How I Whiten My Teeth: A Smile Brilliant Review + Giveaway

Monday, January 16, 2017

I am both an avid coffee and wine drinker, so I'm always concerned about stains on my teeth. I've tried many different methods for whitening my teeth at home...the strips seem to cause too much sensitivity and other methods are either messy or don't yield results. So, I was excited when Smile Brilliant approached me to do a review of their system. This is the same exact kit that you would get from a professional dentist, but at a much cheaper price and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. I was especially eager to try something that came with a desensitizing gel to specifically help with the sensitivity problem that can come along with whitening. 

At first, making your own impressions for the trays might seem overwhelming, but it's actually really fast and easy. They even give you extra catalyst and base paste in case you make a mistake. If you read through the directions completely a couple of times before you start and make sure that you have everything ready to go, you should be fine. Once you make your impressions and they are dry, you just send them back in a prepaid envelope. Smile Brilliant sends you an email confirming they got your impressions and are working on making your custom trays. Before you know it, your customized trays will be on their way to you. 

Once you get your trays you can start whitening. I was nervous about the trays not fitting correctly because I have had issues in the past with the ones I have gotten done at the dentist, but they fit perfectly! The whitening process itself is really easy and Smile Brilliant provides you with very detailed instructions as well as photos to help you along the way. You always want to begin with freshly flossed and brushed teeth. First, you use the whitening gel and apply a small ribbon of the gel along the trays. You put the trays in, and whiten for anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how quickly you are looking for dramatic results. Directly following the whitening you apply the desensitizing gel the same way and let that work for 15 to 20 minutes. I do notice a tiny bit of sensitivity the morning after if I whiten at night, but nothing like I get with the whitening strips that I have tried. 

Just like with any whitening product, you won't notice a really dramatic difference right away. You will notice slower gradual results. You may see some strange white splotches on your teeth after you whiten but if you do, don't panic! This is totally normal and it will go away by the morning. You can read more about that here. All in all, this is definitely my new favorite way to whiten. Once I'm out of the syringes that came with my kit I'll definitely be ordering more in order to help maintain my teeth. Here is my before and after: 

The Giveaway:

Smile Brilliant has graciously offered to host a giveaway with me for for one whitening kit of your own so you can try the system for yourself! All you have to do is make sure you're following me (@laurenscorza) and Smile Brilliant (@smilebrilliant) on Instagram, then head right here and tag a friend in the comments. Last, fill in your information here and you're all set. Good luck! If you don't win and still want to try out the product they are also offering a coupon code for 5% off. Just enter petiteinpearls5 at checkout. 

If you have any questions about the system please ask down in the comments or feel free to shoot me an email! You can check out what other people had to say about the system here.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Disclaimer: I received a free Smile Brilliant kit in exchange for an honest review however, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Petite in Pearls. 

Local Stops: Wheatleigh Hotel

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tucked in the charming Berkshire Hills in Lenox, Massachusetts rests the Wheatleigh Hotel. Built in 1893, and designed by Boston-based architectural firm Peabody and Stearns after a 16th century Florentine palazzo. Materials and over 150 artisans were brought over from Italy in order to execute the intricate carvings seen throughout the property. The land surrounding the palazzo, referred to as "Wheatleigh Park", was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect responsible for designing Central Park in New York City, as well as many other notable parks around the country. It was built by Henry H. Cook as a wedding present for his daughter when she married Count Carlos de Heredia. 

Wheatleigh has 19 rooms and suites brimming with elegance and sophistication.  The 22 acre property overlooking the Berkshire Mountains is within driving distance of both Boston and New York City, and easily accessible by private plane. The dining room at the Wheatleigh is a AAA Five Diamond Award recipient. You can learn more and see sample menus here. Their facilities include a tennis court, outdoor heated pool, massage room, and fitness room. Exclusive use of the property for weddings, meetings, private parties, and events is available. The small size of the property allows for exceptional and fully customized service.  Whether you are a local or just enjoying a getaway in the Berkshires, you have to at least drop by the Wheatleigh for a visit. 

Wheatleigh | Hawthorne Road | Lenox, MA |

Christmas in Castaway Clothing

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

This week I am teaming up with Castaway Clothing and Tim (@preppynewenglander on Instagram) for a Christmas post. I love Castaway Clothing for summer dresses and tunics, but they also have a great selection for the colder months. They have lots of fun holiday pants for both men and women, as well as some great classic plaid pieces. Just so you know, Castaway Clothing is offering free ground shipping on all orders until Christmas so take advantage of that while you can. Let me know what your favorite piece of their's is down in the comments. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far! Enjoy your time with your loved ones!

