Thursday, 18 April 2019

Pixi Multi Masking Skin Treats

If there is one thing you are likely to find me doing at a weekend, it is a masking session, not just on my hair but also my undereye, face and even body if I have anything left to use.  Having combination skin which leans to the oily side often means that a single face mask doesn't work as well it should do when my skin misbehaves, so I tend to either use a sheet mask for calming and soothing and then if I have a liquid mask, I multimask.  Multimasking is so simple and it is a great way of really make good use out of the products you have and knowing what to put where.  
Pixi Multi Masking Skin Treats
When the Pixi Multi Masking collection arrived, I couldn't wait to give everything a try. Over the last 18 months, there have been some incredible launches from Pixi such as the Rose collection (here) and the Mattelast Lipsticks (here) which I absolutely love.  Known for their cult products Glow Tonic, which I happen to adore, I am delighted to see further Tonic options within the range.

I love under eye patches and new from Pixi is the DetoxifEye Depuffing Hydrogel Under Eye Patches (£22 x 30).  Designed to revive, refresh and rehydrate the delicate eye area for visibly smoother, soothed and fortified skin.  I love hydrogel masks, I find them incredibly soothing on my undereye and even more so if they have been left to chill in the fridge!
Pixi DetoxifEYE Gels
Formulated with hyaluronic acid to give an instant surge of moisture that in turn plumps and smooths skin and fine lines, caffeine helps to depuff and diminish the appearance of dark circles while a host of hard-working extracts such as Cucumber, Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackcurrant all help to energise and refresh skin. Packaged inside a jar, they come with a plastic spatula which allows you to scoop up your eye gels without having to physically touch everything and from there, you apply them to the skin of your undereye.  For me, because they are a hydrogel formula, they stick much better to the skin than other branded eye patches I have used, they don't fall off easily which means you can still do the hoovering up whilst waiting to look fabulous.  All you need to do is leave them on for 10 minutes to work their magic and then if there is any serum left on the skin after use, pat it into the skin.

An absolute bargain at £22 for 30 pairs!

If you love sheets masks then Pixi has two new sets of sheets masks to be added to your collection which are the Plump Collagen Boost and the Pixi Glow Glycolic Boost Brightening Infusion Sheet Mask.  Within this set, it is the Glow Glycolic Boost Brightening Infusion Sheet Mask (£10 x 3) which is featured.  
Pixi Glycolic Mask
This Sheet Mask promises to instantly brighten and hydrate skin with the inclusion of a serum concentrate of glycolic acid alongside which we have both witch hazel and cucumber which soothe the skin, relieve inflammation and irritation for a calm and even skin tone.  Like most people, I love a good face mask and these ones are a really good fit for my face and to use, you simply apply them to freshly cleansed skin and leave it on for between 10-15minutes.  Once your allotted time is up, if there is any serum left sitting on the skin, you simply pat it in.

If you love Glow Tonic, then you will love this extension of that rang in the form of a sheet mask too.

Next up we have the Pixi Glow Mud Mask (£18) and it is one of the very first products I ever tried from Pixi before Glow Tonic. Described as being a purifying, glow-revealing clay mask to purify and balance the skin, it is also said to be the Pixi signature 15-minute facial and it is simply divine.
Pixi Glow Mud Mask
Using a blend of kaolin clay and sea salt which work to draw out all of those nasty embedded impurities and quickly recapture skin’s clarity, it is one mask with clay as an ingredient that doesn't irritate my skin. Alongside the clay and sea salt is a whole cocktail of botanical extracts which includes Aloe Vera for its soothing properties, rosemary, ginseng and jojoba all of which come together to rejuvenate, brighten and instantly ‘perk up’ lacklustre complexions and also to help prevent breakouts.

This mask can be used 2-3 times a week and you really only need a thin layer of the mask on your skin as it is quite thick.  I find it easier to apply with an old makeup brush to ensure I get an even coverage and it is the perfect mask for applying to those areas where you get breakouts such as the jawline, chin and even the nose and you only need to leave it on for 15 minutes before removing with a warm cloth.

I love a good peel off mask, I mean who doesn't enjoy that sensation of peeling it off their face and skin, much like as a child I loved to apply Copydex glue to my hand, let it dry and then peel it off (yes showing my age) and it still hasn't outgrown me.  When it comes to Pixi, this time we have the T-Zone Peel Off Mask (£18) and a mask from Pixi I hadn't tried before. 
Pixi T-Zone Mask
Described as being a detoxifying peel-off mask which is great for congested, dull and tired skin, it works to draw out impurities and lift away oil to reveal immediate results. It contains a unique green superfood blend that includes avocado, cucumber, aloe, green tea and bamboo extract which work to help firm and refine.  You can apply it once or twice a week and once on the skin, you need to let it fully dry before the fun of peeling can begin, obviously it needs to be applied away from the hairline, eyebrows and the lips.  What I really like about this mask is how comfortable it is as it begins to dry and then how easy it is to remove, you don't feel as though you are ripping every tiny little hair out of your face.  Once removed, for me, as someone who does have skin on the oilier side, the difference is quite something, as gone is the shine and in its place is soft, smooth skin.

