Hydration is Beautiful!

Here is another Over-Haul of Bean Approved Beauty Products!

The search for foundation is never-ending.  and with the cold, dry weather the  best hydration foundation we have found yet is  Shiseido Advanced Hydro Liquid Foundation with Spf 15, medium coverage that when applied feels so fresh, cool and the smoothest formula. No flaking, or dry patches. Last All Day! Leaves a Lustrous look, not chalky, powdery, or dull. A New Favorite! An anyone with dry skin a cream foundation will work best for you.

After those long days it is great to relax. Try doing a mask 2-3 times a week. Some of the best come from Freeman Beauty. Adore the Blue Agave Facial hydrating Mask   -Hydrates thirsty skin.  This mask felt so luxurious we went and bought a few more. Just relax for 15-20 minutes, take of mask and then gently pat the rest into skin. Skin feels completely hydrated and moisturized. Great anytime mask, but we enjoyed it at night before bed. Waking up with glowing skin.

Winter really dries out skin. If you are looking for dramatic moisture. You must try Illamasqua Hydra Veil Re-hydrating Gel. Part moisturizer part primer. Allows makeup to stay 24 hours if needed and reduces pore size and any dry skin that causes the appearances of lines or wrinkles. Calms and refreshes the skin. It feels cool and absolutely luxurious on skin. It helps makeup apply even and smoothly. No parabens, sulfates, or phthalates so you can feel good about what you are putting on your skin. In love with this product it will become a regular staple in our beauty arsenal.

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At home hair color has Stepped up it’s game thanks to Revlon Luxurious Color Silk. Hair felt healthier after and the feeling lasted more than 24 hours. Not just a couple of days, it has now been a week. The color has lasted and Happy with the results! Great for in between salon colors and touch-ups. The pigments are not for drastic change yet for natural color and look. A+ for Revlon, for finally found an at home color safe for the stylista on a budget. It is not the most expensive on the department store shelf, but it is the Best. So don’t let the price tag fool you. Some of those more expensive at home hair colors have been tried by Bean Styled and yet to be approved.

We finally tried Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo-a “mild luxurious Cleanser for Softness and shine” Great for chemical lovers and over processed hair.  Lathers Great, Smells Amazing! Paired it with Super Rich Conditioner– “luxurious balm for parched, processed, over exuberant hair. leave in 1 minute then rinse. The conditioner was rich and simply smelled amazing! Left hair smooth, soft, an frizz free. Fell in love with Bumble and Bumble we are excited to try more products.

The FAB Facial Radiance Pads  Daily Essential (that is now a daily essential in our facial routines) Exfoliates, Tones, & Brightens.  benefits Improves skin clarity, reduce pores, diminishes fine lines!

 It get’s better the products are designed for the most sensitive skin issues.  Alcohol Free, paraben free, and with other natural ingredients such as Aloe, white tea, mandarin and other fruit extracts. It contains the Right amount of lactic and glycolic acid to Exfoliate Everyday! Cucumber and Indian Gooseberry Tone while the natural Lemon Peel and Licorice Root Brighten and Glow.

Shiseido new 3 Piece IBUKI skincare Kit. The cleanser is gentle. The concentrate is almost like water yet not a gel, and feels amazing when it hits your skin. The moisturizer is very hydrating and leaves skin feeling soft and looking healthy. It all feels amazing on the skin. An about two weeks use their was a dramatic improvement in skin tone looking more even and flawless. Pores may not be able to shrink completely but black heads were greatly improved.

Next up is the Conair Infinity Pro! Like any new electronic device is takes some getting used to. But once you figure out the forward and reverse button this handy device will be your new best friend. Adds volume way better than your regular hair dryer and round brush. Great for Layers and Bangs. Still used a straight iron to make the ends of hair piecey.  But it leaves hair smooth with less frizz and seem to work better at taming the frizz an fly away’s better than a normal hand-held hair dryer. It is literally drying, straightening and curling all at the same time. It has a “Cool” feature so you can make soft loose fabulous curls with this spin brush. So many styles can be done with this handy tool. It is used every week at Bean Styled and absolutely Lovin it! Tired of paying someone for a Blow Out. Here is the best Blow Out you can have right in your own home!

