Bronzers for those who don’t wear bronzers

Makeup Wars chose a topic for this week that is totally out of my comfort zone so I was sure I was going to bow out. I don’t fake tan, I don’t use bronzing lotions, and I barely wear bronzing cosmetics. But I gave this more time to come together in my head and I realized that I do wear bronzers every once in a while and the ones I use are so great that I need you to know about them. So I’m here with bronzers for those of you who don’t wear bronzers – I want to change your mind just like I changed mine.

Makeup Wars bronzers

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favorite bronzers: IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow, Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze, Senna Brilliant Bronze

Right now Pixi Beauty Strobe & Bronze (aka Strobe & Chisel Palette) that was done in collaboration with Maryam Maquillage is what’s gracing my vanity table and therefore my face. I have to tell you how much I love this palette even though I didn’t think of it at first when I thought bronzers. Yes it’s in the name but I don’t use it in the typical bronzer way. I actually just use these 6 shades as highlighters and blush.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

There are 3 glow shades: Highline, Empress and Lex (peach, pinky lavender, gold) that satisfy my crazy urges for highlighting. I lust after highlighters but I know I’m too old to get away with them. But this palette satisfies my craving because the glow shades add an iridescence without adding glitter. All three are great blush toppers or highlighting shades – and yes I’ve worn them on my eyes.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

The 3 bronze/chisel shades: City Kitty, Statuesque, 917) are bronze without being too brown. The only true bronze in my opinion is Statuesque. City Kitty is a warm matte light brown that looks very natural on my skin while 917 has more of a pink undertone (that’s what my camera was picking up); I’d describe it as a cool light satin brown.

Pixi Strobe & Bronze (Strobe & Chisel)

At $20 Pixi has created a bargain palette that will carry you through all seasons and will work no matter what level of bronzing you prefer.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow and Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow comes in three shades: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, and Warm Glow. Lisa has reviewed these here and I was insanely jealous and insisted that she bring me the one best for my pale complexion. I have gotten so much use out of this that it’s unreal. If I’m not wearing my precious cream blushes then it’s all about Nude Glow.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow

This triple threat has a little bit of highlighting, a beautiful blush, and a bronzing shade. I usually start with picking up the blush and applying it, then I’ll take the brush and sweep over all three shades to bring out the bronze and highlight. I make sure to use the brush from left to right to keep the lighter shades cleaner.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, Nude Glow

This is so silky soft that you’ll fall in love with it just for that reason. But remember it contains an anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides and Vitamin C infused formula. No shimmer in this at all. The brush is another amazing one from IT Cosmetics though you probably have a dual fiber brush you can use. If you want the brush as badly as I wanted it then go to QVC.com to purchase the set for $2 more than the compact alone.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Cosmetics isn’t one that’s talked about much on beauty blogs but it’s a fabulous brand. Brilliant Bronze comes in two shades: Dawn and Sunset. This too is a duo of highlighter and bronzer. The difference between these Senna bronzers and my others is that the Senna is glittery. Dawn is gorgeous for cool toned complexions but I’ll only wear it for “fancy”. I don’t want to glitter in the day but give me a good party and I’m up for it.

Senna Dawn Brilliant Bronze

Senna’s Brilliant Bronze compacts are baked minerals that are said to condition skin with amino acids and nourishing plant proteins.

All three of the above are cruelty free products.

One last one that I couldn’t find for the main photo is a great drugstore find: Covergirl TruBlend Bronzer.

TruBlend Bronzer from Covergirl

TruBlend Bronzer has no shimmer but there’s a satiny finish that gives me some glow. What I love about this is that there’s no orange at all – just a beautiful golden bronze that I can lightly use to perk up my ghostly skin. This came out with the Katy Perry collection in a variety of shades but it seems like just the darkest one, Bronze, is still available.

What do you think of my bronzers for people who don’t use bronzers? Would any of these be suitable for you?  —  Marcia

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Pixi does lips right with GelTint and SilkGloss

Pixi GelTint and SilkGloss

Do you love a simple stained lip? How about lovely gloss? Or a wonderful stain with a quick gloss over top?  Pxi Beauty has you covered on all fronts with their Pixi GelTint & SilkGloss ($12), a really terrific combo lippie that gives the best of all worlds in one package. There are three different combos available:  Hollywood Pink, Muted Clay, and Budding Orchid.

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Pixi GelTint and SilkGloss

One end has a lip stain that gives lips a matte stain that lasts for hours. It has a nice minty flavor and scent. The other end has a complimentary lip gloss that gives the stain depth, shine, and slip. Together they make a fabulous duo, although both the stain and the gloss can be worn alone so you are really getting three looks in one.

