Easy Home Teeth Whitening for a Busy Mom

Those who know me personally would say I’ve grown up dressing a little bit like a Barbie. Luckily as I’ve gotten older, my fashion sense has matured somewhat, but I still have to add some glam to every outfit I wear. I have always loved the color pink. Growing up it was a rarity to find me wearing any other color. Although I still love the color pink, I have simmered down my use of it in my outfits. Meaning, I have cut back to wearing one pink item rather than a pink shirt, pink pants, and pink sparkly shoes. So, when the trend of wearing pink lipstick started, you can imagine my excitement! I immediately purchased LipSense’s Party Pink shade and thought, I am going to rock this- no shame, no shame. Well, I put it on the next morning and loved the color- until I smiled… my teeth had never looked so yellow! My excitement and confidence in wearing bright pink lipstick was immediately deflated and I wasn’t feeling so confident anymore. This drove me to have the desire to whiten my teeth.

To be honest, I have tried numerous whitening trends and haven’t been thrilled with any.  I think I drool more than most and having whitening strips or trays in my mouth takes my drooling to a whole new level- gross!  Smile Brilliant reached out to Shalese and I about trying their custom teeth whitening system.  I was hesitant because I feel like I have no spare time between teaching school, doing hair, being pregnant and now caring for a newborn and toddler, fitting a workout in, and trying to be a decent wife. I wasn’t sure how excited I was about going through the process of creating and using whitening trays for several weeks! Not only that, but I was worried about whitening while pregnant. Despite my hesitations, I decided to give it a try because I got it approved by my doctor and I decided there is nothing wrong with taking a little time to make myself feel more confident- especially being pregnant and needing an extra confidence boost.

   

My experience using Smile Brilliant was very positive.  Once I submitted my order I quickly received my kit to create my trays.  Creating the tray impressions intimidated me (I am no dentist!) but I was thrilled to find that it was quite simple and didn’t take much time.  I sent in my impressions and received my customized whitening trays very promptly.  Whitening was very simple and I didn’t experience much sensitivity at all, which was a plus for me.  For a step-by-step guide on how to use these trays, check out Shalese’s review here. These trays were very easy to use and were quite comfortable to wear. I was very pleased with how much I could get done while whitening!

10 things I have done while whitening my teeth:

       

  1. Coloring Clients Hair (I may have talked a little funny!)
  2. Cleaning My House
  3. Putting on Makeup
  4. Doing My Hair
  5. Taking a Bath
  6. Grading School Work
  7. Playing with My Little Boys
  8. Breast Feeding My Baby (my doctor approved the product for me, talk to your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding)
  9. Doing Dishes
  10. Reading a Book

So, for the big reveal! Once I completed my whitening process, I compared the difference wearing this hot pink lipstick I have such a desire to wear… here are my results! Needless to say, I will be wearing this, and many other fun colors of lipstick with confidence. I had my baby a week ago and I could use a little confidence boost at the moment.

Results:

  

  

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**These trays were given to me but these opinions are my own**


How Much Is Teeth Whitening

Stretch Marks No More

When I got pregnant with my first little boy I was beyond excited. We had tried for quite a while and finding out I was finally going to be a mom was one of the best days of my life. Pregnancy brings on a lot of changes in a woman’s body, many of these changes are not fun (morning sickness, exhaustion, weight gain, muscle pains, etc.) but they are all worth it when that precious little creature makes their appearance in the world. One of the things I was a bit nervous about when I got pregnant was stretch marks. It sounds extremely vain, and probably is, but I wanted to do whatever I could to avoid getting these. I had already gotten some from my hips growing so quickly in junior high so I assumed I was destined to get a bunch. They say there is nothing you can do to avoid getting stretch marks, it is in your genetics. Seeing my sisters and my mom get them I assumed it was no use but I was going to try what I could to avoid it.  My friend had told me about this oil that she used and it worked for her, so I figured I would try it. I bought this oil at Good Earth for about $19.00, it’s called Mother’s Special Blend and it is an all natural oil, consisting of almond oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin E. I actually found it cheaper on Amazon HERE for $13.29. I rubbed this oil on my belly my entire pregnancy both morning and night and only got a couple tiny stretch marks under my belly button. These went lighter after giving birth and you can hardly see them.

This pregnancy I have used the oil again and am 36 weeks along and don’t yet have any new stretch marks! If I get them, they are totally worth it and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I have to be pregnant a second time. But if I don’t, I think that’s a bonus! So, whether stretch marks are genetic or not, I truly think this oil has helped me avoid getting them. This post is in no way sponsored, I just found a product that worked for me and I wanted to share it with all my friends who are, will be, or ever have been pregnant. Shalese has been using it post-pregnancy and says she’s noticed a bit of a difference with her stretch marks too! So, if you are looking for an inexpensive way to help nourish your skin during pregnancy, and maybe avoid a few stretch marks, try it out!

