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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Sephora Makeup Haul PT2

Here's Nic's collection of pieces she purchased from Sephora....


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Rituel De Fille

As it's Halloween coming up we thought this collection from Rituel de Fille fitted nicely. Founded by three sisters who took an interest in the magical and natural side of cosmetic ingredients. They think of creating makeup as creating a potion and try to use as least ingredients as possible whilst not compromising the formulation. All products are 99% natural, and handcrafted without parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes or synthetic fragrances.

We have a selection of the collections products to share with you...

 For the lips there are the Forbidden Lipstick which have a bold pigment with a softly satin finish. They feel comfortable on the lips and wear off nicely.
 Also for the lips if you prefer a bold colour which has been sheered down with a more moisturising finish there are the enchanted lip sheen.

 Bloodroot and Blackthorn are the two lip sheen's with a softer finish.

For the cheeks we have two cream blushers. I like the texture of these. They are creamy but after blending out with your finger the turn to a powdered matte finish.Nice to pat onto the apples of the cheeks. The lilac shade in Desire makes an interesting contour shade also. 


For the eyes we have these beautiful hexagonal shaped mini pots of cream metallic eye shadow. The provide a gorgeous high shine finish and a strong colour pay-off. The little pots make for an interesting display on your dressing table but you need a relatively small brush, or finger to be able to get the product out, especially as you get nearer to the bottom. Really nice addition to your autumnal makeup bag.

If this brand looks like something you would enjoy then you can purchase over at Cult Beauty here.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sephora haul and a bit of a rant

We hear Sephora is coming to the UK..Hurrah!!
 Check out our recent purchases we made whilst we were over in America..


Monday, 17 October 2016

Sleek Rockstars collection

Two new palettes landed on our desk last week from Sleek and we thought they would make a nice addition to your Christmas makeup bag this year.

The hidden gems palette hold 6 powder shadows which have a good colour payoff and an intense shimmer finish.
 Each shade is bold enough to wear on its own but also make a good accent colour to add to your statement eye look to give a festive finish.

Beautiful shades which are like little fireworks on the skin. They blend nicely and hold their sparkle well.

The other palette from this collection is the Diamonds in the rough palette. These are much more muted tones in an array of peachy shimmery shades.

 They would look beautiful worn on their own or used as a highlight. Four of the shades are powder and two are cream.

These are so beautiful and would really compliment a medium through to darker skin tone. If you find that your eyelids are ashy toned and need a lift then these peach tones will help liven up your skin tone.

The hidden gems palette is available from 19th October at Superdrug and the Diamonds in the rough palette from 26th October in Boots. Both palettes will be available from Sleekmakeup also.


Friday, 14 October 2016

How I did my makeup at school

We loved creating these retro tutorials, it felt really nostalgic. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Marc Jacobs Air Blush

We have been asked for lots of quotes on the draping technique recently. We wrote a post a few months back on this here. Marc Jacobs have launched a blush range which celebrates this trend.  Each blush comes in a plastic patent effect mirrored case and features two tones of complimentary powder.

 The stripes of the blusher are inspired by a Marc Jacobs  One stripe of colour is much lighter than the other and also has a slightly more satin/pearlised finish. The two shades blend softly over the skin to give a multi-dimensional finish.

The shades are all very soft and a lot of building up is required to get a stronger colour payoff. These blushers are designed to mimic the tones in the skin and serve to enhance the skin tone rather than mask the skin and provide a solid colour.

You can pick out the individual shade on a smaller blush brush or you can swish your brush all over for a mix.

Very natural and add a nice soft radiance to the skin. Do they differ from any other duo blush? Not really.

I think you could use any similar blushes to create the draping effect but they are a nice product to build your blush naturally. Great if you are concerned of applying blush to areas of the face other than the cheeks without looking over made.
 These blushes are available here for £28.00 each.


Monday, 10 October 2016

Face Lace for Halloween

Well we couldn't let the Halloween season pass us by without an update on the latest offerings from Face Lace.
 Beautiful, intricate lace adornments to wear layered over makeup. Perfect for a last minute Halloween party look when you simply don't have the time to get overly creative. Maximum impact with minimum effort.

These are available now here.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Brow by Mii

We have been loving the soap brow look recently but if you are not keen on this technique you should check out the sculpting brow builder by Mii.
 It's basically a brow texturiser and tint. The tiny firm brush has well spaced teeth which enable you to separate the brow hairs creating a full but soft brow look.
 The creamy product has extremely fine fibres which coat your own natural hairs and build them to appear thicker.

If you like to use a brow pencil normally to build the shape of the brow then you can use the very end of the wand to delicately paint on fine hairs. The natural tint will stain the skin and give the appearance of a thicker brow without the fake drawn on finish.

