Whitening Sensitive Teeth At Home!

My smile is one of my favorite features, but my obsession with iced coffee combined with being a busy college student has taken such a toll on my teeth in the last year. I recently discovered my favorite way to whiten my teeth with an awesome brand called, Smile Brilliant. 

Words can’t explain how large of a role a simple, easy-to-use system, has played in giving me so much of my confidence back. Teeth whitening is something I’ve always wanted to try, but with how expensive it can be and so many different teeth whitening solutions in the market, I had no idea where to start. This could not have come at a better time.

So, what is Smile Brilliant? 

Smile Brilliant is an at-home whitening system that uses the method of custom-fitted whitening trays to whiten your teeth. Here’s the catch: this kit costs only $149, whereas the average U.S. dentist charges $500+ for the same treatment. As soon as I heard this, I knew that this kit was going to be my go-to.

As with any product, I always need to be sure that I can trust its source. This product was created by a team of dental hygienists and professionals who have extensive experience in creating custom-fitted whitening trays throughout their careers. (Phew!) Now, let’s talk about the process.

How Does This Work?

One of the factors of the system that I thoroughly enjoy is how simple and easy-to-use it is. First, using the molding material that they provide to you, you create molds of your top and bottom teeth. (The instructions they give you make this process so smooth!)

After you’ve created your molds, you mail them to Smile Brilliant where they will create your own custom teeth-whitening trays. In about a week (or less) they will mail your custom trays right back to you! 

Now, onto whitening. First, you just brush your teeth with water (no toothpaste,) and make sure your custom-fitted trays are dry. Take the teeth whitening gel, and put a thin line of gel along the front surface of both trays. Pop in the trays, and whiten for 45 minutes-3 hours. I’d recommend starting with 45 minutes and working your way up as you move forward.

After you’ve finished whitening, you remove/clean the trays with cool water and then brush your teeth with toothpaste as normal. You then go in with the desensitizing gel, apply it to both trays like you did with the whitening gel and wear the trays for 15-20 minutes.

Once time is up, spit out the remaining gel and refrain from consuming any food or beverages for a minimum of 30 minutes. I find that the best time to whiten is before bed because that way you’ll give yourself plenty of space between the whitening and the next time you eat!

My Final Thoughts

Between the price, how easy it is to use and how fast you see results, this kit is pretty amazing. As a college student, our budgets aren’t too extensive yet Smile Brilliant makes teeth whitening affordable and easy for everyone. 

I love that the trays are custom-fitted just for your own teeth and that during the process of whitening, you can multitask and get so many other things done at once. Sensitivity was one of my biggest concerns prior to trying this kit out and I must say, sensitivity is the least of my worries when whitening with SB. This is my latest addition to my night routine and I am loving how it makes me feel!

Results (Before & After Shots):

Before Smile Brilliant
After: One month of Smile Brilliant!

Giveaway Details:

Because I love this kit so much and would love for you to try this out, Smile Brilliant is giving one of you the opportunity to win a FREE Smile Brilliant kit. Click HERE to enter the giveaway today! In addition to that, you can use the code: “writtenbycamille15” for 15% off storewide. Best of luck!!

What's On My Apple Watch? (My Favorite Apps That You NEED)

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If you see me at the gym, walking from class to class, or running errands, you’ll most likely see my Apple Watch series 3 on my left wrist. One of the most common questions I hear or get asked is, “What are some good apps to have on your Apple watch?” 

Funnily enough, when the watch first came out, I wasn’t crazy about it. I had no interest in purchasing one and couldn’t see myself wearing one either. But once I started seeing my favorite bloggers, influencers and friends sporting theirs, that quickly changed.

For my 20th birthday, I decided to give in and ask for one as a gift.

Now that it has been over a year, I can tell you that the watch is worth it! I never go a day without wearing mine. 

I thought it would be a great idea to share with you what apps I have on my Apple Watch as a college student, blogger and writer.

Motivation – Daily Quotes

A positive quote is one of my favorite ways to start off the day. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that every now and then, I love to post a snapshot of a positive quote from my Apple Watch. Motivation – Daily Quotes is the app they all come from. 

Everyday you get a different quote which I find is something fun to look forward to in the morning! As a writer, these quotes serve as awesome inspiration as well.


For all music-lovers including myself, Spotify is a must. This app is on my phone and laptop so naturally, it makes sense to have on my Apple watch as well. 

Spotify says it best themselves that by having this app on your watch, you become a “DJ from your wrist.” You can control the music that you’re listening to from your wrist as well as get more information about the song you’re listening to. 

