Today I am sharing my self tanning routine. I get asked a lot how I self tan and what my favorite products are so I wanted to write it all out and link my favorites. Most of the time I am using my Tarte Brazilliance self tanning gel with the mitt that it comes with, I LOVE this stuff so much! It’s awesome. I also like the Tarte tanning face towlettes. Another one of my favorites is the Jergens Instant Sun Mousse, I use this with a mitt too. The Kate Sommerville tanning towlettes are also awesome but they are kind of expensive so I don’t use those as often. If I want a quick tan that is just meant to last for the day, the Benefit Hoola Zero Tan Lines is great!! I like to self tan 2-3 times a week but sometimes things get crazy and I go a week or two without doing it. It really is so easy and quick though, it only takes 5 minutes for me to do my whole body!
HOW I SELF TAN:
I always start by exfoliating my body in the shower before I do any self tanning. You don’t want any dead/dry skin making your tan streaky or uneven.
I don’t know if this is the right thing to do but I always put on lotion before I self tan. Maybe you are supposed to put it on after but I do it before and haven’t had any issues. I give it a few minutes to dry so that when I do put on the self tanner, it doesn’t get all swirled around with the lotion.
Apply your self tanning product in front of a mirror (and use a mitt)! I never really even paid attention to the fact that I was using my mirror to make sure I didn’t miss any spots until I took these pictures of me applying self tanner outside and realized it is a lot harder when you cant see what you are doing! I never ever EVER use my hands to apply self tanner. Ever. I ALWAYS use a mitt and it ends up looking a lot more natural and you don’t get stained hands. One of my friends was using rubber gloves to apply self tanner the other day and personally I don’t think that would work as well as a mitt but you can try out either method, but I would 100% say to not just use your hands! Also I only have a swimsuit on since we were taking photos, but normally I don’t have anything on since I don’t want any lines or streaks.
Let it dry for at least 10-15 minutes before you put on any clothes. Sometimes if i’m in a rush I will get dressed before that and I always feel sticky and like the self tanner is transferring to my clothes. If you let it dry completely you shouldn’t have any issues like that!
For hands/feet/face it can be a little bit hard to make sure things look even and not too orange. I don’t have any amazing tips for this so if any of you do, feel free to leave them in the comments down below! I usually just really try to make sure that everything is all blended out and looks natural, the mitt helps with this a lot when it comes to your hands. I don’t know about you guys but I feel like the #1 thing that gives away a fake tan is orange hands/feet! I definitely don’t feel like the Tarte self tanning gel is orange at all but if you don’t blend it out enough on your fingers/knuckles it’s going to look a little weird. I also don’t like to use the gel on my face, I love the Jergens tanning face lotion or the Tarte face tanning wipes like I mentioned earlier. These products are made specifically for your face so they are going to be better for your skin!
And that’s it! I hope this was helpful to some of you guys. :) I have been messing around with self tanning for years and always had really really bad experiences before I tried out these products! I used to use the St. Tropez self tanning mousse a few years ago and I think I just didn’t know what I was doing/it’s a little dark for me and I have some serious regrets hahaha!! I remember I did a big meetup with my friends in Chicago a few years ago and I used the St .Tropez tanner and looked SO RIDICULOUS because I was soooo bad at applying it!!! I still have the St. Tropez self tanning mousseand I actually like it now and use it sometimes and it ends up looking fine so I don’t know what I was doing wrong back then but seriously I remember it looking so bad! It’s actually really embarrassing to think about… Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any other favorite tanning products!
Hey everyone! I wanted to share some of my favorite spring dresses with you all! I LOVE these two that I brought on my trip! This gorgeous blush colored one is from Lulus (one of my favorite places to shop for dresses) and the printed one is from Spell. I am heading to Florida in a couple weeks and just ordered a couple new pretty pieces so I’m excited to show you guys those too :) Let me know where your favorite places to shop are! I always stick to the same places and want to branch out and try something new!
How amazing is this beach villa!! We stayed at the Sun Siyam Resort for the second half of our stay in the Maldives. It was so so so pretty and we loved it so much. This island was so different than the last one we stayed on, the water was a lot more blue and I thought it was a lot prettier. We stayed in a villa instead of an overwater bungalow this time and it was fun to have a change! When we were getting a tour of our room we were freaking out at how cool it is. The bathroom is outside and it has a giant hot tub, an outdoor shower and a swing! We also had a private pool and cabana! We relaxed a lot at this hotel and just enjoyed our last few days here. It was great!
