Ballin on a budget - MOTD

IMG_5901.JPG

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!!!


IMG_5897.JPG

Mascara

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! 

IMG_5898.JPG

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. 

Eyebrows

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. 

IMG_5899.JPG

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

Eyeshadow 

IMG_5902.JPG

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

LUSH Haul + Review

image.jpg

I make a trip to lush typically once a month to stock up on bath bombs, purchase a few favorites, and grab some samples. I love trying out their latest products because they are always changing things up and I often find new favorites. 

After loving each product I purchased I thought I would share my thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc...

LUSH HAUL + MINI REVIEW 

image.jpg
image.jpg

DreamWash is one of those products I have been interested in purchasing for a while but never really had a use for it. I just didn't understand the difference between a shower smoothie vs a shower gel and I couldnt justify making a purchase. After months of smelling this product and loving it but putting it back on the shelf I finally bought it! 

The Aloe Vera is what got me this time around. With summer finally here and me spending more time out in the sunshine my skin needs that extra TLC. 

This super soft shower smoothie is loaded with rad ingredients. In addition to Aloe Vera, its got Lavender, Tea Tree, Calamine, Chamomile, and my personal favorite...Rose! 

As you can imagine it smells like heaven. Its also super smooth and literally feels like you are putting chocolate mouse all over your skin. 

Thus far I am loving it! A little tip if you purchase this beauty. Let it sit on your body for a few minutes after you lather yourself up. I treat it like a body treatment. Your skin feels so much better and you really get all the benefits if you give it a little extra time to work its magic. 

image.jpg

Ok...I know I get a little over zealous when it comes to Lush in general and I OFTEN deem ALL of their products as my favorites. But...this one is definitely a favorite! Best face exfoliant I have honestly ever used. And can we take a second to acknowledge the bad ass name for this one. It does not get cooler than Smugglers Soul. 

I love a lot of their face scrubs but this one is top notch for me. I love that the scrub itself is super fine. It feels more like sand then chunky pieces of almonds (no offense Lush). 

Sandalwood, Argan Oil, and Shea Butter make for such a simple delicious smell. I love it!

Doing some research online I also discovered that they have this baby in a moisturizer as well as a shampoo! Check it out > Moisturizer & Shampoo Bar 

image.jpg

Lush is great about samples, if you want to try something ask! With my purchase of DreamWash I passed on a shower gel this round. So instead I asked for a sample of Outback Mate

This one smells super yummy with Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus. Its minty and beachy making you feel happy and clean! 

BATH BOMBS

I go above and beyond to make my Self Love Sunday bath nights magical. As far as candles, music, herbs, intentions, and energy go - its the bath bombs that really make it what it is. 

Bath bombs are really where my Lush addiction started. I have tried them all! Heres what I bought for the month of July! 

image.jpg

TWILIGHT - This one is a staple. A very favorite that holds a special place in my heart. It swirls around your bath turning the water into a pink, purple, and blue night sky with little bits of sparkle. It smells of Lavender and Tonka (which I have recently learned is that secret ingredient I am obsessed with). 

This super gentle slow release bath bomb smells totally magical. Its got a warmth to it that makes you feel totally loved by the universe itself. The Lavender relaxes you, the Tonka is incredibly intriguing, and its got a hint of Ylang Ylang for a little bit of sexy. 

image.jpg

HONEY BEE - This one is one of my grounding bath bombs. In addition to the obvious honey smell its super earthy! I like to mix herbs with this one for a little extra Gaia Goddess in my life. 

Orange, Honey, Tofee, Bergamot and Moroccan Rhassoul Mud is what makes this extra special. Its also got a hint of Aloe Vera so expect some silky soft skin! 

image.jpg

YOGA BOMB - We started off on the wrong foot but now im obsessed. The Yoga Bomb is a super grounding and uplifting bath bomb. Your bath looks like a sunset and smells like a field of oranges and incense. 

I am glad I gave it a second chance after our first encounter because bath night with this one is a groovy journey you dont want to miss out on!

image.jpg

SEX BOMB - This is one of their most popular bath bombs and for good reason. In my book this is the ultimate Self Love bath bomb. Definitely a favorite and definitely one I purchase every time I go. 

This is a sexy bath bomb with all the aphrodisiacs loaded into it! Jasmine, Clary Sage, and Ylang Ylang. You feel relaxed and loved while your senses dance around making a very romantic bath night. 

I also love this one for that special time of the month. Clary Sage is the key to shitty periods! 


And thats my latest purchase! Until next time my sweets...

Much love, 

-Magnolia Rose