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My Nightly Beauty Routine (And Giveaway!)

(I received my teeth whitening kit from Smile Brilliant in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own, and I wouldn’t review a product I didn’t absolutely love! You can learn more about sponsored and contributed posts in my disclaimer.)

As a young mom of three, I need all of the help I can get when it comes to my appearance. Since the birth of my daughter January 7th, I’ve gotten back into routines, one of those being my nightly routine. Showering, skin care, oral care, you name it. Keep reading to see how I do nights, and what you can win!

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Oral Care

After getting out of the shower, this is the first thing I focus on. For most, it may be the last. But with SmileBrilliant’s T3 teeth whitening system, I can have my teeth whitening while I go through the rest of my routine.
Now, I was super skeptical when I was first approached. I’ve tried the 3D whitening from Crest, countless toothpaste and over the counter systems, and I was NOT impressed.I’m an avid wine drinker, I’m talking I like my daily glass of Cabernet. I drink two to three cups of coffee a morning, drink Coca-Cola all day long, and I smoked for way, way too long.
But, I really didn’t have anything to lose, so I went ahead and signed up (lucky for Y’all!)
So, my kit came in. It contained:

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-two molding trays
-molding base and the catalyst
-three tubes of whitening gel
-three tubes of desensitizing gel

So, I mixed the base and catalyst, created the molds and sent them out with the prepaid shipping label provided.
Within two weeks, I received my custom teeth whitening trays and was ready to start!

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Now, my teeth are ridiculously crooked. Overbite, crowded, uneven, you name it. But that’s never been the reason I hid my smile. I always hid because of the color. I don’t care about crooked teeth, I can’t really do anything about that (without thousands of dollars, anyway) But my yellow teeth? 100% my fault.
So, I began whitening. Ashley was absolutely amazing and answered any questions I had throughout the process. I started with 30-minute whitening sessions.

I would brush my teeth with water, line the trays with gel, and slip them on. Then I’d go about the rest of my nightly beauty routine.

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The trays were PERFECT. Fit snug, didn’t slip at all. They almost became a comfort as I used them.
So, what happened next was SHOCKING, to say the least. After only THREE applications. THREE, let me show you

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That’s ridiculous, right? I had popcorn yellow teeth, and after only three nights they were starting to look great.

By the end of the week, my teeth were where I wanted them to be. And that means I still have extra gel left for future uses!
After the whitening, I brush my teeth as usual, and if I’m feeling achy I do a desensitizing session, then I’m off to bed!

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Now, I’m smiling again. Big, toothy smiles! Even with pictures with family members. I’m so happy it’s ridiculous, and I will forever recommend this system to anyone looking to whiten their teeth without ridiculous copays. Want these results? Enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

If that’s not your thing, it’s cool! I also have a 15% off coupon code for you! Send me an email and I’ll pass it along!

Skin Care

While whitening, I begin my skincare routine.
This includes a nighttime face wash, followed by toner and a moisturizer. My biggest advice here is to remember to PAT DRY. For some reason, it leaves my face feeling absolutely soft and amazing.

I’m in love with Clean and Clear products or Neutrogena, you can find both at any drugstore near you!

Enter the giveaway!

The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open for 1 week and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

A winner will be chosen by Monday January 29th!

http://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/thesouthernsmiths

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The Cost of Moving Out

(This post has been contributed to. You can learn more about my sponsored and contributed posts in my disclaimer.)

Moving out is expensive no matter what. This article is here to prove that to you. But before you start getting freaked out, there are ways of getting the overall cost down, and there are ways of making sure you’re prepared. It isn’t just financially that you’re going to pay the price when it comes to moving out, there are a few other areas in which you’ll realize your life is going to change. Above all, moving out has got to happen at some point. You can’t just live with your parents forever. There’s more out there to life, and there’s more freedom to be had. It’s nice living with your parents for as long as possible, who can complain about free dinners and their washing being done?! But eventually the call of independence will come for you, and you’ll know it’s time to move out.

So, if you know it’s close, or if you know you’re moving out anytime soon, we’ve put together a few tips to help.

(Related post: 4 Ways Your House Is Causing Your Back Pain)

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