Coffee Date no. 10 | Vacation Recap + Some Announcements

August 11, 2018

I cannot believe that it's already August! This summer has gone by way too fast :( I only have one more week left of work and two weeks until I leave for school.

Last week I went on vacation with my family and my best friend. We had so much fun on the Cape and Nantucket. I got super sunburnt at the start of the trip, so it was a little rough doing pretty much anything. I am still peeling on my back and legs. Wear your sunscreen ladies!!
I tried MaryLou's coffee for the first time while I was there and oh my gosh guys I am so so sad that there isn't one in New York. If you ever get the chance, try their blueberry cinnamon crumble iced coffee. 10/10 recommend. 
W got ice cream almost every night, as you do on vacation. My favorite place has to be Cape Cod Creamery, with Sundae School coming in a close second. I really needed to get back into running more after this trip.
We did lots of shopping, but I mostly just got keepsake items. I am really trying to clear out a lot of my clothes before I buy new ones. If you want to help a girl out, go check out my Poshmark, my user name is @LeahClasen.
This brings us to announcement #1. If you want to know more about that trip, you can watch my very first YouTube video!! I'm super excited to share my first vlog with you guys. It's definitely something that I will need to keep working on, but I hope you enjoy my (rough) first try. You can also follow along on my Instagram stories, @cuteandclassyblog

Now onto announcement #2. For a while I have been wanting to change up the newsletter to make it better for my readers. When I saw the newsletters that Dani Austin, Kate from Lonestar Southern and Lucy from Daily Dose of Prep were sending out, it really inspired me to create something new.
Starting August 18th I will be sending out a bimonthly (for now) newsletter that has exclusive, email only content. The working title is C & C Mail but I'm open to some more clever suggestions. 
You can sign up with this link, or one of the various forms on the blog :)
For now, I will be keeping the same RSS updates until the get a make over or I can incorporate them into C&C Mail. 

I can't wait to share my journey at my new school and everything that is in store! Thanks for reading :)

Monthly Favorites: July 2018

July 28, 2018

I cannot believe that July is basically over; it feels like just yesterday was the 4th of July! Since starting my little blog journal (stay tuned for more on that) it's been so much easier to keep track of my monthly favorites so you can look forward to more monthly posts like this. I love trying out new things, from podcasts to beauty products, and I love sharing my thoughts on the with you guys, so posts like there are perfect for that! Here's to my random ramblings of things I've been doing, using, enjoying over the past month.


Friendship bracelets

So I'm not sure that this counts as "Fashion" but I wear them all the time so I'm throwing it in here, mainly because I wear the same thing every day as part of my camp uniform so I don't really have anything else for this category. If you read my last Coffee Date, you know the story behind these.


This one is really just a color but it fit best here too.  It's just so happy and summery. I've had yellow nails for the past few weeks, lots of yellow outfits and making tons of bracelets with yellow in them. 



 I have been trying to up my skincare game lately, and since I really didn't want to my derm recommended face washes, I decided to venture into the world of serums. Right now I am using this one from Urban Outfitters that is packed with vitamin C to restore and renew your skin.

Fresh Face

With my job at camp, I really don't wear much, if any make up during the summer. I love the look and feel of keeping it natural. My skin feels great, I don't have to worry about sweat or the pool ruining my makeup and it saves so much time. Most days I'll just throw on some of my favorite mascara.



I've bee getting up at 5:30 every day to run before work. It wakes me up more than coffee does, and it doesn't hurt that it's much better for your body. Right now I'm focusing on extending my running time more than distance and pace. My goal is to build up enough endurance for a 5k, then we'll see where it goes from there. 

Whitney Simmons Workouts

To go along with my running, I've been adding in strength workouts every other day. I love Whitney's workouts because she has a range of difficulty levels and provides you with modifications. She also has a bunch of workouts that are either equipment free or can be modified for things that are easier to use at home.

