MAC x Mariah (Holiday 2015) by Erin Baynham

It's the holiday collaboration you might have seen coming. I sure didn't! MC1_All I Want 5_MariahCarey_Lipstick Zoomed

Quote from M∙A∙C Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director, James Gager: “Mariah is the over the top pop and beauty icon. Throughout the years we’ve all watched her with admiration and feel right now she is at her ultimate best. She exudes elegance, glamour, sophistication or sense of fun. Her “All I Want” lipstick is the perfect frosty holiday shade and her Beauty Icon collection will be everything you think of when you think M·A·C and Mariah.”

Quote from Mariah Carey: "M·A·C has been my go-to makeup brand for as long as I can remember and I’m so thrilled to be collaborating with them on a lipstick debuting this December, just in time for the holiday season! The champagne frosted 'All I Want' shade is elegant, sophisticated and glamorous. My M·A·C Beauty Icon collection will be launching in 2016 and is certain to not disappoint."


JinSoon Navy and Gold Nail How-To (Holiday Beauty 2015) by Erin Baynham

Navy is the new black, I swear it. I absolutely love wearing both navy and gold, and I've incorporated it all over my life--wardrobe, around the house, even on my blog. This holiday season, Jin Soon has launched Gilded, a mix of white and gold glitter that can be worn with practically any other nail color. Read on to get the look. JINsoon Guild Nail Art_Final


Step 1: Apply JINsoon Power Coat (Base Coat)


Step 2: Apply JINsoon Nocturne


Step 3: Use the tip of the brush to dab JINsoon Guild from the base of the nail towards the center until you achieve the desired effect. Seal the look with JINsoon Top Gloss (Top Coat).JINsoon Guild

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



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!



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.


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!




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.






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.


Kate Somerville


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.


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!