NATURAL EVERYDAY MAKEUP FEATURING #LeMarc Liquid Lip Creme

Happy Saturday my sweet subbies! 

Today I have a very easy - natural makeup tutorial to share with you! With my crazy hormonal skin this is what I've been doing daily to liven me up a bit and hide my very dry damaged skin.

Nars Sheer Glow is responsible for my "pregnancy glow" and the Le Marc Liquid Lip CrΓ¨me adds the perfect finishing touch to this natural ever day look! 

Ive never been a super fan of the nude lip until influenster sent me the Le Marc products to try out. I have to say that I actually dig the nude lip and am thankful they brought me out of my shell to try something new. 

Check out the tutorial below! For further details and an in depth review of each product check out the details below the video!

Up first is Cosmetic Lad from Lush Cosmetics. This moisturizer was originally designed for dudes as an after shave but it is perfect for us gal pals with sensitive skin needing a little extra TLC. Cosmetic Lad is my very favorite moisturizer and one I have consistently used for years. Its packed with gorgeous ingredients and leaves your skin feeling (and smelling) absolutely heavenly. 

Starting your makeup routine with a good moisturizer is a game changer but finding a good one can be tough. Cosmetic Lad absorbs into your skin quickly and gives your skin the hydration it needs without making your skin greasy or wet. Perfect for under makeup! 

Nars Sheer Glow is up next taking my fatigued exhausted skin and giving it a natural even glow. This is one of those products I heard others rave about for years but couldn't justify spending $45+ on a foundation. It wasn't until pregnancy that I realized I needed to up my game foundation wise and invest a little. I am so grateful I made the leap and purchased this product. 

This is without a doubt the best foundation Ive ever used. It does the job almost too well and makes my skin come alive! It evenly covers up my impurities and gives my skin a natural gorgeous glow which I greatly appreciate.

In addition to it making my skin look way better than it actually is, it lasts all day which means I dont have to reapply or touch up! No touch ups mean less product which in the long run means money saved!  

As far as concealer goes, I purchased the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer to go with the foundation. Matching brands is definitely not crucial, in fact I have found many concealers over the years that I love and adore - each very different from each other. 

However, I do like the Nars Concealer. I dont have any problems with it creasing and it goes on beautifully. It blends nicely and just like the foundation Nars hooks it up with a variety of colors to choose from. 

I get pretty porcelain during the winter months - for reference I use Mont Blanc for foundation and Chantilly for concealer. 

I always go with a shade lighter for my concealer because I apply it to my cheek bones in addition to my under eye area. I find that this not only helps with blending but it also makes my cheek bones pop, especially when a little bronzer and highlighter are added. 

To blend both the foundation and the concealer I use a blender sponge. These sponges are incredibly overpriced for the ridiculous reason that they are popular.

Honestly, I don't find that the brand makes a difference one bit! I use the blender sponge from the Sephora Collection because its the cheapest and the shape is great. The flat side gives you variety making applying easy for whatever you need. 

Anytime you use foundation you naturally take out most of the depth in your face, you are essentially making your face one even skin tone which is actually very unnatural. Your skin has a variety of tones and natural shadows so making it one color totally flattens you out. Although Nars does an excellent job at giving my skin a gorgeous natural glow I do like to liven things up with a little contour.

Don't be afraid of contouring but don't overdue it either, too much or too little can be equally terrifying. 

My favorite pallet is the Tarte - Park Avenue Princess. Both the bronzer and the blush are matte where the highlighter has more of a sheen than a glitter. This pallet works for all skin tones and gives your skin a natural sun kissed look. I don't put the blush and highlighter on until the very end as a finishing touch. 

To blend the bronzer and further solidify my products stay in place I like to use a little powder. Ive experimented with many different powders, right now I'm using the $4 Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. Its light enough that it blends softly into my skin with the bronzer without over powering it AND it doesn't make my face feel caky. 

