Ballin on a budget - MOTD

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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!!!


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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! 

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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. 

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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 

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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

Gypsy Jewels - OOTD + Hair Extension Review

I love the gypsy boho style. Its comfortable, colorful, eclectic, expressive, and incredibly easy to style. It encourages creativity and typically ends up being fairly inexpensive. Most of my jewelry is handmade locally which just feels right. Another pro to this style is its unique. You dont see very many around town.  

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Belt Trim Fedora Hat: BooHoo

Nose Ring: Iris Piercing

Choker: BooHoo

Labradorite Necklace: Made with love by my sweet sister 

Clear Quartz Necklace: Dancing Cranes

Nebula Necklace: I got this hand made treasure from a festival down in southern Utah

Gold Alex & Ani Bracelets: Alex & Ani

Gold Feather Bracelet: Unknown - I want to say H&M or Forever21, it was sooo long ago! Sorry! 

Green Bead Bracelet: Dancing Cranes

Rings: All from Dancing Cranes

Leggings: LuLu Lemon

Black Tank: Old Navy

Fringe Cover: Urban Outfitters


It has taken me too long to share this outfit post. These pictures were taken when I had just had my hair extensions put in. We took my purple locks blonde and added extensions which ended up being a very poor choice and a huge waste of money.

Although my hair is not the focus of the post, it is impossible for me to feel authentic posting these pictures and not share my honest (very blunt) thoughts on my very short lived long blonde hair. 

Were going to burn through this quickly because after all is said and done, I truly love my stylist as well as the salon I was going to. Ultimately they have been very good to me and I am grateful for my time at Lunatic Fringe.

The salon orders their extensions from HairTalk - formerly known as HotHeads. They swear by this brand and claim to have never received such a poor batch of hair. Funny enough, a friend of mine also got blonde extensions at the same salon and has had a similar experience. She has had the same problem I have had with the addition of multiple strips coming out. Along with my personal experience as well as my friends, a short google search will bring about loads of raging customers and some very sad pictures. 

I personally think this is why they have had a "revamp" in their brand name. It seems the HotHeads brand is well known for their poor quality. Why not just change the name? 

The HairTalk extensions were a nightmare. The quality of the hair is incredibly poor, they have a scratchy rough feel (like hay). They weren't done tight or blended well, pieces were constantly falling out and they looked terrible. I could barely put a brush through my hair without causing serious damage. I followed my stylists instructions perfectly and used the products they suggested per their instructions. Nothing I did made a difference. 

I took a trip back to my stylist a week after having them and they were incredibly disappointed and eager to fix the problem. After they reached out to the company to get the hair replaced, HairTalk said it wasnt in their warranty to fix them. It then became difficult to get an appointment. By the time I did get in it had been too long and getting them replaced was now on my dime. 

After lots of frustration and a few disagreements we agreed the salon would fix it, we switched to a shorter batch of hair (to make up for the price) and went with brown extensions (to make up for the poor quality). 

All around huge disaster. I would NOT recommend HairTalk extensions and I would suggest a large amount of research to anyone interested in extensions. Find someone who is really familiar with the brand, their warranty, and what chemicals you can and cannot use on them. Anytime you are hitting the $1,000 range for your hair, make sure everyone involved knows what they they are doing and make yourself aware of what will happen if shit hits the fan. 

On a positive note I got one really great selfie immediately following my day spent at the salon. Was it worth that much dough, definitely not. 

Much love,  

-Magnolia Rose