Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Whitewash Laboratories Toothbrush & Toothpaste

Whiter teeth are something I have always strived for, and although I look after my teeth really well I have never had the whitest of white teeth, don't get me wrong, they're not exactly horrible but there's always room for improvement, right?!
I've tried plenty of whitening toothpastes and whitening strips in the past, but I am a little wary about what I use on my teeth... I worry about them becoming sensitive or getting damaged from using different products on them.

For the past month, I have been using a new toothpaste and toothbrush from a company called Whitewash Laboratories who are a provider of teeth whitening and oral care products. All of their products have been developed with the help of the countries leading dentists and they're based up in my neck of the woods in Middlesbrough, which makes me want to love their products even more!

First up I want to tell you about the Sonic Whitening Toothbrush which I really love using. It's been a lot of years since I had an electric toothbrush so it took a little bit of getting used to for the first couple of days... the beauty about this brush is that it does all of the hard work for you. Every other electric toothbrush I have used in the past haven't really applied much pressure, and you kind of have to do that for yourself, but with this it feels really powerful and you don't have the urge to scrub.
There are three settings to choose between; Clean, Whiten & Massage, each of which have a different vibration sensation and speed and not only does the brush 'clean', it helps to remove stains from your teeth.
One of my favourite features of the brush is that it is set on a two minute timer so you know that you are giving your teeth enough brush time each day, but even better, it's also set on a 30 second interval timer so that you can be assured you're cleaning all of your teeth equally as much. I have to admit I have got into the habit of using the massage setting for a little bit longer because it's just so great!

The toothpaste itself is a Remineralising Whitening Toothpaste which unimportantly has a really cool pump end which you press to dispense the paste (it might not be important but I love quirky little design features like that!)
One of the main features of this is that it helps to prevent sensitivity, which instantly drew me in, as one of my worries about using whitening products is that I might make my teeth more sensitive. It also contains hydroxyapatite which helps to build and maintain tooth enamel. It whitens teeth at the same time as refreshing the entire mouth, freshening breath and leaving the teeth feeling really clean and shiny.
I love a toothpaste that gives teeth that 'slippy' clean feeling which means I'm constantly running my tongue across my teeth and this really does do that after the first use. I was actually quite surprised at this as all of the other whitening toothpastes I've used in the past have been quite chalky or powdery - this is a million times better! It also has a lovely minty taste which isn't too strong and overpowering but actually really pleasant, whereas other whitening products I've used haven't really tasted of much.

I'm really excited to keep using these products and see an improvement in the whiteness of my teeth... I've already noticed that my teeth appear much shinier. All in all it's a big thumbs up from me for these so far, and I will keep you updated on how I get on as I continue to use them.

If you're thinking of treating yourself, the brush comes with two extra heads, so you can share it with your family, which makes the cost per use much less... It's also on promotion at the moment so it's the perfect time to snap one up!
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Summer Monochrome Layering

Dress: Mango
Kimono: Fashion Union
Sandals: Primark
Rings: Born Pretty Store (direct link)
Sunglasses: Missguided

I feel like such a hippie chick in this kimono, it just screams 70's vintage to me. I have worn it in so many ways already, I only have a couple of kimonos, but they're just so handy to throw on over a dress or a little top and shorts. The simple monochrome look is (as always) my favourite with this one, so I teamed it with my bargain dress from Mango. I love how both pieces have lace panelling, it really makes them compliment each other.

I've been wearing my River Island lookalike sandals from Primark loads over the past couple of weeks, they're so comfy and look so much more expensive than they actually were. I think the chunkiness (if that's a word) of the shoes work really well with the more delicate clothes - I do like a contrast, wether it's a pattern clash, different textures or something like this.

Did you notice I have a bit of a tan going on in these pictures? No, I haven't been braving the sun, I've been using the new tan from Lauren's Way, it develops in 60 minutes and it's so natural - I love it.

