The Wedding Veil – Choosing The Right One For You.

Wedding veils have been synonymous with bridal wear for centuries. Historically, the veil represented modesty before God and obedience. When brides wore white wedding dresses, it was to symbolize purity; the white veil followed suit. (Metro Creative, 2019). The wedding veil represented virginity. The material of the veil was thin to reference the hymen. A bride wearing the white veil and the dress showed that her virginity was intact (Sinrich, 2018).

Today, not all brides wear veils. When I got married, a veil added to the romanticism of wearing a white dress, walking down the aisle covered and having your father or partner lift the veil, uncovering the beginning of something extraordinary. And yes, having your partner be blown away by how fabulous you look.

I knew that a veil would be part of my bridal look; the problem I had was that I did not want a traditional looking one made from tulle. I chose a Georgette veil, walking length. It was made from silk with chiffon trimming. The length was walking. It complimented my dress beautifully.

Wedding veils are an accessory, meaning that there are plenty of choices, both in styles, colours and materials. Being an accessory, it should complement and not overshadow the bridal gown, particularly as it is worn during the ceremony and when photos are taken.

For brides who choose to wear a veil but are unsure of what to choose, we recommend starting with the length that fits in with the dress style.

Types of veils

The following factors will dictate the type of wedding veil chosen

  1. Style and silhouette of the dress
  2. How the hair is worn
  3. The headpiece
  4. Budget

Below is a schematic view of the different veil lengths brides can wear.

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The elbow and fingertip length is quite traditional. It falls beautifully across the shoulders and does not cover the back detail of the bridal dress.

The walking length, which is what I chose, adds elegance to the bridal dress without overpowering the look. As I wore a strapless, slim wedding dress, I felt that the walking length suited my overall look.

The cathedral is quite dramatic. It sweeps to the ground and falls beyond the brides’ gown.  If the length is too long yet, you want to add an element of flair, consider the chapel length that falls just slightly beyond the dress.

Unique Veils

At Wedztyle, we encourage something different. Colour changes the effect – Go as bold or as subtle as you dare out some of these ideas:

Coloured Veils

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Custom Veils

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Cap Veil

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Embroidered Veils

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Non traditional Veils

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Birdcage Veil

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Short Veil

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Pearl Veil

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A wedding veil is a personal choice. It is no longer a prerequisite. Some brides opt not to wear one, and some brides do. Although some brides consider the veil as an afterthought, I think they are special. A veil is only for brides and wearing one not only completes your look, it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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References

Metro Creative. (2019, September 18). History behind the bridal veil. Retrieved from Richard Times-Dispatch: https://richmond.com/history-behind-the-bridal-veil/article_1d042232-e3f9-11e2-af1e-0019bb30f31a.html

Sinrich, J. (2018, July 9). Veil or No Veil? Real Brides Weigh In. Retrieved from WeddingWire: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/veil-or-no-veil

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Clean Beauty – A Healthy Alternative For Brides & Grooms.

The words ‘clean beauty’ seems to be used frequently amongst cosmetic and skincare brands. Phrases such as ‘natural’, ‘vegan’, vegetarian’, ‘organic’, and ‘animal-free’ are synonymous to clean beauty. From my point of view, clean beauty equates to chemically synthetic-free ingredients which in theory should be better for your overall health, particularly over a long period. It covers cosmetics, skincare, dental, hair, fragrances, the list goes on.

Putting the rise of clean beauty into perspective, a report published by the Statista Research Department in 2019 projected the natural and organic beauty industry to grow to $22bn by 2024. (Clean Beauty Gals, 2019).

Like food, there is a difference between vegetarian and vegan cosmetics. Vegetarian-based products are derived from an animal; an example would be beeswax, produced from bees.

A further example would be red and purple based pigment cosmetics such as eyeshadows that are derived from carmine. Carmine is extracted through beetles and small insects. As the product is derived from an animal source, it is vegetarian. A beauty product that substitutes red dyes with real foods like strawberries and beets would be considered vegan.(aboutvegan.com, 2020).

Over the years, I have gradually moved towards organic, naturally derived skincare products. For me, using skincare products that have been made from olive oil, geranium, rose etc., have seen my skin look and feel better. My skin does not feel as clogged and heavy after putting on various skincare products.

