Saturday, December 27, 2014


Coffee and red wine. These two indulgences are actually necessities in my life this time of year—as I bet they are in yours. They provide much-needed bookends to any day, good or bad. Unfortunately, as I get a wee bit older, I've started to really feel the effects of these delicacies on my (not so) pearly whites.

After battling with my skin for years, I significantly changed my routine this year, and finally feel like my face is behaving itself, at least moderately. I wanted to come home this holiday season feeling like my best self. Combining better skin, a bold (and festive!) lip and sparkling teeth is exactly how I want to greet friends and family I haven't seen in months—especially on New Year's Eve.

With the goal of making a fresh impression on my mind, partnering with Crest for their 2 Weeks to Your Whitest Smile campaign was a natural fit. In mid-December, I began diligently wearing the Crest 3D White Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips daily. They mold and stretch to fit (30% more of) your teeth and stay put—so I could wear them in the midst of my beauty routine or while watching Netflix on the couch. I don't know about you, but wanting to impress your mother and a few high school crushes is all the motivation I needed to commit to an hour a day for two weeks. (I swear, a killer smile is far more noticeable than those five pounds we all desperately want to lose around the holidays.)

After about a week, I could visibly see a brightening in my teeth, and by the end of the challenge, I was applying my favorite NARS 'Heat Wave' with confidence. (And on that note, I also use this Vaseline Lip Therapy religiously to keep my pout lipstick-ready in the dry winter months). I'm one of those people who is chronically afraid to be photographed without eyeliner, but with a bold lip and whiter teeth, I feel confident to go with just a swipe (or three, let's be honest) of mascara and a little coloring in my brows. For fun, you can shop all my 3D White-accompanying beauty products below.

You can follow along with myself and the other beauties participating in the 2 Weeks To Your Whitest Smile challenge via @3DWhite and #3DWhiteSmile!

Ready to try 2 Weeks To Your Whitest Smile for yourself? Crest and I are giving one lucky reader 3 boxes of 3D White Supreme FlexFit Whitestrips to use and share with loved ones (Thats a $120 value, by the way!). To enter, just leave a comment below [+ your email so we can contact you if you win] and tell me why a confident smile is important to you. You have until January 4—Good Luck!

*Compensation for this post was provided by MSL Group in partnership with Crest. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author (me!) and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of MSL or Crest. As always, thank you for supporting Shut up I up love that shirt on you. (Posts like these keep me in business!) 


  1. A white smile is so important! Your smile is the first thing people see about you and being confident in your smile lets you show off your friendliness :D email:

  2. A confident smile is very important to me b/c it feels great to smile at everyone without worrying or being embarrassed by your teeth. I have some coffee stains that I'd love to get rid of...fingers crossed :D

  3. A confident smile lets me express myself fully and not worry about stains!!

  4. A confident smile is important to me simply because when I smile, I feel confident! Unfortunately I'm rather self-conscious of my teeth, so smiling doesn't tend to happen all that often. x

  5. Confident smiles are the first thing people notice - whether for work or fun. When you're able to smile confidently, the rest of you naturally glows as well! Love Crest 3D White so would love to win!

  6. You look great! I am working on my teeth and it is just so darn frustrating. Going to pick these up next time I am at the drugstore. Happy New Year! XO

  7. A confident smile tells the world more about you than all the makeup we put on! It connects us instantly.

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