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: 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!


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.


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 are 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. 🙂


Moving on to the other half of an Ask the Bean post-  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 entertaining and 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.



“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! 

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.

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?