Tuesday, April 24, 2018


I have got the best little post lined up for you today! I have been testing out the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit for the past month and I am so in love with the results! I have been looking forward to this collaboration and luckily it came in just the perfect time for the wedding so I had a bright, white smile for our special day!

In the past, I have always used the Crest Teeth Whitening strips and they would always make my teeth so sensitive... who likes sensitive teeth?! That was one of the concerns I had with Smile Brilliant but with their Desensitizing Gel, I had nothing to worry about!

Before I go on any further, let me cover some of the basics.

Smile Brilliant is an at home, professional teeth whitening kit. No need to go to the dentist and spend a ton of money when you can do it right at home with Smile Brilliant.
They include everything for you! They supply what you need to make your molds, they send detailed instructions for you, and once you have made your molds you just mail them back to Smile Brilliant and they sent you your custom fitted whitening trays to get you started on your whitening journey.
It really works! At first I kept doing the steps wrong and not paying too much attention about drying out my trays before I put the teeth whitening gel in and I didn't dry off my teeth before I put my trays in because I forgot and so I wasn't getting the perfect results I thought I would but, when you do it exactly how the instruction paper says to do it, you see results within the first use!

I really wanted to start whitening because I am a huge coffee drinker! I have been drinking coffee since I was in middle school and to be honest, my teeth are still pretty white even after all of the years drinking coffee. I do notice however, that near my gums, my teeth are turning color and so I really wanted to fix that little issue. My photographer even said "you already have super white teeth" but I also really wanted to start using Smile Brilliant because of their Desensitizing Gel! I want the color of my teeth to progressively get whiter but I hate that with most whitening strips you get such sensitive teeth! This was super important for me!

Of course, this post wouldn't be complete if I didn't include a before and after picture of the results! I plan to continue to use Smile Brilliant because these are the best results I have personally seen with only using it a few times!

Smile Brilliant and I wanted to give you a chance to win one of these Whitening Kits valued at $149 so if you made it this far you are in luck and can enter our giveaway!

| | | | | | | |  giveaway closed congrats Sarah!!  | | | | | | | | |

** USE CODE: samantharue for 10% off too!!

Home Teeth Whitening

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Face Wash That I Am Loving

So it is no surprise that I was blessed with adult acne and the more I look around the more I realize I am not alone in this! When I started breaking out around 18 I was so bummed out because most of my friends were just getting clear beautiful skin from having breakouts in high school and I was just entering into that opposite season. I asked myself what I was doing wrong, what changed, wondering why I couldn't just be normal and have acne in high school when everyone else got it. Like I said, I look around me and realize I am not alone... thank God it isn't just me!

I partnered with Neutrogena to share a great new product that has been helping me and my skin for the past couple of days!

I have been testing out their new Acne Proofing Cleanser and the new Acne Proofing Scrub and they have been working wonders for my skin!

These cleansers is formulated with Clear Defend Technology and Salicylic Acid to fight against acne and scrub away dirt. This technology protects the skins barrier helping prevent future breakouts! Does it sound too good to be true? Well it isn't! This Oil-Free face wash is doing just what it claims and it makes my skin feel so refreshed and truly clean.

Neutrogena has always been one of those drugstore brands that I am always gravitated to and I would go as far to say they are my top pick when I am shopping at my local Target or CVS! I use their Moisturizer everyday, they have one of my staple face washes, and now this new cleanser that might make it to the top of my list. What I love most about this cleanser is that it is oil-free so it won't clog your pores!

You can get these two products now on their website! Click Here for Cleanser. Click Here for Scrub.

Which product are you most excited to try?

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Best Vitamins For You And Your Acne | What Finally Ended My Acne

Todays post is one that I have been anticipating for about a month now and I am so excited that today is the day! I get to introduce a very important brand to you (that is of course if you don't already know how amazing this brand is) they have truly changed the way I look and feel in the best way possible! Can you tell I'm excited? Good! Because this is one of my favorite brands that I have discovered in a long time!

Hum Vitamins is a brand that I had heard about from my many Youtube friends but maybe like most of you, I just thought it was another boring vitamin brand. Oh how wrong was I?

