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.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Eldora lashes

We have used Eldora lashes in tutorials for a while now but never really focused in on them in a blog post.
 For those of you as old as us here at Pixiwoo you may remember the dodgy TV program from the 90's set in Spain called Eldorado. Well that's what the name of these lashes always reminded me of! Anyway I'm waffling..

These lashes are not made in the Costa del sol as I imagined, they are made here in good old Blighty.. Manchester to be precise.
 I don't think I've known a lash brand to produce so many varying types of lashes which are also great quality. Real hair, synthetic, diamante, fabric, feather, individuals, you name it, they do it and all for a really reasonable price.

Eldora cater for so many eye shapes and are continually producing new lashes to keep up to date with whats going on in lash fashion. Yes there are some absolutely crazy ones but there are some great everyday lashes and some which are so natural you'd never guess you had them on.
 Their website is also really great at breaking down the different types available and showing you how each pair looks.
The prices range from around £4.90 up to £16.00 depending on the style.
 There are almost too many to choose from but we have included some of our favourites here..
H127 Real Hair
C148 Maxi Lashes
B153 Dark Synthetics

B184 Dark Synthetics
B188 Dark Synthetics
H106 Real Hair
H142 Real Hair
C107 Colour

M103 Multi Layered

H152 Real Hair
S202 Feather
M105 Multi Layered
C142 Colour

Eldora also offer a makeup artist discount which you can apply for with varying pieces of ID over on their website.
This is just a really small selection of what they have to offer so head over to their online site at http://www.eldorashop.co.uk
They offer UK, Europe and International shipping.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Kiko Supreme Eyeshadow

Kiko is one of those brands which has gone from strength to strength in front of our very eyes. Hot on the heels of a lot of the expensive "luxury" brands they are innovative and on trend whilst not compromising the quality.
 As part of their new limited edition collection called Luxurious they have launched their supreme eyeshadow.
 We have seen something similar from Chanel and Armani and the texture and payoff is in our opinion is as good as, if not better.

The 3g pot holds a dome of cushioned souffle feel powder. Feels cool and creamy to the touch but blends over as a powder. Colour is intense and smouldering and each colour is infused with a metallic shimmer.
 Blends like silk with an even smooth finish. Available in four colours Posh crystal rose which is a pinky champagne, rich gray amethyst which is a gunmetal colour, jasper green which is charcoal with gold shimmer and gorgeous anthracite which is a deep smoky grey with silver and lilac shimmer.
 These are so easy to apply you can literally smudge over the eye with your finger although they do come with a sponge applicator.

 We had two of the colour to test for you.

 Although the colour names suggest the colour they are all actually varying shades of grey (except Posh Crystal) but just with different shades of shimmer in them.

They look beautiful blended into each other or worn alone, swept over the lid and low under the eye.
 They are £11.00 each (half the price of some of it's competitors!)
These are limited edition so get in there quick if these are going to fit with your look this Autumn/Winter.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Face Lace Halloween

Halloween is one of our most favourite times of the year. It's always exciting thinking about what looks to create and what to dress up as to Halloween parties.
If you are struggling for spooktacular ideas for Halloween then you can always turn to Face Lace.
 We have previously featured their Halloween stencils last year but this year they have something a little bit different.

They have two different designs. One is a graveyard scene with a spiders web to the outer corner. The second stencil is a web featuring a spider and a ghost.
 What's great about these stencils is that parts of them are glow in the dark.

They sit neatly over and under the eye but you can trim them up a little if you need to. They are self adhesive and stick really well. You can wear them on bare skin or stick them onto skin which has makeup on also.
Wear with a vibrant lip and a contoured cheek and 'Hey Presto!' you're ready to go! These are £8.50 each.

Also from Face Lace are these beautiful designs inspired by sugar skulls. One has a rose design for the forehead and one has a web design for the forehead. Both have delicate sparkling gems in sapphire, emerald green and jet black to catch the light.
 These are limited edition and are a little more expensive at £39.95 each.


These are available now from www.face-lace.com 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ruth Crilly Colab Dry Shampoo

 You may have heard us talk a lot about Ruth Crilly. She is a great friend of ours and we are so happy to share with you Ruth's fab new product launch Colab dry shampoo.
 If you haven't heard of Ruth then let us introduce you. Ruth has been an international fashion model for over 10 years working on huge ad campaigns and gracing the pages of editorials for magazines such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
 Not only is Ruth successful in her modelling career but she also has a First Class honours degree in Literature and an MA in creative writing. She puts this to great use in her blog http://www.amodelrecommends.com Here Ruth talks about life as a model, travel, health and her favourite products of the moment. She also has some pretty cute animals! Mr Bear the cat who is basically a big plush cushion with eyes and Dexter the dog who is equally adorable.

As someone with a hectic lifestyle Ruth has launched a range of dry shampoo in five different scents and in two sizes.
 There is a 50ml size which is perfect for your handbag or wash bag and a large 200ml size to keep on your dressing table.
 There are five scents available each named after different cities to represent Ruth's travels with her work. Each bottle is decorated with a unique pattern and colour coded lid.
 Scent options are...

Tokyo in the magenta coloured lid has an oriental fragrance. Orchid and mandarin with a sandalwood base. It smells warm, woody and softly floral.

Rio in the green lid has a tropical fragrance. I want to drink this scent! It smells exotic and fruity. It's basically a holiday scent in a bottle! Papaya, pineapple and cassis give this it's scent.

