products i am breaking up with in 2017

products i am breaking up with in 2017

It’s not you, it’s me.

Do you ever get your hopes up about a product? Whether it’s the price, hype, or brand, I’m sure we’ve all expected a product to work flawlessly. However, we end in a puddle of splotchy powders and chunky glitter. And in the end we must say…

“It’s over.” *tosses product into trashcan*

With these five products, it’s about time I showed them the way out with strongly worded letters.

1. Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in “Ticket to Brazil’

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You were cheap and blotchy and sparkly. You appeared matte, only to let me down with streaks of chunky glitter on my cheekbones.You lured me in with your $4 price tag, but I will not fall victim again.

2. NYX Butter Gloss in “Maple Blondie’

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You don’t even look maple-y. You’re very sticky, and I prefer a more slippery feel to my glosses. If I had long hair, it would most certainly get stuck in you. Also, tone down on the perfume. I’m sorry, you’re just not my type.

3. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

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I had high hopes for you. I had dreams of creamy, shimmery pigment gracing my eyelids, only to wake up to a dusty, chunky, colorless sheen. You let me down. I tried to salvage our relationship and use you as a highlight, but you didn’t even show up. I’m tired of you letting me down. Goodbye.

4. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer

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Our relationship was going so smoothly. After applying my makeup in the morning, my hands would be covered in a fine layer of glitter, and you stood there and let me blame it on eyeshadow fallout. But the whole time, it was you! You were the one full of cosmetic glitter and making me appear oily, not radiant! You didn’t even make my makeup last longer. Sometimes I miss your moisturizing feel, but I can’t go back. I only loved you for your SPF, anyway…

5. Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Single in “Sugar”

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I should have known the hype about you and your friends was for nothing. You did not do a thing for me. I tried time after time, brush after brush to use you for something, but it was all for naught. Powdery, opaque, and difficult. You aren’t even worth the 79 cents I paid for you.

 

Okay, beauty beans! I hope you found humor in my version of a “cleaning out my collection” post. If you liked it, let me know!

What products are you breaking up with this year?

makeup review: maybelline lash sensational mascara

makeup review: maybelline lash sensational mascara

I want my lashes long enough to view them from space. 

I live on the coast of California, so the main social event on weekends is something beach-oriented. Last summer, I despised wearing more than a bathing suit and sunscreen at the beach. However, since I cut my hair short, I look like a boy without makeup. I settled with wearing a waterproof mascara on my beach days.

…But I didn’t previously use waterproof mascara. I found them hard to take off, and never really had a need for them.

The first one I stumbled upon at CVS was Maybelline’s Lash Sensational. I wanted it to be obvious I was wearing mascara, and my usual mascara didn’t come in a waterproof formula (or was sold out that day) and provides more of a natural look. 

I was looking for a large wand that would flare out my lashes, and this particular wand fit the bill.

Wave proof. Cry proof. Shower proof. Life proof. 

However, the formula is not oil proof. Typically when people buy a long-lasting mascara, they complain when there are still black crumbles at the end of the day. That’s because of oily skin! If you have oily skin, find a better eye primer so your mascara is not affected. This works out for me since I use coconut oil to remove my makeup.

This formula stays. It not only stays on your lashes, but holds shape all day. I put it on at around 7 in the morning, and take it off at around 9 at night. It always looks the same.

My lashes gain volume and length, and there’s a dramatic flare of my outer lashes. It’s like a cartoon character’s eyelashes appear! Dramatic, yet not comparable to a pair of falsies. 

Makeup components are not to be ignored. 

The formula is remarkable. The wand does the job. The actual tube itself is the issue.

You know that tight area near the top of the tube that gets excess product off of the mascara wand? Lash Sensational’s tube has a wider opening.

You can still hear the pop! of the wand coming out of the tube, but product is still clumped around the tightlining bristles. This causes me to remove the leftover clumps on the bristles by scraping it on the rim of the tube, forming a mess of black smudges on my fingers.

