Thursday, June 30, 2016

Simple and Fun Fourth of July Inspired Makeup Look!

Another Fourth of July post! This one I am very excited about. I am far from a makeup artist, but I have always loved doing makeup. This is the first time I've ever shared a makeup tutorial or even posted pictures of my makeup online! Try not to take this tutorial too seriously and more as inspiration, because like I said I am not an expert.

I started by doing my daily makeup routine, which is basically foundation, contour, blush/bronzer, and eyebrows. You can find out all of the makeup products I use in my blog post The Best Drugstore Makeup Products.

For my highlight, I used Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow in Ice Queen. Confession... this is actually my first time doing an intense highlight. I use the more natural highlight that came with my contour pallet on a daily basis. I'm not sure if I like how the highlight turned out in real life, but in pictures I'm pretty obsessed!

For my eyes I wanted to do a dramatic blue liner. Blue liner is in style right now anyway, and what better time to try it out than the Fourth of July! I found this metallic blue pencil liner on clearance which was even better! It's the NYC City Proof 24 Hour Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Sky High. To make this look a little easier, I would recommend a liquid liner, I've heard NYX has good colored liquid liners. I did a dramatic winged liner in blue and then blended a light shimmery taupe eyeshadow into the crease to add dimension. Finish the look up with your favorite mascara, maybe even add some falsies for extra drama!

For some added patriotism, go ahead and go for a bright red lip! What other day can you be this dramatic and get away with it? I used Burt's Bees new lipstick in Scarlet Soaked. I really love this lipstick because Burt's Bees is an amazing company and this lipstick is moisturizing and such a pretty color. But feel free to use your favorite red lip color!

I always finish my makeup looks by using a setting spray. It brings my whole look together and makes all the different powders look more natural. I use Elf's setting spray but I've been thinking about trying the Pixi setting spray. Has anyone else tried it? Any opinions?

And here we have the finished look! It's a very fun look and it's not hard to do at all! I hope you enjoyed this post and get some inspiration from it.

If you try this look out make sure to connect with me and send a picture! My instagram is on the right side of my blog if you want to tag me in it!

I hope you've enjoyed these Fourth of July themed posts. There should be one more next week, which will be pictures from actual Fourth of July. I'm going to a big party and making a few food platters that I want to share on here. Stay tuned for that!

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

THREE Effortless Last Minute Fourth of July Outfit Ideas!

The Fourth of July is coming up very soon! While it is definitely not my favorite holiday (it's actually my least favorite), I have always had a special bond with The Fourth. My favorite part of any holiday or occasion is dressing up. For the Fourth of July I always like to dress as obnoxious as possible, with lots of red, white, and blue and flag bandanas and face paint. However, as much as I love the tacky look, I know a lot of others struggle to find a last minute outfit in their closet. Here are three effortless Fourth of July looks that I'm sure you can find in your closet or at Walmart the day of!

The Overall Best

Do you see what I did there with that title? This look is so simple and the pieces can be found in almost anyone's closet. You can even change it up depending on what you have. Maybe you have a black and white striped shirt and red overalls, or white overalls with a navy and white striped shirt. As long as you keep red, white, and blue as the main colors you can't go wrong.

Overalls: Walmart / similar 
Striped Shirt: Forever 21 / similar
Shoes: Walmart / similar  

Just Barely Festive

This look is for the person who doesn't have anything festive in their wardrobe. All you need to do is wear an outfit that is mainly red, white, or blue... I opted for this white matched set I have. Add a red, white, and blue flannel around your waist and you're good to go!

White Matched Set: Target / similar 
Flannel: Pacsun / similar

The Classic

If all else fails, you can always head to your nearest Walmart or Old Navy and pick up a shirt that has something related to America on it. Pair your shirt with your favorite denim shorts and you're ready to party! I actually got this shirt and shorts set at Victoria's Secret and it's actually supposed to be pajamas, but come on, it's so cute how can I not wear it to a party?!

