Smile Bright like a diamond

Smile Bright like a diamond

Hey guys so I said I would give you a quick update on my invisalyn Treatment so far. I have had my invisalyns on 6 months so far. I’m currently on set 15, in total I have 27 sets. It’s gone so quick I cant believe it. Since my last blog update  the routine has become a lot easier. I don’t even notice I am wearing them, if anything I actually feel strange without them in. I don’t experience any pain anymore, slight pressure when I change to a new set but only for a few hours.

As it’s a gradual movement of teeth I didn’t notice much of a change as I’m looking at my teeth everyday. In the past month so many people have commented on my teeth saying how amazing they have changed

I took pictures of each set when I changed them.  I looked back  today and I’m stocked.  I did not think my teeth were so bad, I’m actually so embarrassed. So be prepared to see.


Top is before  my treatment

Bottom is set 15 with Invisalyns on.




I said I would share this experience with you. I get so many questions about them on my Snapchat asking how I find them and are they worth it.  I am so happy I got them and they are invisible which is a bonus. I still have 12 sets left so I can’t wait to see the difference from now till then. Check out my previous blog on invisalyn here Invisalgn my experience



Enjoy the weekend

Melissa x

My Invisalign Experience

My Invisalign Experience

All you need to know about Invisalign Braces.

I decided back last summer that I could take the plunge and get braces here is why:

I Always knew I needed braces since my teenage years but it wasn’t the cool thing back all them years ago ( I’m Not that old Lol). After school I really wanted to get braces but the years past between Beauty therapy training, Make-up diplomas and starting up my own business all my money went into that area.

Last year I did my research on braces but since I was a bit older and been a Make up Artist I felt a bit paranoid getting metal braces as I have close contact to my clients everyday. I remembered Suzanne Jackson posting up a picture of her with Invisalign Braces a while back so I started researching more into it.

So how do they  work?

Invisalign are clear braces that slowly move your teeth week by week. They are clear plastic retainers that you keep in 22 hours of the day, which you clip in and out when you are having meals. Invisaligns are changed every 14 days, each new set has a new mould of your teeth which is how they gradually move your teeth.  I have 27 sets which is one year and one week, at present I’m on set 5 so in total its been 10 weeks.

How much does it cost?

Each case is different depending on whether you need both upper and lower aligners and the severity of your teeth. The length of time required ranges from 8 months to 2 years. My teeth have a  cross bite and I have Dracula fangs which need to be moved down and they caused overcrowding in my mouth. Mine in total cost 3500 euros, yes I know it’s a lot of money compared to metal braces roughly costing 2500 euros again it depends on each individual but I keep telling myself it will be worth it. 

The procedure

I went for a consultation to see if I was eligible for Invisaligns which consisted off getting an x-ray and an examination of my teeth, with all the information, the dentist had to send it away to the Invisalign company to design me up a plan. He then explained the Pros and cons and how they work.

During my second consultation I got moulds done of my teeth which were sent away to create my 27 sets of aligners. I was also shown a 3D virtual version of my teeth and how they would change week by week.

It took about 6-8 weeks for my sets to come back, I was getting a bit impatient as I just wanted to start them. So I was super excited to get a phone call to come in. In that session the dentist had to use a small strip of a metal file to file in-between my teeth to create space, that actually process wasn’t sore it was afterwards that was the problem.

week 1-2

The first 3 hours were fine ,I thought I escaped all the pain well  I was so wrong…

It was a total nightmare, I felt weird speaking and I felt as if my lips were protruding out.  I was finding it impossible to remove the alingers the more I pulled the worse the pain got. My gums were bleeding and then when I eventually did get them off, It was nearly as sore to try eat but look that is my rant over lol it does get better I promise

As new areas of my gums were newly exposed it was very uncomfortable especially even eating certain foods, the alingers themselves were fine but I just felt constant pressure on my teeth, no pain no gain.

The hardest part was getting into a routine it literally added an extra 15 mins each morning before I started my day. After each meal you need to clean your teeth, clean your alingers, floss your teeth and pop them back in. It sounds easy but doing this 4 times a day and especially been in public it can be a pain I have a little bag that I bring everywhere i go with all my essentials.

