Like I’ve mentioned in a previous post, my smile is very important to me and I always try to take care of it so it stays perfect. I think that probably explains why I have 600 laughing pictures on my Instagram 😂(I’m totally exaggerating, it’s more like 200 jk). So when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to collab again, it was a no-brainer :). Let me tell you a little back story. Even though my smile is super important to me, I HATE the dentist. I know what you’re thinking, “Makeda, hate is a pretty strong word.” But no, I need you to understand the severity of the situation lol (I’m super dramatic). Even though I hate the dentist, I LOVE getting my teeth cleaned and the feeling after. I’ve always wondered if switching to an electric toothbrush would give me a similar feeling.

Now I’ve used an electric toothbrushes in the past, but nothing like this particular brush. It was more of the $10-$15 ones that I would see in the store when I was a kid.  To be honest, I don’t even know if they make electric toothbrushes for that price anymore. Regardless, I knew I needed something substantial if I was going to make the change. At the beginning of this year, I started researching electric toothbrushes but I couldn’t decide on one. I was like hmmmmm, I could buy a pack of four toothbrushes at the dollar store or buy a toothbrush that’s going to be like $70+ for a good one. And while a pack of four toothbrushes for $1 is very cost efficient lol it wasn’t doing a very good job of giving me that deep clean I really needed. And I’m not going to lie, it’s an investment, but if there’s one thing that I know, it’s that the dentist is expensive and the more things you can do at home to prevent further complications the better!

There are a lot of great features that come with the cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush. My favorites are the five settings you can choose from: clean, white, massage, gum care and sensitive. While I’ve tried out all of them, the ones I love the most are the clean, white and gum care settings. The first time I used the toothbrush, it was such an experience that I was like, “I guess I’ve been brushing my teeth the wrong way for the last 20+ years lol.” I couldn’t believe how clean my teeth felt. Some other things I liked about this brush are:

  1. It alerts you (vibrates) when you should move to another quadrant of your mouth (30 seconds for each)
  2. It’s on a timer that turns off when you should be finished brushing your teeth (2 minutes total)
  3. You’re left with the, “I just went to the dentist” clean feeling

I promise you guys that after using this toothbrush, I don’t think I can go back to my four pack of toothbrushes lol. It is soooo worth it. It’s something that you have to use everyday but can make such a big difference. I feel like I’m actually getting all of the plaque and taking care of my gums the right way instead of just winging it. After the first day of using it, I went into work the next morning and completely raved about it! Because I love it so much, I’ve teamed up with Smile Brilliant to host another giveaway! One of my lucky followers will have their very own cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush system ($119 in value). The system comes with two brush heads, the toothbrush and a charging dock. I usually keep mine on the charging dock but the toothbrush has a very long battery life. To enter, all you have to do is click this LINK. I’ll be updating my Instagram for when the giveaway will be closed so make sure you’re following me! And if you really want to test it out and you still think it’s a little pricey, you can use my code: makedafarrelltb20 for 20% off your purchase of the system. Which makes it a little bit better 🙂


This post was sponsored by Smile Brilliant but all opinions are my own.

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Having a new home to decorate and make my own is so exciting. I’m constantly moving things around and trying to set up everything exactly how I want it. It’ll never be “finished” because I know I’ll constantly be changing things especially as my style evolves. Even though I love how my apartment is right now, there are still some things I’ve been eyeing and dying to get my hands on lol #confessionsofashopaholic. See below for links to everything in the first issue of currently craving!

Crate & Barrel Edge Wine Glasses/ Opalhouse Pouf/ Opalhouse Tumblers/ SALT Round Dinnerware Set/ Pampass Grass/ Anthropologie Wall Hooks – Rattan & Tiled/ Project 62 Round Mirror


Are you allowing yourself to be happy? This is a question I started asking myself and quickly realized that I was not allowing myself to be happy at all. Have you ever been in a season or period of your life, where things have not been going particularly well? Hello, adulting? lol I think I was just so used to not being happy that even when things were going well in my life, I didn’t even recognize that it was something that I should be happy about. I only saw the negative. Things were starting to turn around and I was still moping around like the world was falling. I’ve mentioned in a blog post before that I started going to counseling. I really do want to write a whole blog post on it because it has helped me tremendously. Anyway, I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now and this was one of the things we uncovered during one of our sessions. Now, I’m the type of person that once you make me aware of something, I can kind of stop it before I start spiraling (another reason why counseling really works for me). But if you’re not like that I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me, shift my mindset and allow myself to be happy and to celebrate the good things going on in life.

