Smile Brilliant: Best At Home Whitening System

A couple months back Smile Brilliant reached out to me and asked me if I would test out their whitening system and share it with y’all on my blog. Um hello, white teeth are a dream come true. I said yes almost instantly because I was going to be able to try a new whitening system and share my honest opinion about it with you ANNNND do a giveaway with them so one of you can have pearly whites too!

Let me tell y’all how blown away I was when I received my teeth whitening kit. It is the coolest teeth whitening system ever because of how personal their system is for your teeth. I was doing a lot of white strips before I got married, which work well but unfortunately those whiteners are a “one size fits all” type of strip and left my teeth sensitive to cold things like ice cream/frozen fruit. Smile Brilliant sends you a box with different putties so you can make a custom mold for your teeth trays. Then you send the mold back to them so they can make your custom trays for your top and bottom teeth. Smile Brilliant includes the packaging that is needed to send it back to them with a prepaid postal sticker so it’s a simple process. Once you ship the mold they ask for a couple of business days to create your custom trays.

Then they send your custom trays back with a few of the 2 different types of syringes for your whitening process. They send you a how-to step by step for the process to make it easier to understand. The card tells you exactly how to go about the process in case you have any questions. It couldn’t be more simple. So, the first syringe is the teeth whitening gel. You line your tray with the whitening gel and leave them in your mouth from about 15 minutes to an hour, whatever works best for your teeth. I worked my way up gradually within the month. It totally wasn’t necessary for me to “work my way up” in time since the second syringe is a desensitizing gel. If you’re familiar with teeth whitening systems, you know that they tend to leave your teeth very sensitive especially if you leave the product on for a long time. Thankfully the desensitizing gel counteracts the sensitivity that may be caused from the whitening gel. Literally, what a dream. Finally a teeth whitening system that doesn’t leave your teeth feeling wrecked after.

The best part is, with all of these amazing accomodations from Smile Brilliant, the product is still remarkable in what it is meant to do, which is whiten your teeth. The results I’ve gotten from using Smile Brilliant is impressive. My teeth are whiter without having caused any sensitivity at all. The results look natural and my teeth do not look bleached white. My stains are gone and I couldn’t be happier with sharing this product with y’all.

The part you all have been waiting for…THE GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner will win $149 in credit to use for their own personal Smile Brilliant kit. All you have to do is submit your name and email address on the giveaway page in order to be entered! This giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be selected and contacted via email by 9/16!

If you are interested in ordering your own kit, I have a discount code for you.

Use code champagneandacarryon at checkout for 15% off!

Best of luck!

5 Things I Was Loving In April

Hi y’all! I only do favorite’s posts when I genuinely feel the need to share some good products and/or items. Most of these things aren’t necessarily “new,” but I was very fond of them in April once I came across them. My focus for the month was skincare and self care. April was a good month for me in terms of enjoying almost everything I tried, but I decided picking the best five would be much easier to share with you than the 100 things I enjoyed. These are some products/items that I have made permanent in my makeup routine, skincare routine, in my closet, etc.:

Drunk Elephant The Littles Set 

This set has literally changed my life. Have y’all heard me go a week without talking about Drunk Elephant on my Instagram? NO. I was originally obsessed with the Marula Virgin Facial Oil and then I found myself curiously wandering around Sephora one day. I was intrigued by the rest of the DE line, so I sampled the Babyfacial. HOOKED. Then once again, I found myself being pulled towards the other products. I ended up purchasing The Littles Set because it had their top products at a sweet deal. Now I am obsessed with the entire line. Super dangerous for my bank account y’all. I apply the line of products day and night and I honestly haven’t seen my skin look this good in years, like before-I-knew-what-acne-was years. My skin isn’t as oily, has a lot more glow, and also feels amazing. Also, also, also, it’s super convenient for my travels. I can fit 9 skincare products in my overnight back without taking up hardly any room whatsoever! Def the number one thing I was loving in April.

Girl, Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis 

This booked was hyped on Instagram by other bloggers and people who are open with their faith. Totally intrigued, I had to purchase it. I wrote a review on this book in my previous blog post because I couldn’t get enough of it. You can see that review here and find out why I loved it so much. But, it is definitely one thing I was happy to come across this past month.

