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New Pixi By Petra beauty buys | Mini Review

April 28, 2015

Pixi By Petra / Beauty ProductsPixi By Petra Pixi by Petra Glow TonicPixi beauty quick fix powderPixi beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm

Products:  Quick Fix Powder | Glow Tonic | Line Relax Serum | Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Beauty is one of my favorite brands sold at Target. I really wanted to try the Glow Tonic, I heard so many great things about this product by other bloggers and YouTubers. Unfortunately, you can’t get the Glow Tonic at Target, so I purchased the toner and all the other products online at Pixi Beauty. I was so impressed by all the four + five-star reviews on these, and so many other beauty and skin care products online. Affordable and effective = perfect combo.!

The Quick Fix Powder is the perfect little translucent finishing powder to pop in my purse. I take it everywhere with me now + use it when I feel I’m getting a little oily. It’s mess-free, and easy to apply! The first time I tried the Glow Tonic, my skin literally GLOWED! I was instantly in love! It’s been about two weeks since I started using it, and I’ve noticed my skin tone + texture has significantly improved. This toner will be a forever skin care product of mine! The Line Relax Serum intrigued me so much when I read about it. Although, I don’t have lines/wrinkles yet, I do wake up with puffy eyes or tired + dehydrated skin. So I got this product to help with those issues. I love the cool sensation the serum has upon application, and how it ‘perks-up’ my skin. It’s a great primer! I’ve been using the Tinted Brilliance Balm everyday. I got the color ‘Unique Pink,’ and it’s so cool because this one works with the pH in my skin to create my own ‘unique’ pink shade! This balm is very hydrating, and the color is subtle. It’s perfect for everyday.

– Xx

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February Faves

February Beauty Favorites

March 04, 2015

February Beauty Favorites

Concealer | Eyeshadow Primer | Brightening Setting Powder | Resurfacing Peel | Moisturizing Masque | Face Primer | Mascara | Matte Liquid Lipstick


If I had the time to pick 20 products for my February Faves I would! I have tried many greats last month, I had to narrow it down. I’ll share other products in different posts this month.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll already know from my post last weekend how much I LOVE the NARS creamy concealers! This made my list because the product goes on so smoothly, it’s buildable, fully covers any dark circles, redness and breakouts. It leaves a beautiful natural finish that lasts all day without creasing or breaking down. If you get the concealer in two different shades, you can use one for highlighting and the other for spot correcting, like I do.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

The ‘Shadow Insurance‘ by Too Faced, is a great product if you’re like me, and you struggle with fading or creasing eyeshadow. It’s really helped my eyeshadows perform at their best– they don’t crease, melt or fade. And the primer also helps to neutralize any discoloration my lids have.

Ok, this ‘Raspberry Resurfacing Peel’ is Ahhh-Mazinggg! I’m a skin care junkie as well (duh!) + love me some face masks and scrubs/peels, WHATEVER. I’m so glad I tried this. And you will be too! You only need to use this peel once or twice a week for a couple of minutes. Quick + easy results = heck ya! My skin looks clearer, brighter + feels so smooth after a treatment.

I use the ‘Secret Brightening Powder‘ to set my concealer. It’s so light-weight and adds a pretty luminosity around my eyes.

I’ve been so happy with this hair masque! With just one use I noticed my hair was so soft + smooth. It smells so lovely + has really worked in hydrating my dry, thick, long hair.

I enjoy using this Veil Mineral Primer. I don’t even feel it when it’s on my skin. I used to suffer from my-face-ate-my-makeup syndrome! This mineral-based primer has fixed that problem. And everything that I put on my face goes on much smoother. I suggest you add a primer to your routine if you haven’t already.

My favorite makeup products I love ‘collecting’ are mascaras and lipsticks/glosses. Before trying YSL‘s Voluminous Effect mascara, I used my go-to brand. I decided to try this one because besides the fact that I wanted to try something new, this one seemed promising when I saw it at Sephora. Lately, I’ve had problems with my lashes falling out after having Mason. This mascara has really helped fill in the gaps + make my lashes appear fuller. I prefer thinner brushes and a thicker formula, for dramatic lashes. This one hits all the marks for me- I love it! ‘Shocking’ makes my lashes full, long + thick. It also leaves them looking wet, not matte, which I prefer in a mascara. And again, It’s a thicker formula so it really coats my lashes without making them look clumpy. I also like the thinner brush so that I can really get close to my lash line and work the product through really well.

February Faves YSL Shocking Mascara

Finally, this liquid lipstick by Anastasia Beverly Hills is nothing like I’ve ever tried before. It goes on wet and smoothly, then dries down to a matte finish. I used it for the first time when I went to go see the Maroon 5 concert last week. It lasted all night, until I look it off. My husband loved the way it looked on me and how kissable it was-hehe! It did not come off on him or while I ate or drank. It is a full-coverage, highly pigmented formula. I own the shades: ‘Lovely‘ (pictured) + ‘Neon Coral.’

