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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*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.
Red Earth. Now that is a name I haven’t heard in well over 10 years! I remember being a snooty pre-teen and only wanting the best, and that was Red Earth cosmetics. I remember them having a stand-alone store at my local shopping centre, Carindale and being overcome with equal parts awe, amazement and lust. But all of a sudden Red Earth ceased to exsit, well at least to me. There was no more stores or word of my beloved Red Earth. Until now.
Red Earth are back, baby! Big time. Being inspired by their Australian home, Red Earth have created a range with quality and practicality having the utmost importance when developing their brand. Not only are Red Earth back with what they do best, cosmetics. But they also have a skincare range available. I have been trialling three products and I cannot wait to share them with you.
First off the bat, is the absolutely gorgeous Earth Colour Eyeshadow Palette* in Warm Glow. I have been absolutely blown away with the quality of this little beauty. At first glance, the mirrored bronze packaging is sleek, sexy, and right on trend. It is really compact and sturdy. On the inside, there is a large mirror and 10 pans. Although the palette is small, the pan sizes are really decent and a crease brush fits in there with ease.
There is a really good selection of colours, although they do lean more to the lighter side. I am not sure if they would suit someone with a darker skin tone, but I couldn’t be certain. There are 4 mattes that are balanced out nicely with 6 shimmer shades. On the light end of the scale there is icy white shade that delivers a lovely sheen, there is also a creamy matte that is great as a base or transition colour. The next three colours are quite similar, just with differing undertones. They are shimmery, without being glittery or chunky. The rest of the shades in the palette are definitely my favourites. The matte pale pink and beige are just gorgeous, and are my most used. Then to finish off the shades there is a lovely goldy-bronze and a shimmer and matte brown. The formula is creamy and pigmented, and blends out really easily. I think this is a great little palette, perfect for travel and everyday looks. For the price, you really can’t go wrong.
The next item I have been playing with is the Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid* in Magician. Again, the packaging is sleek and very luxe. It is a beautiful glass bottle, with that same shiny bronze lid. The Skin Fluid is delivered through a pump and it quite thin in consistency. It is the most flattering peachy bronze shade and spreads out like a dream. I have mixed this in with foundation, as a liquid highlight and also added a touch to moisturiser for an all-over body glow. What a multi-tasker. The Skin Fluid adds a beautiful touch of glow, without being too much. It smells similar to Guerlain meteorites, which is a scent that I adore – very violet-y. It is a great dupe for Josie Maran’s Argan Illuminator but much more affordable for the amount of product you get. I love.
Lastly, I have been playing with the Facial Tanning Serum* with argan oil and organic fig. There is one thing that makes me feel more confident than anything else and that is a tan. I especially love a tanned face. I am not one of those people that can tan their body and have a super pale face. Having a tan makes me feel super confident to go without makeup. But normal body tans just do not cut it. They go patchy and block your pores, big time. For a while I have been looking for a facial tanner that doesn’t contain any nasties. I have found it. Red Earth’s Facial Tanning serum is a lightweight hydrating gradual self tanner. It contains argan oil, sweet almond oil, fig and pomegranate. It is absorbed quickly and doesn’t smell offensive in the slightest. I like to add a few squirts to a cotton round and lightly swipe over my face before bed. I do this to ensure it is even, but I haven’t had any issues yet. I do this a couple of times a week and it leaves me looking bronzed and glowy minus the sun damage. It is even really good a touching up fake tan on the body, in case I’ve been my usual lazy self and missed a few spots.
This re-introduction with Red Earth has been great, and I have found some winners, that is for sure. I look forward to discovering more of their home-grown products.
Red Earth can be purchased from Active Skin, and they regularly have great deals and promos going. So you may even get some more bang for your buck.
Do you remember Red Earth? Have you used any of their new range?
All the best,
*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from 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.
It really is all about that base – no makeup look is complete without a flawless base. You can have the most beautiful smokey eyes, perfect winged liner or stunningly painted lips, but if your foundation isn’t up to par it just isn’t the same. As someone with large pores, congested and blemished skin, it can be fairly difficult to get the coverage and finish I need, so when I find a winning product I generally stick with it. I am not a MUA nor do I even think I am that great at makeup, but I love to have a play and experiment. These are my current favourite base products and the steps I go through to get my desired results. Let me know if you have any tips 🙂
A light moisturiser is the perfect way to prepare your face for the day. I prefer something very thin, light weight and super quick to absorb. I have limited time in the morning and don’t want to wait around for my moisturiser to sink in, nor do I want it to ball up while applying foundation. Lately I have been obsessed with Scout Cosmetics Organic Pomegranate and White Tea Rejuvenating Creme. Full of beautiful calming ingredients, this soft creme sinks in so quickly and leaves my face feeling so fresh. Plus it fights free radical damage and is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammitory. An honourable mention also goes to Clinique ….. This moisturiser has a bit of a cult following and for good reason. It’s light yet super hydrating and non-irritating. Perfect for under makeup.