Available in three shades of Remarkably fair, Remarkably medium and Remarkably darker.
 These are £14.95 each and available here.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Guerlain Eye Palettes

Guerlain have launched some beautiful eye shadow palettes which each hold a harmonious blend of shades in a mix of matte, shimmer and satin textures.
 Each individual palette is a one stop shop for a capsule shadow collection. Wear shades on their own for a natural day look or layer up the blend for the evening.

We have 3 out of the five palettes to show you. Each palette has a base colour which can also be built up as the highlight or lifting colour. Two nude basic shades and then two deeper shades,one matte and one shimmer, to intensify.
 Each shadow is also embossed with an elegant pattern which makes them look even more attractive.

01 Rose Barbare

03 Coque D'or

06 Bois des indes

The palettes have great tones but we found them to be very sheer. To get a good amount of intensity you need to wear them either over a cream shadow or layer them up with a firm brush. The texture feels almost creamy to the touch and there is zero drop down. Perfect for people who like a natural or sheer smokey eye. If you prefer a dramatic eye then they may not be bold enough for your taste.

These palettes are £43.00 each and available now.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Ultimate retro glam Ava Gardner Tutorial

Check out our tutorial which is perfect for hooded eyes and is inspired by Ava Gardner.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Pixiwoo Book Tour dates

Wahoo we can finally confirm our book tour dates! 

Please note that Jarrold Norwich and Waterstones Bluewater are ticketed events. If you intend on coming along to either of those signings you'll need to purchase your tickets by following these links.


We are so excited to meet you all and share our book with you.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Box

For the month of October Estee Lauder are launching their Breast Cancer awareness campaign. This year see’s eight iconic E.L brands packaged together in an exclusive beauty box.

It will be available to purchase on the various brands websites from today (Monday 3rd October. It is £20.00 with a RRP of £66 and £12 from the sale of each box will be donated to the Breast Cancer research foundation.

To date the Breast Cancer awareness campaign has raised nearly £50 million to support global initiatives.

The beauty box doesn’t disappoint and contains some great mini basics to get your day started beautifully.

  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Had to be in there really didn’t it? Repairing serum to pop on before bedtime. It’s a great product to use if your skin is in need of some healing or just a massive dose of TLC.

  • ·      Clinique Moisture surge

Cream-gel hybrid making it suitable for both combination, dry and obviously dehydrated skins. Can be used as your regular moisturiser or tapped over the skin during the day as a great little pick-me-up.

  • ·      Clinique Take the day off

Awesome makeup remover that lifts away even the most stubborn of makeup. Safe and gentle enough to use around the eyes and makes light work of a heavy lip stain.

  • ·      Estee Lauder Sumptuous knockout Mascara

The rugby ball shaped plastic wand ensures the lashes at the centre of the eye are widened and lifted. The tiny teeth separate each lash and as this is a mini mascara it’s great to pop in your bag to build lashes from day into evening.

  • ·      Aveda Hand relief

Super rich moisturiser for the hands which helps relieve chapped and dry hands. Contains fruit extracts to get rid of the dryness and added vitamin A and E to soothe. Great for the winter months.

  • ·      Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

One of our all time favourite primers to use. Mattes the skin and provides a base layer to the skin which allows your foundation to adhere and remain in place all day long.  Especially great for weddings as it photographs so amazingly well.

  • ·      Origins Drink up intensive mask

Does what it says on the tin. Rich, nourishing and intensely hydrating. The best thing is that you can apply it before bedtime and leave to marinate on the skin until washing it off in the morning.

  • ·      Bumble and Bumble Thickening hairspray

Handy 30ml bottle makes it great to sling in your overnight bag. The fine mist achieves styling lift and gives great body to fine hair. This is heat activated so apply throughout hair before styling.

If you would like to show your support for this years campaign you can do so by following @BCAcampaign or using the hashtag #BCAstrength

This box is available now here.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Urban Decay Razor sharp liquid liners

Urban Decay have just launched their new Razor Sharp liquid liners ready for the party season. The ultra fine flexible application brush, which isn't too long, makes it easy to get a fine or thick liquid flick. 

 The texture of the product is quite watery but not so much that it drips. It's quite playable meaning that you can move it around and build without making a huge mess. 

 The colours are beautiful and are in a mix of metallic and matte finishes which dry off to ensure a long wearing, water resistant finish. These last so well on the skin that even the wateriest of eyes can wear with confidence. 

Each liner is £16.00 and they are available here.


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Natasha Denona

We were recently sent a range of products by Croatian makeup artist Natasha Denona. Natasha has created looks for huge editorial campaigns globally as well as working with renowned models and photographers.
 She has created a huge makeup range which is sold via her website or over at Beauty Bay.
 We have her eye shadow palettes to share with you. There are also other palettes to choose from and smaller palettes of 5 shadows which are more transportable.

