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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L’oreal Pure Clay Face Masks

I am addicted to facial masks. Clay masks, hydrating masks, sheet masks – you name it, I love them all. Some of you ladies and gents think, “I don’t have time for that”. But trust me, if you’re serious about skincare, it’s definitely worth the investment in time to pop on a mask, at least once a week, to amp up your skincare routine.

I was super excited when L’oreal came out with 3 clay masks, all meant to do different things.  Of course, being the guinea pig I am for all of you, I bought all three – and at a great deal, each on sale for $12 Cdn.  If you know, there are some masks out there that cost an arm and leg, so getting 3 masks for the price of one higher end sounded like a pretty good deal to me.

 

I have tried all three and I’ll give you my thoughts on each of them.

For you sensitive skins, all these masks are very fragrant, so keep that in mind, if you find fragrance irritating in your skincare products.

All of these masks are suggested to leave on for 10 minutes, wait to dry, and rinse away.  Personally, my skin is not overly sensitive, so I will typically leave these on for at least 20-30 minutes.

Also, I’ve been using these masks 2 to 3 times a week – rotating every other day with each one.

The red one: Exfoliate & Refine (made of 3 pure clays, red algae, apricot; exfoliates dead skin cells; unclogs and tightens pores)

This is probably my favourite one out of the three. Simply because of manual exfoliation of this mask (since I typically use glycolic acid pads daily for exfoliation) a good once-a-week “scrub” on my skin does it wonders. As you can probably guess, this leaves my face feeling really refined and smooth after using. I let it dry and then wet my hands with water and start massaging into my face. The mask starts to soften up and in circular motions, I work the exfoliating granules into my skin. Rinse away and I’m left with soft, clean, and refreshed skin. If you’ve ever tried the Origins Rose Clay Mask, this one is very similar – but half the price!

The mint green one:  Purify & Mattify (made of 3 pure clays and eucalyptus; for oily and shiny skin)

This mask is the one that leaves my skin the most vibrant and bright looking immediately afterwards.  I love it!  I don’t have overly oily skin and although this mask is targeted for oily types, I think as long as you don’t have super dry skin, this is a good clay mask staple to have in your stash. The scent of eucalyptus is quite strong (I don’t mind it) and it makes me feel like I’m getting a spa treatment. This leave my skin super fresh and clean feeling after using, and somehow bright, luminous and really healthy.  For a mattifying mask, it certainly does, without overdrying.  This is one that I will definitely be repurchasing once I run out of it.

The grey one:  Detox & Brighten (made of 3 pure clays and charcoal; for tired and dull-looking skin)

This mask is your standard charcoal mask. I’d say very comparable to the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Clay Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (which I do like very much).  And for about half the price of the Clinique and Origins masks, I’m pretty happy with the quality and performance of the L’oreal one.  After using this mask, my skin definitely looks and feels much cleaner – my pores look like they’ve had a good deep clean!  Definitely a detoxifying mask that sucks out all the impurities and doesn’t leave my skin dry afterwards. I can see this being a really good one to use in the summer months, when I tend to be a little oilier and being outside more, my skin could use this for a really good detox.

If you’re just starting out to clay masks, these are some good options to try (again, if you’re overly sensitive to fragrance, because these do pack a bit of a punch in that respect). Price point is good and the convenience of finding them at your local drugstore is a plus.

I give all three L’oreal Pure Clay Face Masks:  a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried any of these yet?  What’s your favourite?

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