Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duos Review and Swatches

 


Introducing the Pixi By Petra, Glow-y Gossamer Duos. These sparkly wonders are just a little bit of magic. While they look unassuming, housed in their simple little compacts, these babies are something a bit special.

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Available in two different shades – Subtle Sunrise and Delicate Dew. Subtle Sunrise contains a beautiful gold and rose gold shade that has a soft pink shift. Delicate Dew has a champagne pink and a golden bronze. I think I love Subtle Sunrise just a smidge more, the gold just suits my skin tone perfectly.

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These are the best damn highlighters I have come across in a lonnnng time.  The texture is unlike anything I’ve ever really used. At first swatch, you could be fooled into thinking that these powders are really a soft velvety cream. But, in fact, they are a very unique feeling powder. They almost feel cool and wet in the pan. While they appear super shimmery and pigmented, the finish isn’t at all glittery or chunky. They add the most beautifully understated metallic sheen to the highpoints of your face. Somehow they give the skin that wet look without highlighting any texture.

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Top to bottom – Subtle Sunrise and Delicate Dew

I like to apply these duos by tapping the powder on my cheekbones and blending out with a brush.  I haven’t had a whole lot of luck applying the powders with a brush so far. You can layer the powder on the top of a liquid illuminator to get a blinding highlight, otherwise, these create the most beautiful lit-from-within effect. I’ve found the shades with pink or bronze undertones work really well as a blush topper as well.

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Wearing the gold shade from Subtle Sunrise

I have been using these duos non-stop, favoring them over my high-end products.  But do you want to know the best part? The duos retail for under $30 each and with two shades in the pan, you can’t go wrong.

You can find the Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duos at Adorebeauty.com.au

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

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IT Cosmetics CC+Cream Oil Free Matte


If you’ve known me for any length on time, you’d know my undying love for the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream. IT Cosmetics recently dropped a bomb and out of nowhere announced the launch of a brand new Oil Free Matte variation.

I do have oily skin and find in the summer my beloved original CC+ Cream does need a little more powdering to get me through the day and can get a little tacky.  But otherwise, the formula works well. However, I have heard some other babes with oily skin have struggled with the formula not lasting, and those pesky oils start to peek through throughout the day.

This new pore-minimising formula has gotten me a little excited. Let’s just hope it is just as incredible as the original, and that it works even better for those who have struggled with the formula in the past.

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What is the CC+ Oil Free Matte?

Developed with plastic surgeons, Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 delivers color-correcting full coverage, anti-aging skincare and SPF 40 broad-spectrum physical sunscreen—all with a poreless, natural-looking matte finish that lasts! This multitasking, complexion-perfecting breakthrough instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots without creasing or cracking and is clinically tested to reduce shine and control oil for up to 12 hours. It’s also infused with charcoal to detoxify, colloidal clay to absorb oil and tea tree extract to combat blemishes—plus, an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time

This formula will also be available in 12 shades. It is housed in the same squeezy tube with a pump but in a beautiful blue shade. Sounds incredible, right?

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How does the CC+ Oil Free Matte perform?

The foundation applied beautifully. I used a damp beauty blender which allowed the formula to really melt and press into the skin, leaving me with a really natural and even coverage. My initial impression is that it isn’t completely matte – more of a velvet type of finish. My skin feels soft and hydrated without being sticky.  It looks luminous without looking oily, and it feels matte without looking really flat and cakey.  It doesn’t feel tacky nor does it transfer.

For the sake of a review, I didn’t set the foundation (other than a light dusting under the eyes to prevent creasing). I also refrained from using anything glowy and stuck with a matte blush.

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How does the Oil Free Matte compare to the original CC+?

While they are very similar, the result is quite different. Firstly, the biggest difference off the bat is the SPF. This matte bad boy has a level of 40 whereas the original boasts a massive 50+ SPF.  The matte version stayed quite luminous and healthy while still controlling any oil. I found that I didn’t need to set the foundation, nor did I feel the need to powder throughout the day.  I also felt that there may be just a touch more coverage than the original. The foundation lasted much better for me than the original but I did find that it can cling to any dry flaky areas of the skin.

