In Beauty, Lifestyle on
July 29, 2018

Get Pearly Whites to Match that Summer GLOW

*DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant. All teeth whitening opinions are my own.*

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Hey ya’ll! I can’t believe we are almost in August! I don’t know about you but I have about 10 different tan lines from all of the bathing suits I have! I love a bright and white smile to go along with my summer glow! Not the Ross smile though (for my FRIENDS fanatics). I didn’t have that white smile before summer. Thanks to my trusty morning bestie called Coffee.

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My teeth have become a little stained because I drink A LOT of coffee.. Girl can’t go without it. I was super excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their At-Home Whitening Kit! I’ve been using Smile Brilliant for the past several months to get those pearly whites! I’m so glad there is a teeth whitening treatment out there that is comparable to the dentist WITHOUT going! Not only is it convenient but it’s actually cheaper! I’ve been able to whiten from the comfort of my own home on my own time. How much better can that get?!

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Here is how it works:

  • Smile Brilliant will send you an at home impression kit. You make your own impressions and send them back in so that you can have your very own personalized trays made. How awesome is that?
  • Along with the impression kit, you will get a set of whitening gels and desensitizing gels. Each syringe has about 3-4 uses in them.
  • Before whitening, be sure to brush your teeth without any toothpaste to remove any residue.
  • You use the whitening gel FIRST, by aligning your upper and bottom trays. You don’t want to put too much though because it will more than likely push out the extra gel once you put your trays on. Wait 30 min to an hour (use a timer) and remove!
  • Then you use the desensitizing gel if you have sensitive teeth, like me. Make sure you rinse out your trays after whitening and then align your trays with this as well. Wait for about 20 min and remove!
  • After you’ve whitened, brush those teeth! And you are DONE.
  • Be sure to clean your trays well for the next use.

I made this fit into my daily life. I work full-time and have a pretty busy schedule so the best times for me to whiten were at night. I have extremely sensitive teeth so I would whiten for about 30-40 min, every other night. I used the desensitizing gel after every use as well. This really helped with the sensitivity the day after! If I still felt sensitive, I would use the desensitizing gel again the next day.

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I’m excited to share that Smile Brilliant is offering a GIVEAWAY! One of my followers will have a chance to win their own at-home whitening kit, valued at $139. The kit will include the custom fitted teeth whitening trays, two base pastes, two catalysts pastes, 3 whitening gels, and 3 desensitizing gels. They are also offering a 15% off code to my followers using code “thuysavenue15”

To Enter the Giveaway, follow this link: SMILE BRILLIANT GIVEAWAY

*DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant. All teeth whitening opinions are my own.*


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In Lifestyle on
July 1, 2018

Living In A World Of Expectations.

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Hey friends…it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Yes, it has WTH, Thuy?! This post is about to be real, it’s not going to be a pretty story nor anything about style and fashion. It’s about to be all up in my feels, might even get a little raw in emotions but I really would love for you to hear me out.

If you follow me on IG, then you know that I recently moved back home. It wasn’t an easy decision for me (26 and moving back home with momma doesn’t sound very accomplishing), but it was the best decision for myself and my future. Lately, actually for the past several months, I’ve been struggling with comparison. It’s one of the reasons I go on a hiatus from blogging and Instagram. I get into these ruts of constantly comparing myself to others. I can’t stop being so negative and hard on myself because I’m not doing or accomplishing things other people are.

When I started thinking about moving back home, I beat the hell out of myself mentally. (Pardon my French) My pride was really fighting the idea of being almost 30, and living at home with my parents. Let me go ahead and just say, this is the third time I’ve moved out of their house and moved right back home. I knew deep down this was the best decision for myself.

Right before this decision, I was going through a really tough time mentally. When I started blogging, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Eighty percent of the accounts I follow on Instagram are other bloggers. Now, I am going to go ahead and clarify that I am in no way bashing or putting others down. So I follow A LOT of other bloggers and I also HAD a personal Facebook page where I was friends with a lot of people from my hometown. Ya’ll know how social media is..it’s putting your best face forward and showing the world what you’re doing or have done. It’s your highlight reel and there is nothing wrong with that! But when I started to feel bad about my own life and losing my vision of purpose, I had to step away.

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We live in a world where we are constantly looking for praise and all while trying to meet the expectations that the world, or society has set for us. “You should be married by 25. You should be well into your career by 30. You don’t want to wait too long to have kids!” I call this “Age-Pressure” and it’s a B! I’ma go ahead and be real with ya’ll. I’m not close to any of these milestones in my journey. These thoughts though of “Thuy you should be here at this point in your life. You need to hurry up and reach these or you will not be considered accomplished in the worlds eyes.” They were beginning to consume me and my happiness. What did I do? I turned to the one and only, God.

I fell off ya’ll…big time. I lost track. I lost vision. I WAS LOST. I knew the only one who could bring me back was God. The thing is though…He never left me. He was always there, I just chose to ignore Him for the past year. I thought I could do everything on my own without Him. I was wrong. I truly believe that the past several months were trials to get me back on track with Him. This was God telling me “Thuy, you need me. You can’t do this without me.”

So I got to reading and starting devotionals. That’s when I got to SEEING and FEELING Him. He was leading me down a path, and I wasn’t sure where it was going but I trusted Him. Then He started blessing me with these wonderful people who I didn’t have relationships with before. I connected spiritually with them. Passing along prayers for support and sharing love. I have to say, my dear friends Stephanie and Jena have been a very large help in my journey back to my faith. If ya’ll are reading this, I love ya’ll!!

I was talking to my friend, Stephanie and I literally had an “ah-ha” moment. We need to give up those expectations that we think the world has set for us. Kick em to da currrrb! Because they. Don’t. MATTER. The only expectations we should be living up to are God’s. Galatians 1:10 reads “For am I now seeing the approval of me, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Ya’ll I just got chills typing this lol. How freaking powerful is that?!

I truly believe God is working through me to share this story and give Him the glory. The thing is, God loves us for exactly who we are and where we are in our lives. We shouldn’t worry or stress about where we are going because He already knows. We simply need to trust in Him. Jeremiah 29:11. We don’t need to be troubled because God already has a plan for us. He knows just what we need when we need it and it’s always good.

The point of this is…stop worrying. Stop stressing. 1 Peter 5:7. Stop comparing yourself to others. What others are doing is none of your business. Galatians 6:4-5 Give it all to Him and only focus on Him. The rest will fall into place as it should. Mark 12:30 He loves you. He will always love you and when you’re anxious, upset or having a bad day, God is there for you with arms wide open. Psalm 37:5 When you only focus on God seriously, nothing else matters. Proverbs 3:5-6 Start seeing what all He does for you and provides for you because He will always provide for you. Psalm 139:14 You were created for this exact moment, no matter where you are in life. He loves you for exactly who you are in this very moment. As my friend put it so perfectly, “He sees our hearts when people only see our appearances.” God wouldn’t put you in a situation that wasn’t good for you. Romans 8:28

God is love ya’ll and if you need prayers for anything, big or small, doesn’t matter, please email me or message me. I would love to pray for whatever you need.

Shout out to everyone who reached out to me direct the past several months! You all played a big role in this chapter of mine as well as this post. You know who you all are! -xo

 

-Thuy