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

What brought me back to POPSugar Must Have?

After about 18 months of buying the POPSUGAR MUST HAVE Subscription box in 2012 and 2013 (reviews here) I decided it was time to move on. The items were always quality ones and I certainly got more than my money’s worth from the subscription but I realized I was keeping 1/3 and giving away 2/3 of the box so I decided to go on a hiatus. But I’m back and going to give it a few months to see whether the boxes changed and/or my taste changed. I started with the September box after seeing their teaser:

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

PopSugar Must Have sells for $39.95 and the Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit is $39. That meant I could try a new product plus whatever goodies would be in the subscription and come out ahead. I know that PopSugar only sends full size items that are from great companies so I had nothing to lose. Did it meet my expectations??

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar Must Have for September 2015

PopSugar takes inspiration from the latest fashions and fads when putting together a box. All boxes are the same and they are a blast to open. I try not to read other reviews because I love the surprises inside. September’s box turned out to have a value of $156. Let’s take a peek:

TOO FACED BROW ENVY SHAPING & DEFINING KIT ($39) This is a one size fits all kit. I’ve become brow obsessed in the last year after realizing that my brows are beyond sparse. The kit is interesting but far from perfect. It contains setting wax, a cream highlighter, blonde powder and brunette powder. There’s also a set of mini tools (brush, spoolie, tweezers) along with 3 eyebrow stencils and directions.

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy

Too Faced Brow Envy  swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy swatches

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

Too Faced Brow Envy tools and stencils

I am not a fan of stencils though I have used them on occasion. I always feel I need a third hand to hold them in place while my real hands do the work. Plus it’s hard to get them to match my brow shape. That said I know some people who need to start from scratch so these can be extremely helpful for them. While my swatches are quite light, the powders apply much better on my eyebrows since they have something to grab onto and a brown base. This won’t take the place of my Pixi brow favorites but it’s a good kit for on the go.

ncLA SO RICH VITAMIN-E ENRICHED CUTICLE OIL ($18) is close to perfect for a subscription box like this. There’s no worrying if you get a color you don’t like or can’t wear (glitters for me) because this works for everyone. Other than nail bloggers I’m willing to guess that most of us don’t take care of our cuticles like we should. This conditioning oil goes a long way and it smells so yummy. When I get my nails manicured I have about a minute with a cuticle oil on so having this is a nice touch.

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

ncLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil

BRIOGEO ROSARCO MILK REPARATIVE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONING SPRAY ($20)  is a leave in conditioner that’s different than the ones I have. First of all, it really looks and feels like milk. It’s not the least bit sticky. While it’s a thin consistency you don’t need as much as you’d first think because it’s loaded with amazing ingredients that will help protect your hair from heat and the elements. It contains an antioxidant rich milky blend and nutrient packed argan, rose hip, and coconut oils. I remember when my blog partner Lisa reviewed Brigeo and fell in love with the brand. Now I can too.

Brigeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

So far we’ve hit a triple with three great products. Let’s see if the others can score a run for the home team! Next onto travel, fashion and food!

KRIS NATIONS “XO” STUD EARRINGS ($35) are the cutest earrings I’ve seen. XO of course means hugs and kisses and that’s what these will do to your ears. The packaging is great – they come in the cutest cork topped bottle. I love mini items. The only bad news about these recycled brass & plated with 14k gold earrings is that I don’t have pierced ears. Boo hoo. I’d wear these in a minute but my once pierced ears have closed up after I had an allergic reaction to metals.

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

Kris Nations "XO" Stud Earrings

Kris Nations “XO” Stud Earrings

One of my favorite items in the box is the HUDSON+BLEEKER LABYRINTH ONYX TRAVEL TRIO ($42). It’s TSA perfect. There’s a see through cosmetic bag big enough to hold a good amount of treasures along with 2 14″X12″ silky drawstring bags to hold things like your intimates and shoes in your luggage. These are so well made and so handy. They fold up easily back into the travel case to store until you need them again. I can see using these at home too for your “special” intimates that you don’t want co-mingling with the reggies.

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio pouch

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio bags

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Hudson+Bleeker Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio

Yes ladies and gents, we’ve scored! The only thing I can’t use are the adorable earrings but I’m sure they’ll find a home with one of my daughter-in-laws. To celebrate …. let’s eat!

NOURISH SNACKS ALMOND TO CHERRIES ($2 for 1.4 oz) is an absolutely delish snack that is totally my taste. Their website is loaded with mouth watering products that are gluten free, dairy free, GMO free and vegetarian. They were founded by Joy Bauer, the Today Show’s nutritionist. I need these to carry around with me to stop my cravings!

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

Nourish Snacks, Almond to Cherries

PopSugar September Must Have Box

PopSugar September Must Have Box

A winner!! I’m so happy that I resubscribed and hopefully I’ll be filled with joy on subsequent boxes. I do have a referral code that will help me earn money off future boxes if you decide to subscribe yourself.

What do you think of this PopSugar Must Have Box? Is this worth $39.95 to you? — Marcia

October's teaser

October’s teaser

Playing with Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

Some people have real hobbies like crafting, sports, working out, playing bridge etc. but my hobby is makeup. Any kind of makeup makes me happy and keeps me busy. It’s not like I change makeup during the day, I don’t do that. But I love to apply my makeup and see how things look. That’s why Pixi Beauty always seems to make my day, especially when they send me a box of goodies to show you so you can play with makeup too.

