Wednesday, November 1, 2017

My THREE DIY Halloween Costumes 2017 + Two Makeup Looks! (Group + Couple Costume Inspiration)

Happy Halloween! I know it's November now, but it still feels like Halloween. Especially with a post like this. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I've been looking forward to it all month (actually since November 1, 2016... but who's counting). I planned three different costumes with my friends and my boyfriend, and we had three different events.

I also DIYd and put together all of the costumes, so I'm super excited to share them, along with some details. Hopefully this gives you inspiration if you ever want to do one of these costumes or if you want to DIY a costume in general.

Costume #1: Jesus, Angel, and Devil

For our first Halloween event, we went to a dance at our university. It's advertised as a "Halloween Rave," so we wanted to go as something a little lighthearted and funny, and clothing that wouldn't be too warm and would be a little on the scandalous side. It's Halloween and we're young, so I figured, why not dress a little crazy!

These costumes were super simple, for Jesus all you need is a white bathrobe and a red fabric sash, and of course a cute guy with long hair and a good sense of humor to pull it off. My boyfriend, Taylor, was perfect for the role. For the angel and devil costumes, you can go in so many different directions. My friend, Christine, took a more casual route by wearing a red sheer top, black leather pants, red converse, and devil horns. While I took a more girly route and wore a sparkly white mini dress, white thigh high socks, white sparkly shoes, and a white fuzzy halo. Basically, anything red or white would work for these costumes.

My favorite part of mine and Christine's costumes was our makeup and hair. We both wore curly hair with white glitter hairsprayed into my hair and red glitter in hers. For Christine's makeup, I did a dramatic winged liner, red ombre lips, and a red glitter highlight. For my makeup, I did fluffy false lashes, bubblegum pink lips with gloss, and a white glitter highlight. It was so fun to play around with makeup for the night.

These were fun costumes that got a lot of laughs and were meant to be lighthearted. My friends and I would never want to offend anyone, but I know religious based costumes can be seen that way. I grew up Christian and am a very spiritual person, and I like to believe that God has a sense of humor!

Costume #2: Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann

I'm obsessed with this costume! Taylor is often told he looks like a young Johnny Depp, so we decided to go with that and do a Pirates of the Caribbean theme! On this night, we hosted a Halloween party for all our friends. It was such a fun night, and I could write a whole other post about that, but I digress.

This was definitely the most complicated costume to put together, but it's also my favorite of them all! For the Jack Sparrow costume, you will need a pirate shirt, black or brown joggers or loose pants, a bunch of thrift store belts, and a navy vest. For the navy blue vest, I cut the sleeves off and shoulder pads out of a thrift store suit jacket. Put some beads and braids in your boyfriend's long hair, add a red head scarf (the same fabric from the Jesus costume), and a pirate hat and you're Jack Sparrow! For a nice finishing touch, I put some black eyeliner on him and a red "X" underneath his eye.

For the Elizabeth Swann costume, you have a lot of options. You could recreate one of her outfits from the movie, like her fancy pirate outfit or even her regency dress and hair. However, since Jack Sparrow is so recognizable, I decided to go for a pretty typical girly pirate look. I've had this pirate dress for years, so I wore that with a black corset, a fancy pirate hat (Elizabeth is classy), black fishnets, and black booties. I braided my hair the night before so it would be wavy and messy and I put some braids and beads in my hair like I did for Taylor's.

This was such a fun costume to do, and Taylor totally owned being Jack Sparrow. I think he's a lot like him normally, so this really was the perfect costume. Plus, getting him to wear guyliner was a high I will forever be chasing!

Costume #3: Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow

We wore these costumes for actual Halloween, which was a lot more casual. I was so glad to have costumes that were more comfortable and laid back. I'm a big fan of costumes being personal, and that's what this one was for us. Taylor and I binge watched Game of Thrones near the beginning of our relationship and are obsessed. Plus, our hairstyles work perfectly for the characters!

For my Daenerys costume, I wore a dress and cape I found in a Cleopatra costume. I thought it felt like something she would wear in the earlier seasons, and it reminded me a lot of this picture. I cut the neckline lower and put some slits in the skirt, because why not be a little skimpy, did a classic Khaleesi hairdo, and was good to go! For Taylor's Jon Snow costume, I made a fur cloak by sewing faux fur from the fabric store onto a black vampire cape from the Halloween store. He wore all black and grey, put his hair into a half up bun, and moped around the whole night, just like Jon would. Ha!

