what i look for in makeup products

what i look for in makeup products

I mean, makeup is makeup and I’ll take what I can get. But if I have a choice…

Welcome to another Thursday post! You can think of this one as a pre-haul post, since I have a mental checklist for each category of product when I go makeup shopping. Enjoy!


If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I hate cosmetic glitter in my primer (cough, NEUTROGENA) I prefer a silicone feel, and something that can go all over my face. Filling in pores are a must. I’m also not opposed to SPF considering my pasty whiteness. 


Sigh. I haven’t found the perfect one yet. I want one that dries down with a dewy finish and does not oxidize right away. It also needs to be blendable- no streaks or blotchiness! Added bonus if the foundation has SPF. Maybelline Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth checks all the boxes except it doesn’t dry down. *single tear*


Full coverage, blendable, and doesn’t crease. Simple as that. Urban Decay Naked Skin has my heart, but for now I’m using Maybelline Fit Me! as a dupe. 

Setting Powder

I want a powder that is translucent, finely milled, and does not clump up on contact with my foundation or concealer. Does setting powder have SPF? Sign me up for that. Laura Mercier and Kat Von D have great translucent powders!


MATTE. NO GLITTER. Not too orange-y, but not gray either. I also prefer powders over creams. 


I also try to have a matte blush so my pores are not emphasized. Nars “Orgasm” would be a perfect shade for me if it were matte. I prefer lighter, nude pinks (such as “Tea Rose” from Milani) as opposed to hot Barbie pink. I would like a blendable cream, but every so often a powder catches my attention. 


A subtle, golden glow will be chosen over a blinding obscure color. This is all up to the level of shine a highlighter gives, I have no preference over creams or powders. 


I look for Kat Von D. That is the only liquid liner for me. I love the brush tip, the pigmentation, and the product’s longevity. For a pencil, I think that any pencil liner gets the job done. I’ve never used gel, so I have no input on that type of eyeliner. (Should I try it? Comment below!)


Preferably, this won’t be waterproof. I also look for synthetic bristles on a curved wand  (with the exception of Essence Lash Princess, which is the polar opposite). If the formula flakes, it’s gotta go!


Nudes, buttery powders, blendable, easy to use with synthetic brushes. A review of NYX’s Wicked Eyes palette is coming soon!

Setting Spray

I want a fine mist with a matte factor. Doesn’t have to be high end, but honestly they work best in my experience. Elf’s is great (but MAC is better).

There we have it, my pre-haul mentality! I hope you enjoyed. Do we look for the same products? Don’t be afraid to start a conversation below. Until next time, beans!

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. 


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…


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?

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’


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’


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


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


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”


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