My Philips Zoom! Treatment - Before & After

Growing up, I never had the nicest teeth. I was a small scrawny kid with big, wonky teeth and far too many fillings. The latter still kind of applies now (what can I say? Girl's got a sweet tooth), however thanks to a few grueling years of brace-wearing and a few sessions of bonding, I finally became happy with my smile. Now some of you may remember a short while ago that I had some excess brace glue removed from my teeth, which resulted in them looking whiter. And whilst they did look incredibly white for a while, I soon realised that my natural teeth began to stain a lot easier as well - which isn't ideal when 75% of your daily fluids consist of tea, coffee and red wine. 

I'd heard about so many different whitening treatments in the past, but I'd also heard so many horror stories that instead of going ahead with any  I chose to just live my yellow-toothed-life, slapping on whitening strips to my hearts content. They worked, but they didn't last. And I was kind of starting to worry about the effect they might have on my teeth in the long run. I mean, I wanted white teeth, but I also wanted to keep them in my mouth for as long as possible.

So when I was invited down to try out Philips Zoom! I was a little bit apprehensive to say the least. Dentists terrify me - I'm sure I'm not alone on that one. But I was quickly reassured by the fact that I was going to have celebrity dentist Rhona Eskander performing the treatment on me. If it's good enough for a celebrity, it's definitely good enough for me!

I received my Philips Zoom! treatment at the SW1 Dental Clinic in London. The process itself took around an hour and a half from start to finish, with the whitening treatment itself taking an hour. The first step was to take moulds of my teeth so that I could have personalised trays made to take him with me for the at-home treatment. If you've ever had braces, you'll know exactly how this goes down. Think biting into a big, blue, minty chunk of playdough. Oddly satisfying, also a little bit gross. That part of the treatment takes just around five minutes - the trays are made during the Philips Zoom! process itself. 

Prior to the whitening Rhona placed cotton balls around my lips and cheeks in order to keep the product itself away from my skin. She then used what is called a liquid dam to ensure the whitening gel stayed on my teeth and didn't go onto my gums. 

Once I was looking sufficiently sexy the treatment was ready to begin, but not before I was styled up with some seriously glamourous goggles to complete the look. The treatment consisted of four fifteen minute courses, which went surprisingly fast as the goggles connected to a screen that allowed me to watch a film the entire time. I chose American Psycho because, what better film to watch at the dentist that one filled with gore?

An hour later and I was allowed to see the transformation. The pictures below barely do it any justice, so I definitely recommend checking out the video below for a full before and after. I was honestly so thrilled with the results!

But that wasn't the end of it. After being given the trays of my teeth and two syringes of the Philips Zoom! gel I was sent home to continue my treatment. Honestly, a month later and my teeth are still looking just as white as they were on the day I left the clinic, with absolutely zero sensitivity. And if I ever need to top up with more gel again in the future I can go ahead and use the same trays as before. But judging by my teeth now, I won't need to do that again any time soon..

AFTER

BEFORE


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* This post was sponsored by Philips Zoom! *

The Blogger Journal 2017 is here!

Last year I couldn't believe the amount of support I received regarding The Blogger Journal. I came up with the idea one evening when I was covered in scrap pieces of paper filled with lists and ideas, fed up of feeling so unorganised. It dawned on me that night that it would probably be a good idea to have an entire journal dedicated to organising my online life. Something I could keep on my desk at all times so that when an idea struck I could jot it down. Something that would help me keep track of my monthly statistics and keep me motivated along the way. I couldn't find anything quite like it within my budget, and so I decided to make my own.

A year later and I've sold thousands of those little journals. I still can't believe it. When I first placed my order at the printers I ordered fifty units. Fifty units that I thought I was being overly optimistic about selling. Even now I'm shocked when I get a notification saying an order was placed by one of you guys. It's one of the best and most surreal feelings I've experienced from behind the screen.