Happy weekend loves!

Whitney

10 Steps to Whiter Teeth with Smile Brilliant

It is back to school for Whit and I!  As teachers, we like to start our year off with a white smile.  We want to look and feel confident in front of our co-workers, students, and their parents and whitening our teeth helps us feel our best.  

Let’s be honest, no one gets overly excited about the teeth-whitening process, but SMILE BRILLIANT made this process pretty smooth and easy for me.  I’m giving you the 4-1-1 on my experience with teeth-whitening.  Of course I will include some tips I learned along the way to make your experience even smoother than my own.  

10 Steps to Whiter Teeth:

  1. Use the molding clay to create molds to match your teeth exactly and send them in the prepaid envelope.
  2. Get excited to see your customized, personalized Smile Brilliant teeth trays come in the mail!
  3. Brush your teeth with only water.
  4. Squirt a small ribbon of whitening gel inside the bottom of your teeth molds (both top and bottom).
  5. Insert the molds into your mouth and wait 45 minutes (to start).  You can increase the time after the first couple of treatments.
  6. Take out the molds and rinse them with cool water.
  7. Brush your teeth with toothpaste.
  8. Squirt a small ribbon of the desensitizing gel inside the bottom of your teeth molds (both top and bottom).
  9. Insert the molds into your mouth and wait 20-30 minutes.
  10. Take out molds and rinse them with cool water.  Do NOT rinse out your mouth, let the gel sit on your teeth and gums (all night if possible).

7 Tips for Successful Whitening:

  • Do your whitening at nights after eating and drinking.  This gives the desensitizing gel time to sit on your teeth and gums to prevent tooth sensitivity.
  • Avoid food and drink after whitening (just go to bed and sleep afterward).
  • Try to be as consistent as possible with whitening.  It usually takes people 7-11 treatments to get their desired results… aka a bright white smile! 
  • If your gums get sensitive (like mine), rub coconut oil or Vaseline on gums before inserting the whitening trays.
  • Make sure the trays are dried out before putting the desensitizing gel into them (I used a blow dryer and the coolest setting to help speed up this process).
  • Set a timer on your phone to make sure you take out the whitening trays at the correct time.
  • Read a book, work on the computer, watch a movie, do some cleaning, laundry, etc. to help the time go by quickly.

I hope this helps with your future whitening adventures!  Comment below for tips and tricks you find that help with the whitening process

Love,

The Polished Pearls Sister– Shalese

*This product was given to me at no charge to try. These opinions and tips are from my own experience.


How Much Is Teeth Whitening

My Experience with Microblading

Do you remember those awkward teenage years?  Those years with acne, braces, trying to fit in, trying to be the “cool kid”…? It’s a struggle that we all remember too well.  One of my biggest struggles as a young teen was dealing with “bushy” eyebrows.  Growing up I had dark, thick eyebrows.  At that time, the style was super thin brows so I felt like mine stuck out like a sore thumb.

My insecurities about my eyebrows were not eased when I overheard my friends whispering about my upcoming birthday party and what they were going to get me.  I overheard the word-“tweezers”.  Hearing my “so called” friends joking about my brows cut like a sword.  I immediately went home that afternoon and in desperation, hacked at my brows with a pair of fingernail clippers!  As you can imagine, my eyebrows looked like a heavily divoted golf course.

When I was finally old enough to wax my eyebrows I overdid it and they turned out paper thin. I repeated this same process throughout the years resulting in permanently thin brows with hair that would never grow back.

As I grew older, matured and gained confidence I realized a heavier brow would balance out my facial features (ha… go figure).  Over the years, creating a brow with makeup became a mandatory step in my daily routine.  After spending countless hours applying thick brows, I made the decision to stick with this look for life because regardless of the everchanging eyebrow fads, fuller eyebrows are the best option for me.

Life gets busier and busier and the time I have to spend on myself is getting more and more sparse.  I knew I wanted to invest in microblading or SofTap because; it would save me oodles of time, fix my thin brows, and give me an incredible shape.  Shalese had gotten SofTap done and I loved how her brows turned out, but before making my decision I wanted to delve into both techniques to decide which would be the best option for me.