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in 'Lovely'

So those are some of my favorites from last month. I hope I gave you some ideas!

Thanks for reading!

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Sephora Beauty Haul

Sephora Beauty Haul

February 20, 2015

 

Sephora Beauty Haul

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Cleansing wipes | moisturizing face oil | beauty elixir | la creme lip cream {Lollipop} | la creme lip cream {Nude Beach} | perfect lips lip liner {Perfect Nude} | ambient lighting powder {Dim Light} | foundation {N153} | Lash extension kit 


Yesterday I went to Sephora specifically for a foundation I’ve been wanting to try. Of course, that’s not the only thing I ended up buying – all willpower is gone the minute I step into Sephora (and ULTA and Nordstrom)! I tried.

Sephora Beauty Haul

The Make Up Forever foundation was what originally brought me to the store. Because I’ve been needing a medium coverage foundation, I decided to give it a shot. I’ve heard lots of good things about this brand and this foundation- I’ll let you know how it goes.

Another product I’ve been longing to try is the Hourglass Lighting Powder. It’s used for highlighting the cheekbone and other areas of the face you want to bring out. When I swatched the ‘Dim Light’ in the store, I loved the subtle lit-from-within appearance it gave me. Perfect for my olive complexion. And FYI It has not glitter or shimmer.

When I tested the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil on my hand yesterday, I really enjoyed how nicely it absorbed into my skin, and best of all, how smooth and dewy my hand looked as well! That’s why I purchased it. I used it once last night and this morning already + it’s incredible so far.

Too Faced Lipstick Swatch

I just couldn’t pass up on these creamy lip colors by Too Faced. The color swatch above does not do these justice! The colors are so pigmented + beautiful. The formula is so creamy + hydrating. I’m going to enjoy playing with these!

Too Faced lip liner swatch

This is the Perfect Lips lip liner also by Too Faced. I’ve needed a nude-rose shade liner for a long time to pair with my nude + pink lipsticks.

 

Thanks for reading + have a great weekend!

 

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My Recent Beauty Buys…

January 23, 2015

 

New Beauty Products

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Tartelette eye shadow palette | Mally eyeliner { color: Gunmetal + Enchanted Violet } | Shiseido eyebrow pencil { natural black } | NARS matte lip pencil { Paimpol }| essie nail polish { east hampton cottage }| Borghese eye treatment

I bought these products just this week. I’ve tried a few products so far (the eye cream, matte lip pencil + nail polish), I’m excited to try the rest! I’ll let you know how it goes with a follow-up post…

Tartelette Amazonian clay matte paletteTartletteThe Amazonian clay matte palette was created for all the devoted ‘Tartelettes’ out there. Inspired by the many types of women who proudly wear Tarte products: the ‘fashionistas,’ the ‘super moms’ and ‘free spirits,’ just to name a few of the beautiful matte shades in this palette.

All 12 new matte shades are infused with Amazonian clay. Which means, this formula is actually hydrating + good for your skin. This palette was also designed so that you can use each row, from left to right, as an eye look — From your base color, lid, crease and liner. Or have fun with it and mix it up! I love a little sparkle like many girls do, but how pretty are these universal matte colors?! Every girl needs good (and good-for-you) matte shadows!

Mally Evercolor waterproof liner

I already own two of these liners + love them! When I saw they were offered at an Event Price on QVC – I had to get more!

mally eyeliner

{ Top → Bottom:  ‘Gunmetal’ + ‘Enchanted Violet.’ }

Shiseido eyebrow pencil

I’m always willing to try a new brow pencil. What I need is to lightly fill in my brow, naturally. It’s SO IMPORTANT to fill them in ladies! No matter if yours are thin or thick – ya just gotta complete your face! This one seems like it could be good one for me…?

NARS matte lip pencil

I’m a fan of NARS lip products. I’ve never tried their lip pencils though, but when I saw this pretty color { paimpol } I thought I’d give it a shot! This lilac-pink shade will transition great into spring and summer too.

Essie nail polish

I love white nail polish. And after all the fun reds and festive colors I was using over the holidays, I was ready to tone it down a bit this week. This one happens to a pinky-white shade with a subtle shimmer. ♥

new beauty products

Borghese skin care products are available exclusively at Target, as part of their luxury line. Thought I’d give this a try. It’s affordable + this line has great reviews online.

Borghese eye treatment

{ Eye treatment }

Have you tried anything new that you would like to share? Let me know, would love to hear them!

Happy Friday!

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