pixi double cleanse

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse

pixi double cleanse

Looking for a lift to your sometimes-boring PM routine? We have a two-in-one product that is a game changer. Pixie by Petra + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse is divided in half, where one side includes a solid cleansing oil and the other a cleansing cream.

This is one of those brand-new beauty finds at Target. It’s Karen-approved considering she has been using it as part of her skincare routine and doesn’t plan to swap anytime soon.

Karen finds it gentle and very effective without leaving behind residues as sometimes makeup removers do. The cleansing oil dissolves her makeup, sunscreen, and even tackles waterproof eyeliner and mascara. The cleansing cream also does the job – cleans and nourishes. No skin tightness in sight.

Another plus of this 2-in-1 wonder is the lack of fragrance. Not only is it convenient for everyday use and traveling, also a small amount goes a long way. It sure helps that the formula is enriched with a wide range of skin-loving ingredients.

The solid cleansing oil contains vitamin E that protects and conditions, camellia oil which offers great nourishment, and evening primrose oil which heals and moisturizes. Regarding the cleansing cream, its composition includes vitamin C which promotes collagen production, a peptide complex to plump and relax lines, and arginine that improves cell renewal and skin elasticity.

The first step to include it in your PM regime is understanding what each product does. The solid cleansing oil removes all traces of makeup and sunscreen while the cleansing cream preps your skin for the next steps in your beauty routine.

As with all products, the effects are more visible after some use. Just apply a coin-sized amount of oil onto dry skin, massage and remove with a moist facecloth. Do the same for the cleansing cream. There, you’re all done. Sweet dreams!

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

NYX

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

NYX

Today’s post is all about definition. After some time spent in front of the mirror, we all know that some facial features are more flattering that others. With NYX Cosmetics Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, you’ll be able to highlight and contour your way to the perfect look by customizing shades.

These sets are beginner-friendly and great to accentuate our best features and minimize those we don’t like that much. Your make-up will appear much more dimensional with the help of this product and a few tools, namely a contouring and a highlight fan brush. Feel free to finish with your favorite blush.

NYX Cosmetics Highlight & Contour Pro Palette is refillable and performs as good as high-end brands, having an amazing quality-price ratio that will make you brag about it repeatedly.

For this review, we used light colors to highlight above the chin, forehead, and nose bringing the center of the face forward. Darker colors were used to darken around the nose, cheeks, hairline, and jawbone.

Since each of us has unique facial features, we have a few tricks under the sleeve. Lauren, who prefers to narrow her nose, decided to sweep contour down each side of it. As for Karen, she likes to create a jawline by placing contour color under the neck.

Both of us found it blends easily and, with such a good range of color options, it’s versatile enough for most skin types. Now, it’s up to you to aim for the stars or, at least, for a good value set that will make you look like a star.

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

Cherry Blooms

Cherry Blooms Fiber Brow & Fiber Lash

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Cherry Blooms

If you never dreamed about well-defined eyebrows and luscious eyelashes feel free to skip this review. For the rest of us common mortals, Cherry Blooms Fiber Brow & Fiber Lash might well be a dream come true.

Let’s start with the brows. The package includes three stencils in natural, thin, and thick shapes. We tried two colors: Mocha (blonde to light brown hair) and Cappuccino Brown (medium to dark hair).

Makeup beginners will find this a great choice because it is so easy to apply. Just place the stencil and hold it with one hand while using the other to brush powder over your brow. Repeat on the other side.

We found it easier to use before putting on mascara, but it works both ways. If you are feeling creative/adventurous use it without the stencil; Lauren went free-hand and the result was still impressing.

We went for even and filled eyebrows and got just that. The formula, enriched with semi-permanent fibers and mineral powder, is ideal for anyone with growth, density, and eyebrow shape issues. Fibers will cling to existing hairs (even thin and scarce) making your eyebrows look fuller. Our gaze was transformed in seconds with just a few swipes.

Built to be sweat-resistant and splash-proof, the product lasts for long. We couldn’t find any fallout traces. Unbelievingly, it gets even better since not only it doesn’t absorb into the skin but you can easily remove it after a full day of astonishing brows.

Enough said about the brows, time to look at the lashes.

Forget expensive eyelash extensions, this product does it for you in three simple steps. The final look is longer and thicker lashes but still natural and lightweight. For a more dramatic effect just build it up.

Our set of luscious lashes was obtained using natural black. Zero clumps and flakes, only a few fibers falling during the application process – nothing you can’t solve with the swipe of a brush.

The formula includes high-quality beeswax to keep your lashes hydrated and stimulate hair growth. Imagine your normal eyelash, now picture it with 600% more volume and in 3D. Yes, it made us blink twice as well!

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

Tarte Blush

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Blush

Tarte Blush
Today we present you an Amazonian wonder suitable for all skin types. It provides a flawless finish in shades that range from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer, covering most skin tones. Enough with the suspense. We are talking about Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush.

This is a long-lasting, incredibly soft blush infused with Amazonian clay. Yes, you read that right. The formula includes clay collected from the banks of the mythic Amazon river, naturally sun-dried. The loveliest way to add a bit of wilderness to our everyday routines.

Before you start worrying about the word ‘clay’, relax. It blends fine and the result is natural, though well pigmented. We found no signs of chalkiness even in matte tones. You’ll simply be adding natural brightness and color to your cheeks, so much that you can build on it without fearing to be too heavy-hand. Moreover, it worked fine with all the foundations and powders that we had nearby.

Using a powder brush, we tried a comprehensive lot of colors: Blissful (matte warm peach), Blushing Bride (Rosy Pink), Dollface (matte light pink), Glisten (shimmering peachy pink), Dazzled (shimmering soft rose). For a moderate dimensional shimmer, we suggest Glisten, Dazzled or Peaceful.

The not-so-secret ingredient in this product – Amazonian clay – minimizes oil production in and around pores, at the same time it pushes your skin to naturally moisture. Farewell dry, flaky skin. Hello, balanced skin! Sounds too good the be true? We should thank Mother Nature for making this possible. In case you are into Tarte’s Amazonian collection like us, read our thoughts on Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Eye Shadow palette. 

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Colors: Rose Gold Retro & Kitten Karma

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

If you ask us, one of the best ways to fight winter blues is by adding a “little something” to our makeup collection, especially when it makes us feel like a shining (movie) star. Meet Stila’s Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Eye Shadow and blink your wintery mood away.  

Were this a movie projection, we would have started with a disclaimer: Not suitable for girls with glitter repulse. This eye shadow, which we tried on Rose Gold Retro and Kitten Karma, sure sparkles! Imagine a power combo of pearl and glitter. Its luster and shimmering effect are pitch-perfect for special events, nights out dancing or to go with that sleek gown you’ve been saving for a romantic date. Eye contact and flirty blink friendly, this product showed minimal fallout, due to its water-infused texture.

To further reduce fallout, we started by using an eyeshadow primer like the Too Faced Shadow  Insurance and finished with a setting spray (Urban Decay All Nighter, for instance). The application is easy – we used our finger but a very firm brush will do it as well – and the product dried smoothly without losing any sparkle. Stila did an incredible job keeping pigmentation levels high with such a lightweight and crease-resistant texture.

Wanting to add some depth to the look with paired it a matte eyeshadow and the result was… brilliant! It’s perfect for a day-to-night upgrade and a great substitute to glitter eyeshadow.  Always keep one on hand just in case you stumble in a red-carpet event and need an instant pop of stardust to your eyelids.

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo