Quite a while ago I started researching about Crest Whitestrips. Not that my teeth looked bad, but I love wearing red lipstick. And as any lipstick-loving lady knows: red lipstick makes your teeth look yellow… So anyway, I did some researching and I read about a lot of people who said their teeth were so sensitive because of the product that they had to stop using it. That kind of scared me, so I bought the Crest 3D whitestrips – Gentle routine. These are very gentle, and instead of leaving them on for hours you just use them 5 minutes a day.
First of all: they are very very easy to use. You just peel the strips off the packaging like you do with stickers, and you apply them on your teeth. I have to say though, that it’s not like in the commercials, where they are at work when using them, smiling all the time, as if you can’t see the strips. In reality, there is quite some drooling! Haha, however after using them a couple of times you get the hang of it more and more and it gets better. I didn’t feel any pain after the first use, so started using them for 30 minutes instead of 5. Still, no pain at all. After using 7 strips (of the total 28) I hardly saw a difference. A teensy bit maybe, but it just wasn’t worth the money.. So I returned the remaining strips and got my money (for those strips) back. Too bad, because I liked the pink packaging. ^^
Again, after a lot of researching, I decided to buy the professional effects. You get 20 strips and should use one a day for 30 minutes. Again, they are easy to apply. =) I have to say, these worked so much better! And I didn’t experience any horrible pains. After a couple of days my teeth got a little sensitive, but then I just stopped using them for one or two days and the pain was gone. I’ve used 10 strips now and I stopped using them because I’m quite satisfied already. If the whitening wears off, I can use the other 10. ^^ I stopped using them about a month ago, and my teeth are still looking very good! I haven’t been drinking coffee and tea though, and keep brushing very well too. Also, I have to add, after using them for like 4 days, I went to the dentist and she said crest is a very good product for home whitening, and not that bad for your teeth. Of course bleaching is never really good, but neither is drinking soda and orange juice so… All in all, it’s a very good product!
Sadly, I don’t have any personal before-and-after pictures because I couldn’t ever get the lighting right.. But trust me, there’s a difference! I also hear it from other people, like my mom on skype going all: “Gee Jade your teeth are really white”
So yes, I recommend it!
Lots of love,
*** 11/10/2012 Update ***
It’s been quite a while now and I just wanted to say, I’m still very pleased with the results! Although, I’ve noticed, drinking coffee or tea really ruins it. So if you want to use these strips, be prepared for giving up these drinks for a while! xx
There’s this dutch website I really love to read, it’s called Ze.nl. It has all kinds of stuff on there, to interest ladies: hair, make-up and nail information, recipes, articles about relationships and family and so on… This week I read THIS ARTICLE about Syoss shampoo. They said it’s almost as good as the products you can buy at hairdressers, only this is affordable. So I thought I might test it too!
The first product I tested was the regular shampoo. They have all kinds, but I chose the one for long and damaged hair, because it takes a lot of work to keep my hair in good condition now that it’s becoming so long. First of all: it smells great. Like, really, great. And second of all: it feels really nice when using. You get a lot of foam out of just a little bit of shampoo. Afterwards I dried my hair with a blow dryer and my hair felt very soft and smooth. Of course, I always use a lot of conditioner too so I can’t really tell whether it’s the shampoo’s work or not..
I really like the product. It smells good, it feels good, the results are good and the price isn’t bad. The only downfall is that it’s animal tested. I just read an article on this, and appareantly, everything I use is animal tested. Getting products that aren’t isn’t that easy because they instantly cost more. But maybe I should start saving up for LUSH products. =)
The Dry Shampoo
This product seemed like something from a science fiction movie to me. A shampoo that you can just spray on dry hair and would make your hair clean again? No way that’s possible! Well, it is. I love this product because I have a pony and often my pony needs washing, but the rest of my hair doesn’t. And because I have long and fragile hair, I prefer not to wash it too often. The shampoo is easy to apply and again, smells good. But there are some negative sides to it as well..
This one is the anti-grease one. There is also an extra-volume one that I haven’t tested yet. It’s a great product because it actually does what it’s supposed to do! So yes, it’s good. However.. you’re spraying some sort of powder into the room and the result is: quite an amount of coughing -ahem-. Also, I have blonde hair, but I’ve heard that people with dark hair tend to get this white-ish glow on their hair. I also wouldn’t recommend it for using on your entire hair, because it really dries it out. Apart from that, it’s great. =) I am going to keep it in the closet, for situations like “OMG my exam is in 30 minutes and I still have to wash my hair!!”
Last but not least I want to show you guys what my hair looked like after using. After I’ve washed and dried my hair I usually put it in a ponytail. Then when I take the ponytail off about a day later, I always have this stupidlooking wave in my hair, you know? Also my hair is very very flat, especially after I’ve washed it. But after using the syoss shampoo and wearing my hair up for a day, it looked very good when I took it down again. So you see, it’s not a bad product. =)
Lots of love!
Well, dear readers.. I don’t know what to say except.. I might have been wrong. Does the shampoo have amazing results? Yes. But do they last? I don’t think so! At first my hair had so much volume and it felt great, but after a couple of weeks it really started to dry out. So it’s a good product for a one time use (but then what do you do with the rest of the bottle?) but not for everyday use. I cut like 5 full centimeters off this weekend!! Makes me sad but oh.. It’s so soft now. =) Love, tiny