Shirt and Shorts Set: Victoria's Secret / similarsimilar, similar

Hope this post helped you out a little! I tried something new with using portrait photos instead of landscape. Not sure how I feel about it. I also edited my intro picture a little differently. Do you like this style better or the style on my other posts? Let me know!

Check back tomorrow for a tutorial on the makeup look I'm wearing in these pictures! This will be the first makeup look I ever share on here and I'm very happy with how it turned out!

Are you a fan of Fourth of July or do you just try to make the most of it? Do you pick your outfit out in advance or are you scrambling last minute to find a red shirt in your dresser? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading! Check back tomorrow!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Travel Diary: Road Trip through Utah! (Saint George, Cedar City, Manti, Salt Lake City...)

Surprise, surprise! Here's another Travel Diary post! And it takes place in Utah! Am I really this predictable? Apparently I am.

This past weekend I went on a road trip through Utah with two of my close friends! We did a lot in only four days and it was absolutely exhausting but so worth it! I'm super excited to share my weekend with you.

We started out early Thursday morning driving from Las Vegas to Saint George. The Saint George Temple is one of my favorites for sentimental reasons; it was the first temple besides Las Vegas that I ever visited. We also stopped in Cedar City to pay a visit to my favorite university and check on the Cedar City Temple's progress. It was so much farther along than we expected! I'm so excited to have a temple ten minutes away from where I go to school.

We finally made it to our main destination: Manti, Utah! We spent the next day shopping in the small towns surrounding Manti and posing in front of painted walls. I can never pass up a good painted wall!

That night, we attended the Mormon Miracle Pageant, which is actually the main reason we went on this road trip. It was beautiful and entertaining, although I have to be a critic and say I enjoyed the Hill Cumorah pageant that I attended last year way more.

The next morning, we woke up very early and drove up to Salt Lake City. Our first stop was East High, the school where High School Musical was filmed! I am a huge high school musical fan, it actually borders on obsession... so this was a dream come true!

After East High, we went to the Hogal Zoo. I'm not a big fan of zoos because I think it's sad putting wild animals in small habitats, especially when the zoo is in an ecosystem the animal shouldn't live in. This zoo was pretty nice for the most part and there was a lot of animal conservation going on, so I still had a good time.

After the zoo, we visited the Real Up House! It's a house painted and modeled to look exactly like the house in the Disney movie Up. There was a sign on the fence that sounded pretty scary and demanded you only take one quick picture. The lighting was also horrible at the time we visited. No amount of editing could fix my pictures but I wanted to share anyway.

That night, we went to an Art Festival in Downtown Salt Lake. It was kind of crazy there, but still really interesting to see a lot of different art. We met up with some old friends and caught up with them which was really nice. We also took a ride on the Trax system! Such a cool concept for public transportation. Salt Lake City sometimes feels like a mini New York City.

This road trip was a blast. My friends and I were exhausted by the end of it. I don't think I've ever done so many things in just a four day weekend! Even though I had such a good time, it feels good to be home.

I'm really sorry that my last three posts in a row have been Travel Diaries. I have lots of blog post ideas that are beauty and fashion related but I'm so much better at planning than actually doing and I'm having trouble bringing my imagination to life. I promise I am trying to get better at it!

P.S. I recently got a new phone with a much better camera that I used for all these pictures. I also edited them all with the A Color Story App by A Beautiful Mess. I highly recommend it for phone editing!

Do you have any road trips planned this summer? Let me know in the comments!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Travel Diary: Seven Magic Mountains, Las Vegas, Nevada

Admittedly, this isn't one of my usual travel diary posts. This was more of a day trip, just a short drive outside of Las Vegas. I still wanted to post this because I loved my experience and I wanted to share it with you!

Seven Magic Mountains by Ugo Rondinone is a large-scale piece of desert artwork right outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is comprised of these huge, locally-sourced, painted boulders stacked on top of each other. This is the first large scale desert artwork in Nevada since the 1960s! It opened May 11, 2016 and will remain open for two years.

