New Year’s Eve Polish Picks

Am I the only one who can’t believe 2015 is almost over? As much as I love staying up late and enjoying a cold glass of champagne, I’m not sure how i feel about 2016’s rapid approach.

However, as with most things in life, all I can do is power through and apply a fresh coat of nail polish.

Below are a few of my picks for a sparkly New Year’s Eve mani. What will you be rocking to ring in the New Year?

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ULTA Haul

Happy Saturday! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

I recently had some coupons and gift cards for ULTA and decided to treat myself to a few birthday/Christmas presents. Below are the products I picked up in-store and online.

Have you tried any of them?

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Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener: This is an under eye brightener with a brush applicator to make application a breeze. I like to layer eye brighteners with concealer and am excited to see how this one performs.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: My favorite mascara right now! It gives tons of volume and the packaging is too cute to pass up.

ULTA Contour Kit: If you read this post, you know I recently returned another contour kit. I thought I’d pick up this one and try it out for a fraction of the price.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer: The words “creaseless concealer” make me very excited to try this product under my eyes. It’s a pretty thick, creamy concealer that seems like it will offer good coverage.

St. Tropez Starter Kit: I’ve heard so many good things about St. Tropez tanning products and this kit was an amazing deal. Since it feels more like summer than winter outside right now, I thought I’d try it out and see how I like being bronzed at Christmas.

ORLY Bonder: This is another staple product for me. Applied as a base coat, this makes my nail color last longer without chipping.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask: I can’t seem to get enough of this mask! It leaves my skin feeling very refreshed and seems to calm any blemishes I have.

If you’d like further reviews of any of these products, let me know in the Comments section!

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Product Review: Rodan and Fields Unblemish

Lately the struggle with my skin has been so real. Nothing I’ve tried has done much to control my oiliness and breakouts. Needless to say it’s very frustrating. So when a friend of mine started selling Rodan and Fields, I decided to give it a go.

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I purchased the Unblemish regimen and have just started using it. The entire regimen comes with an Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash, Spot Fading Toner, Dual Intensive Acne Treatment and Oil Control Lotion.

Although I’ve only been using these products for a couple of days, I really like them so far. The sulfur wash leaves my skin feeling clean but not dried out and I’m excited to see if the Spot Fading Toner helps lighten up any post-acne marks I have. I also like how much product comes in the Dual Intensive Acne Treatment and the Oil Control Lotion really seems to do what it says–control oil.

As I continue to use these products I’ll continue to post reviews. Have any of you tried these products? Let me know in the Comments section below!

Instagram Announcement

Happy Friday!

Not only is it finally Friday but it just so happens to be my birthday. And what better day to announce to all of you that That Tall Girl is officially on Instagram!

This Instagram account will be made up of mostly beauty posts and (when I’m feeling brave!) a few fashion pictures. Take a look below at a few of my favorite shots and feel free to follow @ThatTallGirlBlog. And share your Instagram account with me so I can follow you back!

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Product Review: Givenchy Translucent Finish Loose Powder

s1589126-main-hero-300If you saw my last post, you know I recently splurged on a very high end loose powder from Givenchy. After hearing lots of amazing things about this product, I was very excited to try it.

The packaging of this powder is absolutely amazing. It feels so luxurious and fancy and looks gorgeous sitting on a vanity. Inside is a small powder puff that works well to apply the powder to your face.

While this powder made me feel good while I was applying it, it didn’t necessarily live up to my expectations. And with a powder this expensive, my expectations were pretty high!

Although my skin looked beautiful just after applying this powder, I found myself getting shiny only a few hours later. I don’t have super oily skin so this was a tad disappointing and made me question the powder’s high price tag.

After wearing the powder for the next couple of days, I will still unimpressed with its lasting power. I even compared it to another favorite powder, Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder, and found the Rimmel powder left my skin looking matter longer.

So what’s my final verdict? While this Givenchy powder is pretty fancy, that wasn’t enough to convince me it was worth its price. Unless you’re really feeling like treating yourself, I’d say pass on this pricey powder and head to the drugstore instead.

Sephora Haul + Mini Reviews

Guess who’s back…back again? That’s right, I finally, finally managed to pick up a new laptop and this blog post is long overdue.

I treated myself to a few goodies during last month’s Sephora VIB sale. Read on to see what I picked up and what may be headed back to the store! (P.S. Click here to see a super fast unboxing video.)

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  1. Givenchy Powder Translucent Finish Loose Powder: This powder is definitely a luxury product. The packaging is so glamorous and makes you feel super fancy. However, that wasn’t enough for me and I ended up returning this product and sticking to my $3 Rimmel London powder.
  2. Tangle Teezer: Where has this brush been all my life?! I’m not joking when I say this detangling brush has changed my life. Since my hair is long and fine, it doesn’t take much for it to become a tangled mess. But with this brush, detangling is a snap!
  3. Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder: This is the first contouring powder I’ve ever tried and…meh. The brightening shade on the left didn’t do much for me and the contour shade on the right was a bit too muddy looking for me. Needless to say, this product went back to the store as well.
  4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation: This foundation is always a home run for me and this time around wasn’t any different. I love how long-lasting this makeup is while still leaving my skin looking natural.

What have you treated yourself to lately? Tell me in the Comments section so I can try them too!