Pet peeves aside…

This product’s claims on waterproof formula and volume of lashes are valid! The one tiny problem of the component will not keep me from purchasing this mascara again.

4.5 Beans out of 5

ulta birthday haul!

ulta birthday haul!

This blog is my new excuse to buy makeup.

As I celebrated my 18th birthday (ahhhhh), I took some fun money I received and went to the mothership- I mean Ulta. Coincidentally, I was running out of a lot of products, and was excited to try some new ones. I have used each product at least once now, so a little blurb of a first impression is included, as well.

1. Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth Foundation

You guys! I DID IT. I matched my skin tone on the first purchase of a drugstore foundation! I’m so proud of myself. Anyways, I really love this foundation so far. It doesn’t emphasize my dry areas and is a very light formula with medium coverage. And it has sunscreen! That’s always a plus. It gets the job done, and it will replace my L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte.

2. Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer

This is round two of trying to match my skin tone with this concealer, and I got it right this time. I’ve been using this concealer for about 2 months now, and it is a good, affordable dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked concealer (in my opinion). It’s easy to blend, doesn’t crease, and lasts as long as I need it to.

3. L’Oréal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender

I love love love how soft and squishy this sponge is! The curve in the sponge makes it easy to hold on to, and makes applying foundation a breeze. I highly reccomend giving this one a try.

4. Essence Lash Princess Mascara

If you follow me, you’ve probably read about my hunt for the perfect mascara. I found it, and it was $4.99. I watched Rachhloves talk about this on her YouTube channel, so when I saw it at Ulta I decided to give it a try instead of Benefit’s Roller Lash to save some money. All I really need is one swipe to have instantly long, voluminous, not-too-dramatic lashes. It doesn’t crumble, it holds all day, and is five dollars.

5. L’Oréal Magic Perfecting Base

I saw Jeffree Star use this in a video against a super expensive primer, and it earned his stamp of approval. I was out of my primer, and noticed my old one wasn’t doing a good job of blurring my pores. I’m not particularly sold on this base yet. It’s pretty heavy, and I feel slightly oiler than usual when I wear it. However, everything looks flawless. After about 2 weeks of using this, I’ll publish a review.

6. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid

I purchased the shade “possessed plum”. It’s the perfect vampy color for my fair skin! Because it’s darker, it does take two layers, but it does so without a fuss. It’s movable, stays put, and doesn’t dry me out. That’s all I could ask for from a matte liquid lipstick! I gave a friend two of the lighter shades for Christmas, and they love the formula, too.

7. NYX Matte Bronzer 

The struggle to find a good bronzer without cosmetic glitter is real. My whiteness leads me to using bronzer as a contour shade. This one’s a little more orange than what I wanted, but the formula is great! It’s easy to blend which is a huge bonus in my book. I’ll use it until I hit pan, then let the hunt begin all over again.

Last, but not least…

8. Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter

I am obsessed. I generally prefer subtle glows over the bam! in your face blinding highlight, but this shade has me sold. This is shade “golden lights” and is extremely pigmented. I use a small highlighting brush on the tops of my cheekbones, and the glow is real. The forumila isn’t dusty, and doesn’t get shimmer where you don’t want it to go. If you love saving a buck or two, try out this highlight!

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed. If you use any of these products, let me know! I love talking with y’all. Until next time, beauty beans.

hair care review: lush caca marron henna hair dye

hair care review: lush caca marron henna hair dye

Yes, I put caca in my hair. 

I used to have long, blonde hair, and at one point a reverse ombré into a deep red. When I cut off the red and opted for a pixie cut (best choice ever!!), I was back to plain blonde. I love my pixie cut, but I missed some sassy color. 

I had never dyed my roots before, and was wary of the unpronounceable, drying, and overall harsh chemicals I was putting on my hair. In my search for natural hair dyes, I stumbled upon a BuzzFeed video of their Ladylike team using henna hair dye from Lush. Video after video, review after review, I decided to try it. 