Anyway, if the title of this post didn't give it away enough, The Blogger Journal 2017 is here. No more pre-orders, no more waiting. If you want it, it's here. This year's journal is packed with the same goodies as last year including blog tips every week, goal planners and statistic trackers, only this year I've also decided to create an online hub made specifically for Blogger Journal-ers. What's included in the hub, you ask? I don't want to give away too many secrets, but I can tell you that it's going to be updated regularly with helpful tips and tricks, as well as printables and downloadables you can use to your hearts content. See you over on the hub!


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The best laptop for busy bloggers

The other day every blogger's nightmare happened to me. No I didn't run out of hashtags to use and no I didn't run out of battery on my camera mid-selfie. It was much, much worse. After almost seven years, the inevitable happened and my old faithful laptop finally gave up on me, leaving me in the mind-field that is tech shopping. I mean, technology has come on a long way since my chunky, heavy, over-heated block of a laptop, and when you rely on a computer as much as I do it's important to do your research to make sure you're not just dropping a huge wad of cash because something looks 'Instagrammable'. Although that definitely does sit high on my requirements list. Speaking of which, let's start off with that..
 

THE LOOKS

Granted, the looks are probably the least most important factor when it comes to choosing a new laptop, but let's be real here, we're bloggers. We like pretty things! And the new Acer Swift 7 sure is pretty. Matte black, gold hardware and super slim? Yes please.
 

THE WEIGHT

I'm the sort of girl that likes to take her laptop everywhere, just incase. However I'm also the sort of girl that likes to have full mobility of her arm after carrying a laptop with me around all day - which wasn't what I had with my old computer. But like I said, tech has come a long way since the launch of my seven year old laptop, such a long way in fact that the Acer Swift 7 is no more than 1cm thick and 4lbs in weight. Guess I better re-instate that gym membership then..
 

THE PROCESSOR

In short, the better the processor the more quickly you computer will, well, process things. The Swift 7 comes with an Intel i5 which - although isn't the latest processor - is more than enough for influencers on the go, as it means you'll be able to use multiple programmes without any issues, and it'll start up a whole lot quicker to. So you can just sit, flip it up, and go.
 

THE STORAGE

Anyone with a blog knows just how important storage is. I mean, I can't be the only person that has 800 folders filled with almost-identical pictures, but at a slightly different angle. Who knows what I'd do if I lost them! But in all seriousness, blogging is now a full-time career for some, and when you're entire work load is based online it's important to have secure storage. The Swift 7 has 256gb of Solid State Hardrive capacity, which is essentially a whole lot more reliable than just a regular old hard disk.
 

THE BATTERY LIFE

We all know the struggles of leaving the house with full battery, only to find half an hour later we're on power saving mode and rationing our Instagram time. Thankfully, the Swift 7 has 9 hours battery life, which means no matter where you got you'll be able to get your blog on..or at least online shop. #Priorities. 

 

Check out some of the Swift 7's other features in the video down below!


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*This post is sponsored by Acer*

Last Minute Stocking Filler Gift Guide

Anyway, of course diamonds and general jewels are a great addition to any Christmas stocking, but if you're on a budget (or you know, you're just so over being doused in riches..sob) I like to think that I've put together a bunch of bits and pieces that will suit just about anyone! Although maybe not your Grandpa..unless of course he happens to be into metallic lipstick and pink pom poms.Feel free to check out more of my stocking filler faves down below!

I swear, stocking fillers might just be one of my most favourite things to buy during Christmas - apart from the obligatory wine and cheese. I think it's something to do with the challenge of finding good gifts that fit within a festive sock, on a reasonable budget. The fact that I wanted to create this post and make everything match and look aesthetically pleasing only added to that challenge. Is it lame if I admit to having the time of my life styling up these gift guides?


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Budget Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

that it's going to go on sale in the next few days. The best bit? There's a bunch of new extras coming in the new year as well, and I am so bloody excited. So of course, my first gift recommendation would be the 2017 Blogger Journal, but if you do fancy shopping some of my other fancy favourites down below, get scrolling!

Apologies for the radio silence over here on the blog! You know that song by Andy Williams that says it's the most wonderful time of the year? Well, good old Andy forgot to mention that it's also the busiest. And by that I mean that I've been working behind the scenes on the - wait for it - Blogger Journal 2017! I've had a fair few emails from you lovely lot and I can finally reveal 


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