Sorry for the moody look on my face in the majority of these pictures too by the way, even though the windy weather was refreshing in the heat it was clearly annoying me while trying to snap these pictures haha! I'll make a mental note to smile through the annoyance next time!
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Time For Sleep

A few weeks ago Time4Sleep asked me to take part in their #sleepingbeauty challenge... I was reading that the average adult needs 7-8 house sleep per night, which made me think more about how much sleep I actually get. On a weekday I set my alarm for anytime between 5:45am and 6:30am depending on what time I need to get to work and on a day off I don't set an alarm but usually wake up around 8:30am with Elodie. When it comes to bed time I usually can't sleep before 10:30pm, mainly because of the light nights at the moment, and even when I've had a super early morning and been tired for the start of the day, I still don't manage to get an early night. Most nights I find myself falling asleep around 11:30pm.
On average this means I am getting seven hours sleep per night, which is the minimum requirement for the 'average adult', now don't ask me how they define an average adult but I'm going to stick with 7-8 hours as a rule. 

I have consciously tried not to use my phone or the laptop right before I go to bed, as I know this increases brain activity and can make it harder to fall asleep. Instead I have been reading a book or having a shower using lavender based products to chill me out a bit before I get into bed, which I have found is helping. I can't even tell you how many times I have laid in bed for hours scrolling through Twitter and Instagram when I should have been asleep! If only I could say I never do this... I'm not going to lie, I do find myself blogging until the early hours some nights and checking my Twitter feed as a last minute job, but it sometimes can't be helped. I work 40 hours plus per week, then I have Elodie to look after, I have FABB Events to run and my blog, so sometimes it's just a case of things getting done whenever I can squeeze them in. 
On the mornings when I haven't had enough sleep, I love to give my eyes a boost and a brighten with the Dr Organic Aloe Vera Eye Gel. This is an organic product which is perfect for me and my sensitive eyes, I just apply a few tiny dots with my little finger under my eyes before applying any makeup. The best thing about it is just how cool it is on the skin, it instantly makes my eyes feel like they're waking up, it's so refreshing! It also calms down any puffiness or redness around the eyes and claims to be anti-ageing too, which is always a bonus. I only use the smallest amount which sinks into the skin pretty much instantly, which is ideal for when I'm rushing to get ready for work.
 Covering up the dark under eye circles is a must each morning, and I've found myself constantly reaching for my Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer. I am a bit fickle when it comes to concealers, and I'm constantly changing the ones I use, but this is definitely a favourite... I love the Healthy Mix foundations too, they're perfect for anyone with dry skin like mine. The concealer is also really moisturing and applies to the skin so smoothly and evenly. It covers the bags and dark circles, brightens my under eye area and It smells amazing!
On really tired days, if I have plans for the evening I will always put on some false eyelashes, just to make me look more awake even if I'm not feeling it! I do have a few friends who reach for these on a daily basis, but I'm a bit too lazy for that, Id rather have the extra two minutes in bed! 
These lashes from Eyelure are the ideal style if you don't want it to be too obvious that you're wearing falsies. They simply widen the eyes and add volume to the lashes in a light and fluttery way. 

What do you do to make yourself appear more awake?
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White Jeans & Holographic Shoes

 Blazer: Glamorous
Top: Topshop
Jeans: Mango (direct link)
Shoes: Firetrap at USC

This is probably one of my favourite outfits I've worn in a while, I love white jeans, I love monochrome and I love the (although I hate using this phrase) 'pop of colour' from the blazer. Oh, and the holographic shoes are a little bit dreamy too.

If anyone had told me a year ago that I would be wearing white jeans, I would have laughed in their face. I don't think I've worn white jeans since I was 18, which is a long time ago... but I am loving them at the moment. I think styled simply and correctly they can look really chic and smart, which is kind of the look I was going for here. 
To stick to my typical style, I chose a monochrome top to go with the jeans, although the best thing about white jeans is that you can literally put any colour with them and it will work. I picked this up in the Topshop sale for only £10, and I'd been eyeing it up for ages so I was really pleased with such a bargain. 
To add some colour and a bit of Summer bright to the look I wore my go-to blue blazer and a bright orange lipstick to bring it all together and the my favourite shoes ever complete the outfit perfectly. 

Looking at these pictures makes me realise how out-of-control long my hair is... a trip to the hairdressers will be happening soon, but how short should I go?!
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