Long-lasting lip tint gives a beautiful stained effect
• Gloss keeps lips hydrated & nourished
• Adds a natural brilliance
• Use separately or layer
• Doesn’t dry lips out, hydrating
• Paraben free
• Not tested on animals

Hollywood Pink:  BerryTint and SweetGloss

Hollywood Pink:  BerryTint and SweetGloss

Hollywood Pink is a pink combo with a berry stain and a lighter pink gloss. This is a gorgeous combination that is actually perfect for transitioning into deeper fall colors. I probably reach for this one more often than the other three because it just seems to go with everything. It’s pink yet it has enough red tones to be very versatile.

Muted Clay:  BeachTint and FreshGloss

Muted Clay:  BeachTint and FreshGloss

Muted Clay is very fall season to me – what an interesting color combination! At first I thought no way is this going to work on me, but it’s actually quite flattering. I tried it on a few friends and was wowed every time too. BeachTint is an orange/brown tint that has some red tones, and FreshGloss is a lighter peachy/orange. It’s really beautiful – pick this one up for sweater weather!

Budding Orchid:  PinkTint and PrettyGloss

Somehow the computer ate my photo of Budding Orchid so I am using a stock photo until I can get another pic up. Budding Orchid is a gorgeous girlie combo of a bright pink lip tint and a clear gloss with little tiny shimmers. This is super feminine and super fun.

Left to right:  Muted Clay tint and gloss; Hollywood Pink tint and gloss; Budding Orchid tint and gloss.

Overall, I think Pixi GelTint & SilkGloss are wonderful lip stains and terrific lip glosses, and I love the versatility of having both together in one package. The price is great and the shades are beautiful.

You can find these lovelies at Target and PixiBeauty.com.  Pick up all three for some very happy lips!  – Lisa

GelTint INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hexyldecyloctadecanol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Xantham Gum, Triethylhexanoin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate. [+/- FD&C Blue No.1 Al Lake (CI 42090:2), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), D&C Red No.27 Al Lake (CI 45410), FD&C Yellow No.6 Al Lake (CI 15985)]. SilkGloss INGREDIENTS: Petroleum, Polyisobutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Isononyl Isononanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Wax, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate. [+/- D&C Red No.6 Ba Lake (CI 15850:2), FD&C Yellow No.6 Al Lake (CI 15985), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499)]

Pixi Pixi Pixi, what summer wonders have you brought?

While the PIXI BEAUTY products I have to share today are wonderful in other seasons, they totally project summer. And we are far from done with this season. Pixi by Petra is always right on with their products and these are some extremely fun items.

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Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stains

I admit I’m a fool for the 3 Sheer Cheek Gels that Pixi has created. I love cream blush but it’s not always convenient in hot or steamy weather. Instead using these Cheek Stains makes summer life a whole lot easier.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stains

There are 3 Cheek Gels available ($14) and I think you’re going to want them all.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stain in Natural

Natural is probably the easiest to wear, it’s a neutral that blends with ease making you look refreshed but not made up.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stain in Rosy

Rosy is a beautiful rosy stain. It’s my favorite, enough of a favorite that I even used one up completely. I apply this with my finger and at first it looks like it’s going to really stain both my finger and cheeks but it blends into a happy pink that looks like you’ve been out and about and feeling your best.

Flushed Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stain

Flushed is scary dark in the tube. It’s the one that I think most people will be surprised by since it looks sort of goth. But once applied and blended you’ll be surprised by the the ease of the plum stain.

Rosy Sheer Cheek Gel Stain

Things to know about these Sheer Cheek Gels: like all Pixi products they are cruelty free. These are also oil free, fragrance free and hypoallergenic. You can build these up if you want but I’d definitely start with just a little bit and blend before deciding how deep to go. They are travel friendly and need no tools. Plus you can use them as a stain on your lips. You are going to love them!

Pixi is available at Target stores and online as well as Pixi’s website. Thanks to Pixi for making sure summer is filled with summer beauty.  —  Marcia

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

 

 

Let’s go #MultiMisting with Pixi Skintreats and a giveaway

Pixi Skintreats #MultiMisting

Pixi Skintreats #MultiMisting

Multitasking is the way we can save time and stay beautiful. You can find multitasking cosmetics with ease but the newest trend is to multitask with skincare. By planning out a variety of skincare products you can get it all done quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly. Pixi Skintreats has sent their newest products for this job and they are all products you’ll want but more importantly need.

pixi misting boxWhy Pixi? Their products are affordable yet do the same or better than high priced similar items ($15 each for these mists). They are cruelty free. Skintreats has innovative formulas that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients.