I wanted a warm red tone, so I chose Caca Marron. Since my natural hair color is blonde, it would pick up the red better. They also have Caca Rouje, but that is an insanely bright red if you have blonde hair. Too orange for my taste, but looks really cute regardless. The other two shades are Caca Brun (brunette) and Caca Noir (black). 

Be prepared.

Not only will you need plastic wrap, a shower cap, a bowl, boiling water, clothes and towels you don’t care about, gloves, and Vaseline or Lush’s Ultrabalm, you need to be prepared for the smell. 

It’s… Strong. 

Not only is it strong when you’re dying your hair, but whenever your hair is wet for about two weeks. It’s not bad. The dye is a mixture of henna, coffee, and cocoa butter, so if you’ve ever done henna tattoos you will be familiar the scent. 

The dye will also drip down your ears and neck (this is why Vaseline is necessary!), so have paper towels handy. 

This is a 4-5 hour process! If you are not willing to take the time, don’t bother. 

Here’s my how-to:

  1. Chop your henna blocks to suit how much hair you have. I used two blocks for a pixie cut. Don’t just cut off the squares, but make the squares smaller. This makes the next step easier. 
  2. Pour boiling water over the chopped henna dye in a glass bowl, and stir until a brownie-batter consistency forms. There is no exact amount of water. Do not fear! If you feel as though you’ve poured too much water, the mixture will dry out. 
  3. Apply Vaseline in a 1-inch border around your hairline. It doesn’t need to be terrible thick, but make sure your skin is covered. 
  4. With an old t-shirt on, a towel on the ground, and latex gloves, start working the henna into your hair. Comb through with your fingers to make sure your whole head is covered.
  5. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap, and cover with a shower cap. I like to apply heat for about 3 minutes with a blow dryer on a low setting. 
  6. Wait 3-4 hours to wash out your hair. You’ll want to take a shower. Trust me. It takes me two rounds of shampooing to get the coffee grounds out of my scalp. 
  7. Use the old towel to dry your hair, and blow dry.

It’s more than a dye, it’s a treatment.

My hair is always ridiculously soft afterwards because of the cocoa butter. So even if you have darker hair and want a nice sheen to it, use Lush’s Caca! Z

    I love the color payoff, and for me, it’s permanent. I’ve received so many compliments on my natural-looking color. I didn’t buy the dye for it to be easy, I bought the dye with the process in mind. That’s why this receives a…

    5 Beans out of 5

    Any questions of how to use the hair dye or what it’s made of are completely acceptable! Of course, your best source of information is finding a Lush store near you and talking to their staff. Have you ever used Caca dye? Let me know!

    skincare review: oatifix

    skincare review: oatifix

    You can’t have a beauty blog without mentioning Lush.

    Lush products are amazing, or at least I haven’t found a dud yet. My entire night routine is composed of Lush products (reviews to come!). On some nights, I just need that extra something to pamper myself after a long day.

    I have combination skin, so basically some patches on my face are dry, and some are oily. I also have somewhat sensitive skin. After a day of wearing a full face of makeup, my pores are irritated. For these reasons, Oatifix is the perfect match for me!

    If you are unfamiliar with Lush products, visit their site here or search for a store near you. The prices are worth the ingredients used in each product, and, at least for me, the results reflect the price you pay. They’re also vegan and are fighting animal testing, so what’s not to love?

    One element in most Lush stores is the fresh face mask station. These face masks are so fresh, you have to keep them in the fridge to prevent them from spoiling. As you can guess, Oatifix is one of them! Oatifix is made from bananas, oats, and vanilla (and other natural ingredients that you can pronounce), and is basically like putting cookie dough on your face. The ingredients help to calm irritation, and make your face baby soft.

    I will admit, the first time I used this product, I was not a fan. I thought the product felt too oily to be a mask, and smelled really sweet. I ended up washing out the pot before it spoiled, and didn’t want to try it again. 

    Not all fresh face masks are created equal.

