Showing posts with label Petra Strand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Petra Strand. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pixi Picks For A Happy New Year

As much as we love the holiday season, by the time January 2 rolls around we are ready to get back to work and embrace all that the New Year brings. And we look forward to the beauty picks of our beloved beauty guru, Petra Strand of Pixi Beauty. So what are the Petra’s picks for embracing the New Year in style? 

Correction Concentrate ($12): Highly pigmented, this correction concealer instantly erases darkness, softens and blurs lines. Skin immediately looks fresh, rested, bright and youthful. This ultimate 'good night's sleep in a jar' camouflage cream is correction perfection in a pot.

Flat Liner Brush ($12): Creates a fine line of gel liner or shadow (can be used wet or dry). Defines and frames the eye with a line that perfectly “hugs” the eye close to the lash line, making the lashes look fuller. Also try using to apply your concealer - dab on formula with brush and blend into skin with fingertips

Large Lash Mascara ($16 – Available in Bold Black and Best Brown): Specialized, buildable formula along with oversized brush delivers extreme volume & intense color in one sweep. Separates, lengthens, and plumps each lash for a false lash look without clumping. Smudge-proof. Water-resistant. Ophthalmologically approved. Paraben and fragrance free.

Lash & Brow Brush ($8): This is a multi-use spoolie brush with perfectly spaced rows. It can be used to groom brows, separate lashes and work mascara through lashes for added volume with a clean lash effect.

Natural Brow Duo ($16 – Available in Deep Brunette, Dark brown and Soft Black): This duo helps to provide polished brows; essential to framing the eyes and completing a makeup look. One end houses a waterproof brow pencil with angled tip for precise & natural-looking application. The other end contains a tinted soft-hold gel for keeping even the most unruly brows in place. Super simple application. Adjustable shade suits any brow color, from light to dark. Plus, this is a TME Must-Have

Pixi Nail Colour in Gilded Garnet ($8): This deep burnished maroon with gold shimmer is stunning! Formulated for high definition, super smooth application with a chip-resistant finish and built-in UV protection to prevent polish discoloration. For the nail polish obsessed, show off your Pixi-pretty mani on Pixi Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Pixi Beauty products are available at the brand’s website and Target Stores (US) nationwide.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Hello lovelies! You’ve read quite a bit about Pixi Beauty here at The Makeup Examiner and the more that I see about what this brand has to offer, the more impressed I get. You may have heard about Pixi Glow Tonic and maybe you’ve read that this offering from Pixi has gained a bit of a following. Pixi Glow Tonic has become a cult classic in the UK and just hit the US in January. Well, there’s a reason why this toner has everyone yakking … or in my case writing.

For those unfamiliar with Pixi Beauty you can check out TME’s other reviews, but I’ll give you a quick crash course. Created over 10 years ago by Petra Strand, Pixi launched a flagship boutique in Soho, London. The brand has enjoyed a loyal worldwide following thanks to its quality, whimsical packaging and good-for-you ingredients. Petra Strand believes, as I do, in enhancing a women’s natural beauty. Onto the toner … this beautiful rose gold liquid has a light rose scent and is effective for a wide demographic.

With aloe and witch hazel to smooth and tone the skin and glycolic acid to loosen the dead skin and exfoliate, Pixi Glow Tonic ($29) is great for getting the bumps under control. But it also firms the skin, evens out skin tone, reduces the look of fine lines and dark spots, all of which is obviously appealing to those with maturing skin. Glow Tonic has zero alcohol (no drying) and zero oil.

As with any skincare product, if you don’t use it, it doesn’t work. To use you pour a bit onto a cotton square and swipe it across your face. Do this in the morning and the evening, and follow up with moisturizer! TME has been using Pixi’s Glow Tonic for about 2 months and I’m hooked! The only thing that I regret about Glow Tonic is not using it when I first got it in January!!!!!

If you’re familiar with Pixi Glow Tonic, leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Pixi Glow Tonic is available at PixiBeauty.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pixi Beauty Spring 2014 Collection Preview and Sneak Peek Makeup Look

All Photos Courtesy of Pixi Beauty
Happy Monday lovelies! Is everyone ready for a little peek at springtime? Well you’re in luck, because The Makeup Examiner was privy to Pixi Beauty’s Spring 2014 collection and a spring look … “Pretty Perky,” which was created by Petra Strand herself and the look is seriously perfect for everyone!

Before we get to the quick, 5-step look, let’s check out the preview of Pixi Beauty for Spring 2014. To kickoff Pixi Spring 2014, Pixi Beauty is introducing H20 Skin Tint ($24), available in Cream, Nude, Warm. The water-based tinted face gel evens out skin tone, has buildable coverage and an amazing lightweight feel. H20 Skin Tint is full of super nourishing ingredients like green tea, rose water, English chamomile, and lavender. TME’s favorite thing about this skin tint is the convenient tube-pump delivery!

 Natural Brow Duo ($16) in two new shades, Deep Brunette and Soft Black is a TME favorite. Legit, it took minutes to obtain the perfect brow. The multi-purpose brow duo has a waterproof angled pencil for precise application on one end, and a tinted soft-hold gel infused with nourishing Vitamin B on the other end. Pixi Natural Brow Duo is absolutely going into TME’s Makeup Vault!

Hydrating Cheek Sheen Stick ($16), available in three shades, Gold Glow, Touch of Tan and Angel Pink is a sheer, long-wear, hydrating cheek color in a pop-up stick. Cheek Sheen offers a fresh and natural flush of color with a simple dab and blend application. The long-lasting formula eliminates need for touch ups and Cheek Sheen is formulated to give hydration to dry skin, but is not the least bit greasy.

Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes ($12 each) are gorgeous color coordinated palettes, each in on-trend Spring 2014 hues. The palette shades are Copper Peach, Emerald Gold, and Plum Quartz that contain six complementing shades. As with other Pixi eyeshadows, the palettes are rich, silky, and highly pigmented.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen ($12) is introducing a new shade for Spring 2014, BronzeBeam, which brings the total jewel-toned hues available to 11 waterproof, long-wear, smudge-free shades. The Endless Silky Eye Pen is gentle on eyes and the unique formula gives the intense color of a liquid liner with the ease of a pencil application. Apply with short strokes and blend quickly. Other shades include, EmeraldGold, CopperGlow, SageGold, BlackNoir, BlackBlue, BlackTulip, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum, CaféGold and OysterGlow.

Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balm ($8) is available in six lip-loving shades: Comfort Clear, Honey Nectar, Natural Rose, Pixi Pink, Coral Crush, and Ripe Raspberry. The lightweight formula is packed with shea butter and vitamin E and the shades are phenomenal. Another TME favorite!

Rounding out Pixi’s Spring 2014 preview is Pixi Nail Color ($8), which is toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free and available in three new must-have shades, Sizzling Sunshine, Lime Lustre, Oh So Orange. These nail shades are saturated with color with and provide a high gloss finish.

Ready for Pixi Beauty Spring 2014 look from Petra? While some of the products aren’t available until March 1, this look can still be recreated for a perfect Valentine’s Day look.

Pretty Perky by Petra:

  1. Smooth H2O Skin Tint onto complexion, starting at the center of face and blending outward for naturally perfected & hydrated skin. Layer if more coverage is desired.
  2. Define eyes by applying a thin line of Lash Line Ink following upper lash line. Keep the side of felt tip applicator flat against skin for easy application.
  3. Add 2-3 layers of Large Lash Mascara in Bold Black for maximum volume.
  4. Perk up complexion by dabbing Cheek Sheen in Angel Pink to apples of cheeks. Blend up and out for a seamless effect.
  5. Finish off by smoothing Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink onto lips – this will keep lips deeply moisturized and tinted with a fresh pink shade.
The Pixi Beauty Spring 2014 collection will be available March 1 at the brand’s US website and Target stores nationwide.

©2014 Yvonne P. Mazzulo, a.k.a., The Makeup Examiner. All rights reserved. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Preview of Pixi Beauty 2013 Holiday Collection

Pixi Beauty is introducing several stunning kits for Holiday 2013 and The Makeup Examiner was lucky to snag a preview of Pixi Beauty’s holiday offerings. When The Makeup Examiner was approached to review the brand’s holiday kits, admittedly TME was unfamiliar with the Pixi Beauty brand, but is feeling rather fortunate to have been introduced to this lovely cosmetics house.
New to the Pixi Beauty brand, TME wanted to see who was behind this UK cult classic. Petra Strand, a 20-year veteran of the beauty industry and busy mother of two, has always been passionate about skincare and sought to create products that enhance a woman’s natural beauty, as well as addressing beauty issues while being worn. The Swedish native created multiple-use formulas in on-trend colors that are infused with botanicals and skin-friendly ingredients designed to smooth our complexions, while we wear them. Wow! That’s some serious multi-tasking. After a lot of research, Petra launched her flagship store in Soho, London in 1992 and apparently hit the ground running.

Ready for the Pixi Beauty 2013 Holiday Collection preview? For the holidays, Petra’s offerings begin with Eye Alchemy Assortment in Metallic Magic ($28). The gorgeous, limited edition eyeshadow palette contains 36 highly pigmented eyeshadows that range from nudes to intense pops of violet, which makes this palette a must-have for easy day-to-night looks. Mica provides dense natural pigment while Vitamin E protects the skin and adds to the cashmere feel. The Makeup Examiner was surprised that each one of the 36 shades work so well and can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want to receive the Eye Alchemy – Metallic Magic as a gift!

Next up for Pixi Beauty Holiday 2013 is Icy Eye Palette in Buff Blizzard ($12). The rich pigment and silky consistency quite frankly was a bit of a shocker considering the price point. The Makeup Examiner sincerely didn’t expect the shadow palette to be so lovely. TME readers know by now that I am not a shimmery gal, but I’m quickly learning to love the versatility that is offered in this palette. The six shades are perfect for a sexy, sophisticated smokey eye and the formulation of the Pixi’s shadows make them so easy to blend. The Icy Eye palette includes a large double-ended applicator, with the Eye Alchemy palette containing a large double-ended brush, making application precise and easy.

Moving on to the last (but far from least) offering in the holiday collection is Icy Lip Luster in Snowbunny Glace ($15). The Makeup Examiner loves her lip glosses and is admittedly a lip gloss snob, but I’ve learned from the massive amount of products that I’ve reviewed, that price is never indicative of quality. The kit contains four lip glosses that are incredibly moisturizing with a great cushion! Two glosses, Pink Orchard and Natural Rose are highly pigmented and the other two, Ice Petal and Ice Crystal offer mega-sparkle. The glosses can be worn alone or over lipstick and are such a well-chosen offering for the holiday season.

The Pixi Beauty Holiday Collection offers an opportunity to try Pixi Beauty products at an amazing price and the collection is so versatile that it’s bound to become your go to set for the season. The Holiday 2013 Collection from Pixi Beauty will be available on November 1 at the brand’s US website and Target stores nationwide.