The second step in my routine is a primer. I am completely obsessed with primers, I think I own more primers than I do foundations. My all time favourite primer has got to be the Hourglass Mineral Veil. This primer melts right into the skin and instantly fills fine lines, large pores and leaves the skin silky smooth. Mineral Veil has a satin finish while preventing shine, it also makes my foundation last allllllll day. Another favourite is the Stila One Step Correct primer. This interesting primer colour-corrects, brightens and covers blemishes. It is a gel consistency and leaves skin looking and feeling healthier. I often use this alone on make up free days. I would also like to mention the Touch In Sol primers which are another love of mine. You can find more information on these here.
If I am applying a full face of makeup, I will colour correct. Otherwise I skip this step completely. I really love the Innoxa Cover & Correct palette for this job. The formula is creamy, really pigmented and has the really good range of colours. I will use the purple or peach around my eye area to disguise sallowness or gray tones. I also use the green corrector to cover up any redness – especially around the sides of my nose. I like to blend these out with a damp BeautyBlender.
Now my skin is prepared and is the best canvas for foundation application. I have quite a few foundations on rotation and I pick one that suits my wants and needs for the day. Estee Lauder Double Wear, Loreal Lumi Magique and …… are the foundations that I reach for the most. My method of application also changes daily depending on my preferences. At times I use a BeautyBlender, Buffing Brush or just my fingers to apply my foundations. I like to experiment to find what base works best with which tool and I find that this differs for each person.
Next I apply concealer to highlight. I don’t generally like to apply concealer to blemishes, I think that usually the foundation does a good enough job at covering these. So I tend to go for a concealer quite a few colours lighter than my skin tone. My current favourite is the Nude By Nature Mineral Concealer. This concealer is creamy and blends so well. If it is set correctly it doesn’t crease or move throughout the day. I would also like to give an honourable mention to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme. During this stage I also add in a cream contour, If I am going for a full face of makeup. I have been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour palette for over a year now and I am still obsessed with it. I love the cream consistency and the shades. The Australis Cosmetics version is a great budget-friendly dupe. I like to blend out the highlight and contour with a damp Beauty Blender as well. Blend and blend until your arms get sore.
Next up is probably my favourite step – I have no idea why but baking just makes me happy. I love baking to set my under-eye area and clean up my contour. I love to use the Coty Airspun powder. It is so finely milled and works so well at setting and creating an airbrushed look. If I am not baking, then I will set my under eye with Australis Banana Powder or the yellow shade in the Chi Chi Cosmetics Highlighting and Contour palette. If I used a cream contour then now I will also layer that with a powder contour. My all time favourite is the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel and the beautiful shades in the Chi Chi palette.
I then apply the rest of my make-up (eyeshadows, eyebrows, blush, highlight etc) and brush off the baking powder when finished. Lastly I use a setting spray to remove excess powder and set all that hard work in place. I love the Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray or old trusty, Mac Fix+
I have so many highlight & contour palettes and to be honest, I really don’t use them often. The formula is either chalky, the colours are all wrong or they just don’t blend well. However, when I saw that Chi Chi cosmetics were releasing their own version, I just had this feeling that it was going to tick all the boxes. With each new release from Chi Chi, I am more and more impressed with their high-quality and innovative products. You can read more about my thoughts on the brand here. As soon as I heard that it was released, I rushed to Myer to get my hot little hands on a palette – Lucky enough for me there was a 25% off sale too.
At first glance the packaging is beautiful and elegant. The black pattern and golden highlights are lovely. I really love the flip lid and magnetic closure. On the inside of the lid there is really great detailed instructions. It goes through each colour and the best spot to apply it to. I adore the layout of this palette; the pan sizes are huge! And with 8 colours, you really can’t go wrong.
Now to the actual product – the formula is sooooo creamy and buttery, plus they are highly pigmented. The shades apply beautifully to the skin and blend effortlessly. Due to the colours being so soft, I definitely recommend tapping off excess product before applying to prevent too much colour payoff. The contour shades pack a punch, so go in gently and build up gradually to stop them from becoming muddy. The palette contains 1 shimmer highlight, 2 neutral shades, 1 banana shade, 2 gray toned contour shades and 2 bronzer shades which are a touch warmer. The banana shade and gray toned contour shades are stand outs for me. The banana shade works perfectly to set and brighten the under-eye area, while the cool toned contour shade (no. 6) creates such a natural shadow needed for contouring. At first I didn’t like the highlight shade at all, I found it a little lack lustre. But my opinion has since changed. It is perfect for an understated, muted highlight which is ideal for a nice and natural look. I have actually started reaching for it more and more.
Overall this palette is amazing. I really don’t have anything negative to say. It will be perfect for everyday use and for travelling, the shades also double as eyeshadows. If you can manage to get yourself one, I would say go for it! With a $24.95 price tag, you really won’t be disappointed.