Recently, I have changed my approach towards cosmetic products and now actively source brands that are natural, vegetarian, vegan and animal friendly. The change came about after years of wearing red and purple based eyeshadows and pencils, to end up with itchy eyes and sometimes conjunctivitis. It was frustrating as I was unable to wear these colours. It reached a point of enough is enough. After researching the web, I read about carmine and where it is sourced. It was then that I learnt the difference between vegetarian and vegan cosmetics. The products I was using were vegetarian, so I sourced vegan alternatives. Now I wear red and purple eye-makeup without eye irritations.

More cosmetic brands are offering vegan lines recognising people’s preference for products that are ‘cleaner’, and one can argue better for our health. We have put together a list of brands across various categories to guide our wedztyler’s into purchasing clean beauty products.

INIKA CLEAR NATURAL BEAUTY

The brand offers PETA certified and cruelty-free; all their products are vegan. I use their red and purple shadows and liners which are quite pigmented and long lasting. Diverse range of products ranging from skincare to cosmetics – click on the website for details.

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HOURGLASS

Luxurious brand. One of our favourites here at Wedztyle. Hourglass has recently made the commitment to be 100% vegan by 2020. Until then, be mindful that not every product from the brand is currently free from animal-derived ingredients.  (Jowett, 2019)

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Cover FX

The entire range is cruelty-free and vegan (except for MintTint FX & MintGlaze FX). (Jowett, 2019).

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Morphe Cosmetics

Morphe now offer a complete 100% vegan range. Check out the range by clicking on the link below. It includes make-up brushes and skincare.

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Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte is brand that offers high quality sourced ingredients that are cruelty free. Not all the range of products are vegan.  Vegan based products are clearly identified, making it easy to select those products. Check out the range: https://tartecosmetics.com/shop/collections/vegan-friendly/#page=4

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PUREOLOGY PROFESSIONAL COLOR CARE

Offer vegan products. The new range Nanoworks Gold is vegan and sulfate FREE. Great for restoring dry brittle hair.

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DR. BRONNER’S SPEARMINT SHAVING GEL

For all those men out there, shaving cream that is made with only plant-based ingredients – does not contain aerosol, petrochemicals, detergents or artificial fragrances no soap.

The products offered are produced environmentally, ethically free. A family business that supports fair-trade.

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Dr Bonner’s extensive soap alternatives. Most impressive.

Other sites that we recommend that have a comprehensive range of vegan made products across all categories are:

  • Nourished Life which offers over 7,852 toxin free products

https://www.nourishedlife.com.au

  • Vegan.com vegan made easy – offers a vast range of products that are vegan derived, including food.

https://www.vegan.com

Google is your friend when searching for organic, natural, vegan based products that are animal cruelty free, palm oil and toxin free. For our wedztyle couples, we are offering alternative products that we believe are better for our health. Explore what is out there!!

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References

aboutvegan.com. (2020, November 02). Carmine. Retrieved from About Vegan.com: https://www.vegan.com/carmine/

Clean Beauty Gals. (2019, November 2019). Top 45 Clean Beauty Statistics and Trends. Retrieved from Clean Beauty Gals: https://cleanbeautygals.com/top-45-clean-beauty-statistics-and-trends/

Jowett, V. (2019, October 14). 13 vegan makeup brands you need to know about. Retrieved from Cosmopolitan UK: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/makeup/a45915/vegan-makeup/

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Not All Mascaras Are Equal – Which one is for you?

Following up on our blog ‘lash for beginners’, we wanted to reach out to our Wedztylers who prefer to use mascara to enhance their lashes. For me, choosing the right mascara for your eyelashes is just as significant as selecting the right shade of red lipstick. 

