Today’s post brings you the newest Pixi influencer collaboration and in usual Pixi fashion, it’s a really wearable array of everyday neutrals. If there’s one word to describe the brand as a whole it would certainly be – pretty. Pretty cute, pretty neutral, pretty easy to wear and overall the type of products that fit well into your daily makeup wardrobe.
This release release contains 3 palettes as the main feature and is a collaboration between Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy and ILikeWeylie.
PIXI x DULCE CANDY
This set contains a 9 pan intensely metallic eyeshadow palette in bronzy sugary shades as well as a large 9 pan lip colour palette (not shown). Straight away I can tell that these are absolutely Dulce’s colours and the set will be very flattering on those with medium to deeper skin tones. The shades are warm toned with a metallic finish which may not be as practical as the other palettes. For those of you with a paler complexion, I would suggest sticking to only 1-2 colours from the palette on your eyes in one look. It’s also worth noting that some of the lighter shades can be used as blush or highlight if it suits your skin tone.
Sweet Glow Palette $34 CAD
PIXI x CHLOE MORELO
This set is a cheek, eye and brow palette along with an additional corresponding lip gloss (not shown). The colours in this palette run lighter and leans towards peach and rose tones which would be more suitable on fair to medium skin tones. For me this is a really nice all-in-one set especially if you are travelling or just don’t want to fuss about trying to coordinate colours during the morning rush. I believe the intention is also for this to be a bridal kit based on the names like Honeymoon, Bouquet and Tux of the colours. This layout is similar to previous Pixi palettes and works well so I’m glad they’ve stuck to it. Most of the powders in this kit have a satin finish and the brow powders are matte.
Romantic Radiance Palette* $34CAD
PIXI x ILIKEWEYLIE
This set includes a small sized 6 pan eyeshadow and a duo sided eyeliner. The shades here are again quite warm with two that are more terracotta/red toned. This is also the only one of out of the three that contain matte finishes along side a few shimmers which makes this an easy versatile option. Again, just like the previous two offerings, I like how the colours really do reflect the collaborators because these are certainly the shades that Weylie sports quite often and might I add, are very monolid friendly. At first glance, the colours would easily work for an office setting but the addition of the brighter rust shades give you the option of making it trendier occasion look as well. The eyeliner duo come off surprisingly dark and easy to apply (though I have not tested longevity) with one liquid side and the other is kohl. I think this set would be lovely on most complexions given the intensity of the colours.
Let’s Talk Eyes Palette + Liner $28 CAD
Overall I think this whole release is very fitting spring collaboration not to mention great value for your money. The formula and colour payoff of the powders are consistently good, I’d say at least a medium opacity on most of them and there aren’t any obvious duds. The lighter shadows, especially in the Chloe Morello set do run a little more sheer. The matte shades are solidly better than what’s generally available in the drugstore so I’d call this a win. From experience, I don’t find Pixi shadows to be exceptionally long lasting so pairing it with a primer would be a good move. If you already own a lot of Pixi releases or have a healthy collection of neutral palettes then I think the Dulce Candy eye kit would be the most unique out of the three!
FLASH REVIEW | AFFILIATE LINKS
- MAKE UP FOREVER | Waterblend Foundation*
- MAKE UP FOREVER | Ultra HD Foundation*
- MAC | Mineralized Skinfinish | Soft & Gentle
- MINISOO | Liquid Eyeliner
- HOURGLASS | Eyebrow Pencil
- ESQIDO | Mink Flase Lashes* | Silhouette
- COVERGIRL | Total Tease Mascara WP*
- NUDESTIX | Lip & Cheek Pencil | Whisper
- RIMMEL | Lip Liner* | Tiramisu
- DARPHIN | Environmental Lightweight Shield SPF50
- JOUVIANCE | Mineral Sunblock* SPF30
- ALUMIER MD | Clear Shield* SPF42
- BIODERMA | Photoderm Compact SPF50+
While we all love the fluid textures of chemical sun filters, I do think the physical products are the safer and more universal way to do sun protection and it seems like brands are exploring that route especially with the expansion of the green beauty realm. If we did a blind fold test, I’m certain you wouldn’t be able to guess that the Darphin is a 100% mineral product. Now all I’m wishing for is a great well edited skin tone tint SPF and I wouldn’t have to be hiding indoors all the time. I’d love to hear about what you’ve been using this summer so chatter away down below!
Bright, colourful and inspired by the magic of the cosmos, this holiday season Shu Uemura reunites with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for a limited edition beauty collection bursting with creativity and Murakami’s iconic floral motifs. Key pieces in this release includes two all over face palettes and a series of sheer to light finish lipsticks.
