Showing posts with label Pixi Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pixi Beauty. Show all posts

Friday, September 29, 2017

This Week In Polarbelle's Beauty World

Where did this week go?  For that matter, where did September go?  It just flew by at such a pace, it made my head spin!!!  This week, I have three youtube videos that went live and if you missed them, they'll be below.  I don't want you to miss out on anything you may have wanted to know in these areas, or the associated giveaways and how to find them.   Also, please visit Jamie of The Beauty Of Life today where I am honored to have been interviewed and featured today.  Jamie has helped me through difficult times and I'm really very honored that she chose to feature me today.

We started the week with my full Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Matte Longwear Foundation thoughts and review.  It was a little difficult for me to find the right color because of skintone and undertones.  I have settled on 230, just for an FYI.  Can you wear it if you have dry skin?  Watch to find out.


My Ipsy Glam Bag seems to be on a new schedule arriving much later in the month than usual.  And my Sephora Play box came the same day.  Logic dictates that's the time to do an unboxing video.  Check and see what I received.  I'm also curious if you received the same or different.


If that's not enough to keep you busy this week, I have reviewed the Lorac LA Experience Face and Eye palettes....well, four out of five anyway.  These will be all sold out soon as the price was slashed in half at Ulta.  At the end of the video, I introduce a new giveaway taking place on my Instagram account.  The giveaway is for the highly popular Colourpop Yes, Please eyeshadow palette.  I wanted to pick something special to thank my Instagram followers, so if you are one, please enter.  If not, well, what are you waiting for??  Won't you join in the fun?


There are a couple of days left on my Pixi Beauty giveaway.  You can enter via my blog or my channel.  I'm giving these items away to someone.  It may as well be you.

There's a lot coming up in the next few months.  I've been scrambling for pictures, visiting with the wild ponies down the street, and mapping out what's coming up, so please check back often.  We're just one week out from my Blogoversary day, and you know we'll be having another giveaway or two.

I had a hard time adjusting to the idea of fall.  And now the brush is growing in the desert making my favorite wild horse watching places a little more difficult.   I know it's the favorite season for so many people, so I'm trying to adjust my attitude and get into it.  What is your favorite thing about or to do in fall?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Favorite Pixi Beauty Skincare and Makeup Items #PixiPretties #PixiSkinTreats Plus Giveaway


Hey guys, we're less than a month from the 7th Blogoversary of Polarbelle.  In the time that I've been visiting with you online, I've found so many good brands to bring to you and Pixi Beauty is one of those.  Today we'll be talking about my favorite skincare and makeup items from Pixi.  I'm going to let the video do the talking and at the end is a Pixi Beauty giveaway.  The giveaway ends on 10-1 at 11:59 pm.

I hope you'll enjoy seeing the items that I truly love.  Some are repeats that you've heard me talk about before, and some I haven't had the chance to write about yet.  I've also got a couple of duds to tell you about so look for those as well.  I'm going to list all the products mentioned and link to previous youtube videos and blog posts in case you want more information.




PRODUCTS MENTIONED:  (Some products were pr but it in no way influences my honest opinion about Pixi products)
Pixi Makeup Melting Cleansing Wipes
Glow Tonic To Go Exfoliating Pads  **pr
Glow Peel Pads
Pixi Skin Mists **pr & purchase  http://bit.ly/2fCp5jo
Peel and Polish **pr  http://bit.ly/2xoYZto
24K Eye Elixer **pr & purchase  http://bit.ly/2yr6XR3
Nourishing Lip Polish
Overnight Glow Serum **pr
Rose Oil Blend

Strobe & Sculpt Palette PixixMaryamNYC   & Strobe & Sculpt Brush
 http://bit.ly/2fC2K5p  http://bit.ly/2xoQO06   http://bit.ly/2hhMmdV   **pr & purchase

Lip Contour Pencil Natural Rose   http://bit.ly/2xoQO06
Endless Silky Eye Pen Pencil  **pr & purchase
Eye Bright liner
Lipgloss
Glow-Y Powders PixiXAspynOvard  **pr
Glow Booster in Rose  **pr
Glowtion Day Dew Bright  **pr
PixiXAspynOvard Eye Accents Kit  ** pr
PixiXItsJudyTime Get The Look Eye & Lips Palettes  **pr
Fairy Dusts http://bit.ly/2izYJRP   **pr


Pixi Beauty is a cruelty free brand and is available both online and in store at Pixi Beauty and at Target. Learn more about the Pixi by following their blog and across their social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and youtube.