These are the main differences I found between SofTap and microblading:

SofTap gives a soft, powdery look to the brow, penetrates the skin less, and lasts 3-5 years; microblading gives a precise, hair-stroked look to the brow, penetrates deeper into the skin, and lasts 1-3 years.  For more information on the SofTap technique, check out Shalese’s post on SofTapping and her experience with it.  For more information on microblading, read on:

My Brows BEFORE:

Taby Davila Castro is a certified SofTap and Microblading Permanent Makeup Technician and she is the one I trusted to create my much-wanted full eyebrows.  I saw the work she did on Shalese’s brows and knew that I could trust her.  Taby works out of Studio K Salon located in Orem, Utah on State Street.  She is one of the most genuine and friendly people I have ever met.  She’s very thorough and answers questions honestly.  Taby is upfront about what the procedure entails and is precise in her work.  I was really nervous about getting this done, so before completing the procedure Taby walked me step-by-step through the process and helped calm my nerves.

Let’s learn more about microblading from my personal experience to help you decide whether you want microblading, SofTap, or a combo of the two (yes, Taby is unique and offers a combo of the two techniques giving you the best of both worlds).

Check out our Facebook Live video to watch some of my Microblading procedure.

My eyebrows took a little under two hours to complete.  During this time these are the steps Taby accomplished:
  1. She applied numbing cream to my brows and placed plastic over the top to help my skin absorb the cream.
  2. She traced the shape of my desired brow with a stencil and China marker.
  3. She completed the “first pass” which is the first application of the permanent pigment.  This is applied using a 12-needle curved prong, creating the hairstroked look.  It feels kind of like prolonged plucking.
  4. After completing the “first pass”, she applied more numbing cream to my brows and began the “second pass”.  She repeated this process for the third and final pass.  (Depending on how well your skin takes the color, the type of brows you have, and the type of brow you are wanting will determine how many passes are needed).
  5. She finished the procedure by accomplishing all the detail work and making sure the brows were the shape and thickness I wanted.

Throughout this process, Taby continued to calm my nerves by consistently giving me a mirror and asking if I was liking the shape and thickness of the brows, if I wanted anything changed, and if I was doing okay.  I was amazed at how calm and comfortable she made me feel.

Here are some of the questions I had previous to my appointment that Taby answered for me.

My Questions:

  • Is this a tattoo? Similar, but this procedure is completed with an instrument by hand, where no machines are used. The pigment only penetrates the top few layers of the skin, lasting 1-2 years; whereas a tattoo lasts forever. 
  • Do you shave my eyebrow off? No, I work with your natural eyebrow line to enhance your natural beauty.
  • How much does it cost? $400 and a six week touch up is included in that cost.  If I do your permanent makeup then any other touch-ups in the future are half of the initial cost.
  • How long does it last? Normally 1-2 years
  • How often should I get touch-ups? Every 6 months to 1 year
  • How long does it take to heal? 7-10 days
  • What steps do I take in the healing process? Make sure and use the ointment I give you every 2-3 hours to keep them hydrated and moist. Also, drink lots of water.
  • Can I wear makeup through the healing process? Yes, just not anywhere on the pigment.
  • Does the pigment look exactly like it does on the first day getting it done? No, throughout the 7-10 day healing process it will lighten about 20-30 percent.
  • Can I take Ibuprofen before the procedure for pain? No, you do not want to take any medication that will thin your blood.
  • Does it hurt? People say it feels similar to getting your eyebrows plucked but also say microblading hurts a bit more than SofTap. (I felt it hurt a bit more than getting your eyebrows plucked but it wasn’t too bad.)
  • How do you create the hair-stroked look? The pigment is applied with a blade that looks like an Exact-O knife but is made out of needles.  These needles penetrate the skin and deposit the pigment, creating the natural, hair-stroked look.  Check out her Instagram video to see these gorgeous hair strokes in action!
  • Do you do anything other than eyebrows? Yes, I do eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, full lips, and beauty marks.

If you have other questions, please feel free to comment below and we will get those answered for you.

AFTER PROCEDURE:

AFTER TOUCH-UP AND HEALING (final product):

*I finally feel confident in the way my eyebrows look and I don’t spend ANY time on them in the morning when I do my makeup.  I can’t thank Taby enough for helping me feel secure and confident with my brows! Thank you Taby!!

If you are interested in any Microblading or SofTap permanent cosmetic procedures feel free to contact Taby or myself.

 Checkout some photos of some clients Taby has done permanent makeup on.

Facebook Account: P.C. by Taby or Taby Davila Castro

Instagram Account: pc_by_taby

Contact Taby to book your free consultation today!

Email: Tabydavila@gmail.com

Phone: 385-210-4797

Is Shimmer and Smokey Glam Makeup for Me?

