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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2015 Beauty Favorites

At the beginning of every year, it’s always nice to take a moment and reflect on the past year. If you happen to be a beauty blogger like me, that usually includes thinking about what makeup products made an impression.

Below are a few of the products that stood out to me in 2015. What were you loving during the last year?

FACE

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  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation: I’ve had a longstanding love affair with this foundation so this pick is nothing new. This foundation applies like a dream, lasts all day, and gives your skin a flawless look. What more do you need?
  2. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: I tried quite a few powders in 2015 (including this high end one) but I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that this budget friendly one from Rimmel is the best of the best. As the name implies, it keeps your skin looking matte and doesn’t make your face look cakey or powdery at all.
  3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer: Like the Tarte foundation I mentioned above, this concealer has been a love of mine for quite a while. It covers dark circles and brightens up my under eye area and it’s a breeze to apply. I can’t go a day without it!
  4. Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing Perfector: For days when I don’t feel like applying tons of makeup, I reach for this BB Cream from Maybelline. It offers light coverage but still does a great job at evening out my skin tone. This BB cream also contains salicylic acid to clear skin while it covers!

EYES

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  1. Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara: I feel like I’m always on the hunt for the perfect mascara. I tried out a few different high end and drugstore mascaras over the past year but always came back to this one from Too Faced. It gives tons of volume and length without clumping. Plus the packaging is too cute to pass up!
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Palette La Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette: If you read this post, you know I had a tough time making up my mind about this palette. It’s become one of my go-to palettes because it has everything you need (lid color, crease color, highlight, and sparkle) in one handy package.

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mark. Glowdacious Illuminating Powder: This is a product I rediscovered in 2015 and I am so glad I did! I love applying this to my cheeks when I want a bit of a bronzey glow but each color is great on its own as an eye shadow or even a highlighter.

TOOLS

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  1. Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush: I’ve used this brush from Tarte to apply my foundation for a long time and I still love it. The brush quickly blends out foundation and is definitely worth the investment.
  2. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: After applying foundation with the Tarte brush mentioned above, I love using this Real Techniques Sponge to press concealer into my skin. It fits perfectly around my under eye area and it’s a much cheaper alternative to some sponges on the market.
  3. Real Techniques Pointed Crease Brush: Part of the Real Techinques Bold Metals Collection, this little brush has come in so handy over the past year. It works well to apply eye shadow to your crease, outer V, and lower lash line.

 

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August Favorites

Well, well, well here it is almost mid September and I’m finally getting around to posting my August favorites. Better late than never, right?

With my self-imposed month of “no spending”, I wasn’t able to try out many new products in August but I did rediscover a couple gems in my collection. Read on to see what I was loving during August!

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mark. Good Glowing Blush in Afterglow—This product is such a throwback for me and I was excited to stumble across it in my pile of products. It’s basically a dupe for NARS Orgasm and has a subtle shimmer in it which looks amazing in the summer sun.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita—If you’ve been reading my blog the last month or so, you’ll know I recently fell back in love with this gorgeous eye shadow palette. Although there are only four shadows in this palette, the amount of looks you can create is endless. If you can afford the splurge, it’s definitely a great product to have!

L’Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray—As a girl with fine hair, I’m always looking for ways to pump up the volume. I recently discovered this hair product and it’s pretty awesome. All you do is spray it at the roots of your hair (or anywhere you want a little volume and texture) and you’re good to go.

Bloodline–With all the extra time I had from not shopping for makeup in August, I was able to watch a lot of Netflix. I came across a Netflix original, Bloodline, and immediately became obsessed. Set in the beautiful Florida Keys, this show is about testing family loyalties, betrayal, and plenty of secrets.

What are you loving right now? Tell me in the Comments Section!

June Favorites

HAPPY JULY!

While I should be packing for my Fourth of July getaway this weekend, I would much rather watch Gilmore Girls and blog about my favorite products from the past month. So of course that’s exactly what I’m doing.

