Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Inspiration




How about a re cap on some of our Halloween looks to give you some inspiration?






 We would love to see your Halloween pictures this weekend.
Tweet us your scary looks @nixiepixi @Pixiwoos @PixiwooHQ


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Lush Halloween Exclusives

When this parcel arrived in the post I could smell it was from Lush before I opened it. After opening the bag I had to stick my nose in it and take a deep breath, a-m-a-zing!!!
Lush have tons of fabulous products all year round but we particularly enjoy their seasonal goodies. It makes us look forward to bath time!!

For Halloween this year we were not disappointed. Lush have lots of new products to get you in the mood for Halloween and Bonfire night. (Bonfire night is a UK thing, basically celebrating the fact that Guy Fawkes failed to blow up the House of Lords in London. We burn his effigy on a bonfire on the 5th November!Standard macabre 17th century Britain!)I'm sure different countries celebrate with fireworks in a much more joyous celebration!

Anyway, back to the products....


 The Wizard is my favourite. How cute is this little guy with his lilac sparkly cape!

The Wizard(£3.25/100g) is a bubble bar which you can crumble into your bath or let it melt in your bath water. This magical little fella will energise with tangerine oil and purify with juniper and fennel oil.
 He will turn your bath water purple and infuse it with a delicate silver sparkle.
 Smells wonderfully citrus and fresh and leaves your skin tinted with the shimmer. The Wizard is limited edition for Halloween so get it before it disappears in a puff of glitter.

Fairy ring soap (£4.10/ 100g) is a chunky soap to use in the shower or simply for your hands.


 Contains some surprising ingredients including Shiitake mushroom to stimulate circulation and act as an anti-bacterial agent.Coconut oil, jasmine and ylang ylang all contribute to the heavenly smell. I think it's the coconut fragrance which comes through the strongest. Reminds me of the smell of the wax surfers use to wax their board with!

The green bath bomb pictured below is called Lord of Misrule (£3.50 each).
Lord of Misrule is a real wow factor bath bomb, it fizzes, froths up and emits pink and green colours turning your bath water pink.
 This one is a herbal bomb laced with black pepper, patchouli and vanilla.

The yellow sparkler bath bomb (£3.50/100g)gives you an explosive bath time experience. Contains popping candy to give a firework effect, spinning round in the bath.
 Sicilian lemon and rose scent the bath water whilst the water turns a shimmery gold.

These are all handmade using natural simple ingredients which are never tested on animals.

All of these are available now in store and over at https://www.lush.co.uk/ 

I also need to mention that the Lush website is amazing, easy to navigate, descriptive and even shows you what happens to each product in the water.




 


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray


The average person spends 1/3 of their life asleep, I'm sure if you have small children you feel like this statistic doesn't apply to you!
 This Works have done some investigation into peoples sleep patterns and have discovered that there are 1.3 million searches for 'can't sleep' 3 million searches for 'Insomnia' and 3.2 million for 'sleep' on internet search engines in just one month.
  With crazy busy lifestyles and long working hours it's hard to switch off at night and if you're anything like us then laying in bed looking through social media sites only stimulates the brain further.
 This Works have conducted some clinical trials to bring you their new sleep plus pillow spray.
 This Works already have their original pillow spray but after listening to the responses of their customers they found that consumers were drifting asleep easily but were still waking up during the night.

The new Sleep Plus spray works by encapsulating the tiny drops of liquid in a film sphere. Every time a restless sleeper turns over in bed or moves the scent from the spray is released again in the same strength as the original spritz. This then allows the sleeper to inhale the relaxing fragrance again and calm them.



































The 75ml (for £25.00 ) spray contains vetivert, patchouli, wild chamomile, lavender and Ho wood. The lavender is the most prominent of the scents.
 This spray is suitable for all ages, even babies. Spritz directly onto your bed lined before bed time and inhale the scents deeply.

