Teeth whitening. A fad. Risky. Sensitive teeth. Not worth it. Life-changing. Expensive.

I’ve heard it all! Generally the teeth whitening market is expected to be worth 7.4 BILLIONNN Dollars in the next ten years! Insane right?

So where does one even start? At home kits, special toothpastes, homemade remedies. You name it, someone out there has tried it!

After trawling through what felt like a gazillion different treatments and options, I settled with the Enlighten Teeth Whitening Treatment. I was also keen to have my treatment supervised than an actual dentist as opposed to these random companies where you’re not sure of how safe the ingredients being used are. What was most important to me was guaranteed results and minimal sensitivity and based on what I’d read, Enlighten would give me that!

 

I searched for a dentist in London that could carry out the treatment and settled on Platinum Dental Caretotal babes – based in the London Docklands area.

The Treatment

August 21st 2018 – 40min appointment

My first appointment was a consultation with my dentist, Dr Sarika Shah, in which she fully explained the different procedures and we agreed that for optimum results, I would do the two week at home treatment followed by an in chair session to complete the treatment.

She then took my moulds for the treatment and gave me the Enlighten ‘Tooth Serum Paste’ to help prep me for the treatment and reduce sensitivity. I used this toothpaste in the morning and evening for two weeks before my follow up appointment.

September 10th 2018 – 20min appointment

In my follow-up appointment, Dr Shah talked me through the whitening kit and gave me my moulds to use for the two week treatment.Such a quick appointment. I was to sleep with my moulds in and wear for a minimum of 6 hours per night. After 7 days, I switched from the 10% formula to the 16% gel.She explained how to use the varying syringes and desensitising swabs and I was off!

September 25th 2018 – 40min appointment

Having completed my two weeks treatment at home, Dr Shah did an in chair whitening session using my moulds and a stronger concentration gel. Due to the strength, this had to be done under supervision and Dr Shah monitored my progress over two approx 10min sessions and voilaaaa I was done!

Overall, I’m super super happy with the results! In recent years I’d felt my teeth had lost that wow shiny thing they used to do and now I’ve got it back! My favourite thing was that my teeth are not sensitive at allll which I was probably a bit sceptical of at first even though I was reassured I’d be fine!

From the first consultation, I was always fully aware of the process and felt comfortable and assured I was in good hands. Dr Shah managed my expectations throughout and the whole Platinum Dental Care team were total babes who were so so good to me! Imagine turning up to a dentist and the receptionist knows your name and is all like ‘Hey Chantelle, how’s work been?!’ I told you they were cute! I went back a few weeks later for a hygienist appointment (super important) and will definitely be sticking with them for my dental care!

Check out www.englightensmiles.com to find a dentist near you that can carry out the treatment for you.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions regarding the treatment!

Thank you so much to the Enlighten team and Platinum Dental Care for taking such good care of me!

On Wednesday 28th October, I had the privilege of attending what was a stunning event with Lancôme at Saks Fifth Avenue. Since coming out here, I was determined that I’d make the most of the amazing events in and around New York City so I was delighted to receive an invite especially with an internationally revered brand and at an iconic venue!

As some of you may already have been aware, Lancôme started as a fragrance house back in 1935 so they truly are experts in the field and that definitely shone through in the product offering at the event. The Maison Lancôme range exudes luxury in everything from the perfume bottles (more on that later!) to the actual unique scents that were individually curated by 8 of the worlds best perfumers to create a collection that will be perfect for that special someone with the holiday season coming up!

On arrival, we had each of the fragrances explained to us with a bit of history on the Maison Lancôme line (this was where I learnt everything I told you above!). It was great to hear about the different notes in each perfume and if you have the chance to pop in and smell them for yourself, trust me, it will be worth it! The fragrances are categorised into two groups, the florals, and the ouds. As someone who has always steered towards ouds and more ‘masculine’ scents, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the ‘Lavandes Trianon’ scent as it was very refreshing and had vanilla notes so the Lavender was actually not too overpowering.

As you can see above, one of the most amazing parts of the fragrances is the unique engraving design on each of the bottles. It’s the kind of packaging that once the bottle is empty, you’ll still want to keep on your dresser just purely because of how beautiful it is! Lancôme teamed up with two remarkably talented artists, Alex et Marine (more of their work here) who designed each individual engraving to complement the key ingredients in each fragrance. During the event, as shown below, they were doing a live, free hand illustration which was also mesmerizing to watch!

After learning more of each of the individual fragrances, the hardest part was deciding which one was my favourite. Although it took a lot more back and forth between the different bottles, I finally settled on the Ôud Bouquet! I stuck to my oud loving roots but also loved the floral notes in the scent. As I’m not yet quite the perfume connoisseur, I’ll include below how the fragrance is described perfectly by Lancôme themselves!