Finding the positive in every day – So this is an exercise that I started doing every morning. As I’m driving to work and talking with my mom on the phone, I talk to her about at least one positive thing that happened the day before. It sounds super juvenile and you’re probably like what is this bologna that you’re saying, but I PROMISE it’s worth giving this a shot. What this does is, even if the day before was a horrible day, you’re still finding one good thing about it. I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now and it has drastically helped. A tip is to try and focus it on the area that is bringing you the most negativity. For example, if it’s work, try to find something positive that happened at work.

Take a moment to celebrate – I am the first to admit that I am the worst at this. I think it’s partially because we are a part of a generation that is constantly wanting to do better and be better. While this is a great thing, it’s also about celebrating the little moments and not being too hard on yourself. It’s about finding that balance. SOOO if you present a project at work and you kill it, or if you decided to take the stairs instead of the elevator, you CELEBRATE. Pat yourself on the back, take a moment to acknowledge your victory no matter how big or small it is. Okay, so sometimes I don’t celebrate the right way like I’ll spend unnecessary money on clothes or celebrate working out with a donut lol but at least I’m celebrating.

Even though you may not like the season you’re in, put attention on the things you enjoy. Discover the things that bring you joy and do them! I’m beginning to realize that life is really too short to be focused on the negative. We have to much to do in this world to be held back.

Photo by Geraldine


The wait is finally over! I posted an insta story (shameless plug: follow me on insta!) a couple of weeks ago and got an overwhelming amount of comments asking what makeup products I use. I gave a little sneak peek on my Instagram but then decided that this would make a good blog post! I tried to go in order of how I put it on, but I’m thinking of doing a couple of other blog posts that go into more depth of some of the products I love 🙂


I’ve been obsessed with Too Faced’s Hangover RX Primer. I probably would’ve never tried this if I didn’t receive a trial size for free with one of my Ulta purchases. The dewiness would’ve turned me off since I typically like to be matte (I have oily skin). Buttttttt I love the nourishing aspects of this primer! It leaves my skin feeling sooooo soft. I also really love the Too Faced Primed & Peachy primer. It has a cooling effect so I feel super refreshed. I’ve been switching back and forth between the two.


One of my fave foundations is the Lancome Teinte Idole foundation. It’s one that matches me oh sooooo perfectly. I find it hard to find a foundation that matches my yellow undertones. A lot of them end up being very red on me. Other reasons I love it so much are that it keeps me matte and lasts a long time. It takes a good foundation to withstand the Florida heat and humidity lol. If I know I have a short day or I’m doing something more casual, I’ll opt for my Maybelline Super Stay foundation. It doesn’t last as long, but it’s a good drugstore foundation. The shade I wear for the Lancome is 470 Suede and for the Maybelline, it’s Warm Coconut.


Not going to lie, I haven’t tried many concealers. Concealers are still very unknown to me, but one that I always get no matter what is the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer. One, you can’t beat the price. Two, it comes in so many different shades and correcting colors that you will find your perfect shade. I have a couple of shades in it, so I use Fawn & Warm Honey the most.


The powder that I am currently using is the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder in Translucent. I love this powder because it makes me super matte and the price point isn’t too horrible. Another fave of mine is the Laura Mercier setting powder, but you know a girl’s gotta save money sometimes lol.


Now for brows, it honestly just depends on how much time I have. If I’m rushing, Anastasia Brow Definer it is. Love the spooly on the end of it and I feel like this is a lot easier to use than the brow wiz. If I have a little more time, I’ll use the Benefit Ka-Brow pomade. It glides on, but I like that it stays put. Regardless of which one I use, I always set my brows with Gimme Brow by Benefit. I use the shade chocolate for the brow definer, shade 4 for Ka-Brow and shade 4 for Gimme Brow.


Mascara is one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine. Even if I’m not wearing makeup, I still like to put on mascara. There are so many different ones that I love but the two that I’ve been grabbing the most are Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes and Too Faced’s Better Than Sex. Lights Camera Lashes is an OG but Better Than Sex is newer to my mascara collection. I usually always layer my mascaras, but both can be used on their own. They lengthen my lashes to the extreme.