You guys know that I never promote or write about a brand that I don't truly love because I am all about being honest and sharing my favorite brands with you, my friends! So here is a little story about how Hum Vitamins have changed my life and become apart of my routine!
About a month or two ago, I posted a long Instagram story about my skin and asking for your guys' recommendations on what I should do to improve my skin and clear my acne before my wedding. Unfortunately, I am one of those lucky ones that was blessed with adult acne (is the sarcasm jumping off the page?) After posting those videos I got a recommendation to take Hum Vitamins and how they have vitamins directed towards the skin. When I looked on their website I was amazing at how many of their vitamins are directed towards clearing acne, scars, rejuvenating the skin, and overall good looks, I mean who doesn't want to look good?

After reading their story it clicked.
"The idea of HUM was born out of Walter's personal struggle with his skin and breakouts. Years of trying topical products and prescription drugs had literally left him scarred emotionally and physically. Many of the drugs prescribed worked only on a temporary basis and the breakouts returned year after year. Walter always felt that there was a link between nutrition and his skin but research in the area was hard to come by, with the majority of dermatologists not trained in the field of nutrition. It was only after he met with one of London's most forward thinking nutritionists that he was able to fix his skin once and for all."

This brand is all about clearing your acne from the inside out and I just love that! I am all about naturally healing what is wrong with my body and it took me forever to get to a dermatologist and when I did they wanted to put me on a pill and I just was not about it! 

When I first started to show interested in Hum, I saw that they had a quiz on their website to find the perfect vitamins for you! I took the quiz and got about 6 different bottles. After reading their ingredients and how they are to help with my skin, I narrowed it down to 4.  These 4: 

D A I L Y   C L E A N S E: Helps clear your skin and body from toxins. 

G U T   I N S T I N C T: A potent probiotic that benefits your skin, health and beauty

OMG!  O M E G A  T H E   G R E A T: Supports even skin tone, a healthy heart, brain and body (and no fishy taste!) 

B A S E   C O N T R O L: Key nutrients for critical good looks and health

What I love about Hum Vitamins is that they are gluten free, Non-GMO, and they actually have ingredients I can pronounce! Some of their ingredients include: Copper, Matcha Green Tea, Beetroot, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Grape Seed Extract to name a few. 
When I reached out to Hum to collaborate with them, I told them which vitamins I was already taking and they recommended 2 more to compliment those. Those 2 are:  

R E D   C A R P E T: For glowing skin and shiny hair

F L A T T E R   M E: Supports a flatter stomach and healthy digestion

They also gave me the Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder that helps boost energy, radiant skin, and metabolism which is perfect for me because I am always feeling tired! I am not a huge fan of protein powders or any powdered drink but I have to say this powder is so good! I just put one scoop in 8 ounces of Almond Milk or in a smoothie and I got my daily greens for the day! 
 T H E   R E S U L T S:
Can I be honest with you guys? I saw results almost immediately! Once I started taking my first set of vitamins that I listed at the beginning of this post, I could start to see an improvement in my skin, overall mood and they way I felt! Of course, the real noticeable changes started happening within a week or two. Below are some photos of my skin before and throughout the few weeks I have been taking Hum Vitamins. 

Sorry for these uncomfortably close selfies of my acne (I am really being vulnerable with you) but I wanted you guys to truly see this brand is legit! 
My acne always takes forever to clear all the way up and my skin isn't 100% better but it is definitely on its way to being there! Hum has helped my skin calm down in the sense that the inflammation of my spots has decreased immensely, the redness has gone down, and there have been no new breakouts since taking Hum.  

Because I love Hum so much and I know you will love them too, you can get $10 off your purchase by using the code: 148CC1

Tell me in the comments which bottle you would love to try? 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wooden Watches: A timeless gift for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is one holiday that I always looked forward to when I was single. I was just looking back to the post I did last year for Valentine’s Day about Love Languages and it is crazy to think that it was my last Valentine’s Day as a single girl (P.S. I did not know what my love languages were before I was in a relationship!) With it being my first Valentine’s Day with a significant person in my life, I knew I wanted to get David something great! I kept looking on social media for Valentine’s Day gift guides but couldn't find that one thing that was really shouting at me for him until I remembered that JORD have the best men's watches and the best wood watches overall! I didn't realize how hard it was to choose a Valentines gift for someone until this year but luckily, JORD have the most unique watches. If you are wanting to make this Valentine's day one to remember, JORD even offers engraving on their watches for that special message or date that means so much to you both!

Blog design by Get Polished | Copyright Samantha Rue 2017