how i achieve my “no makeup” makeup look

how i achieve my “no makeup” makeup look

Because apparently you still need makeup to look natural. 

Happy Thursday! Today’s post is all about the products that go into my lazy girl makeup, “no makeup” makeup, or basic every day look. Sometimes you just need that extra flare of the lashes or evening of your skin tone, and that’s okay! You do not, however, need makeup to look beautiful. You do you, beauty bean. 

Step 1: skin

If I do not have massive problem areas, I skip foundation and simply conceal dark circles and blemishes, and set with translucent powder. Then, I add a bit of color to my face with a faint layer of blush. 

Step 2: brows

I rarely put product in my brows since they are naturally filled in. For this type of look, I pluck stray hairs, and then I’m good to go. 

Step 3: eyes

I put a nude, skin tone shadow all over my lid since I have veiny lids. Then I add a coat of a basic mascara, such as Clump Crusher by Covergirl, on my top and bottom lashes.

Step 4: lips

Lipstick is never a necessary step for this type of look, but occasionally I’ll put on Baby Lips by Maybelline that changes shades of pink based on your pH. It’s a natural looking pink that works for everyone! If not this, then I’ll wear L’óreal’s lip color in “Fairest Nude”. 

Step 5: set

Elf’s basic setting spray adds faint matte element along with keeping my concealer and blush in one place. 

There we have it! It’s incredibly basic, and gets the job done for a run to the grocery store, airport, or a school day when I’m in a hurry in the morning. 

What are some of your “no makeup” makeup tricks?

makeup review: l’oréal magic perfecting base 

makeup review: l’oréal magic perfecting base 

I’ll buy anything with magic in the title. 

After the epic fail and breakup with my Neutrogena primer, I found this primer at Ulta after watching Jeffree Star review it on his channel. It comes in a nice glass jar, and is actually a good amount of product since you don’t need that much. It’s a light pink color with a texture similar to whipped Vaseline. 

This is not a primer I would use all over my face. Rather, I focus on my T-Zone and cheeks. It’s really heavy, and doesn’t do much to blur and smooth problem areas without foundation on top of it. It simply works as a base. 

Under the eyes, it’s wonderful! I’ve been having a problem with my concealer creasing, but since I started applying this primer it has lasted all day without creasing!

I typically prefer a primer that goes all over the face, but this gives a good base for heavy makeup I need for dance performances and drama class. I also really love how it works under the eyes, but not enough to repurchase it solely for that reason. It’s a solid product, just not what I need for my everyday looks. 

4 Beans out of 5

I hope you enjoyed this review! If you have any products you want me to test, or suggestions for this blog, never hesitate to leave a comment! Until next time, beauty beans.

getting my septum pierced!

getting my septum pierced!

I paid someone to stab me in the nose. 

Gooood afternoon/evening/morning, beauty beans! Today’s post strays from my typical categories, but I just couldn’t avoid writing a post about it. For those of you who don’t know, a septum piercing is located below the cartilage in that middle piece of flesh in your nose. I opted for a septum piercing over a typical nose piercing because I’ll be working somewhere this summer where I will need to hide my piercing, and this is practically invisible when the jewelry is flipped upwards.

The piercing

It went by so fast, it’s hard to recall the details about it! The piercer drew where the ring would go, making sure the ring would be parallel with my face (basically, there wouldn’t be a wonky angle).

Next, he clamped my septum. This didn’t hurt a bit! It was a little weird to have so much metal in my nose at once, but I was already letting a stranger shove his fingers up my nose, too. 

Then, the needle. 

Or at least that’s what they told me- I didn’t feel much! It honestly did not hurt, but his is different for everyone. I had heard the pain ranged from a pinch to being punched in the nose. He had me take a deep breath, then exhale while he pushed the needle through the clamp. I think that helped to distract me. 

The jewelry

This, however, was uncomfortable. I chose a barbell (or bull ring) with balls that screw on the end. I mean, I was just stabbed in the septum and now another piece of metal is being shoved through and angled juuust right. 

Aftercare

I soak my nose (yep, it’s as awkward as it sounds) in a warm, homemade saline solution every evening. The amount of times I’ve almost snorted saline surpasses the amount of fingers and toes I have…

Post-piercing

Yep, it’s sore. Every slight nudge feels I’ve been hit by a dodgeball. My boyfriend accidentally hit my nose the other day and it HURT. It’s supposed to die down in a week or two.

Worth it. 


If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! What piercings do you guys have/want?

my favorite winter products

my favorite winter products

Because when you live on the central coast of California, winter ends in February.

Happy almost-spring, beauty beans! I hope you we’re all kept warm and cozy (or for people not in my hemisphere, cool and comfortable)!

This winter there have been a few products I’ve just been reaching for time after time. These aren’t necessarily products I used because they helped with cold conditions, they’re just products I’ve been loving the past few months. If they happen to help with cold conditions, I will put a ❄️ at the end of the name. 

1. Morphe 35N Palette

When I opened this on Christmas morning, I could barely breathe I was so excited! It’s a range from browns to purples and they are all matte. I only have a few matte shades between the palettes I own, so a variety of 35 different ones got my heart racing. And the quality, oh, the quality! Easy, blendable pigments. That’s honestly all I can say. I’ve swatched my favorite shades for you.

2. Avocado Cowash Bar

When I used my henna hair dye, I was concerned with the color washing out, and didn’t want anything sudsy in my hair. I saw a video about the cowash bar on Lush’s YouTube channel and decided to give it a try. I was nervous that my hair would still be oily since it doesn’t sud, but my hair is softer than ever! It’s replaced my regular shampoo and conditioner. It is a little pricey (price varies between countries), but totally worth it. It also has a light citrusy scent that is not overwhelming.

3. Hemp Treatz Body Lotion ❄️

I used this religiously all throughout January and February. It gives all-day moisture without being too heavy. It formed the perfect barrier between my skin and the cold, so my skin wasn’t dry and flaky at the end of the day. I have the Sweet Vanilla Eggnog scent, and it isn’t too strong. It simply smells sweet, and I can still wear my Winter Candy Apple body spray with it without the scents clashing. I’m so happy I received this as a gift, and will be buying another bottle when I’m out (which will be soon).

4. Elf Setting Spray ❄️

It’s $6 at Target, and gets the job done. It kept my makeup in place in the windy winter of Chicago, the oddly humid winter of San Antonio, and the rainy weather where I live. It’s a very versatile setting spray! My only complaint is that you have to spray a lot of product because the mister doesn’t produce a fine mist. Yet, the formula is good and it’s not expensive, so I will probably purchase this again. 

And there we have it. I chose to do a seasonal favorites post rather than a monthly favorites since I do not buy new products every month. I hope you enjoyed!

What makeup products have been saving you this winter?