Next up is the famous Lorac Pro Pallet which you all know I adore! I have both the 1 and 2 because they are the very best eyeshadows and between the two pallets I have every color you would ever need. I love these because they go on how an eyeshadow should. You don't need to apply a million layers and you don't need to worry about any smudging. They are also easy to work with and blend when doing a smokey eye or using a few different colors. A little goes a long way and they last all day! The color variety is top notch and they are not a mess to work with. 

NEXT UP is my favorite step - eyebrows. This is where most of my time is spent because I'm an eyebrow freak!

Bold, shaped, natural looking eyebrows make a huge difference to the overall look of not only your makeup but your face. Over drawn, misshaped, or over plucked eyebrows are some of my biggest pet peeves!

Ive been through the ups and downs with my eyebrows over the years, when I was in Junior High I over plucked the shit out of my eyebrows and realized I wasn't doing it right. I spent a solid year not touching my eyebrow at all to get them to grow to where they are now. I pluck only a few hairs when I do my monthly touch up, I use permanent dye to take them a few shades darker and I let the arch grow to its peak! I NEVER pluck the top and I don't let anyone touch my brows.

When it comes to makeup I use Anastasia Beverly Hills because she easily makes the best brow products, specifically the Brow Wiz pencil because its super thin which gives you full control of the product. 

Ive also learned to accept that my eyebrows will never be perfectly even and thats ok! Eyebrows are sisters not twins and spending too much time perfecting them to look the same wouldn't look natural anyways. Practice some acceptance here. 

For Mascara I use Benefit and Benefit only. They're Real by Benefit will forever by my favorite mascara but for everyday quick use I use the Roller Lash because I don't have to use a curler. I take my time shaking the wand back and forth getting as much product on there as possible. I then slowly pull it out to curl my lashes and spread the product. I apply as many layers as I feel are needed.

What I dig about Benefits Mascaras is that the formula doesn't dry out, these mascaras last longer than any you'll find at the drugstore and they go on evenly with no clumping. 

To finish everything off I use Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. I never thought I would use a finishing powder until I tried this product as a tester and fell in love. It gives my skin a very light dusting that perfectly combines all the different face products Ive used. It solidifies the work put into your makeup routine and gives your skin a little bit of a natural glow. 

The very last step are lips! Influenster was so very kind to send me the LeMarc Liquid Lip Creme and the Poutliner Longwear Lip Pencil complimentary for review. I was sent the nude color Light Buff which wouldn't have been my first choice but I am actually grateful I took a leap of faith and tried it out. Nude lips have never been my thing but this one I actually really like. 

I don't ever brag or recommend a product that I honestly don't love. This one I like enough that I use it often and am really digging the nude lip look. The pencil goes on evenly which I appreciate, my natural lip lines are very out of wack and all over the place so this definitely helps connect the dots. I like that it doesn't add to the uneven lines like many pencils often do. The Liquid Lip Creme goes on evenly providing full coverage that lasts for most of the day. It says it will hold up for 8 + hours - with eating and drinking I typically get a good 4-6 hours before it starts flaking off and looking a little dehydrated. 

Overall both products are great and I would recommend them! 

This makeup look takes me maybe 10-15 min a day and is easy to change up if desired. If I am feeling a fun color I'll just adjust the eyeshadow and the lip. Other than that the rest stays the same!

As far as brushes go, I use a combination of Eco Tools and Sonia Kashuk brushes. I also love the Tarte brushes and have both the Powder Foundation Brush/Removable Blending Sponge as well as the Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush. 

I hope you enjoyed this post as well as the video! Make sure to like and subscribe on YouTube. You can also sign up for email updates to receive each post conveniently in your inbox! 

Much love to each & every one of you!! 

-Magnolia Rose

2017 Check In - May Cause Miracles, Pregnancy, Name Change & More!

And just like that we're half way through the first month of the new year.

I hope you all are doing well and manifesting some magic with the fresh new start of 2017.

