Bright.


I am really excited to share this product by Key West Merchants. It is skin lightening cream, and I got to try it for free from Amazon through Tomoson!

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I noticed that after continued use, my skin seemed to be a little bit brighter and smoother.

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The scent is minor and fresh smelling. The formula is also not very thick and you don’t need a lot for coverage. I definitely recommend this product. It’s available on Amazon here.

Orange.


I am thrilled to be sharing my thoughts about this La Beaute Pure Vitamin C Eye Gel!

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It has a light orange scent, and really made my undereyes feel nourished! I can’t stand when eye creams feel heavy and you can feel it on your face for hours. This is not like that at all, it soak nicely into skin and feels great.

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*I received this item for free for review purposes.

Knockoff.


I am thrilled that I got to read The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza before it’s release on May 19 (preorder here), thanks to Birchbox’s Book Club!

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This drama-filled read follows the story of Imogen Tate, a long-time fashion mogul and editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine. Imogen returns to Glossy after 6 months leave to find Eve, Imogen’s former assistant, running the show. Eve’s got a lot of technology knowledge backing her up, so it becomes a battle of print versus tech in a thrilling story. Will Imogen adapt to evolving use of technology or will she stay strictly print?

I absolutely LOVED this book! I won’t spoil anything, but you’ll definitely want to read what happens in the war between Imogen and Eve. Full of fashion icons and drama, this is a hit that needs to make it into your hands!

If you’re not a Birchbox subscriber yet, join now for access to incredible and inspiring book choices in Birchbox’s Book Club!

**I was given this book free of charge for review purposes.

C.


I received this Vitamin C serum for free to review from New Radiance Naturals.

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This product works very nicely, and I used it all over my face with very clean results. I wasn’t a huge fan of the scent which isn’t super strong, but I put my regular lotion over it and it was masked. I really enjoyed the softening and newness feeling of my skin.

Whey.


I received this sample pack for free for review purposes.

I enjoyed this sampling of whey protein since I have not tried too many whey products.

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The the taste was good (really enjoyed the chocolate flavor), and I  had trouble mixing it but if I had a shaker bottle it might have been easier. Left a comfortable full feeling, and I would definitely recommend it. It likely does wonders if you like exercising, oh! And it’s gluten free!

Eyes.



I got this eye gel for free to review. it’s an all natural eye gel by Adovia Mineral Skincare.

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The instructions suggest using it twice a day, and I agree. It lasts all day on my skin and really seemed to take care of my regular undereye puffiness. I love it, and would definitely buy it!

Oil.



I am so excited to be reviewing my first item from Tomoson! I have been experiencing extremely dry skin from the harsh winter cold, so this came just in time — a nice big bottle of coconut oil!

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This coconut oil from goPURE Naturals is fractionated (which means it stays in liquid form), 100% natural so it’s completely pure of icky stuff (which I love!), and says it absorbs quickly, so we’ll give it a try.

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I decided to use a cotton ball to apply the oil to my tissue-worn nose and to my face since I just came back home in a snowstorm. The oil is pretty thin so I very carefully got some onto the cotton ball to control it and it came out. This method seems pretty effective since it put a very nice layer of the oil onto my face and nose, and in no way does it leave skin feeling oily, just smooth. I also like that there is not much of a scent to it because you can barely tell that you’ve put it on. I put some on my hand (below) and then rubbed it in to put some moisture back. It doesn’t take long to absorb which is great! AND my face and hand still feel hydrated from the oil a while after application.

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I plan to keep using this product to cure my dry skin needs, and am very pleased with the way my skin feels so far! I also want to try it on my hair for a nice shiny look!

If you’re thinking about this alternative to skincare, check it out on Amazon.

~I received this fractionated coconut oil  as a free promotional product from Tomoson.

Shave.


I was given a free welcome box from Wet Shave Club for men, and I’m excited to share my findings with you!

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I’m already loving the wet shave instructional card.

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First up is the Spiced Rum Shave Soap. The rum scent with that extra little kick of spice smells fantastic! The products are all natural which is great too.

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Second, a really nice brush. Nice tough bristles with soft edges. Great for ridding hair that has just been shaven and for lathering the face for shaving prep.

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Next is the razor + blade. Very nice quality and the handle has a slight heaviness to it so you can really be precise when you use it.

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This small leather guy looks like a blade cover which is made really nicely.

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Lastly, the Ship Commander Aftershave Balm. It has a really nice, fresh scent, and with the addition of menthol, it’s got a kick to the smell. I can imagine it tingles and feels fresh on the skin after shaving.

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All in all, this subscription box is a great deal! I will leave the actual testing of the products to my fiancé, but things look great so far!

If you like what you see, treat the man in your life — subscribe for 1, 3, or 5 months, or 1 year with the Wet Shave Club. If you’re a new subscriber, you can enter your email address and receive $5 off your first box!

Moisture.


So in preparation for my wedding in two and half months, I have really been paying attention to my face and keeping it looking its best. I have been falling in love with Benefit Cosmetics so I decided to try their Total Moisture Cream after receiving a sample with the Bluff Dust I bought from their website (I will likely do a review on it soon). Then I used a 20% coupon from Birchbox — can you say it was down to $33?!

Let me tell you, this cream is great! You use a very little bit at a time, and the moisture is outstanding! I’ve been using it every night before going to bed for a week or two, and I may start using it every morning too. The scent is light and my face felt smooth for hours! Let’s just say this is yet another Benefit product I need in my life always.

71.


71. That’s how many days are left until I get married to my best friend. That’s IT.

We’ve been dating for almost 5 years (March 6 marks 5 years), and this is the moment I have been waiting for pretty much our whole relationship. It feels like we’re married already, but I hear that things completely change upon marriage. I’ll let you know if that’s the case.

Anyway, I have been a pretty active member on Birchbloggers, Birchbox’s blogging group on Facebook, and I got to thinking. Since I have been waiting for this special day for so long, I really want to look my best. March 21 marks the day of our families and friends coming together to celebrate us and our relationship. That’s huge, especially since his family is from Connecticut and Texas, while mine is from Virginia!

One of the products I got from Birchbox to help me during this 71 day quest is Puff Off by Benefit Cosmetics. I have always had a little puff to my under eyes, and I’ve just never felt very motivated to improve the problem. Until now. I used my hard-earned Birchbox points to get it, among other wonderful things as well, and boy was that a great decision. Tried it out last night, and immediately felt and noticed the difference. I also have pretty sensitive eyes and wear contacts, and it didn’t bother them at all! I felt a little tired this morning, used a little dab of Puff Off! and bam! under eyes looked and felt great.

I know this will be a lengthy process in a short amount of time, but am so happy to be feeling my best!

Has anyone gotten to try this miracle product, Benefit Puff Off! yet?