Fall/Winter Lip Routine with Crest Whitening Therapy

This post is sponsored by Crest; however, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Every year when the fall season arrives, I get so excited because of two things -- bold lip colors and seasonal latte blends! However, bold and bright lip colors bring more attention to the mouth and coffee can stain teeth, so keeping up appearances in the dental category is highly important to me.

Crest 3D White just launched their all new Whitening Therapy collection. The collection is made up of two pastes, Enamel Care and Sensitivity Care, and I decided to try one for a week! How did I choose?

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  • Enamel Care nourishes teeth to repair weakened enamel while also gently removing stains to provide a whiter smile.
  • Sensitivity Care also nourishes teeth to repair weakened enamel and removes stains for a whiter smile. Sensitivity Care also has added ingredients to help soothe sensitivity pain.

Since my teeth aren't very sensitive, I chose the Whitening Therapy Enamel Care! I am also on an aligner treatment plan, so I definitely need to keep my teeth clean throughout the day. My toothpaste was easy to carry with me on-the-go while living the blogger life to maintain white and healthy teeth.

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During this time of year, the weather can get really chilly leaving lips dry and chapped. Plus, sipping your favorite latte everyday can really begin to show. Dry lips plus stained teeth are not hot, so I'm sharing how I incorporated Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy into my fall/winter beauty routine to rock some of my favorite lip colors! Here's what you'll need:

  • Crest 3D White Whitening Therapy toothpaste (Options: Enamel or Sensitivity Care)
  • Toothbrush
  • Exfoliating Lip Scrub
  • Lip Primer
  • Lipstick (your choice of shade/color)
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My Current Rose Skincare Routine for Hydrating & Plumping

Whenever I'm having an allergy attack with sore and swollen eyes, my favorite products to reach for are my rose skincare products. They're so soothing and hydrating! I'm sharing my current rose routine that I've fixed up with a few of my everyday favorites. See how I use them in this week's YouTube video:

  • Cleanser | Derma E Purifying Gel Cleanser: One of my favorite cleansers! It's great for sensitive skin and helps get rid of dark spots on the skin with activated charcoal.
  • Mask | The Body Shop British Rose Plumping Fresh Mask: This face mask is one of five from TBS and I've used it the most (almost empty). I keep it in the refrigerator and use it when my eyes are swollen from allergies in the morning. The coolness helps a ton.
  • Toner | Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner: Unlike most rose toners, this one has hydrogenated castor oil (wax) which I believe contributes greatly to the hydration provided by this formula. It has more contents than your typical rose toner/water.
  • Serum | Derma E Hydrating Serum: I love to add this serum to several of my routines regardless of the main, active ingredients. It seems to play well with tons of other products!
  • Eye Cream | e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream: Inexpensive and hydrating eye cream. It's probably not the best of the best, BUT it gets the job done and keeps the sensitive skin around my eyes from being super dry.
  • Moisturizer | Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream: A newbie to my routine and the product to complete it (for now)! Like it's facial toner sister, it is also extremely hydrating -- perfect for anyone with dry skin.

I love rose skincare products, so I decided to come up with a routine using some of my favorite rose formulas right now. Enjoy!

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This blog post is not sponsored, but does contain affiliate links. All opinions/thoughts are my own.

Neutrally Blue Makeup Tutorial w/ MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Color Paint

I love using colorful eyeshadows! The older I get, the more strategic I am with placement, but I still enjoy playing with them. Sometimes I look at old photos in my early makeup enthusiast days and wish someone had told me how I looked wearing full butterfly and leopard print artwork to school...on my face. I guess that's creativity for you! *shrug*

Recently, I was looking for a neutral cream eyeshadow and came across the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Color Paint collection. I think it may be the most pigmented and beautiful cream eyeshadow I've encountered. The price tag for the size is a bit much, but I'll be sure to stock up this year at The Makeup Show for sure. I contemplated long and hard on whether I should purchase this gorgeous "Lustrous Dark Blue" and I'm so happy that I did! It's amazing -- waterproof, highly pigmented and doesn't fade throughout the day. I've even used it as eyeliner!