Hey guys! I wanted to share some more photos from our stay at the Sun Siyam resort. The Sun Siyam has the cutest little ice cream shop and I was craving chocolate ice cream so bad so we went on a mini date. I paired this striped top from Lulus with some white shorts and my current favorite purse. I also did my first successful braided hairstyle since I cut my hair! This low messy bun is one of my favorites so I was so happy my hair was long enough to be able to do it!
Hi guys! Today I am sharing how I curl my short hair. I am loving my hair short and finally have a way to style it that I like. I can do this in 5 minutes if i’m in a rush and I love the beachy look. I start off by doing these roll up curls throughout my entire head. I also like to use this dry shampoo (even if my hair is clean) to give it some texture so the curls stay better! This is the curling iron I use, it’s a 1 1/4 inch by HotTools!
This is what it looks like when I finish the wrap around curls, as you can see they aren’t that cute if you leave them like that so I like to take a few pieces on the top section and do some wrap around curls so that the top section looks nicer!
Once I finish with the wrap around curls, I like to add this beach spray to add even more texture. Also if you want to save a little bit of time by not doing the roll up curls on the top section so you don’t have to curl them twice, you can do that but I find that it’s just faster for me to do the whole thing and not worry about sectioning anything off!
Then I finish off with some hairspray! The Big Sexy Hair one is my favorite.
I like my curls to be a little more beachy looking so I leave out the bottom inch or two when I am curling pieces so that it looks a little more natural!
That’s it! This is so fast and easy once you have done it a few times. I love curling my hair this way since it’s so quick and turns out so cute! Let me know if you guys try these curls out! A lot of people ask how I dye my hair so I asked my mom what exactly she does since she colors my hair so here is exactly what she said:
“I use Redken bleach with 20 volume H2O2 and weave full head thin pieces but very heavy. Process under dryer until almost pale yellow/white. (Do not over process) Rinse and shampoo, towel dry well. Apply Paul Mitchell Toner HLA and 5 volume H202 to scalp and then mush through rest of hair processing for 5-10 minutes until warmth of hair looks toned. Rinse and condition.”
I don’t really recommend dyeing your hair like this at home since it can end up looking really orange if you do it yourself, so if you have the money to go get it done I recommend doing that! I’m currently writing this post from my hotel room in Hawaii, I am on a girls trip with some of my YouTube friends and we are having the best time already and we just got here! I also still have more photos to post from the Maldives so those are coming soon :)
I wanted to share some pictures we took at one of the Garden Villas at the St. Regis! This dress I am wearing is one of my current favorites and I wore it like 5 times on this trip! I actually need to get the straps shortened since they are a little too big for me but other than that this dress is so perfect! I love it paired with my Adidas shoes but I think it will be even cuter paired with these all white ones! I bought these but left them up at my mom’s house and I am dying to bring them home! I need them! Especially since my regular ones are covered in dirt from hiking in Kauai… I keep telling myself I need to clean them and then I forget. I actually keep telling Parker since he is Mr. Clean haha but he just rolls his eyes at me. ? I also bought this hat at the resort but this one is similar and even cuter! I hope you guys all have a great weekend!
The best part of this picture is how you can really see how much I am struggling to ride this bike hahaha!!
I love it here so much! The St. Regis Vommuli Resort is seriously the best. I’m currently writing this post while sitting on our deck enjoying the view and listing to old Demi Lovato music!!! Who agrees that some of her best songs are Don’t Forget, LaLa Land and all those other oldies?! We are checking out of this hotel today and moving to another one. I still have tons of pictures that I will be sharing but I just wanted to share how I am spending our last morning here! We ate a yummy breakfast out on our deck and we have a couple hours before we are actually leaving. We are planning on going to the Alba restaurant one more time before we checkout because it’s soooooo good. We have eaten there everyday since we have been here! Yesterday I got the black bean burger and it was AMAZING. I have’t had a burger in such a long time since I don’t eat meat burgers but this black bean one was delish! It was so fun to actually eat a burger… I don’t even know how to explain what I am saying but just the feeling of holding a burger was fun… does that even make any sense ?. These pictures are from a couple days ago when we ate at the pizza place and got ice cream! Crust is the cutest little restaurant right on the beach and right next to it they have a little shack where they sell homemade ice cream! As soon as I stepped into the sun the ice cream started melting and dripping everywhere so my vision for a cute ice cream photo did not go as planned!! I got the rockmelon flavor which I think is cantaloupe and Parker got the strawberry! We also rode bikes around for a little bit and took some outfit pics. This exact dress I am wearing is sold out but I’ll share some other cute ones below! My purse is from Luca + Grae, i’ll link it here!