If you leave a comment here, it will also count as an entry.  They've changed the Gleam widget so please comment and tell me ... anything you want and it will also count as an entry.

7 Year Blogoversary Pixi Beauty Giveaway

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer 17 Makeup Triumphs And Tragedies - Summer Favorites


Summer has been so busy!!!  I did a summer makeup favorites roundup on my youtube channel, rather than a month by mouth accounting.  I spend more time in the pool than the makeup chair in the summer months.  The following are what I've been loving for getting me through this hot desert summer.  All items mentioned are listed in the description under the video.


Products Mentioned:
Kylie Cosmetics Vacation shadow palette:  http://bit.ly/2tAMyd3
Models Own Barely There eyeshadow palette:  http://bit.ly/2iZiOlA
Urban Decay Basquiat eyeshadow palette:  (sold out, but check your Ulta or Nordy Rack)
Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe In Yourself palette:  http://bit.ly/2gGZUzi
Osmosis Colour Pressed Base:  http://bit.ly/2iROBFc
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation:  http://seph.me/2wgwbRI

Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYC Strobe & Sculpt Palette:  http://bit.ly/2ilyc6q
Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYX Strobe & Sculpt brush: http://bit.ly/2vCOMKF
Becca Ipanema Sun Bronzer:  http://seph.me/2x284c
Manna Kadar Beauty Paris Dream Palette:  http://bit.ly/2snzxzw
Osmosis Colour Brow Gel:  http://bit.ly/2wvGoeJ
Ittse Glambition Collection Goal Digger Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2x28dgb
Models Own Golden Sand Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2qWM4sd
Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2uSgEJz
Laura Geller Diamond Dust Highlighter:  http://bit.ly/2xKIeXA

Flower Beauty Sweet Pea Blush:  http://bit.ly/2wD1w0S
Pixi Beauty Rome Rose blush by Aspyn Ovard:  http://bit.ly/2gCM80R
Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Pretty Pink blush:   http://bit.ly/2pR7bzb
Emani Cosmetics :  http://bit.ly/2wymSfV
Osmosis Colour Summer Rose blush:  http://bit.ly/2eYa8aN

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss: http://bit.ly/2x6uaL1
Loreal Infalliable Paints Metallic Lip Gloss: http://bit.ly/2vGyArv Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel LIpstick White Russian: http://seph.me/2ezmvgO Buxom Full On Lip Cream Pink Champagne: http://seph.me/2xGzGRw Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in Whip: http://seph.me/2gBVObV Osmosis Colour lip pencil Rosewood: http://bit.ly/2s75jjT Osmosis Colour Lip Gloss in Bare: http://bit.ly/2eRGBzK

Pixi Lip Pencil Summer Rose:  http://bit.ly/2xLIDcz
Bodyography Lip Lava Rose Moon: http://bit.ly/2eRQZaL NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick Empowered: http://bit.ly/2gBG60h Ella & Mila Laced Up Creamy Lips: http://bit.ly/2iTw8YU Osmosis Colour Waterproof Eye Pencils: http://bit.ly/2euYQtZ Cherry Blooms Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: http://amzn.to/2gCp1Ds Loreal Lash Paradise waterproof mascara: http://bit.ly/2eY4s0p Loreal Lash Paradise mascara: http://bit.ly/2eY4s0p

Phew, that's a lot of writing and linking!!!  Did you see anything that you like or is a favorite of yours?  What have you been loving over this summer?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What's New In Multi-Misting From Pixi Beauty Skintreats


Pixi Beauty has been just killing it in the skincare department over the past couple of years.  My honest opinion is that the nickname Skintreats was given to the carefully curated cruelty-free beauty products in Pixi's skincare line for good reason!  I want to tell you today about the beauty mists that are new to Pixi and definitely seem to be a treat to use.   The mists are 2.7 fl oz each and retail for $15 per mist.  Each may be used separately or together in a layering fashion to achieve maximum results. There are five mists total and I have four of them for you today.  If you prefer to watch youtube, I have a recent video where I reviewed the mists and showed how to use them.   You'll find that clip beginning at about 9:47.

