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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Smile Brilliant: how to whiten your sensitive teeth at home

A universal truth is that coffee is students’ best friends and teeth’s worst enemy. I was the speaking (bad) model but I finally re-found my white, whiter smile with Smile Brilliant.

Smile Brilliant, how to whiten your teeth at home by Valentina Chirico

A nice smile is a winning business card but, unfortunately, some of the things we love to drink and eat stain our teeth with ease.
I’ve stumbled across different solutions and this human guinea pig is really happy to show her new discovery: Smile Brilliant.

Smile Brilliant is a customizable whitening system made in the US: a sort of mini dentistry lab that allows everyone to whiten his/her own teeth effectively, without dentist’s extra expenses and waiting time. All is done and received in a comfortable environment: your home!

Smile Brilliant whitening kit for sensitive teeth at home, review

This system consists of a pair of tailored trays, a set of whitening and desensitizing gel doses.
The Smile Brilliant experience is developed in two steps - trays creation and whitening process – and each one can be done with the kit shipped to your door.

Smile Brilliant’s trays are done by your impressions and will fit your upper and lower dental arches.They look like Invisalign, thus completely clear, flexible and lightweight but durable. They are so easy to wear that you could forget them!

Smile Brilliant whitening kit for sensitive teeth with ease at home


Smile Brilliant whitening and the desensitizing products come in syringes to dose and spread the gels in your trays without waste and mess. Dummy-proof, aren’t they? 
Both gels have a jelly and dense texture so that they don’t drip but stay inside the trays to cover and work on your teeth. 
The desensitizing gel has also an extremely pleasant and refreshing aftertaste!

Smile Brilliant whitening kit for sensitive teeth

Each Smile Brilliant set contains all the material for your custom-made trays (2 blue trays, 3 pots of catalyst and 3 pots of base paste), plus whitening and desensitizing gels (the amount of syringes depends on your chosen kit) and step-by-step instruction leaflets

The first step to a whiter smile is creating your own dental impressions... 
Don’t get fooled here: it’s easier than you can even imagine and I’ve been surprised by that! 
The guides will follow you through this process which is really fast: floss and brush your teeth and be sure they are completely clean and free from residues; mix one pot of catalyst paste (which is white) and one of the base (the blue paste). Mix them as a sort of Playdoh until you get a blue paste
Put it quickly in your tray (one per time); wear it and wait for 2 to 3 minutes to create your impression; remove it and let it dryRepeat for the lower impression.

Voilà! Your impressions are done and you can ship them back to the Smile Brilliant lab with the pre-paid envelop you’ll find in your set. After 5 days your custom-made trays are ready and shipped to your door from the States.

Smile Brilliant whitening kit for sensitive teeth at home

The second part is the proper whitening process
For a lasting whitening effect, 7 to 10 sessions are recommended to be repeated 1 or 2 times every 3 monthsNo worries! Also, in this case, the guides give all the information to safely use the kit and start your journey to a whiter smile. 

The steps I followed fit quite well my routine if done before going to sleep... 
- brush your teeth with water- wear the trays with the whitening gel. I suggest starting with a short whitening session of 45 minutes (the max session is 3 hours but it’s too much to start with)
- at the end of the whitening step, wash your trays with running water and dry them with paper, then brush your teeth with a mild/no-whitening toothpaste (I used Sensodyne to reduce sensitivity)
- wear your trays with the desensitizing gel for up to 30 minutes
- remove, wash your trays and refresh your mouth with water.

The immediate result is a fresh breath and... in a couple of sessions, if every day in a couple of days, you’ll see some “brilliant” progressions.

Smile Brilliant whitening kit for sensitive teeth at home

If your guinea pig was able to do it, you can do it alone and that’s a great satisfaction!
Overall, you may ask, what are the main pros and cons of whitening at home with SmileBrilliant?

no queue at the dentist’s
complete kit at home
custom-fitted trays (at home)
easy to use
quantity (gel quantity per syringe)
lasting effects
competitive price
good value for money
freshness feeling

risk of sensitivity

When I joined the program I was both excited and concerned: thrilled for this experiment, which is really personal; concerned about the possibility of pain or hassles due to previous sensitivityI was extremely scared of doing my impressions all alone and - especially - of pulling my trays out of my mouth! Every time at the dentist’s, I felt so much pain while he was taking them off! I’ve taken my impression really fast and I’ve also done an extra to be sure to send a good “sample” of my smile.
My custom trays arrived really quickly, after one week from their creation!

Smile Brilliant whitening kit for sensitive teeth at home
Before my Smile Brilliant whitening treatment for sensitive teeth

I felt like a pro when I’ve started the whitening with Smile Brilliant...
I wanted to start straight away because I’ve been getting really excited and... in the meantime, I’ve been consuming too much soluble coffee, that my teeth weren’t that nice anymore. 
I’ve started little by little with a 45-minute session and had no problem at all, then – after 5 days – I tried to reach a 1-hour session but I faced some bothering sensitivity overnight night but...
Ashley, the inventor of Smile Brilliant, has never left me alone and she kept giving me suggestions and tips for my case.
I’ve just skipped a couple session, replaced by a simple desensitizing treatment before going to bed and the pain has vanished. 
I’ve completed my first whitening session without further problems and these are the results....

