REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask

Recently hyped as “a gentle yet effective overnight cream that brightens and hydrates skin while sleeping,” I purchased the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask because of the rave reviews. Sleeping masks, or overnight masks are my favorite kinds of masks to use so I was eager to give this one a try.

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As a way to “wake up to a luminous complexion with FAB Facial Radiance® Overnight Mask,” it’s suggested that you can either use this product as a sleeping mask or a night cream. As a “leave-on mask, [this product] is a rich gel cream that is formulated with a powerful combination of ingredients to brighten, hydrate, and deeply nourish the skin” while you sleep. “It goes on like a normal moisturizer and should be blended in until just a slight residue remains on the skin” — essentially, as the last step in your night time skincare routine, it’s best to apply this after your night cream if you choose to use this as a sleeping mask. Upon application, “the skin looks brighter; overnight as the actives are absorbed deep into the dermis, the mask performs its magic.” In the morning, wash your face as usual and your skin will be “hydrated and refreshed, revealing a brighter, more even-toned, and smoother complexion.”

As a night cream, it provides the same results — just less steps. For me, I prefer to use it as a sleeping mask instead of replacing my night cream with it. Its light, gel texture is easily spreadable and blends easily onto the skin. It’s light and doesn’t interfere with any other skin care items you previously applied. The gel-texture is thicker in consistency so it takes some time to absorb. Your skin will look shiny and slick for about 30 minutes, but I don’t mind since I’m just going to bed.

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I think applying a sleeping mask before bed is the best for your skin since it gives it all night to recover and repair itself. For particularly stressful weeks or after a long weekend, this product is great to replenishing the skin, so I find that it’s worth taking the additional few minutes to apply this. While it’s not a necessity, I feel that it’s important to do something a little extra 2-3 times a week. I recommend this sleeping mask, but check out some other reviews on sleeping masks here: Fresh Rose Face Mask & Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask, Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask, and Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask.

Item contains 1.7 oz.
Retails for $38.00 USD.
Made in USA.

REVIEW: Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash

I’d like to think that I’m not normally fussy with face washes — but this is because I use a cleansing oil prior to cleansing. As a treat for myself, I picked up the Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash, and I’d have to say, I’m thoroughly surprised with how much I adore this face wash. A little bit goes a long ways, so I like that it will last me a long time. The foam lathers nicely and rinses clean, which is really important in night time makeup removal/face cleansing.

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This cleanser by Benefit is designed to be a “1-step facial wash [that] effectively cleanses the skin and removes makeup and impurities with a soft, gentle lather. This facial wash has a subtle floral and cucumber fragrance…[and is] formulated for all skin types.” The cleanser is surprisingly gentle and feels nice and cooling on the skin. It removes all residual oil from my cleansing oil, and that’s really what I’m looking for in a cleanser. As for makeup removal, I can’t say — since I use a cleansing oil to remove my makeup prior to using this face wash. However, I did read some conflicting reviews where people stated that they felt that makeup removal was not as thorough as they’d liked.

In my opinion, it’s not necessary to have a fancy cleanser (especially if you’re a cleansing oil beforehand); however, if prior makeup removal isn’t your kind of thing, a 3-in-1 kind of product like this may be more efficient for you.

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I like this cleanser, but it’s not Earth-shattering! There are plenty of other cleansers out there that do a great job with cleansing the skin, so it really boils down to personal preference here. I’m still just as happy with my Cetaphil cleanser, so this face wash was just something new to try. I still recommend it though, and if you were initially curious about this product, I’d say that it’s an effective cleanser that gets the job done.

Made in France.
Retails for $22.00 USD.
Item contains 4.5 oz.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

I’m back on my primer kick so I picked up the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer after reading some reviews. As a “replenishing face primer that hydrates, smoothes, and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish,” this primer is very soothing and helps the skin look and feel good (hence, the name of the product, I suppose). Although it’s as a way to “cure your next beauty hangover,” I find that this primer helped condition my skin allowing it to look healthy and natural, and most of all, I liked that it didn’t interfere with my makeup application process afterwards.

