DIY, Personal Style, Self care

Transform Your Style Series: Change Your Hair – I Gave Myself A Buzz Cut 💇

My Most Recent DIY Buzz Cut

Hey Guys,

Hopefully, this post finds you doing well. I’m ok over here in GA . I’m still slowly chipping away at my master bedroom redo. Hopefully it will be done by week’s end.

As mentioned in my last post, I am in the process of refreshing my style following my 6 Easy Steps To Transform Your Style post.

If you’ve been keeping up with me here on the blog or over on Instagram this post is not a big surprise because you’ve already seen my cut and color.

Today I want to talk a little more about the reasons why I chose to cut it all off.

My Hair & My Lifestyle

Right After One of My Last Visits To the Barber

At the beginning on 2020, I decided to cut off all of my chemically straightened hair because it wasn’t working for me anymore.

Like most people who work full-time, most of my time is spent working. Even though I work from home, I still dress and groom myself for work. I still need to be professional and presentable for frequent on-camera work meetings.

Since I am not a morning person and I work an early schedule, I often find myself waking up last minute without a lot of time to spare. I need a low maintenance hairstyle that would look neat and polished with very little effort in the mornings.

Additionally, I realized that I was spending a ton of money and time getting a hair style that often wouldn’t last on my fine soft hair beyond a day or two after my visit to the salon.

To get the ease that I was looking for I figured I could either grow my hair out so I could pull it back or cut it super short . Having already tried growing it out several times before and never being happy with that situation, I decided that going shorter was the right option for me.

After making the decision to cut it off, I quickly went out and bought myself a new pair of clippers and cut it all off. After that initial haircut, I found a local barber to clean up the cut and to maintain it going forward.

My Hair – Now

My 1st DIY color & cut attempt

So far, I’ve been extremely happy with my decision and it’s been working out well for me. My initial plan was to visit the barber twice a month for maintenance but Covid-19 has changed all that.

Since the local shelter in place, I’ve had to pick up my clippers again. It was scary at first but it’s getting better. I’ve even been experimenting with color and I REALLY like it.

With GA reopening salons and barbershops last Friday, I thought I might be able to go and get my hair professionally cut 😐. Sadly, that did not work out because my barber’s shop will not reopen until May due to the current restrictions.

As I have had more time to think about it, I’m not sure that going back into the shop this early would even be a safe option. There are just too many unanswered questions about the virus. I’m not 100% clear on how it’s transferred or how it could affect me if I got it.

It has become clearer and clearer to me that I am going to have to get comfortable with doing my own hair at home at least for now.

What about you? Has Covid-19 impacted your hair maintenance routine? If so, how are you managing the situation?

Review, Self care

At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work? (My Review)

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This is an “unpaid” review of Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening system. This post contains a discount code and a link for purchasing the system. If you use this link to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.

My Story

When I was younger, I used to get teased a lot by other kids in school about my teeth, and it bothered me to the point where I wouldn’t smile or talk too much when I was around other people.

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Thankfully, the teasing stopped, and I eventually learned not to be overly concerned with other people’s opinions of me. I’ll admit that I do sometimes get a little self-conscious of my smile, but that’s usually only when I know that my teeth are not looking their best.

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So, this past summer, I decided that I needed to give my smile a boost by whitening my teeth. I had already tried whitening toothpastes, but they were a no-go for me because I never really saw any noticeable results. So, this left me with three viable options:

  1. Whitening strips
  2. Teeth whitening kits
  3. Whitening done at a local dentist office

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Right around the same time that I was deciding which option to go with, would you believe that I was contacted by the folks at Smile Brilliant? They asked me if I would be interested in trying out their home-based teeth whitening system and sharing my honest opinion here on the blog.

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I have to admit that I was a little hesitant at first because I wasn’t 100% sure that a home whitening system would work for me. However, after seeing the amazing and believable results that other people were getting from using the Smile Brilliant system, I knew that I had to try it for myself.

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Although Smile Brilliant provided me with a complete teeth whitening system to try out, they reassured me that I could be completely honest in my review, and I appreciated that.

My Results

Because I am a” cut right to the chase” kind of girl, here are my results after completing just 9 whitening sessions, most of which lasted for just 45 – 60 minutes each.

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As you can see, the results are pretty good, considering the small amount of time that I invested. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the whitening gel had even improved the appearance of a tooth that had been permanently damaged due to a childhood injury caused by a fall.

My Challenges

When I first started my sessions, my intention was to quickly work my way up to 3 hour whitening sessions by the end of my third treatment. However, things did not work out as planned.

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Right after starting the system, I found that my gums were sensitive. The trays would bother me a little when I would attempt to do whitening sessions on consecutive days. Fortunately, I figured it out. I applied a little petroleum jelly to the sensitive areas and started staggering my treatment days.

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Because I didn’t start my 3 hour sessions as soon as I had planned, I went ahead and purchased an additional supply of whitening gel from the site. I plan to use some of it to add a few more whitening sessions, and some of it to use 2-3 months down the line to help maintain my results.

The Process

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My Smile Brilliant Package ( sensitive kit)

I have created a brief overview of the Smile Brilliant process (See Below). The whole process is as easy as 1-2-3-4. Also, you can Click Here to see a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and Click Here to see a list of 10 Facts about teeth whitening that everyone should know.

Step 1 – Review, Choose, and Order Your Kit.
Smile Brilliant ships to most countries throughout the world. (Check FAQ for shipping and processing info)

Step 2 – Once you receive your kit. Create your impressions. Complete your Consent. Mail both the consent and impressions to the Lab.
Your kit should contain the following items:

  • An illustrated detailed instruction guide along with a list of tips to follow when creating your impressions
  • Mixable pastes that are used to create your impressions
  • Blue trays that are used to hold the putty used for making both your top and bottom impressions.
  • Whitening Gel (dentist-strength 22% carbamide peroxide) along with an illustrated detailed instruction guide for application
  • Desensitizing Gel (If you order the kit for sensitive teeth) along with an illustrated detailed instruction guide for application.

Step 3 – Once your impressions are received, the Lab will start to make your customized trays.
This process took about a week for me. I received an email to let me know when the trays were completed and shipped. (Check FAQ for shipping costs, processing and delivery time details)

Step 4 – Once you receive your customized trays, you are ready to get the whitening process started which involves:

  • Applying the whitening gel to your teeth using your customized trays. The sessions can last from 45 minutes up to 3 hours.
  • Applying the desensitizing gel in the same manner, immediately following the whitening gel. (When using the kit for sensitive teeth)

Final Thoughts

I had a really good experience using the Smile Brilliant whitening system. I feel like it was EXACTLY what I needed to improve my smile, and I am so grateful that I was extended the opportunity to try it out. Since the system is affordable and working so well for me, I’m even thinking about gifting my husband and our 3 kids with a system of their own.

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If you are thinking about trying a whitening system, I would recommend that you check out what Smile Brilliant has to offer . They have kits for lightly, average, and heavily stained teeth and BEST OF ALL they offer a guarantee. Click here to see their guarantee!

I am very excited to announce that Smile Brilliant is offering a 15% discount to all of my readers AND the opportunity for one reader to win a full kit!*


Click the here to enter the giveaway


*The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It will be open for 1 full week from the post date of this blog posting. The deadline to enter has been extended for another week. (Ends Sunday, October 27) It is open to residents of the USA, UK, Australia and Canada. (Make sure to enter your email address when submitting your entry)

If you want to order right now use my coupon code: stylebyintuition15 to get 15% off.

Until next time ………….

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