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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First Aid Beauty (FAB) Facial Radiance Pads

Hi Pretties!

Being on the later end of the Generation X spectrum I’ve been more and more interested in taking care of my skin and find myself gravitating towards products that are “anti-aging”. I do a lot of research to educate myself on the best ingredients for my skin at this stage in my life. One important step in any skincare routine (not just an anti-aging one) is exfoliation. For both men and women, this is a must!

I admit, I love my St. Ives Apricot Scrub (who hasn’t used this at least once in their lifetime?). But I’ve learned that such type of exfoliation is not required every day (which I was doing in my 20’s) and now in my 30’s I use this type of exfoliation only once or twice per week to really slough off any dead skin cells and bring radiance back to my skin for the following days.

I’ve heard good reviews about the FAB pads so I thought I’d give them a try.

My first experience with AHA or Glycolic Acid was with the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads, which I really liked. I thought I’d try the FAB pads — same concept — and see which one I might like better.

Just like the Nip+Fab pads, the main focus of this product is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a form of AHA or alpha-hydroxy acid. It is an exfoliator that acts to weaken the lipids that hold dead skin cells together to reveal new skin cells. It can also lighten discolouration (e.g. sun spots, age spots), brighten the complexion, minimize pores and help with acne or blackhead prone skin. It can reduce wrinkles and fine lines and also reduces dullness by promoting skin cell turnover.

The FAB pads are practically similar to the Nip+Fab pads, however, there a substantial difference in price — Nip+Fab (60 pads) retails for $12.99 Cdn regular price at Shoppers Drug Mart and the FAB pads (60 pads) retail for $37 Cdn at Sephora. The pads themselves in both products feel the same — thin, quilted and pre-moistened. The FAB pads have a slight scent, almost medicinal; whereas the Nip+Fab pads have a more pleasant fresh scent.

After using the FAB pads every day, once a day since I got them (about 2 weeks), my skin feels good, but I can’t say that I’ve noticed a significance improvement — with the Nip+Fab pads I definitely notice an improvment in my skin almost instantly.

I also read that the amount of  glycolic acid in the FAB pads are too low to do any sort of adequate exfoliation.

Overall, I do like the FAB pads however, for price point and results, I would most likely go back to the Nip+Fab pads once I finish this supply. Luckily, I only purchased the “sample” size at Sephora — 28 pads for $14 Cdn.

I give the FAB Facial Radiance Pads: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Have you tried the FAB pads? Like or dislike?

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New Skincare Addiction: Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads

Hello Pretties!

On my quest to find the perfect anti-aging skincare routine for myself, I think I have found one product that will remain in my arsenal for many years to come: the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads:

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads

I have [only] been using this product for about two weeks and I have honestly seen a difference in the condition of my skin already. I’m pretty confident that it’s THIS that has made a difference in my skin in recent days, regardless of the other skincare products I am currently using. Since adding this to my routine, I’ve noticed enough of a positive difference in my skin that I feel confident that it’s this that has contributed to the good results.

The main ingredient in this little tub of goodness is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a form of AHA or alpha-hydroxy acid. It is an exfoliator that acts to weaken the lipids that hold dead skin cells together to reveal new skin cells. It can also lighten discolouration (e.g. sun spots, age spots), brighten the complexion, minimize pores and help with acne or blackhead prone skin. It can reduce wrinkles and fine lines and also reduces dullness by promoting skin cell turnover.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Pads

Nip+Fab Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Pads

According to the Nip+Fab website, they note that the pads contain 2.8% glycolic acid. However, in doing some beauty blogosphere research, most reviews note that it contains 4%. In any case, personally, whatever percentage the pads contain, it’s working for me!

As I said earlier, I’ve been using this now for about two weeks. I picked this up on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for $10.99 Cdn. (regular $12.99 I think).  I was looking for a new toner that provided more benefits than just “toning”. I came across this product and did some research on glycolic acid before I finally decided to purchase. And I’m glad I did!

First off, the packaging is great. You get 60 pre-soaked cotton exfoliating pads that are easy to use and easy to store. The pads have a very subtle, fresh citrus-y smell; nothing overwhelming. The texture of the pads is that of a typical cotton cosmetic pad and the amount of liquid that each one holds is perfect – well-moistened but not sopping.

The pads can be used in the A.M. and P.M. – so this would make one container last you about a month. I personally only use one pad every single morning after cleansing (as I use a retinol treatment in the evening). I gently swipe the right side of my face with one side of the pad and then use the other side to swipe the left side of my face. One pad is more than enough to tone my entire face — I will bring it down to my neck as well. This formula does not irritate my skin and it definitely makes it feel and look so clean and refreshed.

Ok, so in the short 2 weeks of using the pads, this is what I noticed:

  • great extra addition to removing any trace of leftover makeup or cleanser (you’d be surprised at how much cleanser can be left on your face after cleansing!)
  • pores on my nose less visible
  • redness on my cheeks diminished – not completely, but definitely noticable
  • slightly more even skintone
  • slightly brighter complexion

I’d say this is a pretty good indication that if I continue to use this product, I will only continue to reap great results!

One thing to remember: “They” say that, glycolic acid makes the skin more sensitive to sun damage, so it’s recommended that an SPF is used following any treatment with glycolic acid.

I give the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads: a STANDING OVATION

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