Beauty

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!

Keeping the fuzzies away with Schick and Rite Aid (includes coupon)! by Erin Baynham

This post is sponsored by Schick. The hair removal routine is a struggle that many of us have been used to since our teens. Ever since I got pregnant, I've been a little hairier than usual. Eh, it's not sexy. It's time to grab some new razors, so I went for Schick! I made it over to the women's hair removal section, and let me tell you, I had no idea Schick made so many types of disposable razors! I went back and forth through the aisle comparing them all, and I decided upon two favorites.

The first were the Schick Quattro for women disposable razors. You get three in a pack (great bang for your buck!), and the four blades let you know that you're going to miss less hair.

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I ended up going with the Schick Hydro Silk disposable razors. They have five blades and a moisturizing serum that's activated as you shave. That's a lot of technology right there. This set also has a refill, so you can throw the head away and just pop on a new one. It's like a brand new razor! There's also a little razor caddy and suction if you decide to keep it handy on the shower wall.

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By the time I left the store, I had some candy, a new eye liner, shaving cream and a new set of blades to keep me smooth over the next couple of weeks! Want to buy a coupon of your own? Use this coupon!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.