At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?


Smiling because of how white my teeth are! I drink a decent amount of coffee and tea, so my teeth were a bit stained. Thanks to Smile Brilliant, I can now smile confidently! To learn more about how you get pearly white teeth, keep reading! 🙂





I’ve always wanted to professionally whiten my teeth, but was always held back because of the high price tag. Smile Brilliant is a teeth whitening company that provides dentist grade whitening services. The kit is extremely easy to use, and you can whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home.









Custom fitted trays normally cost $500+ from a dentist’s office. For under $200, Smile Brilliant sent me custom trays as well as whitening gels and desensitizing gels. I was sent the T3 Sensitive System for light stains.

The whole process was simple and straightforward. As a preliminary step, I answered a few questions about my dental history, and within a week or so, I received my Smile Brilliant package. With the paste included, I made my teeth molds and sent them back to Smile Brilliant with the envelope they provided. About a week later, I received my custom whitening trays and immediately started whitening. And while the following may seem like a lot of steps, the kit provides a step by step instruction pamphlet that is super easy to follow.




Whitening Steps:

Step 1: Brush teeth WITHOUT toothpaste. This step is not crucial, but it provides the best results.
Step 2: After brushing teeth briefly, add just enough whitening gel so it only covers your teeth and not your gum.
*Each syringe can be used for 3-4 applications* You honestly don’t need to apply that much.
Step 3: Leave trays on for 45 mins – 3 hours, depending on sensitivity.
Step 4: Brush teeth WITH toothpaste and rinse trays.
Step 5: Add desensitizing gel to trays and leave on for 15-20 mins. After this process you are finished! Rinse your trays and DO NOT rinse or brush teeth after.




Whitening your teeth has never been so easy! Smile Brilliant makes it super simple to do from the comfort of your home. You can now whiten your teeth while working, watching Netflix, or just hanging out with your furbabies.

My experience with Smile Brilliant has been amazing! After just one use, I saw a difference. The very first time I used it, the trays were a little uncomfortable, like it was digging in my gums, but the more I used them, the more comfortable they became. Starting out, I whitened my teeth for about 45 minutes. I was worried about my enamel sensitivity because I have used other whitening products that made my teeth extremely sensitive, so with this product I started with the minimum recommended time. I’d say the entire process takes me less than 2 hours.

For only $149, you get the whole kit, which is a $650+ value if you were to get this done at your dentist’s office. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with Smile Brilliant, it’s super easy to use and has made my smile so much brighter without any kind of pain.



These are results from whitening after just 6 days. Even after the first use, I saw significant improvements! I’m generally very good about my dental hygiene, but I do drink the occasional coffee and or tea. This kit really helped whiten years of stains, leaving my teeth nice and shiny!

Now for something exciting, I have partnered with Smile Brilliant to give one lucky winner a teeth whitening kit of their own!

GIVEAWAY: If you would like to enter to win a FREE Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening kit, click the link below:

Smile Brilliant Giveaway


You can simply go to the Smile Brilliant website and receive 15% off store wide using code: mngx15!


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[REVIEW] Uniqlo Jeans

I am the type of person who always wears jeans. It doesn’t matter how comfortable yoga pants, leggings, or even jeggings are, jeans are essential to my every day outfit.

This past week, Uniqlo caught me by surprise and sent me a pair of their Ultra Stretch Jeans, and they are without a doubt the most comfortable pair of jeans I own. They are super stretchy and fit almost like boyfriend jeans. Mid-rise and ankle length with a nice straight leg. I typically wear high-waisted skinny jeans, but I found myself loving the fit and style of these. They have the right amount of distressing, and look amazing with any outfit. The distressing on the cuff is probably one of my favorite things about these jeans. It adds the perfect touch and makes them look stylish.

I’m usually a US size 25, which is the size they sent me, but I’ve found that they run a little bit larger. I recommend sizing down, because even when I wear a belt, it folds a little weird/might accentuate areas you don’t want to accentuate. Quality is very nice and sturdy! I’ve washed and dried the jeans multiple times, and they’ve kept both their shape and color.












Sheer Top: Urban Outfitters (Out of Stock)
Bralette: Free People
Jeans: Uniqlo
Belt: Target
Shoes: Greats


Love how this beautiful Topshop windbreaker compliments the outfit!