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Too Faced claims that this is “a revolutionary makeup primer that’s infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity.” The product has a light coconut scent but it’s not strong and it doesn’t linger after application. It feels cooling on the skin and spreads easily onto the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. It absorbs quickly without feeling overly matte or sticky; and, I found that the primer helped hydrate my skin while “locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear.”

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“Too Faced harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish, or under bronzers, foundations, and powders to create the perfect canvas.” I like primers that work double-duty — meaning that it does everything it needs to in conjunction with base/face makeup + it wears wonderfully on its own. For no makeup days, I like to apply some primer to keep my skin, pores, and imperfections somewhat in check. This primer is lightweight and feels very breathable on the skin. Makeup applies smoothly because your skin is smoothed out without any silicones.

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My only gripe is that it’s really not that great at controlling oil, but then again, it never claimed to. While it doesn’t necessarily plug in pores or blur imperfections like the Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer, the liquidy texture is perfect for slapping on the face before heading out the door. It provides superb hydration so your skin feels and look awake and healthy; and, it somehow seems to plump your skin up — which is probably why it’s a great “hangover” option, lol. I recommend this primer and I think your skin will drink it right up — especially in this summer heat!

Made in Italy.
Retails for $32.00 USD.
Item contains 1.35 oz.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder

For the most part, I’ve given up on bronzers since it seems that none of them are good for my skin tone. As a really, fair-complected Asian, I find that most bronzers are either too red, too orange, or just too muddy/brown and it makes my face look dirty and unnatural. I’m a big fan of contouring my nose, but I leave everything else as is since too much contouring looks ridiculous on me. I read on a few Korean blogs that The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 01 is best for really fair skins.

Previously, my post on Bronzers & Contouring for Pale Skins was the best I could do regarding color, tone, and texture of the bronzers I liked for my skin tone.

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Currently, everything at The Body Shop is on major sale with everything being 40% off. If you’re considering this bronzer, now is the time to try it out! My shade 01 is perfect because when swatched, it almost seems too light. It’s buildable so at least we have the option to make it darker if need be. This is perfect for contouring since it provides the perfect amount of “shadow” without looking too dark or muddy. This bronzer is matte so whether you use this as a bronzer or a contouring powder, it helps that there’s no shimmer/glimmer/glitter/sheen to it. I’d definitely recommend this shade for those who are fair and extremely fair.

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Even though the product is “enriched with honey,” it really doesn’t do much for my skin — it’s really the color that I’m after anyway. It’s quite long-lasting, doesn’t disturb already-applied makeup, and seems very natural on the skin. The appearance of your skin is extremely subtle so don’t be frustrated thinking this product isn’t delivering results. I almost chose shade 02 just in case, but I’m glad I stuck with 01 for subtle contouring.

For reference, I use pinkish-yellow based foundations in the fairest tone in most ranges/brands. While I don’t use MAC face products, I’m a NW15/NC15ish and I don’t tan my face in anyway. For you fair-skinned friends, if you’ve struggled to find a bronzer that works for you, give this a try!

Retails for $20.00 USD –> ON SALE FOR $12.00 USD
Made in Italy.

REVIEW: Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer

The Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer was recently mentioned in Claire Marshall’s recent video featuring her June & July Favorites. The product is a “smoothing, makeup application primer that supports a youthful appearance,” and is designed to “prep skin for makeup application with [the] new timeless smoothing and filling primer.” It is “formulated to reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula is infused with vitamins C and E, and green bean extract gently absorbs into the skin, delivering a surge of moisture, peptides, and other naturally-derived elixirs so that skin has a firmer and smoother look.”

