Saturday, July 23, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY | Camping in Dixie National Forest, Utah! Part 2! (+ A VIDEO)

 

I'm back from my camping trip! Hopefully you enjoyed the crazy scheduled posts while I was gone. It definitely was a whirlwind, creating all those posts ahead of time and scrambling to find service while camping to make sure they were posted. I love posting on this blog, I really do enjoy it more and more every day. I'm slowly but surely finding my flow and my voice.

Anyway, here I am as promised with a part 2 to my first Dixie National Forest Travel Diary! Honestly, I visit Dixie National Forest a lot, it's right up the canyon from my college so I basically live there for most of the year. However, every trip is a new adventure! This trip, I focused on filming my experience and I worked all yesterday to make a video and upload it! It is definitely not the best video ever, but it is special to me and I'm proud that I was able to try something new. I'm starting out this post with the video, and below the video I'll have pictures as usual. Please check out the video, it would mean a lot to me!


I definitely have a new respect for people who film videos as a job! This was my first time ever filming and editing a video, and believe me, there is a lot wrong with it. A lot of my shots are very wobbly or fast or angled wrong so they cut off someone's head. Also, some of the editing messed up while downloading, one of the opening shots cuts to a weird green shot. I'm still learning, and I promise I will get better with more practice. So please stick around and hopefully you enjoy the imperfections! Now keep reading for more pictures and info about my trip!

We went on a few hikes on the day I happened to be wearing flip flops! One of the hikes was through a creek in a tunnel, so that was okay to be wearing flip flops, but the other one was an uphill hike to a cliff! I was really proud of my flip flops, I've had them for about four years and they still held up to the test. 

Another day, we went on a hike to highest peek near our campground. I told Noah that under no circumstances would I hike all that way uphill. I love hiking but I hate uphill hiking. I'm more of a flat terrain kinda girl. But of course, I made it to the top anyway, and after that hike we went to the lake to cool down from what was a very sweaty hike! Also, can we talk about this field of wildflowers?! There's something called a wildflower festival that happens every year apparently, but this is the first year I've ever known about it! I went crazy with the pictures, and it took everything in me to not fill this post with only pictures of the yellow flowers. However, if you do want to see more pictures of the wildflowers, check out the video above or my instagram!

Isn't that view beautiful? I will never get tired of it.

If you haven't already, scroll up and watch the video I made for this travel diary! Let me know how you feel about the video, maybe even some constructive criticism! I know most of the things I should be working on (and am working on), but it can't hurt to point out something that could be better. I love all constructive criticism and comments. I want to start doing a travel diary video for every trip I go on, so let me know if that's something you would be interested in!

This was such a fun trip and I'm so glad I got to share it with my boyfriend and my family! I can't wait for next year.

Have you ever been to Dixie National Forest, Utah, or anywhere else in Utah? Do you like camping and hiking? Let me know in the comments, I love your feedback!

Thanks for reading! Check back every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm PDT for a new post!

-Rebecca

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | My Opinion on Style by Lauren Conrad!


Okay, so this is a post that I'm very on the fence about. On one hand, I want to share my opinion on this book, but on the other hand, I'm not sure if a book review really fits into the vibe of this blog. I decided to start with a book that meshes well with this blog to kind of just get the feel of a post like this.

Today I'm reviewing one of my favorite books, Style by Lauren Conrad. First of all, can we talk about how amazing Lauren Conrad is?! She's seriously one of my biggest inspirations. From The Hills, to her blog, and her clothing line, I love everything she does. Especially her books! I own all three of her lifestyle books: Style, Beauty, and Celebrate. I'm going to focus on Style in this post, but if I like how this post turns out, I might also review Beauty and Celebrate.

Style by Lauren Conrad focuses on (you guessed it!) style. Lauren discusses classic style and personal style. The book is split into three main sections: Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle, where she goes into more detail.

Fashion

In this section, Lauren talks about how to build your wardrobe and discovering your own personal style. This section covers such topics as how to shop and how to accessorize. This is the longest section in the book, because it really does introduce you to the idea of finding your look and embracing it. I love Lauren's classic view on style and her view on originality.

Beauty

This section is like a summary for Lauren Conrad's other book, Beauty. It focuses on classic ways to style your makeup and hair. In the makeup section, we get tips for the perfect daytime look as well as the perfect smokey eye. In hair, we see multiple special occasion styles. Throughout the whole section, Lauren stresses that you need to find styles that work for you and that make you feel beautiful.

Lifestyle

This section gives us outfit ideas and style tips for different occasions, such as work and school. I really love the feel of this section, it's fun and makes you want to pick out a really cool outfit. As always, Lauren does an amazing job of encouraging everyone to take risks and be unique. I particularly like how she talks to younger girls and encourages them to dress how they feel comfortable and to take fashion risks while they're young. I actually first read this book my sophomore year of high school and that really resonated with me.