Shea Woman Bath Bombs

We have a pretty decent sized tub in our new apartment which means, lots of baths. I can’t take a bath without bubbles or bath bombs. This past month I was all about bath bombs. I met a woman in another part of Virginia who sold bath bombs at a kiosk in the local mall. Her personality was vibrant and her bath bombs smelled amazing. Total win meeting Mrs Harris. We made conversation and she educated me on all of the benefits of the bath bombs she made and what they were made of. Her husband and her make them themselves, how cute?! Not only was she an absolute doll, these bath bombs were the best ones I have ever used. I bought a handful of different scents and they all left me so relaxed and rejuvenated after every bath. Justin used one and I swear y’all he smelled so good the entire night and following morning (exactly like the bath bomb he used), so I know these bath bombs are no joke!

I’m all about supporting local businesses (although, this might not be local for most of y’all), but you can try one of Mrs Harris’ bath bombs yourself by checking out her website here. She can ship some to you anywhere!

Zella Activewear

When I was browsing around Nordstrom I came across the brand Zella. I am way behind, y’all. I don’t know how I haven’t purchased any of the Zella activewear items before (hand to face emoji). They are so comparable to Lululemon but at a fraction of the cost. I love my Lulu but I think this brand has such good quality items that I wouldn’t mind incorporating more pieces into my closet. I wear my Zella long sleeve top all the time because it is so comfortable. My next purchase is definitely going to be some leggings and maybe something for Justin, lol. If you don’t want to splurge on Lululemon but want something similar, try this brand! LOVE.

Fenty Beauty Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby Highlighter 

OMG. If you’re on the market for a blinding highlighter, look no further. I am obsessed with Rihanna’s highlighters- especially the Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby duo. One is very glittery and the other is more of a subtle champagne, but I like to combine both of them to give me the perfect glow. The two colors that are absolutely perfect. These shades are suitable for almost any skin tone which is hard to come across with highlighters. I feel like I haven’t even made a dent in the highlighter yet and I’ve been using it everyday since I purchased it.

“Girl, Wash Your Face” Review

Rachel Hollis is my spirit animal (not an animal though), maybe my soul sister? Not too sure. I do know that she has a mind very similar to mine and her book confronted every insecurity or struggle that I’ve encountered in my 23 years of life.

Who does that? Who confronts that stuff and makes people feel confident after? But also makes you feel like your their best friend.

Rachel Hollis does y’all. She puts all the things we ALL need to hear right now into words that resonate with readers.

This book has transformed me in the weirdest way. Spiritually and emotionally. After reading this book, I felt refreshed. Reading her book almost made me feel like I just left a therapy session. CRAZY, right?

She mixes faith, unfiltered thoughts, and real life into the perfect words. She begins each chapter with a lie that we often will ourselves because the devil pushes these fears on us. The chapters are short and sweet, but nothing less than powerful. And, she ends each chapter with some tips on how she dealt with that lie. She makes it a point in the book that it is critical that these lies are confronted and fixed. We need to live in truth, loving others and loving ourselves.

Rachel Hollis shares so many real life trials: her traumatic childhood, her struggle with loving people, her struggle with loving herself, living life instead of just getting by, and overall becoming a better woman.

Her willingness to open up to readers with hopes of helping someone through similar trials is remarkable and brave.

I’ve gained a better perspective on issues and I feel like my faith is a bit stronger. I now know that I am in control of my thoughts and I can take my life in whatever direction I choose. I can be the person I strive to be if I believe in myself. And most importantly, by the grace of God.

I’m recommending this book because the spectrum of lessons and humbling experiences Rachel Hollis shares with us leaves the reader with various platforms to connect to. Like truly connect and leave you saying, Hey I think like that, I’ve been through the exact same experience, I struggle with that too. And no it isn’t just about struggle and flaws, it’s about how we can grow from it in an honest way.

You will laugh out loud and you will shed a tear (or sob).

I can read this book over and over again.

I am having a difficult time explaining this book to you without giving it away because I can go on and on about what Rachel Hollis talks about and how it makes me feel. But- I want you to read it. Take my word, this book is phenomenal.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your hands on it quick!

If you have read it, let me know what your take on the book was.


Should You Start A Blog?

Every week someone questions me about blogging and whether or not it’s a good idea to start one. Sometimes it’s a close friend, a family member, a friend of a family member, someone I went to high school with or just someone who follows my blog. I am always so overwhelmed with the fact that anyone would even come to me seeking advice or help regarding a blog since I am barely becoming comfortable with my own. Although, I am always flattered.