Think Kylie Jenner, Mila Kunis, Gwen Stefani, Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Adriana Lima and you have the visual of what Shimmer and Smokey Glam makeup looks like.  Whit and I love to learn about this biz.  You know those nights when you are getting so excited about what to wear, how to do your makeup and hair?  We have all had those moments of feeling like we want to put a little extra effort in getting all dolled up for a celebration or special event.  Especially if the majority of our time we spend cleaning spit up, snot, “who knows what” off of our clothing.  This type of makeup is great for when you want to add a “wow” factor to your look.  Different events call for different styles of makeup.  So without further ado let’s explore Shimmer and Smokey Glam makeup to see if this style is right for your daily, or special occasions.  

Which Style of Makeup is Right for Me? 

Let’s start exploring with a yes or no statement quiz.  

  1. I enjoy applying a good amount of eye-shadow.
  2. I prefer eye-shadow colors that have a ton of shimmer.
  3. I prefer dark shades of glimmer shadow with contrasting light shades of glimmer shadow.
  4. I want people to notice my eyes.
  5. I prefer to wear black eyeliner.
  6. I love the cat eye look with eyeliner.
  7. I love the smokey/smudgy effect with eyeliner.
  8. I prefer to wear lipstick with color, shimmer, and shine.

If you answered YES to most or all of these statements, you may want to take the Shimmer and Smokey Glam Makeup route!

Time for the picture test!  Which two pictures of makeup do you prefer?

   

 

OR

If you selected the last two pictures, you probably prefer this glam style.  

How to accomplish a Shimmer and Smokey Glam makeup look:

  1. Apply foundation and powder that matches your skin tone
  2. Apply a small amount of bronzer or blush with shimmer to the cheeks
  3. Apply a good amount of dark shimmery shadow on the outer corner of the eyelid forming a triangle
  4. Apply that same dark shimmery shadow to the bottom waterline
  5. Apply a good amount of a light shimmery shadow to the inner corner of the eyelid forming a triangle and lining the brow line
  6. Apply that same light shimmery shadow to the bottom inner corner of the eye about 1/3 of the way across
  7. Apply a generous amount of black eyeliner along the upper lash line (form cat eye look by extending the liner out towards the outer brow forming a wing)
  8. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline 
  9. Apply mascara to the upper lashes
  10. Apply mascara to the lower lashes
  11. Apply any color of lipstick you prefer with a shimmer and shine

For more application tips, check out our Smokey Eye Tutorial

My Faves to Create this Look:

Love,

Shalese

How To Apply Dry Shampoo

For the longest time I did not get the purpose of dry shampoo.  Each time I tried using it, my hair would end up looking and feeling more dirty than it did before using it.  My haircare routine usually goes as follows: day 1- hair down (curled or straight), day 2- repeat, day 3- some fun style because it’s starting to look dirty, day 4- if I’m really wanting to stretch it I can go 4 days and do something creative to cover up the griminess.  When I heard about dry shampoo I thought it was a miracle product!!  I could use this stuff and it will help my hair look fantastic on days 3 and 4!  I was sooo excited to try this stuff out, so I immediately bought some and went to town spraying it everywhere the morning of day 3.  Wow was I deflated when I found that my hair didn’t look better, it actually looked worse!!  I was devastated and ended up washing my hair and throwing it up into a wet bun last-minute.  I wondered why people rave about this stuff and I never used it again.  I’m assuming that I am not the only person that has made the mistake of applying dry shampoo incorrectly, or using a brand that doesn’t work great.  I was sooo excited when I found this research-based article on which dry shampoos are best along with a tutorial on how to apply dry shampoo correctly!  Check this article out HERE:

I learned that I was spraying the dry shampoo too close to my roots, wasn’t giving it time to dry, and didn’t comb it through and style my hair AFTER I applied the shampoo… I was basically doing it all wrong!

Dry shampoo, when applied correctly, can give the hair a fresh look with lots of body and texture:

Why use dry shampoo rather than just shampooing your hair?  There’s a few reasons why dry shampoo may be a good option: 1- saves time, 2- natural oils are good for your hair, washing it every day can dry your hair out, 3- dry shampoo can help add body and texture to the hair, 4-depending on the style you are going for, dirty hair holds some styles (curls or up-do’s) better than freshly shampooed hair.

 

I hope this resource can help dry shampoo work for you!

Whitney

Matte Makeup- Is It Right for Me?