The first product in the group is the Vitamin Wakeup Mist.  It is a vitamin boosting toner which is said to give a revitalized awakened effect to the complexion.  You can use it day or night but it should be the first thing after cleansing.  I use it in the morning as the first part of my routine.  The Vitamin Wakeup Mist has an orange blossom water base and contains other citric extracts, lavender, and arginine, (a skin healing and collagen promoting amino acid), among so many other good things that you can read on this ingredient list.


The spritz feels wonderful on my face and gives me a healthy hydrated look.  Vitamin C makes my skin glow while protecting it from environmental assaults.  The scent is both comforting and invigorating to me.  How I feel about the look of my skin using it combined with the energizing scent helps me to feel confident to face the day.  This is my very favorite of the mists.

Next in the lineup is the Hydrating Milky Mist.  It provides instant hydration using hyaluronic acid to plump skin by trapping the moisture in a protective layer.  The ingredients include black oat, multiple B vitamins, and linoleic acid.  The full paraben free ingredient list can be found here.


You can use the Hydrating Milky Mist throughout your day and evening to give instant hydration.  I use this about 30 seconds after I use the Vitamin Wakeup Mist.  They both absorb quickly and I am really happy with the results.  This spray is my second favorite and it's a close second to the first one.

If you're a Pixi fan, you might already be familiar with the Pixi Glow Mist.  Here is what I said about it in 2015 when it was released:  "Pixi Glow Mist is a great addition to the line.  It contains 13 different oils in addition to propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts.!!  It is literally loaded with great things.  And it has a clean fresh scent which I really like while absorbing quickly.  I have really dry skin so this works very well for me.  Use it before makeup to hydrate, protect and nourish your skin.  Use it after makeup to set it and provide a natural glow while protecting your skin and makeup application.  Use it anytime to feel refreshed or to add a glow.  The bottle is travel sized at under 3 fl ounces so take it on an airplace with you to remain hydrated and look fresh when you touch down.  Be sure to shake this a little before using to mix all the oils."



I don't use this as often as I used to.  I feel like my skin already looks so incredibly healthy from the first two sprays that I don't feel a need to add much more.  Also, I test a lot of skincare products, including facial oils, so I had to shelve this one for a bit.  However, I do use it regularly on my body to maintain glow and hydration.

The fourth Skintreats spray that I have is the Makeup Fixing Mist.  This mist is designed to be used after makeup to keep it set in place and prevent creasing, melting and moving.  You can spritz it on a brush to add intensity when using a powder product such as an eyeshadow or highlighter that you want to pop.  It contains green tea, rose water and these other fine ingredients.


When I first used the Makeup Fixing Mist, it became my favorite makeup setting spray.  It does what it claims and it felt like a skin treat on application.  It is hydrating, lightweight and smells fresh..

I really truly look forward to using the mists each day.  I'm hoping to pick up the Sun Mist soon and add that to my multi-misting routine for skin protection.  I find these mists to be excellent in performance and am so glad they were added to the Pixi Skintreats family.  My skin is looking brighter, healthier, more hydrated and has a smoother surface than before they arrived at my house.

Pixi by Petra Beauty products can be purchased in Pixi boutiques, Pixi online, and both instore and online at Target.  You can keep up with Pixi by following their blog, and on their social media channels:  Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and youTube.

Have you tried any of the mists?  What do you use to achieve a healthy glow?



Monday, March 20, 2017

The Pixi Beauty Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Collaboration Review #PixiPretties


Many, many squeals of excitement erupted from me when I received my Pixi Pretties package with four collaborations that Pixi Beauty created with beauty influencers.  It was a huge box the size of a suitcase.


The box is so big, there was nowhere in my home with adequate lighting to take pictures.  The Pixi Pretties collaboration contains four unique sets of creations which are found when I open the delicious box.


Each collab will be featured either here on my blog, on my youtube channel, or both.

It's Judy Time created full eye and lip kits.


Aspyn Ovard worked with Petra, Pixi Beauty brand creator and owner, to formulate three glow-y cheek powders and a kit containing a lower lash mascara and brow gel.


Maryam Maquillage, one of the nicest youtubers on the planet, created 2 face palettes and a superb double ended brush to go with them.


And now we come to collaborator, blogger and youtube beauty guru Caroline Hirons.  With Pixi Beauty, Caroline created the genius Double Cleanse, (3.36 oz, $24).

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If you watch or read her channel, you'll recognize that Caroline is nothing short of brilliant.  She's intelligent and knowledgeable and a true treasure trove of information about everything beauty.  She has completely earned her unofficial title of skincare guru.  Ms. Hirons has long been an advocate of double cleansing and it's just appropriate that the Double Cleanse is her Pixi baby.

