Smile Brilliant UltraSonic ToothBrush & Giveaway

Hey Guys,

I am so excited to be back on here sharing another product I am so excited about!

I was first contacted by Smile Brilliant last year to test out their whitening kit and I could not have been happier with the overall product and the amazing results! I am still using the whitening  kit to this day so when Smile Brilliant asked me to try out their new UltraSonic Electric Toothbrush I could not have been more excited!

I have been using electric toothbrushes now for years, its my preferred way of cleaning my teeth as I found a regular toothbrush did not do an adequate enough job compared to the overall cleanliness and whitening that I get from an electric toothbrush! 

My first impression of the UltraSonic Electric Toothbrush was I could not believe all the different options for cleaning your teeth!! My old electric toothbrush had one button, to turn it on and off! The UltraSonic Electric Toothbrush has FIVE options to clean your teeth, Clean, White, Massage, Gum Care and Sensitive! My personal favourite being White!! I also could not believe how different the ultrasonic toothbrush felt compared to my regular electric toothbrush, way more power, way more clean!! Another added benefit worth noting was the battery life! I’ve gone over a week without having to charge it and when you’re on the go as much as I am that’s a huge plus!!

Smile Brilliant has been so gracious to offer all of my followers 20% their purchase of the UltraSonic Electric Toothbrush using code: sarahpankiw20 AND!!!! They have been even more gracious to allow one of you amazing people the chance to win your own  UltraSonic Electric Toothbrush!!!!!
Enter Here!!


Thank you all so much for reading and good luck!!!
Sarah xo

Smile Brilliant – Professional Teeth Whitening At Home

Hey Guys!

I know its been awhile but I have to come on and share my recent experience with Smile Brilliant’s At Home Teeth Whitening Kit! I want to be up front as well, this is a sponsored post and I received a complimentary kit for my honest review!

I want to start out by saying I have really no experience in the field of teeth whitening, I have tried crest strips teeth whitening many many years ago and was very unsuccessful but nothing since so I was really excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me. I was also thrilled to find out that Smile Brilliant is a cruelty free company! I am a regular tea drinker so I have been self conscious about the colour of my teeth and was really excited to start the process of whitening to have the ability to improve the appearance of my smile and in turn my confidence!

The process starts by Smile Brilliant sending you a casting kit. You mix the pastes in a mold to create custom molds for your teeth and then you send these casts back to Smile Brilliant for them to create your customized molds. Once received, they send you your custom fitted trays and the teeth whitening gel and desensitizing gel. The whole process was made extremely easy and simply with step by step instructions.

I found the two most convenient times to whiten my teeth was before I had my evening shower (by the time I was out and my hair was blow dried I was ready for bed and it was time to take them out) or first thing in the morning (before i get ready for the day, once i was done my hair and makeup I could take them out and be ready for the day)!! You can wear them anywhere from 45min-3hrs and I averaged about an hr each time. I also found that I had little to no tooth sensitivity so I only used the desensitizing gel every 2nd or 3rd time.

The process has been made so easy  and I am thrilled with the results to far! I mean look at those before and after’s! I am so excited to continue using Smile Brilliant to enhance and whiten my smile and even more excited to share that I have partnered with Smile Brilliant to give one of my amazing followers their own teeth whitening kit!!!!

Giveaway link:
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 to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. 
Also if you are interested in purchasing your own kit you can use my coupon code: bootsandbassets for 15% off your purchase!!!
Thank you so much for reading and good luck!!
Sarah xo

How To Dress For Family Photo Sessions

Maxine & Shellaine Photography and myself have collaborated to share this useful styling tool to assist in planning for your upcoming photography session.

Photography sessions are an investment, an investment you want to last a lifetime and styling is a huge factor in making your photos come together and withstand the test of time. Below I have listed helpful hints on planning for your session, as well as some retail outlets here in Edmonton as well as online to make your buying experience a positive one.

Coordinate/Don’t Match

Gone are the days of denim and matching white tee shirts. You will want to select a colour scheme and within that colour scheme mix and match your pieces to compliment that scheme.  Stick with classic neutrals that compliment you and your family. Keep in mind less is more.

Textures and Layers

Incorporating different textures and layers into your outfits will add dimension and depth to your photos. Don’t be afraid to add a scarf, knit sweater, fur vest or a wide natural textured belt and don’t forget to accessorize with something to give your photos a personal touch.

Plan In Advance

Keep in mind the location. This is crucial for making sure your theme comes together. A black mini skirt in a outdoor/natural setting doesn’t quite fit, if you see what I’m saying! If you are planning for a scenic nature setting, incorporate warm neutrals, soft browns and maybe a contrasting colour, such as mustard or burgundy as they will balance each other well.

The Season is also very important and will set the stage for the type of outfit you select. If it’s winter, warm neutrals are again a great option, for fall, greens, oranges and mustards are a beautiful combination to the changing season and for summer creams, blushes, whites, greys and soft blues.

