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When I decided to add a Beauty column to Oui We I made a commitment to you guys (and myself) that I'd share rituals and routines that are working for me and products that are making a difference for me, as well.
Like so many of us paying attention to what's happening in beauty and wellness one of the things that's been showing up differently for me is how I approach getting ready in the morning. I was once a self proclaimed black eye liner junkie - like I wouldn't leave the house without a heavy handed cat eye application. I have a signature lip color that I've worn forever too and without those two things I didn't feel fully put together. As I'm getting older caring for my skin has become more important than ever (and honestly I've always had a holistic approach to skincare) and recently my smile, including my teeth, have been an area of focus.
I was having a convo with a friend the other day about how when we were growing up the style and beauty idols were girls like Kate Moss (cigarette in hand - although I personally never smoked, plus greasy hair and late night partying - I did have those things in my life - went along with it). However, now girls like Amanda Chantal Bacon of Moon Juice, are getting adoration from the masses - beauty fanatics, wellness gurus and fashionistas too. If there's something that's important to me now versus then it's this:
I want glowing skin, bright shiny eyes, and a naturally healthy smile.
So that means I'm often foregoing the cat eye makeup and focusing on skin care, oral care and getting plenty of sleep. A few months back I connected with Smile Brilliant. After pricing out treatments with my dentist's office I decided I'd rather go with an at home whitening treatment and to be honest, I'm kind of terrified of the dentist and only like to go for cleanings. Smile Brilliant offered to send me the system in exchange for sharing my thoughts with you all! I was more than happy to do it.
The process was easy. I got an email first from the team letting me know that my custom tray kit was on it's way. When I received it the instructions gave me all the details I needed to make the molds of my teeth. I sent off my molds and within a week or so I received my clear trays custom fit to my mouth.
Here's the nightly steps from there:
1. Brush your teeth (with no tooth paste) to prepare your mouth for treatment. Fill up your tray with the whitening gel and leave it on about 20 minutes or so. The information packet I received warned to be mindful of sensitivity and to work my way into leaving it on longer. Honestly, I used the product every other night for the first week and the sensitivity wasn't unbearable at all. I saw results within those first few days.
2. Once the trays are on find something to do for the time they are on, it's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it's really not bad either. I decided to do a 20 minute meditation and that helped pass the time.
3. Rinse and brush again (with toothpaste this time).
4. Apply the trays again, this time filled with the Desensitizing Gel. This time you can leave on for 10 minutes or so.
5. Rinse and then go to sleep and let the gel settle in.
In the morning when I get up I can't feel a thing from the treatment the night before.
The kit contains close to 20 applications and after I did the first several weeks (like 3-4 times a week) I've got plenty of gel remaining to do weekly maintenance now.
I'll be posting again to share those results, but in the meantime, as a coffee drinking (and wine drinker too) girl that's counting my smile health as a big part of my beauty routine I'm so glad to have found this product!
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In the meantime, scroll through to see a few other products I'm loving!
This post was compensated in partnership with FiftyTwo45 in exchange for my honest review and feedback. As always, I'll only accept compensation from brands I feel truly stellar about.
Golden Milk: An Ayurvedic Tea
Another Ayurvedic ritual that has quickly become a favorite of mine during the cold winter months here in Nashville is Golden Milk. This recipe (below) is nourishing and has all sorts of benefits, and truly it's been a good replacement for my second cup of coffee in the morning or that second glass of wine at night. I saw celeb nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder, speak at a beauty conference a few weeks ago - she has a similar recipe to mine (although she makes hers with hemp milk, definitely worth a try) and I've been committed to trying her beauty detox recipes on the regular.
The Golden Milk warming spices aid in digestion and circulation, and turmeric, which I talked about in detail here, continues to make the lists of 2017's wellness gurus. A few other reasons to drink Golden Milk: increase your immunity, cleanse your body of toxins and beautify your complexion from the inside. (I've used AVEDA products for years with turmeric as a key ingredient, no wonder, it's like magic in reducing inflammation.)
I like mine first thing in the morning or right before bedtime.
I shared my recipe before, however, recently I've upped the quantity of turmeric. Here's how to make it:
Golden Milk Recipe
- 1/2 cup farm fresh milk, or sub almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric paste**
- 1 piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ground cinnamon or cayenne pepper
Whisk coconut milk, turmeric paste, ginger, honey, coconut oil and 1/2 cup filtered water in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon or cayenne depending on your preference.
** turmeric paste is a mixture of 1/4 cup of dried turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 cup filtered water - heated and then stored in the refrigerator in a glass jar
As a note: the paste can be used in all sorts of dishes. I add it to pastas in the evening and egg dishes for weekend brunch.
I've loved sharing these little holistic health tips with you guys and am so glad you're enjoying them. The more time I spend in our new home the more I'm turning this place into my personal wellness sanctuary. I hope you guys are doing the same in 2017!
p.s. thanks to those of you that emailed me letting me know what you wanted more of! Health and beauty tips were second to more travel tips so I'll have more of this coming your way!
btw, can we just talk about the teacups below?!