Paris in the rose pink lid is a floral scent. Not overpowering in anyway as some floral scents can be. Jasmine and rose are the main notes coming through with a patchouli base.

London is in the black lid with a hounds tooth design. This is our favourite one. It just smells sexy! I imagine David Beckham's hair smells of this! It has a deep musky bergamot scent but with the lightness of magnolia.

New York in the peach lid has a fruity fragrance. Uplifting and fresh. It is scented with apple and melon.

Not only do these all smell amazing they do their job well. A fine mist is released which instantly absorbs oil and refreshes the hair. It's so lightweight that it doesn't leave a white dust on the hair making it suitable for all hair colours. The mist doesn't feel chalky or crispy in the hair and won't dry your hair out.
 Great in between hair washes but also a lovely treat to spritz over to envelop your hair in the scent of your choice.
Simply section your hair, spritz over, massage into the root and brush through.

Check out our behind the scenes filming for Colab with Ruth.

The 50ml bottle is £2.00 and the 200ml is £3.50.
Colab is available now from www.feelunique.com and www.superdrug.com
 Which one will you be buying?


Monday, 6 October 2014

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

 I feel like I'm late to the party on this one. It's been sat on my desk for about a month and I kept meaning to take a look at it but just never got around to it. I took it home this week and have been using it each morning for work.

What do YSL say about this foundation?
Weightless, feather like, 24 hour wear, soft-matte perfection. SPF 18. They speak of NASA technology to help skin stay matte for longer!

What do we think?
 Chic looking bottle with long application wand with the tear drop tip which is the same as their lip product wand.
I'm not a huge fan of the wand style application. I tend to pull it out in a rush and drip it onto my carpet. I also think the wand encourages people to swipe across the face which is normally fine but if you suffer from skin breakouts or infection then you transport the bacteria onto the wand and then straight back into the pot. Much better to wipe the wand onto the back of your hand or onto a brush.

Initial texture is exactly as YSL state. It almost feels like a water on the skin. Unbelievably lightweight. I assumed it was water based because of the fluidity but it is in fact a silicone based foundation. The silicone is what gives it that flawless, polished finish. It smooths the skins texture and feels like velvet as you blend it in. It has specialised ingredients to help with the blend ability of this foundation. Because of it's sheerness it is absorbed quickly with a velvet- matte finish. Even though it is more on the matte side it still looks real. Skin looks naturally flawless and never dull.
 The USP of this foundation is it's staying power. It has rub resistant ingredients which sole purpose is to keep this foundation in place.
 Because of the soft matte finish this sits beautifully on a combination or oily skin. It doesn't pool in oily areas or sit in pores. The particles in the foundation have a honeycomb structure which absorb and hold more sebum as it is produced.
 It works wonderfully on combination, oily and "normal" skins. On a dry skin it still looks beautiful but may start to feel a little tight in areas where the dryness occurs. You can rectify this by applying a moisture rich primer underneath.
 Coverage is pretty sheer but you can build it in the areas you need a little more cover. 
 The shade line up is good.  Twenty-one shades are available and are a mix of pink and yellow bases.

The colour numbering (like most brands) is confusing as always. YSL split their colours into three categories of B, BD and BR followed by the number. The higher the number denotes the darkness of the shade. The B, BD and BR indicate their undertones. B is neutral, BD is Beige Dore (Golden) and BR is Beige radiant (Pink).
  We had a few of the shades to show you. Sorry that the colour of the shades doesn't stand out very much but it absorbs in so fast and is so sheer that it just melts away.

There are seven additional shades also so be sure to head into store to be matched up or view the shades online.
This foundation is £30.50 and available now.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Luxury Advent Calendars

I know it's October and we haven't even had Halloween yet but these get snapped up so quick and as they are out this month we thought we better share it with you.

I'm sure there will be other brands rolling them out over the next few weeks but these two have hit our desk this week so thought we would share them with you guys.

Firstly Benefit. We adore this one. It's so cute! The face of it looks like an old fashioned sweet shop but in quirky, vivid Benefit style colours.
 Behind the 24 doors are mini beauty products such as pore professional, lip gloss, eye cream and high beam. There are also extra surprise gifts inside such as heart shaped paper clips and polka dot hair ties.
 I won't post the contents because I don't want to spoil the surprise for you but there is a really good selection of products to suit all.
 It's not a cheap one at £60/€90 but if you are a Benefit fan then I'm sure you may want to treat yourself!
 The value of the calender is £109.53 so it's a saving of £49.53 if you would often spend on the Benefit counter anyway.
 This is out online from 16th October at www.debenhams.com and www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
and in the top 100 Debenhams stores and Benefit boutiques nationwide from 1st November.

  The second advent calendar is from No7. This opens up like a book and is spread over the two pages. It has 25 doors to open and contains a mixture of cosmetics and skin care. Eye serum, protect and protect day cream, lip crayon and mascara minis plus much more.
 The calender doesn't visually look quite as appealing as the Benefit calender but you do get one extra treat as it has 25 treats and it's also half the price.

This Calendar is £35.00/€45 with a value of £130 based on a combination of price per ml/g of the standard size.
 This calendar is available in store from 29th October and also online at www.boots.com

Would you like either of these guys or do you prefer a good old chocolate advent calendar?