Up your Selfie Game with Whiter Teeth

I never thought I’d be a selfie taker.  I mean who looks good that close? I’ve learned a few tips to make mine a little less scary.  Angles and lighting are important but so are white teeth!

I’ve tried whitening strips before but it’s been years since I’ve used them.  They definitely worked but I could only use them once in awhile because they made my teeth super sensitive.  I wouldn’t say I normally have sensitive teeth.

I don’t smoke or drink pop/soda but I do drink a cup of coffee everyday.  As a result I didn’t think my teeth were terribly discolored but they definitely had a little yellowing especially between my bottom teeth.  Full disclosure, my toothpaste claims to be “whitening” which probably helps a tad.  But, given all of the photos I take, I thought it was time to give another whitening system a try and see if I could brighten my smile a little more.

My before photo:

I decided to try the TruWhite Advanced Plus 3 Whitening System.  It’s a three part system that requires 24 minutes to work it’s magic.

The first step requires uncapping the first pen and twisting until you see the blue gel, a pre whitening non peroxide whitener, out of the brush.  Next, apply by brushing a thin layer onto each individual tooth.

Next insert the LED device provided into your mouth, press the power button (requires 2 AA batteries – not included), and set your timer for 8 minutes.

Step 2 is pretty much the same as step one but uses the appropriate pen that includes the peroxide whitener.  The directions indicated that you could feel a tingling sensation during this step which is normal and is the product doing its job.  I didn’t really feel much of anything even though I anticipated I might given my history with other teeth whitening products.

Use the last pen for step 3 which contains an enamel booster.

These are my results after one treatment.  They seemed a little brighter but still had a slight yellowing.

The directions state that for maximum results to repeat the procedure.  I gave it another try.  There was a heads up that the tingling sensation that could be felt in step 2 could be more intense the second time around.  I still didn’t really experience sensitivity the second go.  My teeth were definitely whiter after.

To achieve maximum whitening it’s recommended to repeat the procedure on consecutive days or when it’s convenient.  I’m pretty happy with the results and will probably just repeat as needed.

Truewhite products are available HERE for an amazing savings!

I know I shouldn’t be surprised but it still blows my mind that my lip color (2x Goddess and 1x Pink Champagne LipSense) doesn’t budge even after doing something like this teeth whitening treatment!  Look not even a smudge on the mouthpiece!

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*  This post was sponsored by Florence Ave.  The opinions stated are completely my own.

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Whether you are in the market for a new car or if you just want to do some “window shopping” for your dream car, you are not going to want to miss the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)! (Be sure to read to the bottom for a GIVEAWAY!!)

I was thrilled to see the luxury line up included this year.  It may be the closest I ever get to a Rolls Royce but a girl can dream right?!

The luxury section that included cars like Maserati, Bugati, Aston Martin, Porsche, and Bentley is only accessible for media week.  However, everyone deserves luxury and just about every automaker agrees.  Whether it is a luxury company or not, car companies are recognizing the value in incorporating luxury elements to their mainstream cars and that was quite evident while visiting each automaker.

I don’t know about you but, aside from luxury, safety, durability, and cost are important to me when considering a car purchase.  One thing I’ve learned is that the materials used to make your car make a big difference in all of those categories.   Steel offers the largest range of strength levels compared to other materials giving it significant advantages including performance, strength and sustainability.

Combining advanced high-strength steel with new evolving manufacturing processes will enable engineers to apply thinner steels to produce lighter-weight parts, while maintaining or improving structural performance.

Aluminum is two to three times more expensive than steel.  Most luxury vehicles use a high amount of aluminum and carbon fiber which, unfortunately, is why they have such a high price tag.  The cost of ownership, including purchase price, insurance and repair are lower for steel-intensive vehicles. In addition, steel has the lowest production phase greenhouse gas emissions compared to alternative materials making it the environmentally sound choice.

There are many things to consider when making a car purchase.  If steel wasn’t on your radar it may be something you want to consider.

I don’t know where to begin choosing my dream car.  There are so many!  My dream SUV, though, hands down is the Mercedes-Benz “G-Wagen”!  I’m not sure I’ll ever own one but I did get to ride in one via virtual reality – just one of the many interactive experiences offered at the Auto Show this year.

The Detroit NAIAS is open to the public Jan. 20-28.  Enter below to get in for FREE courtesy of A Girls Guide to Cars!  Grand prize is $100 Gift Card and 2 tickets to the show. 9 Other winners will get a pair of tickets.
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*  This post was sponsored by A Girls Guide to Cars.  The opinions stated are completely my own.

*Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight January 19, 2018. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents and subject to the laws of Michigan. Winners will be notified by email by January 20, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the North American International  Auto Show, Cobo Center at 1 Washington Blvd. ,Detroit, MI 48226 between January 20, 2018 and January 28, 2018. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $30 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $130. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.