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My Pixi Story: All About Eyes

eyemakeup review

I started getting curious about the pixi beauty line when I kept seeing everywhere. And I mean everywhere! Online, tv ads, being promoted on tv, magazines etc. So when I finished my eye cream, I decided to try their eye cream out. I heard great things about their skincare line, especially their cleansers, toners and their makeup. I now have added to my collection the eye pencil and an eye palette that I had won on twitter when they were having a contest.

Now if you don’t’ know much about this line, it started in London from a woman of 4 kids who needed her makeup and skincare routine to be simple and quick. So her skincare line is packed with healthy ingredients and makeup are colorful, but also safe for the skin. This post will be reviewing my experience with these three items.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Matte Khaki

This pencil was one of the items I received in the contest I won on twitter. And it honestly surprised me. It reminds of the marc Jacobs pencil, but this one I can actually wear. I love the way it glides on so easily and seamlessly. It’s true to color and even on my skin tone the color wore well. And boy does it stay on all day. You don’t have to worry about this one coming off, because even with my oily eyelids, it stayed on all day without reapplying. I love this pencil and the color is perfect for the summer. Plus it’s safe for the eye area, including for sensitive eyes.

Pixi Mesmerizing Eye Palette in Amethyst Aura

This was the second item I won in the contest and I’m not sure if everyone got the same palette color or not, but l lucked out with getting my fave color in the palette. The mixed the colors soft and vibrant so you can choose if you want a softer look or brighter look. I like it. The softer colors didn’t really show much so I won’t be using much of those colors except as a base. But the brighter colors showed up really well on my skin tone. Because of my oily eyelids, they didn’t last that long, maybe a few hours like a lot I’ve used. But they wore well with an eyelid primer and stayed on all day. It is a bit of a hit and miss with me on the palette, so if I was ever to buy eyeshadows from this brand, I would buy the single pots instead. But they were safe for my eyes and I like the colors in the palette.

eyemakeup review

Pixi 24 Eye Elixir

For the most part, its refreshing and cooling on the eye area. The roller ball idea isn’t new, but it does help with the puffiness and dark circles. There is cucumber and raspberry extract to help tone and even out the skin tone. I have used it awhile and it does feel nice and soaks into the skin nicely. I honestly cant’ see much of a difference and my eye area looks ok. Overall, this eye serum is ok. I have used better and I have used worse. Some of the ingredients that is good for you are at the bottom of the list which usually means there isn’t a lot of it. But it does the job and I will continue to use it.

 

So there is my review on these 3 products I have use. Come back next week for more fun and reviews and tips. Have a good day beauties!

 

This entry was posted on May 23, 2017, in Makeup.

Keeping My Face Shine Free

powder review

 

I’ve used powders ever since I started using makeup. It has been a necessary staple in my makeup bag, as I am constantly using it to keep my skin looking fresh and less oily. It’s probably the easiest thing you can do to keep oily skin at bay. For me, I’ve used a lot of different products to figure out what would best keep me shine free.
For me, it’s less is more kind of deal. I’ve used primers, balm, pore minimizers an all I did was keep piling on the product on my face and at the end of the day I sometimes felt like I was wearing a mask or I just look like I didn’t put anything to keep me shine free. Don’t get me wrong, I still use a primer or pore minimizer on special occasions, but on a day to day look where I just need a touch up and go on breaks at work or before I go out to dinner, I just use blotting paper and powder. Yep, that’s it. No secrets, no tricks, just two items. Today I am writing about the two great powders that I am currently using.

Hello Flawless Powder Foundation in Amber

This powder gives you a natural, matte look. It comes with a brush and sponge so you have a choice of natural or fuller coverage. They say it’s for all skin types, but I couldn’t see normal/dry skin wearing it, because even for my combination/ oily skin its very matte looking. If someone with drier skin uses this, definitely moisturize and add a highlighter on top to get that dewy look. I put on a brighter blush then usual to keep my skin looking fresh. By mid-day when I do my usual blotting and powder, it really looked pretty good and I didn’t have to do much, just around my nose area. I like that it’s doing its job, but when summer comes around, I’m sure it will definitely hold up and keep me shine free.

