July Favorites – Beauty, Planner Items & More!

Ah, its finally August! This month is big for me, with a giant move, a new school year and more all packed in! We can’t start the new month though without covering my July favorites! I love writing these each month because I always find so many things that are worth writing about!

I did so much this last July. I visited flea markets, took day trips to the beach, and spent some much needed time getting back to myself, and trust me, I am feeling like a totally new person. You never realize how negative you can be when you feel stuck in experiences that make you feel miserable. I am SO thrilled to be back to being myself!

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Lifestyle July Favorites

I am finally back to writing all my to do’s down in a physical, paper planner. You would not BELIEVE how much of a difference it’s made for me. It helps me to get so much stuff done, while not forgetting to do the important things! I love my calendar on my computer and my phone, but having somewhere to write things down has been such a giant help for me.

With a cute planner, you need cute pens! I love my pastel pens that help to keep everything looking cute and upbeat! Obviously, this isn’t something you HAVE to have, but having peppy pens is so nice! I keep mine in my bag so I always have them with me.

Another essential for your planner? Planner stickers! I am obsessed with my planner stickers, because again, they help to make it super cute! I love Happy Planner stickers, even though I don’t use a Happy Planner, because they are always really cute and come in a ton of varieties! 

This month I also got my Apple Watch! I am totally IN LOVE with it and don’t think that I could live without it now! I was sent a few bands in exchange for my review, and they’re super cute! The pastel bands come in a pack of 9 with more neutral shades and the gold band comes alone! I have to say, I am loving them both! Being able to swap your bands out for different outfits is so much fun!

Beauty July Favorites

It’s no secret that I love beauty and all that comes with it! Getting to try out new treats every month is seriously one of my favorite things.

I have had a sample of the Superhero Mascara by it Cosmetics sitting around in my mascara drawer for a while and just got around to trying it this month and WOW. This is possibly my favorite mascara ever at this point. My lashes are on the sad side; they stick straight out and have no ability to hold a curl. But, this mascara helps them actually be seen, which is somewhat unheard of to me! Totally worth the money.

Will I ever stop mentioning the Mario Badescu sprays? Probably not. As always, these little sprays are a major staple in my beauty routine. I keep one in my bag, because these babies are good for a mid day refresh! They pack in so much moisture without that gross heavy feeling. 

Snack July Favorites

Snack all day, everyday.

I am nearly ashamed to admit how much I have been loving these yummy rainbow candies! I keep a bag in my purse for a little mid day pick me up. They aren’t too sour and really are super tasty, and each bag has a super generous amount of candy!

I have fallen in love with Starbucks Refreshers! These drinks are so super good for summer and have just a tiny kick of caffeine to help keep you moving. They are available in tons of delicious flavors too!

Did you have any favorite items you stumbled upon in the last month? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO

Em

Does at Home Teeth Whitening Actually Work? My Smile Brilliant Review + Giveaway

Smile Brilliant has sponsored this post. All opinions are exclusively my own. Thank you!

The first thing that I notice about a person is their smile. I think that this is pretty common for other people too; a brilliant smile really can make all the difference in your appearance. So, naturally, when Smile Brilliant reached out to work together, I was super pumped.

Most people seem to want to whiten their teeth because they love coffee, wine, or tea. For me, I had a totally different reason. I wear lipstick just about every day, and when you wear lipstick, EVERYONE looks at your teeth. Some shades even make your teeth look more yellow. Obviously having less than white teeth limits my shade range that I can play with.

I really have shied away from those shades, because, before my Smile Brilliant treatments, I had pretty average, yellowish shade teeth. Nothing horrible, but not as bright as they could be. I always wanted to try to branch out and be the person who wears a red lip, but it always made me self-conscious.

The options for whitening from my dentist were way out of my price range. I’m currently a student, so income can be limited at times while I only work part time. That being said, a treatment through my dentist went on the back burner, as it could cost an entire paycheck for me or more.

The really cool thing about Smile Brilliant is that it is so much more affordable than the options that I get through my dentist, with the same awesome results. I can whiten at my own pace, and still see amazing changes in my smile. So, without further ado, here is my total review on the Smile Brilliant whitening system.

Making my Smile Brilliant Trays

When you first receive your package in the mail, you get all of your whitening and desensitizer gels, and also, a kit to make your impressions so you can get your trays made! One really cool thing about the Smile Brilliant system is that you get to have custom fit dental trays made, by using easy to make impression materials at home.

This is one thing that totally made me nervous.

I grew up with braces, and really detested the idea of impressions. They made me choke, and left me with this feeling of panic, because at times, they can make you feel like you aren’t able to breathe.

However, these impressions were SO MUCH EASIER! You mix two putties together, shape the putty, and put it into the tray. Press into your top and bottom teeth, wait three minutes, and tada! Your impressions are good to go! You drop them in the prepaid envelope and drop them in the mail. Super simple and easy!

One little bit of advice while doing your impressions is to keep some paper towels nearby. For me, I was a total mess because sitting with a tray in your mouth tends to make you drool like a total baby. Other than that, it was really simple!

The Smile Brilliant Whitening System

After around a week, my trays were back! Once your trays come back, that’s when the real whitening experience can begin!

Each treatment can last from 45 minutes to three hours, depending on your level of sensitivity. For my first day, I started with an hour’s worth of whitening. I didn’t experience too much sensitivity, but there was a little bit of a sting. You are lifting away years worth of stains, so it’s expected!

A trick you can use is to coat your gums with coconut oil to protect them from the gel. After your treatment, you do get to use a desensitizing gel that helps to calm your gums. It feels great even if your sensitivity levels were on the low side.

I saw differences in my smile after the first treatment, and every treatment since has been a total treat. It’s so much fun to get to see how your smile changes every day! My friends and family have been amazed at how much my smile has brightened up over the past few weeks. Getting compliments on my smile has been amazing too!

If you’re interested in trying Smile Brilliant, you should enter my giveaway and try it out yourself! You can enter here to win $149 in credit to Smile Brilliant and get your bright smile on! They are also offering a coupon code for my readers, worth 15% off! To redeem, enter code “emilyswins15” at checkout for a sweet deal!

I want to extend a gigantic thank you to the team over at Smile Brilliant for reaching out and working with me on this project! I have had so much fun and seriously, I love my new smile! It has been an absolute pleasure working with you all!

As always, have a happy Monday and an amazing week!

XOXO,

Em

Professional Teeth Whitening

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