Dorm Room Shopping: Where to Start + What's In My Dormify Cart

July 22, 2018

At the end of August I will be moving into a dorm for the first time. It's pretty overwhelming yet exciting getting ready for move in day. For years I have been saying that I can't wait until I had my own space to decorate, so this just puts me one step closer. 
I have read so many blog posts, gone through hundreds of checklists and watched dozens of videos on the "Essentials" things you need to bring with you. From talking to friends and just my everyday life as a college student, I've realized that a lot of the stuff from all of those really isn't as important as they seem. I wanted to share with you guys a list of the MOST important things I'm buying for my dorm, complied from lists, posts, videos, friends and my own experience.
 At the end of the post Ill share my Dormify cart with you guys, which is basically all the extra fluff you really don't need but will totally make your room cuter and make you feel more at home. If you want 20% off your Dormify order you can click this link right here. Go ahead, I'll wait. Now that's out of the way, let's jump right in. 

Dorm Room Essentials

Comforter/ Duvet- For the love of all things holy please do not buy one in white. It will get dirty so, so quickly. If you still want the look of a sleek neutral color scheme with maybe a popular color, a shade of grey is a safe bet.


Mattress Pad AND Mattress Topper- This will make your dorm bed so much comfier I promise you. My best friend even has two mattress pads and I think her dorm bed might be comfier than my bed at home

2 Sets of Sheets- Get at least 2 sets so you aren't constantly doing laundry and you can still lay in bed while you're washing the first set. 

Organization- This one is a pretty umbrella term but get what fits your needs. Have a lot of shoes? Get a hanging shoe rack. Want to lots of snacks on hand? Plastic bins are perfect for that? Have so much stationary your roommate might think you're crazy? First off, you're not, second get some desk organizers. The possibilities are endless. 

Closed Lid Garbage Can- You'll obviously need a garbage in your room and if your room doesn't provide one for you, you'll need to bring one. I recommend one that has a closable lid to keep any funky smells from filling up your tiny, shared space.

A Lamp- Some schools provide a desk lamp, some provide a floor lamp, all of them have horrible (or non-existent) overhead lighting. Check what your school provides and pick up which ever one won't be there on move in day.

Mirror- Floor length, wall, or cosmetic is up to you and your level of vanity (don't worry, I'm not judging) but having at least one is a must. 

For the most part this is a really all you need to get through your time in the dorms. You don't want to bring too much and then not use half of it and you definitely want thinks that are more functional than decorative. If you have any more dorm room must haves, leave them in a comment below!

Great Places to Shop

Dormify-You can shop pre planned rooms in a few clicks. Decorating your dorm doesn't get much easier than that!
Target- I love Target for more décor centric things like pillows, throw blankets and wall hangings
Bed Bath and Beyond- Perfect for all the basics like bedding, organization and small appliances (hello coffee maker)
Ikea- I don't have one near me but I imagine it's very similar to Bed Bath and Beyond
Walmart- Cute for cheap décor and cheap mattress toppers/pads, especially if your school doesn't allow the foam ones like mine.

What's In My Dormify Cart

Wall Art // Dry Erase Boards // Throw Blanket // Duvet Cover // "I Believe in Naps" Pillow // Trunk // Bed Skirt // Pink Pillow

If you want to get the 20% you must you my link above, not the product links!

If you guys post any pictures of your dorm room this year, make sure you tag me in your pictures! My Instagram is @cuteandclassyblog 

Coffee Date no. 9 | New Beginnings & Old School Nostagia

July 15, 2018

Happy July!! If you're new here, hi hello welcome. My Coffee Date posts are a basically a semi-regular life update for my readers. I also highly recommend following my Instagram (@cuteandclassyblog) and maybe even signing up for my newsletter, you know just to keep updated and such. 

Work has been keeping me super busy lately, which has made it difficult for me to keep up with posts and Instagram. I'm working on a schedule that will work with everything else going on, so it might be a week or two before things get back on their regular track again. Thanks for your patience! 

Last week was the 4th of July, and I got to spend the day on my friends boat, and I got to spend the next day as a lobster nursing a pretty nasty sunburn. Besides that it was a great day, relaxing and floating on the lake.

Ever since camp started I've been making tons of those woven friendship bracelets. I usually always make one for myself each summer and wear it until it falls off, but ever since I became a Pura Vida rep (use LEAHCLASEN20 for 20% off) I've had the urge to make enough to fill my entire arm and then some. I even bought one of those embroidery thread organizers so I can color coordinate all them. Someone please stop me. 
I remember when I was a camper at myself, my counselors would always be making these bracelets and I thought it was so interesting. I was so excited when I finally learned how to make them myself that I begged my mom to buy me the string you use to make them. She bought me one of those value packs that had a range of colors in it and I took them with me every day to camp. I never wanted to let anyone else use my favorite colors because I didn't want to run out of them. I was always the same way with stickers too. I never wanted to use my favorite ones because I wanted to save them, for what I have no idea. 