Watch how I work with my tube of Aqua XL Color Paint:

Urban Decay 'Caffeine' Primer Potion
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint (Lustrous Dark Blue L-22)
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (He Devil & En Fuego)
e.l.f. Expert Eyeliner in Black
VLuxe by iEnvy Lashes in Pearl
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Prism Cream
Nicka K HD Concealer in 'Cocoa' & 'Coyote'
MAC Cometics Next to Nothing Deep Dark Pressed Powder
NARS Contour Blush in 'Gienah'
MAC Cosmetics Next to Nothing in Dark Plus
Becca Champagne Pop Pressed Highlight

MAC Lip Pencil in Chestnut & Honey Love Lipstick 

'Candy Girl' from Draped // shopdraped.com

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This tutorial is not sponsored; however, I have included products that have been received complimentary from brands. This post also contains affiliate links and products used may be replaced with similar as suggestions.

Review | Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

I always try to keep a gallon of orange juice in my apartment because I like to enjoy a glass on most mornings. Getting my Vitamin C is extremely important to me and I'm aways telling people how it keeps my immune system strong since I rarely fall sick with a regular cough or cold (except for allergies which I don't really count). And the more pulp, the better! Grove stand levels, please.

Sunday Riley has been on my list of skincare brands to try and the C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is the very first for me. Like many formulas nowadays, this one is clinical and botanical. In skincare, Vitamin C gives the skin a boost of energy and brightens the complexion. Serums tend to be the stronger, more concentrated product in a line, so the skin will really see the impact of the ingredients over approximately 28 days of continued use.

The Results

If you simply want to brighter your overall complexion and keep the energy boosted in your skin, the C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is a great choice...but for repairing the skin, I've seen stronger serums. 

I have read Sephora reviews from some that this is the best serum they've ever used and from others that they didn't see any results. It is important to remember that other products that you're using and other skincare/health habits can affect the way a formula works. My acne isn't severe and I only get breakouts about once a month -- every blue moon, it gets so bad that it's almost out of my control and I have my favorite products for helping me fight those. At this point in my skincare journey, I am mostly about anti-aging and the overall health of my skin.

Vitamin C Skincare Routine

Perhaps you're not pairing with a full Sunday Riley routine, so some other products I can recommend are:

  1. Cleanser | derma e Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil
  2. Mask | Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask*
  3. Toner | Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs, and Rose Water Facial Spray
  4. Serum | Sunday Riley C.E.O. Brightening Serum
  5. Day Cream | Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream
  6. Night Cream | derma e Vitamin C Intense Night Cream*

* = I have not tried these products


The consistency of this serum is more lotion-like, but one pump is all you need. It absorbs into the skin well and won't leave you feeling greasy/oily if you don't use too much.

The Scent

So far, I've used this citrus-scented Brightening Serum with several other products/brands and I would highly recommend being aware of what moisturizer you pair it with. Some moisturizers seemed to clash creating a scent that made my stomach hurt. There wasn't anything wrong with either product, but they just didn't mesh well.

Sunday Riley has their C.E.O. C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer which I'm sure would probably be amazing with the serum in terms of effectiveness and scent, but the recommendations above for day and night creams would also be great choices.

Morning or Night? 

You can use the C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum for your day and night routines! People tend to associate Vitamin C products with morning or daytime, but I love letting the brightening properties penetrate my skin overnight, too.

Tip: Sleep on satin or silk pillowcases to prevent the product from soaking into a typical cotton pillowcase while you sleep. Your skin should be getting all of the benefits from your skincare routine -- not rubbing away!

The Final Verdict

While the price of $85 may seem expensive for a serum, it is actually a great price for the ingredients and quality. I've seen serums cost well over $150! There are less expensive serums, in drugstore brands; however, if you're looking for prestige this is one that you should have on your list.

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I received this product sample complementary from Sunday Riley for review/editorial purposes. All opinions are my own.