What We're Wearing: 

On me - Skirt: Castaway Clothing c/o | On Tim - Pants: Castaway Clothing c/o

Why You Need A Classic Camel Coat in Your Life

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Everyone should own a camel coat for the fall and winter months. It's such a versatile and classic piece to have in your wardrobe. It's the perfect piece to keep you looking chic while also keeping you warm and cozy. Although some of them can be a bit pricey they are a timeless wardrobe staple that is worth investing in. They come in so many different styles so you are sure to find the perfect one for you. I love this one from Eliza J. It has a great shape that's flattering on pretty much everyone. The belt is removable so you can change up the look of the coat. It also comes in regular and petite sizes. I haven't been able to stop waring it lately. I hope you are all enjoying your week so far! Let me know if you have a camel coat in the comments and how you love to style it. 

 What I'm Wearing: 

Coat: Eliza J c/o | Shirt: J. Crew | Beanie: In the Pink (Similar) | Boots: Nine West (Similar)

October Beauty Favorites

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Was it just me, or did October seem to fly by? I'm back with another set of monthly favorites. Let me know what you have been loving lately down in the comments.

Kari Gran Lip Whips c/o
These are a new holy grail lip product for me. They come in tinted and non-tinted versions. The image on the left is the shade Radiant and the one on the right is the Peppermint Tinted version. Radiant is quite a bit more pigmented than the other one, but both offer a nice sheer and natural tint on my lips. These are somewhere between a chapstick, lip gloss, and lipstick. They're moisturizing and don't contain any toxins or harmful ingredients. The packaging is also really chic, I love the little screw top pots!

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Oil c/o
This hair oil is loaded with nourishing plant oils. It has argan, jojoba, kukui nut, and pine needle oil. I've been using this instead of plain argan oil on my hair when I get out of the shower. It has a nice natural and coastal smell, but it isn't overpowering so it shouldn't be a problem even if you're sensitive to scented products. A little goes a long way, all you need is a few drops for all of your hair. This oil does a really great job of taming frizz and adding shine without weighting my hair down. You can also use it as a scalp treatment if you want. Finally, the packaging is really cute which is just an added bonus.

Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray c/o
I'm a huge fan of sea salt and texturizing sprays. Many of you might not know this but I have naturally wavy hair; so if I let it air dry it's actually pretty curly. I also always use a texturizing spray after I curl my hair to get it to lay the way I like and look a bit less perfect. I've been alternating back and fourth between the original Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Spray and this shimmer version which has mica in it. It may look really gold and a little scary in the bottle, but the effect is really pretty and subtle when you apply it. Both this shimmer version and the original give your hair great texture without being stiff, sticky, or dry. Similar to the hair oil this has a nice natural smell; it's a different scent but still not overpowering by any means.

Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen c/o
Every year when fall comes my skin freaks out. The seasonal change wreaks havoc for some reason so I've been reaching for this a lot lately. The formula is really light but still has great coverage for both dark circles and redness. It's hydrating but not heavy and doesn't crack or crease like a lot of other concealers I've tried. I have the color "light", which is the second lightest shade and it's a perfect match for my skin tone. Unfortunately, the only down side is that the shade range is a bit limited especially if you have a darker skin tone.

essie Gel Couture
I know I've mentioned to you all before that I have to have my nails painted all the time and chipped polish makes me cringe. However, I can't remember if I also told you about how fast regular nail polish chips on me. Usually within 24 hours I have at least one really bad chip, have to take the polish off and repaint that nail and then wait for it to dry all over again. I don't really enjoy going to get my nails done either, I'd rather do it myself. So I was really excited when the essie Gel Couture line came out. This stuff lasts a week on me without chipping. Total game changer for me.

Disclaimer: Some of the products in this post were gifted in exchange for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Petite in Pearls. 

An Autumn Afternoon

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I've been in love with ruffle hems lately, and apparently I'm not the only one. Every time I see a good top with a ruffle hem it sells out really quickly including the one in this post. I tried to link some that were similar to the style I'm wearing here, but I'll update the links if I find any others. This one is a little boxier than most things I'm used to wearing, but I like it a lot. I'm also in that awkward growing out my bangs phase and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it.

We had our first snowfall the other day and got a couple of inches, but it quickly melted. I can't believe it's going to be November on Tuesday. I've had the new Jimmy Eat World album on repeat this past week. It's one of the best new records I've heard in awhile. What have you been listening to lately? Let me know down in the comments!

What I'm Wearing: 

Sweater: Karen Kane (Similar here and here) | Loafers: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: Old (Similar here) | Necklace: Old from Egypt (Similar here) | Lipstick: jane iredale (In the color "Cindy")

A Stop Along the CT Wine Trail - Sunset Meadow Vineyards

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I recently visited Sunset Meadow Vineyards in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and chronicled my experience over on the brand new Connecticut Wine Trail website. I'd love if you headed over there and gave it a read! Click here to read the article. 

Sunset Meadow Vineyard | 599 Old Middle Street | Goshen, CT |