How to Rock a Red Lip | How I Whiten My Teeth at Home + a Giveaway! - Like Honey

How to Rock a Red Lip | How I Whiten My Teeth at Home + a Giveaway!

Hey y'all! Today I'm going to share with you all a little glimpse into my teeth whitening routine and why I think it is so important when rocking a red lip! 

First off, my favorite red lippies:

NARS Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Red Velvet, Revlon Matte Lipstick in 900 Really Red (apparently I'm a matte lipstick junkie. Want to sport these colors with a little shine? Try a tinted gloss like Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning.)

There are two key factors in rocking a red lip: Smooth Lips & White Teeth

My exfoliation routine is pretty low key. I use the e.l.f Lip Exfoliator a few times a week. A homemade sugar scrub also works well. Always apply a balm afterwards! I like my Perfectly Posh Caffeinated Lip Balm for it's tightening effect and natural ingredients. If the weather is particularly dry and my lips are cracked or bleeding I forgo exfoliation until things heal up. Carmex seems to work fastest on healing, but lanolin (yes, like nipple cream) is a great, more natural alternative.

Now, I don't have the time or money to have expensive, in-office whitening done at the dentist but my love for coffee and a stunning crimson pout beg for pearly whites. Unfortunately for me, my teeth don't have the strongest genetics. I was blessed with weak teeth, meaning I suffer from moderate to severe sensitivity to cold and sweets along with weak enamel that chips and wears easily. I have always been afraid to try teeth whitening as I know how painful it can be for someone with sensitive teeth like me, but when Smile Brilliant reached out and asked me to try their in-home whitening system I thought, "Can't hurt to try!"

So here's how to process works: When you order your whitening system, you'll receive a box like this in the mail. It contains two types of dental putty that you'll combine and use to create your custom fitted impressions. Head here to learn more about tooth sensitivity and if whitening is right for you.

The putty hardens pretty fast, so be sure to work in a timely fashion. I used my phone to set a timer and had both trays finished and ready to go within 10 or 15 minutes. Much better than a 2-3 hour wait in a dentists office!

You'll mail your finished impressions back to the Smile Brilliant lab and in about 5 days your custom-made whitening trays will be on your doorstep! Seriously, how easy is that?! Now you can whiten to your heart's content! I prefer to whiten at night, usually before bed. I use the bleach first, then apply a layer of desensitizing gel to save my sensitive teeth from pain. I was honestly shocked to find that I experienced no pain whatsoever!

It's been about 8 weeks since I started the process and I am so happy with my results. I'm so glad that I was able to see whiter and brighter teeth without ever wasting time in a dreadful waiting room!

Results will definitely vary, but I love the flexibility that Smile Brilliant offers in terms of whitening when and however long you want to! It has made what used to be something that terrified me into something that has completely boosted my self-esteem and given me the confidence to wear the bold lipsticks I love! Click here for a more in depth video on how Smile Brilliant works, how to use it, and the kind of results you might see with it!

Want to try Smile Brilliant for yourself? Head HERE to enter your email for a chance to win a FULL Whitening System (via a $139.95 credit)! Winner will be announced in 2 weeks. Don't want to wait that long? Use code "likehoney" to receive 5% off your purchase on

Professional Teeth Whitening So what do you think? Would you give in-home teeth whitening a try?

*I have been compensated in exchange for this review. This post contains affiliate links for which I may also receive a commission. All opinions are my own, as always.*

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