Its typically by now that our new year goals fall off and we pick up those old patterns and habits. The gyms slow down, were no longer juicing, were back to drinking soda, etc...were waiting until next year to "start again".

Im telling you now that it doesn't have to be that way. I truely believe sticking to goals and creating new habits has so much to do with our inner dialogue and our way of thinking. Our external world reflects our internal state and we have way more control over this than we give ourselves credit for.

If you are finding yourself in this low level thinking go check out my last post.

By changing your mindset and re organizing your thinking. You don't need to wait until next year. You can start right now - in this moment.    

So what's been up for me since January 1st?

The start of 2017 has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. A gorgeous emotional rollercoaster I am honored and so grateful to be on.  

To start the new year off with high vibe thoughts and mega magic I took to my spirituality tool kit. I started another round of May Cause Miracles - which has an amplified affect when you are pregnant and hormonal.

When I participated in this 40 day guide last year my life changed dramatically.

I learned a lot during those 40 days, it was during that time that I realized most of my life was ruled by fear and I desperately needed to make some changes. MCM focuses on replacing fear with love by creating "daily subtle shifts for radical change and unlimited happiness". This beautiful guide inspired the first steps to a very needed life detox for me in 2016. 

One year later, my life is drastically different and I have this wonderful tool in my back pocket. Twice a year I participate in this 40 day guide and I love it.

Each year I have decided to do a private course with me and a few peeps at the start of the year. Then in May I open it up on my blog to all of you and we do it as a group. You can check out the details > HERE <

We have a Facebook group with daily dialogue and a group of miracle workers who connect, encourage, and help each other out throughout the process. It's great! 

This round of MCM has already brought up a lot for me. I'll be honest in saying that this did surprise me. I went into this round feeling like I had detoxed a lot of my fears already and that participating would be a breeze. It would be a refresher course, mostly to get me ready to share it with all of you in May. 

Now that I'm about 2 weeks deep I'm realizing that the work is never done. It's a continuous process of peeling back layers. And although I live life with a miracle mindset I still have fear that creeps in from time to time, and that's ok. 

This round specifically i've realized I have a lot of fear around my blog and my YouTube channel. I have a fear of failure and not being heard. Both fears tell me "I'm not good enough" and were developed at some point in my childhood. 

It's been an interesting process uncovering these fears and dealing with them now as an adult. 

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I love that this book guides me through those issues by uncovering them delicately daily. I love that self love, forgiveness and gratitude are weekly topics and that following this guide takes me maybe 10-15 min a day. 

I spend more time going to the bathroom and fucking around on SnapChat. When people tell me they don't have time for this kind of work it blows my mind. I love when Gabrielle Bernstein says "do you have time to feel like shit?" 

It's not that we don't have time, it's that our fear and our ego keep us stuck. It's our resistance that makes us think we don't have time. 

I take what I learned in those 10-15 min and apply it throughout my entire day - each day is more authentic, happier, more productive, and less stressful. Doing it for 40 days creates a new patter and a new way of thinking. You've learned how to silence that resistance and view life with the leans of love rather than fear. 

As a bonus everyone around you has been picking up your good vibes since you started this process and they are benefiting also. 

My spirituality has blossomed so much in the last few years through these subtle shifts and I NEED to start integrating more of it into my work online. I want to share the wisdom thats radically changed my life. So be ready! Now is the time for light workers and I am feeling the call. This year is going to have a spiritual focus and my blog is going to evolve - not only by my passion for spirituality but by my new role as a mama. 

And I can't wait for these changes.  

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Like I mentioned, it's been a rollercoaster. Uncovering fears can be messy, even when you are spiritually strong. Add the hormonal adventure of being pregnant and you are in for one hell of a ride.  

Pregnancy feels like what every teenage drama would describe being a vampire like. I know that sounds dramatic but Im not kidding.