There is no doubt that there are many variations of mascara. My personal view is that not all mascaras work equally.  Thought should go into a cosmetic purchase such as this. I look at various elements, such as:

  • the smell – does it smell like a chemical laboratory?
  • the depth of pigment
  • the type of bristle brush
  • Wiper ratio – want good amount of product on the brush
  • It is not wet – I really do not want to be applying 2-3 coats
  • Intended effect – love lengthening and volumising
  • how easy it is to remove
  • consistency – gluggy and thick – my pet hate

Before I continue what I look for in a mascara, have you ever wondered about the ingredients in a mascara?  Mascara’s ingredients typically include a carbon black or iron oxide pigment to darken lashes; a polymer to form a film that coats lashes; a preservative; and thickening waxes or oils such as lanolin, mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, castor oil, carnauba wax, and candelilla wax.” (Makayla, 2019).

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A lot of cosmetic products, including mascara, contain crystal guanine which is a colorant. Guanine is manufactured from fish scales. Yes, you read correctly. As fish scales are animal-based, mascaras are neither vegetarian nor vegan. Synthetic dyes (chemically derived) are also used as colorants (Makayla, 2019).

There are brands of mascara available that are natural and organic vegan, many of which are certified by the Vegan Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA (https://www.peta.org/). The Vegan Society logo launched in 1990 to help make a living a vegan lifestyle simple by providing an easy way to recognize whether a product comes from their certified Vegan beauty brands  (https://www.vegansociety.com/).

Interesting enough, the formulation of mascara has not changed dramatically over the past fifty years. What has changed and evolved is the mascara brush. Traditional mascara brushes are made from nylon bristle fibres which wrap around a wire into a particular shape. Nylon brushes deliver more volume. Nowadays, plastic-moulded brushes are used for greater design control. Cosmetic companies spend millions on patenting their brush designs to give a specific look (Gattis, L). These include:

  • Lengthening
  • Thickening/Volumising
  • Curling
  • Lash defining

It is worth mentioning that the thicker the brush, the more volume to the lash. The thinner the brush, more precision delivery to the lash.

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The wiper, which is the plastic ring inside the mascara tube’s mouth contributes to the performance of the product; it is pivotal.  Companies aim to balance the volume of excess formula wiped off versus how much is retained on the brush as it determines how much product is on lashes. If the wiper is too tight, all the formula gets squeezed off the brush. But too large a wiper, then it clumps. (Gattis, L).

Regardless of the formulation, the brush or bottle, it appears to me that the wiper is the bit that counts.

Brand and type of a mascara is a personal choice. I would like to do is share with our fellow Wedztylers my ultimate favourites.

Benefit – They’re Real

  • Long lasting
  • Lengthening
  • The brush separates my lashes and most importantly does NOT clump
  • Wiper ratio spot on
  • Paraben free which is another plus

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Tarte – Lights Camera Action

  • Lengthens and volumizes
  • Does not clump
  • The brush is a good size
  • Long lasting
  • Ultra-dark pigment which is a huge plus
  • Wiper ratio is good – perfect amount falls on the lashes
  • Vegan

Image Source: Instagram @tartecosmetics

Charlotte Tilbury – Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes

  • My new obsession mascara
  • The bristle brush is narrow which gives that nice precision and control for an even lash effect
  • Lengthens, stretches and volumizes lashes beautifully
  • Strong pigment
  • Does not clump
  • Perfect wiper ratio
  • Contains natural waxes

Image Source : Instagram @Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2

  • Very volumizing due to bristle brus
  • Strong pigment
  • Does not clump
  • Perfect wiper ratio
  • Contains natural waxes

Image Source : Instagram @Charlotte Tilbury

Morphe – Make it big volumizing mascara

  • Well priced – excellent value for money
  • Decent size bristle brush
  • Adds great volume
  • Wiper ratio is good
  • Vegan

Image Source: Instagram @morphe

Hourglass – Film Noir Full Spectrum

  • Love the bristle brush – adds volume to my lashes
  • Pigmented
  • Nice formula – no clumps and applies evenly
  • Wiper ratio is perfect
  • Made without: Phthalate, sulphates, synthetic dyes and gluten.

