Summer Makeup Essentials with Pixi

Pixi Beauty and Pixi Skintreats Summer Essentials

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Welcome to August aka the dog days of summer. While I love my dog I have to say that August days can be a drag. We aren’t as excited about summer as before and the heat can get to us. We still want to look great but we don’t necessarily want or need to spend a long time on looking great. PIXI by Petra has chosen 4 products that they think are perfect for summer and helping you get a carefree look that’s fuss free.

Pixi Skintreats Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi’s Makeup Fixing Mist is going to be the number one product that you’ll need this summer and into the fall. It’s a makeup setting mist that not only helps your cosmetics last longer but it’s a refreshing pick me up at any time that you feel you are drooping.

Pixi Skintreats Makeup Fixing Mist

This rose water and green tea infused formula comforts, protects and balances skin for a fresh face. You can spray it on your face or do what I do – spray it onto a big fluffy brush to set makeup to make it last longer. It’s very hydrating. I’m not someone that likes fragrance in products and this does contain fragrance but with the fluffy brush I notice it a lot less than if I spray it on. It’s terrific for cooling you down no matter the situation.

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

One of my favorite Pixi Skintreat items is Nourishing Lip Polish. This is an exfoliating scrub that contains apricot & grapefruit oils. I need this all year long. First I’m a lip biter so I need to smooth out my lips because of that and second I get horribly chapped lips in winter and need to exfoliate even before a lip balm.

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

It’s so easy that a mirror isn’t needed. This is a great protector for your lips that has a nutrient-rich formula smoothes lips with shea butter & a blend of sweet almond, apricot, and evening primrose oils. The exfoliating tip will massage your lips so they’ll look plumper.

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish tip

Now onto Pixi Beauty and more products that are truly wonderful. Pixi Beauty has 5 MultiBalms that are 2-in-1 products for your cheeks and lips. As a dyed-in-the-wool cream blush lover these are right up my alley.

Pixi by Petra MultiBalm for Cheek & Lips

These make summer so easy since you can use it and look twice as nice. It’s a creamy product that’s not tacky, has no fragrance, and is infused with aloe vera, shea butter, and rose hip oil to protect.

Pixi by Petra MultiBalm for Cheek & Lips

There are 5 shades so there’s something for everyone. Pixi believes that Baby Petal is the easiest and most universal but I love them all.

Pixi by Petra MultiBalm for Cheek & Lips

Pixi MultiBalms: Bare Petal, Sheer Sculpt, Soft Strawberry, Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose (brighter light)

At just $12 these are wonderful to have in a variety of colors.

One last product to add to your summer essentials list: Pixi by Petra Quick Fix Powder. This makes apply powder so easy, you don’t need any tools since it’s all in the container.

Pixi by Petra Quick Fix Powder

This translucent powder can be a setting powder or can be used on its own to give your skin an airbrushed look. Most powders are messy but not Quick Fix. The container holds it in and you use the puff to get the powder to release. When done, just close it up and you’ll have no spillage.

Pixi by Petra Quick Fix Powder

4 summer essentials from Pixi are really only the beginning of all that Pixi has to offer. But they are certainly ones you won’t want to be without. Pixi is affordable beauty. Be sure you sign up for their emails since they always have specials to help you get more for your money. And the fun of shopping at Target is only enhanced when you check out Pixi there. Do you have a favorite Pixi product?  —  Marcia

 

 

Beauty Junkees 2017 – amazing additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

It’s always exciting when a brand that you’ve had great success brings out new products in their line but it’s especially a thrill when it’s Beauty Junkees. We have watched them grow exponentially and we are so happy that they are keeping us in the loop by sending along new products. For 2017 Beauty Junkees has recently expanded their line with 5 items that you don’t want to miss. Beauty Junkees is a paraben free, cruelty free line with most products made in the US. Let me share what I’ve been enjoying. (Read on for a discount code too.)

MAGNETIC MAKEUP PALETTE w/MIRROR ($19.97)

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

This large, deep magnetic palette is wonderful for all the pans you have. Brands like MAC, Makeup Geek, Ofra, Trish McAvoy, and many independent brands sell shadows, blushes, bronzers and more in pan form to both save you money and space. Beauty Junkee’s version has a full mirror, closes tightly and contains a great Beauty Junkee two sided eyeshadow brush. It’s actually their pro Tapered Blender and pro All Over Shader Brush combined into 1 fantastic brush.

