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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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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April Favorites

Oh hey, hi, hello! The past couple of weeks have been all kinds of crazy and May definitely snuck up on me a bit.

I don’t have toooo many favorites from April, but below are the few products I loved over the last 30 days.

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Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour BrushI picked this brush up at Ulta and I’m so obsessed with it. First of all, look at it–gold, gold, gold! Second of all, it’s an amazing quality brush and does a great job with contouring. Definitely give it a try!

Too Faced Better than Sex MascaraI’ll admit, this was an impulse purchase, and while the name definitely makes me blush, it’s a great mascara. It adds tons of volume and makes my lashes look super fine!

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo: This little guy is my new favorite dry shampoo. It works really well (as in three days without shampooing well–#dontjudge) and it smells great. I might even be headed out to Target tonight to pick up a new bottle!

Share your current favorite products with me in the comments section so that I can try them out in May!