I find it absolutely incredible that some of the YouTubers and Bloggers that I have been watching and reading for such a long time have hit the heights of success that has lead to having their name put on makeup. Whether it be their very own line like Tanya Burr and Jeffree Star, or collaborations like Jaclyn Hill with Becca and Morphe, it’s absolutely amazing to see how far our little corner of the internet could take you. During 2017, Pixi Beauty released the Pixi Pretties collection in collaboration with four leading beauty and lifestyle influencers; Aspyn Ovard, It’s Judy Time, Caroline Hirons and Maryam Maquillage. With the same great quality formulations that we expect from Pixi Beauty but with the influence and style of the four gurus, it’s a collection that definitely deserves some recognition.
When my Pixi Ambassador box arrived, I was absolutely delighted to see a selection of the Pixi Pretties collection, as well as travel sized Glow Tonic, which we all know that I adore. I have spoken many a time about Glow Tonic so I won’t cover old ground, but yes, it’s still as fabulous as ever.
The Pixi Pretties collection has garnered a lot of interest simply down to the fact that skincare guru Caroline Hirons has teamed up with Pixi to bring her double cleansing to the masses in one simple pot – the Pixi Double Cleanse. I have spoken about cleansing balms a lot over this last few years, and I have a love/hate relationship with them. I have very sensitive dry eyes so I need to use a different method, such as a face wipe to get my mascara off first. I have only found two cleansing balms that haven’t caused irritation to my eyes and left a film over them; the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm and the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Unfortunately, the Pixi Beauty Double Cleanse caused me quite a lot of issues around the eyes when using the oil based cleanser. I tried it for removing my mascara without using a wipe previously, I tried it after using a wipe. Both times, it didn’t clear all traces of mascara and left a film across my eyeballs which caused irritation. However, the redeeming factor for me was the cream cleanser. Gentle, and soothing, my skin feels so soft and clean after using it. I am actually a bit gutted that you can’t just get the cream cleanser on it’s own, as I would buy it by the gallon.
The Pixi x Aspyn Ovard collection is the epitome of casual, carefree and fresh faced. Three Glow-y Powders in the softest, velvety powders that give a luminous finish to the skin. I have the shade Rome Rose which is a beautiful medium rose pink ran through with a golden shimmer. It reminds me of Nars Orgasm when swatched, however Rome Rose is a tad darker. It’s a very naturally pretty shade that gives a soft glow, whether used as a blush or a highlight.
From Maryam Maquillage, two palettes and a brush, of which I have the Strobe and Bronze palette. Without being biased, as it is the one that I have been sent, but I do prefer the Strobe and Bronze palette to the Strobe and Sculpt palette, quite simply down to the shades within each one. The Strobe and Bronze palette contains four shimmer shades and two matte shades, with three highlight colours and three bronzing colours. I am so happy that I have found a palette that contains darker bronzers as lighter ones don’t tend to make much of a difference to the warmth of my skin. The highlighter shades are beautiful. Honey toned hues that would look great on any skin tone, and although it’s not often that I would choose a yellow golden shade, I have been wearing the third highlight shade an awful lot lately. I also must pay homage to the quality of the formulation. Finely milled, and buttery soft to the touch, they almost feel like a powder to a cream.
I have a thing for Pixi eyeshadows, and I find them to be some of the easiest shadows to work with. I look forward to each Christmas in order to get the Ultimate Kit, so I had some high hopes for the Pixi x It’s Judy Time Eyeshadow Palette. At £28 for 12 shadows, I think it’s a real good price for just how special and underrated these shadows are. Of course, like in every palette, there are some shades that work better on a brush rather than using a finger to swatch, with some darker shades needing some building up. That being said, I am obsessed with the shimmers within the palette. Autumn eyes, you got it. The colours in this are perfectly suited to the tones of the season, and I’m happy to see a palette with a warm colour palette as cool tones just do not work for me. The velvety soft shadows layer beautifully, as well as blend out seamlessly, and when I wear these over the top of an eye primer, they last forever. Impressed? You bet I am.
Although I have been using Pixi Beauty products for quite sometime, I still feel like I have a long way to go in really getting into it. Luckily, I have a few new items to keep me going. Hands up, who’s excited for the Christmas Pixi range?!
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