Not sure if this is for you?...
This Works have developed a list of questions to detect if you could do with an extra hour of sleep.
 Rate these questions from 1-10. Add up your total and if it comes to less than 70 then you could definitely benefit from catching a few extra Zzz's

1. How alert are you?
2. How energetic do you feel?
3. How good is your memory?
4. Can you control what you eat?
5. Can you control your mood?
6. How confident are you feeling?
7. How easy is it to focus on a task?
8. Are you feeling creative?
9. How happy are you feeling?
10. How attractive do you feel?

Do you need a bit of help? If so head over to http://goo.gl/NAFcEj
 What methods do you normally use to help you drift off?
 


Monday, 27 October 2014

Mauli Rituals

This is the time of year when I love to take a bath. It's a treat I only normally reserve for the winter time. Mauli Rituals create all natural products for body, face and hair all inspired by the beauty rituals of Ayurveda (Hindu traditional medicine).

We took a look at some key pieces from the range...

Himalayan Detox Salts
How decadent is this steel container! It even comes with a beautiful spoon to sift into your warm bath water.
 These pink salts also contain therapeutic oils including geranium, blood orange, sandalwood and frankincense along with soothing powdered rose quartz. 
 Lounge in the bath for 15-20 minutes and then wrap yourself up in your fluffiest dressing gown.
 These salts will ease your aches and rest your mind. These also smell amazing!!
The 200g pot is £24.00

Radiance Exfoliant

This can be used as an exfoliant and a mask. Housed in a dark glass bottle to preserve the delicate powder within.
 The saffron tinted powder also includes rose, sandalwood, tumeric and vetiver.
 Decant one teaspoon into the palm of your hand and mix with your regular cleanser or a little water to create a paste. Massage over the face to eliminate dryness, un-even texture and restore skins natural brightness. After massaging over you can then leave on for 5 minutes to act as a mask for deep down cleansing.
 Also included is the silver spoon and muslin cloth to remove.This bottle is 30g and £29.00.

 Grow strong hair oil 

Don't forget about your luscious locks in the winter time. Use the pipette style decanter to apply the oil into the roots of the hair, massage through to the ends and leave on for a few hours or over night. If using overnight be sure to use a towel over your pillow to protect it from oil marks. In a sesame oil base this product is infused with coconut oil, moringa, argan, hibiscus and olive oil. The oil rehydrates dry ends, smoothes the hair cuticle and nourishes from the root. After washing out it leaves hair silky soft, shiny and repaired.
 Use this a couple of times a week to give hair a little help in the winter. You can even massage a little into your cuticles and nails to soften and treat.
50ml is £29.00. 

You can get hold of these products and more over at http://www.maulirituals.com

What are your go-to winter products?








Friday, 24 October 2014

You Beauty Advent Calendar

We have another great Advent calendar to show you. This one is more geared towards skin care lovers and all things luxury in beauty rather than colour products. If you are not familiar with You Beauty then let me introduce you. You beauty is basically a try before you buy subscription. It's mind blowing how many products are out there to choose from and not all of them work for everyone. You Beauty allows you to sign up for £6.95 per month and then choose from a shortlist of products which You Beauty have selected. You beauty will provide you with a list of current beauty must-haves and you can choose two to be sent to you along with some other mini beauty treats. Sounds good hey?! If you are interested in signing up for the You Beauty box then head over to their site and register http://www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk 

Please note you don't need to be a member to purchase this calendar. 

Back to the Advent Calendar... Book style package which opens up to reveal the dates. 



 

SPOILER ALERT 

Now it wouldn't be a very exciting review if I didn't show you what is inside so if you plan on getting this calendar and don't want to spoil the surprise then don't read on!!! 

This calender is a real treat as lots of the products inside are full size. There are literally no disappointing products. How exciting to open a door each morning and get one of these. Here is a run down of what's inside... 

1. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 30ml 
2. Eyeko Lash Curlers full size 
3. Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle Mini - also included is a £10 off Aromatherapy Associates
4. Vita Liberata Luxury Tan 20ml 
5. Laura Mercier Primer 30ml 
6. Caudalie Nourishing Body Lotion 50ml 
7. James Read Sleep Mask Tan 25ml 
8. Glamglow Masque Exfoliant 15g 
9. Sisley Radiant Glow Mask 10ml 
10. Maddi Alexander Rose Bath Oil 30ml 
11. Teez Mascara full size
12. Rituals Fortune Body Scrub 150ml 
13. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 75ml 
14. Sally Hansen Nail Rehab 10ml 
15. The Works Pillow Spray 5ml 
16. Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Fragrance 10ml 
17. Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot Body Wash 30ml 
18/19. John Masters Organics Shampoo and Conditioner 
20. John Frieda Blow Dry Lotion 25ml 
21. Essie Hors d'oeuvres Nail Varnish full size 
22. Burts Bees Hand Cream 7g 
23. Bio Effect Serum 
24. Benefit Pore Perfection 7.5ml 
25. Rodial Stemcell Super Food Lip Balm








I thought this calender was going to be very expensive but it's actually £49.95! I know that is still a lot of money for an advent calendar however it's worth over £240! 

You don't have to be a registered member of You Beauty to purchase one although postage and packaging is only free to memebers. P&P is £4.95 to non members. 

This is available now for a limited time over at http://www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk/luxury-boxes/adventcalendar.html

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Plumes Précieuses De Chanel Christmas 2014

This year's Chanel collection takes its inspiration from the humble feather. Soft subtle tones embellished with gold and silver. Silvery whites and dove greys are the muted tones but Chanel have thrown in a vibrant red for the lips and nails for added attraction. After all, what's a festive collection without a splash of red?


The centre piece for the collection is the illuminating powder Camélia De Plumes (£47.00). Embossed with the feather motif in the shape of a Camellia flower. 
The 8g powder comes in the classic black Chanel mirrored compact nestled into a velvet pouch with brush. 
The colour is a platinum shade but infused with the warmth of a pearly gold. Highlights the skin beautifully without and harsh glitter, just pure radiance.


Sweep over the cheekbones and eye lid for a moonlit radiance.

For the eyes there is a five shadow compact (£42.00). A warm and cool palette of silver and gold to highlight with three darker shades of silver/grey, lavender/plum and a rich smokey purple/black.


The rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Flamboyante (£26.00) is a gorgeous velvet, creamy texture with a solid, rich colour. The red is pillar box red and makes teeth look pearly white.






































The Nail colour in Phenix (£18.00) is an exact match for the lips.
























This collection is for Christmas 2014 and is launched nationwide in stores and online from 7th November 2014.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Urban Decay Vault

The Vault is a collection of some of Urban Decay's most iconic products. If you are someone who is a massive UD fan then you may well have all of these products individually. If you don't own any then why not do it in style and just get it all at the same time!!
Three really is the magic number for this collection. The vault is a flip lid box which contains all three of the Naked palettes, three Flushed palettes, three glosses and three double ended eye kohls.


All palettes are the standard full size. As i'm sure you well know the Naked palette has a mix of nudes, bronzes, plums and grey in a mix of satin and pearl finish.
 Naked 2 is slightly more cooler tones with a few more rusts and silver toned smokey shades thrown in and the Naked 3 is your rose golds and pink infused dark shimmers.


The three duo ended kohl's are the 24/7 pencils which are amazingly pigmented and have superb longevity.

 The flushed palettes are a mix of blusher, highlighter and bronzer. Plum, peach and pink blusher with silver toned pearl highlighter and apricot bronzers.

The three lip glosses are all nude peachy/pink and super glossy.




All of this comes as one complete set and is limited edition for £180.00. If you were to buy all of this individually it would be £255.00 so it's a saving of £75.00.

These are exclusive to Selfridges and will be snapped up super fast. Urban Decay have an official waiting list which you can join from 24th October by visiting 
http://www.selfridges.com/content/article/urban-decay-product-notification
They will be available to purchase online and in store from 1st November
To find out if this can be shipped to your country you would need to check the Selfridges website.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Zelens Primers

Always excited to try new products from Zelens. Yes it's a pricey brand but the ingredients and science behind the products result in high performance products that get you the results you desire.
 Dr Marko Lens is the brains behind the brand and as a consultant plastic surgeon and renowned expert in skin cancer and skin ageing, this man knows skin!!
Zelens is predominantly a skin care brand but this October they have launched a few extra products to their portfolio and these two newbies are particularly awesome.

