bean update!

bean update!

Hey guys! Today’s post will be different than a usual makeup post or review you see on here. I’d love to do these a few times a year to show the me side of this blog. Life is happening!!!

I graduated from high school on June 2nd, and this is the first event of many to happen this summer! Surprisingly I didn’t cry too much, but it was a very nice ceremony with speeches from close friends. There was never a moment when I thought to myself “Hm, I don’t think I’m gonna pass high school!”, but it was still a relief to finally graduate. Every day after that is a choice… Here’s my and my mom beforehand. 

On the 6th I headed off on a Europe trip with some fellow seniors. 4 days London, 3 days Paris! (I have written this post prior to leaving, but there will be a post about it!) 

Then from there I will be a camp kitchen assistant for Hume Lake Christian Camps in the high school kitchen for the whooole summer. This is in an area without cell service and very limited wifi. I’m half excited, half scared, but I can’t wait to connect with campers and make some food in such a gorgeous place.

A week after I get back from Hume I’ll move to Anchorage, Alaska to be a Seawolf at University of Alaska Anchorage! I’ll be studying psychology in hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist one day. It is quite the move from California, and quite the weather change… but I. Can’t. Wait. 

With that being said, my posts will be few and far between this summer until the fall, but I hope you stick around because I’ll be spilling over with ideas when I get back from Hume Lake! (And I’ll probably need the familiarity as I go off to college) (please comment dorm life advice if you have it)

If you like these little personal posts, please like or comment šŸ™‚ I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you!

skincare review: muradĀ instamatte oil-control mask

skincare review: muradĀ instamatte oil-control mask

Happy Thursday! This will be my last post as a high school student… I graduate tomorrow! In preparation for graduation makeup and photos, I’ve been sticking to the skin routine I posted last week, and then I went to get my eyebrows waxed. Oh boy. I hadn’t been in so long! My skin is breaking out likeĀ crazy where the wax was put. At least my eyebrows look great though.

Today I want to share with you a skin product that actually works, the Murad InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask! I purchased this for $38 at Sephora. Yes, it’s pricey, but I promise it is sooo worth it. I mean, I’m a broke almost college student and I dished out the cash for this.IMG_6498

When I walked into Sephora that day, I was going in with the intention of purchasing a peel-off mask for my blackheads. This location was out of stock of the one I wanted, and one of the employees asked why I wanted that particular mask.

“Well, I have prom and a dance competition coming up,Ā and I want to get rid of some blackheads.”

“That won’t work,” she promptly replied.

I was slightly taken aback, and then asked what would. I was then directed towards a creamy mask to leave on for a few minutes… Quite the opposite of what I wanted in the first place.

But I am so happy. Within two days it minimized my pores on my nose and cheeks, cleared a majority of my blackheads, and my face was matte! It even helped clean my pores of all the competition cake-up I needed to wear.

I have combination skin, so products usually work for a week or two, and then my skin goes back to the way it was before. Yet, this one (after regular use) works every time. I’ve been using it for a month and a half now, about 3 or 4 times a week. My oils are kept at bay, my skin is radiant and oh-so-soft, and I’m just in love with this product.Ā IMG_6500

When the area around my brows started freaking out after the wax, I knew my problems would go away if I continued to use this mask.

How I Use It:

  1. Start with a clean face.
  2. Pump 4 squirts onto my fingertips and then rub an even layer across my face.
  3. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Use a warm, wet washcloth to gently massage off the mask.
  5. Tone and moisturize when I’m done.

If you have any questions about what the mask claims to do, where to find one, or anything else, you can ask me or I’ll post the link to the product description below!

Overall, this mask is 100% deserving of…

5 Beans out of 5

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ask the bean: morning and night routine

ask the bean: morning and night routine

Some people need caffeine, I need makeup. 

Welcome back, beauty beans! Today I have another Ask the Bean post to share with you. This is the last post you can ask questions on to receive a post didicated to the answer and reviewing your own blog! Any post between the intro to the series and this post is free game for asking questions until spring comes back around. Participate, participate, participate!

