Review: Instant Whites 7 Day Teeth Whitening System

Don’t we all wish we could have blinding pearly whites? Well, I have tried out quite a few teeth whitening products in my day and I thought it was about time I shared a new one with you and that is the Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System.

(If you prefer to listen than read, there is a video link below, scroll down!)

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I am a big fan of this product. It is so easy to use and just hassle free. I have used this for the last 7 days and do feel like my teeth have gotten noticeably whiter. I even had someone complement how white they are! If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is!

I have used other systems before that have left me with aching teeth and little difference in shade, so I am pretty cautious of new whitening products. I went into this trial thinking I probably wouldn’t like it, or end up with sore gums, but I was wrong. Instant Whites didn’t give me sore gums or aching teeth and I saw a difference in my teeth pretty quickly.

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This system can be used on literally any type of tooth (dentures, veneers, etc.) and claims to achieve up to 9 shades whiter. Now, I think you probably have to start out with pretty yellow teeth to get those results, but hey, I’ll take even 3 shades!

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All you have to do is push the cotton swab down until it is full of the teeth whitening solution and then rub it on your teeth for 10-20 seconds per tooth, rinse with warm water and done! Whiter teeth! It even says you can notice a difference after the first use. I am not sure if I could, but my teeth weren’t looking too, too bad to start with.

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Instant Whites did send me this product to try out, but I wouldn’t be singing its praises if I didn’t think it was worth it. I really do love this product and will be using it again in the future, for sure.

Here is my before and after shot (please excuse the poor quality of the before)! I didn’t get a massive difference, but it is still definitely noticeable!

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If you are up for a teeth whitening challenge, you can pick these up in Boots or online here for £30.

Let me know what your teeth whitening go-to is in the comments below!

Until next time gang,

xx

B.

 

 

 

10 Embarrassing Things You Do While Living Alone

I think it is safe to say that living alone allows you to be much more relaxed and raw than if you have someone around all of the time. If no one is watching, it is easy to slip into some pretty interesting habits.  Check out what I mean and leave a comment if you have any weird or slightly embarrassing habits picked up from living alone!

xx

B.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming an Adult

When you are younger, growing up sounds like the most exciting thing. And then it happens. Yes, it is exciting and there are many perks, but I wish I had know that there were a lot of down falls as well. It’s true, people do always say “enjoy it while you can” because as an adult you cant do most of the things kids get away with, but did any of us take that seriously enough? These are five things I wish I had really understood before becoming an adult, just to make my transition a little smoother.

Stress levels with sky rocket.

Money, bills, work, responsibilities, all of these things take on a new meaning when you become an adult. All of the sudden these words can be full of stress and it can be difficult to deal with. Being an adult comes with a full set of stressors that can be hard to adjust to, especially if you weren’t ready for them, like I wasn’t. This has been my biggest struggle about adulating so far. The stress. I wish someone would have told me that I would be put under a lot of stress and had shown me ways to cope with it before I was in the thick of things. So, be aware of stress levels and find things you can do to make sure it stays at a healthy level.

Decision making is tough.

Which job should I take? Where should I live? Should I move? Should I take that risk? I want to do ______ but is it feasible? Or, my favourite: Will this make me happy? AH! Enough with throwing big decisions at me world! Making decisions is tough. As an adult the repercussions for out decisions are often much bigger than when we were younger. I mean, deciding what you want for lunch in the school cafeteria may seem like a big deal, but that pales when you are faced with a major life choice like do I take the lesser paying job at home because I might like it, or do I move somewhere new to take the better paying job I might hate? It is really hard to know what to do and I just wasn’t prepared for that.

Meeting people is hard.

You don’t realize when you are in high school and even college that friends and romantic interests are literally handed to you. You have to minimal work to meet people because you are surrounded by likeminded people 24 hours a day. Activities are planned for you and your hardest job is to simply turn up. Once you leave that little bubble, meeting people because something you have to actively try to do and most of us don’t have a lot of practice at this. It is difficult to find people and even harder to create those deep connections that will turn into life long friends. It’s not impossible but I do wish I would have known how hard it can be.

You will change quickly in the early years.

