Tonight, the gracious team at Crest invited me to a memorable dinner at Abe & Arthur’s.  Hosted by actress Malin Ackerman (The Proposal, 27 Dresses + more!), we kicked off the holiday season with some yummy eats, delicious cocktails and of course, some girl talk about fashion and beauty.

the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics 'An Education' at The Paris Theater in New New York

While Malin claimed to be the opposite of a girly-girl, she’s definitely doing a few things right when it comes to beauty.  First and foremost, she said, “No makeup can do what sleep and hydration can.” I must agree wholeheartedly – get your beauty rest and drink up, ladies!

Of course, Malin is a big advocate for Crest as well – and unlike many celebrities working with brands, I actually believed her when she said, “I’ve been using Crest for years…because I love coffee and red wine. In fact, that’s my beauty tip for the soul…red wine!”

If you’re a red wine and coffee lover too, check out Crest‘s new White Strips Advanced Seal. As far as I’m concerned, these are the gold standard when it comes to whitening- they don’t budge until you remove them (so you can really multitask when using them), they don’t cause a ton of sensitivity and most importantly, they DO actually work!

Malin also called out Rosebud Salve and Creme de la Mer as beauty musts.

Have you ever used any at-home whitening products?  Tell me about ’em in the comments!