This comes in handy way more than you think.

Nike Training Club

For all of you fitness fans, you need the Nike Training Club app if you don’t have it already. 

I started off by having this app on my phone years ago. It has over 300 workouts, taught by professionals themselves, that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Their workouts also vary by level of performance, for example, beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Although you’ll need to use your smartphone to start your workout of choice, the Apple watch displays how much time in the workout you have left, how many reps you have and your heart rate/calories burned. 

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We all need to remind ourselves to breathe and relax especially if we tend to constantly be on the go. 

The Apple watch comes with a breathe app already that will guide you through breathing exercises ranging from 1-5 minutes, however, Headspace is a great addition if you want even more.

Headspace is a guided meditation app that works wonders when it comes to relaxing your body and mind. What I love the most about the app is that you can use it anywhere and anytime. Between the SOS and touch options offered through the watch, you will always be one step closer to living a more mindful lifestyle. 

4 Letter Word

I have another daily word app on my watch that speaks to my more spiritual side. The Four Letter Word app gives you a new four letter word each day. Underneath it, you’ll find a biblical passage that the word is included in. I love this because it serves as an amazing food for thought! 

Drink Water Reminder N Tracker

This app is truly changing lives and by lives, I mean mine. I am the worst when it comes to remembering to drink water. So much so, that I took the initiative to download an app that will REMIND me to do it. As crazy as it sounds, this app has helped me a lot. 

You can set the quantity of water that you want to drink in the app on your phone and the app will provide you with reminders throughout the day to reach your water-drinking goals! 

So now that I’ve shared some of my favorite Apple Watch apps, I need to hear yours. Whether you have an Apple Watch or not, what app can you not live without? Let me know below!

The Accessory of the Summer: A JORD Watch + GIVEAWAY!

*In collaboration with Jord Watches. All opinions are 100% honest and are my own.

(Keep reading for GIVEAWAY details! Everyone wins something…) 

There’s only ONE watch that I love and have had for a while. It’s the watch that I always grab and put on when I’m going out on a nice outing with family and friends, however, in my heart I knew it was time for a new one. Jord Watches (pronounced like ‘Yode,’) a wood watch company based in St. Louis, was kind enough to reach out to me and send me one to review. What PERFECT timing.

The watch that I received was the Cassia Walnut & Vintage Rose watch. Right off the bat I was intrigued by its beautiful color as rose-toned jewelry are one of my favorite tones of jewelry to wear. The rose gold face paired with the dark walnut wood make for a gorgeous and photogenic combination.

Amongst many, there are a few details about the watch and its features that stand out to me the most:

The watch is incredibly lightweight. For a watch that is made out of wood, I expected it to be a lot heavier on the wrist, but that is far from the truth. Its lightweight property makes it a lot more comfortable to wear and doesn’t even feel like you are wearing anything on your wrist at all!

It has a clear and easy-to-read face. Nothing is more frustrating than a complicated watch face. While those kinds of watches may be stylish, Jord Watches combine stylish and readable with their pieces. The numbers and dials are crisp, clear and easy-to-read which is credited to this particular style’s concave dial.

It has a double clasp. This is my first time coming across a watch that has two clasps instead of just one. I enjoy this feature because it makes the watch feel extra secure and sits on my wrist comfortably. 

They offer watch sizing prior to shipping. To make things super quick, simple and easy, Jord watches offer watch sizing prior to shipping. This can be helpful to those who do not have a jeweler near them and on top of that, your watch will be ready-to-wear!

They are sustainable. Jord Watches uses 100% natural wood and stay away from toxic chemicals that are used to either treat or protect the wood.

The list can go on and on, but how amazing does all of that sound so far? I’ve had no issues with this watch since receiving it and have been receiving compliments left and right. This is definitely a piece I’m going to be wearing quite a lot.

 Now onto the fun part…GIVEAWAY time!

In partnership with Jord Watches, one of you can win a $100 discount off on any watch. Here’s the catch, no matter the winner, ALL of you who enter will still receive a 10% gift code.

Go to www.jordwatches.com/g/writtenbycamille to enter today! This is a giveaway open in the U.S. AND internationally. What are you waiting for?!

Enter now:

Wooden Wrist Watch

Let’s Talk About Personal Safety…

The transition from high school to college was a huge leap for me. I went from being someone who lived and attended schools in small and quiet towns all my life to moving to my nearest city for college.

