Skincare | My PIXI Picks

Thursday, April 14, 2016

best of pixi skincare


Although I've been using the cult classic, needs-no-introduction, iconic even without a label, Pixi Glow Tonic for a year now, it was only in the latter part of last year that I ventured into some other skincare treats the brand has to offer. What was meant to be a dip of the toe ended up becoming an obsession and I haven't looked back since. A lot of these will continue to be repurchased for a long time to come. 

Here are my Pixi Skintreats Picks: 


review of pixi glow tonic vs bravura ginseng toner


Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | featured here

This highly raved about orange liquid brightens the complexion, leaves skin feeling smoother and looking fresher. 

Key ingredients:
  • Aloe Vera - heals and soothes
  • Witch Hazel - firms and tones
  • Horse Chestnut - boosts blood flow
  • 5% Glycolic Acid - stimulates cell turnover

I use this as part of my evening routine although this is gentle enough to use mornings and evenings. I reach for this after cleansing when my skin is looking a little dull or when I've worn a full face of makeup that day as I feel it helps to thoroughly cleanse the skin and reduce the likelihood of any congestion.

I find the bottle lasts a long while and the effects of this are more noticeable the more regularly you use it. I've recently started using Bravura Revitalising Ginseng Toner which contains the same ingredients and I can say I hardly notice any difference between them in formula, scent and effectiveness (except colour).

Repurchase?

I am on my second bottle of this so another repurchase of this depends on whether I feel like spending so much on it again or save my pennies and repurchase the Bravura, which is an exact dupe in effectiveness for much cheaper.


Pixi Glow Mud Mask | £18

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen me pestering everyone about how amazing this mask it. This mud mask is everything I want in a mask from it's texture and ease of application, to scent, to the time it takes to dry, it's perfomance and appearance, to how easy it is to remove. I love it. 

Key ingredients:
  • Aloe Vera - heals and soothes
  • Rosemary - rejuvenates and stimulates
  • Ginseng - brightens and clarifies
  • Kaolin - purifies

This dark green mousse-like paste spreads evenly and smoothly over the whole face but I focus this mostly on my t-zone since the tube is disappointingly teeny tiny. As it dries it turns light grey and you can see impurities that are extracted from every pore highlighted by the mask, and any spot or blemish turns white. Even though I don't fully understand why, to me it's a sign that it's working away.

This comes off so easily with a damp flannel and reveals fresh, bright and thoroughly cleansed skin. I always reach for this when I want a quick treatment to draw out impurities and deal with any congestion immediately. The results of this mask are undeniable.

I don't like the fact that the tube is so small and priced so high for such a small amount of product and feel like this will deter a lot of people from giving this gem a go!

Repurchase?

Yes absolutely. I already have another tube at the ready!


best pixi skintreats poducts for normal oily dry dehydrated skin


Pixi Overnight Glow Serum | £26 | review here

This gel textured serum sinks into the skin quickly and gets to work immediately. Containing 10% glycolic acid and aloe vera, this serum is a lovely treat to ensure you wake up to bright, clearer skin that has regained some of its natural glow. 

Key ingredients:
  • Glycolic Acid - stimulates cell turnover
  • Aloe Vera - heal and soothes
  • Cucumber Extract - calms and relieves puffy skin
  • Arginine - strengthens skin

I've reviewed this serum before which you can read here. In essence, if you're looking for a product that gives you amazing skin even after just one use, this is it. It's a hard-working exfoliating serum that feels gentle on the skin and has a soothing texture. Although the dropper is not able to properly dispense such a thick formula, the actual product is a delight to use and effective each time I do. 

Repurchase?

I already have because I don't want to not have this in my life! It's that good!


Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser | £18 | featured here

An active clay cleanser containing 5% glycolic acid is unlike any other cleanser that I own. This is the cleanser that made me fall in love with double cleansing because it leaves the skin so beautifully clean and smooth, and instantly refreshed.

Key Ingredients:
  • Aloe Vera - heals and soothes
  • 5% Glycolic Acid - stimulates cell turnover 
  • Clay - draws out impurities
  • Chamomile - soothes

This has quite a thick texture and isn't unlike a face mask in appearance. It smells quite strongly of clay to me, but that's because I am not a fan of these scents usually, though with prolonged use I've begun to like it. It doesn't foam up but rather is massaged all over the face, avoiding the eye area, and then wiped off with a damp flannel. You will instantly see a difference which is what makes this cleanser such a delight to use. It also doubles up as a quick mask, revealing glowing skin.

