Hello lovely ladies,
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Today I'm going to be posting about a teeth whitening kit I received about a month ago. Even though I look after my teeth really well, they have always been a bit dull looking and something I've been self conscious of. I tried Crest White Strips in the past but they always fell off my teeth half way through, and the '5 minute Teeth Whitening' didn't seem to work at all and was AGONY even after weeks of using it. As a last attempt on my quest for those pearly whites I decided to try out a kit from Mint Cosmetics UK.
The kit is £69.99 reduced from £124.99 and looked like this:
It really reminds me of the Glossy box packaging and to me looks very sleek and professional.
This is what it looked like inside. It comes with an instructional DVD, mouth guards and a box to store them in, four syringes of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide whitening solution (equivalent to 18% Carbamide Peroxide gels which is what my Newcastle dentist quoted at £300) and a teeth whitening pen.
I whipped out the DVD first so I would know 100% what I was doing. The tutorial was really helpful and showed me how to mould the mouth guards to the shape of my teeth. Basically you dip them in boiling hot water so they're half melted, wait 8 seconds (so you don't burn your gums) and then place them on your teeth.
It took a few gos to get them just right but you can always just dip then back in some hot water again if you make a mistake. These were great as they fit my teeth perfectly and meant that solution wasn't running all over the place. I've had some professional guards made at the dentists before and they are super expensive (like £160) and whilst the Mint Cosmetic ones are not as sturdy, they definitely do the job just as well and at a fraction of the price.
I wore them with solution in 1-2 times a day for 40 minutes depending on how busy I was (2 times a day is the best for quick results though). This is a close up of my teeth so you can get a good idea of how effective the whitening was. I tried to take photos in the same lighting at the same time of day so they were as realistic as possible. I'm really happy with the results and would definitely recommend this kit.
The pros of this kit: The solution is 6% Hydrogen Peroxide which is the highest % allowed for cosmetic purposes (yep, this bitch did her research) so you know you're not getting the usually cheaper, weaker and therefore less effective solutions. Another positive is it has a shelf life of two years which is great if you wanted to keep the last syringe for top ups every few months as I plan to use it. There's also a 28 money back guarantee for peace of mind so you can't really go wrong!
The cons: As with every product known to man there was some cons to the product, although the positive vastly outweighed them. I did have some side effects which I shall warn you about now. My teeth were very sensitive and painful when I began the treatment (which has happened with every whitening treatment I've ever used). This did subside and I felt no sensitivity after a week, other than when I missed two days, as my teeth got used to the solution once again. Finally, the pen didn't really work out for me unlike the whitening solution syringes which I thought were great. The pen tasted funky and I seen no difference in my teeth, although perhaps a more obvious difference would have been apparent if I had quite severe staining. Even though I seen no difference on the night looking back at photos when I used the pen my teeth do look especially white. I think the pen is great to use for special occasions if you don't mind the taste!
Overall I would definitely recommend this kit as I've been self conscious about my teeth for a while (as you can see from this very old post a year ago!)
For more information or to buy the kit click here.