We made it to the Maldives! We traveled for over 30 hours but WOW was it worth it! We are staying at the St. Regis Vommuli resort in the Maldives for our first few days here. I wanted to share some pictures of our room because it is AMAZING! We are staying in one of the Sunset Overwater Villas with a private pool! This resort opened up in November of 2016 so everything is really nice and new. We snapped a few pics of our room and then headed out to explore the resort. More pictures and blog posts coming soon! And how pretty is this dressi’m wearing! I am obsessed! We also posted our first vlog from this trip, I will share it below!
2016 is over! This year has been amazing in so many ways. We traveled the world and have no plans to slow down on that! We already have 5 trips planned for 2017! I wanted to share my top 10 memories from 2016 and also 10 of my New Years resolutions! This has been such a special year and I am so excited to see what 2017 brings. I did a similar post to this last year so I will link that hereif you want to read that too! I just went back and read it and it’s SO WEIRD how it seems like that was so so so long ago!
Visiting San Francisco! We went for the first time in January and I loved it so much. It was so fun to have 3 days to explore the city and get to make our own itinerary for the trip!
Visiting Iceland!! I am going to try not to just put “visiting _____” for every memory haha… but it’s hard not to with all the amazing places we have visited! One of my favorite memories from Iceland was when I left our swimsuits on the bus and thought that I could run/walk the 1.5 miles to the bus station… I seriously made it probably 2 blocks before I couldn’t run anymore!!! Haha! I have never been a runner but wow that was just a bad idea. I called an Uber and we got a ride to the bus station so that’s how that ended.
Riding bikes in Copenhagen! I was barely too short to comfortably ride the bike and the back of my coat kept getting caught on the seat when I tried to get off so I fell over like 6 times. We were so exhausted in Copenhagen from the jetlag and we had just been in Iceland, London, and Paris so we spent our time here just riding around the city and exploring!
Getting to try every single food that By Chloe has ever sold. I love trying out different vegan foods and I had heard of By Chloe and wanted to eat there SO bad and when Tarte invited us to NYC for aconcert, they also had us come visit their offices and they had a giant table of By Chloe food! I was in heaven!!!
My family trip to Newport! I went on a million trips this year but my favorite trip is always going to Newport Beach with my family and spending a week at a beach house. It’s so relaxing and special to me!
Surprising my mom with a trip to the Bahamas! My mom moved up to northern Utah in August so in July I brought her with me to Tampa for a meetup I had with Benefit Cosmetics and then I told her that we were heading to Miami after to tour the new Benefit Offices but we actually were headed to the Bahamas! I am so so so happy I got to take my mom on this special trip and spend quality time with her. I was crying happy tears before I even said what the surprise was! I vlogged it so I will link that here, also my mom got my camera when I wasn’t around and recorded a little message for me (also in the vlog) and it is something I cherish so much!
Going back to Bora Bora! We visited Bora Bora for our honeymoonand it was one of my favorite places. I am so grateful we got to go back with Tarte Cosmetics! This was our first trip with Tarte and we had so much fun with everyone. If you ever get a chance to stay at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, you HAVE to do the jet ski tour! It’s probably my favorite thing I have done in my entire life and I have had the chance to do it twice now. It’s one of the most special things in the world.
Celebrating my ONE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY in India! Parker and I flew from Bora Bora to India and had a free day before our trip “officially started” and that day happened to be our anniversary. We actually were so exhausted and jet lagged that we just spent the whole day laying in bed so we are planning to actually take a day to celebrate at home once we get back from our next trips but I still can’t believe it’s been a whole year.
Spending our last Easter in my childhood home. The time I am the happiest is when I am with my family. Since my mom and siblings moved up north, Easter was the last holiday we spent in that house. I lived there for 10 years and have so many great memories there. It was sad to have my family move out but change is what helps us grow!
Meeting new friends! One of my favorite parts of traveling is getting to meet people from around the world. I remember sitting at dinner in India and thinking how crazy it was that every single person I was sitting with was from a different country. I am not a very social person and i’m very shy but this year I have grown to appreciate meeting new people so much. I love listening to people’s stories about where they are from and how they grew up. It’s one of the things that makes traveling the most special to me.
