Sunday, 15 April 2012

Pixi illuminating tint & conceal review

I've been using this tinted moisturiser over a month now in different climates (you know England!) with different primers/powders, in different situations.... I think I've got it's capabilities covered so time to review!

The tinted moisturiser has a concealer in the lid which screws off, I really like this packaging as it's small and easy to carry around.

Texture: The moisturiser is a creamy, gel like consistency a bit like Bourjois healthy mix foundation I suppose. It has shimmer in it similar to Rimmel wake me up. The concealer is a solid cream that turns to a powder consistency on the skin.

top: tinted blended, tint swatch, concealer swatch
Wear: This was the most surprising aspect- it wears really well. The tinted moisturiser lasts a good 6 hours on me before I can see dullness looming underneath and broken capillaries under the concealer.

Finish: The tinted moisturiser is extremely dewy when first applied, (see second photo in, below) but on my dry skin this soon settles. The concealer is matte and as mentioned before has a powdered appearance on the skin. I can imagine on mature skin this could appear chalky but on mine it isn't.

l-r: no make-up; tinted moisturiser only; tint & concealer; blush, contour, eye make-up and revlon lip butter added

Coverage: The tinted moisturiser covers more like a very light foundation. You can certainly tell the difference between the first and second photos above! The concealer does not cover blemishes very well but it really smoothes out skintone, broken capillaries, redness and pigmentation as you can see in the third picture above. The 4th picture is just for redemption!

The concealer really excels at covering dry, red skin. Most concealers make dry skin looks worse. This doesn't! The Pixi MUA didn't recommend it for under the eye area and neither would I: it's cool toned so it doesn't cancel out any darkness, it isn't very high coverage and the powdery texture isn't flattering on that area.

Overall I honestly love this product, I prefer it to light foundations I've tried like Chanel Vitamuliere, I prefer it to tinted moisturisers I've used previously such as Laura Mercier. 100% will I purchase this when it runs out.

What's your favourite tinted moisturiser?

*Product was provided free for review but this is my honest opinion as always

Sunday, 8 April 2012

MAC Extra Dimension FOTD

Here's an alternative Easter FOTD to the usual Spring pastel style looks: A true to life English weather inspired one. Yep, that's grey and green.

I call this rainy day in extra dimension: featuring MAC in extra dimension eye shadow in modern pewter.

Modern Pewter is a stunning khaki-gold, it appears silver in some lights (hence the name pewter, I guess) also when swatched purplish reflects start to appear. It's a really interesting colour. I'll review the formula properly in the next few days with the other shade I got: Rich core.

Pixi tinted moisuriser & concealer, Benefit erase paste, Mac contour powder, Sleek Pan Tao blush, Sue Moxley shimmer brick

Mac greasepaint stick Dirty, Mac Smut eyeshadow, Prance mega-metal shadow, Modern Pewter extra dimension shadow, Legendary Black pro-longwear shadow.
YSL bronze black gel liner, Pixi 2nd star twinkle pencil, Lancome Hypnose drama mascara.

No. 7 sheer temptation lipstick Allure

And Breathe! I quite detest FOTD product run downs, it makes me take heed of how much stuff is on my face!

So what do you think?
Did you pick up anything from MAC in extra dimension??

Hope you're all having a lovely Easter bank holiday!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Pan Down: Feb & March empties

I've been really lazy with my "regular" posts such as pan down, 10 days 10 lipsticks and monthly favourites. (Actually I've only done ONE 10 days 10 lipsticks post although I have been doing the project so now I have 60 lipsticks that I've used so far but not swatched...rubbish effort)

Anyway, On with the empties review!

clockwise: herbal essences tousle me softly; l'occitane cherry blossom hand cream, carmex, l'oreal triple resist, batiste, elle mcpherson foot cream, Nivea creme
1. Herbal Essences tousle me softly shampoo & conditioner
Made my hair feel light and wavy, conditioner wasn't intense enough for me and I like my hair to feel thicker than it did using this

2. L'occitane cherry blossom hand cream
Beautifully scented hand cream, a bit light for my requirements at this time of year but I may go back to it in Summer

3. Carmex lip balm
You know Carmex! Great balm, I prefer it in a pot to a tube though

4. L'oreal triple resist shampoo & conditioner
I preferred these to the herbal essences and they are alright hair products but I fail to differentiate between any Elvive shampoos. They're all the same! Also it made no difference to my hair falling out.

5. Batiste wild dry shampoo
This is my favourite Batiste product. It gives amazing volume and smells great! It's not my ultimate dry shampoo so far but it comes close.

6. Elle McPherson pedicure in a jar
I'm not sure if this is discontinued everywhere now but hopefully not as I love this deep conditioning foot treat! it comes with little socks too so you can use it overnight

7. Nivea creme
I am never without a little tub (or 3, as I have now) of this extra-thick cream. I wouldn't use it on oily skin in any situation but it works wonders on my dry skin and eczema

What have you been using up this month?
Have you tried any of these products?