Despite several requests, I've refrained from posting any photos of myself just yet. I got in touch with Lisa from Solo Lisa about a week ago to get her thoughts on the matter - Thanks again hun! After some consideration, I have decided that at least for now, I will not be posting recognizable photos of myself. (Sorry!) This however, is a cropped photo of myself on a shoot I did a few years back.
Beautiful clothes, make-up, and well-coiffed locks are amazing, but nothing helps me feel more beautiful than a day where I feel happy about my skin, body and smile.
I had beautiful perfectly little teeth as a kid and at the age of 4, after chewing on some corn on the cob, my two bottom front teeth became wobbly. They fell out shortly after, as did many other of my baby teeth. They were replaced by much larger, oval shaped teeth which grew in crooked and looked far too large on my then much smaller face. I really wanted Invasalign braces but having such severe crowding and an overbite meant that I wasn't a suitable candidate. I didn't get braces until my freshman year of highschool and was thrilled when they finally game off in my junior year. I remember specifically telling my orthodontist about portrait day and about wanting them off by then!
Since the braces came off, I've played around with many OTC whitening products. I don't really like the kits with mouth guards as I find them uncomfortable to wear and you can't really talk when they're in your mouth. The paint-on agents aren't as effective either and I always feel like I'm swallowing a bunch of product. To date, my favourite are Crest Whitestrips and I use half a package every year or so right after a dental check-up. The newer, more expensive ones contain a higher concentration of the bleaching agent and are good if you want to see results quickly. I generally stick to the classic cheapeast Crest Whitestrips kit since it does just what I need it to do.
I actually thought about this post because I compiled my lip gloss collection together. I just moved home to Vancouver from school in Ontario and will be spending a few months at home for the first time in years. I started organizing all my things, making piles of things to donate, keep, throw out etc. I sorted through my make-up collection and compiled my lip glosses together (lip gloss, lips, teeth, smiles....they're related! :-p). A good amount of it was a gift from Maybelline, I would never go out and purchase every shade of lip gloss in one line. I haven't even opened most of them, I don't love the consistency though or the felt applicator. My fav of the Maybelline bunch is berry-bella, it smells good and is a really pretty summery pink shade.
I took a photo of it and decided to blog about how I am not going to buy lipgloss for another 18 months at least. It's kind of excessive no? I mean lip gloss, when opened is supposed to have a shelf life of 18-24 months, I definitely don't wear enough make-up or lip gloss to go through all of it. I usually just wear chapstick in the winter months but now that the weather is warming up, I'm looking forward to putting a dent in the lip gloss collection!