Everything is escalated and your body is in a constant state of transition. You are hungry, thirsty, tired, and uncomfortable in your own skin. Every emotion is heightened and more intense. Your intuition is at its max and you are more sensitive than ever. 

As uncomfortable as it is, this weird thing happens mentally where you enjoy it just as much as you don't. The grace, surrender, and strength that it takes to be pregnant makes you feel so productive and powerful. It's a little bit insane and honestly intimidating.  

Participating in MCM, meditating daily, and spirituality in general is rad during pregnancy. I feel like just as every emotion is heightened all the bonuses are too. 

Ive got two pregnancy gems for you! Two videos where I talk about all the prego details. Part 1 is my experience with pregnancy. Part 2 is a product guide/review. 

Check them out below! 

In other news...I cleaned out a lot of files on my mac to start the new year fresh and ended up deleting my entire iMovie library...*face palm. 

I lost all of the footage I had filmed and edited from the last 2 years. 

Not only is this a huge slap in the face creatively but editing this particular video was a major part of the healing process. I worked hard in creating a really beautiful video with footage from the most difficult life changing year and just like that its gone. 

Im currently dealing with the lack of control I have over getting that footage back and its been very frustrating. I'm working on the miracle of it being a glorious release that happened for a reason, but I'm still hoping and waiting for it all to somehow be restored. More on how this plays out later...

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A rad change to 2017 is I finally made the leap to legally changing my name.

For those of you that didn't know, the name Magnolia Rose is not my original name. 

I was born under a different name and decided Magnolia Rose would be my internet alias. 

The name fit so well Ive wanted to make it my middle name for a while. After my dads poor decisions and my split with Josh I didn't want either of my last names as options. And I definitely didnt want either on my babies birth certificate. 

So I filed a petition with the court to legally change both my middle and last name and as of January 10th, 2017 I officially became Emily Magnolia Rose. 

Ironically the judge that I met with for my name change was one of the first judges we met with in 2015 regarding the issues around my grandmas death.  

It was strange being in that particular court room with that particular judge explaining why I no longer want to be affiliated with both my father and my ex.  

Another emotional ride but also a beautiful closure to what now feels like a past life. 

I think its safe to say that this year so far as been emotional. But emotional in a great way. 

I spent a day last weekend detoxing, meditating, listening to music, and reading. I just allowed myself a complete break to feel every emotion my sweet hormones wanted me to feel. It was a great release and giving myself the permission to just flow with it was amazing. It was much needed and super fabulous. 

With all that said, I am really grateful for all of the tools I have as well as Mason who keeps my crazy in check and continues to make me smile every day. 

Much love to you all! 

Officially....

-Magnolia Rose

2017 - Set Yourself Up for Success

With the new year right around the corner, this week is a great time for a little reflection. Many of you might have been planning your New Year goals way in advance, months ago. Many of you are starting to think about it now and many of you like to wait for New Years Eve or even New Years day. Wherever you are at in the process of your New Years resolution/reflection, I wanted to let you in on a little secret that really works and will surely set you up for success. 

The M word. Its strong like the F word and has the power to change your life. Next to the F word, its on my favorite word. Its also something we FULL control over and you can have a lot of fun with.

Manifestation. 

Simply put "your thoughts create your reality". This concept is nothing new, its been translated many times to many groups in many different ways and formats. This is great because its found everywhere and you can find a dialogue that speaks to you. Its NOT some hippie magic exclusive to us light workers. I personally infuse my hippie vibe into this concept because thats what works for me, I will definitely use words like universe, energy, spirit, vibe etc...because its the way I think and how I relate. Regardless of what resource you find, what dialogue you identify with, or what guru you go with - the concept is the same.

"Your thoughts create your reality" 

This is 100% true. Its a fact, there is no changing it.

Your beliefs become your thoughts, those thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, habits are created from those actions, those habits become your values, those values create your intentions, your intentions make up your energy, and your energy is in everything you do. Your attitude is made up of that energy and that energy creates your reality.