I got a new planner last week and I am way too excited to use it. This year I settled on the Happy Planner in the classic size with the vertical spread. At first I was a little skeptical of not only a weekly spread when I had gotten so used to daily ones, but also a vertical layout. I was really drawn to this planner by all the stickers that this company makes to go with it. Now yes, you can use the stickers in other planners, and I did that last year, but they are specially sized for the boxes in this planner. I also love elaborate and colorful spreads in my planner to remain motivated. Since I'm artistically challenged, the box stickers for this planner are perfect. The Happy Planner is also super customizable, with add-ons and removable pages, which I think will be perfect for combining school and blogging into the same planner finally. Once I get into the swing of using it, I'll have a full planning post up for you guys as part of my back to school posts. 

Speaking of back to school, I have (finally) settled on a home for the next two year, where I'll be majoring in Chemistry on a Pre-Med track. I can't wait to show you guys my dorm room and my new routines at my new school. Next week I have an entire dorm room post going up. I hope I can share a little inspiration for any incoming freshman or even returning college gals that want a new look for their dorm this year.

Leave a comment with any school related posts you guys want to see in the upcoming months. Don't worry, I still have lots of summer content planned!

I hope you enjoyed this little life update/ramble!!

4th of July Vibes | Red, White and Blue OOTD

July 1, 2018

First things first, this isn't your typical 4th of July outfit post where everything either has an American flag, stars or stripes on it (No shade to those posts, they're all still super cute). I wanted to put together something that was still festive but not totally in your face about the holiday.

This is a pretty casual look, that can totally be worn with some cute distressed shorts or even the chino shorts in my last post, it just happened to be a little chilly the day I shot these. You could up the festive-ness of it with some cute tassel earrings like these ones, or a more patriotic shirt like this one.

Outfit Details:
Shirt // Jeans // Bag // Shoes // Sunglasses // Bracelets (Use LEAHCLASEN20 for 20% off)

I am currently writing this post while sipping on some lemon ginger tea with honey, surrounded by tissues and sounding like a frog. Who ever said kids are bad at sharing is a liar. They love to share their germs, even when you don't ask!
I swear by using a humidifier when I'm sick and I recently tried using a saline nasal rinse (it's uncomfortable buy you can actually breath after guys!!) but what are some of your best cold remedies? I'm trying to get better asap because let me tell you,  while being sick in the summer sucks, being sick while you work at on outdoor summer camp makes it so much worse.

 You can catch me dragging my tea and tissues outside with me this week because there's no way I'm staying cooped up inside! I'll be spending my Independence day on my friend's boat, which is pretty much the most all-American way you can spend the 4th of July. Here's to hoping I feel better by then.
Share your plans for the 4th in the comments below!

June Fashion Purchases + Unltimate discount code Round Up

June 23, 2018

This post contains affiliate links

You guys have no idea how excited I am to write this post because it combines two things I love, shopping and saving money. The first part is the (few) things I've bought this month that I've been wearing lots ever since, and the second part is an ultimate round up list of every discount code, affiliate link or sign up bonus that I have for you guys to use.
This is like a double special post for you guys, two outfits and lots of discounts

First up is this super cute sundress that I got from a local boutique. It's a super lightweight linen that buttons all the way down and is super cute for days at the track.

Outfit Details:
Dress // Shoes: Option 1 / Option 2
I couldn't find the exact dress online, but I found a very similar one (on sale!!) for you guys.

The next item are a pair of Nantucket red J. Crew shorts that I got for $12. Yup you read that right, only $12 from Plato's Closet! One woman's trash is another woman's treasure. These shorts are so comfy and can be styled so many different ways, plus they're not denim so they're great for work or dinner with friends.

Outfit Details:

Now onto the part you have all been waiting for, every single money saving code or link I have for you guys in one nice post. All of you reading and following me on my social media has made most of these possible so I want to say a huge thank you for that! If you guys use these, I get a little something in return, which makes new updates and content possible for Cute and Classy, and might even open more opportunities for this list to expand.

I'll start with the newest additions first:

Pura Vida: Code LEAHCLASEN20 for 20% off- for a limited time get free stickers with every order!

