Skincare review: Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty have been a favourite brand of beauty and skincare bloggers for a while now and there’s a good reason for this. They very kindly sent me two of their latest skincare ranges to try, both of which I have used daily for over 30 days each to really test the products out. So I wanted to put together this blog post to compare the two ranges and to let you know what items I enjoyed using the most and what I would recommend. There are some real game changers in these collections that you just have to try and I can’t wait to tell you about them!

Trying out new skincare products

In the past I’ve been guilty of getting stuck in a rut with my skincare routine and have had the mindset of ‘if it’s already working there’s no need to try and change anything’. But since I started blogging, I’ve realised not to limit myself and to introduce new products into my skincare routine. I think the worry of a product causing a reaction on my skin has always been at the back of my mind and that has put me off trying new brands in the past. The Liz Earle cleanse and polish has been my go to cleanser for as long as I can remember but as our skin changes over time and the beauty industry moves forward, it’s definitely good to test out new brands and products to find out what else works well for us. So here are my thoughts on the 2 new skincare launches by Pixi Beauty.

1 – The Glow Tonic Collection.

The first range that Pixi sent out to me was the glow tonic collection. The press kits they send out are always amazing and are packaged so beautifully. This was a massive box that was delivered and I was so excited to start using all of the items. So here is what was inside the kit – 

  1. A gorgeous, soft face cloth
  2. DetoxifEYE de-puffing eye patches
  3. Glow tonic cleansing gel
  4. Glow tonic exfoliating toner
  5. Glow tonic radiance serum
  6. T Zone peel off mask
  7. Glow mud mask
  8. 3 brightening sheet masks
  9. On the Glow moisture stick
  10. Phenomenal Gel

I told you the kit was huge and now you can understand what I meant!

Hero products in the range

As I mentioned before, I’ve used Liz Earle Cleanser for years which is cream based so it was quite a different experience using the Glow Tonic cleanser which is a cooling gel but I absolutely love this product. It’s refreshing and a really nice alternative to use in the hotter Summer months. Pixi are famous for their toners and so I wasn’t surprised to find that I loved using the glow tonic as well. I used this daily after cleansing and it left my skin feeling really clean and bright.

Serums – my latest skincare obsession…

The next stage of my routine was using the Glow Tonic serum. This is not something that I’ve ever used in my skincare routine before and I wasn’t sure exactly if it would make a difference or not. I can officially say that I am converted and will always use a serum now as they make a HUGE difference. This helps to gently exfoliate the skin whilst hydrating and nourishing. It also softens, refines and restores radiance to give you smooth, balanced skin. I’ve discovered that serums are such a game changer and I wish I found them sooner!

The bottle has a pipette dropper in the lid which you can use to apply a couple of drops of the product directly onto the skin. This serum is a little sticky but it dries down quickly, ready for you to add your moisturiser for the final stage.  Again, I’ve mainly always used cream based moisturisers and the Phenomenal Gel was a new experience for me. It was a little sticky too but it leaves a nice refreshing feel on the skin.

Glow tonic additional products..

The rest of the items that were in the kit are not something that you would use on a daily basis but they are perfect for a pamper night or to give your skin an extra little boost throughout the month. My favourite product from these additional skincare items just has to be the DetoxifEYE de-puffing eye patches. If you suffer from tired eyes, dark circles or puffy under eye bags this is for you. I keep these in the fridge and use them a couple of times a week. These little eye patches are infused with cucumber and gold and are a soothing treat for popping under the eyes in the evening.

Final verdict – glow tonic collection

I have to say that after using this range for over 30 days, my skin really did look a lot brighter and glowing. I enjoyed the gel based products and the refreshing feeling that you get from using this range. It smells nice and not too overpowering which is great but if you are not a fan of sticky textures I would perhaps be more inclined to go for the Vitamin C range which I will tell you about next…

2 – The Vitamin C collection

The second kit that Pixi Beauty sent out to me was the latest Vitamin C range. This was a cute tub, stuffed full of skincare goodies and it had my name on it. I just love anything personalised like this and after receiving the first range you can appreciate how excited I was to test this out! So here were the items inside this kit:

  1. Vitamin C Juice cleanser
  2. Tonic brightening Toner
  3. Brightening Serum
  4. Vitamin C Caviar Balm leave on mask
  5. Moisturising lotion

The power of Vitamin C in skincare..