I was very happy to get my new set, as the alingers can become stained and to be honest I was missing the pressure on my teeth as I know they are working with the pain kicks in.

Set 2-5

It became easier each week , it became apart of my routine everyday. Set 2,3 and 4 were very sore for the first 3 days but then they settled in. Set 5 were probably the easiest set, I had a slight tight pressure but I think our bodies just quickly adapt to the change.

I can see a massive difference already even though they are small changes I notice them in my face shape and when I smile.

Are they Invisible

Yes they are, rarely anyone notices I have them on unless I was in very close contact. I have little buttons attached to my teeth to help the alingers shift my teeth and They are more noticeable then the actually alingers they are completely clear sheath over your teeth

Where I got them Done

I attend Dean street Dental in Kilkenny after a lot of research I felt instantly at ease in my first consultation with Paul he is super nice and thoroughly explained every detail and they have fantastic payment plans. I would 100% recommend them.

I would recommend getting Invisalgn even after all the crying and complaining I knew before I started the treatment it wasnt going to be a breeze and they are apartently not as sore as braces my friend is going through the procedure with metal braces and to be honest I think i got away lightly she was in serious pain ,so overall I would give Invisalgn a big thumbs up and I will post updates throughout my procedure


Melissa xx

Must Have beauty products for Summer.

Its been a while since a posted on this i have a had a hectic few weeks but i am back and have loads to talk about.

Summer has Hit Ireland over the past few days and I really hope it lasts. I love summer , long evening walks, blue fresh skies I just feel so much more energetic in the summer. Its time to pack up them winter clothes and to start showing our flesh again.  So here are a few beauty products to help you look and feel great after those long winter dull months when heading out into the sun.

  • Clinique Spf factor . Spf is a must for our face in the summer, Uva, Uvb rays are extremely harmful for our skin,  firstly it causes skin cancer but we want to prevent them wrinkles and skin pigmentation. Over the years I have found  it difficult to find a face spf that didn’t infere with my makeup. they were either too thick, oily, shiny and makeup just wouldnt  adhere to my makeup but I found this holy grail and its amazing.
  • Foundation: This can be a tricky one for us girls. The humid weather increases the chances of your foundation melting from our face. So it does depend on two things what type of coverage we want? what type of skin type we have? It depends on personal choice.

Mac: Face and body foundation



This is a great foundation, its quick and easy to apply. It’s a sheer but buildable coverage that gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, water-resistant and long wearing. Apply powder if you require more coverage and it will hold makeup for a longer period.





Mac Prolongwear: A long wearing foundation suitable for humid condition, it controls oil but allows your skin to breathe. II would say its a medium coverage. I would highly recommend Pro longwear as it’s not too cakey for summer



Estee lauder Double wear: Super long wearing foundation lasting 15hrs even without primer or powder. It has a matte finish and liquid consistency, medium to full coverage. I love this foundation for going out but for a day in the sun i think it is too full on that’s just my opinion. If you like full coverage then this is the one for you. It’s a fantastic (1)

  • Tan:  A nice glowing tan is a must have but after the long winter months and irish skin we are milk bottles lol so we need a solution quickly . Instant tans are fantastic which are  quick and easy tan but not so great if you decide to go swimming then you will be left looking like a zebra, so ifs that’s the case opt for a gradual tan and use both accordingly to what suits the situation best.

My two favorite instant tans are academie instant tan and good reliable sally hanson.

Academie bronze express is a liquid formula, I wouldn’t advise for a beginner as it can be messy. I love that you can see where i am applying the tan and it has a low tan odour, that really bothers me about tans. it doesn’t transfer into my clothes,  It’s not cheap and its small enough but i would give it a 9/10

Sally hanson: This is just so  handy and reliable, long-lasting and retails at €10. Just spray onto my body and use the glove to blend. I did find it can transfer onto my clothes but now I use a towel and give my body a quick rub down and it works wonders, perfect tan for the handbag and holidays.

Skin illuminator . Apply to your cheekbones to give a skin a sun kissed glow, can also be applied on collar bones, front of legs when the sun hits it, it looks fantastic.


  • Nail polish. Get yourself a pedicure at the start of the summer, most of us neglected our little feet over the winter period. Invest in a few nails polishs to mix and match to your outfits. I find the Rimmel polishs good quality and affordable.


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