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Beauty Must!

So here are products you can find at your local drug store or department store that have Bean Approved as Amazing Products worth having in your beauty cabinet. Ones we keep on hand and love personally and use on Bean Styled  Photo shoots, and Make-up Clients.

Keeping with the Retro wing and Cat eye trend the perfect liquid eyeliner pen. Does not streak and literally dries 2 seconds after you draw the line. Victoria’s Secret VS Graphic Eyeliner Pen simply ROCKS! The thin tip makes outlining and applying a thin line easy and is a great build-able formula. So you can make a thicker line as you go. Thin or Thick, Artistic of Simple VS Graphic Eyeliner Pen can create it all and the design of the tip helps you! With a light hand you won’t have to worry about going overboard or too much coming out.  BEAN LOVIN IT!

Since we are already talking about Victoria’s Secrets. We need to mention   VS Fresh Face Brightening Gel Cream– a very light formula that soaks right into skin. It is a Good primer and adds great highlight with just the right amount of mica in the product. It also has caffeine to de-puff eyes and wrinkles. Plus Shea butter, witch hazel, chamomile flower, ginkgo biloba and Aloe for moisture. We have used this product alone and under makeup. This product is worth having any day and really brightens the face. It gives off an even skin tone, highlighting and we can say has been a good addition to our skin care routine. And of course it’s Super Model Approved in which the VS models use when traveling by air to help hydration and puffiness. Perfect for the under eye area and temples where you want to add subtle highlights for that fresh flawless look.

Next is a brand we love. Their beauty products are of great quality and at a reasonable low-cost. They use natural ingredients and of course we appreciate that.  E.L.F. EyesLipsFace.com has Jumbo Eyeshadow Sticks found in Target. They are great for summer, and if applied over translucent powder will last all day. The color Bean Styled tried was “Little Miss Thing” (second one) which is a gorgeous Nude with gold tint. Great for a little shimmer on a nude for those natural looks being created.

Let’s Talk about the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition line. Bean Styled tried the shampoo and conditioner.  In about 2 weeks we seen improvement and dramatically felt improvement in the strength and smoothness.

Enough to get us curious about the Garnier Miracle Dry Oil. Bean Styled recommends this as part of your skin care routine. It is great for the face. Simple apply 1 spritz to hands then face after you shower. Or spritz on a hot wet towel, ring out and apply to face for 5 minutes for a great quick moisturizing facial. This product is oil so for face or hair makes sure you spritz the hands first so you do not go over board. But for the body, Bean Styled recommends  spraying it on after you get out of the shower, or after a long day at the beach or pool, and rub in with hands. It surprisingly soaks in fast and leaves no sticky feel. This product also leaves a great exotic smell, no need to apply perfume. This line is definitely sticking around in our  beauty recommendations for a while.

  Ardell Accents 3/4 length of normal size lashes. Once you learn how to apply false lashes and continue to do it. It really does become easier.  These 3/4 length are great for beginners. You don’t have to worry about holding down as much as a full length lash. This is Beauty Genius for two reasons: 1. Put then on outside edge for volume and/or dramatic looks 2. Apply them directly in center for extreme volume and eye-opening effect. Apply your mascara for bold voluminous lashes. Also Perfect for a Day Time look. No mascara needed or use clear mascara for extra bond and hold. Just be sure to let your lashes dry a minute before apply mascara to give the glue time to bond really well.  After removing use your makeup remover gel or antibacterial soap to clean your false lashes, rinse, let them air dry and they can be reused a few times before they tend to get brittle. So In love they are almost worn every day in this Studio.

Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara. In which here is in Very Black Blaze. The ultimate mascara to get volume with absolutely no clumps! Easy to create the cat eye,  or Retro Glam wing eye effect with the Volume Igniter Brush which is designed to get the volume right in the middle and outer lashes.  If you have very thin, barely there lashes this would be the mascara you have been waiting on! You can really feel the brush comb thru the lashes and separate which creates the most amazing volume. MUST TRY! You can tell the model on the right obviously has thin lashes. Flamed Out created such volume and absolutely gorgeous lashes.

If you are getting sick of that red, irritated feeling after a wax let me fill you in on what to try! Nair has out a Brazilian Spa Clay Total Care Face Trio, plus other products in the same line for the bikini area and etc.  Nair has always been an enemy for me. I have extremely sensitive skin and original Nair for most and for me Burned like Crazy! But I am here to tell you that The Brazilian Spa Clay not only smells 99% better than regular Nair it did not burn at all! No itching, no irritating. Which is comforting since it is being applied to the face and other sensitive areas. The mineral oil, Mango Butter and Acai Berry really help protect, hydrate, and calm the area you are removing hair from. 10 minutes and the dark hairs and fine hairs that make up what we like to call a Mommystache, (since it started to appear after having kids) was gone. We used an aloe based cleansing Tissue to wipe it off and you could literally see all the little hairs. The moisturizer that comes with the trio is thick and really hydrates the skin. No redness or irritation and it has been about a week with no hair re-growth yet. It works and it save’s the embarrassment of asking for the lip to be done when you go in for your normal eyebrow waxing at the salon.

Next is Freeman Vita-K Dark Circles Professional.   Long Nights, late stay at work, or baby keeping you up with little to no sleep contributes to dark circles. This product really makes a difference you can see.  Peptides & Pro Vita K Complex; an amino acid complex, which helps with skin tone and elasticity. Added mica helps diffuse light and brighten the under eye immediately. Also, This product has an ingredient called matrixyl 3000 which helps stimulate cell renewal. Use for about 2 weeks day and night and see how your Peepers look. This product is sensitive enough to use twice a day but if any irritation occurs just use daily. It’s a great daytime eye cream to wear under makeup.

The Best saved for Last is…… Boot’s Expert Sensitive Line! Bean Styled picked up a 3 piece Kit. That included Boot’s Expert Sensitive Cleansing and toning wipes, Sensitive rehydrating eye cream, and rehydrating moisturizer.  For the fashionista price of $12.00 (which on their website it is CHEAPER) one would think they were using a high-end skin care line. Not only does it feel luxurious but waking up with brighter more hydrated skin than ever is always a plus and you can thank Boots.

-First use Boot’s Expert Sensitive Cleansing and Toning wipes. Hypoallergenic, with aloe Vera and mineral water. I have not used a wipe that not only was soft and gentle but completely took off the darkest eye makeup, daily foundation, BB creams and powders! Left my skin feeling clean and toned.

-Next use Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating eye cream which soaks right in and instantly hydrates the eye area. With all the ingredients as the other two products but with added sunflower seed oil!

-Finish up with Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer. It is a thick moisturizer that when applied soaks right into skin. This product is wonderful for a nightly moisturizer.

Great for Late Nights and leave no excuse for not taking off the days makeup. Also great for those late mornings from studying all night.  Bean Styled recommends this line for your night-time skin care routine. Another bonus is that these products are fragrance and lanolin free. Which many people with sensitive skin have reactions to.

Check out the German based Company Boot’s Cosmetics Today!


Beauty Secret: Rice an Tea

Rice Beauty

Bean Styled has started researching into other cultures and their everyday routine from eating to skin care. Here are two key ingredients that everyone should start ingesting more of along with applying it to our skin. The Wonderful first Ingredient is RICE. Look at it’s benefits. Take a look at the Asian Culture, and most of them will have very beautifully smooth and vibrant skin.  Their major diet is made up of fish and rice. Their intake in Rice could have a major impact on their skin, that we here in America should start taking up ourselves. Not only do they eat more rice, and by culture drink more Tea. The second food and drink we will be discussing today.  Green Tea being one of the most popular teas they choose to drink. Is this a habit or diet that could benefit the rest of the world, for skin care, but also for our Health.

