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Jan 142016

One of my best friends from high school is getting married this year and I’m in the wedding party! I’m so excited for her and I just love getting all dolled up for all the photo shoots. If you have any wedding-related events to attend this year, or you’re just looking for some general tips to look your best, here are my Essential Tips to Get Camera-Ready. From a fun & easy hairstyle tutorial to getting super-white teeth with Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips, I’m covering it all here!

Whether you plan on posing for some HD bridal shots or you just want to look polished for a date, here are some general tips to making sure your hair, makeup and teeth look their absolute best!

Essential Tips to Get Camera-Ready

Essential Tips to Get Camera-Ready

Essential Tips to Get Camera-Ready

Create a cute hairstyle.
I don’t always go to the salon before events, but I still like to look polished and put-together. So that means I usually create some sort of hairstyle for my hair. The Braided Headband (shown below) is a really easy hairstyle that you can pull off in a matter of minutes, but it’s still totally pretty and perfect for a special occasion. Here are the step-by-step directions to create this style!

  1. Grab a small section of hair from the temple-area of the head.
  2. Form a tight braid on that section of hair. Secure the end with a tiny rubber band.
  3. Pull the hair around the top of the head and secure behind the other ear with a few bobby pins.

Here’s a picture showing the braided headband!

Braided Headband

Braided Headband

Whiten your teeth
I’ve always believed that a great, bright smile can really make such a positive impact in pictures (and in person!) That’s why when I found out about my friend’s upcoming wedding, I knew I would want to whiten my teeth for all the upcoming photo shoots. So I have been using the Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips and I’m so impressed with its ease of use, convenience and effectiveness!

Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit WhiteStrips

Crest 3D WhiteStrips

When it comes to preparing for bridal events, whitening the teeth is a priority on everyone’s list. If you’d like your teeth to look their best, you have to check out the Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips! In only 2 weeks, these amazing Whitestrips can whiten teeth as well as a $500 laser treatment- all from the comfort of home on your own schedule! The kit come with 14 sealed packets. In each sealed packet, there are two Whitestrips. Simply peel the strips off the backing and place one on the upper teeth and one on the lower teeth. It only takes one hour per day to achieve phenomenal results! I usually place the Whitestrips on my teeth and watch one of my favorite shows or read a magazine… and before I know it, the time is up! Easy peasy! I hardly notice them when they’re on my teeth, as they’re flexible and very comfortable to wear!

Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit WhiteStrips

Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit WhiteStrips

Here are a few shots of my teeth before and after treatment with the Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips!

 Before & After Treatment

Before & After Treatment

Pretty impressive, right? My mom and best friend have definitely noticed the positive change in person!

Also, I want to mention that I can really appreciate that these Whitestrips use the same enamel-safe ingredients used by dentists. It has been such a comfortable experience whitening my teeth at home using these Whitestrips. No more driving to the dentist, dealing with traffic, waiting in line, and so on. I can get my teeth bright & white on my own schedule at home!

Look for these Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips online or at drugstores & mass-retailers nationwide. Pick up your own Whitestrips kit for only $64.99 and enjoy a bright smile!

Keep your hair soft & manageable.
I love a good deep conditioner for the hair. Actually, I enjoy making my own version, because it’s effective, affordable and fun! I’ve always loved making my own beauty products at home! So here is the recipe I use to make an easy homemade deep conditioner for the hair.

Homemade Deep Conditioner
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99 g
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Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1271
Calories from Fat 1186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 138g
Saturated Fat 99g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 16mg
Total Carbohydrates 18g
Dietary Fiber 13g
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
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  1. 1 avocado, sliced
  2. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  3. 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  1. 1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. 2. Massage into hair and place a shower cap on the head.
  3. 3. Let sit for 30-60 minutes. Rinse hair.
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Apply makeup like a pro.
I love playing with makeup! It’s something I’ve done since I was a little girl and when it’s time to get ready for a big party, I always love to go all out: contouring, eyeliner, bronzer… the works! Here are some useful tips for applying makeup like a pro!

  • Apply two similar shades of blush to your cheeks. The extra color will add some depth to the skin and make it look more authentic. Make sure to apply the colors lightly, so it all looks natural!
  • I like to mix my foundation with some facial moisturizer to make the coverage a bit sheerer. It also creates a more flawlessly soft finish to the face.
  • Use a highlighting product in the inner corner of the eye and the brow bone to lighten up the eye area and look more rested.
  • Apply a bit of concealer to the lips before lipstick to make your lipstick last longer and look more vibrant.

A few days ago, my friend had her bachelerotte party at a local Italian restaurant with all our friends. I used all of the tips here in this post to get ready for this party! Here I am getting ready to join them for a fun-filled evening of good food and great laughs!

Getting ready for a bachelerotte party

Getting ready for a bachelerotte party

Now, learn more about the Crest 3D White Supreme Flexfit Whitestrips and tell me: Do you want a whiter smile? Do you have any wedding-related events you’re getting ready to attend? Have you ever used these Whitestrips?

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23 Responses to “Essential Tips to Get Camera-Ready”

  1. I have used Crest white strips before and have noticed a difference for sure. I think I need to use these new ones though, they really look like they work well.

  2. My daughter is getting married in May and my son is getting married in November, so I know I’ll be using Crest White Strips before both events. I have someone doing my hair and makeup, so that’s two less things I have to be concerned about.

  3. i love the diy conditioner!!!! i use something similar to this minus the ACV

  4. Oh, I need to try that conditioner, it sounds lovely! And I love a braided headband…cute and natural. I’ve also been wondering how these products work, so thanks for sharing your experience!

  5. Doesn’t hurt to have shiny looking teeth, I am also attending a wedding this year so definitely needed these tips

  6. You look radiant in your post! I will definitely try that avocado hair treatment! With the Crest White Strips I haven’t tried anything like that before but I am curious about it. I definitely will look into it!

  7. I love these Crest whitestrips. Usually these types of products make me want to gag but not these. I can talk with them on, drink water, etc. I’ve even gone to the door to let company in with them on.

  8. As someone who takes photos all the time, this was really helpful. It’s important that everything is perfect. I always have to check if my teeth are clean and that my hair looks good, and the lighting. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. These are great tips. I need to try out those whitestrips. They seem pretty easy to use.

  10. I need to try that conditioner on my hair! Ever since I had my daughter the texture and frizziness of my hair has been out of control and I’ve tried everything.

  11. I love Crest whitening products. Ive been using them for a few years. They keep getting better.

  12. I’ve tried white strips before and they made my teeth hurt, which wasn’t surprising since I have really sensitive teeth. I’m glad to see they really worked well for you though!

    • EngineerMommy

      I have sensitive teeth too but that’s why these Whitestrips are amazing! They were comfortable and didn’t cause any extra sensitivity!!

  13. I don’t have a need for getting camera ready, but I have been noticing my teeth are not as bright as they used to be. I will have to try these so I can be more confident about my smile!

  14. This is great. My teeth are very sensitive, and I have to really be careful what I use with them but this is something I’d love to look into using. I’ve heard great things! Looks like some great results too!

  15. Looks great! Definitely a noticeable before and after. These are great tips!

  16. I can’t wait to try this homemade deep conditioner. My hair is really dry and I think this might be exactly what I need.

  17. I agree, a bright smile can change the entire outlook of a picture by giving a positive outlook to it. Crest 3D is new for me, but sounds like a wonderful option to try & I can see those awesome results from your smile!

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