The Double Cleanse

When I heard that the goddess of skin care, Caroline Hirons, was teaming up with Pixi to create a product, I was in immediately. You had me at Caroline. Like many other skin care junkies that sift through endless blogs and Youtube videos trying to find the next big thing that will completely alter my skins’ life, one day I stumbled upon Carolines videos. And thank God I did. If I hadn’t, I’d probably still be baffled by the way makeup flaked off my dry, dead face.

On To The Product

Let my preface this review with my timeline of use: I’ve currently been using the Double Cleanse for two months. I use the cleansing cream in the morning sometimes, but I use both at night always. . . Or for however long I’ve had the product.

The first night that I used the Double cleanse, I noticed two things; Firstly, I realized that after using both cleansers, a lot of my makeup had been left behind and I had to actually triple cleanse with a micellar water. The second thing I noticed, was that both cleansers in the product seemed very similar to two of Lush’s products I had purchased before.

The Solid Cleansing Oil half reminds me of the consistency and performance of Lush’s Ultrabland Cleanser. However, where Ultrabland relies on beeswax for replenishing moisture and picking up the days’ makeup, The Double Cleanse uses a combination of fruit, seed, and avocado oil to achieve the same results.

The Cleansing Cream, or the “Second Cleanse,” really reminds me of Lush’s 9 To 5. From the minute I used this product, I was in love. It’s so simple and easy, and after you use it, your skin feels clean. Unfortunately, the 9 To 5 cream falls short, only because Lush adds a fragrance to it. As someone with sensitive skin, I knew it would only be a matter of time before my skin decided it didn’t like it and revolted with copious amounts of white heads.

The Cream Always Rises

The Double Cleanse definitely has a lot going for it. Both cleanses, oil and cream, are fragrance-free, paraben free, and vegan. They feel great on the skin and nothing has ever taken off my water proof mascara like the solid cleansing oil does. The only real gripe I have with the product is that after I do both cleanses, I still get quite a bit of foundation off when I go in with my Garnier Micellar Water. But that’s just me. Maybe I cake on more foundation than your average Jane. Who knows? I just feel like after two cleanses my face should be clear of foundation at the very least. If the solid oil cleanse can remove my water proof eye cosmetics, then it should totally obliterate my foundation, right?

Mind Boggling

My overall opinion of the product is that it’s a really great quality cleanser, not necessarily a makeup remover. It’s very hydrating in that after I use the product, my skin doesn’t feel tight and dry as a foaming cleanser might make your skin feel.  I love Caroline Hirons and hope that this is just the beginning of her partnership with Pixi. I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.

 

 

 

The Most Affordable Makeup

Come Through Affordable Makeup!

Ever since I can remember NXY products have always been a staple in my makeup bag. I still remember the first little pot of concealer that my mom brought home for me when I was around twenty. She knew that I had become very self-conscious about the dark circles under my eyes, that I know now were a direct result of my anemia. I used to think it was because I didn’t get enough sleep, but now thinking back on that time in my life, sleep and work were about all I really had going on.

As any other run-of-the-mill twenty-something, I was on a budget, and makeup definitely had to be part of that budget, otherwise people who aren’t used to seeing your bare face ask if you’re sick all the time. So I started looking into more products from NYX. I loved my undereye concealer so much it compelled me to try out more products.

Liquid Love

I think everyone in the makeup world can agree that the last couple of years has been all about highlighters and the highly coveted liquid lipstick. Every major, and indie cosmetic company has their own line of liquid lipsticks, and I love pretty much all of them. The only gripe I really had with these lipsticks is the price tags on some of them. A good liquid lippy that doesn’t stain your lips and is of good quality can run you anywhere from $18-$50!

That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when NYX launched their Lip Lingerie liquid lipsticks. Every shade in that collection is stunning on any skin tone. The best part is the formula hands down. Whenever I go to apply a liquid lip I second guess myself, “Am I going to be eating something that will break this down?” Or, “How many times will I have to reapply this?” I never have these concerns when I’m wearing the Lip Lingerie,  ever.

Blushing For The Gods

If there was one blush that I couldn’t live without, it’s my NYX Ombre Blush in Mauve Me. In my opinion, the mauve color is very complimentary to a medium to light skin tone. I also have it in the color Soft Flush which gives off the most pigmented peach blush I have every seen. Word to the wise; Tap that brush off girl!

NYX continues to grow and prosper as a company as they should. Every product in their collection is well thought out and, more importantly, has a purpose. I’m truly on the edge of my seat to see what they will come up with next.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

One of my favorite pallets of all time is the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Pallet. Besides the fact that the color pay off is amazing, I can easily create over twenty looks with this single pallet. Each color blends seamlessly with little to no fall-out. I always find myself reaching for it when I want to create a funky look without coming out of the other end of the proverbial makeup rabbit hole looking like a clown.

The shimmer and matte browns in this little guy really compliment a medium skin tone, which I’m sure any mixed girl can appreciate. I’ve noticed lately, a lot of color stories that mainstream companies are choosing for their makeup lines do not necessarily compliment a deeper skin tone.  Or the pallets are created without the consideration that there are many different kinds of pigmentation, and they don’t all look great in the basic pallet coloring format.