Matte makeup has been trending for the past few years.  Growing up I remember the trend was shimmer, shimmer, and more shimmer.  I was watching Britney Spear’s “Oops I Did It Again” music video the other day and realized how drastically makeup trends have changed over the years.  Her eyes were done with white and light blue/grey, no dark accent colors, and little to no eyeliner.  I was also looking at past pictures of myself the other day and saw a picture from my junior prom… my eyes were purple and white!  I must say that I am very glad makeup trends have adapted.  So, last week we learned more about Natural makeup with a bold lip and liner, today we are getting into the Matte trend.

Which Style of Makeup is Right for Me? 

If you are wondering if Matte Makeup is right for you, let’s find out.  If you answer yes to all or most of these statements, this makeup option might be a great fit for you.

  1. I enjoy applying eye-shadow but don’t like it extremely heavy.
  2. I prefer eye-shadow colors that don’t have much shimmer.
  3. I prefer medium to medium/dark shades of shadow.
  4. I wish people would notice my eyes a little bit more.
  5. I prefer more grey or brown tones of eye-shadow.
  6. I prefer to wear black or brown eyeliner.
  7. I prefer to wear matte lipstick (lipstick with little to no shine).

If you answered YES to most or all of these questions, Matte Makeup might be a perfect option for you!

Time for the picture test!  Which picture of makeup do you prefer?

   

OR

If you selected the first picture, you probably prefer a matte style look.  If you picked the second picture, a natural look with bold lips and liner may be a better fit for you.  Don’t forget, depending on your destination, whether you are going to work, school, brunch, dinner date, dancing, a party, etc. you may prefer different looks.

How to accomplish a matte makeup look:

  1. Apply foundation and powder that matches your skin tone
  2. Apply a small amount of light bronzer or blush with no shimmer to the cheeks
  3. Apply a small amount of matte eye-shadow that is the same tone, or just slightly darker than your skin
  4. Apply a small amount of matte brown eyeshadow along the outer corner of your eyelid, working it up toward your crease and blending it toward the eyebrow.
  5. Apply a generous amount of dark brown/grey eyeshadow along crease, smudging it into the outer corner of your eyelid.
  6. Apply small of brown or black eyeliner along the upper lash line
  7. Apply brown or black eyeliner to the waterline 
  8. Apply mascara to the upper lashes
  9. Apply mascara to the lower lashes
  10. Apply a matte color for your lipstick

XOXO,

Whit

Product Favs to Create this Look:

Natural Makeup with Bold Eyes and Lips

Every time I see girls with bold lips I think to myself, “Wow, I wish I could get away looking that good with bold lipstick!”  Last week we learned if you were a natural makeup wearer or not.  I love the natural look but some like to highlight their features a bit more.  If this sounds like you, maybe going natural with bold lips and liner is right for you.  If you are all natural make up girl, this would be a great option for a special event or occasion.  

  • Week 1: Natural
  • Week 2: Natural with Bold Lip and Liner
  • Week 3: Matte
  • Week 4: Shimmer and Smokey Glam

If you are wondering if Natural Makeup with Bold Lips and Liner is right for you,  let’s find out.  If you answer yes to all or most of these statements, this makeup option might be a great fit for you.

  1. I don’t like spending a ton of time on my makeup.
  2. I prefer to highlight my positive features.
  3. I get compliments on my lips and eyes.
  4. I wish people would notice my lips and eyes a little bit more.
  5. I prefer more nude or light brown tones with eye-shadow.
  6. I prefer to wear black eyeliner in different ways.
  7. I prefer to wear colored lipstick.

If you answered YES to most or all of these questions, natural makeup with bold lips and liner might be a perfect option for you!

Time for the picture test!  Which picture of makeup do you prefer?

   

OR

If you selected the first picture, you probably prefer a more natural look.  If you picked the second picture, a natural look with bold lips and liner may be a better fit for you.  Don’t forget, depending on your destination, whether you are going to work, school, brunch, dinner date, dancing, a party, etc. you may prefer different looks.

How to accomplish a natural, bold lips and liner makeup look:

  1. Apply foundation and powder that matches your skin tone
  2. Apply a small amount of light bronzer or blush to the cheeks
  3. Apply a small amount of eye-shadow that is the same tone, or just slightly darker than your skin
  4. Apply a very small amount of brown eyeshadow in the outer corner of your eyelid, working it up toward your crease and blending it toward the eyebrow.
  5. Apply generous amount of black eyeliner along the upper lash line fanning out at the ends, creating a wing
  6. Apply black eyeliner to the waterline 
  7. Apply mascara to the upper lashes
  8. Apply mascara to the lower lashes
  9. Apply a bold color for your lipstick

XOXO,

Shalese

Product Favs to Create this Look: