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TEETH WHITENING 101

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“What do you do with your teeth? They’re insanely white!” – is one of the most frequent questions I get. To be honest I’m actually blessed with naturally white teeth. However I do like my coffee. So, I need to take an extra step to keep them white and bright!

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For about 5 months now I’ve been using Teeth Whitening Kit by Smileo (HERE). I know that there are many different companies selling all kinds of products to get that beautiful white smile but what I like about Smileo is that it’s an Estonian company selling products that work really well while still being organic & cruelty-free!

Smileo offers 3 different products: Charcoal Whitening (HERE), 3D Whitening Strips (HERE) and Teeth Whitening Kit (HERE). In my opinion they all work really well, it’s just a matter of preferance. I like The Kit just because it’s comfortable to use and it doesn’t leave a mess. The Kit’s effectiveness is based on UV light technology, which is one of the most popular dental procedures. 

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How to use it:

1. Make sure your teeth are clean.

2. Attach the mouth tray to the LED light.

3. Apply the gel on the mouth tray (top & bottom).

4. Place the mouth tray in your mouth between your up and bottom teeth.

5. Turn on the LED light.

6. Wait 10 minutes.

7. Remove the mouth tray.

8. Rinse your mouth.

9. Separate the mouth tray of the LED light and wash the mouth tray.

(Repeat once a day, for 7 days!)

It’s such an easy way to get rid of those coffee stains. I’m always quite skeptical about products that promise quick results. So, I always do my research. And I’m here to say – approved! 😀

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Because the company is based here in Estonia you don’t have to worry about high shipping costs, custom fees, taxes etc. Their prices are very affordable. But I still managed to sort out a discount code! Yay! A little disclaimer: I’m not earning anything from the sales, it’s just for you guys!


Using the code “muurja10” gives you 10% OFF on all Smileo products! (HERE)


Enjoy your Sunday! xx

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Review: SAMPURE MINERALS LIQUID FOUNDATION

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Season change also brings a change to my beauty rituals. As the weather has gotten a lot colder, my skin has been acting out and showing me that it’s time to ditch mattifying products and start using moisturizing ones.

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People who have followed me for a while might remember a blog post where I was reviewing different products by Sampure Minerals (HERE). Their mineral powder foundation (HERE) is still one of my holy grail products! But it works for my skin only during Spring-Summer. 

Therefore I’m SO happy they finally came out with a Mineral Liquid Foundation (HERE) which means I’m all set for Fall-Winter! Perfect timing!

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I’ve been using it for 5 weeks now and to be honest I’ve had mixed feelings about it. At first I hated it. I thought it was one of the worst foundations I had ever tried. It didn’t blend at all leaving me with patchy and uneven skin. I actually thought about calling it off, this whole collaboration.

But finally I figured out what I was doing wrong – I was applying too much product! Once I realized that, my opinion changed completely. This foundation actually works so well and has such a beautiful & natural finish! Light coverage but easy to build up. It doesn’t clog the pores and when wearing it for 14 hours in a row, you don’t feel like “omg, I can’t wait to wash off my makeup.” Also I think it works very well with Instant Glow Mineral setting powder (HERE) as it makes the skin even smoother!

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Here are some tips to get a good base:

✔️ Start with well moisturized skin. This is without saying the most important step!

✔️ Remember to shake the product.

✔️ Use a flat top kabuki brush or something similar. Beauty blenders/sponges don’t work because it’s an oil based foundation & sponges are all about water. Oil and water don’t mix as you know.

✔️ Don’t apply too much! Trust me on this! 😁

✔️ Use Sampure Minerals setting powder. It sets the foundation and gives you a beautiful & natural finish!

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PS! Using the code “maarjabrenner” gets you 20% OFF from all Sampure Minerals full-priced items when ordering from purecosmetics.ee!

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For my Estonian followers: Soovitan minna sel nädalavahetusel (11.-13.10) Ilumessile ja otsida üles Pure Cosmetics’i boks, sest siis saab tooteid oma silmaga näha, uudistada ja katsetada! 😉

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SUMMER HAIR CARE ROUTINE

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Oh summer! Sunny days at the beach, toes in the sand, bikinis, mermaid hair… so idyllic!

As you change out your wardrobe and swap chunky sweaters to summer dresses, you need to take a look at your hair care routine aswell. It might be time to add a few products to your regimen in order to cope with summer conditions. Salty seawater, chlorinated pools, humidity & heat damage from the sun are just a few of the reasons why you need to rethink your hair care.

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My hair is color-treated, dry and damaged, so it was a no-brainer for me to start using L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary Oil hair care. This line is very nourishing and meant for dry to extra dry hair. I think it’s been roughly over 15 years since the last time I was using L’Oreal hair care products. To be honest I don’t think they were that good back then and so many other brands were flooding the market, so I kind of just went with the trends.

But now as I’ve been using this particular line for almost 2 months, I’m impressed! They have come such a long way. The level of improvement is insane! This line works so well with my hair. No joke!

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One of the biggest issues that I have during the summertime (and also during tropical vacations!) is having frizzy hair due to the humidity. Using products like L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary Oil shampoo & conditioner, which are infused with nourishing oils, help me to deal with that problem. I usually follow with L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary oil to tame away any remaining frizz!

PS! Extraordinary Oil comes in a small bottle aswell which is great for travelling! …and it’s made of plastic, so it doesn’t break in a suitcase!

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During the summertime I try to use hair mask more often just to keep the hair soft and healthy. L’Oreal Elvital Extraordinary Oil mask is definitely my favorite product from the whole line! It smells divine + it actually works with my dry and damaged hair. Yes Yes Yes!

I usually wash my hair twice a week. I feel that’s enough for me. In-between washes I use L’Oreal Magic shampoo (which is a dry shampoo/texturizer). I swear dry shampoo is like an espresso to the hair! 

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On very sunny days (or at the beach) I try to wear a hat or a scarf around my head – they look really cute + they make any summer outfit more put-together. You avoid getting a sunstroke & you protect your hair from the exposure!

I try to use hot tools as little as possible. Therefore airdrying instead of blowdrying. Just letting the nature work its magic.

Because summer is all about embracing your natural hair!

Love,

Maarja

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SUNKISSED SKIN 101

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Summer has finally arrived and it makes me so happy! As the weather this week promised to be ridiculously hot, I decided to come to Pärnu & spend the week here (for my international readers: Pärnu is the so-called “summer capital” of Estonia). 

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So, I grabbed my puppy & my laptop and here we are! 

To be honest, I’m currently sitting in the shade because I got sunburnt. I was a little sloppy applying sunscreen and totally forgot how strong the sun can be at the beginning of summer. So no better time than right now to talk about the importance of a sunscreen!  

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Variety of EVY Technology sunscreens (HERE)

 

Here are some very common thoughts:

– You can’t get a tan while wearing a sunscreen. Not true. Ofcourse you will get a tan while wearing a sunscreen! The SPF number is just a measure of how long your skin can be in direct sunlight without beginning to get red or sunburnt.

– All sunscreens are the same. Not true. I’m not talking about the SPF number on the bottle but the ingredients which block the sun in different ways. When choosing sunscreen make sure you pick the one that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the ones that prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots, while UVB rays cause sunburn. EVY Sunscreen mousse (HERE) and EVY Daily UV Face Mousse (HERE) are both marked with UVA/UVB symbols + they are made especially for sensitive skin. It means that you can use them even around your eyes and on your lips. Score!

– Makeup is enough to protect the face. Not true. It is true that makeup provides some protection from the sun. However it’s not much and it’s not a replacement for a good sunscreen. Makeup should be seen as an additional layer of protection, not the only layer.

– People with dark skin do not need sunscreen. Not true. While people with darker skin might be more protected from the sun, they should still use sunscreen to avoid premature aging and wrinkles.

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As I mentioned before I can be sloppy when (and if!) applying sunscreen but there are still certain guidelines that I follow…

For example, I hate it when my nose gets all red and sunburnt. To avoid it, I use facial sunscreen SPF 30 or a sunscreen stick to apply just on my nose. It does the job.

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At the beach I usually use EVY Sunscreen Mousse SPF 30 (HERE) but for boat days I just neeeeed to have SPF 50 (HERE). Once in Australia we went for a 3-day boat trip. Even though Australians were telling me to use at least SPF 50, I was like “Dude, I used to live in Dubai. I know my skin and how it reacts to the sun. SPF 15 is enough for me.” I ended up having such bad sunburn and sunstroke that I don’t even want to recall. So, SPF 50 on boat trips is a must!

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Applying EVY After Sun Mousse (HERE) is the best part of sunbathing/sunny days. It contains aloe vera and melon which are both so soothing. The right kind of hydration is actually how you maintain the tan!

When I was younger it was all about using baby oil while frying that skin until it’s dark, very dark. It sounds bad but this is how it was. Nowadays I prefer having just a healthy-looking golden tan. PS! The pictures in this post have a strong filter on + heavy contrast. I’m not actually that tanned. Just wanted to point that out. Otherwise I might sound a bit hypocrite.. 👀

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What I wanted to say with this blog post is that choosing the right kind of sunscreen is everything when it comes to sunbathing. Get tanned but not burned! 😉

xoxo,

Maarja

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BEAUTY PRODUCT THAT IS ACTUALLY WORTH INVESTING IN

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I’m not going to lie – when Philips reached out to me asking if I was interested in trying out their new Sonicare Diamondclean Smart toothbrush, I said yes immediately! 

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Why? My boyfriend has been using it for a year now. Our dentist swore by it, so he had to get it and he’s been lovvvving it to say the least. I also know that these toothbrushes in general are very popular but for some reason I never even thought about changing out my OG toothbrush. It was working for me. Kinda.

So, I knew that my new toothbrush was on its way and I started noticing that everyone I know uses electric toothbrushes. What? Everyone I visited, every friend I talked to – they were all hooked and they told me that once I try it, I will never go back to my regular one. I was so excited and couldn’t wait for my package to arrive!

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…and they were right! I didn’t even know how much easier and effective that whole process can be. Even though I brush my teeth quite carefully, I don’t always follow the 2-Minute Rule. But this toothbrush does it for me! It stops after 2 mins to let you know that your brushing session is done!

I think for me the biggest difference between a regular toothbrush and Philips Sonicare Diamondwhite Smart is the end result. You can actually feel how clean your teeth are! So polished and shiny!

Another great thing about this particular model is the whole connect-it-to-your-smartphone part & keep track on your brushing habits. Sonicare App shows you which areas to focus on; reminds you to brush, rinse, clean your tongue & use mouthwater; tells you when to change your brush head + gives you a lot of helpful information about oral hygiene in general!

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If you’re a rookie like I was, here are couple of tips for you:

  • Turn on your toothbrush once it’s already in your mouth. Otherwise toothpaste will fly everywhere before you can even start brushing.
  • If you are trying it out for the first time, make sure to use it on “Low.” Otherwise the intensity can be too strong. I’ve always been a fan of soft toothbrushes, so “Low” will always be my preferance.
  • Don’t use “Whitening” mode everyday. It can make your teeth sensitive. 2 times a week will work just fine.

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I’ve been blessed with a good set of teeth and I plan to give them the best care I can. I know that some people might think that this toothbrush is bit of a splurge but I see it more as an investment to a healthier set of teeth and a great smile. Totally worth the money!

 

Maarja

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