Grinning Through It // Smiling Brilliant

Bonjour Mis Amis!

First of all, how are all of you? I hope as we move out of (hopefully - Texas why you so hot?) the blistering heat of summer you all are braced with sunscreen in hand and working AC. As some of you know I spent this summer traipsing around the Middle East and Europe. Which, speaking of, I promise there will be a full post filled with photos and videos (???) soon! 

Now, I want to chat with you all about an incredible product I used this summer. Mis amis, hold on to your hats. Let me present to you Smile Brilliant

For the past few months I've been using a new teeth-whitening routine from my friends over at Smile Brilliant. They've been wonderful and patient with me while I get through these past few difficult months. I'm going to be completely transparent with you all, when things in my life got really difficult I let a lot of partnerships down. I was unable to make time, and I wasn't in a place where I felt like I could really write in an upbeat and plucky way. So I postponed my partnerships, asked for extensions, and tried to work through my personal problems. I know that this blog is still very small, but these partnerships mean a lot to me, and I try to take this blog very seriously. So, here we are, months later, and I am ready and excited to share with you all the joys of Smile Brilliant

Without further ado, let's talk about mental health again, shall we? (A.K.A. my favorite topic) Something I realized this past semester is the truth behind the phrase "fake it till you make it," and how helpful this was for me when I was at my lowest. For me, grinning through all of the mess that was happening in life, all of the stress of school, adjusting to everything, was a way to choose happiness. At the end of the day, if I put on that I was happy, after a while I genuinely felt happy. I didn't have to fake it anymore, and instead of grinning through the upset I felt, I was grinning through happiness and joyfulness with an optimistic attitude. 

Having a beautiful, white smile, as cliché as this sounds, really helped me with my confidence. You all know how much coffee I drink - and if you don't take my word, it's a lot - so my teeth were pretty badly stained in the beginning (I blame Cuban and Arab coffee culture). So, when Smile Brilliant reached back out, really checked in on me, I was overjoyed to start the whitening process. I genuinely thought to myself, "if I have a beautiful, white smile, it'll be easier for me to smile through everything," and as the adage goes, it was. Your smile is one of the first things people see, and having one that is gorgeous and brilliant really helps with confidence. Here's a little more about Smile Brilliant that really sold me; all of the whitening products are organic and non-harmful to the environment (a big thing for a gal working towards sustainability), they offer custom whitening programs specific for your level of tooth sensitivity, it's all at-home but it looks just like a professional whiten, the whitening trays are custom made to fit your teeth specifically, and if you have any problems they have a team of people dedicated to helping you. Click to see the specific teeth whitening kit I used! Use code himonami at checkout for 15% off your purchase!

-> So without further adieu, *calling all my fellow coffee addicts and wine drinkers*, if you're interested in trying out Smile Brilliant, they've generously offered to let me host a giveaway, where one person will get a free custom teeth whitening kit! So, if you're still dubious and don't want to take my word for it, enter my giveaway here and try Smile Brilliant out on your own (Must submit name and email address on the giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the post is live. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open internationally).

I'm positive you will love the results as much as I have. Feeling confident, especially as someone who is a shy introvert and recently back on the singles market, is incredibly important, and it starts with grinning through it and smiling brilliantly. 

Peep below to see my before and after pictures and a small video on what the Smile Brilliant at-home whitening process looks like. 




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General cute photos (if I may say so myself) of me and the products:

With the custom trays

With the custom trays

With the custom trays

With the custom trays

Don't forget to enter my giveaway here and try Smile Brilliant out on your own (Must submit name and email address on the giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the post is live. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open internationally). <3 

And let me know how you love Smile Brilliant :)

A Month's Impressions // With Verb


After almost a month of using the Verb Ghost Collection exclusively, I love it. My hair feels light, bouncy, and clean. I wanted to write this post so you all could see how my hair looks after a month with the Verb Ghost Collection. If you're interested in getting some of the products for yourself, you can use code MonAmiXVerb for 16% off, and all of the products are only $16 which is so affordable given the quality! Here's what a month of Verb's Ghost Collection looks like with my hair (both up and down!).


I've loved working with Verb this past month. Verb's Ghost Collection is so amazing, especially with this heat in Texas (I've been washing my hair everyday). So whether you're interested in products that feel light as air in your hair, you want added shine, you have fine hair, or you just love that these products are cruelty free, this collection is for you. Hope you all are off to a great start this week, let's kick Monday's butt. XOXO

Verbing // With Verb

Hi guys! I am so excited to share with you all the newest line of products from VERB! You all know how much I love VERB, so I am thrilled to be working with them again. VERB just sent me this package filled with their new Ghost Collection, which is for people with fine hair or people who do not like feeling product in their hair (me!), or for people who wash their hair everyday. All of the products in this collection are vegan, paraben, sulfate, gluten, and cruelty free! The Moringa Oil blend is in each of the products to soften, shine, and de-frizz, everything I've ever wanted and more. ;) Every product is only 16$, which is amazing when you think about how good these products are, and additionally, you can now use Code: MONAMIXVERB for 16% off your purchase throughout the month of September! Shop the new collection here. I'm so excited for you all to try this collection, and I'll keep you posted with some luscious hair photos in the next few days! Until then, check out this unboxing video I did above!


Follow along on Instagram to see how my hair looks from day to day!