Dormify: use my link right here to get 20% off your order

On to some apps:

Poshmark: Use LEAHCLASEN for $5 credit when you sign up, plus get 20% off your order when you bundle items from my closet

Uber: Use LEAHC703UI for a free ride

Ibotta (soo easy to earn on this app ya'll): Use DOIROLN for $5 when you redeem your first rebate

SeatGeek: Use this link right here to get $20 off your first ticket order


The Hub: So this one you'll have to shoot me an email for, but it's a great site that you can connect with other creatives from photographers and models to makeup artists and stylists depending on how big your project is.
I will update this list as more opportunities roll through. I want to say another huge thank you to everyone who has made this post possible. 

My Summer Reading List

June 16, 2018

Happy June everyone!The nice weather has finally made its way out of hiding. 
I've bee working really hard on some exciting new things for the blog, which is why I've been a little MIA recently. I promise once they're all launched you'll be glad I spent the time on them! The most noticeable thing and probably the biggest it the new blog theme! I figured it was about time to give the site a little face lift and make it easier for you guys to find content you'll love. A huge thank you goes out to Eve from FearneCreativeDesign , not only for the design but also all her help getting it set up!

Reading is one of my favorite things to do over summer break because it keeps the brain sharp while I'm not in school and it's a much healthier pass time than watching Netflix for a month and a half waiting for camp to start.

I don't know about you guys, but I can't just lay out for hours on vacation or near the pool without something to do. Anything with a screen is out of the question since I just look silly squinting into a black, glare-filled abyss, so I love bringing a book along with me. Plus it makes for some cute Instagram stories with all my other beach/pool essentials.

I love seeing what other people are reading to get some ideas for my own reading list, so I thought I'd share my summer reading list with you guys to hopefully spark some interest in a few of these books.

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Red White and Blue - Memorial Day Weekend Must Haves

May 23, 2018

Memorial Day is almost here! It's considered the official kickoff of summer, especially near where I live. All the summer "hot spots" open up Memorial Day weekend since it's when it finally starts the get and stay warm up here.
My favorite part of Memorial Day weekend is all the barbeque food and the start of lake and pool days all summer long. I don't really have any plans for the holiday yet but I'm hoping to be spending it soaking up the sun near some water. Does anyone with a pool or a lake near by want to invite me over for the day? 

You can click on any of the pictures below to shop the items or find them all at the bottom of the post.

Obviously lots of red white and blue are a must for Memorial Day weekend. As much as I love style, I love comfort even more. Jumpsuits ad flowy dresses are perfect for looking super cute and also not having to worry about fixing this or adjusting that. This post wouldn't be complete without a patriotic bathing suit to wear for all the (hopefully) fun things you'll be doing.

What are your plans for this holiday weekend?

8 Dresses for Graduation-Class of 2018

May 5, 2018

This June will mark 2 years since my high school graduation and feels like the time has just flown by! 
A week from today (ahh!!) I will be walking across the stage again as I get my Associates Degree, the first of a few college degrees I plan on picking up along the way. In high school we weren't allowed to decorate our caps, so I'm going all out this time around. I'll be sharing the finished product with you guys over on my Instagram (@cuteandclassyblog) but let me know if you want a full tutorial! It won't be up in time for most college graduations, but hopefully I can help out some of my high school readers. 

I know a lot of people who don't think what you wear under your graduation gown matters all that much but that couldn't be farther from the truth! In most of the pictures you take, you're either going to have your gown unzipped or not even keep it on at all. You guys can see some of my high school graduation pictures and some DIY grad party ideas in this post

I know a lot of high schools (maybe colleges too) give the girls white gowns if that's one of their school colors, so I made sure to include a few white and lighter options for those of you who will be wearing those flimsy white caps and gowns. If you have a darker or black cap and gown, you have a lot more freedom with the colors you have on underneath. 

My biggest tip when picking your dress: POCKETS

(pst: you can click the image below to shop or use the widget underneath)


Congratulations to all the graduated of the Class of 2018! Go on to do amazing things!!

Coffee Date no. 8 (with puppies!!) + Day Concert Outift

May 1, 2018

As per tradition when I take a little break from posting, I'm back with another Coffee Date. School has kept me super busy since I've gotten back from break, but we're in the final stretch of the semester and hopefully things will start to wind down soon.  