I love using this in the evenings after cleansing with a balm or oil, and especially on days that I have worn a full face of makeup. It really gets everything off my skin and brightens my complexion. You can also use this in the morning to start your day with some natural glow. I love how you get such a huge bottle of the stuff too.

Repurchase?

YES! If there is one product from Pixi you try, please make it this cleanser. 


pixi glow peel pads review 20% glycolic for dry oily normal skin


Pixi Glow Peel Pads | £24

These intense saturated pads are a great way to boost the skin's radiance by quickly and effectively sloughing away any dry flakes or dealing with textured patches. 

Key ingredients:
  • 20% Glycolic Acid - stimulates cell turnover 
  • Rose Water - 
  • Witch Hazel - firms and tones
  • Vitamin E - nourishes and increases skin's elasticity 

I don't use these very often as they are so strong. I reserve these for when I've tried everything else and my skin is still looking dire. I sweep one pad all over my face and hands, as instructed, and let it dry. I then splash cool water over my face  to neutralise and make sure to follow with a nourishing facial oil.

These sting quite a bit but that's reassuring since it contains a higher amount of acid and therefore should be doing more. They also have a strange scent that thankfully doesn't linger. From my collection this is definitely my strongest solider I reserve for the toughest battles and it has never let me down.

Repurchase?

It will take me a while to get through this pot as I use them so rarely, but once I'm done I want to try the Peter Thomas Roth ones. 


pixi cleansing butter review dry normal oily skin


Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm | £18 | review here

This cleansing balm smells delicious and allows you the experience of having a facial massage whilst leaving your skin smoother and fresher. It is a highly nourishing concoction of oils and butters that work to remove all dirt and grime and although I don't find it as effective on makeup removal, I cannot deny how pleasant it is to use.

Key Ingredients:
  • Sweet Almond Oil - dissolves impurities
  • Cocoa Butter - antioxidant-rich and healing
  • Shea Butter - protects and maintains hydration 
  • Vitamin E - nourishes and increases elasticity 

I have grown to love this more and more every time I use it. As I previously mentioned in my Cleansing Balms Compared post, it doesn't emulsify upon contact with water and this still bugs me the most about it, because other than that it is a lovely product I actually reach for a lot. It isn't great for removing eye makeup or heavy makeup but it makes an excellent skin cleanser, especially after those long tiring days when you want to treat your skin.

Repurchase?

I want to say no because of the fact that it doesn't emulsify but considering I'm already half way through and loving it, I might end up picking it up again in the future.


pixi shea butter lip balm review



Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm | £8

This tinted lip balm is the perfect product for no makeup days or when I'm in a rush. It is hydrating and keeps my lips feeling smooth while adding a hint of colour that is flattering. 

Key Ingredients:
  • Shea Butter - nourishes
  • Vitamin E - protects
  • Castor Oil - conditioning
I love that the formula of this lip balm is so light-weight on the lips but so nourishing. It isn't sticky or too slippery or overly glossy. It's just a great balm for the daytime when I want my lips to look and feel good without having to apply any lipstick. The colour that I have too - Natural Rose - works perfectly on my pigmented lips to help them appear more even. It is a semi-sheer rose mauve shade.

Repurchase?

Yes, I know that when I don't have this in my life I will miss it.


best pixi products for oily skin dry skin and normal skin


[Just for reference I have combination skin that is also dehydrated and all the products reviewed work fine for my skin type and in most cases these products will work for all skin types. Please make sure you do your research around your skin type and what your skin is able to handle and use products accordingly]

If it wasn't obvious, I am a huge fan of the brand and thoroughly enjoying using these products not just because they contain amazing ingredients but also because they are very effective. The packaging is unique in colour and I think its fantastic that the brand has chosen a colour that is uncommon, making them instantly recognisable. And of course the rose gold trimmings and accents just make the packaging striking and pretty. I still haven't tried any of their moisturisers and I would also love to get my hands on their Facial Oil and Milky Serum at some point too.