Smashbox Halo Hydrating perfecting powder in Light-Medium

This is my second time using this powder and I love how you can shave a little bit at a time to get only the amount you need. I think because of this, for me it lasts a long time. I mean I use it 2-3 a day, so if it lasts a long time for me, that’s a good thing. It really helps when you have to carry it everywhere like me and you don’t have to worry about it messing your make-up bag.
This is one of the few powders that can be worn on any skin type. Smashbox really went all out on this one and loaded it up with skin friendly ingredients. With minerals, amino acids, pure gold and a peptide to hydrate the skin, this powder won’t make you look matte or lifeless. It feels light on the skin and it gives me a nice matte look, but also a bit of a glow. When the weather is a bit cooler I will definitely use this, but I’ll see how my skin is during this summer.
It is tricky when you have oily skin. You have to go with what works. For me, it’s pretty simple, but for others it may not. Give the product a couple of weeks before saying it works or not. Your skin will let you know one way or another if it loves the product or absolutely hates it. Until next week, have a good day my beauties!

This entry was posted on April 7, 2017, in Makeup.

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Mascara?

mascara review

The first mascara I ever bought was the one I used for years before I actually started exploring other great finds. My very first mascara was L’oreal voluminous and like everyone else you just have to go on a whim and try it. With its black and gold tube and off white packaging, its unassuming but simple package you just are curious if it works. I got home and immediately tried it on and it was love at first brush stroke.

Over the years when L’oreal came out with a new mascara, I would go out and purchase it immediately and give it a go. It’s one of the very few companies that I could go back to and purchase a mascara and I would be satisfied with it. This time again I have bought another one from them.

I do keep my routine in the morning simple and quick so I can get out the door without thinking about my makeup. I’m sure you’re like me and you want something simple, but also looks good. What has never changed in my routine is my mascara and black eyeliner. So here is a review of my newest mascara.

L’oreal Voluminous Superstar

First I have to say how handy it is to have a primer and mascara in one package. I know they had or still have a red and white one that was the same idea, but the brushes on this one are different from the red and white one. The brush is absolutely important to me. It has to get every lash and deposit the mascara nice and evenly on your lashes. These brushes do it all and I absolutely love it. Both primer and mascara both fan out my lashes and it doesn’t look clumpy or it doesn’t flake off either. It stays on all day and the best part? It comes off easily when I wash my face in the evening. I always use an eye makeup remover to get off any other makeup like eyeliner or concealer, but if I’m wearing only mascara, I skip this part. It’s that easy and it’s all in one package.

Here is also few a tips on using a mascara:

  • If the brush looks clumpy from the mascara, just dab it on a tissue to get excess off
  • Thicker lashes? Cost both sides of lashes with mascara
  • If mascara formula is too dry or flaky, a few drops of saline solution (contact lens solution) in the tube should make liquid again
  • If same color as your brows, use mascara to make them look thicker and set them
  • Lashes look clumpy? De clump by using a clean toothbrush, run it through lashes until desired look.

Until nextweek, have a good day my beauties.

 

This entry was posted on March 23, 2017, in Makeup.

A Lipstick Love Story: Makeup Forever Artist Rouge

lipstick review

 

Everyone that knows me, knows I wear lip gloss almost all the time. It is very rare that I wear a lipstick. And even if I wear lipstick, you will surely see me putting on lip gloss on top of it. I have very dry lips and I stick to lip gloss because they can mask the dryness of my lips and a lot of them are moisturizing and they feel good on the lips. There isn’t a lot of lipsticks that can do the same job, at least I haven’t come across them yet.

So last year I entered into a contest with makeup forever when they were launching their rouge artist collection. I was so excited when I won, but at the same time I was really nervous because I wasn’t sure if I could wear them at all. I won 6 of these beautiful lipsticks to try and I have to say I love them. Like I really love them.

