|Above: Crest 3D Whitestrips always enhance my smile!|
As a beauty blogger, it is natural for me to seek out products that make my skin look better than it is, make my eyes greener than they are and make my hair fuller than it would be naturally. Although this pursuit is perfectly understandable (makeup can indeed do wondrous things), if I am not doing everything in my power to preserve and enhance the whiteness of my teeth, no amount of high-end skin care and cosmetics will help!
To test this theory, I put on a full face of makeup, but temporarily yellowed my teeth (it brushed off immediately!). My dear husband's reaction was priceless; as soon as I smiled, he took a double-take and then proceeded to very gently ask me if anything was going on with my teeth (hey, at least I know he's honest with me!). This informal research impressed upon me what I already suspected, beauty is complimented by a great smile and a great smile benefits from white teeth!
|Above: Even two shades of Tom Ford lip color (Pink Dusk and Nude Vanille) could do nothing to help my (artificially) dingy smile!|
|Above: Crest 3D Professional Effects Whitestrips contain 20 packets (with strips for top and bottom teeth) for use over the course of 20 days...I also like to use them intermittently as maintenance!|
I have been using Crest White Strips for years...although I am an avid brusher, I like my teeth to have that "extra glow" so a couple of times a year, I spend a series of consecutive days applying the strips. It is so easy...no bad taste, no uncomfortable tray that impedes speaking and no sensitivity. Most recently I used the Crest 3D Professional Effects Whitestrips to achieve ultimate whitening. I like this version because it is gradual (which helps with reducing sensitivity) and great for long-term maintenance.
Scroll on for the complete process and results...
|Above: Each packet (there are 20 included with the kit) contains two strips (for upper and lower teeth).|
|Above: The upper and lower strips peel off easily (like a sticker).|
|Above: I like to apply the upper strip first...I just fold half of the strip over the front of my teeth and fold the other half over the back of my teeth.|
|Above: Next comes the bottom strip!|
|Above: Both strips successfully applied...now I can go about my morning business (e.g., makeup and hair) without any discomfort or inconvenience.|
|Above: The final product...no amount of makeup can replace the radiant effect of bright white teeth!|
Bottom Line: The ease and efficacy of Crest Whitestrips is undeniable. I like to think of them like a necessary part of my beauty routine, right up there with an anti-aging serum, physical sunscreen, perfectly matching foundation and waterproof mascara!
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.