Today’s question comes from Karalee from Tales of Belle:

What is your morning and evening skincare routine?


1. Use mild soap (such as the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Cleanser from the Body Shop) while taking a hot shower. 

2. Immediately moisturize my face with Lush’s Imperialis moisturizier. Hot showers dehydrate!!

That’s all I do before I put on my makeup. I have sensitive combination skin so I don’t want to do anything to irritate my skin too much. 


1. Remove makeup using coconut oil and Lush’s 9-5 Cleansing Lotion with warm water. 

2. Apply Murad’s InstaMatte face mask for 3-5 minutes and remove with a warm washcloth. (Review is on the way!)

3. Tone skin with witch hazel and cotton pads. 

(Look how happy I am to be toning my face. Gotta love those blog photo shoot/selfie sessions.)

4. Moisturize with Imperialis. 

That’s my routine for the moment! Sometimes I’ll skip the mask and use the tea tree wash again, or use Lush’s Dark Angels scrub. If you have any questions about the products, ask down below!

Now for the review of Tales of Belle! 

This is my favorite blog that I follow. Karalee uses a variety of products in her posts, from makeup to skincare to foot masks! Whenever she does a review, her opinions are clearly stated, and she also gives a reason for why she thinks the way she does. It’s super easy to follow, and since she posts about so many products (and books!), you never get bored. My favorite post of hers is the review of Jeffree Star’s Beauty Killer palette. 

One thing I respect about this blogger is that she has always responded to my comments– whether it was a question or a compliment. I’m a huge advocate for finding a community here, and blogger communication is key!

So there we go! Please go check out Karalee’s blog, you will not be wasting your time. 

Thanks for reading!

ask the bean: my favorite brands

ask the bean: my favorite brands

Is this worse than picking a favorite kid?

If you’re new to the lil beauty bean, then welcome! Last month I proposed a new series where followers ask questions in the comments, and I’ll dedicate a post to their question. In addition to answering, I offered to give a review of their blog.

Today, I’m here to answer My Lil Slice of Life‘s question:

What makeup brands do you like best?

To start, my makeup collection is primarily drugstore, as I am a college bound high school senior with a very limited bank account. However, I do splurge every now and then on high-end products. I have for you my favorite drug store brand and favorite high end brand!


I use so many Maybelline products everyday, such as their Fit Me! concealers and foundations, but I also love their mascaras and Master Fix setting spray. Before I discovered Kat Von D’s Tattoo Eyeliner, my go-to eyeliner was from Maybelline, as well! I believe it was Master Precise… Alas, my memory fails me.


Almost by default, I have to choose this as my favorite brand since I have owned or tried the most products from them. Don’t get me wrong, these areĀ great products. Everything I’ve tried I would purchase for my own (Shape Tape concealer!!) or repurchase. My favorite part of this brand is their use of Amazonian clay. I have the Tarteist in Bloom palette and have tried one of their bronzers with the clay. Man, it’s blendable but still manages to stay put. Also, it kind of smells like chocolate. šŸ™‚


Moving on to the other half of an Ask the Bean post- Ā review of My Lil Slice of Life.

I am very picky when it comes to who I follow because I don’t want the time I spend on here to be wasted with empty, grammatically incorrect gibberish (not throwin’ shade I promise). I want quality blogs and content, but most importantly I want to read content from a genuine person. My Lil Slice of Life checks these boxes. Her posts are entertainingĀ andĀ useful, and her personality shines through each post.

If you have stumbled across this post through Reader, you’re probably here for the makeup tag. My Lil Slice of Life does have makeup posts, but also about movies and books. Her blog is truly a slice of her life. My favorite post of hers has been her post inspired by “Cool Kids” by Echosmith.

Go check her out!


Don’t forget to ask a question in the comments to have a post of your own.



“flawless” foundation hack?

“flawless” foundation hack?

Flawless? Sign me up.Ā 

Happy Thursday (or Friday, wherever you are…)! As I fell into the YouTube hole last week (it started with one kitten video- I swear!), I came across this video. In it, the girls from Buzzfeed’s Ladylike team tried the “flawless foundation hack”. Obviously if Ladylike tries it, and it’s Lady Approved, it’s for real, right? Well, I set out to see if it would be approved by this beauty bean.