Playing with puppies!
 Outfit details

All smiles at OH Fest

Outdoor concert/Festival Outfit
Outfit details
Jacket (it's actually a denim shirt) // Shirt // Jeans // Shoes //Sunglasses

Unfortunately the puppies in the picture aren't mine :( but, playing with them was the perfect way to spend the first nice day of spring we've had this year. Last weekend I went to OH Fest at my best friend's school and we had so much fun dancing our hearts out to A Boogie, so I wanted to throw in a little outdoor concert outfit inspo into this post for you guys. The shots aren't the best, but I wasn't really planning on doing a while post for it. 

I have to be honest, I haven't felt very inspired or motivated to post much lately. I've been super stressed out over school and what in going to be doing next year. I cannot believe that I'm going to be graduation from my school in less than 2 weeks! It's so crazy to me that I'll actually have a real college degree.
Now that I'm back, I really want to step up the blog and make this the best year yet for Cute & Classy! I'm not planning on a full rebrand but there's a lot of updates coming to the site, the newsletter and my social pages.
You guys could really help me out by:
Following my Instagram: @cuteandclassyblog
Following my Twitter: @_cuteandclassy
Subscribing to my e-mail list 

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I'm really excited to work hard and put out higher quality content for you guys. I'm going to stick to one post a week for now so that I can really work hard on it, but there might be a few extras thrown in here or there. My Instagram theme has been getting a lot better if I do say so myself, but dang it, I don't know how people keep up with a white theme and post so frequently. I guess the key is to just take pictures of everything. To all my friends: I'm sorry in advance.

Now onto the things I've been binging on lately


New Girl
Okay so this one is a re-watch, but with the new season I just had to start from the beginning to fully enjoy all the joy of Jessica Day and her roommates. If you need a good rom-com that (in my opinion) focuses more on the comedy, this is totally the show you need in your life. The episodes are short so you might find yourself finishing this one in a few weeks.

Scream Queens
I'm a little late to the party on this one. This show is so cheesy and over dramatic that it makes it funny. If you need something you can hate on but also get pulled into this is the perfect show.


Views with David Dobrik and Jason Nash
If you like watching David's vlogs you definitely need to listen to this podcast. They talk about a bunch of behind the scenes stuff, and keep it super real about how much they make from tours and brand deals while also putting their usual comedy spin on things.

Insanely Chill with Cody Ko
This podcast is very appropriately named. It's super laid back and well, chill and it feels like you're in the room chatting with friends while you're listening to this. Of course Cody and his guests crack some pretty good jokes and chat about music and the other types of things Cody does on his YouTube channel. It's one of my favorites to listen to on long car rides by myself.


Whitney Simmons
Whitney is a super positive, quirky, booty goals lifestyle and fitness vlogger. I love watching her videos when I need a little more motivation to stick to my fitness regimen, a new workout or some food/ meal prep ideas. She also has the two cutest little pups in the world!

My Everyday Makeup Routine + Bare Minerals Made2Fit Review

March 18, 2018

Hola Amigos! Fun fact about me, I took 6 years of Spanish between Middle School and High School. Too bad I can barely translate anything anymore. I'm hoping Dulingo will change that!

Before you read anymore, make sure you go read my last post and enter my giveaway in collaboration with Smile Brilliant. All the details are at the bottom of the post.

Because that post had to go up last week I had to hold off my Made2Fit review and sharing y everyday makeup and some outfit details from my little winter wonderland adventure my friend and I took a few weeks ago. But fear not! I promised it would come so here it is.

Outfit Details: Sweater (similar) | Jeans | Belt | Necklace (similar) | Boots

I was able to try out the Bare Minerals Made2Fit app and foundation thanks to Influenster (Seriously guys, they're the bomb digity!)
The app curates a foundation the is perfectly matched to your skin using scans that you take of various parts of your face. I wanted to try this for myself see how accurate this really was.

Let me show you how it works in a little more detail.
First you need to go to the app store and download the  bareMinerals Made2Fit app. It's got a pretty nude pink icon that I actually love.

When you open the app, you are walked through the entire process with picture, video and voice instructions from calibrating your device to where to scan and how to order. It really only takes 5 minutes to get a foundation that's a perfect match to your skin.