We didn't have any extravagant Halloween plans, but we did dress up to pass out candy to trick or treaters and we watched Stranger Things 2 all night. I was actually pretty happy to have a casual night and casual costumes after the crazy weekend we had. I love having a lot of events and going out, but sometimes it's nice to have a night in with your friends.

Halloween Makeup Looks:

Pennywise from It and a Spooky Ghost:

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is doing crazy makeup looks for my costumes. Since all of my costumes had normal makeup, I did a few fun makeup looks on days I just spent at home watching Halloween movies.

I did the clown makeup that Pennywise has in the new It movie and I did a spooky ghost look. These looks were both inspired by videos I watched, linked in my last sentence. These were fun and easy to do, I used all products I already had on hand, other than some white cream face makeup I got from the Halloween store.

These looks could both be easily turned into full costumes. For the clown costume, I'd recommend wearing something with a lot of ruffles like my sweater, or stick with light blue colored clothes and add some pom poms to it. For hair, you could do messy red hair like the movie or messy space buns or pigtails like I did. It may not be exact, but it fits the vibe. For a ghost costume, you could wear any old looking dress that you imagine you would find a ghost wearing. A white lacy dress, or a collared black dress with white powder on it could work. If you don't have light colored hair, adding white powder or spraying it with dry shampoo would work.

Halloween is my favorite holiday ever and I'm so sad it's over. But even with one holiday gone, Holiday Season is still in full force. In a few weeks, I'll have Friendsgiving, regular Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years! Everything's coming up quick!

What did you dress up as this Halloween? Did you have any fun plans? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!


// Costume pictures by Christine St. Clair //

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TRAVEL DIARY | Crazy Las Vegas Bachelorette Party + Swimsuit Wedding!

I'm so excited to share this travel diary on here! My cousin got married in September and I was a bridesmaid and it was such a fun experience. My cousin is a bit nontraditional in the best way, so her and her now husband decided to do a swimsuit wedding at a fancy casino pool in Las Vegas. We're from Las Vegas, so it wasn't anything too out of the ordinary! 

I actually vlogged both weekends, the bachelorette party and the wedding, so I'm going to insert that video below. It's my first ever vlog and I'm really proud of it! I know I have a lot to work on, but I love learning and I'm so excited to keep making vlogs and getting better. It would mean a lot to me if you could check it out and give any feedback.

So for the rest of this post, I'm going to insert a few pictures I personally snapped over the two weekends as well as a few that were taken by other guests or the two photographers, who I will make sure to credit at the end of this post. Along with the pictures, I'll share some of my favorite moments.

The first weekend was the bachelorette party. We stayed in a hotel at the luxor and hung out on the strip both days. The first night, we dressed up pin up style because my cousin, Kara, is a pin up model. We went to a concert and out for dinner which was so fun.

The next day, Saturday, we spent the afternoon at a private pool at the MGM and then we went to dinner at the best restaurant at the Mandalay Bay. It's an affordable Mexican restaurant with a mariachi band and the best margaritas. After dinner, everyone else went clubbing, but I had to skip that part because I'm not 21 yet. 

Then on Sunday, we had the bridal shower, which was so fun. It was more casual and we all hung out and opened presents and played typical bridal shower games and ate yummy food.

The next weekend was the actual wedding!!! My boyfriend, Taylor, came with me this weekend because he was my date. The first night was the rehearsal dinner at an amazing sushi place and we were able to get all dressed up, which I loved, since we wouldn't be getting dressed up for the actual wedding.

That night, we stayed in the hotel where the wedding took place, we had an amazing suite, it was so fun and fancy. The next day, we woke up bright and early to get ready for the wedding ceremony at 11. We all had these fancy bridesmaid bikinis and Kara wore the most beautiful white swimsuit and lacy robe. Everyone looked so great!

After the ceremony, which you can watch in the video above, the rest of the wedding was basically a big party! There was lots of swimming and drinking and crazy shenanigans. Kara had a photobooth with a polaroid camera that we could take pictures and put them in the photo album "guest book." My best friend, Leonor, was also there at the wedding, so I spent most of the day with her and Taylor, when I wasn't on bridesmaid duty.

The party lasted pretty much all day and all night! Taylor and I went back to the hotel a little early since we weren't drinking and couldn't party as hard as everyone else. The next morning, Taylor and I went to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas and then drove back to Utah!

These two weekends were a whirlwind of craziness and lots of fun. I'm so glad my cousin chose me as a bridesmaid and that I got to be apart of it. I'm so happy for my cousin and her new husband, they are so good together. It was a weekend full of family and friend love and it was very special. 