Image Source: Instagram @hourglass

Stila – Magnum XXX™ Mascara

  • Lengthen and volumize -makes my lashes pop
  • Lashes look amazing due the bristle brush
  • Great pigment
  • It does not clump – true to the advertising
  • Contains natural waxes

Image Source: Instagram @stilacosmentics

Chantecaille – Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara

  • Due to the price – I use on special occasions – it has a treatment serum in the product hence the hefty price tag.
  • Nice formula
  • Bristle brush nicely lengthens and volumizes my lashes
  • Wiper ratio is good
  • Contains rose oil, not tested on animals, parabens and other nasties

Image Source: Instagram @chantecaille

Burberry – Cat Lashes

  • Love the product
  • Bristle brush delivers length and volume
  • Pigmented
  • Perfect wiper ratio
  • Made with Anti-oxidants, Fragrance-free, Oil-free, Paraben-free, Sulphate-free, Vitamins

Image Source: Instagram @burberry

For those looking for a natural organic vegan PETA mascara, check out Nourished life Australia. Nourished Life is a must for those who want clean beauty (no nasties, organic, vegan friendly PETA). Check out the website, it will amaze you. https://www.nourishedlife.com.au/.

There are many variations in the market. I encourage our Wedztylers to try different mascaras, colours, and types of lash effects. Keep in mind, the brand is irrelevant. Focus on the type of bristle brush and the wiper ratio. Not all mascaras are the same!!!

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References

Gattis, L. (2020, October 10). A Mascara Expert Sets the Record Straight. Retrieved from INTO THE GLOSS: https://intothegloss.com/2013/09/best-mascara-2013-expert-tips/

Makayla. (2019, October 24). Is it True That Mascara is Made of Bat Poop? Retrieved from https://www.encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/daily/is-it-true-that-mascara-is-made-of-bat-poop/

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Great Hairstyle Tips for your Wedding Day.

There is no doubt that having the ‘right’ bridal hairstyle can make or break the look of any bride. Even though there are no hard rules on choosing the style of hair, the hairdo can change the look of the makeup and the ‘effect’ of the wedding dress. There is a plethora of choices, hair down, braided and updos. Our advice would be to choose what works for you and own your look. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to choosing your perfect hairstyle.

Whether you are using a hairstylist or doing your hair yourself to save cost, your hair must be in good condition. Hydrated, trimmed, cut and if you choose, freshly colored.  Healthy hair will always look best. Investing in hair masks, especially with bleached or damaged hair. The constant use of the mask prior to the wedding day will help ensure your hair is looking and feeling amazing. We recommend to use these once a week depending on the condition of the hair.

When choosing your hairstyle, your face shape can dictate on what best accentuates your face. Below are recommendations which I feel should be used as a guide when picking the style for you; we are all for being an individual and defying recommendations, trying out different styles sometimes end up being the best option, individuality and expression is key! However, this is a great place to start if you are having trouble deciding.

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Hair Down

Having your hair down is a great option for brides with medium to long hair. Using extensions can be useful if trying to achieve a more voluminous and full look. Styling with braids, a half up, half down, simply curled, straightened or wavy can be a perfect option, especially if your dress is more of a classic, simple style.

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Short Hair

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Short hair can also be worn down or half up. As I have mentioned, there is no hard and fast rules just have fun when deciding which hairstyle matches your wedding look.

BRAIDS AND UP-DOS

There is a sense of romanticism in wearing your hair up. Whether curled, braided, up in a high or low bun, it must compliment your makeup style, dress, and accessories. When I got married, my hair was long, but I chose to put it up because it suited my dress, style of makeup and the look I wanted. My bridesmaids also had their hair-up as it suited my chosen bridal party style. The updo can look quite dramatic or harsh, therefore try to balance the look, so it does not dominate your wedding style.  My updo was natural, not polished. This softened hairstyle created a total image of me as a bride.  Hair, makeup, accessories, dress, and shoes should integrate.

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Accessories

For me, hair accessories add the final addition and “wow” factor to your wedding look. There are numerous options and variations, perhaps a hair clip, crown, headband or of course your veil. A bride can be as traditional or as laid back as they choose. My accessories were a silk flower accompanied by a georgette veil. It complimented the style of my dress, hair, and makeup. This what an accessory should do—not overpowering the look of the bride.

