Wednesday, 5 August 2020

My Current Pixi Beauty Picks

Pixi Beauty is one of my favourite beauty brands, as they offer skincare and makeup products, and are always coming out with something new and exciting. I placed a little order online about a month ago now and wanted to share some of my current Pixi Beauty favourites with you all.

The newest arrival from Pixi Beauty is the Pixi Skintreats Dream-y Mist (£16.00 for 80ml), which is a multi-use, deep sleep-enhancing elixir and I definitely needed some of this. I have mentioned this a lot, but I rarely get a good night’s sleep and find it hard to switch of at night, and so this has really helped to relax me on an evening. The formula contains natural aromatics, such as Jasmine and Lavender, which are renowned for their soothing and relaxing qualities. The mist is infused with humectants and antioxidants for maximum restorative benefits and can either be used as part of your skincare routine or spritzed on to your pillow before bedtime for a gentle calming effect. I like to use it both ways, but I especially love the way it feels on my skin, refreshing, but super soothing and it smells absolutely beautiful, as I am a huge lavender fan anyway. The mist comes out finely, but covers the face too, so you only need a spritz or two per use, and so this will last you a good amount of time, especially as you only need to use it on an evening.

Pixi fairly recently released a Vitamin C collection, and Vitamin C is great for the skin to brighten the complexion and so I wanted to pick something up from that range and opted for the Pixi +C Vit Glow-y Powder (£14.00) in the shade Peach Dew (the only shade in this specific collection). This super soft and silky Vitamin C infused radiance powder adds glowy look to the skin and brightens the complexion. The formula is made from natural mineral powder that contains antioxidants to help energise the skin whilst also creating that beautiful natural luminous finish. I love it that Pixi combines both makeup and skincare into one product! If you have deeper skin, then this will work beautifully as a highlighter, however I have a light skin tone and so I couldn’t wear this as a highlighter, but it works beautifully as a blush as corals and peaches work really well for my natural colouring.

My final favourite of the moment is the Pixi Beauty Glitter-y Eye Quad (£14.00) in the shade option RoseBronze. There are two other shade options available, a blue theme and a gold theme, but I am loving lilacs and pinks at the moment so this one had my heart. The packaging is simple, as with the majority of Pixi products, but that is one of the things I love about the brand, as you can see what is in the palettes without having to open them up every time. This cute quad contains four pressed glitters, and whilst they don’t have shade names, this colour theme contains a multi-tonal candy pink, a rose gold/pink mix, a pure red and a multi-coloured pinky lilac. Just the lightest touch will pick up enough glitter per application, so don’t go pressing your fingers in there, as these pressed glitters are exceptional quality and a little goes a long way. I think the red I would save for Christmas time, but the other three are completely wearable year-round and the bottom right is the one I have been choosing the most. 

You can find Pixi Beauty online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Monday, 3 August 2020

Pop Beauty Lightshow Eyeshadow Palette & Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powder Review & Swatches

I haven’t tried anything from Pop Beauty for quite a while – I have only seen them online and not in stores and so it isn’t a brand that comes on my radar a lot. However, when I saw the Pop Beauty LightshowEyeshadow Palette and the Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powder on an American You Tuber’s channel, I knew I had to try them for myself.

The Pop Beauty Lightshow Eyeshadow Palette (£16.00) comes in cool chrome packaging, and the palette itself has a see-through lid, which I really like as then you can see immediately which shades are in there when it is in my eyeshadow palette drawer, rather than having to open each one up. The palette is a nice neat size and so it would be perfect for travelling with, as well as not taking up too much room in your makeup collection. Inside, you have 12 eyeshadows, featuring mattes, metallics, shimmers, glitters and multi-tonal shades. There are warm tones, cool tones, greens, pinks, golds and neutrals, so you are getting a lot of variety for your money. 
There are no shade names with this palette, but the shades included are:
·         Multi-tonal pink, gold, cream
·         Light champagne shimmer
·         Pink and gold glitter
·         Terracotta matte
·         Rose pink metallic
·         Multi-tonal cream, brown
·         Gunmetal grey, pink, gold glitter
·         Multi-tonal cream and peach
·         Cool-toned brown shimmer
·         Forest green metallic
·         Warm, deep red metallic
·         Green, blue glitter
The metallic shades in this palette are something else, they feel like butter when you are applying them to the eyelid, and I love how different the multi-tonal shades are. It really does make for an interesting palette, and I think this could work all year round as you have the more neutral shades with golds and champagnes for summer, and then those deep greens and reds for the colder seasons.

Then we have the Pop Beauty Prismatic Pop Illuminating Powder. This retails for £16.00, which for the size and compared to you being able to get an eyeshadow palette for the same price, I do feel is slightly pricey. There are eight shades available and I ordered Stellar Light as it looked a really pretty soft pale pink on the website, however when it turned up it is actually a rose gold shade, so I was pretty disappointed with that as most of the time I have quite fair skin and tend to go for a lighter highlighter like a baby pink. However, I do have a bit of a tan at the moment, so it isn’t all bad. The formula is ultra-light-reflecting and gives an ethereal finish to the skin, giving you a gorgeous glow to the skin without being glitter-heavy, so enabling a healthy, pretty glow without the disco-ball effect. The Powder feels soft on the skin and very lightweight, with a little going a long way. I will definitely have to look into where I can see Pop Beauty products in a store, as they have lots of products I would love to try, but I would prefer to see the shades in real life, unless it was an eyeshadow palette. 

You can find Pop Beauty online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Friday, 31 July 2020

July Favourites 2020

This year is just going super-fast – we have all had to deal with so much these past few months, but hopefully things are on the up! I collated ten of my favourite products for the month of July, with a little bit of haircare, body care, skin care and of course, makeup!

