting out of the shower!

Photo form sephora.com (Ouidad)

Photo form sephora.com (Ouidad)

Opt for a comb when brushing wet hair! Hairbrushes tend to pull out hair as your hair follicles are more sensitive and delicate after being removed from warm water. Try rinsing your hair in cold water right before you get out to help close up those follicles!

Valentines Day Activities That Won't Break The Bank: Featuring Muddy Body

Claudia Di Capua

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

You know it's almost Valentine's Day when bae starts making guest appearances on the blog! I've put together a list of affordable V-Day activities that are fun to do with boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, and family! Honestly, at home facials with Muddy Body and bae sound like a perfect date night to me. Use code CLAUDIA10 to get 10% off all Muddy Body products! They make great gifts too!

There has been a lot of pressure for people to give elaborate gifts and do crazy things that are often pretty expensive on this holiday. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but where are the fun V-Day options for people like students that don't have lots of $$$$ to spend?! In this case, we must be creative! We decided to put together a list of fun AND affordable Valentine's Day activities for not only students, but anyone else that thinks they want to have a spectacular February 14th without breaking the bank! P.S. Keep in mind that nothing on this list is restrictive to couples! Do these activities with your friends and family if there isn't a significant other in your life.

Let's start off by discussing one of my favorite skincare brands, Muddy Body.

I love this company because of the all natural and organic ingredients that are in each product. All of the masks keep you skin feeling soft and nourished days after using it, which is why I thought it would be a fun activity to do with Marijn (Bae=Marijn). We both get that oily skin glint every now and then, so I figured he would be the perfect candidate to join me. It's a fun activity to do with someone else because you can treat it as somewhat of a spa day and have fun applying the mask on each other like we did! I'm a huge fan of the Detox mask, but wanted to try out the Refresh mask this time around. They both work really well to tone and soften skin! See how to apply and use the mask in my last post featuring Muddy Body by clicking HERE.

One of these bottles is only $23.99 and get 10% off by using code CLAUDIA10 at checkout!

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

Courtesy of amscan.co.uk

Other V-Day Activities:

1. Bake your own Valentine's Day inspired desserts and have a movie night. Make a cupid cake or heart shaped cookies (or both, obviously). 

2. Go ice skating at your local ice rink with your significant other and/or friends.

3. Go to a painting class. If you go in groups, the rates go down!

4. Make a sweet Happy Valentine's Day/Love you video! Get creative, but no weird stuff.

5. A surprise dinner made by you.

6.  Go to a pet shop or adoption center and play with puppies!

7. Put together V-Day treats and bring them to an orphanage or homeless shelter.

8. Take a cooking class (a sushi or chocolate making class will do).

 

L'Reve Pearl Facial Peel and Moisturizer

Claudia Di Capua

L'Reve is a Luxury Skincare brand combining some of the most sought after jewels with different skincare treatments. For this post, I will be reviewing the Pearl Facial Peel and Moisturizer. I will say that both were very easy to use and really did softened my skin. Many of L'Reve's other products (that I will later be reviewing) include materials such as gold and diamonds, which explains the higher cost of the products. Keep reading to find out how I scored about 8 items that would have normally totaled to about $2000 for just over $100!

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Facial Peel:

The purpose of this peel is to remove any and all of the dead skin cells that are on the surface of your face. At first, I wasn't sure if it was going to work because the peel didn't kick in until I rubbed it in a bit. Sure enough, after circling the gel like peel onto my face, I could feel the little beads of dead skin sloughing off and piling up on the surface of my face! It was honestly so satisfying because it felt like I was purging my skin! 

How To Apply:

1. After cleaning and drying your skin, apply the peel moving your fingertips in a circular motion around the surface of your face.

2. After enough dead skin has been released, rinse your face with warm water. 

Buy this product HERE

Moisturizer:

This luxury moisturizer was the finishing touch to this routine. My face was so soft after using both products! I found that my skin was soft for more than just the immediate period of time because i still felt smooth the next day. Moisturizing is the best thing you can do to replenish your skin after taking off that dirty dead skin! You help to heal and repair the new skin that becomes exposed. 

How To Apply:

1. Place on desired amount.

2. Rub the moisturizer in in a circular motion until your skin has absorbed it fully. 

Buy this product HERE

I was lucky enough to have found this product on Haute Look. Normally, L'Reve products can range from $70 all the way to $1,000. I was able to score about 8 items for a little over $100! I encourage everyone to sign up with Haute Look because I have found so many deals on brands that I actually love!

Overall, I loved how this product worked on my skin. I know that normally these products cost a bit more, but I definitely think that they work! My skin is still extremely soft a few days after, so I will likely continue this regimen once a week and moisturize daily with my normal moisturizer. 

Muddy Body Detox Mask

Claudia Di Capua

What is Muddy Body?

Muddy Body is a company that creates face and hair mask products out of 100% all natural and organic ingredients! Yup. All 100% of it is natural. Their masks are infused with plant extracts, refining clays, butters and botanical oils. All of these ingredients help to tone your skin reduce blemishes and marks, and reduce redness.

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I knew I had to try this product out, so I collaborated with the Muddy Body team! My University has finals this week, so I wanted to try out my Detox mask before my exams came around. Find the steps on how to use this product to get the most out of it and the effects it had on my skin below! Use code CLAUDIA10 to get 10% off your next Muddy Body order.


Before you begin, make sure you have a small bowl, a spoon and a cup filled with about a 1/2 inch of water on hand!

Step 1:

Pour a spoonful of your mask mix into your small bowl. It's ok if this looks like more than what you need for your face. I used the excess mask I had and put it on the tops of my hands! 

Pour a spoonful of your mask mix into your small bowl. It's ok if this looks like more than what you need for your face. I used the excess mask I had and put it on the tops of my hands! 

Step 3:

Step 2:

Next, pour a few drops of water into the bowl containing your mask to activate the it. You can also use other liquids like rose water, apple cider vinegar or green tea for added benefits!

Next, pour a few drops of water into the bowl containing your mask to activate the it. You can also use other liquids like rose water, apple cider vinegar or green tea for added benefits!

Step 4:

Once you've combined both the water and mask powder, stir them together until you achieve a smooth and "muddy" consistency using the special face mask application brush. 

Step 5:

Apply and have fun with it! Naturally, I drew a mustache and heart on my face, but I eventually got to the rest of it :). Make sure to evenly apply the mask on your face. Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes (selfies and snapchats are a must). This is definitely a fun thing to do with your friends, boyfriend, girlfriend or family! 

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When the mask dries on your skin it should look like drying clay. It also resembled somewhat of a camo print on my skin!

Step 6:

Once the mask dries or you've waited 10-15 minutes, rinse off the mask with warm water and pat your skin dry. For the best results use the mask 1-2 times a week. It will keep your skin feeling soft and clear!

The impact of the detox mask was instantaneous. My face felt smoother and my skin felt tighter in the hours after I took it off. I took this picture the morning after using the mask and I noticed that I had almost no redness whatsoever. I normally have pink cheeks and some redness around my nose, but this mask helped to reduce that substantially as well as keep my skin super soft! 

Have I convinced you to get muddy yet?! Try it out for yourself! Truly, I only post about products and items that I really feel are beneficial and do what they say they can do. This mask as well as my refresh mask are definitely now part of my beauty regimen. Take care of your skin, guys! This product can definitely help you do that! Use code CLAUDIA10 to receive 10% off your next order with Muddy Body and post your new items on social media with #GetMuddy!