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

Lets talk Mascara (YSL Review)

Receiving product for testing and review is one of the many perks of being a blogger. I love testing out products and sharing my thoughts and opinions with all my lovely readers. 

I was recently sent a YSL (Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS) Mascara to test out. 

As some of you may know I have a favorite mascara (They're Real by Benefit) that I stand by 100% and compare all other mascaras to. Benefit has raised the bar for me mascara wise so I will (as always) be comparing "YSL" to "They're Real by Benefit".  

ENJOY! 

Overall I like this mascara. I absolutely adore the gold packaging, YSL is larger/longer then any mascara i've ever seen (meaning you get more product) which is nice since its $32 vs the $24 I normally spend on Benefit mascaras. YSL gives you that great mascara look with only one stroke! I am so used to applying multiple layers so I was pretty surprised when one layer got the job done.

My favorite aspect of the YSL mascara is the "Lash Care formula". Its got B5 Pro-Vitamin to strengthen and care for your lashes. This is a unique feature that most mascaras don't currently have! 

YSL Mascara will last up to 18 hours with no raccoon eyes! It did last all day for me without smearing but it also wasn't impossible to get off at the end of the night which was nice. It came off just like any other mascara for me.

I didn't have any clumpy-ness which is always a huge bonus, because clumping is so annoying!

I only have two complaints. The YSL brush seems a little chunky to me. One thing I really like about the Benefit mascaras is I feel like my lashes are being brushed/groomed while applying my mascara, but I think I just prefer the plastic tips/bristles to the more fabric ones. With that said the pros out way the cons and the brush is not a deal breaker for me.

On their website it says this mascara gives the appearance of false lashes which I didn't notice at all unfortunately. 


Overall I like this mascara. I would buy one in the future because I think its a great addition to any makeup collection. YSL is perfect for on the go/in your bag because it gets the job done fast whilst taking great care in your lashes. It lasts all day with no clumps or smears and it comes in 6 fun colors! 

Make sure the check out the YSL mascara as well as all of their other products! 

Much love! 

-Magnolia Rose

 "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."