There was a lot I had to adjust to with time: the noise, being surrounded by more people than I was used to, larger class sizes, a lot more walking from place to place, and most importantly, I had to develop a whole new level of caution when it came to personal safety.

In the fall, I’m going into my senior year of college and I guess you could say that I’ve learned quite a few things along the way about personal safety in these last few years.

I felt it would be important to share what I’ve learned to my fellow college students who follow me and read my blog because personal safety is something that never hurts to take caution of.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Utilize personal safety apps

We live in a digital age and there’s one thing that remains true about many of us: we often tend to have our phones handy.

Nowadays there are so many apps that guarantee personal safety, but the one I trust and favor the most is the iWitness App. Here’s why:

This app turns your smartphone into your very own personal safety device. Whether you are heading back to your dorm/apartment after a night class or a night out, heading to an exercise class or on a jog outdoors, you are guaranteed to have strong layer of safety right at your fingertips.

This app works in just a few simple steps:

It Records

If at any point you want to an extra level of safety, you just open the iWitness app and it will immediately begin recording video and audio of your surroundings via your phone’s camera and track your GPS location.

It Gets You Immediate Help

If you begin to feel endangered or need some more help, you can tap anywhere on the screen in the app where it will sound an alarm and will initiate a call to 911.

Alerts Emergency Contacts

When setting up this app, iWitness asks you to provide emergency contacts that you can add so that they will be contacted via text and e-mail informing them that you feel endangered and need them to call immediately. The app will also send them your GPS location and the video that was recorded of your surroundings.

Save/Review Videos

At any point needed, the videos that you have recorded can be reviewed through the iWitness app on your phone.

iWitness has been my best friend now more than ever. I’m currently on summer break and one of my goals this summer is to devote more time to fitness and spending time outdoors.

Lately, I’ve been discovering new trails in my area to go walking and jogging on. It’s simple situations like those where my iWitness app can be life-saving especially if I go by myself.

I feel so much better knowing that if anything were to happen, I have a powerful, yet easy-to-use personal safety device right by my side.

Always let a family member or friend know your location

Whenever you go out, whether that be to a party, the store or to class, make sure that at least a roommate, friend or family member knows about your whereabouts.

An easy and effective way to do this is by sharing your location on your phone with them. Such a simple action can make all the difference and can even save your life.

Walk with other people (if you can!)

Walking with other people gives you some more power in a threatening situation instead of walking alone.

I’ve witnessed  a lot of people feel awkward asking another person to accompany them on a walk (I’ve definitely been there,) but I’ve come to realize that it actually isn’t an uncommon thing at all! You have to remember that your safety is a top priority.

Stay in areas that are well-lit & surrounded by other people

This is something that I love to do especially when I happen to be walking on my campus or anywhere else at night.

I have a much better peace of mind when I take paths back to my destination where I know the area is brightly lit and there are going to be other people in that same area as well. It makes me feel less alone especially if I don’t have anyone to accompany me in that moment.

Lock your dorm or apartment when you’re not there

No matter how friendly or inviting your dorm building or apartment complex seems, it never hurts to lock your doors when you’re not there. This not only keeps you safe, but it can prevent any potential or harmful situations in the future.

No matter where you are in the world, it is important to be cautious of your surroundings.

The world can be a scary place, but I hope you realize that with the right tips and tools, fear doesn’t have to hinder you from enjoying the beauty that life has to offer.

What are some of your personal safety tips? Let me know in the comments. You could be helping someone else!

To learn more about the iWitness App, click here.

To try the iWitness App for one month free, you can download it on the App Store or get it on Google Play.

My Weekend Morning Routine For Relaxation & Energy

During the week, my morning routine is a mess…I don’t even consider it a routine since I’m usually rushing to get ready for school.

While I definitely need to work on my morning routine during the week, I must say that I do have a pretty solid one for the weekend.

I wanted to share a glimpse into what my weekend morning routine looks like. I love to devote time to self-care and relaxation as my weeks almost always end up being so busy and exhausting.

Contrary to the popular saying, “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content,” I think that a weekend well-spent can do just the same!

Wake Up- 10:00 A.M.

Depending on how tired I am from the week, my wake-up time varies. I’ve found that on most weekends, my body typically wakes up around 10-10:30a.m so that’s when I like to start my day.

I usually lay in my bed, grab my phone from my night stand and go through my e-mails, my personal and blog Instagram accounts, read my daily bible verse and check out a few new YouTube videos that have been posted from the channels I’m subscribed to.

I know, grabbing your phone first thing in the morning is not the best habit to have, but I’m just keeping it real (and am working on it!)

