Instagram Made Us Do It: Does Kylie Jenner’s LED-Light Whitening Kit Actually Work?

Over the years, I’ve tried my fair share of teeth whiteners.

I’m a serious coffee drinker, so in an effort to keep my pearly whites, well, white, it’s pretty much always been a priority beauty practice. First there were the pricey custom-fit trays from the dentist, then came good, ol’ Crest White Strips and, now, the LED-whitening trays taking Instagram by storm. Specifically, I tried the HiSmile kit (admittedly because it’s a brand Kylie Jenner openly backs). No, I wasn’t nonchalantly whitening away in my matching undies like a certain reality star. For me, it was usually late in the evening, in bed, watching Netflix with zit cream on—a much less sexy scene. But nonetheless, I followed the same program.

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If you’ve ever used a whitening gel before, there’s a very distinct taste: It’s not pleasant—like melted plastic with a hint of zest—and you can’t wait to spit it out the second you’re done. But unlike any other at-home whitening kit this one didn’t hurt my typically sensitive teeth. Because this formula contains Sodium Bicarbonate, it gave the whitening gel a high PH level (so no tooth erosion or enamel damage which leads to sensitivity). That was the biggest bonus.

When it comes to teeth whitening products, you want to be weary of Peroxide (it’s a big no-no that will make your teeth sensitive and it tastes awful). Though HiSmile’s formula doesn’t include the bleaching agent, it did however still have that somewhat familiar, off-putting taste (just less intense).

It wasn’t pungent by any measure. What made it more bearable was the Instagram-friendly packaging (bright white, pretty font and minimal details). Three bright pink syringes lined the top of the neatly organized kit. I could literally picture the many Snapchat moments ahead.

As for the actual whitening, the box said 10 minutes a day was all it took, which was nothing compared to the 30-plus minutes I used to spend doing Crest White Strips. The process was fairly intuitive: Just line the front sides of the trays with the clear gel, pop the device into your mouth, turn on the LED light (which helps expedite the whitening) and let it sit for 10 minutes until it turned itself off. The hardest part was pressing the trays firmly against my teeth without clenching and getting a headache—not easy. Once the light beeped off, out the trays went. I lightly swished water in my mouth to get rid of any of the remaining gel residue and that was it.

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Was there an immediate change in color? Not until after the third use. The kit came with a handy shade guide (above), and after seven straight days of lighting up, I went from a nine to a five. Not a life changing jump (probably skewed by my coffee intake), but noticeable. And I can only infer that with another week or two more my teeth will be even whiter (good news for this coffee drinker).

Safe to say I’ve already ordered my refill pack.

HiSmile Teeth Whitening Kit, $59.99

Ryan Reynolds Jokes About Everything…Except How Much He Loves Blake Lively

Ryan Reynolds is a jokester about pretty much everything.
The Golden Globe-nominated actor has made jokes about wife Blake Lively‘s birth moments, his children’s names, his sex life and oh so much more, but there’s nothing Reynolds takes more seriously than the love he has for his wife. When it comes to Reynolds’ sense of of humor it seems like nothing is off limits. “No matter which kids book I read to my screaming baby on an airplane, the moral of the story is always something about a vasectomy,” he once tweeted. And that’s just the beginning of his wisdom-filled tweets on parenthood.

But when Reynolds was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, it was clear that the Deadpool star is so in love with his wife—no jokes necessary.

Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively

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“I want to thank my wife, Blake, who is sitting right there who is everything to me. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me,” Reynolds said at the podium looking handsome in a three-piece suit. “You make everything better—absolutely everything in my life better. You’ve given us two of the most incredible children that I could ever hope to have. You’ve made me the father of my dreams when I thought I only had fun uncle potential.”

When the Green Lantern star does make a crack or two at his wife’s expense, he always follows up with a heartfelt sentiment that makes everyone swoon.

Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

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While talking to E! News earlier this year, Reynolds joked Lively was “extraordinarily pregnant” and unable to go hiking, he later told us he wouldn’t change that for the world because it meant having another child, in addition to first daughter James Reynolds, in his life. “There’s nothing on earth more grounding than having a baby,” the actor told E! News. “It’s the best thing that could ever happen to someone.”

Before Reynolds and Lively tied the knot, however, they began as friends after meeting on the set of The Green Lantern. In each other’s friend zone, Lively and Reynolds decided to go on a double date. You can only imagine how it ended…

“That was the most awkward date for their respective probably because we were just like fireworks coming across,” Reynolds revealed, laughing.

“It was weird at first but we were buddies for a long time. I think it’s the best way to have a relationship is to start as friends.”

Awww!

And despite any and all jokes about what goes on while Lively is giving birth (think “Let’s Get It On” playing in the background), Reynolds has made it clear he pinches himself regularly to make sure he’s living in reality. “I’m on the precipice of having a real American family,” Reynolds told GQ. “I mean, I always imagined that would happen, and then it happened. Every idiotic Hallmark-card cliché is true.”

One thing’s for sure: Reynolds is one of the funniest serious men in Hollywood.

Kim Kardashian Makes a Cameo in Jonathan Cheban’s Snapchat as He Shows Off Her Christmas Tree

Kim Kardashian can’t be seen, but she can certainly be heard.

Kim Kardashian, Jonathan Cheban, Kardashian Christmas Eve 2015 Party

Kim’s BFF Jonathan Cheban stopped by Kim and Kanye West‘s house Friday and gave fans a big look at Kimye’s insanely huge Christmas Tree. The bright white tree stands tall in the Keeping Up With the Kardashian‘s star’s house, and although Kim doesn’t physically appear in Jonathan’s tree tour video, she can be heard narrating in the background.

“Isn’t it insane?” she asks of her festive arbor. “Just lights, no ornaments.”

The green tree is completely covered with white branches and lights, but stands so tall it really gives anyone who sees it a Rockefeller Center vibe. But fans know that when the Kardashians do Christmas, they do it big.

Although it’s only Kim in the Snapchat video, a source told E! News earlier this week that Kim and Kanye were at their Los Angeles home together and appeared to be very happy. “They were very sweet together and were very much together,” the insider dished, clearing the air on any divorce rumors.

“They are going through a lot but from what it seems like they are doing it together and getting through it,” the source added. “It’s been a very rough year for her.”

Another source had told E! News last week that Kim and Kanye are “strong” and doing fine as a couple. With the holidays just around the corner, we’re sure all the Kardashians are getting prepared!

Kylie Jenner shared a picture on Instagram of her equally as gorgeous tree, but went in a different direction in terms of decorations. Kylie continued with the snow-covered tree theme, but added silver ornaments to the branches.

Although there are plenty of gifts under Kylie’s tree, there’s one that stands out from the rest: her boyfriend Tyga. “All I want for Christmas is you..,” Kylie captioned the picture of her kissing Tyga underneath her Christmas tree.