MARCH BOXYCHARM

BoxyCharm is a monthly beauty subscription box, that I have recently gotten into.  It costs $21 a month and they send you 5 full-sized (or luxury-sample sized) items.  The items can be make-up, hair care, skin care, or really anything that is beauty related– in January they even sent some of those cool metallic skin tattoos.  Granted, I’m not really hip or cool enough to pull those off, but maybe this summer I’ll be feeling it.

BCNow, I have only been subscribing since January, but I completely love it so far! This box is perfect for me because I am still working to build my make-up collection and I love trying new items out. Of course, the part that I am looking forward to the most is trying out these items and telling you whether they are worth purchasing or not.

Each month the box has a theme.  March’s theme was #BoxyLuck. They also fill the box with pink confetti (adorable and less messy than you may think), usually include a coupon code for a certain brand (20% off tarte with the code BOXYAPRIL 4/1 – 4/10), and have a card that lists the details of each item and it’s retail price.

Oh, and the best part? The value of all the items in this box was $112! Completely ridiculous, right?

OSCAR BLANDI PRONTO HEAT PROTECT SPRAY

OBTruthfully, this was the item I was the least excited about.  I mean, I have only used it twice and it’s been good, but didn’t blow my mind.  It left my hair feeling extra soft and it didn’t look greasy, which is what I was most focused on.  This was a travel size item, which will come in handy during the summer when I travel more (and this may encourage me to actually style my hair when we travel). However, I don’t think I would purchase this on my own when there are other– cheaper– products that do the same things.

LVX NAIL LAQUER in “Mynt”

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Here are my bare nails.  I do keep them 12-year-old-boy short because I cannot stand the feeling of dirt under my nails.
Here are my bare nails. I do keep them 12-year-old-boy short because I cannot stand the feeling of dirt under my nails.
...and this is how my nails look right after I paint them.  Again, I would say it looks like it was done by a 12 year old boy.
…and this is how my nails look right after I paint them. Again, I would say it looks like it was done by a 12 year old boy.
The next day, though, the extra mess around the edges has worn off.
The next day, though, the extra mess around the edges has worn off. And I thoroughly enjoyed taking my first coffee selfie.

I did some research because I had never heard of this brand before, and this is a very cool company.  It’s fairly high-end and is completely vegan.  BoxyCharm sent out three different colors: a coral, a yellow, and a mint.  I was thrilled about getting Mynt.  It is completely perfect for springtime! The finish was “gel-like.” Admittedly, I am pretty hard on my nail polish.  I wore this all week, and I did have to do a few more touch-ups than usual, but I actually think that was because I added too many coats of polish.  Just because I was so happy with the mint color! Overall, this was an awesome polish. However I am very glad BoxyCharm sent it to me, because I don’t see myself spending $16 on a nail polish. That being said, I did just check out the other colors available on their site…  and there are some super cute ones that I may need.

OFRA EYELINER

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O SwatchThis is a basic black eyeliner.  It’s pretty pigmented and has a surprisingly smooth application.  This was a little surprising to me, given that it is one of those wood pencils and they usually tug quite a bit at my eyes. I don’t wear eyeliner very often, but these are always good to have.

TARTE LIPSURGENCE LIP TINT in “Charmed”

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My lips are pretty pigmented, so colors sometimes look darker on my lips than most.  Here is a hand swatch to give you a better idea of the true color.
My lips are pretty pigmented, so colors sometimes look darker on my lips than most. Here is a hand swatch to give you a better idea of the true color.
My bare lips
My bare lips (hope you enjoy these super, close-ups of my lips and nose…)
This is the lip tint once I had built up the color.
This is the lip tint once I had built up the color.
This is a more sheer wash of "Charmed."
This is a more sheer wash of “Charmed.”

I was really looking forward to this item.  First, I love these jumbo-gloss-stick-type items. Second, tarte is a high-end brand that I have heard lots of good things about. This lip tint has a sheer pink color, that is easy to wear day to day.  It has a little bit of a minty smell, which I personally like.  It isn’t drying on the lips.  And, overall I don’t have any complaints.