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With “a lightweight texture, the fresh powder scent provides the perfect blank canvas to enhance the look and wear time of makeup. Wear it under makeup or alone as part of your skincare regimen for a flawless, soft-focus finish.” This primer is great and I can see why it’s already generating rave reviews. A little bit of product goes a long way and don’t be scared by the moussey-clumpy consistency! I dab my finger in the pot and get some product onto my fingertips. I apply to areas of my face where I know pores are an issue — mainly my nose, chin, and inner cheeks. It sets instantly feeling soft and smooth, but not oily and greasy like some primers. This stuff seriously fills in lines and pores and blurs even discolored imperfections really well. I’ve noticed that my foundation applies super smooth afterwards; and, I swear I need less foundation than I did before using this product.

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The scent is powderly and light and hardly noticeable. It looks great alone on the skin too if you’re going for a really natural-no-makeup look. However, I really like it for its ability to really plug in pores and blur imperfections instantly. It’s a great way to fake perfect skin! I predict this pot will last me a long time since you need very little product. Again, don’t be frightened by the clumpy appearance — it will smooth itself out wonderfully, trust me. Because of the texture of the product, I don’t see how it could ever come in a tube or a bottle with a pump. So, while it’s not all that great that the product comes in a pot, I’m okay with it. Makeup longevity was decent but nothing spectacular. I just really like this product for its ability to get rid of pores temporarily, and the finish is gives the skin after foundation application.

Made in Italy.
Retails for $39.00 USD.

REVIEW: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mask

I’m still on my mask kick if you haven’t noticed from my posts here about the Fresh Rose Face Mask & Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask and the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask. Previously, I posted about the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask and the SK-II Cellumination Mask-in Lotion as well. The Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mask has recently joined my mask collection, and I’m happy to report back that I love this mask!

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As a “deep-clean mask to transform dull, tired skin into a luminous, spa-like glow,” this mask is designed to be a quick-fix, emergency product. While most of my masks are used at night prior to doing my night time skin care routine, this particular mask is great for the day time. As a quick-fix product, I like to apply this on newly cleansed and dried face while I brush my teeth. It only needs 60 seconds to work, but I like to leave it on for a little longer than that. Afterwards, I rinse the product off and my skin is instantly brightened and glowy. The Purity Made Simple Mask “transforms lackluster skin into a radiant, healthy-looking complexion. It’s fortified with mineral-rich, deep-cleansing sea salts to help naturally purify and detoxify, and marine extracts and vitamin E to smooth.”

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Your skin is “left glowing, supple, and hydrated.” It truly is an all-in-one kind of mask that works fast and provides instant (yet temporary) results. It ever so mildly will exfoliate, allowing the skin to look and feel brightened and awake; and, I swear my makeup is applied way smoother and better after I use this. Remember: to use this product, massage a generous amount onto clean, dry skin until the gel turns white. Leave on for 60 seconds or a few minutes like me, and then rinse. This is gentle enough to use daily, but I personally like to bust it out when my skin really needs it in the mornings. I recommend this mask and think it will help during mornings when you know you need something extra and special for your skin!

Made in USA.
Retails for $25.00 USD.
Item contains 4 oz.

REVIEW: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

I saw the new Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation at both Target and Ulta and decided to purchase it. I admit, I may have been drawn in by the packaging, lol. Nonetheless, Maybelline’s Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation claims to “give you a flawless look that gives you an impeccable finish. The breakthrough feature allows you to look natural because it fuses with your skin to make your make-up undetectable.” The claims seemed reasonable, and I liked that this foundation was similar to the Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation in concept, texture, and finish.

Normally, drugstore foundations don’t really interest me; but, this one sure did. Check out more drugstore-related posts here — about drugstore beauties, here — about my review on the Revlon ColorStay Foundation, and here — about the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup.

