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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pixi Beauty Skintreats // Beauty Talk

This is quite the collection of Pixi Beauty I have here, isn't it? One day last summer, I was asked if I wanted to be on their PR mailing list. A year later, I'm swimming in Pixi. And I'm not mad about it. I'm not mad about it one bit. 

Most of their Skintreats line has turned out to be rather delightful, much more so than their beauty line that I have also had the chance to try out. Skincare stuff is much more my style right now, anyway. 

Pixi Glow Tonic - The holy grail of all Pixi products, if the internet is to be believed. I like it, but I'm not completely converted away from my go-to liquid/chemical exfoliators like Paula's Choice or Reversa. It contains 5% glycolic acid and is alcohol-free, which is a major bonus! 

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go - Portable, travel-friendly version of the above. They remind me a lot of the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. 

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser - I've almost used this one right up, and the name is almost entirely rubbed off the tube. I use this in the mornings when my skin is feeling a bit oily or rebellious (i.e. acneic), as it also contains 5% glycolic acid. Brilliant for calming things down and cutting oil. 

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm - I adore this, and have almost used it up completely as well. It's thick and greasy and is fantastic as a first cleanse in the evening. 

Pixi Glowtion Day Dew - The only Pixi skin product that doesn't really work for me. My face looks so shiny after applying it, and my pores get super congested after a day of wear. Much more suited to dry skin, I think. 

Pixi Glow Mud Mask - I find this too intense to use all over my face, but very effective as a spot or t-zone treatment. 

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish - This is relatively new to me, but I'm already a fan. The applicator is great for buffing your lips while applying the lip serum treatment, leaving them smooth. So far so good! 

Pixi Rose Oil Blend - I'm a fan of facial oils, and this one is really quite good. Among its ingredients are two of my favourites - rosehip oil and jojoba oil - so there's a lot going for it! I use this at night when my skin is feeling dry or flaky, and it absorbs really nicely. 

Pixi Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads - Surprisingly good. They don't sting my eyes, and actually get most of my eye makeup off. I was shocked to see NO BLACK leftovers on my white facecloth after my first cleanse! 

The words "glow" and "nourish" seem to be Pixi's key phrases for their skin products, and I can't help but agree that they are fitting. Pixi has come out with a really impressive skincare line here, and I'm truly bummed that when Target left Canada, it took Pixi with it! Just when it was getting really good! 

Have you tried Pixi's skincare line? What are your top products?

xo Chloë

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mom Jeans // OOTD

Topshop mom jeans OOTD ASOS bodysuit blonde hair

Mom jeans. These are literally called Mom Jeans. It's on the label. Topshop, you know, sometimes I wonder about you. So trendy, so hip, and then... making nice jeans and shamelessly naming them Mom Jeans. I am not a mom (do dogs count?), and I happen to like the high-waist, pancake ass look. Actually, there's not that much pancake ass going on here, not as much as with the "traditional" mom jeans at least. 

Topshop mom jeans OOTD ASOS bodysuit blonde hair

Topshop mom jeans OOTD ASOS bodysuit blonde hair

Obviously, to avoid looking like a REAL MOM, you have to sex these up a bit. Enter my new bodysuit from ASOS that is quite delightful. I bought an off-the-shoulder one in the same order and they're both perfect. A note though: the rib fabric of this bodysuit definitely requires sticky-boobs or sticky pasties to avoid potential wardrobe malfunctions. I've actually become a huge fan of sticky boobs and pasties, being of the smaller chested breed. Definitely a game changer. 

Topshop mom jeans OOTD ASOS bodysuit blonde hair

Topshop mom jeans OOTD ASOS bodysuit blonde hair

In hair news, I've transitioned to a bit of a shadow root. So, instead of doing a full bleach to my roots this time, my colourist did some strategically-placed highlights to break up my regrowth. I really like the look of a darker root, but my main issue was the harsh line that accompanied my regrowth. Now with highlights, it looks way more "natural" and more blended. I'm loving it!

Outfit shizz -

Topshop Mom Jeans - link

ASOS cami bodysuit in rib - link
H&M sandals/Birks ripoffs - last season, but similar here
Vintage Coach bag
eBay choker - link
Daniel Wellington watch - link
Firmoo glasses

See you all soon!

xo Chloë


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Colourpop Highlighters // Beauty Talk

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Monster and Fanny Pack
I feel a bit... incomplete... about this post, but here it is anyway. I've been trying out these two Colourpop highlighters for what seems like forever, and I'm still not really sure what my feelings are. Strange, right? 

I have Monster (left) and Fanny Pack (right) from the Super Shock Cheek range. Both are pearlized in finish, and are the typical Colourpop creamy texture. Monster is described as a "light pink with highly opalescent duo chrome finish". It looks pretty innocuous in the pan, but on the skin I feel as though the duochrome is almost too much. At least, on my pasty face. This may look better on a darker skintone, as the intensity of the pink (and almost greeny-gold duochrome?!) would be dialled down a bit. It's just a weird colour to be marketed as a highlight, in my opinion. 

Fanny Pack, which seems to be gone from the website, is a "silvery white pearl". I think it's much more universal than Monster, and definitely my preference of the two! It is a bit less "silvery" than described, as it definitely has a hint of golden warmth, but I think it leans mostly neutral. 

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Monster and Fanny Pack swatch

Honestly, I think it's the texture that has me still on the fence. It's best applied with fingers (I've found brushes to be pretty useless here), but ... then it's all over your fingers!! The colour is so concentrated that your fingers are now absolutely smothered in shimmer. Depending on when you put on your highlight during your routine, it can be a bit of an annoyance (though having dirty fingers at any time while applying makeup is an annoyance, really...). So while I like the colours and longevity, I'm still not sold on a cream highlight. Perhaps there is a brush out there that can solve all my problems. Help a girl out! 

xo Chloë
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