Why you need an eye cream in your skincare routine

Okay everyone – let’s talk eye care. I’m not a huge makeup buff, but skincare I have a huge love/hate relationship with. I love being able to use products that help my natural skin feel and look it’s best, but finding those right products can be expensive and even sometimes not work well with your skin [i.e. hello $80 hives/breakouts].

I’m going to be completely transparent with you, one of the perks of blogging is that brands reach out to you to collaborate and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. In my case, the brand VII Code reached out to me about their eye cream. Like every other brand, I do my research to make sure I like what I see at face value and ensure I like the product after testing. I agreed to work with them and they sent me their T2 3.0 eye cream I’ve been using for about a month now.

Why you should use eye cream

The skin around your eyes is much more delicate than the rest of your face, so it needs a different kind of product and attention. Rubbing, tugging, wiping, all of that can really strain and stretch the skin around your eyes, so, you not only need a cream because the skin around the eye is delicate, you need to be aware of how delicate you are with your eyes. When I apply eye cream, I dab a tiny bit on my ring finger then gently pat in quick motions under the eye, on the side and on the eyelid. Sometimes I bend over to get some blood/oxygen running to my head too!

Why I love VII Code T2

Reduced my dark circles and puffy eyes [I don’t have crows feet that bad yet, so I can’t speak to that].

Not sticky, sits well on days I need to use a little concealer [I don’t cake on the concealer, so I can’t speak to the ladies who wear a little more].

Derived from natural ingredients – I have sensitive skin, and in general try to use natural body, hair and skincare products – this cream doesn’t irritate my eyes at all!

A little goes a long way – I’ve been using the small 5ml jar [$99] and I think it will probably last me two months! I don’t mind paying for stuff that works because it’s hard to come by.

Works for any age – I started getting into skincare/anti-aging stuff when I was about 26. There’s no shame in starting early! I love how this product is gentle enough for someone my age [29] but powerful enough for someone older as well.

Eye cream that reduces puffiness

Eye cream for dark circles

The best eye cream for your 20s

VII Code eye cream

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VII Code 3.0 Eye Cream

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-Happy Age Preventing-

*Thank you VII Code for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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First time visiting Antelope Canyon in Arizona

Hi everyone!

I recently visited my friend Jenny in Utah and two out of the five days I was there we decided to make a road trip to Page, Arizona to visit the ever popular Lower Antelope Canyon. It was such a cool experience that I wanted to share with you the tips for planning your trip.

First things first – Upper Canyon or Lower Canyon?

I read that the upper canyon get’s more light and is known for the sand waterfall and light beams; however, it does get busier than the lower canyon. The lower canyon is deeper which makes the views from the bottom up extraordinary. The lower canyon is also typically less busy, especially during off season. I chose the lower canyon because the pictures and youtube videos I watched of the tour looked amazing – it’s really all about your preference!

When to go

Summer is most definitely the busiest. I love going to places in off season because I hate crowds. So, I thought to myself..November – cool weather and less people – sign me up! Little did I know the week before Thanksgiving was a busy time [lol]. Our tour guide told us that the week before us they had a tour with only two people. I can only imagine how amazing that would be because you don’t have the noise from other tours in front of and behind your group. So, I suggest the first or second week of November/December on a week day.

They say the best time of day to go on the tour of the lower canyon is between 11-1:30 [high noon time] so that a lot of light can get down into the canyon and you can get great pics. If you know it’s going to be busy when you schedule, I would make a reservation between 10:30am and 11:00am. When it’s busy tours can get backed up and you end up not actually getting down into the canyon a good hour and a half to two hours after your reservation time. Our reservation was at 11:20, checked in at 10:50, and didn’t get down into the canyon until 1:15 or so [still had good light though].

Who to book with

I researched some different places but ultimately chose Ken’s Lower Antelope Tours. It’s easy to get to, organized and a good price! A tour is $25.00/person and $8.00/person to park. Make sure you have cash because that’s all they accept!

What to wear and pack

When the sun started shining it felt good. I was wearing jeans, a long sleeve top, sweater, boots and sunglasses and felt fine! However, once your down in the canyon and it’s cooler/shady, I suggest taking extra layers like a scarf, gloves and warmer socks/shoes because my hands and feet got a little chilly. Take a backpack with water and some snacks since you may not know how long you’ll be waiting. They do have some snacks and drinks inside in the waiting area in case you forget to bring any.

