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Love Your Pet Day: Our Furry Friends

Happy National Love Your Pet Day!

The relationship you have with your pets is special. We love our pets every day, but on this day, we want to give them extra attention and pampering!

In honor of National Love Your Pet Day, the M.O.T.D Team wanted to share our furry friends with you and what we love most about our pets.

*WARNING: CUTENESS OVERLOAD*

Meet Laylee and Kyree!

Laylee is a half German Shepherd half Lab mix and we’ve had her since she was eight weeks old. Laylee is now 3 and she’s extremely loving, smart, loves to give kisses, and she’s her fathers best friend.

Kyree is very independent and extremely fearless! We’ve had her since she was 6 months old and she’s very attached to her sister. Kyree gives kisses when she feels like it, she always loves to play fetch, and shes both a mommy and daddy’s girl.

I love them both so much because of the happiness they bring into my life. When I’m not having a great day, Laylee immediately notices and she’s very intuitive with other people’s emotions and Kyree helps me put my mind elsewhere by playing and snuggling to her.

 

-Chantal

 

 

 

“I have a 4-month Shiba Inu puppy named Flash. He’s the fastest dog alive! If you can’t tell, I’m a fan of the DC Comic superhero. Flash is definitely a scarlet speedster and loves to run around! Peanut butter is his weakness and vacuums are his enemy. He’s still young and in his learning stage, but one thing is for sure — he’s a mama’s boy!

Becoming a fur mama has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I love witnessing him grow and reach milestones every day.

My favorite thing Flash does is randomly sit down and stare at me. Extra squeals if he tilts his head while I call him my good boy. It’s the little things like that that make me love and appreciate him so much.”

– Melissa

M.O.T.D Cosmetics is proud to have a range of makeup brushes that are PETA certified cruelty-free, vegan. No animals are harmed.

Comment below to share your pets and what you love most about them!

Valentine’s Date: Outfit Inspiration

Valentine’s Date: Outfit Inspiration

Valentine’s Day is coming up and whether you are spending it with your significant other, your friends or family, it’s a day to celebrate the love around you and also a good excuse to doll up!

We took a look at the Valentine’s Shop section at LuLu’s and picked out a few of our favorites that we would want to wear out. Read more for inspiration on your Valentines day outfit!

valentines day outfit

There’s no better way to show that love is in the air than wearing the colors of love — red & pink!

Valentines Date Outfit

Heart Song Gold Hoop Earrings – $11

Jazz It Up Burgundy Velvet Clutch – $35

It’s hard to resist heart accessories on this day!

Taylor Red Suede Stacked Ankle Strap Heels – $31

Kennedy Burgundy Suede Lace-Up Heels – $39

Get fancy and put on some heels!

Note: We love that LuLu’s sections out their Vegan Shoes and Vegan Leather under Handbags and Purses! It makes shopping a lot easier! 

To top off your outfit, here’s a Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial by M.O.T.D Cosmetics CEO, Chantal Azamian.

Products used:

  • Conceal Your Secret – Concealer Brush
  • Miss Shady Lady – Shade Brush
  • Eye Catching Crease – Crease Brush
  • Pigment Packer –  Small Shader Brush
  • Pencil Me In –  Pencil Brush
  • No Fudge Just Smudge – Smudge Brush

You can also find our cruelty-free, vegan makeup brushes at LuLu’s. Use our Store Locator to find out more ways to shop online.

Leave a comment below and tell us what your idea of a perfect date is.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! XOXO.

Vegan Recipe: Portobella Mushroom Burgers

Vegan Recipe: Portobella Mushroom Burgers

Portobella mushroom burgers.. yum!! Let’s dive in. 

My fiance and I have been really focusing on watching what we eat and slowly have cut out eating meat. For years I’ve cooked dishes that included some type of animal protein without really thinking outside the box and getting creative with my cooking. Thanks to Pinterest I found this winning Chunky Portobella Mushroom Burger by The Kitchen Whisperer and I just had to put a vegan spin on it!

portobella mushroom burger

Here’s the vegan recipe for Chunky Portabella Mushroom Burgers:

Ingredients:

Produce

  • 2 cups black beans, cooked
  • 1 cup kale
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 2 cups portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red onion

Refrigerated

    • 3 vegan eggs

 