The steps are fairly simple. Prime where you normally do, use a translucent setting powder all over, and complete the rest of your look. I used my L’OrĆ©al Magic Perfecting Base (review)Ā and Maybelline Baby Skin for primers. For my translucent powder I used Kat Von D’s Lock-It setting powder (the bomb, review coming soon). I tried this hack with two drugstore foundations, Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth and Wet ‘n Wild Photofocus. Both worked perfectly fine.

I was skeptical until my makeup looked the same at the end of the day. I also noticed that I used less product when I was applying my foundation! There was no visible difference that I could see, but the longevity and application improved!

But… Is it worth it?


  • Use less foundation
  • Wear foundation longer


  • Use more setting powder
  • Feels heavy

I do this for dances, dance performances, or whenever I know I have a long day ahead of me. However, I do not think this will be an everyday foundation hack in my routine.

It is tentatively approved by the lil beauty bean because it works, but not entirely worth it to revolutionize how I do my makeup.

Until next time!

Don’t forget to ask questions below to be featured in my upcoming Ask the Bean series!

lookbook: drama class makeup unitĀ 

lookbook: drama class makeup unitĀ 

School doesn’t always suck. 

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Today is going to showcase a different kind of makeup… stage makeup! Recently in my drama class at school we took a break from memorizing and projecting our voices across a room, and picked up beauty blenders and cake makeup to create four different looks: corrective, injury, old age, and a character of our choice. 

Before I reveal the final products, I just wanted to remind you that I am working on my “Ask the Bean” post series. Basically, if you comment a question (can be about makeup, me, me and makeup…) on the original post or this post, a blog post will be dedicated to your question and a review of your blog. Hopefully that free promo is an incentive! 

Let’s get to the unit, shall we?

First we have the corrective stage makeup.

Take your average contour and highlight- and then multiply it by 10! The goal is to make your face have dimension when bright stage lights are shining on actors during a performance. Sadly, the quality of this picture isn’t the best but I promise I got a 100% on this assignment. šŸ˜‰

Next up is my FAVORITE!

I went for a strangled look in this makeup challenge, and I believe I delivered. The key to the hand on my neck was to sketch out an outline with white eyeliner, and then mark the places where pressure would’ve caused a darker bruise (finger tips and trachea).

If you know me, you know that I am an old soul. That’s why this next look is so dear to me… It brought out my true self!

Look at Grandma Zoe! Ain’t she a cutie? I’m personally not a fan of the forehead wrinkles, and I’m aching to try this again. However, overall it’s a pretty accurate rendition because I look exactly like my great grandmother! 

Last, but not least, I wanted to transform into my queen, Hayley Williams. This was taken from Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video. Ladies and gents, the Crimson Curse.

So much blending. So much contour. I think this is a natural, everyday look, dontcha think?

Well, beauty beans, I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my drama class. If you go to the same high school as me, take drama! You get to do this

There were multitudes of products used, but a majority (foundation, contour, highlight, bruising) of them came from Ben Nye. There are no affiliate links or sponsorships involved in this post. 

announcement: new post series

announcement: new post series

Help a beauty bean do what she loves. 

Happy Thursday! As I was looking at my calendar and scheduling out posts I wanted to write, I stumbled across an idea. 

I’ve been looking for way to expand reader engagement on my blog, so I have a proposition for my readers, whether you’re a follower or came across this post from a tag. For the month of May (maybe June, too!), I will be doing an “Ask the Bean” series. This means you can ask questions on this post or any of my upcoming posts, and I will answer them in a full-length blog post. These questions can be anywhere from “What foundation do you use?” to “Can you show me what look I should do with purple eyeshadow?”

Each post will feature an answer to the question in the form of a paragraph response, list, tutorial, or whatever is necessary along with a review of the blog that asked the question. There’s an incentive!

So ask away, oh beauty bean! I’m really excited to do a series, but it’ll only work if I get questions. Don’t be shy, tell a friend!