Since I have received so many questions from different people about whether or not they should start a blog I decided to write about it because there are probably a couple of people out there who do have questions but aren’t open to asking or are on the fence about the idea of starting a blog alone.

Been there, sister!

I started my blog a couple of months ago and I was one of the very few people that I personally knew who had one, which is why I’m open to answering questions for people because I didn’t have many people I could talk to about my concerns and obvious questions. Luckily, I have friends who do other things in social media, but no one I knew personally had a blog, which left me clueless a lot of the time. I did a lot of research on my own before starting this blog and I was extremely hesitant to even begin because I was so afraid of failure. If you’ve thought about a blog, this might be or might have been something that kept you back. DON’T LET IT.

BUT SERIOUSLY, now that I’ve been doing it for some time (3 months maybe), I’ve learned a few things that I want to share with people who are interested in blogging.

Being a new blogger I would say that I am very naive when it comes to whether or not it is smart to start a blog, but I always tell people who are interested the same thing, so here it goes:

If you feel like you have a story to tell or something to continuously share with people, do it. I personally wanted to start a blog because I knew that there were so many things that I was going to be doing in the upcoming months that I needed to share with the world. Sometimes I like to share things like skincare products because I’m into that stuff and I personally like seeing recommendations from my favorite influencers, so I share my insights on products with you. Other posts may be about what I am learning as a young, newly wed wife who is new to the baseball life. And sometimes there are little things I like to share because I think it may serve a purpose and help one of my followers/readers. If you’re a great cook, start your cooking blog if you know you have some crazy delicious recipes that people would want to learn. If you are a new mom that thinks she has some cool mom hacks to share with pregnant women or women who are going through the same walk of life that you are, go for it. Maybe you’re someone who travels a lot and you want to start a travel blog, go for it because I know every time I go on a trip I look up other blogs for advice on what to do or not to do when going somewhere, or must stop places, etc. Whatever it may be, if you feel like you have something people would want to read or you have something people could learn from, go for it.

Do it for the right reasons. People still ask me if this is my new job. I wish. I do it because I like to, not because I want to make money. I have made some money off of my blog, but it barely buys me a Chick-fil-A meal. NOTHING CRAY. If this does end up being successful enough for me to not work then I’ll roll with it, but my goal isn’t to make money. My goal is to share my life with y’all because I know a lot of people can relate to my posts, whether it’s baseball related, beauty related, or whatevzzz because I like to. If you’re doing it for the money, you won’t get very far because people will see that through your posts.

Quality over quantity. It is a crazy world once you’re in it. Once I started following other bloggers I realized how much time and effort they put into their blog. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be successful because I didn’t have the time to post pictures every day like others did. I didn’t have content to write about three or four times a week like others did. One of my good friends told me that I should focus on what I write, not how much I write and it really resonated with me. I only write about once a week, and that’s because I can produce one good blog a week. Once a week is my goal. Anything more I’d be writing absolute BS just to have more posts up. Make sure your content serves a purpose. Don’t write a blog post because you only wrote one the entire month and you don’t want to fall off and lose followers. You will lose followers if you’re writing just to write, and trust me people can tell. You’ll know what is good content and what isn’t. I could write a blog post every day if I wanted to, but they would probably suck. So, just remember to write about things that are helpful or serve a purpose. Like I said before, do it for the right reasons.

Determine your own success. Some people may say that having the most followers makes them successful or if they end up blogging as their sole job they’re successful. Do not let anyone else’s idea of success dictate your idea of what success is going to be or what it is for your blog. My personal definition of success for my blog is having a following that truly enjoys my blog posts. As long as I receive positive feedback and encounter a ton of engagement on my posts, then I feel satisfied. That may or may not be what success is to you. Define it yourself. Do not fall into the pressure of meeting the same goals everyone else has.

Like I said- I’m not a big time blogger and I’m fairly new to this, but whenever someone comes to me with questions, these are the things I consistently tell them in regards to starting a blog. You can apply this to any social media platform for that matter. If you have any other questions about what I do for my blog or if you need more advice on how to do certain things or how to start in general, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am all about community over competition. There is so much room for everyone on the internet. There is no need to be selfish about tips and tricks, especially if we can share with people to help them do something they want to do.

