My Beautiful, Crazy Life

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Party Outfit

| jeans: hollister, top: bealls, booties: kohls, necklace: dillards, bracelet: james avery | 

I wore this to Eric's work Christmas party last week and I have to say it was one of those days where everything seemed to fall into place quite nicely. You know the one where your hair decides to cooperate with you and you feel that your outfit is for a lack of better words, on point? Yeah it was that kind of day so of course it called for a little impromptu photo session. Honestly though any time that I actually get dressed now days should get it's own documentation but that is besides the point. Happy Hump Day!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Style With Julep

Holiday Style

Where has this year gone and how is Christmas just two weeks away? Obviously time flies when you're having fun or something to that nature, so in lieu of the holiday season I partnered with Julep to share my holiday inspired outfit as well as share how I decked my nails. I am seriously loving the black and red color combo right now and found it fitting to be my inspiration for this holiday outfit. 

HINT HINT: Just so all my family reading this knows, this doubles as a Christmas wish list too.

After a few long hours and a couple design attempts later I am happy with how my holiday nails turned out. I have never been big on regularly painting my nails, however on occasion I am always up for the challenge. I love how simple, yet adorable this look is while at the same time being fashionable. Don't you think they would pair perfectly with my holiday inspired outfit? 

Julep has tons of new nail polish colors that would be a perfect stocking stuffer for all the woman in your life this Christmas + I spotted a few of those nail polishes matching the colors I used in this post quite nicely so there's that. As a little treat Julep shared with me their exclusive "Deck Your Nails" tutorial which I had every intention of recreating, however, it just didn't play out that way, and since it's the season of giving I'll share it with you guys! So tell me, how are you decking your nails this holiday season? Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5 Things to Smile About

1. It's the most wonderful time of the year and that definitely puts a smile on my face. We put up our Christmas decorations weeks ago and I have to admit I loved every minute of it. The Christmas spirit is alive and well in the Faust household even though we will be spending our first Christmas away from home this year.

2. We are settling into our new state quite nicely and can't get enough of our cute little apartment. It's taken sometime to get used to the dry frigid air up here, but we're adjusting. We aren't in South Texas anymore folks, but we love it here just the same.

3. I joined the iphone bandwagon this past week and I am quite happy with my decision. It has been nice to send and receive picture mail, take part in group chats, and be able to take a picture with a camera greater than 3 megapixel + face time is awesome!

4. It's a happy day when my hair decides to cooperate with me, but it's even more exciting to me how fast my hair is growing back. I always think it's a great idea to chop it off but I instantly regret it and can't wait until my hair is back to being long again.

5. Eric and I are about to celebrate our 1/2 year wedding anniversary on the 21st which also happens to mark 6.5 years of being together. Insane right? We've spent 1/4 of our lives together out of our 23 years of life and that is something to smile about!

xo, You should definitely follow along with me on instagram. Lately, I have been posting more on instagram then I do on this ole blog of mine, but I intend on getting back into the swing of things once the holidays are over.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vine Vera Review + Facial Routine

Thanks Vine Vera for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Confession time: on a daily basis I struggle with my skin. It's true and it drives me absolutely insane trying to figure out what facial products work and don't work on this oily, acne prone skin of mine. However, within the last two months I decided enough is enough and finally bought a cleansing brush in hopes it would be the answer to all my problems. I did quite a bit of research comparing the Clarisonic brush with all the many facial brushes out there and decided to go with the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System. Honestly, this little brush is amazing and was totally worth purchasing. A few days into using my new cleansing brush I was sent a few products to try from Vine Vera's skincare line and today I am ready to share my findings with you.

I use each of these products as directed in the order that they are listed below and have found myself a new facial routine that I really love and one that is really quite effective. I have always had the worst problematic skin, but with using these products I have found that those days are few lately because of how well these products really keep my face clean. I am talking about a clean that my face has never felt before. My facial routine consists of using the pro-x, cleanser, toner, peel, serum, and followed by a moisturizer both day and night. I also really love that these products have anti-aging properties as well as are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, lanolin, formaldehyde, acetone, alpha and beta hydroxy acids and synthetic coloring. Overall, these high end skin care products are definitely doing wonders for my skin and I am even noticing that some of my finer lines aren't as prominent as before so that is a plus. I also can't help but notice how good my complexion looks after just a months use, however, the price point on these skin care products are a little bit out of my budget, but if you are willing to splurge a little I think these products are definitely worth it.

Merlot Essential Collection

    Resveratrol Milk Cleanser
This cleanser is an extremely great cleanser that smell amazing. I use a cotton ball to put the cleanser on and you can just see all the impurities that are still left on my skin after  I had already cleansed my face with my pro-x. It's just amazing and really makes my skin feel so soft and clean. 
    Resveratrol Balance Toner
The toner is the second step in this two step facial kit and it just keeps on cleaning what the cleanser left behind. Both the cleanser and the toner can be used for everyday use.

    Resveratrol Refining Peeling
I really love using this peel because it helps to get rid of dirt and oils that sit on my skins surface, which in my case is a lot. I use this product twice a week as recommended and I can definitely notice a difference in the way my skin feels on the days that I don't use it. I apply just a small, thin layer on my skins surface and then use my fingers in a circular motion causing the peeling effect. I seriously love how squeaky clean my skin feels after using this. It's just awesome and since I use very little just a few days a week this product should last me a long time which is a plus. 

Vitamin C Collection

    Resveratrol Serum
This serum right here is definitely at the top of my list for best serums I have ever used because it certainly gives my skin the nutrients it needs. Not only does it reduce the overall appearances of anti aging with it's resveratrol properties, but it also packs a punch with Vitamin C and Vitamin A to leave my skin looking radiant. In my opinion, this serum smells just like a citrus starburst and I absolutely love it. I also couldn't help but love the velvety smoothness of this serum. It doesn't leave my skin feeling oily at all which I am super happy about seeing that oilyness is one of my main skin concerns. 

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