Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer by First Aid Beauty Review

So y’all know that I have been searching high and low for an all over face illuminator. See my reviews here and  here . I’ve been wanting my skin to GLOWWWWWW! My goal has been to find a product with a golden glow versus a pearl or champagne glow. Whether or not it also has a moisturizing effect is an added bonus. Have I found a winner???

I went into Sephora and asked one of the team members for any recommendations. If you are a woman of color, you know that it’s hard to ask a white person for recommendations because a lot of times they do not take into consideration the difference in skin tones. Therefore, they will recommend products that will complement their complexions, which is completely understandable. I knew that before I asked the girl to help me, but I still asked anyway. She led me to every single product with a pearl tint. LOL! I just laughed to myself and she actually ended up directing me to a black lady who she felt would provide better assistance. I was so grateful because she hooked me up!

She introduced me to this amazing illuminator by First Aid Beauty called Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer (retail price: $34)! I swatched it on the back of my hand and my face should have turned into the heart eye emoji because that’s literally how I felt. I was immediately in love! All I could see was the perfect golden glow on my hand and I couldn’t WAIT to apply it to my face!

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The next time I did a full face, I tried it out! If you look at the pictures below, you see that there is a brush applicator attached to the tube to make for easy application. I actually do not use the brush to apply it to my face. I place a couple of dots on my forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin and then rub it in with my hands and then blend it with a wet Beauty Blender. Pictures really don’t catch the glow, but, the glow is THERE! It is stunning! My skin was radiant and (even though my skin is generally blemish free) it smoothed out the appearance of my skin.

It’s a lightweight moisturizer, which really isn’t enough for my dry skin. That’s not a big deal to me. I just apply Aquaphor before applying this. After I applied this, I continued with my makeup routine by applying bb cream all over my face and the rest of my makeup.

I think I can end my search for an illuminator because I do believe I’ve found a winner! I definitely rate this product a 5 on a 1 to 5 scale!


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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer • Radiance | Review + Swatches

I have been searching high and low for a product that will give me that lit from within glow. I have used the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Pure Gold and it pretty much gives me the look I’m going for. However, I have not been 100% satisfied, so I’ve been trying to find another option.

Last week Sephora had the 20% off sale for VIB and VIB rouge members. I figured that would be the perfect time to stock up on some products and try out some new ones. I went into Sephora and asked for some recommendations. It didn’t matter to me whether the product had moisturizing properties or if it was just to be applied on top of a moisturizer. I just needed a glow. The lady recommended the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance, among others. I thought I would start with the Laura Mercier one. It sells for $36.

The product is a lightweight, creamy gel. It isn’t a moisturizer, so you should apply over your moisturizer, but under your foundation. Once the product set, my skin still felt dry. However, it did reduce the appearance of imperfections. The illuminating effect has a pearl tint, which on my skin tone made me look ashy. The tint is more suitable for fairer skin tones.

Overall, this product did not work for me since it felt dry and the pearl tint made my skin look drier. But, this product is still a good product and if you have fair skin and are looking for a product that gives you a light glow, this is the one for you!


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Lip Monthly Review + Swatches | February 2016

This month was my make or break month for Lip Monthly. I was not too satisfied with the products I received in my first two bags. Click here for my December bag and here for my January bag. The total value of this bag was $43.00, which isn’t bad since the bag is only $12.95 a month. I was really hoping that this month would be better, so let’s see what I received.


Seraphine Botanicals Vegan Berry Tint in Cherry Cream, $18.00
  This was my favorite product in this bag and actually the only product I liked! I love the rich pigment of the lip color! You really do not need to apply a lot of product to get this pigment. It is a liquid to matte formula that doesn’t leave your lips extremely dry. My lips felt pretty moisturized for a good while.

Prim Botanicals Lip & Cheek Glow, $22.00

These lip tints were okay. I probably won’t wear them ever because I like a little more pigment on my lip colors. But, the formula was surprisingly very creamy. I was thinking it would be difficult to remove the product from the case, but it wasn’t. It applied very smooth and had a lot of moisture to it.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Creamy Caramel #440, $1.99
 If you have been following my blog, you know how I feel about nude lips. Also, if you saw my review of my Lip Monthly bag last month, then you know even more about how I feel. This color is no exception. I HATE it! My lips look ashy and my face looks washed out. I will NEVER wear this color…ever! Lol!

Harvey Prince Organics Sincerely Body Cream, $24.00 I received a Harvey Prince body cream in an Ipsy bag a couple of months ago and ever since, I have been a huge fan of their products. They are extremely moisturizing and smell delicious! I definitely keep these sample size bottles in my purse and on my desk at work.


Overall, I was very disappointed in not only this bag, but the last two I have received. Because of that, I have unsubscribed from Lip Monthly. No worries, I subscribed to another beauty subscription and I can’t wait to show you all next month which one it is!

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