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This foundation is extremely liquidy, but spreads thin with coverage. It’s blendable and smooth, and dries down to a semi-matte finish. Once applied, this foundation doesn’t feel like anything on the skin. While it is lightweight, I noticed it’s not as buildable as I would like. Layering the foundation on to areas that need more coverage can get cakey when you’ve got dry patches or uneven texture. For that reason, I think it’s best to stick with one, thin layer — and then, to add some concealer onto those problem areas. Oil-control is decent but not great, so I powder my t-zone with Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder and I’m good to go!

This foundation is worth checking out because it lets your skin look like skin. It evens everything out beautifully and seems to cancel out redness and pigmentation well. The coverage and overall finish is natural and light, so it makes it ideal for summer months or for when you’re looking for something more natural. I find that using your fingers works best rather than using a sponge/synthetic brush. It’s fast to apply and the shade “Porcelain Ivory” is perfect for my slightly cool, but fair skintone! I recommend this budget-friendly foundation and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Retails for $9.99 USD.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Candy Glow”

A few months ago, I fell in love with the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Something About Berry,” and I wrote a review about it because it’s the cutest blush I owned. Soon after, I purchased the Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Candy Glow” because of the softer pink tone, and I’m happy to report that I love this blush too.

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“Candy Glow” is a “rose pink shimmer” color that contains a “soft coral pink [with] peachy pink shimmer.” As a “trio-color blush packed into one pretty heart,” the concept of this blush is really cute packaging that houses a shimmery blush color. I like that “Candy Glow” is a good amount of pinky tones and coral tones, because I find that this combination is the most flattering on my skintone. Because of the multi-colored shades, it allows you to either swirl the colors together or apply it using more than one shade. As a “custom flush or highlight,” this blush gives you options depending on your mood or occasion.

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Despite its bulky packaging and not-so-travel-friendly-appearance, this blush is so pretty and easy to use. A little goes a long ways, so it’s important to tap off the excess or layer the color on slowly so you can avoid looking clownish. The “sweet, romantic flush” this creates is the best part of this product, and with a baked color formula, the blush will work with many different skin tones and has a buildable finish that’s easy to work with.

Made in Italy.
Item contains 0.19 oz.
Retails for $30.00 USD.

REVIEW: Clé de Peau Beauté Refreshing Balancing Lotion

The Clé de Peau Beauté Refreshing Balancing Lotion was recently added onto my toner collection, and I have to say, I think this product is totally worth the money. I guess I’m on a toner kick this month, which is weird since I used to think that toners weren’t necessary!

Described as a “luxurious balancing lotion that replenishes moisture while preventing roughness,” this toner contains “advanced moisturizing ingredients to minimize pores and improve skin’s texture.” It will leave your skin “dewy and soft with regular daily use,” since it contains key ingredients and benefits that will “awaken refined texture and youthful-looking smoothness.”

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This toner is perfect for skin that needs hydration and it absorbs quickly into the skin. It also contains an “Illuminating Complex” that is “a powerful moisture-stabilizing ingredient to create a radiant complexion. I like to use this toner mainly for nighttime, but I’ll also apply it during the day when my skin needs it. The “CE Generating Complex” is an ingredient proven to reinforce vitality in surface cells, so this product allows the skin to look glowy, youthful, and healthy after each use. While there are claims that this product is “formulated with [an] exclusive Clé de Peau Beauté ingredient [called the] Cellular IC Normalizer,” I can’t say that I notice any “optimal functioning of the cellular ion channel system” — as it claims. The toner is moisturizing and feels luxurious on the skin.

I recommend this toner, but it’s an expensive item that probably won’t last long with daily use. I haven’t noticed any drastic changes in my skin, but I do feel that hydration levels have improved — allowing my skin to feel more balanced. On nights that I skip this toner my skin is fine; however, I do notice that certain areas of my face will be less moisturized. If I use this toner during the day, my skin gets oilier faster since it’s a toner designed to be hydrating. Because of this, I’d recommend this for nighttime use!

Made in Japan.
Retails for $100.00 USD.
Item contains 5.7 oz.

