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Pixi Cosmetics Now in Manila| The Unboxing Post

Pixi was one of the first affordable brands in the UK I ever blogged about and they are now here in Manila via Glamourbox and various Snoe outlets!  The cosmetic brand was founded by Swedish professional makeup artist Petra Strand and her sister who is a world-class skincare therapist consults and produces for the skincare range.  The brand’s Pixi Skin Treats Glow Tonic toner is a Caroline Hirons’ approved one which flew off shelves when she mentioned how the fruit enzyme exfoliating action of the toner agreed with her as a budget option.  She mentioned it on her YouTube BodyTalk session with Pixiwoo, though I doubt they’re bringing the actual skincare range in, I wish they would.  For now it’s mostly about their makeup which, for teens and thrifty beauty enthusiasts, should be exciting!

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STUFF THEY SENT ME – Pixi Eye Bright Kit, Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm (Lip Crayon), Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in “Flushed,and Pixi Eye Bright Liner No.1 “Nude”, these are items from their permanent line.  I will be handpicking a couple of these for standalone reviews :)  I just got a bit of buzz…heard they may be bringing in part of the spring collection soon!

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PIXI UK cosmetics are currently AVAILABLE through Glamourbox.ph and these outlets:

Snoe Robinson’s Galleria, Snoe Robinson’s Dasmarinas, Snoe Market Market Taguig, Snoe SM Hypermart Pasig, Snoe SM Valenzuela, Snoe SM North Edsa, Snoe SM Sucat, Snoe SM Muntinlupa, Snoe SM Sta. Rosa, Snoe SM Center Las Pinas

Select stuff available at http://www.seektheuniq.com/.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixiBeautyPH, Twitter: @PixiBeautyPH, Instagram: @PixiBeautyPH

This box was sent to me directly from Team Pixi PH, so thankful.  Pixi is one of the rare high-quality niche budget brands that pro makeup artists like Lisa Eldridge and Sam & Nic Chapman (aka Pixiwoo) have featured in their early tutorials online at the cusp of YouTube fame.  For now selected Pixi products are available through Glamourbox, many Snoe outlets in certain locations listed above and a stockist or 2.  I shall review a few of these soon!

The Eye Opener | Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Eyeliner “Bare”

I’ve always had a gap in my kit waiting for a flesh colored eyeliner great enough to use on the lower eye waterline.  Last month I picked up two of Smashbox’s Always Sharp Waterproof (Automatic) Eyeliners from Beauty Bar, I got an eggplant purple called Violetta and this  flesh colored one is called “Bare”.  I’ve heard Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends rave repeatedly about these and just recently spotted it again in Anna’s (Vivianna Does Makeup) Getting Ready video for the Brit Awards.  It was also what I used last week on the lower rims of my eyes for my smoldering Valentine night out look.

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Ditch your sharpener, but stay sharp! This waterproof kohl eyeliner glides on and self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off. Inspired by Smashbox pros who sharpen before every use on set, this first-of-its-kind pencil has a sharpener built right into the cap for a perfect tip-so you’ll always get a precise line. Php1000+ at Beauty Bar

·    Can be used on inner rim
·    Precision of a liquid liner in a fool-proof pencil
·    Waterproof and non-flaking

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Each time you twist open and close the automatic liner the nib automatically protrudes a bit more and gets sharpened, what a brilliant, innovative convenience but there are a few things one must note so you don’t ruin it.  I was confused for awhile as to where I was supposed to twist the pen if I wanted more of the nib to come out, I found out that doesn’t need to happen because it already does it for you each time you twist the cap on and off. Read more to see before and after shots and a final look.

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Dior SS Media 2014 | Jennifer Lawrence & Her Much Awaited Oscar Dress Video

America’s new fresh-faced sweetheart, in my mind, is none other than Jennifer Lawrence, most especially after she beautifully blundered going up that Academy Awards stage last time.  That second Dior video people are just too excited to see isn’t out yet and if you’re wondering what that’s about it’s going to be a behind-the-scenes feature on “JLaw” choosing her Dior dress for the upcoming Oscars.  Swathed with delightfully awkward moments and famous for her fresh honesty Jennifer makes being the antithesis of demure such a grand, real, and glorious thing to behold.  Foot in mouth quirks and all, Dior have still deemed her more than beautiful enough to be their current fashion muse for a third campaign and as seen in the recent photos that have popped up she absolutely is.  I’ve embedded the first installment video of her Dior dress interview series below.  Keep on the alert for that second video coming out this week (be aware the first one was unlisted on YouTube, you might have to search on blogs and news sites)!