Today I have 4 great Pixi Beauty products that will make you want to be me for a day. PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE, ENDLESS SILKY EYE INTENSIFY DUO x 2, and SWEET STRAWBERRY NAIL COLOUR. All of these are available on Pixi’s website, Target and Target.com. Why should you love Pixi Beauty like I do? It’s a cruelty free company with great prices and amazing quality. That’s part of the reason why.

Pixi Brow Powder Palette, Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duos and Sweet Strawberry polish

Pixi Brow Powder Palette, Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duos and Sweet Strawberry polish

The BROW POWDER PALETTE ($12) looks exactly like an eyeshadow palette with 6 matte shades to highlight your eyes and maintain your eyebrows. I’ve read of people using this as an eyeshadow palette but I only use the highlighting shade as actual shadows and use the rest as brow colors.

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Brow Palette brow shades only

Pixi Brow Palette brow shades only

I absolutely couldn’t get good swatch shots of this since the texture of the dark shades is harder than a typical shadow plus the top two shades blended in with my hand/arm (my picture is too yellow, sorry). But I can tell you that this is a great palette to have especially if you color treat your hair. I never quite know if I’m going to walk out with very dark brown hair (like I have right now) or a more golden brown. Therefore one shade isn’t always appropriate for my eyes. With this Brow Powder Palette I’ve got 4 to choose from so I can use them separately or together.

Pixi Brow Powder Palette

Pixi Brow Powder Palette

The top two shades are for your browbone. I never leave my browbone bare because I think my eyes look unfinished. During the day I don’t want to be sparkly there so the two mattes work perfectly just under my brows over an eyeshadow primer. The top shade is a light ivory while the next shade applies a little darker and a little more tan. Then we have the brow shades which range from an ash to taupe to dark brown to almost black. I mostly use the dark brown on my brows. What’s nice about having this range of colors is that you can customize your shade.

There are two new products to the already fabulous Pixi Eyeliner collection but these are different because they are two sided. ENDLESS SILKY EYE INTENSITY DUOS ($15) come in Brown Eye Intensity and Blue Eye Intensity.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo

Brown Eye Intensity has a deep matte cocoa brown to line with a glowing golden beige to brighten and Blue Eye Intensity has deep matte blue-grey to line with a glowing opal-beige to brighten. While they are labeled for specific eye colors I’ve worn them both and couldn’t pick a favorite.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo, cocoa brown on left, blue grey on the right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duo, cocoa brown on left, blue grey on the right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity pencils with brown highlighter on left, blue highlighter on right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity pencils with brown highlighter on left, blue highlighter on right

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duos

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Intensity Duos

Like all Pixi eyeliners they glide on and last well. These are waterproof so they are longer wearing yet I find they remove easily with my regular eye makeup remover.

Pixi always has a beautiful assortment of nail colours ($8) and SWEET STRAWBERRY is no exception to that. It’s one of the best summer reds I’ve worn. It doesn’t remind me of winter even though it’s red, it has a sweet pink undertone that makes it a beautiful shade for tips and toes.

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

Pixi Sweet Strawberry Nail Colour

These polishes wear fabulously on me and I never worry about chipping or fading. Pixi uses a built-in UV protection to prevent polish discolouration. Add Sweet Strawberry to my growing list of favorite nail polishes.

So will you have fun playing with makeup and will you pick Pixi? At these prices you really need to have a little Pixi in your life. — Marcia

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Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

My sister is a makeup artist and the only thing she ever criticizes about me (lovingly of course) is that I don’t apply eyebrow makeup often enough. She’s absolutely right and it’s a habit I have to break. I find that try as I may, too many products end up looking unnatural on me. But I’m not giving up and my goal is to perfect eyebrow application. Luckily Anastasia Beverly Hills has sent some products for review.

My first step is with the Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes set. This is a great set especially if you need to shape your eyebrows. It contains almost everything you need, it’s only missing a tweezers. Inside the faux leather kit are 5 stencils, brow products and a great angled brush to apply the products.

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

The stencils cover the different shapes that your current brows could be. There are directions to teach you how to use the stencils to change the shape to perfection. The 5 stencils are: Petite Arch, Medium Arch, Slim High Arch, Full Arch and High Arch. For me the Medium Arch is the best fit.

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

The brow products are double duty products. You use them at first with the stencils to shape the first time or to keep your brows precise several times a month as needed. They are also what you’ll use on a daily basis to fill in your eyebrows. There is a brow wax cream, a double sided brow powder and an eyeshadow duo.

Anastasia brow brush from set

Anastasia brow brush from set

Directions in the top of the palette

Directions in the top of the palette

What I do after my brows are cleaned up is to put a little of the brow wax on the brush and go over my eyebrows. The set I have is Brunette and the colors are good ones for my hair (it also comes in Blonde). I find that I have to fill in my brows a little darker towards the front because they aren’t full there. I pick up the lighter tone and fill in my arch area. I go over the front with the lighter tone too to make it all blend and look more natural. Sometimes I just blend the two colors together on the brush instead of using them separately. The eyeshadow duo hasn’t gotten a lot of use from me but the colors are great for your browbone and enhancing the inner corner of the eye to lighten and brighten. Since using eyebrow makeup isn’t a built in habit yet I’m happy to have the directions as part of the palette for reminders.

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes is $39.50 and you get a lot for the money. It’s a great beginner set for those of us who need direction and brow shaping. The products in it contain a sample of what makes Anastasia Beverly Hills a leader in eyebrows. It’s also great for travel since it’s all in one.

You’ve seen my before in my Joey Healy review and in my pictures throughout the last three years. Now I’ll share my after. I’m still learning but Anastasia Brow Express is making it easy. What Anastasia items have changed your brows? — Marcia

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

the other eye!

the other eye!

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