In general, this book is a great read for anyone who admires classic style. I think if you embrace more of a unique style, you might not enjoy this book as much. However, if you have an interest in fashion and style and want the insight of someone who arguably became something of a style icon, I'm sure you will love this book. It really is a fun and interesting read. It is also the type of book you can sit down and read through in a day. I love this book and I would highly recommend it.


Hope you enjoyed this post. I'm still not sure if I like this type of thing... but let me know! I want to post things that people will enjoy. I felt like this was a little short and I wish it could have a little more content. Maybe if I do review the other books, I'll review both of them in one post so there's more to write about.

Do you like this book review type post? Would you like to see more? Do you want a review on Lauren Conrad's other books? Let me know how you feel in the comments. I'm open to all opinions and criticism! 

Thank you for reading!

-Rebecca

Saturday, July 16, 2016

PACK WITH ME | How to Pack for a Week Long Camping Trip!

As you're reading this, I'm currently on a family camping trip. I finally learned how to schedule posts and I've been working hard the past few days to complete and schedule three posts for while I'm gone. You already read my "no makeup" beauty routine that I do during camping, and now I'm sharing what I pack for my camping trips!

Camping is kind of a strange type of vacation to go on. You want to look good and be comfortable, but you don't want to pack any of your favorite clothing items because they could easily get ruined! It's hot during the day and freezing during the night so you have to pack clothing for two different types of weather! I am no stranger to camping, I've gone at least twice every summer since I was twelve, and in the past year alone I've been camping four times! Over the years, I have perfected the art of packing for a camping trip, and now I'm sharing my secrets with you.


To start, you need to know where you're going camping and how long you're camping for. This is crucial because weather and duration of the trip will greatly impact what you pack. For this post, I am packing for a five day trip to Southern Utah.


Tops

When it comes to shirts, you want to pack one for every day of your trip, plus two or three. The reason for this is because while camping, it is so easy to get your clothing dirty or wet and have to change. Plus, chances are there won't be showers so you won't want to wear the same shirt twice! I packed a combination of crew neck tees and tank tops. The crew necks are shirts I've gotten for free from my college that I've cut into crop tops to make them more flattering. Make sure to pack clothing that you feel comfortable in and that won't matter if they stain. Also try to pack some shirts that are the wicking/athletic material.


Bottoms

Pants can get a little more versatile. Make sure you pack a few bottoms made of denim. I went with overalls, shorts, and jeans. Denim is pretty heavy duty and you can get away with wearing it multiple days. In addition to denim, I packed two pairs of athletic capris. Make sure you bring bottoms that are the spandex/polyester blend because they will be comfortable and durable. I also packed two pairs of regular leggings for when it gets chilly at night.


Everything Else

This section is kind of a mix of other stuff you will need to pack. Pack a few sports bras, because honestly who wants to wear a real bra while camping?! Maybe pack a regular bra or a bralette in case you venture into the real world. Also make sure to pack your undies and stuff! Now, I am a big fan of sweat suits, so I packed two. I could live in my Victoria's Secret sweat suit. I also packed a few extra sweatshirts and hoodies that I love. Then make sure you pack a swimsuit, you don't want to be stuck without a swimsuit on lake day! Not pictured, but make sure to also pack pajamas, socks, tennis shoes, and a pair of sandals or flip flops.


Make sure to pack everything in a waterproof container. If I'm going somewhere that's going to be particularly rainy, I'll pack my stuff in one of those plastic storage tubs. Also make sure to roll your clothes so they don't get wrinkly. Just a few tips to make your packing easier!


And here's a picture of my cat, because she wanted to be apart of this little photoshoot!

Hope this post was helpful for some of you. I know last year when I was looking for some camping packing tips I couldn't find a lot! That's why I wanted to share my tried and tested packing methods on here.

I'll be back from my camping trip on the 18th, I have a scheduled post on the 20th, and hopefully I'll have a post on my trip up by the 23rd! I'm going to try to start posting every Wednesday and Saturday at 4pm. So stay tuned for that!

Have you been camping before? What are your go-to things to pack for a camping trip? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

-Rebecca

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer "No Makeup" Beauty Routine - Perfect for Swimming, Camping, etc!


As you are reading this I am currently on a camping trip in Utah! I have a few camping related posts scheduled to go up while I'm gone and this is one of them. I've actually never scheduled a post before so hopefully this works!

Today I am sharing with you my go to "no makeup" beauty routine that I use anytime I go swimming, camping, hiking, etc. Anything where I'm going to be in the sun, sweating, or getting wet. This beauty routine is perfect because it gives your face the appearance of being made up without the actual work and products. When I'm camping, I don't like to bring a huge bag of makeup and spend a ton of time in the morning doing myself up. However, I still like to look good in case of pictures! Plus, this beauty routine has the added benefit of protecting your skin, which is crucial during summer activities!