Morning Skin Care

When I finally feel ready to get out of bed, I head to my bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face. Below is what my current morning skincare lineup looks like!

Breakfast – Avocado Toast & Eggs

I’m 100% a breakfast girl and cannot start my day without it. I love it so much that sometimes I’ll crave breakfast for dinner and have that instead of a normal dinner meal!

I’ve been eating a lot of avo toast lately and I’m not mad about it. I use Ezekiel bread for my toast, a half of an avocado from Trader Joe’s and put everything but the bagel seasoning on top. If I’m up for it, I’ll add an egg on top! I either eat this with a side of hot tea or a glass of cold water.

Catch Up, Plan, Read…

One of the reasons why I love the weekend so much is that it gives me time to breathe. I don’t feel obligated to rush or get assignments/work tasks done for the following day and actually have a bit of time to plan out the rest of the month and start some things I want to get ahead of.

Even though I recommend giving yourself at least a day or a few hours off from working on anything during the weekend, I can’t help but feel a little motivated knowing that I have more free time to do so!

After doing a little bit of catching up on some school assignments and work, I love to wind down by either reading, writing in my journal or planning content for my blog (this may be considered working, but to me it’s so much fun to do!).

This all takes place in my breakfast nook where all the amazing natural sunlight comes in. Being in this environment makes me feel so inspired and happy.

Workout Routine

After a bit of R&R, I like to do a quick and easy workout.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my latest obsession has been jump roping. I usually like to run, but sometimes it’s fun to switch things around!

I love to jump rope for about 10 minutes followed by 3-5 sets of a full body workout (@danalandgren and @kayla_itsines workouts on IG are my favorites!!)

Working out for as little as 30 minutes is an instant mood-booster and I highly recommend incorporating this into your morning routine if you’re not already!

Get Ready For The Day

After I’ve completed a work out, I officially get ready for whatever the day has planned. I am such a huge homebody, but even if I’m not going out, I still like to dress in comfortable clothes as it makes me feel good in general.

What’s something you can’t go without doing in the morning?

7 Ways to De-stress, Relax, and Unwind

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetStress and anxiety are two things that I’ve unfortunately had a tough battle with for many years. There have been many bumps along the road, but I can say with confidence that my anxiety has gotten so much better compared to how it was just about four or five years ago.

Along this journey, one of my main priorities has been to find something that I can resort to whenever I find myself getting overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. For me it has always been important to find natural ways to relieve stress and lessen my anxiety, so I thought I would share a few of the things that have helped me so much that I hope can be useful to you.

Positive Affirmations

If you follow my blog’s Instagram, you’ll know that I am a stickler for positive affirmations. Every now and then I love to write down affirmations that have just popped up into my head into my journal and I love to save a bunch to my phone that stick out to me on Pinterest or Instagram. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them!

Not going to lie, I used to think affirmations and positive quotes were incredibly tacky, but that’s because I never gave them a try for myself. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. They are so helpful and can really set the tone for a wonderful day. You’d be amazed at how many just speak to your situation directly!

Put Down The Phone

The last thing you want to do when feeling stressed or anxious is go on your phone just to flood your mind with more emails, notifications and tasks that you’ll eventually have to handle at one point or another throughout the day or week.

Don’t go on your phone first thing when you wake up! Give yourself at least 20-30 minutes to set a positive intention for the day. The same goes for whenever you are feeling overwhelmed. Rather than go on your phone, focus on something else like your breathing, reading an affirmation or doing whatever it is that you enjoy doing.

Talk to Someone You Trust

For me, this person is my best friend. I can always count on her to answer my snapchat messages or phone calls whenever I need someone to rant or vent to. You’ve probably heard this tip many times before, but I can assure you, it works!

Bottling up how you’re feeling inside is never a good feeling nor is it good for your mental health. I always feel so much, if not, entirely better after talking things out with my friend. If you don’t feel like you have someone like this in your life; DM me! I’m always here to listen and talk.

Bask in The Sun

I know for me when I am feeling anxious, stressed or a little bit down, I just feel like sleeping in my dark room all day. But just a little sunlight has the power to completely switch your mood I’ve noticed.

I love to go in my sunroom to lay in there because I can always count on that room to be filled with a ton of natural light. The warmth of the sun makes me feel so good and instantly relaxes me.

Throw Yourself a Self-Care Night

This is one of my favorite ways to de-stress. I like to choose either Friday or Sunday night to dedicate time solely to self-care. Friday nights are a perfect way to unwind especially after a long week of school or work, and Sunday nights are a great way to prepare your mind, body and soul for another week.

