By Erin Baynham
Let me tell you one of the biggest reasons why I love HSN. When Smashbox or Lancome or another brand is on, I learn to use the products directly from a top source. I learned how to apply Jet Set eyeliner and everything else just by watching HSN. In time for the holidays is the HSN Gift Store to help give you ideas for gifts to give a loved one or friend. Plus, you really can’t beat FlexPay! Break that payment down into bite sized pieces. It’s so much easier on your wallet. Here are a few of my suggestions for friends and family.
I truly believe everyone needs a neutral eye shadow palette. This one even comes with a mascara to complete the look! Perfection.
Beats Solo2™ High-Definition Headphones with Carrying Case My husband is a dj, so he invested in a pair of these last year. Why did I try them? I was hooked after the first time I tried them. The sound quality is fantastic. It’s like real life surround sound!
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup I don’t own this foundation yet, but the ads with Lupita N’Yongo sold me a long time ago. This is a super lightweight foundation that gives the look of skin, not foundation.
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Ultimate Repair 4-piece Hair Set This Carol’s Daughter set is a winner because the Manoi line stops breakage where it started. I think that’s the perfect investment, don’t you?
Deborah Lippmann Rollin’ in the Deep and Va Va Voom Nail Lacquer Duo I own a few Deborah Lipmann polishes, and they are sublime. They have lots of pigment, and last for quite a while. I’ve always cherished the shades that I own, and I’d love to add these others to my collection.
IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway Genuine Leather Luxe Riding Boot and IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway Leather and Haircalf Weekender Bag The Iman Weekender bag and boots just scream chic. My mother and I always talk about the beautiful products that Iman offers, and these are two of the timeless pieces that we would definitely wear.
nyakio™ Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub with Sampler Nyakio is a brand that I found out about earlier this year. I love the mission and I love coffee. It only makes sense that I recommend this product!
Stories… by Kelly Osbourne Bow Pencil Skirt The Kelly Osbourne skirt has my name written all over it! I can’t get enough of that huge bow that’s front and center. I’m actually putting this in the HSN shopping cart for myself. : )
Wolfgang Puck Flip Belgian Waffle Baker I added this to the list because there are very few breakfast foods that I’m into–but I’m a fanatic of Belgian waffles. I’ve lived with my husband and bonus daughter for a year, and the item I told him we absolutely must purchase next is a Belgian waffle maker! There’s nothing like a warm, cozy waffle on an autumn or winter morning!
To be entered for a chance to win a $100 HSN gift card, check out the gifts at the HSN Gift Store, then come back and leave a comment letting me know which item you’d love to give or receive this year!
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By Erin Baynham
Here’s a running list of all Black Friday through Cyber Monday deals! I’ll be updating this list as I go. Please check back for updates!
Small Businesses and Black Owned Businesses to Support
www.everbutter.com – all natural hair products made in Detroit, MI. 10% off all weekend.
www.wastedcandy.com – one of a kind handcrafted items
http://wicksnwax.com/ – I’m a small luxury scented candle boutique
PrivateSuiteCollection.com – handcraft custom scented soy candles & room fragrances–Free Shipping’ on all orders from Fri-Mon.
Also be sure to check out Afrobella’s post 101 Independent Black Owned Businesses to Support for Blackout Friday and this list of Black owned businesses in Baltimore by Bakari Jones.
Retail Shops: Beauty and Fashion
Breakups to Makeup: 15% off site-wide on breakupstomakeup.com from 11/28 to 12/1 with code HOLIDAY15. See attached flyer and image.
BECCA Cosmetics: 20% off orders of $50 or more (plus free shipping) using code “GOLD20″
Dr. Brandt: 40% off on entire online purchase + free standard shipping
Drybar: Black Friday: 20% off all products & tools (in-shop only)- Cyber Monday: 10% off all products & tools, plus free shipping (online only)
By Erin Baynham
My Bonus Daughter Kaitlyn is awesome. She’s got a huge personality, she’s smarter than I can even deal with, and she loves makeup just as much as I do. I’ve caught her chilling in my makeup room (big no-no) and pretending to do videos time and time again. The other day, I hopped out of the shower and started to do my skincare regimen when she asked me to start the camera. The made up her mind that she was doing a video! We’ve only done one other video together, and she begs to do them every day. EVERY. DAY. Take a look as she applies my makeup, and trust me, she rocks at it!
By Erin Baynham
I don’t know what it is about the color gold, but I’ve been obsessed for the last couple years. I keep getting gold jewelery, mirrors and frames for around the house, even ornaments for the Christmas tree. As you can imagine, my list of gold beauty products is no joke either. Check out my video below!
Products used in this video:
Flirt! Cosmetics Eye Shadow in “Bronze Splash” ($14.50) http://scandalous.be/1uHJUvc
Sephora Eye Shadow in “Girls Night Out” ($13) http://scandalous.be/1EXccVE
Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palette ($54) http://scandalous.be/1EXbLLh
Maybelline The Nudes Palette ($10) http://scandalous.be/1xgKKAa
MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Powder (The color number rubbed off!)http://scandalous.be/11x73Wfs.be/1EXc1K9
L’Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets in “Flamboyant” ($9) http://scandalous.be/1uo1Ppb
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in “Bella Gold”($4) http://scandalous.be/1yNX3lK
MAC Glitter in “Gold” ($23) http://scandalous.be/11x73Wf
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream “11” ($23) http://scandalous.be/1xyFVmW
Here are a few other gold products you might want to try:
By Erin Baynham
Ah, the holidays. Aside from the crappy weather, it’s one of my favorite times of the year! Mary Kay has come out with four looks that will really get you in the spirit! If I’m off to a holiday party or another fun event, I’m the kind of girl that’s going to pack my entire look in my makeup bag. That way, when it’s time for a quick bathroom break, I can make quick touch-ups. This tiny little compact has an entire makeup look in it! How perfect is that? My set has three eyeshadows and a blush, but you could assemble any way you want–six shadows, two blushes, etc.
The look that I’m re-creating is the Playful Party Girl Look. I used a fluffy brush to apply rose gold all over my lid. It’s a beautiful shimmery taupe that would work day or night, and with almost any outfit. It’s one of those “no-brainer” colors that you can throw on with anything. I also applied the cream eye liner to my upper lash line. My blush is another gorgeous coppery color. For a brown girl like me, this is one of those shades that really makes my skin pop! But my favorite part of the look has to be the lip combo! The lipstick in Berry Kiss and lipgloss in Pink Wink are the quintessential holiday lip. It adds sparkle, sheen and personality to any look. To be perfectly honest, I’d wear this lip combo with just eye liner and mascara. It’s seriously fantastic! It’s early November, and I decided to try out the look on my way to work. I’m a beauty blogger through and through, but I definitely don’t wear makeup every day. And when I do wear makeup, it’s always very natural. The soft eye and berry lip definitely gave my usual work look a pick-me-up! I can’t believe how many compliments I’ve received so far! Naturally, I walked over to my favorite sunny spot and took a selfie. Not bad, not bad! Later in the evening when I get home, I’ll add extra eyeliner to my lower lash line and smudge it like crazy. Then I’ll add some extra blush, the (lighter gold shadow) to the center of my lids, and lip liner to make my lip darker. Voila, the playful party girl will be ready for a fun night out!
What do you think? Leave a comment for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card plus a Mary Kay prize package!
Sweepstakes Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: 1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post 2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post 3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post 4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 11/17/2014 – 12/21/2014. Be sure to visit the Mary Kay brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!