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What is double cleansing?  It's the idea which comes to us initially from K skincare practices of cleansing by removing makeup and daily grime first with an oil or balm.  After the oil or balm is rinsed off,  a nourishing moisturizing cream is used to remove the balm remnants and any leftover  oiliness or film and complete the cleansing of the skin.  You face will never be cleaner than with a double cleansing system.

Can you just use the oil to take off your makeup?  Sure, but if you've done that, you'll recognize the need to cleanse the balm remnants from the face and the cleansing cream does just that.  Afterward, your skin feels nourished rather than stripped and is completely clear of all makeup.  You'll see that the brilliance of the packaging makes this really easy to do, with the cleansing balm on one side and the cleansing cream on the other.  Plus, there is an inner lid to keep everything nice, pretty and seperate.

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Pixi + Caroline Hirons, skincare

For me, this is the perfect product delivery.  I've only double cleansed about 1/3rd of the time prior to receiving this package.  It was one more step and one more product that I had to get out so I often would hurry through my cleansing steps.  And leaving two different cleansers on the vanity to be able to double cleanse took up a lot of room.  This product makes my life easier, having both forms of cleansing available with the simple lifting of just one lid.

It's a big jar so it will last awhile.  It is bigger than the palm of my big ol' hand.

Pixi + Caroline Hirons, skincare

I'm thinking of getting a couple as back ups because I can't imaging what I'll do when it's gone.  I'm really hoping Pixi makes this a permanent item in their skincare products.  My favorites are pictured below, which I've talked about on youtube, Instagram and my snapchat quite a bit.

Pixi +  Caroline Hirons, skincare

The Double Cleanse is full of anti-aging ingredients that I'm really excited about and no nasty parabens or fragrances.  Here are the ingredients in both sides of the Double Cleanse:

Solid Cleansing Oil INGREDIENTS: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil. Cleansing Cream INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Oligopeptide-9. 2 x 50ml / 1.69 fl.oz

I'll say it again that I really hope this item becomes permanent.  Caroline Hirons is a skincare genius and I just love the ease of use of this double cleansing system.  I find it easy to keep each side seperate and my face has never been cleaner.  You can purchase Pixi Beauty items on their website or boutiques and also at Target.   Learn more about the brand by following their blog and across social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and youtube.

Now I'd like to ask if you Double Cleanse.  Which is your favorite item of the Pixi Pretties collaborations?


Monday, January 2, 2017

This Winter Got Me All Walkin' In A Pixi Beauty Wonderland - Holiday 2016



You don't want to miss the Holiday 2016 offerings from Pixi Beauty.  I look forward to them every year and this year, they really knocked it out of the park, just like always.  If you've wished for a "one and done" palette, or the perfect on trend pigments, or perhaps that awesome classic red lipstick, this collection is for you.  Pixi Beauty is a cruelty-free company.
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(A little FYI - my post got disrupted by a couple of twisting falls that would put any gymnast in great envy, I'm sure.  I may or may not need another surgery on my knee, may or may not be determined by next week, but whoa, everything had to go into slo-mo for a little bit...dr's orders.  I feel so dumb...but the Pixi collection is everything I'd hoped it to be and more and I wanted to tell you go hurry and find it!!)

The Pixi Holiday items always sell out so fast at the Target stores in my area...I'd be kind of embarrassed to tell you how many times, and how many times a day that I was going to search for these.  I was thrilled when they arrived at my door.  I'd been showing them off quite a bit on social media as I wore them non-stop to develop my opinion for you.  You may still be able to find them in your local Target, well, especially the ones that are regular stock.

First up is the Palette Rosette, or Rosy Radiance,  Face Palette, $28.  This palette contains 8 eye shades, three for brows, and three face colors.  The lid marks each with the suggested use, making this a perfect gift for any level of makeup artistry, from beginner to expert.

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Take this with you to the gym or work and you can use this one palette to go from day to nighttime with ease.  I love that it comes with the three brow hues on the bottom.  You have a light, medium and dark, a blonde, a warm tone and a cool tone all within the three colors.  This allows you to perfectly match your brows.

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Here are swatches of the brow tones:

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I'm going to interrupt my swatches for a second.  Pixi had also sent me some items to be able to create a #FlawlessInFive face.  These go perfectly with my Palette Rosette looks.  You might have seen the following picture on Instagram.

