My Five Favorite Drugstore Foundations

Like any true makeup junkie, I love trying different products on the market. One product I’m always on the hunt for is the perfect foundation. My skin can get pretty oily so it’s important for me to find a foundation that feels lightweight and doesn’t make my skin look shiny throughout the day.

As much as I love high end, luxurious foundations, sometimes it’s nice to find affordable options. Below are five of my current favorite drugstore foundations. Tell me yours in the Comments section!

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1. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation: As the name implies, this foundation keeps my skin looking matte and pretty dang poreless throughout the day. There is also a wide range of colors in this line so you’re sure to find the perfect shade for you.

2. Boots No7 Airbrush Away Foundation: I picked up this foundation at Target recently and I can’t get enough of it. It looks and feels so light but offers great coverage. If you’re looking for a foundation with light to medium coverage foundation that wears well you need to check this one out.

3. Revlon ColorStay Makeup: If you saw this blog post, you know I didn’t always love this foundation. However it’s quickly become a favorite of mine and always makes my skin look flawless. It also has amazing lasting power and never looks cakey.

4. Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Foundation: This is a new addition to my foundation collection and I’m loving it so far. The shade range isn’t great but the liquid formula dries to a powder finish making it ideal for oily girls like me.

5. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream: This BB cream is a summer staple for me and I continue to re-purchase it. While this BB cream is very lightweight it stilll manages to even out my skin tone on days when I don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup.

 

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Life Lately

If you saw this post, you know I’ve been doing a good bit of traveling. After a cruise to the Bahamas, nearly a week in New York and a girls weekend trip, I’m finally settling back into my routine.

As nice as it is to be back home I haven’t stopped reminiscing about my travels just yet. Scroll on to see some of my favorite photos from my adventures!

Are you planning your own trip? Tell me in the Comments section below!


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Product Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

IMG_5068I picked up the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation at Sephora recently because I had heard lots of good things about it. My favorite foundation is by Tarte so the bar was set pretty high for this makeup.

Let me start by saying that the packaging of this foundation is not the easiest to work with. It features an eye dropper dispenser and can get a little messy if you’re not careful.

The product itself is a lightweight, light to medium coverage water based foundation. I got the shade Light Medium Honey which is perfect for summer but I probably couldn’t get away with this color in the winter.

The first thing I noticed when using this foundation is the fact that I needed to use a lot more product than I thought I would. It blends out just fine and dries to a pretty matte finish but I still used a powder on top. My skin has been a tad red these days and this foundation covered any redness pretty well.

Throughout the day this foundation lasted on the skin. It didn’t make me oily or break up on my skin, even through a sweaty spur of the moment workout. I do have a couple dry spots on my face that the foundation didn’t get along with so if you have dry skin you may want to pass on this foundation.

I was slightly disappointed that this foundation was a little heavier looking than I thought it would be. However, maybe I used to much product in my attempts to achieve a fuller coverage look (side note: I used less product today but still wasn’t impressed with how my skin looked).

All in all I think this is a good foundation. It wears well throughout the day and helped control oiliness. Although I like this foundation, I wasn’t wowed by it and probably won’t be repurchasing it.

Have you tried this foundation? Tell me your thoughts in the Comments section!

 

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April Favorites

Well it seems that April has flown by and here we are at the beginning of another month (yikes!). April was very busy for me and I’m so glad to finally have some time to write a new blog post. Read on to see what beauty products I was loving throughout April.

Tell me what you’ve been obsessed with lately in the Comments section!

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It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder – I’m always on the hunt for a nice setting powder. This one from It Cosmetics is translucent and makes my skin feel silky smooth as the name implies. It keeps me matte for quite a while and also works well for baking.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer – I used to use this primer all the time and I recently went back to it. It smooths everything out and reduces the look of pores on my face. Plus it’s available in a cute travel friendly mini size…perfect for my busy lifestyle!

AcneFree Terminator 10 – While the packaging of this acne product may be a little cheesy, I think it works really well. Applied to blemishes at night or in the morning, this benzoyl peroxide knocks out breakouts quickly.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop – I picked this beautiful highlighter up during my recent trip to LA and I’ve worn it nonstop. It’s a lovely golden hued highlighter that looks beautiful with any makeup look. Mine has unfortunately broken but you know I’m not going to let that stop me from using it!

Life Lately: Cali-forn-ia

Where oh where has the time gone?

If you saw my last post, you know I recently spent some time on the West Coast. I went to visit a friend and we took a little road trip to Los Angeles.

I hadn’t been to LA since high school so I had quite a bit of catching up to do with the City of Angels. Scroll on to see a few of my favorite photos from the trip!

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What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag

If you follow That Tall Girl on Facebook, you know I’m about to head out on a fun vacation to California. While I haven’t started packing yet (ahh!) I do know what beauty products I’ll be taking with me. Read on to find out what my travel must-haves are.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation: When I’m traveling I want a foundation that’s going to cover any imperfections, look natural and last all day and into the night. This Tarte foundation does it all! Plus the packaging is super convenient and won’t end up breaking during a long trip.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: Like my foundation, I want my concealer to last while I’m out and about seeing the sights. MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer does just that while covering everything from dark circles to blemishes.

Mark Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation: This powder is a staple in my makeup bag (as see can see in the photo above!) so I can’t leave home without it. It does double duty as a powder foundation and mattifying powder and the packaging is great for on-the-go.