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

The palette can hold 28 standard size shadows and accommodate different sizes and shapes (like domed shadows) with ease. It comes with a set of 10 magnetics for products that aren’t magnetized already. This has been so great for me since I bought more Makeup Geek pans along with some from Maskcara and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Now I can organize by color with ease.

TINTED BROW GEL ($12.97) The new tinted brow gel comes in 3 shades: Blonde, Dark Brown, and Auburn. It is so rare to find an auburn shade in brow products that Beauty Junkees needs kudos for that alone. The brow gel is great for all brow conditions. If you have full brows already it’s a way to add some color and groom them so they stay neat all day. If you have skimpy brows (ahem, like mine) then it gives you the ability to fill them in without any fake look. And if there are gray hairs popping up, and it does happen, you can easily cover them with this natural looking brow mascara.

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in dark brown

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in auburn

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CONCEALER and BROW HIGHLITER DUOS ($14.97) These duos are available in 2 shades: Cool Beige + Beige Highliter and Warm Beige + Gold Highliter. I have to admit that I love them both and I’m glad I didn’t have to make a choice.

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Cool Beige is a lighter and slightly cooler concealer while the highliter is a cool non-yellow gold. It’s very brightening and looks wonderful just under the arch of your brow, in the tearduct area to brighten, and even on the cupid’s bow of your lips. It’s surprisingly subtle which is great on older eyes.

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Warm Beige pencil is a darker and warmer concealer but it’s not too dark for my fair skin. I love the gold shade of the highliter end. I think it looks great along the lashline or even on the waterline (though it doesn’t last long there).

These pencils are so creamy and easy to work with.

LIP PUMICE STICK EXFOLIATOR ($10) is perfect for this winter especially. I find it has two purposes for me: preparing my lips to be their smoothest for lipsticks (especially matte lip color) and helping with chapped lips. This moisturizes your lips but be sure you wipe it off before applying any color on your lips since you don’t want the little bits to linger. It has a light minty smell to it that reminds me of candy canes.

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

FAB NAILS ($14.97) is the perfect alternative for those who don’t polish their nails or who don’t do it on a regular basis. In some professions you are told not to wear nail polish even but you want your nails perfectly groomed. That’s where Fab Nails comes into play.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

This glass file that is extremely gentle on your nails. If you have peeling nails this will be a miracle for them. Fab Nails helps prevent peeling and chipping. Use it as a buffer in a back and forth direction to seal the keratin layers together. It doesn’t leave your nails thin like other files do. But it will help you smooth your nails. If you use this as a buffer you can go weeks and still have a shine. After using it’s best to wash it with water, dry it and store it in the protective case.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

My husband has confiscated it which I don’t mind since his nails were looking pretty ratty prior to owning Fab Nails.

Now for the code so that you can pick out something fabulous that you are going to want. The code is INFOZONE and it’s good to use for one product through 2/28/17. Anything your heart desires from Beauty Junkees can be yours for 15% less. Picking something is going to be hard since I’m loving everything I have from Beauty Junkees. And you will too.  —  Marcia

*sent for review and used lovingly, affiliate links

 

Pick just 5 products from Pixi Beauty? Ooh that’s hard.

It’s Marcia’s turn to be Queen for the Day with the Beauty Spotlight Team. We’ve each chosen a brand that we love to showcase for our readers. You’ve read Never Say Die Beauty’s Too Faced picks along with Justina’s Clinique favorites. Now that it’s my turn I’m picking Pixi Beauty because I wear something from Pixi every single day.pixi-favorites-all

Pixi Beauty is in a class of its own. It’s an independent beauty company that has reasonable mass market prices with department store quality. You can buy most of their line by going to your closest Target or by ordering online through Target.com or on Pixi’s website where you’ll find even more products from them.                                                                       press samples, personal products

Choosing just 5 was a chore since I easily could have chosen a dozen but I narrowed it down as I’m a rule follower. All of my choices are so reasonably priced that your wallet will barely weigh less after picking these up.

Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette

Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette

Pixi by Petra has many great palettes so why did I choose the Summer Glow palette (Palette Bronzette) when summer is coming to an end? Two reasons – 1) it’s a great quality palette with eye shades and face shades and 2) it’s being discontinued so I wanted you to get in on the fact that this $28 palette is now only $14 while it lasts. With 12 shadows and liners and 3 facial products this works all year round. “Gilded bronzes, taupes & peaches for eyes + matte bronze, golden beige highlight & pink sheen for complexion.” I have gotten more use out of this Bronzette Palette than any of my Pixi Palettes. Perfect for travel and at $14 you don’t want to miss out.

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

This brow palette is my most used item from Pixi and I’ll soon be buying a backup. I’ve tried so many brow products and liked most but I love the Pixi Brow Powder palette. As you can see from this recent picture there are two shades that get tons of love while the others get used once in a while but those two shades are perfection for me. It’s hard for me to believe that this 6 color palette is only $12. My hair color changes every 3-4 weeks so it’s easy for me to vary the color of these powders. They are thick enough to stick around, they aren’t powdery meaning no fallout, and this removes easily with water which means less hair to lose. If I had to pick just one item of the 5 this Pixi Brow Powder Palette would be my keeper.

Pixi Multibalms

Pixi Multibalms

Pixi Multibalms: top Baby Petal, Sheer Sculpt, Soft Strawberry; bottom Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose

Pixi Multibalms: top Baby Petal, Sheer Sculpt, Soft Strawberry; bottom Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose

Pixi Multibalms are my newest love from Pixi Beauty. (Be sure you enter my giveaway to win them!) I’m a huge fan of cream products and almost always pick a cream blush over a powder blush. I’ve been wearing one every day since I received these. There’s one for every color wardrobe and one for every mood. If you twist my arm to ask my favorites I’d pick Watermelon Veil and Wild Rose. At $12 each you can have several for the price of one from a different brand. The Multibalms are great for an easy on the go lip color too so you’ll look coordinated. These are infused with aloe vera, shea butter and rose hip oil adding to my love for these.

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

Picking out just one lip product from the many wonderful ones that Pixi Beauty has was the hardest task of all. I love the shea butter lip balms, tinted brilliance balm crayons and Mattelustre lipsticks. But the product that gets used daily is the Nourishing Lip Polish. Another $12 product that is a 2-in-1 lip exfoliator and nourisher. Not only does it protect my dry lips but it has a circulation factor with the unique applicator. You massage the sweet nutrient rich formula onto your lips with the applicator. You’ll want one in every bathroom, your purse, and nightstand.

Pixi by Petra Nail Colours

Pixi by Petra Nail Colours

Nobody ever talks about Pixi’s Nail Colours and I don’t know why. They are terrific. They are 3 free and chip resistant. There are 42 shades for only $8 each. These slim bottles last for many manicures yet take up a small amount of space in my collection. Shown above are Gilded Garnet, Amethyst Amore, Fuchsia Dew and Sweet Strawberry. I’ve found some on sale at my local Target so I’m always checking for them. Like all products from Pixi they are cruelty-free. A Pixi polish is always a fun addition to my life.

While these are my favorites they are just at the top of a long list of products I recommend from Pixi Beauty. What about you? Any favorites from Pixi? Any you know you need to add ASAP?  —  Marcia

some products were sent for consideration, some are purchases, also some affiliate links used

A lip smacking giveaway with Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrubs

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Once upon a time a maiden was searching for a shop that she could trust. One that carried natural products. One that was known for using organic ingredients. She believed that the items she used should be cruelty free and good for her. In her search she came upon Good Earth Beauty and knew that this was the start of a ‘happily ever after’.

*pr samples

As she was traveling her lips felt awfully dry. She knew that they were dehydrated since they didn’t feel smooth and she even had some lip peeling. This wouldn’t do but luckily she found that Good Earth Beauty had an exclusive set of products – exfoliating lip scrubs. They sounded pretty darn good. There were 7 individual lip scrubs ($8.25 each) but they also came in a set of 3 ($22) with chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla flavors. It reminded her of Neopolitan ice cream which she always loved. That sounded perfect and she asked her friend Marcia to test these out.