6 Podcast’s you should listen to for #girlboss inspiration

Who even listens to podcasts, right? Me. And you should too. I didn’t understand podcasts at first because I was the person that much rather watch a YouTube video or watch tv or jam out to my fave country music. Anything but a podcast. I thought that they were boring and just another form of an audiobook with monotone voices. Not anymore. I was wrong, so so wrong. And I feel sorry for having such a negative stereotype towards podcasts. Now I have to remind myself that I need to stay “current” and turn on new music because once I find a good podcast, I’m out.

Once I started my blog I knew I needed to dig deeper and learn more because in this day and age of social media, you can never know enough. There is an endless amount of information to learn every day. I have stumbled across a few great podcasts that have helped stimulate my mind or just made me happy as I take on this new blogging journey.

The range of podcasts are wide and I’m so glad that it is. There’s a series for everyone. YUP, a series. It’s almost like watching a tv series without the visual. Right now I’m going to tell you all about my favorite podcasts at the moment that have helped me grow as a newbie blogger and hopefully they can help you with your social media journey or business endeavor you might be on or that you have been thinking about taking on.

Here are a few of my faves that motivate and inspire me:

Blessed and Bossed Up

The creator of the podcast’s name is Tatum Temia and she is an awesome woman of God who is pursuing this podcast to help other women. Throughout her podcast she gives all the glory of her success to God, which is what I like. She works her christianity into her motivation and entrepreneur tips, which is everything I need when my schedule is hectic. What could be better than inspo for business and getting your daily dose of Jesus? NOTHING. To make it even more of a hit, she’s hilarious. I was actually recommended to her podcast by another blogger, @littlemixico. I’m so glad this podcast exists. If you’re a #girlboss with love for Jesus, then this is for you.

Rich Bitch

Angie Lee has become one of my favorite people to listen to. She is the most adorable and hilarious girl ever, yet she’s professional and successful. PERF. As most of these podcasts I’m referring you to, she motivates the listener by giving her own experiences in business and shares her secrets to growth, challenge, and all else. My favorite thing about her podcast is her personality and how she teaches the listeners based on trial and error. Everything that she has focused on in her podcast is because she’s been there and learned from that. Therefore, she is knowledgable to speak on certain issues with a lot of confidence. This has to be one podcast I can listen to for hours.

Manifestation babe

This podcast series is about how boss babes manifested the lives that they wanted and talks about how to do so if that’s the path you are on. It’s almost like the law of attraction. I don’t listen to these in replacement of my faith, but they do help motivate me by hearing other women and show how they manifested their dreams and reached their goals. The woman behind this series is Kathrin Zenkina and she is a personal development and mind coach. We all know that our mind is our biggest enemy sometimes, which is why this is such a great help. I love being reminded to manifest good and positive things. Anything that will better me, I’m all about. I’m sure some of you are into bettering your mind and looking for that breakthrough moment to give you a kick to get started on whatever goal you have set for yourself. If so, then this podcast is one for you!

Hashtags and Stilettos

I know, it’s getting repetitive hearing about motivation and girl boss women. This podcast was instantly addicting because it gets straight to the point and lays it all out. Do this, not that. Try this, instead of this. And the tips and examples this podcasts gives is everything we should all know for marketing ourselves or our brand. If you’re going to listen to any of these, listen to this podcast. Everything Sakita writes resonates with me so well. The podcast is a newer one without as many episodes, but that just makes me that more excited to see what this podcast brings to that table. It makes goals more tangible for the every girl, which is what I am. I’m nowhere near being a famous blogger, but I’m where I want to be because podcasts like this are giving me the guidance required on this blog’s journey.

She Did It Her Way

For millennial girl boss minded women entrepreneurs who are striving to better themselves and their businesses. They cover topics that can help you plan a good week, send good emails, mistakes to avoid when using social media, bouncing back from a low point, literally EVERYTHING. The guests that are on the series are always super influential and have the greatest advice you could receive. Since there is always special guests on the pod, you always get a wide range of advice from people with different aspects on business/growth.

Biz Chix

This one is definitely focused on straight business for women, which is cool because if you have any type of social media line of work, such as a blog or YouTube it’s essentially a business. I love this podcasts because it’s helped me with my marketing, how to prioritize ideas, how to grow my blog successfully and time management. All of those things are crucial to being successful in this big pond that social media is. The guests that are on this podcasts always have something that we can take away from listening to their podcast.

Until next time,