In the photo above, I have the Matte on the left side of my face and the original on the right.  The colours are slightly different so it may look a little funny ( I have Light in the Original and Light Medium in the matte). But you can see the difference in the finish between both formulas. After 8 hours my skin was noticeably less shiny on the matte side.

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My thoughts

I simply adore the finish. As much as my skin needs a matte foundation, I still love something that gives my skin a little bit of life and radiance. This foundation really gives me the best of both worlds. I feel like IT Cosmetics have really nailed the natural finish. The IT Cosmetics CC+ Oil Free Matte mattified my skin and controlled oil without leaving me with an unflattering flat matte finish.

I found that you can really change the results with what primer you used. A matte primer will boost the longevity of the foundation while really absorbing any oil. Using something more hydrating and illuminating will give you a fresher result, but in turn, affecting the oil control and longevity.

I really love both formulas and feel I will be reaching for this new guy more once the weather warms up. It will allow me to still reap the skincare benefits of the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, while lasting me longer and needing less powdering throughout the day.

If you’re someone who really loves a true matte finish, the Oil Free CC+ cream alone isn’t going to get you there. But with the use of a mattifying primer and a mattifying setting powder, you may just get the result you are after. However, If you teeter more on the normal or dry end of the spectrum, I think the original will still be your best pick, if not even the illuminating version.

Available now in the US. Otherwise, us Aussies will need to wait until it drops into Sephora.com.au late September.

Will you be adding the brand new IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil Free Matte to your cart?

Want more? Check out Rosa’s review (Lipstick and Linguine) on YouTube here. Rachel from Rachel Beauty Style has also reviewed the CC+ in Oil Free Matte here.

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

My Teeth Whitening Experience with Premiere Smiles

 

 

I am someone who enjoys 2+ coffees a day and is partial to a couple of glasses of red – Don’t judge, #mumlyf is bloody hard. But because of this, my pearly whites can be a little less than pearly and little more on the stained side of the spectrum. I had been looking into getting my teeth whitened for quite a while, but I wasn’t willing to shell out the mountain of cash for my dentist to do it. I use whitening toothpaste and I have tried the at-home treatments with the little lights that are always so hyped up on Instagram. But in all honesty, I haven’t been able to get the results I desire.

Premiere Smiles

Enter Premiere Smiles

These clever little cookies have combined all the best bits about teeth whitening and wrapped up into a great little package, that is both affordable and carried out in the comfort of your own home.

  • Dually trained technicians compliant with Australian standards
  • Strongest legal teeth whitening strength
  • Specifically tailored treatment for each individual smile
  • Follow up care
  • Free mobile service that comes directly to you
  • Group bookings discount

You can find more info here.

The procedure

The lovely Jess came all the way to Wollongong to take care of my little toothy pegs.  With all her gear in hand, Jess came into my lounge room and was set up in under 5 minutes.  Jess explained the straightforward process of applying gel and sitting back for 20 minutes, 5 times (alternating with the lights), which will leave my teeth sparkling. Really simple and straightforward. The actual application of the gel takes a minute and the rest of the time you are reclined back watching TV.

You may not look all that glamourous (who does with their mouth prised open?) but at least you’re in the comfort of your own home. Jess was super laidback and wasn’t worried at all when I needed to tend to Louie a few times when he became restless.  There was no sensitivity and the process did not hurt in the slightest. It was actually super relaxing to be forced to lay back for two hours instead of buzzing around doing a million things at once.

Admittedly, the aftercare is a bit of a pain – You need to eat white foods for about 48 hours afterward as the procedure opens up the pores in your teeth and they are more susceptible to staining. However, in the scheme of things, it is well worth the result.

Jess recommended two sessions for me to ensure the best result. While the first session did lift some stains, it didn’t quite get the job done. After the second session, my teeth really sparkled. I also have a touch-up pen to use at home. This allows me to get an even brighter white, or to maintain my results.