To be honest, primers are not something we use every single day. When we are not working we are bare faced, hair up, trackie bottoms kind of girls but on the occasions when we need longevity then primers are a must.
 We don't have time to keep touching up our makeup all day and when working on brides or looks which need to last then primers are key.
 Zelens have created two different primers. Satin and velvet. Satin would be for your normal to dry skin that is dull, lacks radiance and needs a bit of a kick.
 Velvet is for your combination to oily skin that is prone to open pores, uneven skin texture and which makeup slides off of by lunch time.

The satin primer contains Yeast respiratory factor which is extracted from live yeast cells. It increases cell metabolism and helps with skin healing whilst reducing inflammation. Perfect for a dry, aggravated skin.
 Lindera which is a plant extract to revitalise and give luminosity.
 Shiso leaf (Japanese mint) which is anti-bacterial, anti inflammatory, and calms a sensitive skin.
 Pearl maintains moisture levels and vitamin E  protects against every day aggressors.
 It is colourless, creamy and although it has no fragrance as such it does have the lovely classic Zelens scent.. Don't apply too much as this will take a while to sink in.This is still oil free so it won't saturate your skin in a greasy film.
 Skin feels nourished and radiant without any glitter. Just fresh and natural. Foundation sits nicely on top and any skin irritation and dryness is softened and smoothed over to give your foundation a more even cover.

The velvet primer looks initially the same texture as the satin primer but feels totally different once you start to massage in. Absorbs super fast and creates a velvet matte finish which removes the shine but doesn't dull the skin.
 It contains Usnic acid which is derived from alpine plants. Anti-inflammitory and healing whilst regulating the sebum. It doesn't strip the skin but just maintains the pH levels.
 Plant sugars limit water loss and boost hyaluronic acid in the skin to plump. It has the Japanese mint, the same as the satin primer and also the vitamin E.
 This really does feel quite matte on the skin (obviously) and you will definitely need to apply a good layer of your  regular moisturiser beforehand to stop the drying.
This helped combat any oily breakthrough during the day and also looked beautiful in photographs.

 As I said they are not cheap... £42.00 each for 30ml but seriously worth it.

You can get both of these primers from October over at http://www.spacenk.com


 




Monday, 20 October 2014

Urban Decay Black Magic

We are a huge fan of UD 24/7 pencils. They literally come in every colour you could ever need. These Kohl pencils have a creamy formula which glides on without dragging the skin. The texture is easily blended and smudged but once dry it stays put. We wear this in the water line of our eyes and find if we apply a layer, leave to dry and then apply another layer this does not budge all night.
The pigments are insanely true and strong and give a full coverage. Wear on their own or smudge all over the eye and pat an eyeshadow on top for an intense smoky eye.

For black kohl lovers Urban Decay have launched a set of four double ended pencils called Black magic. Wear each colour on it's own or blend with it's opposite end to add a pop of colour.
 Each pencil has a darker shade at one end and a smouldering colour at the other end to give it a lift.

This is a limited edition set so if you know an Urban Decay fan who might like this for Christmas then get in there quick.

Perversion/LSD - Blackest black matte and bright turquoise micro sparkle
Black Market/Tornado - Charcoal black satin and dark eggplant pearl
Black Velvet/Smoke - Smoky black matte and deep gray matte
Zero/Demolition - Black cream and deep brown matte

 Our favourite is the Peversion/LSD combo, simply stunning.

You can't interchange the colours so these are the only colour options in the set but I think each colour is totally wearable and something for everyone.

 This set is available from www.urbandecay.co.uk for £27.00 from 27th October and nationwide from 1st November.