My goal in life is to always look like a glazed donut. If I don’t look like one, why even bother? LOLOL! My FAVE highlighter, like never going back to anything else, is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dipped specifically the bronzed shade. If I could just buy the bronzed shade, that would be great because I don’t use the other 3 nearly as much. If I can just buy the bronzed shade, someone please let me know! I promise to love you forever and ever 🙂 This is pretty much the only highlighter I use. The only other thing I may grab is my Mac eyeshadows in Amber Lights and Expensive Pink. Yes, I use eyeshadow as a highlighter sometimes.

Setting Spray

Usually, I use any of the Mario Badescu facial sprays. My faves are the green and the purple. But currently, I’ve been using the Urban Decay All Nighter spray. Girlllllllllll, this spray is literally amazing. It makes my makeup last all day long! I love it. Kind of pricey compared to the Mario Badescu sprays but a lot more long-lasting.

Lip Gloss

My lip gloss always has to be poppin. And the only lip gloss I use is Fenty. I’m not saying that I won’t try another lip gloss, but I’m just saying it’s worth the $18. Trust me, you’ll justify spending the money after you try it.

That’s pretty much it when it comes to my everyday makeup routine. If I’m feeling super fancy, I’ll add on eyeliner and blush. My go-to eyeliner has been the Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner. And my fave blush (like no other blush will ever compare) is the Mac powder blush in Raizin. It’s all about keeping it simple lol


Photos by David

Ya’ll know I’m all about looking effortless without putting in too much effort lol So I like to do little things that make my life a little easier since I’m way more lazy then I’d like to admit. Cue the Lazy Girl’s Guide. I wanted to start a new series on my blog that goes out to all of my fellow lazy girls out there. It may sound like a bad thing, but I know I’m not the only one that wants to be effortlessly stylish in life. Whether it be from the clothes you wear, having a fabulous girls night or decorating your place until you make it a home, don’t worry I got you! I’ve figured out a lot of ways of living a great life without it being a hassle. I can’t wait to see where this series goes and I hope you all enjoy it! Now on to the first thing: At Home Teeth Whitening.

My smile has always been the thing that has captured people attention. I have a HUGE smile lol so it’s something that I try to take care of since it’s most noticeable. I wasn’t always this confident in my smile though. Growing up, I hated my gapped teeth and I was also really tiny so I felt like my teeth were too big for my face. To top it all off, they were stained from all of the sodas and juices I drank. Helloooo awkward middle school Makeda LOL. Thank God we all grow up, am I right? Fast forward a few years and I embraced the gap and grew into my teeth but the stains were still there.

In college, I started using drugstore whitening strips and while those did a decent job, I knew I needed something that whitened a little deeper. The older I got, the more things I added into my daily routine that stained my teeth: wine, coffee, sodas, cranberry juice, all things I can’t live without lol. The whitening strips just weren’t cutting it anymore.

When Smile Brilliant reached out to me it was perfect timing. I had always wanted to try out an at-home teeth whitening kit but was scared because I have super sensitive teeth. It was nice to know that there was a kit that catered to that and also nice to know that it wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg for future uses.

After I received my kit, I made my impressions and sent them off to the lab. About a week later my custom whitening tray arrived and I started the process. You get two types of syringes in the kit: One contains the teeth whitening gel and the other has a desensitizing gel. The first step is to brush your teeth with just water and dry them. Then you’ll open up the teeth whitening gel and put a thin line in each tray. The trays can be left in anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. After that, you brush your teeth (with toothpaste this time) and move on to the desensitizing gel. You’ll repeat the same step with the desensitizing gel but you only leave it on for 15-20 minutes.

I started off at 45 minutes and then worked my way up to an hour once I whitened a couple of times. The first two weeks I started out doing every other day and the third week I did 5 days in a row. I just popped them in and went about my business. I always whitened at night when I was watching my shows. Let’s just say that some of my friends have some pretty embarrassing pictures of me with a face mask on and whitening trays (self-care to the max) while watching The Bachelorette lol

Overall, I am very happy with my results. It’s something I could do while I was doing other things. No going to the dentist and having to take time off of work. No wondering how I’m going to pay $500 for this teeth whitening session. Just a super simple task that provided me with the results I wanted to see.

I’m getting compliments on how white my teeth are and I have Smile Brilliant to thank for that! So thankful, that I have an amazing giveaway for you guys and a coupon code for your next Smile Brilliant purchase 🙂 The giveaway rules are super simple! Just follow this link right HERE and enter to win a $149 Smile Brilliant credit so you can get your very own T3 whitening system. How easy is that? Andddd if you don’t win, you can still save some money by using my discount code: makedafarrell15. I promise you it’s worth it!


This post is sponsored content but all opinions are my own.

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