Where to stay

We stayed at the Best Western Plus in Page, AZ – it was about $70 for the night and had a free continental breakfast so not too shabby. The drive from the hotel to the tour place was about 10-13min.

Where to eat after

I don’t know about you all but I was hungry when we were done with the tour [lol]. So after the tour we went to this place in Page called Canyon Crepes Cafe. I got a savory crepe and it was delish!

If you’re staying in the area awhile..

I would have loved to visit horseshoe bend or Lake Powell before we left, but we were on a time crunch to get home because my flight left early the next day. So, if you have the time I suggest stopping by those places too.

Lower antelope canyon

Lower antelope canyon

Lower antelope canyon tour

Lower antelope canyon

Lower antelope canyon

Lower antelope canyon

Canyon crepe cafe

-Happy Traveling-

 

Found: every day skin essentials that work

Hello my friends!

Over the past few years I’ve been really into skincare. I’m all about improving your natural skin so that makeup is just an afterthought. I’ve dabbled into a few different brands like Tula, Mario Badescu, Origins, and No.7. It’s been hard for me to find serums and moisturizers that don’t clog my skin, cause breakouts or irritation. It’s also a balance to try and find skincare that’s for my age – you know, more preventative than the intense stuff for when you’re older. I came across Cyantific, a skincare brand that leverages blue-green algae (a powerhouse at blocking UV rays) and fell in love with it after one or two weeks of use. Now I know what you’re thinking – ugh, how much is it. Well, you can get the serum, day and night moisturizers for $100 and they will easily last you two months, maybe more. So, $50/mo for a daily skincare regimen? Yes please! Also, you can use code VANESSARENAE to get 30% off your purchase.

Cyantific skincare

 

THE SERUM

This is the best serum I’ve used. It’s light, doesn’t clog my pores or cause breakouts. I’ve noticed a definite change with how bright and even my skin tone and texture has gotten over the past 5 weeks.

THE PROTECTING DAILY LOTION

This daily lotion is my second favorite item of the set. It’s also light and doesn’t clog my pores. I may need to add an extra layer of moisture once the weather gets colder. During the winter, I typically like to use a dab of almond oil on my face before applying everything else. The daily moisturizer also has SPF which is a MUST for age prevention.

THE HYDRATING NIGHT CREAM

The night cream was definitely different from what I’ve previously used. My skin had a super mild tingly feeling when I put it on at night after the shower. Don’t be worried, even if your skin has that tingly reaction, there will be no visible reaction [like redness] and the tingling goes away after a minute or two [at least for me].

Overall, I think I’ve finally found my go-to serum and moisturizers. There’s something about combining from the same brand/line that I think makes it way more effective. I’m excited I found a brand/line where Each item works for me, not just one of them. If a few months go by and I don’t notice a difference in the fine lines on my forehead, I might add another type of night cream or serum to the mix – but other than that, I am a happy lady!

What’s your go-to skin routine? If you haven’t been able to find one yet, this brand may just be for you! You can use code VANESSARENAE to get 30% off your entire purchase!

*Thank you Cyantific Skincare for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

-Happy Age Preventing-

 

 

Seasonal closet clean out tips

Hello friends!

We all know about spring cleaning, but do you ever clean out your junk before that? I like to do a clean out two times a year [at least with my clothes]. I do a clean out in the spring and another in the fall. Cleaning out your closet more than once a year is beneficial because you never realize how much new stuff you accumulate over only a few months. As you can see in my above photo, I don’t have the largest closet, so I’m going to share some tips and tricks for cleaning out your closet and maximizing the space you have.

TIP 1

Edit your closet by season

I only have clothes in my closet for specific seasons. What do I do with the not-in-season clothes? I have my bed on bed risers and store chunky sweaters, boots and coats in long, flat bins under my bed. The bed risers add that extra height I need for the bins.

Editing your closet by season makes the clean out process much easier and less overwhelming.


TIP 2

Start with the closet, and start getting rid of things

I typically go piece by piece and ask myself:

“Did I wear this over the last few months?” No? Bye.

“Can I wear this in fall and winter?” Yes? Okay it stays in the closet. No? It goes into a pile.”

Sometimes I have to try things on to make sure I still love the piece. If I feel “meh” when I put it on, I chuck it.


