By Amy Sciaretto

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I like makeup brushes that take the guesswork out of doing makeup. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I like fluffy bristles that tickle my face and ergonomic handles. But I like when brushes get bossy and tell me what to do. I like it even more when they tell me what they do.

M.O.T.D.‘s brushes —five for the face and three for the eye— do just that. The tools were created by makeup artist Chantal Azamian and they are deceptively simple. They say what they are and what they do on the handle. The eliminate any guesswork. It doesn’t get any easier than that. I like efficiency and this is makeup efficiency at its best. High-end materials and simple labels? I mean, what else do you need?

Oh, and the brushes have matte black handles that are easy to grip and rose gold hardware. They look gorgeous on the vanity, too.

My favorite is Beauty and the Base to apply pressed powder all over my face to create an even canvas.

I also dig the Supermodel Sculpt, which is smaller, to dot product, powder or cream, into areas like the sides of my nose. I am not strobing or contouring with this brush. But I could…

Straight to the Point is perfect for creating a cat eye flick with a gel product. I’ve been partial to liquid liner pens lately. But I love the look of a gel flick. I can get a firm grip of my M.O.T.D. brush, which helps me create a more controlled, flawless line.

The Eye Catching Crease brush is stiff and pointed, but I can buff and blend shadows for smoky eye dominance. The shape of the bristles allows for more control in terms of color concentration.

Trish McEvoy is back with a bunch of awesome new products for the upcoming holiday season. I am loving the Eye Base Essentials shadow primer in Bare. It’s packaged like concealer, so I dab a little on my lid and then proceed to add shadow or liner without any fear of it budging. Seriously. Whatever you put overtop this primer doesn’t migrate an inch. I love the confidence of knowing my eye makeup is staying put. It has an added bonus! It can correct eyelid darkness and discoloration, evening tone and creating an instant bright-eyed look.

I’m super avian in my lifestyle. I get up early, since I am an early bird and productive in the mornings. But I also go to bed late, like a night owl. See, birds dominate my lifestyle. Sometimes, I notice a little dark circle action under my eyes when I have a short night’s sleep because my dog had to go out more than once through the night or because he slept in the middle of the bed and I tossed and turned around him or because my boyfriend crashed out. I know, rough life. That’s why Mally Beauty’s Dark Circle Corrector has become my makeup BFF. I dab it gently under each eye before foundation or powder and then blend with my fingers. It totally erases those pesky dark circles. It’s a dark circle banisher.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are TONS of products from a variety of brands on the market and they all support this critical cause. There are also tons of subscription beauty boxes, featuring carefully selected and curated samples of luxe items, to choose from. POPSUGAR Must Have Boxes are my favorite this month, as they’ve just partnered with Christina Applegate’s Right Action For Women, a foundation that encourages young women to understand what it means to be at an increased risk for breast cancer and provides assistance to access advanced breast cancer screening. So it’s a BCA-ready subs box. The product samples are only revealed to subscribers. But one landed on my desk and I can promise it’s pretty amaze.

Originally published September 2015



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