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Hello, Skincare: A Few Notables from Sunday Riley, Kate Somerville, Caudalie and more by Erin Baynham

Last Sunday, I skipped the Emmy's and hightailed down 495 to my old work stomping ground at Tyson's Corner. They were hosting their #Skincareselfie event, where beauty bloggers from the DC/MD/VA (DMV) area learned about new products for the season. IMG_7279

There was a lovely spread ready for ravishing! IMG_7285

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Peter Thomas Roth

PTR came out with acne "stickers" that actually reduce the size and devastation (heh) of pimples. Just put it on before you hit the bed!

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This Irish Moor Mud actually uses 900 year old mud from Ireland! How crazy is that? Where the heck do you even find mud that old?!

Sunday Riley

I've been wanting to try Sunday Riley forever.

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The rep, Josh, told us that mixing Ceramic Slip cleanser and Good Genes serum is actually an amazing power facial. I'd like to try it, but I'll need $150 to buy both items first!

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Caudalie

I've seen Caudalie products in stores for a long time, but I never took interest in them. They didn't strike me as an interesting brand. The rep, Amie, was a total sweetheart. I was immediately at ease when she said the brand is all natural, and everything is safe for me to use as a pregnant woman.

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Out of everything, I was the most fascinated my the Beauty Elixir! When she misted my face with it, I just knew I had to have it. It not only sets your makeup, but it's also a toner and refresher. I am positive I'll be purchasing a bottle when I hit Sephora next time.

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Kate Somerville

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I tried both of these items when I was getting married, and let me tell you, I used them to the very last drop. They're luxury items, but once you feel the quality, you'll definitely understand why.

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IMG_7312This entire setup was drool worthy.

There were a few brands that I didn't really get to spend much time with. Amore Pacific, creators of the Treatment Enzyme Peel, showed us an eye roller pen and a foundation that didn't come in my color. Boo. Algenist was also in the building. I learned that this is a brand developed by scientists, so there's a big emphasis on science. Lots of fancy words that I barely understand, but I tried. I tested one of their peels that did wonders on the back of my hand during the demo, but I need to double check and make sure it's safe for me to use while pregnant. Fresh and Clairisonic were in attendance, but unfortunately I missed their demos. I have been using the Soy Face Cleanser for a few months now, and it's something that I've purchased after I received samples. It makes my skin feel clean without feeling stripped. I did hear the Clairisonic lady say that using the Mia 2 makes cleaners and other skincare items 40% more effective than just putting on top of your face with your hands. *Mind blown*

After I go through my bag of samples, I'll be sure to update you on any products that I loved! There were lots of great contenders in there, so it should be a fun couple of weeks for my skin!

My favorite blush and highlighter brushes by Erin Baynham

Blush and highlight brushes While looking over my collection of brushes, I realized that I've got a really small collection of brushes for the cheek area. Nothing wrong with that, since I use these four 95% of the time!

MAC 129 ($35) Old faithful. It’s the standard blush brush that works for all occasions. I’ve used it for over ten years with no complains.

MAC 116 ($35) This is a flatter blush brush, so it lays the powder directly on my skin. Bobbi Brown said to do apply blush by starting at the cheek bone and to pull the brush down toward the hollows of the cheek. Once I started doing that, blush looked totally different! This brush really helps with that effect.

MAC 165 ($35) This particular brush is domed and pointed, so it works well for a few reasons. If you use the tip of the brush, it’s wonderful for adding a powder highlight to the cheek. If you use the side, it’s slim enough to highlight around the eye and along the cheek bone.

Real Techniques 300 ($24) This blush is flatter than the 116, more firm, and it looks like I paid over $100 for it. I use this similarly to the MAC 116 above. I'm always scared that it'll get stained, but it never seems to!

Top 5 Must Have Products from Becca Cosmetics by Erin Baynham

This post contains affiliate links. Becca's recent resurgence as a makeup authority definitely warrants an updated must have list! Let's keep it real, Becca is one of the pricier lines in Sephora (and now it can be found in Ulta, Lord & Taylor and other retailers), with a few products hitting the $40+ mark. I've been a big fan of the brand years ago, and here's what I think you should try. I wrote a must have post in 2009, but Becca has changed so much, it was time to make a new one! Here are the best products Becca makes, in my humble opinion.

Top Best Becca Cosmetics Products

Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured • $38 / BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme • $44 / BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme • $32 / BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss • $24 / Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector • $41 / BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed • $38
 

Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme

This ultra creamy, opaque concealer is packed with pigment. It's one of the most sturdy, long lasting concealers I've ever owned. I usually apply this with my finger, but because of how rich this is, I like to blend with a sponge. I wear the color Treacle.

Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme

Matte, creamy, perfection. I only like to use this foundation during the cooler months because it's definitely a thicker foundation and gives a more "pronounced" look. Either way, the look is insanely polished and basically undetectable. I wear the color Sienna in this foundation, but in most other Becca foundations, I wear Mink.

Check out my video review of these two products here (and be sure to subscribe to my channel on Youtube!):

Shimmering Skin Perfector (liquid, powder & cream)

I tried to make this one product choice, but it comes in three formulas, and I love all three equally. Slowly but surely, Becca is becoming a giant because of their shimmery goods.

Original (liquid)- I like to mix this in with my moisturizer, or I apply it over my moisturizer. Pressed (powder)- I use a soft, fluffy brush for this. The color is really intense, so use a light hand. Poured (cream)- I usually apply this with my fingers over my liquid or cream foundation.

Because I'm a brown girl, of course I went straight for bronzy and beautiful Topaz first. I own it in all three formulas, and I use it often. Here's a photo I shared from TrendMood on my Instagram page, you can see all of the permanent and one of the limited edition powder shades. I bought Blushed Copper, shown below, as well. There's also Champagne Pop by Jacalyn Hill, which was a huge deal. Everyone loved it, and I almost bought it too. However, I really, really don't need more highlighters and this one was so light that I'd rarely use it.

 

Ultimate Color Gloss

Pure color. Velvety texture. Non-sticky. There aren't that many shades, so it's easy to narrow down a few. When in doubt, go with Palm Breeze or Pink Lotus.

I can go on and on about the products that I've been going crazy over for the brand (Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, mineral powder, mineral blush) but I'm trying as hard as I can to narrow the list down! If you have any Becca products that you love, leave a comment and share below!