PREVISE NUTRIFY SKIN TYPE 1-6 UNIVERSAL TONIC

They give specific instructions for which portion of your face to rub first and how many drops to use, but I'm pretty hard core, so I go in whatever order I want.
They give specific instructions for which portion of your face to rub first and how many drops to use, but I’m pretty hard core, so I go in whatever order I want.

P Selfie Pulling this item out of the box I was definitely a little confused .  It reminded me of an oil, but looked very watery, and had very few product details on the packaging.  The tonic claims to be safe for all skin types.  My skin is sensitive/dry and so far I have not noticed any negative side effects.  It is designed to hydrate skin and speed up healing time.  I do still need to use a moisturizer with this product.  But, I am alright with that because I was mostly interested in the shortened healing time.  I have always had some skin issues, but recently I have been able to get those under control.  Which is wonderful, except I still have dark marks on my face where I used to have blemishes! I had been complaining about this pretty relentlessly for a few weeks before my box came in.  So far, I have seen nice results.  Nothing earth-shattering, but clear improvement on those spots!

There are tons of subscription boxes available out there, whether it be beauty related or not.  Look into some of the different ones, lots of blogs and YouTube channels do “Unboxings” and you can get an idea of what kind of items you would be getting.  I did a decent amount of research and am super happy with my BoxyCharm.  It’s a great little surprise to look forward to each month. I am already looking forward to my April BoxyCharm!

Thanks for reading,

Sydney

FIRST TIME FLY FISHING

DCIM100GOPROThis past weekend, I went on my first fly-fishing trip of the season. Oh, and my first fly-fishing trip, where I was actually fishing, in about 10 years.

Fishing, even just for the day, takes a TON of gear! And I really need to step up my equipment, because my purse will not fly as a pack...
Fishing, even just for the day, takes a TON of gear! And I really need to step up my equipment, because my purse will not fly as a pack…
This is Brady getting ready for the day, because he loves fishing and America.
This is Brady getting ready for the day, because he loves fishing and America.

My family loves fishing, as does Brady, and I was sick of going with them on all their adventures and just sitting on the sidelines. So, Brady gets the pleasure of re-teaching me to fish this summer.

Of course, I am trying as hard as possible to still allow him to enjoy fishing (by not taking up ALL of his time), and keep us together (by not crying each time he tries to coach me). I am lovingly referring to Brady teaching me to fish as “Our Biggest Relationship Test.” This is all incredibly dramatic, I know. Really, Brady is very patient, but I am sure many of you know that learning a new skill from a significant other can get a little tense at times.

This is how I spent most of the day: untangling myself.
This is how I spent most of the day: untangling myself.

All of that being said: our first trip was a major success! No, I did not catch a fish. I thought I caught one on my third cast of the day, but it was just a chunk of ice. And, yes, I did cast off the top half of my pole, so Brady had to chase it down river. However, I think the biggest success of the day was that I did not lose a fly! Not one. Now, I did get tangled quite a bit, and I spent most of the day following my line to whatever foliage I had snagged behind me. But, that is alright with me.

I am ridiculously proud to say that these little guys survived every branch and rock and chunk of ice I hooked!
I am ridiculously proud to say that these little guys survived every branch and rock and chunk of ice I hooked! This set up is just a caddis dry fly with a little dropper.

Granted, it is early to be fishing in Wyoming. It has been unseasonably warm, so we were itching to get out and try our luck, but we knew it was a long shot. The day we went out was pretty windy, but that is just fishing near Laramie, no matter what time of year.

BWalkI will definitely keep you up to date on my fishing adventures. And I think there will be another one soon… I got some new fishing boots as an early birthday gift from my dad and step-mom!

Thanks for reading,

Sydney

WELCOME!

BFavMy name is Sydney and I am a little bit girly-girl, a little bit outdoors adventurer. I am 23 years old and living in good ol’ Laramie Wyoming. Montana holds a special place in my heart, because I was born and raised there, but for the past 5 years Wyoming has been my home and I absolutey love it. I graduated in 2014 from the University of Wyoming, but couldn’t quite face leaving Laramie yet, so I was fortunate enough to get hired in town. Now I can continue to explore more of this wonderful area.

WHY MOUNTAIN GIRLY GIRL?

