Review: Control Corrective Essential Daily Care Kit

Me and Mom

In the past couple of years I’ve tried to be very diligent about making sure I take care of my face. I am very lucky, I have great genes, my mother looks at least 10, if not 20 years younger than she actually is and we’ve been asked, on a regular basis if we were sisters. People also assume that I am younger for my age–my favorite is that I am still often carded nearly 11 years after my 21st birthday even with friends who are not being carded.

I have yet, though, to find a system that I am completely dedicated to so I was excited when Birchbloggers put a call out for people to test out a system. I eagerly applied and was sent the system. The system is called Control Corrective Essential Daily Care Kit.

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And I liked that it all came together, one of the things that super frustrates me is when I have to buy each lotion, cleanser and toner separately. It even came in a perfect travel container, which is helpful since I’ve had several trips in the past few weeks and this was easy to bring on airplanes.

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The system is made up of four parts, a facial wash, toner, crystal C serum and a daily cream.

Here is what Birchbox says:

Birchbox Breakdown

We’re constantly on a quest for balance, whether that’s between work and life, social time and gym visits, or indulgent dinners and juice cleanses. Conclusion: finding this so-called balance isn’t so easy. As far as our skincare is concerned, however, this daily-use kit has us covered. The high-performance, antioxidant-rich products—including a cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer—normalize skin to reveal a healthy, radiant glow.

How it Works

The aloe vera-based Gentle Facial Wash turns from gel to foam to rinse away oil, dirt, and makeup, perfectly prepping skin for the set’s other treatments. Botanically enriched with aloe vera, the Balancing Tonic hydrates as it protects skin from environmental stressors and harmful bacteria. Amino acids help repair the skin’s pH balance while reducing inflammation and removing impurities. For a healthy glow, Cyrstal C Serum gives dull complexions a perk with its vitamin C and aloe vera (notice a trend here?) blend. The antioxidant-rich ingredients help downgrade any inflammation. As a final protective barrier, Ceramide Daily Cream fortifies the skin’s lipid barrier to lock in moisture. The lightweight cream boasts vitamins A and E to fight free radicals and lend a luminous luster. For use on all skin types.

How to Use

Massage a quarter-sized amount of Gentle Facial Wash into damp face for about 30 seconds and rinse. After cleansing, soak a cotton ball or pad in the Balancing Tonic and sweep over face and neck in smooth strokes. Then dab a thin layer of Crystal C Serum all over to amp up radiance. Once the serum has been absorbed, massage a quarter-sized amount of Ceramide Daily Cream into face and neck.”


My thoughts on the product: I really like that the steps are clearly laid out and all come in the same package. I like how, even though there are basically three layers I’m applying to my face, it’s all very lightweight and I feel like, even after I put a foundation creme on, my face is not heavy feeling or sticky. I love the smell of everything and I love that it’s aloe vera based as I’m a big fan of aloe.

I’m also a fan of the fact that the system is compact enough that if I’m not home, I can still have it with me without having to have an additional travel set.

The one downside? It’s not cheap! It retails on the Birchbox website for $62.00. But I guess since it’s a four piece set, it’s actually not that unreasonable. \

What’s your favorite face cleansing system?

If you’re interested in trying out Birchbox, please use my code.

***I received this product complimentary from Birchbox for purposes of reviewing it. I will only recommend things that I think are good products and will always be honest in my reviews***

On My Bookshelf: The Vacationers


***I was sent this book  in order to review by Birchbloggers***

***This post contains affiliate links***

The Vacationers is one of this summer’s must read books. I recently signed onto Birchbloggers through Birch Box, which if you’re interested in trying out, please use my link to sign up! As a part of Birchbloggers, I was sent a copy of the book to review.

Here’s what Goodreads had to say: “For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.

This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole.”

I liked the book, I felt that the characters were very well developed and I had buy-in to their futures and what was happening to them. Franny and Jim are going through marital strife, Sylvia is going through teen angst, Franny and Jim’s older son, who comes with his girlfriend, is going through job difficulties and the difficulty of dating someone much older than him who wants different things in life. Franny’s best friend and his partner are trying to adopt a baby and the struggles that come with that.

This is definitely a great summer read and my only disappointment is that I felt that the story ended without really sharing the end of everyone’s stories but overall, a great book and now I want to go to Mallorca!

March Subscription Boxes

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about my subscription boxes, but never fear!  I am still receiving them!  I did decide to stop getting ipsy glam bag and have switched to Beauty Box 5 which I am enjoying.

So, let’s start with Birchbox:

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I always love receiving these boxes :)

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Beauty Protector
Protect and Detangle / Full-size $21.95
WHAT: Best-selling elixir that locks in color, protects from heat damage, and adds silkiness
HOW: Spritz generally onto damp strands before styling.  Warning: The heady scent is additive
ME: I actually used this to tame some fly-aways in a ponytail and liked it but probably wouldn’t use it on a regular basis.

