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Pearly Whites: My Favorite Classic

Jessica Wagner

SMILE BRILLIANT
cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush + Giveaway 

Get ready to SMILE!! I know SO many people who feel self-conscious about their teeth/mouth. No one should be hiding back a smile due to lack of confidence! If you are looking for an overall oral care solution, Smile Brilliant will give you the tools you need to show off your pearly whites and SMILE FEARLESSLY.  

You might remember a while back when I shared about my experience with Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system here. (Still using it - and it’s still working brilliantly for me!) They now offer a newly released simple to use and waterproof Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush that I’ve been issuing the last 2-3 weeks and it’s amazing! So amazing in fact, I am hosting a giveaway so be sure to enter >>> here <<< for a chance to win one of your own! Or you can get 20% off cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes now with code: weekenderafashion20

I am one of those nerds who loves to brush their teeth, and if it’s possible this toothbrush has upped that level of enjoyment. #NERDALERT I will also share as I SMH (shake my head) - that I have never enjoyed flossing! (It used to be so bad - I’ve gotten much better, but especially when the kids were really little, it was a part of self-care that got overlooked and by-passed by out of sheer exhaustion.)

I have been using a regular old toothbrush lately, and haven’t used an electronic brush in years. I think the last one I tried was an Oral B with a rotating brush head. It was ok, and once the batteries died I never bothered to replace it. 

A little history - I recently went to get my teeth cleaned and found out I have a gene for receding gum lines. Which means I need to give them extra care. Since having kids my mouth has never been the same! I dealt with bleeding gums both of my pregnancies, and know my oral care requires a little extra attention to keep my mouth feeling fresh and looking brilliant. I’m 33 and find it more important than ever to be part of the “clean mouth club.” I’ve never been the most dedicated flosser, which might be the source of some of my past issues, and while this will NOT replace flossing, the cariPRO Ultrasonic does get a deeper clean than your ordinary toothbrush. 

So here’s my thoughts - Smile Brilliant is next level! I love how clean my mouth feels after using it. Like I expect a little bell to chime when I smile, and sparkle a tooth *glint! One of my favorite features is that is holds a charge for 30 days, so you’re NOT cluttering up your bathroom counter with extra gadgets. The neat freak in me loves how compact it is - just a charger and the brush and you can replace the brush heads when you need to.

The CariPRO comes with 5 settings {clean, white, massage, gum care, sensitive} so you can choose the mode that feels best with your mouth and meets you needs. I found the clean setting a little intense at first, it tickled, so I love that I can lower the pulse and intensity. I since have gotten more used to using it on high and it’s become more comfortable when I keep my mouth more closed while brushing. There is a sensitive option, plus one for gum care which is what my dentist recommended for my gum lines.

I don’t have perfectly straight teeth and my bottom teeth actually overlap a bit. (My “trouble area” for flossing, that I lie about when I get a teeth cleaning sayin, “oh yes I floss and every morning and night…”) The brush is able to get into the tiny places my regular brush can’t. You all know thatElectronic coated feeling after a cup of coffee or a guilty-pleasure soda - I usually want to spend extra long brushing to get a clean feeling. The CariPRO will remove more surface stains from everyday food and drink, giving you a noticeably brighter smile. They promise it removes up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush, and will improve gum health in as little as 2 weeks!!

With cariPRO it’s no extra time needed - get in there and brush like you always do and feel ready to smile (or get close to a friend without apologizing for bad breath) with confidence!

Overall, cariPRO is an amazing, and AFFORDABLE option if you are looking to elevate  your teeth cleaning, and comes with the same features as the highest quality electric toothbrush on the market. I’m honestly in love with my new CariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush. My teeth have never felt cleaner and brighter!

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Did you know the average woman smiles 62 times a day? You want to make sure your smile is the healthiest it can be, so be sure to enter my Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrush GIVEAWAY for a chance to win an toothbrush of your own! Can’t wait? Use code weekenderafashion20 and get 20% off now!