It's great that these products are a lot easier to get our hands on now from PIXI, Cult Beauty, ASOS and with them available both online and in some Marks & Spencer stores, you can actually see the products and even try samples before purchasing. I highly recommend checking out the brand and trying something to see just how lovely these well-perfoming products are. It is a shame though that we have to pay significantly more for the same products than those in US.


pixi by petra review brand focus


What is your favourite PIXI product? What else would you recommend for me to try? If you haven't used anything from the brand yet, what do you have your eye on?


You might also enjoy reading: Brand Focus | Super Facialist By Una Brennan

Sal xxx
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55 comments

  1. Oh Sal, you have made me want to try absolutely everything featured here, you enabler you! I have only tried Pixi Glow Tonic (is there anyone who hasn't) and have also tried their eyeliners which I loved. I don't know why I haven't ever bought anything else to be honest.

    You have put me in the mood now! I think the first stop could be the mask!

    Carrie xo
    CazmosWorld

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    1. Hahaha! I'm sorry for being an enabler hun...I really do love these products though! I am yet to try any of their makeup which looks good actually. The mask is a must! xxx

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  2. Pixi is a brand I am not quite familiar with because they don't sell them in stores in NZ! I gotta find a way to get some of these products because they seem great :)

    Kathy x
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Oh dear! I'm sure they will become more easily available soon hun. You could also check ASOS and Cult Beauty which also sell PIXI and do international shipping xxx

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  3. I actually haven't tried much from PIXI, Some of these sound really interesting!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  4. I've only really heard about the glow tonic out of this range and that's the one I've got. That lip balm sounds so good and I love the fact that it's tinted but for £8 that's quite a lot!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. I'm a savvy shopper hun and I bought everything on sale. So yes, the lip balm seems pricey but on sale it was pretty decent ;) xxx

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  5. Been seeing this brand alot the products looks awesome

    Beauty Candy Loves

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  6. I haven't tried anything from Pixi skincare yet, you made me want to try everything, haha! I will definitely get some products from them soon :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. You really must hun! You will love the cleanser, I guarantee you!!! xxx

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  7. Loved this post, I feel like even I love Pixi now! I have their Glow Mud Cleanser and I have had the exact same experience. After reading your post, I don't know why I was so unimpressed with it, I think I expected it to make me look like Mila Kunis, just because Pixi gets such amazing press and reviews, and now I feel ridiculous. It really does leave my skin smooth, soft and refreshed. There are so many products here I want to try, the glow peel pads, the overnight serum, the mud mask (that is really disappointing about the size though) and the ever-raved about Glow Tonic. I kind of want to try the tinted lip balm as well, but I might have a gander at Burt's Bees first. Great post! I am so in love with their packaging, it's just gorgeous x

    Kiran | www.alittlekiran.co.uk

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    1. Haha! I know what you mean. It's effective without being earth shattering despite the rave reviews. I'm glad I've helped! I like the Burt's Bees Tinted Balms too but find them a little more slippery and glossy compared to this. xxx

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  8. The Pixi Overnight Glow serum sounds so great, I've never used a product which has the ability to truly embellish my skin is one night! I truly believe it though, because the Pixi Glow Tonic is one of the few products which changed my skin within a few weeks!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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    1. It's good skin in a bottle that Overnight Serum :) xxx

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  9. Great post Sal as always! I wanted to try mud mask but the fact that it's so small and the mud cleanser can double up as a mask and is a bigger tube, I might give mud cleanser a go before the mask. Thank you for extensive details about how u like each product. I have saved this post in my Bloglovin skincare for quick reference whenever I buy something from pixi.

    Loads of love 😘
    Ash
    Www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Deffo give the cleanser a go hun. And yes, keep it on for 5 minutes and wipe off for a lovely fresh glowing face!!! Awww no problem. I'm so glad you find this post useful xxx

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  10. The pixi glow tonic has been on my must have list for a while now...I hadn't realised there were so many more products that I must have!