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From left to right are the Endless Silky Eye Pen in Graphite Greige, ($12), Endless Brow Gel Pen ($11) in Medium, black Lengthy Fiber Lash Mascara, ($16),  and the amazing Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red ($12).  I want to insert these items and show them in the swatches.  The eye and brow "pens" are pencils, so just use them with a sharpener to keep them fresh.  The Endless Silky Eye Pen is a non-budging liner pencil.  It's everything I've been looking for!!!  I have such a problem with one eye running from allergies and this is the only liner I've used since moving to Phoenix that doesn't budge.  Pixi sent over the Endless Eye Pen in the color Opal Overcoat to put that shine to the inner corner when wearing a fabu look.

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The Endless Brow Gel Pen in medium is a perfect fit for me.  It wears very well.  It's really hard to find a medium brown tone that isn't warm.  Most medium brown pencils are too red for me, but this is a great match.  It applies with ease and doesn't skip.  I'm really happy with this one, and I love the separation and length I get from the mascara as well.  It's hard for me to believe that such top quality comes with such a low price!!


Classic Red is a MatteLustre formula.  When these came out last year, I tried one and then another and another...you know, like potato chips.  The price is SO good but the quality is even better.  They are a comfortable matte lipstick that wears a long time and doesn't feel dry.  An absolute steal for $12!!  I already had purchased Classic Red, so I'm quite familiar with it and how perfect it is for wear with these products.  It is pictured below with the Holiday Fairy Dust sampler.

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And let's show some swatches:

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It occurs to me know that maybe I should have labeled everything, but I think you can figure it out.  From the left, on the top row, are the three eye contours, the day/night lid shades, the highlights and Classic Red lipstick.

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The bottom row, from left to right, are the three brow colors, the Enhancing Contour, Cheek Blush and All-Over Glow.  Next is the Opal and Greige Endless Silky Eye Pens, followed by the medium brown Brow pen.  Add the mascara and you have a variety of endless sophisticated looks to take you from home to office to nightlife.

But then there are the Fairy Dusts!!  These are amazing pigments that can be used for eye shadow, wet as liner or foiled, or for a sheen of color to pop your look.  Use them on the lid or as a highlight anywhere.  I thought I had taken a million pictures of the look I did with them for my anniversary, but umm...it all went on Snapchat.  And I haven't taken others, well you know cuz I thought I had a bunch, but I'll do a subsequent post showing a look with these items.

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holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

The Fairy Dust Favorites in this years stack are Sheer Peach Glow, True Bronze, Ruby Sheen, Sunkissed Amber and Black Pearl.  I love how they're stacked in a plastic container that you can take anywhere.  You should know that I never have fallout with these!!  Ever.  And spray a little makeup setting spray on some pigment on your brush and you have a brilliant foiled color for liner or lid, or pop in the middle of your lip for extra highlight.

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holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

The first four pigments are high shimmer while the black is sparsly shimmered, as most people would prefer for liner.

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I have swatches in full sun.

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holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

These colors are beautiful, long wearing, non-creasing, have no fallout, and completely on trend.  You can purchase full sized Fairy Dust pigments for just $10.  They're amazing.

Now you know all the reasons I was flipping my lid all over social media about these Pixi items.  They're so pretty!  They perform so well!!  And Pixi just got me all...

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You can find Pixi Beauty online and in stores at Target or online on Pixi's own website.  They have free shipping at just $25!!!  That's awesome.  Be sure to follow their social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.   Pixi is a cruelty-free company.  I'll be covering some Pixi skincare items in the near future, and you won't want to miss that.

What are your favorite Pixi items?  Are you fortunate enough to be able to shop at a Pixi Boutique or do you purchase at Target? 

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 4th Weekend Beauty Sales and Steals



My inbox has a ton of really great coupons and sales for the Fourth of July Independence Day weekend.  Just in case you don't subscribe to the same lists I do, I want to share some with you.

Don't forget to sign up with Ebates.   You'll receive cash back for orders placed at many of the following online locations.  I've saved over $200 already in the few months I've been a member.  It's SO worth it!!

First of all, sign up at www.Algenist.com  They have amazing coupons and specials that will come to your inbox.  I just had the opportunity to buy backups of the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer, which I have no doubt will end up being my product of the year for 2015.  I was able to purchase a color I didn't have as well as two I already do.  Pretty excited about that.  Sign up for the newsletter and get a free gift with purchase with the code SUMMERGLOW.