Before ending this post, I just wanted to share a little bit of my feelings on the recent Las Vegas Mass Shooting. The wedding took place the weekend before it happened and I was born and raised in Las Vegas, so it hit me very hard and was way too close to home. I'm not going to go too much into detail here, but if you read my youtube video description, I share my personal feelings on the tragedy and why I still feel it is appropriate to post about good things that happen in Las Vegas. I also share some links on how to help. Definitely go check that out. Even if you don't watch my video, I definitely poured my heart into the description.

What is your most fun memory from a wedding or bachelorette party? Have you ever attended any non traditional weddings? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!


// Select pictures by either Dale Wigget of Culture Photography Las Vegas or by Captured Moments by Billie

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Autumn Favorites! Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle...

Before I begin, I want to apologize for my lack of content. It has been so long since I've posted on here! I want to work on improving my content and scheduling for this blog, I really miss posting all the time. With that said, let's move on to today's post!

October is my favorite month and Autumn is my favorite season. This is the beginning of my favorite time of year, October-February, or as I like to call it, HOLIDAY SEASON! First it's Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, New Years, my birthday in January, and finally we end around Valentine's Day. Sometimes I feel like I can stretch holiday season out to March, if Spring Break is early enough! Anyway, with this exciting time of year beginning, I wanted to start it out right by sharing some of the things I've been loving so far this fall. Check them out below!


I live in a small town in Southern Utah near the mountains, so it has been perfect fall weather. Some days are warmer, some days are colder, but I've started to be able to get away with wearing boots and sweaters while still wearing shorts sometimes! Here are some fashion staples I've been loving:

  • The maroon sweater (similar) pictured above. It is a chunky knit and loose enough to be worn off the shoulder. It is a loose knit, so it's full of little holes and I'll need to layer it for the winter, but right now it's fine. I got it for $3 at the thrift store, but it is originally from American Eagle.
  • The white knit ruffled sweater pictured below. I fell in love with this sweater at Target and had to purchase it at full price, which I don't love to do. I like how the ruffles add a vintage texture to an already knitted sweater. This is the perfect item to dress up or down.
  • This amazing pair of black thigh high boots. I have been looking for the perfect pair of thigh high boots for so long. I'm tall with long legs, so most boots would barely cover my knee. I found that these had great reviews for a fair price and decided to give them a try. I'm so glad I did! I highly recommend them and I think I'll buy them in tan for spring. 

These are the three new items I've gotten that I love. As far as actual outfits go, I've been loving wearing oversized hoodies and flannels with shorts and my thigh high boots. This will probably be my fall staple outfit until it gets too cold to not wear pants.


I love fall makeup, darker lips and eyeshadow are the best. I've been really into monochrome makeup lately, with dusty pinks and maroons at the center of my pallet. I also like to go for purples sometimes. In general, I've been really into actual colors rather than the usual neutral browns. Here's some products I've been using a lot:

Lately, I've been really liking wearing eyeshadow with no eyeliner, which I never used to like. I have a bit of a hooded eye, so it makes the whole look so much easier. Let me know if you would like a hooded eyelids tutorial or makeup looks in general!


This is going to be the biggest section, because I'm going to include a wide array of things such as books, music, food, etc. There is a big lifestyle change from summer to fall, and I have a lot to show for it.