Good Earth Beauty ice cream flavored lip scrubs

Good Earth Beauty ice cream flavored lip scrubs

Marcia was very impressed with these and couldn’t wait to share them with her maiden friend and two of her blog subscribers. She wanted them to see how yummy they smelled and how great they tasted on her lips. Her biggest problem was deciding which Lip Scrub to use each day.

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Chocolate Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Vanilla Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Vanilla Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Strawberry Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Strawberry Lip Scrub

Did she want to taste chocolate, which she can’t go a day without? Or what about the enticing vanilla with it’s secondary taste of almond? But then again there was strawberry and it’s not summer without strawberry. The fragrance of this was enough for her to want a bowl of fruit instantly. She couldn’t choose just one so this trio is wonderful.

Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrub

Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrub

These are not goopy lip scrubs, they feel like pure sugar but they are loaded with great ingredients: sugar, organic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, organic almond oil, organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil and flavor.

You’ll end up with sugar on your lips that you just lick away after rubbing them onto your lips to exfoliate them. It’s a triple threat: exfoliation, hydration, and deliciousness! You definitely want this kind of threat!  — Marcia

Good Earth Beauty has free shipping in the US plus there’s a discount code you can use on your purchases to receive 10% off: GEB10. They carry so many brands beside their own that the code will surely come in handy.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Two US Beauty Info Zone subscribers will win a set of three Good Earth Beauty Lip Scrubs. Your set may include Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry OR Chocolate, Cherry Vanilla, and Strawberry. Either way you’ll come out a winner. The giveaway is open through 7/28/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close early please email me at [email protected] and label it Lip Scrubs; make your comment in the email so you can continue on with the Rafflecopter. Good yummy luck.

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Products and giveaway provided by Good Earth Beauty. Prizes will be sent by the company.

 

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Kit will have you smiling again

Gabriel Lip RX Kit

Gabriel Lip RX Kit

We may be seeing signs of spring at last but that doesn’t mean our lips are ready for spring. While my lips are softer and there are no cracks now that the bitter winds and cold have died down, I still want to keep them in shape. That’s where the ZUZU LUXE LIP RX KIT comes in. This was sent to me months ago and I’ve been using it ever since.

Gabriel/Zuzu Lip RX kit products

Gabriel/Zuzu Lip RX kit products

In the great mesh cosmetic bag are two Zuzu Luxe products, the Lip Exfoliator and the Lip RX Stick.

Zuzu Lip RX Stick and Lip Exfoliator

Zuzu Lip RX Stick and Lip Exfoliator

Zuzu Luxe Lip Exfoliator is a gentle yet thorough exfoliator for your lips. It has scrubbers in there but they are natural and not harsh. I try to use this daily when I’m getting ready for the day (though I do forget). Apply it like you would a lipstick and then use your finger to move it around your lips. I rarely have to wipe it off, it seems to quickly absorb without leaving anything behind. You could also use a washcloth to get extra exfoliation with this.

Zuzu Lip Exfoliator

Zuzu Lip Exfoliator

The Lip RX Stick that comes in this $24.95 set is a terrific lip balm that I love under lipstick. It’s non-fragranced and it has no taste so it’s great for me. It looks like a lipstick so it’s a little classier to apply than my typical plastic tubes. It’s smooth and makes my lips feel highly moisturized.

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Stick

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Stick

To top it off they come in a great silver mesh cosmetic bag that will make your daily travels a joy. I love seeing what’s in my bags or else I forget!!

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Kit

Zuzu Luxe Lip RX Kit

Zuzu Luxe and Gabriel Cosmetics are the same company and share a website. Their products are not only cruelty free but they are vegan besides making them good for all consumers who have lips. They support many important movements like Ocean Conservancy, Glutton Free Tolerance Group, American Breast Cancer Society and more. By supporting them you are also supporting these vital groups. There’s a store locator to help you find these two brands. In my area there are two major markets (Whole Foods and Plum Market) that I can find some locally.

It may have taken me too long to officially review them (I did mention them though in my Top Ten Winter Helpers review) but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been getting a lot of use. I’m a huge fan of lip balms and now I’m a fan of this Lip Exfoliator too. Have you ventured into Zuzu and Gabriel products yet? — Marcia

Ingredients:

RX Stick:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ozokerite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Lip Exfoliator:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil,  Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Cetyl Acetate, Stearalkonium Hectorite

*provided for editorial consideration