Makeup Minis Vol.18

Makeup Minis is where I feature deluxe samples I received with my online and/or in-store purchases. I'll give you a short description of the product, my initial impression and whether I plan to purchase a full-sized version. I am only listing 3 items per volume to keep the post short and fun! :)

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty
Facial Radiance Pads

It's hard to believe but I've seen results just after a few uses! These pads contain lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate the skin for a brighter and smoother complexion. I cut each pad in half and use twice a day A.M. and P.M. after I clean my face (I feel that a whole pad is too much and leaves my face too wet). I noticed that my skin has been getting fewer and fewer breakouts and when I do get them, they are not as severe as before and seem to go away quickly. I love it! One thing, though, I wish these smelled a little better!

Full-sized purchase?
100% yes!

Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!

Watt's Up!

I actually have a full-size stick of this and it's one of my favorite highlighters to date! So easy to use, just twist it up, apply where I need and blend out gently. It has a cream-to-powder formula and applies a beautiful shimmery pale champagne on the skin. The texture is very smooth and creamy and unlike many reviews, I actually do find that it blends easily! With just a few swipes with my ring finger, I can blend it out to a super natural finish with little to no effort. The after-effect is really flattering on my skin. :)

Full-sized purchase?

Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam Moist

Etude House
Baking Powder Cleansing Foam Moist

This cleanser is formulated with Baking Powder to “penetrate and cleanse deep within pores”, however, I can't say I have seen promising results after almost 3 weeks of use (I only use it once a day in the morning). It has a thick and creamy formula that lathers well. My skins does feel extremely clean afterwards albeit the slight stripping sensation. It has a nice, refreshing citrus scent that is not overpowering. It is a decent cleanser but I just haven't noticed any improvements on the look of my pores or blackheads at all.

Full-sized purchase?


First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads:
US$14 at Sephora

Benefit Watt's Up!:
US$30 at Sephora

Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam Moist:
US$10 at Amazon

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads:

Benefit Watt's Up!:
฿1,250 at Sephora Thailand

Etude House Baking Powder Cleansing Foam Moist:
US$10 at Amazon



    • Hey Erin! It is not disclosed on the packaging but on Sephora product page someone mentioned “a proprietary blend of glycolic and lactic acids equal 5%”. Hope this helps!

  • Oh now I’m intrigued by those pads! I’ve tried something like that in the past, and I liked how clean it left my skin! I wonder if I’d still like them nowadays or find them too abrasive/drying. I’m guessing there is alcohol in the solution?

  • Hi Jaa,
    I love this series, such a good idea to try out the minis and write about them.
    I have accumulated to many of these over the years and they will just go bad. Maybe I should join you in this.

    I am very much intrigued by First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, have to check them out!

    • Thanks, Sara! I love my Minis series! It is fun and doesn’t take much time to write. Plus I get to use all these samples that otherwise would be thrown out. :D The FAB pads are really nice. I do plan to repurchase again and again. :)

    • They are awesome, Fiona! I wish everyone would give them a try! I have definitely seen improvements on my skin! :)

  • Ahh, those facial radiance pad things sound amazing! Someday I would like to try the gentle chemical exfoliants, but I haven’t found something at quite the right price point or that I think will be safe/effective yet here…

    • There are just so many options out there! I’m a bit overwhelmed myself. :-/ Guess I’ll keep using these FAB pads for now. :)

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