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 🙂 I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you!

skincare review: murad instamatte oil-control mask

skincare review: murad 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 like 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, 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. 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!

“flawless” foundation hack?

“flawless” foundation hack?

Flawless? Sign me up. 

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’Oréal Magic Perfecting Base (review) 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!

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! 

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?