Enlighten Teeth Whitening Treatment

1 October 2017

Apologies for not posting on here in nearly three months – however I’ll save that for another post. Today I’m going to share with you how I’ve finally managed to achieve a white smile all thanks to the team at Sedgefield Dental Practice and Enlighten. As there is so much to go through, I think this will be split into two posts – however I could not be happier with the results. The treatment itself works by increasing the tooth’s permeability to oxygen which breaks down stain molecules. It’s always been an old wives tale that when you undergo teeth whitening treatments you have to avoid certain foods (such as pasta sauce, curry, tomato based products) and not drink red wine/tea/coffee/coke – Enlighten is a revolutionary treatment which means that while you are undergoing the treatment you can still eat and drink what you like.

Honestly the team made me feel so welcome, from Sarah telling me about her experience with Enlighten (serious teeth envy), to Lena and to Chris the Dentist. The whole team were so friendly and answered any questions which I had, but unlike my own personal dentist, Chris went into so much detail about why this form of teeth whitening is better than anything on the market. On my first visit, Chris went through the Enlighten programme and what would be expected. Chris also checked my teeth to make sure that they were in the best condition prior to starting the treatment so I would get the optimum result. As part of the Enlighten programme the aim is to get your teeth to at least B1 shade and in order to physically see your before and after. My teeth were matched at a D2 which is the fourth whitest shade – something which I was very shocked about.

I then had moulds taken of my teeth ready for my gum shields to be made as well as provided with a tube of their tooth serum to replace my normal toothpaste until my next appointment. The toothpaste is there to prepare your teeth for bleaching as approximately 20% of people can suffer some sensitivity. Chris explained that this percentage is reduced if you get the treatment done in the warmer months, as the air temperature can contribute to sensitivity (basically in winter you’d be more prone). I can confirm that I suffered from no sensitivity when going through this treatment.

The key to this treatment is that everything is time defined and it’s wise to book all of your appointments together after your first appointment. When you receive your moulds of your teeth (mine took two weeks) and are ready to start the treatment, you will need to book your next appointment for two weeks later for the final treatment. As I was unable to get the time off work, I had 17 days between starting the treatment and the final treatment – Chris explained that this was fine. As you can see above in the box you receive your gum shields, some desensitising swabs, and two syringes with two different strength gels in them.

As Chris and Lena were showing me the kit and how much product to use in the gum shields, Chris painted my teeth with another desensitising gel as I was starting the treatment that night. For the first week you are to use the 10% solution on your teeth (clear gel) and then for the second week to use the 16% (green gel). There is no difference apart from the strength of the solution, the reason why they are different colours is so you can tell which is which. You need to keep these in the fridge, however I found that it was hard to get the solution out if you used the syringe straight from the fridge. Personally I would recommend taking the syringe out half hour before using – this was you’re not wasting any product.

For the last session you need to take your gum shields with you, and I received a curtesy call reminding me to bring them which shows how the practice goes the extra mile in terms of customer service. Now after doing some before and after shots with the home treatment – I personally felt like I didn’t see a difference, however the tooth guide suggested otherwise (I’ll leave it until my next post to tell you what shade my teeth went too). However as Lena stated that as I see my teeth on a daily basis, I wouldn’t be able to see a difference.  Now at the last session, this is where the magic happens thanks to the concentration of the bleach which they use on the last two twenty minute treatments. While you’re sat with the trays in your mouth, you do have a tube in your mouth which sucks all the salvia out your month (attractive I know). 

Forty minutes later and it was time for the grand reveal and I was shocked at the outcome – my teeth were white and I mean gleaming white. Again I’m not going to tell you what shade I was until the next post, however my teeth are still as white as they were on that final session. I’m using the treatment once a month as recommended by Chris and using their Evo-White toothpaste to maintain my white teeth. All in all I am thrilled with how white my teeth are and I can’t thank Chris and Lena enough for what they have done.

If you are in the North East and are looking for an amazing dentist, I can’t rave about Sedgefield DentalPractice enough. The practice also has a range of cosmetic treatments too and further information can be found on their website. Make sure you check back for my diary post which I did during the treatment.

*Treatment provided for review purposes, all views are my own.

The Guilty Pleasure Update #1

2 July 2017

Following on from my initial post (link), I've really been a woman on a mission to clear my house of all unnecessary items (let's just call it junk) and I've really cut down on all of my beauty stash and given most of it to family and friends. If I haven't used it recently it's gone the distance and I've really been focused on using bath and body products up, as well as the items which I showed in my initial post.

So what have I used up and what have I replaced it with - 

Out - Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wash / In - Clairns Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs.
If you read my initial post, I said how drying the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wash was, and yes I do stand with that however it does a really good job of cleaning your face and removing every last piece of make up. Would I repurchase, probably not, however I did enjoy using it. It's been replaced with this Clarins Cleansing Milk and unlike the Garnier this really hydrates the skin. Really enjoying this and I've actually nearly used it up.

Out - M&S Shea Body Butter / In - Soap and Glory Scrub of Your Life.
What to say about the body butter - it hydrated my skin, that's it, again I wouldn't repurchase. However Soap and Glory's Scrub of Your Life is one of my favourite body scrubs (second to their Breakfast Club), but I've got a collection going on from gift sets which I want to use up so that's why it's been put in.