TIP 3

Whip out those storage bins

By now you should have a pile of unwanted clothes you’ll donate and a pile of summer clothes you’ll store.

Go through your fall/winter items and go through the same process of figuring out what you want to keep and what you want to donate.


TIP 4

Organize your newly edited fall/winter closet

Use shoe organizers.

I love me some shoes, so I definitely need more than just the floor. Shoe organizers are great because they add rows/height so you can store more shoes in a small space. I typically add the shoes I wear frequently to the shoe holder and everything else organize in a row on the floor. I tried the hanging shoe organizers but they just took up hanging space.

Fold sweaters and jeans.

Folding these items will save space. Sometimes you can buy cube like shelves to place in your closet so the sweater and jean stacks don’t fall over. I need to get some this season!

Be smart about your jackets/coats.

I like to keep my lightweight jackets and blazers in my closet. There’s no room for the bulky wool or down coats, so if you have a coat rack or coat closet in the house leverage that for the thicker outerwear.


TIP 5

Donate your unwanted pile

I only sell what I think I can make a profit off of. Everything else I like to donate. I used to only donate to Goodwill, but I’ve recently discovered another awesome way to donate. There’s a business here in Columbus called To Flourish Boutique. They accept donated clothes that they resell on their Poshmark site and donate proceeds to helping women in need.


TIP 6

Store the not-in-season pile

Store the not-in-season clothes by putting them in bins and storing where you have space.


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-Happy Organizing-

Tips for frizz free curls

Ohh Monday, sometimes you’re such a struggle. Luckily for my hair the struggle has not been so bad. I can’t believe that back in the day I used to spend hours on hours straightening my hair and would rarely wear it curly. Over the past six years I’ve learned to embrace the heck out of them. Embracing the curls did come as a challenge considering it’s trial and error when figuring out what products work best to keep your locks in check – a.k.a. give me soft, bouncy no frizz curls not hard, crunchy ones that don’t go anywhere.

For some time I was using Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls – it worked wonders and I loved it. Unfortunately, as time goes by your hair can change and the product ended up not working the best for me anymore. After letting my hair stylist know about it, she suggested a line of curl products I should try. On a day when I went in for my typical trim, she put the products in my hair so I could see if I liked them. After waking up the next day I was hooked, so I thought I’d share some of my curly hair tips with you.


 

TIP NO. 1

Dry comb before you shower

I like to take a wide tooth comb and comb my hair dry pre-shower. As always, start from the bottom and work your way up. Dry combing gets the tangles out before your hair gets wet, which allows less hair to fall out once you’re in the shower [your drain will thank you – sort of, hair still comes out if you’re part Wookiee like me].

 


 

TIP NO. 2

Do NOT comb or brush once you’re out of the shower

As much as you’ll want to, don’t comb or brush your hair once you’re out of the shower. I even try not to run my fingers through it. Combing or brushing separates the strands which can cause more frizz once it dries.

 


 

TIP NO. 3

Use products that work for you

It can take some time to find products that work for your hair texture, thickness, length etc. I personally use the Regis Design Line Weightless Leave-In Conditioner and Curl Lock Cream. Side note, the two products together are less than $30! Once out of the shower, I spray a generous amount of the leave-in on my hair. Then, I use the curl lock cream and scrunch [not comb through] to keep the conditioning locked in and frizz at bay.

Some people like to use a diffuser, but since I shower at night time I just let it air dry. I use a loose hair tie and put it in a high bun as I sleep so I don’t flatten the curls.

Products for curly hair

 


 

TIP NO. 4

Use a satin pillowcase

I’ve been hearing so many things about satin pillow cases lately. Apparently they help keep wrinkles from getting worse because the fabric doesn’t pull at your skin. In addition to that, the smooth fabric also helps your hair not get so frizzy. I’ve been sleeping on my Savvy Sleepers pillow cases for about two weeks now and have definitely noticed a difference! I’m so happy I’ve found this brand because other satin pillow cases were $$$. One Savvy Sleeper pillow case is under $45 which is amazing. The color options are good too!

When I wake up with less frizz [yay face] I take down my curls and they’re typically still a little damp. I reapply some of the curl lock cream and boom, hair done.

White satin pillow cases

*Thank you Savvy Sleepers for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

-Happy Hair Styling-