Condiments

  • 1 tbsp Sweet Mesquite Seasoning
  • Hickory Liquid Smoke

Oils & Vinegars

  • 1 olive oil

Bread & Baked Goods

  • 5/8 cup panko or gluten free panko

Dairy

  • 3/4 cup vegan parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, add 1 cup of black beans and mash into chunks.
  2. Add in the mushrooms, the rest of the beans, kale, garlic, onion and sweet mesquite seasoning.
  3. Mix until coated.
  4. Add in the vegan eggs, vegan cheese and bread crumbs, and mix gently with a large spoon until the mixture is combined.
  5. Set aside while you place a medium non-stick pan over medium heat and add in 2 tbsp of oil.
  6. Once the oil starts to shimmer (about a minute or two), using dampened hands (the mixture will stick to you if you don’t), scoop a 1/2 cup of mixture into the palm of your hand and gently shape into a burger all the while pressing together. The mixture should hold a burger shape. If it doesn’t add just a tbsp more of bread crumbs.
  7. Place in the oil and cook for 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown and a crust has formed on each side.
  8. Serve as a sandwich, with a side of avocado, or on top of a bed of greens.
portobella mushroom burger

I served the portobella mushroom burgers for lunch on gluten free toast with, vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, and vegan cheddar cheese. You can totally get creative with how you enjoy your mushroom burgers with this recipe. I actually also had it the next day as a breakfast scramble (I made a lot of patties 10 to be exact) and it tasted great!

This would be a wonderful recipe to try out for a Super Bowl party this weekend! Let us know in the comments what team you’re rooting for.

Cruelty Free Beauty Products- How To Make The Switch

Cruelty Free Beauty Products- How To Make The Switch

Cruelty free beauty products is the way to go and we’re telling you how to make the switch!

Whether or not a brand is cruelty-free is not always at the top of someone’s mind when purchasing makeup, but we’ll give you steps on how you can choose cruelty-free cosmetics.

A brand being cruelty-free means they do not test any of their products on animals anywhere in the world. Graphic Warning: We’re not going to get into details of animal testing (it’s gruesome), but you can check PETA’s Animal Testing 101 if you want to learn more.

In our opinion, it’s not worth harming an animal to get thicker eyebrows or longer lashes, especially when there are so many cruelty-free brands out there who are doing just fine without animal testing.

How to find out if a brand is cruelty-free:

Go on their website.

Check the brand’s FAQ on their website to see if there is a question along the lines of “do you test on animals?” and what they answer. Brands who are cruelty-free are transparent about it.

Start a search.

On a search engine, look-up “is (makeup company) cruelty-free”. In most cases, the results will immediately state they are. Be sure to read the entire statement because in other cases, it gets tricky.

Do some digging.

If it’s not clear whether or not they are cruelty-free, you will have to do digging of your own. If a company claims they are cruelty-free, but has an exception, they’re not cruelty-free.

There are also parent companies that are not cruelty-free, but own brands who are cruelty-free. That’s where you need to draw that conclusion for yourself and decide where you should draw the line of what brands you want to support.

Check resources.

There are many resources available, including Logical Harmony, who provides a variety of cruelty-free lists to help guide you including a general cruelty-free brand list. She reaches out to brands herself and constantly updates the list. It is a great go-to source!

You can use code ‘tashina’ for 10% off at checkout when shopping at motdcosmetics.com.

What to do after you do your research:

Declutter your makeup collection.

Go through your makeup and separate what is and isn’t cruelty-free. You don’t have to throw the product away, but when you’re done using it then you replace it with an alternative that is cruelty-free. There are thousands of brands that are cruelty-free and you can find other great dupes as well. You may be surprised to find that it’s not as difficult letting go as you may think.

Continue with the right mindset.

Go into the makeup store and only purchase products that are cruelty-free. Also, it’s okay to make mistakes because it’s a learning process. You’re trying to have the right mindset and that’s already making a big difference.

M.O.T.D Cosmetics is proud to be PETA certified cruelty-free, vegan. No animals are harmed.

Our brushes are made out of TAKLON: a high grade synthetic polyester fiber that mimics animal hair, which:

  • distributes product just like animal hair
  • safer alternative for those who have allergies to animal fur
  • suitable for all skin types, including those with skin sensitivities
  • hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial since they are a non-porous, unlike animal fur
  • soft and lasts longer than most animal fur bristles

Many people are converting to cruelty free beauty products only and the beauty industry is noticing! By purchasing cruelty free beauty products, we can make a difference to an animal’s life and put a stop to animal testing.