"Energy flows where your intention goes" 

I believe EVERYTHING has energy, everything around us. All of it. You are always radiating energy. You are always putting something out there. Something being your energy, and out there being the universe/those around you. 

Make sense? 

SO! As we are in self reflection mode saying farewell to 2016 and hello to 2017 lets look at our personal dialogue, aka our thoughts, aka our energy. 

Judging by social media - 2016 was a rough year for many of you. Hating on 2016 has become a popular social media trend, hashtag, T-shirt idea, etc...The blunt truth: Hating on 2016 will keep you stuck in the same cycle you found yourself in, in 2016 that caused you to hate 2016 in the first place. 

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If you want 2017 to be different your thoughts need to be different. 

Although I say that bluntly with complete confidence that your reality about 2016 will most definitely be your reality in 2017, I also dont want to take away from those of you who might be hurting or still grieving through some of the difficulty that came from 2016.

Understand that this topic is something I am very familiar with and that what 2016 was for you is what 2015 was for me. Ive been there and I feel for you, my intention is to help guide you the same way others helped guide me. Together we can rearrange your perspective - change your thoughts, attitude, and dialogue - and move positively forward with a fresh new perspective into the new year. 

Maybe in the year 2016 you experienced loss, change, fear, doubt - all of the above, etc...whatever happened, happened. Its over, its done, its in the past. Honor where you have been, where you are at now, take a breath, and lets move on. Lets manifest some magic in 2017 by reorganizing our thoughts. 

"The universe does not know the difference between past, present, and future. It is always responding to your current feelings and delivering you more of the same" 

In the last few years I have learned a lot about the art of acceptance. I have mastered the art of manifestation and I have developed a really kick ass relationship with the universe, my spirit, my many guides, and myself. My journey of self discovery continues and I approach every "loss, change, fear and doubt" as an opportunity rather than a disappointment. Its no longer defeat - its acceptance and its really beautiful. By changing my energy around those difficult experiences I have manifested a really great life that I am proud of and excited about.  

So how do we turn things like loss, change, fear, and doubt into opportunity? How exactly do we make those positive? 

We change our dialogue, our attitude, and our thinking. Like I mentioned above....Beliefs become our thoughts - thoughts become our words - words become our actions - actions become habits - habits become your values - values create our intentions - our intentions make up our energy - our energy creates our reality. 

We start by changing our thoughts. That is the first step. I'll give you some bad ass examples using the difficulties mentioned above...

LOSS: 

This is a tough one. It can be so difficult to make "loss" positive. In the last few years I "lost" my grandma, my marriage, my dad, my sweet Uncle and multiple friendships that mean the world to me. But in no way did I lose anything < theres your change of attitude.

I could easily play the victim, stay stuck, complaining about the hard times I faced. I could focus on the depression I experienced and how much time was wasted in poor choices and pathetic relationships OR I can get real about it and focus on all the positive opportunity available to me by a simple shift in perspective. 

With my sweet grandma and Uncle Tim passing over into a new youthful life, I GAINED the most beautiful, loving, powerful spirit guides that continue to root for me everyday. They just do it from a different location and in a different way. I gained a deeper appreciation for life and the precious time we have with our loved ones. I gained a new sister and really special friendship with my Aunt Lisa. 

With the "loss" of my ex I GAINED my life back. I let go of a very toxic relationship and the universe helped get me to where I am now by focusing on positivity and detoxing those bad vibes out of my life. I gained countless perspective, clarity, and a fresh new energy through letting all that go. Through this detox I "lost" many friends and (with the exception of a few) his whole family. I said goodbye to many but in no way did I "lose" anything or anyone.

I GAINED a new family, a new circle of friends and a deeper love for the true friends and family that continue to keep in touch.