Over the past few years I have become completely obsessed with numerous beauty blogs. The Small Things Blog, PolishedandPink, Gal Meets Glam, and Barefoot Blonde are just a few of my favorites, which I check religiously. And I absolutely love all of the fashion, beauty products, and reviews that beauty blogs offer for girls like me who enjoy reading about all things beauty related.

These blogs were my favorite way to waste time during the work-day or put off doing housework. Yet, I didn’t have that same outlet for another passion of mine: the outsdoors. Or more accurately any of the Tomboy-esqe activities that I enjoy.

So I decided to create my own blog that combined those interests together.

MY LIFE

Halloween*Please, ignore the terrible picture quality, but appreciate the stellar costumes.

            Brady is my incredibly patient fly-fishing teacher, baseball travel partner, and boyfriend. He even listens to me prattle on about my favorite makeup products when necessary. All around, he’s a keeper.

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The dogs in our life are Teton and Eleanor. Teton is my little mutt (cattle-dog-German Shepard-probably-coyote) companion. I got him from a shelter in Lander, Wyoming, right before I started my junior year of college. Eleanor, or Ellie, is Brady’s massive Bloodhound. She is a complete gentle giant and just the sweetest, and stinkiest, girl around.

NOT AN EXPERT

I don’t claim to be an expert about beauty or the outdoors or anything else that you may see on this blog. I simply enjoy a wide variety of activities and want to share a little bit about my life with you.

Thanks for reading,

                        Sydney

WORK IN PROGRESS

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One of the biggest insecurities (or excuse) that I had about creating this blog was that I am absolutely not an expert on ANYTHING I cover in this blog. Like anything. I cannot stress that enough. Anything.

I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a Tomboy, but for the first 22 years of my life I was an immensely lazy girl regarding my beauty routine. Not ‘lazy’ in the cute messy-bun and “no make-up” flawless make-up look way. ‘Lazy’ in the wrong color tinted moisturizer and only mascara kind of way. I did not brush my hair in high school or early college; my hair is naturally very textured, so that masked a decent amount of the mess. My sweat pants were over-sized and stained. 13 minutes was ample time for me to throw myself together and get to school.

Lovely image, right? I’m sure you are wondering why on earth you are even on a beauty-related blog written by this girl. Don’t worry it improves.

Now, I was not completely disgusting all the time; I loved cheerleading in high school and would get ready for game days and when I would give presentations in college I was always put-together appropriately. I know the description I am giving you sounds pretty dramatic, and yes it is true, but I didn’t look unclean all the time in high school and college. I was just very, very lazy.

Due to this engrained laziness, when I received my first professional job I was incredibly nervous about making myself look presentable every, single day. However, surprisingly enough, I found that I kind of love looking like a polished adult. Make-up is a very new love of mine.

Of course, given my lack of girly-girl credentials I really hoped that I would have some outdoors woman-ness built into my DNA. My dad, brother, and step-mom are all wonderful fly fishers (in fact my dad is even a guide, now that he has retired). We went on tons of hikes growing up. My mother’s family has always looked forward to our family reunion ski trip each year. My boyfriend loves camping and fishing. Eventually, I figured some of those skills would rub off on me. However, that never quite happened. Around age 12 I decided I would much rather read a book on shore than fish with my family. Now, I ONLY ski that one time a year (and I usually cry while my brother helps me in the back of the pack). And the first time Brady took me camping, he was severely disappointed. Like, the most disappointed he has been with me, ever: I am terrified of fire, terrible at setting up a tent, and almost lost both of the dogs at 3 in the morning.

All of that being said… I still love these things! I love watching Youtube videos as I wash dishes each night (KathleenLights is my go-to). I love reading blog posts as I lay in bed in the morning, refusing to believe it’s time to get up. I love taking the dogs on hikes during the summer. And most importantly, I love all of the people I have around me who are willing to help teach me about adventuring.

It may seem like a very small thing, but writing a blog takes a lot of courage. I love reading them and have always enjoyed writing, so it should have seemed like an obvious choice for me. However, I constantly found myself making excuses. I wanted to perfect my beauty routine. I wanted to become an expert at fly-fishing. I wanted more hair products. I wanted to have climbed tons of 14ers. But, I realize waiting for everything to fall into place is completely ridiculous. So, I would love if you could enjoy the learning process along with me.

Thanks for reading,

Sydney

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