Out - Avon Charcoal Mask / In - L'Oreal Pure Colour Shampoo.
I bloody well love this mask, I'm actually a bit sad that it's gone, especially when you can actually see that it's working. I know this is a dupe for the Origins mask, however I am waiting until Angela goes to Florida so she can pick me up the Boscia Luminising Black Mask. Since doing the sort out, I've realised I have a 1001 partially used shampoos - this is just a random one which I've picked, it does a good job of keeping colour in my hair, but it's time to get it used up.

Out - Benefit Goof Proof (Shade 3) / In - L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Dark Brown.
As much as I love Benefit brow products, I really couldn't get away with the shape of this pencil to define my brows and this was relegated to be used for work. In Benefit brow products I'm always a shade 4, 3 did work, however I would have preferred this in a darker shade. I've replaced this with one of the items I picked up from New York after seeing Tati rave about it as a dupe for ABH Brow Wiz - L'Oreal's Brow Stylist Definer. As a dupe for ABH, Tati is spot on, however the difference is the formula - I can't fault ABH, however I do find that this is very waxy in comparison. Regardless I'm enjoying using this and finding that this doesn't go down as quick as ABH.

Out - Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (Light) / In - Collection Lasting Perfection (01 Fair).
I can't fault neither of these - the only reason why I want these using up is due to the fact that there's other products I want to try. I'd happily continue to repurchase both of these and I probably will end up buying one of these again. Both are fab drugstore concealers and I honestly can't pick any faults with them, I really recommend these.

Out - Vivo Baked Bronzer / In - MAC Prep and Prime Pressed Powder (Translucent).
I'll hold my hands up, it doesn't look like I've used this bronzer up, however it's given up on providing any colour pay off. For a very long time this was my holy grail bronzer, however this has since been replaced by Nars Laguna, it's still a really nice affordable bronzer. If Vivo was readily available still, I'd buy this again. I've replaced this with MAC Prep and Prime Pressed Powder which has been a life saviour for keeping my face from being shiny whilst at work in the hot weather we've had (note past tense). I've got this in a loose powder also, so once this is used up, I'll probably move onto getting that used up.

So there you have it, what is out and what is in - I'm trying to do these posts few and far between instead of when I use a product up. Hopefully blogging will try and resume to usual, however July is going to be a very very busy month work wise, so please bear with me.

Back In The Gym Habit...

4 June 2017


Remember me? It's been a while hasn't it, since you've seen a post on here - think it's been one of the longest breaks I've ever been on. If I'm honest life has taken over and here has taken a back seat, however I'm not boring you with that. During my absence, I've really started to appreciate exercise and using my time at the gym or walking at lunch or on a night as my time to really switch off and have me time. So instead of spending my money on clothes/beauty products, I've been spending money on gym wear and I thought that I'd share with you some of the items which I am lusting after now that it's (finally been) payday.

Two items are from a brand which is new to me, Manière De Voir - first up is their slashed mesh back vest - by far my top of preference for the gym. More so now that we're coming into Summer and there's always a fight for the fans at the gym - anything which is light weight is a win with me. Also from the range is this mesh overlay crop top, which can be worn by itself if you're feeling brave, or like me you could wear it under a vest. Also with these both being black, you can wear them with any type of gym legging.

Personally depending on my mood, I will either wear bright leggings while working out, or plain black. I've picked two types of leggings in this wishlist to show you how much I vary from one extreme to another. Those who know me, know how much I love leopard print and these leggings from Only Play are screaming out to me. However considering I work right next to an Adidas Outlet, the majority of my gym leggings are Adidas and as we're coming into warmer weather it's time to get the 3/4 length leggings out.

I did include a pair of trainers in here - as I am partial to a pair of Nike trainers when working out, however I have realised that I currently have six (yes six) pairs of gym trainers. Do I really need another pair? However one thing which I do need, is a new water bottle and as I am partial to pizza, I thought that this bottle from Ban-Do is right up my street. Now that we're into Summer (or just about to) are you on a health/gym kick like me?

* In collaboration with Manière De Voir

Too Cool For School Egg Mellow Body Butter...

16 April 2017


It wouldn't be Easter Sunday without some sort of Easter (or should that be egg) related post and I think this has to be by far the most easterish post I've ever done on here. Firstly I'm happy that lent is finally over and done with and that I can FINALLY eat chocolate again. As you read this I may be in a sugar induced state somewhere after gorging on a 1001 creme eggs. Anyway back onto this post, until Angela brought this back from Florida, I've never heard of the brand Too Cool For School, however it is available on the Selfridges website if you're based in the UK.

Now don't let the name and any egg related preconceptions which you may have put you off from this product. Yes it may be yellow like an egg yolk, however I can assure you that this doesn't smell of egg. It looks and has the texture of whipped butter - ironically considering the three main ingredients is egg, butter and oil. The texture of this body butter is very light and quickly absorbs into my skin and doesn't leave any residue on the skin or scent. 

What is brilliant about the Egg Mellow range is the fact that these products can be used on all skin types, however it works wonders if you have any dry skin. I normally suffer from dry skin on my knees and the top of my feet and since using this the dry patches have gone (it even past the fake tan test). It's a shame this is hard to come by in the UK, however if you know anyone who is going to America, it may be worth you asking them to pick one up for you.
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