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Camille Beckman
Glycerine Hand Therapy-Morelia Monarch Scent/Full-size $15
WHAT: A top seller from the brand, this nourishing formula restores skin without feeling greasy
HOW: Smooth onto hands whenever they feel dry
ME: always love lotion-threw it into my bag for use!

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Harvey Prince
Cherie Blossom/Full-size $55
WHAT: Inspiring scent that mingles sparkling cherry blossom with romantic vanilla and musk
HOW: Apply to pulse points for a breezy, come-hither vibe
ME: meh, not a big fan of perfume samples for the most part

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WHAT: Organic meets au courant in the eco-friendly brand’s rich, mineral-based liner
HOW: Trace along lash line, from inner to outer corner. Bonus: The lid doubles as a sharpener
ME: This will a fun color for the summer!

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Benefit Cosmetics
Big Easy/Full-size, $38
WHAT: This self adjusting formula makes complexion perfection easy peasy-be the first to try!
HOW: Test on hand or face after moisturizing to find your best shade. A little goes a long way.
ME: I haven’t tried it yet and to be honest, it’s a one time try thing.

Beauty Box 5-this is new for me.  This is actually my third  month and I’m enjoying what I’m getting in here-a mix of beauty and body products and a mix of price ranges.

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I like the box, simple and to the point. I’ll be honest, I accidentally threw the postcard away so I found information out from the website.

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Dual-Sided Facial Pad
I couldn’t find this on the website but it looks like it would be good for in the shower.

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Bellapierre Cosmetic Makeup Base/Full size $18.99
This looks good, I threw it into my purse makeup bag.


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Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse/Full Size $15.99
I tried it but didn’t love it.

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Jane’s Picks All Natural Soaps in Purity/Full Size $8.00
This is a natural soap that they recommend using instead of shaving cream, smells good.

Overall, I loved almost everything in this box, except for the curl stuff.

And now, my favorite box! PopSugar Must Have Box.  This one is definitely the most expensive box-at nearly $40.00 but generally one item is double the price of the box and you have everything else so it’s a pretty awesome box!

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Brokedown Blue Ikat Scarf/Suggested retail $72
I love this scarf! I’ve already used it several times and it’s so soft and silky!

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Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum/Suggested Retail $27
One of the things I love is that they only give full sized beauty items so I can really try things out. m This smells great!

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Dogeared Lucky Horseshoe Make a Wish Necklace/Suggested retail $30
The idea behind this is when the string wears off, your wish comes true.  I have it hanging next to my bed.

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Baublebar Elephant Ring Tree/Suggested Retail $12
I love this!  I have it on my dresser with some rings on it and it’s adorable!

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Activeforever Fusion Exercise Ball/Suggested retail $9.95
I haven’t used this yet but I like that you don’ t need a pump, just use the straw that came with it!

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Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps/Suggested retail $2.00
Just yum!

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Nature’s Bakery All Natural Strawberry Fig Bar
This was an extra for this moth but is super delicious.

So, yes, I love my boxes :) But I am doing better about not ordering as much. . . AS much but I do love receiving mail and trying out new things!

Are you getting any subscription boxes?  Any I should try?


***I paid for all these subscription boxes on my own, I just like getting mail :)***





Snacks Abound!

Graze Box


So I have discovered the most awesome snackie snack delivery system.  I read about it on a blog–I’m not going to lie. . . I can’t remember which blog it was. . . but it was a free snack box so I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s super yummy!

Graze Box


So it comes in a little box with four different snack items:

Pizza Graze a pizza graze

flapjack a fruit and seed flapjack graze

jelly donut a jelly doughnut graze

Cookies and Cream a cookies and cream graze

So far I’ve only tried the jelly doughnut and it was super yummy with raspberry fruit leather bits in it.  Originally I was just going to do the sample box and then get rid of it but for now I think I am going to keep getting them every two weeks for now.

Here’s a code to try it out:

You will get your first box free and if you stick with it, you will also get the fifth one free!

NOTE: I am paying for this and just thought it was super cool so I wanted to share.

Cell Phone Case of the Month-December

Cell Phone Case of the Month

I love me my iPhone and I’m digging the Phone Case of the Month subscription I’m using.  I was a little nervous that this month was going to be all holiday oriented but it turned out to be perfect for me and my blog!  Just throw on a rubber duck and you’re set!

If you’re interesting in checking out the club, use my link and get us both some free love:

NOTE: I am paying for this and just thought it was super cool so I wanted to share.

Wantable Box

I may or may not have become completely addicted to the subscription boxes and was super excited to get one from Wantable.

Wantable Box


I love the nail polish color!  It’s simple and pretty and I got compliments on it for a long time.