These are the products I use. Just seven simple products that can be easily packed in a small toiletry bag. I got all of these products from the drug store except for the eyebrow products. All of these products can be easily swapped out for either something you already have or something better suited for your skin type and personal preference!

Step 1

 

Start by rinsing your face and applying a day moisturizer with SPF in it. This is an important step because you want your face to be clean, moisturized, and protected from the sun. This will also help the rest of your makeup stay on longer. I use a travel sized oil free moisturizer with SPF 15 from Neutrogena.

Step 2

 

Next, apply a face primer. This is an important step because it will also help your makeup stay on longer. I love the Elf face primers, right now I've been using the Blemish Control primer and I really like it. You can use any primer that works for your skin.

Step 3

 

This is arguably the most important part. If you're lazy, you could skip all the rest of the products and just do this! You will need some kind of tinted moisturizer or BB cream with SPF in it. I love this Rimmel Matte BB Cream with SPF 15. It has some really good coverage for a BB cream and the matte finish helps cancel out any shine the SPF would bring. I hate BB creams that look shiny and greasy!

Step 4

 

This is probably my favorite step, because I feel like eyebrows can make or break your look. I just feel like if my eyebrows are done, I look a million times better even if I don't have any other makeup on. I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, but there are a lot of good brow products at the drugstore now that would work. The key is to use a brow product that is gel based because it won't come off as easily as a powder would.

Step 5

 

For this step, we're framing our eyes with some waterproof mascara. I love this Manga Eyes mascara, you don't even need to curl your lashes because the wand curls them so well. You can use any waterproof mascara you want, maybe just get the waterproof version of your favorite mascara!

Step 6

 

For this step, we're moisturizing our lips while adding a little bit of color. I love these Maybelline Babylips, but there are a lot of tinted lip balms becoming popular right now, so take your pick! I also like to put a little dab on the apples of my cheeks and blend it out like a cream blush. It adds a nice coloring to your face!

Step 7

 

To finish up, use a setting spray to set all your makeup and to refresh your face. Throw your setting spray in your bag and spray throughout the day when your face needs a little pick me up. I use Elf's setting spray and I love it.


That's it! I love this look, especially for camping trips when you feel gross and just want to look decent for the inevitable photo ops. It sounds dramatic, but I've been in that situation more times than I care to admit. Of course, there are a lot of times that I go without makeup completely, but sometimes you just want to have a little makeup on! When I was younger, I always felt pressured to not wear makeup during these situations and I would be mocked if I did wear makeup. Now that I'm older, I feel comfortable enough to either wear makeup or not depending on however I feel! So if you prefer the natural look, that's amazing, but if you want a little more coverage, try this look out.

How about you? Do you prefer a fresh face when you go swimming or camping? Or would you rather have a little coverage?

Hope summer is going well for everyone. I know I'm enjoying camping! I'm excited to share pictures from the trip on here. It's going to be a part 2 of my first Dixie National Forest Travel Diary. I also want to try to film some videos and edit them into my first ever video! Not sure how well that will turn out or if I'll ever post it, but it's something I've wanted to try for awhile now.

Thanks for reading!

-Rebecca

Sunday, July 10, 2016

EIGHT Summer Beauty Products Under $10! | My Summer Favorites

I've been wanting to share my Summer Favorites since June, but I had to wait until I actually got some summer products that I tried and loved. I finally have a few that I've been loving this summer! All of these products are from the drugstore and they're all under $10, which makes them even better. Hopefully you see something that interests you!






















I want to start with this deodorant, because I feel like deodorant isn't something you normally see in favorites posts. It's kind of weird, but I love this deodorant for the summer! The spray can deodorants have become very popular in the last year and I can understand why. Somehow, the spray stays on all day and doesn't get any gross stains on my shirt. It's perfect for summer because it doesn't even sweat off! I swear, I will be laying in bed at night and still smell the deodorant like it was at the beginning of the day.

Suave 24 Hour Protection Antiperspirant Aerosol in Fresh 
 
These are my favorite lip color and eyeliner shade this summer. The pink is a NYX matte lip cream from their Liquid Suede line in the shade Tea & Cookies. It is the prettiest neutral light pink and it dries matte and stays on for a few hours. It's a product I can throw on with any outfit. The blue is this beautiful NYC eyeliner pencil in the shade Sky High. I got this eyeliner pencil on clearance for 75 cents at Walmart which was an awesome score. It's this shimmery metallic medium blue color. It glides on really well and stays on for a surprisingly long time. It's called City Proof 24 Hour Waterproof eyeliner and it measures up to that claim! I wore it in this makeup tutorial and on the Fourth of July and it is just an awesome eyeliner! Highly recommend.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea & Cookies
NYC City Proof 24 Hour Eyeliner in Sky High
 
I've been using this Elf Setting Spray for the past two summers. It's the only setting spray I've ever tried, so I don't have very much experience with setting sprays, but I do like this one a lot. I carry it in my purse on hot summer days to give my face little pick me ups throughout the day. I also use it because a lot of the makeup products I use are either matte or powders and using a setting spray makes them look less cakey together and more creamy. I've been wanting to try the NYX setting spray and PIXI setting spray but I'm not sure if I want to when I love this one and it's only $3!