    Along with sensitive skin, I occasionally have bumps and dry patches appear between my cheekbones and jawline as a result of stress, new lotion, or some other irritant. My mother suggested using Oatifix to help calm my skin down, but all I could think of was the oily texture of cookie dough on my face. However, I wanted my face to revert back to its normal condition, so I gave it another shot.

    Since this is a fresh product, it’s made in relatively small batches, allowing for slight differences between formulation. The Oatifix I had the first time was oilier than the one I used most recently. There was still the same fragrance, but this time I was expecting it. (I also ate an oatmeal cookie while the mask sat on my face to ease the cravings I had.)

    I’m happy I tried the mask again because my irritation and dryness was reduced almost immediately after wiping off the mask. I’m not saying my stress rash magically went away in one go, but three days later it’s almost gone. Before, the rash would stick around for one to two weeks.

    Here’s how I apply it…

    1. Take a small lump from the pot and rub it between your fingertips so it’s not as cold, and easier to apply to the face.
    2. Smear the product all over your face in a thick layer. For this mask, more is more!
    3. Allow the mask to sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes. I usually go for the full 10.
    4. Massage the product into your skin before wiping it off with a warm, wet washcloth.
    5. Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.

    And the results are in!

    If I were only reviewing this product based on my second (and third and fourth and so on) use, it would score a 4.5 beans out of 5. However, since I had a difficult first use, I have to be fair.

    4 Beans out of 5

    Thank you for stopping by! Any comments and suggestions are always appreciated. What’s your favorite Lush product?

     

    5 high-end makeup products i want to try

    5 high-end makeup products i want to try

    We can’t always get what we want. 

    As hard as I pray, I will never have my own personal Sephora in my bathroom cabinet. (But come on, who doesn’t want that?!) Here’s a list of products I would love to try, and would cherish if I had them:

    1. Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette

    My skin tone is perfect for this palette! I’m usually not a fan of glowy blushes and bronzes during winter, but I am determined to have this palette this spring and summer! And come on, have you smelled it? It’s not a fake, candy-like scent. It smells like an actual peach. All of Too Faced’s powders work great, so I’m sure the quality of this product is nothing shy of the usual. 

    2. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

    The amount of beauty vlogglers of seen swear by this stuff is more than enough to have me convinced I need this concealer. I have genetically extra dark circles, so a full coverage concealer is right up my alley. My swatches of this product from Ulta (no pictures, sorry) make me believe this is an air-light fully pigmented acryilic paint. The pigment is unbelievable. I can only speak for lighter shades since I had no reason to swatch anything darker than “light sand”, so if you think the darker shades’ formulas affect the pigmentation, please comment so I can place that information [here].

    3. Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator

    No, this is not a stick of deodorant. It’s a subtle, natural highlighting stick. This product is probably considered luxury since it’s $42, and I’m sure there are less expensive highlights that work just as well… But I love this one. The last three times I’ve visited Sephora, I walk by and gawk at the swatch. Siiiigh. So pretty. So blendable. 

    4. Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition

    Jeffree Star. What a character! I love his YouTube channel, background, and style. I want to try all of his products on his site… However, I cannot apply a bold liquid lip for the life of me. I do not have perfect lips as pictured above, and I don’t plan on having any work done to make them so. When he announced his Lip Ammunition, a classic lipstick tube, I was so excited! And when he announced the lipstick version of Unicorn Blood (pictured), I was even more over the moon. This color is a perfect deep red, and I must try it. 

    5. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

    I’m a firm believer in drugstore dupes, and never understood why someone would pay more than $10 for mascara when the drugstore has such good options. I’ve never had a consistent type of mascara because I always think they could be better. So many blog posts that I’ve read since starting The Lil Beauty Bean listed Roller Lash as a Holy Grail product. I had a bad experience with Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara, so I want to try this product to see what the hype is about. Maybe it’ll be a magical experience, who knows? (I’m convinced it’ll be magical. And the packing is so cute!)