The moisturizer is known for helping with age lines.  I haven’t tried it yet but am not sure it’s really up my alley.

The lipstick is pretty but way too orangey for me and I am tending to go towards deep reds right now for the winter.

Again with the fake eyelashes. . . not sure about these. . . I will try them maybe for a big event.

I love the makeup brush, I’ve been using it for powder blush and it’s worked out well.

The eyeshadow color is a perfect pinky color with a shimmer–I’ve been using it and loving it!

I definitely enjoyed this box but don’t think I am going to subscribe with them right now.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Beauty Back Talk: November Birch Box and Ipsy & Collage It

Yay for my beauty boxes!  I received Birchbox and Ipsy on the same day–I love when that happens!

As you guys know, I try to take a lot of pictures on my blog.  One of the things that annoys the heck out of me is so many pictures and resizing them and blah blah blah.  So I am constantly trying to figure out ways to get my pictures to not take over the blog.  I love collaging pictures but still don’t know photoshop well enough to functionally use it.  I was excited to review CollageIt 3.  And what better time to break out the collages than for my Ipsy/Birch Box reviews!?

OK Birch Box:

November Birch Box


Ahmad Tea London-Assorted Teas/Full-size $7

What: A best-selling British blend of premium teas from Assam, Sri Lanka, and Kenya.

How: Steep 3-5 minutes in near-boiling water

Well we all know I love me some tea and I’m excited to try these out.

Chella-Latte Highlighter Pencil/Full-size $18

What: The face illuminator brightens and contours–it can be applied in 10 different ways!

How: Blend onto brow bones, cheekbones, or along lip  line.  Go to our magazine for a tutorial!

I’m not sure what I think about this–still can’t figure out exactly how to use it.

Color Club nail polish/Full-size $8

What: On-trend pro quality lacquer that will take you easily–and gorgeously–from day to night.

How: Apply two coats for an opaque finish.  Always use base and top coats to make your color last.

I haven’t used this color–I received three different nail polishes this month but I do like the color and think it’ll look really good with my shirt for Thanksgiving!

Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish/Full-size $11

What: Lightweight leave-in conditioner that nourishes strands for soft, shiny curls and waves.

How: Apply nickel-sized amount to damp hair.  Style as usual

This smelled delicious and I think it makes my hair more manageable!  I’ve been trying to use an intensive something once a week and I like Miss Jessie products.

Mox Botanicals Bath Milks/2-pack $12

What: This indulgent blend infuses your bath with botanical goodness and nutrient-rich sea salt

How: Let steep in a full tup of warm bathwater.  Or empty directly into tub before soaking.

I love that this is from Portland and I am totally going to seek out the store!

I actually really liked this box which is exciting.  Remember, if you are interested in signing up, follow the link.


Ipsy Bag

November Ipsy


I received:

em michelle phan waterliner intense color eyeliner

So far I like the color and have enjoyed using it.

Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon

Smooth and I like the color :)

Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer

Not loving the color–it’s a little too dark and I was disappointed that for the second time, the nail polish was slightly open and went all over the place in the box and the package reeked of nail polish.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer

I like the bronzer and it adds a bit of color to my cheeks.

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil

Not sure why I received two eye pencils in this bag but I do like this color as well.

Kiss everEZlashes Lash Double Pack

I have never used false eyelashes in my life and am a little nervous about them but I’m sure I’ll try them out and see.

I guess overall more impressed with Birch Box this month which is a first in a while.

Do you receive both or either?  Which do you prefer?

In terms of CollageIt, it is super easy to use. . . I had a bit of a snafu downloading the app onto my computer and it wouldn’t open directly from the link, I had to go into the application folder and open it that way.  But once I figured that out, the program is super easy to use with tons of different options to try out.

And a super cool offer to thank people for their support, the CollageIt people are offering a discount!  PearlMountain is going to make a big discount promo up to 65% off for the pro version CollageIt. It is priced at $29.90 normally, now users can get it at only $9.90 during this Thanksgiving, saving about $20. The promo is active from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2. During this promo period, you can enter this promo at:  Pretty snazzy!

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Monthly Box: Cell Phone Case of the Month

As everyone knows, I love subscription boxes.  The newest one I’ve signed up for is Phone Case of the Month.  Basically every month you get a new cell phone case.  Its $10.00 a month and the cases are super cute.  The first one I got is a brightly colored case with yellows and oranges:

Iphone CaseIphone Case


You can also download a free wallpaper of the same image.  They only make like 200 a month so you get a super personalized one.  The case actually fits perfectly on my brand new iPhone 5S and I look forward to new, fun covers every month.

If you are interested in trying this out, you can use the following link to get the first month for $5.00:

Do you love phone cases as much as I do?

I subscribed to this on my own with my own money and just think it’s pretty snazzy!