Elf Makeup Mist & Set 
 
Every summer, I switch to a tinted moisturizer with SPF in it. I like to give my face a break from heavy foundation and I like to protect my face from the Las Vegas sun! For the past few years, BB and CC creams have become popular and most I've tried look greasy and do not have very good coverage. This product was a last minute buy without doing any research on it before and I scored! This is the first BB Cream I've used that has good coverage and is matte. No greasy looking face this summer!

Rimmel BB Cream in Matte
 
This Neutrogena face moisturizer with SPF 15 was a random last summer buy. I needed a new moisturizer and this one came in a set with a non SPF moisturizer and a face wash. I didn't like the face wash, but I've gotten a lot of use out of this one. I put it on every day before my face primer. It's really important for me to protect my face with SPF during Las Vegas summers and this product really helps.

 Neutrogena Oil Free Lotion with Sunscreen SPF 15 (Full size? Different packaging?)
 
I have always been super pale and I've learned over the years to just embrace it. This summer, however, I thought it would be fun to try a self tanning product. I know there's a lot of people who love Jergen's self tanner, but I thought these towelettes looked so easy and not too messy. They were a little pricey, about $10 for six single use packets. The L'oreal website says they're $10.99 but at Target I'm pretty sure I got them for a little over $9, so I'm still counting this as under $10. I really like how they work. If you do try them, make sure you let it fully dry on your skin. The first day I tried them I ended up with weird streaks from not letting it dry fully!

L'oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes 
 
Last but certainly not least, is this sea salt spray from John Frieda. I got this at Walmart on clearance for only $5 which is 50% off. Total score! I really like how it works on my hair. I like to do some waves with a curling iron and then spray this instead of hairspray. It gives it a nice texture. The only thing I don't like about this product is the smell. It's kind of like a musty perfume smell, but it's not too bad and I'm not very sensitive to smells at all.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray


I love all of these products this summer, I've been using most of them on a daily basis! And the fact that they're all drugstore products and under $10 is amazing! Hopefully I gave you some ideas for new products to try out.

What are your go-to summer products? Have you tried anything new this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

-Rebecca

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Crazy Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Experience!


I am so excited to be writing this post! I have been wanting to share this event for so long! Seriously since May when this Bachelorette Party took place. I've been waiting to get the pictures from the Maid of Honor's camera and it finally happened!

This Bachelorette Party was a blast! The bride wanted to have the most cliche, obnoxious Bachelorette Party possible. I could 100% get behind that idea.

Two of us decorated the hotel room before the bride and everyone else showed up. I love decorating for parties. Balloons, streamers, and confetti make any event a million times better.


When the bride showed up, she was so excited and surprised by all the decorations! For the beginning of the party, we ate pizza and cupcakes and started to get ready. As we were getting ready, we made some mocktails in fun bottles to carry around for the night. Mocktails are absolutely necessary for an under 21 and Mormon Bachelorette Party!


Once we were ready, we put on these crowns we made that said "Bride" and "Bride Tribe" and our feather boas and set off for a night on the strip. We're all Vegas locals, so we have spent a lot of time on the strip in our lives! We watched the Bellagio Fountains and tried on funny hats in the gift shops. And of course we had to take pictures with the Las Vegas sign! We basically just had fun and acted like a typical crazy Bachelorette Party!


We ended the night by eating 1am breakfast at a casino that offers it for only five dollars! Afterwards, we went back to our hotel and stayed up until 6am. The rest of the night is a blur of hilarity. Those mocktails definitely got us punch drunk. Some things that happen at Bachelorette Parties just shouldn't leave the hotel room... but here's one behind the scenes shot so you can get the full visual:


You know what they say: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

This Bachelorette Party was so fun that all we've talked about since then is having a Bachelorette Party "Anniversary" next year! The whole month of May and the bride's beautiful wedding events gave me such wedding fever, I'm obsessed! I can't wait to plan my own Bachelorette Party in the future.

Would you ever have a Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas? What is your dream Bachelorette Party? Let me know in the comments!

I have a lot of fun posts coming up in the next few weeks. I'm going camping soon and will be scheduling out some posts while I'm gone. Hope you guys enjoy them!

Thanks for reading!

-Rebecca


Photography by: Hayley Hightower