My Favorite Things + GIVEAWAY: Keeping my Smile White through the Holidays

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First off, I will start by stating that I don’t really consider “My Favorite Things” to be a Christmas song, although it has seems to have become one over the years.  I guess I can understand why, when they mention “warm woolen mittens” and “packages tied up with string,” but I do not think of Christmas when I hear it…I will always just think of The Sound of Music.  And singing the song for an audition in college.

But I digress.  The holidays are among us, and I wanted to share a few of my favorite things, along with how I keep my teeth white throughout the holidays, plus a giveaway for you to win your own custom at-home, dentist-grade whitening system!

Thanksgiving has come and gone already, and Christmas and New Year’s are fast approaching.  With all of the parties and family get-together’s, I want to look and feel my best throughout the holidays.  All products mentioned in this post are products that I use and recommend.  I would not share with you a product that I did not absolutely love, just as I would never post any recipe that I did not like.  And I love everything mentioned in this post! So I will be sharing my favorite makeup, skincare, and teeth whitening products.

Keep scrolling for the giveaway and discount codes!


I love makeup, and could easily spend too much money at Ulta.  For a long time I didn’t know how to apply makeup correctly, but a lot of YouTube and trying new products has given me a great appreciation for the art, and I feel fabulous when I wear it.  Since I am working full-time for the military at the moment, I have to keep it conservative during the weekdays, and on the weekends (when I don’t have drill) I can go a little bolder.  All of these products allow me to choose between the two looks. Here are my current favorites:

Foundation: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation – I’ve tried many foundations and always go back to this one.
Concealor: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealor – This is the concealor I’m currently using, and I love how it blends well, doesn’t crease, and hides my bags.
Contouring: IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Anti-Aging Face Palette – I love this contouring palette.  The blush is pretty pigmented though, you have to be very light with it.
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked3  – This is my favorite eyeshadow palette.  It’s great for my skin tone, and you can create so many different looks with it.
Setting Spray: NYX Matte Finish – This has kept my makeup fresh all day, even after a crossfit workout!


shot of tula products


I always had terrible skin growing up.  It has never been perfect, but over the years it has improved significantly with changes to diet and products used.  I heard about Tula through the blogging community, and I had to try them.  Tula offers probiotics in their products to naturally balance and boost the health of the skin.  When I use their products, I feel like my skin glows more, and I wake up with better skin.  I love all of their products I have tried, but my favorites are the Purifying Face Cleanser, the Acne Clearing + Tone Correcting Gel, the Aqua Infusion Oil-free Gel Cream, the Hydrating Day & Night Cream, and the Insta Bright Energizing & Brightening Sheet Mask.  But they have many more products that are also amazing.  You can get 20% off your first order here.

Another product I am loving is the Rejuvenique Oil by Monat.  You may have already heard of Monat for their hair products.  I have personally had a good experience with their hair products so far, but I swear the Rejuvenique Oil is like a Holy Grail product with 101 uses.  It works great as a oil treatment for your hair, but I have also been using it on my face and lips.  It seriously makes for an amazing moisturizer.  I use a few drops on my face at night and it keeps it hydrated, and I swear every day I use it I wake up with less wrinkles under my eyes.  I’ve also put a drop on my eyelashes at night to help them grow, and putting a drop in your mascara bottle can keep your mascara smooth and avoid clumping.  I seriously love this oil, it’s like liquid gold!


closeup of smile brilliant system

Teeth Whitening and GIVEAWAY

I drink a ton of coffee, and I also love drinking red wine from time to time….especially around the holidays.  None of that is good for your teeth.  But I am not going to drink my wine through a straw at Christmas parties, that’s just kinda weird.  With Smile Brilliant, I can have my wine and drink it too!

shot of Jordan with a glass of wine

You may remember in January I did a full review of Smile Brilliant and their custom, at-home teeth whitening system.  I loved the whole process, and it’s super simple.  Once you sign up, you will receive your kit and make your impressions, and they will send you custom fitted trays that make for a comfortable whitening experience.  This is the easiest and most comfortable whitening system that I have ever used.

Since the trays are custom fitted to your teeth, they are comfy to wear, and you don’t have bite on a slobber-inducing blue-light for five minutes, or deal with the sticky feeling the strips have (plus the strips only seem to cover your first four teeth).  You squeeze the gel into your trays and can wear them around the house while you are doing other things.  You can keep them in for anywhere between 45 minutes to 3 hours. I wear them while I am doing homework at night and barely notice they’re in after a while.  These were my original results from my review back in January.

before and after teeth whitening with smile brilliant

I currently use the whitening gel for maintenance about 3-4 times a year.  I love the simplicity of it.  This has been my favorite whitening system.  Check out my original review for a rundown on the whole process and routine and my thoughts on the system.  And keep scrolling for the GIVEAWAY!

shot of Jordan with whitening tray

Just in time for Christmas – a Giveaway!

If you would like to try the system out for yourself, or gift one to a friend (it would make for a great Christmas present), Smile Brilliant is offering a 15% discount to my readers with the promo code fithappyfree15

I’m so excited that Smile Brilliant has decided to partner with me to do another giveaway for my readers! One of you will win a $149 credit, which can be used to purchase the T3 Custom Teeth Whitening system for FREE! This is a great value, so I would jump on this while you can! Click on the link below to enter.  The giveaway is open to all USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.  The winner will be contacted directly by Smile Brilliant.

Enter the Giveaway Here!!

Good luck, readers!


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