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.

IMG_4023

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.

IMG_4035

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.

Facetune_29-07-2018-16-07-23

Facetune_29-07-2018-16-11-18
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.

_29-07-2018-18-45-27
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.

 

Advertisements

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.

IMG_3676

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?

Facetune_26-07-2018-07-55-07

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.

26-07-2018-09-15-22

IMG_3686

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.

IMG_3684

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.

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

IMG_1323

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.

IMG_1312

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.

IMG_1308

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.

IMG_1314

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.

IMG_1310

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

 

Facetune_06-06-2018-15-03-25

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.

IMG_1318

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

IMG_1316

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.

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask REVIEW

It’s got quite the name and boasts a fair list of promises, but does the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask live up to its claims?

This mask helps reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone, and texture for smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin. A botanical blend helps replenish, nourish, and moisturize skin, while kaolin clay and magnesium sulfate help open pores and draw out impurities in an invigorating flash of heat.

The Heat Mask is targeted towards all skin types to fight dullness, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydrated skin.

Facetune_19-06-2018-17-12-09

What is it?

Formulated with mineral-rich Hungarian Thermal Water, a ridiculously dreamy blend of Sunflower, Jojoba, Peach, Apricot and Rosehip oils, Shea Butter and Pomegranate extract, GATULINE® RC (a beech tree bud extract) and, lastly,  Kaolin Clay and Magnesium Sulfate. It certainly sounds like it is packed to the brim with gorgeous ingredients, but do they translate into results?

Firstly, the packaging is beautiful – the best I’ve seen from PTR yet! The green to blue ombre and gold detailing is really eye-catching and conjures images of clear, fresh waters and bright refreshed skin. The mask itself is quite a unique balm-like consistency, that needs a little warming up between the fingers before it can be spread across the face.  There isn’t any remarkable or irritating fragrance.

IMG_9627

After the mask has warmed up on your skin, it is very easy to spread and feels really soft and buttery on the skin. The directions state to leave the mask on for 3 minutes, and then, with wet fingertips, to massage in to activate the heating sensation. Once the heating has ceased, you then rinse off.

RESULTS

I love the way this mask feels on the skin. The formula is velvety and is only improved by the heating factor, which really makes it a relaxing and soothing experience.  My skin feels oh-so-soft and strokable after the mask has been washed off. My complexion is really bright and looking happy with a healthy glow.  I definitely noticed a difference in hydration level of my skin. My skin looked and felt nourished and plump. After a handful of uses, I can’t say that I noticed any change in fine lines or wrinkles, but I honestly wouldn’t expect to in such a short time and from the use of a mask alone.

To summarise, I really enjoy using this mask. I love the way it feels both while it is on the skin and afterwards. It is a quick mask to use and would be ideal to give your skin a glowy, healthy look before an event when you are in a pinch. The jar itself is quite large, and needing only a small amount for each application, I would imagine it to last for quite a while. I have nothing negative to say about the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask (Well, maybe a shorter name? ;))

Does this mask sound like a winner to you?

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.

 

MAC Matte Fix Plus And Pore Refiner Stick Review

MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix+, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited.

MAC’s Fix Plus has got to be one of those items that almost everyone has in their collection, or at least used at some stage.  It has a multitude of uses and certainly is a fixture in my collection. MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix Plus, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited. I’ve put them to the test and come back with my thoughts.

 

Matte Fix+

A light, oil-free emulsion that helps conceal visible pores while controlling oil. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation; dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.

At first glance, the formula looks clear, but much like its sparkly counterparts, give it a shake and a powder-like substance mixes in and turns the liquid a milky colour. MAC claims that this bad boy can be used both before and after makeup application for a mattifying effect.

IMG_9453 2
the two middle swatches have been used with Matte Fix+

 

There is no scent and the mist is exactly the same as the regular Fix+. As soon as I spray this over my face, I can immediately see a difference. I’ve used this on both matte and dewy foundations and the result stays the same – a suuuper matte finish. There isn’t any flashback, nor any residue of any kind on the face. The longevity of my makeup is dramatically increased and my oily t-zone is basically non-existent. Say whaaat? I am so impressed.

IMG_8588

Overall, I’m sold.  I think especially in Summer when sweat and oil are an even bigger issues, this bottle is going to be my matte saviour. If you love a matte finish and struggle with being an oil slick, I would highly recommend getting your mitts on this.

 

Facetune_15-06-2018-10-01-58 2
Matte Fix+ used as a setting spray over a dewy foundation

 

Pore Refiner Stick

A magic stick that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth matte finish.

IMG_8591

I know I am not alone in the struggle of giant pores. They almost always come hand-in-hand with oily skin – aren’t we lucky! I am constantly trying products to disguise and diminish the look of these gaping holes all over my face, so I think I did a happy dance when this little stick arrived at Beauty Bender HQ. The stick appears to be quite small but only a small swipe is needed on the skin. Once applied, it feels weightless and so smooth on the face.

I did note an instant reduction in the appearance of my pores and also a mattifying effect. I also noticed that fine lines were hidden and my skin, in general, look much smoother. Foundation applied perfectly over the top – no balling or slipping at all.  My pores are disguised, not totally erased because let’s face it, you’d need putty to fill in those bad boys, but there is definitely a difference.

 

This is another winner in my opinion. Due to how light the formula is, it also works brilliantly over the top of your regular primer or works well on its own. I was never a fan of products like the Benefit Porefessional as it left a bit of a residue behind and made my makeup slip, but the MAC Pore Refiner Stick doesn’t do this at all, in fact, it adds to the longevity of my makeup. Winner.

 

What do you think? Do you need help with your oil situation?

 

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.