It’s one of the few lipsticks I can wear comfortably and forget that it’s there. They are moisturizing, but yet light weight, because some lipsticks can feel heavy if you want that added moisture. They are fairly long wearing (4-6hours) without having to reapply and they don’t have that stiff and dry feeling like some long lasting lipsticks. The pigments are beautiful and bold. What you see in the tube is what you get on your lips. They also come in matte and satin shades.

I will use about half of them, but the bolder and fun shades, I will leave that to the bold beauties out there who can wear them a lot better than I can. I don’t mind trying new colors out, but the deep blue I think is just not for me. I am going to give you a few tips on finding the right lip shade just for you. This is just a loosely based guideline on how to find the right shade. Whatever you end up choosing has to make you feel good and look good too.

  • Fair-light skin tone can wear light pink, coral, peach, nudes or beige.
  • Medium skin tone can wear rose, mauve or berry colors
  • Tan skin tone is pretty versatile but try coral, deep pinks and lipsticks with orange undertones
  • Deep skin tone can wear browns, purples, wine and plum colors.

 

Here is a few more tips on keeping it on and making it look great:

  • For a smooth lip, exfoliate with a soft bristle toothbrush or a lip polish like the one from fresh beauty
  • If you want the exact color in the tube, use your foundation to wipe out all color from lips. The natural hue of lips can disturb color of lipstick
  • For more staying power line your lips and paint them with your lip liner before applying lipstick
  • If you found the perfect lip color but can’t seem to find the matching lip liner, find a lip liner that matches your lips closely so it won’t ruin the color of the lipstick. Or find a clear lip liner that will go with everything like the Dior universal contour lip liner.

 

I hope this helps you on your journey to finding that perfect color. Till next week beauties.

This entry was posted on February 22, 2017, in Makeup.

My 2 Current Foundations: Review

Why do I have 2 foundations? Why not? Doesn’t every woman have that? Or am I just a makeup junkie? Well maybe a bit of a junkie. But here is my excuse. It’s because on my days off, I don’t want to wear a lot of stuff on my face. Here is my reviews on my 2 current foundations.

Guerlain Terracotta Jolie Teint

I’ve only used a few tinted moisturizers and this is my favorite. It has s.p.f. 20, which is enough for my oily skin and very light weight. It doesn’t make my skin have that weird, heavy feeling when wearing it all day, but it still keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. Sometimes I don’t have to wear anything underneath it, so it makes my routine on my days off so simple. I just put some bronzer on top of it to give me a nice glow, also by Guerlain and I’m set for the day. A tinted moisturizer that protects, hydrates and so lightweight and gives me the perfect coverage for my oily skin. I’m so in love.

Dior Airflash Foundation

By far this is my absolute favorite foundation, it’s not a foundation that has those vitamins or antiaging properties. But yet, it gives you medium to full coverage, it can be used on all skin types and It blends so easily into the skin. It’s just one of those foundations that is a foundation in its simplest forms. Put simply: it’s just a foundation and it is fucking awesome!!! Plus, most if not all make up products that you see in-store are actually used on the runaway.

There are several different ways to put this foundation on. But to get its full effect of it, I use a face and body brush, so it’s puffy and big. (Dior also sells a brush specifically for this foundation just in case you wanted to know). I spray directly onto brush and go in circular motions on the face. This way, it helps to blend in easily and buffs the skin a bit to give it a glow. Or I use a multi-purpose brush that is flat on top, but still thick, and spray directly on it too and it gives me fuller coverage by using this brush.

And for the ones who want to be daring, you can also spray directly on the face. You can use a normal foundation brush for this, but any foundation brush you choose is fine as well. Make sure you wear a headband, so hair stays out of the way. Shake bottle, and do little spritzes a time. Regardless, it’s going on your lids, your lips, brows etc. After your done spraying, it’s just blend, blend, blend! I don’t do it this way anymore, because it just took too much time and also very wasteful of the product.

I hope you find this helpful. See you next week beauties!

This entry was posted on February 9, 2017, in Makeup.