Coffee Addicts, This One’s For You

I think most of us can agree that rushing to work with a cup of joe in hand is key to SURVIVAL. Seriously. Full-fledged coffee addict, I admit it in writing. I don’t feel that I can be productive in my day unless I’ve had at least one coffee – if not, two.

Of course this can cause yellowing of the teeth over time, especially if you consume umpteen coffees a day like me. But… I’m busy. It’s hard to have time to wait on uncomfortable whitening strips to do their job (let alone work), and everyone knows that if a task has to be done involving talking while wearing them, it’s mission impossible. Plus, they aren’t always for those with sensitive teeth. I for one, do have sensitive teeth, and I couldn’t even eat a sandwich the next day after using them. And whitening done by a professional is out of the question for me – it can cost an arm and a leg.

(pssst.. if you want a FREE teeth whitening solution.. keep reading!)

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Your teeth also tie in with fashion, believe it or not.

I can write about fashion all the live long day, but there’s no doubt that the best accessory is your smile.

In fashion, I wear whatever I want. Some call me crazy and give me a weird look when they see my outfit. With this comes confidence, in order to pull it off. But I truly attribute the majority of that confidence to looking and feeling my best, and keeping myself as healthy as I can. Keeping up with the health and appearance of my teeth helps me maintain that confidence.

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Having worked in the orthodontic field just over the last few months, I can tell you that much of a person’s confidence comes from the health of their teeth. This also comes from me personally, a girl who had braces. Some people don’t even smile at all, because their smile affects their self esteem that much. It’s heartbreaking. But once the power of braces is unleashed, it’s a world of difference for them and their confidence. Whitening is like the last phase after braces – it truly brings someone to the final desired result for their teeth and overall confidence.

Anyways, this is all of my reasoning for needing that perfect solution. And I found one, so I want to share it with you guys!

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Smile Brilliant is the name of a fabulous at home teeth whitening company that has been my go-to since discovering it. To explain the process a bit, this is a company that makes you your own customized whitening trays. After you send in the impressions of your teeth (they send you the kit and instructions for this), these clear, bendy trays arrive on your doorstep. They fit perfectly to the specifics of your teeth just like a clear retainer would. You simply line them with the clear whitening gel provided, for which you are able to choose “desensitising” or regular whitening gel. I’ve used both, and it DOESN’T HURT BY THE WAY! A victory for those like me with sensitive teeth! Once you’ve achieved your desired results, you’ll have plenty of materials leftover to do it many times in the future.

But the best part of it all?

I’ve been given a discount code to share with all of my loyal followers! To shop at Smile Brilliant at an event better price, use code: thedailythreads at checkout. Smile: 1, Coffee: 0. 

But the even better part of it all?

One of you lucky ducks gets one of these kits – FOR FREE! Smile Brilliant and I are partnering up to giveaway this slick and easy experience so that one of you can be as satisfied with the results as I am.

 

TO ENTER TO WIN A FREE WHITENING KIT:

Follow this link here. It will take you to a page where you enter your name/email to enter the drawing for $149 towards the whitening kit of your choice! This is applicable to those in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. Smile Brilliant and I will contact you in 2 weeks if you’ve won!!! It’s an easy way to get a great smile for free!

 

Are you pumped about this? Because me too. If you have any questions or comments, please comment below and I will answer them!

Alright, carry on with the coffee overload. Because now, you can without consequences. 😉

Get Ready With Me!

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Having a go-to makeup routine is important for those mornings that you have to rush out the door (like me). That’s why I’ve put together this post for you, which is only 10 steps!

Some important factors in this makeup look:

1. easy to do, 2. fast to accomplish, and 3. natural looking (for the sake of wearing daily).

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Over the years, I have experimented with many different beauty products and found the best products and perfect solutions for me and my skin, which is normal with an oily T-zone.

I’ve rounded up my morning routine for you so that you can follow me step-by-step to see how I achieve a 15 minute easy-peasy natural look!