Ulta Contour Kit: If you’ve read my blog in the last couple months you know how obsessed I’ve been with this contour kit from Ulta. I’ll be using the contour shades for contouring (duh), bronzer and eye shadow. The lighter, slightly shimmery shades are also great for eye shadows or highlighting.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner: Another staple, this eye liner works for any look and can be easily smoked out for a little more drama. Since I don’t want to deal with traveling with liquid liner this guy is coming with me!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mini Mascara: I picked this up at Ulta and am so glad to have a travel friendly version of my favorite mascara. It volumizes lashes and adds the perfect amount of lash drama.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso: I’ve raved about the Milani baked blushes before and this shade is so versatile. It makes my skin look bright and fresh and works well with any look.

What are you must-have travel products? Tell me in the Comments section!

 

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February Favorites

Wooooo. I feel like I’ve had this post ready to go for quite some time but haven’t had a second to sit down and upload it. However, I managed to find a few moments in this already busy month of March to share my favorite products from February.

Read on to see what I was loving and don’t forget to share your favorite products with me in the Comments section!

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1. L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer: I’ll be honest, I’ve got naturally full brows so I never thought I needed to do much with them. However, this product is a game changer for me. It’s perfect for filling in and giving shape to your brows and it’s so much more affordable than similar brow products on the market. It took me a while to find it in stock so if you happen to see it while you’re out—BUY IT.

2. ULTA Contour Kit: I’ve talked about this contour kit from Ulta quite a bit on this blog (see a full review here) and I’m still loving it. Lately I’ve been doing a barely there eye makeup look using the matte brown shades from this palette.

3. Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Smoky Topaz: When I bought this lip gloss it was quite what I wanted. However, it’s really grown on me. It’s a lovely pinky nude color that works well with many looks. I love Revlon glosses and have been using this one constantly!

4. Aerie Racerback Boho Bralette: When it comes to fashion, comfort is key. This bralette from Aerie is as comfortable as it gets! They come in lots of colors and are so lacy and beautiful. They’re a feminine, sexy option when you want to be comfy but still feel like you’ve got your you-know-what together.

My Top Five Favorite Hair Care Products

While I love all beauty products, makeup holds a special place in my heart. However today’s post is about something I don’t have much expertise in despite my best efforts. That thing is hair.

I’ve never had the patience or skills to do much with my hair so I’ve relied on a few products over the years to help me out.

Below are my top five favorite hair products. What hair care products do you love?

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1. Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner: My hair is pretty fine but I love wearing it long. Because of this it can end up looking a bit flat. This shampoo and conditioner cleans my hair, smells great, and doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy.

2. Tangle Teezer: After shampooing and conditioning comes a task I used to dread–combing my hair. Since my hair is long and fine I usually end up with a head full of tangles. I recently discovered the Tangle Teezer and I’m not kidding when I say it has changed my life. It glides through knots and makes combing my hair a breeze. I highly recommend investing in a Tangle Teezer!

3. Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo: If you know me, you know I use dry shampoo like it’s going out of style. I’ve tried high end and drugstore brands but keep going back to this one by Dove. It’s affordable, smells decent and does a great job of absorbing excess oil while adding volume to my hair. What more could you ask for?

4. L’Oreal Damage Erasing Balm: When my hair is feeling a bit dry and lifeless, I love this deep conditioner from L’Oreal. It restores my hair without weighing it down. It also happens to smell amazing and is totally affordable.

5. L’Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray: As I mentioned earlier, my hair can get a bit flat sometimes and I’m always looking for easy ways to boost my roots. Enter this root boosting product from L’Oreal. Just spray it in your roots and you’ve got instant volume. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

 

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Easy Champagne Cocktail

If you happen to be flying solo for Valentine’s Day like I am, today is a great day to get together with friends and enjoy time with the people you care about. And while you’re spending time with the people you love, why not serve a sparkly cocktail? Below is a delicious champagne cocktail recipe I discovered recently.

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1.5 oz vodka

0.5 oz Chambord

0.5 oz pineapple juice

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Combine the vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into a chilled glass and top with champagne. Make sure you don’t put champagne in the cocktail shaker as that will destroy all those lovely bubbles.

 

To make things even fancier, sugar the rim of your glass.

Cheers!

 

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January Favorites

Whew.

Is anyone else thrilled that January is over? Between work stresses and life in general, January was a killer.

That being said, January did have a few bright spots including a couple makeup products I fell in love with! Read on to see what I was loving during the month of January.

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Revlon ColorStay Makeup: I tried this foundation a while back and hated it. I decided to give it another try and absolutely loved it! The coverage is great but it doesn’t look like you have a ton of makeup caked on.

LORAC PRO Palette: I’ve had this palette for a while but I used it a ton during January. I love using the White shade on my brow bone and inner corner of my eye. The matte shadows in this palette are also great as transition shades. Basically you need this palette in your life.

L’Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush: This is yet another product I’ve had for a while but used the heck out of it in January. It’s such a beautiful color and it lasts all day on me without creasing. If you don’t have this color in your makeup collection, go get it right now.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal: I picked this highlight up at Ulta as part of a gift set. I love liquid highlighters and this one is so beautiful. The application makes it so easy to put product exactly where you want it and it lasts all day.

MyFitnessPal App: January was my month to get back on track in the fitness department. Any time I want to lose weight and feel a little healthier, I go right to this app. It’s a fitness and exercise tracker and it really helps me be mindful of what I’m putting into my body on a daily basis. If you’re looking for a little motivation to help you stay on track, I highly recommend trying this app!

What did you love during January? Tell in the Comments section!

 

 

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