I manifested Mason by focusing on what I wanted out of life and out of a relationship, I worked my ass off on my personal issues looking deeply into the kind of person I wanted to be. I went on a personal self love journey for 2 years and figured myself out. I focused on the positive possibilities and opportunities rather than what I didnt have, what I had lost, or what I wasnt getting. I read "May Cause Miracles" by Gabrielle Bernstein at the beginning of 2016 and realized how much of my life was glued together by fear. I made a leap of faith and reorganized my life just like I had done my thoughts and as life detoxed itself everything worked out.

Together we are starting our own family. Through what would be considered a massive "loss" I gained WAY MORE than I ever could have imagined and coming spring 2017 I get the opportunity of being a mama to our little love, Leona Rose. 

Through the "loss" of my father I learned the very important art of forgiveness. I love the memories we have together and will forever cherish those few years I had my dad in my life. I am very thankful for what traits I got from him. My sense of humor - appreciation for quotes - love of accents and funny voices - and an unapologetic ability to look forward positively - those are all things I got from him.

I genuinely hope one day he can connect inward and begin the journey of love and light - until then I forgive him every time he is brought up, I send love and light his way and choose to focus on the positive. 

In all these experiences we get to choose how we react. Your energy decides if they are a negative loss or a positive opportunity.  

CHANGE: 

Oh man have I gotten good at this. And how great is it that I can say that positively with it being a good thing. Change is the only constant. Learning to embrace it and look forward to it with an open mind, heart, and welcoming attitude is rad and something I wish for everyone.

Mastering change naturally comes from lots of "loss" but I think I got good at this one from 5 moves in under 6 months...Between where I was sleeping and where I was storing all my shit I became very comfortable with change. I am also baller at cleaning and re organizing any space over and over and over again and I no longer hoard things that have or once had an emotional attachment. Ive learned to hold onto the positive memory and let go of the physical object. 

I am thankful for this tool because our world is consistently changing, being adaptable but balanced in our values is rad. With a baby on the way and parenting fast approaching I think being adaptable and flexible is a very valuable gift. 

Staying graceful and calm while change does its best to be chaotic is way more fun than giving into that chaos and letting it control you. 

The more you can learn to LOVE change, the more you will embrace it. In turn it will become your friend rather than your enemy. It all has to do with your attitude about it. 

DOUBT/FEAR: 

And heres where this gets super fun! When you change your perspective, your dialogue, your attitude, and thus your energy - there is no longer room for these two gems. This really fun way of thinking is fueled solely on confidence and love. You are no longer fueling fear, you are fueling love and love only - therefore you have no reason to doubt anything.

At this point in the process, you gain that kick ass relationship I was referring to with both yourself and the universe. You can truly trust that everything around you is happening with only the highest intentions and only good can come from all of it. 


As simple of a concept it is, we tend to over complicate it. Dont make it messy. Just watch your words, your dialogue, and your energy. Start there and the rest will manifest on its own. 

Truthfully, you are going to have another year like 2016, you are going to continue to experience loss, change, fear, and doubt. Even those of us who feel we have mastered the art of manifestation will still experience these very normal, real, earthly experiences that make us human.

Just because you "find yourself" and gain a really great way of thinking, being, and living doesn't mean shit ever stops hitting the fan. What changes is that instead of it being metaphorical shit it starts to look like glitter - really fabulous, magical glitter that smells like opportunity. 

Negativity exists and always will, I have negative moments daily just like everybody else. Ive just gotten really good at reorganizing my thoughts, finding the positive, and focusing on that. Its a choice I make daily and you can make it too! 

My hope is that this tool is something you keep in your back pocket knowing it is available to you at all times. I hope that in 2017 you become familiar with it enough that you begin making rad changes and life becomes a super fun experience even when you are "struggling".

With your thoughts being your reality and you having full control over your thoughts, you have full control over your reality. 

What will your reality be in 2017? What are your goals? What are you stepping into and what are you letting go of?  

As you write down your goals or log them away into your brain, look at the dialogue and words you are using. Is it infused with love or fear? Lack or gratitude? What is the energy behind your goal?  

