While I am all for online shopping, for me, nothing beats being able to see cosmetics in person. There are a quite a few brands that I've been coveting that have yet to make their way to retail stores north of the US border, and one of them I can now cross off my lust list is Pixi Beauty as they just entered the Canadian market earlier this year! You can just imagine my delight when I found out that the brand is now available at Shopper's Drug Mart/Pharmaprix. Pixi Beauty was launched in 1999 by renown Swedish-born makeup artist Petra Strand. Initially only available in Europe, Pixi made its ways across the pond to the US a couple of years ago where it can be found at Target online and in stores nationwide. Now the Pharmaprix near me tends to not have the greatest selection of products since it is on the smaller side, and making my way to the makeup aisle there was no Pixi Beauty in sight. Disappointed, I turned the corner and to my surprise spotted a stand-alone display next to the nail polish section - score!
The first two products I put to the test are from their skintreats skincare line: the Nourishing Sleep Mask* and Peel & Polish*. The Nourishing Sleep Mask is, as you many guessing, an overnight mask - basically a cream that you apply at bedtime and that you rinse off in the morning. Despite being a mask, the texture is still very light and the product has a nice, delicate floral scent. It is suitable for all skin types, and works to heal and provide intense moisture while you sleep. I've been using it every other day, and right after first use I was hooked. Made with arginine, fruit and flower extracts such as jojoba, lavender and geranium oils, it really is packed with the good stuff.
I've also quickly grown fond of the new Peel & Polish, an easy to use at home enzyme peel. This exfoliator contains an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that reveals smoother and more radiant skin by sloughing off dead skin cells from the skin's upper layer. It has a slight gritty texture and smells very fresh, like cucumber! Key ingredients include witch hazel, sugar cane, orange and cucumber extract and vitamin E. It is a great mechanical exfoliator for those of us with combination skin! I use it twice a week: I apply it on my face and neck and leave it on for five minutes to allow the enzymes to activate. Just before rinsing, I massage it in circular motions for a more intense polish effect.
The Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens* are super smooth and creamy eyeliners said to be waterproof, long-lasting and smudge-proof. I got shades VelvetViolet and MulberryBrown, and have been wearing them together, lining my upper lash line with the first and applying the second on my waterline. I love how the combination makes my eyes pop as you will see below! The formula glides on like a dream and although I did experience some smudging of the brown colour due to my eyes watering at the end of a night out, I am not fussed because that tends to happen with any liner I apply on my waterline.
The beauty fanatic in me was super excited to also get my hands on their makeup! I haven't tried many lip plumpers, but the ones I have tried have been hit and miss. The LipLift Max* which I got in shade Petal Ice is a definite winner! This translucent glossy pink provides an intense cooling and slight tingling sensation to the lips, with star ingredients including aloe, jojoba and chamomile and menthol. The plumping effect is subtle to make your pout stand out just a bit more. I've been using it on its own and under lipstick, and you can also apply it on top of your lip colour for extra shine.
The Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel* in Natural provides a pretty flush of rose to the cheeks that can be layered for more intensity. I dot a tiny amount on both cheeks and first blend it out with my fingers, and then go in with a brush to finish it off. The formula is very moisturizing despite being oil-free, and I can even apply it over powder without it disturbing my base makeup or having it emphasize my dry spots. It also lasts and does not fade, even after 8+ hours of wear.
Last but not least, I have two of their Mattelustre Lipsticks* to share with you: Plump Pink, a natural 'my lips but better shade' and Peach Blossom, a coral pink with a touch of orange. Said to have a plumping effect and provide intense colour with a matte finish, I did not notice much plumping and personally need a few coats to get the colour to really show up, which is also more on the lustrous side than matte, although you can blot your lips after applying to make it look more matte. One thing I was very impressed with is how moisturizing and long-lasting these are - they glide on with ease thanks to ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E.
|Pixi MatteLustre Lipstick in Plump Pink
|Pixi MatteLustre Lipstick in Peach Blossom
|Left to Right | Pixi MatteLustre Lipstick in Plump Pink and Peach Blossom, Sheer Cheek Gel in Natural
and Endless Silky Eye Pen in VelvetViolet and MatteMulberry
Below I am wearing all products, with the exception of the MatteLustre Lipstick in Plump Pink.
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I had pretty high expectations for this brand as I kept hearing such great things, and I have to say I am really pleased with the products I have tried so far and would definitely recommend checking them out!
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