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Hakone Gardens

After a week of dreary weather, it has been so warm and sunny! Spring is finally here in California, and the flowers are all blooming. This past weekend, I visited Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA to experience the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom. It is such a beautiful garden and it makes you feel like you’re in Japan. I actually have never been to Japan before, and I am so excited that I’ll be visiting early May. Hopefully, there will still be cherry blossoms, but I’m excited to eat good food and experience the culture!Lo

Outfit Details:
Top – Forever 21
Pants – American Eagle
Shoes – Nordstrom Rack






Look how gorgeous the flowers are!




Can you tell that I’m super excited to take pictures with cherry blossoms? Definitely going to visit the garden again!

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Museum of Ice Cream

 After trying for months, I was finally able to snag some tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream! Your tickets arrive a few days before your visit, and although I was really worried about parking downtown, I noticed at the bottom of the email that they recommend to use a website called ParkWhiz. ParkWhiz is a website/app where you can put in your location and they will find parking in the area for you. Parking in any big metropolitan area is a nightmare, and San Francisco is no different. ParkWhiz was somehow able to give me a parking space in a hotel just blocks from the museum. I live about 1 hour away, so I made sure to give myself enough time just in case there was traffic on the way there. After arriving at the parking spot, we walked over to the museum.

When you first enter, you are put in a group of around 10. They inform you that this is the group you will be exploring the museum with. At first, I was confused, because I was under the impression that it was completely self guided, but it turned out that you were able to go at your own pace through the museum.

Each room has a different (but still ice cream) theme, with some offering tasty treats and others offering souvenirs. The entire museum is beautifully put together, with a vintage ice cream parlor, many art installations, and even a sprinkle pool. I can really see why this is the most popular of the interactive, walk-through art installations, because the vibe is so well curated. I’ve visited both Happy Place (LA) and Color Factory (SF), and I think in terms of content, MOIC is the most interactive. However, I think I had the most fun at Happy Place. I felt like in LA, people who attend this sort of thing are more open to taking your time and enjoying, or waiting patiently until you get the perfect shot.

One of my favorite parts was the unicorn (milk) ice cream. It was so creamy and smooth, really reminded me of my favorite place in LA. And isn’t that what ice cream’s all about? Nostalgia?


Other pictures from MOIC!





Loved this room! It is themed like a diner and it even has a vintage jukebox, filled with ice cream music puns. They were serving this cherry sorbet that was actually really good. I loved the vibe and the cute pink phone!








Enjoying some freshly spun cherry cotton candy under some clouds and cherries! This room was really fun to take pictures in. They had a big cherry sculpture that everyone likes to take pictures with, and cherries and clouds hanging all over.








This room really brought me back to elementary school. It’s a rock climbing room, in which each wall is filled with climbing rocks. You’re able to climb all over the room! Although it was just for taking pictures, I felt like I got a pretty good workout.









The sprinkle pool was super cute and fun to play in. One downside of this place is that they let about 10 people in the pool at once. It’s really not big enough to fit that many people. You’re struggling to find a way to take pictures and when you finally find enough space, you have to leave to make room for the next group. It’s shocking to me how many people are able to post pictures of themselves in here – We actually really struggled getting a shot with just me! I guess your mileage may vary.

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Momofuku Milk Bar

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of checking out the Milk Bar pop-up location on Melrose Ave. They set up a little stall in the corner of the boutique and sold a lot of yummy treats! It was inside a boutique called Reformation. They carry a lot of cute pieces that are high quality. Check out their website to see more!


Ordered the Crack Pie Latte, this is a new drink that isn’t on their menu yet, but it is surprisingly delicious! It is pretty sweet, so if you don’t really like sweet drinks, I recommend asking for less sugar. It is made with dark brown sugar, corn ganache, espresso, and steamed milk. Definitely worth trying if you’re looking for a new latte to try. Some of the yummy treats they sold were the Birthday Truffles, Chocolate Malt Cake Truffles, Compost Cookie, Confetti Cookie, Cornflake Chocolate-Chip Marshmallow Cookie, and the Crack Pie. I got one of each to try, and my favorite so far has been the Confetti Cookie or the Cornflake Chocolate-Chip Marshmallow Cookie! All the cookies are super soft and chewy. The Crack Pie was crumbly and buttery, and tasted like nothing I’ve ever had before. It is pretty sweet, but I highly recommend trying it!