Instead of "I want to lose weight" how about "I want to nourish my body and feel totally awesome everyday". Infuse positive intentions into every meal you eat and ask that it nourish your body. Only speak positively about your body and the topic. And every time you have a negative thought, honor where you are at/how you are feeling, let it go, and replace it with positivity. Remember that what you focus on is what you create, it is that simple and it is that powerful. Change your thoughts and you will change your life. 

Manifesting is a topic you can expect from me OFTEN in the year 2017. Its a topic I absolutely adore because its completely changed my life and its something I feel you really need to hear.

The world needs a little thought reorganizing and I genuinely feel I would be doing you a disservice in not talking about it. 

I love you all dearly, I am thankful for each and every one of you. I am excited for what 2017 has to offer and I cant wait to step into this next year fully with everything I have learned over the last few years. I am grateful for every struggle because it pushed me towards the right people, the right books, my gurus, my guides, my man, and my baby. 

Cheers to 2016 and every fabulous year that came before it. 

Much love, 

-Magnolia Rose

Xmas Lush Haul

The holidays wouldn't be the same without a little Lush lovin! Obviously I went shopping and obviously I filmed a haul for you. 

I was very impressed with this shopping trip.

When I went shopping for Halloween goodies they had barely anything - not because it was all sold out but because the stores here in Utah just don't get a whole lot. Which is disappointing because Lush around the holidays is extra special and as a frequent flyer I want to participate in the magic! If the products stayed in good condition when purchased online I would just save myself the chaos, salesy employees, and lack of products but they dont. Needless to say my last trip was a frustrating disappointment.

But like all good relationships there are going to ups and downs, good times and bad. So I went in with a fresh perspective hoping for the best! 

And this time Lush was packed!

Not only with all the latest bath bombs, bubble bars, soaps, scrubs, and other beauty products but with lots of people!

Thankfully I have their app, so I set up my bag before hand and went into the chaos confidently with my list, a basket, and a purpose! 

I did a quick grab and go while Mace grabbed a table at California Pizza Kitchen for date night.

I got every product on my wish list + a few for friends and family. They had everything you would find online with plenty in stock. 

This year they have lots of NEW and lots of updates. One of my favorite is what they have done to Shoot for the Stars.

This one is perfection in a bath and one I wish I would have gotten more of.

They gave it a complete makeover, brightened the colors, amplified the scent, and added stars filled with moisture. I absolutely LOVE these little moisture pods they are adding to the bath bombs. The Lava Lamp is another one that has it and they seriously make all the difference! 

Shoot for the Stars was the most moisturizing bath I have ever taken - far beyond anything I have ever had from a bubble bar or a bath melt. I adore the glitter and the bright blue is gorgeous, the stars swirl around your bath while they slowly melt away. God this one is amazing. 

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The other one I tried out this past weekend was MistleToe. 

I was worried about the scent on this one and to be honest it really wasn't great. I ended up adding a bubble bar to it because it was just so blah.

The colors were awesome and the bath itself looked gorgeous but the smell just wasn't good. 

This might be the only bath bomb I wouldn't suggest and I definitely wont be purchasing again. 

I cant wait to try out some of the others from this haul, Northern Lights ive never experienced and the updates to So White are super rad! 

This will be the only XMAS themed video this year! Be sure to check out some past videos if you are in the Christmas mood! 

I hope you all are doing fabulous and having a beautiful holiday season. Sending you all lots of love! 

Much love! 

-Magnolia Rose

My Love + Pregnancy Update & Gender Reveal

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Around this time last year I had a dream about my daughter.

The dream was a short clip of my baby girl running up a hill from the point of view of her dad.

Shes gorgeous with messy dirty blonde hair and the cutest pair of overalls. I reach out and grab her hand, I've got on a dress. We're in a field of sun flowers and it's perfect outside. 

At the time I had this dream my life was very different from today and I really didn't know what to make of the dream. I was on the fence of a failing marriage - miserable, confused and diagnosed with depression. 

