My Beautiful, Crazy Life

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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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Oregon Adventure..

We're already out exploring and we haven't even lived in Washington a month yet, but what fun is sitting at home when you have so much to discover? None at all, so we took off on a little day trip this past weekend to none other than the beautiful state of Oregon. Guys, it is absolutely beautiful and the cascade mountains has completely won over my heart. There is just something so peaceful about walking in the woods. Eric and I both share a love for the outdoors and can definitely agree that we love the mountains more than we ever loved being on the beach. *Gasp* There I said it, but what can I say I guess we are much more of an adventurous couple then we ever were beach bums.

If you are ever in Oregon I highly recommend checking out:

We had such an awesome getaway and can't wait until our next road trip :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

No Tricks All Treats [Recipe]

I created these cute little treats last year, but they are just so cute I wanted to share it again in case you didn't get a chance to see them last Halloween. These cute pumpkins would make the best treat for your upcoming Halloween parties or could even act as a great children's activity for those of you who might not be heading out on Halloween night. I seriously had a blast creating these and even had a great arm workout in the process. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

[makes nine medium sized pumpkins]

1/2 tsp vanilla extract
red & yellow food coloring or orange gel coloring
3 tbsp. butter 
5 1/2 c. mini marshmallows
6 c. crispy rice cereal
Mini tootsie rolls
mini M&M's and candy corn

For this recipe you do as you would making regular rice crispy treats by simply melting your butter in a medium sized pan and then adding the vanilla extract as well as the mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted and then add the red and yellow food coloring until you get the orange shade you desire. Next you'll combine the crispy rice cereal in your pot and stir until the cereal is evenly coated with your marshmallow mixture. Last but not least, spray your hands with baking spray and roll them into pumpkiny shapes where you'll then decorate them to look like a pumpkin.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


picture from my first bridal shower- coming to the blog soon.

These blogging breaks are becoming more frequent, but don't worry I haven't forgotten about this little ole blog of mine. I just have been seriously contemplating the direction of this blog and found that taking a step back was an easy solution while deciding my blogs future. I still haven't quite figured it out, but what I do know is that a rebrand is definitely on the agenda as well as perhaps a blogger to self-hosted wordpress switch? I think yes, but until then here is a taking stock post for your enjoyment on this beautiful Thursday morning.

Making: myself crazy searching for a job.
Cooking: i have cooked a lot of great meals this week, so tonight we're having leftovers.
Drinking: a chai latte.
Reading: currently, nothing.
Wanting: to find a job so that I can start working again. 
Looking: forward to our weekend trip to Oregon to do a little sight-seeing.
Playing: the television in the background.
Wasting: not wasting much of anything right now except maybe energy on typing this blog post.
Sewing: nothing, but i'm thinking a sewing project is definitely in order.
Wishing: that we were just a short drive away from our families.
Enjoying: the newlywed life in our new state.
Waiting: to start our little family until we're better settled and ready to give up the newlywed life.
Liking: living on our own in our cutesy little apartment.
Wondering: when we'll get our first snow.. not looking forward to it either.
Loving: the sound of the pouring rain outside my living room window.
Hoping: that eric and i will make a few friends next weekend at eric's co workers halloween party.
Marveling: at how fast we have transitioned into our new life in the PNW.
Needing: a new camera, but knowing it will have to wait. :(
Smelling: my lavender scented wall plug in.
Wearing: still in my pajamas, but that's one of the pro's to not having a job.
Following: the directions of lots of recipes lately and loving it.
Noticing: that I haven't done any posts about our wedding day yet.
Knowing: that we're doing a little adventuring this weekend has me doing cartwheels. yay!
Thinking: it's a wonderful day to snuggle up on the couch all day.
Feeling: happy, it's a new day :)
Bookmarking: the best apps for excellent instagram photos.