Smile Brilliant whitening kit for sensitive teeth, result
After whitening with Smile Brilliant kit

I was smiling at the mirror and impressed by how shiny my smile was and how smooth the surface of my teeth are... and it’s still so
I’ve been looking to improve my smile for a long time but going to the dentist was too expensive and time-consuming in Italy, impossible in my new house because I haven’t got yet my personal dentist and, so far, all the other whitening options rather disappointing: sage leaves, stripes, whitening toothpaste... every time I switched toothpaste something went wrong, while stripes don’t fit my imperfect smile.

I’ve been pleasantly shocked because it’s all real! It’s so real and uplifting that I’ve also cut my caffeine intake in order to keep my smile whiter than ever! 
Do I recommend it? If you have my same problems (little income, irregular bite, re-constructed teeth and sensitivity), Smile Brilliant can be your solution and be quite gentle with your wallet too!
If you are here and a loyal follower, you're lucky! You can win 149$ credit to create your custom whitening kit at Smile Brilliant.
Click the banner to join or enjoy a 15% off coupon with the code valenspervoi15!

There are also kits for sensitive and no-sensitive teeth
, light to heavy stained smile, starting from 139€.
On the website, you'll find all the information you may need before starting and after whitening with Smile Brilliant, with tips and news; while on Instagram you can have a look at how 
Smile Brilliant fits into everyone's daily life!
Yes, Smile Brilliant has helped me a lot, in self-confidence and health... all done from the small room #5!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Friday, 4 May 2018

Dr Botanicals - Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator, hydrating face scrub (review)

As coffee awakes my foggy mind, Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator wakes up my dull skinEvery and each coffee addict will fall in love at a first sniff exactly as I did, so be aware and read on to know more about this vegan skin care discovery.

Dr Botanicals - Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator, vegan and cruelty-free face scrub

Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator is part of the “Apothecary Natural Collection” – a line of fresh and natural products of extra chemicals like colourants and synthetic perfumes - and it’s a 2-in-1 face scrub that mechanically exfoliates the skin and provides hydration while tantalizing us with a patisserie sweet aroma.

The product: packaging

Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator comes in two sizes/packagings
The featured scrub is the "discovery size", a travel-sized tube with a 30ml product. The original packaging is a 50ml jar, but I found the squeezable tube more hygienic...

Dr Botanicals - Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator, face scrub (review)

Formula & texture
Some ingredients, in particular, make this exfoliating treatment a helpful 2-in-1 product: walnut shell powder exfoliates the skin; glycerine, sweet almond oil, shea and cocoa seed butter hydrate; while coffee oil from green coffee beans is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids giving an extra kick of youth and energy.
It has a paste consistency with thick grains that work on the skin to remove that skin cells, but the overall texture is oily and melting with the body heat.
Thanks to these rich ingredients (almond, cocoa, shea) the exfoliation itself isn’t harsh on my sensitive skin.

How to use:
Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator has to be applied to wet skin, massaged with gentle motions and rinsed off with warm water. Simple as all scrub on the market.
The brand recommends to use it within 3 months and to store it in the fridge to preserve its property and freshness. 

it’s effective
it’s delicate on sensitive and dry skin (gentle action and  free of parabens, synthetic colourants and perfumes)
it leaves skin elastic, smooth and supple
it has a comforting scent
it’s vegan and cruelty-free


Its (fragrant) fragrance is a mixture of melting cocoa and freshly grounded coffee beans notes with a pinch of warm hazelnut, it reminds of Italian melt in the centre hazelnut and chocolate cookies (Grisbì).
The texture is really gentle on my skin and makes Dr Botanicals' product very pleasant to use as a distressing facial massage. This coffee scrub leaves my skin radiant, smooth, elastic and supple after the use and the following days.
Dr Botanicals also claims that its facial scrub improves the appearance of dark spots.
What I could notice from my skin condition is mainly a perfecting in the texture of the skin.

Do I recommend it? Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator is so delicious that missing it would be a dreadful sin, thus yes: it’s a must-have.
I approve it but the discovery size, despite handy to use, results too pricey compared to the full size.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

Sunday, 15 April 2018

A touch of Ultra Violet and Pantone Spring palette for your perfect event dress

Spring offers many occasions to get formal but with plenty of fashion colours, it’s the first season for outdoor events and weddings after a long and cold winter.
Spring palette for 2018 is rich with this year’s top hue chosen by Pantone: Ultra Violet...


Ultra Violet is an elegant and bright purple with a blue undertone, turning classier with a touch of sleek satin and sexier with a deep neckline.


Ultra Violet is accompanied by playful shades at one side, manifesto of fun and optimism like Cherry Tomato, a juicy and young shade of red with a solar hint of orange. A “cherry tomato” short lace dress would look perfect to stand out at a race competition.


Ultra Violet and Cherry Tomato scream for attention, for sober occasions Pantone Almost Mauve and Blooming Dalia are their balanced counterparts among the Spring palette selected by Pantone house of colours.
Both soft and ethereal: Almost Mauve is a delicate powder pink; blooming dahlia is a light salmon.
Their daintiness makes them perfect combined with impalpable tulle and intricate laces for wedding dresses.


The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet – is matched to classic and saturated tones like the navy Sailor Blue or the minimal Coconut Milk, mature and sophisticated.
The shades featured in Pantone Spring Colour Palette are available to customize your own dress on MillyBridal.
The gowns showed in this editorial are included in Formal Dress UK and Evening Dress UK catalogues with custom-made creations to fit any silhouette and occasion. 

Valentina Chirico aka Valens
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