 

Step 1: Apply Moisturizer

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I have found Glossier to be my best friend when it comes to natural, dewy looks. This is because they are *big* on taking care of your skin first, and making sure it is moisturized before you even start your makeup!  This is their Priming Moisturizer (obviously a great plus to have primer in there too!)

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Take a small drop and rub all over the skin – a little goes a long way.

 

Step 2: Apply Foundation

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After trying out many foundations, I have found Urban Decay’s Naked Foundation to be my favorite. I like good coverage, but it is not heavy and it is buildable. It truly blends with the skin – it’s hard to tell I even have foundation on!

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I put polka dots all over my face, then…

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I blend it out with my dampened Beauty Blender.

 

Step 3: Brows

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I love a bold brow, but one that is not overdone. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz from Sephora in shade Taupe has a perfectly natural roll-up pencil on one side, and a blender on the other. In my opinion, it doesn’t look “drawn on” and is very natural looking.

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I finish out my brows with Glossier’s Boy Brow Gel in Clear, one of their most beloved products. This keeps my stray brow hairs in place.

 

Step 4: Concealer

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This is where the dewy goodness comes in. Glossier’s Stretch Concealer only needs a few dips of the finger to cancel out those dark, uneven under eyes. This product also includes their key moisturizing ingredients, which is important for this sensitive eye area (which can age quickly if not taken care of).

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Step 5: Eyeshadow

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My eyes are hazel, so I like to bring out the golden and green colors with warmer, pink based eyeshadows. The Tartelette in Bloom Palette by Tarte, found at Sephora, is a reasonably priced selection of gorgeous shades with great pigment (meaning you don’t have to apply a million layers for the true color to show up).

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To make sure my shadow lasts all day, I use the Smashbox Eyeshadow Primer and rub a very tiny amount all over my lids first.

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It’s easy to achieve a polished look by applying only 1 shade from this palette, although I love building 3 together for a light smoky eye. My favorite brushes (and cheapest brushes) to use are from Morphe Cosmetics.

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Go back under the eyes to conceal any eyeshadow powder fallout that might have occurred while doing your smokey eye.

 

Step 6: Mascara

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This is my absolute favorite mascara ever… although the name of it is quite weird, it works like a charm.

 

Step 7: Blush

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Using the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, I put a small amount of this cream blush on each of my my middle fingers, and then apply the product lightly with my middle finger and ring finger.

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Step 8: Highlighter

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As one of my last steps, I accentuate the cheekbones with a cream highlighter, the Glossier Haloscope Highlighter, which is super handy because it is a twist-up dispenser (think chapstick).

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I swipe this product on my cheekbones, in between my concealer and blush areas. I also put a swipe of it down the middle of my nose, and blend.

 

Step 9: Chapstick/Lipstick

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I can’t really call this product a chapstick OR a lipstick… it’s almost like a tinted chapstick but more than that? Idk. All I’ve got to say is it’s amazing. This is the Glossier Generation G lipstick in Zip.

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It looks like a very light lipstick, but it feels like a chapstick. It has a polished appearance, yet it stays in place, and when it comes off throughout the day, it simply looks like a chapstick fading away… no awkward lipstick residue.

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It’s a lovely product to keep in your purse. You can literally swipe this on without having to look in a mirror to apply. Definitely a favorite!

 

Step 10: Setting Spray

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I mean, all of those 15 minutes for nothing? Of course you want your natural look to stay in place all day. I use the Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray so that my finished look doesn’t budge throughout the day or night.

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And here it is!! 15 minutes, 10 steps, affordable products, and a daily look. It doesn’t get much better than this. By the way, you can shop the exact products I used in this routine in my latest posts on Instagram. I finally got accepted to RewardStyle so now, you can shop the exact items all in one place!

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Note: Eyeliner is always an option, but sometimes it can be time consuming and frustrating and heavy-looking. So lately, I’ve opted without.

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Well, whatddyathink? Leave a comment below and let me know!

I’ve been trying to incorporate more beauty posts on my blog and Instagram. Let me know what you’d like to see next in that regard!

Have a great week, happy makeup-ing!

Brittli