  • Books: I've been really into young adult books again, which is funny because I haven't read them since high school! But I read Once and For All by Sarah Dessen which was amazing, and John Green's new book, Turtles All the Way Down, comes out on the 10th and I'll definitely be reading that. Another book I've been reading for a few weeks is A Lover's Discourse by Roland Barthes, which is a nonfiction collection of all these references and discussions about the meaning of love. It's an interesting read and I have underlined a lot.
  • Music: There are a few playlists that I've been listening to a lot on Spotify. The first is Songs Taylor Loves, which is a playlist Taylor Swift curated of her favorite songs. Along with that, is both of the new Taylor Swift songs and the whole album that comes out November 10th. I know it's not out yet, but I already know that's all I'll be listening to. I've also been listening to Sweater Weather by Kalyn Nicholson. I've been watching her youtube videos a lot lately, and she has an awesome taste in music. If you also want to listen to some of my favorites right now, here's my personal autumn playlist. It's not as perfectly curated, but it is an honest collection of my favorite songs to listen to.
  • Food: I don't know what it is about this fall weather, but I've been really into soup lately, when I'm usually not a fan of soup. I'm a poor college student, so my favorite cheap soups are canned chicken noodle and vegetarian vegetable as well as the Idahoan Premium Steakhouse potato soups. I recently had the broccoli cheddar, which is my favorite soup of all time, and this cheap microwavable version did not disappoint. I've also been craving a lot of grilled cheeses. If I'm going for a cheap grilled cheese, I'll just make it with normal cheddar, but I'll cut it into small squares and eat it like croutons in my soup. LIFE. CHANGING. If I'm going for a more hardy grilled cheese, my new obsession is green apple, peppered bacon, provolone, and cheddar on potato bread. If you're feeling fancy, you could even use a panini press or a george foreman so it feels like restaurant style. As far as sweets go, the soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from grocery stores are always a staple, and I've been really liking coffee lately. I've never liked it, but I drink it with my boyfriend in the morning sometimes and it's so comforting. My go to Starbucks order in the fall is a salted caramel frap, with coffee or without, depending on my mood.
  • Planning: I'm obsessed with planning and to do lists, especially with things getting so busy. For planning, I've been loving the app, Google Keep. It's like a collection of all these little post its that can be color coded. I love it, because I'm obsessed with lists and I always have my phone on me.
  • Bloggers/Youtubers/Celebrities: I've been loving Kalyn Nicholson lately, her content is amazing, but still relatable because she's not a hugely famous youtuber yet. She makes great videos, has a great instagram theme, and has great spotify playlists as I mentioned earlier. Some other people I've been loving are Tess Christine, Mariah Leonard, Kallie Kaiser, Amber Fillerup, and Dove Cameron.

Okay, so there are some of my favorites for this season. I linked everything, and hopefully some of this will give you some inspiration. Like I said, this is my favorite time of year and it gets super busy, but I'll be trying my best to get some good content up. Let me know what you would like to see!

What are some of your favorites this autumn? What are your favorite things about this time of year in general? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!


Fall Leaf pictures taken by my good friend, Christine St. Clair.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

TRAVEL DIARY | Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV! (+ A Video!)

I am so happy to finally be sharing this trip with you! A few weeks ago, I went on this amazing trip with a few of my close friends. I was able to spend time in Lake Tahoe and Reno, two places I had never been before! This trip was such a dream, I hope you enjoy this post!

Before I move on to pictures, I just want to share the video I made with you guys! Every new video I make, I enjoy it more and I learn more. This is probably my favorite video so far, I think I did a really good job of capturing the dreamy quality of the trip. It would mean a lot to me if you would watch this video, maybe give it a like or a comment, etc. I am still learning and I am very open to constructive criticism. Okay, moving on to pictures!

I spent the first half of the week in Lake Tahoe with two of my childhood best friends. We stayed in a beautiful resort and went to a bunch of amazing beaches. My favorite beach by far was Sand Harbor. This was the only beach we went to where people were actually in swimsuits and in the water. Every other beach was filled with fully clothed tourists! The water was freezing because it was June, but the sun was warm and we all got badly sunburned. The other aspect of Sand Harbor that is incredible is if you follow the trail away from the beach, you come to this beautiful area with rocks and lower water levels, like I show in the title picture and youtube thumbnail. It was like something out of a movie! In my opinion, Sand Harbor is the best beach in Tahoe, and it's on the Nevada side, which I am extremely partial to, being from Nevada.

The second half of the trip, I was able to spend time in Reno with one of my best friends from high school, Hannah. She lives and goes to school in Reno with her boyfriend, who is also a friend from high school. We spent a lot of time in Midtown, which is this cool little area of town that they're trying to make really hip for young people. There were really cool thrift stores, wall art (my fave!!), and the best part, amazing places to eat! We ate at this place called SUP, where I got an amazing hummus platter and broccoli cheddar soup. Life. Changing.!! I need to go visit Reno again, just for the soup.

Another thing we did in Reno was walk through the University of Nevada campus. That was cool for me, because UNR was my second choice for school and I almost ended up going there. It was interesting to see what could have been! I was so glad to get to spend so much time with Hannah. I think my favorite part of my time with her was our High School Musical marathon. Those are our favorite movies and we can quote basically every line! While I was with Hannah, we also made a video on her channel. We used to make videos on her channel all the time in high school, so this was such a fun little throwback and I'll post it below.

This trip was planned very last minute and ended up being a complete blast. I hope you enjoyed these pictures and stories from my trip, I know I loved looking back on the memories. Again, it would mean so much to me if you could watch the first video I posted up above, the Travel Diary I made. Also make sure to check out my video with Hannah, directly above. 