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Whatever hairstyle or accessories you choose, do your research, and look for ideas. If using a hairdresser, know in advance what you want and meet up before hand to play around with different styles, looks and even colours. If your using the wedding vision board, show what styles you have chosen and communicate these to your hairstylist. Once again, I cannot stress the importance of having your hair cut, treated and coloured. No one wants to see split ends and re-growth. We recommend to book your hair trail 2 months before the wedding day, if you change your mind there is time to let the hairstylist know.

Our Survival Day Kit Recommendation:

On the day, your hair survival kit needs to include:

  • Bobby pins – make sure they are the same colour are your hair
  • Hair tie
  • A travel size hair spray
  • A bristle hair teasing brush
  • A multi-purpose brush to keep the hair in place.

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Stunning Wedding Makeup Styles.

When I was a bride, I chose my makeup look to compliment my dress, hair, and accessories. It was essential to me as it completed my look. I did not research current makeup trends as I knew what I wanted. I went for a heavier smoky eye paired with a light lipstick colour. I wanted my eyes to pop.

I used a makeup artist because I wanted someone who could offer me high quality, pigmented brand of makeup and understood my vision. Not everyone can afford a makeup artist and that is perfectly fine. Whether you and your bridal party do your own makeup, or you engage in a makeup artist, keep the look consistent meaning that the theme is running through each person. And of course, the face must be balanced.

For those brides who are unsure of their makeup style, despite using a makeup artist or doing it yourself, I am going to share various alluring looks that are currently trending and some classics and some not so.

THE CLASSIC LOOK.

Classic bridal makeup is subtle, timeless, and tasteful. Below are images that are ‘classic’. Note the light eyeshadow look, pale cheeks, and soft color lipstick. The face needs to be balanced to create that natural look.

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When wearing a nude lipstick, you cannot go wrong. It compliments all eye makeup looks. However, to pull it off, choose a nude based lipstick that matches your undertone and lip pigment.

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The classic red lips. My personal favourite. It never goes out of style and always makes a statement. If this look is what you are after, invest in a high-quality, pigmented red lipstick.

TRADITIONAL LOOKS

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Do not be afraid to embrace your cultural looks. This makes you unique so wear the look with the pride.

CURRENT WEDDING MAKEUP TRENDS

A current wedding makeup trend is subjective. Your wedding makeup must instil confidence within yourself. However, I feel as a Wedztyler; brides should be aware of what is trending and decide for themselves.

Through my research, THE MINIMALIST LOOK is the running theme. This look involves glowing skin, barely-there foundation, and pale lips.

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Along with this look – pale painted nails, loose textured hair, even braided suits the minimalist look.

For those wanting more of a vibrant look, “chic” shimmer eyeshadow, black eyeliner, brushed eyebrows, dark eyes, eyelash extensions, and bold lips also make a mention.

Shimmer, Bold Lips, Dark eyes, black eyeliner

Each of the looks are alluring and elegant. The common theme is balancing the makeup from the eyes to the cheeks to the lips. The makeup should tell the story of your look. Pair this with the right hairstyle, nail paint and accessories.

Do not be afraid to experiment. Below are a couple of looks embracing dramatic eyes. Although these are not trending, they are breathtaking.

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BRIDESMAIDS AND MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

No fixed rule. Depends on the look. Whether it is soft, natural, or bold, it should complement the bride’s makeup. Like the bride, the face needs to balance and suit the dress, hair, nail paint and accessories.

Mother of the bride tend to go for a natural look. Again, the style of makeup is dependant on their look.

Whether you engage a makeup artist or do it yourself, the style of makeup chosen should create a visual appeal which embraces the personality of the person wearing it. I did not choose a classic look, yet it worked for me as it embraced my personality, and the secret of perfectly flawed makeup is good skin. Your skin is a canvas so ensure that the skin is exfoliated, hydrated, and your makeup will look FABULOUS.

DAY TO NIGHT

A personal preference. I left my makeup as it was and touched it up when the evening came. For those who do want to change it up a bit, play around with your lipstick. For example, if you are wearing nude shade, change it to a brighter shade of lipstick. Or if you are already wearing a bold colour, change the tone (hot pink to red or a different shade of red). Another option would also be to change the blush tone to suit the change in lipstick colour. Changing your lipstick and blush shade is an easy and inexpensive method of changing your look. No makeup artist required.