Fashion Feet

Lets not forget about the shoes! Shoes are just as important as any other article of clothing and can easily complete and compliment an outfit. Toss the sneakers aside and op for a semi dressy option (i.e. loafers/boots etc)

Clothing To Avoid

There are certain patterns/graphics that really stand out in photos and take the focus away from you and your family. Large logos,patterns, graphics and brand names should be avoided. This will also aid in dating your photos.

Recommended Places To Shop in Edmonton

Shades of Grey Boutique

Whos Cares Wear

Yo Momma Maternity 

Gravity Pope

The Skinny

Miss Boss

Recommended Places To Shop Online

Zara Kids



Her (Whites)


Her (Colour)




Kids Boys


Kids Girls


Thank you so much for reading!

Sarah xo

Cruelty Free Haircare

To say that I have become extremely invested in my hair since I decided to grow it out is an understatement. Three years ago I was bald (I shaved my head with my dad to support his ongoing battle with Cancer). Growing out my hair was initially extremely difficult because there was little I could do with it in terms of styling. With every little inch I became more dedicated to taking care of it and making sure it was healthy so it could grow long and strong!

Some may believe that you have to compromise on quality to buy cruelty free but I am here to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. I was so excited to put this post together because the best haircare products Ive ever used have been Cruelty Free coincidentally and this has lead me to seek out more amazing brands that can produce and manufacturing amazing products without testing on animals!

I have used every kind of product for my hair from inexpensive to very expensive and I have always come back to my all time favourite, Pureology! My parents used Pureology when I was growing up and still to this day it is my favourite shampoo and conditioner. When I made the decision to buy cruelty free products in the New Year I was so thankful that Pureology is not only cruelty free but completely vegan, as this is a brand I don’t think I could ever stop using. Ive always used the Hydration Line because of our extremely dry weather here in Edmonton its always given me the added moisture my hair needed but if your hair needs are different, Pureology has an entire line including Curl, Volume, Strength, Colour Treated and my fav Hydrate!

Another Pureology product I have recently fallen head over heels for is the Colour Fanatic Spray that you apply prior to blow drying! The spray features 21 essential benefits including detangles hair, conditions and moisturizes, reduces blow dry time, treats and prevents split ends, protects against breakage from daily brushing, repairs damaged hair and protects against heat and environmental damage to name a few, its the only leave in condition you will ever need and I refuse to wash and blow dry my hair without it! PS this is totally not sponsored haha #Iwish #pureologyobsessed.

There are some other cruelty free brands that I have tried and continue to use that are also worth mentioning! Kevin Murphy is a great brand with high quality hair products, some of my favourite products of theirs includes Eazy Rider Anti Frizz Creme, Ive used this product since I had a pixie cut and continue to use it after I’ve curled my hair to help get the tossed look without all the frizz! Their Doo Over Dry Poder Finishing Spray is amazing for second or third day hair to add volume and hold, I just don’t like using it on freshly washed hair as it tends to feel to chalky! Lastly Ive also loved their Body Builder volumizing mousse, its a great mousse for flexible hold and added volume!

When it comes to dry shampoo my two favourite cruelty free brands are Batiste, they have a huge range of options including a dark brown shade for brunettes (my personal favourite!) and Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo which is a white powder but long last and leaves hair volumized and fresh!

Lastly Ill talk about hairspray, my go to use to be Garnier but because they are not cruelty free I set out to find a better alternative! I had several recommendations on Kenra so I went with their Volume Spray 25, I have been so happy with it and it gives me great hold and volume without feeling crunchy!

I have listed more Cruelty Free Brands below as well as brands that do test on animals. I hope the information above provides you with the confidence that we don’t need to test on animals to have great products and we don’t need to buy from companies that do because there are so many other great options out there!

Thanks so much for reading!!

Sarah xo


Cruelty Free Hair Care Products

  • AG Hair
  • Batiste
  • DryBar
  • Has
  • Hempz
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Kenra
  • Madison Reed
  • Moroccan Oil
  • Oribe
  • Ouai
  • Pacifica
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Pravana
  • Pureology
  • Rahua
  • Rare Elements
  • Shea Moisture
  • Verb


Haircare Products That Test On Animals:

  • Alberto V05
  • Aussie
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clairol
  • Fekkai
  • Got2b
  • Garnier
  • Head & Shoulders
  • Herbal Essences
  • Hoyu
  • Joico
  • John Frieda
  • Just for Men
  • Kao USA
  • Kerastase
  • Matrix Essentials
  • Mizani
  • Natural Instincts
  • Nexxus
  • Nice ‘n Easy
  • Pantene
  • Physique
  • Redken
  • Rogaine
  • Schwarzkopf
  • Sebastian Professional
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • SoftSheen
  • Suave
  • Sunsilk
  • TRESemmé
  • Vidal Sasson