Vitamin C is one of THE hardest working skincare ingredients out there. It provides a brightening effect on the skin, gives you powerful antioxidant protection and adds a really refreshing radiance quality which is just perfect for skincare. It also boosts your skins collagen production which will give you firmer, more plump skin, whilst smoothing out those annoying fine lines and wrinkles. The final result is anti ageing and aims to give you younger looking skin – and who doesn’t want that!

Hero products in the range

The first product that caught my eye in this range has to be the cleanser, purely because of the bottle. It has a press pump feature which I am a little bit in love with. It just makes everything so much easier and is quick to use with cotton pads. This cleanser is a liquid, so again, something new for me but I will 100% be re-purchasing this when it has run out as it is an absolute must have. The glow tonic is very similar to that of the glow range and is also another staple item from this collection.

Moving onto the Vitamin C brightening Serum in this range. I prefer this to the glow serum as it is not sticky and it soaks into the skin beautifully. I have been using this daily and I could really notice the benefits in my skin just after a couple of days.

The moisturising lotion is a thin creamy consistency and this also sinks into the skin really easily. I’m not a huge fan of the fragrance of this though if I’m honest. It wants to be a zesty, fruity scent which I would have loved but there’s something just not quite right about it. That aside, it feels gorgeous on the skin and is a great moisturising product.

Final verdict – Vitamin C collection

After using the Vitamin C collection and the Glow collection daily for over 2 months and really comparing the two, my favourite has to be the Vitamin C range. It has honestly made my skin feel amazing and I was so impressed with the cleanser, that it’s right up there as one of my all time favourite products.

Both ranges are perfect for this hot Summer weather that we have been having and for keeping your skin hydrated, bright, glowing and fresh. Pixi Beauty has really pulled it out of the bag for these new skincare collections!

You can purchase all of the above items mentioned in this blog post and more on the Pixi Beauty website HERE , in the flagship London store, in UK retailers such as Boots, M&S or online at Cult Beauty.

What is your favourite product from the Pixi Beauty range?

What would you like to try from the Glow Tonic or Vitamin C range?

Leave me a comment below and thanks for reading! xx

The gorgeous new fragrances by SEKSY Beauty that you need to try.

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Myza – the go to store for getting a fabulous night sleep

We spend around one third of our lives sleeping and it’s one of the most important things for maintaining our health and wellbeing. I’m one of those people that needs a full 8 hours a night to be able to function properly. As soon as I come home from work, I am straight into my pyjamas. I feel that it’s important to relax as much as possible in the evening ready for a good nights sleep. There is literally nothing nicer than treating yourself to a brand new luxury set of nightwear or loungewear. And isn’t it just the best feeling when you stay in a boutique hotel and there is a fluffy dressing gown waiting for you! This is really easy to recreate that little bit of luxury in your own home for every day.

I recently came across the website Myza and they specialise in gorgeous products that are all designed for creating a lovely relaxing sleep. Just looking through the website makes me feel chilled out! There is something for everyone on here, whether its a treat for yourself or a beautiful gift for someone else. If you know someone who has been stressed out lately or perhaps a pregnant friend or someone who has been having trouble sleeping, what a thoughtful gift that would be to make a little package of items to help them relax better!

Nightwear

There are some really pretty Pyjama sets and gorgeous cosy dressing gowns to choose from by various designers. I particularly like the Nightire collection as the bold prints and designs are just my kind of style. There are classic pyjama outfits as well as cute little short versions and so you have an option for if it is warmer or for a colder time of the year. If you want something really luxurious though, there is also a beautiful silk range by the brand Ronja which is really chic.

Body Products

What better way to relax before going to sleep than having a relaxing pampering session? You guys know me and I love skincare and body products and I’m impressed by the varied selection on Myza. There are a variety of brands with products ranging from face masks, soothing body oils, lotions and creams.  Again, there is a great section to choose beautiful gifts in this section. I particularly like the 1001 remedies set which you can find HERE. 

