25 June 2016

Pixi Skincare

Pixi Glow Tonic

Generally speaking, when a brand produces both skincare and make up products I am often left feeling somewhat sceptical. The reason for this, is that there are not many brands in my opinion that manage to pull off both well. Over the last few months I have being trying out a few skincare products from Pixi.

Last year, one product in particular managed to gain quite rapid coverage within the beauty community. The Pixi Glow Tonic* sold out online and became quite hard to pick up at one point. Now that the dust has settled and normality has resumed, I have decided to share my thoughts on this in order to see if it warranted the excitement that surrounds it. The Pixi Glow Tonic is essentially an exfoliating toner which contains 5% Glycolic Acid, this enables it to gently exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells. Alongside this it also hydrates and soothes the skin, making it a multi-purpose product in my opinion. 

Having now being using this for a number of weeks I must say that I have noticed a difference in my skin. It certainly looks clearer and indeed brighter, whereby I would even go as far to say that I have seen a reduction in blemishes too, which of course is most welcome. The Pixi Glow Tonic itself has a faint scent to it which is rather inoffensive; this isn't something I notice when I use it. It is also orange in colour but this does not transfer on to the cotton pad or the skin. 

I like to use this of an evening once I have cleansed and before I use my eye cream and serum. Due to the fact that this does contain Gyloclic Acid I do refrain from using this every single day, as I don't want to subject my skin to too much. 

Is it worth the hype? To me yes, it is making a visible difference to my skin which I am grateful for. Whilst it is not the most affordable product at a retail price of £18, it will last a little while, especially, if like me you opt to use this just two or three times a week. 

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Moving onto a more recent release from the brand, the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm* has also been introduced into my skincare routine of late. This is a typical balm texture which is solid within the tub and melts as you apply it onto your skin. It works well to lift away make up and it feels really smooth and easy to apply. This will require you to use a face flannel of muslin cloth to remove the product with warm water, I wouldn't recommend you using just your hands due to the nature of the product.

Having read previous reviews of this in the past I had opened this with an ounce of trepidation. The reason for this being that so many had been left with a residue of this on their skin which they struggled to remove. Now, from my experience I have to say that I have not encountered this, however I do only use a 10p size amount so perhaps be frugal with what you use in order to have the best experience with this. 

Overall both products have impressed me, so much so that I would happily explore the rest of the range in order to see what they have on offer. 

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 


16 June 2016

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

We all know by now that I love nothing more than to test out a new skincare brand. Last year Aurelia Probiotic Skincare started to crop up on many of the blogs that I was reading at the time, to say I was curious about this brand would be somewhat of an understatement. 

For a little while Aurelia Probiotic Skincare wasn't widely available, however the brand has recently launched over on Beauty Expert which has helped to make it more accessible. Over the last few months I have been lucky enough to be given a couple of the products to try out for myself, so I am here with some quick fire beauty reviews and my overall thoughts on the products so far. 

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser*

This little cleanser has recently scooped up a Beauty Bible award, therefore I had high hopes when I started to use this, not least because it was the product which was highlighted by so many of my favourite bloggers last year. In comparison to most cream cleansers I have used in the past this is most certainly one of the lightest in terms of texture. Due to the fact this is a bit more of a luxury I have opted to use this as my second cleanse, however in terms of makeup removal it did do a good job, although it wasn't something I used around my eyes as I strictly do only use a micellar water for my eye makeup. 

Lightly scented with eucalyptus, rosemary, bergamot and chamomile, this really is quite a delight to use, especially on a warm evening when you have arrived home from work. After use my skin feels hydrated and clean, without feeling stripped of moisture. This is most certainly one of the nicest cleansers that I have used in a long time, although I will admit that the price is not the most friendly for those who are on a budget.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine and Polish Miracle Balm* 

The second product can be used in a couple of ways as whilst you can simply use this as a gentle exfoliator, you can also, by leaving this on for around five minutes use this as an enzyme mask. For the sake of five minutes I do tend to just leave this on my skin, potter around for a bit and then simply wash it off, where upon doing so the balm turns to a milky consistency. The texture of this balm is almost gel like, although granted it does have quite a thick texture for a gel. Within this there are small rice bran beads which are incredibly gentle on the skin which buff away dead skin cells and then wash off with ease upon rinsing your face. 