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“But I do obviously have very special memories of the dress I wore to the Oscars, some fun…(laughs) and some not…” VIDEO LINK here (unlisted on YouTube)

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By the way I received an SMS announcement from Dior today stating that their SS 2014 cosmetic Collection entitled “Trianon” (as inspired by Marie Antoinette) is now available at local Dior counters.  I’ve also included Dior’s HD video feature on the Trianon SS 2014 collection.

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 Last but not the least, I wanted to share a video that showcases the reason why I also admire Dior.  I just love their approach to the application and finish of makeup.  They make use of very gentle and creatively precise application techniques, makeup never looks piled on and just radiates from the face.  Go backstage to the hair and makeup room for Dior’s 2014 Spring Summer haute couture show.

 

 

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream | 80% Organic For Sensitive Skin

Let’s all sit back and look at this moisturizer, the ingredients of which are as good as Glinda.  Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Cream was included in one of Caroline Hirons’ oh-so-rare Hall of Fame standalone posts in October 2011 in which she labeled this as “an absolute must-have”.  It’s an unusual formulation in a good way because it targets combination sensitive skin (Hello, Me) and provides a certain level of defense and treatment against acne.  My aunt brought this home for me from L.A. last week, she picked it up from Sephora.

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In case you were wondering, no, I did not paint my nails to match the product (haha), my chipped nails were already painted when my Tita gave this to me, haha (incidentally the shade is Revlon “Charming”, yes it does match the product pot perfectly).  To confirm the luxury on this, check out the nifty pump that ensures you won’t spoil the product in side!  Fancy, eh?  I’m almost certain the luxe pot is what partly made this hit $55 at the counter.  One full pump by the way is enough to do your face and relevantly your upper neck as well.  But what’s great is you actually have an option.  If the pump annoys you and you really want to get to the very bottom of the whole pot to scrape out the cream towards the end you can just twist off both the lid and pump together at the pot’s silver neck like on any normal product pot lid to get cream out the normal way.

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For years, Ancient Egyptians used goat milk to heal and nurture skin; their skincare wisdom bears following. This natural wonder continues the great tradition, lavishing skin with infusions of milk proteins, vitamins, and amino acids.

INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Goat Milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Salix Nigra (Willow) bark Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mannan, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid. Php55 for 50ml, SEPHORA

It’s a lovely aloe-based rich cream that’s fragrance-free and just has that natural light milky smell that isn’t annoying.  The density, texture and consistency is comparable to NIVEA’s classic cream in a blue tin (told you it was rich).  The KS Goat Milk Cream is actually thicker than I thought and so for the local climate I still prefer the texture of the Za Restoring Collagen Cream.  I imagine abroad this Goat Milk Cream could pass as a day cream in a dry country but out here in the tropics, during the day, unless your skin is super dehydrated or you work in air-conditioned areas it’s just a bit too rich for me.  I’m not too sure this would be okay for oily skin locally, acne prone skin yes, but highly oily skin maybe not.  However I used this overnight and when I touched my face the next morning, I woke up to smoother, softer and even in some areas clearer skin because it cleared up some small patches of rashes and potential zits along my jaw and on the side of my face.  The key is to not to apply too much.

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The great thing to note about this moisturizer is that as far as I can tell it is silicone and nasties free, so any smoothness or softness you get is a genuine positive skin reaction.  The Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream is a trustworthy luxury moisturizer that’s nice to look at and set on your bathroom counter and can be used as a day or night cream according to your preference.  I may not like the thicker texture of the cream itself but I do love the genuine supple effect on my skin in the morning when I’ve worn it overnight (without any artificial smooth-ers) and the fact that it doesn’t break me out and does prevention is great.  Improved skin is what mainly matters and this certainly delivers.

 

REVLON Brow Fantasy Duo | Brows Both Ways

I’d like to thank my friend Rinka for showing me her own Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil Gel Duo, otherwise I wouldn’t have known about this really.  The saleslady said these arrived last week or something.  Simple things that work two ways are great for pushing, push push…this is good.  This is something women with sparse brows need all the time.

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REVLON Brow Fantasy Php570+ (purchased personally at PCX) – This product actually comes in four (4) shades and to my surprise wow, all four for now are available locally.  If I heard the saleslady right the shades are light blonde light brown, brunette, and deep brown.  Brunette and Deep Brown have already sold out in some stores like the one I went to in Alabang Town Center.

It’s nice to see Revlon doing more drugstore products we actually really need on a daily basis.  I love that they’re doing classic staple products that tick the right boxes.  Read more to see before and after shots of application and get the full review.

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