Summer Makeup: How to Make Your Makeup Last

Applying makeup during the summer time can be tricky since the weather is so hot and humid. More importantly, it’s more annoying when you’ve spent all this time making your makeup look good and then it melts off your face, lol. There are certain products I rely on to really “lock in” the makeup before heading out the door, and I think it’s worth investing an additional five minutes to do this as a pre-caution. If these items aren’t year-round products for you, consider the travel-size ones that you can find at Sephora. Of course, these tips on helping your makeup last aren’t limited to summer months only — I think you can apply these tips no matter what the occasion/season may be.

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Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Described to be a “weightless setting spray that helps makeup stay put, control oil, and deflect surface shine,” this spray is a great final step option for after you’ve applied all your makeup. I really can’t say that this product alone controls oil, but it does a great job with keeping your makeup on your face even in humid, hot weather. Allegedly, “high-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow, and blush from smudging, sliding, or fading,” and it’s a decent preventative measure to take when trying to lock in your makeup. As my final step, I spray this product all over my skin and let it absorb — and, it seems to keep my skin comfortable and less messy throughout the day. I get the travel-size version of this spray and it lasts forever.

Benefit The POREfessional
I feature this primer time and time again, but it really deserves all the praises. As a “balm that minimizes the appearance of pores,” this primer is smooth and silky as it plugs in pores and glosses over imperfections and discolorations on the skin. I find that my makeup sits better for longer on the skin, and oil-control is decent but not magical. I notice a difference when I don’t use this primer — and, that’s saying a lot since I don’t like most primers to begin with — I notice my makeup slipping around my nose and chin area. Benefit is good about including this primer in their gift sets and sell it separately in a travel-size version if you want to try it out.

Benefit Benetint
Tints are best for summer months because they’re so low-maintenance. It’s so long-lasting you don’t have to worry about it; and, it’s so easy to apply so it’s not fussy either. I’m a fan of all the tints by Benefit, but I like Benetint the best since it’s so versatile as a rose color. The rose-tinted cheek and lip stain is multi-functional since you can apply it as a stain for the lips and cheeks. I mean really… it’s “the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle [and is] kiss-proof and smudge-proof.” Sometimes I will layer on some brush over this, but on its own, it does perfectly fine.

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder
I don’t normally like to powder, but it’s a requirement for me in the hot summer months. I also think that having a good setting powder on hand is key in allowing your makeup to last. The Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder is “a silky, lightweight finishing powder that softens the appearance of fine lines and pores.” It’s easy to dust a little on without changing the color or appearance of your base makeup; and, it really locks in my makeup even as the oil breaks through through the day. This powder was “created specifically for HD technology,” and is a “talc-free professional touch-up powder [that] is perfect for use throughout the day to reduce shine and slightly mattify skin.” An added bonus is that “it adds a soft-focus, naturally radiant effect to blur imperfections, such as fine lines and pores, while remaining completely invisible to even the most magnified HD lens.” Pictured here is another travel-size version.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow
I don’t like eyeshadow primers, and often, I don’t find that I need them. However, when I really need my eye makeup to remain intact, I prefer to use the Long-Wear Cream Shadows as a base. Described as a “velvety-smooth cream formula that goes on easily and lasts all day without creasing or smearing,” this is the perfect first-step before applying eyeshadow. My favorite is the shade “Bone” because it’s a “soft matte off-white” that is perfect for evening out the tone of your eyelids and really making shadows stick. It’s soft and creamy and dries down nicely without looking cakey or stiff on the skin. Shadows are still blendable, so that’s a bonus as well. On lazy days, I apply this alone with no shadow just to perk up my lids a bit — and, it’s great how it makes you looks so awake and alive.

If you want, check out my other summer-related posts here: Face of the Day: Summer Glow and Oil Control and Current Summertime Glow. For more information about Summertime Essentials, check out my post that features a great summer foundation — the Shiseido Sun UV Protective Liquid Foundation.