I received these products from First Aid Beauty so I wanted to provide an Honest Review with Swatches, discuss the Pros and Cons of each product along with some possible dupes, and my experience!
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In the Video, I Swatch + Review Products from The brand First Aid Beauty.
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1.First up is the Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner! This is a Hydrating and Soothing Toner that preps the skin for serums and moisturisers. This is aimed at Normal, Combination-Dry Skins and I agree as this is a Moisturising Milky Toner that doesn’t have an oily or greasy finish.
I also really like the packaging – You get a lot of product and the packaging makes it easy to dispense the product.
This toner mainly aims to relieve dryness and soothe irritated skin through the use of Colloidal Oatmeal and Oat Kernel Extract and Green Tea which are Antioxidants and Soothing.
This also contains Hyaluronic Acid to Hydrate the skin but that does mean I wouldn’t recommend this to irritated, sensitised skins as this could sting a little.
This also contains Squalane which is a light, lovely oil that suits all skin types, as well as Liquorice Root Extract which helps brighten the skin.
Honey is included which is soothing like Beta-Glucan and and antibacterial like Chlorphenesin.
So this toner can be used Daily in the AM and PM – you can apply it with the fingers or swipe with a cotton pad.
In terms of the texture, you can see this is an opaque, milky colour with a lightweight milky texture. It drips and slides down the hand and isn’t sticky or tacky. It absorbs like a milk into the skin and even smells like milk which I like! I would definitely say this is a lighter version of the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner which I had a few problems in – mainly that I felt like my skin couldn’t breathe when using it, but this has the opposite effect. It’s lightweight and my skin does feel like it can breathe once absorbed into the skin.
I really like this Toner, I would recommend it to all skin types as I don’t think oily skins would have a problem with it.
2.Next up is the Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum! This is a serum meant to hydrate and plump the skin as well as improve its overall texture – I would agree that this product does fill out fine lines and it does hydrate the skin.
I really like the packaging, like the toner, you get a lot of product and the pump mechanism makes this easy to dispense.
This is aimed at all skin types, I would agree all skin types could use it but I’m not sure if this is emollient enough for Dry Skins and it’s not paper-thin enough for very oily skins, so it’s good for somewhere in the middle. This is a thick-ish gel serum that aims to correct dryness and fine lines through hydration. This serum can be used daily both in the AM and PM.
Like the Toner, this also contains Colloidal Oatmeal which is soothing and anti-inflammatory, Hyaluronic Acid is included which is a humectant that increases the skin’s moisture content. Green tea is included as well as Panthenol, Allantoin, Liquorice Root Extract as well as Aloe Juice to soothe the skin.
In terms of the Texture, this definitely has a skin-softening quality to it; it’s a gel like consistency and doesn’t run down the hand. It is hydrating and doesn’t feel sticky or tacky.
In terms of the scent, this does smell a bit plastic-y but I do prefer skincare products without fragrance or essential oils.
Personally for me, I like serums that are more watery, this isn’t watery but leans more towards having a gel-like consistency, so as someone with Combo-Oily Skin, I would actually use this more like a moisturiser under my more watery serums as it forms a barrier on top of the skin and seals in moisture.
3.Now onto the Creams or moisturisers. There are 3 types here and I’ll start with the thinnest which is the Hello Fab Coconut Water Gel Cream – This is a Light, Hydrating Water Cream that’s meant to really focus on providing hydration to the skin.
This aims to reduce dryness, fill in fine lines and provide a glow to the skin through it’s watery base.
This is aimed at Normal, Combo and Oily Skin Types and I would agree!
This is an Oil-Free Formula and although I don’t discourage any skin type from using oils on their skin as oils are a necessity to maintain a healthy, functioning skin barrier (and lack of oil in the skin may cause the skin to over-produce sebum) – this can be used on top of an emollient serum to balance out that oil:water ratio or sometimes I understand Oilier skins or those living in hot and humid weather just need a watery, lightweight hydrating cream that cools the skin down while letting it breathe.
