Sunday, 6 August 2017

Smile, it's Sunday*


Even though life has sent me sailing up sh*t creek without a paddle [or even a boat, tbh] recently, I'm still smiling and laughing like a madman [usually at my own jokes.] As I spend 89% of my life my mouth hanging wide open, lolling at a terrible Dad-style joke I've made or a comment I've left in the group chat [or listening to Katie's first hit single] I do wanna ensure that my teeth are pearly white and looking good; rather than me just rofling everywhere with a mouthful of sweetcorn-esque gnashers. 

I've been trying out some of the bits from newly released [in the UK] brand SmileLab Cosmetics range recently - you'll no doubt have seen them plastered all over my Insta as their branding is so on-point it's unreal. They sell a huge selection of Advanced Whitening products which promise to give you an American-esque pearly-white radiance to your teeth. You can shop the brand in the UK at Boots [here] - but do their products work?
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
I'm pretty lucky when it comes to the natural whiteness of my teeth - although my bones are sh*te and just like, crumble away, my pegs are pretty resilient. They do get a slight stain from the amount of coffee I guzzle a day, but this normally lifts right off with a cheeky scale and polish at the denny [dentist.] 

I've found using this Smilelab Advanced Whitening Toothpaste* daily [shop it here at Boots] has definitely helped with removing that yellowy tinge - and although my teeth were already pretty white [making it a slightly difficult test] I definitely feel like that my teeth look whiter. When I walk past a mirror and have a little smile, even from a distance I can see my pearly whites shining back at me - even during the very early days of using this toothpaste I perceived a difference in the shade of my gnashers pretty quickly.
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
Maybe my teeth are loads whiter, maybe they aren't - but even if using these products was just a placebo, it's made me feel a million times better about my smile. Which is 100% worth it, in my eyes. I've actually been feeling pretty tooth-positive [totes making that a thing] since using these products daily. I've been smiling for photos, laughing out loud without feeling like I should cover my gob and not at all conscious if I see someone glance at my mouth when I'm talking. 
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
The toothpaste is actually pink / red, which was a surprise the first time I used it! Taste-wise, it's absolutely fine - just like a regular toothpaste; fresh. Not powdery or with a weird taste / texture like some whitening products are. You use it as normal, feel like a total prinny as you spit out pink bubbles and then proceed to gurn madly at every human you see - to show off your smile. One thing I noticed straight away using this toothpaste was that it left my teeth feeling genuinely clean and smooth
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
I've used teeth whitening strips before and found my teeth reacted pretty well to them - so I was super excited to receive such a huge 2-week supply of SmileLab's version. These are the SmileLab 'S' Advanced Whitening Strips* which you can shop at Boots here. Once again, I was taken aback by how beautiful the branding and presentation of the strips was. The strips themselves come in a magnetic sealed box, and you get a little portable, metal holder to transport a few around in - ideal if you're off on your travels. The execution of the brand's products and design is flawless - little touches like that go above and beyond expectation for me.
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
If you've tried teeth whitening strips before, you know the drill here. I like these SmileLab strips as they [just like their packaging] are dead well designed; they're an innovative shape which sit perfectly against your teeth and folds over the top to hold them in place. They have a slightly minty taste and they are full of gel product [so you can feel a bit gooey / fuzzy in the mouth as you sit with them on] but unlike other strips I've tried, they don't feel like fire. Some of the strips I've used in the past burned like hell and even left parts of my gum slightly damaged, but I feel safe using these ones. And they're subtle too - you can barely tell you're wearing them.
These strips really work. You can see visible changes even during your first couple of treatments - these are better than any other strips I've used to date, including the Crest ones that everyone raves about and I used to get imported in from America. If there's one thing you're contemplating buying for quick whitening results, it's gotta be picking up a box of these.
Used alongside my new fav toothpaste to maintain the effects, these strips definitely make my teeth look whiter. Like the prize tool that I am, I didn't take before and after shots for comparison, but I definitely feel that some of the coffee staining has been lifted without Mr Gill [my dentist's] help. Simply leave the strips on for 30 minutes, then remove and brush away the excess gel. Boom. I haven't whitened my teeth in the image above, I just reduced the shadows and added highlights to the image as a whole - so yeno, not to brag or anythin', but my teeth are pretty damn white right now!
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
I've been really impressed with this brand; I'm often sceptical when it comes to products which claim to whiten teeth, but I've seen visible results with SmileLab [especially with the Whitening Strips] which even I, the most miserable hag going, can't argue with.

SmileLab Cosmetics UK have only just launched in the UK - so give them a stalk via the Boots website & make their day. Their Instagram is babein' but lacking in [well deserved] followers atm - so make sure you give them a visit to share some love [and check out their stunning imagery and branding.]
SmileLab Cosmetics UK Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Advanced Whitening Strips review
Have you tried any teeth whitening products before? What do you think of SmileLab's products?
*This post contains items I was gifted for review, but all opinions and cheesy-ass selfies are very much my own.
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