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Revitalise and Glow Serum* 

This serum is essentially an anti-ageing serum; in which this wasn't something I was aware of when I first started using it. Its purpose is to restore moisture and luminosity to the skin all whilst helping to prevent your skin from ageing. A concentrated serum built up of pure botanicals, with probiotics and peptide technologies which target the areas which need them the most. The serum is milky in colour and feels cooling upon application to the skin. I have been using this of a morning after I have cleansed and toned, whereby I have noticed that it really does help my skin to appear more radiant and youthful. The serum sinks in quite quickly on my skin and it does not leave it feeling tacky in the slightest.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Repair Night Oil*

Without a doubt out of all four products which I have featured here today, it is this one which has the nicest scent. It is naturally fragranced with neroli, lavender, rose and mandarin which together work beautifully. To me this is a gorgeous blend of fragrances which are incredibly relaxing; it is the perfect scent for a night oil. Overnight this will hydrate the skin and soothe it so that you are left with a smoother and more refined complexion come the morning hours. It has only been in the last week in which I have started using this particular product, therefore it is still very early days for me to comment on this one in terms of a review, although so far I have to say that my skin is seeming to be reaping the benefits of this night oil so I will continue to use this with enthusiasm throughout the next few weeks. 

Have you tried Aurelia Skincare? 

*This post contains PR samples, for more please read my disclaimer. 


2 June 2016

Recent Beauty Purchases #7

Recent Beauty Purchases
At the beginning of the year I made the conscious decision to cut back when it came down to buying beauty products. In the roll up to my fourth year of blogging I had found myself with somewhat of an abundance of makeup and skincare products, which have taken me quite a while to work through. Of course the beauty addict in me cannot hold off forever, which is why in recent weeks I have picked up a few new things to try. 

Most recently you may remember that I decided to treat myself to the Cult Beauty Box. There are a number of products within that which I really looking forward to trying. It is taking all of my restraint to not open the Sunday Riley Luna Oil until I have finished off my current option let me tell you. 

Aside from that I also picked up over the weekend several products from the high street. Generally speaking, I do prefer my higher end beauty these days, however sometimes you just cannot beat a good old fashioned browse through the aisles of Boots and Superdrug in order to see what catches your eye. 
Recent Beauty Purchases

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer

Having been such a huge fan of Bourjois foundations in the past I decided to give their new concealer a try. The shade range is pretty small as we have generally come to realize from brands on the high street, however, luckily for me the lightest shade works well for my skin tone. From my experience so far I have found this to be a really nice concealer which sits nicely on top of my eye cream in the morning. It doesn't appear to crease and it has relatively good wear throughout the day. Like all Bourjois products in the past, I am pretty happy with my purchase.

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation

The Bourjois Air Mat Foundation was one which I wished to try after reading pretty good reviews about it. Bourjois foundations have always worked very well for me previously; to this day I am still such a huge fan of the Healthy Mix Serum. There are currently nine shades within this range which I think is quite good for the high street, although there is always room for improvement. Typically, as the name would suggest this is a matte foundation which will work much better for those with an oily skin type. I fear that for those who have dry skin that they may struggle with this due to it clinging on to dry areas. That being said, it is working well for my skin type currently as it looks really natural on and wears very well throughout my working day.

It is worth mentioning that this particular foundation is quite heavily scented which I do think is a bit unnecessary. That being said it does not bother me personally, although I appreciate that for some it could be a bit too much.

Recent Beauty Purchases

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Makeup sponges in general have been on my list to try for such a long time now. Before opting to spend the money on the original Beauty Blender I decided to give the Real Techniques version a try. My first impressions are good, however after only one day use I feel as though this is a product which is going to get dirty very, very quickly as despite the tutorial saying you can use it for blush, foundation and concealer, one just doesn't have time to clean this every day for use the following morning; especially when it has taken over 24 hours to dry. Currently I am on the fence about this little product, I want to love it but maybe I am a bit too set in my ways.

NYX Butter Gloss 

Much to my amazement last Friday I happened to find myself at a NYX stand in my local Boots. In fact, a NYX stand would be somewhat of an understatement as there were about six of them in total. Upon reflection I was pretty reserved as I walked away with just the one purchase, that being one of their much hyped about Butter Glosses. Having now tried this I am itching to go back and pick up a couple more shades, the formula is beautiful and the pigmentation is fantastic. They are only slightly sticky which is a factor I can overlook as the pros certainly outweigh the cons. For just £5 I think these lip products are fantastic.

Have you made any beauty purchases recently?

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