Looking back, even a year, I am a completely different person. My best example of this was meeting up with one of my oldest (in terms of years of friendship rather than age) friends and our choices for topic of conversation. We chose to talk about the housing market, recent world news, job promotions and finding spouses. Yeah, just re-read that sentence one more time for me. Only a few years ago we would have been talking about the merits of High School Musical and wondering if we could get our parents to make us some food. I am not kidding when I say, all it takes is even a year or so in the professional world for you to see some big changes in yourself and sometimes rapid change can be scary.

No one has it figured out, some people are better at pretending.

If you ever get the chance to sit down and have an honest conversation about the reality and stress of adulating with someone, I guarantee they tell you they don’t feel like they have things under control either. So the next time you look at someone and think “how come they don’t seem to be struggling and I live on the struggle bus?” remember that they are probably just good at pretending.

I am sure I am not alone in this. I am now 25 and have been adulating for a few years now, and to be honest, it hasn’t gotten much easier, but it is all apart of the learning process and I am still in my rapid changing phase. I do wish that someone would have warned me about these things just so I could have mentally prepared, so this is me warning you so you can!

Until next time,

xx

B.

Travel Diary: A Day in London

Hello guys!

I recently took a trip down to London for a few days, and let me tell you, I had the worst luck ever! I wont bore you with all the details, instead, I will leave the link to the vlog at the bottom so you can go watch that to find out everything that went wrong!

The good thing was that I had my whole last day free, so I spent the entire day on the move and sight seeing.

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My first stop was Buckingham Palace (duh…) where I had a lovely stroll through the park and then headed over to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the London Eye. Only about a 10 minute walk!

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I love this area because it is so chalk full of things to see and lovely streets to walk down and parks to explore. Everything is within walking distance as well, as long as you have on some comfy shoes. If not, the tube stations are easily accessible and make it so easy to get around. Trust me when I say this because I was SO nervous about navigating the tube on my own, but with the help of a tube map on my phone, I didn’t get lost, or even slowed down, once!

I took a nice little stroll over to Trafalgar Square where I picked up some lunch from Pret and people watched. Hopefully, no one was watching me, because the wrap I was eating was extremely messy! #sonotalady

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No trip to London is complete for me without a trip in to Sass & Belle in Covent Garden. It is my favorite shop so I make sure to pop in and buy something every time I’m in town. It is the cutest shabby chic shop I have ever seen. I am obsessed with it. If you are in Covent Garden, I suggest you check it out (Hint: it’s downstairs).

From there, I made my way over to the Natural History Museum. If you are in London, you have to go to AT LEAST one museum. They are free, perfect for learning something new and the buildings themselves are always amazing. I am always a fan of natural history, so that is the one I chose and I am so glad I did. There was a section on earthquakes and volcanoes, which had an earthquake shop, which simulated what it would be like to be in the shop during an earthquake. Of course I had to try it, even though I was the only one there without a child attached to my hand!!

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There was also a section on dinosaurs, which, let’s be real, is everyone’s favorite part…..I loved looking at the different skeletons and learning more about them!

After spending a couple of hours pouring over the different exhibits on offer, it was time to head back to Earls Court to grab my suitcase and get back to the airport. Which, by the way, is very easy to do. It is all connected – tube, train, bus, whatever you need. I just hopped on the tube to Liverpool Street and then got the train to Stanstead. Easy Peasy!

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Overall, my trip ended up on a high note, which is always good! I will be headed back to London in June, and I am planning on seeing a west end show, going to Harrods, and hanging out in Hyde Park, so I will do another post for you then with some more London Tips!

Until next time gang,

xx

B.

5 Things Cabin Crew Know, That You Should Too

Hello everyone,

Since I have a trip coming up, I thought I would share with you 5 of the tips I have for staying clean and healthy while flying. These are things that I have learned through a lot of flying and from living with my mom, who is former cabin crew. So here we go, my top 5 tips!

1: Keep your shoes on!