I include the Batiste Dry Shampoo* (£2.99) in so many of my monthly favourites, but that is because I use it so much, but they are often releasing new scents. The most recent is the Batiste Love Is Love Dry Shampoo, which was released for Pride month, and the packaging is super fun, featuring rainbow adorned lips. The scent is labelled as fruity and bright, and I would definitely agree with that and it is actually my most favourite fragrance they have released to date – it leaves my hair refreshed and smelling so fresh and fruity, yet not overly sweet. You can find it online at Boots here.

Another new collection from Essence is their What’s Your Fruit Mood?, and once again I struggled to get a hold of most of the collection, but I did get the Essence What’s Your Fruit Mood? Refreshing AllOver Mist (I paid around £2.50 for this as I did get it from a German website). It has a grapefruit fragrance to it, which isn’t overly heavy, and it gives a continuous light misting over the face and body to cool you down and refresh the skin. One other thing which I really love about this mist is that it has SPF 25 included in the formula, so you are also taking care of your skin whilst out and about in the sunshine. You can find it online at Kosmetik 4 Less here

The Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimiser (£29.95 for 30ml) certainly isn’t a new product, but it was one I never really got around to buying before. During lockdown, I went a little makeup-buying crazy and ended up ordering it in the shade Café Crème (extra light). There are a further six shades which you can get depending on your skin tone, and at the time this shade worked really well for me, but now I have a bit of colour, I could do with a deeper shade. However, I really love the product as it is, and it is a moisturising primer and skin finish, and so the sheer tint covers, corrects and adds natural radiance to give you a flawless base, and so because it is more of a sheer coverage, it isn’t overly noticeable that it is a little light for my skin tone right now. I don’t love my skin, and so this is ideal for me to even things out and give me a little coverage, whether I use it on its own or as a primer before applying foundation. You can find it online at Vita Liberata here.
 Again, something that isn’t new to the beauty world, but which I have been loving lately is the Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-OverDiamond Veil (£31.00) in the shade How Many Carats? There is a darker-toned version for deeper skin tones too. The compact is really pretty, with a light pink and glitter dusted casing. You get a mirror on the inside of the lid, and then a good amount of product inside. This highlighter is definitely blingy – however it can be used all over the body too, if you want glowy skiny, or on the cheekbones, and I even use it as a glitter topper on the eyes sometimes. The formula is super soft and not at all gritty like some high-glitter products and it just really is super beautiful and unlike any other highlighter I have come across. You can find it online at Boots here.

 I have been going to Orlando since I was 15 and went on my 26th trip back in December. I am super sad I won’t be able to go this year, but the Catrice x Disney collection has definitely helped cheer me up! This is the Catrice Limited Edition Minnie & Daisy Eyeshadow Palette in the option C02 Daisy’s Signature. I paid around £7.82 as it was from a German website again – why can’t we have all the good makeup?! This sweet lilac palette features Daisy Duck on the front, and you open it up to reveal a mirror on the inside of the lid and nine eyeshadows. There is a mixture of metallic and matte shades in a variety of neutral tones, lilacs and purples. I like how they have included those more neutral shades rather than just have a full purple palette, so that you can create a full eye look and the formulas are great, so now I need the Minnie version… You can find this palette online at Kosmetik 4 Less here.
The only other item I was able to get from the Essence What’s Your Fruit Mood? Collection was the Essence What’s Your Fruit Mood?Grapefruit Lip Balm (I paid around £1.70 due to it being from a German website). This super fun and cute grapefruit container opens up to reveal a coral-tinted lip balm, which also smells of grapefruit too. It is a soft and moisturising formula without feeling heavy or sticky on the lips and I just wish we could get all of the Essence collections here in the UK as their products always amaze me. You can find the Grapefruit Lip Balm online at Kosmetik 4 Less here. (I promise this post isn’t sponsored by them in any way, they just have some great makeup!).
A new product on the market is the Fenty Beauty SlipShine Sheer Shiny Lipstick (£19.00), which is available in ten different shades. I opted for Makeout Break, which is pretty light nude with tiny gold sparkles. I adore the formula of these, it is buttery soft, super glossy and hydrating, yet not at all heavy feeling on the lips and very comfortable to wear. The other shade I was eyeing up is called Tang Thang, which is a beautiful coral shade, and so that has definitely gone on my wishlist. The packaging is typical Fenty Beauty style, with a high-shine faceted bullet and I would definitely recommend you check these out. You can find them online at Boots here.

Another lip product I have been enjoying this month is another Essence product – I am sorry, but I really do love the brand! It is the Essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colour (I paid around £1.95, and yes, from THAT German website again haha) and there are six shades available. Here, I have the shade 05 Ocean Girl, a medium coral pink colour. It is literally like applying water to your lips, they are that hydrating and lightweight and even though they are glossy, they do not feel like wearing a gloss whatsoever. They don’t lack on pigment either – they add full colour to the lips, and I have already bought another shade since. I would 100% recommend these all day long due to price, quality and pay-off. You can find them online at Kosmetik 4 Less here.

Last but certainly not least is the Barry M CrystalPotion Shimmer Body Oil (£7.99 for 50ml) and again, it isn’t a new product, but I have just been reaching for it a lot lately. This beautiful shimmer oil is a light peach with stunning light gold shimmer and iridescence, and it has been perfect for the warmer days when I have wanted a little shimmer to the skin. It contains jojoba and coconunt oils to keep the skin hydrated and Vitamin E to leave the skin feeling healthier. So not only does it add that beautiful shimmer to the skin, it also keeps it protected and well-nourished too. You can find it online at Superdrug here

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This item has been gifted to me, but all opinions are my own