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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Olay: ProX and Regenerist range

I’ve had a few compliments on my skin over the last few months and I am convinced it’s mostly because of the skincare products I’ve been using. These are not new products on the market, but to me they are and for the last 4-5 months of using these consistently, I’ve noticed a good difference in my skin!

Olay ProX and Regenerist line

Olay ProX and Regenerist line

I’m all about the anti-aging stuff. I’ve done my research, heard super great things about these products so I decided to give some of the products in the Olay ProX and Regenerist lines a try. Here are the products I’ve been using and what I think of them so far:

Olay Pro-X Age Repair Lotion SPF 30:  In my opinion, THE BEST SPF daytime face moisturizer I’ve tried yet. Why?  First off, it’s SPF 30 which is an awesome level of SPF protection for the skin, especially the face. Second, this DOES NOT leave a white cast on my face and it does not leave it looking shiny. Third, this blends in so smoothly and doesn’t have the typical thick, sunscreen-y feeling that most moisturizers do, especially with anything higher than an SPF 15 (in my experience, anyway). And last but not least, it’s got GREAT anti-aging skincare ingredients – the SPF, niacinamide, and vitamin E. A little pricier than most drugstore moisturizers (but much less than higher-end, Sephora/department store brands) but definitely worth the investment. This is fragrance- free and comes in an easy to pump container. I don’t think I ever have to search for another SPF moisturizer for the rest of my life – this is a forever winner in my books!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum:  This fragrance-free serum has been a great addition to my skincare routine. Before my moisturizer, I apply one pump of this silky, smooth serum onto my skin and it makes my face feel well, silky and smooth!  It’s got niacinamide (a stellar anti-aging ingredient proven to lighten sun spots and scars) and other super anti-aging ingredients including antioxidants and peptides. My face is hydrated and feels radiant after using this.  It actually has the ability to blur my pores, has a bit of a silicone-y feel – I’ve tried using this as a makeup primer and it works wonderfully.

Olay Pro-X Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel:  You know I’m a BIG fan of using glycolic acid as a gentle exfoliant that helps to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage – one of my favourite products is the Nip & Fab Glycolic Pads . When I  saw the Olay night treatment I jumped at it because having had great results from the pads I use during the day, why not amp up the treatment at night while asleep?  This product may have up to 10% glycolic acid which is why I think it works so well. After using this every other night, I notice my skin being brighter and less dull. It’s fragrance-free and has a light, watery texture. After cleansing my skin in the evening, I’ll rub about 3 drops of this into my palms and apply on my face – no need to follow up with moisturizer unless I feel I have to.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream:  I use this cream only at night as it has no SPF.  This cream has a multitude of antioxidants that are beneficial to the skin and I like the fact that these are working for me overnight.  The cream is a light texture however it provides very good hydration – for dryer skintypes this would be a dream; for combo-oily skintypes like me, it still works but does leave a bit of an oilier feel – nothing too obnoxious that would stop me from using it though.  It comes in fragrance and fragrance-free versions. I try to stay away from skincare products that come in jar packaging (less hygienic, ingredient effectiveness lost when jar open/closed constantly) but I couldn’t resist with this cream. I wish it came in a squeeze or pump tube! I always wake up to plump and hydrated skin after using this cream.

Have you tried any of these products?  Like or dislike?  Any recommendations for me?

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Origins “Just the Essentials” Skincare Pack

Origins is a popular brand I see pop up all the time amongst most beauty bloggers/vloggers. From moisturizers to masks, there are quite a few products that have gained a cult following.  Although I’ve read good reviews about Origins products, I’ve also read some poor reviews in terms of product ingredients — that there are products out there, for way less money, that perform better in terms of what it can do for your skin.

I’m always looking for skincare that hits the mark on performance on my skin — getting older, my skincare needs are more specific and if I’m going to spend my money on skincare (no matter how expensive or cheap) I want it to work well for my needs.

Regardless, I’ve always wanted to give some of the Origins products a try. I found the Just the Essentials set at Sephora for $25 Cdn and it was the perfect price point to try out some of their most popular products:

GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer:  This is a good, basic moisturizer.  The citrus smell is definitely zingy and quite refreshing.  The texture of the lotion is light and absorbs really quickly into my skin. I would probably love this moisturizer if it included some SPF! I’ve heard raves about this product but honestly, it didn’t wow me. Full-size jar of this goes for $48 Cdn.  Would I buy?  No.

Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash:  This cleanser claims to balance out combination skin — keeping the oily parts drier and the dry parts hydrated.  I actually agree with that claim; not to the point that I would say this is my end-all-be-all cleanser, but it really did do a good job of keeping my combo skin “in check”.  It rinses out well and leaves my skin feeling very clean without over stripping it.  I love the scent of spearmint BUT it is too overwhelming for me sometimes. Full-size tube is $25.50 Cdn.  Would I buy?  Mm, probably not.

Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion: I didn’t find anything too extraordinary about this – found it to be your typical exfoliating cleanser type product. It is quite creamy and probably great for sensitive skin, as the micro-beads are gentle.  Full-size tube is $49 Cdn.  Would I buy?  No way, not for that price, when I can find a cleanser like this one for less than $5 at the drugstore.

Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: I love this mask! Claims to clear pores, control oil and leave skin looking and feeling brighter – yes!  This summer the very hot and humid weather has been making my typically combo skin more oily and this mask seems to help control the oil and just clean out my pores of daily icky sweat.  A little goes a long way — this has a very smooth, almost fluid consistency, quite different from any other “clay” mask I’ve tried. I put on a thin layer, let dry for 20 minutes and rinse off. Pores look clean and skin feels fresh. Full-size tube goes for $29 Cdn. Would I buy?  Yes!

Overall, I’m glad I bought this kit. It’s allowed me to try out some popular Origins products and have turned me on to a few. I’d definitely invest in the mask, but the other three products… for me, just too expensive for products that didn’t blow me away.

Have you tried any of these Origins products?  Like or dislike?  Any suggestions on other Origins products that might be worth my while?

Thanks for reading!!