EMERGENCY KIT

Weddings are long days. The wedding party needs to maintain its sleek look from morning until evening. For the bride and her party, this means keeping their makeup looking fresh. 

Survival Tips:

  1. Lipstick and liner – a must. If using a makeup artist, ask her to use your lipstick and liner. I did this, and it kept my lips looking fabulous. 
  2. Blotting Paper – take away that shine
  3. Mascara and eyeliner – keep your eyes fresh. Those with eyelash extensions need not worry about this.
  4. Foundation, concealer, and powder to keep your face looking amazing
  5. Bronzer and blush – throughout the day, these will fade

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14 Days of Whitening – The Final Results

It has come to the end of the 14 day in-house whitening experiment the results have been mixed. I have noticed a significant difference with the two participants that used the hydrogen peroxide, while the other two not as a significant difference.

 

SDI Polalunimate

You can see from the images, there has been a change in the tooth colour. The participant has gone down a shade for when they first began treatment. Although the product did create sensitivity, the participant constantly used the Ivoclar Vivadent Fluor gel and was able to continue the experiment. The participant will continue using the whitening pen once a week to maintain her results.

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Participant 1

OralB Whitestrips

There has also been a difference with the use of the whitestrips. This participant is a smoker and you can see from the first photo she has whitened her teeth by a shade. The whitestrips are easy to use, and she highly recommends this product. She will be using this product again.

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Participant 2

 

Carbon Coco

The participant has notice the removal of the surface stains from her teeth. Although it was abrasive and made her gums bleed, she recommends using the Ivoclar Vivadent Cervitec gel twice a day if you experience sore gums. This product didn’t whiten the teeth as promised, but does clean well.

 

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Participant 3

 

 

Bi-Carb Soda

This participant noticed a small difference to her teeth. It has removed some of the surface stains of her teeth, but wont be doing this treatment again.

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Participant 4

 

To further cement my findings, I decided to get professional advised from a dentist Dr Stephen Vouliotis, who is situated in Clifton Hill Melbourne. Dr Vouliotis likened the structure of enamel to spaghetti strands and for any bleaching product to penetrate within those strands requires some form of peroxide. The peroxide requires 5 to 10 mins to penetrate into the enamel then the bleaching process begins. In order to gain results, you will need sufficient concentration of peroxide for a specified time. The longer you leave the product the more the teeth with whiten.  Most companies will have either 6% hydrogen peroxide or 18% carbamide peroxide, which is the most effective in-house whitening you can do without getting if done by a dentist.

Dr Vouliotis also states products containing natural ingredients like charcoal or Bi-Carb, only removes superficial loose plaque and tooth stains that have accumulated on the surface of the enamel. Due to the abrasive nature of the products they only reveal the current shade of the tooth bellow and it doesn’t alter the colour in any form. Dr Vouliotis recommends if you are prone to sensitivity when doing any whitening products to consult your dentist.  They will advise you on the right pre-treatments for you before beginning any bleaching product.

I have presented a few options for in-house whitening treatments. Whichever method you choose I advise that you research the product. I also advise that you prepare your teeth beforehand with a fluoride treatment and follow the instructions and precautions that have been set out by each company. As Dr Vouliotis advised please see your dentist before any treatment or if you’re unsure the product chosen is for you.

 

 

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Dr Stephen Vouliotis – 264 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North Victoria 03-94891891

7 days of in-house whitening

The four participants have now been doing their in-house whitening treatment for 7 days. Let’s examine their progress. With any treatment, there will be some participants that will experience some issues, while others will be experiencing nothing.  It’s important to address any issues straight away during any treatment, as you may need to stop in order to prevent any further discomfort or damage to the enamel or the gums.

Each participant was asked the same questions reflecting on the use of the product, if they experience any discomfort, if so what did they do.

 

SDI Pola Luminate

After 7 days, there is clearly a difference in the shade of the enamel. The participant teeth were a A3 shade and seeing the photos you can see it has lighten. Hydrogen Peroxide can cause sensitivity to your teeth but is the most effective to use. There could be a number of factors that can cause this, but it’s important to stop and apply a desensitising agent that contains fluoride, potassium nitrate and phosphate. Products recommended are Ivoclar Vivadent fluor Protector gel, SDI Pola Soothe or GC tooth mousse. These products can be purchased through your dentist.