I’m not sure why this has to be said, but a lot of people take their shoes off on the plane. I’m not saying this because I think its rude to take your shoes off. No! I’m saying this to keep the nastiness off of you! I see people walk around the plane and go to the bathroom a lot on long-haul flights, but this about that…..its gross! All that bacteria! If you must take your shoes off, put on some thick socks. But, if you get up, cover those tootsies up. So my tip, keep those shoes on!

2: Skip the ice!

I am not sure if this is still true, so if you do know for sure, leave a comment. But, I do know that the water tanks on the planes are hard to clean. They do put tablets in them but I have still heard stories about nasties getting into the water source, and the ice. I go for the bottled water or the OJ, just to be safe.

3: Wipe down the surfaces!

I feel like this one goes without saying, but just in case……wipe down those surfaces! Always make sure to pack some hand sanitizer and some anti-bacterial wipes. I like to just go all out and wipe it all down, the tray table, TV screen, buttons, arm rest, everything! People aren’t afraid to do what they like on a plane, like changing diapers on the tray tables, clipping nails, etc., so just make sure to wipe down the surfaces.

4: Pass on the nuts!

This is a little awkward to say, but do yourself and favour and skip the nuts. they aren’t the best snack in a plane, with all the pressurisation and confined spaces, it might make things a bit unpleasant….you know what I’m talking about here…? (pass on the nuts so you can pass on the gas too! Sorry to be blunt!) I suggest bringing your own snacks, that way you can avoid the nuts and what’s better than having your fave foods along for the ride?!

5: Take Airborne!

You never know what kind of bacteria and illness you will be exposed too on a long flight, so its a good idea to take an Airborne before jetting setting off. There is nothing worse than getting sick on a holiday. There are a lot of people crammed onto that plane, so chances are, some is sick, so protect yourself against the germs and take some airborne.

Well guys, these are my top 5 tips for clean and healthy traveling on a long haul flight. What do you think? What are some of your favourite travel tips?

Until next time gang!

xx

B.

I’m Afraid of What?! : 20 Facts About Me

Hey guys!

I figured it was high time that I shared with you some facts about myself. I have been putting posts up for a while now and I’m sure you are thinking “who is this person?” so let me tell ‘ya a little bit about me, myself and I.

  1. I am a duel citizen of the US and the UK. I was raised in the US, but moved to the UK for a post grad degree and never left. So while I have spent a couple of summers in the US with my parents, I call the UK (Edinburgh) home.
  2. I am afraid of birds. I was once on a holiday in Mexico with my mom and a bird got a bit to close to me and my food, and I started crying. My mom proceeded to take a picture because it was so pathetic…..and here it is…
  3. I am horrible with nail polish. I don’t know what it is, but I just cant keep on top of it and always have super chipped nails. It doesn’t look classy, I can tell you that much.
  4. I am a certified cheerleading coach. I’m not talking the kind you see on TV at a football game waving pom poms around. I’m talking competitive cheerleading, throwing people in the air whilst jumping, flipping, and kicking away. Sadly, I cant do the flipping, but everything else, boom, toe touch! SAMSUNG
  5. I am constantly humming. I love to sing and find it difficult to stop, so I have noticed that I find myself humming while walking down the street, shopping, eating, working, literally always.
  6. I am obsessed with makeup, but none of my friends are.  Most of my friends are of the male persuasion and even the few girl friends I have just aren’t as bothered about makeup as I am.  This is why I started my blog and YouTube channel because I need beauty obsessed friends! Be friends with me!!!
  7. I am quite shy. When I was little I wouldn’t even like people looking at me. Now I am a lot better but sometimes the thought of having to interact with people is quite daunting.
  8. I am a disgraceful speller. I cannot spell to save my life. And I’m talking, basic words. I’m sure you have noticed in some of my posts. I have the worst spelling imaginable. Sometimes I avoid using certain words and dumb down how I am typing so I can spell everything right.
  9. I love Carrie Underwood. I love her music. She is gorgeous. She seems so down to earth. What’s not to love? I did a CU makeup tutorial last summer!
  10. I adore going to West End shows. There  is something so magical about them and I love every second of going to the theater. I love it so much that I feel sad when I leave because I know its over. I am also insanely jealous of everyone who gets to be in any kind of musical.
  11. I live to travel. I have a huge list of places I want to visit and I constantly have itching feet telling me to go somewhere new. You can check out a preview of that list here.
  12. I am plant based. I went vegan in 2013 and have stuck to that as best as I can since. I prefer to call myself plant based though, because I am only strict with this about what I eat, not so much with the rest of my lifestyle.
  13. If I could do anything, I would be a professional dancer. Not that kind, geez! I mean like a backup dancer, dancers for Broadway, you know, the kind that you see in big productions. That is what I want to be. I danced for years and years and would love nothing  more than to get back into it and make it my life.
  14. I only like to watch happy movies. Seriously, I cant handle sad movies. I feel depressed for weeks afterwards, so I try to stay away from them. Rom-Coms and cheesy flicks are the way to go. I think The Proposal is my favourite.
  15. I have anxiety. I know a lot of people do, and I am adding my name to the list!
  16. Nature makes me happy. I find so much peace in nature and looking at untouched landscapes. I just love it. Even thinking about it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is why many of my insta posts are of natural landscapes. I love traveling the world in search of breathtaking scenery.  DSC00354 - Copy
  17. My celebrity crushes are: totally based on looks since I have no idea what they are actually like. It’s more about the personality for me, but if we are talking about who I think is good looking.. Liam Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Channing Tatum, Zayn, all the usual culprits.
  18. I like to read. I download books to my iPad like there is no tomorrow. I get really into the books I’m reading, almost to the point of it being weird. I love sitting down with a tea, getting all cozied up and reading all day.
  19. I’m a sports gal. Not so much watching, but I love playing. Pretty much any sport, but volleyball is my favourite. I have always been on sports teams. Basketball, volleyball, cross country, track and field, dance, cheer, I love them all. DSC00866
  20. I am strangely good with directions. I have no idea how. I’m not good with street names and that sort of thing, but if I’ve been somewhere once, chances are I can get there again. It’s like following a mental picture based on land marks and knowing I have been there before and picturing where I am going in relation to where I am.