>>>ENTER THE SMILE BRILLIANT GIVEAWAY <<<

Outfit Details:
Plush Robe: Target


What kind of toothbrush do you use? Do you ever feel self-conscious about your mouth or oral hygiene? Have you ever used an electronic or ultrasonic toothbrush? I’d love to hear more abut your experiences in the comments below!

Customize Your Hair Care

Jessica Wagner

FORMULATE

Shampoo & Conditioner Just For You + Giveaway

I love when technology and beauty care combine! The journey to healthy hair is now completely customizable right down to the ingredients and scent! FORMULATE has designed a new way to care for your locks by breaking down the details that make your hair unique to you. Based on your profile, FORMULATE chemists create the perfect shampoo and conditioner just for you. If are you aren’t satisfied with your current hair care, this might be the answer to all you problems! Head to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a set of your own customized shampoo and conditioner. 

I was lucky enough to be part of the Formulate Co. launch team. It’s no secret I like to experiment with beauty products and hair care. While I have a few hair care brands that I love, this experience has been unlike any other!

I was drawn in by the idea that everything from your specific hair type (mine is very straight and fine,) to your environment - where you reside, such as climate and region, and even what water you wash with - is all taken into consideration when mixing a formula to help you achieve your personal #hairgoals.

Back in October I tried my first round of customized shampoo/conditioner. For something of this nature I like to give a product time to review, and in this case after a month I was struggling because I ended up disappointed with my results.


FORMULATE ROUND 1

My first issue was strictly a personal thing - but I really did NOT like the scent I choose. It was overpowering. It I choose "Green With Envy" (green tea, honey) and even in light strength it gave me a headache. I later found out this is one of their stronger scents. I am super picky when it comes to scent and probably should have asked my rep first or used their live chat box, but I just found it too "floral" for whatever reason. While this is just a personal thing - that’s exactly what getting to create a custom shampoo is all about!

The second issue I had was with my results. I have fine hair and found the shampoo & conditioner weighed it down, leaving it feeling like it had a "waxy" coating on it. It didn't feel soft, bouncy or moisturized, but rather limp, and flat... I was so sad to find this, and kept giving it a try to see if it was just "a bad hair day" or the time of year/change of seasons. After some more experimenting, I decided it was due to my formulate mix and we decided to give it another go after sharing my initial feedback with the team.


FORMULATE ROUND 2

I was 100% up to “ re-formulating” to seeing if we could come up with the right mix. I also made sure to ask what was the lightest scent and choose “Tidal” which has a light warm coconut vibe. (I absolutely LOVE it and am so happy we found a scent that worked for me!) If you aren’t a coconut fan it’s more of a “sea” vibe. Very fresh and subtle.

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As for my mix I love that they provide you a full detailed list of ingredients. All formulas are sulfate free, paraben free, dye free, preservative free and curtly free! Yay! I’ve been using this new FORMULATE combo all of January. I actually also chopped my hair chin length on new year’s day! It was a month of change! Since using my new mix I love how soft and manageable my hair has been. This time of year my hair is notoriously dry at the ends and greasy at the root. I feel like it sends my oil glands into overdrive! Since using FORMULATE my hair has been holding fabulous curl, looks effortless when I air dry and even sleek when I blow dry it straight. It actually feels the healthiest it’s ever been! I’ve never had more hair-confidence! It’s voluminous and glossy. Part of this is due to cutting off my damaged dead ends, but I can tell how thick and healthy my hair feels! My long hair was always in a tangle out of the shower and in the mornings - I can’t say it’s one or the other, but there have actually been a few days that I don't even need to brush my my hair it it’s so buttery smooth! Buh-bye tangles. My #hairgoals were to mend split ends, prevent thinning, strengthen, protect my color, and support length! I would say all of these goals are being met. I naturally have brown, fine super straight hair that leans oily at the scalp and dry at the ends. Also included in their survey is scalp sensitivity - and I am not sensitive in this department, and have not had any negative reactions to either mix. When I originally took the quiz I had long hair - so the only difference I would include for my next order would be that it’s now short. Other than that, you use the shampoo and conditioner exactly as you would any other. Wet your hair, work the mix into your scalp and rise, following up with conditioner on the ends of your hair and rinse with cool water. Easy!