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    1. Yes, I think everyone wants to try Glow Tonic! :) xxx

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  11. I love that Pixi has expanded their skin care range lately- everything looks so effective and the price is right! I need to try the Glow Tonic asap :)

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Agreed! I love that they expanded the Glow range with so many effective products xxx

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  12. You've just extended my wishlist - BIGTIME! I love Glow Tonic & would also recommend Glow Mist & Hydrating Milky Mist! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Hahaha! The mists are on my list! ;) xxx

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  13. Glow tonic is hands down my favourite! I'm also really enjoying the glow mud mask!I love because its not as drying as most clay mask. I really need to try the Glow mud cleanser. And the oil! Great post! xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. You'll love the cleanser because its like a less intense version of the mask, which yes, I love that it isn't drying!! xxx

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  14. I'm seriously obsessed with their skincare! (I actually have a similar post coming up!) The Glow Tonic and Glow Mud Cleanser are two of my favourites too :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Oh! Excited to read that! I always value your opinion on a product even if I love/hate it already ;) xxx

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  15. Really, really need to get my hands on the glow tonic!
    The cleansing balm also sounds lovely.
    Tenz
    www.shesabouthatlife.com
    xxx

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    1. Hi Tenz, thanks for reading. Yes, the glow tonic is something everyone has to try! The balm is lush! xxx

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  16. I LOVE Glow Tonic, literally one of my favourite skin products! Still not completely getting on with the overnight serum for some reason, I just don't see much of a difference! Need to get my hands on the Glow Mud Cleanser, it sounds lovely! I have the Nourishing Sleep Mask and it's a disappointingly small tube too!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Oh that's a shame about the serum. The cleanser is a MUST hun! Oh gosh! Why are they not more generous with their masks!?!?!?!?!?!?! xxxx

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  17. I've only used the Overnight Glow Serum but it sounds like I need to try more!! Love the review!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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    1. Thanks lovely! The serum is lovely xxx

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  18. Oh wow what a collection! I really need to try out some of the Pixi products as I've herd some amazing reviews xo

    http://www.samanthasbeautyloves.com

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, I got a little bit obsessed! You must try the brand. xxx

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  19. Wow, I didn't realize that Pixi had so much great stuff. I might need to pick up a few items from them now :)

    Rae // http://www.raechic.com

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  20. Great picks, I really want to try the skin tonic x
    britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. so many green haha

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow amazing review! Incredibly jealous of your Pixi collection! I have only tried the Glow Tonic before (which I love) and it is now a permanent part of my daily skincare routine. After reading your post I am really eager to get my hands on the Glow serum and Mud cleanser, they both sound amazing and perfect for my skin! x

    Chantalle | www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I went a little overboard with the obsession! Hahaha! Glow Tonic is great! You will love the serum and mud cleanser is a MUST! xxx

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  23. The only Pixi product I've tried s the overnight nourishing mask which was like so/so. I might have to try the toner and mud mask. :)

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeh, I've not heard many raving reviews of that mask and its a shame that it also comes in a tiny tube like Glow Mud Mask, but the mud mask is incredible though ;) xxx

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  24. I really want to try more from the Pixi line, I only have their eyeliner but it's amazing.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. I've always wanted to try their eyeliner, especially the brown pencil as they look amazing. xxx

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  25. Great review and your photographs are so beautiful! I'd love to give Pixi a try but my skin is very sensitive, would you still recommend it? :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (doing follow for follow on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Aww thank you so much love, that's very kind :) With sensitive skin you really will have to research the ingredients in the products you want to try and always patch test. I would say Glow Tonic and Mud Cleanser would be ok, but again, you need to go by your skin hun xxx

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  26. Sal Sal the Enabler is back again with a bang!!! This is such a beautifully written post which has been bookmarked for my convenience and saved on Bloglovin for future reference. All Pixi products are amazing and although I have only tried the Glow Tonic (I am hooked on it and have three backups), I know the rest would be incredible. Thanks for sharing darlyn....xx

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    1. Wow! That is a huge compliment coming from you hun! I have saved so many of your posts in the hope of one day being able to pick the stuff up! :) 3 back-ups...I feel ya! You really need to try the Bravura one hun as its a FAB dupe and comes in a gorgeous glass bottle too and I know you must be as superficial as me!!! ;) hehe! Thank you for your lovely commment, you made my day xxx

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  27. OMG that's loads of Pixi, I so want to try more of Pixi skincare, since I'm In love with pixi glow tonic. Okay and now I Want to try everything you have mentioned specially the glow peel pad, the serum and the mud mask :|

    Sam || Beautydetour

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    1. Hahaha! I'm glad you enjoyed the post hun. Those are some great choices, even if I say so myself ;) xxx

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  28. Wow that all looks and sounds so good. I haven't tried anything from Pixi, I think I need to rectify that asap! xx

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