Thursday, 16 October 2014

Illamasqua Countess look

Illamasqua is a good go-to brand for Halloween. You can guarantee there will be the textures and colours to suit your spooky needs.


Check out this key look created by Rona Skuodas for Illamasqua called Countess using products from their regular line up.

The eyeshadow in Daemon is a matte finish, scarlet red powder. For a matte eye shadow it blends really well. Not an easy colour to wear but for Halloween, go wild! Good solid colour payoff and colour translates the same as it looks in the palette.
Daemon Powder Eye Shadow
Check out these lashes called 'Grandeur'. Double layered, soft feathered finish with a cross hatched effect at the root.

With all the emphasis at the outer edge these will give you a sultry feline look.

If the red eye shadow is not your thing then why not go for the lashes and a bold lip. Illamasqua jet black lipstick called Pristine has a creamy satin finish. The colour does go on a little patchy at first but build it up and it will give a much more full, flawless finish. I would definitely recommend a lip pencil with this to give a crisp edge and prevent lipstick bleeding.
 Jazz the black up with the stunning intense gloss in the colour Touch. It has a high gloss, metallic finish in Ruby red. Looks amazing over the black.

Touch Lip gloss and Pristine Lipstick
Touch and Pristine together
 We would love to see your Halloween looks. Why not tweet us your creations this Halloween to @Pixiwoos @nixiepixi @PixiwooHQ





Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Clarins Mineral Eye Makeup Palette


New launch for October from Clarins consists of ten wet and dry eye shadows and a duo ended application brush. Looks very similar to the Urban Decay palette.
The eye shadows are a mix of matte, satin and pearl finishes in a harmonious blend from warm apricot through to cool grey.
We really like the compact which they come in. It's a lightweight plastic, flip lid palette which makes it really easy and light to carry around. The only negative is that the packaging has a really strong plastic smell to it.

The colours have really nice tones to them but unfortunately we felt that they colour payoff wasn't consistent for every colour. The pearl and satin finish colours performed well and after a little bit of building up had a good pay off. The matte colours were a little patchy, crumbly and took a bit more effort to build. The lightest colour in particular was quite hard to blend because of the patchy finish and the colour payoff was not up to Clarins normal standard.
Once on and built up though these did last well on the skin and with the exception of the lightest shade, they blended easily.
If you are someone who likes to build and blend your shadow then this will work for you. If you prefer an easy to use shadow which will give you a block of colour in one wash over of a brush then these are not for you.



All the colours blend really well with each and you could wear a combination of any of them and it would work easily.
A nice Autumnal selection with a pop of gold to take it into the evening. 

This palette is available now and is £35.00 from http://www.clarins.co.uk



Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Rimmel Provocalips

New Provocalips from Rimmel provide a lightweight stain that stills feels comfortable on the lips even after hours of wear.

  The duo end lip stain has a quick drying colour at one end and a gloss at the other end.
 We tested three of the eight shades available.
 The doe foot applicator allows colour to be applied with precision. The applicator fits into the corners of the lips and spreads the formula well. The colour goes on naturally and a little transparent in places but after another coat it gives an opaque finish. Once on this only took a few seconds to dry off.
 The gloss end which also has the foam doe foot applicator needs to be applied once the colour stain is fully dried. The gloss is a really nice texture, almost like a balm but with a high reflective finish. It doesn't feel sticky but just really creamy and comfortable.
The gloss doesn't make the colour separate at all. The gloss will of course rub off as the day goes on but the colour underneath will remain. You will need to top up the gloss after a few hours.

We have three colours to show you..

The shades do come up a little darker than they look in the tube. You definitely need the gloss to bring these colours to life. Without it the shades would look dull and would feel quite dry on the lips.

Before gloss
After gloss

I scrubbed and scrubbed at my arm to get these stains off and they would not budge. To remove you need to use an oily eye makeup remover or cleansing oil. Even after taking off properly you will still have a slight stain!

After washing!!

These are £6.99 each and available from multiple sites so check out http://uk.rimmellondon.com to find the best stockist for you.