 The large palette in Purple Blue holds 28 eye shadows in a mix of matte, Duo Chrome and metallic finishes.

Sadly one of the eye shadows were broken in transit

The colour payoff is sensational and they adhere to the skin with no drop down. They blend out like silk on the skin and the finish, especially the metallic shades, reflects like a mirror. 


Aren't they so beautiful? Gorgeous shades which would suite every season.
 A palette of this calibre does not come cheap...prepare yourself...It's £199... but when you break that down it's actually £7.10 per shadow which sits in line with the price of a lot of other high street brands.

If you are interested in seeing what else Natasha Denona has to offer then check her out here.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Hailey Baldwin Tutorial

Did you catch our Hailey Baldwin Tutorial last week? 


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mature skin makeup tutorial

Hope you enjoy our tutorial on our beautiful mum Judy.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Eyelash Logic

So for the last 3 months I have been trialing a lash growth serum which we were sent from Eyelash Logic.
 Before they posted out my pack for trial I had to complete an online medical questionnaire so that they could be sure it was a safe product for me to use. They wanted to know about my historical eye health and any treatments to my eyes which I may have received. There were also the generic allergy and general health question. I felt that it seemed very professional to ask me these questions and also gave me confidence to use it knowing that it was safe for me to do so. For this very reason you must never share your prescription, it’s solely for your own use.

What’s in the kit?

The pack contains the treatment liquid along with a load of application wands.

What is the treatment liquid?

The liquid is made from Bimatoprost, which is effectively an eye drop treatment for the eye condition Glaucoma.
 When Eyelash logic contacted me about this treatment and explained exactly what it was I was keen to try it. A few years back I was doing a lady’s makeup and as I put her mascara on I noticed she had insanely long lashes but only on one eye. I mentioned it to her and she said that she had Glaucoma in her left eye and the drops she was prescribed to use every day had increased her lash length. I said at the time, it will only be a matter of time before someone makes a lash treatment from it or even adds it to mascara…and hey presto!

It may sound a bit scary but this liquid is tested and is totally safe to use around the eyes. It won’t affect your vision and it won’t give you Glaucoma (as someone asked me the other day). I have recently had my routine eye check up at my opticians and my eyes are 100% the same as they were before use of this product.

It acts on prostaglandin receptors in the hair follicle by increasing the percentage of eyelash follicles in the growth phase of the lashes. It also stimulates melanin that increases the lash darkness and also increases the size of the root, which results in thicker hair.

There are, of course, possible side effects which they give you full information on. This can include irritation; dryness of the eye, darkening of the skin on the eyelid and also in rare occasions it can darken the pigment within the eye and cause the natural colour to deepen. I personally had zero side effects. The only thing I did notice was that my liquid eye liner didn't last as well through the day. Maybe a fine layer of the treatment liquid coats the skin and doesn't allow makeup to adhere as well but just give your eyes a good clean over with eye makeup remover in the morning before makeup application to counteract this. I can live with this though!

The results:

I used a new wand for each eye to avoid any cross infection. Applied one drop on the wand tip and gently stroked it along the lash line(not in the eye) where the lashes projected from the lid. I did this each night before bedtime after removing my makeup. I also wear contact lenses so it is important to remove these before application.
 There were only 2 occasions during the 3 months, which I forgot to apply (because slightly too much gin was consumed).
I began to notice an increase in the general condition of my lashes after about 6 weeks. They felt stronger and seemed to look more separated and even. After 10 weeks I could definitely see an improvement in the length. I knew I wasn’t just imagining it because I could feel my lashes fluttering against my upper lid and touching the lens on my sunglasses.
At around 10 weeks the wand applicators ran out. They don’t put enough in the box for you to be able to use two a day (one on each eye) for three months, which I thought was a little strange. For the remainder of the trial I have been applying with a fine eyeliner brush.
 I never really noticed a lot of added thickness to my lashes. They 100% are longer but only marginally thicker. I also didn’t notice any darkening of the hairs. This obviously is my own personal result; maybe it would vary for someone else.
Even though the 3 month trial has ended I actually still have a couple of weeks worth of solution left so I will continue to use it until it runs out.

As with all lash treatments you have to maintain use to ensure your lashes continue to look this way. As soon as you stop using it, over time the lashes will revert back to their condition pre treatment. As I’m still using the treatment I can’t report on how my lashes look after stopping use but I will update this post in a few weeks with the results.

My lashes before the trial:

Without mascara

 With Mascara (sorry about the 'one eye' picture, not really sure why I did that!)