So, do you feel like you know me yet? haha. It is strangely difficult to come up with random facts about yourself. Try it! Leave one of them in the comments below too so I can see 🙂

Until next time,

xx

B.

Isn’t Life Worth Celebrating (with Vegan Cupcakes)?

Hello everyone,

A lot has been going on in life lately and I thought in honour of some changes, I would make some vegan cupcakes (which are insanely delicious) and share what I have been thinking about recently with you, so here we go!

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Isn’t life worth celebrating? It’s spring, the flowers are starting to bloom and perhaps it is this that has me looking up, but I am determined to focus on celebrating the little things. In life, it is all too easy to focus on the negative and dwell on what is going wrong, but when we do that, it is often that we end up looking over the little things that deserve a celebration. For me this week, it was moving to the next stage of interviewing for a job I am hoping to get (keep your fingers crossed for me!). I would never normally think of that as something to celebrate, rather just another average bit of news. BUT, I think that this is just the sort of thing we should be celebrating. Even the fact of getting an interview at all should be a small win that brings on a little victory dance, but these sorts of things just fly under the radar, for me at least.

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So, as I was rummaging through the pantry looking for all of the ingredients Minimalist Baker (one of my faves, def check out her recipes) said I would need, I decided these are going to be celebratory cupcakes, and this little acknowledgement of success is something I need to do much more often! Shoot, I might start celebrating simply making it through the week if it means I get to treat myself to some mouth watering treats! And so the baking process began.

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I measured, I beat, I poured and I taste tested, all the while thinking about all of positivity I should be focusing on. I tried to draw inspiration from the people around me since it is often easier to see their reasons for happiness and celebration. I’m not sure about you, but I noticed that it isn’t just me who is overlooking life’s little wins so often, I see it in my family and friends as well. So I encourage you to point out these little wins to loved ones when they might over look them, but more importantly, remember to congratulate yourself. Admittedly, there is more than enough negativity in the world right now to overwhelm us all 100 times over, but I think that means we should look even harder for a chance to do a little victory dance, tell yourself how amazing you are and (of course) celebrate with some cupcakes.

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Remember to share a smile today and I’ll talk to you soon!

xx

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