The majority of the beauty products contain natural ingredients that help to aid a relaxing experience which sounds heavenly.

Cosy Homewear

Of course the other best way to relax is with beautiful bedding and cosy comforting linens or pillows. Especially now we are moving into the colder seasons, you cannot beat lovely warm blankets to curl up in and watch a good Netflix series or two! I love buying things for my home so this is a really nice way to get something functional that also looks good and accessorises your bedroom or lounge.

Accessories

If you just want to try out a little item as a treat then there are a lot of really lovely accessories to choose from. I absolutely love the eye masks I am going to have to get one of these for myself. They are made from 100% silk which will feel beautiful and cool against the delicate eye area. Also it’s well known that silk helps to reduce the pulling of the skin, which in turn helps to reduce the creation of wrinkles. This particular accessory would also be fabulous for a flight or long train journey somewhere.

I am also really intrigued by the selection of relaxing teas. I can just imagine having one of these in the evening with a nice book before settling down for a gorgeous relaxing sleep. Divine.

What are your favourite products to use when you want to relax or have a good pampering session? Leave a comment below as I would love to hear about them!

Treat yourself with my discount code!

So if you fancy treating yourself to a little something to help give you a fabulous nights sleep I have a discount code that you can use. Head over to the Myza website HERE and use my unique discount code HANNAHLULOVES10 to receive 10% off your order! Let me know what you what you purchase as I would love to see what you choose.

 

 

Prepare your skin for Autumn with Lush Cosmetics

I admit that I haven’t been into a Lush store for a while as I mainly just associated them with their famous bath bomb products. However I visited the Brighton branch recently and I have to say that I have completely fallen in love with them!

As soon as you walk in the door of any Lush store the beautiful fragrances hit you straight away and this has become one of their signature traits. As I was walking around the store, I was really impressed with the huge variety of products from hair care, to skin care to body products and had such fun testing all of the samples. I hadn’t appreciated how many products that they offer.

    

I could have walked out of the store with bags of gorgeous items, but I picked out 2 products which particularly caught my eye that I was so excited to use and they certainly did not disappoint! I chose a pot of bubblegum flavoured lip scrub and a very unusual body scrub.

Lip scrub

You really have to smell this yourself to believe it. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s absolutely divine and just like the real thing! This little pot was only £6.50 and part of a collection of other flavours including Mint, Chocolate and honey so if you have a sweet tooth like I do, then I can guarantee you will enjoy these. I seem to be reaching for body products at the moment that are all sweet themed but at least it’s saving me on overindulging in real calories!

As we are transitioning into the Autumn season, I felt that it was a good time to get a lip scrub as when the weather changes I know that I will start to get chapped lips. This is also going to help to combat the dryness that you can get from wearing matt lipsticks or being in air conditioning during the day like I am.

This lip scrub is a great way to prep the lips by gently buffing and polishing away any dead skin cells and will keep them looking plump and healthy, as well as creating the perfect base for lipsticks. There are only 6 ingredients that are used to make this product. 2 natural (caster sugar and organic jojoba oil) and 4 others which make up the colour and flavouring but these are all safe synthetic ingredients.

Scrub Scrub Scrub

This body scrub is a brand new product on the market and it’s so unusual I just had to try it out! This body scrub is made up of black exfoliating crystals and I have never seen anything quite like this before. You don’t normally associate bath products that look like this but don’t let that put you off as it’s absolutely incredible. The lady in the store joked that it looks like it will clean the depths of your soul which made me laugh as it is definitely different.

As soon as I opened the lid the smell was beautiful and a rich mixture between blackberries and a kind of almost menthol scent. The crystals are actually infused with toning rosemary, grounding pine and refreshing buchu oils so that explains the aromatherapy type fragrance that this product has.

Powdered charcoal is also one of the key ingredients (hence the colour) and this is perfect for deeply cleaning the skin, leaving it with a great glow as well as having antibacterial properties.

The texture of charcoal is soft and dry which helps to exfoliate and cleanse so you will find this often in toothpaste products. There are a few jet black charcoal toothpastes that are available on the market at the moment and I have been seeing these in the stores and on Instagram.

