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4 Must-Haves For Women On-The-Go

4 Must-Haves For Women On-The-Go

You can learn a lot about someone by knowing what they put in their bag. A woman’s bag is a sanctuary of vital essentials that we need on-the-go, plus it’s a great fashion accessory to compliment your outfit.

There’s the common items — phone, wallet, keys, but what else do you find yourself not leaving the house without?

4 must haves for women on the go:

1. Sunglasses

The bigger, the better & in all shapes & sizes! We have to have a cute pair of sunglasses with us to protect our eyes from the sun & for us to be able to check out the cute guy in the corner without him noticing.

2. Portable Charger

We are on our phone 24/7, which also means R.I.P. to our phone’s battery. We plug our phone into a portable charger & it goes from 0 to 100 real quick.

3. M.O.T.D Cosmetics Makeup Brushes + Makeup Bag

We can’t bring our entire makeup collection with us every day, but we can bring the everyday essentials! Not only do you save money when ordering one of the cruelty-free, vegan rose gold makeup brush sets from M.O.T.D Cosmetics, but you receive a rose gold makeup bag! It’s perfect to put in your bag to hold all your makeup & bring out when you need to touch-up.

4. DefineMe Fragrance Oil

You look good, but now you have to smell good. We put on a little DefineMe Fragrance & we’re good to go! Our two favorite fragrances are Sofia Isabel & Payton, which we switch up based on what we have planned for the day. We love how the fragrance oils are lightweight, compact & cruelty-free!

Here’s your opportunity to get these must-haves in your bag!

We’ve teamed up with DefineMe Fragrance to provide a cruelty-free giveaway for our followers! Two lucky winners will receive:

Official Rules: Giveaway begins Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM PST & ends on Friday, September 15 11:59PM PST. No age restriction. Open worldwide. Winners will be selected at random & notified via email to the email address submitted when entering.

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Simple How to Blush Application

Simple How to Blush Application

5 different application techniques for all face shapes.

Whether you gave up on blush a long time ago or can’t leave the house without a quick swipe, we’re giving you some simple, how-to blush application tips that you can do whether you have 2 minutes or 20!
They’re sure to give you a professional, sculpted look that still has that all-natural looking rosy glow! It gets even better – it can all be achieved with just a few products and steps.
Here’s our must-have list of blushing tools + products (with all the how-to steps below)!

A cruelty-free highlighter like the one from Becca Cosmetics

A cruelty-free bronzer like the one from Marc Jacobs Beauty

A vegan blush like Modern Minerals in Love

A vegan blush like Modern Minerals in Love

Next up, follow these 5 tips, or choose just just a couple, to achieve your perfect blush.

Blush Application How-To Techniques:

  1. Bronzing – Starting at the middle of the forehead, lightly dust bronzer & work your way down to the middle of the ear. From the ear, make light circular motions as you blend the product inwards towards the mouth.(Must-have brush: Get Cheeky With It)
PRO TIP!

For fuller lips, take whatever is left on your brush and sweep it just below the center of your bottom lip.

2. Precise Contour – Repeat the same technique; making sure to keep the brush concentrated in the hollows of your cheeks. (Must-have brush: Supermodel Sculpt)

3. Reverse Contour – First, dip the brush into a foundation powder that matches your skin tone or is slightly lighter. Then use the side of your Supermodel Sculpt brush, position the brush just under your contour and lightly blend out. Use the top of the brush to buff out any edges using small circular motions to finish off. (Must-have brush: Supermodel Sculpt)

PRO TIP!

If you’re someone with a bit more textured skin, skip the shimmer and reach for a more iridescent highlighter.

4. Highlight – Lightly tap your brush into your favorite highlighter and then lightly sweep the highlight onto the skin. Make sure you only use the highlighter on the high points of your face. (Must-have brush: Get Cheeky With It)

5. Blush – Apply the blush on top of the apples of your cheeks. Move brush back and forth towards hairline. (Must-have brush: Get Cheeky With It)

There you have it – you’re ready to head out the door and get on with your day looking bright-faced and beautiful!

 

P.S.

Share, save, or pin the infographic and use as your cheat sheet when you need it!

 

Have you tried any of these before? What are your favorite blush products & techniques? Let us know in the comments below!

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Spring Cleaning: How & When to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Spring Cleaning: How & When to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

So you’ve invested in a beautiful set of M.O.T.D Cosmetics brushes (YAY, you!). Their bristles are fresh and clean, they feel soft and fluffy, and well –hello, you want to keep them that way!
As you should!
Knowing how and when to clean one’s makeup brushes is a question we get asked often, and we’re happy to be shed some light on the topic.
Applying your makeup each day should be fun and something that makes you feel all the more beautiful, not something that makes you think about cleanliness. Implement the following tips, and you won’t have to!
For starters, check out this little video that helps illustrate what we’re going to be talking about.

How to Clean Your Brushes

Always make sure to use a gentle soap. 
The are some great all-natural brush cleaners on the market, but you don’t necessarily need to have one of those! A nice, gentle soap (bar or pump form) works great! We prefer foamy washes to thick, gel-like ones. They seem to help better lift the makeup and are lighter on the taklon fibers.
Brushes should always be pointing downwards, toward the sink, in warm running water.
Warm water helps break up compounds in the makeup that might make it want to stick to the brushes. No need to be blistering hot – that won’t be good for the bristles or your poor hands! Taklon brushes are considered to be hypoallergenic and antibacterial since they are a non-porous fiber, unlike animal fur (#winning).
Pointing them down ensures the residual makeup runs straight down the drain and not further into the brush.
Never soak your brushes – it’ll loosen the ferrule. 
What’s a ferrule? Hint: It’s a fancy word for the metal part of the brush that attaches to the bristles and handle to keep everything stuck together!
After washing, give the bristles a light pinch to rid excess water, reshape them, and lay flat to dry.
We like to lay ours out on a clear countertop hanging over the sink, or placed neatly on a clean washcloth to catch any excess moisture.

When to Clean Your Brushes

Ok, so now that you know what to do, how often should you do it? Most beauty experts would agree that roughly 1x/month  (with regular use) is a fair rule of thumb! If you’re sharing your brushes (i.e: applying makeup for a friend or a client), or you apply makeup more than once a day, you might want to up the frequency of that recommendation!
This is really up to you and your preferences! Your brushes are a quality investment and you certainly want them to last. Get in the habit by setting a monthly reminder on your phone, leave a note for yourself somewhere in your bathroom, or pick a reoccurring day that you spend some time beautifying your beauty products (wink)!

 

Your brushes and your skin will thank you.

 

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