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Tarte Cosmetics has a firecracker of a deal at 15% off with the code STARS runing now until July 5th.  If you'd like to see how beautiful Tarte is, please check some of my reviews.

Zoya has a great deal for BOGO 3!  Buy any three polishes and get three free.  Use the promo code 3Free, put the colors in your cart and there ya go.  Add the colors you want and put the promo code in the coupon field in the shopping cart and it makes the $$ adjustment.  There is no limit to how many sets you can buy.  This deal runs until 7/4/15 at 11:59 p.m.

ORLY, my goodness I think this is unprecedented.  Look at what I got in my email:

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Beauty For Real has a  $10 off coupon using the code FREEMONEY at checkout.  Check out some of their products here.  Code is available until Monday, 7/6/15 at 00:00 am.

There is a fantastic Beauty Gift With Purchase at Nordstrom.  Oh my!!!!!  So cute!  And you can pick the one you want!  Be sure to check for the items on sale that are price matched.  (wait, I can't finish this post till I place my order.)

Over at Z Palette, can get 20% off the colors in the Sunset Collection.  Sale end 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm.

BH Cosmetics has up to 73% off on various items.  The offer ends 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm PST.  I have the green and brown eye palettes and oh my gosh...just so beautiful!!

And if you love Reviva Labs Skincare, (I don't know anyone who's used it that doesn't.  I love their products, too), head on over to their website for 20% off during the WHOLE month of July!!!!!!  Use the code July15.  You can read about some of my favorites here.

Grace and Lace is a fashion site, and really, isn't fashion all about the beauty of it?  They are having an incredible 25% off sale with the code FREEDOM.  


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Bath and Body Works is having a great sale.  Stop by their website to view the deets.  And sign up for their email list for special coupons.  There are two; one for $10 off $30 and the other is $20 off $50.

Pixi Beauty has 15% off sitewide with the code JULY4.  Don't forget to check the sale section of the website for more specials.  Sale ends July 5th at 11:59 PST.  Read some of my Pixi Favorites HERE.

If lipstick is your game, Gerard Cosmetics has a four pack lipstick special for $38 until July 4th at midnight.  Enter the coupon code 4thpack.

Dermalogica is having a 15% off sale with the code FFJUNE15.  The sale runs until July 7th, 2015 at 11:45 pm PST,

While on your feet, check your local Fred Meyer, Walgreens and Ulta for more great cosmetic sales.  And don't forget to use your Kohl's cash this week for additional money off everything!

Be sure to check your cartwheel app for Target.  They have some awesome sales this weekend online and in store and add more discounts often.  Use that Target card for an extra 5% off.  It really adds up.

I think this will keep us busy for now.  Please feel free to add to my list.  As I was typing this up, I realized that I just missed the KB Shimmer 20% off sale.  I'm devastated.  ugh.  I guess I'll survive.....somehow.

Thank you for bearing with me for this long list.  And please let me know of any sale, whether home, fashion or beauty, whatever floats your boat.  And share your weekend plans, if you want.  I'm just going to stay home, pool it and work on my blog.  :)  How about you?

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Pixi Spring 2015 Makeup, Skincare and Amethyst Amore Nail Polish Review and Swatches


Glow Mist, Amethyst Amore, Olive Gold, Silver Glow, Lucent Glow


My spring started off with a pop and a hippity-hop in my step when I received the Spring 2015 cosmetics box from Pixi Beauty. It had some great new items that I just couldn't wait to try!!!  This is a really exciting box and even contained candy!!!  It was quite the traveler, too.  It went to my former residence 2500 miles away before it found its way to my new house.  I'm so glad it did.

I don't want to bore you with all the health drama of my family, but it has been quite the couple of months, with no real end in sight.  I had a month long pneumonia caused by cigarette smoke exposure, (my 3rd in a year and a half!!), and tried to keep on top of things with my husband and child at the same time.  It's been overwhelming and most of the time I've been exhausted.  I have a new batch of allergies that have come with my new location, unfortunately, and am trying to get a handle on those.   I'm not making rapid headway and it's held my blog progress back.  BUT...I'm sick of being sick and laying around and I just want to get started telling you about all these things I've discovered lately!!  So...onto the show...