The Key ingredients include Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate which is supposed to help soothe and regenerate the skin as well as Green Tea which is both soothing and an antioxidant, also like Liquorice Root Extract which is also brightening.
Coconut Fruit Juice and Extract is the star ingredient which is a hydrating, moisturising emollient. This also contains Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract which is skin conditioning, protecting and smoothing – but I’m sure it also gives off a slight scent because paired with the faint scent from the coconut extract – this Gel cream smells really nice!
And other hydrating ingredients include Glucose, Hyaluronic Acid and Apple Fruit Extract.
In terms of the Texture, this is a translucent Gel Cream with a cooling, watery feel to it. It glides on the skin and makes it look wet. It does feel hydrating and isn’t sticky or tacky. My skin still feels like it can breathe. This is probably my favourite cream from the lineup and I haven’t had any issues with it so far on my Combination skin!
I’d say this is a good dupe for the Dr G Red Blemish balm in terms of texture.
4.Next up is the Ultra Repair Oil-Control Moisturiser – this is a lightweight and mattifying face cream that aims to hydrate the skin while reducing excess oil, so it’s aimed more towards using in the AM for an anti-shine day and aims to resolve dryness while reducing oiliness.
This is aimed at Normal, Combo and Oily Skins and I would agree as this is not too thick or heavy.
This is another Oil-Free Cream that Aims to mattify the skin and provide hydration without being thick. So it’s meant to provide optimal hydration for oily skin without leaving a greasy after feel.
The Key Ingredients Include Hyaluronic Acid which is a hydrating humectant, as well as Green Tea and Oat Kernel Extracts which are both soothing.
Liquorice Root Extract is included which is brightening as well as Niacinamide which is also brightening as well as helps reduce excess sebum production.
Mineral Powders are included to help absorb excess oil and provide that more matte finish to the skin.
So this cream is all about reducing shine while giving the skin moisture.
In terms of the Scent: Due to the Oat Extract, this does have a faint – ground up oat scent to it which is very inoffensive.
The look of the cream itself is translucent – it looks like the cream form of the Wild Oat Toner.
I really thought the texture of this was going to be very silicone-y, I thought it was going to slip and slide, but actually this cream has some weight to it – it glides smoothly along the skin, it’s not sticky, tacky or too heavy for my combination skin.
It definitely feels soothing and moisturising without leaving a greasy finish. In fact, the finish is supposed to be powdery to keep the skin looking shine-free all day, but I wouldn’t say that this immediately makes the skin look flat, it simply doesn’t make the skin look dewy or shiny which I like as an AM Moisturiser. And it does make the skin feel softer after applying.
I really like this Moisturiser too – I think it goes well under makeup as well to prep Oily or Combo skin, and it doesn’t seem to ball up or layer badly.
I think this is quite a unique product as I haven’t come across a mattifying, anti-shine moisturiser with this kind of finish and texture that doesn’t strip the skin but aims to hydrate and moisturise it at the same time – so I can’t really give an exact dupe – if you have dupes then please comment down below!
5.Last but not least in terms of moisturisers, is the Ultra-Repair Hydra-Firm Night Cream.
This is a smoothing and plumping, anti-ageing night cream that works to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while both hydrating and moisturising the skin.
This is aimed at Dry, Normal and Combination Skins and I would agree as this is both lightweight enough for combination skins and emollient enough for dry skins.
Like the other products, this contains Colloidal oatmeal which is soothing as well as Hyaluronic Acid which is hydrating and superficially helps fill in fine lines. This also contains Niacinamide which is brightening and supposedly helps reduce wrinkle formation.
This contains a patented blend of Spilantes Scmella Flower which supposedly helps the skin appear firmer and help smooth out the look of wrinkels (Glutaline-In-Tense)
I can’t seem to find out much about the effectiveness of this blend in terms of anti-ageing, but Matrixyl synthe’6 and Matrixyl 3000 which are more clinically proven to help smoothe out wrinkles, stimulate collagen and help firm up the skin.
