I don’t often deviate from my daily outfit and capsule posts, but I thought it would be fun to follow up on a few beauty and wellness posts I’ve done in the past year now that I’ve used the products for longer and also to introduce you to some of my new favorite products. Now, if only I could be like Oprah and give you all one of each! Though, I do have a discount code for you… 😉
I am by no means a health or beauty expert, but I also appreciate getting recommendations from others who have used products for a while to help me make decisions about what to try, so I hope this helps!
Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitener
A few months ago I did a full post and review of Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System and I wanted to do an update. It is still one of my favorite products! Since the initial treatment, I have done monthly maintenance and I am so happy with how much whiter my teeth are despite daily coffee drinking.
I have always had yellowish teeth and I love how much more confident I am smiling (especially in blog and IG pics) since using Smile Brilliant. I have mildly sensitive teeth and used the regular formula (with some slight sensitivity), but they also have a sensitive formula available. I highly recommend it and I’m excited to be able to offer an updated discount code.
- stylethislife25 for $25 off trays for the first 5 people
- stylethislife15x for 15% off tray sets for everyone after that
This is the before and after from my initial 10 days of treatment. Since then I notice some slight re-yellowing, but as soon as I do one monthly maintenance session it’s back to white and bright! Read more from my original review here.
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost
I am not a Rodan + Fields consultant and I have not been sent any product for free, but I had to share my results from using the Lash Boost. I first tried R + F about a year ago. I used the whole Reverse Regime and had great results. The product is pretty expensive, so once that was done I took a few months off and tried to use up unfinished product in my cabinet.
Finally, in February there was a sale on any full regime and Lash Boost, so I decided to invest again. This time I tried the Redefine regime with the Lash Boost. I do think my skin is brighter, but I don’t know that I’ve seen a huge reduction in wrinkles. I guess I’d need to more closely examine some photos.
What I have been super impressed with is how much my lashes have grown!
In fall I got an eye infection and lost a lot of my lashes, so they were super short and sparse when I started. I’ve always had short, straight lashes anyhow, but they were worse than usual. I used the Lash Boost every day for 3 months and then have used it 4-5 times per week since then. This is the results from the first 3 months.
The product is definitely pricey, but I am still using that first tube 5 months later. I just bought another and because maintenance is only a few applications per week I expect it will last probably close to a year. Here is a link to my consultant’s page if you are interested (she is a fellow teacher and has no idea I’m posting this and is not giving my anything in return).
Juice Beauty Tinted SPF Moisturizer (from Plantae)
I can honestly say I haven’t delved much into the all-natural beauty world much…it’s so overwhelming!! But…I know I should. I know our makeup, skincare, and haircare products are filled with nasty chemicals, but I don’t even know where to start.
They’ve done all the work! Plantae is a comprehensive online shop that has rounded up the best cruelty fee, vegan, non-toxic products across the board. They sell various brands and offer everything from mascara to deodorant to men’s beard tonic. They were kind enough to gift me this Juice Beauty Tinted Moisturizer with SPF and I have been using it daily. It’s lightweight, offers the most subtle coverage, is easy to apply, and has SPF 30.
I tried to show a before and after the product, but I don’t think the impact the moisturizer had on the evenness and brightness of my skin is as obvious as it is in real life. In summer I don’t wear much makeup, so this is multi-tasker is perfect for sun protection (which is a must) and making my skin look just a little bit better (which makes me feel better).
I love that Plantae has made it easier to jump into using all natural, responsible beauty products easier by narrowing down the field for us.
If you follow me on IG and happen to catch my stories you’ve seen my early morning workout posts that I do to hold myself accountable. About a year ago I started with BBG, but after 6 months I switched over to Ali Reti’s Retifit (I did level 2 and level 3), which I LOVED. The workouts are 28ish minutes long and incorporate strength, plyometrics, and HIIT moves. I did a post all about my progress a while back and I’ve been able to be consistent since.
I found that these workouts made the most out of the little time I have to workout each day and were a great motivator to get my eating on track to support all the work my body was doing.
A few weeks ago I decided to change up my workouts since I’d been doing the 28 minute HIIT workouts for a year and focus more on weightlifting. I bought Lauren Gleisberg’s Weight Training Program (the home version) and have been doing those, plus the add-on cardio and ab exercises that are included in the program. I found I couldn’t keep up with the 6 days per week schedule, so I’m completing the workouts in order, but only doing 4 days per week of her weight training workouts (so the 8 week plan will take me 12 weeks). The other days I go back to my RetiFit workouts.
I am loving the change of pace and have seen a huge jump in my motivation since starting to take on these new challenges.
This collage shows my progress at 3 month intervals since last July (top row: July, October // bottom row: January, April, today). You may notice (and I’m definitely feeling) a bit of regression thanks to summer’s more full social calendar and my love of cold, refreshing microbrews on a hot day. 🙂 I feel a little more bloated in my belly, but I’m still working hard and I know once I get my eating back on track and we’re too busy to have driveway happy hours on a Tuesday afternoon I’ll be right where I was. At this point, my primary goal for the rest of summer is to not slip further and to keep consistent with my workouts.