Pixi Glow Tonic

I was so stoked when I heard that Shoppers Drug Mart was going to start carrying the Pixi brand, especially knowing that I could finally get my grubby little hands on the Glow Tonic.

I’ve been wanting to try this out after watching most of my favourite UK beauty YouTubers rave on and rave on about this toner/exfoliator.  I never skip out on toner in my skincare routine, so what better chance to try out something new and so adored by other skincare junkies.

According to the Pixi website, this is what it claims to do and what it’s all about:

• Exfoliates and purifies the skin with Glycolic Acid
• Ginseng improves circulation and energizes
• Aloe vera soothes and hydrates
• Refines the appearance of pores
• Gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal a brighter, glowing complexion
• Balances, heals and soothes for radient, healthier looking skin
• Alcohol free
• Suitable for all skin types
• Not tested on animals

One of the main reasons I was really interested to try this was that it has glycolic acid – 5 per cent strength. Since I’ve incorporated glycolic acid into my skincare routine for the last 2-3 years, I’ve noticed a huge difference in the texture and condition of my skin – smoother, clearer, and healthier looking.

I’ve been using the Nip + Fab Glycolic Pads for quite a few years now and I love what it does for my skin, so I figured the Glow Tonic would do the same. With regards to this, I would say yes, this has kept my skin looking and feeling more clear and refreshed after cleansing (this little bottle lasted me about a month). But if I were to choose between the GT and N+F, I’d stick with the N+F.  The GT actually stung my face a little bit and I’m pretty certain it’s because of the witch hazel in the ingredients. I never feel that ‘burning’ sensation with the N+F pads.  As you can see from the photo, I finished up the bottle – I tolerated the stinging just not be wasteful!

Another reason I would stick with the N+F over the GT is the price point. I bought the small version (50 ml?) for $20 CDN to try; I believe the full size 25 0ml is $38 CDN.  I can purchase the N+F pads (60 pads) sometimes for less than $12 CDN a the drugstore, which will last me anywhere from 1 to 2 months.

Although the Glow Tonic is well-loved by other skincare junkies, I’ll stick with my Nip + Fab pads since I’ve never felt any irritation or discomfort with those.  Would I repurchase?  Nope!

Have you tried the Pixi Glow Tonic?  Like or dislike?

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Laniege: Bright Renew Serum and Bright Renew Emulsion

I’m always researching skincare products to try to find the best I can in terms of ingredients, effectiveness and value. Whether it be outstanding drugstore skincare, like the Olay Regenerist and ProX range or the Laniege Bright Renew range from Sephora that I’ll be reviewing here, I always try to test out the products for at least a few months to see how they work for me.

Remember – what might work for me, may not work for you; and vice-versa!  But I’m hoping my reviews give all of you, at the very least, some glimpse of what is out there and products that you might’ve been curious about!

So, after using up the majority of my Olay products, I was ready to re-stock and try something new. After doing some reading on the Laniege Bright Renew range, I decided to start with the Laniege Bright Renew Emulsion and Bright Renew Serum:

Laniege is a Korean brand. Korean skincare has been gaining popularity in the last few years here in the western world and if you keep on top of trends, you’ll know that Korean skincare is serious business!

What attracted me to Laniege was the description of these products and what they claim to deliver – things that I specifically always look for in my skincare, for my needs. Let’s start with the emulsion:

As per the Sephora website:

What it is:
A radiance-restoring lotion to brighten a dull, uneven complexion. 

What it is formulated to do:
Formulated with LANEIGE’s exclusive, patented Melacrusher™ technology—a potent combination of antioxidant-rich truffle yeast extract and revitalizing green tea extract—this brightening innovator visibly reduces yellowing resulting from overactive melanin production. Dark spots, unevenness, and discoloration fade away as luminosity and transparency are restored.

First off, this is a super, light-weight lotion that would be awesome for normal, combo, and oily skintypes; dry skintypes might find this not moisturizing enough. I use this straight after using the LBR Serum and I find they work beautifully together – giving me the right amount of hydration. This lotion does not contain SPF, so when I do use this I make sure to top up with some face SPF or use makeup with SPF.