This art piece is a refreshing addition to local Las Vegas attractions. If you are planning to visit, please consider taking a day to experience Las Vegas for what it truly is, a desert filled with unexpected color. Seven Magic Mountains is a beautiful symbol of that message.

I took this little day trip with Noah to celebrate our two and a half year anniversary! It is crazy to me that we have been dating that long. I know two years isn't a long time in the scheme of things, but when you're nineteen and you met at sixteen, it sure feels like forever! We even accidentally matched! I promise you I did not plan for us to both wear aqua shirts and tan shorts. It is totally something I would do, but this time, it was all fate.

When we took these pictures, I was trying to make my selfie stick work as a monopod because I'm stubborn and don't like having strangers take pictures of me. Thankfully, a really nice guy with a professional camera around his neck came over and offered and I couldn't say no to that. He took these amazing pictures that I love and even found my picture on instagram and commented on it! Ah, the power of the internet.

I originally planned for this post to be an outfit post but none of the pictures of me facing the camera dramatically posing turned out well. So here's this picture of me dramatically posing facing away from the camera! Also, now that I think about it, I don't actually remember where any of my clothing items are from because I got them two summers ago. So that would also have been a problem.

Thank you for reading! This blog has almost gotten 1000 views and that is so exciting for me! I know that's not really a lot of views compared to other blogs, but for me it is so fun to know that 1000 people have read my blog! So many exclamation points!

Let me know how you feel about Seven Magic Mountains in the comments! Also, let me know if you would like to see more of these local/day trip travel guides. I'm always up for questions, comments, and criticism so just let me know!

Again, thank you so much for reading!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Travel Diary: Dixie National Forest, Utah!

I spent this past weekend in one of my favorite places, Dixie National Forest in Utah! I stayed in a cabin with my boyfriend and his family and some friends. It was such a beautiful cabin in Duck Creek Village. For those who don't know, Duck Creek is the cutest little town with just one small road filled with stores and such.

Dixie National Forest is very special to me. My family has been camping there since I was about ten, and I go to school just down the mountain from it. I explore this mountain a lot but it never seems to get any less beautiful!

Noah and I spent part of our weekend with a friend from college, who is working for Dixie National Forest this summer. He showed us some scenic areas we had never been to before, like the one above. He also told us a bunch of crazy forest facts, like how a certain tree smells like vanilla and how carpenter ants taste like lemon!

We went riding on four wheelers. I'm not a huge fan as I think they're dangerous, but the one I rode in had walls and seat belts which made me feel better! It was fun to ride to places nearby, like caves and hikes.

Noah loves rock climbing, so I spent one of our days hanging out at a secluded boulder getting bitten by mosquitoes while he tried a few different routes. Bouldering is different than traditional sport climbing. You climb without ropes on a shorter rock (hence, "boulder") and it's focused more on technique than height. Rock climbing is something I never thought I would know about, but college changed everything!

The cabin we stayed at had a lake near it that was so beautiful. Noah and his family spent a lot of time there and caught a lot of fish! 

Even though we were surrounded by beautiful nature, my favorite part of this weekend had to be the moments spent in the cabin laughing with our friends and family. We played creepy night games, stayed up late watching movies, and made s'mores around the fire. Trips like this one continue to remind me that it's not about where you are, but who you're with.

I just noticed that all of my travel diaries have been places in Utah! What can I say? I'm a big fan of Utah. I'm a college student and Utah happens to be the easiest and cheapest place to travel. But besides all that, Utah is honestly one of the most beautiful places in the world. I highly recommend giving it a visit... I'm only a little biased! Check out my Canyonlands and Arches National Park Travel Diary and my Salt Lake City Travel Diary for more Utah beauty!

I'll be back in Dixie National Forest next month for my family's annual camping trip. What do you think, should I do a part 2 to this travel diary? I'm also thinking about doing some other camping-focused posts, like an everyday beauty routine, camping edition and a camping packing list. Let me know if you would like to see these by leaving a comment!

Thank you for reading! This blog has been getting a lot more views and comments in the past month and it makes me so excited!