I had such an amazing time visiting their pop-up location and getting to try all their delicious treats! I can’t believe that Momofuku  Milk Bar is finally opening their first CA location in LA on Melrose Ave. I’ve been dying to go to their NY locations, but I’m so excited that they’ll be opening this coming July! Can’t wait until I can finally try their Milk soft serve!



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Linda Tawil & Jaclyn Hill

Can we just talk about the time I met Linda Tawil and Jaclyn Hill?! Back in November 2017, Linda and Jaclyn came to Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CA to visit the Morphe store before the grand opening. I was absolutely starstruck. I had met Jaclyn earlier that month at her Meet and Greet at the Ulta Beauty in West Covina, CA. I drove six hours down and camped out overnight, because I knew I wouldn’t meet her if I didn’t. I waited over 12 hours to ensure a spot to meet her, and it was worth it! It was my first time camping out, and it was an unforgettable experience. When I saw that she was less than 15 mins away from where I live, I had to meet her again. Linda and Jaclyn are so sweet and care so much about their supporters, that they came out of the Morphe store to greet us before having to leave for the airport. This was such an amazing opportunity, and I’m so happy I was able to meet both of them again because they are truly an inspiration. They are such hard working and passionate role models, especially within the beauty industry. Their success shows that you really can achieve you put your mind to!


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Bitter+Sweet Cafe

What better way to start the day than with a red velvet latte. I’m typically not someone who likes red velvet, but this latte is something I found myself appreciating. This is one of Bitter+Sweet’s most popular drinks, and for good reason. Despite it being well caffeinated & plenty flavorful, it is incredibly balanced. It’s not sweet, and it doesn’t leave a heavy coffee taste in your mouth! I definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.

For food, I got the prosciutto and date panini. Although I was skeptical of the combination at first, the sweetness from the dates turned out to go really well with the dry saltiness of the prosciutto.

Bitter+Sweet Cafe is located near the Cupertino Library. The layout of the cafe is really cute, but it does get crowded during lunch time. There is plenty of parking in the structure behind. While their specialty is coffee, they sell pastries from Satura Bakery and ice cream for Humphry Slocombe. They have high speed wifi, so it’s the perfect place to stop by if you’re looking to do some work!


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September Favorites

Fenty Beauty – Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
This is a beautiful subtle highlighter. This highlighter is in the shade Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby. Mean Money has a soft champagne sheen and Hu$tla Baby has peachy champagne shimmer. Very beautiful on the skin and it looks amazing as an inner corner highlight as well.

Becca Cosmetics – Velvet Blurring Primer
This is a very beautiful primer that makes your foundation look amazing. It is light on the skin and is a liquid to powder consistency. I received this product complimentary from Influenster. This has become one of my favorite primers and I have been using it every day.

Milani Cosmetics – Baked Bronzer
I got this bronzer in the color 05 Soleil and it is a beautiful bronzer that has gold flecks. It is very beautiful on the skin and is very buildable. It is very buildable, so don’t forget to tap off your brush.

Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Foundation
I got this foundation in the shade 5 Medium, and it is a medium to full coverage foundation. When paired with the Becca Cosmetics primer, it gives the skin a very beautiful and flawless look. It is very light on the skin and gives amazing coverage.

Jouer Cosmetics – Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette
This palette is very pretty and has a good mixture of matte and shimmer shadows. It is extremely pigmented and has a little bit of fall out. Love the colors that are included because you can do a very neutral every day eye.


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Makeup of the Day

Products Used:

Foundation: Laura Mercier; Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation in 2N2: Linen
Powder: Laura Mercier; Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Eyes: Marc Jacobs; Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust
Eyeliner: Tarte Cosmetics; Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner
Falsies: Cosmic Lashes; in Naturals
Eyebrows: ColourPop; Precision Eyebrow Pencil in Bangin’ Brunette
Bronzer: Ofra Cosmetics; Versatile Matte Bronzer
Blush: The Balm Cosmetics; Instain — Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Swiss Dot
Highlight: Ofra Cosmetics; Highlighter in Rodeo Drive
Lips: EM Cosmetics; in Vintage Rosewood (Not online yet)


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