The results

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My thoughts

Firstly, the whole fact that Premiere Smiles is an in-home service is amazing. Absolutely ideal for mums with kids at home. The idea of laying back in my trackies and slippers, watching Netflix while getting some pampering done is incredible. A ridiculously practical idea.

The results speak for themselves. I think this is such a good option for people who want teeth whitening that works, but don’t want to spend a bomb at the dentist.  I have already recommended the service to my own family and friends. I definitely think it is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a sparkly smile.

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this complementary treatment was provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information. But I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

My Top 5 Masks of the Moment

 

If you follow me on the ‘gram, you’d be no stranger to seeing this mug covered in a mask.  As a huge mask lover, I am always playing with new products. Here is a list of masks that have been getting a work out lately.

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1. Go-To Sheet Masks

The best sheet mask I’ve ever used.

What else can I say about these beauties? Deeply hydrating and nourishing. They smell absolutely incredible and leave your cute little face healthy, plump and glowy.  Best of all they work out to be $7.50 a pop.

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2. Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask

You may have seen this blue beauty doing the rounds lately and with good reason. This is a mask like no other I’ve ever used. Firstly the colour is gorgeous and you’ll be snapping selfies of yourself within minutes of putting it on. But more importantly, it works really well.  Cold Plunge contains both AHAs and BHA so it is going to smooth that skin like nobody’s business.  It detoxifies, mattifies, smoothes and cools all while being a little bit of fun to use. Your face feels cool and tingly for a while after use so I can imagine living in this in the warmer months.

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3. Murad Hydro Glow Aqua Peel

I can always trust Dr. Murad to come up with the goods. This fun 2-step mask is a double whammy.  It refines and resurfaces the skin while adding a big boost of hydration – perfect event prep. Super easy to use and really great results.

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4. Philosophy Purity Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask

This scrub/mask hybrid is great at treating those pesky little pores. When my skin is feeling a little congested, I bang on this bad boy to absorb oils and get to work pulling out impurities. My skin is left feeling clean and clear. I do find that I need to up the hydration afterward as my skin does feel a little tight.

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5. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

I try to use this little blue wonder 4-5 times a week. I apply it after all my nightly skincare to lock in all the goodness and give me a hydration boost. It is light, non-sticky and absorbs relatively quickly. You wake up in the morning fully refreshed and not a dry patch in sight.  It hydrating enough for dry skin and the gel-formula is light enough for oily skin. Winner.

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6. BONUS – Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist [INTENSE]  – Limited Edition

Not a mask but a mist. This beautiful multitasker hydrates, refreshes and soothes. I like to use this before masks, after masks, before serums and moisturisers and also as a pick-me-up throughout the day. It smells like a beautiful English rose garden and feels so luxe on the skin. Not only is the mist housed in a ridiculously gorgeous bottle, but the size is huge. I use this constantly and I am not even halfway through.

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Have you used any of these masks? What is your current favourite?

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

A Guide To Smashbox Primers

 

 

 

The words Smashbox and primers are synonymous with each other.  Smashbox make some bloody brilliant products, but they do primers well, award-winningly well. With such a large offering, it can be tricky to work out which primer is best for you. So, I’ve put together a guide highlighting the key factors with each primer, and which skin types I think they are best suited for.

Photo Finish Foundation Primer  – $52

The OG. The one that started it all.

SmashBox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer is your no BS, all in one basic primer.

  • Clear gel-like formula that feels like velvet on the skin
  • Creates a smooth base for foundation
  • Blurs pores and fine lines
  • Lightweight

Best for – Most skin types (it does have a silicone feel), but probably not the best choice for oily skinned gals as it doesn’t keep oils at bay. Great for everyday wear to create a barrier between the skin and foundation.

Also available with SPF20

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Photo Finish Mattifying Primer Stick -$46

As you’d expect from the name, this primer stick is marketed towards oily babes.

  • Super easy to apply
  • Glides on the skin
  • Prevents oil and shine
  • Extends the longevity of your foundation
  • Can also be used on top of makeup to control shine

Best for – Oily or combo skin types. This stick works really well for multi-priming, spread over the t-zone.  If you want something luminous and glowy, steer away from this one.