Pixi Beauty Glow Mist, ($15), is a great addition to the line.  It contains 13 different oils in addition to propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts.!!  It is literally loaded with great things.  And it has a clean fresh scent which I really like while absorbing quickly.  I have really dry skin so this works very well for me.  Use it before makeup to hydrate, protect and nourish your skin.  Use it after makeup to set it and provide a natural glow while protecting your skin and makeup application.  Use it anytime to feel refreshed or to add a glow.  The bottle is travel sized at under 3 fl ounces so take it on an airplace with you to remain hydrated and look fresh when you touch down.  Be sure to shake this a little before using to mix all the oils.

Pixi swatches, lip, nails, eyeshadow, skincare

The two space age looking items on the left of the above picture are Pixi Fairy Dusts in the colors Silver Glow and Golden Olive, ($10).  They are a loose powder color that can be used in any way you can imagine.  You can use them as eye shadow or mix them with various other colors for use on the cheeks, lips or body.  Mix a little with moisturizer to create a light glow.

The Fairy Dusts have a super cool applicator.  It picks up just the right amount for eyes and is easy to use to apply them.  If you want, you can use a brush or fingers as well.  Below is a picture of Silver Glow.  The addition of an applicator is fantastic for makeup-messaphobes like me.  I don't like when my makeup gets messy and this applicator is great to control my pigment dust fear.  :)  If you love pigments, you are going to be estatic over the smooth application of the Fairy Dusts!!!

 

I purchased the holiday Fairy Dust stacker this winter and if you're at all like me, you might wonder if the Golden Olive is similar to the holiday set.  You'll see below that while it is close, it's really not the same.  Hallelujah, no repeats!!!!



The fairy dust that is second from the bottom in the holiday set is the closest to Golden Olive.  However, Golden Olive has a golden tone to it where the other is more of a straight up taupe.


Golden Olive Fairy Dust is descibed as a vintage gilded moss shimmer.
Silver Glow is a satin silver with a lavender gold sheen.

I have swatched both next to the Tinted Brilliance Balm, ($14),  in the new spring 2015 color Lucent Glow, which is described as a luminous rose gold shimmer in a translucent base.  You can see in the swatch on the right that is is a glow with some pink and gold to it.  This is my fourth or fifth Tinted Brilliance Balm and I just adore these.  The Lucent Glow doesn't give much color on the lips, but I think it's my favorite.  I could swear it plumps my lips!!  The look fuller and just spectacular while remaining hydrated.  It's really great for a drop of sexy over any other lip item or for fantastic lush lips when used alone.

Silver Glow, Golden Olive, swatches, pink

With my arm at a slightly different angle below, you can see that you'll mostly see the wet glow with hints of the gold and pink.

swatches, Silver Glow, Golden Olive, pink

The final item I'm going to show you today is Pixi's nail color for February 2015, Amethyst Amore, ($8).  

swatches, review

Amethyst Amore draws it's name from the birthstone of February.  This nail color, however, has more of a blue than a true amethyst stone.  It's nearly a blurble in most lights, while being definitely blue with a lot of purple tone to it.  The color of the month nail polishes are only found online at Pixi Beauty's website.

This is a great spring color for me!!  Check it out....it works so well with my favorite shorts!!


And behind my hand in the next picture is my favorite beach towel.


How great does it look by the pool?

Spring 2015


Like your most comfortable jeans, Amethyst Amore goes with literally anything!!!  It's great on fingers or toes.  It's bright and cheery and will pull you from the dreariness of winter and hopping on into the promise of spring.  Go get one now!  You need it.

AND......by the way....this is a ONE COAT WONDER.  Few and far between are nail polishes that are complete with just one coat.  And when I find one, I always use two coats anyway because I am just a two-coater kind of girl.  HOWEVER, for the first time ever, folks, FIRST TIME, I used just one coat of Amethyst Amore in the manicure you see and was totally satisfied with it.

ONE COAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND....drum roll, please....this polish absolutely DOES NOT STAIN!!!!!! Perfection!!

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You can find Pixi products on their own website, in Target stores and on Target online.  Not all special edition Pixi products will be available at Target but many are.  

I just love Pixi's products.  I feel so honored to be able to review for them.  Why?  Great quality!!  Fun products and I just feel like a Princess when I  am able to say that I'm wearing Pixi.  Don't you??

What kind of spring items and activities are you looking forward to this year?

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