Bonus memory cause I just realized I didn’t even mention opening myonline clothing store! We launched in August and then relaunched with a new name in November and I just barely redesigned the site and published that today! Luca + Grae is still a work in progress and I have learned SO much already in the 4 short months since we launched but I am excited to see what 2017 brings!
Start going to the gym again!!!!! How cliche I know. I used to go 4-5 times a week but with traveling so much I got lazy and haven’t been in months. I love working out so I just need to get in the habit of doing it again.
Write in my journal! This was probably one of my resolutions last year, and the year before… and the year before… but I NEED TO ACTUALLY DO IT THIS YEAR! I love going back and reading my old journal entries and every time I read them I ALWAYS wish I had written more frequently.
Take more photos! I actually surprisingly don’t take a lot of photos at all. Especially on holidays and things like that more often than not I realize I didn’t take a single picture, and I don’t mean an “instagram worthy” one but just any pictures at all!
I also want to be more organized. I don’t know why I thought that when I moved into my own house that I would immediately change my messy ways and become a neat freak but it did not happen. I usually blame my messiness on traveling so much and being out of town 80% of my life which I DO think is a valid excuse haha but I really need to get it together! Parker is really clean so I know I drive him crazy. I finally ordered some furniture for our bedroom so I will actually have places to store things now so hopefully that will help… maybe…
Blog more! I love blogging so much and really really reeeeeeally want to be posting at least once a week if not 2 or 3 times on my blog. I love YouTube and plan to continue doing that but I’ve done it for 6 years now and am ready to put a little more focus on blogging!
Live in the moment more. I try so so so hard to live in the moment and not dwell on the past or rush into the future. I can name so many times in my life that I just wanted to skip and be onto the next thing but now looking back I wish I had just enjoyed where I was at in life and not tried to rush into the next phase.
This is actually not a resolution because I feel like I have already fulfilled this goal but it’s to eat healthy! This is always one of my resolutions but this year I have focused so much on trying to transition into eating as many plant based foods as possible. I get a lot of people asking if I am vegan and i’m not but I do eat vegan/plant based as often as I can because my body just feels so good when I do! I’m sure I could eat even healthier but overall i’m pretty happy with the way I have been eating this year and that feels good to say!
Work less! I am a workaholic. I love to work and I love to be busy. Working from home is something I am so grateful I get to do but it can be really hard to set boundaries for yourself and separate work life from home life. I really want to have set work hours and more of a schedule but with traveling so much that will be a hard goal but I am very determined to establish that separation a little (a lot) more.
Be more happy with my work. Sometimes I feel like I work SO hard and am still not happy with the content I am producing (not a good feeling). I hate limiting myself to one thing/style/whatever else so a lot of the time I feel like my platforms just look messy and inconsistent. I want to really focus on making sure that I am happy with my work since I put so much time and effort into everything.
Stress less! I stress out about everything. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. I want to make sure I am taking time to enjoy life and enjoy the little moments.
WHERE WE TRAVELED:
Cabo with Pur Cosmetics in January 2016.
San Francisco with friends in January 2016
Hawaii with Benefit Cosmetics in February 2016
London with Pixi Cosmetics in March 2016
Paris on our own in March 2016
Iceland on our own in April 2016
Denmark on our own in April 2016
Palm Springs for Coachella in April 2016
London with Royal Caribbean in May 2016
Costa Rica with Style Haul in June 2016
NYC with Tarte Cosmetics in June 2016
Newport Beach with my family July 2016
Bahamas with my mom July 2016
Turks and Caicos with friends in August 2016
Bora Bora with Tarte in October 2016
India with Beautiful Destinations in October 2016
Kauai with family in November 2016
WOW 17 trips! Not including random work trips to LA, Playlist, Vidcon, & visiting my family in Salt Lake. WOW haha!! What an amazing year. I’m already planning trips to the Maldives, Oahu, Florida, the Philippines, London, and Greece all before April! Crazy!
That’s all for today’s post! I changed up a few things on the blog so let me know what you think! I try to imagine that I am a reader and see if I think that the site is functional and easy to use/navigate but I want to know what you guys think! If there is anything else you think I should add to make my blog better, comment below! Also if you have any requests for posts you want to see, leave that in a comment too! I’m used to making YouTube videos where each week it has to be this big thing so I forget that with blogging it’s okay to simplify and not have it be a huge project for the week. I’m really excited for 2017 and to see where life takes me this year! I hope you guys have/had a fun and safe New Year!