I was so excited when I got my bottle, which is personalized with your name, so I tried a swatch on my cheek. Guys I'm not joking when I say I went about the rest of my day forgetting I only had a little patch of makeup on and not a single person could tell that's how well this matched.

So what about the formula? I tend to lean toward foundations that are on the lighter coverage side for my everyday makeup because I don't like the feeling of having a ton of foundation on all day. This foundations feels as light as a feather, while also covering up any uneven coloring I have on my skin. I do find I need to add concealer under my eyes and to any blemishes, but that's expected with a light coverage foundation. My favorite concealer are the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the Shade Vanilla and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in the "Brightener" Shade. I apply all my liquid/cream products with a makeup sponge

My skin is on the more oily side and this foundation has a natural finish, so do make sure to set it with a powder. I prefer to use a big fluffy brush and a loose translucent setting powder like the Laura Mercier Setting Powder or the Clinique Blended Face Powder, which I've had for year and am currently using to finish up.

I do find that the foundation looks a little oily and like some may have came off by the end of the day, but you can easily help that by using a good primer, reapplying powder throughout the day and using a matte finish setting spray at the end of your makeup routine.
I have used the Benefit POREfessional Primer forever, but if that's not your jam the Too Faced Hangover RX works great too. As for setting sprays, I swear by the Urban Decay All Nighter. If you want a cheaper alternative, the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray is a great dupe.

I like to warm up my face (since I'm a ghost that can't get a tan) and add some dimension back into my face with a matte bronzer. I take an angled blush brush and sweep Benefit's Hoola Bronzer under my cheek bones, on my temples and under my chin to add a little bit of contour and add color to my skin. If I'm using a blush that day I'll use a little bit of the Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush, but usually I just go right to my highlighter. Depending on the look, I'll use Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector in Moonstone for a warmer glow or Make Up Revolution's Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights for a cooler, more purple toned highlight.

I keep it really simple on my eyes. Using a fluffy blending brush I pick up a little bit of my bronzer and blend it into my crease. I like to put on a little black eyeliner, just so that any mascara I get on my lid isn't as noticeable. The Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner and Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon are two of my favorite pencil liners. I love long voluminous lashes and if you've read any of my other beauty posts you know I SWEAR by the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, I seriously haven't tried a mascara that I like better. I also like to add a lash primer to help hold a curl. So far I've only tired the Tarte Opening Act Primer.

For brows and lips I keep it pretty simple. I like to quickly define and darken my brows a little with either a pencil like the Soap and Glory Archery Pencil or a gel like the Benefit Gimme Brow (RIP but they're launching the Gimme Brow + soon!!) I keep my lips super soft and add a little color with the Glam Glow Poutmud 

I know it looks like a lot, but I've gotten this process down to about 10 minutes in the morning. Practice makes perfect! Or just makes you faster.

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Easy At Home Professional Teeth Whitening with Smile Brilliant + Giveaway!

March 11, 2018

I want to start off by saying a huge thank you to Erin and the amazing staff at Smile Brilliant for the opportunity to review their whitening system. A little disclaimer before we start: while this product was sent to me, all opinions are my own. This post is a collaboration with Smile Brilliant.

Now that is out of the way, let me give you guys a little whitening experience background. After I got my braces off in 8th grade my mom and I wanted to make sure my teeth stayed as nice as possible. I went to an extra cleaning for a while and when I was a freshman or sophomore I first started whitening my teeth. Before that I had used whitening toothpastes with I didn’t see much of a difference with so I was excited to be trying out something that would work. The first whitening product I used after that were these tray/strip hybrids made of a waxy material on the outside with the product lining the inside. I used these everyday for a 30-60 min as the box instructed and my teeth were noticeable whiter, but not by anything more that a shade or so. I wasn’t crazy about how these felt so next I tried strips which worked just about as well as the last one but they were so flimsy that I had to keep adjusting them during the whitening process. I kept using the whitening strips before special events like prom and graduation but I could never keep up with it; it was too much of a hassle. I never ventured into professional whitening because it was far to expensive for someone working a minimum wage summer camp job, and I didn’t want to ask my parents to pay for that.

