Friday, 19 July 2019

Pixi Beauty Glow Collection

The word is synonymous with Pixi beauty and the Glow Tonic collection is one of those you need to have in your stash and the latest collection features no less than five products which mixes some of the old with the new for that ultimate wow factor.  If you hadn't guessed by now, I am a huge Pixi Beauty fan and have been for a number of years and have featured them on my blog quite a few times here, here and here.
Pixi Beauty Glow Collection
The PR package above puts together a skincare routine that is easy to follow and with it comes a challenge of using these products for 30 days to see how your skin is afterwards.

The one product that needs very little introduction is Pixi Glow Tonic. It is enriched with 5% glycolic acid, which if you are not aware, is a natural derivative of sugar cane, and member of the alpha-hydroxy acid family (AHA). Gentle on the skin, its job is to exfoliate the skin by breaking down and removing those dead, dull and dry cells that cling onto the surface of the skin. Also included is Aloe Which soothes and hydrates the skin, Ginseng which helps to promote cell health and skin vibrancy, witch hazel which helps to firm and tone before horse chestnut which works to encourage blood flow, giving your complexion a naturally fresh and dewy radiance.  
Pixi Glow Tonic Mini
If you have never tried Glow Tonic before, then there is a 100ml bottle for just £10 whereas a 250ml bottle costs just £18, so it really is affordable.

If you love Glow Tonic then this addition to the family might excite you.  The Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel (£18) is described as being a hydrating cleansing gel which removes impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture.
Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel

What this gel has done is essentially to take the ingredients from Glow Tonic and transform them into what can best be described as a lightly exfoliating gel textured cleanser. My skin has never had a problem using Glow Tonic, I know some find it really harsh and others cannot stand it, but my skin loves it, especially if I use it in moderation, but that I mean every 3-4 days in an evening, not every single day as some people have mistakenly done. So with the cleanser, I have found it to be quite a mild formulation, you certainly don't get the tingle of Glow Tonic and it does do quite a good job at removing makeup.

Its main ingredient is something called Moisclean™ and with it comes a unique blend containing glycolic acid, horse chestnut extract, aloe and ginseng that helps to refine and brighten complexion leaving skin energized and smooth.  You can use this product both morning and evening and you simply apply a small amount to damp skin then massage gently for 30 seconds, avoiding eye area before rinsing.


I absolutely love serums, they are an integral part of my skincare routine, something I never actually thought I would say.  From Pixi, we have the Glow Tonic Serum (£26) 
Pixi Glow Tonic Serum

This serum has the same ingredient profile as the original Glow Tonic but it comes with a hit of hydration due to the addition of glycerin alongside a slow release form of retinol to gently boost skin cell turnover while supporting the action of the glycolic acid.  My skin absolutely drinks this serum whenever I apply it, it works wonders when you need that little bit of a kick and there is so tingly feeling when it is applied.

A new addition to the Pixi range is the pHenomenal Gel (£24). As the name suggests, this is a gel moisturiser which was created for use after cleansing to help to restore moisture, balance skin, and neutralise pH levels.
Pixi pHenomenal Gel
Whilst I cannot confirm as to whether or not it does neutralise those pH levels, what I can confirm it does is help restore moisture and balance the skin. It has no fragrance to speak of, so for those people who don't want their skincare to smell of flowers of citrus, then you will like this.  It is also packed with a whole host of hydrating ingredients which includes water, glycerin, cucumber, emoillent Sodium Acrylate and glycereth, plus it also contains Betaine which is known to balance out moisture loss.

Where this cream stands out for me is after using a facemask, particularly one which leaves your skin literally needing a drink because it feels so taut and dry. An application of this cream and my skin feels soft, smooth but most importantly hydrated.

The one product within this collection that I really wasn't too sure about is On-The-Glow (£18) because it definitely isn't something you take to a rave and it isn't a stick highlighter.
Pixi Beauty On-The-Glow
Pixi On-The-Glow

This is a solid moisturiser in stick form and it is one of those products which is perfect for having in your bag when you are on the go. Formulated with a unique mix of Vitamin D2, gentle acids and vitamins such as glycolic acid, caffeine and ginseng to protect, treat and increase moisture level immediately and for the long term.


To use, you simply twist the bottom of the stick, wipe across your skin and pat on any excess and what I love is that the stick can be used pretty much anywhere on the face, lips, body and hair.  It is a little bit oilier than I was expecting it to be, but it doesn't leave your skin looking greasy, in fact, once you have massaged in the excess you would never know it had been on the skin.  For me, this has become one of those products I have used more than I thought I would because it is just so simple to use.

This is quite the collection and it is one I have slowly been working my way through since it arrived.  I am still to find a product from Pixi that I dislike and hate using, which is quite something because I do have a whole host of products I don't like from quite a few brands.

Are you a fan of Pixi?





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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion

I first came across Katherine Daniels as a brand back in 2017 through YouBeauty Box when I tried the Essential Micellar Face and Eye Makeup Remover.  A British skincare brand, Katherine Daniels is the culmination of over 65 years of experience from skincare expert Kirsti Shuba and top facialist Donna Tait and between them, they state that they want you to have ‘Better Skin for Life.’ All of their products are developed with this goal in mind, the formulations enhance the way your skin works. The advanced ingredients within the products allow us to treat the cause of your skin concerns as well as the visible symptoms that you can see. The active ingredients in their products are sourced from plant, marine, Collagen and biotechnology sources.

I was kindly given the Oily Skin Emulsion to use and it is described as being a salon strength fluid emulsion which addresses the needs of your oily skin.  I have combination skin which leans to the oily side, mainly on my t-zone, so when I use skincare products, I often have this issue at the back of my mind, alongside the fact I have dryness on my cheeks and forehead too. 
Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion
Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion
Katherine Daniels products come with a simple to understand 4 step prescription process, which you can use the online skin quiz to help you determine which products are right for you, or you can go along to one of the salons and have your skin looked at by a Katherine Daniels specialist who can prescribe a collection of products for you. This emulsion is stage 3 of the 4-step process and it comes out of the tube feeling like quite a thick cream, but on contact with the skin, it melts and is weightless.  Using four key ingredients which include:
  • Seaweed Extract (Mastocarpus Extract) - Soothing
  • Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract - Reduces excess sebum production
  • Witch Hazel Extract - Astringent and healing
  • Mattifying Powders - Reduce and prevent shine

To use, you simply apply 2-3 pumps directly onto your fingertips and then massage the emulsion into your face, neck and décolleté in upward movements, avoiding your eye area. 

Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion
The main standout scent of the emulsion is Witch Hazel but surprisingly it isn't so powerful that it makes my eyes water.   What I have loved about this emulsion is its ability to mattifying the skin and it also feels incredibly refreshing too.  Leaving behind no trace it was there, for me this is a great product if you do have excess sebum, or like me, want to beat that afternoon shine, then this is worth trying.

Prices start at £36 for 50ml here*.


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