Pixi says “Hello Rose!”, we say “hello beauty”

Pixi by Petra Hello Rose!

Pixi by Petra Hello Rose!

As the weather yoyos through winter and spring it’s time to bring some spring to your step and Pixi is the one to do just that. They’ve introduced a new set that brings subtle rose shades into your life for a radiance you won’t want to be without.

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Pixi Hello Roses

Pixi Hello Roses

Pixi Beauty has delightfully come out with two new sets to keep us Pixiholics happy. I was sent Hello Roses!, the pink set for those of us who love cool tones, and there’s also Hello Glow! in case you prefer peach shades. I promise you can’t go wrong.

Hello Rose!

Hello Rose!

Glow Booster in PinkPearl – sheer pearly pink, Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold – Sheer pink sheen, white gold highlight, and LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Hello Glow!

Hello Glow!

Glow Booster in PeachGold, Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey, and LipLift Max in Honey Sheen

Inside the box you’ll find three products that help complete a beautiful look. A blush duo, glow booster, and LipLift Max for just $22.

Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold

Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold

Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold brought out the first big smile upon unboxing this. Two silky blushes that apply like silk. Blush and highlight together cuts down on clutter. These shades are very subtle though you can build them up. My swatches are barely seen in the picture but the duo looks lovely when on my face. No shimmer is allowed even on the highlighter side. Instead it reflects light creating a subtle glow.

Blush Duo from Hello Rose!

Blush Duo from Hello Rose!

(The blush duo is available separately for $18 and includes a brush.)

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl

What isn’t available anywhere except in this kit is the Glow Booster. This beautiful PinkPearl cream adds a delightful radiance that is particularly flattering on my cool toned skin. It can be applied under your makeup, mixed in with foundation, or applied just where you want to bring some attention. I l.o.v.e. that it’s not fragranced and I love the subtle iridescence of it. My favorite ways to use this is either right on my cheeks prior to apply blush or just above my cheekbones to bring just a touch of gleam.

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl bottom, Sheer Rose Liplift Max top

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl bottom, Sheer Rose Liplift Max top

Last is Pixi’s LipLift Max ($14 separately) in Sheer Rose. LipLift Max is available in three shades and I’m always using the clear Petal Ice. Now I have Sheer Rose to add color to my lips alone or over lipstick.

LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Volume-maximizing lip treatment with a cooling sensation and glossy finish. Peptides hydrate, firm and plump. Added aloe heals, jojoba moisturizes and chamomile soothes. Fresh mint flavor.

Sheer Rose has a brown undertone to it and works perfectly with the blush duo and glow booster.

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

I notice a little tingle when I first apply this but nothing that bothers me. The tingle brings me some plumping which I’m always up for!

Pixi by Petra Hello Roses!

Pixi by Petra Hello Roses!

Like all Pixi products these are cruelty free and reasonably priced. Pixi doesn’t bombard us with new items so it’s very exciting when they do bring out some of the beauty line. I’m always enticed by Pixi and love that I can order it online at their website, target.com or go to a Target store to find something special.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

Makeup Wars shines with favorite Highlighters and Illuminators

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

MAKEUP WARS is sharing some of the highlighters and illuminators that make us twinkle and shine, that make us glimmer and shimmer, that make us excited to be women in 2016.

Not every one of my highlighters is shown here, just the 3 newest and one all time favorite. There are many more that I really like but some just stand out more than others. Introducing 4 of mine: TOM FORD MOODLIGHT, HOURGLASS AMBIENT IRIDESCENT STROBE LIGHT, IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT CREME ILLUMINATOR, and BECCA MOONSTONE.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight ($80) is one gorgeous illuminator. I resisted this for so long but the more I read about it and saw photos the more I desired it. This is amazingly subtle even if the photo doesn’t look that way. You are able to control the amount of illumination, easily building it up from an understated amount that brightens and lightens your face to a shimmery amount that gives more of a bronzing highlight. Tom Ford Moodlight (sometimes seen as Moonlight on a website) can be used separately or together. Use a big fluffy brush for an all over sweep of illumination or a blush brush to emphasize certain areas of your face.

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

There are 4 different Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders. I chose Iridescent since it has a touch of pink that the others I’ve been using lack. Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light is described as an illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight. I have very fair cool toned skin and I thought this would add enough brightness without being overwhelming. And I was right. This is subtle yet lights up my face. The powder is angel soft to the touch yet doesn’t ever look powdery on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ($38) is the golden highlighter that I have. I bought a set that contained a travel size of Moonstone and it was one of the best buys I made. Moonstone, one of 7 shades, is a pale gold. It is slightly sparkly so it’s not a daytime look for me. I prefer to apply this with my fingers instead of a brush. It has an almost creamy finish to it so my fingers pick up this very soft powder and I find that my face is more luminous when used this way. The formula is enriched with ultrafine luminescent pearls. If I had to pick one brand for highlighting and illuminating it would be Becca. They really do stand out in this field.

