Closing of a Chapter

It has taken me too long to get my "2015 highlights" video posted. After about a year of struggling with simply watching the footage I finally started editing it. 

As soon as the editing process began my computer ironically crashed and poetically I lost everything. 

The only footage I had back ups of were with my sweet grandma. 

Between what I could download from my YouTube channel, the back up footage from 2015 and some very old footage I dug up - I was able to creatively throw together a tribute to my past. 

A tribute which I now look on with complete gratitude and love. 

My life has made a complete 180 and so much has changed. All really beautiful change but at the time when I was in the midst of the chaos it was a struggle. A really dark, messy, fearful, depressing struggle. If you've read some of my past blog posts you'll know all about this struggle. 

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I am finally able to look back on it all with complete gratitude and love. I am so thankful for the adventure it was and I am so excited for my the adventure of my future. 

The understanding and appreciation I gained from so much loss and so much difficulty is priceless, if i could go back I wouldn't change a thing. 

Where there is loss there is always an even greater presence of love. Letting go can be really hard but it is also incredibly rewarding. 

As I close this chapter and lovingly say goodbye, I welcome in the new. I have so much to look forward to.

Much love, 

-Magnolia Rose

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