20 August 2015

Pixi Beauty Favourites

I used Pixi beauty products many years ago when I used to go to the little shop off Carnaby Street in London and save up my meagre first-job earnings and treat myself now and again. However, that was a long time ago and in recent years I haven’t used anything from Pixi at all.  Send me to blogger detention.

Obviously that had to change and now I seem to have half the range.   Here are some of my favourites from the brand. Some of these products are new and some are not, some were sent to me and some were purchased by my own fair debit card.

Pixi Glow Tonic

If it is decreed by Queen Caroline then it should be purchased. The Glow Tonic is an oil and alcohol free toner that contains aloe vera, witch hazel, ginseng and it is an exfoliating toner due to the glycolic, which my skin seems to love.   It does what it says on the bottle and really does make my skin glow. An all-around winner which costs £18.00.

Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal

I have this in the light shade and it’s perfect for travel. It has a concealer and a tinted moisturiser in one handy tube so it saves space.  The concealer is strong enough to cover my under eye circles and any thread veins or redness and the tinted moisturiser is lightweight, SPF 20 and provides decent coverage.  The finish is fresh and slightly dewy and I will be using this again on the beach in Dubai (yes I am one of those people that wear makeup all of the time, I am not even sorry) but you can also add some powder over the top such as my choice - MUFE HD powder and then it’s perfect for evening too.  £26 for a two-in-one product seems reasonable to me.

Pixi Glow Mud Mask

Mud masks are perfect for when your skin is looking dull and congested as the kaolin draws out impurities and leaves you with a less oily complexion, perfect for this time of year (well it’s technically Summer) or if you’re on holiday and just a hot mess of oily shine or blackheads. This definitely leaves my skin glowing and it is a full on black clay mask, so you just pop on a thin layer for 10-15 minutes and sit back and chill or just pretend to be the creepy moon emoji. That could just be me.  This costs £18.00.

Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask

I do love this mask, but why it contains lavender oil I have no idea, it would really make me happier if it was removed as it has no place in a face product (so there). Aside from that I love this mask because it’s so hydrating and plumps up your skin while you sleep and contains hyaluronic acid to deeply nourish the skin.  You wake up with a silky smooth face and if you pop any of your favourite facial oils or serums on before applying the mask it seals them onto your face so they can’t escape which is needed for some ingredients.  This mask also costs £18.00.

Pixi 24k Eye Elixir

This skinny tube of brightening eye elixir is perfect for popping in your handbag and using under the eyes during the day to perk you up if you have hay fever or get sore eyes from using the computer as day long (so that’s everyone then).  You can obviously also use it as normal in the morning or evening.  It has a metal rollerball applicator which I like as you don’t apply too much product and the cooling feeling of the metal helps de-puff any under eye bags.  I wouldn’t think from the ingredients that this would do much for fine lines or anti-ageing but it’s great for cooling and brightening sore or tired eyes.  It’s called 24k as it contains gold which I am sure is supposed to be luxurious but there’s no proof that gold actually does anything good for your skin (handy tip there)! The cost is £22.00 which tbh I think is a bit pricey despite the fact I like this, I think £18.00 in line with most of their ther products would be better.

Pixi Lengthy Fibre Mascara

This is the newest Pixi mascara. So new in fact that it doesn’t even seem to be for sale yet. I think it must be out in September. The silky fibres work really well on my tiny useless lashes to help thicken and bulk them up without dropping into or underneath your eyes as some other fibre mascaras sometimes do.  I am really impressed with this mascara and I much prefer it to the other two mascaras from Pixi just because it’s perfect for my needs. If you have long and thick lashes already it might not be quite so exciting.   I am assuming the price will be around £14 as that’s how much the other two cost.

So those are my favourites. Are you also one of the four million people with the Glow Tonic? Let me know what you think about it.

You can buy Pixi from  www.pixibeauty.co.uk or use their store locator here pixibeauty.co.uk/stores

18 August 2015

Love Me Beauty Box - August 2015

It’s August so time for another Love Me Beauty box post.  No post last month as the box seemed to have got lost in the mail!

If you haven’t read my previous reviews or heard of the company before -  Each month the Love Me Beauty subscription is worth 6 credits and you ‘spend’ those  by choosing the items you want in your box, on their website, from a variety of different products on offer.  There are plenty of different types of products on offer from hair to nails to makeup.  Most of the items cost 1 or 2 credits. It is really quick to make a profile, I think it took me just a few minutes; you fill in your personal details such as hair colour, skin type and what kind of products you like.  The price of the box is £10.00 plus £3.95 P&P and the average value is around £40-45.00.

The items in my August box are:

ARK Age Prepare Skin Purifying Masque
ModelCo Eye Define Liquid Liner
Talika Bio Enzymes Hydrating Mask
ModelCo Lip Duo
Carmex Lip Balm in 'Cherry'
Bellápierre Shimmer Powder Eyeshadow x 2
LMB Nail File

I should say at this point while if you sign up to this service you can choose your own items to receive, I am sent these to review for the blog as an ambassador, I don’t get to choose my own products that are sent to me, of course I am not complaining by any means but I just wanted to advise.

My Overall Opinion

I do like some of the items in the box this month, and kind of dislike a few of the others.  The Talika Bio Enzymes Hydrating Mask is a cloth mask which I love.  Cloth masks are really hydrating and leave you glowing if you have dry skin like mine.  The carmex lip balm is always a favourite; the Modelco black pen eyeliner is really easy to use and with good dark pigmentation.  I don’t like the Bella Pierre eye shadows as I don’t like any loose eye shadows as I just make a total mess and I don’t particularly like Ark products.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Love Me Beauty have available to pick from next month.  If you want to sign up to the Love Me Beauty Revolution you can sign up today and use my exclusive code SARAH20 to get 20% off your first box.

*Item sent free for review.  Honest review as always.

14 August 2015

Gradual Tanning Products That Don't Streak!

I’m off to Dubai next week which is super exciting but there is a lot of preparation to be done for a sun-deprived person such as myself!

Without my usual basting of fake tan I straight up resemble a ghost or someone with some sort of terrible illness.  I will do my spray tan before I leave however that is not going to last 8 days being in the sun, sea and the pool, so I need to take something with me to keep my tan at least somewhat intact.  You might think oh you’re on holiday, relax just be natural but a) it’s Dubai and b) as with all my other holidays, I’ll end up looking like an albino compared to everyone else in the pictures. That’s fine if you ‘are’ an albino, but I’m not! I do technically tan when in the sun, but if you are starting your tan as a negative 4 and you get a tiny bit of tan you are still at level zero. So I might come back from holiday as white as can be, but I am still technically a bit less see-through than before.

Thankfully, I was sent some gradual tanning products by Kissed by Mii.  The brand has a daily gradual tanning moisturiser for face and a separate one for body that actually work and don’t go streaky, unlike most of the other brands I have tried, so these are going straight in the to-pack pile.

I didn't have high expectations for these products prior to using them as I haven’t heard of the brand before and I have never found a gradual tanning product before that didn't streak horribly but I was really surprised as they are actually great.

To apply you just apply as you would a normal moisturiser, on clean, dry skin.  You should make sure that you exfoliate once or twice a week when you’re using these products. It’s perfect for fair complexions like mine and it absorbs easily and begins to work immediately, developing a natural-looking colour in 4-6 hours.

The packaging will be great for travel and I love this summer shade of aqua.  Both products smell fresh and summery and I really like the colour they give.   See below pic of me looking weird, but tanned!

What do you think, have you ever heard of the brand?