September brings new Pixi Beauty #pixibeauty #fall2015

Pixi Beauty Endless Brow Gel, Cat Eye Ink, Mattelustre Lipstick

Pixi Beauty Endless Brow Gel, Cat Eye Ink, Mattelustre Lipstick

Welcome some new products to the world of Pixi by Petra this month with the launch of Mattelustre Lipstick, Endless Brow Gel Pen and Cat Eye Ink. These are certainly welcome into my world since they were sent to test.

This year matte lips have taken off like American Pharoah – it’s definitely won the Triple Crown with all cosmetic companies. But Pixi Beauty has a slightly different take on matte lips and one that’s much easier to wear with their MATTELUSTRE lipsticks. There are 11 enticing shades that are only $12 each. What makes these different is that they are not a flat matte. Instead there’s a light lustre finish and a slight plumping to your lips with these long lasting lipsticks. My lips didn’t feel dry when wearing them. I have Pure Fuchsia which is a vivid cool shade of this dark pink. I also have Plum Berry described as “cerise berry tint” which on me is quite red, I don’t see the plum but I do see the berry.

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

The tubes themselves are Pixi green but the outer packaging is a covering of a bright fuchsia color to keep the lipsticks sealed. They are a chunky tube but the lipstick itself is the normal size. Pixi added peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C & E help to create fuller, smoother looking lips with these 11 beauties. Be sure to look at these on Pixi’s website to see great representations of the shades.

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

Both of these shades are in the cool family but there are others like Peach Blossom, Honey Bare, and Bitten Rose that are for those of you who look better in warmer shades. What I’m going to search Target for is Plump Pink, a cool mauve pink. Happily for me these are fragrance free and a demi-matte formula rather than a flat matte.

CAT EYE INK is a new liquid liner ($14) with an unusual tip. It’s a slanted felt tip that you can use to create a thin line if you are careful or a thicker one. It is only available in Intense Black which is typical for a cat eye. It’s a very wet liner so you can’t just slap it on. Take your time with this so that it doesn’t bleed since it’s so juicy. I think you need to use an eyeshadow primer first and let that dry down, then pat on your lid shade or a translucent shade. Next apply the liner carefully. Once it’s set, it’s set and it’s very long lasting. I’ve had times it was easy to get the liner look I wanted but other times that this didn’t cooperate with me.

Pixi Beauty Cat Eye Ink Pen

Pixi Beauty Cat Eye Ink Pen

My favorite new product is ENDLESS BROW GEL PEN ($11) which I know I’ll be buying again and again. I’m in love with Pixi Beauty brow products and until this arrived I’d been using the Brow Powder Palette non-stop. But Endless Brow Gel Pen has kidnapped me and is making me use this instead. It comes in three shades (Light a neutral light taupe, Medium which is neutral ash brown, and Dark a neutral cocoa gray). I have it in Medium and when I swatched it I really was worried it would be too light. That worry was changed to relief the first day I wore it. With my (sparse) dark brown eyebrows it’s a great shade.

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

The texture of this brow pencil is unusual, I’ve only tried one other like it (but much more expensive). The formula is soft and smooth and truly glides on. It’s just so easy for me to use to fill in my brows. If you like to draw individual hairs then this might not be for you though. But I’ll be buying it as soon as I notice it’s getting too small to use.

Be sure you join the VIP Program so that you can earn Pixi Dust which will bring you benefits for buying, receiving their newsletter, and using social media. It’s free and easy and you’ll be rewarded.  Pixi-VIP-Rewards-Visual

Pixi Beauty always has some great new products coming out and this month I think they did an especially good job. Are you ready to add some Pixi and Pixi Dust to your life? — Marcia

*sent for review

#pixibeauty #fall2015

Have a Girl’s Night Out with Beth Bender Beauty

Beth Bender Girl's Night Out Smokey Eye Stencil Set

Beth Bender Girl’s Night Out Smokey Eye Stencil Set

Today is my birthday! Happy birthday to me. I’m going out for dinner with some good friends and my dear husband. I’ve been practicing the look I’ll be wearing and I’m going to go with using this set that Beth Bender Beauty sent a while ago. This is their Girl’s Night Out Smokey Eye Stencil Set and it’s on sale for $28.99 (from $38) right now.

Here’s what this particular makeup set includes:

-1 Pro Eyeshadow Brush

-1 Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

-1 Cat Eyeliner Stencil & Top Eyeliner Stencil

-1 Smokey Eye Stencil & Bottom Eyeliner Stencil

-1 Step by step Instruction card

-1 Black neoprene zippered pouch to pop in your bag and take with you

Smokey Eye Stencil & Bottom Eyeliner Stencil and Cat Eyeliner Stencil & Top Eyeliner Stencil

Smokey Eye Stencil & Bottom Eyeliner Stencil and Cat Eyeliner Stencil & Top Eyeliner Stencil

The two stencils help with both eyeshadow and eyeliner. The top stencil is for eye placement to get a great shape for a smokey eye. It also helps with lining the bottom lashline. The second stencil is to help with a Cat Eyeliner. I personally have a lot of trouble doing a cat liner look because my eyes are slightly almond shape and droop. I’m also too old to have too much of an exaggerated line – or at least I’m a day older than yesterday.

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum

The Duo Eyeshadow in Onyx & Platinum is a great shadow combination for this look. The Onyx isn’t really black, it’s more of a charcoal that you can intensify if you want. The color Platinum isn’t silver but it’s a light gray that’s more flattering.

My Beth Bender eye

My Beth Bender eye

Here’s my latest practice eye for the look. I’m glad I did it and took pictures because I can see what I want to change in it. First I smudged my mascara so I have to be ultra-cautious about that. Second my brows need to be filled in better. But I’m happy that the stencil helped me with the shadow and especially with the liner. I never get an extended eye look as easily as I do when I’m working with these stencils. I’m also going to use a liner like the tarte inner rim brightener to hid any redness.beth bender eye2Beth Bender Beauty contains specific directions to help you get the look.

Smokey Eye Set directions 1

Smokey Eye Set directions 1

Smokey Eye Set directions  2

Smokey Eye Set directions 2

Since I like a dark eyeliner I used a liquid eyeliner (Eddie Funkhouser) and I’ve tried it with gel eyeliner too. On the bottom lashline I can use the Onyx side of the shadow duo though to get a softer smudged look.

This is a very versatile kit that I’m enjoying using. They have other kits and products that are ones to look into too. You can buy just the stencils for only $14.99 if you want. Lisa reviewed the Pro Girl’s Night Out Set so you can see how that works with golden shades HERE.

If you are ready for a night out and a change for the better in your makeup, consider Beth Bender Beauty. She’s celebrating my birthday with me today and I appreciate that. — Marcia

*sent for review consideration