There are Many beauty products out there today that have rice in them, but there is also home-made recipes that are great when your on a budget, and they provide the nutrients directly to the skin.

There are many natural, and organic products on beauty shelves out there with rice in them. As Bean Styled is on the hunt, trying and reviewing! Once we find some great products we will have the review of the products up. In the meantime leave us comments on anything you recommend or have heard of, and we will gladly give it a try.

The Rice Facial:  Take a Cup or Two of Rice, place in a pot of water and boil. Pretty much follow the directions that come with your Rice. Sorry thou, Instant Rice won’t work for these Recipes. After you finish boiling the rice, Carefully Strain the Water in a Bowl.  Set at your Table, Vanity ect. with a towel over your head to catch the steam coming up from the bowl of rice water and let it open your pores. After 5-10 minutes, Use the cooled down rice water to Rinse your face. Slightly pat dry so your face is not dripping with water, and let your face air dry. You Should just then rinse with cool water, and pat dry. You will instantly feel your skin is smoother and see a nice glow.

Also, if you are not able to eat all your left over Rice, or go ahead and make more to Use it in a Rice Bath Soak:  Again, use the directions on your rice to boil it, Use strainer to Strain your rice, and water add the rice water to your already filled bathtub. Then with the Rice, mash it up with a Fork; then add to Tub. Like Cleopatra with her milk baths, We now have Rice Baths.

It seems people with dry skin, and eczema should try Rice in their diet, and soaking their skin. From what I can find Rice helps retain the moisture we easily loose in our skin with the help of the starch proteins. Which over time the skin should become smoother, and  with a routine you could really reduce and prevent some wrinkles. We only have to look at Asian Culture for the real results!

Aveeno Products use science and nature, with  “Active Naturals” meaning natural ingredients that deliver results, and they have a great Body Scrub with Rice!  Aveeno Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body wash with pomegranate, rice, and walnut shells, is a great smelling, gentle exfoliate anyone can use.  Try it Out Today, can be found at any local drug store, Target ect.

Green Tea Steam Facial:

Boil Green Tea (4-8 tea bags)

Remove from stove and Carefully poor into a bowl to let cool til it is Warm and able to touch, and put on your face.

**Please remember when doing at home Recipes to be very careful, at Bean Styled we love to offer great alternatives to expensive Spa Treatments but please always use common sense when around Stoves, fire, heat ect.

Soak a Clean Hand Towel in the Green Tea, twist it up, and set it aside for now.

Let the water cool to warm and Cleanse your face with gentle cleanser using the teas water, Use your Astringent/toner

Then take your hand towel, open it up (should still be warm)

Lay back and Place your Warm Green Tea Towel over your face and let the Warm Steam open up your pores, allow the ingredients to absorb deeper and let the Green Tea’s Antioxidants do it’s work.

After 10-15 Minutes Remove Towel and use your moisturizer as usual.

++Also Throw another Hand Towel in the Green Tea that is already Steeped before you wash and place it in a bowl in the Refrigerator over night for the facial below. So you don’t have to waste anymore tea or time to brew more.

Green Tea Chill Facial:

After a long day come home, Remove make-up,

Ring out your Hand Towel that is Chilled with Green Tea

Lay Back and Relax with the cool Towel applied over your face for 10-15 minutes.

Then apply your moisturizer

The antioxidants will help remove the Impurities from the Day, and De-puff those tired eyes, and de-stress at the Same time.

You’ll be ready for a Dinner Date in 15 Minutes, Looking Fresh like you’ve slept all day, instead of 8-12 hours at your Desk!

Green Tea is a Great antioxidant, and Moisturizer. Not only Great to Drink but in many Beauty products today. Green Tea can help prevent dry skin, acne, wrinkles, and fine lines.  If you have a favorite Green Tea product, or Recipe we would Love to Hear from you