 Ôud Bouquet is a narcotic and sensual rose. It draws its mysterious depth from the heart of oriental wood and its strength from warm, captivating spices. Fabrice Pellegrin, renowned for his subtle creations, blended a trio of bold woods – composed of 20-year-old Oud Wood and smoky Guaiac Wood softened by the enveloping sweetness of Copahu Wood. The Praline Rose signature, crafted from Centifolia Rose Absolute, Vanilla and a Praline Accord, gives this fragrance an enigmatic and infinitely seductive power. [Woody Oriental]

You can purchase this directly here

All in all, such a beautiful event and a great opportunity to learn more about the brand! Thanks again to Lancôme for hosting me for the evening!

The Maison Lancome range is available at; www.lancome-usa.com and in store at Saks Fifth Avenue. Visit the website to find your nearest stockist.

 

 

Vegan, Cruelty-free and Environmentally Friendly Skincare? Yes Please!

As some of you may have seen from my overload of gorgeous flower walls and photobooth sessions on Instagram, back in September I got the chance to attend my first ever Generation Beauty event by Ipsy in New York! This event was honestly so much better than I could ever even have hoped!

One of the brands I was really excited about was Derma-E. They are a vegan, cruelty-free brand that started out on the West Coast but are now one of the biggest names in natural skincare. I can’t be the only one who hates looking at the back of my skincare products and seeing all these chemicals I don’t even know how to pronounce! Scroll all the way down to watch how I use the products below!

I haven’t always been someone who was vigilant with their skincare routine but as many of you will have heard, the key to good make-up, is good skin and Derma-E products are a great place to start. To see a demonstration of how I use the products, make sure you check out my Youtube video!

My Routine

1.Purifying Daily Detox Scrub – $15.50 (Image is sample size)

This detox scrub lifts away micro-pollutants and impurities while promoting oxygenation for a fresh, healthy radiance. Doctor developed and clinically tested, this revitalizing formula contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea.

  • Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals).
  • Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment.
  • Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps remove toxins from the skin’s surface.
  • Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micro-pollutants, and;
  • Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense.

2. Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water – $12.95

This refreshing Vitamin C cleansing water dissolves long-lasting makeup and impurities, while improving the appearance of skin’s texture and promoting healthy collagen.

  • Micellar technology gently lifts off dirt without rinsing, while maintaining skin’s proper balance.
  • Anti-aging Probiotics and antioxidant-rich Rooibos help skin to appear brighter and replenished.

3. Essentials Radiance Toner – $14.95

This alcohol-free, exfoliating, beauty toner helps to tone, tighten and brighten for a soft, smooth and luminous appearance.

  • Glycolic Acid helps to remove dead skin cells for younger-looking skin while an exceptional blend of botanicals including
  • Rooibos and Rosehip extracts help to revive skin for a fresh, radiant complexion.

4. Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil – $17.99

This essence of rose cleansing oil dissolves away long-lasting makeup and impurities, while nourishing skin with beautifying oils.

  • Argan Oil delivers a concentrated boost of intense antioxidant-rich moisture to lock in essential hydrating for a healthy tone, renewed texture and exceptional suppleness.
  • Jojoba Oil provides moisture to dry skin while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting healthy cell renewal

5. Radiance Glow Face Oil by SunKissAlba – $22.50 (Image is sample size)

A luxurious oil to create an unforgettable glow. Luscious organic Jojoba Oil and replenishing organic Argan Oil moisturize to help combat dehydration and the appearance of wrinkles while promoting radiance.

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As you can see, I look about 12 but my skin is freshhhhh so I can’t complain!

After using all these products together, I noticed my skin retained a lot more moisture which is perfect as I have dry areas on my skin however, simultaneously it didn’t make my skin oily. Instead I felt it was definitely that nice ‘I’ve been in the sun but I didn’t get burnt’ kind of dewy, glowy look which I love. I’ve filmed a video showing exactly what I did with the products above which you guys can watch on my channel!

I was fortunate in that I was recommended the products above but if you’re unsure where to start, have a look at the website. Whether your concern is oil control, hyper-pigmentation or even hair & dandruff, there is something there. You can also search by key ingredients such as a variety of Vitamins, Green Tea or Activated Charcoal amongst others with explanations on the benefits of all of them also listed on the site.

The entire range is super affordable and available to shop at www.dermae.com and it’s also available  in CVS, Whole Foods, Walgreens and a number of pharmacies. To find your nearest stockist click here.

Derma-E is really a breath of fresh air in an industry where so many brands are taking shortcuts from providing healthy, natural products! Trust me, your skin will thank you for it!