As far as its claims to reduce dark spots, unevenness, and discolouration – I can’t say for certain that this has happened for me, but I also do know that results can take a long time.  What I am sure of is that I like the formula, skin has a nice glow after using, keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day and overall my skin has been looking more luminous.

The LBR Serum is what I use underneath the LBR Emulsion. As per the Sephora website:

What it is:
A high-performance, intensive serum to visibly brighten and restore skin clarity. 

What it is formulated to do:
Active brightening complex Melacrusher™ gently eliminates and blocks pigmentation while retexturizing and reviving skin’s perfect tone. Luminosity is restored and skin appears radiant and youthful.

You can see from the description, the serum is formulated very similarly to the lotion. Because of this, sometimes I think that it might be ‘overkill’ to use both products that essentially do the same thing or contain the same ingredients. But then again, that’s how most skincare ranges are designed.

This serum is probably the most lightweight serum I’ve tried in my life – the consistency is like milk. The packaging is a pipette and a few drops into the palm of my hand, I have enough to cover my entire face. At first application, I thought the consistency would be too thin to actually make my skin feel hydrated – but I was wrong!  Once this is fully absorbed into my skin, it feels amazingly hydrated.

After using both these products consistently for about 4 months now – I’ve actually just finished up the serum.  I do like them both. I really don’t see any noticable difference in my skin, in terms of texture, condition, or radiance.  Would I repurchase?  No.

The serum is $59 Cdn for 40 ml and emulsion is $39 Cdn for 100 ml., both at Sephora.

Have you tried these products?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried any other Laniege products?

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

For someone like me, who doesn’t stray too far away from my skincare routine, there are nights when I am just not in the mood to go through the whole ritual of first cleanse, second cleanse, tone, serum, and moisturize. As tired and as lazy I can get some nights, I still make it a priority to always ALWAYS remove my day’s makeup no matter what. That’s why I love using micellar waters, particularly the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:

A few years ago, I did a review on the Bioderma micellar water and really liked it. Since then, there are more drugstore options (at more affordable prices) and the Garnier version is one of them – and in my opinion, is just as effective as Bioderma, if not better.

Micellar cleansing waters are basically meant to replace washing your face with regular water. These formulas have the consistency of water and are loaded with ‘micelles’ which are small oil molecules suspended in a ball of water that attract dirt and oil, therefore making it ideal for cleansing your face.

The Garnier cleanser is fragrance-free and oil free and comes in two formulas: regular and one designed to remove waterproof makeup. I did try and finish up a travel size bottle of the regular Garnier cleanser (pink cap) and really liked that one, so I decided to go try out the dual-phase, waterproof formula (blue cap) in the full size. It is good for all skin types.

It takes me about saturated 3 cotton pads to remove all traces of makeup from my face with this cleanser. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped – it actually feels fresh, just like I washed it with a traditional cleanser and water.  Afterwards I will simply go in with my nighttime moisturizer.

Honestly, I don’t feel that there is much of the difference between the two formulas. Although, even though both are oil-free, the waterproof one does feel every-so-slightly ‘oilier’ compared with the regular formula. As far as cleansing abilities, I don’t find the waterproof formula to work any better  than the regular version – both will not take off my waterproof mascara completely – I will always go in with an eye makeup remover anyway. So, for those reasons – the next time I purchase this, I will repurchase the regular formula.

I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a ‘back-up’ for those lazy nights you just can’t even drum up the strength to walk up to your bathroom sink for a proper cleanse. This is also a quick and easy morning cleanser for a fast refresh just to wipe away any oils that have accumulated on your skin overnight. The travel size versions would be great to throw in your purse along with a few cotton pads, if you need a little refresh on a hot, humid day or after a workout, or to fix any makeup mishaps throughout your day.

I purchase this big 400ml bottle on sale at the drugstore for $7.98 CDN and will definitely be repurchasing the regular version.

Have you tried this micellar water?  Like or dislike?  Any other favourites?

Thanks for reading!!