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite things from the month of June:

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mark. Glowdacious Illuminating Powder: I’ve had this illuminating bronzer for a while now but I’ve only recently become ultra-obsessed with it. I don’t put it all over my face since I already have naturally illuminated skin (read: oily). I like to use it as a blush or bronzer on my cheeks. It’s also great for eye shadow or just a good ol’ fashioned highlighter!

Bath and Body Works Honolulu Sun Candle: This is a different kind of scent for me but I’m completely obsessed with it…in fact, I’m burning it as I write this! I spent a good amount of my childhood living in Honolulu so this definitely makes me happy when I burn it (P.S. I don’t see it on Bath and Body Works’ website but check for it in-store or on Amazon!).

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing Perfector: I gave this guy a shout-out in my recent must-have summer face products post and I’m still loving this product. It’s light enough for the hot summer months but still gives me enough coverage.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer: This is another product I mentioned in my summer face products post and–you guessed it–my love for it is still going strong! I’ve been using it in lieu of my usual concealer and I’m obsessed!

NOT wearing eyeliner: So this favorite is a little random, but I haven’t been feeling eye liner at all lately. I’m not sure if it’s the summer heat or just laziness, but I’ve started to prefer how my makeup looks when I’m not wearing liner. I’m sure I’ll go back to it eventually but right now I’m loving my minimal look!

All About Brushes

As I was trying to decide what to write about next on my little blog, I realized that I talk and talk and talk about different beauty products, but I’ve never really talked about the brushes that I use to apply them. So, today’s post will be all about my most-used brushes and how I like to use them!

s1393628-main-hero1. Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush–I’m not kidding when I say that this brush (pictured at left) changed my life. I used to use a synthetic foundation brush to apply my foundation (and even a gross latex sponge back in middle school and high school) but it was not cutting it. I ordered this brush when I ordered the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation and it’s just a dream. It evenly applies my foundation and makes blending out makeup a breeze. It’s by far the most expensive brush I’ve ever owned, but it’s been totally worth it to me! For a little more info on it, check out this post.

2. Powder Brush–I use two. The first one is the Powder Brush by Mark. I’ve had it for years and I love it, but sometimes it drives me crazy. I’ve “replaced” it with the Powder Brush by Real Techniques but I still find myself reaching for it to apply loose and pressed powders and for applying bronzer when I’m not doing a lot of contouring.

3. Mark Blush + Bronzer Brush–I occasionally use this for blush or bronzer, but only when I want to concentrate color onto my cheeks. Otherwise, I use it as a blending brush to make sure my bronzer and blush are all nice and blended together and I have no harsh lines. The Mark brush is no longer available, but any flat top brush would do the trick.

4. Mark All Over Eye shadow Brush–If I could only use one eye shadow brush, this would be the one. Its shape lets me pack plenty of color onto my lid, but the rounded top lets me blend and even apply color to my crease.

5. Mark Eye Shadow Blending Brush–This brush (see below, left) is mostly used for–you guessed it–blending eye shadow. Whenever I have harsh lines from my eye shadow, I go back in with this brush and smooth everything out. It also works well for lightly applying shadow to the outer V of my eye and applying setting powder to my under eyes. This particular brush is no longer available but the Deluxe Crease Brush in this Starter Kit from Real Techniques looks pretty similar.

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6. Mark Eyeliner Brush–As the name suggests, I use this brush when I want to use a dark shadow as eye liner on either my upper or lower lashes. The precise tip of the brush (see above, right) is great because I can easily control where the color goes.  Again, this particular brush is no longer available (I hope that doesn’t mean my brushes are gross and I need to get rid of them?!?) but this one by Mark is a great substitute that I also use.

7. Sponge Tip Brush–I love using this brush when I want to apply a highlight shade to the inner corners of my eye. It fits perfectly with the shape of my eye and I’m not worried that I’ll poke myself in the eye! I also use it to smoke out shadow on my lower lash line. I have NO idea where mine is from, but you can find them at Sephora (and probably even cheaper at Target).

While this is a list of my most-used brushes, it’s definetely not all of them. I like to play around with my brushes and try out new ways to use them.

Which brushes are your must-haves?

 

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