- Cosmic Blossom Palette | Cosmicool (Cool tone)*
- Cosmic Blossom Palette | Cosmikawaii (Warm tone)*
- Nova Eye Trio | Cosmicool (Cool tone)*
- Nova Eye Trio | Cosmikawaii (Warm tone)
- Block Booster Primer | Fresh Pink*
- Block Booster Primer | Natural Beige*
- Rouge Unlimited Lipstick |
- Rouge Unlimited Lipstick |
- Cosmic Drawing Pencil | ME Navy*, M Black, M Purple Black, ME Comet Brown
- Essence Absolute Beautifying Oil*
- Wonder Worker Leave-in Spray*
- Eyelash Curler*
- Makeup Brush Set with Pouch
The Drawing Pencil eyeliner is undoubtedly one of my favourite formulas and the navy is a fun shift away from your everyday neutrals, however the glitter can be a little gritty so avo
id this in the waterline and use it above the lashes instead of tight-lining.
The Block Booster Protective Primer is lightly tinted and provide just the subtlest tinge of sheer colour wash that has no real coverage but does impact the overall complexion when you put foundation over top. It feels very lightweight and similar to the Paul & Joe primer or the Laura Mercier however the SPF50 can leave a slight cast if photographing in artificial lighting so either go down a shade in your foundation or skip this altogether. For those already with pretty decent skin, this will not be your make it or break it product.
Looking at the palettes as a whole, it could have done with just one glittery option versus three as the colours look very close when applied and only the most discerning eyes would make a fuss about it being a subtle pink glitter or a subtle gold glitter. I don’t recommend the glitter shades on their own but they do add a visual interest and snazz up the base colours.
I started off with a halo of light purple all over the eye contour down to the tops of my cheek bones then began layering with navy over the lid and a touch of smokey charcoal at the outer edges for definition. Playing up the cosmic vibes, I swept the bright candy pink blush quite high on the cheeks and in a horizontal zone across the bridge of my nose as well. A coral lipstick acted as a base for an ombre pout and is given more dimension with the deeper sheer wine in the center of the lips. Glitter butterflies? Well, those are completely optional….
The Skincare Treasures* set is one of the limited edition blue parcels put together by Fresh and features four of their best selling products in deluxe mini sizes coupled with major savings. It’s a ready to go full basic routine in a box that’s fit for all ages with gentle, moisturizing products. I had a chance to try everything leading up to December so here’s the quick breakdown.
SUGAR FACE POLISH | This little scrub is a sweet surprise in a jar; made with brown sugar and strawberry seeds you can use it on damp skin directly or mix it with a few drops of water before applying. The sugar granules melts away as you work and this rinses clean with no residue so no chances of over exfoliating here – those of you who rub your skin raw, you know who you are. I personally like something a little finer but this has been touted as a cult favourite so I had to try it a least once!
LOTUS YOUTH PRESERVE CREAM | Lightweight, super smooth and filled with radiance boosting ingredients like blue green algae, lotus flower and vitamin C, this would be a great fit for sensitive skin, oily skin or those in warmer climates. I enjoyed using it as a morning base under makeup since it spreads well and makes my skin silky to the touch but in this Canadian winter, I needed something heavier to combat the dehydration so I would recommend the Creme Ancienne if you need to step up. However I’m definitely bringing this back out come spring and summer.
LOTUS YOUTH PRESERVE EYE CREAM | Surprisingly my favourite item in this set, this eye cream has a similar texture to the face cream and is a nice pick for those who want something refreshing, lightly moisturizing and a touch of depuffing action. It absorbs quickly too so you can get on with your morning makeup and you can put it all over your eye contour without worrying about smudgey eyeshadow. I see it as an introduction to eye cream and for those who don’t want to be weighed down.
SUGAR LIP BALM | Not a classic for nothing and probably one of Fresh’s most well loved products, this luxury balm in a metal twist off cap really does work. It’s not goopey, thick or laddened with mineral oil yet it feels so comfortable on the lips and it’s been my most used night time balm the last few weeks. Granted the scent still hasn’t grown on me yet but that’s the only downside to this product. Oh yes, this is also my going outside to shovel the snow lipbalm.
FIND IT | Fresh online, Fresh in-store and select Sephora locations.
Final thoughts on this set? It’s that easy, impressive box that’s fit for both the beauty lover and the beauty beginner alike as it’s easy to use, non-fussy, luxurious yet gentle. It’s for those times you want to share a skincare gift but aren’t sure what would suit them best. With a neutral spa-like packaging and inoffensive scent, this would make an excellent unisex box to get the men in your life to start upgrading from that soap on a rope. Hey, get a jump start on that new years resolution right?
Wearing unisex fragrances seem like such a cool girl thing to do but as a girly girl, it was a struggle to imagine ever making it work for myself. My recent surprise however has been White Vetiver* by Clean, who’s known for their minimalist aesthetic and cult classics like Warm Cotton and Skin. Created as part of their mens range, this scent has a smokiness that I adore – like something that you’d want lingering on a chunky knit sweater – but doesn’t feel heavy or dated. The notes contains hints of Sicilian bergamot, forest moss and tonka bean to create a cocktail that’s warm, inviting yet undoubtedly masculine.
So what am I doing with it? Well, I’ve been really enjoying layering this under this years popular sweet scents as a way to give it more depth and interest. Since White Vetiver is so smooth and uncomplicated, it layers easily without creating confusion and lately it has been a welcomed pairing with My Burberry Black* over top for an interesting twist. Who knows, this might be the start of a new thing…