It had been about a year since my last whitening session and I had just purchased a new set of those dreaded strips when I received an email from heaven, I mean Smile Brilliant. They offered me a chance to try their professional quality whitening system and share one with you guys as well. Keep reading to find out how you can win that

So I was so super excited about opening this that I didn’t take a picture of my box before I tore into it 😬 sorry guys! But it comes with trays to take molds, three pots of base, three of catalysis (both are for the molds),3 syringes of desensitizing gel and whitening gel.

The first step of the process was making the molds for the trays. If you’ve ever had braces, making the molds for you trays is just like when the orthodontist takes a mold of your teeth before and after except less traumatizing and not horrible tasting. I had to mix a blue polymer and a white activator together, put it in the mold tray and hold it on my teeth for 3 minutes for top and bottom.

One those are done, you pack the molds back up into the cute little pink pre-paid package that comes with your kit and send them back to Smile Brilliant where they work some magic. Within a week or so you have another cute pink package in the mail with the final product that is your whitening trays. There are a lot like the clear retainers or Invisalign if you’ve ever had either (sorry for all the orthodontic references)

After you get your whitening trays back in the mail you’re ready to rock and roll. It’s recommended that you prep your teeth by using the desensitizing gel for a few days. I have relatively sensitive teeth, so I prepped for 3 days before I started whitening. The process is super easy, you brush your teeth with just water, floss, line the front of the trays with a thin strip of the whitening gel, leave it on for 45 minutes up to 2 hours, brush your teeth normally clean the trays and line them with the desensitizing gel that stays on for 20 minutes. You can’t eat or drink after so it’s easiest to do this at night before you go to bed. I started out at 45 minutes and increased the time by 15 minutes each day I did it. Like I said before, my teeth are more on the sensitive side so I skipped a day between each session.

They trays are super comfortable, and you can go about the rest of your night without even thinking about them. This is really great, especially with my busy schedule. I was able to pop the trays in and get some homework done or a post written while I waited. Then I’d put the desensitizing gel on, hop in the shower and go to bed when I was done. It couldn’t be easier!

I noticed a difference in my teeth within a week of using the system and after finishing my teeth were noticeably white to others too! Before I would always get in my car and look and the mirror and the first thing I would notice was stained my teeth looked, but after using Smile Brilliant one of the first things I notice is how much brighter they look. I’m a girl who loves her iced coffee and I’m so glad this whitening holds up through my coffee obsession. As someone who is always taking lots of pictures, it’s definitely boosted my confidence especially when I’m taking shots that are closer to my face

Final Thoughts:

This product gets two thumbs up from me. You don’t need to carve out huge chunks of time to go to a dentist’s office or pay an arm and a leg for professional whitening. The trays are sturdy and reliable. The results were exactly what I hoped they would be and I will definitely be using Smile Brilliant again when it comes time to whiten again.

The results:



Now for the part that I know you're all reading for. Its giveaway time!

Giveaway Time!
The rules:
You must use the giveaway link in this post (you can also find it in my Instagram bio and on my Facebook) or else your entry will not be valid.
The giveaway is open for 2 weeks starting 3/11/2018 to 3/25/2018
The winner will be announced on my Instagram 
You must live in the US, UK, Australia & Canada to enter

If you aren't the lucky winner or can't wait to get your hands on a kit you can used my code cuteandclassyblog15 to get $15 off any tray set.

How Much Is Teeth Whitening

Spring Break Wishlist-2018 Florida Edition

March 4, 2018

Right now there are 6 inches of snow and counting outside my window so I think its safe to say Spring isn't here yet, but we are in the process of planning a vacation to the sunny state of Florida at the end of them month. My spring break is pretty late for most colleges, but I get a week and a half off because of Easter. Fun little fact: This trip will be my first time on a plane! It's been a hot minute since I've been on a proper vacation so you could say I'm a little excited for this trip. 
Obviously a new trip means shopping for new clothes to wear on said trip and since I got rid of a ton of clothes I'm in need of a new Spring wardrobe. 

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How cute would that top look the skirt?! I've been dying to get my hands on a good denim skirt. Those wedges look so comfortable and you could wear them with so much.
I used to think hard shell suit cases were so weird but now I can really see the appeal for travel; I'm hoping I can find a good quality one on the cheaper side before my trip.

I can't wait to take a bunch of amazing pictures to share with you guys. If you're not already make sure you go follow me on Instagram @cuteandclassyblog

Leave me a comment with any recommendations you guys have for things to do/places to eat in the Tampa/Orlando area!

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