The participant began to feel some sensitivity on her lower left molar and this increase by day five the sensitivity had spread to all her teeth and was very uncomfortable. To reduce this sensitivity the participant was give the Ivoclar Vivadent’s Fluor Protector gel, which has helped her a great deal. As a result of this, she was unable to apply the pen twice a day for the recommended time of 30 minutes instead using the treatment every second day. Due to the sensitivity of the teeth the fluor protector gel has been used along with the SDI Pola with positive results.

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Participant 1

 

Oral B Whitestrips

Seven days of using the Oral B treatment, the participant has found it easy to use, and has not experienced any discomfort or sensitivity to the teeth. She has followed the instructions for use and applied the product each night for one hour. Her teeth were an A3.5 and has lightened to am A3 which is half a shade lighter. With these results and continuing use, the tooth colour should be in-between an A2-A3.

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Participant 2

 

Carbon Coco

Using this product for 7 days, there appears to have a small change in the colour of the teeth. Although it claims to be safe for gums, the participant found the product made the gums bleed and  had to stop treatment for two days and began using the Ivoclar Vivadent’s Cervitec gel to heal the gums. As the product is abrasive you really need to use an extra soft tooth brush and be careful not to press to hard when brushing. The powder is messy, and it was recommended applying the treatment whist in the shower for easy clean up. The toothpaste has a nice flavour and easy to apply. If you don’t rinse the product correctly it will leave black stains on your teeth and gums. The participant has continued to use the product along with the Ivoclar Vivadent’s cervitec gel straight after treatment and again at night.

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Participant 3

 

Bi Carb Soda

This natural product has shown some results. Although the participant found using the bi carb soda to be somewhat abrasive, it has removed some of the tooth’s surface stains.  The treatment was a mixture of  3 teaspoons of Bi Carb Soda and 2 teaspoons of water. Another option if you don’t want to use water is lemon juice.

Participant 4 blog 2

Participant 4

 

 

With 7 days into each treatment, the feedback has been mixed. So far, the Oral B whitestrips seem to be more patient compliant, while the SDI Pola luminate has shown the best results thus far. Carbon Coco and Bi Carb soda although abrasive, they have removed some of the surface stains of the teeth. The preventative products given to each participant with sensitivity and sore gums have assisted in continuing the treatment. The final results will be posted in blog 3.

 

 

In-house whitening, which one will you choose?

Teeth whitening has become part of every bride’s beauty regimen, and finding the right one is often confusing. Many brides ask me what is the perfect whitening product I would recommend, one that won’t cost too much as getting your teeth whitened by your dentist, but still obtain great results. In-house whitening has increased in popularity in the past couple of years, manly due to advertising on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. This increase is also due to the different in-house whitening products on the market giving the consumer different options. Most of these products contain similar active ingredients and have comparable results.

I have been researching different products on the market and I have chosen four in- house products that hopefully will give you a guide when selecting the preferred treatment for you. I will be showing the progress of the products over series of three blogs over a 14-day period. Four participants have been selected to use these products and I will be documenting their progress with before photos and after photos. This first blog will be introducing each product that will be used by each of the participants. The second blog will be after seven days of treatment, while the third blog will show the end results.

The first two products that I have chosen are chemically based each containing hydrogen peroxide, but one has a higher concentration and only can be purchased through your dentist, while the other one can be purchased in any supermarket or chemist. The third and fourth products are natural, and have become very popular in the last couple years especially through social media.

When using any chemically based whitening products, it’s important to read the instructions of use along with the precautions given to you by each company. The main drawback of these products is the increase of sensitivity to the teeth. I will be also giving you some preventative products that can help you if you experience and discomfort. Please be mindful, if you have veneers, crowns or any other restorations these will not bleach. I also recommend that you start a fluoride treatment two weeks prior using these treatments, as they may help with sensitivity.