We hope this helps you be kind to every kind!

Beginner’s Guide: Switching to a Healthy Lifestyle

Beginner’s Guide: Switching to a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle changes can be challenging when it comes to being consistent, but here are tips to make it easier for anyone to stay on track. 

The beginning of the year is always a time where people are motivated and make resolutions to make healthier choices and improve their life quality.

If you not only want to reach fitness goals, but switch your lifestyle to be healthier, here are a few tips to get you started:

1) Start with small steps.

If you weren’t already living a healthy, active lifestyle beforehand, start by incorporating small changes first. You shouldn’t expect to do an extreme workout right away. Don’t overexert yourself and leave room for recovery. With progress, increase your reps, weights, etc. every week.  If you are going out to eat, choose healthier alternatives and cut out the fast food.

I started by only doing 2-3 workouts per week, drinking more water and throwing out junk food.

2) Be disciplined.

You may get cravings, but you’ll be surprised to find many healthier alternatives to foods that you crave. Instead of having a “cheat meal”, eat as healthy as you can all the time, but don’t limit yourself and have a treat every now and then.

There are times where I will eat a meal that is not so healthy, but I just continue to eat healthy after that and not have a mentality of “starting over next week”. To fulfill my cravings because I have a big sweet tooth, I found chocolate, ice cream, cookies, etc. alternatives that are low in sugar and high in protein, but don’t make me feel bad about myself! A total win for a healthy lifestyle. 😉

3) Have a workout partner.

Find a friend who is also starting their healthy lifestyle, fitness journey and be each other’s workout partner and motivators. You’ll keep each other in check and reach fitness goals together.

To hold each other accountable (and to keep our Snapchat streak), my friends and I would snap each meal we ate and everytime we worked out.

4) Find fun workouts.

There are people who are not a fan of going to the gym and doing traditional exercise. If you are one of those people, try to find a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. You can try hiking, dancing, fitness classes, playing sports, etc. If you make your workout something you like to do, you are more motivated to do it.

As for myself, I enjoy sprinting — it’s fun for me and it’s a quick workout that has a lot of health benefits.

5) Do your best.

You are doing this for yourself and the only person standing in your way of your goals is yourself. It’s okay to skip a workout and have an unhealthy meal every now and then, but continue to work hard and stay consistent!

I, myself, have made excuses, but I am now working on living a healthier lifestyle and setting goals to reach!

It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.

It’s not a race, it’s a journey. Good luck reaching your fitness goals! We know you can do it!

Holiday Stocking Stuffer Wishlist Under $30

Holiday Stocking Stuffer Wishlist Under $30

We put together a holiday wishlist of items from a few of our favorite stores that are great gifts to put into stockings and are in your budget!

Holiday Wishlist Gifts Under $30:

Airplane Mode Travel Kit – $29 at REVOLVE

For the jetsetters who need to save space in their suitcase, but also need to be comfortable on their flight. This travel kit comes in a cute holographic pouch with airplane travel essentials.

Earmuff Headphones – $28 at Free People

Not only are these furry cozy earmuffs a perfect winter accessory to keep you warm, you’re able to use them as headphones and listen to your favorite music.

The Happiness 100-Day Planner – $30 at Anthropologie

New year, new goals to set. This planner is a great way to focus on positive thinking and keep track of your personal progress.

All Day Every Day Slouchy Beanie – $30 at Free People

Baggy, oversized knit clothing is a favorite for cold weather. A slouchy beanie is a must-have!

White Marble Rose Gold Chrome iPhone 7 Case – $25 at LuLu’s

The rose gold and marble trend took over this year and we’re not complaining. This case is too cute not to put on your phone!

Here’s a sneak peek of what we have in store for our Black Friday weekend sale! We put together basic eye and face makeup brush bundles to stuff your stockings with. These full size makeup brush holiday sets are available for a limited time only. 
Holiday Eye Basics $24 Holiday Eye Basics include Miss Shady LadyEye Catching Crease and Straight to the Point.
Holiday Face Basics $30 Holiday Face Basics include Conceal Your Secret, Supermodel Sculpt, and Get Cheeky With It.

You can also shop our cruelty-free, vegan makeup brushes at REVOLVE, Anthropologie, Free People, LuLu’s and more. Find other ways to shop and find a store near you.

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    Good luck shopping!

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