Finally, we have the Pixi Peel & Polish Resurfacing Treatment (£26).  I have reviewed this product here. This is one of my favourite products from Pixi when it comes to exfoliation and whenever I feel my skin needs a little pick me up, this is the tube I am often reaching for, the hubby too.  It is described as being a radiance revealing enzyme peel which resurfaces the skin for smoother, softer and a healthy looking glow, it contains natural fruit enzymes which work to loosen all of that dead and dry skins, whilst the inclusion of 6% lactic acid gently exfoliates, cellulose peels and sugar extracts polishes the skin and helps to lift away dullness revealing brighter skin.
Pixi Peel and Polish
I also happen to love the smell of this treatment, some liken it to being that of unripened bananas but for me, it is that fresh scent of Papaya that really stands out. To use the scrub you apply directly to your face and neck and the skin needs to be dry rather than wet or damp and it a treatment that is used just 2-3 times a week. Once on the skin, you leave the mask for up to five minutes to allow it to work its magic before removing with a warm cloth, you can for a more intense polish effect; using your fingertips, gently massage face and neck in a circular motion. 

This is a great introduction to the wonders of masking with Pixi Beauty and also the reminder that sometimes multi-masking does so much more for the skin.

Have you tried any of these products from the Pixi Multi Masking collection before?

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30

When it comes to Sun care I am really picky about which one I will put on my face. I cannot stand that overly thick cream which makes your skin feel as though you have rubbed it into a tub of lard, it just makes me feel as though I constantly need to wash my face.  When this Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 from REN Clean Skincare arrived I was elated because not only do I absolutely adore REN as a brand, but I am yet to find a product I dislike.
REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Box
REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Tube

With its bright sunshine yellow packaging, it would be hard to miss this product on your shelf and if ever there was a timely reminder that you should be wearing sunscreen every single day, then this is it. The sun is arguably the biggest contributor to skin ageing. UVB rays are mostly responsible for sunburn and redness, while UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing lines and wrinkles. These rays get to your skin even on days when it is cloudy and I have lost count of the number of confused looks I get when I tell people I wear SPF every single day unless of course, I have no plans to leave the house.

So from REN we have a product which is a mattifying face sunscreen and this is what excited me the most because most of the suncare products I have tried leaves the skin with a greasy shiny film. It also has a Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection as well as blue light protection, non-nano technology, it is also vegan and made of over 99% natural ingredients. After 6 years of research into SPF, this sunscreen is silicone free and if you are a fan of REN or know about REN, then one thing they want to do is not only to look after your skin but also our planet too and in previous reviews such as this one, I have detailed how changes have been made to their packaging. For this Sunscreen, REN has used 50% recycled plastic to create the tube - the maximum we can while protecting the formula, and 100% recycled plastic for the cap.

Ingredients are also an important factor for REN and a lot of thought goes into each product. For this one we have:
  • Passion Fruit Extract which a powerful antioxidant and its job is to protect against pollution and potential irritation flare-ups.
  • Rice Extract which not only soothes reddened skin but gives a mattifying finish to combat sun-induced shine and excess oil. It keeps you matte and fresh while creating the perfect base for makeup.
  • Zinc Oxide which is said to be a physical shield that effectively blocks and reflects UVA, UVB, Blue Light rays to prevent ageing and pigmentation.Yellow Passion Fruit Seed Extract for its antioxidant action. Boosts skin's internal defence system to help protect from pollution and free radical damage.
  • Rice Starch which absorbs oil, controls shine and minimises pore appearance. Soothes irritation.

Designed to be the last step of your skincare routine but before makeup, this sunscreen should be massaged onto and into the skin.  What I really like is the texture, it is no thicker than my moisturising cream and it has no horrible chemical smell.

REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Swatch
I love that you only need a small amount to cover the entirety of your face and neck and it is so lightweight once it has absorbed, it is easy to forget it is there, whereas some highstreet versions never feel as though they will absorb into the skin and just create a white film on the skin, none of which you get with this.

It has been really easy to add this into my existing skincare routine and it is now a daily part of my life.  It is priced at £30 for 50ml here and if you need a new sunscreen, this is definitely one not to miss.

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