An interesting fact about Lush is that they don’t use imported charcoal for their products. They use a UK based supplier as they are campaigners of encouraging and supporting local industries. Another key ingredient to mention in this scrub is sea salt. This is fantastic for softening and hydrating the skin, removing dead skin sells without stripping away too much natural oils.

I love the way my skin felt after using this and the deep, rich scent stayed on my skin for quite a long time which was really lovely. I feel that this is a great Autumn/Winter bath product and is going to help to keep my skin in excellent condition as the colder weather sets in. Also, if you are a fake tan fan like I am, this is also a great product to prep the skin before tan is applied.

Final thoughts about Lush

I love how this brand is all about ethical products and that everything is animal cruelty free and 100% vegetarian. Their packaging is all the same uniformed look which can be slightly confusing when trying to browse in the store. However, if you take your time and look into each product, the information is all there printed on the outside. If you have any questions though the staff are really knowledgeable and happy to talk about the products. Another cute detail is that every pot has a picture of who made the product. Everything is handmade and I think that’s a lovely little touch.

The last thing I have to mention is the fabulous pre-wrapped gifts that you can buy in Lush. I hadn’t realised this and will definitely be considering this in the future. I am a complete stationary addict and to see all of the beautiful gift wrap and selections that have been put together was really exciting. I am a sucker for good packaging!

I had such a great experience visiting Lush and will definitely be returning! Do you have any favourite Lush products? Leave me a comment below with any recommendations!

The latest Urban Decay eye pallet – ‘Born to Run’

The ‘Born to Run’ collection is probably one of the biggest launches of the year for Urban Decay and after the huge hype around this I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my hands on one of these eye pallets myself!

Urban Decay already have a great track record of bringing us fabulous eye shadow combinations such as the best selling neutrals from the Naked pallet range but they have really stepped up their game with this latest collection and this is a guaranteed sell out product this Summer. The Born to Run eye shadow pallet is a gorgeous mix of neutrals, rich metallics and sultry deep jewel tones. There are 21 shades to play with in this kit and you can easily create a natural day time look right through to a dramatic evening eye and I am obsessed with the selection of colours available in this range.

Packaging and overall feel

My first impression of this pallet was that the packaging not only looks great but it instantly felt a like a really high end quality product as soon as I picked it up. The box is strong and sturdy and includes a really good full length mirror inside the lid. The theme behind this collection is all to do with adventure, exploring, travel and being on the go, and the case is decorated in a selection a Instagram style photograph snaps of holiday destinations such as Las Vegas, Santorini and London.

The individual shades are not the largest, but you will definitely get a lot of use out of them as a little goes a long way due to how pigmented these shades are. This kit is priced at £39.50 which is towards a higher end price point but this is fair once you get to see and feel the quality of it.

Pigment and texture

The pigment is extremely rich, particularly the metallics and I feel these colours would work well on all skin tones beautifully. The thing I love the most abut Urban Decay eye shadows is how good they are for blending with minimal fall out. The texture of these is velvety and there is no crumbling or creasing with these eye shadows, allowing you to build up a fabulous rich colour quickly and easily.

Colour Range

I love a metallic eyeshadow for day or night and was instantly drawn to the pale rose gold shade ‘stranded’ which I have been blending with the rich brown shade ‘punk’ and this has been a gorgeous mix. However, since using this pallet I have found myself experimenting with colour combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of doing before. My surprise favourite has been using a metallic rose golden tone ‘ignite’ with a dark jewel green metallic ‘wanderlust’ and the result of these blended together is so chic and perfect for a dark smoky eye that is a bit different.

All of the shadows in this kit can be used wet or dry and you could even use them as an eyeliner or the use lighter shimmery shades as a face highlighter.

 

This kit truly is a beauty addict’s pick and mix heaven. Here is a list of the full range of colours:

BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)

IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)
BIG SKY (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

Additional items available

This eye pallet is part of the Born to Run collection which also includes an all night setting spray, eye pencils in 44 different shades and 3 lipstick colours.

You can view the whole range here at the Urban Decay website.

Image: Urban Decay

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Urban Decay Born to Run eye pallet. Have you used this yet? Let me know your thoughts on it and what your favourite colours are!

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