In times of struggle it's hard to focus on the positive. When we're in pain things like growth, change, and any possible positive outcome feels more like a hypothetical. My spirituality, creativity, and daily dose of Celexa kept me a float. This dream of my daughter and a strong faith in the universe kept me hopeful. 

When the new year hit it became very clear to me that I was being pushed out of my current life and into a new one.

Nothing made sense anymore and trying to make sense of what made no sense began to no longer make sense, if that makes sense?

Surrender is a funny concept but it seems to be one that consistently works for many. At least that's what all my Self Help books suggest and my many gurus seem to share. What's even crazier is that this method of letting go works. As soon as I let go of what I thought my life should be, everything started falling into place (naturally with no effort).

I met Mason during this detox time of release. I had just come out of two years of hell, rediscovered/recreated myself, and finally said said goodbye to the final piece. Mason is my greatest manifestation - a complete answer to a prayer. 

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From day one we just made sense, its always felt right. With Mason every moment feels like magic. I'm in a constant state of euphoria and im experiencing feelings and emotions I've never experienced before. Surprisingly his gorgeous brown eyes, empathetic soul, and amazing sense of humor don't actually have much to do with it. 

It's how I feel about him. Every time I look at him, think of him, or cuddle him I feel equally grounded and on cloud nine. We have a strong intuitive connection that sends warm electricity all over my body and also makes me feel totally calm, safe, and at home. Feelings I've NEVER experienced before - definitely the kind of things you hear in romance novels, from the cheeseballs of the world, and maybe my grandma. I actually roll my eyes at how cheesy it all sounds. 

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By July we were pregnant. A total surprise and complete life changer.

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Being pregnant is hard, the symptoms are real intense and worse than anything I've ever experienced. After a trip to the ER I was told I had hyperemisis and was put on a home IV with a picc line. 

A switch to a hyperemesis specific medication made all the difference! Diclegis is a mega miracle drug and much safer than Zofran.

Although I am very proud that I have mastered the art of throwing up in a cup while driving and successfully keeping my eye on the road. I am very grateful to be eating, gaining weight, and feeling like myself again! 

By week 17/18 the nightmare of my very miserable pregnancy seemed to be over! I am now very much enjoying my pregnancy.

I love that baby is popping and my belly looks less like pizza bloat and more like a baby. The flutters are fun, baby is very active and constantly moving. Cravings have definitely kicked in and I pee like every 12 minutes. 

We've been waiting for what feels like forever to find out what we're having. Knowing the gender makes it feel like more of a reality. As much as I don't believe in gender stereotypes and my baby can and will be whomever it is in this world - knowing the gender puts a personality and a face to our baby as welll as this whole experience.

A few weeks ago Mace and I were talking about what we hoped for and how crazy finding out the gender would be. I said I felt like it was a girl, he said he just wanted it to be healthy but he shared this vision/thought with me that was particularly interesting. He said had this thought about our daughter running through a field of sunflowers in her overalls. I was wearing a dress and I reached out and grabbed her hand. 

As familiar to Masons magic that I have become and our out of this world connection, hearing him share the EXACT details from my dream a year ago blew my mind and brought me to tears. 

From day one I have felt like this baby is a girl. Female just felt right and our confirmation was to crazy for it not to be a girl. 

Today I hit 20 weeks! Today was special. Mace and I OFFICIALLY found out we are having a baby girl!!! 

She is totally healthy, developing beautifully and we could not be more excited! 

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Life is an absolute miracle. Seeing it come together after years of horror is magical and Mason is a blessing. He is the love of my life and I am so grateful to be where I am today. 

Regardless of what you believe in, I think it's important to remember that we are always being guided and sometimes time is what is needed for chaos to make sense. Letting go is key to allowing magic to happen and for miracles to naturally fall into place. 

Much love sweet ones!  

-Magnolia Rose