While I am still a fan of New Wash (you can read about it here - as my family still uses it regularly.) I also had success with Monat, which is a hair care brand I’d been using since summer and love and use a lot of their styling products. I would also still recommend the affordable luxury Target brand Kristin Ess to anyone who will listen! But, what I found with FORMULATE is how awesome it is to meet my specific needs down to the littlest details. Let me know if you all have any questions!


FORMULATE GIVEAWAY

Beauty care is a personal thing and now you can completely customize yours! Enter here to win your very own set of FORMULATE shampoo & conditioner perfectly engineered just for you based on your hair and environment. (Thank you technology!) Visit the link to enter! Good luck! Contest ends 3/5/19 and all non-winning entries will all receive a $5 off coupon code.

If you are interested in trying out a set of your own, there is a survey that will help narrow down what you need based on your responses. Give them a follow on Instagram here to stay up to date on the latest!

Whiten For the Weekend

Jessica Wagner

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Smile Brilliant: Teeth Whitening At Home For Sensitive Teeth

Hey guys! I am so excited to share this post - I am literally - ALL SMILES -  and I want you to be too! So be sure to enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit at the end of this post!!

You might remember me talking about receiving my teeth whitening system compliments of Smile Brilliant during the holidays. Well today I am here to share my experience and brilliant results.

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WHY WHITEN:

First, let me tell you guys I love to smile - and I am a toothy smile-er. I’ve always had a big grin. The kind that eats up your eyes and fills your whole mouth. While I’ve figured out how to tone it down a bit when I need to, the one aspect of my toothy twinkle I don’t want to downplay is the brightness of my teeth.

That being said, I find a smile one of the first things I notice about a person. A set of pearly whites can add instant charm. Bring on a big tooth gap, a cute overbite and off-track teeth -all which I find adorable- as long as they aren’t stained and yellow. Right?! I personally don’t think teeth need to be perfectly straight to be attractive. If anything, a unique mouth will set you apart (enter weakness for dimples and crooked smiles – cough cough Milo Ventimiglia from This Is Us!) What I do think can make a big impression, in a great way is a megawatt sparkly grin. And I am here to tell you I myself am guilty of not maintaining this aspect of self-care.

The last time I truly hard-core whitened my teeth was over 7 years ago before our wedding. I knooooww. That’s a long time. Back then I knew was going to be in the spotlight, and avidly used Crest White Strips with decent results. I loved my whiter teeth, hated the sensitivity. While I know technology has advanced, I feel like this is a big reason I haven’t really whitened my teeth again for so long.

Over the last few of years I have picked up a box of strips here or there, and usually split them with Rob, or just let them sort of sit in the bathroom drawer.

Like every other woman out there I LOVE my coffee and red wine (and rosé), but I don’t love the stains they leave behind on my teeth, so I could really use an upgrade. I told Smile Brilliant to set me up to achieve a couple shades lighter when it comes time to smile.


STEP 1: Choose Your Whitening Plan.

You will want to choose the right system for you. Smile Brilliant has number of sensitivity options and kits at a variety of price points.

I choose the “T3 Sensitive System (Custom-Fitted Trays + 3 Whitening & Desensitizing Gel Syringes.)”

After placing you order, you will then receive your kit, and follow the directions to create your custom teeth whitening trays with their putty. I found their explanation super easy to follow. It took me abut 20 minutes to make your dental impressions and was able to ship my molds back to them the same week!

They let you know ahead of time, it can take up to two weeks to receive your trays back, just so you are aware. I quickly received my custom fitting trays and started using them immediately.

