I don’t talk about beauty products all that often here on S&P, but when one of our site sponsors asked if I would try out some fun new makeup and share my honest thoughts with you, I jumped at the chance.
I love being able to outwardly express myself through fashion and beauty, and believe that a fun lip color or a great new tool are often the most inexpensive and easy ways to update your look. When you throw a great cause into the mix and a company that takes it’s mission and quality of product very seriously, I’m most certainly always wanting to learn more…
I’ve been using a handful of makeup items from Radiant Cosmetics for the past few weeks, and after giving each product a test run and deciding which work seamlessly with the rest of my beauty routine, I wanted to share my findings here with you!
1. Powder Blush in Apricot Mist – My favorite new product of the bunch, this pressed powder blush is the perfect shade of peach (which is the color that I recommend for any skin tone), and it goes on lightly which makes it easy to layer for either a subtle or bold look. (I’ve always been a BOLD blush gal, can you tell?!)
2. Perfect Finish Concealer – The shade that was sent matched my skin color perfectly, but because of the dry crepe-y skin around my eyes, I noticed that it dried me out just a bit more than I usually like. I typically use concealer for my under-eye dark circles and to hide any blemishes that need covering, and this particular formula provided great coverage that seemed to last all day. Despite my skin issues, I’ve found that by adding my own moisturizer straight to the tube, I’m able to use this particular product as more of a tinted SPF than the concentrated coverage that it’s meant for.
3. Moisturizing Lipstick – Can’t get enough of the lip colors Moxie and Poppy (the one seen above), and I love that they feel more like chapstick going on, but didn’t bleed into my lip line like a lot of other moisturizing lip colors tend to do.
4. Kabuki brush – This was the product that I was most excited about when I opened up the package. I was in desperate need of a replacement, and the big fluffy kabuki brush from Radiant did not disappoint. My old brush was literally shedding it’s bristles faster than you’d even believe, and when I snagged a new one from Target a few weeks ago, I was bummed to find out that the individual hairs were sharp to the touch and uncomfortably poked the skin on my face every time I went to use it – Yuck! This particular brush is actually LESS $$ than the department store one I originally had and liked, but the fluffy shape and soft bristles seem to do the job of blending and depositing color in a much better (and not at all painful!) way.
Beyond the fact that I’m very pleased with each of the items (especially the lipstick, blush & brush!), I’m even more in love with what the company’s founder, Nicole, has to say about her venture:
For as long as I can remember I’ve been enamored with makeup. I grew up wanting to be a beauty editor at a fashion magazine. I pursued this goal, eventually finding myself in New York City working for a fashion house on 5th Avenue. I was living the dream, or so I thought. Inside I was miserable; something was missing.
After leaving New York City and graduating college I felt called overseas and wound up on a crazy year-long adventure, doing missions work with an organization called The World Race. 9 months into my journey I became friends with a prostitute in Thailand.
My heart broke for this woman. Walking Bangla Road, home to over 200 bars and countless women who’ve been trafficked or are trapped working in the commercial sex industry (which feeds the beast of trafficking) to provide for their families, I felt alive. Like I belonged. I was filled with an overwhelming sense that something had to be done and I was going to do it. A vision began to form.
I was given a new dream; to run a makeup company that partners with human trafficking organizations financially as well as getting people involved in their own communities physically. Especially in the United States, where trafficking happens in our own backyard.
The cosmetics industry generates $170 billion annually. Women dominate this industry and of the over 2 million human beings trafficked each year, 80% are women and girls. My dream is to awaken a generation of women to not sit back and allow this injustice to happen to our fellow sisters.
My dream is to set the captives free, one lipstick at a time.
I am humbled by the passion and drive that Nicole uses towards creating awareness about something that she so strongly believes in, and I’m more than honored to have Radiant as one of S&P’s site sponsors. If you’re in need of some new beauty buys, I’d highly recommend checking out the full product line, and feel free to let me know if you have further questions about any of the things that I tried!
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