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

As someone who favors cream products I couldn’t leave out IT COSMETICS ($24). They’ve created two Hello Lights! Anti-Aging Illuminizers – Powder and  Creme. I love them both but IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer is my favorite.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

Besides having wonderful anti-aging and hydrating ingredients (infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and vitamins A, C, & E), it gives such a subtle and luminous glow. It’s perfect for spot highlighting like at the top of your cheekbones, above your eyebrows, and the cupid’s bow of your mouth. It’s a lit from within look and one I use often.

There are dozens more highlighters and illuminators that I enjoy using. Adding a bit of a liquid highlighter into foundation gives a beautiful dewy look, using an illuminating primer like COVER FX does all the work for you. Just don’t go without at least one of these wonderful products in your makeup collection.

Do you have a favorite in this category? Dare I ask what it is?  — Marcia


Loving the Love Nest – Josie Maran Cosmetics

I recently purchased a set from Josie Maran called Love Nest. This is a limited edition set of Josie’s Argan Favorites. Once I saw this cute little set ($25) from Sephora.com I knew it was just a matter of time until it was mine. These are all travel size but also perfect for trying to see if these products are for you or not. I’ve learned that 3 of the 4 are ones I’d purchase again and that the 4th is terrific but just not for me.


The set contains: an Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink; Gogo Mascara, Argan Illuminizer and 100% Organic Argan Oil.


Josie Maran is known for using Argan Oil in her products. At first I wondered why an eyeshadow, for example, needed to use that as an ingredient. Then I tried it and knew how wonderful it was. But this isn’t about the eyeshadows, that will come in the future. Argan Oil is an all natural, 100% organic, chemical free product from the Argan Tree in Morocco. It’s known for its amazing benefits:

  1. Soften dry skin
  2. Help minimize fine lines
  3. Help heal acne blemishes and scarring
  4. Soften cuticles
  5. Treat split ends
  6. Give skin a fresh, youthful look
  7. And it’s safe enough for use on your baby

I’d wanted to try Josie Maran’s Argan Oil but I wasn’t sure if the fragrance of it would be one I could tolerate. Buying this set gave me the opportunity to learn it’s all that people have said it is. The .5 fl oz bottle with a dropper inside has been used on my hair and my nails already. I haven’t used it on my skin but it’s now packed in my travel bag for an upcoming trip. I won’t have to take anything else which is great since my husband and I are trying to pack in one suitcase.

Argan Illuminizer is so much fun. I’ve added it to foundation and been amazed at the radiant glow I’ve gotten. I’m so pale and some days I look like Caspar so adding a drop of this livens me up. It can also be used alone or dabbed on your cheeks as a highlighter. The bottle is also one with a dropper and .5 fl oz.

GOGO Instant Natural Volume mascara in a mini size is also included. I’m very happy with the mascara and I plan on buying it in full size ($22). The mascara gives me beautiful definition and some length plus it’s never smudged on me. I love that there’s no clumping with this mascara and it gives me a lovely fringe of lashes. My lashes are soft while being conditioned by Argan oil.


Here’s why I’ll buy it and recommend that you do too:

GOGO stands for Get One, Give One. Here’s the information from Josie Maran’s website:

Josie Maran has teamed up with City of Hope, a leading cancer research, treatment, and education institution, to launch the Get One Give One Campaign. For each GOGO mascara purchased, Josie Maran Cosmetics will donate one mascara to a City of Hope cancer patient/survivor (up to 5,000 units). Thereafter, through Aug. 2012, $1.00 from the sale of each GOGO mascara will be donated to City of Hope’s research, treatment, and education of women’s cancers. Minimum donation of $25,000. With your purchase, you are helping women look better, feel better, and build self-esteem. Now isn’t that beautiful?

Last and unfortunately least is the Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink. This is one of those “your mileage may vary items”. For me the beautiful color and the natural dewy finish are overcome by the fragrance of this.  My husband describes it as a chemical scent. I had just applied it and we got in the car and he instantly noticed the fragrance. He thought something had spilled in the garage.  I noticed the fragrance the entire time we were in the car but by the time we got to our destination it was gone. So even though I won’t buy this again, it doesn’t mean I won’t use it. Prior to that particular use I had noticed the fragrance but only in the container. I think it was the enclosed vehicle that emphasized it. This is suitable for cheeks and lips though I’ll just use it on my cheeks in the future (and not just before I get in the car with my DH).


(Picture shows unblended blush and illuminizer)

If you’ve been curious about Josie Maran and/or Argan Oil, I recommend picking this up at Sephora.com. The price is great and you’ll have a chance to try some amazing products. — Marcia