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Pick Of The Week: MOTD Makeup Brushes

POTW - motd brushes (1)As a category, makeup brushes tend to be the forgotten cousins of the fur industry. They are frequently made out of fur from They are commonly made out of fur/hair from mink, horse (look for it being called “pony” or “camel”), goat, and even squirrel. It’s pretty crazy.

But thankfully MOTD has these AMAZING makeup brushes. My sister got these for me over the holidays last year, and they are absolutely incredible. I cannot rave about them enough. First and foremost, this set is total quality – absolutely no shedding, ever. Plus these beauties are ridiculously soft, antibacterial (!), and perfect for blending. But I have to say, my favorite part about them is the style – I adore the rose gold and black combo. It’s super sleek and fun.

The essentials set is $75, which is a steal since a bronzer brush can run you anywhere in the $60-$80 at Sephora.

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Pick of the Week: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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This week’s Pick Of The Week is my hands down favorite bronzer of all time: Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. I stumbled upon this product years ago (probably around 10 years ago!) when I was desperately looking for a matte bronzer that didn’t have any orange tint or shimmer. It sounds like a simple ask, but it is oddly quite difficult to find. When I finally found the matte chocolate soleil I think I jumped for joy.

Since then, I’ve dabbled with a few other bronzers when I’ve run out and had to buy something quickly, but the others have never compared. I always come back to this one. It blends well and because it is made with real cocoa powder (what!) it smells just like chocolate. After all these years, I’m so happy it’s still on the market and I’m even more happy that it just so happens to be cruelty free!

It’s available at Sephora and retails for $30.00.

What is your favorite bronzer or Too Faced product? Tell me in the comments below!

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Pick of the Week: Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist

POTW - Tarte

For this week’s Pick Of The Week, I’m going with Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 setting mist. I’m a big fan of the Tarte brand because: it has an insanely adorable mermaid theme (seriously, just look at the website!) and, of course, none of their products are ever tested on animals.

But don’t worry, to be the POTW it’s got to be more than pretty and cruelty-free. This setting mist is the holy grail of makeup. I’m in love with it because it works as a primer, makeup setting spray, hydrating mist, AND skin refresher all in one. In the winter, it keeps my skin moisturized when the air gets dry; and in the summer, it helps my makeup stay on during those hot humid days. (Side note: I usually don’t like multipurpose products. Items like 2-1 shampoo & conditioner confuse and annoy me …how can it be as good as a product solely dedicated to shampooing and a product solely dedicated to conditioning, you know? I don’t trust it.) That said, this setting mist is changing. my. views. Plus it’s vegan, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist tested, which I’m all about.

It’s $25 but it’s worth it. It’s available online and at Sephora.

Do you use this product too? If not, what setting mist would you recommend?

 

 

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Pick of the Week: Kat Von D

POTW - Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (1)

I’d like to start a weekly series where I highlight my favorite beauty and/or fashion items called Pick Of The Week (POTW). Ever since I started getting the blogging bug again, I’ve been throwing around ideas in my head about what I’d like to feature on a regular basis and this POTW topic was top of the list.

The very first POTW was easy to decide. For anyone who knows me, knows eyeliner is one of my makeup basics. To the horror of many of my friends, I’d actually chose eyeliner over mascara (…weird, right?). So I cannot tell you how happy I was when I first tried this Kat Von D eyeliner. If you’ve never heard of Kat Von D, she is a badass vegan b-a-b-e, who does. not. mess around when it comes to her eye game. It’s hands down the best I’ve come across. And others agree – it won a 2017 Allure readers’ choice award. IMO it’s worth the $20s.

You can buy it here.

 

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My 7 Beauty Essentials

7 Beauty Essentials

1. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer – I started using this bronzer years ago because it smelled like chocolate. I kept using it because it is hands down the best bronzer I’ve come across. If you are anything like me, the shimmery orange tone commonly found in other bronzers is, well, off-putting and unrealistic. Highly recommend.

2. Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer – I came across this nail polish at South Moon Under during their black Friday sale this year. Since then this has been my go to color during the winter. It is the perfect shade of hunter green has a slight shimmer to it that compliments pretty much every winter outfit.

3. Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor in Wine – I absolutely adore this product for that red lip classic TSwift look. Because it’s stain, I never have to worry about it rubbing off, like ever.

4. Smashbox High Definition Concealer – Shoutout to smashbox for making me look like a human and not a zombie at 7am. Lightweight, excellent coverage, and tiny enough for me to hide away in small purses – a few reasons why this is a favorite. Honorable mention goes to Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer though.

5. Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal – BIG lashes without the big bucks, what’s not to love?

6. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – Truly the best eyeliner I have ever owned. I have tried others over the years and this continues to be my favorite, probably because once it’s on, it stays on. I’m still working on mastering the eyeliner wings, but I’ve got time – this little container also lasts forever.

7. Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum – Bought this magic in a tube on a whim and haven’t looked back since. Not only are my lashes fuller but I swear they are longer too. This product is a game. changer.