 My lashes after 3 months of use

Without Mascara

With Mascara

 As you can see there doesn't appear to be too much difference without mascara but with mascara you can see the added length quite clearly.

This isn't a cheap product unfortunately but if you are bothered about how short your lashes are or maybe just want them looking extra long for a special event then it's worth a try. 
A 3 month prescription is £99.00. A 6 month prescription is £179.00 and a year is £369.00.

Check their site out here.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

YSL Full Metal Shadow

 New Autumn eye collection from YSL in the form of liquid eye shadow. We have two of the three shades available to show you.

They apply with a firm doe foot applicator in a creamy wash of colour. Use minimal amounts, blend it to desired shape and then re-apply to build cover. They dry off pretty quick and are tough to blend once they have set so work it in and blend straight away.
They have a matte texture although the fur green shade has a fine metallic shimmer to it.

Both nice on their own for a super quick eye or use as a base for an intense smoky eye.
Available now here for £21.00 each.


Monday, 19 September 2016

The makeup I wore to school

I was tagged by to share the makeup I wore to school back in the 90's. What were your favourite products from your school days?...


Friday, 16 September 2016

What's in Lily Pebbles Makeup bag?

Lily came over to the Pixiwoo studio so we had to grab her makeup bag and check out what she is loving at the moment....


Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Estee Edit Radiance activator and Beam Team

If you are clinging onto the remnants of summer and are dreading the Autumn/Winter sucking the life out of your skin like some sort of season hoover then you need to check these two out.

The radiance activator is a treat, prep and glow illuminator in a golden/pearl finish. It's basically a 3-1 cream serum, which can be applied under your moisturiser, mixed in with your foundation or buffed over the high points of the face to highlight.
 It smells divine and gives the skin such a beautifully natural gleam. It's not sparkly but it is infused with a micro fine golden and pink sheen to lift a dull skin and radiate health. It will give you an enviable boost to your skin and whenever I have worn this someone has commented on my skin rather than my makeup.

 It contains prism illuminators to give a multi dimensional finish, vitamin E, pink peony to soothe and act as an anti-inflammatory, sea lavender, which is a powerful antioxidant and helps to repair UV damage, and a good old dose of hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to the skin.

The Beam Team Bronze is a hydrate and glow product. A liquid bronzer which blends out to a totally naturally sun kissed finish. The balmy texture doesn’t make your skin feel greasy or look unnaturally golden. It works in a similar way to the radiance activator but would also work on a deeper skin tone to highlight. It also has a secret block of slightly deeper golden cream bronzer in the lid. You can build the intensity of the shine by dabbing this over the high points of the face.
This liquid works well on bare skin to give a subtle golden hue or looks phenomenal mixed with your regular foundation to jazz up the last of your summer skin.

The Radiance activator is £38.00 and the Beam Team Bronze is £34.00. Both are sadly exclusive to Selfridges but you can’t go wrong with these two so it’s a safe one to order blind online. Check them out here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Elizabeth Arden Prevage anti-aging foundation

Wowsers this foundation is beautiful. To be honest I’d never really got too excited for Elizabeth Arden foundations but I’d also never tried them. I always felt like they were more suited to a mature skin but then I had the devastating realisation that I am mid 30’s so probably fit into this bracket now.

 The new Prevage foundation, which launched this month, is a water based anti-aging base that contains a blend of complex ingredients which target an aging skin.

What’s in it?

·   Hydra pigments-Enriched with moisture-rich pigments which increase the wear and blur minor imperfections.

·   Idebenone-This sounded interesting and after reading up on this ingredient I found it to have been used in many clinical trials including Alzheimer’s and other neuromuscular diseases which occur during the ageing process. In the skincare it is used as an anti oxidant which protects the skin cells.

·   Antioxidants including Ferulic acid which is found naturally in the seeds of fruit and fights free radicals which can lead to skin aging. Vitamin C to boost skins natural collagen and improves skin clarity, Carnosine and Green tea to soothe an irritated skin.

With this impressive list of potent anti agers you know it’s not going to be cheap but at £45.00 for a gorgeous foundation, which targets ageing concerns then it’s not a ridiculous price (if that is indeed a concern of yours).

This foundation creates a sheer veil of cover but can be built up to a light to medium cover. If fine lines are a concern then this foundation will sit beautifully on the skin. It won’t settle or enhance the look of skin texture.

 It looks luminous and radiant and just gives the skin a perfectly healthy radiance. If you need a little more cover then use a separate concealer and point conceal the areas.

Suitable for a dry through to combination skin. An oily skin will need a light dusting of loose powder on top to take off a little of the shine.

Sadly the colour range is not too extensive and would only be suitable for a naturally fair (not porcelain) through to a light olive skin tone.

 Eight shades in total of which we have six of them to show you.
Available now here.

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