First Impressions: Summer Fridays R+R and Overtime Masks

Thinking of picking up the Summer Fridays R+R or Overtime mask? Let this first impressions be your sign to get them. Now.

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For Christmas, my brother so kindly gifted me with the Summer Fridays Merry & Brighter set. Anyone who follows me knows that I am the biggest fan of Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask. 

I’ve been using Jet Lag for over a year and with every application, I fall in love even more. However, I never got the chance to try the other two masks from the brand, R+R and Overtime, until now.

I finally gave the two masks a try and I want to share with you my first impressions of them!

Let’s start with the Overtime Mask:

Overtime is intended to exfoliate your skin and act as a mask to liven up dull skin. Some key ingredients include: oat kernel protein, vitamins A, K, C and E, apricot seed powder and pumpkin.

Taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied it to my skin:

  • This stuff smells AMAZING (like pumpkin pie).
  • Gorgeous texture
  • The exfoliating ingredients are not too harsh on the skin; they’re gentle. 
  • As the mask sits on the skin, there is a slight tingly/warming feeling. (nothing too intense or irritating.)
  • This tube packaging will always be my favorite.
  • Cute & perfect travel size!

All in all, my skin loves this product. I had a visible glow once I washed the mask off after exfoliating and letting it sit for 10 minutes. My skin appeared brighter than it looked before applying and felt so smooth. 

My only caution goes to those who have sensitive skin: beware of the tingly feeling you may feel when it sits on the skin as a mask.

Next is the R+R Mask:

This is a 2-in-1 mask that works to buff away dead skin while restoring it with antioxidant-rich oils. Some key ingredients include: Bulgarian rose, argan oil, rose flower powder and more.

Again, taken straight from the notes on my phone, here were my first thoughts as I applied R+R to my skin:

  • It smells so much like the Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask (one of my favorite masks on the planet,) which instantly gave me high hopes!
  • It doesn’t have the typical jelly “texture” that I expected. It feels more like a gel with light exfoliants in it.
  • The oils in this mask left my skin looking super radiant.
  • The smell is very relaxing; not too strong, reminds me of being in a spa.
  • Not a messy texture at all
  • Deeply hydrates & moisturizes the skin.
  • Great use for the winter time to reduce dryness.

The final verdict? They’re both awesome products that did not disappoint. Combined with the third mask in the trio, Jet Lag, these three masks make a magical team. 

My skin enjoyed these two products and I could not stop staring at my newfound glow in the mirror.

Have you tried Summer Fridays? I’d love to hear your thoughts as well!

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!!