Even if your teeth are crooked (like mine) these trays will still work for you because they are custom fit to your mouth. They are made to fit your teeth perfectly. Every nook and cranny in your smile is cast into the clay mold that you send back to Smile Brilliant. So whether your teeth are straight or not, your tray is custom fitted to your mouth, meaning the whitening gel will touch every part of your teeth.

STEP 2: Whiten While You… (Fill In The Blank)

Basically these trays are amazing you guys! I love that they are clear - making them almost invisible. I can wear them while I get ready. I am a busy mama, and if you guys are like me you have 100+ things going on, so I found that using my trays after I showered was my best routine.

Honestly at first, the hardest part for me was remember to use them! I was so excited when my trays arrived. I used them and then promptly forgot about them. Given it was the week before Christmas, so chaos was rampant in the Wagner household. Knowing I wanted fast results and that I wanted to be able to share my story, I decided to make whitening part of my daily routine. I wanted to get quick results to be able to make a big impact, not juts a slight difference over time.

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Since then I have worn my trays out shopping, and running the kids around town, while working at the coffee shop, and at night binge watching season 2 of The Crown (OMG it’s sooo good!) I have actually showered with them on (which I don’t recommend because I kept getting water in my mouth - but hey you do what you have to do!) I found whitening during the day after breakfast or in the evening after the kids were in bed the best for my schedule.

They are a little awkward, but not uncomfortable. I just felt like they made my lips puff out a little bit. So if you feel weird wearing them out, remember you can be working on that “smize” while working on your smile! I love this whitening kit. Also, you aren’t supposed to eat/drink after using the desensitizing gel for ½ an hour so keep that in mind!


Wearing my custom Smile Brilliant trays.

Tips For Best Results:

Smile Brilliant recommends you wear your trays for 45 minutes -  3 hours. I usually wore mine about an hour because I would get hungry or thirsty. So if you are trying to make a habit out of wearing them, work around your eating schedule. (#priorities)

If you get the kit with the desensitizing gel, (you wear that for 15 minutes after you whiten) it says to avoid eating/drinking for another ½ hour after that! So I am the type of person who eats little meals all day and this was a challenge for me. I drink water like it’s my J-O-B so I would get thirsty and they usually triggered me to realize, ok time to take these out.

If you have sensitive teeth, get the gel! It worked wonders for me. The first use I had really intense sensitivity in my front lower teeth, like a sharp pain but that was the only time. Not sure why, but I used the desensitizing gel after that and I haven’t had any other issues. I also would stick to every other day use to avoid sensitivity.


REVIEW / FINAL THOUGHTS:

The biggest problem I’ve run into with whitening in the past was sensitivity and uneven whitening. Like any whitening system, I did experience some sensitivity, even with the desensitizing gel. Mostly on the bottom teeth in the middle. I made it a point to go lighter with the gel in that area. I had no problems with uneven whitening. 

I totally plan to continue using my whitening trays once a week for maintenance {and to hide all the coffee // wine I drink!) Also, if I know I have a big event coming up, I will probably use my whitening trays a couple days leading up to the event for an even brighter smile.

I am loving my whiter smile and how quickly I saw results! Like I said, it was a little tricky to keep on a strict routine over the holidays, but now that we have structure back in our days, I’m finding it easier to maintain use.

The best part?! Now my smile is weekend ready!


RESULTS:

Here are my before and after results. If you want a kit for yourself, Smile Brilliant is offering a 15% off site wide coupon with code: weekenderafashionfieldguide15


>>ENTER HERE TO WIN!<<

Smile Brilliant and I have teamed up to give one lucky winner a chance to win a teeth whitening kit of their own!! The winner will be selected by Smile Brilliant, just click here or the link below!
(Open to USA, UK, Australia, and Canadian residents. Giveaway closes 3-10-18).

www.smilebrilliant.com/g/weekenderafashionfieldguide

This post is in collaboration with Smile Brilliant.
All opinions are 100% my own.