4 Mists are being featured here, each with their own special formulas and uses.

To invigorate and revive use VITAMIN WAKEUP MIST

Pixi Skintreats Vitamin Wakeup Mist

Pixi Skintreats Vitamin Wakeup Mist

Shake this up morning or evening to strengthen and tone your skin. This is a boosting treatment toner that adds hydration and protects your skin. The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavender, and arginine. Vitamin Wakeup Mist is perfect way to cool and refresh.

To hydrate and soothe there’s HYDRATING MILKY MIST

Pixi Skintreats Hydrating Milky Mist

Pixi Skintreats Hydrating Milky Mist

Hydrating Milky Mist is loaded with fabulous moisturizing ingredients especially Hyaluronic Acid and Black Oat. Use this along with the Vitamin Waking Mist and your skin is moisturized beautifully. Even without the vitamin mist using this before you use any serums helps trap moisture onto your skin. If you have dry skin this will be especially great for you.

To set and hydrate you’ll want MAKEUP FIXING MIST

Pixi Skintreats Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi Skintreats Makeup Fixing Mist

Makeup Fixing Mist is a setting mist once you have on your face. This helps prolong your makeup and keeps it from moving and settling into fine lines and pores. Makeup Fixing Mist is really helpful in warm weather to keep you looking fresh as can be. The rose water and green tea infused formula comforts, protects and balances skin for a fresh face.

To glow and nourish check out GLOW MIST

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mist

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mist

Glow Mist has been one of Pixi’s best sellers, with 21 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera, and fruit extracts this is great for your skin as well as giving you a soft dewy finish. This triple threat can be used prior to makeup, following makeup, and throughout the day to refresh.

Now for the giveaway information. Two US subscribers will win a package with ONE of these mists along with a variety of Pixi Beauty products.

Pixi Beauty prizes

Pixi Beauty prizes

COMMENT TIME: 1) Decide which of the 4 mists you’d love to win. 2) Pick one of these two eyeshadow palettes you’d most like

Amethyst Aura or Aquamarine Dream

Amethyst Aura or Aquamarine Dream

3) Pick which one of the Tinted Brilliance Balms you’d prefer

Soft Sienna or Lucent Glow

Soft Sienna or Lucent Glow

4) If any of these others appeal to you then add those to your comment

Pixi extras

Pixi extras

Subtly Suntouched Bronzer, Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust, Eye Bright Liner, Slate Grey Eye Liner, Super Smoky Crayon Duo, Translucid Powder, mini Glow Tonic, Lash Nourish Remover Pads

The only guarantee is the mist you choose. The rest will be sent as close to your comment as possible.

Our giveaway is open to US Subscribers and we’ll have two big winners plus 2 winners for the other mists. The giveaway ends on 4/27/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments (Speak Your Mind) close early please email me [email protected] and label it PIXI. Lots of luck!  —  Marcia

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Pixi does brows and lashes right with the Eye Accents Kit!

Pixi Eye Accents Kit

Pixi Beauty is such a great line…affordable, excellent products that I chose over their more expensive counterparts day after day. I was recently at a conference in Florida, and of course the topic of conversation turned to makeup. The line I immediately recommended for everyone was Pixi. My most recent obsession is the Eye Accents Kit ($16) they sent – I just can’t get enough.  Pixi Eye Accents KitThis great little duo was created in collaboration with the awesome blogger Apyn Ovard. The Eye Accent kit is all about defining the eye with a brow gel for beautiful brows and a fantastic mascara just for lower lashes.

Pixi Brow Tamer

First, the Brow Tamer is a clear gel that holds brows in place. You always want to brush brows UP and OUT – not sideways – to really open the eye area. The Pixi Brow Tamer is an excellent brow gel that holds brows in place without flaking or making them stiff or sticky. Awesome.Pixi Lower Lash MascaraPixi Lower Lash Mascara

Putting the Brow Tamer with the Lower Lash Mascara is a perfect partnership, like peanut butter and jelly. The Lower Lash Mascara is the absolute bomb. I rarely wear mascara on my lower lashes because they are really long, which makes pretty much every mascara smear on me. But the Lower Lash Mascara has a very cool thin wand so overdoing it isn’t an issue and the mascara really coats each lash, truly defining the eye. Other pluses? It’s water-resistant, stays put until you want to remove it, and removal is easy peasy. Ingredients include Vitamin E and panthenol.

Pixi Lower Lash Mascara and Brow Tamer

I love love love the Eye Accents Kit and I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find Pixi online and at Target stores.  – Lisa

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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

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