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Photo Finish Primerizer  – $61

One of Smashbox’s newest and most innovative primers. This little baby is a moisturiser/primer hybrid.

  • Non-greasy and fast absorbing
  • 24-hour hydration
  • Weightless
  • Demi-matte finish, but still controls oils
  • Can be used in lieu of moisturiser

Best for – All skin types. Great all rounder that hydrates without making skin oily while still controlling shine throughout the day. Gives the skin a gorgeous healthy looking finish. It won’t, however, give you a true matte finish, if that is what you are after.

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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance – $57

This primer is based on Smashbox’s original Foundation Primer but with the added bonus of radiance.

  • Glow-boosting
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Contains added hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter for Hydration
  • Smooths skin

Best for – Babes looking for a little more luminosity. Great from a boost of hydration if your skin is feeling a little dry. Also works well under a matte foundation to make your skin look glowy, while still preventing the dreaded shine-factor.

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Photo Finish Primer Adjust – $ 57

Another primer that is built from the Foundation Primer, but this one promises to disguise uneven skin tone and redness.

  • Addresses redness and uneven skin tones
  • Smooths skin
  • Contains antioxidants and vitamin to nourish the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines

Best for – Red-faces and gals with an uneven skin tone. Same as the original, probably not the best for super oily babes,

Photo Finish Pore Minimising Primer – $57

This baby again is your OG Foundation Primer, but with the added benefits of diminishing the appearance of those pesky little pores.

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of pores
  • Keeps skin shine free
  • Sweat and humidity resistant
  • Flawless, smooth finish

Best for – Oily babes, this little purple guy is for you. Instantly disguising pores and mattifies while keeping you matte all day.  Not great on dry/flaky skin.

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Photo Finish Primer Water  – $46

This is such an innovative product, allowing you to prime in a flash!

  • Suuuuuper lightweight
  • Very versatile
  • Refreshes and hydrates tired skin
  • Can also be used as a setting spray

Best for – Busy babes that need to apply makeup in a pinch. It is a great handbag addition to refresh your complexion through the day.  The lightweight formula works well for oily skin, but may not be hydrating enough for dry skin types.

The Primer Water is also available in 3 fun new fragrances –

  • So-Chill Coconut ($46) – Sweet coconut and vanilla fragrance for refreshing the complexion
  • Serene Greens ($46) – Fresh cucumber and melon scent which calms and hydrates
  • Centering Citrus ($46) –  Orange and Grapefruit fragrance for dull dry skin

 

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Photo Finish Primer Oil – $61

A heavy duty hydrating primer for dry skin.

  • Contains 15 oils to nourish the skin
  • Creates a youthful, dewy base
  • Adds radiance
  • Also works as a skincare product

Best for – No surprises here but if you’re oily you probably don’t wanna drench your skin in oil before makeup application. Absolutely ideal for dry skin types or normal babes who want a big dose of hydration and dew.

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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light – $52

A weightless version of the original targeted more towards oily skin

  • Extends the wear time of makeup
  • Oil-control
  • Disguises the look of imperfections
  • Aqua based

Best for – All skin types that want a no BS primer that smooths and increases the longevity of makeup

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Photo Finish Even Skin Tone Primer – $57

This primer is best for counteracting darkness and uneven skin tone.

  • Used for addressing dark patches and sallow skin
  • Brightens the skin without luminosity
  • Creates a smooth base
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines

Best for – All skin types but great for mature skin, that need brightening, hydrating and disguising fine lines and wrinkles.


 

I find that you can also mix and match these primers to multi-prime by addressing different concerns in one go without any balling up under foundation.

All of the Smashbox range is available at Mecca Maxima.

(Just a note –  Unlike most of my other blog posts, I haven’t personally rigorously trialed all of these primers. Whilst I have used some, this guide is based on reviews and product information provided by Smashbox, in addition to personal experience)

 

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.