What trips do you have planned this summer? Have you ever visited Reno or Lake Tahoe? Let me know in the comments below! I am always open to questions and constructive criticism.  

Thanks for reading!


Friday, May 5, 2017

BEST OF | Wet n Wild Makeup! My favorite NEW + OLD products!

Wet n Wild has been killing the drugstore makeup game lately! I used to think of Wet n Wild as being a cheap brand with cheap products, but lately they have been upping their game an insane amount. I can honestly say Wet n Wild is one of my top favorite makeup brands right now. Along with putting out amazing products, this company is also certified cruelty free which is so important to me. Keep reading to see descriptions of the Wet n Wild products I've been LOVING!

Photo Focus Foundation

  •  This is Wet n Wild's newest foundation, and it has been all over the internet, and for good reason! It is only $5 and offers incredible coverage. This foundation comes in a large range of shades, which is so nice to see from a drugstore brand. I have personally been loving this foundation for the few months that I've been using it. The shade is perfect for me and it is a perfect matte-but-not-too-matte formula. It stays on all day and looks as natural as a good coverage foundation can. 

Photo Focus Concealer

  •  I got this concealer once I realized how much I loved the foundation. I am a big believer in using foundations and concealers from the same line, because they have similar formulas and are made to be used together. This concealer is very thick, unlike the NYX one I had used forever. The thickness definitely helps hide blemishes and undereye circles. It is good enough coverage that I can use it without foundation and still cover all my problem areas.

Coverall Primer

  • This primer is so inexpensive and works so well for me. It feels very thin at first, but it applies almost like a gel. It makes me skin feel like a smooth sheet before putting on my foundation. A little goes a long way and there is a lot of product in the little tube. You are definitely getting a great deal for the price.

MegaGlo Contouring Pallet 

  • This is a great quality contour pallet. I used it for a little bit, but found that the contour shade is a little too light and warm for my taste. However, the lighter shade is perfect for setting my foundation and concealer. I pack it onto my undereyes for better coverage or just use a kabukki brush to set my whole face. These powders are very finally milled and buttery. They do make a mess with powder getting everywhere, but they last months and are so inexpensive, they're definitely worth it.

MegaGlo Highlight Stick

  • This is the first cream highlight stick that I've ever tried and I love it! The color and pigment are so pretty and it lasts so long. I love using this for days when I'm spending a lot of time outside or as a base for a more pigmented powder highlight on days that I really want to pack a punch. The only thing I didn't like about this product is that, as you can see, the black print on the packaging spreads and gets everywhere. I seriously had black ink all over my face before I realized where it was coming from! I would recommend just being careful not to touch or washing it off before you use it. It's a shame, because it's really cute packaging.

Contour Brush

  • Wet n Wild's brushes are all synthetic, inexpensive, and seriously so cute. I only have this contour brush, but I use it every day and I am obsessed with it. I definitely recommend these brushes and I will definitely be getting more in the future.


PhotoFocus Setting Spray

  • This is first setting spray I have tried other than the ELF one I've been using for forever, and I have to say I'm impressed. The spray is way more even and powerful, which took some getting used to, but I like it. It does have quite a strong chemical smell, almost like chlorine, but you only get one breath of it and then it goes away. It definitely keeps my makeup on longer than the ELF one ever did! It is good quality for a great price, but I do think I'll try different setting sprays in the future. This isn't my holy grail.

MAX Volume Waterproof Mascara

  • I got this mascara because I needed a waterproof one for my Spring Break trip. I hadn't read any reviews or anything on it before I used it, which is pretty rare for me. I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I love this mascara. It really feels like it makes my eyelashes look fake in a natural way... if that makes sense. I really like it and it does such a good job of being waterproof!

1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish

  • I had heard such good things about this nail polish, but I was hesitant because nail polish seriously hates me. It messes up and chips within the first few hours. Well, I am happy to say that this nail polish lasts me up to a week! Doesn't seem that long, but that's actually life changing for me. It is pricier than I usually spend on nail polish, but I'm okay with spending a little more on products that have proved themselves to me. There is a huge variety of colors that I'm excited to try, but right now this mauvey pink color is my love. Definitely give this a try, especially if you have trouble finding nail polishes that work for you.

I hope this post was helpful for you! I know I love reading real reviews from people who have actually used the product, so that's why I really wanted to share my honest opinions on these great products. Let me know if you're interested in more Best Of's for brands, especially drugstore brands! Leave any requests below!

What is your favorite drug store brand that you think is killin the game? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!