My self-care nights typically involve taking a long shower or bath, throwing on a mask and putting on my favorite music while I wait for it to dry. It allows me to forget about all my responsibilities for the day and just enjoy time to myself.

Practice Mindful Eating

A lot of times when we are stressed or anxious we find that our minds feel like it’s all over the place. This can make it really difficult to focus our attention on the little things, (like eating!). Mindful eating is a tip I learned from my nutritionist not too long ago.

Get rid of all distractions and focus on every single bite that you take from your meal. This is a practice that involves solely listening to your body whether that be when you’re hungry or when you’re full. It combines the practice of mindfulness with an activity we do every single day. I love to do this to clear my mind as well.

Reflect on the GOOD

Something I’ve been trying to do more and more lately when I’m having a rough day is to think of at least three good things that happened during the day no matter how bad I felt it went. This is something you can even write down or just prepare a mental list in your head.

This is such a great habit to get into because it shifts your focus from reflecting just on the negativity. It allows you to develop a more positive outlook on life and reminds the importance of taking each day one at a time.

What are your favorite ways to de-stress, relax and unwind? You might be able to help someone else.

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

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Christmas is in two days, and we’ll be entering the new year in less than two weeks! Time has flown by so quickly.

So let’s be honest. Sometimes the holiday season in reality doesn’t feel as glamorous as it is portrayed in movies, TV shows, commercials and social media.

Maybe you’re finalizing travel plans, or you’re in charge of wrapping gifts. Maybe you still haven’t picked up all of your gifts yet, or you still have to make final preparations for a holiday dinner or party.

If any of the above describes how you’re feeling right now or if you’re experiencing any form of holiday stress large or small, just take the time to breathe. Right now.

Being surrounded by portrayals of situations opposite to yours may make you feel like you’re the only person in the world going through this, but let me be the first to tell you that you’re not!

I’ve had my fair share of holiday stress this year, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that the true meaning of the holidays and how I should be spending this precious time outweighs all of the stress that I have been experiencing.

I want to offer some tips to combat holiday stress because at the end of the day, everything will get done even though you have no idea how.


The holidays are the perfect time to break away from social media, TV, or anything that is distracting you from getting what you need to get done. Sometimes seeing what is portrayed online or on the screen can worsen your stress and make like you feel like you don’t have it all together!

Don’t give your attention to that. Instead, use your time of disconnect to spend more time with family and loved ones or give yourself some time to just unwind and relax after a long day of crossing off tasks from your to-do list.

Ask For Help

Never be ashamed to reach out for help if you need it! This goes for decorating, planning or picking up something that you may have forgotten to grab at the grocery store.

I know you may want to get everything done by yourself, but simply asking a friend, family member or significant other for help can lessen your stress significantly. Maybe for your dinner party you can ask guests to bring a meal to lessen the load of cooking everything. Or, you can ask a friend or someone who is free to help you clean and prepare for guests that are coming over.

Make Time for Self-Care

Whatever your favorite form of self-care may be, make time in your schedule for it. Self-care is something that is necessary to implement into our daily routines. It allows us to listen more closely to our body and mind.

It doesn’t matter how long of a day you’ve had or how much left you still have to do. A few minutes dedicated to your favorite form of self-care won’t hurt. In fact, it’ll make you feel better and give you energy to tackle your next task.

Be Kind To Your Body

Of course during the holidays we are surrounded by so many delicious sweet treats all around us and it is absolutely fine to treat yourself!

But, it is also important not to lose sight of continuing to nourish your body with the proper nutrition that it needs. Doing so will keep you moving and full of vitality.

Along with a treat here and there, make sure you are staying hydrated, and continuing to eat fruits and vegetables. It is so easy to lose track of what you are consuming this time of the year, but if you remain mindful of it all, you can notice a positive difference in your mood throughout the rest of the season!

“Gratitude is the BEST Attitude”

When in doubt, practice gratitude. Think of everything you are grateful for! Appreciate all the good and bad that you are going through because at the end of the day, you will become so much stronger because of the challenges you may be facing at the moment.

Continue to spread generosity and kindness to everyone because everyone is going through some kind of battle whether it is apparent or not.

While the holiday season may be stressful at times, remember to be easy and kind to yourself. No one is perfect and not everything goes according to plan which is fine because that is a part of life. Taking care of yourself is the most important and remember that all of this will pass!

Camille Rose