 

SDI Pola Whitening

SDI pola luminate image

This whitening system contains 6% hydrogen peroxide, and can only we purchased through your dentist. SDI is an Australian dental company, and have put a lot of research in their whitening range. There are different delivery forms, but for this experiment the pola luminate will be used. This is a paint on tooth whitening gel and is quick and easy to use day or night for 30 mins at a time. Pola luminate is economical as you don’t require bleaching trays and no chair time. Below is the before photo of participant 1 that will be doing the SDI Pola treatment.  For more information please go to www.polawhite.com.au

Participant 1 blog 1

Participant 1

 

 

Oral B 3D Whitestrips

Oral b whitestrips

This whitening system contains 5.25% hydrogen peroxide, and can be purchased through any supermarket, dentist, and chemist. The Oral B whitestrips come with an upper and lower strip and are easy to use. Simply place onto teeth and leave for an hour each night, and it claims you will start seeing results within the first week of use. Below is the participant 2 that will be undertaking the Oral B 3D Whitestrips. For more information please go to www.oralb.com

Participant 2 blog 1

Participant 2

 

Carbon Coco

carbon coco

Made will 100% certified coconut shell charcoal, this product claims that it not only brightens your smile, but improve your overall mouth health. This product also claims it removes toxins, stains and plaque from your teeth and wont damage your enamel or gums. Simply wet the toothbrush and dip into the jar and brush your teeth for 3 mins, spit out and rinse then brush with the activated charcoal toothpaste for a further 3 mins. Below is participant 3 that will be using the Carbon Coco. Foe for information please visit au.carboncoco.com

Paricipant 3 blog 1

Participant 3

 

Bi Carb Soda

Bi - Carb soda

This product can be purchased at any supermarket and is makes a great natural whitening due to its mild abrasive nature. If your goal is to remove deeper stains then Bi Carb soda will not be as effective, this is when you would need to choose a peroxide based product. Participant 4 will be mixing three teaspoons of Bi Carb Soda to two teaspoons of water, although you can use lemon juice.

 

Participant 4 blog 1

Participant 4

 

Preventative products

With any tooth whiten, you might experience sensitivity or if the product are too abrasive inflammation or bleeding of the gums. I have selected four products that you will need to purchase from your dentist.

Fluor Protector Gel – This product contains fluoride, calcium and phosphate. These ingredients protect the teeth along with repairing and strengthening the teeth. This product is recommended when your whitening your teeth. You can use this product two weeks prior you start your whitening treatment. For more information please visit http://www.ivoclarvivadent.com/en/p/all/products/prevention-care/fluoridation/fluor-protector-gel

fluor protector

Cervitec Gel – This product protects the teeth, gums, peri-implant tissue and is a must when using abrasive products such as charcoal and Bi-Carb Soda. Is helps and prevents inflammation of the gums while freshens your breath. For more information please visit, http://www.ivoclarvivadent.com.au/en-au/p/all/products/prevention-care/bacteria-control/cervitec-gel

cervitec gel

GC Tooth Mousse Plus – This product contains calcium, phosphate and fluoride, and is recommended for in-house/in-office whitening procedures. It helps provide extra protection for the teeth and assists in neutralizing acid from bacteria in plaque and internal external acid sources. For more information please visit http://www.gcaustralasia.com/gc-tooth-mousse-plus.html

 

GC tooth mousse

SDI Pola Soothe – This product contains 6% potassium nitrate and 0.1% fluoride gel. It relieves tooth sensitivity and it will wont interfere with the whitening process. This product can be applied before or after the treatment. For more information please visit www.polawhite.com.au

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The second blog will focus on any discomfort that any of the participants might be experience along with progressive photos. The third blog will see the final results along with pro and cons of each product. Hopefully, these series of blogs will help you in choosing the right in-house whitening product that will give you the results that you are after.

 

Feature image -Photo by Francesco Di Tito via Bridal Musings

 

 

 

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WedZtyle came about by a family of sisters who feel passionate about assisting couples in planning their wedding day. Our first introduction to weddings was back in 1997, where we started on the journey of designing and decorating wedding cakes. Over time, we developed an intimate exposure within the wedding industry. Here is where we realised that a lot of couples feel overwhelmed and stressed when it comes to planning their big day. Because of this, WedZtyle was created to give couples a valuable tool to guide them in planning their special day. 

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