Before I throw some stuff out (see: skincare, makeup), I thought it would be a good idea to do some mini reviews first. Did they work? Would I repurchase? Do I sound like a cast member of Love Island when I ask three rhetorical questions in a row? Probably. So without further ado, I’ll get into it…
Pixi Glow Tonic
This is a much-hyped product with cult status – Pixi in general is a brand that has generated a lot of noise in the beauty industry. Price wise, it’s pretty reasonable – I got this 100ml bottle for £10 from Urban Outfitters. Obviously everyone is loving acids to tone and exfoliate recently, and with this containing only 5% Glycolic Acid, it’s a product gentle enough to introduce into your daily routine. Just douse a bit on a cotton pad in between cleansing and applying serum/moisturisers.
My verdict? I really wanted to love this, but I’ma keep it real; I didn’t notice it do anything amazing and it didn’t give me that coveted ‘glow’ that it promises to. It works okay as a toner and it’s v useful for ensuring all your makeup has been removed after cleansing, so in that sense, it ‘refreshes’ the skin and makes it feel really clean. It’s also gentle enough to not cause any reactions, thanks to being alcohol free and containing a blend of aloe vera, ginsend and botanical extracts. As an exfoliator, however, it didn’t blow me away. I’d give it a 6/10 – wouldn’t be an instant repurchase because I’d rather try a different toner first.
Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
10/10 would buy again. Flawless. Love this.
Like many people, I used to be a serial face wipe user. They were cheap, easy, perfect for a lazy person. But face wipes are BAD for several reasons. Firstly, they don’t clean your face – rather than removing all the makeup, wipes just sort of smudge the makeup and debris to different parts of your face, so you’ll be off to sleep with grime still on your skin. Secondly, they’re full of chemical preservatives that will strip your skin of its natural oils and dry it out, which will cause your skin to produce more sebum to compensate, giving you oilier skin and increasing the likelihood of a breakout. Thirdly, the physical act of scrubbing your face also isn’t good (especially around the delicate eye area) and can leave you with irritated or inflamed skin, causing you pigmentation issues down the line. And if those weren’t reasons enough, makeup wipes are bad for the environment, so you have no good excuse to ever use them*.
*although they can be useful at 3am when you’re too drunk to drag yourself to the sink and clean your face properly (I’ve heard).
So instead of those wretched wipes, use this! It is PERFECT for taking off your makeup. You just need the tiniest amount and it literally melts all your makeup off, even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. I prefer this to micellar water or other makeup removers because the camomile smells so nice and calming and the silky oil consistency feels very gentle and nourishing on the skin. I like to double-cleanse so I usually follow this with a gel cleanser. Sometimes I use it in the morning, too, because it leaves your skin feeling hydrated, glowy and smooth. And it’s only £10!
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme
Another Glycolic Acid product here, again with only 5% strength. They also contain salicylic acid, lactic acid and hyaluronic acid, and the blend of AHAs and BHAs is supposed to refine pores, exfoliate, and remove dead cells. I'll immediately try any product that claims it'll brighten my complexion and de-congest my skin, because who doesn't want to glow? These pads are super quick and easy to use, you just swipe one round your face quickly and voila - perfect skin!
Okay, not quite. But these are good, I like them. Very handy for when you’re feeling too lazy to complete an elaborate skincare routine but you want to make sure your skin is actually clean. I reckon they help my face feel less congested and oily, but as far as helping fade discolouration… not sure they did that much in that respect. I’d probs repurchase but I want to try the Pixi Glow Peel Pads because they’re a lot stronger (20% Glycolic Acid), although I’m not sure how my skin would react. Still, these are a convenient and gentle solution to exfoliation worries – always better than using a harsh scrub.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs and Rosewater
I think this was essentially pointless but I like the feeling of spritzing my face with a spray anyway. It feels refreshing and slightly hydrating, but only for a sec. I used to set my makeup with it but I don’t think it worked in that respect compared to actual setting sprays. Nice on a hot day when you fancy a cool down, but… over all it’s a bit ‘meh’.
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil and Benefit Ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour
The NYX pencil I absolutely 100% love, and this will be my go-to brow product forever. So easy, so simple. Brow pencils give you so much control and precision, especially these thin micro ones (perfect for thin brows like mine). The product is pigmented and glides on easily – you can create lil hair like strokes and then blend everything through with a spoolie. Whole process takes like 2 minutes and they stay put all day. I’ll give it a 9/10 because my only gripe is that it could last longer. ALSO it’s a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – does exactly the same thing for half the price.
I used to use the ABH pomade all the time but it was too easy to paint on slug-like brows, and the product (lasted ages, in fairness) but eventually dried up. The NYX pencil is ALL I’ll use now.
As for the Ka-Brow… Decent, liked it at first. But the packaging ruined it, because the little brush started splaying when you slotted it back in place. And then the brows would look really messy because the brush was messed up. And then the product basically dried up. All in all, not v impressed. 4/10 would not buy again.
Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?!