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!

Maybelline

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.

Tarte

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.

 

 

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“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?

Pros:

  • Use less foundation
  • Wear foundation longer

Cons:

  • 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! 

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!

Primers

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. 

Foundation

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*

Concealer

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!

Bronzer

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

Blush

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. 

Highlight

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. 

Eyeliner

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!)

Mascara

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!

Eyeshadow

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’Ć³real’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’orĆ©al magic perfecting baseĀ 

makeup review: l’orĆ©al magic perfecting baseĀ 

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.