Ballin on a budget - MOTD


Happy Saturday! 

Its been a while since Ive shared a beauty related blog post with you babes. Things have been very busy since the holidays hit and the time I have spent towards my online family has been going towards my MiracleTribe.

We start another round of May Cause Miracles tomorrow and I am so excited!! Lots of planning, prepping and meditating is involved in getting this coaching up and running. Its never too late to join! Check it out if you are ready to up your game this new year! 

All details on the book + the Facebook group invite >>> HERE <<<

So! As my life evolves, priorities change and new products hit the market - I discover NEW favorites that I am so excited to share with you! 

A few months ago I committed to discovering great products that were comparably close to my staple favorites but MUCH cheaper. 

Although I still stand by my favorite products proudly - I like many of you are looking to save and honestly as a busy mom I love that most of these I can pick up while grabbing groceries! 

Anywhere in my schedule where I can save some time is a huge bonus! 

My daily makeup routine (pictured to the right) is super simple. It happens in the parking lot at work and its so much cheaper than anything I have previously shared with you. 

I have all my daily products listed and linked below with their prices included for quick reference. Below that I have included detail on the comparison between my favorite staple products to the cheaper ones I recently discovered. 

Feel free to be proud, we've gone from spending $50 on foundation to $6!!!



I think I struggled the most with mascara - nothing really compares to They're Real by Benefit or The Roller Lash by Benefit, its honestly difficult to use anything after Benefit.

I tried numerous products and just found myself frustrated by the overall dryness you experience from most drug store mascaras. They clump fast and flake throughout the day, the over sized application wands are obnoxious and if they did work ok they had a funky chemical smell that drove me nuts! 


It was a journey but at one point I tried The Maybelline Stilleto Mascara and honestly its pretty solid making it a great dupe for the Benefit Roller Lash OR They're Real. 

Both Benefit Mascaras cost $24 compared to the Maybelline Stilleto Mascara costing a cute $7.69

For reference, I always go black. Jet black, as black as they make it and I rarely go waterproof - I find its too much of a pain to get waterproof off later. 


Eyebrow wise...I failed, I could NOT find anything even remotely close to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Even the famous NYX eyebrow dupe miserably failed. I am very picky when it comes to eyebrows and this was the one product I had to stick with. It works fabulously, lasts long, and looks great. I like bold but natural brows and at this point, nothing beats Anastasia. 

For reference, I do NOT have tatted brows, I get this question so often! My brows are naturally dark, occasionally I do dye them a bit darker for fun.

I don't wax, I pluck them myself and I NEVER let anyone touch them. I went through the crap phase like most where I over plucked. Through trial and error I have learned the value of letting them grow and peak to their fullest potential. 

With that said, I have been so curious about getting them tattooed. I have a friend who does a really great job while making them look natural and not tatted on - every time I see pictures my curiosity peaks! So who knows...maybe one day it'll happen but for now I stick with Brow Wiz. 

Concealer + Foundation

On a good skin day I ONLY use concealer, but sometimes my skin freaks out and I need a little extra coverage. On good days I use Maybellines Instant Age Rewind Concealer, its pretty awesome and although it looks best with a mid day touch up, it blends really well and doesnt dry out your skin. I love the built in brush which makes those touch ups extra quick and easy. 


For the days my skin needs a little extra care I  add the Rimmel Matte BB Cream, this product is insanely smooth!

It provides great coverage and looks awesome. Its a great primer pairing up nicely with a powder and/or concealer. I find that it does minimizes my pores and it does a great job covering up any crazy spots. With my skin being extra dry I love that this BB cream is moisturizing and brightening which keeps my skin looking nice and even.

As a bonus it doesnt break me out which I appreciate and its got a little SPF which is always a win! 

Impressive for the price right? There is one downside....Rommel has a HUGE lack of colors. "Light" works great for me during the summer/fall months but when winter hits and I get pretty translucent I cant use it without it looking funky. I really wish they provided more of a color variety. 

My all time favorite concealer and foundation these two are being compared to is Nars! And oh my god these products have a special way of making your skin look brand new.

Its a bit unreal and if you ever have the opportunity to head into Sephora makeup free, be sure to try their foundation. My go to here is Nars Sheer Glow Foundation and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer both incredibly pricey but also really fucking awesome! 

Age Rewind Concealer $7.99 compared to Nars Concealer $30

Rimmel Matte BB Cream $3.99 compared to Nars Sheer Glow $47



I don't do eye shadow everyday so I wont go into too much detail here. I feel like if you can narrow down the basics you can pretty much get away with most eye shadows.

I got the NYX eye shadow (pictured above) from Ipsy way back when I had their subscription service. You can get these little trios off their site or you can purchase one of their larger pallets with more variety.

My favorite eye shadow pallet is Lorac which I did a giveaway for a year or two ago. You can get their pallet from the Lorac site or from Ulta for $44 - they are awesome!

I have both the Lorac 1 and 2, a little goes a long way with these so yes I still have them and use them often. Because of this I rarely need to replace my eye shadow pallets. 

SO! If you are looking for a product dupe for the Lorac I would go NYX. They are great, long lasting, blend well and NYX has a variety of colors + pallet sizes. 

In addition to eyeshadow, NYX does a fabulous job with their lip products - my favorite color is Creme Brulee and I wear it often! I love that it has a little bit of color but for the most part is pretty natural. 

Hope this was useful for you! Let me know if you have any questions. LOVE you babes oh so much! 


-Magnolia Rose

NATURAL EVERYDAY MAKEUP with #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 Crème adds the perfect finishing touch to this natural ever day look! 

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

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

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! Cosmetic Lad is my favorite moisturizer and one I have consistently used for years. Its packed with incredible all natural 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 underneath your 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. 

Nars 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. This foundation also lasts all day which means I don't have to reapply or touch up! 

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 don't 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. This technique makes my cheek bones pop, especially when a little bronzer and a touch of 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.

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.

Note: I don't put the blush and highlighter on until the very end as a finishing touch. 

To blend the bronzer and make sure 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 this eyeshadow 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 variety of colors. A little goes a long way and they last all day with little to no creasing or touch up required. The color variety is also top notch and they are not messy to work with. I despise messy eyeshadow that gets everywhere and then smears.  

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 eyebrows at all to get them to grow to where they are now. I now 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 them!

When it comes to makeup I use the brand 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 and the results look natural! 

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. Best to 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 you don't have to use a curler with this mascara. 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.

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 do recommend them! 

This makeup look takes me maybe 10-15 min a day and is easy to change up if desired. Switching eyeshadow and/or lip color changes the vibe entirely!

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. 

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Much love to each & every one of you!! 

-Magnolia Rose