This contains a Peptide Blend to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Patented: Glutaline-In-Tense aims to improve the appearance of skin’s firmness, and Niacinamide helps the skin appear more bouncy and healthy in tone and texture. Sodium Hyaluronate, Colloidal Oatmeal, and Butters + Waxes which are conditioning, help hydrate the skin. This is meant to be applied in the PM.
In terms of the texture, this has a Pudding-like, creamy texture. I thought it would be very heavy and almost like slathering shea butter on the face, but I was wrong.
Glutaline-In-Tense is a patented blend using the Spilantes Acmella Flower. It is meant to help firm the skin and smooth out fine lines / wrinkles.
This also contains Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax which is an emollient.
Like the other products, this contains Colloidal Oatmeal and Green Tea which are soothing antioxidants, as well as Panthenol and Allantoin. This also contains Niacinamide which is skin brightening as well as Liquorice Root Extract. Emollient Ingredients include Squalane and Ceramide NP. You can tell from the texture that this would contain Shea Butter as this product does have that buttery feeling, however it is still pudding-like and lightweight.
This is an opaque cream doesn’t have much of a scent to it. It definitely has more of an emollient to hydrating ratio, or more of an oil:water ratio – but it doesn’t mean that this is thick per-se but it means that you need very little of this product in order to spread it around the skin and cover the face. So I think a cream like this would actually last a long while. I’d say this is actually a better version of the Dear Klairs Pudding Mask which contains Essential Oils and doesn’t contain peptides like this moisturiser. This isn’t sticky or tacky, but I can definitely understand why Dry skins would prefer this over oily skins due to the emollient finish this provides the skin.
6. Last but not least is the Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid. This is an Anti-ageing Hydrating Eye cream that works to minimise fine lines and wrinkles through the use of Retinol and plumping up the skin. This is aimed at all skin types but I would recommend it more for normal-dry skins. This aims to correct Dark circles, dryness, Puffiness and Fine lines.
This contains a Vitamin C Derivative = Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate to help brighten the skin. Retinol helps of course reduce fine lines and thicken the eye skin, therefore helping in reducing the look of dark circles over time. Caffeine is included to help reduce the look of dark circles. Hydrating or moisturising ingredients include Oat Kernel Extract, Glycerin, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol and Ceramide NP. This also contains Allantoin and Aloe which are soothing.
This contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which you will often see in Physical Sunscreen – it gives that white cast effect and therefore will help physically cover dark circles around the eyes, the same way you would apply concealer. The addition of mica adds a pearlescent glow which also helps brighten the look of dark circles. However, it means that these ingredients mess up my sleeping eye mask – particularly the Mica, which means that I can’t use this in the PM and I don’t prefer to use products with Retinol in the AM.
This also contains Shea butter and I think it’s in a higher ratio that the firming cream as this is probably the thickest cream in this lineup. It’s very emollient and so for people who are prone to styes, I don’t think I would recommend it. I too am quite prone to styes so I’m not sure I’ll be able to use this.
That being said, if you have dry-er or more mature eyes, and really want to brighten the eye area both immediately and over time with the use of retinol, then I would recommend it.
For me personally, due to the mica, titanium dioxide and thickness of this product, I’m not sure I will be using it.
Overall, I’m quite impressed by First Aid Beauty! I had heard that there were reformulations and the products had reduced in quality, but for me I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the lineup.
I will say I don’t think I will continue with the Serum as the texture for me, suits a moisturiser and if I had to choose a moisturiser from the line-up I’d definitely choose and prefer the coconut water cream as its lightweight, watery and hydrating which is perfect for my combo skin. I’m very intrigued by the Oil-Control Moisturiser and want to experiment it with some more. I think the firming cream isn’t as thick as I thought it would be, so I may mix it with the Coconut Water cream to get some oils In there and provide the skin with those anti-ageing peptides. I really liked the Toner and will continue to use it. I’m not sure about the eye cream – but let me know which product you’d like me to review and I’ll post an in-depth review on the Blog!
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My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.